Weekend Movies…

I have A LOT of movies that I want to get through at the weekend!


  • Coco
  • The Darkest Hour
  • Molly’s Game
  •  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

If I even saw two I’d be pretty pleased with myself.


I found a few Stephen King gems…

  • The Mist (this is a series! but I’m very inspired by the strange fog weather we are having!)
  • Gerald’s Game

Also, I just spotted John Wick is now on Netflix. It’s a major MUST WATCH! I’ll let you know whether I managed to see any of these!

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WCW | YouTube

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I just love Grace Randolph’s Beyond The Trailer. I love films and movies but I’d never followed any podcasts or channels before. I tend to read a lot of written reviews via rotten tomatoes. I don’t even know how I stumbled across her channel (probably Twitter) but it’s really changed how I feel about long-form content and YouTube as a platform. I didn’t realize that I’d sit and watch a movie reviewer (or any kind of content) on YouTube for an hour or longer until… I was!

Grace was a comic book writer published by Marvel Comics, DC Comics and Simon & Schuster so comic book movies and blockbusters is where she is strongest. She’s also very commercially aware which I love. She was real industry insight and is very fair and balanced.

She has a whopping 557,047,301 views since she started in 2008. If you love movies she’s worth a subscribe.


2018 Travel | Home

Last year was the first year I’d set travel goals. I only managed two and a half of the five places but getting to go to New York was such a big bucket list item.

  • Donegal, Ireland. (DONE)
  • New York City. (DONE)
  • Disneyland Paris, France.
  • Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Kerry, Ireland. (KINDA?)

So this year I’m going to break it my list into “Home” and “Away” – I’ve actually all the below booked and ready to go so I’ve no excuse!

  • The K Club, Kildare – I’ve done a number of nights at The K Club with work over the years so really want to share it with my husband. It’s so handy to our house meaning less travel.
  • Ballyseede Castle – I love returning to our Wedding Venue! I am always looking for an excuse to visit Kerry my favorite county.
  • Cork Jazz Festival – It’s the 40th year of the festival and I’ve always wanted to go. My best friend is based in Cork and I don’t visit enough.

Next up my “away” list!


Paddington 2 | Film Review

Paddington Bear 2 finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But the book is stolen, causing major problems for Paddington and the Browns…

As always…SPOILERS


Oh, I love Paddington. I didn’t grow up on the books but I do think these movies delight the soul with how pure and lovely they are. I don’t know if that magic comes from the books’ author Michael Bond or the film’s producer David Heyman.

This movie has plenty plot for a simple story. We have jailbreaks, runaway trains, and even a treasure map.  Most importantly we have marmalade. Lots and lots of marmalade. Oh and laughs. There are plenty learnings amongst the many themes from the community in the modern world, the place of immigrants in that community, to giving people second chances, even growing older and dealing with abandonment.

I think everyone has said it but it does look like a Wes Anderson film if not feel like one (because that would be wrong). All the performances are wonderful and I really can’t emphasize enough how perfectly cast this film is. In particular, Hugh Grant who is just so amazing in this role that I demand he gets an Oscar and Duncan Jones (Director of Moon & Warcraft) agrees with me so that’s all the matters.


What a lovely movie. Bring tissues.

Self Care Sunday

I was one of those lucky ducks that booked the first week in January off as annual leave. The expectation being of course that I would achieve a great many things. Alas, I ended in bed with a cold/flu virus for the majority of the week. It seems any break I take my immune system crashes but I knew I was burnt out before I booked the days so I can’t be too surprised.

My first biggest challenge is getting to sleep tonight! In December my iphone tells me I was averaging two hours sleep most nights! Thanks for insomnia, steriods! The last week I have been napping but mainly during the day which is pretty bad.


Tomorrow I get to attempt NEW YEAR NEW ME one week later than everyone else. Wish me luck!