Spring Fling with Blossom

Spring is perhaps the most beautiful season as it signals hope and relief from the harshness of Winter.  It’s also in Spring that the Birds return to serenade us with their song in the mornings and that blossom decorates the previously skeletal branches of trees.   And like all beautiful things it’s time is short and just as soon as Blossom appears it leaves again dancing in the breeze as it goes. 

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Shop til’ you drop!

Some people loathe it, others love it and I am certainly a member of the latter party. Shopping gets me so excited, especially when I see all the displays in the shop windows right before my eyes. I was full of excitement yesterday when I took a trip to Westfield shopping centre; I had never been before as Bluewater is my usual haunt. Three whole floors of fashion, food, books and even entrainment! Well worth a trip.

So what clothes did I buy?

Surprisingly I didn’t go nuts and only bought a few items, I am very pleased with my purchases though so take a look!

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The dress from ‘Oasis‘ is so cute, I adore the colour scheme and the open back adds a bit of fun, I can already tell it’s going to be a wardrobe favourite! It will look great with a pair of sandals but equally it can easily work as an evening dress with a nice pair of heels.

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I spotted this top on a mannequin in the window walking passed ‘The Sting’ and knew I had to have it. I love the pattern, the little flamingos are adorable and a lovely colour on the white background. It is see-through so I will have to think carefully about what I pair it with!

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I got a couple of basic tops from ‘H&M‘, I particularly liked the yellow top (bang on trend) it’s nice to see more yellow it’s such a vibrate cheerful colour!


Food! Glorious food!

For lunch I tucked into a yummy Katsu curry at Wagamama’s, I managed to eat the whole meal using chopsticks, which I was really proud of! Normally I give up half way and greedily shovel the food in with a fork.

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Don Arancini had some really scrumptious patisserie biscuits; I couldn’t help but sample a few. It was hard to pick a favorite they were all delicious, Italians it seems can do no wrong when it comes to food!

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Asides from my purchases the highlight of the trip had to be listening to Karim Kamar, he was playing the most beautiful classical piano music, such a talented musician. If you want to have a listen I have attached a link to his Youtube channel here.

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Me time – It’s important!

“I am rushed off my feet”

“I wish I had more time for myself”

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day!”

“I don’t have time to do that!”

Sound familiar? It’s a fact of life… everyone is busy. We are busy working. Busy looking after others. Busy nurturing our relationships. Busy checking Facebook (Yes we are all guilty). We get caught up in our hectic lives juggling a million and one things. It’s crazy how busy we are being busy and we all have that one thing in common, we don’t spend enough time on ourselves. Sometimes its necessary to be selfish and that doesn’t make you a bad person!

Taking time out and refusing to give attention to anything other than your goals is healthy. We need to pursue passions, doing enjoyable things or sometimes just mong out in front of the telly. It can be challenging to find the time to indulge in this uninterrupted bliss but it’s a challenge worth pursuing.

Having that ‘Me’ time is not something to feel guilty about, it is to better yourself and thusly better how you treat and interact with others around you. Giving yourself the opportunity to relax and recharge will then help you refocus on the less fun stuff like your responsibilities.

So we’ve talked about why it’s good, now lets talk about how to make it happen!

  1. Remember that you are important and that you can never take your health (emotional and physical) for granted. You only live once make it count. There’s no use stressing out and burning out – you’ll be no good to anyone in that condition. Taking time out is allowed and it should be encouraged to ensure you live a fulfilling, happy and healthy lifestyle.
  1. Now that you believe you deserve this time, make sure it’s time well spent. Do you waste time checking Tweets and random Facebook posts by people you haven’t spoken to in years? Think carefully about what will make you feel rejuvenated and give you a sense of happiness and achievement. For me it’s being creative for others it could be reading a novel or practicing yoga. Write a list of goals you want to complete and make sure you schedule this time!
  1. Say “no”! I get this can be hard at times but its important. If it’s not going to add value to your life then what is the point? Think carefully before committing to something. If it’s really something that you can’t get out of (work commitments) don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to muddle through things alone.

Remember work hard but also play hard! – It’s a pretty good motto to live by. It’s certainly one I know I will be sticking to more so than ever. Do you have any tips on how you make time for yourself?

A homage to Bees

 These wonderful insects are the back bone of agriculture and without them we simply wouldn’t survive. So let’s strive to cultivate the remaining population before its too late. 
If you encounter one stay calm, they only sting out of fear and duty to protect their colony. If you find one that seems dead it might not be so give the little chap some sugared water and he might just live to fight another day. 

