Waterstones Murder Mystery: Day Five


Halloween is fast approaching and I am super excited! Just to make the following fortnight even more thrilling, Waterstones are hosting an online blogger murder mystery, which I've been selected to get involved in. On five occasions over the next two weeks, myself and the other four bloggers will be posting diary entries from our terrifying, and murderous, "experience"  (Don't worry- it's totally fictional!) and tweeting hints, allowing everyone to get involved and try to work out the killer! If you're correct, you could win a £50 voucher. My fellow bloggers are: DaisyGeorginaSian and Beth, who will be posting their own diary entries based on their experience. Check out their posts for more clues! Find out more here and don't forget to read my first, secondthird and fourth diary entries. 

Day Five

Dear Diary,

It really feels like I'm never going to leave. Every minute of the day, my mind drifts to home. I imagine the warm comfort of my own bed, the smiling faces of my friends and family, the freedom of being totally independent. Here I am held captive and completely vulnerable to The Librarian's will. He's getting more and more crazed by the day, frantically running around and muttering manic phrases to himself. Mealtimes are conspicuously void of his presence and footsteps can be heard pacing the halls at all hours of the night. I've tried every door and window in the house but they're locked fast. Keys tied jangling around The Librarians neck are my route to freedom, but how can I get to them?

Earlier today, Daisy and I hesitantly approached The Librarian in his study to see how far he had got with his research. As he turned to us, we gasped in shock at the sight of him. His pale face is almost skeletal in its gaunt appearance and gives the effect of being translucent, allowing me to see right through his flesh to the skull beneath. Red rims circle his sunken eyes, and an unhealthy sheen glistens on his forehead and neck. As soon as he sees us, he turns away and continues feverishly scrawling, murmering strange words under his croaking breath. I'm sure I caught such unusual terms as "kraken" and "strigoi". What could this mean?

I've headed into the dining room for some fresh air. The library has a dank, stagnant odour that hangs heavy in the air and gives the feeling of suffocating. How The Librarian can bare to spend so much time in there is beyond me.

I'll head back soon and let you know what I learn.

Becky.

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Exhibit E: Becky's Diary

This diary was recovered from the ashes of what was once the library. It seems to have fallen, or perhaps been placed, inside a metal chest so it was unharmed by the fire damage. Speaking to Daisy, the main witness in this case, we have discovered the following:

  • Becky shifted a pile of notes from a chair in order to sit down and, in doing so, knocked over the candle that started the fire.
  • "The Librarian"- and this is the only name we have right now- was incredibly alarmed by this and began screaming. The witness describes this scream as "an inhuman wail".
  • With this scream, he backed into a wall. Becky, seemingly concerned for The Librarian's wellbeing, stepped towards him and rested her hand on his shoulder.
  • At this, The Librarian lashed out at her.
At the moment, this is all the information we have managed to hear from the witness. This point in the interview was when she became very upset and refused to continue speaking. We will, of course, continue in our enquiries and report back as soon as we have further information.

DCI Bowman.

Halloween Week: Ghost OOTD


Whatever happened to the sheet-over-head look? Nobody does it anymore, so I've taken it upon myself to bring this costume back! There is a practical reason for this though: On Saturday, Rich and I are going to see Henning Wehn's stand up in the evening, and I need to go straight on to a Halloween party afterwards. Unless I go to the show in costume, I won't have time to dress up between the two, so I figured I'd just chuck a sheet over my head. Sorted! 

#BringBackGhostSheets

Waterstones Murder Mystery: Day Four


Halloween is fast approaching and I am super excited! Just to make the following fortnight even more thrilling, Waterstones are hosting an online blogger murder mystery, which I've been selected to get involved in. On five occasions over the next two weeks, myself and the other four bloggers will be posting diary entries from our terrifying, and murderous, "experience"  (Don't worry- it's totally fictional!) and tweeting hints, allowing everyone to get involved and try to work out the killer! If you're correct, you could win a £50 voucher. My fellow bloggers are: DaisyGeorginaSian and Beth, who will be posting their own diary entries based on their experience. Check out their posts for more clues! Find out more here and don't forget to read my first, second and third diary entries. 

Day Four

Dear Diary,

Will life ever return to normal? We're still being held hostage in this god forsaken place with The Librarian refusing to let us leave. More and more, I'm starting to believe that he is the culprit behind these strange events. Although he seems like a pleasant man, could there be darkness lurking in his depths?

This morning I awoke to an eerily nectrotic silence. Even the very air in my room seemed to hang dead and stagnant. Immediately, I was hit with the sense that something awful had happened in the night. I would soon discover what it is.

Cautiously, I treaded down the threadbare stairs and into the dining room where The Librarian and Daisy were awkwardly tackling their breakfasts. Several minutes passed without the arrival of Beth, so The Librarian took it upon himself to check on her. Need I even explain that she had gone missing?

This new breakthrough seemed to shake up The Librarian even more than the others. He frantically threw himself into further study and insisted that Daisy and I should help him. I have to admit that I do not believe any length of time spent reading his macabre novels will help solve these mysteries, but he was frighteningly forceful and I felt unable to decline. 

