Top 60 Disney songs: 49-40

49. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo – Verna Felton (Cinderella)

48. He’s A Pirate – Klaus Badelt (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearly)

47. Kiss the Girl – Samuel E. Wright (The Little Mermaid)

46. Beauty and the Beast – Angela Lansbury (Beauty and the Beast)

45. I See the Light – Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi (Tangled)

44. Something There – Paige O’Hara and Robby Benson (Beauty and the Beast)

43. I’ll Try – Jonatha Brooke (Peter Pan: Return to Neverland)

42. Why Should I Worry? – Billy Joel (Oliver and Company)

41. What’s This? – Danny Elfman (Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas)

40. Part of your World – Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid)

Top 60 Disney songs: 60-50

This originally started as a top 20, but grew every time I remembered another Disney film! There are quite a lot, so I’ll begin:

Runners-up: I Wan’na Be Like You and Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book), It’s a Small World After All (Disneyland ride) and Let’s Go Fly a Kite (Mary Poppins)

60. Gaston – Richard White (Beauty and the Beast)

59. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious – Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)

58. You’ve Got A Friend in Me – Randy Newman (Toy Story)

57. What Dreams Are Made Of – Hilary Duff (Lizzie Maguire Movie)

56. Thomas O’Malley Cat – Phil Harris (The Aristocats)

55. Bella Notte – George Givot (Lady and the Tramp)

54. Les Poissons – Rene Auberjonois (The Little Mermaid)

53. Cruella De Vil – Bill Lee (101 Dalmatians)

52. Can You Feel The Love Tonight – Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King)

51. Ev’rybody Wants to Be A Cat – Scatman Crothers (The Aristocats)

50. True to Your Heart – Stevie Wonder and 98 Degrees (Mulan)

Blogathon: Guilty Pleasure Movies

Following on from some wonderful posts on Let’s Go To The Movies and Flick Chicks, I’m taking part in Flick Chicks’ blogathon of guilty pleasure movies. This is open to all, but there are some rules to follow…

1 – You can choose and discuss as many or as few movies as you like. We both did a Top 10, but you can just choose 1 movie if you like. Just tell us a bit about the movie and why you like it so much.

2 – Please create a new post for our Blogathon, rather than linking an old post you may have already done.
3 – Please include our Blogathon Banner anywhere in your post
4 – The deadline for entries is Sunday, 31st August, so there’s plenty of time!
So here are my guilty pleasure movies:

1. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

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I talk about this film so much, I just love it, but I feel like it isn’t as well-known as it should be. Set in 1850’s Oregon, the eldest of seven brothers, Adam Pontipee, goes to town with the promise of bringing back a wife. When he succeeds, his brothers aim to follow in hiss footsteps, with some hilarious consequences and cracking music and dancing.

2. Zoom: Academy for Superheroes (2006)

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This is often shown on TV during Sunday afternoons when the broadcasters know most people will be busy with something else, and even though it’s not Tim Allen’s best film, some parts of it are rather interesting. He stars as Jack, a retired superhero who is hired to train four children with superpowers  to defeat his evil brother Connor.

3. Legally Blonde (2001)

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Reese Witherspoon stars as Elle Woods, a sorority queen dumped by her boyfriend for not being serious enough. To win him back, she follows him into Harvard Law School where she meets his new fiancée, Vivian. This film has some witty one-liners and some great characters.

4. Emma (TV movie 1996)

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This is my favourite adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, but is sometimes overlooked in favour of the Gwyneth Paltrow version released the same year. This one stars Kate Beckinsale as the eager matchmaker who vows she will never marry, and Mark Strong as Mr Knightly, her friend and brother-in-law.

August 2014 Favourites

TV: Charmed (TV series, 1998 – 2006)

Even though this finished 8 years ago, thanks to the good people behind E4 and Pick TV I can watch reruns twice a day! I think my favourite series is number 8 (the final series) because so many loose ends are tied up and the whole saga ends at the perfect point, not a moment sooner.

Tech: thenewboston Java Tutorials

I’ve discovered some fantastic Java tutorials for beginners, courtesy of a fantastic YouTube channel called thenewboston (other programming language tutorials available), and can finally dip into the world of programming. Check out some of their Java tutorials below:

LEGO Death Star Box 2 of 4 Completed

Kit: Lego Death Star no. 10188

No. of pieces: 3803

Minifigures supplied: 25 (see here for separate post about the Minifigures)

Time to complete box 2 of 4: 140 mins (2 hours, 20 minutes)

Difficulty: 4/5

Fiddly-ness: 4/5

Enjoyment: 5/5

Ages: 14+

Choir Trip 2014: Italy

It’s choir trip time again! This year, we went to Italy and stayed in a lovely hotel in Verona, near to Lake Garda.

After a 28 hour coach journey and a 90 minute ferry, during which many films were watched and numerous service stations were visited, we arrived at our hotel on Saturday 16th August, and spent the afternoon by the hotel pool before having a lovely buffet tea and a rehearsal.

