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Halloween is a lot more than just dressing up, partying and watching scary movies. The internet is a very vast place which means you’re always bound to find something deeply disturbing or intriguing if you look hard enough. I know I’m victim to spending many an hour reading feature after feature about ghosts stories, gnarly murders and everything and anything to do with the supernatural. I’m fascinated, but I also find a lot of people love to read about things that can’t quite be explained or happenings that freak you out just a little!
So I thought I’d make a little post about some of the weirdest stuff I’ve stumbled across on the internet over the past year. Make yourself a cup of tea, get warm and spend a few hours browsing this stuff. Trust me, you’ll be left feeling very intrigued and even a little disturbed…
Madness in the fast lane is a documentary that was broadcast on BBC One in 2010, telling the unexplained story of two events involving Swedish twin sisters, Sabina and Ursula. Without wanting to give too much away, the two sisters were found wandering the M6 motorway and, when approached by police, repeatedly ran into oncoming traffic despite being injured. At one point, Sabina screamed to her sister ‘They’re going to steal your organs’ (in regards to the police). She later went on to commit a completely random act of manslaughter, though did not explain any of her actions. This bizarre documentary features footage of the two sisters found walking along the M6, and it’s without a doubt worth watching as it also includes lots of other unexplained and really weird behaviour. Generally, it is thought that the sisters were mentally unstable, but I can’t help but think of aliens because of what Sabina screamed about her organs being stolen! You can watch this on YouTube here.
Last year I found an article about all the creepy and funny stuff children come out with. For the most part, some if it is unintentionally hilarious, but a lot of it is very creepy and disturbing. You know how there’s a theory that, just like pets/animals, children are a lot more sensitive to the supernatural? Well some of these quotes from kids only add to that theory. Some of the children talk seeing invisible ‘people’ in their rooms, and others talk about talking to relatives that died long before they were born, being able to describe these people exactly despite never having seen a photo of them. Some of the creepiest and most disturbing quotes come from the kids that can somehow recall how they died in a past life, or even how they picked who they wanted their parents to be before they were born! One quote that particularly chilled me to the bone was one child talking about how he remembered being in his mothers tummy twice. He said that the first time he was sick and ‘they’ took him away but promised he could return later, and the second time he stayed to later be born. It was then that the person posting this quote revealed that their mother had actually had a miscarriage, almost a year to the day before this boy was born. Freaky. Or. What. The article took quotes from this thread on Reddit.

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Everyone knows the story of The Amityville Horror, whether it’s the horrific murders that took place in the house or the countless tales of the house being haunted. But what many people don’t know is that the famous paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (yep, they’re real people!) actually visited the house to take part in a documentary investigating the horrors that took place there. The documentary is floating about somewhere on the internet, but the freakiest part was the so called ghost they caught on camera. Thought to be one of the most famous ghost photos of all time, to this day this photo remains a mystery. Ghost or not, you can’t help but feel chills run up and down your spine when you view it.

Hands down one of my favourite documentaries of all time, Ghosts Of The Underground, is a real eye opener to what goes on beneath your feet in London. Considering how big the underground is, a lot of which is deserted, it’s not surprising that some unpleasant stories have taken place in the dark, deserted tunnels. It’s very interesting and you can watch it here, but don’t watch if you found Creep scary!

And just in case you’re a little too scared to sleep, check out this photo still from Three Men and a Baby – an actual ghost caught on film!…just kidding. This was actually debunked to be a cardboard cut out, but it’s still fascinating to see how to this day it’s still wildly believed to be a ghost. (Although, there are plenty of fascinating videos around the internet that have captured ghosts on film, so it’s worth a look!). Just remember, not ALL ghost stories are true.  Most are, but some are just hoaxes that have gone a little too far…

…hopefully remembering this should ease your mind a little and help you sleep tonight 😉

