Thursday, 19 April 2018

Stress Awareness Month: Managing the Workload






Exhausted teachers: How to manage the stress. 

As a teacher, I know only too well how debilitating stress can be and how much of an impact it can have on your life as well as on your health. This month (the month of April) is Stress Awareness month. So, I thought I’d write a blog post with some tips that I’ve learnt over the years for coping with stress. This post is specifically aimed at teachers, but some of these tips may well be transferrable to other careers as well. In the teaching profession it can be notoriously difficult to find a healthy work-life balance, especially when the work-load often seems never-ending! I hope you find these tips helpful, feel free to share any of your own tips for relieving stress in the comments. 

1. Print resources the night before.

So, this advice probably sounds ridiculously simple and like I’m stating the obvious. But hear me out! Getting all my resources prepped and printed the night before saves me so much time on a morning when I arrive at work. It means I can spend my morning with a cuppa responding to any urgent emails and so on. This is instead of spending my morning rushing around like a mad-woman trying to make sure I have everything ready for the day ahead! A relaxed start to my working day makes the world of difference to how my day pans out. It means I start my lessons in a good mood, and that good mood is infectious and the students pick up on it. That positive, chilled out vibe then usually leads to a successful lesson! So, honestly, printing and prepping all your lesson resources the night before genuinely has a bigger impact on your teaching than what you might think. It really is often the smallest things that can make a surprisingly big difference! 

2. Do NOT work on a weekend. 

Okay, so I do understand that this isn’t always possible to do. Especially if Ofted are in school, if it’s exam season, or if you’re in the middle of a lesson observation and work scrutiny period. At times like that we all put a little bit of extra work in. That goes without saying. But, on an average week, I seriously recommend making sure you take a break at the weekend. And it’s easier said than done! Don’t take any marking home. Don’t do any lesson planning. Don’t check your emails. Completely switch off. Enjoy family time or time with your friends. Go to the cinema, go on a shopping trip, plan a night out, go to the theatre, cook a family meal or go for a walk in the country side…. do whatever you enjoy! I can’t tell you how important this actually is. Being able to switch off really does wonders for your mental health. It helps you get a good nights sleep and maintain a good work-life balance. I know when I haven’t made sure I’ve taken a weekend off, I have ended up feeling really exhausted and fed up. Me and my best friend have a saying - “work to live, don’t live to work”. At the end of the day - working long hours doesn’t create memories that you’ll treasure forever. Family and friends give you those memories. It really is not lazy to enjoy time off! 

3. Exercise, exercise, exercise! 

I’ll admit it. I find this one difficult myself sometimes. I need to remember to take my own advice! But, I highly recommend getting into a routine of going to some fitness classes at your local gym after work. Even if it’s just one or two classes a week. That’s okay! Not only do the fitness classes keep you healthy and in good shape, they also help you relieve some of the stresses and strains of the day. Kick, punch, cycle, run, jog, walk or dance your stresses away! Trust me, it really does work. And the endorphins released after exercise truly are powerful and make you feel so good about yourself. You get such a rush of energy, and the fitness classes allow you to focus on something other than work for an hour or so. Take your mind off replying to emails and planning lessons and focus on your work-out instead! Plus, if you’re anything like me and you happen to lose a bit of weight in the process of your new fitness regime…. well, that can only be a bonus. Beach body here I come! 

4. Take away one positive from each day. 

Sometimes this is notoriously difficult to do, I’m not gonna lie to you folks. Especially when you've had the lesson observation from hell or all you’ve heard all day is back-chat from pupils and excuses for lack of homework. It’s oh so easy to fall into the trap of focusing on these negatives and (for want of a better word) moaning about them. We’ve all done it, let’s be honest! We’ve all had those days when we drive home from work thinking, ‘Why am I doing this? Why do I bother? There are easier jobs I could do’. And that’s not a weakness. We’re all human. But try and focus on the positives. On those down days, when you’re driving home from work feeling melancholy, ask yourself… Can you think of one thing today that was positive? I bet you can. It might be something as simple as a colleague paid you a compliment about your work outfit today. Or maybe one particular student blew you away with an outstanding piece of work in one of your lessons today. And let that one colleague or that one student brighten up your day. Driving home in a bad mood is bound to make anyone feel stressed out and fed up. The weight of the negativity bears heavy on your shoulders, trust me. So always try and drive home in a positive frame of mind and think about the good things that have happened in your day, however small. 

