“To the well organised mind…..”

2 Apr

As Albus Dumbledore once said “After all, to the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure.”

Smart man, that Dumbledore in’ ‘e?

But to be honest, I want to have a decent-ish adventure before I die so I’ve finally got around to writing my bucket-travel list-y thing. Most of the things on my list will be places you see, and then hopefully things will spring from them. So in not particular order.

    1. After that smashing Harry Potter introduction, I’ll carry on the theme.  I want to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I’ve already done the Warner Bros Studio Tour down near London (And came away with a scarf and wand to mark the occasion) But tWWoHP looks amazing!
    2. Another place I’d like to travel to is Rome. The Colosseum,  Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, vespas, and great food. Who wouldn’t want to go?

    3. Learn and become fluent in sign language. To be honest, the most I can do at the minute is sign my name and the odd word, I have a fair way to go with that one.
    4. See the Northern Lights. I think it’s because it’s so “out of this world” really. I mean they look brilliant. Well from the photos I’ve seen anyway.
    5. Be the boss, of what I don’t know yet, but at some point I want to be the one who ends up calling the shots. (Bit power-hungry with this one)

 

So how’s that for the first five, I do have a lot more, but I didn’t want this to be a huge post, who know’s what will happen at a later date? 🙂

Laters

-C

R. Kelly is a legend.

27 Mar

R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet: Chapter 1 (lyrics)

Seven o’clock in the morning
And the rays from the sun wakes me.
I’m stretchin’ and yawnin’,
In a bed that don’t belong to me.
And a voice yells, “Good morning, darlin”, from the bathroom,
Then she comes out and kisses me,
And to my surprise, she ain’t you.

Now, I’ve got this dumb look on my face.
Like, what have I done?
How could I be so stupid to be have laid here ’til the morning sun?
Must have lost the track of time.
Oh, what was on my mind?
From the club, went to her home.
Didn’t plan to stay that long!

Here I am, quickly tryin’ to put on my clothes,
Searching for my car keys,
Tryin’ to get on up out the door,
Then she stretched her hands in front of it,
Said, “You can’t go this way.”
Looked at her, like she was crazy,
Said, “Woman, move out my way.”
Said, “I got a wife at home.”
She said, “Please, don’t go out there.”
“Lady, I’ve got to get home…”
She said, her husband was comin’ up the stairs

“Shh, shh, quiet…
Hurry up and get in the closet”
She said, “Don’t you make a sound,
Or some shit is going down.”
I said, “Why don’t I just go out the window?”
“Yes, except for one thing, we on the 5th floor.”
“Shit – think. Shit – think. Shit, quick, put me in the closet.”
And now, I’m in this darkest closet, tryin’ to figure out
Just how I’m gonna get my crazy ass up out this house.

Then he walks in and yells, “I’m home.”
She says, “Honey, I’m in the room.”
He walks in there with a smile on his face,
Sayin’, “Honey, I’ve been missin’ you.”
She hops all over him,
And says, “I’ve cooked and ran your bath water,”
I’m tellin’ you now, this girl’s so good that she deserves an Oscar.

Throws her in the bed,
And start to snatchin’ her clothes off,
I’m in the closet, like man, what the fuck is going on?
You’re not gonna believe it,
But things get deeper as the story goes on,
Next thing you know, a call comes through on my cell phone,
I tried my best to quickly put it on vibrate,
But from the way he act, I could tell it was too late.
He hopped up and said, “There’s a mystery going on –
And I’m gonna solve it.”
And I’m like, “God please, don’t let this man open this closet.”

He walks in the bathroom,
And looks behind the door.
She says, “Baby, come back to bed.”
He says, “Bitch, say no more.”
He pulls back the shower curtain,
While she’s biting her nails.
Then he walks back to the room,
Right now, I’m sweating like hell.
Checks under the bed,
Then under the dresser,
He looks at the closet,
I pull out my Baretta.
He walks up to the closet,
He goes up to the closet,
Now he’s at the closet,
Damn, he’s opening the closet…

Take care! CS. x

Printers – Scum of the Earth

26 Mar

I hate printers! Despise the buggers. Within the last week alone I’ve had issues with more than one of the bloody things. First off, trying to use the library printers to print something in colour, first it was in colour, but double sided( which isn’t aloud when handing work in) then it was black and white not double sided, then black and white double sided and finally I managed to get it right. Cost me a bomb in printer credit, and considering I’m low on money that was shitter.  And just today I tired printing off a job application and my CV and my own printers buggered. It keeps shouting at me that there’s a cartridge jam. There isn’t!

