Sunday, 18 January 2015

Freshers on Film

I know it's been a whole semester since'freshers' so me calling this 'Freshers on Film' is  little out of order, but lets go with it because; alliteration. I've enjoyed my first semester of uni so much, I've met some great people and had a right ol' good time and no doubt that the fun will continue. I thought I would share a few of the photos I have been taking over the months on my disposable camera, I love using disposable cameras because you never know what they're going to develop like and also I just love the grainyness and the off saturation (lets face it I'm abit of a hipster at heart) The photos were taken through freshers, right up to Christmas and I think they make a lovely timeline of my first few months at uni. 

 First few nights of freshers

 Bar crawl night


 Bonfire Night


 Peace and Bombay Bicycle Club at Newcastle O2

I didn't agree with this btw, I ended up leaving because I hated it so much, the whole objectifying and rating women doesn't really go down well with me but I took a photo anyway, I don't know why.

Obviously I took more photos than this but I'm sure my flat mates and friends don't really want to be pasted all over the internet, even though I'm sure they wouldn't mind. It's 'Refreshers week' next week for all the new starters and if it's going to be as good as last time I can't wait!
I hope all you student types enjoyed your first semester!


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

January Playlist and Soundtrack to my Life Tag

A little compilation of what I have been listening to through December and January, there's been a lot of new music recently that I actually enjoy listening to and a few surprises as well I never thought I would cry at a Labrinth song. 

Soundtrack to my Life Tag

I've been wanting to do this tag for a while created by Zoe and Lily two of my favourite bloggers, I love their writing and no wonder their blogs have took off like they have, a well done to both of you!

Shall we crack on then:

Song you listen to when you're happy?- Home//Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes
Song you listen to when you're sad?- Lua//Bright Eyes or Sleazy Bed Track//Bluetones
What song will you have at your wedding?- Thank You// Led Zepplin
What song do you dance around the house to?- Lady Percy//King Charles or Gypsy//Fleetwood Mac
Song you play on your headphones when out and about?- Always Like This//Bombay Bicycle Club
Song you listen to when you're angry?- The Beast in Me//Johnny Cash
Song you'd have at your funeral?- Blackbird//The Beatles
Song that makes you lose your shit at a party?- Gypsy//Fleetwood Mac (Emily will understand)  
The last song you listened to?- Stop Dragging My Heart Around//Stevie Nicks
Your Karaoke song?- Think Twice//Celine Dion
What song do you workout/exercise to?- F For You//Disclosure
Song with the most memories attached?- Rewind//Paolo Nutini or Youth//Daughter
Song that makes you cry?- Asleep//The Smiths or Case of You//James Blake 
Song you hate the most?- Anything Pharrell Williams (Robin Thicke didn't write BlurredLines himself y'know
Your favourite song of all time?- That's too hard, nope can't answer that sorry!

Lots of Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac there sorry not sorry
I urge you all to try out this tag it really made me think.
What have you been listening to this January?


Monday, 12 January 2015

Dear January...

I'm not one for resolutions, I just think they're an evil scheme invented by someone that just wants to be let down forever. I would say only 30% of people who make New Years resolutions commit to them enough to make it to the end (queue statistical student statement) and actually achieve something, it's just a promise you make to yourself that only snowballs into disappointment when you can't achieve your 'target body weight' or your 'be kind to everyone' new outlook on life. The 'new year new me' persona I think is damaging and we would be better off without setting un-reachable targets that we're only going to forget about in a few months time, leading you to kick yourself with the 'I'll try again next year' demeanor.                                                          
That doesn't mean that I don't look into January with a new way of thinking and a positive attitude. I do, I really do. I buy my new diary and write in all the important dates of this year that's like my favourite part but instead of setting myself specific targets and writing them down so I can look back on what I haven't achieved when it rolls around next year; I just say to myself that I am going to improve in every small way possible, I am just going to be an all round better, kinder, healthier person. 2014 contained mostly ups and therefore there's nothing really specific that I want to change, I'm happy with my life and I just want to remain like this, exactly like this just rolling along slowly enjoying every single piece of life (this is getting deep man) but it's true. I think if I did say something I was going to do more of last year was to look around more, try and take more in, appreciate where you are, where you come from and where your going and I think I have done that I am doing it so why change anything ? 

I think the best thing we can do in life is just to try and go as slow and as simple as we can.
No expectations of yourself means no disappointment right ?

