Top 6 Frozen cover versions

A real treat for us during half term was that we were invited along to a singalong screening of Frozen, followed by a Q & A with the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. This screening was to mark the fact that the film is coming out on DVD at the end of March. If you haven’t seen Frozen then WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? It is fantastic, the best Disney film in years.

At the Q & A it was interesting to hear that the directors don’t really know what makes the film so successful. We reckon that (aside from the fact that it’s really funny) it’s the music. The songs in Frozen are just amazing and sound like classics from the first time your hear them – no wonder Let It Go won the best song Oscar. And also no wonder then that people are making their own versions.

Here are some of our favourite Frozen cover versions which we found on Youtube:

LOVE the choir, the African singer, the little girl who’s only 11.

This one’s really funny! NO VIIIIISIBLE LEGS!

Love these girls – apparently they’re all related. Plus they have cool glasses

And check this out

A cute version of In Summer sung by an 8 and 10 year old

Now this one is clever as it mashes up frozen music with Winter by Vivaldi

And this one is just for the mums/moms on the ice rink

Looks genuinely chilly! What’s your favourite song from Frozen?

The other surprising facts we learnt from the directors is that Frozen was influenced by Game of Thrones. Wouldn’t it be great if that worked the other way and GoT became a musical?

Frozen Blu-ray

El & Jae
Thawing Out

PS Frozen is coming out on DVD and Blu Ray on 31st March. There’s a special pre-purchase offer at the Disney Store. Did you know that Jae used to work at the Disney Store when she was a student? It’s the only job she’s had that El is impressed by.

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March 3, 2014. Tags: . Stuff we love. Leave a comment.

Telly time – it’s the season for Christmas movies

It’s almost El and Jae’s favourite time of year – ChristBirthdaymas. Jae’s birthday is two weeks before Christmas and El’s birthday is just after it, so the celebrations just keep coming.

And we have started our celebrating early thanks to a new TV we are reviewing. It’s a Bush 24 inch TV/DVD Combination  from the LEDTV range at Argos.

We’ve given it as an early Christmas present to El’s little brother Eye. Because we love him. And because El already has one in her room.

It comes in 3 colour christmas-tv-reviewchoices – black, white or pink (Eye was not tempted by the pink) – and includes an integral DVD player and all the Freeview channels.

We had to plug in a portable aerial because we didn’t have an outside one, but it was very easy to set up and the picture looks great. The 24 inch screen makes it a good bedroom or kitchen TV.

So now, let the Christmas movies commence! These are our top Christmas films we plan to watch on the new TV:

  • Arthur Christmas
    El and Eye watched this when they got the telly and it really put them in a Christmassy mood. A lovely film to watch in the Christmas season and great for kids. We especially enjoy Steve Christmas’s little xmas tree shaped beard.  
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
    We all LOVE this movie and we watch it at Christmas Eve. Christmas + Muppets = Fabulousnous (that’s not a word).
  • A Christmas Carol
    The musical version of this story makes Jae laugh as Kelsey Grammer plays Scrooge and for some reason he BOOMS all his songs. Seriously, he makes Tom Baker sound like a whisperer. Be warned, you may need ear protectors to watch this.
  • The Polar Express
    El remembers going to see this in the cinema when she was little and it brings back lovely memories. It’s such a sweet film. 
  • The Holiday
    This always seems to be on on Christmas Eve, when Jae is up late ‘testing’ the sherry. It’s about two women who swap houses and find lurve in the process. Then all the couples do a dance at the end. Yes, it’s a bit cheesy but if you can’t be cheesy at Christmas then when can you?
  • Rise of the Guardians
    Father Christmas has lots of tattoos in this one. That’s…er…different. But El really likes this movie and it works well for ALL OF THE SEASONS! 

Do you like our choices? What movies will you be watching on TV this Christmas?

This post is in collaboration with Argos

November 29, 2013. Tags: , , . Reviews, Stuff we love. 1 comment.

In which way does the vulpine gentleman communicate?

AKA – WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY?

El and Eye LOVE this new internet craze.

(And in case you’re wondering, foxes kind of bark and scream. Ish)

El & Jae
Wap-a-pap-a-pap-pa-pow!

October 6, 2013. Tags: . Stuff we love. Leave a comment.

The Benedict Cakerbatch

It’s the end of term and El has done very well at school. She has been made Technology Commissioner and won an award for being the person to borrow the most books from the school library.

To celebrate, Jae has splashed out a whole £1.69 on Benedict Cumberbatch (as Sherlock) cake toppers. Yes, that’s a thing.

This is because Sherlock is El’s new obsession, and also because if somebody went to the trouble of making Benedict Cumberbatch cake toppers then it would be rude not to.

