Friday, January 30, 2015

The Voice :)

I am amazed that some people tend to call me a foreigner, just because I was born outside of the UK. The fact that my passport says I am British, I have only ever attended British schools, I only speak the English language, my family only speak the English language, I am not adopted (none of my family are adopted), I left the country I was born in at the age of 5 months old and I have never visited the country since I left. Most of my family and friends are all British born, I did not come to live in the country illegally and the fact that my father did his full service with the Royal Air Force etc  it doesn't seem to make a blind bit of difference as far as some folk are concerned.  If this is the case, I think all foreigners working in jobs requiring good communication skills, here in Britain, ought to speak with the same standard/level of English, as me!

I was once told that I had a nice BBC voice and many folk have complimented me for speaking well. Not bad for a foreigner. :)

I don't think it really matters where anyone is born as it's all a matter of how you perecive yourself that really matters ie your language, your culture, your religion, how you are brought up etc which makes a difference. For instance, someone who is adopted from birth to a family living in another country, not necessarily the country he/she was born in, would you expect the poor child to grow up feeling confused just because he/she wasn't born in the country he/she grew up in?

LOL I know of someone whose foreign parents gave birth to him in England however he grew up in another country, he doesn't speak the English language, but as far as his passport is concerned, he is shown as British born. Does that make him English?

We can all feel proud of our roots, but they're not always roots we know first hand about, particularly if we are brought up elsewhere and particularly if we don't even speak the same language of the country we were born in. 

I think the immigration laws in Britian need looking at as it seems we have so many folk living in Britain who really ought not be be living here.....particularly folk who live here and who don't support this country in the slightest! Thinks it's a bit much when someone claims benefits but they don't want to work, even though they're capable of working or they are living in Britain purely for the benefit system, foreign or British, it's not good!  I know there are also genuine folk out there who would ideally like to find work, but they can't find a job, I feel sorry for them. Thinks when folk can't speak the language very well, it is perhaps harder for people to seek work, which is why I think everyone living in the country should learn to speak the language to a good standard....and as I am a foreigner, like me. :) 

Come on Britain. You can't have it all ways. If I'm a foreigner because I was born outside of the UK, then you should all be speaking the same level of English as me. This is England after all! :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, January 29, 2015

No! I Do Not Speak Another Language! Just English :D

I was once asked to interpret for a person who could not speak the English language,  because it was assumed that I could speak their language! It was embarrassing at the time....particularly when I asked the person what language he was expecting me to speak to the gentleman, because I can only speak fluent English! :D

Let me enlighten a few folk! Just because someone is born in another country, some may even look foreign, it does not necessarily mean you can speak the language of the country you were born in though. English is indeed my first and the only language I can speak! :)

Lots of people move around the world and they marry other folk from the other countries, it's not unusual! It's all a matter of where you were schooled, where you grow up that matters....and what language your parents taught you as a child.. Just because you are born in England, it most certainly does not make you special! I am tired of the sarcasm, when some folk tell me they are English...and they refuse to be called British!  The truth is, they're just as British as I am! :D

This made me smile! :)  I was recently asked if I learnt to speak another language from one of my parents! How could I when both of my parents only speak the English language!  The same person couldn't understand how I could speak the language, without having a foreign accent. :D

You can be born anywhere in the world but you can tell a lot about how someone is brought up by finding out about their culture, religion and what language they speak.

I was born in a different country. I came to live in England when I was 5 months old.  Both of my parents could speak the English language already when they came to live in the UK. It wasn't so hard for them to fit in with the way of life in this country because there was no language barriers, they dressed in westernized clothing etc.  Wonders why some of the folk in England think I have a different culture to theirs or that my religion is different to theirs....or why they think my language is any different to theirs?  How dare they assume I speak another language! I don't even have a foreign accent!

I didn't learn to speak the English language at school, my parents taught me how to speak, read and write before I even began school!  My parents, were taught  how to speak the English language by their parents.  Why do some folk continue to assume they're better than me because they were born in England! My Grandmother was born in England too....and so were my siblings and both of my children.... so what! They didn't/don't think anything less of me because I was born abroad, so why should anyone else! :)

This tickled me! I told someone my father was in the Air Force and they assumed I meant he was in one of the forces in a different country! My father was in the Royal Air Force and being in the British Royal Air Force meant that he was prepared to fight for his country.... and not any other country!

