November Round Up

This month I continued my addiction with Pretty Little Liars as my number one TV show, and continued to devour it on Netflix.  I’ve now completed all six series, and am anticipating the arrival of the seventh series.  I’m hoping it’ll be on Netflix as soon as it’s released, but I’ve not yet heard how it’ll be shown in the UK.  If you’re watching the show and waiting to find out who A is, you will.  Finally I know the truth.  And it’s totally worth it.

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The end of Downton Abbey also happened this month.  Which has of course devastated me.  I’m such a big fan of the show, and love watching the upstairs and downstairs dramas.  There’s going to be a big hole with the ceasing of production of Downton Abbey- but I have the Christmas special to look forward to.  If you haven’t watched it ever, you really are missing out.

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With the cold weather I have been cozying up with some films as well.  The Imitation Game has had me desperate to go and visit Bletchley Park.  It’s a fantastic movie.  Benedict Cumberbatch plays the role of Alan Turing to perfection.  The movie is based on the true story of an unsung war hero, and how he cracked the german Enigma code.  His mathematical abilities helped end the war and saved countless lives.  It’s allows a deeper look into the person and his life.  It’s a really moving adaption of an ‘odd’ child who grows up to become an ‘odd’ man, but the more we learn about him the more everything falls into place and we sympathise greatly with the ending and the injusticeness of it.  It’s such a good movie, if there’s anything you should watch over the Christmas period it’s this.

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I also watched The Boy In The Striped Pajama’s on Netflix.  Believe it or not, I wasn’t actively seeking out war movies this month, I just happened to watch them.  The previous one was something Mr London Mum wanted to watch.  And this one was one I’ve been meaning to watch since it came out and then noticed it was on Netflix.  I found this to be a really poignant film, and one which shows the innocence and beauty of children.  And the destructive nature of war.   The movie was brilliant, but I can imagine that the book would be even more touching and emotional.  By the end of this film my heart was literally breaking.

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The last film I watched this month was Paddington.  Which I loved! And was a welcome break from the crying of the previous films.  I’m excited for Little London to be that smidgeon bit older, so we can enjoy the film together and then go to Paddington Station to pick up our own bear.  It’s a great movie, it’s funny, sweet and touching.  It’s wonderful watching Paddington try to get to grips with the British lifestyle.  I rarely laugh out loud when watching a film (I usually snigger, or smile), but there were a few bits in this that had me properly laughing! A great Christmas gift or if you have Amazon Prime you can watch it for free!

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In terms of books this month, I managed to read one.  Men, Money and Chocolate by Menna Van Praag has travelled from house to house with me remaining unread, and so I thought I’d get stuck in this month.  I think I picked it up from a car boot sale or a second hand shop.

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The title and the cover had me assuming it would be a great bit of chick lit (something I must have also thought when I bought it).  So you can imagine my disappointment when I realised it was a story for self help.

I think to read a self help book you have to be open to needing and requiring the help.  I wasn’t exactly looking for any help so this book didn’t really resonate with me.  In fact I found it really cringey at times.  However whilst reading it I did think of a few people that would love a book like this to read right now.

The protagonist is Maya, who lives a really unfulfilling life.  She hasn’t found the one, she’s working in a cafe and her dreams to become a writer are as distant as can be.  Through meeting various characters and removing the negativity from her life while keeping a positive frame of mind and working on herself, she learns what she needs to get her life back on track.

If you enjoy self help books you might enjoy this story.  It isn’t awful, I just wasn’t in the mood for it.

Little London received a couple of Christmas related books by Parragon this month.

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The first one was a little finger puppet book called Jingle, Jingle, Little Reindeer.  It’s short and sweet and a near indestructible board book for my toddler.  The little reindeer puppet is much loved when I read the book to him, and it gets lavished with kisses and cuddles every time we turn a page.  It would make a great stocking filler for Christmas.

