13 April 2016

Why are cats sitting up so cool to look at

I don't even know why.

Has someone done the science behind this or what because I really need to know why I can't stop finding this amusing.

I've now opened my eyes to blogs full of this stuff.

This feline knows.

OK this one has done too much sitting
This is making me feel like cats are just furry small pointy-eared humans who are waiting until the right time to reveal that they can also talk and do other things like basic maths and jigsaws and the last level on Simpsons' Hit and Run.

Okay I'm going to revise now.

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12 April 2016

Easter Holiday Blog #2

Okay! Sooooooooo...

Long story short - I've just come back from a blogging cafe event here in the grey and rainy, yet still adorable, petit old town of Lancaster and met some great fellow writers. I originally had plans but then I decided to shift them and be bold and go and hang out with people I'd never met before. I never seem to remember this but, in 99% of cases, this pays off. Like the time I started as a Manchester Uni fresher and hadn't made any friends in my halls on the first night so I walked to a Fallowfield social on my own and ended up talking for hours with a group of hilarious Norwegian cigarette-enthusiasts, all with excellent taste in jumpers. Rather like the one belonging to ol' Phil here:

let's ignore the whole half-menacing expression and focus on the knitwear
Honestly, I swear some of the strangest and coolest moments come from being in situations where you have to talk to new people.
So, yeah! This is why I've been inspired to blog today. Also, writing is therapeutic 

and I need some time away from:
  1. Revising theories by super brainy people who use equally-as-super long words
  2. Netflix (already taken action by deleting it, although apparently I can still access it until the end of April - thanks Netflix, surely the main reason people delete you is to actually get stuff done?! Instead of watching the entire series of LOVE in 48 hours (guilty, and yes I do very much recommend it, 10/10, 5 stars, top banana)
  3. Eating cereal (the addiction is real, currently making way through over-sized box of Weetos)
  4. Worrying about career stuff (when is this never mildly terrifying)
Relevant to no.4 above, I took a few leaps today and sent out a surge of emails requesting work experience and this paid off too! Well, so far anyway - I need to send some example work and carve my CV into something spectacularly mindblowing (but within 2 pages, of course) in order to seriously get anywhere. But it's a start.

And if you're reading this and umm-ing and arrrh-ing about jumping into an opportunity, taking a leap or sending that email - (as the almighty Nike, would say) JUST DO IT. The worst that can happen is, well, nothing, and that's technically the same amount of progress you have before you do it. Just there's the possibility that something totally rad will happen as a result of your efforts (and who wouldn't want that).

Have a great week chums and stay awesome,

Rhi(angle) xxxx

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30 March 2016

Easter Holiday Blog #1

Bonjour! It is I, the non-consistent blogger from Yorkshire with a half blue-green-and-yellow fringe! (that probably narrows it down to me)

If you're reading this within a week of me posting this I am very impressed and grateful (thank you lovely human) as the main way I share this blog is through Facebook which I've removed myself from for the time being. Mainly since it's the Easter hols right now, which means that a) I should be doing work and b) a lot of people I know are under quite a bit of pressure right now, whether that's with just exams/coursework or a dissertation as well. To you, I say good luck and I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT.

On another note, I went into a (fairly) local charity shop today and found this absolute beauty for less than five British pounds.

I know right?!?!
Being made of satin, the material is amazing to both handle and look at and if I do say so myself it looked mighty fine with black jeans and boots. Finding stuff like this in charity shops makes trawling through all the not-so-good stuff worth it. I also bought a really cute black top with a Japanese blossom tree on it because cuteness simply cannot be left behind.

Another thing I found today was the website for this event (thanks to the great Greg James' Snapchat).
Frankly, it sounds like a fab idea which would motivate me personally to run 5k, maybe even 10k. That's because it's for CoppaFeel and because you get to listen to a live DJ set by Mr Greg himself (+ guests) the whole way round. A RUNNING PARTY. Sadly, it's in Kent and in my main exam week but if that wasn't the case I would definitely be there!

So yes - this was only a short visit but I'll be with you again soon. Keep being awesome! (well it's not hard for you is it)

Love Rhi xxxx

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26 January 2016

My Lecture Smacked Me In The Face

I had a real smack-in-the-face moment today.

Over here in at uni in t'North West, I study a module on language in the media and the title of this afternoon's lecture was 'Blogs'.
Towards the end, my lecturer read out the following 'prototypical quality of blogs':

"Many become inactive owing to the pressure of constant maintenance"

Aaaaaaaaaaand consequently for the last ten minutes of the presentation I couldn't think about anything else other than logging back into Blogger and getting back on the horse. THE BLOGGING HORSE.

