Jumping Puddles Open Clasp

Nothing hurts more than the loss of a parent, especially one who has taken care of you and has always been next to you. In Jumping Puddles, Catrina McHugh tells the funny and moving story of two young sisters whose mother is seriously ill and is in hospital.

Sadly the sisters need to continue with their life and grow up faster than their years. Anna (Lauren Kellegher) is the younger sister and an outsider. She is bullied by schoolmates for her homosexuality. The bullies call her a freak, making Anna close herself off from the outside world.

Fortunately she get to know one of the classmates Chloe (Paislie Reid). Chloe is from Liverpool and Anna shares memories of her trip to there. They become friends and even start liking each other.

The story considers issues such a homophobic bullying, sexual violence in night clubs and the impact of bereavement on young people.

The girls are trying to stay above as they jump from one puddle of emotion to another but the puddle might become a river and Anna fears Grace will be taken by the tide. In a moment like this running seems the only way but it is not a possibility.

Fighting all the time the sisters cannot be around each other, they cannot talk to each other and cannot even stand in the same room but the death of their mother teaches them they have to stick to each other and become one because this is the only family they both have.

The writer combines her past from Liverpool with her present in Newcastle. She brings everything positive from both cities – the culture, language, accent, generosity and the desire to make a change and to right a wrong when seen but she also brings her sad memories of the family’s loss.

An Open Clasp production in collaboration with Frantic Assembly and 162 young women who want speak up and change the world. This project is inspired by their resilience, intelligence and demand of equality. Open Clasp want to make sure their voice will be heard.

Lola Colt

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Teleporting into the 60s, Lola Colt’s music reminds of Janis Joplin’s psychedelic-acid rock. Lola Colt’s music is not something we hear every day, it is something odd for today’s generation, it is something not familiar and maybe this is why it is difficult to understand.
Lola Colt and the supporting bands Bernaccia and Cobadelta were at Think Tank – a small venue with no seats, no soap in the toilets and wrong information on internet. Of the three groups only Bernaccia made me enjoy the night as the music was vivid, it makes you dance and at the same time listen to the lyrics.
However, I could not understand a word of what Lola Colt was singing – the sound was louder than their voices. The members of the group were different from each other and make you think how they got to play together and has the same passion for the music they do.
Lola Colt’s name from a spaghetti western originated as the song writing partnership of their Danish vocalist Gun and lead guitarist Matt, who came through a long-standing love of vintage films and cinematic sound, as well as having similar recordings. Films are a big part of both their lives and they influence their music career. Matt have started writing music in the form of film scores and theatre productions and when the band have developed into a six-piece, they ideas were to write a soundtrack for a movie which is not even written yet.
Psychotic is the right feeling their music brings to the listener’s heart and like burned with acid want to run away from the venue. The idea of music is really to change your world, to literally mind teleport you with their collection of unusual visual instruments used on stage.
They had a sold out show at London’s Electrowerkz to celebrate the release of their debut album Away From the Water and an intoxicating set at this year’s International Psych Festival in Liverpool.
The band is touring in UK till the end February including March 1 in Oxford, and after that heading to Europe – Netherlands, Germany and France. The psychedelic tunes are not for everyone’s cup of tea so if you are not a fan of that kind or narcotic sense prepare yourself to be transported into all those movies you have been scared to watch by yourself.

Are you an over-thinker?

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I always thought  I am a thinker and seen the book in a charity shop made me buy it straight away. Women Who Think Too Much (2003) made me realise I was not one of these people who over think that much and panic without a reason. It helped me to get to know myself. I always knew what kind of person I am but I wanted to know more. The author of the book Dr Susan Nolen-Hoeksema is a professor of Psychology. Her research won an award funded by the National Institute on Mental Health. The book would help women who are stressing too much and over-think about things they cannot change or things they cannot move on from.

Divided by three parts the author wants first to show to the reader why the women are these who over-think, second she gives some strategies to overcome overthinking and third she shows of what are the main reasons someone to over-think.

The research for the book is made in depth. The information is taken from a lot of universities in USA and the sources have personal experience. And it is supposed to be accurate. My opinion is it could definitely help people who need these advices but still it is too much information and some of it was repeated too many times in different ways. I understand it is to help people solve their problems but was it actually that necessary. At one point I was a bit tired of reading it and I left it. But as I do not like leaving stuff half way through I finished it. As I said before it made me realise I was not one of these over-thinkers. I think it was going to be better if the personal stories were told in depth.

Basically, it is a good book and people who are wondering if there are over-thinkers and they do not like it they should read it and find more about it. It gives you different solutions for your problem or if it does not help you it will show you how to help a friend who needs you.

Read it!