TV: “Children of the Universe” Molly Smitten-Downes Official Video

“As I am awakened with fire in my bones”

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(“Yes, I am fabulous!”)

Rather excitingly, the official video for Molly Smitten-Downes entry into Eurovision 2014 has been uploaded in the past few days. The video, available on her official youtube channel, shows Molly amongst her band lounging around on plush furniture and standing in front of flowers.

The official video has clearer audio than the studio version that was uploaded earlier in the year. The song is actually pretty good, and even incredible considering this is a UK entry. Personally, I didn’t need any more reasons to love Molly’s creation, but the luxurious official video does help.

However, as good as the song is, it all depends on the actual night. Eurovision semi-finals will take place on the 6th and 8th of May, and the UK has automatic entry into the finals, taking place on 10th of May 2014.

See the video below:

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TV: Eurovision 2014 UK Entry “Children of the Universe” Molly Smitten-Downes

“Power to the people”

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The UK entry for Eurovision 2014 was shown a few days ago. The BBC version is the most publicised, featuring Molly Smitten-Downes singing a live version of her song “Children of the Universe”.

Described as cool and contemporary, Molly brings a different and modern style to the UK entry for Eurovision. Think 2010 winner Lena and her song “Satelitte“, but with an actual British accent. Molly stomps across the stage, reaches achingly beautiful notes with her voice, and oozes casualness with her henna tattoos.

Last year, Bonnie Tyler represented the UK. and although her fanbase was prominent in the audience, the song didn’t do well in the UK charts or in the competition. Bonnie Tyler crooned “Believe in Me“, and reached 19th place, scoring a mere 23 points.

Although British citizens like to scoff at Eurovion, and the “political voting” between countries, there is always that spark of hope that the UK will place in the Top 10 in the competition. I personally think that Molly Smitten-Downes offers the best chance of getting a high ranking (and dare I say, even winning) since Blue with “I Can“, back in 2011.

Eurovision Finals will be broadcast on the 10th of May 2014, following Semi-Finals on the 6th and 8th of May 2014. As one of the major countries backing the competition, the UK has an automatic entry into the Finals.

I will be aiming to do a live commentary on the competition.

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News: J K Rowling denounces Hermione-Ron Romance

“Overshadowed by best friend…?”

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This revelation has been ricocheting it’s way through the news outlets, J.K. Rowling, the creator of the famous Harry Potter series, has commented that Hermione should have been with Harry, and not Ron.

This is a shocking announcement after the conclusion of the series, which sees Hermione and Ron in a harmonious relationship, and having two children together.

There have been lots of critical analysis of the author’s comment, and one of the most interesting and detailed is Tor’s ‘Erased by Time and Blockbusters—The Cautionary Tale of Ron Weasley‘, which was initially published two weeks ago ahead of the comment, but it coincidences greatly with this new development. The article analyses why Ron Weasley is the weakest of the trio, and how his portrayal in the movies is a major contribution to this.

While it is doubtful that J.K. Rowling feels the movie version of Ron is significant enough to overwrite her internal version of Ron, she states that her changed feelings towards Ron and his relationship with Hermione, have come from a new-found perspective from time.

See more information at this source.

Book: Indian 100 Everyday Recipes

“Trying to delay starvation…”

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Genre:Cooking, Non-Fiction, Age: All ages

Following on from the great successes I had with the Student Cookbook (a.k.a. Cooking for Dummies) I purchased the Indian version. This is a step-up from the easy, one-pot recipes that I was used to. Anyone wanting to try this book should prepare for a at least a dozen different ingredients, and varying preparation times for each stage.

I have never been that great of a cook, and although the recipes were coaching me through the steps, it felt like an age until I actually produced something edible.

More information and pictures below:

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News: Summer 10% Discount at Waterstones

“Book Summer = Good Summer”

It’s that time of year again, when everyone faces a long summer. All you can think about is how to get as many books as possible and read them too!

My special ritual every summer and winter is to finally purchase all those books that have been on my wish list for a long time, and it’s just as well that I can have a discount.

Use the discount code SK6347 on any purchase over £25, before 27th July 2012.

This is valid for all books on the site, including those already in the sale!

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News: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell Release Date

“And now he’s an author too!”

Author: Chris Colfer

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Children’s

Released: 17th July 2012 (UK version)

Glee hasn’t been on my watching list for over a year. I think it was last summer when I stopped watching it, three episodes into the third season. I don’t know what the characters are up to, and maybe I don’t care either.

I’ve always liked Chris Colfer’s character though, and the actor himself seems to be a well rounded person. I knew that he had projects outside his acting career, but it’s still a surprise to find Colfer’s story book.

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News: Earth Girl Release Date

Author: Janet Edwards

Genre: Sci Fi, Space, Adventure, Romance, Age: YA+

Released: 16th August 2012 (UK version)

Some books you just can’t help but be intrigued by.

I stumbled across a random blurb and now want the book.

Is it because it’s Sci Fi YA? Is it the parent-child relationship that are so rarely handled right? Or is it the throwback to romance in outer space?

I can’t wait to find out!

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News: The Host Movie

“Probably the longest possession ever!”

Author: Stephenie Meyer

Genre: Sci-Fi, Romance, Age: YA+

Released: 29th March 2013 (US)

It’s been a while since the last The Host Movie update. There have only been trickles of the movie promotion since it’s still in development, but this picture has appeared of the actors that play Wanda (Saorise Ronan) and Ian (Jake Abel). I wasn’t too impressed with the casting choice initially, but they’ve grown on me, and fingers crossed that they give a good performance.

News: Septimus Heap Series Re-release and New Covers

“Magyk and mayhem promised!”

Author: Angie Sage

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 5th July 2012 (UK version)

If this series went over your heads the first time, then you’ll be pleased to know that the Septimus Heap series is being re-released in the UK with brand new covers!

It’s always good to come across a series that’s already established itself before the marketing attacks your brain. The covers looks great and the story is intriguing too..

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News: Buy One Get One Half Price at Waterstones

“Have money? Buy books!”

Good news if you like to buy your book in store and have been eying up a few newly released or popular ones. Waterstone’s BOGOHP offer is great if you want to purchase copies of The Hunger Games . Although, personally, this might be the time to grab A Game of Thrones and it’s many many sequels..

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