READING CHALLENGE THREE: Film Genres: Action Films

gi janeI love ‘kick ass’ action films and when I’m feeling pathetic I watch ‘GI Jane’ and then bounce around my flat pretending I can do a one armed press up ( the reality is I can’t do any press ups) and shouting: COME ON, I CAN TAKE YOU!

I know, PATHETIC!!

However, not as pathetic as me thinking I’m Harrison Ford in a Raider’s Film. If someone planted a video bug in my flat, they would definitely think that I needed medical attention or some psychiatric help. Either way, if drugs are involved, I’d definitely sign up.

READING CHALLENGE TWO: Film Genres: Horror Films

draculaHorror films make me jump under the bed and scream like a baby. And, if I watch a vampire film I have to go to bed with a bulb of garlic hanging around my neck and add to my shopping list, 1 silver bullet and 1 gun.

If you don’t know this, it’s worth jotting it down: Vampires are only stunned by garlic, but if you shoot them in the heart with a silver bullet, they drop dead. In my book, it’s best to go for the silver bullet, the smell of the garlic might not be strong enough to stun them, or maybe over the years they’ve developed a resistance to garlic, just like those malaria carrying mosquitoes.

So, the moral of the story is, bullets are stronger than garlic and if possible, go and make friends with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Also, Buffy rocks!

To drop off

to drop offTo drop off is a phrasal verb which means falling asleep.

For example, I usually read in bed to drop off.

However, if I watch slapstick movies like Mr Bean or Dumb and Dumber I also drop off  in a nano second. Yes, I know Mr Bean is an international hit, but in my book it’s one of the worst British exports.

WORK: Business Relationships

CRM business relationshipsIt is said that there are three main types of relationships in business: personal relationships, functional relationships and strategic relationships.

Personal relationships are those that may be developed at work but are not connected to your job. On the other hand, functional relationships are connected to your specific job, for example with your work mates, your suppliers and your clients and customers. Relationships that are developed beyond the boundaries of your business are known as strategic relationships.

Regarding business relationships can you define the following verbs?

Phrases to Develop Business Relationships


To manage


To line manage


To lead


To inspire


To motivate


To guide


To set up


To expand


To merge


To take over


To stand up for


To take after



FRIENDSHIP: Interpersonal Relationships

interpersonal relationshipsInterpersonal relationships are developed at work and at school, at home and in social situations.

Employers always want people with exceptional interpersonal skills, for example the ability to communicate, to listen, and to get on well with diverse groups of people.

Families develop interpersonal relationships through a series of rules, habits and personal beliefs. 

And, in my social situations interpersonal relationships are developed by playing pool, having my ass kicked at 10-pin bowling, drinking beer and yelling obscene things while watching football. 

The English language has a load of phrasal verbs that are used to describe actions connected to interpersonal relationships. Do you know what the following phrasal verbs mean and in which context you would use them?

Phrasal Verbs


To ask after


To bring up


To fall for


To get on with


To grow up


To look down on


To look up to


To put down


To settle down


To stand up for


To take after



ROMANCE: Romantic Relationships:

marital status 2Ok, recently I’ve been wondering why is it that everyone appears to be obsessed with our marital status.  Nowadays, you can’t fill in an official document without declaring your marital status.

Moreover, I can’t go to a family get-together without some relation inspecting my fingers for an engagement ring or asking me if I’m dating.  And, when I say NO, they pull a face, that says: ‘ Oh poor Janette she’s pathetic and she’s never going to settle down and she’s going to die alone’. I KID YOU NOT; seriously, why is it that important?

facebook defines relationshipsFurthermore, I don’t think they, or for that matter, the author who wrote ‘50 Shades of Grey’ understand the modern concepts of: Happily Single, Friends with Benefits, Friends for Life, Saturday Night Fever, Leeds United and Advancements in Technology!

It’s ridiculous! They all need to wake up and smell the coffee! Even, Facebook gets it.

Anyway, some of the key words for Romantic Relationships are written below. Can you define them?

Key Words and Phrases


To flirt / To chat up  / To lust


To get to know someone


To go on a date / To make out / To stay over


Chemistry – I don’t know what this means, but someone told me that it’s one of the three most important things in a successful romantic relationship.  Help me, what are they talking about?


To go out with / To date / To go steady


To fall in love / To be in love / To be addicted to


To ask someone to marry them


To get engaged


Fiancé / Fiancée


Hen night / Stag Night


To get married / To tie the knot / To get hitched


Wedding / Reception




Hard work / Compromise


You did what?!


If you can think of any more, please post your comments.  Truth be told, I’m not very knowledgeable about this type of relationship.  To quote an exceptionally wise and astute woman I am a ‘family of one’. 

Customer Service: There’s got to be a better way

customer serviceWho hasn’t phoned a call centre, or a customer help line, or technical support? 

Of course, we all have at some point.   What was your experience?  Did you spent 20 minutes on hold listening to some dull as dishwater  music and then when finally you hear a voice, it’s prerecorded, and it’s telling you that all the lines are busy and that you can continue holding or you can call back later. Grrrrrrrr, it’s so annoying!

Check out this experience, does it ring any bells?

Red Hot Chili Peppers: I could die for you

RHCP I could die for youIn my humble opinion, this is one of the best songs about romantic relationships of the last decade:

Something inside the cards I know is right. Don’t want to live somebody else’s life. This is what I want to be and this is what I give to you because I get it free. 

 Click here for the track and lyrics

However, I was recently reminded of the Joe Cocker version of: ‘You are so beautiful’ and maybe this is one of the most tender songs of the 70’s. Click here for the track and lyrics.  What do you think? Don’t be shy, what songs make you feel all loved up?