I came across this tag on The Value of a Moment’s blog. If you know me then you know I’m very passionate about women, our rights and empowerment. I’m a feminist. So this is a cool and fun tag for me to do, and I love tags!
What does women empowerment mean to you?
Woman empowerment means women doing whatever they want. It means equality for all, and women loving and supporting each other. Different women feel empowered in different ways, it’s all about living your life whichever way you want to.
It means women coming together and lifting and encouraging other women. Also, men encouraging and supporting women, and vice versa. Empowerment is about choice.
What woman/women do you most admire? Why?
I admire so many women for different reasons. If we’re talking about famous women and women in the public eye, I would have to say that Beyonce is definitely a woman I look up to. She has always been outspoken about feminism and specifically black women. Beyonce has made history on numerous occasions.
I’d also have to say Serena Williams. Serena has been in the news recently due to scandals and blatant sexism and racism against her. I’m so inspired by her strength and mentality. I’m so fascinated every time I watch her play, she truly is the greatest athlete of all time. I adore her.
Share with us a story, drawing, or video that you think says “empowered women.”
There are so many! But there is a video of Reese Witherspoon at the 2015 Glamour ‘Women of the Year’ awards. Reese received the award for her work in creating stronger roles for women in film. This speech inspired me so much because I believe I have been negatively influenced by the media, and the media portrayal of women, so to see someone actively trying to change this makes me feel so happy.
Share with us the best lesson you’ve learned in leadership.
Leadership is all about mutual respect. You have to earn your respect so it’s all about being fair, but assertive. Always lead by example. Teamwork, and looking out for each other will bring your team closer together.
You have got to be a good listener in order to be a good leader. Without listening skills, you won’t be able to lift and help your team. If you don’t listen you can’t gain respect, and without respect, you can’t lead people. Listen and guide, not control. Equality for every member of your team.
What cause do you most want to bring awareness to? Why?/What does it mean to you?
So many causes to think of! I’ve always wanted to do something to help girls in other countries that can’t go to school and learn. I want to be able to give every single girl an opportunity to be heard.
I’d also love to empower women with their own body image issues due to the media. I love seeing changes in media now, and I’d just love to be a part of that somehow. I want for my little sister to grow up in a world without so many pressures put on young girls to act and look a certain way. I want Eliza to grow up and be someone she wants to be whatever that may be.
I love answering questions and I love Halloween so why not answer questions about Halloween? Sounds ideal to me. I found these questions on Kat Bouska’s blog. I know they’re supposed to be for Youtube, but oh well, they still get answered in the same way! Anyway, let’s get started!
1. Favourite horror or Halloween-themed song?
I love the opening song of The Nightmare Before Christmas – This is Halloween. It’s so nostalgic and I always want to dance or sing-a-long when I hear it!
2. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.
I’m not really sure, I’m not really scared of that much. I suppose it would have to be a werewolf – just because you can’t reason with one, they’re a wild animal and would kill you without a thought.
3. Have you ever played with an Ouija Board?
Well, I went on a ghost hunt with Most Haunted last year, and we did have a go on an Ouija board. I don’t believe it because I didn’t trust the woman who was doing it with my Mum and me. She was shady! 4. Favourite horror monster or villain?
I love vampires and vampire stories like Dracula. But I think my favourite horror villain from films would have to be Pazuzu – the Demon who possesses Regan in The Exorcist. I love that film.
5. The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?
I was in bed a few years ago, just lying there on my phone, and my bed moved. Like the mattress jumped. That was weird, but I still want weirder things to happen. I’m always encouraging any ‘ghosts’ to spook me.
6. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?
Yes! Of course. I’d love to, I’m not really scared of things like that.
7. Are you superstitious?
I actually don’t know. I feel like I am sometimes, but I also know that it’s all nonsense.
8. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?
Yes, but I think that may be hallucinations to do with Bipolar, haha.
9. Which urban legend scares you the most?
So I used to be TERRIFIED of the ‘Bloody Mary’ legend. My friend and I used to try and do it, but we always chickened out before we could finish. I may be a little nervous to do it now, but that’s probably because of how scared I used to get.
10. Do you prefer gore or thrillers?
I love both, but thrillers can be really clever and can really mess with your head. I like that sort of thing. I also think that horror films can sometimes rely on gore too much, this is off-putting. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre doesn’t show any gore at all yet it is still one of the best horror movies of all time!
11. Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?
I mean, there is always a possibility. I’m the sort of person who needs proof to believe something. I go on facts really. But I am also pretty open-minded when it comes to things like this.
