Waiting For A Rainbow – 30th April – Part I

Song #1: The Climb by Joe McElderry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6DtHQmhNQ0

This song explains my fears, struggles and dreams all in one. This song helped me to get through difficult times and gives me courage to try new things, without holding back.  

This month has been extremely busy; with everything else on top, I have also been planning for my birthday tomorrow. Since the beginning of April, everyone in my family have been asking what I’m doing and to hurry up! In all honestly, I do not like being rushed. I like to relax, list and take my time, no matter how slow or fast it may be.

The Easter holidays were amazing. I got a chance to see my friends outside Drama school, while hanging out with Ann; we’ve been shopping, going to the cinema, the zoo, and paid a visit to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin and his family. Also, I spent a day with Mum by going to Blenheim Palace; we had a lovely time.

I started the summer term on the thirteenth in the afternoon; that day, my peers and I spent the time preparing and learning. However we all had the ‘first day syndrome’; I was glad that I wasn’t the only one. By the beginning of the second week, things were back to normal.

After settling down, I was busy being… well … busy. I saw more friends and, again, I hung out with Ann; first, we went to see Jane Austen’s House. The house was small because it was built in the sixteenth century but the experience was incredible; there was so much to see. We went to the nearby church and in the house itself, we wrote using feathered quill paper and made lavender bags. It was wonderful and sincerely enjoyable.

When I started to settle in at Drama school, there were positive experiences waiting in the wings to appear before me. Within two weeks, I was asked to join their writer’s group, their local children’s theatre group, children’s festival and a trip to the famous RADA Drama School; there, we had a tour of the whole building and we observed their costume department and costumes. I accepted all of them, apart from the writer’s group because it clashed with the summer show. I had to do the show; it is part of my course but I said to my teachers that I am still interested doing the writers group. I really enjoyed RADA and being part of the children’s festival. It was lovely that I was given the opportunity to participate in these amazing (and maybe once in a life time) days.

And if that wasn’t enough, I was given a wonderful position to join a band. The band, Blue Tea Rose was formed a month ago. It originally started with my Dad (who plays the bass guitar), the drummer A, the guitarist P and lead vocalist, E; they all met at a local pub in my town, where there are weekly open mic nights. I didn’t join the band until a week prior to the first performance! At the time, they were looking for a backing vocalist and Dad suggested me. I was given less than seven days to remember most of the songs (altogether, there were eighteen of them). I had a few rehearsals with Dad, my only one with the band last Wednesday and two days later, we had our first performance which was straight after my RADA trip. I had arrive home and get ready very quickly as there wasn’t much time. During the evening, we played classic rock and pop songs by artists including Whitesnake, Stevie Wonder, Wild Cherry, Tina Turner and Elton John. It was a complete success. I also got the biggest applause at the end, even while playing the maracas. I was really, really proud and I cannot wait for future gigs, especially since this was the first one I took part in.

Song #2: I’ve Got the Music In Me by Kiki Dee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPXbniVqG-w

This is one of the songs that is played in Blue Tea Rose (I do backing vocals for this one too); it also explains my passionate love for music and yes, I believe I have the music in me! 🙂

Song #3: This Is My Time by Raven Symoné: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_2rxwWyyZU

This song explains my positive outcomes and dreams in life and how they are appearing right in front of me, especially after the success of the band’s first night. I’ve loved this song, ever since I was little and I still do. If it’s possible, I choose this song to be played at my graduation ceremony when I collect my certificate for my degree and/or BA Hons. 🙂

For a while, I’ve been speculating in the diary; for months and months, there was a note on the twenty-sixth of April saying that I was out during the late afternoon. I knew nothing about this and I got really confused. But when Ann said she was going to see me that day, I thought that was the reason and we were going to London Zoo for the day. Okay, I can live with that; I love seeing the animals anyway.

And that’s what we did. At London Zoo, saw lots of animals and took many pictures. We had a lovely time, apart from the experience in Gorilla Kingdom. When we were in the enclosure, the male silverback was so protective! I was taking pictures of the Gorilla who kept starring at the visitors. Then out of the blue, he turned on me and with his fists, he violently banged against the glass. He sacred the living daylights out of me and still did when I was taking more photos. So, we moved on around the enclosure and realised why he was being protective; there was a baby who was between a week and two weeks old. It was so gorgeous. Seeing one was the highlight of the day; I never saw a baby gorilla before and it was amazing to see one before my eyes.