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For mothers day this year, me and my sister banded together and agreed to take our mum away for a little spa day for mothers day, but of course we didn’t actually get around to finally going on our spa day until Monday. Because we all work and there was only three of us, it was incredibly tough finding deals for just three people that were affordable and on days we could all go. Finally we got around to booking up a day at Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes. The only deal we could find was for four people though so my aunt ended up coming along too.
I was mega exited because bar my one treatment at Ajala Spa earlier this year, I’ve never actually gone on a proper spa day. The Y Spa boasted two saunas, two steam rooms, mist and experience showers, a hydrotherapy pool, a frost/ice wall and even relaxation areas including two rooms designed specifically for naps which even had water beds! 
When we arrived, admittedly the buildings weren’t that much to look at from the outside, but once we stepped inside we learned not to judge a book by it’s cover. The whole atmosphere was tranquil and relaxed and we found everything easy and ready for us upon arrival. We were given wristbands which were linked to our cards, so that any extra drinks or snacks we wanted throughout the day were charged to our cards without us having to carry any money around, and these wristbands also doubled up as locks to our lockers. We simply just swiped them at a sensor. A robe and slippers were already waiting in our lockers and the changing rooms were really beautiful. There were little stations with huge mirrors, hair dryers, tissue and magnifying mirrors which were perfect for drying your hair and reapplying make up at the end of the day, and there were heaps of fluffy towels on every surface.
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The reception area
The spa had a lot to offer which meant we were able to flutter from room to room without getting bored. A lot of the rooms led onto each other quite naturally; for example there was a sauna right across from a hot shower, mildly warm mist shower and, behind that, an ice room with an ice wall inside. The outdoor pool was easily accessible without actually having to go outside; you simply opened the door and stepped down, submerging into the water with each step. The pool was lovely; it had a bubble bed and these strong jets that when you stood beneath them, felt like you were having a massage! It was a lovely little area too with a large seating area situated around the fireplace and, at the opposite end, the hottest sauna inside a log cabin. It would have been lovely all lit up once it was dark outside. Despite the cold weather, the pool was warm enough to chill out in as it was just at the right temperature.
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Our favourite rooms were definitely the steam rooms. The ‘steamy’ steam room was lovely and relaxing; it was steamy and warm but not too warm and it also had colour change lighting. The salt steam room was without a doubt the best; you pressed a little button for the soft salt steam jets from the ceiling to come on and then afterwards, the hot steam came out and helped settle the salt water into your skin. It left our skin feeling super soft and the room itself smelt amazing.
I also loved the relaxation rooms. We didn’t have the chance to try out the water beds or nap room as they were full up, but we did kill an hour or so in the time out area. There was a warm fire in here and lots of pod seats which look really uncomfortable but were actually really snuggly! 
I really loved the variety and swapping from the hot steam rooms to the cold showers then back into the warm pool and vice versa. One lady in the sauna was talking about how her friend came and it snowed which made it really relaxing when they were in the pool and I think this is the type of spa that would really thrive in winter months too. The outdoor area is very much themed around a relaxed and cosy evening I think, with a seating area around a huge log fire and the sauna cabin which had a big glass window overlooking the pool and garden area. The photos on the website of the pool being used at night look amazing with it all lit up.
I was in two minds about the food. We had a two course buffet and although there wasn’t much to choose from, the choice that we did have was admittedly DELICIOUS. We stuffed our faces in a large room with a beautiful view overlooking the lake, although I’d say the staff in here were not that great. When we were sat down we weren’t aware that it was a buffet and that we’d have to get up and collect our own food and no one took the time to explain this to us. Our dirty plates piled up and were not cleared away either, which meant between the four of us going up and getting a new plate each time, there was little room left on the table. The food was delicious though, especially the salad.
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A healthy lunch which was yummy too!
Overall, I really enjoyed myself and ended up feeling so relaxed that I fell asleep on the way home! The spa was just the right size and I loved how easy it was to create your own little pattern of moving from room to room – there was such a variety! I also loved how there were rooms specifically for naps which were without a doubt needed. I would definitely go back but I’d love to return in December as I’m very intrigued to see what it’s like at Christmas. I’d especially love to experience the steamy hydrotherapy pool at Christmas with the hot sauna and crackling fire!
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As much as we wish it were, unfortunately at our age Halloween isn’t like it used to be. We’re far too old to go trick or treating and thanks to things like work and uni/college etc, we can’t really dress up for Halloween unless work/uni/college allows it, or unless we’re going to a party or something.
It really sucks, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo getting into the Halloween spirit completely. There are tons of subtle ways you can channel your inner Halloween freak in a professional environment without going too over the top.
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A simple scarf is the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit without going over the top. You can find scarves with a skull print anywhere as they’re very popular this year, or even a black studded scarf, like the one above from Claire’s Accessorize, is the perfect nod to an edgy, gothic twist. Better yet, it’s winter, so you need a scarf anyway!

