Incredible Artwork: Three of a Kind

Farewell to Anger

Farewell to Anger – Leonid Afremov

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And I Need Sunny Days – Daniel Danger

Fishermen at Sea

Fisherman at Sea – JMW Turner

I just wanted to share some of my favourite artworks with you. Do you have a favoruite? What would you have on your wall if you could?

Line(s) of the Day #Parasite

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Ki-taek: You know what kind of plan never fails? No plan. No plan at all. You know why? Because life cannot be planned. Look around you. Did you think these people made a plan to sleep in the sports hall with you? But here we are now, sleeping together on the floor. So, there’s no need for a plan. You can’t go wrong with no plans. We don’t need to make a plan for anything. It doesn’t matter what will happen next. Even if the country gets destroyed or sold out, nobody cares. Got it?

Song Kang-ho in the phenomenal dark comedy thriller Parasite (2019), that tells of a family’s scheme to infiltrate a rich family’s household. Made on a budget of the equivalent of just over $10m dollars, the South Korean film won four Academy Awards (including Best Picture) and has already made over $260m worldwide.

Line(s) of the Day #OnlyYou

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Faith: Okay, look — one hand, two hands — put them together and what do they make?Student: One.
Faith: Right! So, Plato tells us we began as circles, and when we strived to be like the gods we were punished, by a thunderbolt that struck us, and cut us, right down, dead center, in half. We scattered to the ends of the Earth, searching and searching for our other half. Now, Plato is saying, that if we just stop, and go with the flow, and follow our destiny, It’ll lead us back to each other.

Marissa Tomei and Gina Maria Trello in the charming romcom Only You (1994), which tells of a young woman’s long-held belief in fate that leads her on an impulsive Italian adventure.

Line(s) of the Day #FightingwithmyFamily

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Zak Knight: I’m not asking you to bow or scrape oe nothing but Courtney’s parents are a bit, you know, what’s the word…?
Saraya Knight: Posh.
Zak Knight: Classy. Her dad’s teetoal!
Ricky Knight: So am I.
Zak Knight: Yeah but he’s teetotal out of choice dad. Not because he’s an alcaholic.
Ricky Knight: La de dah!
Saraya Knight: You want to make a good impression.
Julia Knight: A good impression how?
Zak Knight: Well for starters, can you put a shirt on?
Ricky Knight: A shirt on? How bloody posh are they?

Jack Lowden, Florence Pugh, Nick Frost and Lena Headey in the the sporting comedy drama Fighting with my Family (2019). Based on a true story, it tells of a family obsessed with wrestling and the difficulties involved when one of them gets the shot of making that dream come true.

G8at: James Bond Commemorative Stamps

It’s only a few months before the latest James Bond film No Time to Die is released so it’s exciting times for 007. As part of the promotion, I saw on the BBC website that the Royal Mail were releasing stamps to celebrate the 25th film in the franchise. As I’ve done numerous Bond-themed posts including on his cars and the best songs I just had tovshare these with you. Would you buy any?

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Film Quizzes: #MarkStrong

I’ve always had a lot of time for a quality supporting actor. Someone who may not be the first name on the poster but can make the most of any scene and brings out the best of any co-stars. One of my favourites is the superb Mark Strong, who has starred in TV, film and on stage. The last of which earned the Londoner an Olivier award for his leading role in A View from the Bridge. How many of the films below can you work out?

mark strong film 1 Film 1 (1990s)

Mark Strong film 2 Film 2 (2000s)

Mark Strong film 3 Film 3 (2000s)

Stardust Film 4 (2000s)

Mark Strong film 5 Film 5 (2000s)

Mark Strong film 6 Film 6 (2000s)

Mark Strong film 7 Film 7 (2010s)

Mark Strong film 8 Film 8 (2010s)

Mark Strong film 9 Film 9 (2010s)

Mark Strong film 10 Film 10 (2010s)

Mark Strong film 11 Film 11 (2010s)

Mark Strong film 12 Film 12 (2010s)

Answers below

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Gr8at: International Landscape Photographer of the Year

Photography and travel are two big passisons of mine, so when I saw the BBC had highlighted entrants from The International Landcape Photographer of the year I just had to share my favourites with you. You can find the rest of the winners on the official competition website here, which were whittled down from 3,403 entries.

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PETER ADAM HOSZANG – Sharqiya Sands Desert, Oman

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BRANDON YOSHIZAWA – SpaceX rocket exhaust plume, Sierra Nevada, California, US

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IGNACIO PALACIOS – Lencois Maranhenses, Brazil

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CRAIG BILL – Page, Arizona, US

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ANKE BUTAWITSCH – Madeira, Portugal

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RICARDO DA CUNHA – West Mongolia

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PATRICK HERTZOG – Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

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VESELIN ATANASOV – Central Balkan, Bulgaria

Line(s) of the Day #Friends

Joey Tribiani

Pheobe: Where is everyone? They’re 40 minutes Iate.
Joey: I know. I‘m starving.
Phoebe: I knew we were coming here tonight. I ate nothing all day.
Joey: What about me? I only had one lunch today.

Joey: Okay, okay. Wait till you hear who I got for Ross.
Phoebe: Oh, yeah.
Joey: She’s this really boring woman. She’s a teacher!
Phoebe: A teacher?
Joey: Yeah, yeah, she’s really into history and foreign movies… And oh, oh, she loves puzzles. Huh? Come on, who loves puzzles?
Phoebe: Well, Ross does. What… You’re – you’re ruining the plan! Joey, you’ve – you’ve fixed him up with his perfect woman!
Joey: Oh my god, you’re right!
Phoebe: Yeah.
Joey: She even reads for pleasure!

Rachel: I’ll call you back.
Joey: Who was that?
Rachel: Just the pizza place.
Joey: You hung up on the pizza place? I don’t hang up on your friends.

I’m such a big fan of Friends (1994 – 2004). Though I love all the characters it’s probably Joey Tribbiani who really does make me laugh most. I covered quite a few of his best lines here, but I just had to more.