Evie Gallant (Nana)

The grandmother of Mr Gallant, Evie is an exquisite woman used to the finer things in life thanks to her marriage to a Hollywood film producer and her friendship with Natalie Woods.

Evie’s lifestyle of wealth and greed is clear in her appearance: a beautiful octogenarian, Evie has large, professionally styled brown hair and dresses herself in expensive clothes and beautiful jewellery.

When we first meet Evie, she is complaining to her maid, Esmerelda, that she burned the champagne by leaving it in the freezer for too long, ( a nod to Joan Collins role as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty) but Esmerelda tells her that it is the end of the world and leaves. When her grandson, Gallant arrives and tells Evie that they need to go as a missle is about hit Los Angeles. Evie seems unphased, saying that it is probably fake news and going to call Donald Trump, but Gallant tells her the threat is real and and forces her to leave

Evie is adept at seeming blissfully unaware of anything distasteful but is canny enough to know how to play the game in order to survive …her concern at no stewardess on the flight to safety , let alone a fruit cup hides a ruthlessness which will later be revealed in her character.

Naturally, when settled into outpost three she is made a purple , after all shes attended the Oscars darling and have we mentioned her best friend Natalie Wood ?

At dinner, Evie enjoys the stew containing the remains of Stu .When others recoil in disgust as they find human bones in the meat, Evie says that she doesn’t care what it is and that it’s divine and full of fiber, vying to finish every last drop. When called a monster for continuing to eat the stew after they all realised what it was, but she affirms that it was chicken, not human, meat showing a side of her that is willing to delude even herself if that s what it takes to survive.

Her ruthlessness rears its head when she is willing to sacrifice her own grandson for going against the rules of no copulation in order to secure her place in Michaels sanctuary ..however , she wasn’t planning on Gallant s repressed hatred towards her nor Micheals devilry and ends up stabbed to death by Gallant under a glimmer spell.

Mr Gallant


Gallant is a handsome man in his thirties with bleached white-blonde hair and sharp, brown eyes. As a talented hairdresser and a fashion conscious individual, Gallant dresses affluently, seemingly favouring silk neck-scarves, his style seemingly inspired by Fred Jones of Scooby Door.

He rocks the Victorian look with modern day sunglasses and isn’t afraid to call it like it is ….trying to rebel against the outposts rules …

He’s revealed to have a hatred , and anger , towards his nanna who doesn’t accept him although she does accept he s gay and has supported him through countless rehabs and three ( failing) salons.

His knowledge and identification with persecuted gays is a very important part of his character and he is willing to martyr himself especially when punished , shouting out the name of his heroes.

He seriously has a fetish for leather and rubber sexually and is an easy target for Michael s manipulation and Rubber Mans sexual advances ( whom he believes are one and the same)

Hes exposed to be needy and in desperate need of love and affection

AHS: Apocalypse The End

Just another day in Beverly Hills with heiress Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt getting her hair, oh so perfectly end pointe by her hairdresser to the stars.

Whilst having one of her many hissy fits at her put upon assistant Mallory, She receives a call from her father in Hong Kong, the apocalypse is about to hit , disbelieving at first , she witnesses the demise of her family and learns there is a plane waiting that daddy had purchased four tickets for at $100 million dollar s each in case of such an eventuality ….The time is now and shes the only one left to take those spaces.

Frantically she calls her husband Brock, Himself aloof to the end of the world, just gobsmacked by the fact that there’s going to be a six-part Free Willy series on TV !

* Is anyone else a bit dissapointed this is not going to happen ? Let’s take a moment here ….*

She darts to the airport telling him to meet her there with her assistant Mallory (Billie Lourd), Gallant (Evan Peters) and his Nanna played by Joan Collins. Brock’s stuck in traffic (“Don’t leave me in Santa Monica” he screams to his wife)

Coco informs him promptly that’s she’s executing that part of their marriage contract where they can see other people, having realised he wont make it in time abd having the extra stress of strange men trying to stop them from boarding the plane.

The plane takes off and the gang witnesses a mushroom cloud on the ground, not to mention their plane is on autopilot.

At least at this part Coco shows some remorse, even if Nana is more concerned about the lack of stewardess and a fruit cup.

They have no idea where they’re heading or where they will end up …..