....Finally, I consider myself to be my children's first teacher. They could both read and write before they went to school. Thinks this helped considerably, particularly as Catherine recently graduated with a first in English, with honours. She has always loved reading. :) I don't think it is a primary teacher's duty to teach the basics to your school child ie., writing their name, discipline etc should be taught at home. I do not think it should be a teachers duty to teach primary school children how to speak basic English within a class full of pupils who should know the basics, before they start school.

So! The next time someone assumes that I can speak another language, please don't assume! :)


SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Indian Summers"

I am really looking forward to watching the new 10 part mini-series 'Indian Summers.'  :)

I have been trying to find out when the series begins.

The series stars BAFTA winning actress Julia Walters.

The series is set in the summer of 1932 at the foothills of the Himalayas and the tea plantations of Northern India. Shimlar, which is a beautiful area of India, is apparently featured in the film. 

Remembers my Father telling me about this place many years ago. The British loved this area of India because it is very picturesque. I would love to go....I was only 5 months old when I was last there. Far too young to remember. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

✞ Demis Roussos ✞ - R. I. P. Forever and Ever

SmileyRoseFrances x


Greek singer Demis Roussos, who sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, has died aged just 68 years old.  I loved his song 'Forever and Ever' ....RIP Demis Roussos.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

"American Sniper"

I have had a lovely weekend.  I spent Saturday with my daughter Catherine we had lunch together and then headed off to a nearby pub, for a drink. It was lovely to catch up with her. :)

I later went on a shopping spree. You can't beat a little retail therapy sometimes.... well it certainly made me feel a little better. ;)

Today (Sunday) I took my Mum out shopping and then we had dinner together before I decided to go to the Showcase Cinema to watch 'American Sniper'... a film which was directed by Clint Eastwood and it starred Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller.

The film was fabulous to say the least.  It was very gripping and it deserves recognition for direction and acting.  Bradley Cooper's portrayal of Chris Kyle was indeed outstanding.  His acting skills just keep getting better!

I loved 'American Sniper' as it was "sympathetic to veterans".....many who lost their lives or  who  still live with the trauma of the war.  Lest We Forget!

The film tells the story of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle who became a legend for his precise and accurate shooting skills.  Not bad for a guy who enjoyed being a cowboy but he felt he had more to offer by wanting to help America, fight terrorism.....and so he joined the SEALs to become a Sniper.

The film showed how Kyle struggled with coming to terms with everyday life with his family, when he was at home and not on a mission.

The film is based on Chris Kyle's autobiography 'American Sniper' and the film is a wonderful tribute to him.

It seems so sad that he went through all of that, only to be killed by a veteran he was trying to help, in his home town! What a sad ending for someone who was considered a hero.

The film is well worth a watch. I loved it. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Perfetta Armonia by Classical Reflection

SmileyRoseFrances x


Peterborough has talent! Classical Reflection. They appeared on The Voice this evening and I just loved their voices.  They reminded me of my own two little angels Catherine and Lauren. They both have absolutely beautiful voices....just like angels. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Love Is You" :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hold me, Thrill me, Kiss me.....never let me go :)


Making love to someone is one of the most thrilling, exciting & tender moments you will ever experience in your life time. Thinks it should be private between two people!

I can't see why anyone feels the need to show the whole world what sexual antics they get up to, particularly via the internet!!!! 

SmileyRoseFrances x


This has to be one of the best Gloria Estafan songs ever. ;)

We Love To Boogie :o)

When my daughters were younger, Catherine, Lauren and I used to love keeping fit/dancing together in the living room. We used to love dancing along to the S-Club-7 songs. :D

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Click here  "I Love To Boogie by T-Rex" :D 

SmileyRoseFrances x

Reach For The Stars :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"What Does It Mean To Dress Modestly?" :)

No! I am not a prude, however I would say that I was brought up as a Christian. :)

Regrettably, I missed the first episode of The Voice last week, when Rita Ora, the new judge on the programme was reported as wearing a trouser suit with a very plunging neckline. Apparently it was far too revealing and unsuitable for family viewing.

As a result of last weeks programme, the BBC received a number of complaints from the Members of Public in regards to the above. They were forced to apologise. Rita Ora has now vowed that she will dress more appropriately for future shows. :)

Ooo there was a lot to be said for Mary Whitehouse. Women and men in the media/on the TV always seemed to be appropriately dressed when I was a teenager. Thinks all celebrities etc should set a good example to our youngsters.   ;)  :)

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The following article was taken from a religious website re Dressing Modestly. I enjoyed reading this and I hope you will too The Link to Website :

Question: "What does it mean to dress modestly?"

