The Groucho Letters (1967) by Groucho Marx is a wonderful read.
We get to see lots of his letters to his family and friends and their responses. He came across as someone with a great sense of humour and maybe someone who used humour to combat harder elements of life. It is so interesting to see how his life was changing throughout the different times of the letters and it really is excellent that these letters survived to give readers a glimpse into his life and his relationships with those he loved and cared about. You get to hear about lots of things from the mundane to the big moments and he seemed really, really interesting and cool to be associated with. It is wonderful to see the effort he put into crafting his letters. A great writer and so much funny moments in his writing that you would laugh a lot as you are reading this book. He had a great interest in many topics and it was very interesting to read his thoughts on the many topics he was interested in.
The book has a great introduction by Arthur Sheekman and is divided into different sections which makes it easier for readers to look for a particular type of letter. There is sections like Movie Business, Private Life, Broadway and Hollywood, Friends Abroad and The Faintly Political Scene amongst others. The collection was requested by the Library of Congress who the letters were donated to.
Very interesting and enjoyable.
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Here is my five video suggestions for this week. With Christmas coming up this week, it is Christmas-themed. 🙂
From Biographics here is the story of the true and absolutely adorable saint who inspired the creation of Santa. Really interesting to hear the story and how the creation of Santa Claus has evolved over the years as well as some lovely Santa-related stories.
From Geographics we have lots of information about Rovaniemi in Finland and its connection to Santa Claus and Christmas. Again really, really interesting.
Here is a wonderful Christmas classic The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole. Absolutely gorgeous! 🙂
From a classic to a new release. Here is the new release Love This Christmas by Rick Astley. Very fun.
From 1963 here is The Judy Garland Christmas Show where she is at home with her family. Many guests feature and lots of Christmas songs are sung. Great show, very fun.
I am back with another 5 video suggestions post for you today:
This very interesting video by Vox explores the problematic history of casting predominantly white actors in the roles of Asian characters. The fact it ever happened and the fact it happens still today is an utter disgrace.
I am listening to a lot of Agatha Christie audiobooks while I am writing at the moment. This short story was one of Agatha’s books I hadn’t heard of before but of course it’s brilliant. David Suchet and Hugh Fraser who are pretty much the ones I mostly think of as Poirot and Hastings due to the TV adaptations are performing and narrating.
Season 13 of RuPaul’s Drag Race is starting soon and recently we met the queens who will be participating. It seems like a great cast. I of course have a few early favourites but they all seem cool.
Christmas is coming so it seems a good time to watch a bit about the history of Krampus, Saint Nick’s nemesis. It was really interesting to hear the history of Krampus as I do not know much about them and learning about all the countries who have celebrations which are Krampus-related.
From 1973’s Top of the Pops here is the Christmas classic Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade. Very fun tune.
Here is five more video suggestions to watch on YouTube this week.
Here is a classic Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. Good cheesy fun and I think the bar person in the music video is brilliant.
I was a huge fan of Steps when I was younger so this brings back memories! Here they are with Deeper Shade Of Blue. Great music and love the outfits.
I love the Eurovision Again idea and was very pleased to see 1990 being one the years shown as that is when I was born. Such an entertaining show. Years gone on and all but Liam, you done us proud! 🙂
This video from Slapped Ham presents books which are thought to be cursed and speaks about the history and the stories which surround them. I don’t believe in it all but I still don’t think I would like to read them or own them all the same! 🙂
This is the first part of an animated video showing the history of The French Revolution from OverSimplified. A really informative and entertaining way to learn history indeed. Very creative.
It’s that time of the week again! Here is my five video suggestions for this week:
In this really interesting video, reigning Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence talks about his experiences since winning the contest last year. I could very much relate to what he was saying about coming from a small town.
Kill The Lights by Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy with Nile Rodgers is just so good to dance to! The beat is amazing, Alex’s voice is sensational and this video is just perfect too. I dare you all not to dance to this! 🙂
I was reading about this new show It’s A Sin which is set to air in 2021 on Channel 4. I am definitely excited to watch this. Russell T Davis is an absolute writing genius and an early inspiration to me as a writer though I am nowhere near as good as him. I love Years & Years and seeing Olly Alexander from the band is in this is really cool. He’s a really good actor too. I remember he was brilliant in Skins. I love the Pet Shop Boys too so everything really works for me here. The cast looks amazing in general and the story is incredibly important too. Below is the trailer for the show:
Here the amazingly talented season 8 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Bob The Drag Queen (and I have seen Bob live at Christmas Queens in the past and she was superb that night) doing her Aunt Fester version of Uncle Fester from the Addams family. Really great make-up and really great costume by Bob’s drag daughter Free the Drag Queen.
