Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all been well fed and enjoyed celebrating party season over the last month.
I’m not going to dwell on it but I think we can all agree that 2016 has been a bit of flop at times. So let’s leave the reflection period and move swiftly on to the four things that I enjoyed most this month. I’m feeling very positive about 2017 and I’m sure the rest of you are also determined to make the next year a better one.
1. P L A N E T E A R T H 2
From the swimming sloth at the opening scene to the Singapore supertrees in the last episode, Planet Earth 2 had me hooked on every second. The bar is always set at its highest with David Attenborough involved but he managed to raise it even further with this series.
How amazing were the jungle dolphins? How adorable were the dancing bears? And how heartbreaking were the baby turtles…
If, like my sister, you’ve been away at university without a TV licence, make sure you catch up before you head back! It’s a must see!
2. F A N T A S T I C B E A S T S & W H E R E T O F I N D T H E M
This film was nothing like how I expected it to be. It has a different feel to the Harry Potter series but still an entertaining watch.
Set in 1926, the story follows Newt Scamander and his extraordinary briefcase of magical creatures that end up escaping into the streets of New York. Newt must find his creatures and return them to his briefcase before too many No-Majs (the American term for muggles) are exposed to them.
An unsuspecting No-Maj called Jacob gets swept up in all the action which adds some lighthearted humour to the dark storyline that runs underneath.
3. A N O T H E R_S P A C E
Back in July I discovered Another_Space – a membership-free gym that offers HIIT classes and yoga. I thought they deserved another mention for my December Favourites as I know plenty of you will have New Year’s fitness resolutions and may be interested in trying some HIIT classes.
To attend the gym you simply buy a credit online and book a class. The only problem is, a class credit costs £20 which I find quite expensive. However, the gym offers deals such as ‘3 classes for £30’ and it’s this that has kept me going back. On top of that they often surprise you with free or buddy credits so you can bring a friend along.
The classes themselves are really great. I love the atmosphere and high energy from the trainers. This, along with the deals and surprise credits, makes it worth giving them a chance.
4. M Y S C I E N T O L O G Y M O V I E
Oh Louis. Another hilarious and thought provoking documentary. This time, Theroux meets ex-scientologists who reveal what really goes on inside the strange practise. From insanely pricey spiritual levels to the film-like advertisements, Theroux reveals the questionable religion and cleverly worms his way into finding out its most hidden secrets.
What shocked me most was how the scientologists managed to find out what he was up to and started spying on him in very unsubtle ways. This was both creepy and funny as Theroux never became intimidated and instead purposefully annoyed them even more.
I also didn’t realise that Louis had a book out a few years ago. If you’ve seen his TV series then you’ll want to read The Call Of The Weird. In this book he travels back to America to revisit some of the weird and wonderful characters he met several years prior. It’s a humorous and enlightening read – just what you expect from Theroux.
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