Top Ten MAFMAD Winners

MAFMAD, short for Make A Film, Make A Difference, was a campaign run by the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Australia from 2003 to 2013. It called on young people under the age of twenty-five to make a short film with the theme ‘Your Mates Life is in Your Hands’. Continue reading

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Top Ten Breakfast Cereals

Whether it’s a broiled egg on toast or a full English, everybody loves a home-cooked breakfast. Unfortunately, we are often in a bit of  hurry and do not have enough time to sit down to a delicious meal. This is where breakfast cereal comes into its own. It’s quick, it’s easy and there is enough of a variety to please almost any taste-buds. Variety, being what it is, also means choice and everybody’s choice of favourite cereal is different. Continue reading

Top Ten Fan Songs

Anybody who regularly reads my blog will tell you that I am heavily into fan fiction. However, fan fiction is not the only form of fan labour out there. Fans of almost any show, book, movie, game, or even band or actor, can continue to get their fix in almost any medium. Continue reading

Top Ten SasuNaru Doujinshi

Many fans of anime and manga also enjoy reading doujinshi. For those who aren’t in the know, doujinshi is the Japanese term for self-published works. While doujinshi can feature an original cast, they are also often used as a type of fan fiction. Many people who create doujinshi publish on the internet, either on dedicated websites or, in many cases, edited together with background music to make a video. It is video doujinshi that are the subject of this post.

Many fans of Naruto are perfectly happy with his relationship with Hinata. However, as with any fandom, fans like to explore relationships other than those shown in canon. Even fans who are perfectly happy with the canon relationships sometimes like to explore other scenarios. It is just such a pairing that is the subject of this post. Continue reading

Top Ten Fanfics That Made Me Cry

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Fan fiction stories are a staple of any fandom. They allow fans to re-imagine all the parts of the original work they didn’t like or place their favourite characters in different situations. Authors, like the Gods, can be quite cruel to the characters in our stories and, in this, fan fiction authors are no different. It is the goal of any author to make the reader feel and if, by placing our characters into terrible situations, we cause the reader to shed real tears, then we have definitely succeeded at our job.

In the world of fan fiction, this can be done in a number of ways. Whether it is killing off a favourite character’s lover, subjecting them to a terminal illness or simply examining a canon situation in a more personal way, many fan fiction authors have a particular talent for ferreting out that one thing that will devastate the hearts of their readers. Continue reading

Top Ten Songs That Make Me Cry

Music is a brilliant way to enhance or express our emotions. It can liven up an otherwise dead party, cheer us up when we are down or sink us into the depths of despair. Playing music that resonates with our soul can help us to cope with the ups and downs of life.

On occasion, we connect with a song so deeply that we find ourselves in tears. This can happen for many reasons. Sometimes the lyrics themselves, or the story behind them, are depressing, sometimes the song reminds us of a sad story or a difficult time in our lives. Longreach is Praying is one such song for me. Continue reading

Top Ten Gifts for Harry Potter Fans

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It can be quite difficult to get the perfect gift for that special someone. Especially if they are really into a fandom that you don’t know much about.

While some people prefer traditional gifts like jewellery or books, others prefer their gifts to be themed to their current obsession. One fandom that inspires a lot of loyalty, sometimes bordering on fanaticism is Harry Potter.

Non-fans buying for their Harry Potter obsessed loved ones can sometimes find the experience a bit overwhelming, so for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, I thought I’d create a kind of gift guide for family and friends of Harry Potter fans. Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Displays 2016

Every year, families and governments around the globe decorate their homes and cities to celebrate the Xmas season, and every year the best of such displays are posted on YouTube. I won’t be writing about each individual display, as I think each video speaks for itself.

You will notice, by the date, that I am posting last years displays. I do prefer to show the displays from the previous year, rather than the current one. After all, I don’t want to miss a beautiful display simply because it was uploaded the day after I put my list together, do I?