After the zoo, we walked around Regent’s Park to Baker Street where we had a Nando’s dinner. Then, we made a de-tour to Wembley because there were disruptions on the Bakerloo line; we went for a walk around the stadium. Ann was acting strangely when she told to look at the buildings nearby. (However, I didn’t think of her behaviour at the time. She knows I like sight-see, especially when I travel to new places I’ve never seen before, like Wembley.) But when we were trying to find an exit, we got stuck since we climbed up the ramp. In the end, we walked down a flight of stairs and crossed roads; this led us to the SSE Wembley Arena when suddenly…

Animals

These are the pictures from my day out to London Zoo; I love animals so much and what I love more is animal photography. So, I wanted to share these with you and write a poem about them. I hope you enjoy them. 🙂

Animals,

Big or small;

I love animals,

Whither tiny or tall.

Like human beings,

Animals also have feelings.

They are special,

So please,

Respect, save and love them!

Photos Taken from Sony Xperia™ smartphone

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© 2015

100 YEARS FROM TODAY

keithgarrettpoetry

Yesterday, what we see as hundreds of years ago is gone,

History it is to us, read about in books of long lost times.

The days are always moving along, we do take for granted the morning,

The setting sun is a most spectacular sight, heading into the night.

Here where we stand may still be standing, another will be standing,

100 years from today the world that we know will have much changed.

Just as we wonder what life was like back in a time of cowboys and pioneers,

Tomorrow’s people will also wonder and read about our time and place.

100 years from today we will be a part of history, others will be amazed,

Just as we are amazed and dream of those times when the world appeared too be a dream.

Keith Garrett

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Childhood Poem

Note: This is a short poem I wrote yesterday in class. This term, my peers and I in Drama school are putting on a performance in the middle of May to babies and toddlers for a children’s festival. One of the first things we did when the lesson started was to write down and share about everyone’s childhood, based on your experience. We had to start with the sentence, “Childhood is…” During this time, I wrote down six words; then, I used them to write the poem down below.

I hope you guys really enjoy it. 🙂


Childhood is imaginative; 

Childhood is creative and inspiring;

Although life is hard,

It can be mind blowing.


Childhood is the life

And soul of creativity;

It’s hard to imagine a world 

Without the beauty of creativity.


  


Copyright 2015

My Top Six Films to See (May – December 2015)

As many of you guys know, I just adore going to the cinema. I love the entertainment, enticement, comedy, adventure, romance, etc, etc. But there have been films were I’ve seen trailers of and I think, “Oh yeah, I want to go and see that”. I many update some of the films in the near future (don’t when, but there’s no time like the now). So these are my top six films to see this summer, autumn and winter seasons: 

Pitch Prefect 2

Jurassic World
Pan
Spectre
Spy
Inside Out
Those are my top six. I would say top five, but Inside Out was a bonus extra! What’s your favourite film you’ve seen or want to see this year. Please let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

Favourite Quotes of All Time!

As many of you know, I love to write quotes on my Waiting For A Rainbow posts. However, I’ve realised that I have never shown you my favourite quotes, written by many others. So without further ado, I will now show you my top five favourite quotes. I hope you enjoy them.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

William Shakespeare

Just say yes: just say there’s nothing holding you back.

Zoe Sugg (a.k.a. Zoella)

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

Anne Frank

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt

My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything. It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.

Tina Turner

Sorry, this post isn’t long; I going to busy for a while as I have a lot of homework to catch up and I’m rehearsing for a secret project (which I won’t reveal until the next Waiting For A Rainbow post). But don’t worry, I’ll be back soon and be posting more blogs!!!!! 

Sunny, Yet Warm UK

Good morning/afternoon/evening. I hope everyone is having a good day so far.

First of all, I apologise for my absence. I know I haven’t posted anything for a while; I’ve been busy organising stuff, writing my novel, doing homework and doing chores. It looks like that I may be busy for quite sometime…
This post is a random one. And it’s all about the weather we’ve been having in the UK. This week (since Tuesday), we have been getting extremely warm weather with temperatures at around twenty-four degrees. According one of the regular radio stations I listen too, we were (I don’t know if we’re still are) warmer than Spain and Italy. 
I love the warm weather. I love the sun, glowing my face; the cool breeze up against my  back and the flowers. Oh, the flowers. They’re truly a beautiful site to see. Is it me or you guys think that the flowers make you relaxed and/or happy? Also, I love the tiny insects like butterflies hoovering around, expect for wasps. They freak me out big time! 
I also love the beach. Walking in the sand leaving bare footprints behind, paddling in the sea and collecting seashells. I feel like a kid all over again doing these wonderful things. 
That’s my favourite things to do on a warm day. What’s yours? 😊   

