netflix • what i've been watching

Monday, 12 June 2017

hello there, I am always looking for suggestions for what to watch and make the most of my subscription on netflix, so thought I would do an updated version of what I've been watching. 

Its funny at work, one of my friends and I are always giving each other lists of things to watch, so some of these things she has suggested to me, and the other's I've suggested to her. It's when I made her a list and wondered why I hadn't made a blog post out of it, so here we are. 


This Is England. 

The fourth instalment is on netflix, so I watched the previous ones of demand 4, and you do have to watch them in order, because me not knowing anything, watched the last one first and nothing made sense. I just love the characters, all the actors are so good, Vicky McClure and Joe Gilgun are incredible actors, and everyone's character is just perfect. The way its filmed, the wardrobes, makeup, and storylines are so nostalgic so the 80's and 90's  subcultures and it feels so real watching it. It is definitely a binge worthy watch, I have just finished it and wished there was more, so I hope they do another series. 


Lovesick.

I put off watching this for ages, I guess because I didn't hear much about it, people weren't talking about it on twitter so I think it flew under the radar a bit. But its so good! I think i watched both series in 2 days. It is so funny and the characters are so relatable. It has actors in from misfits and similar comedy series, it follows a group of 3 friends, Dylan who finds out he has chlamydia then has to go and tell each girl he's slept with, so each episode is the story of that one particular relationship. Honestly, if you need something easy and lighthearted to watch, this is it, its perfect. 


Cuckoo.

Maybe I was a bit late to the party with this one, my friend at work recommend it to me and I'm so glad she did. It is typical British awkward humour, and Greg Davies is just hilarious. It is about his daughter who comes back from travelling with her new husband played by Andy Samberg who is super eccentric and free spirited and totally does not fit in, but forms a weird relationship with Ken (Greg Davies) and in one episode they take ecstasy, there is not many programmes I actually proper laugh at, but this is one of them.


Line of Duty. 

Vicky McClure again, think I have some sort of weird crush /admiration for her, she is just an amazing actress and plays some really good parts. Surely you have heard of line of duty, it was all anyone on twitter was talking about every Sunday night for 6 weeks. The first 2 series are on Netflix and you have to watch them to understand the underlying storyline throughout the other series, but each stands alone as a really good police drama. Series 4 which has just been on with Thandie Newton in, was so good, we actually screamed at the tv, and it was a rare occasion I actually hid my phone so I wouldn't miss anything. I think as a country we are obsessed with crime dramas because there is something inside us that believes we can always figure it out, but there is so many twists in this, you are literally on the edge of your seat.


Siblings. 

 If you like Fresh Meat or Lovesick, then you will like Siblings. Charlotte Ritchie plays Oregon in Fresh Meat and Tom Stourton played a supporting character in Lovesick. Both of their characters in Siblings are so funny, and completely ridiculous. They both play immature adults trying to be grown up but utterly failing. It is really easy watching, my favourite episodes are probably Burrito Neighbours & Balcombe's Funeral. 


Ex Machina. 
Thought I had better include this seen as I tell literally everyone I ever meet to watch this. Without a doubt it is one of the best films I have seen, I watched with literally no expectations or idea as to what it was about, I had only seen clips of it when it was nominated for best cgi, and I was blown away. Dohmnall Gleeson plays the main character Caleb, who was also in the Black Mirror episode Be Right Back. I wouldn't say I was a fan of sci fi, but this to me is sci fi done right. He has been chosen to go to the CEO of his company's house for a week, where he meets artificial intelligence Ava. I don't want to say to much to ruin it for anyone watching it, but its worth a watch!


Black Mirror

Ok, I said to myself I would leave it at Ex Machina but writing that reminded me of Black Mirror, which is also incredible. So many people were talking about it last year, and I would hear people talking about each episode, this was a series I was told I HAD to watch and I understand why. I'll admit some episodes aren't as good as others, but some episodes are so shocking and thought provoking. They all draw aspects of life now and how technology is taking over, and the obscene realties of what could be in the future. Ive also seen so many threads where Black Mirror have predicted things and have correlations to real life events, its kind of scary. The best episodes in my opinion are, Be Right Back, White Bear, Shut Up and Dance, Nosedive & Playtest. 

