Gr8at: #BeautifulLibraries

I haven’t been doing much reading as I’ve been busy writing. But if I was in one of these liteart sanctuaries, that would definitely change! Here are eight of the world’s most beautiful libraries from all around the world. Do you have a favourite?

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Line(s) of the Day #Zootopia #Zootropolis

Zootopia sloth scene

Nick Wilde: Flash is the fastest guy in there. If you need something done, he’s on it.
Judy Hopps: I hope so. We are really fighting the clock and every minute counts… Wait. They’re all SLOTHS? You said this was going to be quick!
Nick Wilde: [in mock surprise] Are you saying that because he’s a sloth he can’t be fast? I thought in Zootopia, anyone could be anything.

Jason Bateman and Ginnifer Goodwin in the animated Walt Disney film Zootopia (2016)(Zootropolis in the UK). You can see the delightful scene in full here. I really recommend it.

Line(s) of the Day #BitterSweetSymphony

Bittersweet Symhony

Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony this life

The opening lines of Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve, taken from their masterful third studio album Urban Hymns (1997). Starting with a gorgeous orchestra sound, it was a huge smash and one of the defining Britpop songs of the 1990s.

Gr8at: #TheTigerKing

Tiger King

The Tiger King has been the record-breaking documentary of the summer, focusing in the world of big cats conservation and the eccentric characters within it. Pivotal to the Netflix series is the role between Joe Exotic the self-confessed “gay, gun-carrying redneck with a mullet” and Carole Baskin, described by her husband as the “Mother Teresa of cats”. Here are eight quotes that help sum up the madness and mayhem with the seven part series.

You can see how they go from being so sweet to tearing your face off, just like that, and it’s amazing to have that range.” – Carole Baskin

People don’t come to see the tigers; they come to see me.” – Joe Exotic

“I don’t watch news on television, unless there’s a cat involved.” – Carole Baskin

I can assure you’re going to get closer to tigers and lions here than you would anywhere in the world. Matter of fact, you’re gonna get so close I can almost promise you some of you will be urinated on. – Joe Exotic

“This is my little town. I’m the mayor, the prosecutor, the cop, and executioner.” – Joe Exotic

“Ladies and gentlemen, before you hear it on the news, I’m gonna tell you myself. About an hour ago, we had an incident where one of the employees stuck their arm through the cage and a tiger tore her arm off. I can give you your money back, or I can give you a rain check. Why don’t you come back at another day?” – Joe Exotic

“People Every Day Are Like, ‘You Must Have The Most Incredible Life To Live With 187 Big Cats.'” – Joe Exotic

“I really appreciate the fact that none of these people like me.” – Carole Baskin

Line(s) of the Day #DarkHorse

Katy Perry Dark Horse single cover

So you wanna play with magic
Boy, you should know whatcha falling for

Taken from the song Dark Horse by Katy Perry featuring Juicy J, from her fourth studio album Prism (2013). Perry has had an array of smashes since her breakthrough in 2008, including Roar and Firework.

Gr8at: Funniest #HomerSimpson Scenes

I’m such a big fan of The Simpsons. There can’t be too many who aren’t. It was a big part of my comedic childhood and I’ve mentioned it countless times on my blog, going back to early September 2013 and this wit from Homer. Have eight very funny scenes starring the man himself. Feel free to let me know your favourite or any other memorable jokes from the show.

The scene that has made me laugh most. Poor Homer!


I still can’t hear the word incognito without thinking of this happy, and rather luckless, soul.


Homer sure does love his confectionary!


“You know boy, I don’t think I’ve ever felt as close to you as I do right…”


Hilarious even if you haven’t seen Indiana Jones.


Two great scenes in one here. And jokes on chocolate always get bonus points.


Not the most visual of scenes, but it cracks me up every time.


As someone rather useless at DIY, I fully sympathise with Homer’s experiences with ‘Le Grill’.

Film Quizzes: #JoelSchumacher #EnnioMorricone

Since my last film quiz on con artists, there have been two sad losses in Hollywood, that of the American director Joel Schumacher (1939 – 2020) and of Italian composer Ennio Morricone (1928). Starting off as a costume designer Schumacher started submitting scripts before he broke into Hollywood and having a wide array of successful films. Morricone is most associated with the so-called ‘spaghetti westerns’, but had a hugely varied nd successful St career in film and television.

Joel Schumacher Quiz

Joel Schumacher films 1 Film 1 (1980s)

Lost Boys Film 2 (1980s)

Film Quizzes - Anti-establishment Part 1 Film 4Film 3 (1990s)

Film quizzes 20th century superheroes film 5 Film 4 (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Samuel L Jackson Part 1 Film 4 Film 5  (1990s)

Film Quizzes - Modern Day Journalists Film 2 Film 6 (2000s)

Ennio Morricone Quiz

film quiz little dialogue film 2 Film 1  (1960s)

film-quizzes-autumn-film-2 Film 2 (1970s)

ennio morricone Film 3  (1980s)

Gangsters Part 2 Film 5 Film 4  (1980s)

Cinema Paradiso Film 5  (1990s)

Ennio morricone film Film 6 (2000s)

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Line(s) of the Day #JamesBaldwin

James Baldwin, New York City, 1976; photograph by Nancy Crampton

Not everything that is faced can be changed but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

Writer and activist James Baldwin (1924-1987) whose immense talent and passion shone through in his themes of race, sex and class. Of all the many things I have read and listened to in the past few months that have highlighted the different obstacles black people have faced trying to get equality, this one still resonates the most.

Line(s) of the Day #OneOfUs

ABBA one of us

They passed me by, all of those great romances
You were, I felt, robbing me of my rightful chances
My picture clear, everything seemed so easy

Taken from the song One of Us by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was the first single from their final studio album The Arrival (1981). I’ve posted Fernando and The Winner Takes it All. Feel free to share your favourite ABBA song.