21

So it’s finally here, the grand old age of 21. I have had a wonderful day and been spoilt beyond my wildest imagination, maybe growing old isn’t so bad after all!

After a fun day yesterday of Halloween games and films, it was an early start today as my excitement took over like the big kid I am! I have been well and truly spoiled my amazing family and girlfriend – I have a trip around Europe next year to look forward to and enough cash to own a Ferrari (at least for an hour or two!). 


In traditional Charlie Brown style I spent the day playing Laser Quest before having all you can eat pizza for lunch – big kid indeed!

I’m off to Dublin tomorrow for 2 nights and the celebrations don’t stop there as I’m having a family/friends party on Saturday night – yep I’m really milking this!

So I guess being 21 isn’t so bad after all!

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Jack Whitehall Travels with My Father: Review

Jack Whitehall Travels with My Father is a travel documentary/road trip comedy television series exclusive to Netflix and follows comedian Jack Whitehall and his father Michael Whitehall on a ‘gap year’ around South East Asia.

It’s been ages since I’ve sat down and actually watched a brand new TV series, usually I spend so long deciding exactly what it is that I want to watch that I usually just end up watching old episodes of Friends and How I Met Your Mother! But with a trip to Thailand finally booked for this coming February, I thought I’d watch the hilarious ‘Jack Whitehall Travels with my Father’ to get a taster of what Thailand is going to be like.

There have been numerous celebrity and parent adventure shows however Jack Whitehalls’ Travels with my Father comes into its own bracket. It feels more like an actual journey together, like Jack says a ‘gap year’. It was nice to see how there was a good mix of culture and partying involved as this matched what Jack and Michael wanted to do whilst they were travelling. This also felt like the trips and experiences were done for themselves and not just our benefit.

There is a huge age gap between Jack and his father and that what makes the duo so dynamic, as they have such differing personalities. Obviously Jack is flamboyant and quite dramatic, whereas Michael is a bit grumpier and not that into the travelling life so to speak. There are a number of hilarious moments where Jack intentionally attempts to embarrass Michael, much to his annoyance.

What makes the show so great is how British it is. Michael is a true and proper British gentleman and for the majority of the trip he wears a full suit! There is a lot of British humour as well, one of the funniest moments is when Jack is teaching a group of monks an array of different cockney rhyming slang!

Watching it got us even more excited for Thailand and the show will definitely get you in the mood for travelling. We are actually staying in the hotel which they stayed at in Bangkok (also where some scenes of the Hangover 2 were shot), so it was great to see it in all its glory with stunning panoramic aerial shots.

To watch or not to watch? – Overall Jack Whitehall Travels with My Father is a very enjoyable easy watch and a definite breath of fresh air for shows on Netflix.

Rating: 7.7/10

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie: Review

The Lego Ninjago Movie a 2017 3D computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by Warner Brothers based on the Lego Ninjago toy line. The film stars the voices of Dave Franco, Justin Theroux and Jackie Chan.

It feels like forever since I have done a movie review – even longer since I’ve done a new release! With a trip to Legoland Windsor this coming Saturday, I thought why not get in the mood and go and watch the latest instalment from the Lego franchise!

I loved the Lego Movie when it came out way back in 2014 and I dissapointingly didn’t get round to seeing Lego Batman so I had to make sure I watched Ninjago in good time. Prior to watching the film, I wasn’t too clued up on Ninjago however the premise was fairly straightforward – heroes, the ninjas, fighting against the villains.

What was so great about the Lego Movie was the witty humour and the vast number gags, not only for children but adults too. Lego Ninjago incorporates all of this to the very highest order and I’d go as far to say that the humour is better than that of the Lego Movie. Whether you are 6 years old or 60 years old, Lego Ninjago will definitely make you laugh.

Visually, the Lego Ninjago movie looks great! Obviously creating a Lego world and capturing the movements of Lego vehicles and figures etc is always going to be a different task to that of your standard animated film and in all honesty I thought the original Lego Movie was a bit clunky in its animation. However in the Lego Ninjago Movie, the animation is a lot more free flowing and visually does look great – I think this would be a great film to watch in 3D if you got the chance!

One part of the animation that did annoy however was the cat, Meowthra – a monster which wreaks havoc across the city of Ninjago. What annoyed me was how beautiful everything else looked and how the cat looked as if it had just been green-screened in! Whilst the gag was indeed funny, I think a little more time / money could have been invested to perfect this.

The plot starts off great and I really enjoyed the opening 30 minutes or so as the characters were introduced and the scene was set. However from here on out, I felt as if the plot became weak and the ending was very anti climatic. There had been a huge build up throughout the film to its ending and I was disappointed with its final sequences.

Go and watch, wait for the DVD or avoid altogether? – Overall, the Lego Ninjago movie is a very enjoyable and watchable film and despite the weak plot, the plethora of jokes more than make up for this.

Rating: 7.0/10

Midlife Crisis

So in less than one month, I turn the grand old age of 21 and if I’m being honest I’m having an early midlife crisis! Okay midlife crisis may be a bit extreme, but I feel as if I’m putting so much pressure on myself to do so much in so little time – see previous post for an example!