So this is how we ended up making a Benedict Cakerbatch.

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So far so ordinary. What these cakes need is Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Sherlock Holmes of Fairy Cakes

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Warning: May lead to Benedict Cakertongue

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El & Jae
The Hounds of the Bloggervilles

July 25, 2013. Tags: , . Funnies, Stuff we love. 1 comment.

We Came, We Saw, We Cybher-ed

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Woo! Cybher!

We are very tired but we survived Cybher! Do you like our special Cybher haircuts?

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Jae & El – not normally this purple, honest

First super surprise of the day was that El’s entry to the bag design competition had been successful. An actual design she made is now a real thing! And check out the cute little moustache keyring.

cybher-bag-designThank you to Leather Satchel Co for creating this.

We were super chuffed to meet up with the amazing Cath AKA The Kraken Wakes. Jae says El can read Cath’s blog when she’s 18 as it is very sweary.

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Also, sweets

Just like last year El did some sketches. Here are a few to give you a flavour of the day:

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We even got to cuddle one!

During the first session there was mention of a Google bomb. We don’t know what this is but it sounds immense.

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BOOM!

Lunch was nice but every thing was teeny weeny!

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The important stuff

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True that

El was sceptical at something one of the speakers said…

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So said a lawyer so it must be true

Another thing that El found a bit odd…

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We learned about starting a business

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Why can’t it last forever?

Also Sian (the wonderful lady who runs Cybher) is so amazing that El just has to say it…

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Worth pointing out

El&Jae
All Cybher-ed out

June 2, 2013. Tags: , , . Stuff we love. 6 comments.

Are you Cybher? We are

Next week is the tip top blogging conference they call

Cybher (WOO!)

Leave us a comment if you are going! Here’s a little video we made to introduce ourselves.

If you are going to Cybher for the first time, check out our post from last year which will tell you all about it.

El drew special Cybher pictures last year and intends to do so again this year so watch out for them apples.

And if you are bringing a baby to Cybher but need your hands free or to go for a wee, simply tap either of us on the shoulder and say:

“You are Eljae and I claim my 10 minutes’ babysitting”

and we will be happy to oblige.

They don't teach us this stuff in school!

They don’t teach us this stuff in school!

 

El & Jae
Very Excited, yes we are

 

May 23, 2013. Tags: . Stuff we love. 8 comments.

World Book Night – time to share the love of reading

Have you heard of World Book Night? (Not day, NIGHT! NIGHT!) It’s a scheme to give free books to people and hopefully get more people reading. Volunteers get to choose a book from a shortlist, then they get 20 copies to give away.

El and Jae applied to be a World Book Night giver and were superchuffed to be accepted (last year Jae was not accepted – must’ve been on the naughty list). Jae would like it to be known that she turned down a free trip to Disneyland Paris in order to be here for World Book Night. That is commitment.

El chose the book Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman because she had not read it (shock horror!) and had really wanted to for a while. Plus she had already read Boys Don’t Cry by the same author for the Southern Schools book awards and had really enjoyed it. (And met Malorie Blackman at the award ceremonies but we won’t go into that.)

Tonight we are giving the books away! Perhaps you are reading this because we gave you a book?

Here is a little bit of background about where the books have been before. We picked them up on Saturday from Waterstones in Brighton. El loves this shop (understatement). It is her dream job to work there one day, though she may not realise that you have to do more than just read the books when you work in a bookshop.

The first person we spoke to in Waterstones didn’t know about World Book Night! Quelle horreur! Luckily the second person did, and said our books were in the “special cupboard”. We are very excited about this – perhaps this special cupboard leads to Narnia, the Mines of Moria or Hogwarts Common Room. Here is Brighton Waterstones, complete with Special Cupboard: waterstones-brighton Then we took our box of books to a cafe. As you can see El was supervising them very closely. world-book-night-books We took the books to Boots to buy deodorant. Actually, the books smelled fine but Jae gets sweaty (joking Jae). Again, El supervised the box of books, this time by sitting on them: world-book-night-books-boots As it was a heavy box we had to take it home on the bus. We let the box sit on the disabled seat as no one else was using it, plus a box is not able to walk. We also let the books have a little sit down on a bench cos they were tired. And it had another little sit down on the bus stop because El had bumped into her friend. books-collage So you can see that if we gave you a book, it has been on quite a journey. Treat it well, like a baby kitten or a precious jewel. Now we are going out to give away our books. We will report back later and let you know how we got on.

 

 

El & Jae
Book Distribution Service

 

UPDATE – LATER THAT NIGHT

We did it!

