Looking back on memories: 1

This blog post is the start of a serious of posts I’m going to do inspired by looking through old Facebook photos and the memories behind old pictures. I remember first becoming part of the Facebook community when I was at Secondary School. I was drawn in by the fact that everyone in my year was going around and proclaiming how Bebo (haha who remembers Bebo) was really lame now and that Facebook was the new ‘thing’. I didn’t like Facebook at first at all. In my opinion it was far too bland. I think the exact word I used to describe it actually was grey. But I soon came around and the rest is history.

This first post Is about one on the first photos I uploaded onto Facebook. It’s not particularly exciting so I do apologise, but I thought it’d be a good place to start. The feet on the left are mine and the feet on the right are my old friend Sophie’s

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I met Sophie In year 7 as we were in the same tutor group, 7OCM. We got along really well and hung out all the time. Continue reading

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Amsterdam: Day 1

After visiting Amsterdam last month I thought it was about time I get around to writing about my visit. It’s annoying when life gets hectic and you can barely find the time to breath let alone write a blog post. I visited this wonderful city for 6 days and had an incredible time. The city of Amsterdam is such an incredible place and I hope by reading about my visit it will inspire you to pay Holland a visit or give you some hints, tips or travel inspiration to knock your wanderlust into 5th gear and get you itching to hop on a plane and explore. 

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My Last Night In Amsterdam 

Hi all,

I’m currently sitting in a hostel in central Amsterdam. It’s pouring with rain outside and it’s ridiculously windy so I have taken shelter in the warm cafe with a black coffe and some dark chocolate. I am writing this on my phone so please do bare with (I hate typing things on my phone urgh).

 
Tonight’s my last night here in the Netherlands after arriving on Thursday. I’m actually really sad to be leaving. When you say you’re going to Amsterdam a lot of people immideatley think of the Red Light District, the prostitutes and the fact you can smoke weed in cafes as it’s perfectly legal. This amazing city has so much more to offer than just these few stereotypes. For example the fact that cycling is one of the main modes of transportation is amazing. 

The bike parking outside the station
I love cycling and I once hired a Boris bike whilst in London before but cycling around the busy car packed streets there scared me half to death. Here in Amsterdam however it is so bike friendly. I loved seeing people riding around with there kids on the handlebars or a passenger sitting on the back of their bike. Next time I visit, now I know my way around, I’m going to hire a bike and cycle everywhere.

 Another great thing is the architecture. One of my favourite things to look at is the canal side housing. As the city was built on marshland all the houses were built on wooden foundations. Overtime as the water levels have changed these have sunk and therefore a lot of the buildings appear crooked or lopsided which means these quant houses are oozing so much charm and quirkiness, it’s crazy. A lot of these houses also have great historic pasts which I found out about on the canal boat tour we went on.

When I get back home I will write a series of posts about my time here. The places I went, thins I’ve seen, where I stayed, what I did and some general tips.  

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 I couldn’t reccomebd visiting this wonderful city more, it is an absouloutley outstanding place.  I’m really sad to be returning home tomorrow but I’ve had a fantastic time and can’t wait for my next adventure.

Love Rebecca x

Deciding To Become Vegan

After a bit of thought, today I have decided that I want to become a Vegan. It’s a decision that has for me seemingly come out of nowhere but I believe could really give me the opportunity to shape my diet into something that is more beneficial to not only my health, but also the environment.

After trawling the internet for vegan meal ideas and benefits of the vegan diet, I have decided to jump in and give it a try. I have previously been vegetarian for many years, starting in Primary School when a routine trip to a farm where I befriended a male calf that unknown to me at the time was about to be slaughtered, ended in me refusing to eat meat from then on. After many years of not eating meat, I slowly introduced it back into my diet but the thought of that calf has never left me. Continue reading

Welcome to 2016

I may be a couple of days late but Happy New Year! I’ve literally been flat out with work this week and have barely even stopped. I was so knackered yesterday that I actually fell asleep at about 6:30 pm eeek.

So now I’ve got a spare moment I thought now would be a good time to have a brief look back at 2015 and a glance forward to what the next year holds. It’s always pretty interesting this time of year as people post snippets of their lives, the hard times they’ve overcome, the things they’ve achieved and lessons they’ve learnt. I feel we can all learn a lot from one another’s life experiences and it’s refreshing when people are so frankly honest and unmediated. Continue reading

My Boxing Day Sale Haul 

Why hello. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I’m sure many of you were out and about at the Boxing Day sales yesterday. After realising how much of a hoarder and stuff collector I am, I have made it my goal to pretty much try and stop buying things I don’t need. This was my attempt at ‘trying not to buy anything’. It didn’t go exactly to plan but I think you’ll agree, It could have been a lot worse.