So sit back, relax, maybe sip some eggnog and enjoy my top ten list of 2016 Xmas displays, from ten to one: Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Movies For Kids

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Xmas is a time for family, yes, but when you add children to the mix, it becomes extra special. Nothing can build holiday excitement faster than seeing the wonder on small faces as they watch the Xmas lights or visit Santa at the store.

One way to build your children’s anticipation is to sit down with them and drink a delicious hot chocolate while watching a much-loved holiday movie. Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Movies

 

 

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The holidays are almost upon us. As they approach, we will engage in many pastimes peculiar to the season. We will shop for gifts, sing Xmas carols, decorate our home and indulge in the treats we might normally deny ourselves.

One of my favourite activities in the lead up to the holidays is relaxing with my family in front of the television, with a glass of Xmas cheer, and enjoying a good Xmas movie. Continue reading

Top Ten Things I Hate About Renting

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With more and more people being locked out of the housing market, renting is on the rise. For those who chose to rent rather than buy, renting does have some advantages.

Renting can often be cheaper than buying, allowing renters to live in areas they can’t afford to buy. For example, the current loan repayment on a three bedroom home in Penrith¹ is $570 per week², while the rent on such a home is $400, and that isn’t taking into account such costs as rates, maintenance and insurance.

Renting is more flexible for those who need or want to be able to move quickly. If you are transferred at work, for example, you don’t have to wait for your home to sell. The fact that renting doesn’t require a long term commitment is a positive aspect for people who like a constant change of pace.

However, for those of us who rent out of necessity, rather than by choice, renting does have many disadvantages. Therefore, without further ado, here is my personal top ten list of things I hate about renting, from ten to one: Continue reading

Top Ten Stephen King Films

 

 

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I am a huge fan of Stephen King and one of the things I love most about his writing is his ability to populate his worlds. Every character, no matter how minor, has a role. Every character, no matter how minor, has a back story. Where other authors will simply refer to ‘the cashier’ or ‘the truck driver’, King will give these people a name and a family. He’ll tell us a little about their lives and how their day has been so far.

In many cases he even links them to characters in other novels or stories that he has written. A character mentioned in passing in one story may play a pivotal role in another. A favourite character in the novel you read yesterday may be briefly mentioned in the short story you read today.

It is for this reason that I have always been a proponent of King’s books over their movie adaptations. There is a depth to his novels that just doesn’t seem to carry over into film.

That said, not being as good as the novel, does not necessarily translate as ‘bad’. There are plenty of enjoyable films based on works by Stephen King, some of which have a place on my mental list of favourite films. Continue reading

Top Ten YouTube Channels I Discovered This Year

With billions of visitors daily, YouTube is one of the most well-known and popular video streaming sites on the internet. With millions of channels on the site, and more being added every day, there is always something new to discover.

Sometimes the channels we discover are brand new, with only a handful of videos available. At other times we may discover for ourselves, channels that have been producing content for years, with thousands of subscribers having found them before us.

This is definitely the case when it comes to myself. Due to the fact that I don’t watch YouTube nearly as often as some, I am often a latecomer when it comes to the discovery of channels. Many of the channels I discovered this year are neither new or unknown. They were, however, new to me. Continue reading

Top Ten Sites & Tools I Found Helpful in Prepping for NaNoWriMo

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Those of you who follow my blog will know that this is my first time participating in NaNoWriMo, or National November Writing Month. As this is also the first time I have written anything longer than around 1500 words, I was understandably feeling overwhelmed.

Thankfully, writers on twitter and in the NaNoWriMo forums, are incredibly kind and helpful. They give loads of encouragement, share plenty of resources and are always willing to point newbies in the right direction. Continue reading

Top Ten Books I Rated 10/10

Flowery Number 10 Free Public Domain Image bloemrijk-paars-getal-10I haven’t read a lot of books lately. I’ve been concentrating mainly on Harry Potter fan fiction. I did read a lot in the past, however, and I intend to read a lot more in the future.