Fresh Hell – A Penny Dreadful Review

The deliciously dark and supernatural world of Victorian set drama Penny Dreadful has returned with the ominously tilted première episode ‘Fresh Hell’.

An enrapturing scene plays out in a carriage as Ethan regrettably informs Vanessa that he has to leave London as he is a threat to everyone due to his ‘Blackouts’ and that he should move on to another war somewhere far away. Vanessa passionately replies to Ethan’s Surmise with ‘do you think the dark forces that converge on our heads can be vanquished so easily?’ these words from Vanessa prove to be utterly true as they are shortly thereafter attacked by three bald, scarred and naked creatures in the form of women. Thenceforth the majority of the episode is dedicated to the discovery of the identity of this new foe, which is later revealed to be Madame Kali AKA Evelyn Poole and her coven of witches. We are reintroduced Madame Kali in a sublime tracking shot through her ornately Gothic property while she sings hauntingly to find her bathing in the blood of the slain women who lays at the foot of her bath. This scene is so sumptuous that it was perhaps my favourite moment in the whole episode as it so beautifully embodies the theatricality and insanity of Gothic literature.

Meanwhile at Frankenstein’s diabolical workshop Caliban assists his creator in the resurgence of his bride to be Brona. This idea of the long lamenting Creature helping his creator to bring him a bride is quite warped for Caliban had bemoaned his existence throughout the first season so for him to help create another creature like him will perhaps wholly corrupt his already fragile psyche. Also while Caliban is out seeking employment on the streets of London Frankenstein participates in some subtle necrophilia with his creature’s bride to be. This is a rather bizarre moment but serves to show that like his creation Frankenstein is very much alone. This moment also mirrors Caliban’s poetical assurance to his creator that ‘we are bound on a Wheel of pain thee and me’ and that truthfully ‘what is doctor Frankenstein without his creature?’ As in all actuality when you subtract the creature from Frankenstein’s life he is proven to be just another lonely man with a brilliant mind but through the creation of Caliban he has transcended himself and his peers to become a true albeit heinous genius .

Elsewhere Caliban happens upon a creepy waxwork emporium that is advertising employment; he then enters and examines the frozen figures with a sympathetic eye. As he goes to approach the owner of the establishment he begins to hide his disfigurement in a moment of self-consciousness however he immediately corrects himself and pushes his hair back to once again reveal the deep scares that adorn his face. This moment perhaps demonstrates that Frankenstein’s creature is becoming less fixated on his appearance and feels more at ease in society. However he back tracks slightly when the owner’s blind daughter asks to touch his face as he replies ‘it is not a face for touching’. Here he is feasibly embarrassed and ashamed as the young women exudes a innocent charm (partially due to her blindness) that is the complete opposite to his sinister and creepy persona which therefore suggests that she is going to become another one of his fixations.

In conclusion this episode performed dramatically well as a reintroduction into the world of Penny Dreadful and has built up substantial amount of tension and apprehension for the events to come this season. Moreover, among some of the most interesting hints at what awaits this season was when the witches referred to Ethan as ‘Lupus Dei’ which means Wolf of God and as Vanessa’s protector (though it is quite obvious that all the men in her life act this way) it would seem that Ethan and his condition could very well play a major part in the battle for Vanessa Ives soul this season. Equally fascinating was Malcolm’s confrontation with his wife and her venomous assertion that ‘We have no more children for you to save or to kill’ which perhaps hints that like Ethan Malcolm will be fighting hard to save Vanessa from the danger that is brewing. Also another thing that wandered through my mind this episode was where is Dorian Gray and what is he up to? Being one of the most fascinating characters last season I am also looking forward to his part in the wider story, and as to whether he and Vanessa will reunite at all.

Formalized, complex and costly

This week’s episode is probably the strongest yet this season as the wider events of the season begin to take shape.