A Not So Blue Monday

Oh my it feels like a long time ! My laptop decided that because it was Christmas it was going to die off for just a little bit and would only turn on for around 5 minuets at a time, I know everybody likes a holiday Mr Pink (the name I give for my garishly, mistakenly pink laptop) but this was just taking the piddle. So off Mr Pink went to be fixed up (costing me a bomb in the process) and there I was blogless, workless, laptopless. To be honest it was quite nice to have a whole month of just reading books, but I probably 
 would have done that anyway!

Christmas was quiet and allowed me some time to see friends and family and just have a jolly ol' time, me and my Mum literally sat on the sofa all week and stared at films (NowTV boxes are great) But miracles do happen and Mr Pink arrived back on my doorstep this morning so I decided to do an update/Monday post because I have missed blogging so much, I didn't think I would but after around a week of being laptopless, I missed how my fingers sounded tapping on the keyboard (I don't think that's healthy but ah well)

These are the things that have made me particularly happy this Monday/Week/Month:

- Being at home, I know I don't live too far away from Uni but you still get the yearnings for comfort and cats, trust me.
-Getting a dressing gown for Christmas, it's just so fluffy, it's literally all I wanted for Christmas.
-Getting Worcester sauce for Christmas, you know your getting older when you get excited at Lee and Perins as a gift.
- The fact that Gareth loved all of his Christmas presents, I was so scared he wouldn't like them.
-The fact I am still employed even though I was a Christmas temp, yep the retail store I work at have decided to keep me on, maybe until February, maybe longer.
-Being able to learn the guitar, I miss doing gigs and I want to get so good I can start singing on my own.
-A new diary, my ultimately favourite part of January.
-A new wintery themed duvet set, did I mention it's wooly ?!
-Seeing Bombay Bicycle club for the second time, they make my life and they were amazing.

What I have been listening to this Monday/Week/Month:
Catfish and the Bottlemen//The Balcony
Bombay Bicycle Club//Every single song they've written (That's not the name of an album)
Bears Den//Above the Clouds of Pompeii 
Sam Smith//In the Lonely Hour 
Taylor Swift//1989 (I seem to love her at the moment she's my ultimate woman crush)
Sia//Elastic Heart

It's so nice to be back. 
How was your Monday?


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

A John Green Duo

I feel sad that John Green seems to have this stigma around his books, that they are all teen fiction tales with the same writing style and the same plot. I think he may have worked too hard to obtain that label. Yes his writing style is the same, it's the same because it works, it's poetic and incredibly descriptive. He uses phrases and words such as 'Haphazardly' and 'If people were rain, I was a drizzle and she was a hurricane' God that phrase just makes my heart melt! 

I've read every single John Green now, these two were the last of the pile, I decided to a little mini duo review of both, I hope you enjoy!

Okay, so The Fault in Our Stars actually isn't my fave John Green book (shock horror) I loved it and I cried and all that jazz, but the book that touched me more was Looking for Alaska, I think the reason for this is because it's about a sudden loss, you could see it coming in TFIOS but this one just hits you like a tonne of bricks to your heart, I think the book also holds dear to me because I read it on the plane journey to the big ol' apple New York city on my trip with sixth form and I remember crying silently on the plane and then the pang in my heart when I realised I had left that glorious book on the plane! 

An Abundance of Katherines (2006)

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times to be exact. 

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a blood-thirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun- but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. 

The plot revolves around Colin a nerdy teenager who once was a child prodigy and has lost his way. He loves his anagrams and his girls named Katherine. Okay you probably got that from the plot but that's kind of all that happens in this book apart from the road trip they take to one place and then just stay there (not much of a road trip) With all respect to John Green this is probably the worst of his books I have read, I just didn't connect to any of the characters or even the plot. I had to re-read it before beginning this review because I frankly just couldn't really remember what happened! 
The writing style however is once again perfect and, as a little twist John Green pops in some visual mathematical equations which are incredibly clever and fit the plot well, however he did at the end of the book admit that his good friend and mathematician Daniel Biss contributed to the equations, the reason they are so complex. 

Overall the plot of the book is just a little stale for me, I enjoyed some parts towards the end but it did take a lot of reading and hunting trips beforehand, I just didn't seem to care much for the characters which seems a little cruel but true, I did like the all too clever and nerdy equations plonked randomly into the book and the whole concept of the nerdy character looking for his true love using maths but I have to say An Abundance of Katherines didn't really float my boat, sorry J! 

4 Moons out of 10

Paper Towns (2008)

'The thing about Margo Roth Spiegelman is that really all I could ever do was let her talk, and then when she stopped talking encourage her to go on, due to the facts that 1. I was incontestably in love with her, and 2. She was absolutely unprecedented in every way, and 3.She never really asked me any questions... 