12. Ever made a magic potion of any sort?
I haven’t, but potions are cool and if you’re a witch then you’re so awesome! I’d love to look into witchcraft and different beliefs around that area, but I wouldn’t know where to start so if you have some tips then I’d be very grateful!
13. Do you get scared easily?
Not really. I’m pretty sound when watching horror films, and I’m not scared of ghosts or demons etc.
14. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?
Yeah, like I said earlier I used to try and do it with my friend when we were younger.
15. Do you believe in demons/the devil?
This is a funny question. I often think about this. See, I don’t believe in God and I feel that maybe they come hand-in-hand so, therefore, I shouldn’t believe in the Devil. But at the same time, I kind of do too. I’m not really sure what I believe. I probably think there is a possibility of either existing.
16. You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?
Call out and see if they can come close to me! I’m so desperate to hear or see a ghost, it’s honestly all I want.
17. If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?
I’d probably choose one I think I have a strong chance of surviving, so I’d probably go for a zombie film. Definitely not World War Z zombies though… I’d be dead instantly. But maybe like Dawn of the Dead. Maybe.
18. If you could only wear one Halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?
Maybe Daphne from Scooby-Doo or Poison Ivy! I love both of them.
19. would you ever go to a graveyard at night?
Yeah, it’s not that scary. My friend and I used to walk through one in my town that is right next to where the public hangings used to take place.
20. In a zombie apocalypse, what is your weapon of choice?
Something blunt like a bat or hockey stick. Also a bow and arrow. You can always make more arrows if you run out, and you can easily make a bow too.
21. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?
You get to dress up for both, that’s all I’d want to do really.
22. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the sceptic, the smart one, or the killer?
Maybe I’m the killer? Who knows. Most likely I’m the smart one though. Stick with me and you’ll be okay.
23. Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?
Nope. I can watch a horror film alone, at 3am, in the dark, then go to sleep. I’m not worried about horror films.
24. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time or the person who falls asleep?
I constantly yell at the characters! They make stupid decisions that get them killed. It’s really frustrating.
25. Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring?
I don’t really do either, but I suppose I do the scaring more.
26. A favourite scary book?
Carrie by Stephen King or Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake!
27. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?
Okay, so I watched the first ten minutes of Scream when I was about six or seven, you know the part with Drew Barrymore and the famous ‘what’s your favourite scary movie’ question, and that scared the life out of me. It’s one of my favourite all-time favourite films now.
28. What was your first Halloween costume?
I can’t remember my very first costume, but I dressed up as a corpse bride for my year six Halloween party. It was such a great costume but I don’t have any photographs of it! I had a second-hand wedding dress from a charity shop, a leaf bouquet, leaves in my hair, dark makeup around my eyes, and blood on my neck and wrists. I looked pretty awesome if I do say so myself.
29. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?
I don’t think I’m doing anything this year, but I may just dress up as Velma for the Hell of it!
30. If you could have a spooky Halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?
A rat! I love rats. I used to have rats but I don’t have any anymore. I will definitely have more one day. They’re seriously the best pets.
If you want to answer these questions then tag me in your post, I’d love to see your answers.
When you’re feeling down with only your own thoughts, it can get pretty overwhelming. Trust me, I’ve been there. I also know how hard it can be to distract yourself from these feelings and thoughts. It’s almost as if whatever you do, it’s still all you can think about and that sucks. I’ve decided to share my tips on how I successfully distract myself when I’m not feeling too good.
Play with some makeup – I normally sit down in front of my desk, put on a makeup tutorial and try my best at following it. Granted I’m not that great at following the instructions, but I normally get so into it that I forget I was feeling low. I sometimes even do my hair. I’ll try and follow tutorials on Youtube and (unsuccessfully) replicate the looks.
Learn something new – I have a great app called ‘Duolingo’ which has loads of languages to learn. I’m currently learning French, I’m doing pretty well. Learning a new language is a great skill to have, it makes travelling easier and it’s also fun! Instead of learning a new language you could learn a new skill like sewing, drawing, an instrument, the list is endless. All of these require maximum concentration which leaves no room in your brain for feeling low.
Do some baking or cooking – The best thing about cooking or baking is that you get to eat whatever you make at the end! The thing with cooking and baking is that you need to really pay attention otherwise you could have a pretty big accident on your hands. This is why I think it’s a great way to distract yourself – you’re forced to concentrate.
Do some fun quizzes online – We’ve all done some pretty fun quizzes. Maybe you wanted to know what kind of fizzy drink you are, or which character from The Office you relate to the most. There are hundreds, maybe even thousands, of these fun quizzes online. They’re such a fantastic way to take your mind off things because they’re mindless and don’t require too much focus, plus they can make you laugh which is a bonus.
