Freakin’ Friday…

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I’m so excited that it’s a lovely sunny Friday – definitely heading outside soon to make the most of it. I’m also off out tonight for a friend’s birthday drinks so, looking forward to a wee cocktail or two.

Some weekend stuff from me…

We’re now watching (and loving) this #bettercallsaul

Get ready to rock denim this s/s. Do. It. Right!

I’m thinking Sunday Roast for dinner mmmmmmmmm.

If you’re in Edinburgh why not check out the Loud Poets at the City Café?

Have a good one!

Nadine x

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Must-see movie catch up…

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Okay, I do realise that I’m like, uber-late with this one but I watched Dallas Buyers Club the other day (it’s now on Netflix). And it’s so good! I can’t stop thinking about it so, had to share.

Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar-winning performance as Ron Woodruff, a Texan diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s, really is incredible.

The film begins by showing you the extent of Woodruff’s hedonistic, ignorant and prejudiced character. But he’s soon diagnosed as HIV positive and given 30 days to live.

The count-down of the days then begins to unfold in the film, starting with Woodruff’s grief and denial reaction. Then his curiosity sets in, which helps him research and understand HIV and what’s happening to him.  This leads to his acceptance of his condition, which is when his fight and determination kicks-in.

With the trials of a new drug taking too long and not even proving to be successful, Woodruff takes matters into his own hands to try and survive – against the odds. Before long he has identified alternative drugs and medicines that are proving to help, better and pro-long the life of people living with HIV at this time. He then works the system to create his own ‘Buyers Club’ to provide the alternative medicines to those in need. Subsequently, Woodruff manages to turn 30 days into seven years, while helping others in the process.

What stands out the most is the complete 360 turnaround in Woodruff’s character pre and post diagnosis. In many ways, being HIV positive helps to make him a better person and drives him to give something back to society. The film also shows the huge lack of understanding about HIV at this time (the doctors wearing masks for starters) and the serious stigma and prejudice that people living with HIV were faced with.

Sadly, while research and medicines have moved on leaps and bounds since the 80s, there’s still a serious lack of understanding surrounding HIV and, people living with it are unfortunately still stigmatised because of this. I really hope that this film has managed to do some positive work here too.

Although, one thing that also stood-out for me was the fact the film steered away from mentioning safe-sex or condoms. This was evidently the key message of HIV awareness at this time – and still is – so it seems strange that it didn’t feature.

Jared Leto’s performance as transgender Rayon is also outstanding. And the friendship they form as they become partners in crime, is somewhat the great love story of the film. The grocery store scene where Woodruff makes his homophobic (ex) buddy shake Rayon’s hand had me welling up big time! And proved just how far his character had come.

It’s not easy, or cheery viewing because it’s ultimately a story of loss. But the sterling performances and exceptional story still warms your heart.

I’d highly recommend it, especially if, like me, you’re a bit behind on the must-see movies.

The story and Woodruff will stay with you.

Have you seen it? What did you think? Any more must-see movies I need to get watching?

Friday feeling…

It’s been a while since I’ve had that proper Friday feeling (the days start to roll into one when you’re on mat leave). But I’m heading out with the girls tonight so, it’s good to have a wee reminder of what Friday’s are all about. Or, used to be…

We were supposed to be doing Mexican (because we love a margarita-ta-ta-ta) but, our first-choice destination is (sadly) recovering from a fire, and our second was fully booked. FFS!

So, we’re freestyling!

I’m excited to see where we end up.

Have a good one!

Nadine x

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Any amazing Mexican recommendations? Would love to hear about them.

Hello weekend!

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I can’t believe it’s Friday again! But I’m loving that it’s the weekend. We’re quite busy with family visiting and a 40th birthday celebration! Thankfully it’s not mine…yet 🙂

I’d quite like to go to the cinema to see this…

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…but not sure I’ll manage to squeeze it in.

I also need a new mascara so, I’m looking forward to treating myself to a fab one – will share my purchase with you next week.

Oh, and we mustn’t forget that it’s oor Rabbie’s birthday this weekend! We’ll definitely be having a traditional Burns Supper on Sunday. Will you?

Here are some great ideas and tips to help you pimp your Burns Supper and, get you in the poetry mood.

Have a good one!

Nadine x

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It’s the weekend!

We’re going to be busy this weekend with some DIY – including building our new bed frame and bedside cabinets. It’s also my niece’s 12th birthday so we’re going to have some retro fun in the Hard Rock Café!

I might make a BIG pot of soup too and will definitely be putting my feet up to watch the third season of Lilyhammer

Rock on January!!

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Have you seen this? We watched the first two seasons this time last year and I’m excited that it’s back for a third series. Steven van Zandt (Silvio from The Sopranos) plays a mobster Frank ‘The Fixer’ Tagliano, who has to go into witness protection after ‘ratting out’ his associates…so off to Lillehammer he goes to build a new life for himself. He then ends up becoming ‘The Don’ of the little Norwegian town. It’s a bit silly in a mobster spoof way but it really made me laugh last year so, I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

What are you up to this weekend? Any great box sets to recommend?