The Real Archaeologists Packing List

Archaeology and History, Fun, General, Sophie

Tomorrow, I’m off to Kent to partake in an archaeological dig and for the past forty-eight hours I’ve been packing and preparing like a maniac. But, lo and behold, the packing list is nowhere near as cool as what you’d expect. We don’t have to pack a whip like Jones, or a pistol like Croft. These things aren’t even on the recommended lists given to us. Instead the reality is far more average.

Equipment is one of the most important things. You need to make sure you have everything you could need as, with the exception of Richard III’s grave, there isn’t going to be a supermarket you can just pop into for supplies. If you miss an essential, you’re in doom. The temple of doom. And you’ll be in big trouble.

You’re going to need bandages. Not because they’re useful for when you get a poison blow-dart shot at your neck (although they probably are) but because there’s a chance you’ll cut your toe off with a mattock. Probably equally as painful, but nowhere near as exciting. These are an essential part of any packing list, with a basic first aid kit for any cuts and bruises, though most of them will only come from the rocks you accidentally hit with your hand and not from sword-fighting with a mobster.

Along similar lines hand cream is one of my essential items, and often if I don’t make a reminder I don’t remember to pack it. Archaeology is manual labour almost all the times and your hands get used constantly. Hand cream, I promise, will save you from a lot of woes.

And while we’re still on the subject of pharmaceuticals, if you’re a woman I urge you to bring some feminine hygiene. Myself, and my sister, can firmly tell you that there is nothing worse than being stuck on a trip with nothing to help. Even if you’re nowhere near that time of month, take some anyway. Just to be safe.

You’re going to want to bring a tent. It’s really only in the movies that the archaeologist get luxury accommodation in a fancy hotel or prince’s palace, and tents aren’t provided for you. You’re lucky if you have the money for a caravan or a room, but generally, a four-man tent for one person is as far as luxury goes.

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Also, if you’re going by car and not by public transport I urge you to pack your car with an air mattress, pillows and a duvet. You’re going to be pleased to have a little bit of home and comfort with you after the first couple of nights.

In your tent it’s going to be cold and, if you’re in Britain, it’s probably going to be wet too as it WILL rain and you WILL have to work in it. Pack appropriate clothes. I know, a cagoule is nowhere near as cool as Indiana Jones’ jacket, but you’re going to be grateful. You can have his hat though. You are working outside, after-all and you need to protect your head.

Also, make sure you have more appropriate clothes. I love fashion, and my wardrobe was not prepared for a week in the trenches. Yes, that means basic tee-shirts and shorts, not flashy ball-gowns or beaded dresses. Here’s to looking at you, Willie.

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After that, you’ll want to pack a couple of books. Between the hours of six and midnight you’ll need to kill some time and you’ll be on a site with, most likely, zero wifi and nowhere to charge your tablet. Your survival skills will really kick in and, as a general rule, casual human sacrifices are frowned upon. I suggest you bring your favourite book so you don’t mind reading it a few times if need be, and one boring book for if you can’t sleep. Or, make it a community affair and bring ancient plays for your peers to perform.

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You’re also going to want a notebook. Why? It’s not because you’re going to want to want to write down all of your epic adventures, but because you’ll want to remember the weather, your co-ordinates and more statistics, and the best way to remember is to write it down. You could write about your adventures, of course, but you will just be writing about how deep your trench is.

More miscellaneous items include loose change and money. Sometimes you need to buy a few things, a bus fare into the village or the fee for laundry and you’re going to want to pay using loose change. You don’t need to bring a gold-bar to bribe bandits with, and you don’t want to be the idiot who has to break in a twenty.

Lastly, you should probably bring some crockery and cutlery, unless the dig has specifically mentioned that they’ll supply it. There’s nothing more barbaric than having to tuck into monkey-skulls without the proper utensils. I’m joking. There are no monkey skulls, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure they’re hardy pieces, metal or plastic, so that they don’t break.

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These are, perhaps, the bare-bone essentials of any archaeological dig and it’s any surprise, really that Indiana Jones actually managed for so long. Sure, it’s not as cool as anything he had, but at least you’ll be comfortable.

Note: Whips and pistols are optional.

Enough To Make You Weep | A Reply to Gluestick Mum

2015, Film and Theatre, Sophie

Recently Gluestick Mum created a post about movies that made her cry and because I read it I ended up trying to hold in my sobbing as I sat in the university library. While her choices were upsetting and heart-breaking, I thought that there were some movies that were missing. So here is my list, minus the ones that she had already mentioned.