Girl Power Action but Slow Storyline – My Review on Divergent: Insurgent

It’s hard to imagine that the modern world is now seeing heroines, making more appearances on the big screen rather than heroes. It’s a good thing to see, especially if you are a keen fan on action or sci-fi. Insurgent is one of these films, but it’s one that gave me mixed reviews after watching it in the cinema.
Two weeks ago, I was invited by a good friend of mine to watch this film with me at the cinema. I was unsure, at first but after thinking about it, I decided to go. To be honest, I have never read the Divergent Series, nor watched the first film. However, my friend gave me a brief storyline, explaining what happened in the last one, who the characters were and so on. I tired to fit everything in, but somehow my brain didn’t want to function properly. As for the film, I sort of enjoyed it; most bits were good, but some were just too slow or confusing.
First negative point I have for Insurgent is the scenes. There are most scenes, especially the beginning that are boring; why did the characters come to Amity territory? Why is Jeanine so obsessed with capturing Tris? These are the pin points that I just don’t understand or get. Second, the violence. There’s too much of it! I’m alright with some action, but watching it is like playing a console game on a Playstation all day. I certainly wouldn’t like see half of a movie with violence in it all the time. Why not give a storyline to go over it, or have a proper action scene between the heroine and the villainess? Surely, that bring an interesting picture. Thirdly, some of the side characters. I cannot stand some of them, especially Caleb. Personally, I don’t like winy characters who think they’re better than others; it’s so cliché. But, I like how Tris has a spot for him, just because he was with her group before the beginning of the film. In a way, his background is good, despite his personality.
 
Let’s move on to the good points. I love the interaction between Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) and Jeanine (played by Kate Winslet); their time onscreen together is amazing. It’s well executed, fast paced and simply entertaining. It’s almost like being in a boxing ring; you got the blue corner, treating people like they are trash, and can take on anybody because the can. And there’s the red corner, who is the opposite, facing many struggles and trying to do what’s right for others, as well as herself. Both, head-to-head; both have different views on life. It’s simply mind-blowing. I also love the scenes between Tris and Four (played by Theo James). These two are a perfect example of a teenage to young adult couple. Both have struggles in their individual lives, which I won’t give away and they deal with it but supporting and loving one another. And when Tris goes into action, Four risks his life to save her and she risks her life to save him when he’s in danger. I applaud Insurgent for this; it is new and fresh that a modern couple, on the big screen, are helping, sharing and loving each other equally. Why can’t other movies do that? It’s simply romantic, in a cute, yet modern kind of way. 
 
The cast was good; I liked Woodley’s portrayal of Tris. I actually gave my heart out to her throughout the film. She delivers Tris’ character so well and I believed her performance. James’ character of Four did a pretty good job too; he made me jump a couple of times and gave me reactions while he delivered his lines, like when he tired to save Tris from opening the box for example. However the person who stood out for was Winslet’s character. In all the films I’ve seen, I’ve never seen Winslet play a villain. But goodness me, what a performance! Even my friend believed in her; that’s something you don’t hear from every day in the cinema. I can say is “bravo; somebody give this actress the damn Oscar already?” Truly, a masterpiece. 
 
Like “Cinderella”, I was a fan of the costumes. I liked how they mixed in ordinary clothes and military together, especially Tris’ sleeveless leather jacket which she uses instead of  a T-Shirt. I also like Jeanine’s blue dress; for me, this costume give a really clear message as a member of the audience. Looking at the dress, you can tell that throughout the movie, Jeanine is a powerful leader and a respectful too, but no one knows (not until the end that is, apart from our main characters) that she is a blood thirsty villain who wants nothing but power, glory and her city all under her control.
I’m not a huge fan of the music. I like Come Back to Me by Les Friction, but that’s about it. In my opinion, there’s too many pop songs and not enough instrumental, like “Fifty Shades of Grey”. It doesn’t do the film justice much, as it distracts me from the story plot.
In conclusion, I would say that Insurgent is properly not my cup of tea; it might be because I haven’t seen the first film yet or read the books, but most of it, didn’t draw me in much. You don’t like slow story lines or a lot of violence, I wouldn’t recommend this movie but if you are looking for amazing acting and wonderful action sequences, this is the one for you. I don’t know if I want to watch the first film but I’m thinking about it. Who knows, it might be good but I guess we’ll wait and see.