this new romantic way

Morgan, 15, UK

Saturday, 22 January 2011


Oh gee, wow, where do I begin with this?
I've seen this twice; once online, and today in the cinema. I can't even put into words how...interesting this film is.
The story, in a nutshell, is a girl; a girl treated somewhat as a perpetual child by her mother, a girl in the New York City Ballet, striving to be "perfect" and portray the black swan. As her mental state deteriorates, we see her become, ultimately, the black swan...a girl who's no longer a child (one must keep reminding themselves that this girl, Nina, is actually in her mid-twenties...yet the whole atmosphere of the film makes you believe she's much younger; thus we see her as a teenager rebelling, in a way.)
I must mention the directing. Based on this film, Darren Aronofsky is pure genius; the hidden 'bits' throughout the film, the suspense, the colours.
The acting was fantastic; Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis were all very impressive. There is no wonder why Natalie won an award for best actress at the Golden Globes!

Overall, Black Swan is a beautiful film, focusing on insanity and the road down to it, beauty, people, dreams and, of course, ballet; the beauty and the perfectionism, how we are always striving for more and what this does to us.


Tuesday, 18 January 2011



You always hurt the one you love
The one you shouldn't hurt at all
You always take the sweetest rose
And crush it till the petals fall
You always break the kindest heart
With a hasty word you can't recall
If I broke your heart last night
It's because I love you most of all


I have my mother's Swedish friend, Yvonne, to thank (and blame?) for my newfound love of salt liquorice (SALMIAKKI!) and Swedish sweets in general.
I believe on my first taste, my reaction was disgust, probably saying something along the lines of "That's repulsive!" .. but I since have gotten used to the bitter, sour salty taste, mixed with some sort of sweetness.
So, following Yvonne's parcel she sent me of Swedish sweets, I finished them all...and ordered more...and yes, there is a lot...
But you see, shipping is so expensive, that I did a 'bulk' order to last many months (we'll see how long they really last)

It seems that salmiakki is definitely an acquired taste, as many Finnish and Swedish people have grown up with it, and therefore love it, whereas those who have never had a piece in their life, are repulsed on their first taste (as was I) .. but once you get used to it, you kind of really enjoy it.

From my new absolute favourite 'snack' I have learned that; a) The Swedish and Finnish (and other Europeans, excluding the Brits...although I'm generalising a bit here) have unusual taste in food (chocolate filled with salmiakki for example) and b) that these unusual snacks/foods are so so so addictive, and delicious!