15 September 2014

Nearing the End of Home Life

Less than two weeks now until I move out and start university.

And I'm feeling okay about it....though I'm not sure if my stomach is feeling funny due to nerves or that it's recently recovering from an evil tummy bug of doom. I swear I'm becoming elderly prematurely as I'm basically an aching machine at the moment. Maybe it's some sort of twisted Benjamin Button-style scenario. Anyhow, I've got random urges to start packing my things into boxes and get ready even though I could "pack it all up in one night if you wanted to" (said Mama Knowles).

I'm also not quite sure about my title, as I've already done this thing before so am I a refresher? And when everyone else is a refresher next year will I be a rerefresher? Or a refresherfresher?

Found out two themes of my college's nights out in Freshers' week: army and pirate. I have neither an eye-patch nor a pirate hat nor any sort of army printed clothing (for deliberate reasons). Therefore, I think I'll make do with lots of neon face paint and an Amazon eye-patch which I'm trying to track down now. I learned the hard way in Manchester that if you don't have any fancy dress with you when you arrive, you either have to make it out of cardboard (which you most likely don't have as you've just got there) or do a walk of shame to the nearest Fancy Dress Shop and shed out pounds of valuable drinks/club entry/taxi/chips money.

My blogging music of choice this week is Zane Lowe's Monday Night slot on BBC Radio 1. Mixed feelings about it - his 'hottest record in tha woooorld right now' is some weird techno reggae with what sounds like an angry Noo-Noo and a squealing woman from the 90s. I think it's safe to say I'm not its biggest fan. He did however play a beautifully haunting song by a band called Alt-J. I recognised the lead singer's stunning voice instantly and had to stay in my room until I'd heard it all because it truly is ear-soothing. It's called "Warm Foothills" and it goes like this:

If I get to make any music at uni I'd love to go along Alt-J's lines as they're flipping great. And from Leeds...so, Yorkshire. No further explanation needed.

So YES, I only have two more volunteering sessions to go before I leave home and that makes me pretty sad as I've really got to like spending time with everyone there. I remember when I got a big card (which is sitting on my windowsill still) on my birthday this year, signed by everyone, and I ALMOST cried. Almost. And they brought out a tiny cake with a tiny candle and my love of miniature things went into overdrive. I'd only known these people for four months. They celebrate birthdays for everyone, no matter how long you've worked there and I think that is incredibly nice.

Whoever you are, lovely reader, you might already volunteer and that's great! If you don't, I'd really recommend it if you have the time as it's great experience and the people you're helping out really do appreciate it. I work for a plant nursery nearby; picking and pressing flowers, weaving and making greetings cards with workers is my job. I love arts and crafts personally but there are so many different posts out there, and your travel is normally paid for by the establishment. Basically one afternoon of my week = meeting up with amazing people, doing things I love, and laughing a lot. Can't really beat that.

I've had to turn Radio 1 off now (thank god, Zane's beats were making me go a lil' crazy) - laptop needs some energy juice.

Basically to sum up, I'm going to uni very soon, and a lot of people I know are too - either they're returning or starting for the first (okay, maybe even second, very funny, haha) time. You might even be there right now, and if anyone needs any Fresher advice or words of wisdom on pirate costumes let me know. I will undoubtedly be an expert in a fortnight.

Rhiannon x

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05 September 2014

Friday Rant - Some People...

It's Friday now and I've been considering what to write about for approximately seven days. When i reaaally thought hard though, the one thing that stuck in my mind ever since I watched it was this video - find it by clicking on this underlined piece of text here.

A teenage boy not that much younger than me secretly recorded his parents talking about their views on him being homosexual. quite honestly, this is the most shocking thing I've seen in a while. the conversation appears to result in violence (you can't see much) and the things these parents are saying to their child are disgusting. I can't help but feel incredibly sorry for this boy - it's awful. to think that so many people would trust their parents to be the most understanding in this situation and yet his mum and dad are telling him they don't support him and that he has to MOVE OUT. Some flipped out at david cameron when he accidentally left his daughter in a pub but that is nothing compared to deliberately rejecting your child for a choice they haven't made themselves, no matter what the leader of your religion 'tells you'. It is so sad when God's word is used to fight against homosexuality. I'm not religious myself and I have nothing against religions of any kind, but when things like "God does not accept gay people" are enforced it makes me pretty annoyed. No, actually, seriously pissed off - fuming. Do these parents have hearts?! If they grew up and realised they were gay would they throw themselves out of their own houses?! No. They wouldn't. Because the fact is, a few people, not all, in the world use religion to make excuses for their own disagreements. It's like these parents know, somewhere very very deep down, that the words coming out of their ridiculous mouths are bulls**t and incredibly unfair, and that if they claim that they are 'going by the word of god' then they can somehow prove that it's absolutely okay to reject their child. Noone can stop anyone from having thoughts and opinions but on no occasion is this behaviour okay. Gay people are not 'bad people', they do not have 'more sins than others, they do not 'anger God', they do not 'make a choice' (I don't think anyone would choose to have these homophobic imbeciles criticising them). We are all humans, the same more or less, and should be free to love who we want. And I don't know if I'll make it but if gay marriage is legalised everywhere before I die then that would be amazing. End of rant.  

