My 5 Favourite Actor’s

– Robin Williams –

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 An inspiration & favourite actor to many. But why is he my favorite? I grew up watching his film’s. From Mrs. Doubtfire, where he wanted to do the best for his 3 kids, 2 girls & 1 boy. Which I always related to my father and his situation as I grew up, my dad always wanted the best for us too. To Matilda, Captain Hook, Jack, and Jumanji, my other childhood favorites, all including Robin Williams. He always reminded me of my dad. When I found out he passed I automatically saddened, like many of his fans, & then when I heard how? My heart dropped a bit. I hope he is at peace now, a very talented & inspirational man man. 

– Robert DeNiro –

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 Robert De Niro is one of the greatest American Actors of all time and is one of my favorites as I think he can portray any character he is given and although he plays a lot of violent characters? He never falls into the same genre of films, although he has been in many gangster films we always see him as someone else from one movie to the next. My favorite film’s of his are Meet The Parents : Fockers : Little Fockers, Goodfellas, The Family, Stardust & Silver Linings Playbook.

 – Adam Sandler –

220px-Adam_Sandler_2011_(Cropped)One of my favorite actors in comedy film’s. I do believe his earlier films such as “The Waterboy, Billy Madison & Big Daddy” was some of his best work. Although “That’s My Boy” was released in 2012 & is one of my favorite films by him. “Nugget Pocket” He also seems to be a very genuine funny easy going guy from the interviews I have watched of him. He made me laugh as I was growing up and left me with some unforgettable quotes : ‘So that’s what opening up a can of whoop-ass feels like’ ‘Let’s kick some names and take some ass’ ‘Kangarooooo song’.

 – Will Smith –

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Ah The Fresh Prince himself! In West Philadelphia born & raised… Will Smith is someone who oozes confidence and positivity. When he was in ‘Seven Pounds’ I truly felt pity & love for his character, that film made me feel so many emotions that by the end of it? I felt a bit numb, yet happy for him, proud of him and so sad all at the same time. I was speechless. His portrayal in that film and The Pursuit of Happiness made me think about those films for days after and I believe that is due to the amazing performances of his. Due to his natural flair of acting I also love when he portrays a confident cool funny guy like in “Bad Boys” “Hitch” and “Hancock”.

 – Denzel Washington –

Denzel_WashingtonFrom “The Equalizer” to “Man On Fire” and “Inside Man” it’s clear to see that Denzel Washington can act as a bad ass mother chucker with a gun who get’s revenge as easy as an Irish Mammy can offer a cup of tea. His talent is beyond impressive and he is fantastic at portraying determination and loyalty, be it half the time in a twisted manner, such as American Gangster. He began his acting career in his early 20’s which is why he is a big inspiration to me. He proves it’s never too late to start. 


Some of my other favorite actor’s includeKevin James, Leonardo DeCaprio, Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling , Kevin Hart, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Affleck.

 

(all photo’s fromWikipedia )

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What Am I Feeling?

Lately, I feel many things.


I find it hard to distinguish feelings at the moment. If one was to ask me ‘how are you?‘ && I really thought about my answer? Rather than many of our usual responses of ‘grand thanks and you?” I assume I would have a reply such as : 

“Well I’m happy, anxious, contempt, distracted, confident, fearful, nervous, thankful, relaxed, inspired, upset, stressed, and pre-occupied, and totally feel like my head is going to implode someday thanks, how about you?”

Recently I have learned that I actually sometimes don’t even know how to recognize what feeling it is I feel, as I am over whelmed by many. Any one else feel that way?

I do know what to do to help myself when I feel a certain emotion, which I am glad of, it’s just sometimes I feel to many at the one time. 


Right now? I don’t know who I am, where I want to go, who I want to be. I literally have no idea what so ever to be honest, but the main thing I do want to be is : H A P P Y !

Life can change drastically from one day to another, that is something I have learned in my life and it has stopped me from aspiring to be many things. Why? I am fearful.

When I feel like when everything is going good? In the back of my mind I think : Something is bound to pop up & ruin this. And behold, it always does! I know why, its because I am subconsciously thinking about something bad happening and boom. But don’t worry.

That, is going to “Stop, Right now” (insert the rest of the Spice Girls choon here)

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25 Questions with Alanna

Here is a YouTube video of me myself, answering 25 random questions of the “100 Questions” challenge on Tumblr.

I thought 100 questions on one video would be too many, so I opted for 25.


Take a look!

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Short Film ‘Perspective’

Four IT Tralee students studying Interactive Multimedia and Music Technology joined together in a group to produce a short film that raises awareness about ‘Body Dysmorphic Disorder’ for their FYP which they called ‘Perspective‘ which is linked below.

