Another week comes and goes and we’re back for another Friday Finds. We’re using these to offer some good content for you to discover and enjoy with us. Right now, we’re listing things we discovered some time ago that we really enjoy or that have come back into our lives recently. I imagine as time goes by, the lists will shorten as we run out of established favourites and list genuine weekly discoveries. Anyway, remember to post your ‘Friday Finds’ down below in the comments as we are still eager to know what you have found so we can discover it too.
I feel like most of my days are spent watching ITV3/ITV4. There is such a nostalgia with classic TV shows. They bring back memories I never had of a time I didn’t live in. All I need is a cardigan and some stockings and I’m ready to be your Gran.
And while most young people might say their favourite Avenger is Thor, Captain America, Ironman … mine is Emma Peel. That’s how cool I am and I guess you’ll just need to take my word for it.
A lot of my connections to old TV shows and Movies is down to the research I do on an actor because of something else I loved them in. That happened with Diana Rigg who I loved in Game of Thrones. I hadn’t seen many of the old James Bond movies, I had seen The Avengers on the TV guide but that was all. After Lady Olenna died (honey, you should have caught up), I was looking to do some avenging (RIP Queen) and when it popped back up on TV, I gave it a shot.
Side Note: Natalie Dormer as Diana’s granddaughter, Margaery Tyrell, in Game of Thrones was perfect casting.
Yes I am that annoying person who, after watching two episodes, claims to be the shows biggest fan and now that I’m woke to it, I’ll act all cultured and condescending while describing it… The Avengers is an espionage British television series. That’s all I’ve got. I’m shit at describing things.
The show stars John Steed (Patrick Macnee), international man of mystery and absolute shagger, not too dissimilar from Austin Powers. John Steed is assisted by an ever changing cast of intelligent, stylish and assertive women: Cathy Gale (Honor Blackman), Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), and Tara King (Linda Thorson).
I’ve only had the opportunity to see most of the Emma Peel episodes and a little of Tara King but I wasn’t all that fond of that character. For being the only one who enlisted in the Intelligence Service, she seemed, from what I have watched, the most useless.
Anyway, back to Diana Riggoddess. Emma Peel was an adventurer, as well as martial art expert, and paired up with Steed when her husband went missing while flying over the Amazon.
The episodes begin in fun variations of John Steed messages to “Mrs. Peel, We’re Needed.” I think that is what sums the show up for me – it is a fun, lighthearted poke at the often serious spy genre and there is something nice about the charming and often comic tone of Steed and Peel’s interactions; though the show does have it’s serious espionage moments.
I was sad when Emma Peel’s run had ended, thankfully not due to her demise. Further research shows that Rigg was initially unhappy with the way she was treated by the show’s producers. During her first series she learned she was being paid less than the cameraman!
At the end of the fifth series, Rigg left to pursue other projects. This included following Honor Blackman to play a leading role in a James Bond film, in this case On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as James Bond’s wife Tracy Bond.
There is nothing better than a story when it’s first told. There was and still is something so lovely about a new find from another era and one that is very refreshing in this age where everyone is trying too hard to create something grand. Just two great actors, a new mission every episode, a little comedy, a little ass kicking. A perfect cocktail.
You can catch The Avengers on ITV4 or *whispers* Dailymoti- ANYWAY…
I abused my hair and scalp for years. I would shampoo with sulphates every day, didn’t even think to use conditioner, pull on my hair and blow dry it so badly I used to look up and see smoke coming from the back of my head.
Due to the abuse, I felt my hair thinning and my scalp developed a waxy substance similar to cradle cap for which I was prescribed Capsal and T Gel. T Gel worked best but while it cleared my scalp of flakes and this waxy substance, it left it feeling itchy and inflamed.
Now to try and sooth my scalp and encourage regrowth, I experimented with many shampoos like Nizoral, Alpecin Caffeine (which made my scalp feel like it was on fire), other varieties of T Gel, Baby Shampoo etc. but nothing worked.
After having wasted quite a bit of money, I came across an article involving a trichologist (dermatologist dealing with hair and scalp) who works with herbal medicine. Based on her advice, I looked up some of the ingredients she recommended having in a shampoo and a Google later I came across this – Odylique’s Gentle Herb Shampoo.
