Arrival

Today is #AlienDay, and what better way to celebrate than review one of the best alien films I’ve seen to date… Arrival.

Yes, I actually have a penchant for alien films. I’ve seen most. and have got to say ‘Attack the Blocks’ was also good.

The story of Arrival:

Basically, Louise Banks is a lecturer who is enlisted to help investigators make sense of the phenomenon and decode the aliens’ language.

The mysterious spacecraft lands in her city, and it’s up to her and the rest of the team to piece together the reason for the spacecraft’s landing, and what it that the aliens want. Although stations across the world and transmitting reports that state the aliens want war, and to attack… Louise follows her instinct and believes otherwise. It’s up to her to prove their innocence before it’s too late. Obviously she was extremely nervous to begin with, but then she befriends the aliens and makes an alliance with them. They begin trusting her. She ends up decoding their language, and understanding what their visit is in aid of.

You’ll have to watch the film to find out, I don’t do spoilers.

However, although the film is focussed on the aliens, there’s another weird, underlying storyline that caught my eye, and will catch yours when you watch it. The film begins with Louise, a mother, playing the role of the doting mother. Her daughter later tragically dies of a terminal illness (with her father nowhere to be seen).

Louise is a linguistics lecturer at the Massachusetts University at the time when bizarre things start happening in her town… Shortly after weird stuff start happening, as I mentioned above, she learns that 12 extraterrestrial spacecrafts have landed across the Earth – one of which is in her town. U.S. Army colonel G.T. Weber turns to Louise and physicist Ian Donnelly to find out what caused this.

Louise and Donnelly successfully make contact with two seven-limbed aliens (which Ian nicknamed Abbott and Costello) aka “heptapods”.

Louise, being a linguistics expert, discovers their written language of complicated circular symbols and begins to unscramble them. The more proficient she becomes, the more vivid her visions of the future (to us, the audience) but past (to her, in the film) with her daughter and of their relationship with the absent father. The reason for the father’s absence later becomes clear at the end of the film. Trust me when I say – if you’ve seen it, you’ll know… If you haven’t, watch it, because it’s shocking!

During the investigation, Louise and Ian develop a bond, and an attraction. It’s clear for the viewers to see – but nothing happens right away. Somehow, they end up together, like we knew they would…

Although it’s centred on aliens, there’s a story there about devotion, the sixth sense, and the ability to predict the future. There’s risk involved, and sometimes, taking risks means losing things/people. Would you take a risk?

All in all it’s a great film. I’m not going to lie, I’ve only watched it once and I remembered leaving the cinema in shock and confusion. However, it’s such a great film that after a short amount of pondering, it really puts things into perspective and you realise that it did in fact make sense.

I loved it, and I reckon you would do after watching it, if you haven’t already.

Side note: Ian was the late daughter’s dad. Louise and Ian embarked on a relationship, and her daughter was the by-product.

Sunshine Blogger Award

Bella Inzio did a Sunshine Blogger Award and nominated everyone who read it… I obviously read it, and have accepted her indirect nomination with pride, because today was the sunniest day ever, to happen in London, England…

It was so incredibly sunny that haters would say it hailed and snowed! Don’t ask meteorologists, ’cause they’re the haters!

TERRIBLE WEATHER! WHAT THE HELL?!

Yeah – here’s the ‘4 Simple Rules For Accepting My Nomination‘:

• Merci beaucoup the person(s) who nominated you in a post and linking up with their blog

• Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you (to the best of your ability, or in my case – worst)

• Nominate 11 blogs to receive the award and write them 11 different questions (this should be fun, everyone knows how much I love a good interrogation #BroadchurchCALLING).

• Make reference to the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award picture in all its glory on your Postmansour Blog

The Qu(estions)te that Bella wanted answering:

1. What’s your favourite flower?

The ‘Bird of Paradise’. I absolutely love it. The ones that remind me of my mum, which I also love, are Plumeria/Frangipani, Jasmine, Gardenia, and Daisy. 🙂

I’m also a massive fan of blue orchids and roses. In fact, I’d probably say the blue orchid is my second favourite. Definitely the first is Bird of Paradise.

2. How do you unwind when stress strikes?

Blog like a Bloggosapien.