It seems like this post is going to be a bit of a rant post. Well a lot of a rant post really.

  • I can’t find my holdall to pack my stuff (I’m heading home at the end of the week.)
  • I’m short on boxes to use because I can’t find my hold all.
  • I need to get an essay done in the next two days, or at least the majority of it and all of the library work, and my work ethic at the moment is less than zilch.
  • I need to use the bloody printers again. Stupid bloody things.
  • Hypocrites all around at the moment too.
  • And selfishness, can’t stand it.
  • I’m going to have to spend my last couple of quid on printer credits because of that faff with the printers the other day.
  • And finally last night I whacked my leg on the heater and have a massive bruise.

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I’m right in the mood for a row. A right slinging match!

I’m going to go calm down now.

-C

Guest Post: Introducing… Ang

24 Mar

As a child, playing games was all about hide and seek, snakes and ladders and making dens. Then you grew up, started university, lost all innocence and discovered drinking games!

Here are my top 5 for your enjoyment and intoxication needs:

5. Beer pong

This game will test your bouncing ball skills and your alcohol endurance. No chundering now! It is the perfect game when there’s a big group.

Tip: Vary the strength of the drinks in the game, so some terrible Lambrini, shots of vodka, whiskey, maybe some Smirnoff ice? (You get where I’m going…).

How to play: 

  1. Divide yourself into 2 teams and stand at opposite ends of a table, each group with 6 -10
  2. The first person throws a ping pong ball at the other team’s cups. If it lands in one, a person from the other team must down the contents-simples.
  3. As the cups get emptied, the remaining ones can be moved closer together.
  4. The losing team is the first one to finish all their beverages. As a punishment, they must then drink everything left in the winning team’s cups as well.

pong

4.Never have I ever …

This is one of the easiest drinking games around, and is also a great way of finding out all your friends best kept secrets! (Although you’ll probably expose your own in the process…)

How to play: 

  1. Going round in a circle, each person takes it in turn to say “Never have I ever…” followed by something they haven’t done (the more shameful the better).
  2. Anyone who has done whatever activity is named has to consume their drink. That’s pretty much it – the fun of this game is what you learn about your friends!

never

3. 21’s

How hard can it be to count to 21, right?

How to play: 

  1. First player chooses the direction e.g. “1 to my left…”
  2. Players then continue counting. If anyone says two numbers e.g. “3, 4” the game changes direction, if someone says three “5, 6, 7” then it carries on in the same direction but skips a player.
  3. Anyone who screws up drinks.
  4. Whoever ends up as “21” also has to drink (It rarely gets that far!).

twenty

2. G’day Bruce

The game gets pretty complicated as everyone’s name changes and you have to remember who you’re introducing!  Aussie accents must be used at all times.

How to play: 

  1. Sit in a circle. The first person says ‘G’day Bruce’ to the person on their left, who replies ‘G’day Bruce’. The first person then gestures to the third person along, saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
  2.  The second person then turns to the third and says ‘G’day Bruce’. The third player replies ‘G’day Bruce’, and then, as before, the second person points to the fourth saying ‘Say g’day to Bruce, Bruce’.
  3. This goes on around the circle until someone makes a mistake, at which point they must drink and their name will change (start with Sheila, then Kylie, Jason, Lou, Harold, Madge and Dingbat etc. etc.)

 bruce

6. Ring of Fire

There are plenty of variations on these rules (same results), but this is how I tend to play:

How to play: 

  1. Arrange a pack of cards in a small circle around a pint glass, all face down.
  2. Sit in a circle around the cards. Take it in turns to pick a card, making sure you don’t break the circle (if you do, you must immediately down your drink).
  3. For each card, there is an action:

2: You – Pick somebody to drink

3: Me – You have to drink

4: Whore (girls) – All girls in the group drink

5: Thumb master – The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just put their thumbs up, last person to do this has to consume.

6: Dicks (men) – All guys in the group drink

7: Heaven –  The person with the card can wait as long as they like before performing the action. They just point up to the ceiling, last person to do so has to consume.

8: Mate- Have a gulp of your drink, whilst making a friend do the same!

9: Rhyme – Whoever picks the card must say a phrase. The next person then says a phrase that rhymes and so on until someone screws up (they have to drink).

10: Categories – Similar to 9, although this time the first person names a category (e.g. cars, U.K. cities, types of beer) and everyone has to name something that fits into it. Again, whoever messes up first drinks.

Jack: Rule – The picker gets to think of a new rule for the game.

