Health & Well Being Sunday #5

This is going to be a very quick and very short update due to the fact that since my last Health and Well Being Post, I have been ill. I have had a chest infection which has been really painful. Initially I thought I had pulled a muscle in my chest but as the pain did not go away. Due to amount of pain I was in I decided it might be a good idea to go to the doctors, who confirmed it was indeed a chest infection but as my chest was clear there was no need for antibiotics. I did get some pain killers that made me feel very ill, so didn’t take them for long.

Due to the pain in my chest I have not been sleeping very well. Now lack of sleep is one of my triggers for migraines and I suspect this is why I have been completely floored by a migraine over the past few days. On Thursday I woke with a throbbing head which quickly turned into a migraine. I did attempt to go into work as usually I take the tablets and it disappears. About 90 minutes after arriving at work I was back home, in bed. I did not move for 6 hours. It hurt to much. Thursday night the pain lessened and on Friday it came back with a vengeance. Saturday was better sort of and today (Sunday) has been okay.

So as you can imagine exercising has not happened very much at all. Healthy eating and water drinking have but that is it.

I am hoping that tomorrow all my aches and pain will be better if not gone and so next time I do one of these Health and Well Being posts it will be more positive. Look out for Post 6 in two weeks time xx


Everyone has an opinion on everything these days and I am no different. It has been over a week now since the BBC announced that the 13th Doctor was to be Jodie Whittaker.

I loved the way they made the announcement. It has to be the only time where I was wishing the Wimbledon Final would hurry up and end. The anticipation around the world was immense. You should have read some of the tweets on Twitter.

13 Dr Who

Initially I wasn’t to sure about Jodie being Doctor 13, however this was not due to her being female. I was expecting a female Doctor since they introduced us to Missy (The Master in female form). I am just unfamiliar with Jodie’s work. Even though I have seen her in a few things I never took much notice of her. This however is probably a good thing because if she had been a truly terrible actress I would have remembered her.

Personally I think the Doctor now being female is an exciting prospect. The whole dynamic of the show will change. Both Jodie and the writers now have the opportunity to do something completely unique. The next series will hopefully be something to look forward too.

I also think it is great that little girls everywhere now have the opportunity to own the TARDIS key without having to be an assistant.

Doctor Who is one of my all time favourite shows. One of my biggest dreams, of course, would be to appear in an episode of Doctor Who, even if it was just walking in the background somewhere. I would just love to be on the set. I doubt very much if it would ever happen but it is always good to dream.

So, if you could be anyone in Doctor Who, who would you be?

Below are three female characters from the reboot in 2005, who I would have loved to have been.

Donna NobleDonna Noble (Catherine Tate) was an assistant to the 10th Doctor, David Tennant. After appearing in a Christmas Special entitled The Runaway Bride in December 2006.  In April 2008, she found The Doctor again in the first episode of Series 4 “Partners in Crime”.  I loved Donna, she was my favourite assistant of the reboot, for two reasons. 1. She did not fall in love the Doctor. Rose Tyler’s and Martha Jones’s infatuation with The Doctor did my head in. The fact that Donna Noble found the whole idea of fancying The Doctor as being disgusting was a welcome change. I really enjoyed watching Donna’s reaction to things and I was a little broken when The Doctor had to make her forget everything. The Doctor Donna could have been so good. I would love for Donna to return in someway to Doctor Who – Maybe her child could one day travel in the TARDIS. That would be cute! (Oh… Oh… I have an idea for Christmas Special)

Alex KingstonRiver Song aka Melody Pond (Alex Kingston) first appeared in “Silence in the Library” (series 4), a two part episode which lead to what appeared to be her demise in ” Forest of the Dead”.

Only there was more to River Song than any of us believed to be possible. Eventually we discover that not only is she the daughter of The Doctors married companions Rory and Amy Pond, she also transpires to a child of the TARDIS and The Doctor’s wife. Not that I would want to be married to The Doctor, I just loved the fact she was an archaeologist in space. Also, I love her hair… so curly!! River is also a strong character that was not afraid to show her vulnerable side. As much as I enjoyed River and all her exploits I was a little relieved when her time on the show came to an end. Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

Hey Missy“Missy”, The Mistress aka The Master (Michelle Gomez) first made an appearance in Series 8. To be completely honest she saved the series for me. I was getting more than a little bored  with Clara. I was not completely against Clara as an assistant I just found her very samey. Missy however swept into series and I immediately loved her character. Okay, she was more than just a little bit crazy but her character development has been a joy to watch. Also her hair – initially it was neat and well groomed but as the series’s have gone on it has got crazier… I love it! I really hope we have not seen the last of Missy.

So they were my three picks after much deliberation all female but all great. Who would you be?


Jane Austen Remembered

Today is the 200th Anniversary of the death of one of England’s most loved and favourite authors, Jane Austen. Jane Austen died in Winchester on the 18 July 1817 and is responsible for giving the world Pride and Prejudice and of course my favourite, Persuasion besides 4 other completed novels. To mark this anniversary the Royal Mint has released the first preview of the new polymer £10 note which will feature author.