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Personally, I think Stress Awareness Month is increasingly important in the modern day and age. Our 21st century lives are becoming increasingly hectic and stressful. We all often struggle to find calm or little bit of peace and quiet nowadays! And stress, whilst being a mental health problem, can have serious ramifications on your physical health. It doesn’t take much research online to find out that many medical conditions are exacerbated by heightened stress levels. I hope Stress Awareness Month makes a difference to anyone out there who needs it. 

Have a relaxed April, everyone! And, as always, happy blogging!

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Vintage Jeweller




The Vintage Jeweller. 

I have loved vintage jewellery ever since my Grandmother (who I affectionately called ‘Nana’) sadly passed away in 2006. I inherited much of my Nana’s jewellery collection, and with it her taste for strong colours and statement ear-rings too. My Nana was certainly not a less-is-more kinda woman when it came to jewellery, I can assure you of that! To this day, many vintage pieces and beautiful semi-precious stones remind me of my Nana. However, unfortunately, I don’t often wear much of the jewellery I inherited from her. But, to be honest, that is only because I fear damaging it. 

So, owing to my aforementioned love of vintage style jewellery… you can imagine my excitement when I was offered the opportunity to write a blog post reviewing some beautiful vintage pieces! It was simply an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. 

This blog post will therefore list 5 of my absolute favourite pieces from The Vintage Jeweller website. The Vintage Jeweller is a fabulous company run by Jeff Taylor with his keen eye for stunning jewels. The company is based in Hatton Garden (London) and their collection has been built over a number of years. At the end of this blog post, look out for a discount code kindly provided by the lovely people at The Vintage Jeweller too. This discount code will get you, my wonderful readers, 10% off any purchase from The Vintage Jeweller website!

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My Top 5 Vintage Favourites: 


Art Deco Burmese Ruby and Diamond Three Stone Ring

I have also loved deep, berry, wintery type colours. Mainly because I love their warmth hues, reminding you of log fires and cosy winter nights. And the colour of the stone in this beautifully minimalist ring is just gorgeous! The deep ruby colour is utterly magnificent. And truly stands out thanks to the simplicity of this piece. In my opinion, this ring is a classic illustration of the ‘less is more’ theory in action! It is a perfect example of an under-stated vintage trinket. 


Edwardian Emerald and Diamond Three Stone Ring 

Green is one of my absolute favourite colours, and this emerald beauty really highlights exactly why. The central green gem is such a stunning and piercing colour. It really catches your eye. I love the unusual shape of this ring too. Its something a little bit different and unique. Although it could be a little uncomfortable to wear a quirky shaped ring like this, so it might be advisable to try the ring on before you settle on buying it! The thin gold band is also so dainty and delicate. The ring oozes subtle femininity, and I love that about it. And what girl doesn’t love the two sparkling diamonds in this ring? They are a girls best friend, of course! 


Diamond Flower Earrings 

Who doesn’t love a pretty, petite flower? Especially in the form of these charmingly cute stud earrings. My Mum buys a new bouquet of flowers for the vase in our living room every single week, and these earrings made me think of her as soon as I spotted them on The Vintage Jeweller website. In fact, if you ask me, this set of earrings would make a delightful Mothers Day gift. And the perfectly preserved diamonds which shape the piece are simply divine, set in their beautiful silver frame. If I’m honest, most of the time I’ve always preferred silver to gold when it comes to jewellery.


Abstract Enamel Ring 

This is such a minimalist piece and I absolutely adore it. I think the ring makes a statement with its subtlety. And, I must admit this is the historian in me talking here.… but I love the Aboriginal feel of this piece as well. The warm, earthy colour tones of the enamel are very reminiscent of art from the Australasian continent. The indigenous Australians truly had a unique and fascinating culture. The Aboriginal Australians were nomadic hunters with a strong spiritual connection to the land, and nature. It would be a wonderful tribute to wear just a small symbol of that history on my hand. Especially considering the Aboriginal population has come close to extinction due to diseases such as Smallpox. Keeping their culture alive is more important than ever. 


