When I read the Weekly Photo Challenge Names I immediately thought of signs that name locations, but are amusing or interest catching in some way.
To give a little context to a couple of these, C Beccaria is the name of a famous criminology theorist and the Broadway sign is in London.
For the New Horizon challenge, I thought about horizons I have seen in my travels and others I hope to see in the future.
When I think ‘Tiny‘, the first thing that comes to mind is Mini USA. This is a fantastic lego display at Legoland (California). The time a skill put into these minature lego replicas of famous USA locations is fantastic and a treat for both the kids and the adults.
I love taking photographs of water. It can invoke so many moods; from the cool serene lagoons to a tempered fury crashing against the rocks, it can transform so easily. Then there is the beauty of a few droplets of morning dew on a flower or a tear drop. Each body of water has such a different story to tell and all can create a stunning photograph.
Vast bodies of water that can be seen from the sky
Reflecting the sun
The light path creating a rainbow when it hits the waterfall’s spray
Stormy water brewing
Waves rushing in
Raindrops on a flower
The invisible water from the inside
Inspired by the WPC prompt Edge. These photos were taken from various edges or ledges on Mt Titlis (Switzerland).
When I say the daily prompt was Cake I knew I had to write something. I love cake and lately I’ve been getting inspired by cake decorating. So here are a few amazing creations I’ve come across in my travels of the world wide web, that are sure to amaze and inspire you.
There are so many amazing cakes out there, so hopefully you enjoyed this small venture into the world of amazing cakes. And a word of warning, looking at cakes on Google Images is a very bad procrastination habit.
A collection of the naturally framed shots I have taken – in response to the ‘Frame’ prompt. Frame
I thought I’d start Author Of The Month with an author who I believe is a classic from this generation, J.K. Rowling.
Joanne Kathleen Rowling is of course most famous for her Harry Potter series, which captivated the world; both children and adults. I remember standing in line at the bookstore to buy my copy of the Order of the Phoenix, the Half-Blood Prince and the Deathly Hallows the day they were released. I particularly remember the Deathly Hallows being released because was at school back then and had planned to take a day of school to finish reading it if necessary. I didn’t need it, I started reading it about 11.30 on Saturday morning and finished around lunchtime of Sunday (and even got about 6-8 hours’ sleep Saturday night). My point with all this reminiscing being that as an author, Rowling created a series with such as huge cultural impact that across the globe people wanted to buy her books the minute they were released and put their lives on hold until they’d finished them.
As a film adaption of the books, overall I also felt they stayed pretty true to the books. Perhaps having the book and film releases within the same decade meant some people read the books with the film in mind. But I remember seeing the first film after reading the first 3 or 4 books and it still resonating with the books.
Rowling’s Potter Universe I would argue is one of the biggest fictional universes created; it has sparked spin offs such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, it has resulted in theme parks and there also appears to be more fanfiction and fan art for the Potter Universe than there are more most others. People also have got Potter related tattoos, collectable Potter items, there is the Pottermore website and there is still news articles and social media discussion around the Potter Universe. The latest news appears to be that in January 2016 Rowling revealed more schools in the Potter Universe.
Do you remember watching Full House years ago? Well D.J. Tanner is now D.J. Tanner-Fuller (yes very clever with the play on Fuller Producers and Writers) and has now returned to her childhood home to raise her three boys as a widow. For those who haven’t seen Full House, in the original series her father was the widower raising 3 girls. And just like how her father Danny had his boys; a wild but now tamed family member and a kooky friend to help him, D.J. has the same with of course girls. Stephanie Tanner returns as a wild but being tamed family member who was travelling the world as a DJ (DJ Tanner to be precise). And Kimmy also returns as the kooky friend and finally gets to fulfil her dream of living in the Tanner house. The only non-parallel is that Kimmy has a daughter which now also needs to fit into the already Full House. The youngest in Fuller House, Tommy is also played by twins, but I’m not sure it will be their big break quite the same as it was for the Olsen twins.
The actors are all the same as the original series which definitely helps both give it a sense of authenticity and makes Fuller House even more referential. The show regularly references Full House and also recent events in the actors’ lives such as competing on Dancing with the Stars. The ‘Everywhere You Look’ theme song from Full House is even used, though modernised and sung by Carly Rae Jepsen instead of Jesse Fredrick.
The original parent figures also appear in various episodes, the only noticeable appear is Michelle who was played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The twins were apparently invited to participate in the show. I’m not sure how both girls would go still playing Michelle though given these days they look a bit different. Though of course Michelle’s look alike cousin (played by Mary-Kate while Ashley was Michelle) could have been an alternative character route the show could have taken.
The Netflix spin off of the ABC series has been surprising successful and a second season has already been ordered. I do think having watched Full House, knowing how American TV works and knowing about the actors’ lives really alters how you understand the show as well. It is very referential.
In terms of Season 2, it will be interesting to see if Michelle Tanner does make an appearance and what other parallels the show will draw.
I adore Kerry Greenwood’s books, especially her Corinna Chapman series. So the first book of the month will be a series, with the first book being called Earthly Delights.
Corinna is a baker and reluctant investigator. She owns a bakery called Earthly Delights underneath her apartment in a Roman building called Insula. Earthly Delights and her apartment are the core settings in the series but the whole Insula building also plays a big role as does various other places in Melbourne. The inhabitants of the other Insula apartments also add a lot of character to the stories which characters such as Meroe who is a witch, Mrs Dawson the retired socialite, The Professor who is both the expert on the Romans and a cheeky old man, Jason, a 15 year old boy who Corinna’s apprentice and recovered heroin addict and of course Corinna’s handsome lover Daniel.
Corinna herself is a delight. A divorced fat woman in her 30’s who has given up accounting to become a baker; Corinna doesn’t mince words, has an open mind for new experiences and fills the books with sarcastic wit.
I have lost count of how many times I have read these books and will read them many more times no doubt. There are currently 6 books in the series and I am hoping to see some more in the future. The current books in order are:
- Earthly Delights
- Heavenly Pleasures
- Devil’s Food
- Trick Or Treat
- Forbidden Fruit
- Cooking The Books