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I don’t care what anyone says – you’re never too old to shop in Claires Accessories, which is great because as usual they have a fab range of affordable Halloween related jewellery. Whilst there’s some things which are great for costumes, they also have lots of more subtle and really cute jewellery that can be worn all year round. As well as the necklace above, I adore their selection of gorgeous skull earrings! The same goes for the ring set from Accessorize too, if you’re anything like me then you’ll be wearing these gorgeous rings all year round and not just for Halloween.

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Finally, perhaps one of the most fun ways to show off your spooky side is to paint your nails! You can really experiment with different ideas and the examples above are just some cute ones I found via Google – there really are hundreds of possibilities. I particularly love the Jack Skellington design. You don’t even have to do any nail art, you could just paint your nails black and be ready to go!

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Last night was a very bittersweet but amazing night for me and my sister as we headed down to London to see Bowling For Soup on their Bid Farewell tour! This is pretty much an end of an era for us so be warned, this post is a long one…
First of all, if you don’t know who Bowling For Soup is, then you’re probably lying. Most people have heard of at least one of their biggest hits, which include The Bitch Song, Girl All The Bad Guys Want, High School Never Ends and 1985. I guess it really depends how old you are, because Bowling For Soup have been around for THAT long. Last night they announced that they’d been a band for 19 and a half years, and have been touring the UK for ten of them. This four piece band that hail from Texas are one of the best rock bands of our generation and the fact that they’ve been around for so long proves that. They’re such a genuine happy funny band; most of their songs are lighthearted and humorous which is great for when the deeper stuff is just too much. But they do also have a few really good ‘balleds’ so to speak which are so unexpected that you find yourself genuinely amazed at how moving they are and how great the lead singers voice is.
So last night was their London date of their Bid Farewell tour, which means unfortunately they won’t be touring in the UK anymore. They’re not splitting up thank god, but bar a few festivals, they won’t be doing full on UK tours (I mean I’m pretty sure they’re all over 40 now and married with kids) which is sad, because this is pretty much an end of an era for me and my sister.

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I have a lot to thank Bowling For Soup for, and I think they were pretty much the band that got me into alternative music among a few others – I think it was Bowling for Soup and Good Charlotte. I still remember seeing the music video for Punk Rock 101 on TV and just being like ‘whoa’ and going to listen to all their other singles. They were my first ever rock gig and therefore the introduction into my love of going to gigs and seeing rock bands live. The first time I saw them live was pretty much life changing! It was back in 2005 so I was 15 and that was a very long time ago! The atmosphere that evening just hit me in my core, it was what made me fall in love with live music and I’ve not looked back since. It was like a whole new world for me, walking into that crowded gig venue, feeling that excitement in the air, listening and seeing them perform so loud, moshing and even getting to meet them afterwards. I’ll forever remember that night and it really did change my life. I still have my signed tie!

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Top – Chris and Jaret, Warwick University, 18th October 2005
Bottom – The most embarrassing outfits ever from that night, I even added a pink tie to this ensemble (but it now hangs proudly in my room as I met them afterwards and they signed it for me!)
Since then, my sister have seen them 5 or 6 times altogether! It kind of became our tradition to see them live every time they came to the UK. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see them on their last couple of tours, just because I was away at uni and life got in the way a little, but there was no way we were going to miss their last tour ever. Last night really was the end of an era for me. I know I go on about The Maine being my favourite band, and they are, but Bowling For Soup will always be one of my favourite bands of all time full stop and no band could ever replace that.

Last night was truly, truly amazing. Despite the lead singer suffering from the flu, they performed for TWO hours straight which is probably one of the longest sets I’ve seen! They played a real mixture, from old songs and new songs. This was actually fun to experience because me and my sister haven’t caught up with their newest stuff but we’ve definitely been long term fans. Looking around, some fans only knew the newest stuff and were stumped with the older stuff, and some knew all of it! The venue was packed to the brim, there were young people, old people – it was really great just to see how many people had come wish the band well on their send off. It’s easy to forget just how many fans they’ve got after they’ve been around for so long.

But onto the gig – they played so many hits and a great mix of upbeat songs, a couple of slower ones and even a cover of Fountains of Wayne’s Stacey’s Mom (because apparently they get credited for that a lot!). In tradition, they held a photo opportunity and took time out to talk to and joke around with the crowd. They played every single one of my favourite songs and even The Last Rock Show which I was pleased about, if you ever listen to it then you’ll know just how fitting it was. It was so nice to just mosh out to them one last time.