Cosima is still very much stuck in an existential crisis as she and Scott extract the brain of Seth the recently deceased and ‘Glitching’ castor clone as she raises the question of ‘God is this all we are?’ while hacking up the dead corpse. While being a woman of science her near death experience (as hinted in the season premiere) has opened up her mind to the possibility of a higher force and perhaps has changed her perception on the event of dying. This is demonstrated in the way that she muses upon Seth’s death as she questions whether ‘when he died do you think what he saw it was just a temporal lobe trip or did his soul actually say I’m out of here I’m out of this dimension’. This reasoning is quite interesting as the way Cosima questions the Death Experience is both analytical on the grounds of science but still very much trippy and spiritual which perfectly amalgamates her conflicting identity in a nutshell . This quote from Cosima also reminded me of the brilliant philosophical musings of Rust Cohle in True detective and adds another interesting viewpoint into a show that is already a pioneering example of intelligent programing currently on television. Another thing that delighted me in Cosmia’s storyline this week was the gender representations, as a female scientist Cosima is portrayed as a very strong character. This is stressed during the extraction of Seth’s brain as Cosima is very hands on and gets stuck in with the mucky work while both Scott and Felix cower away with weak stomachs to much comical effect. This kind of representation is oft rare in film and television as it is generally the norm for males to take centre stage as the strong characters while the women faint or shy away from gruesome work and reality tells us this is very much not the case.

Dr Coady’s true colours are shown as she is revealed to be the head of the military experiment and ‘Mother’ to the Castor boys. In a rather disconcerting scene we see Rudy cling onto the doctor crying and pacifying himself by sucking his thumb. This shows a vulnerable and very childlike side to the creepy clone which again is strangely intriguing and adds another layer to his characters persona. Dr Coady also asserts that ‘Our weapons system has a glitch’ to Paul and hints at a higher power that could shut the operation down. This raises the question as to whether Topside is the overarching controllers of both the DYAD experiment and the Military mission, and what exactly this means for the future of the series (more on this later). Meanwhile Helena is now in a cell, but still her character seems to steal every scene, as in an interaction with Paul she gives a foreboding threat of ‘One day I kill you all’ complete with a mime of a machine gun with sound effects again this scene reflects the usual childlike behaviour seen from Helena but there is also a sinister undertone to her words and perhaps a hint of some of her characteristic homicidal behaviour to come.

This week we finally see Alison (and Donnie) take to the streets with her campaign for School Trustee using her newfound business as a bribe for votes. Disguising the drugs as artisanal soap gifts (complete with a very Paper Street Soap Company of Fight Club set up in the garage) the Hendrix’s seem like natural suburban drug dealers. Now as this is a very separate plotline in the season compared to the ever meshing stories of Sarah, Helena and Cosima I can’t help but wonder if Alison will re-join her sisters at some point.

The search for the original genetic material continues this week with both Gracie and Mark (revealed as an undercover Castor clone last week) and Sarah and Art converging on the same man thought to be harbouring the samples. Events transpire and it is revealed that the castor Clones and the Leda Clones share an extensive amount of genetic material which means in Cosima’s words ‘the boy clones are our brothers’. This concept is rather interesting as it brings the two different projects together thus it must mean that Topside are indeed responsible for the two diverse programs and also could hint at a possible alliance between Castor and Leda.

The Proletheans are back and in this episode we see Gracie’s mother track her runaway daughter down. As Gracie is very much distraught due to the fact that she has married a clone which was previously unbeknownst to her she readily embraces her punishing mother (better the devil you know?). In turn this revelation then spurs the matriarch to hunt and put Mark down like an animal right before Sarah’s eyes, who has just been enlightened by Cosima’s research that the clones are indeed related to each other thus the scene instantly becomes more emotional and raises the stakes to a higher level as the Proletheans represent yet another plausible threat to the Leda girls and demonstrates that characters once thought safe are perhaps not so much (this is the second death in two weeks).

In conclusion the season is heating up and judging by the teaser of next week’s episode we can expect the plot to thicken tenfold.

Sweeps fun!

This weekend it’s the annual Sweeps festival, which brings the streets of Rochester alive for three rather diverse days! It is fantastic to see a montage of traditional British activities such as Morris dancing and those donning chimney sweep costumes paying homage to the days when this annual holiday allowed boys to leave the soot for a few days of celebration.

The Fabulous fezheads warming up before they took the stage!
The Fabulous fezheads warming up before they took the stage!

It was the perfect excuse to chill with friends and soak up the atmosphere, with live music, funfair rides, stalls and farmers markets there is plenty for all your senses to enjoy no matter your age. My favorite act were the “Fabulous Fezheads’, as I sat eating my lovely hog roast baguette I was thoroughly entertained by their great musical skills and witty remarks. There were lots of other acts that were good too as their music flooded the castle grounds through the day.

I enjoyed looking at the market stalls eyeing up the delicious variety of food from breads to sausages right through to donuts and tasty fudge. I couldn’t resist and had to buy some salted caramel fudge, it was gorgeous I really want to learn how to make my own. There were a lot of cider stalls we even found a Viking horn stall which was rather interesting. There were ones for arts and crafts too, which is always good to see.

