16 November 2014
Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~ Robert Brault #holidays #quotes
As it's the little things in life that make you happy, I thought I would share some old treasures and new discoveries that have put a smile on my face this week.

  • Jake Gyllenhaal being brilliantly creepy in Nightcrawler
  • Rituals Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oil is deliciously refreshing and relaxing
  • Not my usual cup of tea but I'm enjoying listening to the folky sisters from First Aid Kit 
  • This clip of Elvis having a laugh and singing his heart out.  What a man!
  • Discovering Dahlia fashion boutique in Carnaby Street.  Looking forward to wearing their Florence swing blouse
  • Radio 6 Music presenters have created fantasy playlists to accompany their favourite books. Love this idea.
  • Emerald Street are holding a ghost story competition.  Enter if you dare!

15 November 2014
Постер 1 из 5 из фильма "Острые козырьки" /Peaky Blinders/ (2012)
Oh Peaky Blinders, I shall miss you.

I honestly cannot say enough good things about this epic piece of television.  This series drew me in like a good book, with writing that was always intriguing and never predictable.  The acting, particularly from Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Sam Neill was immense whilst the dark, rumbling soundtrack perfectly underscored  the action on screen. I actually cheered when series three was announced after the closing credits.  For those that haven't yet encountered the Shelbys and their gang on the lawless streets of 1920's Birmingham, I am so jealous, you are in for one hell of a ride!

There's more info on the Peaky Blinders here on the BBC 2 website.  

4 November 2014
floral record player

Last week I had one of those gloriously lazy Sundays where you get cosy with a cup of tea and your laptop and while away the hours getting lost in a stream of blog posts, Pinterest gems and YouTube stuff & nonsense.  

It was on this fateful Sunday that I was to re-discover one of my old favourite pastimes, listening to the humble podcast and to be more specific, the treasure that is Desert Island Discs.  If you are a wiki-fiend (!) like me, you will adore these forty minute interviews where the 'castaways' meander through their life stories, punctuated by their choice of 8 songs which they are allowed to take to their desert island.  The castaways also pick one book and one luxury item to keep them company.  I find it fascinating knowing the music and books that these inspiring people hold dear, as well as hearing a little slice of their life along the way. Continuing what seems to be a bit of a horror and Gothic theme on my blog, the castaway I listened to on Sunday was League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and I am excited to find that J.K. Rowling has also been on Desert Island Discs.  I know what I will be doing on my next lazy Sunday.

The Desert Island Disc archives are here and they go way back from the 1940s until today.  

29 October 2014
Image of the Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination poster

As All Hallow's Eve draws near and The Art of Gothic BBC 4 series comes to a close next week, I thought it would be the perfect time to pay a visit to the British Library for their Terror and Wonder Gothic Imagination exhibition.  It was a shame that Andrew Graham-Dixon wasn't on hand to enthuse about the various books, film-clips, posters and paintings on display.  But seriously, I think the artwork featured above was worth the admission alone and I particularly liked the Hammer horror film posters and the section dedicated to Dracula.  It was also interesting to see how the Gothic genre has evolved and endured over the years. 

Once inside the lovely gift shop, I was suitably inspired to pick up a couple of tales of the macabre.  I opted for an old favourite of mine, Dracula and a new read for me, The Turn of the Screw.  Looking forward to spooking myself with those in the next few days.  

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination is open at the British Library until 20th January 2015.  

27 October 2014

Just a quick post about the BBC 4 three-part series, The Art of Gothic which explores Britain's fascination with all things Gothic.  I really enjoyed last week's episode with Andrew Graham-Dixon's look at the other-worldly frisson of horror that Gothic art ignites.  He describes Salvator Rosa's 'Witches at their Incantations' as though being lit by flashes of lightning and speaks of the Gothic movement as a new language and a 'way to speak the unspeakable'.  Brilliant stuff.  The second episode is on BBC 4 tonight at 9 pm.