Bambi

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I cry at a lot of movies. And as a kid this was one of the first films I remember crying at, besides Dumbo which turned me into a human fountain. What can I say? Bambis mum gets shot and then Bambi is all scared on his own. I thought it was sad and scary, and so I cried. Though, the Lion King still takes full reign of most saddening Disney death, for sure.

The Hunger Games

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Definitely not the most emotional in this list but there’s a good few moments that make you shed a tear or two. First is the reaping scene where Katniss is taken off and her little sister Prim is just hysterical. I end up thinking about how it would be if it was me as Katniss with my little sister and that tears me up. Then is Rue’s death, even though I saw it coming because I read the book. I have to admit I blubbed. It was all in the detail, about how Rue reminded Katniss of her sister and the salute that ends up causing havoc in Rue’s district in the second movie and more. It’s the little things that make it so heart-wrenching.

Monsters Inc.

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I haven’t seen this movie in a long time despite it being on Netflix, and I don’t remember much of it, but I distinctly remember when Mike and Sully had to put boo back in her room and say goodbye. It was too adorable. Boo called Sully “kitty” as he held her in his fluffy arms for the last time. Just think about how adorable that was. Sure, as a kid, I perhaps didn’t fully understand what it was representative of, but it was still sad even back then.

Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Generally this film isn’t very sad at all. It’s all about heroics and chasing down Benedict Cumberbatch, but there’s that bit where Captain Kirk enters the energy vault to fix the ship to save his crew and ultimately sacrifices himself. He gets radiation poisoning and dies isolated from everyone while Spock comforts him through the glass and they “touch” hands in that ‘live long and prosper’ sign through the glass and in the moment that gesture is extremely touching. You know, in a scene, if Spock is upset then you probably should be too. Kirk lives, hoorah, but that scene is sad.

How I Live Now

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My god this film had me in tears when I first watched it. It’s a dystopian film where World War Three breaks out. You’re following the story of Daisy and with her you watch one friend get shot, which is awful, you find another dead friend among a pile of executed boys which is really upsetting because he was a good kid, and then when she and a girls she’s been protected find the last friend, her boyfriend, alive you’re so relieved you cry. Again, it’s one of those movies that makes me think about what it would be like if I was them.

Stuck In Love

This is a cute film all about love in all it’s different forms and generally the over-all feeling of the film is up-lifting and happy, but it wouldn’t be a good film if it didn’t have anything else in the plot, including sadness. There’s really two points in the film where it’s really sad.

  1. Louis’ mum dies.

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The storyline here isn’t developed much and you only know of it in about two or three scenes in the entire movie, but it doesn’t need lots of attention to be hard-hitting. In fact, you could say that because there wasn’t much attention to it that’s why it hit so hard. It’s the moment where Louis calls Samantha to tell her that his mum died from cancer and over the phone you can hear how upset he is, then you see him and he simply says “my mum is gone” and he looks so lost and upset. Oh how you feel. I think the thing is, no one wants their mum to die, I know I don’t, and that’s why it’s so sad.

2.Kate gets lost and found

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There’s a bit in the movie when Kate, a drug addict, goes missing after having too much champagne at a party. The find her, in some strange motel room passed out on the floor. Rusty, her boyfriend, is cuddling her as they sit in the car on the way to the hospital in a total state. Then he peeks under the blanket and you can just see every piece of him get torn up and you need to try and figure out if it’s relief that she isn’t naked or if he’s upset because she is, then you figure it it must be the latter because you remember that line. “Looking at her hurt”. Again, it’s one of those things you never want to happen whether your partner takes drugs or not.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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This is another one of those uplifting films in the list but it was truly sad and poignant and emotional too. Evie and I first saw it when we were fifteen and we came out of the cinema sobbing. Everyone sobbed. First it was the scene where Charlie tells Sam “you’re not small” and kisses her in the most cute way possible because it was a happy kind of tear, but then things escalated, or rather descended, quickly into Charlie’s break-down where he thinks he killed his aunt, and then he’s crying, you’re crying with him, and then there’s a pause where you think he just might kill himself. It’s a beautiful movie through and through, one of my favourites that always makes me emotional.

