November 28, 2013

DOWNTON ABBEY set for a fifth series next year, which may be it's LAST

The end is nigh for the Crawleys: Downton Abbey could be history after its fifth series

Fiery Rose played by James tells Mary she done keeping secrets about her love

Cast members are keen to “go out on a high” and writer Julian Fellowes is turning his attention to a US version of the period drama.
A well-placed insider told the Sunday Express: “They [ITV] are talking about recommissioning, definitely for a fifth, but some of the senior cast members want to call it a day at five.”
Jim Carter, who plays Carson, has already said it is the right time to end the show how it was planned by Fellowes. He also revealed that there are rumblings from other senior cast members that five series is enough.
Echoing Carter’s comments, the insider added: “The plotline involving Hugh Bonneville going to America [last week] was conceived so that the actor could have time off to shoot a film in the States.
Downton, Abbey, Anna, Edna Braithwaite, ITV, Mary, Tom Branson, Edith, Lady Rose, Carson, Jim Carter, Lily James,  Series five is enough says Carter who plays Carson [GETTY]
There is speculation that Fellowes may leave any proposal until the Christmas special
“Some of the plots during the [current] series haven’t run that coherently because Fellowes has been writing his new American thing at the same time, jumping from one to the other. It hasn’t had his full attention.”
Fellowes’s new US series for NBC is about the Vanderbilt family in New York, set in the 1880s. It has already been called “the American Downton Abbey”. Despite fears that the rape storyline might upset audiences, Downton has regularly topped the ratings, attracting about 10 million viewers.
The fourth series ends this Christmas Day with romance expected to flourish for Lady Mary, Lady Rose and Tom Branson.
Lady Rose’s fling with jazz singer Jack Ross comes to a head as she informs the family he is the man she wants to marry.
She tells Mary: “I love him and I won’t listen to any imperialist nonsense about racial purity and how he should be horsewhipped for daring to dream.
Downton, Abbey, Anna, Edna Braithwaite, ITV, Mary, Tom Branson, Edith, Lady Rose, Carson, Jim Carter, Lily James,  There is also a buzz around Lady Mary's love life since the death of her husband [ITV]
“I’m going to marry him, Mary, and I don’t care what it costs and I won’t keep it a secret.”
Meanwhile, widower Branson looks to have found friendship as actress Daisy Lewis’s Sarah Bunting appears at the summer fair. Elsewhere Lady Mary must contend with her three suitors, Gillingham, Blake and Napier.
There is speculation that Fellowes may leave any proposal until the Christmas special, which would repeat Matthew Crawley’s memorable doorstep offer to Lady Mary at the end of season one.
Both ITV and Carnival, Downton’s production company, declined to comment on any recommission after a fifth series.
Downton, Abbey, Anna, Edna Braithwaite, ITV, Mary, Tom Branson, Edith, Lady Rose, Carson, Jim Carter, Lily James,  Other members of the Downton cast are rumoured to have said the show should end with series five [GETTY]
from in the UK. More on this article by David Stephenson here.

November 25, 2013

1950s wife rating scale, CRAZY how times have changed!

I would have FAILED bigtime.

1950s wife rating scale,  CRAZY how times have changed!

November 24, 2013

The Paradise - Season 2 Episode 6

Episode Six Summary

Lucille Ballentine arrives in town with her newly-wed and somewhat wealthy husband in tow.  Although exuberantly cheerful, the girls sense she is troubled. Denise and Mr Ballentine discuss the business of the Paradise; impressed, he suggests she compiles a formal proposition. She tells Moray of this potential investment but he is dismissive. Lucille confesses to Clara she doubts her feelings for Ballentine and is resolute she must leave him. She soon regrets her comments and attempts to buy Clara's silence. Denise's meeting with Ballentine goes well, and he promises to return with a decision.

Dudley is frustrated by Moray's absence at the store and his elusive behaviour. He chastises him for his disinterest in Ballentine and accuses him of rivalry towards Denise. Lucille suspects Clara has broken her confidence. Learning her suspicions are wrong, she is further convinced she is undeserving of Ballentine's love. Clara implores her to appreciate her good fortune. Ballentine announces he wants to invest in the store, but Denise's elation is punctured by some devastating news.

Tom's behaviour is disturbingly spiteful, and a frightened Katherine confides in Moray. Unbeknownst to them Tom has been watching their intimacy grow. Ready to banish Moray from The Paradise, Jonas convinces Tom to bide his time. Fenton is pleased to hear that fractures are appearing between the Westons. He threatens to build a rival store if Tom refuses to sell. Tom finds Flora in a state of distress. Her fears that Katherine will be driven away move Tom and he offers Katherine a truce, an end to the fighting. Katherine accepts the olive branch and decides to tell Moray their friendship must end in order to protect her family. But this final meeting of good intentions unravels, leaving devastation in its wake.