Rhiannon x

31 August 2014


Heeeeeeeeeeeeey! Haven't posted in a while as I've been busy getting ready for uni and volunteering at Leeds Fest and doing other things I can't remember excuses for BUT I'M HERE NOW. Which is the main thing.

SO what's new....erm..

  • I have taken up running.
Yep. That is not a typo. I did not mean sunning, or punning, or funning, or another word - I have started to go running by choice without any bribery or incentive other than to do exercise and get fit. I'm using this clever little app called Couch To 5K (made by the NHS) and you can find out more about it here. I know, I didn't expect it either.

  • I earned my Leeds Oxfam Badge!!!
Small and orange and it says "Leeds - it's nicer up North!" Which is completely true of course.

Leeds Festival was grubby and full of plenty a moron (as usual) but we survived our shifts and the cold air that came with them on the later ones. It was my first time setting up my own tent (I'd never owned one before) and I can't have done a terrible job as the torrential rain didn't leak onto any of my belongings so all's cool.
As for the acts, I managed to catch Darlia, Blood Red Shoes, Crossfaith (who I don't really care for but for some reason stood in the pouring rain through their entire set), the magnificent Bill Bailey and his honking horns and guitar funnies

...SBTRKT, Mallory Knox, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, a wee bit of Disclosure & Young Guns & Royal Blood, Vampire Weekend, Jungle, Gerard Way (who didn't play a single MCR song - good for him...but bad for those who wanted to sing along), Kate Tempest, and the Arctic Monkeys (who were absolutely stunning).

Weirdness occurred, rather a lot:
One night, we were approached by a strange and possibly inebriated floppy-haired guy with an ice cream, who proceeded to push it into everyone's mouths (apart from mine because I was laughing so much I had to turn around).
what the hell is this gif, I'm actually terrified

During Vampire Weekend's set, a man behind us with a camouflage hat began smacking all the rubbish on the floor nearby with a broken plastic hoover.

While we innocently looked for t-shirts on the second to last night, a man from a stall freaked us out with a dance and then asked me and Rachel if we'd like to go to Nepal. We then found out he was indeed from Nepal, and that he didn't care if we were poor students - we were to go there next year without question. We said "...Maybe" and then made up that we had somewhere important to be - probably wise.

me too, Robert, me too.
  • We found a crushed Barbie...horse
I don't know about you but a massive feeling of shivering and disgust overcomes me whenever I see a toy doll. Much to my delight we came across this on the floor in a car park. It may look like a Barbie, with the skin colour and hair and everything, but then there's the hooves. Which can only mean that this is some sort of Barbie mammal. A horse seemed most likely. And also it's pretty damn haunting to look at:

  • I was optimistic and went for a dress in a smaller size
I think a lot of people are guilty of this at some point. Playing it safe, playing it safe, OH MY, I COULD DEFINITELY FIT INTO THAT, YES, WHO CARES ABOUT NUMBERS - actually what they mean when they say that is it doesn't matter what size you are, so don't pretend to be anything different.  Turns out I couldn't afford it anyway so I walked out the shop nonetheless. Window shopping at its finest.

  • I made some (semi) delicious purchases
Not only did these include Pot Noodles for festival needs but I also invested in this

for a special someone and this

for me to quench my thirst without having to go any further than an Asian supermarket we came across in Leeds. Above is a can of Peach Juice Drink from Taiwan which, I pleasantly discovered later on, contains Nata de Coco (Coconut Jelly). Not gonna lie - when I sensed the jelly I definitely thought there was an amphibious creature chilling in my drink. This is what it looked like when I got home and poured the rest into a glass:

Maybe people from Asia like jelly in their drinks but not me. Goodbye Jelly Drink.

Now please excuse me while I get back to watching Forrest Gump (not seen it before, don't hate).

