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).

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