cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
(I just posted two Les Mis reviews, if you haven't seen them yet)

The last two weeks have been a horror, I've never in my life been this busy. We've had a test/presentation/assignment/something-to-prepare-for every single day! Luckily, it's over now, only my English presentation on Perth (Australia) left. I'm mostly finished with it, but I have not seen my partner's work yet, and I think we have to practice a lot. His oral English is pretty bad, I discovered a couple of days ago, while his written English appears to be decent enough. Some coaching may become necessary.

I've pretty much ensured top marks in three of my finishing subjects (English, Geography and Science), though I think I may have messed up in Social Science. I'm very uncertain about my last test, but on the other hand, Viola does not grade very strictly, so it's a possibility. Four 6's out of four finishing subjects would be amazing, but I can hardly complain about three either:)

Mum and dad visited France, so I was home alone last week. It was great, being left in peace with my work, but kind of boring as well. Also, this meant I did not get to see part 1 of the Che Guevara movie, since it only played five evenings at my local cinema. Mum would freak if I tried to ride my bike home, alone, at 23.30 in the evening, understandably enough, and my grandmother (our closest neighbour) would be bound to notice (and report it), so I refrained. I also didn't bother to celebrate our National Day (17th of May) much, I only barbecued at Camilla's house with some friends. I had to leave at 20.30 though, to finish up my preparations for a sort of mock oral exam I had the 18th. My parents arrived home the same day, mum red as a lobster:) They'd bought me the Faubourg 36 soundtrack (I still adore that movie. I saw it twice at the cinema in France last year, and I've watched my DVD with French subtitles four times. I even managed to convince my teacher to watch it in class;)), a French copy of Pride and Prejudice and, to my great surprise, a shirt which actually fits!


Quite a lot of Star Trek... )

Four of my friends and I are going to Göteborg/Gothenburg the 24/25th June! We'll take the train early Wednesday morning, spend the day at Liseberg (best amusement park there is reasonably close to home), stay the night at the Norwegian Church Abroad/Seamen's Church, shop and visit Universum before going home. We're hoping we'll be able to buy family tickets for Universum, since Nita will be 18, I'll be 17, and Thea (her birthday's the 28th), Tina and Natascha will be 16. Seems like those over 17 goes as adults there. It'll be great fun, I hope!
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (OTP)
Friday I saw Les Mis in Oslo! Some great singers, and all in all, I think this is the best Norwegian production since Trondheim, though Bergen had better barricade scenes and Lillestrøm seemed to work somewhat better as a production.

It opened in February, but this was my first trip. Due to being busy with school, I kind of forgot about it, and waited ridiculously long before ordering my tickets. The whole family have tickets for the performance on Wednesday, as that was the first date available that fit our schedules. Friday we were going to Oslo anyway, to look at a car (we did buy it, and my father has listed me as co-owner! Oh dear, I'm growing up too fast), and I decided to call the ticket office, even though the website claimed all tickets were sold. I got the last seat in the house, first row in the left section of the balcony. I had to lean forward to see what happened on the far left of the stage, but it was a quite good seat. I'll post my review sometime later this week, after seeing it again.

Les Mis fic related content )


I survived mock exam week, and I'm very pleased with myself. I spent all of last weekend reading my maths textbook (while sunbathing, I might add. We've had some lovely weather), and while I expect plenty of mistakes in part 1, my teacher said I had done very well in part 2. I won't get my grade until Friday, but since it will not matter (I'm taking an easier course next year, only 3 lessons a week) I'm not overly worried. I just got back my English, and all Irene had to say was "Stupendous!". I whooped when I got my grade, it was a 6! Anyone surprised when I say I thought it had gone rather badly?;) The theme was personal values, and the task I chose was to write about which personal values I thought was important within an occupation of my choice. I chose the occupation of a lawyer, which in hindsight I realize could have ended badly, due to the terminology. I spent a paragraph explaining words like lawyer, solicitor, barrister, attorney, notary, advocate and legal counsel and discussing the differences between them, plus dropping words like prosecution and verdict on numerous occasions.

I also know what electives I'll get next year; I wanted International English, German I, a subject where we learn about law which I can't translate the name of and History & Philosophy. I got into everything but German, there won't be enough students to have a proper class. I did not really expect them to start one, so I'm very pleased:) I think I'll borrow a "teach-yourself-German" book from the library if I ever get the time.

Musical DVDs watched lately... )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
Turns out I haven't updated this journal the last thirteen weeks 0_O! I've thought about it now and then, but it has never come to anything, and time seems to pass faster when I watch the "number of weeks since last update" counter grow:)

A quick recap of the last couple of months:

Here )


...Twilight...yes )


School-related stuff:

We won't receive our grades until 20. January, strangely enough. I think I will be reasonably pleased, but I'll have to improve a bit. Four of my grades will be final this summer; English, Science, Geography and Social Studies. My English teacher told me she would give me a 6 (!!!), and there's a small chance I will get one in Science (which is very strange, since it used to be my most hated theoretical subject, until this year), and the others are both pretty strong 5's. My Norwegian grades are really bad, but I might manage to scrape a 5 in Bokmål at least.

