Beauty and the Beast review from someone indifferent to Disney. 

The committed Disney fans who, have been waiting for the film for months seemed to have loved it. I feel I’m beyond simplistic Disney stories. I probably would not have gone, if it had been an animation. To be fair, Bella (certainly in this film, if not in all versions of Beauty and the Beast); was slightly more plucky than in other Disney princess types. However, I still struggled to get into it. As I find for many musicals, the songs interrupted the flow of the plot. Also I did not enjoy the songs; I found them too high pitched. Additionally the songs padded the film to a lengthy 2 hours 10minutes.

In conclusion if you love Disney films you will love it. Then how much you like it will, on a sliding scale  correspond with how much you like Disney films. If you are not keen on Disney and a friend is wanting you to go I recommend getting them to pay the difference between 2D and 3D as I think it could be quite dramatic in 3D and therefore easier to engage with. Or go to the cinema prepared to have a nap. I wonder whether the wine strategy I by default employed for Hidden figures would have help for this film?

Number 28 of 35 before 35: Complete football jigography / Lent conteplation 08Mar Minfullness

I was inspired by author Nick Hornby  to suggest having a big  jigsaw in the kitchen at work. Nick Hornby has a jigsaw on the go at the side of his writing table then when he gets stuck, writing he puts few pieces in the jigsaw and that can give him the break he needs to help with the writing. I thought it may similarly help colleagues for example, when they are struggling with something frustrating they could go to the kitchen and put a few pieces in the jigsaw so they take their minds of their problems and get to feel they have achieved something when at their desk progress is slow. As people, do not necessarily have managers or team members in the office it is one way of making people feel that we are a team.

The jigsaws have really taken off in the office with people who may never have  talked to each other before working on the jigsaw together. I feel it is creating a buzz but that is because people know it was my idea so are talking to me about it.

One colleague this morning said they needed a break so was going to the kitchen to put a jigsaw piece in. Therefore I think, I have contributed to colleague’s minfullness.

I bought a jigsaw  aka a jigography with football grounds on. Colleagues  completed the first two 1000 piece jigsaws in 1 week. The third 1000 piece  jigsaw was started Monday 27th and finished today, it took longer than the rest as the blue half was very difficult.


I thought after that some light relief was needed. The football jigography was just 150 pieces and therefore completed in a hour of so. After a mindfull walk I finished lunch break with more mindfullness putting last pieces in.

Thursday 9th March: Lent contemplation

Amount collected: £2.25

The average life expectancy for someone living on the street is under 50. DePaul aims to get young people off the street before it is too late. I know a little boy turning 2 on 9th March, he shares his Mother’s birthday and I hope both these special people live to see 50 and beyond.

Collect 50p today.

Lent summary so far:

Amount collected: £2.25

For spotting homeless people in Sheffield on Wednesday 1st March: 75p

In contrast I have been in Amsterdam at the weekend and not noticed anyone begging on the streets.

Thursday thinking about lonely places, I was thinking lonely places are not necessarily where no people. You can be alone but with people around you that you are cut off from. Like on streets with people passing by ignoring you. The feeling of being alone would be intensified seeing others in groups that you can not be part of.

On Friday I tried to go in The Greko to pray. I did go in, but you had to pay to go in main church. So I just had to take a moment in the gift shop, peeking into main church.


I have lived in 10 houses and therefore collected 5p for each.

On Saturday night, I had a great lie in in a comfy Ibis bed. I was reading on it when got in so all together was there about 10 hours. I will add 10p as it was all made up for me with all the cushions when I came back to it.

On Sunday night I felt safe in the Ibis hotel bed I was sleeping in therefore collected 50p.

Tuesday 7th March Lent Contemplation

17year old Kieran was pressurised by older men to take drugs whilst staying at an all age hostel.
Take time to appreciate whatever freedom you have to make your own decisions.

In my time in Amsterdam this weekend no one has asked me if I wanted drugs let alone pressurised me.

Homelessness First Weekend of Lent Contemplation prompts

Despite a rise in homelessness government funding to services that help individuals avoid homelessness has been cut by 45% in the last 6 years whereas young people sleeping rough has doubled.

Take time today to pray for homeless young people.

Saturday 4th March

Safe housing is the most effective short term solution, but funding limits availability.

How many homes have you lived in?, collect 5p for each.

Sunday 5th March

Given that the number of rough sleepers is rising, collect 5p for every hour of warm sleep, last night.

Monday 6th March

Hostels can be scary places for a young person. Yet sometimes these are the only options available.

Collect 50p if your bed felt safe last night.

Round up of 1st day of Lent 1st March

Amount collected total: 75p

I have collected 5p per possible homeless person I saw. Most were people sitting down as if someone is just wandering around how do you know whether they are homeless. Also did some of the people I saw at least have a hostel place for the night.

After I left work at about 5 I saw the following.

1.Sat on a step by the hole in the the road outside Waitrose I saw a man eating with a small rucksack and another bag. How do you judge whether someone is homeless or just sat in a random place to eat? For the purposes of this I will count this.

2. There was someone selling big issue outside Orchard square.

3. There was someone sitting with a sleeping bag outside Sainsbury’s on the moor.

4. There was someone sat with a mouth organ outside Sainsbury’s on the high street (near the cathedral).

5. Someone asked me for change on the Moor.

6. A manwith legs in sleeping bag next to Yorkshire bank cash machines on Castlegate.

7.There was a man Heavon nails just up from the British Heart Foundation shop that is opposite Debenhams.

About 7:

8. A man asleep half sat up in a sleeping bag outside British Heart Foundation shop on Arrundal gate, however he was not there when I walked past again about 9.15.

9 and 10 two men sitting separately on Division st.

11. Asked for change by one man walking down Division Street with a sleeping bag round his neck.

12. A man sat with legs laid out on a bench again did he have accommodation issues or was he just resting?

13. A lady sat in one of the tunnels of the hole in the road by Waitrose.

Coming out of the Lyceum about 9.15.

14. A man sat in Tudar square.

15. Asked for change by someone as left Tudar square.