November 23, 2013

Dr. Who - Season 7

Night of the Doctor - The Day of the Doctor - Prequel

Season Seven



The 50th Anniversary Episode:

November 19, 2013

Simply June: Dont fear the SPANX Honey, You're A Hero!

Simply June: Dont fear the SPANX Honey, You're A Hero!: I got to go with my daughter Lindsey to a sunday school meeting given by the special needs youth. She had been called to be a buddy to anot...


Quotes of the Week

this too, shall pass....Nos hacemos miserables, o nos hacemos fuertes. Requiere el mismo esfuerzo. Carlos CastaƱeda.So glad you have figured this one out.This is deep. It makes you think. I take this message as a person putting on a fake persona or front  portraying someone that they aren't. When after all eventually they will have to show others the person they pretended to be in the first place or prove the goods.  Talk the talk. Now walk the walk.... HmmmmmBy teeth and claws...The Art of Marriage

November 17, 2013

A Sad Day for Fans of Downton Abbey

Today marks a sad occasion for many diehard fans of “Downton Abbey”: This is the first Sunday that the United Kingdom (and others who have been able to watch online...wink wink)  have not been able to enjoy a new episode since September. It just goes to show how quickly time passes when you are watching and enjoying a great show; before you know it, the ride is over and you then have to go back to sitting around and waiting once again. (Warning: Spoilers ahead for American viewers!)

Thankfully, there is still the annual Christmas special coming up a little later this year, which will allow for there to be all sorts of opportunities to show character growth. As the man behind Tom Branson in Allen Leech recently told Irish station RTE Ten, there will be everything from romance to surprises in store for many of the characters:
“Tom is definitely in the Downton Christmas special. It’s going to be really exciting. There are some major, big, big, big set pieces. Julian Fellowes has gone all out with what he’s written. There’s a major centrepiece for one of the characters and a big event. Paul Giamatti also joins us which will be fun … There is also the start of a couple of love interests for people.”
The last we saw Branson, he was falling for a teacher, and trying to establish himself again as a force in the political realm. This year has been somewhat of a reset for him as he attempts to figure out a few assorted parts to his personality. He wants to ensure that he does not completely lose the man that he was prior to having a child with the late Sybil, but at the same time, there is also a certain aspect of him that has changed that he can never fully abandon either. He has to more or less decide where that happy medium is going to be for him, and then find a way to go from there, live his life, and be happy.

What is in store for the Christmas Episode?  Is Edith's guy a Nazi? Will the electric mixer get the best of Mrs. Patmore?  Will Thomas be up to something mischievous as usual?  Has Mosely found true love?  Is it possible for Lady Mary to be happy again and what is to become of the lovely Anna and her charming Mr. Bates?  The last episode didnt resolve much at all.  If I had my way, Mr. Green would show up again just so we can witness his demise properly. 

‘Downton Abbey’ season 5: The top five things that need to change
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Was “Downton Abbey” season 4 at times a pretty fun adventure? Definitely. There were some great episodes, some heartbreaking moments, and also opportunities to get to know the characters. Unfortunately, all that we are left with now is a Christmas special before waiting another nine or so months for the show to be on the for its fifth season. This could be the final year of the show depending on what producers want to, and with that in mind, isn’t it all right if there is an interest already in seeing what we could be coming up ahead?
As we are solutions-oriented here at the site, we’ve come up with five humble storyline suggestions for the new season, pending of course that some of these do not transpire at all during the Christmas special airing in a little over a month. Since this is interactive, we also want to hear some of your thoughts below!
1. Something tangible for Robert to do – When you look at the story arc for Hugh Bonneville’s character this year, you’ll quickly realize one thing: He almost had absolutely nothing to do, outside of give an opinion here or there. None of the drama was centered around him at all, and that made his character hard to follow.
2. More for the men in general – When you think about it, the four characters who really pushed the story of the show this season were Mary, Edith, Rose, and Anna … in other words, all four women. There were smaller arcs for Mr. Carson, Thomas, and Tom near the end of the season, but the guys really were overshadowed almost the entire year by the ladies.
3. At least one daughter of Robert with happy circumstances – Mary’s husband is dead; meanwhile, Sybil herself is dead, and Edith thinks that the man she was about to marry is. These three have some of the sort terrible things happen to them possible, so can’t Mary or Edith have some sort of win soon? There can be drama without devastation, or at least so we like to think.
4. More travel - Rather than just hear about Robert going to America or someone else making the trip abroad, why not show us a little bit and give us a better idea as to what is really going on? This is an opportunity to give us a much more panoramic look at life at this time. While we know that this is pricey, they could at least manage to figure out a way to do it without breaking the bank.
5. Finding a way to push time forward  – We do not necessarily want to see tough financial times for the characters, or the start of World War II on the series. For one, it’s pretty unlikely that Violet would live that long, and this show is almost an idealistic look at times of the British upper class (save for some of the tragedy that occurred this year). Find a way to get deeper into the 1920s, but not where we end up seeing all of the characters emotional and miserable.

