Treats, trials and tribulations

EJ Penguin

I haven’t been able to write too much lately – life has been completely knackering and if I’m going to write then my optimum time seems to be mid-morning which is really unfortunate due to the fact that I am rarely unoccupied mid-morning. However I have managed to find a few things to love lately.

My favourite programmes recently have been: the BBC3 comedy Cuckoo with Greg Davies who is brilliant (and also used to teach drama at my old secondary school! [way after my time I should add]). I just love the silliness of it all – all the characters are written so well; Happy Valley – so sad it’s over already, another tour de force performance from Sarah Lancashire; The Voice UK – I know, I know, so predictable of me but I enjoy this so much more than something like X Factor, although now it’s going to the live shows it remains to be seen if the natural talent will survive duff song choices. I think Boy George has turned out to be a pretty good judge as far as I’m concerned, I have agreed with most of his choices although Ricky has the best team in my opinion – Kevin Sim’s performance of Chandelier is definitely going to be one of the series highs; and Thirteen – another BBC drama series, this time the story of a girl who was snatched from the streets by a man who kept her hostage in his cellar for 13 years before she manages to escape. It’s not quite as straightforward as it sounds though as the details of what actually happened behind those four walls gradually emerges.

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Parsnips, silver earrings and happiness #littleloves


Happy This YearThis week I have put the psychological thrillers down and picked up a book on a subject that forever fascinates me, happiness. As I mentioned in my last post, I read The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin last year which is far more well-known, but Happy This Year by Will Bowen is another take on the same subject – how to achieve lasting happiness. As I stated before, joining in with this linky is a great start because it allows us to focus on the positives in every week!


I finished the second series of The Following last week and this week I have made a start on the fourth series of The Walking Dead. There seems to be a theme of death and violence going on here – I think I might need to watch a fluffy comedy soon to balance it all out! The other thing I watched was a one off thriller called Cyberbully starring Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones. It was aired a couple of weeks ago I think but it’s still on 4oD online. It really does make you feel quite paranoid about using social media!!

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