Watch some stand-up comedy – I love watching ‘Live at the Apollo’ whenever I’m feeling down. Comedy is a great way of easing sad thoughts because it’s designed to make you laugh! Go on Youtube and search up your favourite comedian and just binge watch a load of their gigs and shows. I promise you’ll feel better at the end.
Teach your pet a new trick – This one allows you and your pet to have some fun. Teaching your pet something new stimulates their brain but also distracts yours. In the end when your pet finally knows what you want them to do is such a great feeling. You’ve both achieved something. Plus who doesn’t want to spend quality time with their pet?
Go to a local cafe for a coffee – Or whatever drink you prefer. Not only does this get you up and out of your house but you also socialise. Socialisation is one of the best ways of taking your mind off things. I’m not saying you have to go to a party, but just being around people is enough socialisation. You could take a book or you could just people-watch. Take your phone or iPod with you and listen to some music so you don’t have to interact, just being in a social situation will help you greatly.
These points help me distract my mind from sour thoughts and I hope they help you too. I know hearing the same thing over and over again can make you think that there is no hope so I’ve not included generic ones like take a walk or read a book. Frankly, they don’t work for me.
We’ve all been there, two weeks until Halloween and no costume. Maybe you forgot, or maybe you’ve been invited to a last-minute party. Either way, you don’t have a costume, and you need one. Don’t worry, I got you! I’ve come up with a few last minute easy costumes you may be able to make with things you already own! I’ve also included some links to elements of the costumes I’ve found, just in case you’re stuck for items.
1. Tom Cruise in Risky Business
This is such an incredibly easy costume. Literally, all you need is a big, over-sized white shirt, make sure it’s big enough to cover your bum! You can wear some black shorts under the shirt, just in case. You’ll also need some white socks, pulled up, and some black sunglasses. If you wanted to wear this costume out and about then you can wear some discreet shoes under the socks (ones that won’t show too much). It’s such a famous scene, so I expect the majority of people will know who you’re supposed to me. A brown wig is really optional, I don’t think it’s a necessary part of the costume, you’ll be easily recognised.
Everyone will recognise a stereotypical bank robber costume. You’ll need a black and white striped t-shirt, some black skinny fit trousers (leggings, skinny jeans, even tights and black shorts), black shoes (trainers or pumps), a black eye mask and some black gloves. A white pillowcase can be used as a money bag, all you need to do is draw a dollar sign on the front then tie at the top. All of these items are easily accessible at your normal clothing shops. You can draw the masks on with paint or eyeliner. It’s a quick outfit idea that’s perfect for parties.
I could’ve picked any of Regina’s looks, but I chose her ‘cut-out top’ look. You know the one. Anyway, you’ll need a white vest top, plain bra, black pleated mini skirt and some black dolly pumps. Then just cut holes where your boobs are and voila! You have a Regina George costume. The blonde wig is optional because in the film it became a trend so you can be a trend-follower instead.
A couple of years ago I dressed as my own version of Batgirl. I paired a Batman swimming costume with a black fake leather skirt, some black tights and black boots. I painted a small mask over my eyes and made a cape. I really liked this costume, it was pretty easy and I wore the skirt and boots again.
Even if you’ve never seen ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ I can guarantee you’ll know Audrey Hepburn’s iconic character, Holly Golightly. She’s sophisticated in her clothing, so for this costume, you’ll want to keep it simple but elegant. You will need a black shift dress you can work with a long or a short skirt, a long pearl necklace you can ideally wrap around your neck a few times, a cigarette holder, long black gloves that go to your elbows and some black pumps or heels. For her hair, you want to tease it into a beehive style, then pin at the back into an up-do, and if possible add in her iconic short fringe. Her makeup is very simple; a small wing on her eyeliner, blushed, rosy cheeks and a nude lip shade. You can pair this look with some black sunglasses too if you wish. Here is a tutorial I found for her hair and her makeup:
I love Waynes World and I think it’s pretty easy to replicate their outfits. For Wayne, you’ll need a plain black loose fit t-shirt, loose fit blue jeans with big holes in both knees, black converse and a ‘Waynes World’ baseball cap. Wayne has brown shoulder-length hair so if you can’t do this with your own hair then you may need a wig, but they’re easy to find on places like Amazon.
Garth is pretty similar to Wayne. The jeans are the same, baggy blue jeans with holes in the knees. Garth often wears graphic band tees and a flannel shirt. He has thick-rimmed black glasses and blonde teased hair. Garth also wears black converse/trainers.