40 minutes before the bomb, we meet Timothy Campbell (Kyle Allen), who’s just learnt he’s just made into UCLA. Celebration is cut short as they learn of the nuclear war, a team of suited feds — working for The Cooperative — come to collect young Timothy with a SWAT team.

Apparently, he’s got the perfect genetics to survive the impending Apocalypse. ( Learnt by his submission of his DNA to an ancestry website)

*Cue Ancestry DNA conspiracy theorists screaming “I knew it” at their TV screens as end of the world survivorist clamber to get their DNA testing done ” just in case” – as well as me who’s thinking “well that was £70 worth spent ..just in case” *

Timothy is shipped to an underground facility where he meets a fellow teen Emily (Ashley Santos) and they’re both transported to Outpost 3, an underground for rich folk that’s run by Ms. Wilhemina Venable (Sarah Paulson) – the flowers in the attic type authoritarian face of the Cooperative.

Emily and Timothy are dressed in purple, “the color worthy of those who can survive” says Venable. Servants wear grey. Above ground, gas mask soldiers patrol, the perimeter which is completely surrounded in nuclear winter.

Inside Outpost Three Coco, Mr. Gallant, and Evie Gallant have been made “purples” while Mallory wears grey.

Their accommodations are fancy with marble floors, bookcases and walls, yet dark and candle-lit.

Food is sparse, everyone is confined to one piece of vitamin Jello when seated for dinner.

However, Kathy Bates’ Ms. Miriam Mead, the warden and hench woman to Venable smells a rat — someone has been upstairs on the contaminated ground as her Geiger counter reveals.

She hauls two people away to the showers, one of them being Peters’ Gallant. After an intrusive de contamination shower, Mead shoots the gentleman next to Gallant in the head, deciding he is still “contaminated”

Venables in private quarters with Mead, reveals that they’re most important people at the fall out shelter. This is all a ruse and Venable is having a ball torturing the guests at Outpost 3, even the killing of the “contaminated” member was done deliberately… He hadn’t been contaminated at all.

The inhabitants of the outpost are tormented with never-ending Karen Carpenter music, having their meals cut back by Venable and the consistent threat they’ll be shot to death. Venables rules the outpost with her sadistic glee, believing she is untouchable …and maybe she is…

Emily and Timothy meanwhile fall for each other. But as Venable warns earlier, there’s to be no copulation among the guests…. Ask the greys who did if it were a joke …..

Eighteen months of mental and psychical torture, including being fed one of their members

” OMG The Stew is Stu”

However, a brief bit of hope (?) as the perimeters have been breached and someone is making an entrance… And what an entrance …adding to the all over Gothic vibe a horse drawn carriage arrives, reminiscent of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse….

Michael Langdon played by Cody Fern. Whilst out of the ten original outposts that were created, six have fallen … The other three are about to…only outpost three has remained stable . However, There’s another unknown outpost that’s still stable and Michael can choose those who are the most worthy to go on the journey.

“Those that make it live, those that don’t end up like my horses”.

Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt

Coco St. Pierre Vanderbilt is the privileged and entitled daughter of a billionaire whom paid $100 million dollar s for a flight ticket ( well four to be exact =$ 400 million) to ensure safety once the Apocalypse struck for him and his family. However, Coco is the only one who made that flight.
Bossy and hilariously entitled shes in her mid-40s, and extremely “extra” as only the super rich can be .

With her aspirations of being a social media influencer to ” make something of herself ” she is seemingly clueless about how to do so, enlisting the help of her younger personal assistant, Mallory, and hairdresser, Mr Gallant, to help her in her efforts.

Her hairstyle needs to be “en point”, she wears horrifically fashionable clothes that can only have been inspired by Beetlejuice, and will have Instagram posts of her drinking the latest thing even if it does taste like

” turtle shit”

Due to her affluent upbringing, Coco blatantly has not developed any life skills , instead relying on others to help get her through the day. Especially her assistant Mallory whom she takes with her to Outpost three , leaving her husband Brock behind as he can’t get there on time… Though she is thoughtful enough to release him from their “monogamy contract ” before she flees to safety.

For all her spoilt traits and selfishness she does show a more human, emotional side as she watches the nuclear attack from the sky above and a slow tear trickles from her cheek …as she realises she has lost not only her entire family, but the man she loves.

Business, Coco style, resumes however once shes ensconced in Outpost three , she abuses her “elite” status to get Mr Gallant moved up to an “elite”so he will continue to do her hair, but interestingly choses to allow Mallory to be sectioned as a “grey” in order for her to still be her slave/assistant .