Les Miserables

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Just. Everything about this movie. I didn’t cry out loud at this movie even though I desperately wanted to, because I was with new friends and I didn’t want to embarrass myself, but wow. I had a constant lump in my throat throughout. So much death. But all so beautifully done. It was especially Anne Hathaways performance, the kid that got shot down and Eponine dying in the arms of Eddie Redmayne as he told her he loved her (but only as a friend) that were the real tear-jerkers but it was all just extremely heavy. The book is heavy too, at a thousand pages.

Moulin Rouge

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I’ve watched this multiple times, every year since I was about seven years old and it makes me sob every time (I’m now 20). Originally Satine’s death, just after the song Come What May where they sing “I will love you until my dying day” was just the thing that created the water-works as Ewan McGregors pain-filled sobs just break my heart into a thousand pieces, but recently I’ve started crying at the point where Christian is jealous of the duke, around the time el Tango del Roxanne comes on. I don’t know what it is that makes me this way without fail, but I think it’s because I hold all the same principles as Christian.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Seeing this in the cinema had me blubbing hysterically all the way through. Other than the fact that it was the last movie to be made ever (discounting Fantastic Beasts) and that that coincides with the end of my childhood there were tonnes of sad moments to weep over.

  1. Snape’s death

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His death is emotional beyond belief. The reason why he died, how Harry was there to see him into the end and that famous line “you have your mothers eyes” and that single tear as he faces the end is too emotional to handle, but even worse is that the tear then unlocks his memories where you learn that he was in love with Lily for years. That bit where he holds her dead body and weeps is unbearable.

2. Fred’s Death

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I hate this part. George almost died in Part 1 to the panic of Fred followed by sheer relief then one movie later Fred dies himself. It’s the scene where the family are in morning and you can see that George has lost an entire half of him with the death of George, and it just causes too many feelings. Evie and I are twins and so seeing this scene strikes a very personal chord that I can’t handle.

3. Lupin & Tonks death.

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It’s that moment where they stretch their hands out for each-other as they prepare defence. It’s the idea that they’re going to be with each other no matter what. It’s seriously under-played in the movie, but if you’ve read the books then you’ll know that Lupin and Tonks die together and that they’ve left an orphan son. It’s a tiny gesture but it means so much!

Titanic

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Oh god, don’t get me started on Titanic. When my friends and saw it in the cinema for the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking I cried so much that I had pools in my collar-bones. Again, it’s one of those movies that just gets to you. It’s as people fall to their fate and you think about what their last thought must have been, it’s the children being sang to sleep as the boat sinks (though why they’re not on life-boats is beyond me) and it’s Jack’s death that make it all so weep-worthy. And the fact it’s a true story and that people really died.

The Impossible

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Another true story, based on the 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia, that hits you hard. The moment the waves hits the film is an emotional rollercoaster but it’s at its peak in the hospital when they’re SO CLOSE to finding each other and you’re yelling at them to turn around, they do and it’s just so amazing that you cry. There’s more, but that’s really the high-light of the film. And no one in the family dies, which is nice.

The Fault in Our Stars

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Obviously this needs to be in the list because I haven’t met one person who saw this and didn’t cry. John Greens story was a whirlwind of a book and the movie was no better. The scene that particularly struck me was the scene where Augustus Waters gets his friends to read their eulogies to him. It’s quite a raw scene where the character confronts his inevitable death and his best friend and girlfriend are forced to say goodbye. They’re all crying and you are too. Personally I cried more at the book, but the movie did a damn good job of pushing my heart through the paper shredder as well.

Fury

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Fury is mostly action packed and brutal in the most gruesome ways but in the middle of all this action is the short but sweet romance of Norman Ellison and Emma. Some might say that they had only known each other for twenty minutes and couldn’t understand the languages, but if you’re a romantic at heart like me you’d say they had a connection. Norman Ellison tells Emma that she’s going to have one great love in her life as they have an intimate moment alone in Emma’s bedroom, he’s protective of her and there’s a moment where they connect over music and it’s sweet. Only for Emma to die roughly one minute later when the house gets bombed. It’s that “one great love” thing that gets to me, when you realise that Norman must have realised the same thing and that’s why he gets to upset. It’s sad!

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

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I’m not even sure I even need to say which scene it is here, I think we all know. It’s the scene where the boy goes to find his friend only to get caught up in the gas showers at the concentration camp and the boy dies. The dad is running around looking for him and then realises. It’s the sheer desperation, and then loss and that final shot of the chamber doors where everything is still and quiet. Unlike The Impossible and Titanic it’s not a real event, but the holocaust did actually occur and to think that millions of people went through the same emotions is just harrowing. When Evie, myself and our mum saw it in the cinema we sobbed collectively and I don’t think we said one word to each other on the walk home.