I imagine it's rather like this
Yes, I have stuff to do and write and read and file and highlight and sign and tie pom-poms to but doesn't everybody?!?!?!? (okay maybe not the last one, you're excused) (but seriously they do improve everything)
I need to blog to make sure all the cool/weird/wonderful things I'm thinking up in my braingarden go somewhere where I can find them again in times of need. I can't be the only one who got/got bought a diary and wrote incessantly in it for three days and then forgot about it and ended up buying a brand new one because it had a nice sheen to it and a pagefinder thingy and occasional inspirational quotes and then lost that one and the cycle continued on until this very day.
One thing I have kept up is my little jar of good things which I've been keeping since mid-December. Every night (or most often, absurdly early morning) I climb into bed and write down something good that happened that day. When the page (very ironically, OF MY DIARY) gets full, I cut up my papery good things and pop them into the jar. I recall seeing this on the interwebs somewhere and I thought it would be a really nice idea. Might need a bigger jar though if I'm going to keep this up for an entire year! What I like about this challenge as opposed to writing a diary is that it barely takes up any time and simultaneously makes me appreciate my life more. Also because it's a GOOD things jar full of tiny squares of paper, I can't dwell on any negativity or write pages and pages of worries and nonsense (I used to do this in my diary and got so caught up on things I felt très poopoo).

So oui oui, mes amis, I have returned and this time I shall remain vigilant in my quest to blog my way to the top of the blogging mountain upon which there is a pool of a silver oat-based smoothie which they say contains a smidgen of the secret fruit of longevity.

I have had a lot of coffee.

p.s. sorry for the clickbait title, it had to be done just this once

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15 December 2015

Questions I Have For This Week

Every month, every week, every day of my life I have questions. Questions that are maybe not important to everybody but are to me. This week's questions have already started emerging and I want to know the answers:

  • How is it that it takes me one hour to dust and hoover the entire house yet two hours for me to write a mere 400 words? 
  • Who invented the word 'procrastination'? (research could be a worthy form of the word itself)
  • Where did the snake go in last week's episode of Peep Show? (this question was born immediately after I watched it and still stands)
  • What are all the alive turkeys thinking at Christmas time?
  • Will I ever be as cool as Tavi Gevinson? Or Iris Apfel?
    those shoes though. oh, and EVERYTHING ELSE
  • Will there ever be a time when the price of a ladies' haircut costs less than 27 things from Poundland?
  • Am I 10% Brie yet?
  • Does Will Ferrell actually like the colour burgundy?
  • Who came up with Marmite rice cakes? Can I marry them?
  • What colour am I going to dye my hair for Christmas? (ok this very much relies on just me)
Questions, people. QUESTIONS. I wrote that last sentence in French but you can't tell because it's spelled the same. And I missed out 'les'.


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02 December 2015

3 Reasons Why... student radio is so good

Anyone who's got me on Facebook/Twitter and reads what I post on there will know that I have my own show on my university's student radio (Bailrigg FM). I thought I'd make a snazzy 'lil list of 3 main reasons why it's such a fab thing to do if/when you get the chance, so here they are *DRUMROLLLLLLLLLLLL*:

  1. You can play WHATEVER songs you want. (I would follow this with WHENEVER you want, but you do usually have a timeslot, so 'whenever' applies to an hour or so okthxbye)
    Yes. This is not some pre-drinks party where people sip from cans opposite you, constantly judging your musical taste and waiting for the 'acceptable' 1 minute mark before they can wail "THIS IS **** GIV' IT 'ERE I'LL PUT SOMETHIN' DECENT ON." Oh no. This is your time, you can play out your music to people across campus (maybe even town) and no-one can stop your personal playlist of greatness. As long as this playlist has no/bleeped-out swearing involved. Like Megadeth? Play that. Like Kelly Rowland circa 2002? Play that. Think 1930s dance music is the absolute tippity-top? Guess what.
  2. It helps you organise yourself... and learn the art of spontaneity.
    Sometimes your free time comes along in abundance. Other times, it feels like you barely have enough minutes in the day to relax, even just a little bit. Due to this rather common palaver, a student radio show is either planned and ready, or going to be a little bit like when you have no access to a recipe and you don't really know what ingredients you want and you just throw it all in a bowl and mix it around and cook it. Usually turns out edible though.
    The fact is that student radio doesn't have to be perfect - in fact, some of its best moments are unplanned and it's good practise for having a good go at something you're not totally prepared for. You could even put it as a skill on your CV saying something like "I'm great at turning situations around and adapting to issues". Yeah.
    The majority of people who go on student radio l-o-v-e music, most likely l-o-v-e talking about music & all of them are students. There you have it: BOOM, instant things in common = conversation starters. Of course, there are often a lot of people contributing to one student station so you won't be able to get to know everyone (we're all human in the end). But, potential friends are always a good thing and chilling out in a radio station full of awesome people passionate for tunes/the tech/radio banter is too.
Oh and of course, you get experience in the media and don't have to be all serious about it (but that's a given with student-esque radio).