There are so many bargains to be had this time of year. I have to admit, If there is something on my wishlist, I will usually wait until the sales to go and get it. This year my Mum, Auntie and myself went to Guilford to see what bargains we could snap up. I’d never been shopping In Guilford before and it was actually pretty good. It had a lot of ‘High End’ shops though which aren’t really my cup of tea as Im more of a bargain hunter/ thirfty kinda gal. It was surprisingly quiet out at the shops which was such a welcome surprise. Boxing day shopping usually stresses me the heck out and makes me wish I was rather at home with a box of Ferrero Rochers and a Baileys Hot Chocolate.

I thought I’d write a little blog post and run you through a couple of the things I bought. The First thing I have to note is how necessary it is to visit Lush in the sale. All of their Christmas gifts and festive treats are half price. I am a huge Lush advocate. I swear buy their fresh facemasks, deep conditioner and most recently their Daddy-O shampoo for Blondes. I could have so easily bought up their entire stock of bath-bombs but trying to keep to my new ‘Minimalist purchase plan’ I sprung for this little gift set instead. Snow Fairy is a cult festive favourite and this little gift set included a 100g Snow Fairy Shower Gel and also a delicious smelling pink bath bomb for the bargain price of about £4, score one for me!

I also went to what is probably the most dangerous shop to visit during a sale, Topshop. Other than splashing out for a really awesome navy blue skirt (that cost about £22) I managed to be rather well behaved and pretty much only buy lipsticks. I love Topshop’s makeup collection! It’s colourful, playful and always pretty exciting looking. I have a current thing at the moment for Lipstick, as you can tell, and I managed to stock up on various colours. the coral Lip Cream was only £1, the purple Lip Varnish was only £2, the Lip Primer was £4 and then I got a really cool Lip Ombre set also for £4 (this was before I used my student discount which also applies on sale items!)

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Next up was Cath Kidston! I adore Cath Kidston and have a terrible feeling my future home will be adorned with floral print everything. I went in specifically to get a travel purse as Im planning on doing a lot of traveling next year. I picked up this cute little red floral print one for £8. It’s really useful as It has a compartment at the front for cards/ travel cards/ tickets ect. I also purchased this random impulse buy of what I thought was a standard lunch box. Turns out its actually called a Bento box, something which I had never even heard of before. 

Curious as to why Cath Kidston had included chop sticks in my lunch box (was it trying to test me?) I google what a Bento box was, guided by the helpful label sticker on the front, and was very pleasantly surprised to find out that Bento is a traditional Japanese style of eating where single portions of foods such as rice, meat, fish and vegetables are creatively packed into boxes to create meals. after searching for recipe inspiration on Pintrest, I can safely say I am going to have a lot of fun creating Bento meals and I will probably end up writing a blog post on in later. 

As well as all of the goodies above I treated myself to a brand new phone case and protective glass screen for my Iphone 6 Plus after having somehow broken my Griffin Surviver Case, which is supposed to have a lifetime guaranty eeeek.

So I picked up a few good buys and didn’t spend too much money or buy too many things that will help contribute to my hoarding ways. I have to have a proper clean out of the house and all of my stuff in the new year and I’m trying really hard to not replace my current clutter with slightly newer clutter. I was really close to buying a Fijifilm Intax instant camera today. They are so cool but then I stopped and asked myself “do i really need that?” so instead the money I saved can go towards my upcoming getaway to Vienna.

I hope you all have fun grabbing some bargains in the sale, but take my advice, sometimes it helps to just stop and ask, do I really need this?

My Top 40 Moments Of 2015

It’s that time of year again! That time of year you get all nostalgic and think back to all of the things you did over the last year. For me 2015 was a bit of an odd year. As you will see from this little top 40 moments list I’ve created, I got a lot done. Instead of dwelling on all the bad things that have happened to me this year (I sure did have my fair share) I have decided to share with you 40 of my best moments and a little slideshow to go with it. I hope you have all enjoyed your year, and here’s to making 2016 even better!