Anyway, aside from my ‘quarter life’ crisis, I have decided to do a Q&A as a bit of fun leading up to my birthday, so if you have any questions whatsoever, fire away! I’ll look to answer every question and keep your eyes peeled for the post which will be coming in the coming weeks!

I also want to hear from you, what did you do for your 21st birthday? In my opinion a 21st birthday is no bigger than any other birthday (in the UK at least), however in recent times a 21st birthday has increasingly grown bigger and bigger. Other than a couple of nights away in Dublin I don’t really have anything planned so I want some inspiration to what I can do!

Let me know what you did for your 21st birthday and what random facts about me you’d like to know! Whether you want to know my shoe size or my favourite Disney character, feel free to ask ANYTHING!

£5,000 in 4 months?!

Today is the 1st of October. I need roughly £5,000 in savings by the 1st February. Yup I’m screwed! Due to a certain someone’s 21st birthday and having booked a trip to Thailand, its safe to say I need to be saving as best as I can these next couple of months! 

Currently, I work Monday to Friday 9 to 5 in an office job. My wage from this is already pretty stretched out to cover my expenses, petrol, food etc so it’s unlikely I will be able to save any significant amount from this. This means I am going to have to find alternative methods to earn £5,000 in exactly 4 months!

This means I have to be earning £1,250 a month, on top of working full time! It looks to be a damn near impossible task, however I am fully determined and that’s why I am going to document everything and update you guys on a monthly basis to ensure I am on track.

So far, I’ve looked into a possible part time evening job, doing some freelance writing and doing car boot sales, but is there anything else you guys can think of which I could do to earn a bit of extra cash and make those cocktails on the beach in Thailand that little bit sweeter?! Let me know in the comments!

Winter is coming…

…well we have to get through Autumn first Jon Snow but you’re not wrong! Autumn and Winter are my favourite of the seasons by a country mile, partly because I cannot cope when the weather is too warm! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy holidays in the sun, but they are a different kind of sun to what we get here in the UK.

Already the days are getting shorter and the temperature a lot cooler and summer feels like a distant memory. I can’t wait for hot chocolates, long winter walks and all of the festivities that are to come. I think that’s what makes Autumn/Winter so special – the amount of holidays there are! There’s Halloween, Bonfire night, Christmas and if you’re American, Thanksgiving too.

Halloween is also the day before my birthday so that always used to add to the excitement surrounding my birthday so I’m a huge fan of Halloween! I’m a bit too old to go trick or treating nowadays, but I’m still planning on playing lots of Halloween themed games with my sister and watching scary movies!

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I always tend to have a holiday booked around Christmas time as well, this year it’s Disneyland Paris and I’m super excited for it this time around!

The films are so much better in Autumn/Winter as well! Yes you get your Summer blockbuster movies at the cinema but for me you just don’t have those staple films that get you excited for Summer. In Winter you obviously have all of the Christmas classics, Elf, Love Actually to name a few and that’s why for me it’s such an exciting season.

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Now I know Autumn/Winter isnt perfect, I’ve already noticed a mass increase of spiders and moths creeping into the house and I’ve definitely taken for granted not having to defrost the car the past couple of weeks! But for me Autumn and Winter are definitely the best seasons of the year!

Are you a Summer lover or a Winter wonderer? Let me know in the comments!

Why Normandy is a History Lovers Paradise – Part 2

One of the best war sites to visit in Normandy is Pointe Du Hoc, located about 45 minutes away from the coastal town of Arromanches which we were staying in. Pointe Du Hoc is a lookout, which was used by German forces during the D-Day landings and now comprises of remaining part-destroyed turrets and bunkers. Pointe Du Hoc was initially the intended location for the opening beach-storming sequence to Saving Private Ryan, however they opted for Omaha beach instead.

There is so much to explore at Pointe Du Hoc, from the giant craters which have scarred the landscape to the numerous bunkers dotted around. Some of the bunkers are amazingly still well intact and can be explored – just remember to take a torch! There is a nice memorial as well located on the very edge of one of the cliffs which really does looking striking, backing onto the sea behind it.

 

It’s not only World War 2 history which Normandy has in abundance, Bayeux is home to one of the oldest (and possibly longest?!) stories in the world! Bayeux is of course home to the famous Bayeux tapestry, an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long, depicting the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England and the Battle of Hastings. This was something I definitely wanted to see whilst I had the opportunity and it was a fantastic experience.

You get given headphones to listen to as you walk around the tapestry, and honestly, the story is so immersive! The tapestry itself is magnificent and is in pristine condition considering how old it is! Sadly you aren’t allowed to take pictures of the Bayeux tapestry, as the flashes could hasten degradation of the cloth.

Bayeux itself is a beautiful city with a lot of history, evident in the magnificent cathedral, watermills and old cobbled streets. It was lovely sitting out in the sun enjoying a beer watching the day go by without a care in the world.


Normandy has so much more to offer than just cider and cheese, and as you can tell, you’ll come back well educated! Have you visited Normandy before? Let me know in the comments!