In conclusion, it is g-r-e-a-t. Try it out if you get the chance.

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10 October 2015

54 Thoughts I Had Watching GBBO - The Final!

  1. Mel and Sue, I would say get on the Glastonbury train but you're literally IN BAKE OFF, the biggest (most competitive and highly-watched baking) party in town.
  2. THEME TUUUUUNE. Is it sad that I'm going to miss bopping along to that.
  3. Answering myself: no. No it is not sad, it is perfectly reasonable.
  4. Flashback clips not helping me cope with this being the final episode. Update if you've not caught up but you're keen to just know about the final: it's Ian vs Nadiya vs Tamal.
  5. "Just cooking another thing." Most likely in Ian's case (not taking various slip-ups into account), this 'thing' will be incredibly creative, innovative and generally just flipping brilliant.
  6. Challenge numero uno: Iced Buns. Absolutely classic bake, chaps.
  7. Tamal's chosen flavours sound simple yet perfect. Kind of like his lavender t-shirt.
  8. OH he's knocked over all the weird kitchen tongs! Nadiya now asserting her babe status by helping him pick them up.
  9. Now Ian's flavours sound good! Elderflower and lemon, apple and cranberry - honestly I don't even like cream cakes but I would buy all of these.
  10. Mary on top jacket form, I see. "Just because it's the final, it doesn't mean you can turn down the stylometer," said Mary Berry never.
  11. Tamal! Do not panic about not flavouring your doughs. Be yourself, dude. Make those doughs personal and true to YOURSELF 
  12. Nadiya's heading away from what's expected by making round buns and Paul just can't resist the doubtful look. You know - the one where he tries to make you get lost in his oceanic eyes and to question yourself as to why you can't escape them even after he's left your cooking station.
  13. Choppin' up dem clementiiiiiiiiiiiiiiines.
  14. Sue can we hang out please?
  15. My crème pat don't. My crème pat don't. My crème pat don't want none unless you got iced buns.
  16. Challenge 1/3 done! *tense string music*
  17. Ian didn't have enough sugar...yikes.
  18. That challenge was a weird one.
  19. "Tech Chall". Milles feuilles! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Yes oui si.
  20. So much pastry knowledge flying around.
  21. Bake Off aren't even telling them what the sugar syrup's for?!?! 
  22. "Half an hour left," says Mel.
  23. "I can't even do Key Stage 1 Maths." But it's alright, Nadiya, because you've made milles feuilles.
  24. Judging time! Tamal hasn't done so well this time round.
  25. Ian's syrup was not thick enough apparently. Pastry isn't done either!! Nadiya - please save the day you wonderful being.
  26. YES YOU HAVE! Wooooooo. First in the tech-ni-caaal *dances with lots of arm movements*
  27. Challenge 3/3 - a classic British cake. C'mon guys, get dat cake on.
  28. Hopefully the rain isn't pathetic fallacy (getting my GCSE English knowledge in here).
  29. Ian's making a 5-tiered carrot cake, while Tamal and Nadiya are make a cake of three tiers.
  30. Paul's face when Ian announced that his final bake is called "Ian's Colossal Curvy Carrot Cake" is a golden moment of the series.
  31. Ok Ian's kids are sooooooo cute. And the state of his kitchen makes me feel super alright with the state that ours sometimes gets into.
  32. AWH NADIYA. Making her own fondant for her lemon wedding cake. A wedding cake, guys. I can feel an overwhelming cuteness coming on.
  33. That was close, Ian. Maybe not a great idea to drop your cake layers.
  34. And he forgot to put the oranges in! Argh!
  35. The more I watch this show, the more 'Going to the Bake Off Picnic' emerges on my bucket list. Which either means that someone I know needs to apply or I do. Hahahahha, yeah right.
  36. Half an hour to go and Tamal is incredibly nervous.
  37. I wonder if they have any music on in the tent.
  38. Aw Ian's tearing up! Bless him.
  39. WHAT. Tamal, what are the physics of your cake. Seriously.
  40. Oh. My. Royal. Poop. Nads' cake looks like heaven.
  41. Tamal did amazing as well.
  42. So did Ian! Woah, really thought he'd messed up somehow because of how anxious he looked.
  43. Is there any way of requesting delivery of these cakes...to my own house?
  44. All out in the garden now! With beautiful flowers.
  46. ...............I cried.
  47. But so did Mary Berry so it's fine.
    and this one's a tough cookie
  48. Now the people progress section at the end of the programme.
  49. RNM had a baby!!
  50. Flora's doing History of Art and Maths. YESSSS.
  51. Ian made the Dalai Lama a birthday cake, say what.
  52. Tamal's kicking baking and medical butt.
  53. Lychee cheesecake? Yes please, Nads.
  54. And that's the end. Until next year!