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  1. Went on Holiday to Orlando, America
  2. Wrote a 10,000 word Dissertation
  3. Graduated from University with a 2:1
  4. Lost a heck load of weight!
  5. Started running
  6. Ran in my first ever 5k (Brighton Colour Run)
  7. Became a single pringle
  8. Saw Fleetwood Mac at the Isle Of White Festival
  9. Went camping A Lot!
  10. Went on a girls camping and cycling holiday to the New Forest
  11. Went to an inflatable water park at Lymington salt-water baths.
  12. Decided to become a Primary School Teacher
  13. Got offered a place to train on a schools direct programme for next year
  14. Got a new job as a support worker at Mencap starting in January
  15. Learnt to cut the negative people out of my life
  16. Stayed in a hostel for the first time (the travel joy hostel In Chelsea)
  17. Hired a Boris bike and rode around Hyde park
  18. Saw Wicked the musical
  19. Sung a lot of Karaoke (sometimes very badly, sometimes very drunkenly)
  20. Knitted a Gryffindor scarf (It only took me TWO whole months)
  21. Interviewed The Wombats
  22. Went to fright night at Thorpe Park (those horror mazes are terrifying)
  23. Carved pumpkins like a boss
  24. Dressed up as Princess Leia for the Star Wars release
  25. Went indoor snowboarding
  26. Went indoor skydiving
  27. Turned 22 years old (eeek)
  28. Went to Winter wonderland at Hyde Park for the first time
  29. Interviewed for some proper jobs in the city of London
  30. Decided working in the city was not for me (The Rat Race just doesn’t cut the mustard)
  31. Dressed up as Stevie Nicks (like a boss)
  32. Swam with a dolphin
  33. Got retweeted by the GBBO (hahaha)
  34. Interviewed bands at Takedown Festival
  35. Strengthened my friendship with my best friend (even when she was half way across the globe)
  36. Went on a 30 mile sea front bike ride
  37. Took part in numerous Nerf Gun wars
  38. Got to vote for the first time in a general election
  39. Joined the Labour party (ready for a budding career in politics, should I chose to do so)
  40. Completed the Fellowship challenge at The Hobbit Pub!

 

A Day In… Bristol

Bristol. All I really knew about this west country city was that one of my best friends from University, Emma, lived there and also that it had a really big Primark. 12404128_10156362999905158_441176027_n.jpg

I’d been up to visit her a few times. We’d usually have a few drinks in The Hatchet Inn, which is a rather cool alternative sort of pub, and went to this night out thing called Pop, Bubble, Rock at The Lanes bowling alley. The next day would usually consist of mega hangovers and finding remains of half eaten food scattered around the room looking very sorry for themselves. A strewed battlefield of chips and pizza. Oh and there was also this one time we got mega lost trying to find our way to Hobbycraft…. For me that was pretty much Bristol. A fun place where everyone has really happy sounding accents.

Last week I got sent up to Bristol with a few of my ‘work colleges’/ actual friends for a quiz. Said quiz had finished by 11:30 am leaving us pretty much the whole day to sort of aimlessly wander about and explore, kind of like a Panda looking for some decent Bamboo (before he inevitably falls asleep).12435773_10156362999730158_70636681_n.jpg

The first thing I have to say is that Bristol actually has a pretty okish German Christmas market, unlike my uni town of Southampton which I always find thoroughly disappointing (how the heck are E-cigarettes festive?!). If you fancy picking up a Bratwurst of a Schnitzel you know where to go. Bristol also has some decent shops. Of course there are all of the main high street options for your general unimaginative shopping needs, but there are also some really great vintage and book shops a bit further out of the main town centre. These are definitely worth a visit, especially If you are a hopeless book enthusiast. I picked up some pretty great books for about £2.50 at some indepentednt book shops and at Fopp, which I didn’t realise was so good!

We didn’t venture anywhere particularly exciting or adventurous for food, there are a few amazing places in Bristol I would definitely return to and review in the future, but we settled for a Five Guys, which of course does burgers so good you want to melt into the floor like a puddle of happiness. My friends also had bubble tea, I personally don’t trust it as those bubbles look like a chocking hazard, but apparently its good.

Bristol Is also a hub of creativity. Artists, Animators and Activists mingle among the people with cool tattoos, gals with bright hair and the many MANY students. You can roam around the city and casually run into a Banksy and be like “oh, this perfectly embodies a political statement of some sort, oh and look that guy is naked”.12421654_10156362999490158_747447883_n

Whilst there I walked past the museum which had an exhibit on called ‘Death: The human experience’ (click here for more information, it looked awesome) which Im really gutted I wasn’t able to go to (this may also be the perfect excuse for me to go back and buy many more cheap books.)