Sapphire and Diamond Pendant Necklace 

I don’t often wear necklaces. I usually forget to pick them up out of my jewellery box. And when I do wear them I always end up playing about with them. You wouldn’t believe how many necklace chains I’ve snapped, sadly! But I’d be especially careful with this dazzling pendant. I love the long, elegant chain and the breath-taking sapphire centre-piece. The beautiful blue gem reminds me of my favourite movie.… Titanic! Remember the enormous ‘heart of the ocean’ jewell worn by Kate Winslet in the epic film? Well, owning this piece would be like wearing your very own miniature ‘heart of the ocean’! 

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Well, I hope you’ve liked my selection of precious vintage jewellery favourites. If I’ve inspired you to have a look for yourself (and perhaps to even treat yourself to some beautiful vintage pieces!) then please be sure to use the discount code below to receive 10% off your purchase! I have tried to include pieces in this blog to reflect the many different budgets and price ranges available at The Vintage Jeweller. 

This blog post is dedicated to my Nana, who I miss dearly and aim to make proud in all I do.

Happy shopping! 

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Sunday, 8 April 2018

St Patricks Day: Things you need to do in Dublin!



St Patricks Day: Things you need to do in Dublin!


Hey there. It’s me again! In today’s blog post, we’re taking a trip to Ireland in a nod to St. Patricks Day. Before you all start yelling at me… yes, I know St. Patricks Day was last month! To be precise, the affectionately nicknamed Paddy’s Day is actually celebrated on March 17th. So, I apologise for the lateness of this blog post. The explanation for the lateness is that last month I was still in recovery from my surgery, so unfortunately wasn’t able to write my blog posts with quite the speed and efficiency that I would have hoped. But, we’re back on track now, and better late than never - right?! I hope you enjoy this blog post, and if you’re thinking of planning a trip to Ireland I hope you find it helpful and informative! 

So, let’s get on with it, here are my top 5 tourist attractions in Dublin…

The Leprechaun Museum

Okay, so this is going to sound so cheesy, but humour me! The Leprechaun Museum in Dublin is a real treat. You’ll learn a lot about Irish folklore and get the full leprechaun experience. The story tellers who guide you around the museum are very talented. On your tour you’ll be told stories of fairies, spirits and ancient Irish gods. The guides tell the folklore tales in such a lively and entertaining manner, they really keep you enthralled the whole way through. One of my favourite parts of the museum was the room with the giant furniture. I’m only 5 foot tall, so the opportunity to feel taller for once was nice! But joking aside, it’s good fun to find your inner child and climb up on the giant chairs and tables. My only criticism would probably be that the museum tour is some-what short. It’s all finished in about an hour, so you may feel a bit duped considering the ticket prices aren’t the cheapest.

The Guinness Storehouse 

This is probably one of the biggest and most well known attractions in Dublin, to be honest. And it’s definitely not over-hyped. It’s more than worth a trip! Firstly, I should mention that the Guinness Storehouse is enormous. You could probably spend most of your day looking round it. Two of my favourite parts of the Storehouse were the Guinness Academy where you get to pour your own pint of Guinness and the sky bar right at the top of the Storehouse. The sky bar has incredible views over the city of Dublin, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a sip of the famous black stuff! The Guinness Academy gives you a certificate for pouring the perfect pint! However, I should probably mention that you should be prepared to deal with some epically long queues, especially for the Academy. The Guinness Storehouse gets very busy, particularly in the summer then it actually has extended opening hours to cope with high demand for tours!


Kilmainham Gaol 

This tourist attraction is an inexpensive hidden gem in Dublin if you ask me. Kilmainham Gaol is an old prison which closed down in 1924. The prison played a significant role in the Irish Civil War between 1922 and 1923. Rebel leaders during the Civil War and in previous rebellions were famously held at the prison. When members of the Irish Republican movement were held in the prison, it was often guarded by British troops. Tours of the Gaul include seeing the untouched cells where some of the most famous Irish prisoners were held, and hearing the stories of some of the prisoners and their crimes told by the tour guides. Some of the prisoners stories are fascinating and incredibly sad. The struggle for independence in Ireland was certainly a long and difficult one, and Kilmainham Gaol and it’s prisoners were right at the centre of that struggle. The museum also holds many interesting artefacts, such as old belongings of prisoners. Plus, the museum provides educational resources for teachers as well - which is infinitely helpful and saves so much lesson planning time. 


