Before I get too invested in this review I just want to say SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT!!! If you don’t want to know the details of the book or the movie (because you know…they are the same thing) then read no further.
Far From the Madding Crowd is the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), an independent woman who finds herself dealing with the attentions of three very different suiters. The gentle and kind Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), the rogue soldier Francis Troy (Tom Sturridge) and the mature bachelor William Boldwood (Michael Sheen).
I admit it. I love classics. Give me a man in a cravat and a top hat any day. But I know a lot of people who don’t understand my love for them, they think that all classics are boring, slow stories. Well, my friends, not all of them are…If you’re looking for your next classic or you’re interested in reading one for the first time, then look no further than a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. I have to admit, I’m slightly obsessed with her work. There’s romance a plenty, but also plenty of other drama to keep you hooked.
So here’s a quick rundown of what Mrs Gaskell has to offer and why you should pick up one of her books pronto…
If there is one thing that everyone should know about me it’s that I love food. I know what you’re thinking. Who doesn’t love food? But I seriously love food. The majority of my holidays revolve entirely around food. When planning my next trip away, the first thing I think of isn’t how beautiful the beach will be or what monument I will visit, it’s the food I will eat there.
Croissants in Paris, gelato in Florence, New York hot dogs, Chicago deep dish pizza, Key Lime Pie in Florida. I want it all.
So it was with slight trepidation that I planned my recent trip to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Having been to Fiji and Vanuatu, I’ve had previous run-ins with Polynesian food and have been left wanting. Taro, more like Ta-No.
Friends and family had regaled me with their tales of eating in Hawaii. American fast food chains serving super-sized meals seemed to be the go-to Hawaiian dining experience.
Not one to shy away from a food challenge (I run away from all other challenges life throws my way), I made it my mission to seek out the best of what Hawaii had to offer.
You can make sure you don’t miss out on trying any of this amazing food by getting this Hawaii Food Checklist for your trip.
Here is a list of my top eats on Oahu for a truly unique Hawaiian experience:
When asked about my favourite tv show, the answer is unequivocally the same every time: Gilmore Girls. A Saturday night staple during my high school years, my mum, sister and I would settle down at 7.30 and have ‘girl time’. Feet tucked under us on the couch, dessert in hand (I mean, I challenge you, I really do, to watch this show without eating!), ready to laugh at Lorelai and Rory’s antics and wax lyrical about how Luke was “a bit of all right”.
The Cactus Pop crew attended Oz Comic Con in Melbourne on Saturday the 27th of June with the intention of seeing Scott Patterson from Gilmore Girls and Paul Blackthorne from Arrow. While I’m sure the celebrity guests really enjoy interacting with us super fans and appreciate our dedication and whatever, they also probably feel like the days are full of endless fake smiles, stupid questions and carpal tunnel symptoms after signing their autograph over and over. But enough about them, here’s a day (more like two hours) in the life of an attendee.
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