Thursday, 8 September 2011

'Buy me diamonds and rubies, I'm crazy bout Bentleys' - wait, is that the wrong song??

The other day, the amazingly wonderful Cherie at  was nice enough to give me another blog award, and you should all check out her blog pronto. *Points at you.* Yes, you.

Here it is...aint it pretty??

So, as I did Seven Things About Me quite recently, I thought I’d vary it up a bit with seven random favourites instead-

1. Favourite type of weather: Storms. I live in Britain. Britain is not equipped for extreme types of weather. When the sun shines we sweat it out in our un-air conditioned houses and humid public transport, whilst longing for swimming pools and cocktails with little umbrellas in them. When it snows, we shiver it out in isolation, unable to drive on our icy, slushy roads, dreaming of Christmas and feel-good movies and five courses of food. But when there’s a thunderstorm? All we want is to be inside and to be dry and warm: something even Britain is capable of achieving. I love nothing more than to sit inside and listen to rain lashing against the window as though I’m in the only person in the world that exists. I think it brings out something primitive and uncomplicated in everyone- the simple pleasure of knowing that you’re safe, because it’s raining and you’re inside and not wet. Bliss. 

2. Favourite style icon. Effy from Skins. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t style myself like that- I don’t make a habit of going about with my underwear visible from my skirt, but goshdarnit, I love her style. And in Skinsland, she gets away with it.

3. Favourite Disney movie. That’s a tough one. As a child I would’ve said Mary Poppins or The Lion King, as I probably watched those two films more than any of the others. But as an adult I’ll say Mulan. Hey, she saves all of China- you can’t get much better than that. Also, Eddie Murphy as a dragon. Need I say more?

4. Favourite underage child role model rebel. Taylor Momsen. Smoke? Check. Drink? Check. Discuss inappropriate things in interviews? Check. Make jokes in bad taste? Check. Style herself like a six-foot panda with a distaste for covering up? Check. There’s nothing cringey or embarrassing that Taylor Momsen hasn’t done. Is she seeking attention? Is she too cool for school? Is she just a brat with a bad attitude? Who knows? Who cares? So why do I like her? (Phew, that was a lot of questions!) Because despite all of the above, in a world where the vast majority of rock singers are men, Taylor Momsen stands out. I love her band, The Pretty Reckless, which surprisingly is Pretty Great. (See what I did there?!) *Shakes head at self.* We need more female-fronted bands like that.

5. Favourite song. Hug Me, by Meg and Dia. It’s based on a book, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley, so it’s already obvious that I’d like it just from that, but I defy anyone to listen to this song and not want to play it again. Or put it on repeat. Or learn all the words. Except for my dad, who doesn't like anything other than opera. I don't understand his ears.

6. Favourite artist. I have two, and they’re very different. John William Waterhouse and Rosina Wachtmeister. One is a Pre-Raphaelite style artist who depicted myths and legends. The other…well, she likes cats.

7. Favourite quote, from On The Radio, by Regina Spektor:

This is how it works:
You're young until you're not.
You love until you don't.
You try until you can't.
You laugh until you cry,
You cry until you laugh,
And everyone must breathe,
Until their dying breath.

No, this is how it works:
You peer inside yourself,
You take the things you like,
And try to love the things you took,
And then you take that love you made,
And stick it into some,
Someone else's heart,
Pumping someone else's blood.
And walking arm in arm,
You hope it don't get harmed,
But even if it does,
You'll just do it all again…

Best way to sum up life, death and love I’ve ever heard.

And, because I’m cheeky, I’m throwing in an eighth favourite- favourite idea for fan fiction I’ve ever heard, ever, courtesy of Selina: The White Queen from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, meets Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Can you imagine those two going out for coffee?? I want to see this happen!

And now, the five lovely people of bloggy amazingness that I give this award to are…

The Many Colours of Happiness at

So go and see their wonderful blogs at once. Or, you know, when you feel like it. :D


Jessie Humphries said...

Wow thanks for the shout out and award. You rock. I am totally checking out those other blogs asap.

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

Thank you for the award, how lovely!!! Ooh I love Meg and Dia, and Effie has the coolest taste. But you're right, definitely more appropriate on tv then in real life!

Selina said...

One day I'll attempt to write that fanfic :P

Gary Gauthier said...
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Gary Gauthier said...

Charlotte, I had no idea I won the bloggy amazingness award. Thank you! I hope I can live up to it.

Charlotte said...

Hi Gary, sorry! I tried to write on your blog to let you know but couldn't get it to work. I think your blog is such a good, original idea. :)

Gary Gauthier said...

Thanks Charlotte, I've been told by a number of fellow bloggers that they can't leave a comment. I wonder if it's the Blogger platform that has bugs or maybe there is some feature that I don't have properly set up. Did you sign in first? I'm about to throw my hands up!

Eleanor at Mirror Of My World said...

i love this. you are wonderful char. im sad you cant comment on my blog.. dont know whats going on there, but you can comment on facebook so like my page and then you can write comments on my ;posts (dont know why i didnt think of this before!!) xxx

Megan said...

Oh I adore storms, laying in bed listening to them is the best, it very rarely storms where I live.

Charlotte said...

Gary- I find that when it comes to 'comment as,' I can only comment on someone's blog if there is already an option saying my own personal google account, or if I can do name/URL. If neither of those options are there then I can't leave a comment no matter what I try. It's very annoying! I don't know why all the blogs don't have the same options. It's a relief that mine has name/URL or I wouldn't even be able to comment on my own blog, which is just ridiculous. I'm generally pretty incompetent when it comes to computers though so I'm not really the person to turn to for advice on things like this. Sorry I can't be more help!