The Jameson Whisky Distillery 

The Jameson Whisky Distillery is in the Smithfield area of Dublin, slightly outside the central area of Temple Bar and O'Connell Street. Tours of the distillery are fully guided, and include a drink with a mixer at the end. Tour guides explain how Jameson’s Whisky gains it’s smooth taste, and show you the brewing process from start to finish. My favourite part of the tour was sampling 3 shots of whisky and comparing the different tastes. The 3 samples included one shot of Jameson’s, one of Jack Daniels and another of a Scottish malt whisky. Directly comparing them all side-by-side really allows you to understand the distinction between different types of whisky. Although, I must say, in spite of enjoying the tour, to this day I’m still not a converted whisky drinker I’m afraid! I’ll stick to my favourite tipple of Archers and lemonade, thanks. Peach schnapps all the way!

Temple Bar 

Temple Bar is 100% a must see in Dublin. Temple Bar is the ultimate in Dublin night-life. The majority of the bars and pubs in the area are open until late, and practically all of them have live music acts most nights. The live music creates a fantastically lively atmosphere and laid-back ambiance. Some of the bars and pubs are also fabulously rustic and cosy because it is in Temple Bar where you will find some of the oldest buildings and pubs in all of Dublin. However, be prepared to pay a little bit more money for your pint if your heading to Temple Bar. It is known for being one of the more expensive areas to spend time in Dublin! But, in my opinion, it is certainly worth every penny of your hard earned cash. Some of my favourite pubs in the area which I recommend are: The Auld Dubliner, The Temple Bar and The Oak. 

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Honourable mentions: 

Dublin Castle - This castle is incredibly well preserved and a treat to behold. It really does take your breath away with its sheer size and majesty. The castle was built on the orders of King John of England. Between 1204 and1922 it was the centre of English and later British rule in Ireland. It housed the monarchs representatives in Ireland (known as the Viceroy of Ireland). I visited this historic building at the perfect time as well. Although that was completely by accident! When I went, Ireland was celebrating voting to legalise same-sex marriage in a recent referendum. The celebrations truly were quite a spectacle and it was amazing to be part of it! The picture above is in support of gay marriage in Ireland, it was on a graffiti wall encourage people to vote yes in the referendum on the issue.

The National Wax Museum - Dublin’s answer to Madame Tussauds. The wax works aren’t quite upto the same standard as Madame Tussauds, but it’s just as fun to walk around and get some selfies with some of your favourite Irish celebs. Some of the wax works include the likes of Bono and Jedward. Yes, you heard me right, Jedward have their own wax works!

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Well, that’s all for my latest blog post in my Spring themed series. Let me know if your enjoying my Spring themed posts in the comments! Thanks for reading.

Happy blogging!

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WARNING - Please be aware that the legal drinking age in Ireland is 18. I strictly do not recommend a trip to the pubs in Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse or the Jameson Whisky Distillery to anyone under the age of 18. Please drink responsibly.

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Who run the world?



Who run the world? Girls! 

The 8th March was International Women’s Day. In fact, the whole month of March was Women's History Month! In honour of this, I wanted to write a blog post honouring who I think are some of the most inspirational and influential women in history. However, this blog post is coming to you some-what late because I was still recovering from surgery on 8th March. So, better late than never, this blog post will contain my top 5 women of history. You may have heard of some of these incredible women, and some of them may be new to you. Either way, I hope the stories of these women inspire you as much as they do me! There are also many, many other amazing women who easily could have made this list (such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Marie Curie to name just 2!). Narrowing it down to just 5 was a tough job, but I did my best! You can find out about other women who have made history using the links found at the end of this blog post.

Rosa Parks:

Rosa Parks was an incredibly brave American civil rights activist. During the period of racial segregation in the US, Parks refused to give up her seat for a white passenger on a bus. This happened in Montgomery, Alabama. Following Parks’ violation of segregation laws, leaders of a local black community organised a bus boycott which lasted more than a year. The boycott did not end until bus segregation was deemed to be unconstitutional. Parks was a pioneer in fighting against racism and empowering the black community, especially African American women. But what impresses me the most about Parks is that the former seamstress was always modest about her role in over coming 20th century prejudices. In fact, she sought to play down her involvement in the struggle for civil rights. I admire not only Rosa’s triumph over adversity, but also her good grace. Many people like to lord their achievements over people. But Rosa did not do that, she was always very humble. 

