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Even a Zero can be a Hero

Hey there dear blog reader!

I won’t keep you long. I just wanted to share a particularly uplifting and inspirational video with you. I stumbled across this on YouTube on a day when I was feeling a bit down and kinda nothing. I had the day off work so I got up late, pottered about, poked around in the kitchen, watched insanely boring day time TV and wasted most of the day doing a lot of nothing.

By the time I’d gathered enough energy to sit and write, my basket of enthusiasm was empty. I sat and stared at the screen, checked Facebook, didn’t reply to any emails and clicked on the black hole that is YouTube, where time is sucked away from everyone.

Slumped in my chair, eyes half closed, wondering if it was time for dinner, I clicked a link that just said “Zero.” It said it was 12 minutes long so just enough of a time filler before I thought about cooking some tasty food – then maybe more TV.

I’m so glad I clicked it!

Zero is a fantastic short movie of how even the lowliest person in life can achieve more than nothing after being labelled as nothing. It was enough to lift me out of my slump and that evening I spent a few wonderful hours writing and editing with a smile on my face.

I heartily encourage you to watch this video right to the end. Trust me, it’s inspirational, uplifting, surprising, and many other positive -ings.


Throwback Thursday!

Top 10 Movies from the 80’s!

It’s time to get your retro-noodle on! Sit back and enjoy some classic 80’s movie trailers! I’d like to thank Brenda over at A Scribbler’s Tale for her inspiring post that I’ve stolen borrowed in order to bathe in the warm glow of 80’s movie nostalgia!

10. The Goonies (1985)

My sister & I watched this so many times we could recite every word to each other. I love how the trailer has the voice-over man telling the audience everything they need to know about each scene.

9. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

I remember watching this at my Uncles house and being bored rigid because of the opening scenes. I hated cowboy movies. Then the big ball starts rolling behind Indy, arrows flying everywhere and the chase through the jungle, I was hooked!

8. Poltergeist (1982)

Considering its age this movie still has the ability to shock and put you on edge. The direction was excellent and the effects still look good, it’s a shame they had to ruin the concept by making 2 dreadful sequels. The bit where the steak slides across the kitchen counter top made my skin crawl! My sister and I would often look at each other and say: “They’re heeeere!”

7. Back to the Future (1985)

For once here was a movie with a genuine cliff-hanger ending, and sequels that were every bit as good as the original. A recent highlight was seeing Michael J Fox in Scrubs, looking slightly older but still managing to out-shine every other actor.

6. Spies Like Us (1985)

I’m a bit Chevy Chase fan. He and Dan Aykroyd work so well together in this movie. Chevy Chase has such great timing that makes it look like he’s just winging everything without much or any consideration for the consequences. Doctor. Doctor. Doctor. Doctor.

5. National Lampoons Vacation (1983)

More Chevy Chase gold! Like so many 80’s movies, this was another my sister & I watched over and over again. We didn’t like the European one quite so much or the rest of them, although the Christmas Vacation was pretty funny stuff.

4. The Cannonball Run (1981)

I loved this movie so much that my Dad & I would recite the hilarious bar scene between Sammy Davis Jnr and Dean Martin: “God is our co-pilot?” – “Uh-huh.” – “Where’s he gonna sit? Where?” Classic!

3. The Shining (1980)

Damn this movie scared the crap out of me the first time I watched it. I’d been reading Stephen King for a year or so but hadn’t read the book, so I was pleased to find the same sense of uneasiness and tension even though I saw the movie first. Jack Nicholson was born to play psychos in fact I think he thoroughly enjoys playing unhinged characters. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

2. Aliens (1986)

Alien was an amazing movie. A real on the edge of your seat, nail-biting event that forces your previously unknown claustrophobic nature to crawl all over your nerve endings. But it was Aliens that really did it for me, the classic all American marine shooting the hell out of monstrous alien beasties was simply awesome. I didn’t care for Alien 3 at all, it was poorly written and paid little attention to the plot details set up by the first 2 movies. They mostly come at night, mostly.

1. Stand By Me (1986)

Without a doubt this is my all time favourite movie. It highlights the true meaning of friendship, loyalty and the trials of youth. I firmly believe that most people only ever have a handful of true friends during their lifetime, the ones that will stick with you no matter what happens, through the good times and bad.

Everything about this movie reminds me of my own childhood, how my friends and I stuck together through some crazy adventures, though we never went looking for a dead body! The sound track by Ben E. King is also my favourite song, gives me goose bumps every time I hear it.