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5 Reasons Why You Need To See Beauty and the Beast @DisneyStudiosIE


Beauty and the Beast 2017 movie

Image from my Instagram

Last weekend I finally got to the cinema to see Beauty and the Beast. I had my doubts when the first images and trailers were released. I thought the Beast looked too goat-like, I wasn't sure Emma was right for Belle, and so on and so forth. This Disney classic is so close to my heart and I was terrified that they's somehow screw it up (as if Disney don't know what they're doing at this stage). I'm delighted to say that it surpassed all my expectations. The minute I left the cinema I just wanted to go back in and see it again. 

So if you haven't watched it, here are five spoiler free reasons why you need to go see Beauty and the Beast


The nostalgia factor alone was enough for me to want to see this. As much as I loved the original animated classic I really wanted to see these characters come to life on screen. We've all imagine walking through that amazing library or waltzing in the golden marble ballroom. This is as close as you're going to get! Every Disney fan is going to tear up when Belle sings the opening song, and during Something There, and when she emerges in the gown, and....well you're probably going to be emotional throughout the whole thing!  

A Well Rounded Story

I have to admit, there were an awful lot of plot holes the animated version. Where are Adam's mother and father? Where is Belle's mother? Why did they move to this 'Poor provincial town'? Why have the towns people never discovered the castle before now? All of these questions are answered in the film. The characters are fleshed out and no longer one-dimensional. It makes a lot more sense and it allows the viewer to empathise with the Beast a lot more.

Documentary Review: Amanda Knox on @NetflixUK


Amanda Knox documentary review

"Either I'm a psychopath in sheep's clothing or I am you."

The documentary opens with Amanda Knox narrating a particularly gory view of the crime scene intertwined with sound bites from the period around the trial. From questions about whether she killed Meredith to asking about her sexual preferences. It really sets the tone for the rest of the documentary. 

I was really struck by how 'grown up' Amanda looked. I somehow forgot about the years that had passed since the trial. It showed how she's turned from a naive, almost crude teen to a  well spoken adult. 

From here she takes us right back to a week before the murder when she had just arrived as the self proclaimed beautiful blonde American who meets Rafael Soleto, the suave local who sweeps her off feet. The same man she's seen kissing on the day of the murder. An act that's described as "inappropriate" by (extremely sexist) local detectives. 

Chronic Life: Steroid Injections for Hip Pain


Joint injection for hip pain

If you've read my blog you'll probably know that I suffer from an autoimmune arthritis known as psoriatic arthritis ( you can find out more about that here). In short, the condition causes my immune system to attack my own joints and organ linings.

I've had bad hip pain for quite a number of years now. The arthritis has been slowly damaging my hips; my orthopedic consultant has compared the top of my hips to old cracked lino. Lovely. I will eventually need a hip replacement (you can read about that appointment here) but due to long waiting lists that could be a couple of years away.

To offer some relief from the hip pain my consultant suggested another cortisone (steroid) hip injection to try and take down some of the inflammation. I've had two very successful ones before so I agreed immediately. Anything for a few pain free months! My hip was perfect for about 6 months after the last steroid injection.

I've decided to write about the experience two reasons. One, because it can be quite daunting if you don't know what to expect (the needle is massive) and two, because I don't think it has worked for me this time. When it comes to chronic illness I think it's just as important to share the negative as well as the positive. At least that way someone else may find comfort in the fact that they are not alone. Studies show the effects of these injections vary wildly. What works for one person won't always work for another. It's so important to know that.