A few years ago, when I was living in London, I came across this singer I really really liked. This singer was Ed Sheeran. Back then the name didn’t really ring a bell for anyone I asked, they only recognised the A team when I made them listen to it. Now, about 4 years later almost everyone has at least heard his name at some point or another and he’s one of the most successful artists in the world.
And therefore, he now got his very own concert movie called Jumpers For Goalposts and let me tell you this: It is absolutely brilliant!
Jumpers for Goalposts is a documentary that mainly focuses on the 3 sold out Wembley shows Ed played in London this year.
I myself was lucky enough to see Ed Sheeran live in concert last year and I was completely blown away. When this guy with the guitar comes on stage you’re not quite sure what to expect at first, but once he gets started the whole stadion/arena is on fire. If you weren’t as lucky as me, this movie is the closest thing you’ll get to seeing him live and trust me, you will be so impressed.
What’s great is, that the movie also gives you some backstage footage and personally I think it’s quite incredible how normal and down to earth Ed still seems, considering what an absolute musical genius he is.
If you would like to know more about Ed and his story in general, I can also recommend you to read Ed Sheeran – A Visual Journey. It’s an autobiography where he talks about his life, his music and his career in his own words, beautifully complemented by drawings of Phillip Butah, who has been a family friend of Ed’s family ever since he was a kid.
Generally I can say I am a huge Ed Sheeran fan (if you hadn’t noticed) and I think it’s just incredible how talented that man is, especially considering his young age (makes one’s own résumé look a bit pathetic to be honest but we can’t all be geniuses, right?) Until this day I’d say his concert was still the most impressive one I have ever been to (sorry Rolling Stones, you know I love you) and seeing the Wembley shows, even just on screen, made me remember exactly why.
Pride is a British movie, directed by Matthew Warchus that premiered in 2014.
The plot of the film is based on a true story that occurred in London and Wales in the years 1984/85. It starts out as the story of the 20-year-old Londoner Joe (George MacKay), who is slowly coming to terms with his homosexuality and therefore joins the Gay Pride London 1984. There he meets a group of new lesbian and gay people, whom he soon becomes close friends with. Joe is one of the few characters in the movie that is actually fictional. He was created to give the audience an access point to the whole story and the actual real life characters in it.
The story takes place during the time of Britain’s great Miner strike under Margaret Thatcher. Since the Miners struggle to keep their strike up, this little group of people found a group called “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners”, trying to raise money to help the mining communities out.
At first the Miners Union does not want to take the money that was raised for them because they are afraid of the implications that would follow if they were openly associated with a group of gay people. Therefore “Gay and Lesbians Support the Miners” decide to donate their money directly to one of the affected mining villages. They find the little Welsh village Onllwyn and after meeting with the responsible member of the Union they start donating directly to the people of Onllwyn and are, because they have raised so much money for them, even invited to visit.
As can be guessed, a small Welsh village in the early 1980s is not exactly gay friendly, nevertheless most of the people to warm towards the shrill guests from London.
Since it is a BBC movie I was actually going in, fully prepared that it is going to be a dark and absolutely depressing British drama, but was pleasantly surprised. Although dealing with serious topics the film balances incredibly well between comedy and drama. It has got a very light-hearted atmosphere and assembles some of Britain’s finest actors like Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott etc.
Unfortunately it is not in cinemas everywhere, but if you have got the chance please do go and see it, because I can most certainly say that Pride is the most beautiful film I have seen in a very long time.
“Happiness is a certain way of seeing things” – François Lelord
Hector is a London psychiatrist who has a seemingly perfect life: a perfect job, a perfect girlfriend, following the routines every day. Until one day in the middle of a session with a patient, he is forced to think about the question whether he is actually happy with his life. Since he cannot truthfully answer that question with a clear YES he decides to go on a trip around the world to find out what makes people happy.
His journey leads him from Shanghai, where he befriends a rich business man, to a buddhist monastery, to Africa where he visits an old friend and helps out in his clinic and to many more stops all over the world. He meets a lot of interesting people and gets even more different answers to the question “What is happiness?”
His journey ends in America, where he visits his ex-girlfriend, whom he never quite managed to forget. However, she is happily married and a mother now. She makes him realize that she is not what will him happy and she helps him see what he really wants from his life and what has to do to actually live it this way.
Although Hector and the Search for Happiness deals with a rather philosophical topic it is still a very easy read , because it has a very light air to it. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you cry but most of all it’ll make you think about your life and about the question what happiness is for you. At least that’s what it did to me. If you happen to be fluent in French you might want to read the original “Le voyage d’Hector ou la recherche du bonheur” since it’s usually preferable to read it in the original language. Nevertheless I recommend to read this book no matter in which language. And I also strongly suggest that you watch the recently released movie starring Simon Pegg (Cornetto Trilogy, Star Trek) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). It captures the feeling of the book incredibly well and Simon Pegg did an amazing job playing Hector.
Another category that I want to include in my blog is: TV shows and films.
Everytime I see a new movie or a new episode of a show I want to talk about it and also hear what others have to say about it.
So, possible SPOILER ALERT here 😉