So my overall view on Bristol is that I only really got to see the tip of the iceberg. If I had a bit more time, and some more appropriate foot wear (never wear new shoes when walking around lots, unless you really don’t like yourself) there were some hidden gems that were just screaming unearth me unearth me. Bristol is such a great city with a really distinctive personality, sort of like how there are really distinctive types of cheese, (mmmm Halloumi). Bristol is the Halloumi of the west of England and is definitely worth an explore. And like you needed any more convincing to visit this city, there was a guy blowing insane amounts of bubbles on the high street, score!

What Makes The ‘Boosh’ So ‘Mighty’

boosh-BOXSET1“Come with us now on a journey through time and space to the world of The Mighty Boosh”. The opening lines that create a pure whimsical thrill in even the oldest and more unobvious of oddballs. This handful of words conjures up a never-ending limit of impossibilities where only your imagination can constrain you. Come and take a glimpse into the eccentric domain of hit TV series The Mighty Boosh.

The brainchild of unlikely comedy duo Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, comedy series the Mighty Boosh invaded our TV screens from 2004- 2007. The explosive mix of pop culture, surrealist humour and Noel Fielding’s Mighty Boosh of hair is set amongst comedic songs and a cast of loveable yet odd characters created to tantalise the taste buds of a generations minds, showing the viewers that the only thing that limits comedy is the level of your own normality.

The story of The Boosh began when Fielding met Barratt for the first time after seeing him perform his solo stand-up routine at the Hellfire Comedy Club in High Wycombe. The pair soon found they had a shared comic interest, which inevitably led to the creation of The Mighty Boosh. Fielding and Barratt’s partnership could be compared to that of chips and ice cream as on the surface, they are two very different things that really should not work together. The combination of the artistic free spirit and loveable Goth exterior of Fielding combined with the more confined and serious that is Barratt, creates, like chips and ice-cream, something that is previously unexploited and at the same time something that is effortlessly genius.

The reason why The Mighty Boosh is more than just background viewing is in the fact it is a cultural statement. Although as unobvious as this may be at times, particularly when Old Gregg and his man-gina are demanding you to drink some more Baileys from a shoe. The statement is largely a postmodern proclamation on creativity, parodying the fact that unique ideas just aren’t that, unique. In modern culture everything has been done, no idea is new or original anymore. The way that The Mighty Boosh highlights this is through it’s own nature that is; in order to be different, be ridiculous. Demon Grandmas, men made of cheese and milky Joe the coconut man are just a few examples of the obscurity of the ideas portrayed.

Not only does this postmodernist nature parody society’s culture through its down right obscurity, the duo also reference popular culture throughout the three series. Gary Numan, Mods, indie bands, if there’s a sub culture, the Boosh will tap into it.

Surrealism is fundamentally the core of what the Boosh is. The underlying idea behind this cultural movement is to resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality. Each episode makes complete illogical sense thereby converging the gap between what is perceived as reality and what is assumed to be a dream.

The psychedelic artwork used throughout the show helps to conjure up dreamy thoughts of a drug induced out of body experience. This, mixed with a cast of characters so messed up it makes you ponder ‘what imagination could possibly invent them?’ could play tricks on your willingness to accept this version of reality. But after all as it’s obviously only a TV show crammed with humour, you just accept the crazy as if it were normal so that you can follow along with each obscure joke and find it hilarious every time the moons face tells you a story that is so pointless, the only reaction expected would be “cool story bro”.

So after this speculation of how iconic and culturally relevant The Mighty Boosh is, does it really say something worth noting about modern day society? If it does, what exactly is the message? Is it a cleverly constructed statement on the lack of originality in life? Or is it a way to toy with your perception of what is real and what is envisioned to be real? If it is so perspicacious then surely it still has a place on our beloved television screens.

Well good news could possibly be on the horizon for the Boosh fan base in the near future. The outlandish comedy duo have been causing speculation on the possible creation of a fourth series as they reunited to do a string of live tour dates, and of course have had a good crack at plaguing America with their British quirk. So what will the future hold for this bizarrely brilliant cult TV show? Nothing is certain other than it will of course look as if somebody fell into a 4 year olds dressing up box. Oh, that and there will be no lack of the tentacle headed Tony Harrison shouting, “It’s an outrage”!