View from hotel room balcony

Our hotel room was around the back of the hotel so the view was of other guests’ balconies, but we didn’t spend long in the room anyway, so the view was almost irrelevant. The hotel has a pool, two bars, two restaurant rooms and a disco room. There are rooms along the front of the hotel, which look out onto the car park and the animals kept on hotel grounds including horses, goats and geese.

On Sunday, we visited the Gardaland Theme Park boasting many huge rollercoasters, which none of my group were particularly interested in, as well as some entertaining Jungle Rapids, two log flumes, a pirate boat and more. After the theme park, we performed Faure’s Requiem in the lovely San Zeno Basillica, Verona.

I think Monday was the best day of the trip, despite the 2 1/2 hour drive plus boat to the wonderful city of Venice. We arrived about 11 AM and had a few hours of free time before we had to leave, so we headed straight for the gondola rides and managed to fit our group of 6 in one boat! We were very scared about the gondola tipping over but were reassured by our well-spoken gondolier that they are very hard to tip. He took us to all of the landmarks in Venice, including St. Marks Cathedral, the Campanille (bell tower), the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, Casanova’s house and the Golden Island. The 45 minute ride was €20 each but there is a 30 minute one for €80 in total, so the more people there are, the cheaper it will be!

We found it so easy to get lost around all the alleyways and streets that looked so much alike, but we didn’t mind too much because every time we turned a corner we found another little shop to delve into and a new gelateria to discover. We stopped at a reasonably-priced restaurant overlooking the water for lunch and ordered some pizzas to share (because you can’t go to Italy and not order pizza, can you?!)

That night, we performed an outdoor concert beside Lake Garda, with a surprisingly large turnout for 9PM on a Monday night.

Venice Gallery:

On Tuesday we took a 3 hour drive to visit Milan. Before heading to the city centre, we stopped at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church to see the Last Supper fresco by Leonardo Da Vinci in the adjoining museum. It was bigger than I thought it’d be, as it took up almost the whole wall of the museum, and was surrounded by air locks to protect the painting from damage due to changes in the atmosphere or pollution.

We arrived in the main square of Milan, which houses the Duomo di Milano, or Milan Cathedral, and had four hours of free time to wander around the streets nearby. We immediately headed to the shopping centre, not only to get out of the rain, but to find somewhere for lunch that wasn’t asking for €80 for salmon pasta. However, when we saw not one, but two huge Prada stores directly opposite each other, we knew that would be tricky. We eventually found a restaurant our wallets liked, and despite being charged €4 each just to sit down and then being told that we had to order at least 4 pizzas for the 6 of us, it only ended up costing €15-18 per person.

We found many expensive boutiques, being Milan, but only had to walk a few streets away to get to more affordable shops, including a Disney store! There were at least three of every shop scattered down different streets. When we had half an hour left, we got some more ice cream (the lemon flavour is very good) and were kept entertained by observing the failed attempts of courtship behaviour between pigeons, who were nowhere near as timid around people as British pigeons.

Milan gallery:

On Wednesday, we had to load up the coaches with our suitcases before heading off for a morning in Verona, visiting the Casa di Giulietta to see the famous Juliet’s Balcony and statue. We also saw the Roman arena and visited the market stalls where we managed to buy pizza for lunch for just €3. This was followed by some more ice cream and yet another visit to a Disney Store. They had Star Wars towels on sale reduced from €15 to €12 but I didn’t buy one as I am still holding out for a better price.

Verona gallery:

At 2.30 PM, we set off for home, saying goodbye to one of the best choir trips ever. I recommend Italy to everyone, especially Venice, because everything was lovely and wonderful and I would definitely love to revisit in the future.

Have you ever been to Italy? Which was your favourite city?

Original photographs taken on a Nokia Lumia 520

Update: End of exams checklist

It’s been 8 weeks since my exams finished, so I think it’s time for an update on the checklist I made of post-exam activities.

  • Disney Marathon – I made the list, and we’ve watched a few films, but we always end up doing something else, or being too tired, or just not being in the mood to watch a long film

Disney Film List

  • Build more Death Star – I have been busy with this one, I’m now halfway through building (I’ve just finished box 2 of 4, post to come in a few weeks) and plan to continue sometime next week.

 

  • Learn to code – after visiting umpteen university open days, I’ve learned that knowledge of computer programming languages is not needed upon application, and any required languages will be taught during the course. Still, I’d like to at least try one or two to see what it’s like.
  • Catch up on TV – for someone who watches as much TV as I do, I can’t believe that I’ve not watched a single episode of any show that I missed due to revision. n fact, I don’t think I’ve watched nearly as much TV this holiday as I’ve watched in previous holidays.
  • Read – I’ve started reading The Children of Húrin and have borrowed The Fellowship of the Ring from the library, so it’s a start. I’m also halfway through Introducing Artificial Intelligence, which, so far, is quite interesting.