C.S. Lewis Quote


Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.


Movie Review: X-Men Days Of Future Past


Something you might not know about me is, I am something of a movie buff as it turns out. It came as a surprise to me as I just assumed everyone had the kind of knowledge I did about films!

Anyway onwards with the review. No doubt those of you who waited for this have already gone and seen it. The rest of you might have escaped the hype and wonder if it is any good. The straight answer to that is quite simply…YES! It is a superhero movie with heart which is really quite rare.

Sure stuff gets blown up but the real action here is in the scenes between a past and future version of Professor Xavier. I found this scene especially wonderful. Acted superbly and delivered with an effortless that few could carry out. Patrick Stewart and, to a lesser extent, Ian McKellen steal this film.

Hugh Jackman is the muscle but has his own moments of triumph and heartache. Mainly his role here serves as a bridge between the past and future. It could also be argued that it is also to set up a future film of his own origins.

The rest of the cast handle their roles as well as you would expect from such a high calibre cast. Jennifer Lawrence is spell binding considering she is head to toe in blue paint and green contact lenses. As a young Magneto and Professor Xavier, McAvoy and Fassbender are almost a match for their elders. Ellen Page is Kitty Pride who, given a relatively small on screen role, is pivotal to the plot.

The film managed to shoehorn in loads of guests appearances and an assortment of mutant without it ever once feeling forced or unnecessary. There are shocks galore as the film comes to its final act. You can’t help but question the logic of a very intelligent man who has been told the future given a small event, only to then raise the stakes and assume a future in that world would be better.

All your old favourites are back and they throw in a few new ones. Storm has a limited role which, given her pregnancy, is inevitable. Also expect a few returns.

I’ll Just Keep On Surviving: Part 1


How much of our energy do we expel on surviving? The simple day to day act of being alert or on guard? This “Jungle Mentality” as it is often called. Always being prepared with a response or always being prepared for the unexpected. How much each of us do it really depends on how we were brought up & how we perceive the world.

I’m stuck in survival mode. I have been for years. I can barely focus on anything else other than getting through the day. When I get home at night, often, all I want to do is pull the duvet over my head & hide. I am always on guard in case of verbal (or perhaps physical) assault from someone or something. It is extremely tiring. That though is sort of the point.

I am utterly exhausted. I can’t carry on like this. In surviving I become numb to things but really what I am experiencing is a huge amount of stress. So all the tiny little things that I should be enjoying or absorbing make little impact because I am just putting so much effort into being alert & scanning my environment.

During the course of the last 11 years I have not been living at home with my Mother. My therapist said that it must have been a huge relief to finally move out & be free. My response was that I have never felt free. Not once. I still have dreams about disappointing my Mum or Dad. I sometimes still wake feeling concern at their reaction to something I have done in the dream.

I don’t yet know what the answer is. My therapist this week showed concern about this & seemed to be suggesting that this is not an easy fix. As those of you who have read my other posts will know, it came as no surprise when, ultimately, he responded with “wow…she really did a number on you”. All I could think after he said this while I was sat there was “Yeah…& she will never understand that”.

There’s Still Time to Join Writing 101!


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The next Blogging U. challenge, Writing 101, kicks off Monday — so if you’ve been thinking about registering, you’ve still got a few more days to hop off the fence and sign on!

Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit, publish posts that mesh with your blog’s focus, and push you a bit as a writer. It’s also a great way to make new friends and find new favorite reads. All bloggers are welcome, whether you use WordPress.com, are self-hosted, or use another platform entirely.

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  • We’ll post a new writing assignment just for Writing 101 each weekday in June on The Daily Post. Assignments will publish at 10:00 AM EST (14:00 PM GMT). You can follow The Daily Post to get assignment notifications.
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