The second book is The Night Before Christmas and as expected it contains the seasonal rhyme by Clement C. Moore, making it a beautiful, traditional book to enjoy with your children.  I’m currently reading it on repeat to get Little London used to the idea of Father Christmas, so when we do finally meet the man in red he’ll be more excited than petrified… I’ll let you know how that goes 😉

 

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    • We can cry the long nights away together lol. If I find something I’ll let you know 😉 x

  1. I have heard a lot of people talk about Pretty Little Liars and I am still yet to see it, must get around to watching it. The Boy in Striped Pajamas I have seen and broke my heart. I really want to see Paddington as not seen it yet
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    • My other half did, I think it was when they sped through the war and he got a bit fed up. But it was so worth continuing on with. I’ve loved it! x

  2. Hark, the Herald Eagles sing …
    For the LondonMum … a special carol … a Eagle Bell ring-a-ding-ding.
    Well, she’s landed right now from so far far away,
    To wish LondonMum, … a Happy, – Christmas, – Day.

    Her cargo’s been cleared and she’s waiting right now,
    She also sends greetings from Black and White Cow.
    She’s tired and cold with her feathers so worn,
    She’s hoping to see you before Christmas dawn.

    We know you’ll look after our well flown old bird,
    Anything else would be so so absurd.
    She’s there safe and sound and now waiting for you,
    So please don’t delay, you know what to do.

    Flown hard on the wing from distance, not near,
    She’s also been told to sqwark … ‘Happy New Year.’
    To Little London … so dashing … and loving the zoo,
    What doting proud parents he has … in both of you.

    Wishing you a blessed family excitement of time,
    From time in the kitchen to spinning the dime.
    We hope you’ll look back with a minimum fuss,
    But please return eagle to L… and R….

    • Now I want that put to some music 😉 Eagle dispatch has been arranged this side as well, so fingers crossed we’ll be able to use her as our christmas bird 😉

    • Hahaha … “HARK THE HERALD EAGLE SING” … B+WC DONE!!! – “O” … Gotta go … gig soon. Happy C/mas ‘one-n-all.’ Onwards LondonMum.

    • So so well! I was really impressed with his acting and the whole movie. I loved it. x

    • I made the mistake of watching all by myself one night, getting emotional alone is somewhat strange!

    • Paddington is great, although it’s aimed at kids my Son is far too young to sit through a movie so we watched it when he went to bed. It was fab! x

    • I used to watch greys anatomy when it was on tv, but I stopped because I just struggled to keep up at the time. I really should restart it!

    • Really clever with the A story line. Didn’t see it coming at all. I’m quite excited to see what happens next!

    • And me! It was really moving. You might enjoy the imitation game to be honest if you liked TBISP. x

    • Amazing movie isn’t it. I have to be honest I wasn’t overly keen on watching it, my other half picked it and it was fab!

  3. I absolutely ADORE PLL. Watched The Boy In The Striped PJs a few years ago but Ive literally just got back from Poland and went to visit Auschwitz and Schindlers Factory while there so I want to watch it again xxx

    • Yeah I would want to do the same. Bet it was incredible seeing everything yourself but really humbling. x

    • SO heartbreaking! I cn’t believe it took me so long to get around to watching it.

  4. I couldn’t get in to Pretty Little Liars. Maybe I’m a bit too old now? Although that scares me as I’ve always watched films and TV shows aimed at young adults and have enjoyed them. And I’ve never watched Downton Abbey. Everyone says how great it is though.

    Shows I’ve been watching recently are The Originals, which is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time (for the umpteenth time lol – I love that show) and Making a Murderer, which is an awesome documentary series on Netflix at the mo 🙂

    Louise x

    • I’ve heard so much about Making a murderer, so it’s definitely on my to do list! I’ve heard great things about once upon a time as well, so need to make sure I fit that in at some point too!
      While watching PLL I definitely felt ‘old’ but it was so annoyingly addictive I just couldn’t stop. I HAD to find out who the killer was!

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