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Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites: scary children’s movies

While we all like to pretend that we’re all grown up, switch on any one of these movies and you will remember what it was like to be kid hiding behind the sofa. Here are 8 movies that we love, but are scarier than any horror movie ever made. 1. The Nightmare Before Christmas A […]

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Friday Favourites: things we read and watched in October

Game of Thrones Season 6 After months (and months) of being behind, I finally caught up to the rest of the world and watched the most recent season of Game of Thrones. Not only did all those Hoddor references finally make sense, but I could finally weigh in on the rest of the season’s controversial moves… […]

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Friday Favourites: Point Horror

Welcome to a throwback, but not on a Thursday. Emily Kitchin (fellow book lover and editor of many a Chapter 5 – our YA community – novel)  and I recently discussed our teenage love of the Point Horror novels, they were pretty much the gateway books to adult horror and they were so  bad that […]

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Friday Favourites: Conspiracy Theories

Some people get ultra religious, others bombard their brains with mindless entertainment but my favourite is creating a theory that is so god-damned bizarre that when someone else hears it they just sit back and say, ‘Huh…  interesting’, this is usually accompanied by a wide-eyed stare and a slow, nervous nodding of the head. You […]

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Friday Favourites: things we read and watched in September

Parks & Recreation Yes, I’ve seen Parks & Recreation before. I’ve seen it a lot. It’s my comfort-watch – when I’m home sick or have had a long day at work, 22 minutes with Leslie and Andy and Ron is an unfailing pick-me-up. So why am I mentioning it in this month’s Things We Read […]

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Friday Favourites: remakes

Tell us your favourite remake in the comments! The Mummy (1999)   From about age 6 to age 9, my favourite film in the entire world was the Boris Karloff classic The Mummy (1932). (The 1933 King Kong was a close second; I even tried to talk my parents into naming our family dog – a […]

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Friday Favourites: Autumn 2016

Brooklyn Nine-Nine I have been looking forward to this moment for so long – it feels like a lifetime ago that Brooklyn Nine-Nine graced television. It makes its glorious return on 20 September 2016, and yes I know it is the US season premiere, but that doesn’t make me any less excited. If you haven’t seen […]

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Friday Favourites: things we watched in August

Fargo Season 2 The first series of Fargo was a revelation; I was not planning to watch it, as I liked the film so much I worried no TV show could do it justice. But then it was on Netflix, and it was Christmas and I had some spare time and so I started it, […]

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Friday Favourites: Comfort Films

Anastasia (1997) Honestly, I have no idea why I like this film so much. I suspect my affection stems in part from the fact that it’s an ambitious failure – I love an ambitious failure – and in part because it’s just so damned weird. Oh, also, Dimitri is like the hottest cartoon dude. Honestly.  Anyway, […]

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Friday Favourites: Favourite Dogs from Fiction

Manchee (The Knife of Never Letting Go) ‘Poo, Todd. Poo.’ THANKS, PATRICK NESS.   Charley (Travels with Charley) Steinbeck wrote this book after he learned he was dying and decided he wanted to see America ‘one last time.’ He uses Charley as a way of ordering and considering his own thoughts. It’s amazing and sad […]

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Friday Favourites: Fantasy Games

Here are some of our favourites, courtesy of all those lost dice, CDs and hours:   The Pillars of the Earth: The Board Game  Ken Follett has sold 150 million copies of his novels, and one of his most outstanding works is all about…the building of a cathedral. Yes, that’s right, a cathedral. The whole […]

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Friday Favourites: things we read and watched this month

Tell us the best thing you read or watched this month in the comments below!   The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan  My choice this week is an oldie but a goodie, and something I first read in childhood. The Magician’s Guild is the story of Sonea, a young slum-dweller who one day discovers she […]

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Friday Favourites: Giants

Argus Panoptes You know the guy: he’s big and he’s covered in eyeballs. I mean, literally – he has 100 eyeballs distributed about his person. The most famous story about Argus is that Hera charged him with guarding a white calf (that she knew happened to be one of Zeus’ many, many nymph paramours in disguise) […]

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Friday Favourites: season finales

‘Restless’, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4 Alone, this episode is quite weird. As a season finale, it is completely bonkers. The big bad has been slain, the Scoobies are triumphant and…. the season ends with a hallucinatory dream sequence involving Xander in an ice cream truck, Willow singing opera and Spike posing for a photoshoot in his […]

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