Murder on My Mind….

It’s the middle of January, payday is still ages away, it’s too cold outside and you just want to chill and recover from all the end of year festivities!  What better time to catch up on your favourite shows and discover new ones.

Last year I binged on Netflix’s Making a Murderer which has has picked up a massive following and definitely the most talked about show of the moment.

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If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a 10 part thriller which was filmed over 10 years, following a man named Steven Avery, who served 18 years for a crime he was later proved innocent of.

With his new-found freedom, trying to rebuild his life he is then caught up in a tale of police corruption, discrimination and found to be the prime suspect in a murder alongside his nephew Brendan Dassey.  What happens over the next few years beggars belief.

You are taken on a roller-coaster journey with more twists and turns than “The Usual Suspects” (another must-see… if you haven’t WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??)

I don’t want to give anything away but what I will say is block out a few hours, you will find it impossible to just watch one episode.  Apart from the school run and a few errands I got comfy on the sofa and submerged myself in this awful story of murder, miscarriage of justice and blatant corruption within the American Justice System.

Left with feelings of anxiety, stress and sadness, I decided to look into The Avery/Dassey case further.  There’s lots to read some for and some against all worth checking out.  This show has had the world talking so much so even the White House had issued a statement following a petition asking for a pardon.

I then decided to explore my Netflix account and check out other documentaries.  It’s safe to say that over Christmas and New Years I’ve spent my evenings binging on compelling telly viewing!  Here are a few of my recommendations, don’t worry there are no spoilers :

West of Memphis

3 teenagers are arrested for the murder of 3 children.  Convicted of the crimes based on highly questionable police work to prove their guilt, the 3 young men spend the next 18 years growing up prison, meanwhile on the outside  friends and family fight for justice.

This case came to the attention of movie Director Peter Jackson ( who also produced this film)  and his wife and along with the aid of many celebrities including rock stars, actors fight for justice and the freedom of the West Memphis 3.

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As a mother I found this film pretty tough to watch especially as it centred around the death of young children. I give you warning now that there are some graphic images shown, but you will be left with your jaw on the ground with the events that occur throughout the film.  Well worth watching.

The Central Park 5

In 1989 5 teenagers are wrongfully accused of raping jogger. With false statements and After serving up to 13 years in prison,  the real assailant confesses to the crime…..

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At the time all pleaded not guilty, but with coerced video confessions and DNA not even matching any of the boys they were still convicted.  Hear how these men lost there childhood to a gross miscarriage of justice.

Give Up Tommorrow

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Paco Larranaga – A name you won’t forget in a hurry. Convicted of murdering 2 women despite being miles away at the time of the crime.  Watch how individuals in high ranking roles within the justice system, blatantly disregard key evidence, including witness testimonies as they serve up their own justice based on corruption and lies at all levels.

The levels of corruption uncovered in this documentary, will leave you stunned. After watching, you will be on the Free Paco bandwagon and finding yourself trying to help make a difference even if it’s signing the petition.

That’s all I’m going to give you for now.  I don’t want to bombard you with too many as these tragic tales can weigh heavy on your mind afterwards.  I recommend a good dose of hugs, kisses from a loved one and a good deed to ease the mind heart and soul!

Late addition  – 6th Feb 2016

The Fear of 13 

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Nick Yarris an inspiring, beautiful soul and the most eloquent story teller, shares his story whilst spending 21 years on death row.  Nick had me mesmerised from the get go and I was left completely moved by his  story and more so by his spirit, so many of us could learn a thing or two from this guy!  I caught this on Storyville but at present it seems to be the talk of moment.  After watching I just had to reach out to Nick and just thank him for sharing is story with the world, he kindly replied swiftly with words of gratitude and positivity. When you’ve gone through what Nick went through, it would be easy to focus one’s energies on the negatives of life, but Nick manages to smile and spread his infectious positivity with his audience be it reader of his book “7 days to Live” or through the film.

So in short – watch this film!!

Have you seen any of these?  What were you’re thoughts?  Do you have any recommendations?  Let me know what’s got you hooked.

xoxo

 

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Teenage Kicks!