For this costume, you’ll need a green dress or long-sleeved top and some black trousers or tights and black shoes. You can paint/draw on the spikes of the cactus with some white paint or a white pen. You can also pair some fake, pink flowers in your hair, or stuck onto your top. So simple and easy!
Easy and recognisable. The main part of both of these costumes are the famous jackets. The Pink Ladies costumes are fairly simple; you can wear black skinny trousers (leggings or pleather leggings) or a long pencil skirt and a plain black fitted top. Black pumps work well with this costume. Add a pink scarf tied around your neck and the iconic Pink Ladies jacket. You can make your own jacket using a pink bomber jacket with the writing painted on or you can buy a premade one. The film is set in the 50’s so your hair should be styled in such a way. You could add curls to the end of your hair then brush out the bottom so it’s nice and fluffy. Here are some tutorials I have found on Youtube that you could use:
The T-Birds are just as easy. Some blue, straight-legged jeans, black converse, a plain white t-shirt and the leather jacket with the logo on the back. You can also add a cigarette if you want to too. Again, you can make your own jacket or you can buy one.
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Since it’s nearly Halloween I thought I would tell you about a murder that took place on Bodmin Moor in 1844. Bodmin Moor is reasonably close to where I live in Cornwall.
On the 14th April 1844, Charlotte Dymond was brutally murdered on the moors. It’s said Charlotte’s ghost still wanders the moors in the Sunday best clothing she was tragically killed in.
The reason this story really sticks out to me is that I think the wrong man was found guilty. I mean, I obviously wasn’t around when the murder took place, one-hundred-and-fifty years ago, but I’ve done a lot of reading in to it.
Charlotte Dymond was an eighteen-year-old domestic servant at Penhale Farm, situated on the edge of Bodmin Moors. There were two other in-house servants called John Stevens and Matthew Weeks, both in their early twenties. The farm was owned by widowed Phillipa Peter and her son, John.
Matthew Weeks and Charlotte developed a relationship, much to the shock of everyone else. Charlotte was pretty, dressed well and was notoriously flirty. Matthew was the opposite; he was short, noticeably missing some teeth and had a recognisable limp on his right leg. In March 1842, Matthew came into a small inheritance, shortly before Charlotte hanging out with him. Charlotte was illegitimate with no family. It is said that Charlotte was the daughter of a local schoolmistress who wanted nothing to do with her, probably due to shame, but that hasn’t ever been confirmed.
Thomas Prout is the nephew of Phillipa who lives a few miles away from Penhale Farm. Thomas and Charlotte are believed to have had an affair, with the possibility of eloping together. John Steven’s apparently overheard Thomas saying he would steal Charlotte away from Matthew. Thomas and Matthew had worked together in the past, it is believed the two didn’t get along particularly well.
On Sunday 18th April, everyone changed into their Sunday best outfits. Early evening, around 4 o’clock, Matthew and Charlotte decided to go for a walk. Charlotte mentioned that she wouldn’t be back in time to milk the cows, but that Matthew would. It wasn’t uncommon for them to leave together, then return separately. A witness, an elderly farmer, said he saw the lovers walking on the moors in the fog; he recognised Matthew’s limp but he couldn’t identify the young woman with him, he assumed it was Charlotte due to her dress. Later on, Matthew returned alone, his trousers were muddied and his shirt was torn. He denied being on the moors.
A few days later, Charlotte still hadn’t returned. Matthew had mentioned she had been offered a position in a little town a few miles away called, Blisland. He said she was going to stay at a friends house. A week later, Phillipa was still sceptical so decided to find out if the position was real, it was not. Charlotte had not been offered a new position and she hadn’t stayed with friends. At this point, Matthew had left the farm with no intention of returning. It is seeming very likely Matthew murdered Charlotte.
On the 23rd of April, just over a week after she went missing, a search
party found Charlotte’s body on a riverbank, still on the moors. She had a very deep cut across her throat, from ear to ear. They classed this as the likely cause of her death. It may have even been two cuts. It was becoming clear that Matthew had been the one to kill Charlotte. Her injuries were ruled as not self-inflicted. The wound was rather horrific. It was extremely deep, just under 3 inches, so there is no doubt this is what killed her. It seems that the object used to kill her wasn’t a sharp one because the wound looked heavy-handed and forced.
Matthew was found in Plymouth, at his sisters’ house. There he was arrested. They found women’s gloves and a bloodied handkerchief on him, which is a little suspicious. At Bodmin Assize Court on August 2nd, Matthew was tried for the murder of Charlotte Dymond. He pleaded not guilty, but the jury took just over thirty minutes to find him guilty. Matthew Weeks was sentenced to death by hanging.
