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My favourite things

Every Friday I will be posting a short list of my favourite things from that week.

Here are this week’s six favourite things:

1. Academy Awards – Sunday 3 March

Academy Awards

Every year I run an Oscars predictions competition at my workplace. The prize this year is chocolates but more importantly, pride and respect!

Even though I never win, I always really enjoy having a guess. If you want to predict this year’s winners, you can see this year’s nominees and download an Oscars ballot sheet on the Academy Awards website

Let me know how you get on!

Of course, the big question is… will Leo finally win his Oscar?

Leonardo DiCaprio
Image from tumblr via BuzzFeed

2. Only Lovers Left Alive

Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton
Tom and Tild in Only Lovers Left Alive

On Wednesday I went to the Broadway Cinema with two friends to see Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive.

Starring Tom Hiddleston and the flawless Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers left Alive is a beautiful, subtle and charming film which follows Adam and Eve, two Vampires living in Detroit and Tangiers.

The film looks at their relationship, the changing world and the effect of Eve’s wild sister Ava.

The music is hypnotising, the performances are superb and the film is surprisingly funny.

Highly recommended!

3. Inside Llewyn Davies soundtrack

Inside Llewyn Davies soundtrack
Inside Llewyn Davies soundtrack

Last month I went to see the Coen brothers new film about a struggling singer-songwriter in 1960s New York. Whilst I enjoyed the film, I didn’t love it but I am really enjoying listening to the soundtrack.

Full of folk tracks from the film, the soundtrack is perfect for a Sunday morning or a nice drive. It has also saved me from a hangover a couple of times too!

4. Great Exhibition eReader cover

Great Exhibition eReader cover from the V&A
Great Exhibition eReader cover from the V&A

I’ve blogged before about my love of the Great Exhibition and other World Fair’s, but I recently discovered this wonderful eReader cover on the V&A Museum shop website.

The cover design is based on the official catalogue of the Great Exhibition of 1851 and it is absolutely stunning.

Sadly I don’t have the right Kindle for this cover and even I’m not impulsive enough to buy a new Kindle for this purpose!

If you are one of the lucky ones with a standard 6″ Kindle, I’d snap this up! It is actually on sale for more than half price at the minute – £15 down from £35.

If you do, please invite me round to take a look!

5. Berlin documentary

Berlin documentary by Matt Frei
Berlin documentary by Matt Frei

It is my 30th birthday in a few months (eek! where does time go?) and rather excitingly my present will be a city break to one of my favourite places, Berlin.

I don’t particularly need anything, however, I do like little trips and we found a really cheap city break deal and that was that. I don’t know why but all other European cities seemed about twice as expensive at the minute. Not that that bothers me as this will be my third trip to Berlin and I love it.

In the run up we’ve been watching Matt Frei’s documentary for the BBC about Berlin and it is fantastic. Frei takes you through the history of the German capital, both political, societal and cultural, and then contrasts the significant places of Berlin’s past with those of today.

If you are interested in Berlin or German history, I highly recommend it.

6. #FridayReads

The House of Silk audiobook narrated by Derek Jacobi
Currently listening to The House of Silk audiobook

This week I’m experimenting with listening to the audiobook of The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz. So far i’m really enjoying it but it is taking me a while to get used to listening to the story rather than reading it myself. I found it was great to listen along to at the gym. The audiobook is narrated by Derek Jacobi.

I’ve recently taken out an Audible membership. Does anyone have any other audiobook recommendations?

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