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My top 10 movies of 2017

So far this year I have made many trips to the cinema to see several films that I have been excited about since I heard that they were going to be released. I have compiled a list of the best movies I have seen so far (there was a lot of films that I haven’t seen so if you have seen something that’s not on the list, not to worry, I just probably haven’t watched it yet! Comment any recommendations!)

10. Spider-Man Homecoming

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“Peter Parker balances his life as an ordinary high school student in Queens with his superhero alter-ego Spider-Man, and finds himself on the trail of a new menace prowling the skies of New York City.” – IMDB

Directed by Jon Watts and staring the loveable Tom Holland – how could this not make the list? I did really enjoy the film but I am one of those people who believes that the old ones are truly the best. No one will ever replace Tobey Maguire for me. Tom is good Spider-Man in his own right and I have always been a fan of Zendaya since her Disney Channel days on Shake It Up! It was a great film, I just prefer the old Spider-Man films (or maybe I’m just getting old).

    9. Murder on the Orient Express

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“When a murder occurs on the train he’s travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case.” – IMDB

I love a film starring Jonny Depp and I am becomming a big fan od Daisy Ridley too. This film had them both which was amazing for me but this story is one that is far too familiar to me. My Gran and I love to sit and watch adaptations of Agatha Christies work and work out who the killer is. The touble is with being familiarised with the story is that you know what to expect so I guess it took away the magic of the cinematic experience for me.

8. Justice League

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“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.” – IMDB

I had been waiting for this to be released since Wonder Woman and it was exactly what everyone expected. Everyone anticipated that Superman would be ressurected and he was – what were we really waiting in anticipation for?

   7. Goodbye Christopher Robin

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“A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.  ” – IMDB

Who hasn’t been in love with Margot Robbie since she was Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad? Well… in this film she isn’t crazy, she’s just a distant, party animal mother who doesn’t care much for her family in comparison to her big city life. I love a good real life story and so the story of how Winnie the Pooh came to be had to make the list.

   6.  Logan

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“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world, and his legacy, are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.” – IMDB

I loved Logan which was why it was so sad that he had to die. Everyone who loved the film was also annoyed at the fact that an alledged immortal character had to die…

5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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“The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.” – IMDB

Unpopular opinion: I prefered this one to the first one. I felt like the story was much better in this one and of course… the soundtrack was amazing as usual! I will also hail this one for the hilarious Stan Lee cameos too. Also, THIS ONE HAS KURT RUSSELL! I have been a fan of his since childhood when I saw him in Sky High for the first time.

    4. Thor: Ragnarok

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“Imprisoned, the mighty Thor finds himself in a lethal gladiatorial contest against the Hulk, his former ally. Thor must fight for survival and race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home and the Asgardian civilization” – IMDB

3.  The Greatest Showman

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“Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.” – IMDB

A musical?! With Zac Effron, Zendaya and HUGH JACKMAN?! How could I not?! I was obsessed to the soundtrack from the moment I heard ‘This is me’ and ‘Rewrite the stars’ on one of the trailers and now I’m obsessed with the film just as much.

      2. Kingsman: Golden Circle

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“When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.” – IMDB

I was in love with the first Kingsman film and was not disapppointed by the second. How could I be disappointed with my two man crushes, Taron Egerton and Channing Tatum starring in the same movie? I was also so happy that Harry was back but sent on an emotional down turn when Merlin was blown up. What a movie.

      1. Wonder Woman

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“When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.”-IMDB

This was without a doubt the best movies I have seen this year! I made 4 trips to the cinema to see it and I have watched it several times since purchasing the DVD. Gal Gadot plays Dianna so well and after a movie as good as that, it’s a wonder that any other little girl would idolise anyone else.

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My Top 10 Favourite Princess Dianna Quotes

1:

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

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“I like to be a free spirit. Some don’t like that, but that’s just the way I am.”

3:

“I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not the head.”

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“Nothing brings me mire happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essencial part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me, I will come running, wherever they are.”

5:

“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from today is the disease of people feeling unloved.”

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“Family is the most important thing in the world.”

7:

“Hugs do great amounts of good.”

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“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and, in the process, care for ourselves.”

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“If you find someone you love in your life, then hang on to that love.”

10:

“Only do what your heart tells you.”