Matthew Weeks was held in Bodmin Jail for ten days between sentencing and execution. Here he wrote two letters. One for his family and one was seemingly a confession. Matthew was a labourer so wasn’t expected to be very literate, but this confession was not what you’d expect from him. The letter seemed to show him indirectly confessing to the murder of Charlotte:
“I hope young men will take a warning by me and not put too much confidence in young women, the same as I did; and I hope young females will take the same by young men. I loved that girl as dear as I loved my life; and after all the kind treatment I have showed her, and then she said she would have nothing more to do with me. And after this was done, then bitterly I did lament, thinking what would be my end. And I thank the judge and jury too, for they have given me no more than was my due.”
Another confession was supposedly written by Matthew Weeks, giving explicit details about the murder, but people don’t seem to believe it was actually written by him because the writing was more sophisticated than the writing in the letters. There is speculation that the police wrote the second confession to frame him, and stop public outrage. Have any of you watched ‘Making A Murderer’? I believe the cases are similar. The murder of a young woman, and the framing of an innocent man.
At noon on the 12th of August, Matthew Weeks was hanged in front of a few thousand people. The public hanging took place at Bodmin Jail. He was buried in the prisons coal yard. Personally, I think the wrong man hung. I do not believe Matthew committed this crime. I remember learning about his case during an English lesson when I was about thirteen, I’ve been fascinated with it ever since! I’ve done a lot of reading into it, and I’ve read many theories, but I just don’t believe he did it.
There is, obviously, a possibility that Matthew did commit this murder, but I do believe he is innocent. I think there could be other suspects. Thomas Prout, for example. There were no accounts to his whereabouts, and he had a motive. There does seem to be a love triangle. Matthew and Thomas both fighting for Charlotte affections. Is it not possible that Charlotte chose to stay with Matthew, and Thomas murdered her in a jealous rage? Of course! Thomas also had the physical strength to kill her. Matthew had a limp, and Charlotte would’ve been able to get away from him. Physically I believe Thomas is more likely to have killed Charlotte. Even if Matthew did kill Charlotte, wouldn’t there be more blood found on his clothes rather than just a trace? Especially considering the severity of her wound.
The elderly witness is unreliable too. He mentioned that the moors were foggy, and he could only recognise Matthew Weeks from his limp. The witness said he couldn’t tell who the person accompanying Matthew was, he only thought it was Charlotte due to her Sunday best clothes.
Could the talk about Charlotte’s mother be true? Was she an ashamed schoolmistress? Could she have killed Charlotte? Maybe! There were never any confirmations of Charlotte’s family, it was thought she had none. This is all just theory and talk. But maybe Charlotte bumped into her Mother after Matthew left to head back to the farm. They could have argued and that could have turned violent. Charlottes Mother could have killed Charlotte in rage to rid herself of the shame. This could have happened.
Maybe it was an unknown person. Charlotte’s body was found with some items of clothing missing. Maybe Charlotte encountered someone who wanted to hurt her and it turned deadly. An old lover perhaps? Or even a total stranger.
In 1978 the case was reopened by an amateur historian named Pat Munn. She concluded that Matthew was innocent. There are questions about her report though, she didn’t provide any other candidates. She did question the fact that Charlotte’s shoes were missing and never found – not even on Matthew. When I learnt about this case in school, we learnt that Charlotte body was probably moved after she was killed. This seems probable! I know she was found on the edge of a river, but surely there would’ve been a lot more blood than there was? Matthew could barely walk himself, let alone drag a body through the mud on the moors. Pat also discovered that the witnesses who said they saw Charlotte with Matthew changed their story after Charlotte’s body was found. They only said it was her afterwards but before they said they didn’t know who the girl was. If you want to know more about Pat Munn’s findings, you can buy her book here.
To me, there are too many factors and possibilities saying that Matthew could have been innocent. From the moment I started looking into this murder case, I’ve been convinced he is innocent. I could be wrong, she did die One-hundred-and-seventy-four years ago so it’s not something I witnessed first-hand. I can only go off the stories and records I’ve found online. I also believe that all of the records from the time of the case are pretty biased. I’ve not found one article or newspaper extract that shares the possibility of another suspect or possible murderer. I think that the town all just agreed that Matthew was guilty to stop the fear of the possibility of a murderer walking around with them. I think that the town picked on Matthew because he wasn’t particularly ‘worthy’ in the town, he was just a farm labourer. Phillipa may have been protecting her family and saw Matthew as an easy target. There are too many theories to write about in
this post. We’ll probably never know whether Matthew was the person who killed Charlotte.