Answer:
In describing the mode of dress appropriate for women in church, the apostle Paul exhorts them to dress “modestly” with “decency and propriety” then goes on to contrast immodest dress with the good deeds which are appropriate for those who profess to be true worshippers of God (1 Timothy 2:9–10). While the Bible only specifically addresses the need for women to dress modestly, the same teaching would apply to men in principle. Both men and women should bring glory to God in their manner of dress.

Modesty in the way we dress is not just for church; it is to be the standard for all Christians at all times. The key to understanding what constitutes modesty in dress is to examine the attitudes and intents of the heart. Those whose hearts are inclined toward God will make every effort to dress modestly, decently, and appropriately. Those whose hearts are inclined toward self will dress in a manner designed to draw attention to themselves with little or no regard for the consequences to themselves or others.

A godly woman endeavours to do everything with a “God-ward” perspective. She knows that God wants His people to be concerned for His glory and the spiritual state of their brothers and sisters in Christ. If a woman professes to be a Christian yet she dresses in a way that will unduly draw attention to her body, she is a poor witness of the One who bought her soul by dying for her on the cross. She is forgetting that her body has been redeemed by Christ and is now the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). She is telling the world that she determines her own worth on a purely physical basis and that her attractiveness depends on how much of her body she reveals to them. Further, by dressing in an immodest fashion, displaying her body for men to lust after, she causes her brothers in Christ to sin, something condemned by God (Matthew 5:27–29). Proverbs 7:10 mentions a woman “dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent”—here, the woman’s heart condition is displayed by her manner of dress.

The Scripture says that we are to dress modestly, but what exactly does that mean in modern society? Does a woman have to be covered from head to toe? There are cults and religions in the world that demand this of women. But is that the biblical meaning of modesty? Again, we have to go back to the matter of the attitudes of the heart. If a woman’s heart is inclined toward godliness, she will wear clothing that is neither provocative nor revealing in public, clothing that does not reflect negatively upon her personal testimony as a child of God. Everyone else in her circle may be dressing immodestly, but she resists the temptation to go along with the crowd. She avoids clothing designed to draw attention to her body and cause men to lust, for she is wise enough to know that type of attention only cheapens her. The idea of causing men to sin against God because of her dress is abhorrent to her because she seeks to love and honor God and wants others to do the same.

Modesty in dress reveals a modesty and godliness of the heart, attitudes that should be the desire of all women (and men) who live to please and honor God.

Recommended Resources: A Woman After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George and Logos Bible Software.

SmileyRoseFrances x


Monday, January 05, 2015

"The Theory Of Everything" :)

This evening I went to watch "The Theory Of Everything" at the Showcase Cinema. I cried, I smiled, I laughed. The film was fabulous. :)  The film was adapted from the memoirs of Jane Hawking 'Travellling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen. It starred Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones (notice how the actress had the same cute bunny rabbit teeth like me) and Charlie Cox. I would say the genre of the film is more of a romantic drama.....and I very much enjoy romantic from time to time. ;) There are some films you just have to go and watch on your own! :)

The film tells the story of  Stephen Hawking and how he was first diagnosed with motor neuron disease. He became a successful physicist who falls in love with a literature student, Jane Wilde. In 1988 Stephen Hawkings wrote a very successful book called 'A Brief History of Time.'

I have to hand it to Eddie Redmayne, because his portrayal of Stephen Hawking was outstanding.  Apparently, he spent 6 months researching Stephen Hawking's life, after he agreed to take on the role in the film adaptation.

I found the film very emotional, however there were a few laughable moments too. :)

The film was directed by James Marsh and i enjoyed it immensely. :)

I recognised some of the scenes in the film, particularly as I live in Cambrideshire and I have photographed a few of the colleges during my many visits.  I remember standing on the bridge of St John's College a few years ago, watching the punts go by.  It is very picturesque. :)

What a great start to the new year as far as motion pictures are concerned. :)

As some of you know, my ex husband and I divorced in 2005. In September 2014 (last year ) we both united for the day to attend our eldest daughter Catherine's graduation day.  She graduated with a first degree in English.  As I watched her walk onto the stage that day, I wanted to say to my ex-husband "Look what we made" .... A memorable quote from the film.  It was indeed a very proud moment for us both. I wished I'd said it now. ;)

This is definitely a film to watch! I loved it! :)

My thanks to Stephen Hawking and Jane Hawking, a truly beautiful film. .)

