Happy Tabletop Day!

itttd_2018_logo-300x300It’s the 28th of April – which means:

IT’S TABLETOP DAY!

For those of you who don’t know, the internationally celebrated day is a chance for people to come together and celebrate, share, and play tabletop games.

What are tabletop games I hear you ask? Well tabletop games are anything which can be played on a table 😛 This includes board games, card games, role playing games (such as Dungeons and Dragons), dice games, and many more!

If the only tabletop games you can think of are Monopoly and poker, then please do yourself a favour and research some new games. I am saying this, not only because there are some amazing games out there but because Monopoly is the literal worse 😉

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Small Snippet of September 2015

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Once again we find ourselves with a large gap in between posts, and once again I offer the same excuse. I’m just so tired. Due to this posts often get put so way behind on my priorities, but fret not you’ll get random posts.

Last month was a bit of a blur for me but there were some stand outs amongst the noise.

Sia – This is Actingsia

I have always been aware of Sia, especially her early work within Australia, however her last album and this new one have grabbed my attention. Where 1,000 Forms of Fear was a evolution of her personal style, This is Acting is Sia hitting her mark. The album is solid from start to end, I can say that I am a fan of every song on the album and often find myself sneaking a headphone in and listening to it at work.

One thing you can always count Sia to be is lyrically impressive; This is Acting is once again testament to her emotive skills as a songwriter. I would definitely recommend people press play and give this a listen.

Stand outs on the album for me are: Move Your Body, Unstoppable, Broken Glass and the heart wrenching Alive.

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Chocolate Day!

HAPPY EASTER!I’m back from a short break, to wish you all a Merry Long Weekend! I hope you all gorge indulge yourself with some lovely chocolate and have a fun few days off.

I know I will… mostly be playing The Sims 4 (Get To Work) and drinking lots of chocolate tea. So whatever floats your boat, I hope you enjoy yourself 🙂

A perfect rose for Valentine’s Day

Dorothy Parker is one of my all time favourite poets and this, One Perfect Rose, is one of my favourite poems. The way in which the poem sets up the beauty of the rose and the love held within it, is offset by the ponderings of the limousine, which makes the poem a beautifully bitter-sweet one. The offhand almost blasé way in which Dorothy writes is both refreshing and humourous. I would highly recommended anyone to find and devour any of her work!

With that I wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you have a lovely day filled with lovely love and don’t forget the 15th of February is Cheap Flower Day! So get out there and buy some drastically reduced flowers!

Library Lovers’ Day

LLD2015-AvatarForget Valentine’s Day, February 14th is Library Lovers’ Day in Australia!

So to mark the occasion (which internationally is a whole month), break out your book bags and head down to your local library!

It might be a surprise but libraries have managed to stay with the times, on your trip you might find yourself marveling at all the new and wonderful resources.You might find a 3D printer, free wifi, a collection of eBooks and eAudio books, a larger collection of free to use resources such as family history access and not to mention a even larger number of books.

In light of the day you might even find a ‘Blind Date’ book selection, whereby books are wrapped in brown paper and only small hints about the plot revealed. When you borrow your ‘date,’ you get a literary surprise when you get home.

As a qualified librarian myself, you may say that I am unreasonably bias in the matter, but libraries have been around for thousands of years and will continue to stick around for even longer. So what are you waiting for? Go show your local library a little love!

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If you would like to know more about what your library can do for you, check out my post, Library Services and You or simply have a quick look at my Library Month event from 2014.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody! I hope everyone has had a fantastic year and if not, I hope you can somehow find a way to come to terms with the past and continue with a smile.

2014 saw What I Like & Why You Should Too post 42 blog posts!

While I would like to congratulate myself for all these posts, I would also like to take a moment to not think about the three months were I did not post. Moving on!

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For many people each new year is a time to create New Years Resolutions, for me, not so much. Long ago I have recognised that I am far too lazy to maintain any sort of resolution. However this year, I do have some plans that I hope to see through.

  • I hope to stay consistent with my posts this year and continue my once a week schedule.
  • I am also considering a name change for the blog, I have never been the biggest fan of the ‘I’ in the blog name. However this is easier said than done as I cannot for the life of me think of something more suitable.
  • In addition to this two blog related plans, I would also like to start a creative project. I am usually very terrible at seeing projects through unless I have a lot riding on them. However as my life ticks away, I find myself getting further and further away from my one wish to have written a book.

So fingers crossed for 2015! Just got to remember that it things get done one small step at a time. For all the people reading this, I hope every day is full of happiness and that you have a lovely year!

The Christmas Film Genre

At this time of year it is virtually impossible to turn on the television and not encounter a Christmas film. However there are many different types of Christmas movies available to watch, with each film embracing some of the different tropes of the genre.