3. Who’s your celeb crush?

Bae, he probably doesn’t identify himself as a celebrity but he is and/or should be… He is in his field – that’s for sure! Trust me, he’s outstanding in it, a legendary Scarecrow of a guy! 😆

He’s so lovely it’s scary. 💖

4. Do you have a sports team you support?

Leeds (via Manchester) United.

5. One random fact about yourself.

I’m normal, on the outside. Yeah, I’m normal. Somewhat normal – in between normal and Normansour.

6. Something you worked really hard for that you’re proud of?

My life. I literally sat in my mum’s womb for 9 MONTHS! That’s slave labour – literally. #OneBorn

7. What’s your guilty pleasure?

Bae. Although he ain’t guilty, he’s innocent – like the smoothie. 😉

8. What made you want to start your blog?

The fact that I can touch type, type really fast, and do some cool stuff with typing. I have a type, writers. Writers are just my type.

*Time to take a break, I’m Out.* 

9. Something you want to improve on?

Understand that bae might not feel the saeme? Nah, tried that – wasn’t fun. So, he does. I’ll make sure he does. 😜

I’m also absolutely joking, listen – if he didn’t, I’d absolutely understand. A Desperado is a drink, not a trait.

10. One characteristic in a partner that is non-negotiable?

I would’ve said funny, ’cause they have to be hilarious 💖 – but nowadays I’m really digging (a hole in the ‘Shape of Them’ 😆) annoyingness. Like, the more annoying they actually are, the better. 😘

11. Are you a planner or do you wing it?

I own a planner, love lists, and eat chicken wings – so I guess I’m the best of both worlds?

Nominations:

If this was Big Brother, I’d nominate those who are reading this. I’m doing a Bella because I’m hungry af and need to eat. I also love too many bloggers to link just 11. Of course, the latter was my excuse. The first reason was just the test.

My questions:

  1. What’s your favourite song ever written?
  2. Where do you like to go to eat out?
  3. How many pets do you/have you had (if any)? OR Why don’t you have any pets now?
  4. What’s your favourite memory?
  5. If you could stalk anyone without being caught or noticed (and without it being almost illegal) who would you stalk and why? 😂
  6. How would you know you’ve made it?
  7. What’s your dream job?
  8. Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?
  9. Define your own “happiness”?
  10. What is your favourite thing about life?
  11. If you could spend time with anyone, dead/alive, who would it be and why?

Ultrabland

When we think of LUSH, we automatically think that all their products smell lovely, right? Wrong. Ultrabland smells ULTRA like horse manure. I’d hazard a guess that after spending a total of 5 years scooping up pony poop – I should know what it smells like.

Alright, aside from the fact that it reeks like the extraction of our NEIGHbours, is it good? Yes. I mean, if you’re going to buy it based on the smell – don’t. However, if you’re buying it because you want to remove your make-up entirely, invest like Dragon’s Den or Lord Sugar.

Seriously. It’s so good (albeit Ul-REEK-A Jonsson’s protégé).

How do you use it? Rinse your face with water, slather it on, wipe it off with a warm, wet flannel. Then, the excess you can wash with your chosen cleanser. It’s SO good. Mascara? Gone. Eyeliner? Gone. Matte lipstick? Gone. It’s awesome.

Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream, Ultrabland is beautifully simple and very effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences. Smooth over the face, any dirt will cling to the cream and you can remove it with a warm damp cloth or cotton wool.

Does it smell like roses or bees-wax? Hahahahah, Does it ‘eck! I’m sure horse toxic, lumpy exits were used to make this – but they’re trying to pass it off as wax and roses. They just wouldn’t put that as an ingredient because we wouldn’t buy it. Honestly, go smell it – even for a dare. It REEKS! 😂

Remember Phoebe from FRIENDS’ “Smelly Cat”? Well, I reckon LUSH are going to release their own rendition of her song called ‘Smelly Horse’. Ultrabland is going to be in the advert.

If Ultrabland was a Teletubby, it’d be Stinky Winky.

NYX

I feel like Dhabing when I’m wearing this lipstick tbh… If I was caught doing the Dhab with it on, I wouldn’t even be embarrassed. Except, no one would see it, because my arms would be covering it.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, all £6.99 (?) of it, from Boots, has to be the best nude shade I’ve ever bought. If anyone asked me to send them nudes, I’d probably send them pouty selfies of myself, fully clothed (wearing every garment to enter my wardrobe) whilst wearing this on my lips. I really need to move away from this topic, don’t I? 😂

This Lip Cream’s shade is one of the only things I like about it… I’m not going to lie to you, the doe-foot applicator thing is of rubbish quality and so’s the packaging. it just looks cheap and is so mini. For £6.99 (or whatever it is I paid), I’m not happy with the packaging… I wasn’t expecting it to be gold plated and hold 1,400kg of formula, but I also wasn’t expecting it to be so small and cheap looking.