For Coco, as an elite in the pre apocalyptic world, the hierarchy of Outpost three makes total sense , however what doesn’t make sense is the lack of food causing her to have an extreme hissy fit/ rant about the new living conditions and lack of Gordon Ramsey in the kitchen !

Her struggle to adapt to the new living conditions is hilarious , as is the train wreck of her hair as time progresses on ….

It ll be interesting to see how Coco develops this season, if she actually does, if she manages to get past her own self entitlement and even survive what’s coming.

American Horror Story : Apocalypse

Its that time of year again !! Yes when I sleep , eat and breathe American Horror Story !

( OK maybe not eat after the whole “The stew is Stu” scene 😉 )

Its the end of the world as we know it – join me for weekly recaps, theories and the real life legends behind the series

This seasons gonna be good – the illuminati/ new world order , Satan and satanic cults , not to mention the crossover from murder house and coven !!!

Episodes

1. The End – aired 12th September 2018

The Tree

Set this ash tree on fire and let it burn to the ground, the flames hypnotic like a tribal dance.

The false hope and promises which turn out to be a myth- no healing or cure of an ailing child will happen if you pass through its cleft.

The Past, Present and Future are as twisted as the Juniper Tree, the inhabitants of this place the same.

They snake through your soul exposing your vulnerabilities for their own gain.

The mighty juniper was said to have protected the prophet Elijah from persecution, yet there’s no protection here.

So I stand, like a phoenix from the flame on the ashes of hope and the cracked dolls with their glazed eyes – a symbol of a broken community.

Bertie Botts Scented Soy Candle

As my blog has evolved , I rarely do product reviews anymore – unless I really really love the product.

And here’s a product I can honestly say I truly love – I mean look, even Dumbledore approves!

I’ve followed Coineagan Designs for quite some time on Facebook now as she creates some wonderful fandom products – and I just can’t resist a fandom. Especially a Harry Potter one .

So, of course I jumped at the chance to be a product tester of the Bertie Botts scented candle !

I literally could smell it before I opened the packaging – bubblegum , which being the Potterhead I am had me envisioning I’d just stepped into Honeydukes in Hogsmeade Village.

I love the fact it has Harry Potter style font on the logo and I can just tell this candle has a serious amount of burn time in it.

The packaging is classy , you can have your Potter fix without it being too garish or obvious and I think this would appeal to a lot of older fans who love the fandom but don’t want it overtaking their home.

I’m not even usually a candle person but this ,well, it actually makes me smile every time I catch a whiff of it .

So, if you haven’t already, I seriously recommend you checking this great little website out !

A Year of Homeschooling

Today marks an entire year since I made the decision to homeschool Ryan and it’s amazing to think just how far he has come.

Those of you who remember my post why I chose to homeschool will remember what a dark time we had been in , where I had a child that was almost broken at the age of eight, who was anxious , seriously unhappy and wouldn’t leave his bed.

A year later and he is 95% a different child, almost all of his difficult behaviour s and the violence due to pent up anger and frustration he didn’t know how to express are gone.

It’s been four months since he’s even had a meltdown, he will leave his room to join us as a family in activities or just watching TV. He even makes plans now.

It’s been s journey, one I don’t think I’d ever have braved without the support and encouragement of the amazing Facebook group Courageous Homeschooling which is filled with amazing parents from all over the world ready to offer advice and support – and I ll admit I’ve needed it.

From the what the hell have I done moments to the complete fear I don’t know what the future will bring for my beloved boy they’ve been there every step of the way.

Because not only has this been a learning journey for Ryan but surprisingly it’s been a learning journey for me too.

I had to let go of the concept that learning only takes place in a classroom, that even if it didn’t resemble school , it didn’t mean learning wasn’t taking place. And that was a difficult concept to get my head around.

I’d been so conditioned to that “normality” , I was heartbroken my son had left the “system” – one I’d left due to illness aged 15 and was adamant my children wouldn’t follow my path.

But I knew that if I left things as they were , my son would never get better, he would never heal .

I took him out and had pieces of a broken child and my first and foremost priority was to be the mother he needed , to give him space and time to heal. Learning could wait.

Not to say I didn’t have my obstacles , I was even referred to social services as soon as I deregistered him although luckily after three months they even admitted that due to his complex needs and ongoing medical treatments – homeschooling was the best option.