Quentin Jacobson has always loved Margo from afar. So when she climbs through his window to summon him on an all-night road trip of revenge he cannot help but follow. But the next morning, Q turns up at school and Margo doesn't. She's left clues to her disappearance, like a trail of breadcrumbs for Q to follow. 

And everything leads to one unavoidable question: Who is the real Margo ?

Now this is more up my street! A misunderstood female protagonist, a lovable bitch that a nerdy boy follows halfway round America to tell her about his love for her.

The character of Margo is so cleverly written, just as you begin to hate her there's another layer uncovered that makes you realise she's not just an attention seeking teenager on the run. I also love the musical and poetic references to Woodie Guthrie and Walt Whitman (now we know why some superfans think Breaking Bad and Papertowns are somehow linked in a weird Illuminati kind of way) The road trip is so much more interesting than the AOK roadtrip, actually the whole plot is more interesting to be honest and I won't spoil anything but I had to have a little cry at the end.The clues that Margo leaves after her disappearance are very, very clever, you feel as a reader that you are on the quest to find Margo along with him and the journey he goes on is kind of your own journey in a weirdly metaphorical, pretentious kind of way but it's true. My sixteen year old self related so much to this book it was unbelievable, it is a little bit too angsty for me but I did fall in love with the characters and the plot.

The fact this book is coming out as a film pretty soon and Cara  Delevingne is playing Margo makes me incredibly happy, role on June 2015!

9 Moons out of 10
I hope you enjoyed my little John Green Duo Review, I feel like he needed to be praised. 

Monday, 8 December 2014

A Not So Blue Monday

 It's happened, I have lost all motivation not just for blogging, but anything internet; I know it's strange but I'm just enjoying having a social life and to be frank I've just been too busy, just working and living the #studentlife (I must stop doing that) I've also been garishly ill for a while and just feeling the need to go to bed a lot. But here is a Monday post I might be back tomorrow, I might not. When I started this I always knew it was going to be kept as a hobby on the sidelines, no schedules, just when I feel like I want to, I enjoy it and I don't want it to feel like it's a chore.

The things that made me particularly happy over the weeks were:

- The breakfast/Brunch I demolished at my favourite little coffee shop/bar called Foxes. It's a place that I hold dear to my heart because I've performed at many an open mic night there and the owners are just so friendly and the food and drinks are just so gorgeous. Also I think I might have found my all time best vanilla milkshake, I've been searching for quite a while but that one beat them all.

- The tiny bookshop we found on the outskirts of town that wasn't actually tiny, honestly it was just floors and floors of books it was glorious.

How was your Monday ?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Not So Blue Monday

These past two weeks have consisted of; work time, uni time, friend time and family time. I think it's time for a bit of a catch up don't you? 

The things that made me particularly happy this week were:

-How Christmassy I feel, literally I never feel unintentionally Christmassy until around Christmas Eve-ish but this year there's just something that has triggered within me; my internal Christmas spirit has arisen too early. It was maybe due to the Christmas lights switch on me and my flat mates attended where the band 'Neon Jungle' started singing and the whole stage started deflating on them and the crowds were in fits of laughter, you know when your in Cumbria when something like that happens and the whole crowd goes 'wheeeey' Poor Neon Jungle, I did feel sorry for them but it did kind of make my night as well. Not going to lie. 

-Lidl iced ginger bread bites and Turkish delight pieces, I said I was feeling Christmassy didn't I ?! I definitely think iced ginger bread should be an all year round thing. 

-Purchasing Wombats tickets, Fleetwood Mac and Foo Fighters were whey too expensive but I'm so glad The Wombats decided to go on tour and save the day. 

-Treating myself to a collection of new jumpers, I looked in my wardrobe the other day and was shocked to find I don't actually own  a lot of jumpers, most of them are Gareth's so in true Christmas cheer fashion I decided to treat myself to two lovely new knits, some thermal gingham jeggings and a wooly turban. I've been working more hours and so I thought I would treat myself. 

-Mockingjay, I went to see it on Thursday, it blew my mind. I'm so glad it kept close to the book, it's all I could have ever hoped for and more. I can't physically wait another year for the last film to come out, I just can't do it ! 

-Getting 45% in my first ever Uni essay, I passed and I am so chuffed.

-Finally finishing Breaking Bad, I sat for around 5 hours the other day watching it and sketching W.W himself, I was hooked at season 5, but I will say that it shouldn't take you 5 seasons of a TV series to get you into the state of not being able to turn it off. I finally caught the big BB bug but it did take a while. 