Pass me the tissues! There are a lot more films on my cry-list including (500) Days of Summer, Never Let Me Go and One Day which are all very beautiful and moving pieces of cinematography, however, the list above was essentially the most memorable scenes that I cried at. Of course, I left off all the movies that Gluestick Mum mentioned so if you want to see what she had to say then click here. And, if you want, tell me about some of your tear-jerker movies.

Books That Are Being Turned Into Movies That I’m Excited About

Books and Literature, Film and Theatre, General, Sophie

Or “I Wish I Could Think of a Better Title”

If there are two things Evie and I are passionate about over here in The Hobbs Collective, it’s literature and film. Which is why when a movie gets made out of a book we get stupidly excited. Yeah, sometimes they can be a bit pants (Percy Jackson, we’re looking at you) but a lot of the time we adore them. After all, it’s a crossover of our favourite things. Over the past couple of years, or so, adaptations from books have become increasingly popular to produce into movies and there are tonnes being made. I’m super excited about some of them, as is Evie. These are some of the ones I’m most excited about.

Paper Towns – by John Green

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I first read this book when I was eighteen years old, before John Green blew up into a storm with The Fault in Our Stars movie. The book cover had caught my attention at the local Waterstone’s multiple times, but every time I read the blurb it didn’t sound like anything I’d pick. One day, however, it caught my eye for the nth time and I decided to go on a whim and I bought it with some of my birthday money. I’m very glad I did. I absolutely loved the book, and have read it multiple times since.

When Evie told me it was going to be a movie I was almost giddy with excitement. And now, as the cinema release looms closer and closer I’m practically holding my breath in anticipation. There were scenes in the book that I could visualize with almost scary levels of detail and I’m really hoping that the film does these scenes justice. I’ve already seen the trailer on IMDb and it looks like it will live up to expectations. It certainly seems like it will have the same sort of feel as the book, which I’m glad about, and it looks like it will be a fabulous movie.

My only real niggle with this adaptation is the cast. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good cast, Natt Wolf is the perfect Quentin, as proved with his performance in Stuck in Love. I’m just not sure about Cara Delavigne as the infamous Margo Roth Spiegelman. The book led me to believe that Margo was a girl of average height, with dark hair and curves, so why John Green cast supermodel Cara as her is beyond me, and even though I’m trying to trust this choice it’s just not sitting well in my head. I can get past her looks, it’s just that in the trailer, as she says those famous lines about the paper people in paper towns Cara doesn’t deliver it with the right sort of conviction, and that bugs me. I think Lily Collins would have been a better choice, as she was great on her own, and with Natt Wolf in Stuck in Love.

I’m sure when I watch the movie I can get past the casting choice, as long as my judgement can be proven wrong. I’m still excited for it to come out in August (in the UK), I’m on absolute tenterhooks.

Why We Broke Up – by Daniel Handler

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I found this book one day when I was wasting time before a drama class one Sunday. I went into the book store, and found this book sticking out from the shelf. It looked interesting, and so I sat down in the corner of my shop to test out the first page. I ended up reading 50 pages or so before I realized that I should probably just get it. I adore this book, I love the narrative style and the story. I showed it to Evie after I had read it and she loved it too.

With the book I found it amazing that Handler created this entire world, he made up these movies that Min had seen and all the places she had visited from scratch, so I’m excited to see how they go about visualizing this made up world. I’ve been keeping my eye on production for a while though, so I may have a long time to wait until I see. Daniel Handler, however, is writing the script for the movie so I have faith that it’s going to remain true to the books as much as possible, and I hope it comes out with a Perks of Being a Wallflower kind of quality. I hope it’s a creative film, because it’s a creative story narrated by a creative character, but, as long as it remains true to the book then I’ll be happy.

Again, the cast is my only little niggle. It is rumoured that Hailee Steinfield is set to play Min and I’m not sure how I feel about that as I have only really liked her in True Grit and Begin Again, then again, maybe I’m just jealous because I always thought that if I had the chance to play any character I’d like to play Min (y’know, if I was an actress) but there’s really not much known about it right now so I’m not going to get bogged down in a rumour. The movie hasn’t even been made yet, so I’m waiting for the trailer, and then the film, to really make up my mind.