Here's to a happy 2015 everyone. :D
 
SmileyRoseFrances x

Saturday, January 03, 2015

"Iko Iko"

SmileyRoseFrances x


Watching 'The Hangover'....of course I'm the Tiger. ;)

Eww i didn't think much to the end credits though!


Mastermind :)

Aww when I was growing up, I loved watching Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson. :)

Tonight I watched Celebrity Mastermind. The contestants were: Aasmah Mir, Ben Bailey Smith, Mark Little and Gethin Jones and tonights winner was Aasmah Mir. Well done to her.  I really like John Humphys, host of the programme. :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Thursday, January 01, 2015

My Cute Bunny :)

Here is Bradley my bunny looking rather cute. He is sporting a red jumper and a multi-coloured scarf. :)







































SmileyRoseFrances x

HaPpY NeW YeAr EvErYbOdY :)

I 've just opened a bottle of Advocaat. I'm drinking Snowballs :D

I would just like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year. Here's hoping 2015 brings us much love, joy and happiness.

I would like to thank all of those folk who have been part of my 2014. Thank you all for being there for me. You know who you are. x

I am not expecting too much for 2015. I am mostly hoping for good health and happiness for me, my family members and all of my friends.

I have learned over the years to never expect too much, so that when something good happens, you are blessed with good fortune. :)

Ooo and the anagram of Happy New Year is Way Hay Napper! :D

Love SmileyRoseFrances



English Is Indeed My First Language! :)

English is indeed my FIRST and ONLY spoken language. I have a UK accent only. My family and I are all British Citizens.....and my skin colouring is indeed brown. LOL my pet Bradley Bunny only understand English too. He's just learned the 'Kiss' command. ;)

Just because someone speaks the English language, it doesn't always mean that English is their first language, particularly when they're at home with their families.

LOL no I have never used any skin lightening creams. I am proud of my colour! It is natural and not a suntan. We have brown and white skin tones in our family tree and I am proud of my language. :)

Due to my skin colouring, folk have often wondered what language I speak when I am at home with my family members and my friends (what is my mother tongue). :) For all of you who are wondering....myself, my children, my parents, my siblings and my grandparents (if they'd have been alive still, they'd probably have been in their 90's today)... they all speak/spoke the English language only. I may look a little foreign, however I do not have a foreign accent (I have a UK accent only) because English is our first language.  My siblings and I did however learn a little French at school, but much of it has been forgotten. It's not a language I've needed to learn because I have spent much of my childhood/adult life only living here in England. I'm unsure if I really want to start learning another language at my age as it's unlikely that I would want to live abroad. :) I have lived abroad previously, but only as a child. We lived abroad during my Father's RAF postings. I was only a child back in those days, therefore I wasn't expected to learn the language greatly during my 3 year duration living in another country with my parents. I only attended an RAF school anyway. :)

LOL England can be a little cold sometimes and It would be great to migrate somewhere nice and warm sometimes, especially during the winter months......however, I would need to live somewhere where there are no language barriers. I would indeed need to learn a language fluently before I would ever decide to live abroad in another country permanently! It is a little different if you are only going to another country temporarily and you do not have plans to live there on a permanent basis, but I could not live abroad in a country if I could not understand the lingo so to speak. ;)

As a child, I was once told to go back to my own country! LOL I would gladly have gone to another country if I only spoke/understood another language....It would have been a little difficult for me otherwise. ;)

So, now you know. That's me in a nutshell :)

SmileyRoseFrances x

Ps

I am definitley a woman and I've never changed my sex. My name is spelt FRANCES...and not with an I :)

'Jive Talkin' - The Joy Of The Bee Gees :)

SmileyRoseFrances x


I have had a really super day today.  I spent New Years Day with my family members. LOL I ate another Christmas dinner...with a Christmas pudding too. We later sat down to watch 'The Joy Of The Bee Gees' ..it was fabulous!!! :D

Unbelievable Performance - - Elvis Presley Sound-Alike :)

SmileyRoseFrances x
 

This guy is amazing! His name is David Thibault and he sings and he looks so much like Elvis Presley. :)