Game of Thrones – All times favourite music #3

Beware! This blog post contains spoilers for those who have not yet seen the most recent GoT episode, i.e. S08E02.

The piece I’m posting today is a new one, originally sang by Podrick during the final season of Game of Thrones, a few hours prior to the beginning of the War. I first listened to this song last night, while watching S08E02 and was intrigued by it right away.

And now I just found out this video of the song performed by Florence + the Machine, and the clip is so moving, brings back so many memories from the whole story, brings pieces together, that I’m literally crying. I’m totally speechless.

Watch it too and let me know which is the scene that touched your heart the most.

‘Jenny’s Song’ by Florence + the Machine

“And she never wanted to leave…” :’)

Game of Thrones – All times favourite music #2

Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere is now only hours away! Are you as excited as I am to finally listen to the familiar opening theme once again? As a matter of fact, I couldn’t wait so I did a little bit of research and came across this video below, compiling all the castles that have been featured in the opening songs between Seasons 1 and 7.

And stay tuned; this list of favourite music will keep growing!

Game of Thrones – All times favourite music #1

Game of Thrones is a hit these days, in view of the 8th Season premiere this Sunday. But I’ve grown a taste for Game of Thrones soundtrack, especially from Seasons 6 and 7, for a long time now and I’m constantly putting it on repeat. So this post series will be about my favourite pieces of music from Game of Thrones – all seasons!

Even though the Lannisters is the family I least like in the series (Cercei and Tywin are to blame for this), I am really fond of this song, it spreads chills to my backbone. And this particular version of the Rains of Castamere… it’s so beautiful, kind of eerie.

While searching for the lyrics, I came across the video below. Check it up if you’d like to learn more about the song’s origins and the story behind the two lions.

Stay tuned for more Game of Thrones music!

An International Day & A Countdown

Yesterday (2nd of April) was International Children’s Book Day. This reminded me of a very dear book I devoured as a child, and guess what! I managed to find a connection (a very indirect one, I admit) between International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones.

So, what do International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones have in common? Let me hear some guesses before we go further with this and reveal the connection. Well, ‘Game of Thrones’ did start as a book series; not children’s though (God forbid!), so this is not the connection.

What do International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones have in common?

No clue yet? It makes sense; it’s still too vague. Well, would it help if I revealed that among my favourite books as a child was ‘A Little Princess’ by Frances Hodgson Burnett? This book really shaped me the way I am now, it has inspired me for years and it still does. So, we are getting a little closer.

A Little Princess, a children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett (Greek Translation)

What you might also know is that this book has inspired a brilliant movie directed by Alfonso Cuarón in 1995. Even though the setting changes and the difficulties occur due to different reasons, the spirit remains the same. If you believe in magic, the magic will visit you. If you are kind to the world, the world will eventually be kind to you. Here’s the trailer of the movie, summing up pretty much everything. And it also contains a hint; wink-wink!

Still didn’t get it? Well, I’ll give you a further clue. The connection was born in Dublin’s fair city in 1961. Still nothing? Well, take a very close look in the picture below, especially at the centre…

Game of Thrones cast

Still nothing? OK, I’ll spill the beans! The link between International Children’s Book Day and Game of Thrones is no other than Captain Richard Crewe, the Little Princess’s father in ‘A Little Princess’, the same as the Onion Knight or Davos Seaworth in ‘Game of Thrones’, Liam Cunningham himself!

And with this useless fact of the day, we can erase one more day from the countdown to April 14th!

Make the difference!

Make the difference!
In a world of misery
You should bring the light!

That’s a haiku I had written a long time ago. That’s my mission ever since I’ve known myself and my motto for about a decade. This motto illustrates what I intend to do through this blog and through the related Facebook page.

If you want to cheer yourself up at any time or get inspired, you are always welcome in this colourful world. Stay tuned; many beautiful photos and inspirational quotes will follow. And also tips to enhance your life, new ideas to enrich your skills and experiences, reviews about books and movies and so much more!

That’s a haiku I had written a long time ago. In fact, it is a translation of a haiku I had written in Greek. In my opinion, the original is much more powerful. But that’s just me, maybe because Greek is my mother tongue.

Καν' τη διαφορά!
Στον κόσμο της μιζέριας
Συ να δίνεις φως!

Αυτό είναι ένα χαϊκού που είχα γράψει πριν από πολλά χρόνια, σχεδόν μια δεκαετία. Είναι το ενστάλλαγμα της φιλοσοφίας μου σε έναν κόσμο που η μιζέρια καλά κρατεί. Και αυτή τη μιζέρια είναι που θέλω να την διώξω με σκέψεις φωτεινές, μέσα από αυτό το ιστολόγιο, αλλά και μέσα από την αντίστοιχη σελίδα στο Facebook.

Όποτε λοιπόν θέλεις κάτι που θα σου φτιάξει την διάθεση, που θα σε εμπνεύσει, είσαι πάντα ευπρόσδεκτος σε αυτόν τον κόσμο τον γεμάτο χρώματα. Συντονίσου! Στο προσεχές μέλλον θα ακολουθήσουν όμορφες φωτογραφίες και ρητά που θα σε εμπνεύσουν. Όπως επίσης και συμβουλές για το πώς θα βελτιώσεις την ζωή σου, ιδέες δημιουργικές, απόψεις για βιβλία και ταινίες, αλλά και πολλά άλλα!

Γιατί μέσα από την συννεφιά, οι αχτίδες του ήλιου μοιάζουν πιο μαγικές…

Freedom or Death!

“Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος!”

Αυτή η φράση συντροφεύει όλους εμάς τους Έλληνες από το 1821, η δε φιλοσοφία της από αρχαιοτάτων χρόνων. Είναι κάτι τέτοιες μέρες που νιώθω περήφανη που είμαι Ελληνίδα, παρά την τωρινή κατάσταση των Ελλήνων και της Ελλάδας.

Και ακόμη πιο συγκινημένη νιώθω που ένα ξένο συγκρότημα αποφάσισε να γράψει ένα τραγούδι για την λεβεντιά των προγόνων μας! Το τραγούδι αναφέρεται κυρίως στην 28η Οκτωβρίου, αλλά πιστεύω πως είναι πάντα επίκαιρο.

Χρόνια πολλά Ελλάδα!

Υ.Γ.: Respect στο συγκρότημα εκ Σουηδίας Sabaton!

New beginnings

Dear Diary,

I’ve missed you. I know it’s been two years since I last wrote to you and I can’t promise that I will be able to be writing often, but I do miss you.

I’ve grown up since the last time, my Diary. I’ve grown out of my comfort zone and I am certainly not exactly the same care-free person as I was before. But I still want to spread the sunlight as much as I can, even though I know the world is far from bright.

And I will keep doing it the only ways I know in order to reach as many people as possible. By smiling, by writing, by creating art in general. By cheering the people around me, by posting here or by posting to the Facebook page “Lady Nina’s Diaries”.

Dear Diary,

I really want you to know me again, and I want to know you, and I believe we’ll manage this eventually.

Here’s to new beginnings!