Saturday, 30 July 2011

Beyonce - 4

I finally got around to downloading Beyonce's newest album 4 yesterday. I already had the following singles on my iPod: Run The World (Girls) and Best Thing I Never Had and I was dying to download the rest of it. Beyonce doesn't disappoint, as usual her vocals are incredible. I've always preffered when Beyonce does slower songs rather than up beat fast songs and there are some amazing songs on this album that I absolutely love. One of my absolute favourites, perhaps the favourite with Best Thing I Never Had is I Was Here. It is such a beautiful, beautiful song! Everyone can relate to it in someway and it is such an amazing song.

My favourites:
If the videos don't all show up first time, just refresh the page :)

Beyonce - Best Thing I Never Had

Beyonce - I Care

Beyonce - I Was Here *

Beyonce ft Justin Timberlake - End Of Time

Friday, 29 July 2011

Award No.4

I got another award yesterday from the lovely Hazel at Pablo's Angel. It means so much when I get an award from another blogger. I love it when people appreciate my blog! So, thank you so much and I'll add it to my awards page! So, the rules of recieving the award are listing seven things about yourself. I've done this a few times and I'm finding it hard to think of more things about myself! Here are my other lists from other awards too: 1, 2, 3 
The award is the 'Blog On Fire Award'!

Seven little somethings about me:
1. My favourite type of food is Italian.

2. I live in Newcastle, England.

3. I don't like or eat red meat. The only type of 'red meat,' I'll eat is mince in spag bol & chile and in mini sausage rolls. They have to be mini ones though. I don't like normal sized sausage rolls as there's too much meat :)

4. My favourite alcoholic drinks are vodka and orange and smirnoff ice but I don't often drink alcohol.

5. I've never smoked and I'm pretty sure I can say that I never will. I hate the smell (sorry)

6. I'm dying to go to Italy.

7. My two favourite comedians are Alan Carr and Michael McIntyre. But I also love Sarah Millican and Jack Whitehall.

I'm passing this award onto the following 7 blogs:

- Anna at Artist's Charm
Furree Katt
- Aimee at Peardrops & Polkadots
- Jess at Wild Tortoise
- Rania at Nothing Like Fashion
- Erika at A Tiny Rocket
- Meleonie at Ramblings Of A Teenage Daydreamer
All I have to do now is write a comment to these lovelies! How's your week been everyone? Time for the weekend now!


Thursday, 28 July 2011

Secretaries of Juliet

The other day I watched 'Letter's to Juliet.' Yes it had that predictability about it like all romantic films do but I really enjoyed it. In the film the concept of the Secretaries of Juliet are explored and basically that's how the film starts - with someone writing to Juliet about her love situation, leaving it tucked in a wall at Juliet's house in Verona and never getting a reply until 50 years later when the letter is found.

I was pleasantly surprised when I looked on the internet and found that these secretaries are real and they answer thousands of letters sent in different languages, asking for help on what they should do, every year. Either that be about love lost, love found or love remembered. They have been answering these letters for over 70 years and sign them at the end 'The Secretaries of Juliet.' Amazingly, people still send these letters to this day and still get replies from volunteers who work there.

Juliet is one half of one of the most famous couples in literature. Perhaps the most famous couple. I love the story by Shakespeare about the couple who fight against what their parents and families have believed for years, all in the name of love. The families continue to fight over hatred but they have to fight for their love for one another. It's one of the greatest love stories ever written, which turns into one of the greatest tragedies ever known. I absolutely love the 1996 version of the film with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. There's actually a new Romeo and Juliet film being released in 2012 with Ed Westwick as Tybalt. Yes, the bad guy who kills Mercutio but still... Ed Westwick! Perfect casting in my opinion.

I think the way that people still send these letters to 'Juliet, Verona Italy' and still get replies is amazing. It's carrying on this incredible love story and making sure it carries on through the centuries. It promotes Verona as the new city of love and romance. The volunteers from Verona always write back to letters which have return addresses. Although Romeo and Juliet are fictional characters, girls go there as tourists and cry, visit her tomb and house, write her letter wanting advice and support or just for someone to listen to them, and then cry some more.

The Club di Giulietta (the secretaries) divide themselves up to answer the thousands of letters, which pour in to Juliet every year. These divisions are according to different languages or different romantic problems. Maybe it's crazy that people still send letters and recieve an answer back but I don't think that. I think it's really inspirational and think that more people should know about it around the world, that there are women out there that want to help in the name of love, keeping the romantic tales of what relationships should still be like.
"Juliet is a symbol of love," says Marchi, who has been answering letters for seven yearS. "Once you start, it's difficult to stop because it's so interesting. It gives you an intimate view of people's feelings. It is good to see that in the heart we are all the same, despite different countries, different cultures."


