Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Cinderella Birmingham Royal Ballet

Neglected and abused by her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, Cinderella’s life is one of drudgery and hardship. Then, on the evening of an extravagant ball at the palace, amidst swirling, magical mists, her Fairy Godmother appears and casts a spell that will change her life forever.



Arriving at the ball in a beautiful dress, Cinderella draws everyone’s eyes to her, including those of the handsome Prince. He sweeps her off her feet and they dance the night away, until the clock chimes midnight and the party comes to an abrupt end.


Thrust back into her miserable existence, Cinderella can only dream of what might have been, until an unexpected royal visitor comes to her home, searching the land for the mysterious owner of a jewelled slipper...

This is a wonderful and magical ballet! xx

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe introduced readers to the wonders and enchantment of Narnia when it was first published almost fifty years ago. Since then, the hearts and imaginations of millions of readers have been captured by the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who step through a magic wardrobe into Narnia, once the peaceful land of Talking Beasts, dwarfs, giants and fauns, but now frozen into eternal winter by the evil White Witch.


 I love this magical story. I re-read this children's classic and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. A timeless classic which can be read at any age. It is lovely to read during the winter months or at Christmas time! Enjoy!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis

When Digory and Polly are tricked by Digory's peculiar Uncle Andrew into becoming part of an experiment, they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. What happens to the children when they touch Uncle Andrew's magic rings is far beyond anything even the old magician could have imagined.

Hurtled into the Wood between the Worlds, the children soon find that they can enter many worlds through the mysterious pools there. In one world they encounter the evil Queen Jadis, who wreaks havoc in the streets of London when she is accidentally brought back with them. When they finally manage to pull her out of London, unintentionally taking along Uncle Andrew and a coachman with his horse, they find themselves in what will come to be known as the land of Narnia.

I enjoyed reading about Narnia was founded and meeting Aslan along with the other creatures. They are transported by magical means to a dark void where Aslan sings an entire universe into existence. Amid the creation, Jadis attempts to kill Aslan with a piece of lamppost, which bounces off him harmlessly and instead takes root, growing into a new lamppost. Yes `that' lamppost as we find out later in the chronology.

What follows is very much a God (Aslan), Satan (Jadis), Garden of Eden (Narnia), tree of knowledge allegory.

Digory is allowed to take an apple from the tree back to England where it heals his dying mother, and from the planted core gives rise to a great tree. When that tree is blown down in a storm many years later, Digory has the wood made into a wardrobe.

Although The Magician's Nephew was the sixth book published in the Chronicles of Narnia, it is probably the world's first prequel and is definitely best read first. It is, as I say, the genesis of Narnia, the establishment of Aslan as a God figure, and the explanation for both the wardrobe and its power as a gateway, and the incongruous lamppost at the entry to Narnia.  I'd recommend this book to any fantasy lovers.

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery

Everyone's favourite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

I tried to read this book when I was a child but I found it dull. I have just finished reading it and I really enjoyed it! Anne does talk a lot which can become annoying at times but overall I think it is lovely book with likeable characters.

Anne of Green Gables is entertaining, funny in parts and easy to follow. This book is lovely to read with a nice with a cup of tea. I would recommend to anyone who likes old fashioned stories. xx 

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Harry Potter Film Series (2001-2011)


The Harry Potter film series is a British-American film series based on the Harry Potter novels by the British author J. K. Rowling. The series is distributed by Warner Bros. and consists of eight fantasy films beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and culminating with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011). It is the highest-grossing film series of all-time in inflation unadjusted dollars, with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts. Each film is in the list of highest-grossing films of all-time in inflation unadjusted dollars and is a critical success.

I love Harry Potter. The films are great! :)