From one amazingly talented Drag Race winner to another, this is Aquaria’s first show which took place in Mexico City following her win on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10. Everything about her show here I just adored and the support acts were really amazing too.
It is that time of week again. Here is my 5 video suggestions for this week:
Today would have been the legend Freddie Mercury’s birthday. To remember him on the day, I present to you the classic, incredible music video of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody:
This week Canada’s Drag Race came to a close with the amazing Priyanka winning the crown. Here is the three finalists Priyanka, Rita Baga and Scarlett BoBo performing a billiant performance of RuPaul’s U Wear It Well in the finale.
More from music/tv here is a throwback to 2018 when Dalton Harris brought the house down with his version of Beyonce’s Listen on X Factor UK. Simply amazing, the best performance of the season.
This video shows you the real-life house behind the hit show Downton Abbey and informs you about the house’s history. Very interesting.
Last week we had the hardest theatre roles traditionally performed by men, this week we have the hardest theatre roles traditionally performed by women. Once again a fantastic selection and a very fun watch.
Hope you are all well. Here is my five video suggestions for this week:
In this very interesting interview with Emma Thompson on BBC Newsnight, she speaks about disgraced film director Harvey Weinstein and sexual abuse and harassment of women in the industry as well as the discrimination women face in the industry by men in more powerful positions.
Here is a classic music video, Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit. A great headbanging tune with an equally fabulously headbanging music video.
This is a song I really love by Tracy Chapman and the music video for Give Me One Reason is brilliant. Very understated and perfect because of it.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita show us around their gorgeous home in this video. In the video we get to see their adorable dogs and a picture on the wall of when they were leaving their wedding and we also find out that the house was originally owned by Gwen Stefani.
In this video, Mojo counts down the 20 roles traditionally played by men in the theatre which they feel are the hardest. Really interesting with lots of musicals both old classics and newer classics making the list.
It is that time of week again. Here is my five video suggestions for you all this week.
This week the amazingly talented Chi Chi DeVayne who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race passed away at the age of 34. It is incredibly sad and this video is a tribute to Chi Chi on the RuPaul’s Drag Race channel on YouTube. From season 8, here she is lip syncing against Thorgy Thor. Rest in peace Chi Chi.
Here is a very relaxing ASMR video by an amazing ASMR artist Silver Hare. This video includes sound therapy, chakras, a cleansing of your negative vibes and many more calming triggers.
This video from Goodful is a 10-minute video especially for anxiety. Very, very relaxing and is great for targeting anxiety specifically if you need your meditation that day to be more centred on anxiety in particular. Once again relaxing words are provided by John Davisi.
This video is so creative and the song is a great bop. What more could you want? Absolutely love this. I present to you all Play by Jax Jones and Years & Years.
This is mine and my sister’s favourite Mariah Carey track Vision Of Love and the video is as equally dramatic and fabulous! 🙂
Billy Porter and cast and crew of Pose joined together to do a special version of Love Yourself. A lot of fun, I dare you not to start dancing to this! 🙂
A classic music video here from a-ha with Take On Me. Amazing animation.
This dance is great. Like a scene out of a film or a TV show. It might be actually. I’m not sure but I think it’s great anyway. I love Tango and I love it even more when it’s done well and it’s done very well here by the two women. And the 1920s outfits are absolutely gorgeous.
In this video, we learn about the aftermath of The Great Fire of London in 1666. I found it very interesting. It was something I heard about of course but I didn’t know much about it and this was a great introduction to look further into this period in history.
Relax and enjoy a haircut this week courtesy of RIVER ASMR. Super relaxing!
Week 3! Here is my five video suggestions this week! 🙂
This is a very momentous moment in Irish Entertainment history. I present to you The Riverdance from Eurovision 1994:
Hozier’s Take Me To Church music video is so emotive and highlights so much that needs to be highlighted. Not an easy watch but a brilliant and powerful video.
In this heartbreaking video, singer and former X Factor UK contestant Misha B talks about racism she experienced on the show and how it impacted on her mental health.
To help relax you and rid you of stress, here is a great ASMR artist Sarai from Peace and Saraity ASMR. In this video, Sarai helps you to relax with a variety of sounds. Each sound is given a certain amount of time and the descriptions of the sounds go up underneath so you can find any helpful sound easily which is very helpful. Very relaxing.
The following video from Weird History talks about the murder of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865 and the aftermath of the murder. Very interesting and concise.