That was about a year and a half ago and I haven’t had a temperamental itch or flare up since and that’s true even when I skip a day because I’m lazy and the grease starts to build. I find it’s not a shampoo that you have to rinse and repeat, as it foams nicely on first application and that first application leaves you feeling clean without being stripped.
The only time I feel uncomfortably squeaky clean is if I rinse and repeat due to product build-up. Due to that, I would like if there was an option of a hair and scalp conditioner or treatment mask.
However, for once the reviews were right. I have the type of luck where there might only be one bad review but that will reflect my eventual experience.
For those who are interested in the ethics and morals behind the company, Odylique’s 30-year focus on sensitive skin means that they also have a unique position on potential allergens. The gentle herb shampoo, free from synthetic chemicals, is the first shampoo that ever achieved Soil Association approval.
With organic herbal ingredients and coconut oil to nourish the scalp, it is free from all sulfates (SLeS, ammonium lauryl sulfate, sodium coco sulfate, SLS), fragrance, artificial preservatives and salt and can be used on all hair types, including dyed hair. It is ideal for problem skin and may be suitable for scalps prone to psoriasis, dermatitis or eczema.
Odylique Gentle Herb Shampoo is £2 for 20ml, £12 for 200ml and £22 for 500ml. You can shop Odylique: HERE.
See U In History/Mythology
I’ve said before I love all things history, in particular, classical history and mythology but the internet has destroyed my attention span so reading is out of the question. That’s why I type and you read. I’ll take about 5 minutes to read one page of a book because I have like an OCD about understanding each word and how it relates to what is being said. I’m not good at scanning. And then I’ll get to the end of the page and think ‘Wait, what was that about again?’ and have to go back to the start.
On ‘See U In History’ you’ll learn about the Greco-Persian Wars, Greek Mythology and History as well as Egyptian Mythology, Roman Mythology and Norse Mythology. You’ll be taken on the Adventures of Perseus, Hercules and Alexander The Great to name a few and discover all the Beasts of Mythology.
Being told what the history is along with having a video to watch in bite-size lessons offers you a television-like experience that you can enjoy and reinforces what you learn in a way that can be easily recalled.
Check out See U in History’s Youtube Channel: HERE.
Cut is hard to explain as it is a Youtube Channel made up of many different topics, games etc. You could say that their videos are dedicated to social interaction. You may even have watched some of their videos as their series ‘100 Years of Beauty’, where they showed beauty standards through the ages for different sexes in various countries, went viral.
The ‘100 Years of Beauty’ series came to an end and in it’s place are many other series based around social interaction. These include: Fear Pong, where strangers, family members, blind dates play normal beer pong but with challenges added in; Truth or Drink; Parents Explain; Kids Try and Lineup, where an individual picks and chooses, based on a subject, from a lineup of people.
There is definitely something for everyone. You’ll probably find yourself watching one video and sitting, eyes bloodshot, in the early hours of the morning still watching. It’s a lot of fun and you’ll come to familiarise yourself with the regulars that appear.
I have another Scottish Youtuber that I am loving. His name is Dan Bell and if you want to travel to Scotland or if you enjoy, or are interested in, wild camping you will really enjoy his content. In my head I’m fucking Indiana Jones but, in reality, it’s more Indenial … Indenial …. I didn’t think this far ahead with the rhyming.
Dan, who is also a photographer, had initially moved to Glasgow to study and, during his time off, decided to explore different parts of the city and surrounding areas, tracing down the location of abandoned buildings, caves and waterfalls. After his photography gained a small following on Instagram, he began emailing outdoor brands who may be interested in his images and he was successful. Aside from a part-time photography job with Hi-Sports, an outdoor clothing company, he has also been featured in BBC’s ‘The Adventure Show’
Dan is a lot of fun and creates really great Youtube videos, mostly on his own but that feels conversational which is good as it makes you feel you’re there with him as a friend.
Another good thing about my new best friend is that his videos don’t feel overly edited or processed like many travel vloggers or professional … videographers? I’m not technical. I understand that it is a big market but in my uneducated opinion, sometimes when creators focus on being too “artsy”, I’m just left thinking ‘What was the point in going?’
How can you get to know a town, city, place in an authentic way when a 10 minute video is made up of jump cuts every 5 seconds with the clips being made up of a close up of someone’s fucking foot, or no real on-location dialogue?
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