Rhiannon x

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11 August 2014

Rhiangle ON TOUR - Day 12

Day 12 - 11/8/14

I am very annoyed at technology right now. Spent £4 on wifi so I could blog and wrote a whole fantastic post and the wifi is the worst wifi in the world of wifis. I lost all of it.... Mehh. On the bright side I had a lovely lovely time in Nottingham with Sam. We bossed (aka
 lost) the pub quiz again and saw some comedy on Saturday night. At some point in between then and yesterday night I lost my sunglasses so that's my mission today in London - to buy some sunnies - along with seeing my friend Jocelyn and heading off to stay at my auntie's for a few days on the last leg of my journey. Weather is a bit unpredictable at the moment as Hurricane Bertha is on a rampage from the US and our Oxfamily are still at Boardmasters so I hope they're all ok and safe. Music has been cancelled there and Snoop Dogg just buggered off as he obviously has better things to do than wait for storms to pass. Like smoke strange things and wear gold chains.

I will put some pictures on later I promise, when I have computer access. I get a new phone at Christmas - my contract runs out at Christmas and this one started off ok but it's quite annoying now. It can't do simple things -like blog, and spell. And scroll. My friend is in Dubrovnik, Croatia, at the moment and I am very jelly as it's basically the set of Game of Thrones. I've seen photographs of the place and it looks stunning.

08 August 2014

Rhiangle ON TOUR - Day 8 & 9

Day 8 & 9 - 7/8/14 & 8/8/14

Yesterday we were still dog-sitting and decided to tidy the house up a bit before the owners came back. Most of the day was spent outside on the garden with Fudge and lots of water. I made the mistake of not wearing suncream so today I have woken up with sunburn on my shoulders and am trying to make it chill with Sudocrem...hopefully it will morph into a nice tan ★

Hannah arrived from Monmouth yesterday, mid-afternoon, and it is absolutely fab to see her as the last time I did, I was visiting in Manchester which I'm sure was a while ago. She told us all about her trip to Malaysia/Borneo over our super healthy takeaways in the park (fish&chips for H, bento box for M and yaki soba for me, yuuummm). It looks amaaazing and makes me want to travel outside Europe a lot, although it seems like you need to be much more careful over there.
We came back home and chilled in the van, and I got a good night's sleep inside which is needed as today I'm getting on a 5 hour coach to London. iPod and phone charged, book ready, food ready, READY. Hopefully when we change buses I can grab a drink as I doubt one Oasis will get me through the whole journey. I'll upload some pictures from yesterday! Soon!


On the coach en route à Londres. Put on my seatbelt like a good girl. I have WIFI and PLUG SOCKETS and CHOCOLATE could this be any more amazing (probably). Coach heaven.
May go grab some cheap shoes in London as these ones are decorated with curry sauce but the words 'cheap' and 'London' don't seem to work together very well.


4.5 hours to go....I will need music at some point. I'm keeping my iPod battery for the train later as I stupidly left my lightning connector in my suitcase
Pretty cloudy today - it's been so hot the past few days I was alarmed when the aircon started. WHAT IS COLD AIR I DO NOT KNOW OF THIS
on coach with some Vespa earrings from Mumbles.

"so rhiannon how would you describe your night"
i will miss being in Swansea a lottttt. More the people than the place I have to say but to be honest it was convenient. Everything is when you come from somewhere which gives you a dodgy unreliable bus service every two hours.
Fudge and her leaves

06 August 2014

Rhiangle ON TOUR - Day 6 & 7

Day 6 & 7 - 5/8/14 & 6/8/14

I'm writing this on the sixth (whatcha gon' doooo). Yesterday was a lovely chilled day -it was hot and we went shopping in Mumbles, visiting a few cute independent shops after having some great food in Chai Délicatessen.
I got a few cards and some cool patterned card letters for my uni room which spell out my name, just 'cause. I also bought some gorgeous jewelled magenta earrings and some Vespa earrings too (VESSSSPA). Mais made me get some Joe's ice cream which Wales is famous for apparently...it was very milky but seriously good!
We returned home to drop off our things and set off to dog-sit one of the cutest dogs ever on the whole world....who didn't want to walk when we went on a walk. Ha.
But the family we're helping out made us a yummy yummy meal with salmon and potatoes and an amaazing chocolate cake. Nom. We watched Shrek 3, then went to bed.