A monument was placed on the moor where Charlotte was found. The town rallied together and had the monument made.
The murder of Charlotte Dymond inspired the poet Charles Causley to write a ballad about the famous murder simply called ‘The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond’:
‘It was a Sunday evening And in the April rain That Charlotte went from our house, And never came home again.
Her shawl of diamond redcloth, She wore a yellow gown, She carried a green gauze handkerchief She bought in Bodmin town.
About her throat her necklace And in her purse her pride As she walked out one evening Her lover at her side.
Out beyond the marshes Where the cattle stand, With her crippled lover Limping at her hand.
Charlotte walked with Matthew Through the Sunday mist, Never saw the razor Waiting at his wrist.
Charlotte she was gentle But they found her in the flood Her Sunday beads among the reeds Beaming with her blood.
Matthew, where is Charlotte and wherefore has she flown? For you walked out together And now are come alone.
Why do you not answer, Stand silent as a tree, Your Sunday woollen stockings All muddied to the knee?
Why do you mend your breast-pleat With a rusty needle’s thread And fall with fears and silent tears Upon your single bed?
Why do you sit so sadly Your face the colour of clay And with a green gauze handkerchief Wipe the sour sweat away?
Has she gone to Blisland To seek an easier place, And is that why your eye won’t dry And blinds your bleaching face?
“Take me home!” cried Charlotte, “I lie here in the pit! A red rock rests upon my breasts, And my naked neck is split!”
Her skin was soft as sable, Her eyes were wide as day, Her head was blacker than the bog That licked her life away.
Her cheeks were made of honey, Her throat was made of flame Where all around the razor Had written its red name.
As Matthew turned at Plymouth About the tilting Hoe, The cold and cunning Constable Up to him did go:
“I’ve come to take you, Matthew, Unto the Magistrate’s door. Come quiet now, you pretty poor boy. And you must know what for.”
“She is pure,” cried Matthew, “As is the early dew, Her only stain it is the pain that round her neck I drew!”
“She is guiltless as the day She sprang forth from her mother. The only sin upon her skin Is that she loved another…”
They took him off to Bodmin, They pulled the prison bell, They sent him smartly up to Heaven And dropped him down to Hell.
All through the granite kingdom And on its travelling airs Ask which of these two lovers The most deserves your prayers.
And your steel heart search, Stranger, That you may pause and pray For lovers who come not to bed Upon their wedding day.
But lie upon the moorland Where stands the sacred snow Above the breathing river, And the salt sea-winds go.’
If you are interested in this case, want to make your own mind up and are ever in Cornwall, then you can attend a ‘courtroom experience’ at the ‘Shire Hall’ which were once the county courts. You find out more information here: https://bit.ly/2A1Mq8D.
What do you think happened? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
It’s finally the best time of the year – Halloween. I love Halloween and Autumn/Fall, so I’m very happy at the minute. Spooky films are my favourite genre of movies and I’m not ashamed to say I watch them all year round, but now I have a good reason.
Towards the beginning of the year, I made a list of my favourite horror films – you can find that here. Although I really recommend checking them out, and also watching them this October, I thought I would make a more family-friendly version for all the family.
1. The Corpse Bride (2005)
I love this film so much. It’s emotional and spooky at the same time. It includes some beautiful songs, and just like any other Tim Burton film the soundtrack is magical.
Victor is a living man who has been arranged to marry Victoria. After running out on his wedding rehearsal, Victor practises his vows in the woods alone. Without realising, he accidentally marries a corpse bride who has been waiting for marriage.
Emily was murdered by her Husband-to-be the day of her wedding. She vowed to wait until ‘her true love come set her free’. This just happened to be Victor, wrong time and place.
The cinematography of this film is spectacular – I’m a sucker for an aesthetically pleasing colour scheme. The use of colour is very clever – dark and grey for the living world where Victor is reserved and forced into this marriage, then colourful and musical down in the underworld when you can visibly see Victor open up around Emily. Tim Burton used stop-motion to create this film, just like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’.
It’s definitely one of my favourite Tim Burton films and even one of my all-time favourite films. It’s not too scary, there are some cool dancing skeletons, a singing spider, and an ear-worm or two. It instantly became a classic. I can’t believe there are people out there that still haven’t seen this!
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1999)
What a classic! A wonderful film that became a classic almost instantly. Is it a Halloween or a Christmas film? Could be either. To be safe I watch it on both holidays. Another killer soundtrack, and awesome characters. Tim Burton is most definitely a genius in the film department. I’m very grateful for his visions, they’re nothing short of magnificent.
