Film, Life Experience

One for the History Books…

Sunday 20th August is going down in history as one of the greatest days of my life, and I know this already because it will be the day that I finally pick up my very first, very own, not-very-new car!

I passed my test in mid-July after taking double lessons every week for 6 months and since then I’ve been driving my Dad’s car to and from my Nana’s, to the shops, to see friends and to pick up my sister from work – nothing too exciting unfortunately. BUT the point is that I am driving after being desperate to for years.

The independence you get from driving is incredible, there’s nothing else like it, especially when you’ve relied on England’s horrendous public transport every day, or have had to beg for lifts when the usually buses fail. It feels like something people take for granted, but I’m still amazed that I can literally hop in the car and go wherever I want, whenever I want.

I feel that a lot of people do actually take driving for granted, and see it as a right more than a privilege, which is a shame. I’m sure you know that when you’re a learner, you experience a lot of aggression from people who might be annoyed that you’re going as fast as the speed limit, or get frustrated if you stall the car, somehow forgetting that they were also a learner driver once.

Since passing, I’ve had a green P plate fixed to the back of the car which I’d like to think creates a bit of a bubble around me (it doesn’t); but in theory it serves as a warning to people that I’m still finding my feet with driving a car on my own without the observations of an instructor. However, it by no means curbs any aggression from people. Sometimes, it actually makes it worse, but getting a thicker skin while driving is something that I’m definitely working on each time I’m on the road.

Back to the excitement however, all that aside, by Sunday evening I will be the proud owner of a little A-B, runaround vehicle, my very own bright blue four wheels! I can’t wait, I can’t physically wait. Please do anticipate a myriad of photos when I have him (he’s called Marty)! Ah!

P.S. It’s not a DeLorean unfortunately…

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Film

This is heavy, Doc

October 21st, 2015. The skies are abundant with cars whizzing on the Skyway, while those on the ground watch Jaws 19 in 3D and sip the delights of Pepsi Perfect. Hoverboards are a frequent mode of transport and teenage fashion involves wearing your jeans inside out.

Well, not really. Not to mention the fact that we don’t have holographic hats or self-drying jackets coupled with self-tying laces.

Marty McFly has officially arrived in the present – future – whatever and the world is welcoming him with open arms. There’s been a lot of hype over this last week about ‘Back to the Future Day’ and lots of people have been pointing out similarities between the 1989 idea of the future and the reality of it. Things like flat screen TVs, video calls, glasses that act as phones; there’s actually a lot out there that we can see in Back to the Future Part II.

The trilogy has been my favourite set of films since I was around 13 years old. I bought the first film on DVD from Woolworths for £3 and watched it for the first time on my laptop at my Grandma’s. I believe hooked is the word. For about a year (maybe more!) I used to watch at least one of the films every night, becoming obsessed and consumed in the story. I bought all the merchandise I could get my teenaged hands on and spread my obsession to everyone that I thought needed to know. I’ve never known a film that is so beloved by its fanbase. So much, in fact, that sometimes I’ve seen fans get nasty about the littlest details. That’s not what I want to be a part of.

It’s overwhelming to see how much people love the movies and on this day so far there have been thousands upon thousands of Tweets about the day. People are quoting the film, posting pictures, memes, gifs, everything. It’s wonderful. We are also invited to get our teeth stuck into a few shorts and documentaries that have sprung up out of nowhere and this afternoon, ITV2 is showing all three films and a Keith Lemon tribute – which I can’t really wait for.

I want to post about ten different quotes and pictures on Facebook today, but I’m going to hold back. Once is enough Brittany, once is enough.

Happy Back to the Future everybody and remember – “Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one.” (Doc Brown, Part III).

Marty-mcfly

Film, Life Experience, World

Happy 2nd of January!

My bad, I missed New Years Eve and the first day of 2015, but whatever, I’ve had things to do and people to see as we all have! It’s been a sweet turning of the year; I’ve spent it with my friends and boyfriend, staying in instead of going out on the town and getting sweaty and annoyed. Staying in was bliss, actually. Similar to last year when I went to a house party, but this was something different. There were four of us in the house, playing games, eating Waitrose party food and drinking Bucks Fizz and cider. It was actually a really nice way to finish of 2014. Going out on NYE just isn’t my scene. Neither is on a Saturday night either but that’s another story…

So here we are. Two thousand and fifteen years. Woah, quite a hefty number right? And in my opinion, the most futuristic sounding of the years. 2014, to me, sounded normal, just comes after 2013, right? But 2015…I don’t know. There’s something about it that sounds very far in the future… Now maybe that’s because I am very partial to the Back to the Future franchise and the year in the future which they visit is 2015 (*squee!*) and it’s all in the future with flying cars and such. Well, we don’t have those or hover boards but technology has developed like I don’t know what. I’m writing this on an iPad, imagine showing that to someone in 1985? They’d probz try to write on it with a pen or something. Noo, I joke. I think that’s what scariest to me about 2015, it sounds like the future but it’s not…omg it’s now, it’s right now. This is my 23rd year on this earth and I feel like I should have achieved a little more than this. So, scarily, this is going to be my pivotal year. I’m going to change my life this year, I’m going to decide what I want from my future and I’m going to bloody go get it.

Oh and I’ll also learn how to drive, which is pretty life changing I would say.

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Entertainment, Film, Life Experience, University

If You Put Your Mind To It…

Well hasn’t this been an interesting week! Essentially, I’ve finished my first year of university – at about 4:30am last Friday morning to be completely precise when I handed in my final essay – and I’m sitting here thinking where the hell has the time gone?! It’s safe to say that I’ve made some amazing friends, lost some amazing friends and miss some – mainly those from home who I don’t see all that much any more. This will change over the summer, I’ve decided to dedicate myself to keeping up with everyone that I love because I don’t want them to think that I’ve forgotten them. This isn’t to say that university is all about making friends, oh no. I’ve realised this lately. University is – would you believe it – a period of three years in which to gain the knowledge and skills that you’ll need in your future career. Not for making friends. Sure, this is a perk of uni and all that, but it hit me in the face the other day that as everyone’s going home at the moment, back to their real lives in their real homes, they’ll probably forget about each other for a time and things will go relatively back to how they were before uni. And then this led me to think: well what happens after uni? We’ll all go off, searching for our different callings in life and make yet more friends. And forget about some of the ones we made here. And then, we’ll get different jobs. Life is constantly about leaving people you love behind. Sure, you’ll never completely forget them, but they won’t be present in your life forever. It’s hard to understand if you’ve been out of school for a good few years, but you don’t realise until your very last year of school that you’re most likely not going to interact with any of these people again that you’ve spent at least 5 years with. And here I am, getting all ‘down in the dumps’ (really not) about growing up, but then I think to myself that life is going to be full of opportunities and that I can do anything I want in life. Anyone can.. And this is when good ol’ Marty McFly comes into it: “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”. I’m all happy now.. might have to go watch Back to the Future. That’ll top it off. You should do the same. Yes

Entertainment, Film, World

BTTF: Back to the Future: Live!

I found this YouTube video of some people performing the first Back to the Future movie all in a neat 10 minutes. Watch it and enjoy it! I think it’s hilarious 😀 Just a word of warning though, there is some explicit language throughout. 🙂

More Back to the Future stuff can be found at my specially made BTTF page: https://briholme.wordpress.com/films/back-to-the-future/bttf-news/

Cheeeeeers x