Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed


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Every year I try to go on holiday; on holiday to my Gran’s that is, which is roughly 7 miles away from my own house. It’s not exactly adventurous – but we both go on adventures in the time I’m there. 

This year we did a tour of the local museums and the exhibitions they had on show. Firstly we trekked to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum to see Gift for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed. It’s been running from the 14th of May and finishes on the 4th of September so there’s still plenty time to go see these amazing Egyptian relics. 

Since my Gran can get a concession, and I had my student card, we both got in for £3. The normal adult price is £5 so it’s not that expensive even without a discount. Under 16’s go free so all those primary school children studying the Egyptians in class have no excuse to miss it!


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The exhibition does have a lot on offer for children. This is probably because, all in all, there isn’t a great deal to see. There is a lot to read and understand, and as a child, I do think it would be quite boring. But don’t fret! There’s a whole section dedicated to interactive games for your tots and even a quiz. 

The quiz offers 3 prizes if completed. A family ticket to see the World Pipe Band Championships, a voucher to have a free meal at Kelvingrove’s restaurant (which is quite expensive but the food is always good) or a goody bag full of “treats.” 

I actually took part in the quiz. I always get offered these kids activities because I do look very young – sometimes it’s a curse, other times it’s a blessing. Although it was a bit embarrassing to be competing with 7 year olds, I enjoyed doing it. It definitely encourages the kids to read. Not many of the questions were easily guessed; you definitely had to do your research. Mum and Dad may have to help!

The interactive section of the exhibition included a few games, a sandpit so you can find your own fossils and a dress up section. A few children were there when I was and they seemed to enjoy it! Definitely take the camera if you’re planning on going – I don’t think you’re allowed to photograph the relics but I imagine the kids section would be fine.

However, the actual content of the show was very interesting. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved everything about the ancient Egyptians. Myself and my Gran can’t ever visit Kelvingrove without visiting the gods, the mummies and the sarcophagus. It’s all too fascinating to ignore. The new exhibition made me feel exactly the same. To see so many animal mummifications – REAL mummifications – was both amazing and repulsive. It definitely made you think about the rituals of these ancient civilians. 

Like, what’s the deal with cats?


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One part of the exhibition that really made my jaw drop was seeing the clips of x-ray scans done on the mummies. Many screens sit throughout the room showing you different aspects of the scientific research. You’ve won back your £5 purely from that section alone!

Furthermore, being able to see a dead, mummified, much older than my Gran’s Gran’s Gran, head of a cat is utterly unbelievable. My nose definitely did wrinkle when studying it’s alien looking face. But I couldn’t stop looking all the same.

Overall, please take your kids to see this amazing exhibition – especially if they’re studying it at school! They will definitely learn something that they can take back to their school mates and impress them with.

Thank you for reading and please leave a comment if you have been to see this exciting show – or maybe I’ve convinced you? – Evee x

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Ghostbusters 2016


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It feels like the only films to hit the silver screen are stories found in books, comics or remakes. It was possibly Disney that started this trend. As an oober Disney geek, I adore anything Disney produces, but I have to admit, remakes are the easy way out. I loved Maleficent when I saw it – it was like Wicked, and I really love Wicked. Giving a story another side, a deeper plot, more in depth characters excites me – but plain remakes with new and improved CGI is getting tiresome. Last night I watched a documentary all about the golden age of filmmaking. MGM musicals truly were the golden era. Top Hat is still one of my very favourites. What happened to that time? Where did the talent go? Overall you have to ask, “Where’s the original screenplay?” 

My mother told me that the film industry is waiting for me. They need my ideas so they’re just buying their time until I finish university. And, after witnessing Ghostbusters 2016, I actually believe her.

I’ve seen a few shows and films since I last wrote but nothing has given me the need to write until now. That’s Entertainment at the theatre was entertaining enough, The Conjuring scared me too much to write, The Jungle Book didn’t inspire me, but then I saw Ghostbusters. Ghostbusters 2016. And I just have to write.

