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Withnail & I

Posted in Comedy Genius, Films, Reviews with tags , , , , on 03/07/2013 by Jen Healey

Last Friday I went to Stratford Playhouse with the lovely Becky Lea, to see a late night showing of Withnail & I. It was an absolute tonic to the hectic hamster wheel that has been my schedule of late. We were not fortunate enough to be sitting in lucky seats, underneath which could be found a free dvd, but this did not detract from the experience. We did get a couple of free badges though, which were very cool.

Now, it is a completely iconic film, in my humble opinion. Which is why it saddens me that many people haven’t even heard of it. It is not because the actors are unknowns – Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths – these are not obscure names, among others of course. An assumption about it I recently encountered was most disconcerting, that it is set in ‘Oliver Twist times’! Errr.. NO.

I believe that Becky is due to write a piece on Withnail & I soon, so I will leave it to her talent to write a review proper. Instead I will name-check her one more time today and include a link to a review she wrote on my beloved Labyrinth.
Enjoy – here.

Ok, I fibbed, I can’t resist adding a little preview from Withnail & I.



Thirty Seconds To Mars

Posted in Music, Reviews with tags , , , , on 24/05/2013 by Jen Healey

Not usually a band that I look up on YouTube, but after catching their latest vid on Scuzz, I thought I’d share –

Love this video!




Posted in Books, Films, Journal, Music, Reviews, TV with tags , , on 23/05/2013 by Jen Healey

As Marc Spitz coined the phrase ‘Bowie-ist’ (see my currently reading shelf )¬†I thought it would be a fitting title for¬†today,¬†following on¬†from the¬†last post, a¬†much more pleasant ‘ist’ and¬†a pretty accurate description of myself at the moment.¬† I am, of course, very much looking forward to watching/recording the programme on Bowie this coming Saturday (Five Years).¬† Not to mention the smile I have when I see the cover on the current Radio Times in all the shops.

aladdin sane

Happily, for me, he is everywhere at the moment – even in the copy of the Big Issue I bought last week and whilst I was doing a bit of¬†shopping today (‘China Girl’ was playing in the supermarket – as I was leaving).¬† I’m not sure if the term Bowie-ist is meant to imply that those describing themselves as such are anoraks, as I am not.¬† Only owning a meagre two of his albums (so far!) and being a paltry 30 pages into the biography, does not an anorak make.¬† I am well aware of that.¬† I don’t even have his new album, unfortunately.

next day


Having said that, his songs do¬†heavily feature on the soundtrack of my childhood, which did make ‘Hunky Dory’ difficult to listen to for years.¬† Whilst reading the Spitz book, I did read a part that has stuck with me.

The Inchworm“… became five-year-old David Jones’s favourite.¬† Simply, it made him feel safe and hopeful when his increasingly discomfiting family life and shyness filled him with guilt and wariness.¬† The record was never far from his gramophone.

” ‘Inchworm’ is my childhood,” Bowie said in 1993… “It wasn’t a happy one.¬† Not that it was brutal but mine were a certain type of British parent:¬†quite cold emotionally and not many hugs.¬† I always craved attention cause of that.¬† ‘Inchworm’ gave me comfort and the person singing it sounded like he’d been hurt too and I’m into that, the artist singing away his pain.”

Amazing that we are all so different and yet the same, I feel that ‘Life on Mars’ is my childhood, in a similar (bittersweet)¬†respect.¬† Not that I gained comfort from it, or would have been¬†listening to it by choice as a child, but¬†I remember it repeatedly from my childhood.¬† I still struggle with that song, as it tugs at something deep down, where I don’t want to go.¬† So I usually¬†flick past that one (and ‘Changes’) onto ‘Starman’ then ‘Ziggy’¬†– yes I’m listening¬†to a ‘best of’¬†CD.

On a more uplifting note, the film Labyrinth is also ‘my childhood’ – hurrah!

I found this on YouTube yesterday, and I know at least one person who (if they aren’t aware of its existence already) will enjoy it almost as much as I did –

God I love that film!

Did you see one of the choreographers?  Yes, that is Dr Beverley Crusher from Star Trek РThe Next Generation!

Bolt Thrower

Posted in Journal, Music, Reviews with tags , on 29/04/2013 by Jen Healey

Beware the naughty swears!  There will be a fair few today.

I have, until now, resisted the urge to drop this particular name on¬†my blog, but I can no longer.¬† I have a cousin in a band.¬† A proper band.¬† A proper band that plays kick-fuckin’-ass metal, has released albums and tours the world!

His name is Martin Kearns and he plays for the British death metal band Bolt Thrower!  Fuck yeah.

How fucking ridiculously proud was I this morning when, after googlizing his name, I found this on Wikipedia!?! РClick here.


That’s my cousin!!!!

