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Walnut Whip

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On My Mad Fat Diary Rae took some weird chocolate looking thing out of a wrapper and flicked something off the top of it. Later her mother yelled at her for stealing all the whips so I had to look this up. It’s a Walnut Whip, which is whirl-shaped cone of milk chocolate with a whipped vanilla fondant filling, topped with a half-walnut. Wtf?! Europe has some of the strangest snack foods. I just can’t imagine what would posess someone to create something like this and market it.

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Dates

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Just started watching Dates and surprise surprise we love it. However, I think we might be watching it in the wrong order even though we are watching them by episode 1, 2, 3 so I’m not sure if I just am confused by the future episodes that are coming. It’s hard to explain, I’ll know when we’re done though I guess.

One thing I really love about British shows is that they aren’t afraid to take chances because their programming isn’t entirely built around pleasing tv executives and the audience. Brits are ok with making quality tv that is different and requires the audience to be challenged. Tv in England can get away with a show that from episode to episode tells different stories with different characters. Other shows that have done this are Accused and Run. The shows don’t rely on you bonding with the characters as much as you are supposed to be sucked into each individual plot.

If you are wondering where you know some of the actors from I can help you out as I always look people up with every new show I watch.

Mia – you know from Game of Thrones as John Snow’s wife, I’ll leave at that so I don’t spoil it for anyone.

Stephen – you probably know him from The Truth About Cats & Dogs and if that was the last place you saw him, like myself, he’s aged a bit. That movie came out in 1996, I feel so old.

Erica – she’s from Fresh Meat.

Callum – Fresh Meat.

Jenny – I know her from Accused and Gavin & Stacey

Also the creator of the show is Bryan Elsley who we all know and love from Skins.

Top 5 Skins Couples

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There have been a lot of relationships on Skins, some were fun, some were lovely and others were just a mess. Here are the five couples I get the most excited to watch:

5. Nick & Franky

(I couldn’t find a single scene of theirs, but this was a short little mashup of many of their scenes)

Some might not consider them a real couple considering their circumstances but for me all they really need is chemistry and they certainly had that. I rarely liked Franky, in the last season at least, but I liked her when she was with Nick, she was a lot softer and less drama queen.

4. Mini & Alo

I think what was great about them is that they kind of came out of nowhere but kind of didn’t. You could tell the way she teased him that she kind of digged him. I liked that they were unexpected.

3. Rich & Grace

(I had to share this scene but this is a spoiler)

For me, at times, they lacked a bit in chemistry but they were sweet and innocent, which you don’t find much in this series. Also, they were tragic and you can’t get more romantic than that. That pool scene here, at the end, makes me cry every time.

2. Chris & Jal

We didn’t get much of them together since their love story really came to light towards the end of Generation 2 but they were just incredibly sweet together and even better they were really good friends long before that.

1. Sid & Cassie

They weren’t perfect and they spent most of their time on screen miscommunicating but they are a very real teenage love story. Their relationship reminded me the most of high school love being awkward, overwhelming and beautiful.

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Your Thoughts?

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So it appears I have a few more followers on my Tumblr blog and I was wondering if there is anything you think I need to change or add? Are there shows you wish were included or discussed more? Do you want more reviews? Do you want more articles? More questions for you guys? Do you think I need a twitter? I’m not sure if I do, I feel like my regular twitter is probably enough if you want to follow me directly about this blog.

 

The Up Series

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I came across this by accident because of Netflix, oh Netflix, you’ve brought so much into my life. The Manly Man (my nickname online for my husband) and I love documentaries. This documentary series is special though because it starts in 1964 with a bunch of kids in England at the age of 7 years old. They filmed them every 7 years up until the age of 56 Up.

One of the kids actually immediately made me think of Cook from Skins, partially in his looks but mostly in his personality. I can’t quite explain it but I couldn’t not see that in him. Ok, I’ve gotten off point a bit.

It’s really amazing to see how they change every 7 years from their opinions to beliefs to their understanding of the world. The kids involved are rich, poor, middle class and even two kids who grew up in foster care. This series is what reality tv should be, but rarely is. It can go from cheeky to kind of dark and even once an animal is killed on screen (you’ll have to see to know what I mean).

Not only is the series just very interesting but it also tells you a lot about how human beings evolve and continue to grow through their lives. I must admit, I’m very glad I was never in a series about this because I do not want to see my evolution, especially the perms. At this point we’re only at 28 Up so we have a long way to go and each episode gets longer and longer so I think this will take us quite a bit of time.

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Skins Musical Numbers

Some of the best parts of Skins are the musical numbers.

Rich and Alo with their band Fuck Norris:

I could not find a video of this but here is a gif.

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Rich and Grace getting on the same page via Rage Against the Machine:

JJ singing True to Lara:

Cook singing Barry Manilow:

The cast of Generation 1 singing Wild World:

Cook is Coming

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I’m honestly excited (and a little trepedacious) about the new Skins episodes but the one I’m most excited about is Cook’s Fire episode. I have such a complicated affection for Cook because initially I couldn’t stand him.

To explain, after watching the First Generation I was nervous to check out the Second Generation because how could they compare? I decided to look some of it up online and saw this picture of Cook and I immediately thought I do not like this character. So I put off G2 for a few months until I got anxious again and needed more Skins.

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To my surprise by the end of Cook’s first episode I loved him, so much. Mind you my favorite character from G1 was Sid and Cook is really nothing like Sid, except they both are underdogs.

A new article was posted recently with Jack O’Connell about the new episode of his Fire and if you haven’t seen it yet here it is:

Jack O’Connell Talks Skins, 300: Rise of an Empire