How was your Monday ?  

Monday, 24 November 2014

Ben Howard | I Forget Where We Were

And that's how summer passed oh,the great divide and range of green green grass Oh, maybe it was peace at last, who knew

What can I say? This album, even down to the way it is packaged is perfect, pure Ben Howard perfection. The music has grown up along with him and I can even say that I am glad that he took that break, because the result was so worth it. 

Most of the tracks are laid back and as melodic as the last album, however the lyrics are a lot more thoughtful and even in a way darker. There are some uplifting songs and even a little country thrown in (She Treats Me Well) The lyrics are so poetic but still relatable and I think that's an important part of making an album. The sound is heavier than the acoustic feel of the first album, with just enough vibrato and echo to make you feel like you are in the room with Ben himself. He uses more instruments especially focusing on the bass and backing of the tracks, it is more produced but I like the professional feel after the rough acoustic feel Ben gave to us before hand. 

Focussing on specific tracks it's hard to pick a favourite. I would say that the tracks I prefer a tiny bit over the others are; I forget Where We Were the title of the album and the song that suddenly drops you into the deep end of the album after the ever so happier first two tracks. Time is Dancing the song is upbeat but the lyrics darker than ever, just enough beat to sway to aswell. Conrad have to say if I was to pick one I would pick this beautiful track, heavy on guitars and poetically perfect it is happiness to my ears. 

If you want an album to lie on your bed, do feck all and just to listen for once. I've found you said album, I can't stop praising it and I just think Ben has come so far within two albums it's ridiculous, almost impossible. I urge you all to grab a hot drink, put your cozy attire on, grab a book or a sketch book and listen to the lyrics and the gentle voice twinned with it. 

Oh Ben, you've done it again. 

                                                                   10 moons out of 10


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Not So Blue Monday

This week has consisted of essays once more and movie nights which are the best thing in the world when you have a flat full of people who share the same film taste as you. 

The things that made me particularly happy this week were:

-The fact it is getting so much colder, which some of you will probably hate but I just adore this weather.
-The adorable attic vintage shop I came upon which I could spend literally all day in. 
-The late night Christmas shop and coffee stop I had with Gareth (Yes I am trying to start early this year)
-The amount of reading I have been doing, not just leasurly books but actual academic stuff which I find interesting, oh yeah and the Freud comic book I found in our library. 
-The fact I have completed two essays now for uni and everything seems to be fine with them (yeyy for no plagiarism !)
- Malted Milks, why have I not heard of these before ?!
-The lovely conversation I had on the phone with my best, birthday friend Emily, it was so nice to have a crack and talk about both our uni experiences and of course have a little feminist rant !
-The quiz night we came second in tonight, the music round was my favourite and the alcohol that was on offer!

How was your Monday ?

Monday, 3 November 2014

A Not So Blue Monday

This week has consisted of spending time at home with my beloved kittys, reading, writing and enjoying  the Autumnal celebrations. The things that have made me particularly happy this week are:

- Being able to go home. I love living so close to home, because when I want to nip up home in reading weeks I can, I love having that choice. 

- Being greeted by my big eyed dumbo Louie (he is a cat btw) After the initial shock of me coming home and ignoring me for 2 hours for abandoning them I got a lovely forgiving greeting and lots of cuddles. 

- Having wine and a crack with my Mum in the kitchen at 2 in the morning, I've missed that more than I realised.  

- Being in a double bed, oh my goodness, pure luxury after so long.

- Winter cuddles, because my room is colder than I remember, I'm glad Gareth was there to do his job and keep me warm!

-  Beginning a new book, I'm now reading 'Only Ever Yours' by Louise O'Neill after reading many incredible things about it from other fellow blogs, really enjoying it so far. 

- Going out dressed as Mufasa for Halloween, I re-vamped my skimpy little lion costume into something more modest, I can't believe it still fits from year 9! 2 for 1 cocktails until 3 in the morning suited me rather nicely and having a talk with a zebra in the girls toilets was also fun, I love Halloween so much. 

- The fact my best pal Georgia came through to watch the Carlisle Fireshow. We have been going to this fire show for around 4 years, but I tell you that it really wasn't the same without everyone there. But it was a plus that I didn't have to get the terrifying two carriage, 1000 person train home *shudder* 

What I have been listening to:

Ben Howard // I Forget Where We Were - I know I said I was having a musical affair with Alt J but as soon as this album hit my CD player I was hooked, the lyrics are like gold, the album flows and I love it so much I might have to make a little review so watch this space. I love you Ben.  

How was your Monday ?