Cleopatra:

Cleopatra was an Ancient Egyptian Queen. She maintained Egypt’s security and influence in the face of Roman expansion. She was ruthless, and refused to conform to contemporary feminine conventions. Cleopatra riled many men of her time with her unforgiving wit and intelligence. Historians such as Plutarch even describe, “the charm of her conversation”. Cleopatra also wouldn’t be told what to do by any man. When Roman leader Julius Caesar refused to acknowledge that he was the father of her son, Cleopatra named her son after Caesar. This meant he was forced to acknowledge the child. She named their son Caesarion. Cleopatra was a force to be reckoned with. She knew how to get what she wanted, and made sure she got it. Instead of being trampled on by Roman might, she manipulated and used Roman leaders for her own gain to ensure the survival of her Kingdom. In my opinion, Cleopatra is one of the first notable feminists in historical record. 

Amy Johnson:

Okay, so I promise I haven’t just picked this woman because she is my best friend’s name-sake! My best friend is also called Amy. In May 1930 Ms. Johnson, a virtually unknown pilot, took flight from Croydon on her way Down Under to Australia. 19 days later, she successfully grounded in Port Darwin. She became the first woman to complete this monstrously long flight solo. She was also the first British woman to qualify as a ground engineer. Amy Johnson was one of the first women to prove that women can compete in traditionally male-dominated industries. Paving the way for future female engineers and pilots. We still have a long way to go, as many people to this day are still uncomfortable with female-piloted passenger aircraft. But, without women like Amy Johnson, we would not have made the progress we currently have. So, Ms. Johnson, on behalf of female engineers everywhere, we thank you!


Iby Knill: 

Iby Knill was born in Czechoslovakia, in 1923. She is a Holocaust survivor who I was lucky enough to meet and hear speak at a conference a few years ago. She was transported to Auschwitz in June 1944, on a journey that took 5 days in the back of a cattle wagon. When she arrived at Auschwitz, she was placed in a hut with 250 other women. Luckily, the Kapos (those in charge of Iby’s hut) spoke Czech. Therefore, Iby was able to communicate effectively with them to get herself a good amount of food rations and other essentials. Iby also spoke perfect German, and was therefore able to get herself a role volunteering in the camp hospitals working for the notorious Dr. Mengele. She describes how she worked with camp inmates of many nationalities, and tells of how disease outbreaks (such as typhoid) were common place. Iby was incredibly resourceful and used all her strengths and skills and ensure her survival. Iby explains in her books and many speeches how she felt that she had no choice but to do whatever she could to survive. This is because one of the twins experimented on by the cruel Mengele asked her to promise to tell the world what she had seen. She felt she had a responsibility to keep her promise. Iby’s tenacity, and determination to help others is truly awe inspiring. She continues to tour the country telling her story and ensuring the horrors of the Holocaust are not forgotten. I will leave a link at the end of this blog post if you'd like to find out more about Iby or buy her book about her experience in the concentration camps. Her book is aptly titled Woman Without A Number, because Iby did not receive one of the infamous Auschwitz prisoner number tattoos. This was due to the camp officials running out of ink due to the sheer volume of prisoners.

Queen Elizabeth II:

Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is the longest reigning British monarch of all time. She has presided over the modernisation of the British monarchy and has steered the institution through both triumphant and testing times. Her Royal Highness’ sense of duty is highlighted in her infamous 1947 birthday speech, in which she said, “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great Imperial family to which we all belong”. The Queen has stayed true to her words, and I admire her traditional values and unshakable commitment to the British public. She has led by example throughout her time on the throne, effortlessly guiding the way for younger members of the royal family. In my opinion, it is the Queen’s ability to maintain tradition whilst adapting to an ever-changing social, cultural and political climate which makes her such an extraordinary role-model. The Queen has reinvented the royal family, and found it’s place in the modern era. In my view, that is quite an achievement! 