This term, I've had some experience with bad grades for the first time, which is probably healthy. First, there was a test I got 4- on, in Math, (but just about the whole class failed, so it will be disregarded. Lucky me;)), and then my Norwegian teacher gave me a 3, when I wrote a fairy-tale in nynorsk. That is the singularly worst grade I have ever received, not counting my first term grade in P.E, three years ago (another 3). But, I take my reaction to these grades as a sign of having matured a bit more; last year, I would without a doubt started crying the moment I got home, now I don't care as much. I have until 2011, if not even later (see below) to fix my Norwegian grade, so it doesn't matter.

I'm thinking of taking a break between my second and third year of schooling, and instead taking a year abroad, through EF. I'm thinking of taking what's called EF Multi-Language year; nine months spent on two or three different locations, learning two or three different languages. It sounds very fun, but I haven't quite decided yet. My original plan was taking an EF High School Year instead of my second year, but I gave up on that, and now it's too late anyway (My reason for giving up was simply the fact that I want to take the available electives here next year;)). It'll will cost me quite a bit of money, and I just can't stand the thought of wasting it, so I have to weigh the pros and cons carefully, but come on, how amazing wouldn't it be to spend nine months in London, Paris and München (Munich) (my top three wishes), studying just English, French and German? Living arrangements will be a problem, as I want to avoid having to live with a family at all costs, and it seems like that's the only option in München. London is one thing, I wouldn't have a problem with communication, and in Paris I would at least have some experience with the language, enough to make my wishes known, but I don't speak German at all (I can sing songs from Rebecca, and it's close enough to Norwegian for me to understand quite a bit, but that's it. If I'm lucky I'll get it as an elective next year). In Germany, I would expect most people to speak English, but still... 

I'll probably update again sometime this week, as it is time to chose electives for next year. I have a lot to say on that subject:)
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
France Autumn 2008. Most of this was actually written while being in France, and I didn't have much to do, so I'm rambling quite a lot at times.

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School began 16 hours after I got home, so I feel I haven’t gotten much out of my vacation, but it wasn’t so bad. I’ve two grades I’m very pleased with (Science, 6/5, and Social Science, 5+), and one I’m very disappointed with: Norwegian (bokmål) writing, only 4/5. Something including a “4” in any way I would expect in a subject like P.E. or Arts/Crafts (I’m finally rid of the latter, by the way!), it just doesn’t happen in any subject involving writing. But at least it sounds like my teacher would have liked to give me a higher grade; mine and one other student’s piece was handed to another teacher, to make sure the grading was consistent what other teacher’s would have given. My other grades are okay, still no nasty shocks. Could have been better though.

I watched “Les Choristes” today. It was directed by the same director who did Faubourg 36, and included two of the actors as well. Another lovely movie, but not quite as good as Faubourg in my opinion. Wish the kids involved in musical theatre were as good as the boy playing Morhange.

Les Mis in Bergen this weekend! Am excited, but slightly apprehensive. Just realised I have a test in geography on Monday, so I’ll have to bring my text-book. Well, I know most of it already, I just have to learn the difference between rock-types. For some reason, I’m completely unable to remember that part of the chapter.

I’m going to the dentist tomorrow, directly after school, few hours before we’re leaving. Hope I’ll manage to keep from choking on the thing they’ll stuff into my mouth when they take pictures.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (One day more)


First of all, happy very belated birthday to[info]duva, and happy birthday a day early to[info]fancyspinner!

School
I've now been at my new school for six weeks, and I love it! It's so much more fun than my last one, which my sick-days can attest to: no one yet, even though I caught a bad cold with fever this week.

French has actually become my new favourite subject. The last three years or so I've thought "Oh no, I'll have French tomorrow" every time I've packed my bag, for even though I've enjoyed learning it, we haven't had the best teachers. This new teacher knows her stuff, and she can teach (I have yet to learn anything I didn't know already, but that's beside the point), and it's a lot of fun. I even enjoy the oral exercises, which I normally hate. And she has offered to bring me some extra reading material, since I've already started to read way ahead in our text-book:)

I've sadly lost my brilliant math teacher, and his replacement seems crappy (I've only had one lesson with him, but my, I was so bored). I like my English teacher a whole lot more than I expected, though there was an embarrassing incident where I managed to claim that salad is a vegetable. Lettuce, girl, never forget about lettuce. She has a bad side that seems to delight in saying "You are wrong". Another slightly bad thing with her is her love of American English. It's a bit painful to me, to see her write "o" instead of "ou" and things like that. She allows us to do it as well, which means fever spelling errors for my classmates, but I'm glad she doesn't force us to do it, since I can't shake off this feeling that it is wrong (not that there is anything wrong with American English, but we've always been taught British English, and it's too late to switch now)

There has been no nasty shocks related to grades yet: two 5's (math and English oral presentation), one 6 (French glossary test), plus our that haven't been corrected yet (one English I think I aced, one Norwegian writing exercise that was okay, two in Social Science and Science that could have gone better). We'll have a bigger French test directly after the holiday, and that one I know I could ace right here and now without even reading, so nothing to worry about.

