Saturday, 23 February 2008

Half Term

Well, I have succeeded in having a very action packed Half Term week, but not a very productive one, work-wise. Still, it has been fulfilling in other ways. I had my friends Hannah and Nabs over last Sunday to watch the Kenneth Branagh version of Hamlet. He starred in it, and directed it so over all the film seemed to be a big self-indulgent montage of his face. We are studying Hamlet at the moment, and thought we may as well make an evening of it, so Hannah brought shortbread with her, and Nabs brought Schloer (or however you spell it. that drink...)

The Saturday before that, I had a Lord of the Rings evening with Kat and Tilly. We managed to watch all three, but not the bonus features which was a shame. I know, I am the biggest geek in Britain, but I think that a LOTR all-nighter is necessary from time to time. I suppose that now is the best moment to mention that I own a replica of Arwen's Evenstar pendant from the Films. Although it is embarrassing, I am soooo proud of it.

Last night, it was my friend Alison's birthday, which was fun, but on my way back home on the last train I met two drunk schoolteachers, three people about my age, and an old Mod, and we all sat around on the carriage drinking cider out of mugs, and listening to Kings of Leon on one of the schoolteachers' laptops, which was something of a rave!

On Thursday night, I went out for dinner with my Orchestra Chums, and then we were going to go out to a gig, but the band we wanted to see (Blueprint) weren't on until 1 in the morning. We were really gutted cause they are an amazing band, but instead some of us went to the pub.

I also went for a fun day in at my friend Kirsty's house, with some of our other friends. We made cake, and a makeshift cheese platter, which is basically what we do when we are around at her house.

I have also been watching a lot of 'Twin Peaks' with my friend, Elbe. I highly recommend it, as it is such an incredible television programme. Elbe is obsessed by the symmetry of the shots, which I must admit are beautiful, but I am mainly taken by the plot. It is so gloriously creepy! There is a midget who talks backwards, a little boy in a tiny tuxedo who holds creamed corn in his hands, and about a thousand subplots that I BET will all link up in the end!

At the moment, I am listening to 'The Libertine' by Patrick Wolf. It is one of those songs that made the world glow, as I listened to it on my iPod, so I thought I would listen to it again.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anything at all intellectual to write about in this Blog entry, mainly because I have been geeking out this half term. I am still reading 'The Cornish Trilogy' by Robertson Davies, mainly because halfway through the second book, I was suddenly plunged into a seemingly never-ending chasm of work, which I am essentially still lost in. This half term has been a welcome break, although I have done far less work than I ought to have, which has just led to feelings of guilt.

This dress here is incredible! Oh my gosh, I want it! (I hope that link worked, I just spent about Five minutes trying to make it come up properly...)

Anyway, on that note, I end this rather mundane post.

Sunday, 10 February 2008

Women in Islam. And More Stuff.

So, right now, i am meant to be revising for a mock on Islam which i have tomorrow morning. but what i really want to be doing is writing a blog. so i thought i would combine the two, in a pseudo-productive sort of way. So here are some musings on Women within Islam:

Some people argue that before Islam was introduced to Arabia, women had fewer rights, and that men were permitted to commit polygamy an unlimited amount of times, but other theologians and historians believe that it was a much more egalitarian set up, ie there was more equality between the sexes.

Once Islam had been established, so had the roles of men and women in Arabic society, and within the muslim faith. most people agree that women and men have spiritual equality before God, and in religious terms, but where they differ is in the belief that men and women have different roles and responsibilities within society. The role of the man is as a provider and as a head of the family. he has a responsibility towards his wife/wives and his children. on a non-family orientated spectrum, the man's space is in public, whereas the woman's domain is in private. The woman's responsibility is towards raising her children, and beginning their spiritual education. she is financially dependant upon her husband, but he is dependant upon her for his wellbeing and comfort.

Unfortunately, i must cut this blog short, as i can barely keep my eyes open. but on a more vain note, i want my hair cut like this:

Alexa Chung is just too pretty.

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Things In List Format.

well, i haven't blogged for a while, mainly because i sort of failed to see the point. but here is a list of things which have been on my mind recently:

  • Cambridge University.
  • Getting the Grades.
  • Neck scarves made of silk.
  • Red hair
  • Shirts
  • Shorts
  • The 'Nautical' Look.
  • A band called Vampire Weekend
  • Colourful Tights
  • The Smiths
  • Cheese
  • Turtles
  • Sore Throats
  • Stress
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Hamlet
  • Trench Poetry
  • The Apocalypse
  • The Nature of Celebrity
  • Australia
  • My Family (not the television show, the actual people I'm related to!)
  • The Summer
  • Aeroplanes
  • Turkish Rose
  • Perfume
  • Vanity
  • "Rah Rah Rah!"
  • Glitter
  • Dreams
  • Fountain Pens
  • The 1990s
  • Colour
  • Vodka and Cranberry
  • France
  • Change
  • Twin Peaks
  • Cheese and Crisp Baguettes
  • Soup and Bread for lunch
  • Old Books
  • Sushi
  • Exercise
  • Individuality. (does it even exist?)
so there is a nice list. if anyone reads this, can they reply with a list?