This movie has devided so many. I don’t know anyone personally that liked the film. One friend on my Facebook merely wrote, “Meh.” after seeing it. I think that’s the general consensus. Meh. Why did we need a remake? Wasn’t the original good enough?

I can’t write a review on this film and not mention the all female ghost busting team. Did I have a problem with it? No. Does it make me a feminist for liking the all gal cast? No. The new, female approach to this movie isn’t what made it bad in my opinion. My questions remain the same as above. WHY do we need this change when the original is good as it is?!

When I first saw the trailer (and internally groaned) I assumed that the film takes place after the original Ghostbusters and the girls fighting the new ghosts are doing so because the previous Ghostbusters inspired them. I thought they were the same universe, the same story, cameos would be made to help the new ghosty fighters along. 

No.

It’s just a plain remake with women instead. I don’t understand the need for remaking it. If the film industry felt they needed Ghostbusters back in the box office to make more cash, then they should have executed it much better.

Furthermore, this is meant to be a comedy?


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Myself and my boyfriend sat in the cinema and, on our fingers, counted how many times people laughed. That being an audible, reasonably loud, reasonably amused laugh. We counted 12 laughs in 105 minutes. The two biggest laughs coming from children when the middle finger was shown and someone got hit in the face. 

It honestly, honestly was painful. It may sound harsh but… Just why, Paul Feig and Katie Dippold? Maybe my sense of humour is just to hard to impress but, if you’re asking me,

  • Random does not mean it’s funny.
  • Crazy does not mean it’s funny.
  • Pointing out the obvious does not mean it’s funny.

Myself and my boyfriend laughed at the scene where Kevin, the ditsy receptionist, (Chris Hemsworth) puts its finger through his glasses to itch his eye. We both found it amusing, we saw what happened, we laughed. However pointing out the obvious ruins the joke. When Melissa McCarthy pointed out this gag – it stopped being funny and just became boring.

Maybe the sense of humour was beyond the age of the children that sat around me (probably from 8-13) and wasn’t good enough for the adults either. Or maybe I’m just picky with my comedy, but I hope people can agree with me. I truly believe there needs to be an intelligent comedy – not this silly, stupid, easy laughs, but a well thought through script that makes me laugh by thinking. This happened a few times – as a film geek I enjoyed the reference to The Shining – but this type of gag was very limited.

Furthermore, I found the acting beyond embarrassing. To be fair, I don’t think the actors had much choice as the characters they were given were either completely bland or too cookie to be true. Kate McKinnon played the crazy inventor and she irritated me throughout. However, my boyfriend liked her character as he found her the only one with real personality. I had to disagree though. Her laughs purely relied on fart humour and saying things in funny voices. 


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Not. Funny.

To get controversial, I don’t believe this film empowers women. Many critics thought the actresses would prove something to society. I, personally, felt embarrassed. These women are seen to be comedians but I only cringed at their jokes. When they shot their guns at the ghost’s crotch in order to harm him, I felt it unnecessary. Like my boyfriend said, whispering in the not-even-half-full cinema, “Fighting sexism with sexism is not how you do it.”

I have to admit, I did like the idea of having a male receptionist. For years it has been a woman who filled is role but they turned the tables and made eye-candy Chris the useless blonde instead. I did admire this twist – it gave the women power that usually lacked in comedies. However, then making Kristen Wiig fall all over him, completely ruined the joke in my opinion. After seeing the actress become tongue tied in front of the hunk, I turned to my boyfriend and voiced my anger. This is meant to empower me? Definitely not.

In conclusion I could rant about this movie for weeks. The funniest part about the experience was when my foot got stuck in the seat in front of me. Probably the largest laugh I had the whole time. I can’t believe I wasted money to see it and I don’t think you should either. Wait until it appears on Netflix and then you can join the club.