TODAAAAAY we woke up, greeted Fudge the dog and invited her on a trip to Mumbles on the bus which she surprisingly was delighted to do. She kept on lying down in random places due to heat/pure laziness but people were v understanding. We got pizza at the end of the pier, gave Fudge water and then returned home after a visit to Boots. Yeaah.
We are now chilling (it's 3pm) watching Jeremy Kyle like classy gurlz. Fudge is sunbathing on the deck. Tonight we'll have a chilled one. If anything amazing happens like a UFO lands in the garden then I'll be sure to update you.


04 August 2014

Rhiangle ON TOUR - Day 5

Doing Day 5 all in one as it is the end of the day so putting it in little time frames would be a LIE! Lies are bad people. Had a really nice day today shopping - I bought two skirts in Topshop sale - one of which makes me look like even more like Lorde. HAHAHA LORDE I SHALL TAKE OVER YOUR QUEEN B REIGN


Anyhoooo, I got a few other bits and bobs and we went into Mais' old workplace and I met some of her old worky people which was nice and they made me a fab hazelnut latté. We visited Attica which was a bit like Give The Dog A Bone in York except with more dresses with cool stuff on like birds and crochet collars. It's 5:21pm at time of writing and we're off to meet MORE of Mais' friends who I've already met who are fab and I think we're meeting at a pub and that should be cooool.
Tomorrow is Mumbles possibly and then we're dog-sitting a real cutie dog for two nights. Thuuuursday is the theatre I think h'oh yeah.

Marilyn Booth

Rhiangle ON TOUR - Day 4

Day 4 - 3/8/14

^ That time is correct. And yes I am alive.

*in Donkey from Shrek's voice* On the rooad again. Navigation of English roads seems like a bit of a faff. The M6 is being a pain in the butt to find. C'mon M6 don't be like this we used to be on such good terms WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG

In conclusion I am not in my right mind between the hours of 6 and 8 in the morning.

I arrived safely and managed to catch a bus to a lovely place called Mumbles. Ordered one scoop of mint choc chip and received two scoops of vanilla. Does my Yorkshire 'mint choc chip' sound like 'vanilla' in Welsh...?! Erm. Kept eating to see if there was mint at the bottom and the vanilla was a gift but...no. NO MINT. Ah well. I think there's two different types of people in the world - those who ask for another of what they actually wanted to order and those who think actually this isn't that bad an option and eat it without saying anything. I'm the latter most definitely-i only got my actual ordered meal the other day as my grandma was there to speak up and tell the waitresses. I would have just eaten the salmon salad with chips just as I ate vanilla today.

Bought some new nail paint from barry m (from the gelly range which is aweeesome by the way-great coverage-i got Prickly Pear which is a lovely lilac colour. I was going to pick Mermaid or Pacific to match with my hair but decided on a slight contrast.) I have 1hr 40mins before Mais finishes work and so I'll probably wander down to the co-op and buy a cold drink as it's pretty darn hot here on the pier in mumbles.I'm not really helping myself by wearing a thick denim jacket but I am on a bench in the shade. Later when I have laptop access I'll upload some pictures since the coast here is gorgeous. Lots of wet sand and brownish moss and a few seagulls but gorgeous nonetheless. have tried to spot mais' work place but haven't succeeded yet.

I remember when I was on the bus earlier I saw a guy on a double scooter that moved when he did a sort of ice skate move with his feet alternately. really weird. good first impression of Swansea people. A slightly worse one was from the bus driver. I've never been to this place before in my life and buses make me a bit nervous - they're not like trains as they don't stop automatically-you have to know when to press the button and when to get off for a successful exit. Anyway the bus driver agreed to tell me when to get off. I saw that we'd passed a Mumbles sign so I thought OK WE'RE HERE NOW I SHOULD EXIT THE BUS MAYBE THE DRIVERS FORGOTTEN understandably as he wasn't saying anything. I then got up off my seat (safely obviously, when he had stopped) and politely asked "for mumbles should I get off here?" He proceeded to say rather horribly "erm NO, i will say when, NOW SIT BACK DOWN". The welsh accent is good for anger I'll give him that. but I wasn't that impressed with his bus driver charm (or lack of). When we arrived at the stop he shouted "MUUMBLES" like some cocky 12 year old who's just won a lot at a charity penalty shoot out.

Back from having fab sushi at Wasabi -I had a chicken teriyaki bento and we shared rainbow maki and vegetable gyoto...gyotz? it was so niiiice. We have bought goodies for campervan fun camping times (thank you cadburys). Tomorrow shall be hot so we shall go into town and I shall wear a dress muahaha take that weather hahahaha. Guten Nacht mes amigos!