The British Tag

I have recently been searching the Internet for some post ideas-because doing the 365 day challenge can limit your creativity at times. I came across The British Tag over at this blog, and felt that I wanted to have a go. So, here’s today’s post! (Please be aware that I have adapted this post slightly…)

The rules:

  • Thank the Blogger who tagged you on social media and with a back link.
  • Answer the following questions!
  • Tag as many bloggers as you wish.

1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and with how many sugars?

I actually don’t drink tea-or coffee-for that matter, so I can’t really say, to be honest. I just really dislike the flavours of both, therefore I don’t really drink it.

2. What is your  favourite part of a roast dinner?
The potatoes. So good!

3. What a your favourite dunking biscuit?

Probably either a Hobnob, or a Chocolate digestive. These are so good!

4. And what about your favourite quintessentially British hobby? 

In my spare time-although I’ve devoted more of it to blogging recently-I really do like to crochet, because I can manipulate the wool enough to create something tangible. To be able to create a bag out of six balls of wool is no easy feat, either.

5.And your favourite word?
Blogger, because of course!

6. What is your favourite Cockney rhyming slang?

It would probably have to be “apples and pears”-and that was because I saw it on Doctor Who as a child! (Rose gets taken over by Cassandra in the episode of New Earth…)

7. Additionally, what is your favourite sweet?

At times I have a very strong sweet tooth-and I am trying to cut back on my consumption of sugar, because it can get out of hand. However, I do like lemon sherbats, strawberry Bon bons, and flying saucers.

8. In an ideal world, what would your pub be called?

“The writers den”-a small establishment, tucked away in Brighton’s lanes, stylised as a fancy pub and library in one.

9. And who is your favourite British person?

Tom Hiddleston is English, isn’t he?
10. When shopping, what is your favourite shop? 

It depends on what I’m looking for, and what sort of mood I’m in. I dislike shopping for clothes-I’m not your stereotypical female-but as do quite like Paperchase, and I was sad to see HMV shit down in Brighton recently.

11.Bristish pop song that always seems to be stuck in your head?

I go for rock; you’re my best friend by Queen.

12.Thoughts about Marmite?

Would not touch it with a pole.

13.What are your favourite British things?

The beaches, rock, the insistence that we make tea correctly, pubs, our political system, the Queen, and wool.

I tag Kimberly Jessica, Country Katie UK, and This Stuff Is Golden.





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The Crown; A Review Of The Netflix Series..

Netflix to me is the epitome of popular culture, widely watched, and entertainment. It took a bit of exploring to see the true diversity in what it has to offer-such as with Race To The White House, The Crown, Outnumbered, and Pretty Little Liars.

Now, I’ve never really classified myself as a staunch Royalist, or a Republican; to me, the royal family are formidable indurviduals who are just seemingly always there. They are a part of English Life. Because, after all, it’s a constutional monarchy-we don’t have a president. We have a Prime Minister, but they aren’t head of state. I’d also not been very sympathetic; these indurviduals, who lived in great privilege, didn’t seem to do anything. Wrong! Enter The Crown

Constantly flashing forward and back, it focuses on our current Sovergien, her accession, as well as previous education, ready to become Monarch. 

What’s brilliant is the history behind the series; an incredible amount was spent to replicate seemingly everything , but there’s always references, back and forth. For instance, the abdication-and the ensuring ‘Constutional crisis’-is continually talked about, whilst still fresh in everyone’s mind. New monarch, new rules, new reign, though. And the Prime Ministers! There’s Mr Churchill, Mr Attlee, Mr Eden..

The character I have most sympathy for is Prince Phillip-the man who took British citizenship, who married, yet had his name taken away from him (his children wouldn’t be Mountbatten, but Windsors’), and seemingly without a hobby. (He goes flying-but even this is subject to Cabinet Approval.) Yet, he’s the bird in the glided cage, who is stuck where he is. Matt S

Then there’s Margaret..Margaret!  The Queen’s sister, she doesn’t have an understanding of The Crown , and how you have to rule for the people, be the aspiration. Having not lived through this era of history, and having no knowledge of it, I was very grateful.