So, for the first five months I was not only trying to piece together a broken child, prove myself to the local authorities and even having a meeting with the LEA to ensure I was doing everything I could for my son.

It was a nightmare …. But also things were beginning to start healing quickly, Ryan’s behaviour s stopped , we enjoyed spending time together playing games, watching movies and TV shows – we even raised our own tadpoles into frogs who now happily reside in my garden pond – all thirty of them !

We had our own caterpillars turn into butterflies , we occasionally went to the park or the beach if Ryan felt up to it.

And the boy who was so sad started smiling again, laughing….

That’s not to say there haven’t been days I’ve been bored out of my brain , all my Pinterest planning , timetables went out the window.

Ryan just didn’t simply learn easily that way, he couldn’t cope with trying to recreate school at home.

And so began , cookery lessons at 3am a complete topsy turvy world which would have most people recoiling in horror if it was mentioned…what about boundaries they’d shreik ?!?

Or my complete favourite – what’s wrong with the word no ?

It’s difficult to understand unless you are living it , and even then you’re unsure 90% of the time .. but somehow we d found ourselves into radically unschooling territory.

I was and am exhausted especially as I still get up at six thirty each morning to ensure Anaïs goes to school – but the benefits and change in Ryan are undeniable.

No longer am I unable to leave the house to go shopping or having to prise him off me – so greatly disturbed that I was leaving him . We had insecure attachment issues that knew no bounds , I was even able to have a five day break alone in Portugal and he was fine with me leaving knowing I would return safe and sound. Something he couldn’t even comprehend before and I would never have attempted knowing how fragile he was.

He although still anxious goes to his medical appointment s safely , no more psychical attacks toward s me or even more worrying trying and sometimes even successfully managing to jump out of a moving car – despite child locks and adult supervision.

Life has become calmer, the household is happier and most importantly so is Ryan … I don’t mean to sound dramatic but I really believe I saved my son by doing this … That it has proved time and again this was the best path for him.

We re not yet living the journey I imagined for us but when I look at how far he has come , I know it’s only a matter of time.

So here’s a little q & a I copied from the lovely Samie Orchard from the Adventures of Big Toe and Little Toe Facebook page but filled in with my own answers to what this year has been like .. .

Is it an easy journey? No, it’s a rollercoaster
Do we have our ups and downs? Naturally
Is it stressful? Not as stressful as life was before
Does your child drive you crazy? Is the pope Catholic ?!?
Do I have a happy child? Absolutely
Is he learning? Every minute of every day
Is he socialising? Yes, he is socialising more than before just in a different way
Would you make the same decision again? Without hesitation

And here’s Ryan celebrating in bed with his homemade cake he helped bake ..for although he has progressed so much he still becomes easily exhausted and simple tasks require a lot of effort …we ll get there though I have every faith in him

Andy Warhol


 Iconic  American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art  movement known as pop art ,Andy Warhol was born August 6 1928 and dominated the 1960s.
 His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished during that period .

Notably an openly gay man before the gay rights movement he began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist in the late 50’s after a few gallery exhibitions .

 His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with coining the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame.”

In 1968 he was part of an assassination attempt by radical feminist and paranoid schizophrenic Valerie Solanas after she believed he had purposely stolen her work and had “too much control ” over her life.

“Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there—I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television—you don’t feel anything. Right when I was being shot and  ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.”

He survived the attempt and died in the 80s of pneumonia.

Pinky Promise 

The Pinky Promise/Pinky Swear is already defined as a cult ritual , almost a child-like bond session of keeping promises and secrets but naturally this being AHS its origins are a lot more disturbing.

In this seasons AHS , the pinky game is used to transfer fear from one person to another. It has a slightly threatening presence , you can’t break the promise and Kai taps into the fear of potentially breaking the oath . It also appears to make people admit the truth and feel relief at doing so…… Howeber, this is no child like game and disturbingly the original pinky swear had a rather violent origin.

Originating in  Japan, as “yubikiri,” it literally translates to “finger cut off,” as in “if you break this promise I will cut off your  finger ”
Even more unnervingly  America defined “Pinky” in the 1860 Dictionary of Americanisms as a “very common term in New York, especially among young children,” often accompanied by this sing song chant 

“Pinky, pinky bow-bell 

Whoever tells a lie 

 Will sink down to the bad place 

 And never rise up again. “