In the town of Halloween, all sorts of creepy and scary creatures are celebrating Halloween night, including the ‘King of Halloween’, Jack Skellington. Jack then seems to have some sort of epiphany, there’s got to be more to life than just Halloween, right? After a walk, Jack stumbles across the doors to all the other holidays we celebrate, including Christmas Town. Once returning to Halloween Town, Jack decides to take over Christmas. Doesn’t really go to plan.
I know this film is such a classic and will be for a very long time to come. I’ve loved this film for as long as I can remember. Maybe some kids will find it a bit scary, but generally, it’s a pretty tame film. They’re all just misunderstood.
3. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Can you see a theme here? Tim Burton films are some of the best Halloween films ever made – specifically for all the family. I think that Edward Scissorhands can be a little bit harder for younger children to watch, just because the plot may be a little complicated – but that doesn’t stop it from being an amazing film. Always makes me emotional.
A man with scissors for hands made by a scientist is left abandoned after the scientist dies. After a woman named Peg comes across Edward years later, she brings him back to her home in a quaint neighbourhood.
It’s such a sad movie with the most amazing cinematography. You can certainly watch this film at Halloween or Christmas, it gives vibes for both seasons. Obviously, there are no rules as to when you can and cannot watch movies though.
4. Scooby-Doo Movie Franchise (2002 + 2004)
Scooby-Doo and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed are honestly some of the best family-friendly films ever made. They’re actually quite witty with great humour.
I’m really hoping you’ve heard of the Scooby-Doo series and franchise before; if you have then you have a good idea of what it’s all about. Five best friends investigate some strange mysteries. Daphne, Velma, Fred, Shaggy, and their Great Dane dog, Scooby-Doo.
There have been so many different versions of Scooby-Doo, but I think these two live-action films hold the top spot for me. I definitely recommend checking them out if you haven’t, I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly pleased.
5. Labyrinth (1986)
I’ve never really classed Labyrinth as a Halloween film before, but the more I think about it the more I think it could be classed as one. I’ve seen a lot of people dress up as the characters for Halloween, therefore I think it’s holiday-worthy.
David Bowie plays the Goblin King who gives Sarah, played by Jennifer Connelly, thirteen hours to make it through his labyrinth to his castle so she can save her little brother, Toby. Obviously, he doesn’t make it easy for her and she picks up some unexpected friends along the way.
It’s a great film with a brilliant soundtrack and some even more spectacular costumes. If the ballroom scene doesn’t give you chills then I don’t know what to tell you. It’s got the humour and the wit. It’s another classic.
6. The Haunted Mansion (2003)
Not only one of my favourite rides at Disneyland Paris but also one of my favourite films to watch at Halloween. It’s one of the scarier films I’ve included in this list, but it’s also one of the best.
Starring Eddie Murphy and Marsha Thomason as Husband and Wife realtor team, they get an opportunity to sell a huge mansion. But when they get there they realise the mansion is haunted by lots of different spirits with lots of different motives.
I think it’s one of Disneys best live-action movies. Plus Eddie Murphy was the perfect choice to play Jim Evers. You should all definitely check this film out and let me know what you think of it.
7. Coraline (2009)
A film I believe was ahead of its time. There’s something charming yet uncomfortable about this film. It’s quite dark, cinematically and emotionally. I would say younger children wouldn’t particularly like or understand it, but older kids would probably see the attractiveness of the film.
Coraline is an eleven-year-old girl who has just moved to a new house with her family. She doesn’t really get along with her parents and feels a bit neglected by them. One day, whilst exploring her new house, she comes across a door that has been wallpapered over. After entering through this door she finds an alternative to her family, one she has always dreamed of. Things aren’t that simple though.
It is similar to Tim Burton’s work, but it isn’t. It has the same sort of cinematography. The film was made with stop-motion, just like some of Burton’s work. I do know that it was originally supposed to be a live-action film, but was later decided to be stop-motion. A good decision I think, it really adds to the theme and vibe of the film.
8. The Addams Family (1991)
Everyone has heard of this dark family. This dark comedy will speak to adults and children alike! The actors were perfect for the roles. The Addams Family TV life started in the 60’s with their own TV series. There have been a lot of adaptations ever since, but I believe this version is probably the most famous, especially for my generation. I remember watching this when I was a child and just loving it.
I wouldn’t say there is anything particularly scary about this film. It’s more spooky than anything else. A completely gothic family, what more could you want?