One of the guys touring with them even proposed to his girlfriend on stage which was one of the sweetest things ever, it was so romantic to see the whole venue just cheer and clap for them. So jealous.
I’m ever so grateful to have been able to experience a gig with Bowling For Soup one last time and I suppose knowing it was the last time, it made it just that more special. Bowling For Soup may not have saved my life and they aren’t one of the most serious bands about, but they never manage to put a smile on my face and they’ve definitely changed my life. If it wasn’t for them, I’d be lost when it came to my music.

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I’m a huge horror movie fan – in fact, I’m a big film buff in general – so time after time again I find myself getting involved in the age old debate of whether original or remakes are better when it comes to movies. Many people will swear down that films shouldn’t be touched at all and should be left alone – and I think this is true to a certain extent, some movies are just classics and should not ever be remade – whilst others prefer to see classic films modernized. 
Personally, I find it fascinating when old horror movies get rebooted – even if the remakes aren’t very good, it’s always really interesting to see the differences. A lot of old horror movies are outdated these days and even though those films were petrifying when they were first released, I think ‘old’ horror movies without a doubt offer their own kind of horror.
Movies such as Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead are/were definitely scary, but I think they also held a certain humour to them as well, intentional or not. The gore never looked entirely real, at least not by today’s standards, but if you were to look back and re-watch one of these films now, the amount of blood would still be probably shocking. It seems horror movies, no matter how old or new, will always continue to outdo each other with the gore. The only difference between more modern movies is that the blood is a bit darker and looks more realistic!
Whereas on the other hand, modern horror movies aim to be as dark and as scary as possible – all the humour is gone (unless the film is specifically in the horror/comedy genre) and it’s a constant competition to be the most disturbing horror film, scarier then the last. The filming techniques are a lot different now too. There’s much more CGI, and far much more blood. Slasher films are ever so popular and have even established themselves as their own genre of horror – these type of horror films are more gory and squeamish, as opposed to jumpy or scary.
On the right, Chloë Moretz as Carrie in the upcoming remake and on the left Sissy Spacek as Carrie in the 1976 original (those eyes!). One remake I am looking forward to seeing, and another rare old horror movie that focuses solely on disturbing the audience with little to no humour.
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However, I think one film that probably incorporates both the scares of modern films and humour of it’s original would have to be Fright Night. This is one of the few horror films that kept the slapstick humour of its original and still managed to be scary and funny without being forced. Alternatively, The Thing is definitely a film that forgot the humour and went straight in for the scares, both in the original and the remake, which definitely has some awesome special effects.
And then we also have our fair share of remakes that shouldn’t have been made. My Bloody Valentine for example, although I enjoyed it and loved perving on Jensen Ackles, I just felt it wasn’t necessarily very scary and instead was just made to create as much gore as possible as it was in 3D. I haven’t seen the original, but apparently the remake does not do it justice. Likewise, having seen the remake and not the original, I’ve heard The Fog offers little scares and no originality. Even the casting of hottie Tom Welling couldn’t keep me amused long enough to get past 15 minutes of this film before switching it off. 
I wonder if adding cute guys to remakes is what ruins them…wait, I take that back, since the Evil Dead remake had the gorgeous Shiloh Fernandez as a lead and he’s a model, and Evil Dead was one of the best horror movies of this year in my opinion!
So, for the most part, remakes aren’t always that bad. Yes, we do kind of get a little offended and angry to hear some of our favourite classics are being remade, but often when we go into the cinema without trying to hate the film already, we find ourselves pleasantly surprised. Modern films may not offer as much humour and may instead have their own take on ‘horror’, but it’s not all bad. Sometimes, it’s just interesting to watch and compare the original and remake and enjoy them separately, rather then choosing between the two.
Still, as much as I love a horror remake as much as the next person, I’m still waiting for some brand new scares. Hollywood, you need to start bringing out some more original ideas soon please!
What do you think? What are your favourite – and worst – horror movie remakes? What films would you love to see remade? As much as I love the original, The Exorcist is very outdated now and I’d love to see just how scary and disturbing a remake of this classic could be! Let me know your thoughts with a comment below!
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