Sunday, 28 August 2016

Culture Vulture: August

Welcome to this, the second in the culture vulture series. If you want to look at last month's you will find that here, but what culture have I been absorbing this month?

Book: Le Guide Officiel to being British

Back in July, Muriel of French Yummy Mummy got in touch and offered to send me a copy of her book, which obviously, being a reader of her blog and a lover of books, I accepted. This month, I finally got around to reading it, and I'm so glad I did. It's a light-hearted and amusing look at life in Britain from the perspective of someone who has moved here from another country, and I have to say as I devoured the short and snappy chapter of this book on the train, I found myself laughing out loud. More than anything it was because the witty observations were things that, as a born and raised Brit, I totally related to. Everything from our random NHS system, through to our even more random little sayings and the fact that we like to talk about the weather. Each topic was handled in an amusing way, and it was evident from the writing that Muriel has quite a fondness for this crazy little Isle. I would definitely recommend reading this if you want a light-hearted chuckle, and a great book that can be picked up for short bursts of reading.

Book: The Pretty Way to Love Your Body - Kate Hudson

I can't make my mind up about this book. It's a health and beauty book, and whilst it did have some useful tips in, a fair bit of it felt a bit like new money for old rope. If one thing stood out for me that I did like about the book, it was the tips on how to reconnect with your own body, and the areas where it touched on Ayurveda. There's no denying that Kate Hudson looks fantastic, but I think that's more down to her discipline in following the lifestyle that she discusses in this book. If you are really looking for some ideas on how to reconnect, time out for your body and mind, diet, exercise etc then this will probably be a nice book for you. If you already know a fair bit about what you should be doing, then I don't think you are going to learn anything new from this one.

Film: Ghostbusters

I approached this film with some trepidation. I am a lifelong fan of the Ghostbusters franchise. I used to watch the original cartoon on the TV every week as a child, and revelled in getting to the pictures to see the original Dan Ackroyd/ Bill Murray spectaculars, so when I heard about a new Ghostbusters, with an all female cast I questioned, was it going to be a disappointment? I'm so pleased to say, it wasn't. I truly enjoyed this film so very much that when it comes out on DVD I will be buying it. It was hilarious, as I would expect it to be with Melissa McCarthy in anyway, and the original characters came through in each of the actors in role. There were also some fabulous cameo appearances from Bill Murray, Slimer (of course), Janine the receptionist and even Sigourney Weaver (If you've not seen the originals then you will have no idea about these cameos). I would say, whether you are an original Ghostbusters fan or not, then this film is well worth seeing.

Blog post of the month: The Simply Luxurious Life - 13 Habits that make my life run more productively

It's no secret that I LOVE the Simply Luxurious Life blog. It's amazing, the writing is fantastic, the pictures are great and, there's just nothing about it I don't like. It's no surprise then that I would have one of Shannon Ables' blog posts as one of my featured favourites, and this one was the one. I'm not going to spoil it, the title is pretty self explanatory, so if you are looking for some hints and tips on productivity then head on over now and read the blog post.


  1. I was horrified when I heard they were redoing Ghostbusters, why can't Hollywood just leave things alone! Then I heard Melissa McCarthy was in it, and I adore her, so I became more curious more than appalled. Then I hear what you have to say and to be honest, I'm now intrigued enough to give it a go x

    1. I would definitely recommend it. I was pleasantly surprised. 😁

  2. Thank you so much for this Louise. I am glad that you like the book! x

  3. Much like Melanie, I had some trepidation at first about this new version of Ghostbusters - why mess with perfection, so to speak, after all - but the more I hear and see about it, the more eager I am to sit down and relive a true eighties classic done 2016 style this fall. Thank you for your lovely review on it, as well as for the other fun recommendations here.

    Many hugs & happy summer-into-autumn wishes,
    ♥ Jessica


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