“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
Spot in the Caribbean by Providence, impoverished, in squalor
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”
To quote the musical Mame, we need a little Christmas. With the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic proving to be a troubling battle we might still be a long way's off from winning, as well as racial division hitting a new crescendo, it would seem everyone is feeling the strain. So in the spirit of spreading a little warmth and joy to those in need of it, here's a look at some Christmas short films that will hopefully put a smile on your face:
I thoroughly enjoy doing quizzes, playing games, watching game shows and entering competitions.
Tiktok, an app that is known for his video streaming and sharing content is quickly overtaking social media, not only in our country, but WORLDWIDE. Being the most downloaded and top rated app for over a year, bringing in over 700 million downloads, it’s estimated to be currently worth 75 Billion Dollars. It not only has attracted normal people, but now people of all ages and status including celebrities and even hired the Vice President of Disney to become the CEO of TikTok in the United States.
This article is written through the lens of social care services as it is today and I will not attempt to conjecture what social services were like during the 1980's and 90's (the time period the books are set). I simply do not have enough information or experience to make an accurate analysis of this. In the 2000’s professionals are much more aware of bullying, the indicators of abuse, and have a lot more information at their fingertips, information about children of concern is more widely and easily shared. Having grown up in the 1980’s and 90’s I may comment on the community and social norms of the time but I do not pretend to know anything about social care services during this period.
Albus Dumbledore's Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry had younger siblings called Ariana and Aberforth Dumbledore. Ariana stopped using or letting out her magic due to an incident with some muggle boys when she was 6 years old, this traumatised her from ever using her magic. It is understood that the boys saw Ariana using her magic through the bushes in the garden, the muggle boys attacked Ariana when she couldn't show them how to do the "trick". This attack eventually led to their father (Percival Dumbledore) revenging himself on the muggle boys concerned. This led to Percival's imprisonment in Azkaban for the crime, although it is not entirely clear what Percival Dumbledore did to the muggle boys. Aberforth asserts that Percival attacked the muggles whereas Muriel (Ronald Weasley’s aunt) suggests that he killed the boys.
Who doesn't love The Sound of Music?! It's my all time favourite film, and I will happily watch and thoroughly enjoy watching it every year, usually at Christmas. In fact my Christmas is never complete without a viewing of my favourite film! The hills are alive with the sound of music, well, my living room certainly!!
I have a confession to make, I am incredibly jealous of those who get to see first run Broadway shows. Whether it is because I hate to hear of an arts conversation that I cannot be part of, or because I am jealous of the reactions of my peers who do get that first hand experience, I have, in the past, and in an immature fashion, slagged off Broadway presentations as if they weren’t important cultural moments. It was purely spiteful and I own that.
When I watched Beetlejuice–the movie–for the first time, I wasnt older than eight years old. I will always remember the enthusiasm of my dad.
Like many, during these months in Covid-19, I have been binge-watching many shows (although let’s be real, that was my life before the pandemic). Back in early March, I watched Hulu’s High Fidelity. In this series, main character Rob (played by Zoe Kravitz) owns a record store and obsesses over music. Along with having an encyclopedic knowledge of pretty much any music genre, Rob likes to make playlists. She believes that each playlist has to tell a story through the music.