Jane Austen 10pounds

The £10 note featuring Jane Austen will officially be launched in September. As well as the £10 note the Royal Mint have also issued a £2 coin depicting the silhouette of Jane Austen’s profile along with her signature. The £2 coin is having a limited distribution in Hampshire but I am hoping that eventually they will make there way north so i can get my mitts on one.

Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors. I love reading her novels and also watching the number of adaptations that have been made for TV and Film. I am also a fan of all the spin-off, inspired of and fan fiction that has been created over the years based on Jane Austen’s life or novels.

December 2017 will be Jane Austen month on my blog : During that month my whole blog will dedicated to the this great lady. I look forward to sharing my love for her works etc… with you.

Health & Well Being Sunday #4

First I have to apologise for this post as I have not had chance to plan it. I am constantly surprised about how quickly the weeks seem to fly by.

Since my last Health and Well Being Sunday post I have flown to Italy and back again. I spent 7 nights in the Eternal City (Rome) and also spent a day in Naples and Pompeii. It was wonderful but very hot and also very busy. Due to it being so hot I did drink a lot of water. Meal times were full of carbs – pasta, pizza and bread.

HardRock Burger
My Burger at The Hard Rock Cafe, Rome… yummy! 

I also went to The Hard Rock Cafe in Rome and had a burger which was wonderful. As you probably gathered there was not a lot of dieting going on. So, the diet and fitness plan start tomorrow… (honestly)…

So below is a quick list of things I want to achieve over the next two weeks…

  1. Running twice a week
  2. Drink Water daily (5 glasses)
  3. Healthy Lunch to take to work
  4. No extra sauces on food
  5. Keep a log of anything that passes my lips
  6. No Coke a Cola (I am addicted)
  7. Strength and Core Workout x 3 Weekly
  8. Have at least 1 hour me time a day (this is important as it is people who drive me crazy)
  9. Take photos of Health and Well Being Journal/Fitness Inspiration Book for Post 5
  10. Think of a way to make these posts a bit more interesting….

I will hopefully have a better post in a couple of weeks, I am sorry this is so rushed. Back to normal blogging activity this week.

Hope you all have a good week


My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 5

The final part of my 101 Favourite movies. As I mentioned in my first post I’m sure I have missed some out but this is the list as it stands at the moment. I am sure it will evolve. I hope you have enjoyed it?

Part 5

Three Wishes (1995)

The Age of Adaline (2015)

Pay It Forward (2000)

Inside Out (2015)

Up (2009) – The Spirit of Adventure with Carl and Ellie

What Dreams May Come (1998) – I love the concept of this movie

The Notebook (2004) – This is a pretty movie

Little Women (1933)

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

High Society (1956)

Kate and Leopold (2001)

Brave (2012) 

Letters to Juliet (2010)

The Snowman (1982)

Finding Neverland (2004)

Ice Age (2002)

Flight of the Navigator (1986)

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Hercules (1997)

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) – Even though I like the first one, I prefer this one. Both looking forward and dreading War of the Planet of the Apes.

Somewhere in Time (1980)

So that is the end of my 101 Favourite Movies. Have you thought about your 101 Favourite Movies? It is not as easy as I think.

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 4

The penultimate post…

As you may have noticed with the previous 3 posts that my movie tastes are fairly tame. I am not a fan of gratuitous violence, obscene speech or anything that I consider to be horror, I value my sleep far to much to watch anything too disturbing. I tend to stick with family features, comedies and musicals. The next 20 movies prove my point… lol! Sorry for being so dull…

Part 4

Mary Poppins (1964)

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) – The wonderful Robin Williams.

Guardian’s of the Galaxy (2014)

Clueless (1993)

White Christmas (1954)

Legally Blonde (2001)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Father of the Bride (1991)

Mean Girls (2004)

Pitch Perfect (2012)

The Princess Diaries (2001)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

The Burbs (1989)

Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure (1991)

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Labyrinth (1986)

The NeverEnding Story (1984) – This was the first movie I saw at the cinema.

Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)

Zoolander (2001)

About Time (2013)

So what do you think of Part 4? Let me know x

My 101 Favourite Movies – Part 3

Well here we go again… Part 3 in no particular order.

Part 3

Titanic (1997) – I did love this movie so much when it was released. 

Never Been Kissed (1999) – Sadly I identify with Josie’s school days…

Men in Black (1997)

The Lion in Winter (1968) – Katherine Hepburn is one of my favourite actresses 

Great Expectations (1946)

The Goonies (1985)

Shrek 2 (2004)

Brigadoon (1954)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Rebecca (1940)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Roman Holiday (1953)

A Knights Tale (2001) 

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Red Shoes (1948)

The Slipper and the Rose (1976)

Avatar (2009)


My Fair Lady (1964)

The Sound of Music (1965)

What do you think of Part 3 ? I have changed it several times…. Let me know?