I heard that they were looking for someone to play the part of “Anna“, a young woman who suffers with BDD. I have an interest in acting, yet actually doing it? Makes me feel silly and nervous, yet I thoroughly enjoy it. I was intrigued by the story-line of the film, so I was interested in part taking if possible.

Being part of the filming of this project was an enjoyable experience. I watched the film a few days ago at the IT Tralee Creative Media Department FYP Exhibition. I enjoyed seeing it as a finished product, I was highly impressed by the students skills to create this and see very bright futures ahead of them.

A big well done & huge thank you to the production team for letting me be part of their project :

 Michelle Monaghan | Kayleigh O’Rourke | Michael Duggan | Clive Scannell. 


“The term Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) describes a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in appearance” – bddfoundation.org < visit this link for more information on BDD.

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Chicken & Mushroom Volauvent & Chips

This was one of myself and my dad’s favorite dishes. When I was younger I used to lather it in salt. Thankfully that habit is long gone, as it is a bad one to have.

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Process

Ingredients : Serves x 4 

  • 4 x Chicken Breasts
  • 250 g x Mushrooms 
  • 4 x ‘Jus Roll’Puff Pastry Cases
  • 2 x Sachets of Mushroom Sauce
  • 1 pt of Milk
  • Potatoes, enough Chips for 4! Your own judgment :)

Method : 

  • Brush milk onto your vol au vent cases to make them golden & pop them into the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Fry up your chicken & once cooked, throw in all your sliced mushrooms.
  • Slowly add one pint of milk to your 2 sachets of Mushroom sauce in a separate pot & simmer.
  • Add your sauce to your chicken & mushrooms, simmer until needed.
  • Cook your chips with 5 minutes left on your vol au vent timer.
  • Place your vol au vent case on the plate, pour in your chicken/mushroom/sauce mixture & add your chips to the side. (add bacon bits for a more varied tastier dish)
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Chicken & Mushroom Vol au Vent w/Chips

 

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Scrambled Egg’s On Toast

A healthy breakfast is something I always have.


I always start my days off healthy with either eggs, toast, cereal, or fruit & yogurt, or even a lovely fruit scone.

I tend to go down hill as the day goes on though, Come 4pm onward? My sugar cravings hit me, and I can’t beat them, I’m addicted, sweets, chocolate, ice cream. My loves.

 

To make this quick easy breakfast all you need is the following :

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  • Drop of Milk
  • 2 x Eggs
  • Sprinkle of Pepper
  • 2 x Slice of bread.

Method :

  • Mix your eggs & a small bit of milk in a mug, pour into a hot pot with oil/butter heated in the pan.
  • Keep whisking while cooking until the eggs look like the picture.
  • Take off the hob before the eggs look fully cooked as they can easily burn.
  • Toast your bread, spread your butter on top. Nom Nom Nom!

I tend to put the eggs on top and make an egg sandwich.

 

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Chicken & Veg Pasta Bake

This is one of those really easy dishes that is easy to make for a big group of people.

I had to cook for 4, but this dish is easy to make for many more, just double up on the ingredients.


Ingredients : Serves 4541646584

  • 4 x Chicken Breasts
  • 300g Mushrooms
  • 3 Peppers
  • 350g of Pasta
  • 100g Grated Cheese
  • 1 Jar of Knorr Chicken Tonight Sauce

Method : 

  • Slice up the chicken and vegetables and fry until cooked. Boil the pasta in a separate pan at the same time.
  • Place all cooked ingredients into an oven dish and cover in the sauce and mix in well.
  • Place in the oven at 180 degrees for 25 minutes. Cover in cheese and pop back in the oven for a further 5 mins.

Bam!

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A Fun Game To Play With Friends

“Cards Against Humanity”

‘Party Game For Horrible People’


I played this card game a few nights ago with some friends and it was great fun.

The rules of the game are easy to follow. There is a pile of white cards, & a pile of black cards. Each round, one person (the winner of the previous round) asks a question from a black card, then everyone else chooses their funniest answer from their white cards. The person holding the black card, chooses the winner by choosing one they find the most funny. Then that winner, pulls a black card in the next round.

Most of the sentences are hilariously inappropriate . .  but since its all just a game? That’s what makes it fun.! 

You can purchase a deck off the website or you can download a PDF and create all your own phrases, which if you will be playing with friends? Would result in a hilarious outcome, as peoples names, hobbies, secrets, may be included in the random sentences.

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Website for “Cards Against Humanity”

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