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Learning Something New Everyday

It's so true this saying 'you learn something new everyday' so whoever came up with this very famous quote - hats off to you! When I went to the Sixth Form, I adventured off to the psychology session by myself as none of my friends are taking this as one of the four a-levels in September. I was really nervous and it was pretty awkward as no one knew each other. Anyway, they gave us a 'summer task' which everyone taking the subject has to complete along with telling us more about the A-Level and the content. I think this is pretty unfair in a way but also quite a good idea as it's giving everyone an idea of one part of psychology before we start studying it in more detail.

The summer task was about Stanley Milgram and his controversial experiment and we have to create an information sheet. I've already done some research on him, in the last couple of days, and his experiment about 'obediance to authority' but not the actual task. I'm putting that off until I have absolutely nothing to do but will probably do it before I go on holiday in August. I'm definitely not going to leave it until the last minute! Anyway, it's actually really interesting and I was getting pretty stuck into it. I can definitely say I learnt something new! Click on the link above to learn about it and there's a video, which is part one of three (the others are on youtube) This video was made a few years back but shows you exactly how the experiment would have taken place in the 60s. I would explain about it on here but the website does it better haha :)


Monday, 25 July 2011

Destination Love: Latin America

In my opinion South America is soooo much different from North America. Everything seems so hot, bright and colourful. This is one continent I probably don't know much about but it seems so interesting and looks like it's bursting with culture! I would love to do some sort of tour around the hot spots in Chile, Peru, Argentina, and Rio in Brazil. It's the home of the tango and I wouldn't mind dancing with an Argentinan whilst being there along with visiting Buenos Aires and Incas at Machu Picchu in Peru. Here are some of the sites I would love to see sometime in my life. So much to offer and surely will appeal to everyone. I think the glaciers in Argentina look amazing!

Beunos Aires, Argentina

Iguacu Falls, Brazil

Statue of Christ The Redeemer, Rio De Janeiro

Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio

Ouro Preto, Brazil

Torres Del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, Argentina

Valley of the Moon, Chile

Machu Picchu, Peru

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Costa Rica

Cancun, Mexico


Saturday, 23 July 2011

Rest In Peace

I thought I would have to dedicate a post about this recent event because I'm sure it's such a shock to everyone - me included. Amy Winehouse had such an unusual voice and was such an amazing singer. She battled alcohol and drug problems for years but even though she cancelled tours and was shown not looking her best, I'm positive I can say on behalf of everyone that they didn't expect her to be found dead (reportedly from an overdose) at such a young age. She was only 27 and my thoughts are with her friends and family at this sad time. I love her songs Rehab, Valerie, Back to Black. It's so hard to believe that she has died.

It's A Beautiful Night, We're Looking For Something Dumb To Do

Pretty happy right now! The sun is shining, I spent three days solid trying to fix my iPod and eventually I did it = long story! and I have nothing to do so I'm free, free, free :) I'll be back tomorrow/ the day after with a new Destination Love post and hopefully will have some interesting things to post next week or it may just be some more of my boring day to day life. My nineteen year old brother is obviously still drunk from going to town last night as we were in my room and he spilt his glass of water and the ice cubes bloody everywhere! So that ended with me having a very wet floor and bed and us both in hysterics. And just this minute, his friend has just fell up the stairs. Guess what? They're going out tonight as well so they'll be even more mortal than they already are!


Thursday, 21 July 2011


iPod situation = not good! All last night and I mean for hours, I tried to get my iPod to sync with iTunes so I could put my music on but it wouldn't work. My iPod would connect with the computer but not with the iTunes! I also tried it with another program MediaMonkey which I used for my last iPod because that wouldn't sync with iTunes either but no luck! Being the idiot that I am, I was so fed up last night after trying for ages to get it to sync, that I ended up formatting my iPod. Yes, stupid decision I know! Now, I can't get my iPod on and it says use iTunes to restore but my iPod won't bloody connect with iTunes! I don't know what to do as I've followed all the things on the website and it's still not working. Looks like I'm back at the Apple shop at the weekend to tell them what a fool I've been and see if they can restore it for me :/ This is depressing me as I'm missing my iPod so I'm going to move on.

