Thursday, 20 April 2006

My new toy

It was our 3rd wedding anniversary last week and Graeme bought me a button/badge maker. Its a very nice little machine that makes one and a quarter inch button badges quickly and easily. Of course, the first thing I made had to be HP related, so here are the first bunch I made. I obviously have heaps of the things and am only going to keep a couple for myself. Still not sure what I'm going to do with the rest.

Inside were about fifty badges, all of different colours, but all bearing the same letters: S.P.E.W.
'"Spew"?' said Harry, picking up a badge and looking at it. 'What's this about?'
'Not spew,' said Hermione impatiently. 'It's S - P - E - W. Stands for the Society for the Promotion of Elvish Welfare.'

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
, p 198

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Friday, 7 April 2006

Ella Enchanted (2004)

We have pay tv, including the Movies pack. We had pay tv back home too, but we didn't have the movies because they weren't worth the extra money. By the time G got the super-sports package, movies hardly cost anything more, so we got them. And we got sky+ which means you can record things to watch later - soon our harddrive will be full of movies I want to see...

Ella Enchanted is one of those modern classic fairytales. It is set in a fairly classical magical world of fairies, ogres, castles and giants, but then they have put modern twists (I loved the wooden stairs that moved like an escalator). It was predictable in the way that fairytales and young romantic comedies are, but I quite enjoyed it.

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Thursday, 6 April 2006

Ice Age 2 (2006)

We saw Ice Age 2 last night. Our first trip to the movies in a long time. Definitely the first time we've been since we've been in London.
Anyway, I loved Ice Age and the sequel was just as good. I'm not going to say better, because I haven't seen the first one in a while, so its hard to compare. I will say that it is hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny for big chunks of the time. You already know the characters and their little "herd's" dynamics, so it just jumps right in with the story. Basically, the Ice Age is ending and they have to get out of the valley before it floods.
I don't really want to divulge anymore of the plot, so its hard to write too much more about it. Just go see it (but see the first one first).

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Another reason why I love Jo Rowling

Besides the fact she wrote Harry Potter, of course.
And that she has one of the coolest interactive websites I have seen.
Its something on this website that she just added today that I love.

If you've never been to her site, click on that link over there on the right and look around. While you're there, click on the hairbrush (Extra Stuff) then the tab saying Miscellaneous. Be sure to read the "For Girls Only, Probably..." page. You don't need to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate this, you don't even have to be a girl necessarily. Its just good.

OK, here's the link to her site so you don't even have to look on my menu (not that its hard to find).

Oh, and for those who haven't read any or all of the books, just be careful - a lot of her page assumes that you have read the books... But you can get to the page I mentioned without any spoilers.

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Such a slacker

Well, not really - I have been updating, just not on here. But since I have been slack about creating my individual page on our website, I thought I should try and be better about updating here. So, a new attempt at keeping this thing up-to-date begins now. I won't be writing much about the things we are doing in terms of the move and our travels, since there is plenty about that going on over on the other site. Instead, I will be doing more me-oriented posts. Like what I've been getting up to. And going back to that resolution to write reviews.

We'll see how long it lasts...

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