Friday, 26 December 2014

Favourite Xmas Presents of 2014


Happy Boxing Day! I hope you had a lovely Christmas yesterday if you celebrate it, if you don't then I hope you just had a wonderful day. I'd just like to add that my Christmas went exactly as I explained in my last post - it's funny how some things never change.

Today I thought I'd do a quick post to show you my absolute favourite Christmas presents I got yesterday. I didn't do anything like this last year as I stopped blogging in about November, but this year I've done a better job of keeping up the posting, it seems. But anyway, I didn't want to post photos of every single little thing I got because I'm in no way trying to brag about what I was lucky enough to receive, but I still wanted to share my new favourite things.

Perhaps my absolute number one favourite is this book, Letters of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher. It's essentially the book form of the website Letters of Note, a collection of entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters from/to famous and not-so-famous people, spanning centuries (the oldest one is from the 14th century BC and the most recent only a few years old). I've only read about 25 of the 125 letters, but I'm thoroughly enjoying myself - my favourite so far has been the one from Mary, Queen of Scots to Henry III of France dated February 8th 1587, in which she explains that she is to be executed the following day. Amazingly, there is a copy of the actual original letter in almost indecipherable handwriting and even more confusing old French, but luckily it is accompanied by a translated transcript. I also laughed out loud at the letter from comedy script editor Ian Main to the BBC after reading a pilot script of Fawlty Towers, in which he describes it as "as dire as its title" and "a kind of 'Prince of Denmark' of the hotel world". This thrilled me immensely, as not only am I a die-hard Fawlty Towers fan (my brother and I can quote entire episodes), I am also currently knee-deep in Hamlet for my upcoming app English exam and any references to it will trigger my Hamlet receptors in a flash. What I also love about this book is that each letter has a small introductory note to provide some context.

One of my other favourites is the boxset of The Addams Family DVDs. I usually get a boxset of some description every Christmas, and while it's traditionally Doctor Who, this year I opted for a something a little more creepy and kooky. I watched about 35 of the grand total of 64 episodes when they were up on YouTube, but since they were taken down I decided it was finally time to invest in the actual DVDs. I haven't watched any yet, but I'm SO excited about these!

I also got a new camera, hurrah! Or should I just say camera, as my old one is a Sony Cybershot DSC-S500 that I've had since about 2007 and which has been broken for at least 4 years. Anyway, I got the the Nikon Coolpix S3600, which to be honest I don't know much about, only that it will take photos which are a damn sight better than my phone can. I'm still getting to grips with all the settings, but I'm determined to become better at photography this coming year. Unfortunately I couldn't exactly use it to take the above photo, as it's not really possible to take of a camera using said camera...

And lastly, nail varnish. I got quite a lot of nail varnish this year, which I'm exceedingly happy about as I've rediscovered a love of it these past few months. I decided to just include one in the photo - this one is super duper sparkly and colourful, and I might actually wear it for New Year's Eve.

That's all for now - although I did get rather a lot of books too, which I might share with you at some point, if only in the interests of living up to my blog's name.


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