9. Ghostbusters 1 and 2 (1984 + 1986)
Who you gonna call? That’s right! It wouldn’t be a family-friendly Halloween list without mentioning either of the original Ghostbusters films. They’re classics, and from what I can gather, they’ve been classics from the moment they were released.
I feel like I don’t need to explain these ones too much because the title of the films are pretty self-explanatory, but also because I think everyone has seen them. I remember my Dad telling me that the day the first film was released, the queue for the cinema was out the door! That is the making of a classic.
10. Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Finally, we have Hotel Transylvania. This fun film is one of my favourites for this season. I don’t really know why I like it so much, but I actually really do!
Dracula is about to throw his daughter, Mavis, her 118th birthday party at his monster-only hotel. An unknowing human stumbles across the party whilst backpacking, and Mavis takes a liking to him. Dracula becomes overprotective over his only daughter but learns a vital life lesson.
I just think it is a feel-good film with some funny humour and a catchy song at the end of the film. I really recommend this film, especially if you have younger children, I think they’ll really enjoy it.
Last night was the premiere of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor on
BBC Doctor Who. When it was announced last year that the next Doctor would be a woman, let’s just say some people had some things to say. For me though, I was so excited and thrilled. Seeing a woman play a character who has only been portrayed by men was so exciting. I mean, I’ve only waited thirteen years!
I have to say I was nervous. Nervous for Jodie, and how she would be welcomed, that’s a lot of pressure, but also nervous about how she would be written. I was worried she wouldn’t be as powerful and impactful as the previous Doctors. But the more I thought about it the more I realised that Jodie would never let that happen.
What did I think of last nights premiere? Well… I have a lot to say about it. Firstly, I loved it. I absolutely adored it. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adore Jodie. It was such a wonderful thing to happen and I am just grateful I got to see it. Jodie Whittaker portrayed The Doctor perfectly, she was believable and didn’t come across as trying to hard to live up to the standards. She seemed natural in the role, it is very clear she was born to play The Doctor. This episode was titled ‘The Woman Who Fell To Earth’. We caught a glimpse of what she’d be like in the last Christmas episode when Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor, regenerated. I knew she would be great from that moment on. The cinematography of that scene was amazing, her ring falling off and hitting the floor of the TARDIS was just beautiful. Jodie has been compared to the Eleventh Doctor – Matt Smith. They do share some similarities, which is great. Jodie does make the role her own though, I noticed little moments of inspiration from a few Doctors which is okay, they are all the same character after all. Jodie’s Doctor currently has three companions, I don’t know if they’ll all be in it for the whole series, but I think they will. There are Yaz, Ryan and Graham. At the beginning of the episode, I wasn’t too convinced by them, but now I think they’re going to be great companions to her. Graham definitely redeemed himself.
Last nights episode was incredible. There was a new energy to the show. It seemed fresher than usual. The CGI was better than past seasons. I really cannot fault this episode. It had all of the elements that makes Doctor Who universally great. This episode does get me really excited for the rest of the series! I hope Jodie continues to play The Doctor for more than one series; she was charismatic and funny. There were so many great scenes in this episode, the writing was so spot on – thanks Chris Chibnall. We are yet to see her fly the TARDIS, but I already know it’s going to be iconic. Plus her outfit is so sweet! I love it. I’ve seen comments comparing her outfit to children entertainers, but that’s a load of rubbish; she looks fantastic. The monster is last nights episode was pretty scary too! Have you ever seen ‘Jeepers Creepers’? Well imagine the ‘Creeper’, but with human teeth stuck on its face. Pretty grim.
Throughout the episode, I was trying to hold back tears.
I was so emotional, I still am, about the whole thing. Not only because she’s a woman, and I love women, but because times are changing. My little sister, who is four, is growing up in a world where women are taking control. Women are portrayed to be strong, powerful and smart, everything they are in real life. I mean, when I was growing up there was minimal representation of women being able to do and be whatever they want. Obviously, there were some inspiring women in TV and film, but nothing compared to today. It gives me hope that Eliza will be shown through media that she can grow up and be whatever she wants, and to go out and get what she wants with no apologies. The Doctor finally being cast as a woman was a huge step for the media in this country. I’m just so incredibly happy that Jodie has made this role her own, and she’s bossing it!
It’s inspiring to me. I’ve always been someone quite opinionated and that has left me wanting to use my voice to help change the world. I believe the majority of my generation are using their voices and we are finally being heard. I want to go out there and be a role model for Eliza, and my brother, Reuben. Women’s portrayal in media is slowly changing. Don’t get me wrong, there is still a long way to go, but we’re on the right track. After all, the future is female.
What did you think of last nights Doctor Who premiere? Let me know in the comments.