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Jae almost lost a finger on one or two letterboxes and narrowly avoided being arrested as a weirdy stalker-type person. We put some through letterboxes of people we know and the rest in random houses. All in all it was really good fun.

We also put a few in the doors of a cafe, a church hall and some flats (so they will have to fight for who gets it!).

This trip has lead us into new insights about letterboxes. Especially those weird furry bits in them. There was one or two we couldn’t get the books in 😦

So if you get a chance to be a World Book Night giver, go for it. And if not – at least we’ve always got reading!

April 23, 2013. Tags: , . Stuff we love. Leave a comment.

Extreme Reading – Volume 3

Spring is here. Ha ha ha ha we wish.

At least we always have books to keep us warm. The good thing about having Extreme Reading as your sport of choice is that it doesn’t matter about the weather and it is always the right season.

So where has El been reading recently?

Even when temptation is offered you must stay strong padawan.

 

cafe-reading

 

Reading in an office shop is always good because you’ll always have somewhere to sit.

 

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Just ignore any distractions behind you.

 

chessington-reading

 

 

 

So the lesson we have learned is – whatever is in your book is probably more compelling than whatever is in your face.

 

El & Jae
Page Turners

April 9, 2013. Tags: , . Stuff we love. 1 comment.

El meets Stephen Fry and his yellow tights

Do you remember when El live blogged Stephen Fry’s Gadget Man (I don’t think anyone could forget it)? Well on her birthday El had the ultimate Stephen Fry experience. First of all she got a bunch of Stephen Fry audio books.

Then she was given the ultimate Stephen Fry-related gift – tickets to see the great man himself live on stage in Twelfth Night.

Here is a picture. If you look up on the right hand side you can see El.

 

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One of El’s favourite bits was when they first went in and some of the cast (Stephen Fry included) were getting their make up and costume done on the stage (as seen in the photo).

It was an absolutely amazing play and Stephen Fry was truly astounding, he was flabghastinglyaboslutelyterrifichewassogooditmademyeyespop! (Yes, I know that’s not word!) They put him in box at one point and he wore some magnificent yellow stockings. He was sososososososososo good!

It was very funny when Olivia was on the stage because the whole plot point depended on her being this beautiful girl that everyone falls in love with but because she was being played by a man she was a very ugly girl (although the actor who played her was not an ugly man).

The only other actor El had heard of was Barty Crouch Snr (can’t remember his real name). You know, he was in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. And he was the cyber controller in that episode of Dr Who. He is a very famous stage actor but El only knows him from these things.

In conclusion Stephen Fry was amazing hewasbetterthananyoneheisagodtomeomgheWASmalvoliohewastransformedmylifeiscomplete!

And if you get a chance to see him then you MUST go. Also Shakespeare AMAZING! People who think he’s boring just haven’t seen the light yet!

El and Jae
Makingwordsup

February 28, 2013. Tags: , , , . Reviews, Stuff we love. 1 comment.

Our greatest hits – packed with nutritious goodness

Eljae is now a year old! It’s grown from being a baby blog and is now going to be a terrible toddler. But Jae wrote a book about toddlers so we think we can cope.

We’ve been looking back over the last year to see which posts were the most popular.reading-whilst-walking

Number one by a long way is Reasons why homework should be banned – this has had thousands of hits and is on page 1 of Google for that phrase, proving once and for all that homework is evil. Unfortunately El’s teachers haven’t listened.

Number two is the main home page which makes sense really as it’s the first page you come to. PROOF THAT YOU GUYS LIKE US FOR US! 😀

Next most popular is our list of Top 10 cool kid bloggers. We really like this post and we hope that we have introduced many people to new blogs.

Jae’s favourite posts of the year are the ones where El reads books in all kinds of weird places. None of this is staged, THIS IS WHAT EL IS REALLY LIKE (she feels a little frightened if she ventures out of the house without a book).

Jae also likes the post about What to say if someone at school calls you a nerd because it’s good advice.

El’s favourite posts have also been the extreme reading ones but she also really likes the things that make you go lol  post because it’s funny and whenever she watches the videos she gets a happy. 🙂

We have been asked to review a few things which is cool but we won’t be doing too many of those unless it is to tell you about something that is super super fun.

Most of all we like writing random stuff that nobody else does. There are millions of words on the internet but you can still be an individual. Please stay and read our blog in 2013 if you like being an individual too. And where else are you going to hear about beards and moustaches that are not beards and moustaches?

El dreams up new blog posts

El dreams up new blog posts

In the year to come we intend to write about such things as moustache sandwiches, more Dennis the cat and what to expect when the aliens arrive.

 

 

El & Jae
Keep Calm and Blog On

January 7, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Reviews, Stuff we love, Utterly Awesome Blogs. Leave a comment.

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