Beautiful Ruins – by Jess Walter

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This adaptation is one that I’ve only just heard about maybe a week or two ago. I found out about it in the middle of the night and was very tempted to wake my boyfriend up to babble on about it to him. I read the book last summer while I was in Spain and I find it to be absolutely exquisite, the book was wonderfully done. I remember that, as I was reading it, I’d catch myself thinking “this needs to be a movie”, it would be especially fitting as Pasquale, the leading man, is meant to be big into films.

Like Why We Broke Up, really not much is known about it. I know Imogen Poots is meant to be among the cast, but I don’t see her playing Dee Moray the glamorous movie star in the book, but perhaps the assistant in other parts of the book, so we’ll see how things turn out eventually.

It’s going to be really ambitious movie to make as it’s split into two different time zones and countries, 1960’s Italy and 2010’s America, and it’s split into many different perspectives and characters so I’m really looking forward to seeing how they deal with all the cross over and changes. My main hope is that they simply keep the feel of the movie as beautiful as the book. The director for this movie is apparently really into jazz and I wonder if that will have an influence, I’m sure he’ll be able to make the movie really special and unique and not just another adaptation for money.

This is probably the adaptation that I’m most excited about, as I think the book is marvellous and I have such high hopes. However, it’s still in pre-production so I may be waiting a while for it to come out, which is fine by me, I’d rather they took their time and made something wonderful than rushing it and making it sloppy, the book really doesn’t deserve to be adapted badly.

These are just three of many adaptations that I’m excited to be made into movies, there are tonnes more, but for these are books that are beloved to me and I’m sure will become beloved films, much like Perks of Being a Wallflower was to both Evie and myself. Some of them may be teen reads, but a good story will never stop being a good story. Please tell me about any adaptations you’re excited about, or if there’s any you’ve loved or found disappointing, or if there any books you think should be turned into a movie. I’d love to open up a discussion about this, so feel free to leave a comment. Maybe you’ll even lead me to reading some more great books.

RE: #FeministsAreUgly

A Quick Word, Celebrate, General, People, Sophie, Twitter

I was recently on the internet (though quite frankly to say that would mean I’d have had to get off the internet) and I was doing my rounds on social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter when, on Twitter I came across a hashtag. #FeministsAreUgly was a worldwide Trending Topic and I was mortified, because not only are Feminists beautiful but all women and all people are. I clicked the hashtag and while the page was loading, in those two flash seconds, I was dreading what would come up. I was expecting a lot of cocky young men to be tweeting out sexist, crude, misogynistic sentiments (of 140 characters or less) but I found none of that. Perhaps the topic first emerged because one man did so, but instead I was pleasantly surprised.

Instead what I saw was a mass of women posting selfies in reply. None of them were saying “Am I ugly” or looking towards other people to validate their beauty, but instead their captions were “Are you sure?” “If that’s the case then I like being ugly”

I admit, at first, I thought isn’t that a little bit… vain?

But I was horrified by what I had just thought. It was the type of thoughts that come from the mouth of misogynists, not feminists. It was what a society had taught me to think when someone, especially a woman *gasp*, was outwardly showing their confidence, and I hated that I had let myself think such a thing, even for a split second. Because behind these captions and comments was what I love most about humanity.

What this thread was actually, was a bunch of women and men, all standing up for themselves against the sort of people who tell them that they are not enough. It was people having the confidence in themselves to say “no. I’m beautiful” and that’s a sort of confidence that I greatly admire. It was actually women and men standing up for each other and when you look at all the selfies collectively and see how many people have the confidence, and the power to stand up and say “I am beautiful” it is truly wonderful. It is not vanity, it is simply self-worth.

So I retract my initial thought.

That is just what society has told me to think.

Instead I think that these people are owning it in ways that words cannot properly describe, even if I am trying to with this blog post. I think that these people are amazing and all beautiful. I think these people should be celebrated and given a round of applause because they have a level of confidence that I am still trying to work towards. But you know what?

I am a feminist,

And I am NOT ugly.

I am beautiful.

Oh, Happy Days

Celebrate, General, Sophie

Today is the UN’s International Day of Happiness and over here at The Hobbs Collective, Evie and I are huge advocates of being happy and spreading positivity. I know, all too well, that sometimes life can just drag you down and that, sometimes, when you’re down it’s hard to get up.

When I’m feeling down I like to listen to music, cranking it up really loud, and dance around my room.