The Giggly Pig's sausages looked delicious!
The Giggly Pig‘s sausages looked delicious!

Later, we decided to retire to a less packed part of Rochester – the Sweeps Festival attracts people from all over the world so as you can imagine the high street was heaving! My friends found a pub a few streets away from the main action called ‘The Good Intent’ and we started on the variety of cider that was on offer in the outside tent. I never knew there could be so many different flavours! There were some interesting acts performing including a bunch of people wearing feather hats playing kazoos as well as, some bagpipes and banjos which ignited my friend Shane’s burning desire to dance.

Unlike last year, the weather wasn’t fabulous, don’t get me wrong it could have been worse, but I am like a lizard and need those rays of sunshine to warm my cold blood. It was getting late and chilly so I persuaded my friend Joe to accompany me inside and we were astonished to find a whole room of people singing a cappella folk! It was a rather surreal moment but beautiful to see so many people coming together in the community sharing a mutual love of singing and music.

Overall, all I can say is Sweeps is a great festival for friends and families alike. Kudos to historian Gordon Newton who decided to revive the tradition back in the eighties it really is a lovely way to spend your day. I believe it’s the perfect way to mark the start of summer.

I got to wear the bird head! This guy made my day.
I got to wear the bird head! This guy made my day.

High Sparrow – Game of Thrones Review

Three episodes in and we’ve already got a hint of a major event happening this season, everybody is heading to Winterfell (well not everybody, but a vast majority of characters) which should provide us with some great bloody moments hopefully next week (fingers crossed). Like last week’s episode title House of Black and White this episode also didn’t have much of a focus on its namesake High Sparrow however the lack of screen time on the Sparrows does create an foreboding uneasiness as if they are going to suddenly spring into action.

This week we finally get a look inside the House of Black and White and much like Arya us viewers have no idea what is going on as the interior is congregated by different statues of different deities and people keep dying. Moreover ‘Jaqen’ is as vague as ever still preaching that ‘a girl must become no one’ Arya believes that she is ready and tries to stress this to him and another dweller however ‘Jaqen’ replies ‘A man wonders how is it that no one came to be surrounded by Arya Starks things’. There is then a cut to Arya throwing her belongings out to sea, thus shedding her identity however she can’t bring herself to throw Needle into the water and the non-diegetic soundtrack surges in to reflect her sentimental attachment to the sword (perhaps her only link back to Winterfell). Therefore she decides to bury it under a pile of stones, one could then say that she is still not ready to become a Faceless Man as she is still clinging onto the past and her life as Arya Stark. Personally I have no idea what is going on with this storyline but I still very much enjoy it as there is a strange air of mystery that hovers around this league of assassins which adds another layer of intrigue to an already enthralling show.

The North takes centre stage as the Bolton’s rebuild the once great Winterfell, Sansa arrives to fulfil a nasty marriage alliance to the despicable Ramsay, Brienne and Podrick are still on a mission to protect the stark girl and Stannis plans to head down from the wall towards Winterfell. With all these characters looking to converge on Winterfell there is no doubt going to be some blood spilt and this episode practically serves to build up tension by telling us that all of these characters are on their way to the former residence of the Starks.

One thing that surprised me this episode was Sansa, upon hearing about their reason for heading back to Winterfell which is for her to marry Ramsay Bolton (the son of the man that killed her father) she wept and proclaimed that ‘I will die before I go there’. However, the sly Peytr Baelish convinces her that this would be the perfect place to avenge her family. Upon arriving at Winterfell Sansa looks as if she is a lamb going to slaughter (perhaps that’s exactly what she is) and nervously fidgets conversely upon greeting Roose Bolton she transforms into a charming and smiling figure, which clearly indicates that she is playing a game and has finally stopped being a snivelling bystander and is perhaps going to do something totally out of her nature which surely is going to be great to watch.

Brienne and Podrick share their stories of how the came to serve Tyrion and Renly, out of the two I sympathised with Brienne’s story the most. As a young woman her father organised a ball and for the first time she felt special and pretty which is all she had ever desired due to her large and slightly unfeminine disposition. However the boys at the ball called her ‘Brienne the beauty’ but as a mean joke which she discovered, upset she decided to run away but a sympathetic Renly danced with her and told her ‘don’t let them see your tears’. She then iterates to Podrick that Renly saved her and that ‘nothings more hateful than failing to protect the one you love’ thus indicating that she is also on a mission of revenge, this time against Stannis who she swears was the shadow that killed Renly. This conversation seemed random at the beginning but like all things in Game of Thrones it’s connected to the wider story which becomes clear that because these characters are going to meet in Winterfell perhaps we’ll see Brienne take on Stannis.

