Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch: A Visual Examination.
All otters are from The Daily Otter, for all your ottery Tumblr needs!
I can imagine a hundred Sherlocks.
EDIT: So this post seems to have been retweeted by Nick Frost. Hello to anyone coming from Twitter! Now, I love you all to bits, but do you think you could perhaps reblog the original? This is just a reblog, after all, and credit for noticing Mr Cumberbatch’s uncanny resemblance to marine mammals should go to Redscharlach, who deserves them and the related follows a lot more! Ta!
Today I visited the Emmaus village in Carlton. It’s basically a village based around a recycling centre where people can take all their junk and buy new junk.
But it has an amazing atmosphere because every person who lives/works there is a former homeless person and recovering addict working hard to get their lives back on track. Everyone is so happy and helpful, there’s a real sense of community spirit and you can pick up some amazing bargains.
I suggest everyone visits for a bit of shop, but most importantly, a reality check. It’s a real eye-opener.
everyone should join the Anti Riot: Operation Cup of Tea. Protest this god awful violence by having a big cuppa!
Click on the picture to view other tea drinkers pics.
This is a documentary about the director Roman Polanski, and the trial he underwent after his arrest for rape of an underage girl.
It’s brilliant, not just as a study of an amazing character, but also a close examination of the manipulative power of the media and the justice system, and how those two work together.
Well worth a watch, especially if you love the work of Polanski.
Some of my favourite photographs I’ve taken this year :) some great reminders of wonderful times with my bestests :)
I’ve just read the most awesome article (written by my dissertation tutor Kim Akass) on divorce in The Sopranos. Not necessarily important to my dissertation but interesting nonetheless.
It explores Carmela’s attempts to divorce Tony and how it denies her narrative authority she is accustomed to, to the point where it becomes clear she cannot both follow through with the legal action and maintain her privileged (both materially and socially) lifestyle; so must let him come home.
It also examines Carmela’s faith in the context of her mafia lifestyle and how ‘investing in the patriarchal sexism of these hierarchies - the Catholic church, the mobster family, Italian-American patriarchy - makes for an uncertain future when she wants out’.
It also makes a fascinating point about Carmela’s fate being decided by the episodic serial structure of The Sopranos; by it being ‘rooted in a televisual format which is structured by open-endedness and demands non-resolution.’ Any real attempts she makes to be free work against the narrative’s demands to drag out the drama and resolution for as long as possible,
Definitely worth a read if anyone is doing their diss on feminism on television. I have a spare copy.
Documentary maker Davis Guggenheim examines the history of, and need for reform in, the American school system. Very beautiful and emotional documentary following the lives of four children desperately trying to win a place at a better school.
This is the short documentary I (and my three other lovely laydeez) made for my Screen Doc class. It’s about nostalgia and memory, based around Southend’s pleasure pier.
Got me a first. Don’t wanna brag.
Well… maybe a little bit.
Just doing some research on the father’s role…
Really interesting but what shocked me the most was the amount of professionals who truly believe that men have little or no role in a child’s development aside from their sperm and their pay-packet!
With the advent of the working day, it’s obvious that men can’t be around as much, but still, I can’t see how it renders them obsolete in the domestic realm, my Father is a huge part of my life.
But maybe that’s because my Father has always been around.
Hmmm. Food for thought. How is this going to link to Tony?
Finally pinned down what I think my dissertation argument is going to be.
At the turn of the 21st Century Tony Soprano embodies not only the crisis of Masculinity but also the current crisis in Fatherhood.
With no real masculine role model (aside from the Godfather trilogy and memories of his mobster father) Tony’s masculine identity is malformed and fractious, striving towards an unreachable ideal. He fails to parent AJ like the child he is, instead treating him with the same derision he would a gang member, which inevitably leads to AJ’s life of crime, despite Tony’s desperation to keep him from this.
I’m feeling pretty positive about it, research is going well so far, but Fatherhood studies is a pretty small and new subject so I’m half nervous, half excited about venturing into it.
Here’s some footage from Schwartzberg’s new film ‘Wings of Life’ which is about pollination and it’s vital role in maintaining nature’s balance…so you can get my drift.
I promise I will get out of bed now and tidy and do some dissertation work.
My new aim in life is to work for Blacklight films, the film company of Louie Schwartzberg. The work they produce is just stunning and exactly the kind of filmmaking I want to do, it’s the first time I’ve watched something that has blown me away in a long time.
Now to get this pesky degree out the way and get me to LA!
Right, I’m back from gorgeous Malta, finished second year and promising myself to blog more, I can’t spend two years learning about multi-platform media and then ignore it can I…
Above are a few snaps from Malta (so pretty!) and one of my wonderful family, because something has happened recently to not only hammer home how much they all mean to me but also to make me realise what a big and scary place the world can be right now, especially to be growing up in.
Over the summer I’m doing my dissertation, so I guess there’ll probably be a lot about that on here, it’s on the Sopranos and Fatherhood. I’ll fill you in more when I’ve narrowed down my argument.
So yeah, I’m back :) let’s do it!