10 Signs You’re in an Abusive Relationship

Abuse can sometimes be a hard thing to distinguish, especially if it isn’t 100% obvious that it’s happening. It can be true what they say, love is blind. You could be told time and time again by all your friends that you ‘need to get out of there’ or ‘get rid of them’ but until you see it yourself or wake up from whatever fairy tale romance that you think you are in, it is impossible to get out.

As a woman who has experience abuse both physically and mentally in relationships, I have compiled this list of signs so you can recognise them yourself.

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10 Annoying Things in (MOST) PCOS Support Groups

As today marks the last day of PCOS awareness month, I thought I’d share some of my experiences with the subject… in particular, the so-called “support” network that is offered on social media platforms such as Facebook.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes support groups are just what you need and some of the groups I have been a part of on Facebook were excellent. I was once a part of various support groups after I got my diagnosis on the 14th September 2015 but earlier this summer, I left them all. So I have gathered a list of 10 annoying things that contributed to my decision to leave these groups.


1. Sales

We will have all seen sales representatives for these products on Instagram and Facebook. They have a nasty habit on praying on people with weight problems that have been caused by PCOS. I would often get messaged by people on Instagram and Facebook claiming that these products could “cure” me. Pft, the doctors can’t find a cure for this so what makes you think that you have some magical cure, found in a product that everyone is aware is a money grabbing scam?

These products won’t help you ladies, stick to clean eating, exercise and balancing those hormones.

2. Contradictory Encouragement

This one did seriously grind my gears. Everyone in those groups are fighting the same battle and most women do struggle to stick to clean eating without the right kind of support network. This is why I didn’t understand why when people are trying to gather the strength to resist their hormonal cravings for sugary foods did some people encourage them to cheat on their diet? They do realise the cravings get worse when you give in to temptation, right?

3. The Admins That Were “Above-All-Others”

One of the biggest PCOS support groups I was a member of has this issue. Their admins had gained a high Facebook, Twitter and Instagram following which led them to dictate over everything – some women had their Diet Bet posts removed just because the admins wanted everyone to bet with them. Then they had the nerve to call the people who had their posts removed ‘childish’. HAHA! OKAY! I DIDN’T REALISE YOU LADIES ARE QUEEN OF THE OVARIES!

4. Your Story Is Not About You Anymore!

You get this from people in everyday life but I thought I’d throw this in the list anyways. You could write a huge post describing your diagnosis and your struggle and I can guarantee some one will come along and compete with you on a level of how hard your struggle is. Come on ladies, everyone’s symptoms are different.

5. Everyone is SO HORMONAL!

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Mood swings. All girls have them but ironically our high levels of male hormones seem to make us more emotionally unstable… so… we set each other off when we get our knickers in a twist. Too many arguments when you’re getting advised by doctors who don’t know what they are talking about, that you need to relax more to be able to have a period. Am I right?

6. Stupid Advice

There had been several occasions where I have been given the same advice for pretty much everything I asked in the group. My personal favourites are:

“Get yourself to A&E straight away!”

“Take a pregnancy test!”

Going to A&E over cramps… They’d laugh in my face.

As for taking a pregnancy test… I don’t produce eggs so I’d love to know where this baby is going to sprout from.

7. Your Symptoms Are Wrong!

PCOS can be a very difficult thing to get your head around and their are many symptoms to look out for such as:

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I have many of these symptoms but not all of them. As different women have different hormone levels their symptoms vary. Different women can have a different ‘cocktail’ of symptoms but many women in these groups don’t accept this and  claim your symptoms have nothing to do with PCOS when they really do.

There is also a lot of suggestions for vitamins, supplements and prescribed medication but always check with your GP and Gynaecologist because although these treatments might work for one person, they might not necessarily work for you.

8. They Will Bring You Down!

This isn’t all the women in the groups but I had seen a few women who would bring people down because they aren’t as collected and in control of their symptoms as others. It will make you feel weak and useless (and will definitely belittle your femininity).

So much for the “support and positivity” right?

9. Self-Love Posts

On occasions these are great – especially the no make-up ones but when people say that the ‘no make-up selfie’ posts are shaming women who wear make-up… it gets a bit annoying.

10. Jealousy

The groups are full of it and sometimes it’s so bad that women with success stories, such as pregnancies are asked not to post about them in the group because it ‘upsets other women’. I’d understand them being upset if it was a woman with perfectly functioning ovaries getting pregnant but these are women going through the same battle as us. Surely this is hope for the rest of us that should be celebrated? Right?


Anyway, that’s my rant over but I will leave links to the groups I found the most helpful below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/165471893828128/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/485179391668144/