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My top 8 TV shows on Netflix

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Monday 28th March 2016

Dear diary,

What’s better on a rainy day than a Netflix marathon? Not a lot.

Since the weather here has definitely not been great, I thought that I’d share my top 8 go to TV shows that are currently available on UK Netflix. I’ve watched these shows for years and could probably recite the majority of them in my sleep so enjoy, and I hope I manage to inspire you to watch them yourself. If I do then, you’re welcome.

1.SHERLOCK

Holy smoke this one’s a goodin’. It’s revolves around the detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner John Watson as they conquer and solve each crime they are presented with. The characters are adorable and if you don’t fall in love with Benedict Cumberbatch by the end of the show then I honestly don’t know how your brain works. 10/10

2. BATES MOTEL

This is a show that I’ve been watching for probably just under three years now and it just keeps getting better and better with each season. It is a prequal TV show to Hitchcock’s famous Psycho. It shows Norman Bates and documents his decent into a psychotic state and development of his obsession with his mother. I would describe it as a mild horror because I’m awful with horrors and I can stand it. It’s brilliant and Freddie Highmore pulls off Norman amazingly. The on-screen relationship between Freddie and Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates) is incredible, 8/10

3. ORPHAN BLACK

AHHHH my favourite show of all time, only trouble is that it is almost impossible to describe. It’s basically about a set of clones who become self aware of their situations and find each other. They work together to fight off scientists and institutes who are trying to control them. It will blow your minds. I’ll be the first to admit that the first episode is confusing as hell but when you get into the season you’ll be hooked trust me. This is honestly the best show going, Tatiana Maslany, who plays the clones, gets no where near as much credit as she deserves. 10/10 without a doubt. Bring on season 4!!

4. HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

This one’s still new to me, I started watching in January but that doesn’t change the fact that I love it. It’s about a criminal defence team who are trying to win their cases whilst attempting to hide the fact that they actually murdered someone who was a vital part of one of their cases. The drama is intense but there is a perfect mix of comedy and romance in there too. The acting is amazing and the chemistry between the protagonists will keep you coming back for more. Ps. The final episode of season 1 will send you CRAZY!!!! In the best way possible. 7/10 but only because it took me a while to get into it.

5.LOVE

This is a new Netflix series that follows Mickey as she goes from an old relationship to a new one, with two guys who could not be more different. The episodes are short which make this show a perfect, chill time distraction from everyday life and stress. Season 2 is on its way and I can’t wait to watch it. The characters are super lovable and you will be tempted to watch the whole series in one day (which I did woops). 6/10

6. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

OK. I know I’m late to the party on this one but I really do love this series. Even if it does manage to get on every nerve in my body. You can’t help but fall in love with the characters from the first episode. The series follows 4 girls and their friends/family as they take an investigation into their own lives to find out who is tormenting them. You don’t find out until season 6 but I guarantee you’ll watch it all. In my opinion it is good and I wasn’t too disappointed as to who ‘A’ was, even though we all saw it coming. 6/10

7. MAKING A MURDERER

OH MY GOD. This show will rip you to shreads, I HATE thinking about it. It follows the case of Steven Avery as he is jailed for varies crimes that he did not commit. It just seems to take years to win the case to get him out of prison. I really don’t know who committed the murder but I’m just going to say that the womans brother looked real shady. If you need to spice up your life with some drama, or just needa programme that you can let your anger out to, this one’s your guy. 8/10 but only because it makes me really angry.

8. JESSICA JONES

Last but certainly not least. I usually don’t go for the typical super human, Marvel films or TV shows and I’m not going to lie I only watched it because I found out David Tennant was in it. Who doesn’t love a bit of Danvid Tennant. I was actually surprised at how much I loved the show. Jessica isn’t a nice person but she uses how power for good which makes you love her so much. David’s a dick but we can look past that because it’s David. His character actually makes the show so much more interesting and I was devastated at the end of season 1. This has a really good story though and you’ll be left wanting more. 8/10

 

So, that’s it. There’s obviously more that I love but these are the best (in my opinion of course). As you can see, most of these, if fact all bar one of these shows link to the crime genre. I think that might be my favourite genre you know. These are genuinely great shows and it annoys !e that some of them *orphan black* are so under appreciated. That’s all for today, till next time

Abby x

 

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Rants

A rant about why you should be body confident.

I had so many ideas about how to write this post but in the end I decided that a rant would be more suitable, because I HATE this topic with a passion.

Sunday 27th March 2016 (EASTER)

Dear Diary,

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty”- Dr. Steve Maraboli

Today I was perusing on Twitter when I saw a young girl, who I don’t know, tweet about how she was “too fat” and how she was depressed because of the way she looks. To me this just suggested that she didn’t look like a celebrity, because they’re who we all compare ourselves too, even if we don’t like to admit it. It did upset me quite a lot because I understood her and could relate to how she was feeling as I have been in that dark pit of a place labelled depression myself. It also got me thinking, because I have learnt a lot over my years as a media student about representations, stereotypes and the devil itself.. The media.