I would just like to see a little more limelight given to Phillip, though!

What do you think-have you seen The Crown?



“…it’s safety in numbers I guess…” Lissie gig review.

* Thank you to Molly Turnley at Six 07 press for the press tickets at my own request, and photos included in this post. Thanks also to a relative who attended the concert with me. The first part of the title of this post was also inspired by Lissie’s song, Wild West.*


Chances are that if you’re aware of the indie folk rock music market, you would have heard of Lissie. The big bluesy monster of a voice, coupled with her own lyrics and music. What more could you possibly want? I was so lucky to see Lissie in Brighton last Wednesday, and enjoyed myself immensely.

The support act was Teddy Thompson; a guitar player originally from London, he kept on s entertained with his sharp, witty humour. He reminds me a little bit of  Ed Sheehan-heartfelt lyrics, guitar slung over one shoulder, lost to music. Because that’s what music is about, isn’t it? An artist who is in the industry for the music, not the lifestyle. Ironically, it was Thompson himself who played a song relative to that theme.

I think that live performance is my strong suit. When it’s all in the moment and you feel that adrenaline from a crowd.

-Lissie interview, with Mademoiselle.

It’s approximately at nine that Lissie arrives on stage; there’s a lack of superiority that some artists seem to have. At her side is a new guitarist, Nick Lotto, seemingly absent from last year’s tour. Before the night finishes, he’ll play alongside Lissie, and sing backing. They compliment each other-a huskier lower tone against the rising lyrical vocal that we’ve all come to see. Hats off, sir! You’re brilliant.

Opening this concert is Hero, the first single of Lissie’s latest album, My Wild West. But it’s what follows that has me completely overjoyed; the cracker of Further Away, from Back To Forever. How anyone can manage to sustain such a note is beyond me. This is what music is-and why I’ve come to see Lissie live.

I’ve been trying to practice this… don’t be invested in the outcome, just do what you’re doing and have faith.

-Lissie interview, Mademoiselle.



There’s other highlights; this includes When I’m Alone, Oh Mississippi, Shamless, Don’t You Give Up On Me, In Sleep, and even Joni Mitchell’s River.

My favorite moment of all has to be the climax of When I’m Alone. This is a song that’s a favorite of mine-the arching chorus, the raw vocal, compelte with such brilliant lyrics. Lissie seemed almost lost in the music-with hair swishing, flying about, and dancing all around the stage. Liberal Brighton is the perfect venue for Lissie. And any artist alike.

I also loved Shamless. The rocker of a song, complete with a few expletives, about the standards of beauty in a brutal industry. Everyone was singing along! And that’s were I want to be…



Recently, there has also been the Live At Union Chapel Release-Lissie, live in concert. It’s a complete perfect combination. This was almost a running thread throughout the evening; Lissie is signed to Cooking Vinyl in the U.K., and Lionboy in the U.S. These labels are independent. This complements Lissie to the core; her brand is authentic, as is her music. The appeal to the expanding fan base must be immense….she admitted to being “shameless” in promoting her releases, etc. And for good reason to; the more invested, the better the new, emerging releases and tours could be.



There was only one thing I missed; the element of improvision from last year’s concert, Manchester. The crowd had shouted out songs that they wished to hear played live, and some of their wishes were accordingly granted. This show I saw last week lacked some auidence contact; it had some, but retained a superficial edge, almost. There could have also been some percussion added; it’s all very well just having two guitars, yet a gritty sound is what is needed. There is some gravitas lacking-but it would have a greater effect in playing the songs.

If you liked this review, then maybe you’ll like some of this other ‘Lissie’ content:

I’m also going to be shameless now; click here to buy Live At Union Chapel. It’s a great live album. I highly recommend it. Or, to stay up to date with Lissie, click here.