What have you been watching recently, anything I should add to my list?

Thankyou for reading, hope you like my recommendations.

Speak soon, B xxx

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PICNIC IN THE WOODS

Friday, 9 June 2017




Remember last week when the sun came out for a few days? Yes, its starting to feel like a distant memory to me too. Well we somehow organised about 20 of us to go the woods and have a picnic. This was like some sort of miracle organising that many people, and it didn't rain. I won't expect it to happen for at least another 10 years. 

Well, I took some photos and wanted a place to share them, so I hope you enjoy scrolling through this summery post, it was a very happy day. 


Strawberry taste test, Marks and Spencer's vs Asda.



I love using my polaroid camera, so got this snap of my friend Kady, with her beautiful daughter. 


Even the puppy's were invited, this is Benji.


It actually turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, not like this weather we've been having this week.


Because there was so many of us, it was a bit chaotic, and you didn't really know what to be paying attention to at any time.


I love spontaneous days like these, and really making the most of a day with people you love. It was such a perfect way to spend a day off. 

I hope to make loads of plans for the Summer and capture as many memories as possible, I will of course share them with you on here, as my online scrapbook. 

Have you got any plans for the Summer? Let me know and give me some ideas :)

Lots of love, always, Beth xxx









HOW TO BE PRODUCTIVE

Wednesday, 7 June 2017



Hello again, here I am with some advice, you know I love to give advice, I like to think of myself as a life guru with all the answers, but of course I am not.

Some days, I definitely do struggle with being productive. I feel like you just are when you're working from home, it makes it difficult to get into the right mind set to actively sit down and work or get stuff done. 

Since leaving college, I have worked on and off part time / full time. When there's not many hours at work and I'm doing part time shifts, I really focus on blogging as it makes me feel like I'm not just dossing about watching Big Bang Theory repeats and eating Jammy Dodgers. 

Along the way, I have had extremely productive days where I write 5 posts, take and edit photos and generally get shit done. Some days, I write a paragraph which eventually gets deleted because my mind had wondered off and I was thinking about learning all the words  to Ed Sheeran's new song.

My first piece of advice which I think is the most important, would be to put yourself in the work zone. Create yourself a work space, which isn't your bed or the sofa. Think more like a desk, and if you don't have a desk like me, use the kitchen table. 

Also you're going to be productive, and you know what you can't be productive in? Is pyjamas. I KNOW they are the best and more comfiest clothes you own, but you wear them to chill out in and to go to sleep in, you wouldn't turn up to the office in your pjs so don't wear them when you're working from home. Just putting your 'day' clothes on, even putting a bit of makeup on if you like, makes you feel more productive it just puts you in the right head space.

Make sure you eat. I know how do some people forget to eat? But you do, when you're immersed in what you're doing, and don't have a designated lunch break then you forget. You need to eat and drink to fuel your body, you will notice you will start to flag, your concentration will disappear and you will get more irritated by what you're doing if you forget to take a break and have something substantial to eat. 

Turn off your phone. I do this on days where I really need to get stuff done, like writing, because as soon as you get a notification go off on your phone, thats it you're fucked for at least 20 minutes, its like a rabbit hole and you get lost, checking all your social medias. I am the least productive person when my phones on because I have no will power but to look at every 5 minutes. If you're using it to listen to music, just turn it on airplane mode so that no notifications come through. 

Talking of music, if you can't bear the sound of your own typing or whatever you're doing for hours on end and you want to listen to music, I would suggest listening to music you know and like. Otherwise you'll be stopping mid train of thought to skip the songs, and also when you listen to music you like you can sort of tune out of it a bit because your brain knows it so you're not concentrating on it. Or listen to music without words, I know so many people that listen to the Harry Potter soundtrack because it is all orchestral. Or just don't listen to anything at all, that's what I do.

Lastly, make a list of all the things you need to get done. It makes it so much more useful when you're struggling to think of what to do next, and also feels so rewarding when you can tick them all off as you go. 

I hope this has helped some of you who are struggling to be productive. Just close that Netflix tab and focus!

Thankyou for reading,

from Beth xxx