To Fill the Downton Abbey Gap...

I have finally found something to take the empty spot on Sunday nights when Downton Abbey is not available. Do you by chance recognize the handsome Mr. Bates in this photo below?  Oh, how I love Brendan Coyle.....and he is in this show!    That's all I needed to know to give Lark Rise to Candleford a try!  
It didn't take long before I was hooked.  Boy, the folks in the UK sure know how to make good drama.  You can find this wonderful series all over the web and YouTube but I will post them below as well.   Here's the official description to get you started.... ENJOY!

Lark Rise to Candleford is a British television costume drama series, adapted by the BBC from Flora Thompson's trilogy of semi-autobiographical novels about the English countryside, published between 1939 and 1943. The first episode aired on 13 January 2008 on BBC One and BBC HD in the UK. In the US, the series began airing on select PBS stations in the spring of 2009. A third series began airing in the UK on 10 January 2010. The fourth and final series began on 9 January 2011 on BBC One and BBC One HD, and was filmed during August 2010.

It was announced on 22 January 2011 that the show would not be returning for a fifth series, despite impressive ratings. The final series concluded on 13 February 2011.

The series is set in the small Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighbouring market town of Candleford towards the end of the 19th century. The series chronicles the daily lives of farm workers, craftsmen, and gentry, observing the characters in loving, boisterous, and competing communities of families, rivals, friends, and neighbours.

The narrative is seen through the eyes of a teenage girl, Laura Timmins (Olivia Hallinan), as she leaves Lark Rise to start a new life under the wing of her cousin, the independent and effervescent Dorcas Lane (Julia Sawalha), who is Post Mistress at the local Post Office in Candleford. Through these two characters, viewers experience the force of friendship as Laura and Dorcas see each other through the best and worst of times.

Season Two


Go HERE for the rest of the series 


November 14, 2013

Are You Ready To Be A Parent? Take this test to find out!

Today most of us are thinking about babies, there’s a new royal baby if you haven’t heard. I thought I’d share with you this brilliant and quite amusing  test devised by author Colin Falconer.  Colin penned this test for his 1992 novel ‘A beginners guide to fatherhood’. You can find it on Amazon or by clicking on a link I will attach at the end of this post. 
Now, for those of you who are already down the path of snot covered shirts, sleepless nights, loss of pride and broken furniture I’m sure there will be quite a few of you nodding your heads as you go through this test.

Test 1: Preparation

Women: To prepare for pregnancy
  1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.
  2. Leave it there.
  3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.
Men: To prepare for children
  1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself
  2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
  3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

Test 2: Knowledge

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour. Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3: Nights

To discover how the nights will feel:
  1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 - 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.
  2. At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.
  3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.
  4. Set the alarm for 3am.
  5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.
  6. Go to bed at 2.45am.
  7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.
  8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.
  9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.
  10. Make breakfast.
Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

Test 4: Dressing Small Children

  1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.
  2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hangout.
Time Allowed: 5 minutes.

Test 5: Cars

  1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.
  2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
  3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.
  4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.
  5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Test 6: Going for a walk

  1. Wait.
  2. Go out the front door.
  3. Come back in again.
  4. Go out.
  5. Come back in again.
  6. Go out again.
  7. Walk down the front path.
  8. Walk back up it.
  9. Walk down it again.
  10. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes
  11. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.
  12. Retrace your steps.
  13. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.
  14. Give up and go back into the house. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7: Conversations with children

Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8: Grocery Shopping

  1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child - a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.
  2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.
  3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.
Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Test 9: Feeding a 1 year-old

  1. Hollow out a melon
  2. Make a small hole in the side
  3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side
  4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.
  5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.
  6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.

Test 10: TV

  1. Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.
  2. Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

Test 11: Mess

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:
  1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains
  2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
  3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?
  4. Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor and proceed with step 5.
  5. Drag randomly items from one room to another room and leave them there.

Test 12: Long Trips with Toddlers

  1. Make a recording of someone shouting 'Mummy' repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each Mummy. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.
  2. Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.
You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Test 13:Conversations

  1. Start talking to an adult of your choice.
  2. Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.
You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Test 14: Getting ready for work

  1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.
  2. Put on your finest work attire.
  3. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it
  4. Stir
  5. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt
  6. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture
  7. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel
  8. Do not change (you have no time).
  9. Go directly to work
You are now ready to have children. ENJOY!!