People nowadays, not necessarily just women, have a consistent dark cloud above their heads that  is filled with the image of how they see themselves and the image of how they ‘should’ look.We all know that the main goal in terms of how we look is to strive for perfection but do we actually know what perfection is?

The answer is no, because it does NOT exist.

Whether your goal is to look like Gigi Hadid, Blair Waldorf or even just the pretty girl who you stalk on instagram, there must be something about that person that you see as perfect, otherwise this would disrupt your path to perfection. So what is perfection?

Perfection in the way of our body image is the idea that we have gathered from various different forms of media to create this stereotype of the ideal person or ideal body. This stereotype has been repeated and repeated for years, which has made us as an audience accept it as the ‘norm’. This image has been drilled into our brain and has brainwashed us as a generation to think that this is how we should look if we want to be accepted by society. and i’m sorry but that’s just not true

The image itself probably originated from the ideology that women were just an ‘object’ for men and we were something sacred, something to look at rather independent people. This obviously has been proved wrong and although we cannot yet say that there is full gender equality, we’re certainly getting there.

The media has constructed this image through a little trick that they call ‘gatekeeping’. This is basically where they only show certain aspects of something rather than all of it. For example a model on a billboard. Yes they may look perfect on that billboard but that isn’t actually what they look like (completely). The image goes through a long photoshop session where acne, scars, cellulite, places with lumps and bumps or extra weight is removed, as if it was never there in the first place. So really you aren’t seeing the model, you’re seeing how to model has been constructed to look. Sounds stupid doesn’t it? This image is what we compare ourselves to, a construction.

As humans we naturally compare ourselves to this image, it’s completely normal to do this because after all we just want to be accepted and not judged by others but before you go to do it the next time, just realize that nobody actually looks like that. Not even the model in the picture. I realize that I’ve rambled.

Point is, people are comparing themselves to something that is impossible to achieve in order to conform to the ideas that the media has brainwashed us with. Know that people come in all different shapes and sizes and your body is perfect in its own way. Do not feel the need to change who you are or how you look in order to conform to these crazy ideas because as long as you are happy and healthy, nothing can stop you from being confident. Confidence is key to being successful so focus on the present and scrap those silly ideas that you view as perfection, put ’em in the bin.

Sorry this was so long but I did warn you that I was passionate about this topic. Till next time,

Abby x

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Travel

An unexpected religious experience

Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March 2016

Dear Diary,

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”- Buddha

I had never felt as consciously pessimistic about any trip in my life. I had agreed to go on a two day Buddhist ‘extravaganza’ to the Samye Ling Buddhist Monastery in Scotland as part of my A level religious studies course, I wasn’t exactly enthused. Luckily I had my friend Madison to go with, who was equally pessimistic about the whole situation and knew how to make every situation hilarious (which doesn’t always go down well in a temple). The thoughts that sprung to mind about what I thought the trip would be like were mainly: cold, rainy, cringy and awkward which certainly isn’t my idea of fun. Let’s just say that this place absolutely defied my expectations.

The 2 and a half hour bus journey wasn’t the best. It was cramped and loud but that’s where Maddie stepped in to distract me and calmed my anxiety about the whole situation (because stepping outside of my comfort zone sends my anxiety through the roof!). We chatted the WHOLE time, which is unusual for me as I’m quite a timid person around people who I haven’t known for a long time and by the time we arrived, my nerves were well under control. The weather when we arrived was beautiful, the first proper sun I had seen all year and made for some pretty pics.

For the remainder of the trip we had a tour, ate some Buddhist meals (which weren’t great ngl), lots of pringles (because the meals tasted like crap), saw some Buddhist practices and had a q+a session with a nun. It was so surreal and different but in a way it was the most calming experience, my anxiety didn’t spark at any point. We were taught how to meditate properly and it has seriously inspired me to include meditation in my life more often as it is a life saver for those who suffer with anxiety.

I now have an incredible amount of respect for Buddhism and I feel like their teachings and practices will really come in useful for me at times. It’s amazing to see how some people have completely devoted their lives to this religion and showing kindness and compassion at all times, this is something that seemed so hard to me but with the right mindfulness it is possible.

To show my respect to the religion, I now wear a red string around my left wrist to represent compassion and as a reminder to always have right mindfulness.

Lastly, I apologize for the poor writing skills. I have put off writing this first post for weeks now but I really do want to keep this blog updated. I hope this first topic was a goodin’. I’ll leave you with some pictures from the trip. Till next time,

Abby x