Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Wonderful World of Ice


I was fortunate enough to be offered a trip to Iceland with my school. This trip was four days long and happened during February of 2014. It really was one of the best countries that I have ever visited as the scenery was just beautiful but the people were lovely and I had a great time with my friends just taking in the breathtaking scenery around us. Here are a select few of my photos (taken on my phone as I forgot my camera - oops) obviously I couldn't include ones of me and my friends (all bar one.) nor could I include ones that had my school name on the jumpers we wore. So I was limited. 

Blue Lagoon







Icelandic Scenery 






Geysers  





Waterfalls








An ice sheet



Water factory, green house and folk museum 




Monday, 22 September 2014

Wallet stories


We may not think about it that often but our purses and wallets contain so many stories. Whether it be because you have a creased up photo or a forgotten packet of mints from a long ago date - almost everything has a story behind it. So I decided to give you a little tour of my wallet that has been through a lot - dropped down escalators and kicked across streets (by accident of course!). My purse was a present from Christmas two years ago and it is very me. It is from Fatface and I believe it cost around £25 so not too bad for Fatface!


It is quite a large wallet but it hold a lot of things - it had pockets everywhere that they could have put pockets. It can get quite heavy but that depends what you put in it and it has the largest space for change that I have ever seen in a wallet.


I am not really a card person - I am so paranoid about losing a credit card that I do not use one. This is something that is silly and I probably will get a debit/credit card at some point in the foreseeable future but for the moment I'll stick to my notes and coins.


I love my point collecting cards and even though I am not a fan of Nandos I have an impressive number of points. My Waterstones and Boots card are used all the time and I am the self proclaimed points queen.
 I am a hoarder when it comes to things in my purse. Train tickets, bus tickets and old receipts to remind me of good times. This one was my travel card from when I went to Summer in the City in 2013 and I stayed with two of my best friends in London for three days. Although my overall experience at Sitc wasn’t amazing – the time spent with my friends overruled that.

 Being a cheapskate (as made clear by my point/club cards – some of which were not even in my purse!) I collect stamp cards due to the prospect of having something free at the end. There seem to be very few shops offering this fantastic deal at the moment so I only have two cards on the go. My fuel card is regularly used and I believe that this is my fourth card.

 Train tickets galore! I make so many train visits that my ticket collection has become quite vast. Thankfully I do not keep them all in my wallet for there would be no room for more important things like coupons and point cards.

 I hate busses – the jerking and the anti-social teenagers make me want to cry but sometimes you have no other choice than to hop on the next one. These two tickets were from when I was doing my work experience – something that I am not sure if I enjoyed it or not but the bus journeys weren’t too exhausting and there were only one or two hiccups. I keep these as a reminder that I can conquer my anxiety when it comes to busses – if I’ve done it once I can do it again!

 You may recognise the note as a euro but you may not realise or know where the coins are from. These coins are from Iceland – the most beautiful place that I have ever had the pleasure to go to. I went with my school for four days and it was such a lovely trip. We visited The Blue Lagoon and so may waterfalls and geographical wonders. I am so lucky to have been offered such an amazing opportunity. The euro is from the overnight trenches trip that I also went on last year which was emotional and wonderful as we went a few weeks before the centurion of World War One.  


I am a sucker for libraries. I love a good story but I (sadly) do not have never ending money so I turn to libraries when in need. The quality of the libraries near me is a debatable; however I always carry around my library card just in case I pass one and want to pop in for a look.  

Friday, 19 September 2014

Why every human should read 'The Humans'



I stumbled across the novel The Humans when I was doing my weekly trip to the library - I decided to read it as I had found no other books and I felt guilty about the prospect of leaving empty handed. So I grabbed it off the 'New Releases' shelf and took it home. I then proceeded to forget about it until I realised with a panic that I had to return it to the library in two days. Fast forward through a bit of serious and I had no real opinion on this book. I strong dislike books that are of the Supernatural gene - vampires and aliens included! Except this book is about the complete opposite.


This book is about all things human.

I would go on about this alien theme and all that; however I do not think that 

'alien' is the fitting term for the main protagonist. The word 'alien' suggests that there was a lot of probing, green faces and large eyes. And yes, there is a little bit of that but I think that that just shows the contrast between the main character and Professor Andrew Martin. I would prefer to use the term 'extraterrestrial' as it sounds far more exotic and much more fitting to such an interesting character. I would also love to go on about how complex all the characters are but I am afraid that I may give away the main story-line and accidentally unravel the intricate plot of this rather beautiful novel. You should do that yourself and enjoy it whilst doing so!


This book really is 'out of this world'. It explores what it means to be human in a world so confusing sometimes it feels like you are the 'extraterrestrial'. The book shows an alternative view of what it is like to know someone struggling with mental illness and how we can all help them - a surprise twist in something that I thought was going to be all about complicated maths questions. Not only did it have me question my own ability in maths it made me question what it means to be 'human'. 


Now they say never meet your favourite people but why would you listen to 
that? I loved this book and by the end I returned it to the library demanding that the librarian should read it as well. (I don't know if she did). Anyway, I was extract to learn that I would have the opportunity to meet the author 'Matt Haig' even if it was only for a minute - I just wanted to tell him how much I loved his novel! So I did and I was not disappointed for he was lovely and in the brief moment that I was able to converse with him it was clear that he was as nice as I thought he would be. 

This novel has stuck with me. I decided that I wanted to read it again but as I consider it to be a special novel I wanted it as a paperback instead of on my Kindle so I had to wait until my birthday. Upon recieving it I have been waiting for the weekend to come so I could start reading it again - the time has come. I am very much looking forward to explore this book again as it makes me question so many things about humanity and if you need to become less human to understand the world around us.

Links:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Humans-Matt-Haig/dp/0857868780/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411154072&sr=8-1&keywords=the+humans

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16130537-the-humans?from_search=true


https://twitter.com/matthaig1


http://www.matthaig.com/

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!


I love birthdays - not the present side to things (even though I don't mind that part) but instead I love the fact that people I don't even talk to some and wish me Happy Birthday. It is a day to make you feel special and loved and it reminds me every year how many friends I actually have. Because I as in school for my birthday I didn't go anywhere with my friends so I can't post any photos from that and my birthday meal is on Saturday so I don't really have any photos celebrating my birthday. So I have decided to post photos of my presents - not to boast - but maybe to inspire some people if it's their birthday or a friends birthday coming up. I am also getting a winter coat for my birthday but I haven't found one yet so that will probably be a very belated birthday gift!

Gift Name: Lush King of Skin



Gift name: Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub




Gift name: Kodaline - In a Perfect World 

Gift name: Sims 3 Late Night

Gift name: The Amazing Spiderman 2

Gift name: The Humans - Matt Haig

gift name: Far From You - Tess Sharpe

Gift name: Hallucinations - Oliver Sacks

Gift name: The Man Who Mistook his Wife For a Hat - Oliver Sacks

Gift name: Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash

Gift name: the Little Bubble co Ginger Spiced Tart Body Wash

Gift Name: The Bobble Water Bottle

Gift name: Crazy Cat Lady Mug