While he locked himself away in the library, we were instructed to venture into the dank darkness of the basement and gather further books from the archives. A strong sense of foreboding washed over me in a powerful wave as we tentatively descended into the gloomy underground. From some unseen corner came the unsettling tap, tap, tap of pipes, or perhaps a dripping tap. Musty air stuffed my nostrils with a suffocating odour of mould and dust, and shadows loomed threateningly from all sides. It was hard to shake off the feeling of being watched but, no matter how desperately I peered into the tenebrosity, it was impossible to make out the source of these unseen eyes.

Since the basement was such a hauntingly eerie place, we scooped up as many books as we could and quickly retreated to the steps. As we were scurrying back up, however, a flicker of movement caught my eye. Before my mind had made sense of the image, a figure pushed past us and seemed to glide up the stairs. It happened so suddenly, and was over so soon, that I could hardly see it. Despite this, I could have sworn that it was Georgina. But that's crazy, I know. She disappeared days ago. Could she really have been lurking in this spooky basement all that time?

Daisy had seen her too and thought the same thing, so we searched all over the mansion but to no avail. What's going on? Is Georgina still here? Is The Librarian behind it?

Becky

Halloween Week: Cat OOTD


Top: Primark
Leggings: Primark

I am a cat! Meow! I actually had Myles in the room with me when I was taking these photos and he took to the role of creative director, shouting "excited cat!" or "confused cat!" at me to try and mix things up. That's how I ended up with this rather flattering image.

I am challenging myself this week to create five different Halloween costumes using only five garments: the leggings and top above, my black bodysuit, black maxi skirt and black skater skirt. Of course, accessories are unlimited but think of this as your essential last-minute, low-effort Halloween costume guide! 

MCM London Comic Con 2014



Marie, aka Bendy Benz, is a huge cosplay freak! Last weekend, she took part in her very first cosplay event at MCM London Comic Con, and invited me along for moral support. As a massive sci fi fan, Marie is always going to the likes of Star Trek conventions, so she's well-versed in these events. On the other hand, I'm more likely to attend kitschy exhibitions such as Hyper Japan (although I did once travel to Florida for a Harry Potter convention). Although I'm not a newcomer to cosplay and geekery, I'd certainly never been to anything on this scale, so it was quite the experience!
I have to be honest and admit I was totally blindsided by how busy it was. You could barely move, and Marie kept poking small children in the face with her cosplay! We needed to find the cosplay sign in but there were no maps or staff anywhere to be seen, so we had no idea where we were heading. After about 10 minutes of wandering around, we finally spotted an information point with a map and discovered we were in completely the wrong place. By the time we made it, we were half an hour late but the very kind staff were understanding.

While rushing around, I'd felt a tap on my shoulder and turned to see Megan of The Briar Rose. I couldn't stay to chat, but she and her husband Grant were at the mini masquerade that Marie was performing in, so I joined them. You'll be glad to hear that both are absolutely lovely and, yes, Megan really is that stunning in real life! 


Marie was incredible! Her costume, entirely handmade from paper and resin, looked amazing and she seemed so confident. I was very proud of her! 

After a quick stop off for udon noodles, Marie went to get some autographs while I had a drink with Megan and Grant. They were in costume as Ariel and Eric, which looked amazing! 

Marie eventually returned and we went together to get her autographs from the Red Dwarf cast. She's already met most of the cast, so we met, as I explained to Rich, the square head man and the girl whose head is in the TV (Google tells me that these characters are Kryten and Holly). Both actors were really lovely and seemed genuinely pleased to meet their fans, which was great to see. I also spotted The Cat, who is one of Leona's biggest fears, so I took lots of photos and sent them to her, because I'm a lovely friend like that! 

Once all the autographs had been collected, it was time for my favourite part of any event: Shopping! Unfortunately, the bandwidth was down so all the card machines were broken, which resulted in an insanely long line for the cash point. I did manage to leave with some Moomin goodies and Pocky sticks, but I had no choice but to be restrained.

This wall of alpacas broke my heart! I want all of them, especially the rainbow one bottom right!

One of my favourite things was the massive inflatable Pikachu looming above our heads! Below him were girls handing out Pikachu caps and Pokemon cards. I'm pretty sure I annoyed Marie all day by saying "Can we get a Pikachu hat now?" so I was very happy when I got my hands on one!


One of the best things about any exhibition or convention is taking in all the amazing costumes. There are so many incredibly talented and creative attendees. I'm just in awe!



I had a fantastic time! This is definitely the sort of event that you really need a weekend ticket for, as it was impossible to squeeze everything in one day. It was great meeting so many creative people and, of course, getting my Pikachu hat! 

Halloween Week: Introducing Becky Deadbug

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed something different around these 'ere parts. My icon has changed to a Frankensteined Becky, and my name is now Becky Deadbug. For the rest of the week, I will be blogging from beyond the grave!

Expect a whole host of different Halloween costumes, some Halloween make up look and, of course, the rest of the Blogger Murder Mystery! Those who subscribe on YouTube can also see a bunch of Halloween-themed videos, including one with Leona. 

If you have any ideas for spooky posts or videos you'd like to see, let me know in the comments. 

Let the horror begin! 

Plymouth Hoe



On my third visit to Leona in Plymouth, she finally took me up the hoe! I've wanted to go for the longest time and, of course on the day we managed it, it would be a grey, drizzly day! Nevertheless, it was great walking up there with Leona and Rex, and I'm hoping we'll be able to visit the lido in summer!

I absolutely love the way the harbour looks, with mast upon mast.



 Where am I again?


 Thank you Leona and Rex! I can't wait to come back!
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