Honorary mentions:

JK Rowling - Thank you for teaching all women the value of a great imagination. And for demonstrating the importance of being humble in the face of incredible success. 

Michelle Obama - Thank you for showing us that women can support their husband, whilst also being fiercely independent and enjoying a lucrative career of their own. Women stand beside their husband, not in their shadow.

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Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading about these exceptional women as much as I enjoyed researching and writing about them. And remember... never lose faith in Girl Power!

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https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
https://www.history.com/topics/womens-history
http://ibyknill.co.uk/index/
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Saturday, 24 March 2018

The Darkest Hour: A Review



The Darkest Hour: A Review.


So, last weekend I went to see The Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman’s new film. The film has received an outstanding critical reception. Oldman has even won an Oscar for his portrayal of Winston Churchill! As a historian and history teacher, I always enjoy seeing historical films. I find it interesting how the film makers dramatise historical events. In light of that, here is my two cents worth about the critically acclaimed biopic.

Gary Oldman’s performance is undoubtedly the best thing about the film. If you ever thought Oldman was just, ‘the guy who played Sirius Black in that kids film’ - prepare to be proved wrong! Oldman’s Churchill is warm and charismatic. Enough so that you can forgive his mood swings, short tempter and frequent furious outbursts. In fact, I’d go as far as to say you’re rooting for the flawed politician all the way through the film. Oldman breathes relatability into the role. He plays the reluctant leader as more than just a grumpy old man. He is down to earth, not dissimilar to your own father, grandfather or great-grandfather. When Oldman delivers Churchill’s most famous speeches, you are captivated by them like it’s the first time you’ve heard them. You hang on his every word!

Whilst Oldman’s performance is the highlight of the film, character bias is probably the lowlight. What I mean by this is, each character fits into a very simplistic box. And the historical reality probably wasn’t quite that simple. For example - Churchill is the ‘man of the people’ bravely facing the Nazi threat whilst other politicians turn a blind eye. Chamberlain is the naive advocate for peace. He is the polished professional juxtaposed against Churchill and all his imperfections. Lord Halifax is ultimately the villain of the film. He’s a ruthless schemer manipulating other politicians and aiming to trigger a vote of no confidence in Churchill.

The film follows Churchill’s first few weeks in power in May 1940. It highlights the adversities the new Prime Minister faced. Many in his own party were not confident in his leadership. They condemned his ‘romantic notion’ of fighting to the bitter end and were critical of his political opinions. They describe how he has ‘100 ideas a day, only 4 of them any good’. The film shows how Churchill deals with his internal conflicts. He is seen having doubts about the difficult decisions he has to make as Prime Minister.


A turning point comes in the film when Churchill’s doubts are soon put to rest during a trip on the London Underground. Churchill is seen conversing with members of the public, and gauging their opinions. This turning point scene was indeed powerful and poignant, however I feel one thing spoilt it. Realistically, the Prime Minister of Britain would not be seen using public transport. Even if they are a ‘man of the people’ like Winston Churchill. This is not because they are ‘too posh’ or ‘too superior’ to use public transport. It is because it would be in the interests of their safety. People of high profile, such as the Prime Minister, have a lot of personal security. The fact that this scene is unlikely to have really happened, takes away from what should be a very crucial dramatic moment. In fact, Anthony McCarten (author of the book, ‘The Darkest Hour’) admitted that it probably did not happen. Instead, he explains, “this is the kind of thing he did right through the war. He would go AWOL, disappear and pop up somewhere in London with ordinary people, to find out what they were thinking”. It is this habit of Churchill’s which was the inspiration for the turning point scene.

Finally, as far as cinematography was concerned, I was highly impressed with the film. The sets, props and costumes really created a perfect image of 1940’s war-time Britain. You genuinely felt gripped and immersed in the era. I thought the most notable set was the House of Commons set. It was impressively dark, imposing and intimidating. Exactly how I imagine the real House of Commons would feel to stand inside it. The use of spotlighting also works fantastically to intensify each characters expression, so you feel every emotion in their words and speeches.

Well, thank you very much for reading this blog post! I hope you have enjoyed my ramblings and musings about what I believe overall was a very good film (if a little bit too long!). I sincerely recommend you see the film if you haven’t already. I hope my blog post allows you view the film with a more informed analytical perspective. 

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