For a more serious test you can go HERE to check out this quiz at 

The Job Interview

I started a new job recently.  Job searching is not fun so it is nice to be finally done with that process and onto the next phase.  In honor of all those out there searching and stressing out over job interviews, here is my biggest job interview fail, which took place over 20 years ago. And it had a surprise ending.  

My worst Job Interview 

I was nervous. I was applying to work at a fancy department store in the cafe on the top floor. I had only worked in fast food up to this point and was hoping to get my foot in the door where eventually I could move out of working with food all together.  I wanted this job bad and the nerves got to me.

I sat across from the very large man holding my resume.  Every question he asked me I easily and confidently answered.  It was hands down my best interview up to this point, so I was thrilled and very surprised when I was offered the job there on the spot only a half hour later.  

The man who would now be my boss stood up, walked over to a file cabinet and then handed me a bunch of paperwork to start on.  I filled out forms while he sat silently watching.  I hate awkward silence.  (Little did I know the awkwardness had not begun yet - but oh, it sure was about to hit hard)  

I tried to joke a bit, you know, lighten the mood.  Break that silence. Half my brain was trying to joke with this guy - show how super witty I was - and the other half was writing down my details in the small spaces provided. I should have just shut up.  I should have enjoyed the silence.  Instead, I joked a bit about how long it was going to take me to finish all the paperwork.  He said something about how he hated filling out lots of paperwork too.  

Again, I should have just been quiet. Maybe smiled or laugh a little, but no. This is where I go wrong.  I say, "You're the manager! You should just do away with half this stuff."   

His reply was, "I'm the Department Manager but it's the Big Whig's up in the main office who make all the rules".

And then our conversation takes a turn for the worse...

Now what I MEANT to say was, 
"I guess that's why they make the big bucks"

What actually came out of my mouth was, (and remember, my mind was only half aware of the conversation because I was still filling out forms),

"I guess that's why you have a big BUTT." 

Oh yeah....true story. I heard the words flowing out of my mouth just as my brain was registering what I had said.  My brain screamed "Noooooo!"  

It was horrific. I stared at the form in front of me where I had been signing my name.  There was a lovely letter J and only half a U. Half way through printing my name I had frozen - wishing and hoping that this moment was not as bad as I thought.  I hoped.  I hoped with every fiber of my being that he had not heard me. Maybe he didn't notice. I slowly looked up from the paper in front of me - moving only my eyes, and not my bent head. Peeking through some hair that had fallen over my bent head...

Our eyes met....Oh dear. It was clear from the frown on his face.....He had most certainly noticed.  I tried to smile but the damage was done.  The very large man, who I had just called BIG BUTT, told me it was probably time to go. He mentioned I should come back on Monday to fill out the rest of the forms. I could not get out of there fast enough.

I nervously arrived at work on Monday and as I walked in, I was thinking of ways to apologize without making things worse.  I was going to have to work with a manager I had insulted.  I was going to be working for a man whom I had accidentally commented to his face about his back side.  I was concerned I may not have a job after all.   

But, I had I had worried for nothing.  It was a woman who greeted me before I met with the man I had interviewed with.  She smiled and announced I was to begin training in a different department.  She was going to be my boss instead. 

And that is how I got experience working in women's jewelry & accessories instead of working in the cafe. I guess it all worked out in the end. 

And THAT is the 'Simply June' method of moving up the corporate ladder quickly. 

November 12, 2013

The Downton Abbey Workout!

Get fit while you watch! I wish I could take credit for this but I simply found it online and it didn't say who made it.  Who ever it was is brilliant!   I'm thinking if I start with season one - I'll be seriously fit in no time!!  That is unless of course I binge on chocolate during the awful season three deaths.... those are just too sad and depressing.  Hmmmm.....maybe there should be a rule about things like chocolate.

I got it!  I need to add:

Have a tasty treat every time you think you may possibly like Thomas - two treats if you feel this way for more than two minutes.

Enjoy unlimited amounts of chocolate for one whole hour every time instead of wishing you were Lady Sybil or Lady Mary, you imagine how awesome it would be if you were Edith.  

If your real life is much like Edith's - go ahead and have a treat. Any time you like.

November 10, 2013

Downton Abbey Season 4 - Episode 8

Downton Abbey Season 4 - Episode 8

This is the final episode until December 25, when Downton Abbey will air it's special Christmas episode just like every previous season. However, this year when the final episode of season four airs on Christmas day, it will not be Christmas Day at Downton. The episode’s story line isn't set at the holidays,   and won’t split up the family from the servants. 

watch HERE


November 09, 2013

Downton Abbey 4 - Quotes

Lady Mary. Best character ever.

"There is something about the lack of needing to be liked which is tremendously attractive"

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