Over the past few days, in between researching the seventeenth century in preparation for NaNoWriMo, I have been editing my BookCrossing profile. One of the features I added to my profile page is a drop down menu showing all the books I have rated ten out of ten, since I began keeping track of such things.

Going through this list caused me to remember a lot of good books that I read in the past so, when I saw the time and realised I haven’t gotten around to blogging yet, I thought, why not kill two birds with one stone and use those memories as inspiration for today’s Top Ten Tuesday? Continue reading

Top Ten Fanfics That Aren’t Harry Potter

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Fanfiction stories are a staple of any fandom. They allow fans to re-imagine all the parts of the original work they didn’t like or place their favourite characters in different situations. They allow fans to take their favourite scene and say things like “What if Shindou (Hikaru no Go) died?” or “What if Naruto became a missing nin?” and imagine how these changes might affect the entire story.

It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, that the majority of fanfiction that I read is from the Harry Potter universe, or Harry Potter crossed with other fandoms. What may surprise some people, however, is that I also read, and enjoy, stories from fandoms that have no relation whatsoever to Harry Potter. Continue reading

Top Ten Australian Inventions

Australia has always been a creative country. Present us with a problem and we will find a solution. I suspect that it goes all the way back to the days of squatters and homesteads and drovers. In those days, supply runs were few and far between. If something broke, you had to fix it with whatever you had to hand. If you ran out, you had to do without, or find a substitute.

Australians have always been quite good at thinking outside the box, and this has led to quite a number of inventions, though we don’t always get the credit we deserve. In honour of Rafferty’s Rules’ first annual ‘Australia Month’, I have decided to do a top ten list of Australian inventions. Continue reading

Top Ten Big Things in Australia

All around the world artists, businesses and governments erect giant versions of animals or items that are relevant to them, and Australia is no exception. Inevitably, these giant sculptures attract tourists and, indeed, there are many people who make a hobby of travelling to various ‘big things’ around the world.

Australia certainly hosts her fair share of ‘big things’. In fact, I was quite surprised at the sheer number and variety of these sculptures scattered throughout the country. Before doing my research for this blog post, I could have counted on one hand the number of Australian ‘big things’ that I knew about. Continue reading

Top Ten Beautiful Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are a fairly standard sight in the home of anybody who celebrates that particular holiday, and many stores and public areas around the world also wow the public with these beautiful decorations.

Every once in a while, however, we come across a tree that is decorated so beautifully that we just want to oooh and aaah in awe.

This is my top ten list of some of the most beautiful Christmas trees from around the world, in order from ten to one: Continue reading

Top Ten Christmas Carols

There is plenty to love about Christmas and plenty of things to do. One activity that I love is to crank the volume up and sing along with my favourite Christmas carols. Secular, religious, fast, slow, kids, adult, funny, serious, it makes no difference to me — I love them all.

Still, as with anything in life, I love some more than I love others. So, here is my top ten list of Christmas Carols, from ten to one: Continue reading

Top Ten Xmas Houses

Every year, families around the globe decorate their homes to reflect their excitement about the Christmas season, and every year the best of such houses are posted on YouTube. I won’t be writing about each individual house, as I think each video speaks for itself.

So sit back, relax, maybe sip some eggnog and enjoy my top ten list of Xmas houses, from ten to one: Continue reading

Top Ten Unusual Gifts

It can be quite difficult to get the perfect gift for that special someone. After all, everybody is into different things and, what one recipient might hate, another will think is the best gift they received this year.

While some people prefer traditional gifts like jewellery or books, others prefer their gifts to be a little more unique and that is what this list is all about. Continue reading

Top Ten Unusual Xmas Trees

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Christmas trees are a fairly standard decoration in the home of anybody who celebrates that particular holiday, and how a tree is decorated says a lot about the interests of that particular household.

Some homes and businesses, however, take their unique sense of style a little further. Instead of worrying over little things like decorations, they prefer to allow the tree itself to speak for them. Continue reading