Jon Snow fresh to the role of Commander of The Night’s Watch speaks with Stannis and refuses the opportunity to become a Stark due to his vows. Stannis replies ‘you’re as stubborn as your father and as honourable’, Jon takes this as a compliment but the rightful king stresses that what he said he ‘didn’t mean as praise, honour got your father killed’. Now is it me or does these words forebode that Jon will become a tragic figure like his father. Snow then gathers a meeting to plan the next actions for the brotherhood. There is a conflict between him and Janos, which the new Commander quickly solves by calling to his Steward ‘bring me my sword’. In this scene we get another great piece of Non-diegetic soundtrack as Snow saunters down through a crowd of crow’s to execute Janos. The music is filled with powerful horns alluding to Snow’s rise in power but there is also a very cyclical string section which (maybe I’m reading into it too much) made me think that mirroring Stannis’ words in an earlier scene the music also reflects that Jon is repeating the fate of his father (remember Ned did execute a Night’s Watchman who betrayed his vows). The music then suddenly stops when Janos begs for ‘Mercy’ as Jon raises his sword, the young Commander falters like he did with Ygritte back in Season 3 however he then completes the beheading as Stannis look on. This was an interesting moment in the evolution of Jon Snow as it proved that he is becoming more and more powerful.

Another interesting moment up north was Ser Davos Seaworth giving Snow some brilliant advise and stressing that the Night’s Watch could do more for Westeros than just sitting at the wall by quoting their own vows back ‘The shield that guards the realms of men’ he then goes on to say ‘As long as the Bolton’s rule the north, the north will suffer, just one man’s opinion’. This suggestion disguised as an opinion seemed to resonate with Jon as he has a strong bond to Winterfell and the North, which perhaps suggests that Snow will command the Night’s watch to help Stannis take Winterfell back after all. Now Davos seems like a very intelligent man so if this was him trying to get the Stark Bastard involved in Stannis affairs it was an exceptionally cunning way to do so.

In Warmer climes down south a small wedding (the most seemingly happy one in recent Game of Thrones history) unites Margery and Tommen. Now while Margery seems happy with the union it is still clear that she is manipulating the ‘Sweetest King whoever lived’ as after they consummate the marriage she hints at Cersei’s overbearing parenting style calling her a ‘Lioness guarding her cub’ and that in order for him to truly become a man he needs to break away from his mother. The next morning Tommen alludes to his mother that she should go back to Casterly Rock. Also Cersei visits Margery (who playfully and maliciously calls her ‘Mother’) to pledge her service to the new queen. In this scene we see Cersei behaving quite nervously which is very much out of character for the spiteful Queen regent, but is understandable due to the fact that she clearly fears that Margery is going to steal her son away from her and in turn render her powerless.

Across the sea after Tyrion asserts that ‘I am losing my mind’ he and a very reluctant Vary’s leave their wagon to wander through the dingy streets of Volantis. As they explore they come across slaves and a Red Priestess who glares at Tyrion while he mocks her (is there any significance in the moment?). After a while they end up at a brothel (Tyrion is the ‘God of Tits and Wine’ After all) where they see a whore dressed like Daenery’s which is rather amusing. Meanwhile we see Jorah look on at the whore is disgust and I myself wonder what Mormont is actually doing there and if him and Varys have perhaps arranged to meet up. Also Tyrion converses with another whore whom he probably plans to bed however when it comes to it he claims that he can’t, perhaps there is residual guilt from killing his lover Shay last season that is preventing him, after this he then wanders off to relieve his bladder. While doing so a figure moves in the background, believing it to be Vary’s Tyrion starts to talk to him but he is suddenly bound up and gagged by Jorah who then states that ‘I am taking you to the Queen’. This moment then makes me dispute a partnership between Varys and Jorah and that perhaps the once trusted advisor of Daenerys’s is using Tyrion as a bargaining chip to win favour with his beloved queen.

Other interesting moments this episode included the public shaming of the High Septon by the sparrows who found him in one of Little Fingers Brothels, Cersei conversing with the High sparrow claiming that the crown and the faith are the pillars of society and that without either things would fall and a weird moment in Qyburn’s basement. My favourite of these small moments had to be the lingering shot of Qyburn writing in his basement which should seem banal if it wasn’t for the clothed mass in the background and the fact that the character and his surroundings seemed very Dr Frankenstein. Then lo and behold the mass starts to move signally that it is alive, Qyburn then hushes it and says ‘Easy Friend’. For me this was the weirdest and creepiest thing I’ve seen on the show for a long time which made this moment and its allusion to the great gothic novel all the more brilliant.

Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis – Orphan Black review

The second episode this season delves a little deeper into the plot-lines hinted at in last week’s premiere thus some unanswered questions begin to be answered.

The Castor clones grew on me this week as the purpose for their sudden presence was revealed. A ‘Glitch’ that seems to be a result of the genetic meddling of the cloning experiment much similar to the illness that plagues the Leda clones is affecting Seth one of the named Castor boys. Therefore Rudy and Seth set out on a quest to find tissue samples to solve this and it would seem that their bond is much similar to Sarah and Helena which adds an interesting dynamic to the show. However their strange sexual assault/attempted threesome (anybody reminded of Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen? Albeit a much more sinister scenario) with an unsuspecting woman adds a creepy weirdness to their relationship that doesn’t quite make sense but is interesting nevertheless.

In a side story and perhaps the most amusing storyline to develop this season is Alison and Donnie’s takeover of Ramone’s drug (and other contraband items) business. They both seem like the most unlikely drug dealers due to their suburban lifestyles but with both characters each having inadvertently murdered another person and managing to cover it up (thus far) they sort of seem ideal in this line of work which will no doubt bring some great moments and much needed comedy to the shows otherwise bleak format.

Like Alison, Cosima had a separate subplot that very much mirrored some of her scenes from previous episodes as she and Scott work at probing the DYAD Institute for more information on the original Genome. Lost with the death of the Duncan’s the identity’s of the original donors remain a mystery which could very much impend on their research. Conversely, the fact that they have The Island of Doctor Moreau filled with Ethan’s annotations all may not be lost, only time will tell.

Helena is meanwhile subjected to torture and tests now that she is out of that box, and is still hallucinating about the talking scorpion which also became one the best scenes of the episode. While participating in a test that we see Paul (yes he’s back) perform on Rudy and Seth earlier, Helena interacts with the scorpion and doesn’t participate seriously, as when faced with a syllogism including Mangos the talking scorpion prompts her to ask ‘where are these Mangos ‘ which amusingly defies the whole purpose of the test. What makes this scene so good is that it is typical Helena and it reiterates how mentally unstable she really is. Also we are introduced to Dr Coady, who is part of the group that are imprisoning Helena she seems to be a little more sympathetic than her co-workers as she stopped the torture due to the clones pregnancy. Now it may be too soon to see her as an ally of the expectant mother as it may just be that Dr Coady has been enlisted to make sure that Helena delivers her child so that the military can examine it for classified research purposes.

The clone showdown at the end of this otherwise slow episode amped up the tension to breaking point with one of the Castor boys Rudy finding Sarah and holding her beloved daughter at gunpoint while at the same time just a few floors down Seth does the same with Cal (Sarah’s love interest and Kira’s father). To be honest in this moment I expected Cal to be killed but part of that may have been because actor Michiel Huisman also plays Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, a show that is extremely notorious for killing anybody at any given moment which has perhaps conditioned me to expect the worse for characters in sticky situations. However this scene was also very well shot and with the constant cuts between both scenarios the tension is heightened. Moreover the technical execution of scenes proves to be one of Orphan Blacks strengths, as it would seem that the creators have an uncanny ability to make the audience squirm with anticipation which is probably why the show works so well that and the always brilliant Tatiana Maslany in the diverse lead roles of the Leda Clones.

All in all this week the episode seemed to slow the always fast paced show down slightly to build up the new characters as well as establishing how the season will continue which is undoubtedly going to be great.

These Boots Are Made For Walking – Cover

I don’t normally take part in the #ThrowBackThursday trend because normally I don’t have anything interesting to share. Today however, I realised it was around six months ago that I recorded my first ever cover of a song and shared it on Soundcloud! It marks a huge turning point in my life so I thought I would share it with everyone here!

I chose the wonderful Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking’ because I loved the famous scene from Austin Powers where the Fembots came out to that tune and shamefully I have to admit, Cate and I did role play this as children! Of course we didn’t understand that they were seducing everyone… we were completely innocent… I think!

Regardless, all those months ago I plucked up the courage to sing in front of people and to record it too (with the help of my awesome voice coach Pete Moody). Take a look at my throw back and feel free to comment, feed back is always welcome – good or bad! Fingers crossed for good.

Okay let’s go boots!