Something new :D

I experienced a first today. The first time I drove in a Rover, and actually the first time I have taken a car from school after school. All thanks to my friend Libby.
Myself, Libby and our friend Harry had a lovely 10-15 minute drive from our college to the next station 2 miles away. After Harry basically begged Libby to drive us there, even though she lives in the opposite way. She of course cracked under his resolve, Harry being Harry. He can be quite persuasive.
Alas, our little drive entailed some interesting conversation, aged sweets which had apparently been continually freeze-thawing over the weeks in her car, and a lovely little karaoke segment listening to Example on Radio 1.
I do hope these little things will happen again, I am certain Harry would definitely enjoy that.

x

P.S. Harry, I just mentioned you like 4 times. There is your recognition 😛

Lena – Liebe meines Lebens

I have decided to improve my German listening and speaking skills seeing as I need a B in my A Level and the exam is in June so I better start now. I came to the conclusion that the best way to learn would be to listen to the language, along with reading it. Therefore I began searching the world wide web.

ZDF.de has always been a great asset to me. I have only used it for listening to the news, which we often do in class. Having been in Germany and watching the channel, I knew that they had various programmes. I started to flick through the pages, and found a show that was in today’s TV guide. The show was called Lena – Liebe meines Lebens (Lena – love of my life). I thought this sounded quite interesting.

ZDF has an archive, so I searched through, found episode 1 and pressed play.

I don’t exactly know what I was expecting, maybe some kind of teen – young adult drama. Light hearted and such. I found that it’s sort of like a soap opera, and I don’t mean like  British soap operas (Eastenders, Coronation Street e.t.c) it was like an American soap opera (Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our lives) and everyone knows that entails the trademark dramatic music which changes every other minute, and the dramatic close up shots.
Most of the time I find these type of shows nauseas, and I think that might be because we don’t have shows like this in England. Ours are more normal. Although it was set up like this, I decided to continue watching, and I found it pretty good.
The story line is about a sort of happy-go-lucky girl called Lena, and the story focuses on her family life, and also the other main character David and his family life. They merge and it just goes through the story line. Like Lena’s fathers affair, her boyfriend and his desire to keep her at home with his son. While with David his grandmothers health, and his father’s desire to have the huge house they live in.
I haven’t personally seen a show like it, and I really like how it slowly develops. It doesn’t really rush into anything. And though the music may get a bit crazy at times, they play a few snippets of good songs. In the 2nd episode I heard a little bit of “sex is on fire”, so it can be nice at times.
I also like that it is set in Cologne, and it really emphasises the beauty of Cologne’s surrounding area, along with the city. With scenes like Lena riding around on her bicycle.

It is going to be strange to me for a long time because British soap operas are so dark and lame:

You can just tell from comparing those two pictures how different soap operas clearly are in different countries.  

Well I think I am going to continue watching Lena, it is quite interesting and I must say that the characters aren’t too shabby:

😀

 Catch my flow.  XD

To Kindle or not to Kindle.

Seeing as the Amazon Kindle is one of the bigger things going around right now. And I being a very avid reader of books, have come to the crossroads in which I have to decide whether I should get one or not.

Therefore I have decided to make a list as to why I should get a Kindle, and why I shouldn’t get a Kindle.

To get a Kindle:

  • Easier to carry around then some books.
  • Can have the internet – pretty useful
  • Not too bad to look at
  • I can carry all my books at once
  • Not as durable as a book.
  • Cheaper on the whole
  • The classics are free

To not get a Kindle:

  • I like the feel of the pages and the full weight of the book.
  • A book can prove to be a good weapon
  • Nobody wants to steal a book
  • They are special
  • Can be signed.
  • Sometimes the e-book is more expensive then the physical book.
  • Can be shared

I think the idea of a Kindle is better than the actual thing. Like the ability to have your whole library of books in one little machine that doesn’t take up too much room is great. Though a Kindle would reduce the amount of books published, and this may somewhat save trees, it wouldn’t be the same as having the real deal. Having that fresh book smell, and feeling the rough edges and embossed title.
Therefore I doubt I’ll be asking for a Kindle this year, but maybe in a couple of years, when the actual book isn’t as important to me. Or I have the desire to carry around the free classics rather than carrying around several books. Which would make sense when I am in Uni, studying English Literature.
What I would have to decided next is whether I would want the wifi or wifi and 3G version.