On a more pleasant note - an update on my 'education' haha. As I'm starting sixth form in September, the place I'm going was holding an 'open day' where we could get even more information about the four A-Level's we want to take and have the opportunity to get advice but most importantly meet our new tutors and new tutor class! I haven't actually made any new friends yet apart from one last week also called Becca (hehe!) when me and my friend went to the History 'Bridging Day' The good news is, I'm in a class with someone I know and a close friend so I'm pleased about that! P.S. The Classics teacher is an absolute hoot! Everyone there couldn't stop laughing as he's so funny! I hope I get him for my classics teacher but the other woman seems pretty nice too. Hoping to be able to go on their additional trip to Greece in Year 12 and Italy in Year 13. Aghhhh! Exciting stuff!

And another thing - if you don't already follow this girl follow her now! Furree Katt is someone that I've followed for absolutely ages but this one post is one everyone should read :)

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

When Technology Stabs You In The Back!

For my birthday in December, I got the new iPod nano and all was great until this morning. I have over 700 songs on my iPod. Not really sure why because I never listen to all of them but it's great putting it on shuffle and old songs popping on. I love listening to old songs! Last night I was listening to my iPod through my docking station and then I turned it off, watched television, watched a film and went to bed. When I pressed the 'wake' button on the top this morning my iPod would not turn on. Great! So, I tried to charge it up using my docking station and with the USB in the laptop but guess what? It still wouldn't work and started to go really hot - and I mean really HOT!

When me and my mam went shopping today, we popped along to the Apple store and got an appointment. As my mam was waiting in a queue to pay for some clothes, I went to my little appointment by myself and explained to the man what the problem was. Little clever clog that he was after looking at it with his little light thing, he said it had got water in the iPod but as it was still under guarantee so I could get another one the same. I suppose it having had water damage (I have no idea how!) kinda makes sense why the iPod was heating up when I plugged it in!

As much as this is great as my other one was quite scratched, I now have to spend the night putting all my songs and playlists back onto my new iPod on my incredibly slow laptop, which totally stresses me out because it's so slow! When technology fails you, eh?!

Monday, 18 July 2011

'Until The End' - Sirius Black

Today I went with my friend Amie to see Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part Two and I can tell you - it did not dissapoint! It was amazing; emotional, funny, witty and an incredible way to end ten years of magic! I'm sure everyone will agree with me when I say that J.K. Rowling has the most imaginative mind ever created. To come up with Harry Potter and the magic behind him including Hogwarts and the Horcruxes is incredible. There won't be any spoilers in here because I don't want anyone to read them in case they haven't seen the film yet. All that I will say is that I really liked how you learnt more about Snape and his 'story' and that Neville had his time at being the hero. I watched all of the films last week leading up to see the final one today. I watched part 1 last night and was so excited for the film today. I just want to say that J.K's 'big seven' all did such a brilliant job - Harry, Hermione, Ron, Luna, Neville, Ginny and Tom. I love Luna - she is such a great character!

P.S. I also had a lovely lunch at Frankie & Benny's before the film. Such a great day!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Destination Love: Africa

Hey everyone! I'm sorry for my lack of posts recently but nothing has been happening in the world of Rebecca that is worth posting about. My first 'destination love' post was a bit amateur and didn't really show you how much of Africa I really want to visit. I focused on South Africa and a certain national park that I waned to visit. In this post I'm focusing on all of Africa (exluding Egypt as this will be a separate one) and I think visiting these places make Africa worth visiting and shows what an amazing, diverse country it is! I want to see the gushing Victoria Falls, see traditional african dancing by the locals, buy handmade items from small villages, see Africa from above in a hot air balloon and go on plenty and plenty of safaris!

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Port Elizabeth

Kruger National Park

Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Cape Town


Addo Elephant National Park, Port Elizabeth

Robben Island, South Africa

Whale watching in South Africa

A hot air balloon over Africa

[P.S. Harry Potter was released on Friday over here and I'm going to see it on Monday. Seriously so excited, I can't wait!! I'm going to take some tissues just in case.]

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


I was going to do this post earlier on in the week but I've been to lazy to put the pictures on my laptop. On sunday, the weather was really warm for once - actually quite hot mid afternoon so me, my mam, dad and twin brothers and Jess went strawberry picking and went on a lovely country walk. We've been to the Corbridge one before and it's really nice. We got loads of lovely strawberries - they are so much better hand picked! It's the perfect thing to do in the summer!

*All photos my own*

Strawberry fields right ahead

Yum Yumm

Thye also had raspberries, currants, blackcurrants, blueberries...

Raspberry plants

Ben and the build up of our strawberry punnet!

Daniel and my dad looking for juicy strawberries!

Me and Ben

Me and Daniel (my dad trying to be adventurous with the camera angle)

My mam and the twins :)