On my way to pick up my boy this week I passed our local secondary school and saw the new intake of  6th formers enjoying their newfound lunchtime freedom (you remember right?)

What I couldn’t help but notice was the oh so important style! Remember all the groups of teens and how their style was defined by music?  Yes I remember my common room – the grungers in one corner, the classics in another, the bassheads out by their cars lol.  It really was all a bit like something out of a coming of age movie! Nowadays  anything goes and the 6th formers, college students really embrace their individuality.

This weeks #fashion Friday is inspired by the college years and by one of my favourite films – Heathers.  Hopefully for those that have seen this movie and love it like I do will appreciate my modern take on a deliciously dark tale!

Have a good one lovelies.

xoxo

Happy Birthday to ME!! (Pt1)

So how was your weekend?  You got to love a bank holiday thrown in for good measure!

Mine was pretty busy and a lot of fun!  To boot I was celebrating what my sisters and I call “birthday apocalypse”, you see we are born 3 days, so it’s non stop, week long celebrations.

When we were younger it was so much easier, 1 or 2 parties and we were done!  Now with partners, friends and family added to the mix, it can get pretty hectic (not to mention my future mother in law shares the same birthday as me!)

So as first born, I kick off the madness (and fun) that is birthday apocalypse!

I started with a child free weekend, which I’m sure any parent is always a blessing when given the opportunity!  I was treated to a movie and dinner on Saturday, which I was very excited about as I was very excited to see the Iron Man 3 and after my epic failure last year of getting to my favourite restaurant, I was sure as hell, this was not going to happen again.

Iron Man 3 was amazing!! We watched it in IMAX 3D, and have to admit I was blown away, by the sheer quality and the strange sensation of being part of the film at times,  I’m only too thankful there were no intimate scenes as well that would have just been down right weird!

My inner geek was most definitely satisfied with the latest instalment from the Marvel movie franchise, especially after the bitter disappointment of what was Iron Man 2, they have redeemed themselves in my book.

I shan’t go into detail about the film as like many, when movies are topic of discussion, I have a strict #nospoilers policy! Instead, here’s the trailer :

All I will say is if you have never seen a film in IMAX 3D and there is a cinema  near you with this screen available GO SEE SOMETHING AMAZING!

I already plan to see the new Star Trek next week, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg and the awesomeness that is Benedict Cumberbatch – need I say more?  In case you need a reminder why this is going to be so good, here’s the trailer!

Weird fan fact, Chris Pines groupies are called Pine nuts and Benedict has Cumberbitches, I know which one I am, who are you a massive fan of?

So dinner was at a local restaurant and personal favourite of mine Ristorante Genco, one of southgates’ little gems on the high street.

The food is amazing, the menu vast and full of fantastic choice with flavours out of this world.  Every time I go I can’t wait to see what’s on the ‘Dishes of the day’

So for my starter I went with my usual Avocado Diverso – which is Crabmeat dressed with a Rose Marie sauce, served on avocado slices, with smoked trout and a mouthwatering creamed horsradish. It’s light, full of flavour, well presented and just enough to start you off with your dining experience!

For my main I decided to go with one of the dishes of the day which was Gnocchi, served with chorizo, spinach and mozzarella. I tend to struggle with mains when I dine out, but I love trying new things and normally I would steer clear of food like Gnocchi especially with it being smothered in Mozzarella, but I thought – what the heck! It’s my birthday weekend, I deserve a treat! (yes my birthday always lasts the whole weekend and even at times during the following week, if I can make it stretch lol)

I cannot praise Genco enough. Angelo, Emilio & their wonderful staff are always welcoming, offering fantastic food at such a high standard, yet at an affordable price.  You always leave having a memorable dining experience and planning your next visit!

Yes I’m heading back there again at the end of the month!

If you ever get a chance, pop in for a light bite or plan a wonderful evening with loved ones and enjoy a fantastic, memorable dining experience!

Tommorrow, I’ll tell you all about my birthday and will reveal what was in the package that arrived on Friday!

xoxo