Having said that, I also like the smell of it – it’s like ice cream. Another thing I love is the look and feel of it (on my lips). It’s smooth, and doesn’t dry my lips out like Kylie’s would (if I put more than one layer on).

NYX’s matte lipstick is also good for over-lining your lips… If I were to take a lip-liner to my pancake flat lips, I’d look like Pete Burns. It’d look odd af! Instead, I over-line them using matte liquid lipsticks.

All in all, if you’re looking for a good lipstick, this isn’t a bad choice. Remember – for £6.99, it’s smaller than expected and cheap/tacky looking.

Also, if you’re into a little bit of MJ, here are some lyrics that describe what bae does to me…

The way he makes me feel
(The way he make mes feel)
He really turns me on
(He really turns me on)
He knock me off of my feet
(He knock me off of my feet)

– my lonely days are still here. 

Salmon

Tonight has been one of the busiest nights, ever! I actually didn’t get home until about 8pm, and I’ve been cooking/eating/blogging since I arrived. I left work at around 5 and went in search of fresh tuna steaks… I couldn’t find any (fresh ones).

I checked Iceland because one branch in particular was the closest…

I’m sorry but their ones looked like they’ve been there since my date of birth.

Also, I know they’re a supermarket called ‘Iceland’ but I wasn’t expecting everything to look like it’s literally been in a freezer for 76 and a half years…

I mean, come on! There’s being a frozen food store and then there’s selling icebergs in the shape of food! The one I was in today was the latter.

Imagine trying to defrost the produce from my one in particular… You’d be standing next to your microwave/oven for seven centuries and a few decades (at the very least)…

Mums go to Iceland‘??? Yeah, maternal ESKIMOS!

However, I do want to make a point that Iceland does stock the best desserts and Ice cream. What’s more, I’m sure their packaged foods are great too – I’ve just not been impressed with their seafood selection thus far. Having said that, I did see some lobster tails and scallops that I thought looked like they should be in the mouth and down the hatch.

Anyway, back to my quest for fresh tuna  – which in case you can’t keep up, there wasn’t any fresh, tasty looking ones in Iceland. I then went to the local co-op, didn’t Get Lucky in there either…

Look, in hindsight, I could’ve easily searched the high road for a fishmonger, but it was 7ish (and I needed bladder relief) – ain’t no fishmonger gonna have fresh fish that late. Yes, I could’ve gone to Billingsgate but then again, no – no I couldn’t. 😭

I keep going off on tangents, sorry! So, somehow I ended up buying Sockeye salmon fillets to make instead… This is proof of that world famous saying: “if at first you don’t tuna, try a Sockeye salmon gain”. 

God only knows where the name ‘Sockeye’ derived from. Whether or not the fisherman who discovered this very fish realised a sock had been ‘pon its eye and thought: “let’s call it sockeye”, we may never know…

The recipe is as follows (like Twitter):

  • Coconut oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sockeye Salmon
  • Cayenne Pepper

What to do when you’re B(eing) Q(ute):

Spread coconut oil all over the fillet, sprinkle cayenne pepper together with the sesame all over (front and back). Leave the salmon to grill itself in the pan, on a medium heat for approximately 4mins (each side).

You can flip the salmon (like a savoury and nothing to do with batter pancake) using a spatula. Hands up who likes spatulas the normal amount that anyone should?  🙌

Oh, before I forget (not that I could because it’s in the picture), I added a handful of mixed nuts, a cheese stuffed mini pepper and and an artichoke “on a bed of” leafy greens. Masterchef, come GET ME!

Finally, my mum makes grilled plantain and a special chilli sauce (also seen in the picture – the sauce).

The recipe for mum’s chilli sauce (I assume) is plum tomato, endless amounts of scotch bonnet chills and finely chopped onions..? Don’t quote me on it though.

Mum, if you’re reading this, I apologise profusely for either getting your recipe completely wrong or giving away your chilli sauce  recipe secret (if it’s right).

But, I’m sure She Doesn’t Mind.