My school has an English homepage, actually, and it has taught me the correct English terms for what I'm doing: The school is an upper secondary school, and my program is "Specialization in General Studies focusing on further academic education". As simple as that. I need to stop trying to find complicated answers to simple questions; the above is a direct translation of the Norwegian term.

"Romeo and Juliet" is coming along nicely. The two guys playing Tybalt and Capulet are brilliant, especially Tybalt, Mercutio is to my great surprise decent (he is our new close friend, but I didn't have a lot of fait in him), I love our Benvolio, and Romeo and Juliet are adorable together. And to everyone's great amusement, Romeo and Paris are played by two identical twin brothers:) Due to a lack of male actors, we've ended up with a Queen of Verona (another new friend of mine), and females playing males in the case of Montague and Father Lawrence, but that was to be expected. People were toying with the idea of "the nun Lawrentina" (well, I came up with that name, but it was close), but to my great relief they won't go through with it.
We watched the 1968 movie-adaption in class, and I mostly loved it. I almost choked to death with laughter; Mercutio with a handkerchief over his head really was unreasonably hilarious:)

Les Mis in Bergen
The first reviews and mentions of Les Mis is Bergen have appeared, seems like this is a very big production. The reviewer liked it very much, but he also said something with the gist of "the performance of Valjean and Javert improved after intermission". That doesn't sound too good.
There was a pretty nice picture from "In My Life" included, with Valjean and Cosette. Sigurd Sele looked decent, Cosette seemed to be way too old, as usual in Norwegian productions. But she was wearing a rather nice, purple dress, so I have hopes for the costume-department. Homepage.

There's also a behind the scenes thingy, here. Extremely uninteresting, the one exception being whenever there's singing. This mostly consists of pictures of a half-naked Sigurd Sele. You understand why I can't stand his Enjolras? Speaking of Enjolras... open this page, and look at the picture that replaces the Cosette logo. On one hand, shiny picture, but please don't tell me that's the Bergen Enjolras.

Other
We're leaving for France tonight, at 4 am. After this, I won't go back. My mother has promised to never force me to go again, and I'm going to hold her to it. Knowing me, I'll probably end up going next year too, but at the moment I'm very pleased.

EDIT: Oh, and my bedroom has been renovated! It is now pretty and white, with new furniture, and I've finally gotten rid of that horrible Disney wallpaper.

cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (producer partners)

Lets start with the bad things:

And now the positive things!

1. I've cut my hair, and I'm very pleased with it! I have a fringe! I haven't had that in five years or so, and it's a very refreshing change. The result is far better than last time I decided to do something drastic with my hair, then it turned out to be too short, and it took me two weeks to be able to walk past a mirror without flinching.

2. I'm very pleased with my grades! Only second best in my class, but I really admire Alex for managing to get 8 6's (!!!). I beat him in English and French, but he's very much better than me in P.E. and Arts & Crafts. I'm slightly bitter about losing my 6 in written Norwegian, but I knew that was going to happen anyway. All in all, I was very positively surprised; two 4's, five 5's and six 6's:)


3. Natascha and I have started to watch movie-musicals together, and we're having a wonderful time. After seeing Rent she started shipping Roger/Mark, and we have a few ongoing jokes about Gringoire after Notre Dame de Paris. We most recently saw The Producers, and I've managed to develop a small obsession with it. It's exactly the kind of musical I try to avoid (frivolous. I want to see litanies of woe), but I've lost count of how many times I've watched it, I'm addicted, I've even watched two dubs. Hard to pick out any favourite scenes, but if I had to, I'd say King of Broadway, Betrayed, and the scene they have in the movie to replace the song Where did we go right. Nathan Lane is truly brilliant, and I love both Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell. Natascha detested Ulla, but while I didn't like the character I though Uma Thurman was rather sweet. Her voice was a bit weak at some points. Seeing John Barrowman with blond hair is a slightly traumatic experience, but he still somehow manages to be hot. The fact that Roger is played by Gary Beach amuse me:)


I've also watched Chicago and Moulin Rouge, and I like them both rather well. Moulin Rouge took me two tries, though. I had no idea Ewan could sing so well:) And I find David Wenham playing Audrey hilarious:)

I have read/watched tons of books and movies that I want to review, but I don't know where to start *sigh*. Perhaps I'll drop it.

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