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Art verses Reality

I've been thinking about this for a few days now and its compelled me to write a post as i am genuinely curious about other peoples opinions.

Is it possible to appreciate art, knowing there is a sinister reality attached?

Let me explain.

I love horror movies. I don't know that i would go as far as to say i have an addiction but i do enjoy them more than most people i know. Now, Horror movies are prime real estate for taking reality (however gory) and turning it into a film, or technically art. Many films are "based on" which i think gives them a bit of leeway as to how 'creative' they can get with the story line but the bottom line is that many are taken from real life events. Although you can really call into question how real the events were, as most involve possession which if Hollywood is to be believed is somewhat of an epidemic, taking from real life seems to be an accepted form of art. Biopics of wars or other massacres in history seem to bring in the big box office bucks and lets be honest, we all love to see our favourite Hollywood actors reenact these events (fact or fiction on the big screen).

Leonardo DiCaprio and  ‎Kate Winslet in a fictionalized account of a real event - The sinking of the Titanic

But what if bad things are happening off camera. Is it possible to look past these events for the enjoyment of a film? Even if what your watching is completely unrelated. Can you separate the reality from the art.

Breakfast Cups

Now that the schools are back, it's kind of nice getting into our routine again.

As much as I enjoy a long lie, it adds so many more hours to my day getting up, eating breakfast with Agent M then getting dressed to start the day.

Here in Scotland though it's been rather cold of late so I've been wanting to make sure Agent M has a warm breakfast to start him off. That's where these delicious breakfast cups come in.

They are simple to make using a deep muffin tin and you can add many different ingredients to change it up each morning.

I made ham and cheese, since that is Agent M's favourite ... This is how I made them.

You'll need

6 slices of bread
3 eggs
A splash of milk
3/4 slices of cooked ham
50g grated cheese
Fry-light To grease 
Salt and pepper to season

To make
  • Heat the oven to 180c and grease the muffin tin with the fry-light.
  • Cut the crusts off of the bread and flatten it out. Place a slice over a space in the tray and press in. You will need to overlap a little of the bread to make it fit. This will serve as the edible "cup". Repeat for the remaining 5 slices.
  • In a bowl mix the eggs, milk and seasoning together. Pour the mix equally in the 6 bread cups.
  • Shred the ham slices and distribute them among the cups and sprinkle in the grated cheese.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the egg mix has fully set. You can check by inserting a knife into the middle of the cup. It should come out clean when cooked.
There are loads of different ingredients you can use and they don't have to be exclusively for breakfast. Why not make them for lunch with sliced hot dog or fresh tomato and diced onion.

Mental Health - Self Care guide.

So I'm still trying to get back into the swing of blogging again. To be honest I'm quite peeved that i have abandoned it so recently. But that's one of the draw backs of having mental health problems ... The things you enjoy just kind of fall by the way side.

That's OK though.

I'm not going to get myself down about it cause at the end of the day i need to do what feels right for me and although that has involved a lot of sleeping recently, that's OK. Clearly my body needs the down time.

So when I'm feeling a bit low, it can be hard for my family too. Agent M will notice that I'm maybe a bit more quite that normal or that my concentration is non existent at times. Agent D has picked up on the fact that I'm not quite "here", rather starting off into space or having a total mental shut down. I'm my house we call it the Darkness - Que Supernatural meme here ... Or if i feel a bad spell coming on i say "Winter is coming" ... Shout out to all my GOT peeps.