Gr8at – Cracker Jokes

Hey funky readers! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful 2013. Thanks so much for your support, your likes and comments, and for your own blogs which I enjoy reading so much and just can’t stay away from. I’ve only had this blog for nearly 4 months, but the continued kaleidoscope of eclectic stuff really is something else.

Whatever your resolutions, wishes and dreams you have for 2014 I hope they all come true and your blogs set an even higher standard. And here are 8 very silly jokes to set you on your way, courtesy of the Christmas crackers we opened as a family and finished opening today. As bad as they are, please feel free to react like Sheldon.

Laughter

What do you get if you cross a fish and two elephants?
Swimming Trunks

What do you get from a pampered cow?
Spoilt milk

What do you get when you cross a snowman and a vampire?
Frostbite

What starts with T, ends with T, and is full of T?
Teapot

What is a frog’s favourite drink?
Croakacola

What do you get if you cross a chicken with a bedside clock?
An alarm cluck

Why are police officers so strong?
Because they hold up traffic

What do you get if you cross Santa with a duck?
A Christmas quacker

Line(s) of the Day #Drive

Drive

There’s a hundred thousand streets in this city. You don’t need to know the route. You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. Do you understand?

Driver (Ryan Gosling) in Drive (2011)

Gr8at – Best Songs of 2013

Pompeii

It’s not just any band that is asked to play their debut song at The British Museum as part of its opening of a new exhibition. But then not just any band writes songs about the effect that the volcano Mount Vesuvius’ eruption had on the island of Pompeii. Just failing to top the UK charts, its Gregorian style background chanting and lead singer Dan Smith’s poetic voice continues to charm me every time I hear it.

Blurred Lines

With a video featuring three fawning scantily-clad ladies (and naked in the other version) and non-feminist lyrics causing a backlash, it is still an incredibly catchy song. A glorious bassline and a beat you just can’t stay sat down to, it became a worldwide smash and the year’s biggest selling single.

get Lucky

Daft Punk’s repertoire is filled with fantastic riffs so its no surprise that linking up with funky musician and Chic band member Nile Rodgers, and musician/producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams has yielded such a great song.

Counting StarsLately I been, I been losing sleep / Dreaming about the things that we could be. The opening lines of this One Republic gem could be a daydreamer’s mantra, and wonderfully sets the scene for a guy determined to more with his life. It also merges with the hypnotic melody that plays at different speeds to an amazing effect.

Young and BeautifulI can’t claim to be a big fan of the film, but I really do like this song. It’s haunting vocals, it’s melancholy, sombre tone and reflective lyrics that wonder what will be left when the glamour and beauty has faded away, are a wondrous joy.

RoyalsFor the New Zealand singer-songwriter fascinated with the aristocracy, the song and topic were a natural fit. Lorde’s lyrical admiration, envy and interpretation of what it must be like to be part of royalty helps make this one of the best songs I’ve heard all year. A huge future beckons.

The ReflektorsThey really are one of the best bands around, and have been one of my favorites since their debut release Funeral nearly a decade ago. No surprise then, that their debut song from their fourth album should be so mesmeric. The shortened single release is good, but the extended 7 minute 34 second edit really shows off the song in its glory.

FallingThe back end of 2012 showed how talented this new musical trio are, with the releases of ‘Forever’ and ‘Don’t Save Me’. Haim’s third single is an echoic delight of hypnotic musical sound, and seems to transport you into the California hills where the video was set.

Film Quizzes: 2013 Part 2

Six films was never going to be enough for another wonderfully eclectic year, so as promised here is the second part of the films of 2013. As always, feel free to offer any opinions on the films mentioned, highlight your score or click on any of my film reviews.

Film Quizzes - 2013 Part 2 Film 1 Film 1

 

Film Quizzes - 2013 Part 2 Film 2 Film 2

 

Film Quizzes - 2013 Part 2 Film 3 Film 3

 

Film Quizzes - 2013 Part 2 Film 4 Film 4

 

Film Quizzes - 2013 Part 2 Film 5 Film 5

 

Film Quizzes: 2013 part 2 Film 6 Film 6

 

Answers

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1. Philomena

2. The World’s End

3. Enough Said

4. Now You See Me 

5. Before Midnight

6. Captain Phillips

 

Reviews and other Features: William Curley, London

menu

The very appetising menu from chocolate patisserie William Curley in Sloane Square, with the third and fourth selections below.

If you like chocolate you have to check this place out. You can’t book ahead but you can usually get a table but you wouldn’t have to wait long if there wasn’t. As well as the set menu, there are plenty of small chocolates you can have if you want something lighter. The menu changes every month in case you wanted to go as a monthly treat!

Trifle

Poached pears

Line(s) of the Day #Trouble

Trouble

I really should be saying goodnight
I really shouldn’t stay any more.
It’s been so long since I held you,
I’ve forgotten what love is for.

Taken from the song ‘Trouble’ by Lindsey Buckingham off the album Law and Order (1981)

Film Quizzes: 2013 Part 1

How much were you paying attention to the films in 2013? As ever, there was a wonderful mix of the great, bad and those that sloshed around in the middle. In the first of two parts, see how well you do in getting the six films below. As always, feel free to tell me what you think of any of the films you’ve seen or are keen to watch.

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 1 Film 1

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 2 Film 2

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 3 Film 3

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 4 Film 4

movies-the-hunger-games-catching-fire-snow-plutarch.jpg Film 5

Film Quizzes; 2013 Film 6 Film 6

Answers

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1. Blue is the Warmest Colour

2. Mud

3. Rush

4. Saving Mr. Banks

5. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

6. The Great Gatsby