I really can’t stop smiling when I think that guy and I used to play together as kids – good times.¬† Apart from one time that he got me into trouble over a certain¬†story we recorded (featuring a Mr Twat, I believe)¬†on my Fisher Price tape recorder!


I can’t quite believe I found this picture either hahahaha!¬† (Source)

Anyway, here’s an example of him being awesome –

Ok, I’m done being all boastful now.¬† I’m just so proud of him.¬† Love ya, cuz!

Have a great fuckin’ day!


P.s.¬† Bolt Thrower are touring soon – Return To Chaos 2013¬†– check ’em out if you’re in the area.

Bowie and Reznor!

Posted in Journal, Mental Morsels, Music, Musings, Reviews with tags , , , , , , on 27/04/2013 by Jen Healey

I may just faint from the ridiculous excitement I experienced when I found this video this morning –

Be still my beating heart!

I accept that I am probably a long way behind those ‘with it’ cool cats who have their fingers on the proverbial pulse, who have been aware of this collaboration for an age now.¬† I’m comfortable with that.¬† In fact, it underlines the opinion I have about music, art and literature in general.¬† It may be ephemeral, but that just means that it is there to discover at any time, you just have to look behind you once in a while.

That is the beauty of music etc. you can find something that speaks to (or for) you and is in line with where you are in that snapshot of the moment.¬† You get it.¬† You feel it gets you.¬† It resonates somewhere in your soul.¬† I don’t think it is an obscure, complex or unattainable thing, in fact, it is the exact opposite.

I may be getting a little off-track, but I enjoy ‘just going with it’, from obsession to obsession – or as I like to think of it – being interested and excited about something.¬† Is that so wrong?¬† Or weird?¬† Again, I don’t think so.¬† Nor do I want to get bogged down in defining either of those W words, today.¬† I’d take¬†either over feeling world-weary or apathetic any day of the week.

Back to the star of the post, the vid, the lyrics of this are incredibly apt with my most recent perspective (realised whilst having a cup of tea in the park with a good friend of mine), which is that ‘normal people’ scare me.¬† They are so hostile, stressed and afraid of being human.¬† Scared that they won’t be able to maintain their apparent conformity with prescribed norms.¬† I’d like to examine the doctor.

I’ll stop before I get carried away, as is easy to do when you can’t hear the other person.

If I have introduced you to a tune/vid/artist that you enjoy Рaces!  They are both seriously yummy too.

Pick your level for today…

…and enjoy it.


Absolutely Amazing!

Posted in Books, Journal, Mental Morsels, Music, Musings, Reviews, Wonderful Words with tags , , , , , on 15/03/2013 by Jen Healey

An exciting sounding title, I know, but I’m so filled with surprising good feeling at the moment.¬† (Let’s hope that me posting this doesn’t jinx that!)¬† But, I have recently been finding that despite dire finances and a lack of career focus, there really is more to life than these material matters.¬† Those of you who have spoken to me of late will be well aware of my latest fascination with Philosophy.¬† Please don’t run, I’m not going to start getting all pretentious and lofty, that’s just not me.¬† However, when I find something that is both helpful and interesting I like to share it with anyone that is willing to listen.

So, with this in mind, I’m going to sing the praises of both a book that I have recently read and the library services which made it possible for me to do so.¬† The book is ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’ – by Alain de Botton.¬† Which I will own for myself one day soon, as it has become a very important book to me, marking the beginning of a love affair with this subject.¬† Here is an open invitation to join up on goodreads and share a world of books and opinions – click here, if you like.

The other link that I’m going to pop on this quick little post is one to my local library service, which enables me to search, reserve and collect books without leaving the village (courtesy of the Mobile Library service).¬† Yes I know this may sound a little old-fashioned what with E-Readers and the like, but I don’t think that anything compares to the feel and smell of a real book, that has been held and read by other people before me.¬† Okay, enough sentimentality from me.¬† I would urge you to support the work of your local library though, it is free after all and is a precious thing that would be terrible to lose, in my humble opinion.

I hope to see you on goodreads soon.

Enjoy something simple and cheap/free where you can.

N.B.  The Rush obsession continues also РThe Trees Рplease skip the stupid feckin advert and give this song a listen.  I love it.



Posted in Music, Reviews with tags , , on 11/12/2012 by Jen Healey

Hi all!¬† Life has, as it does, been keeping me busy and I have been a neglectful blogger!¬† So, here’s a little wave (pardon the pun)¬† from me and a share-session with another amazing new song that I have discovered courtesy of Kerrang Radio.

In a Moment – click here¬†(stupid VEVO won’t let me embed this vid, just skip the ad and enjoy).

I was really surprised when I heard that this was a song by the Stereophonics, as I’m not usually into their stuff, but I really love this song.¬† Maybe I’m mellowing with age?¬† But let’s not go there just yet, as I have another dreaded birthday looming large, urgh!

I do plan to post again soon, in-between planning for the big day (Christmas), work and family.

Happy preparations!

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