Lizzie Bennet’s Vlog

Watchable Wednesdays

True to its name, every Wednesday I hope to share with you videos which I have enjoyed and think you might, too.  We all need a bit of cheering up to last until the end of the week, don’t we?

So, Lizzie Bennet has a vlog. Thoughts?

Other episodes in the series can be found here.

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“Reality Faced by Book Reviewers,” by Charlie Brown

Watchable Wednesdays

True to its name, every Wednesday I hope to share with you videos which I have enjoyed and think you might, too.  We all need a bit of cheering up to last until the end of the week, don’t we?

Charlie Brown reveals the truth behind the book reporter.  Kids’ cartoon, or satirical microcosm of the book blogger’s world?!

Haha, it leaves me in fits of giggles.  As seen on Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard – thanks, Anne!
Contrary to popular belief, it’s not actually called “Reality Faced by Book Reviewers, Book Bloggers, Et Al.,” but simply: “The Book Report.”
Enjoy the rest of the week.
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The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Watchable Wednesdays

True to its name, every Wednesday I hope to share with you videos which I have enjoyed and think you might, too.  We all need a bit of cheering up to last until the end of the week, don’t we?

This is such a sweet animation, it will surely brighten up your day.

Found via The Happiest Cow! That blog is great.

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The History of the English Language in 10 Minutes

Welcome to Somersaulting Through Life’s new weekly feature:

Watchable Wednesdays

True to its name, every Wednesday I hope to share with you videos which I have enjoyed and think you might, too.  We all need a bit of cheering up to last until the end of the week, don’t we?

To kick off, here is a thoroughly informative and entertaining cartoon documentary of the birth of the English language.  It is the first of a 10-part series by the Open University, which I highly recommend for all avid readers or any who are interested in the words we use on a daily basis.

The full length version (PG) only takes up 10 minutes of your time and is sure to make you chuckle.  The cartoons are rather “Horrible Histories”-esque and that is why I like them.  My personal favourite is Chapter III: Shakespeare – a perfect example of an educational diversion from the stress of weekdays.

I hope you enjoy.
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It’s Like a Nose-Job, but for a Blog

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.

Mary Robinson

You might have noticed something a little… odd.

You might have noticed something that you just couldn’t quite put your cursor on…

You might have noticed that Somersaulting Through Life has undergone plastic surgery (or rather, digital surgery).

STL Before and After

STL before and after

Life changing, I know!  Sorry to all who are viewing this on a tablet or device, you may not be able to see the pretty stripes on the sides (be proactive, go and look at it on a computer!*).  New theme, new background, new colour scheme, rearranged widgets… Also, over the following few days I will be adding more widgets to the right-hand sidebar…

Woohoo!  Party!  Yaaaaay!

For those interested, the theme is called Ari, which was added to WordPress a few days ago (I know, I know, I’m very “in with it.”)  So far, I’m lovin’ it like a Happy Meal.  It’s extremely versatile and customisable, but still makes everything easy to manage and to coordinate.  Although I loved Pink Touch 2, I was desperate for sidebars and found that aspect of the design irritating; hence, the swap.  Ari also has a scroll feature, so instead of having to click “older posts,” all you have to do is scroll down and new posts will load!

Whoop, whoop!  Hoorah!  Hooray!

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*I’m joking, that’s why I put a picture of it up there.  Aren’t I thoughtful?**

**I’ll be honest with you, I really wasn’t thinking about saving you time or energy, I was thinking more along the lines of, “Oh no!  Tablet readers won’t be able to see the dazzlingly exquisite stripes which I made!  Poor, poor stripes.  I can hear their heartfelt sorrow now, their straight lines of pixels quivering with each whimper.  I’ll have to put an image in the post so that their unquestionably awe-inspiring symmetry gains the attention that it deserves…”***

***Apologies for the randomness of this post.  The next one will be more sensible.

Awesome Adverts from the UK

I just saw this advert on TV, featuring Stephan Fry, Rupert Grint, Julie Walters and Michelle Dockery, and now have an urge to visit the Giant’s Causeway after seeing Michelle elegantly poised on the rough basalt columns of rock.  I loved Julie’s reference to Wordsworth, too (I’m reading his poetry so it made me feel clever).  So very British.

It’s definitely up there, rivalling California.

Also, check out this ad. celebrating the best of British comedy – it has a song!

Adverts with songs in them are always the best.  Especially if it’s legendary, like the 118 advert.

Epic.

Another one of my favourites is the Johnnie Walker ad. from a few years ago because I can’t imagine how many takes they must have done to film it perfectly.

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