There are a number of variations the genre can possess, films can be directed towards children or adults, they can feature Santa Claus or ignore his ‘existence,’ they can even be from a wholly different genre, however one thing in common is they are set during the holiday period. Below is a discussion of the more obvious sub-genres of Christmas films. While certainly exploring a number of different themes and films, this list is by no means definitive, feel free to disagree.

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The sheer number of films that can fall within the children’s sub-genre of Christmas films makes it one of, if not the most popular subset of the genre. The films that fall underneath this category are more likely to include more of the ‘classic’ Christmas films than any other of the sub-genres discussed in this list.

In children’s films set during Christmas, it is the simpler nuances of the season that are explored. Films aimed at children frequently have a heavy focus on the exploration and explanation of the true meaning of Christmas. Family, togetherness, overcoming adversity, goodwill and Santa are all popular themes at play within children’s Christmas movies. Often you may find films that display an anti-commercialisation slant with the focus being on a loving family and togetherness; the product placements throughout these films cheapen such sentiments.

However, throughout it all is the awareness that being a ‘good child’ is very important, as how else does one impress Santa and receive presents?

Stand out examples include:

Adult Christmas Films

HNKThe adult sub-genre of Christmas movies are, you guessed it, aimed primarily at adults. Gone are the earnest references to Santa, the sincerity replaced with a more mature and often blasé tone. Where children’s Christmas films may focus on Santa and a fantastical journey, adults Christmas films in a way lampoon the entire genre.

Ways in which this is achieved are through the satirical presence of Santa as the adults are forced to recognise the existence of such a figure, or through a blatant cynicism in regards to holiday practices.Themes such as non-belief, dysfunctional family relations, alcoholism, loneliness and the blatant commercialism of the holiday season can be explored in adult Christmas films.

However, overshadowing all this is an almost bitter overtone, commenting perhaps on the forced cheerfulness that many people find unpleasant during the holidays. Despite this, films of the adult sub-genre nevertheless find themselves ending happily with minor or personal victories occurring.

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Non-traditional Christmas Films

The non-traditional genre Christmas films can be thought of in a number of ways, my two favourites are, ‘It just so happens to be Christmas’ and ‘A Hipster Christmas.’ The films of this genre ignore all previous tropes of Christmas films and instead only have events that fall within the holiday season. In a time when Christmas can quite literally be shoved down your throat, non-traditional Christmas films can be breaths of fresh air to the repetitive holiday television programming.

Often, films of this ilk are from wholly different genres unrelatable to the very season specific tropes of the Christmas genre. The two most common films types to dip into the Christmas end of the genre spectrum are action films and romantic comedies.

Actions films

The frequency of which action films incorporate Christmas into its plots is not only a surprising one but a polarising one. One has to wonder at the draw of such two different genres, is it that the cheer and joy of the Christmas season juxtaposes nicely against the needful violence of action films? Or is it just that Christmas decorations look good blood-spattered? Either way, action films that feature Christmas as a back drop nevertheless prove to be popular.

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Romantic Comedies

Unlike Actions films and their foray into Christmas films, Romantic Comedies that feature the holiday season just seem to make sense. What’s more romantic than finding your true love during Christmas? While certainly the time of year can be very romantic, the way in which the period has been played for laughs in these types of films are similar to that of adult films.

Admittedly Romantic Comedy Christmas movies are a lot tamer, but they nonetheless feature dysfunctional families, loneliness and rejection have been explored the films. However unlike the adult sub-genre, Romantic comedies that feature Christmas always end with a happily ever after.

Stand out examples include:

 A Christmas Carol Christmas Films

Muppet_christmas_carolIf there is one thing you can always be sure of come Christmas, its Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. The story of A Christmas Carol is one that follows the journey of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghosts. With each visitation to the past, present and future, Ebenezer comes to the personal realisation that his mean and bitter ways have to change. The novel and indeed every adaptation (except of course the Blackadder Special) sees the transformation of Ebenezer into a much more cheerful and good-spirited character.

Dickens’ novel has been adapted numerous times and into many different forms including television shows, films, radio plays, stage productions, ballets and even an opera. From Star Trek Captions to puppets, from horror to comedies, A Christmas Carol is a film that will surely not stop being remade.

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There are so many different Christmas movies available today that to classify them all neatly within sub-genres is almost unthinkable. Where one film may lie firmly in the Children’s sub-genre, others may branch out and scatter themselves amongst every sub-genre. As it stands another non-traditional sub-genre could be created that includes Christmas themed horror films. With this in mind, I shudder to think about the future of the Christmas film genre. Who knows what’s in store for the next Christmas season?