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I find that the music helps to blocks out the world around me (which is what may be upsetting me) and transports me to a different place. The dancing helps release pent up energy and, as scientifically proven, also releases endorphins that make me happy.

So, to celebrate International Day of Happiness and in an effort to spread the positivity today I’ve compiled 100 of the songs that get me dancing and make me happy into a playlist on my spotify page (you can click here to listen if you want).

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On the list are all of my favourite songs that make me happy in some way, whether it’s because they’re cheery songs, bring back happy memories, or just get me tapping my feet and I hope they make you happy too.

International Day of Happiness is important to me because I know, all too well, what it’s like to be devastatingly sad and I think it’s good to have a day dedicated to happiness whether it’s making yourself happy, or others, because ultimately it could change someone’s life. If you want to get involved you can head to the UN’s website here to get involved.

Feel free to tell me your favourite songs that make you happy and I’ll check them out. If you’re feeling happy already I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day. Keep smiling, even when today ends. If you’re feeling down then remember you’re wonderful and this sadness won’t last forever.

Take care 🙂

International Women’s Day 2015.

People, Sophie

Today, as you may know, is International Women’s Day. And while my feelings towards this are somewhat like Mary Elizabeth’s views on the Sadie Hawkins dance in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (“thanks for the crumb”), and I think that there shouldn’t just be one assigned day to celebrate women, I still think it’s a good thing to celebrate- the only thing is, there is no way to do it- so today I thought I’d write about a woman that I support and advocate. Emma Watson. Unless you live under a rock you’ve probably heard of her.

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To me, like most people in the world, I was first introduced to Watson when she started to play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone she was eleven and my seven year old self thought she was cool and I wanted to be her. Since then Emma has built herself a steady career with roles that have been particularly close to my heart. She was Pauline Fossil in the BBC film adaptation of Ballet Shoes, one of my favourite books when I was younger. She was Sam in the adaptation of Perks of Being a Wallflower, a book and character that I loved and held dearly, she was in the music video for One Night Only’s “Say You Don’t Want It”, one of my favourite bands (and even six years later I still want a coat like hers). Soon she’s going to play Belle in the real life version of Beauty and The Beast which, coincidentally, was one of my favourite Disney films when I was a kid. Emma Watson somehow managed to become a special person to me, and I have loved her almost from the start.

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But my admiration for her does not end with her film roles, if anything they’re just the start. When I was doing my GCSE’s she attended university at Brown and, for a short while, at Oxford. I felt empowered by her move. Despite having a lavish career set in stone, despite never needing a job ever again, she still sought out further education and knowledge. She got all A’s at her GCSE’s and her A-level exams even though a lot of her time was spent on film sets and studios. I thought “if she can do it, I can do it too.” and while I may not have received all A’s I’m here at university and that’s something. I’ve always admired women who are well educated and knowledgeable- Natalie Portman is another- and so the fact that Watson attended university solidified my admiration.

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Since then Emma Watson has been doing amazing things with her life, most notably is her work as a United Nations ambassador for gender equality, whose work is an attempt to gain gender equality on a global scale. In her speech on September 2014, I applauded her call for men to support gender equality in her campaign #HeForShe, believing that the inclusion of men in feminist activity is crucial. Now, I’m in standing ovation as she held another conference and when someone took to twitter asking “how do I prove to my dad that engineering isn’t a man’s profession” and Emma replied “become and engineer”. #HeForShe,for me, is not just about getting men on women’s sides, it’s about women being able to do what they love without a second thought from anyone and I am in huge favour of that.

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What’s more is that Emma Watson is a good role model. She’s carried herself well through life, she hasn’t gone off the rails like some, she is stylish and sophisticated. She’s not all about sex or parties. She’s a style icon. She’s the sort of person you want to be or be friends with and that, too, is admirable. She’s a woman that can be taken seriously.She’s only twenty four years old and is already doing so many wonderful things with her life. I’m sure she’ll continue to do great things that are special and important to me, things that I will fully support, I am sure that I will continue to admire her for a long time to come.

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Of course, she isn’t the only woman worth celebrating. There are many more women that are worth attention- other actresses, academics, historical figures, my friends, my family- and they all inspire me in different ways, but if I was to talk about every single one I’d be writing this post until next year. Today, it is International Women’s Day and I want to celebrate. If you are reading this, I urge you to pick a woman that you admire or are inspired be, it can be anyone from your favourite celebrity to someone who is doing amazing work that needs to be drawn to attention and either comment below about them, or write a post yourself in celebration.