Queen: Question Master – Picking this card means you become Question Master. Ask people questions, and if they don’t answer back with a question, they have to drink. The Question Master title passes on as soon as someone else gets the Queen.

King: Drink in the cup – The first three people to pick up a King add some of their drink (whatever it is) to the pint glass in the middle – the fourth person drinks the dirty pint.

Ace: Waterfall – Fill your drinks up, then everyone in the circle starts drinking at the same time. The person who picked the Ace can continue drinking for as long as they want, but the second person cannot stop drinking until they have, the third person cannot stop until the second has and so on. Whoever picks the Ace chooses which direction the waterfall goes in.

 ring

So there you have it, 5 of what I believe to be the best drinking games around! Enjoy…

-Ang

If I got any busier, I’d be the M1 at rush hour.

21 Mar

Chopstick here!

Honest to God, if I do any more stuff, I’m at risk of expiring. Let me give you a run-down of why there’s a frown in Becki Town:

  • The Lincoln Award – Chunks and I recently signed up to do the LA, an award which asks students to do 40+ hours of volunteering or part-time work, as well as joining workshops and undertaking training (like St. John’s Ambulance or sign-language lessons, both of which we’re interested in). That, straight away, asks us to do a lot of extra work on top of our university stuff.
  • Deadlines – I’ve got a few bits of work coming up, so I’m in the process of writing essays at the minute. They’re all fairly inaccessible  based on specialist reporting in the media and on the dislocations of society in literature. Hmm.
  • Library – (see above reasons) I’ve spent around 50-70 hours in the library this semester. Frankly, that is an unnecessary amount of bookishness.
  • Training – Because I’m looking into doing a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate of Education) following the completion of my second year, I’ve been doing quite a lot of extra stuff in order to make me look like a more rounded individual. This includes some extra training for:
  1. My current job with Clear Links. I work as a transcription facilitator (or note-taker, for the uninitiated) with people with disabilities, and I recently attended a training session to see whether  I have the capacity to be an examination facilitator – I essentially take notes in lectures!
  2. My new volunteering position. I recently applied to Urban Times for an editor position, ad was given a phone interview the other day on how to write for the site. One of my articles has since been published and even made it to the front page. For a read about press freedom, click here.
This is me at the minute... Full of traffic. (source: Highways Agency / Flickr)

This is me at the minute… Full of traffic. (source: Highways Agency / Flickr)

There’s seems to be little and less time in the day for relaxing, but the fact I can write a blog today suggests that things are beginning to slow up which is particularly good news. Hopefully, I’ll come to you next Thursday with a more interesting, less listy blog for you to read.

 

Take care, CS. x

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Live in Pride with our Survival Guide – Part 4: Getting your shit done

19 Mar

Good start on the ‘blogging on certain days of the week’ thing. I’d totally forgot that I’d been nominated for Tuesdays and I don’t have anything prepared. So going off the survival guide theme we’ve had in the past few weeks and as deadline time is fast approaching I’ll write a continuation.

How to get through deadline time

1. Don’t leave it until the last minute – You’d think that this was an obvious one, but a fair portion of the people I know do just that. (*Cough cough* Benson There’s a deadline for our creative portfolio module on Friday and Chopstick is currently sat in the library coaching him through getting it done.) You need to get the work done as soon as possible, or at least the bulk of the prep work and plans. It just makes it so much easier when you come to write it.

2. Decide on a topic or question and stick with it – Don’t go changing your question half way through, or even worse just before the deadline, again I know people who have done this and then they panic when they’re still writing an hour before deadline cut off and then are rushing to get to the office to get in it.

3. Actually go to the lectures/seminars – They help. Not only do you get straight up information from the lectures, in seminars you get discussion from not only the teacher, but the other students too. These discussions are really good for getting different interpretations and totally new points you’ve not thought of and that you can discuss in the essay, giving you much more scope.

4. Find a place where you can actually work – Some people work better at home, others outside, and some work better in the library. Personally I work better in the library, less distractions. The xbox isn’t there for a start, there’s no TV, you can watch Youtube and what have you in ours I suppose, but still there are less distractions.

5. Use resources – There’ll be a library at the university. Use it. Our university – if not all – have online resources too, which means you can access journals and whatnot at home. if you’re one of those who works better in comfort. Online recourse’s are particularly good as you have the CTRL+F function where you can search for a certain word without having to faff wading through everything. Plus, take a look at this infographic on how to use google search effectively.

So, that’s my contribution for this week.

Good luck to all those suffering with Deadlines at the moment too.

-C

 

End of the blogging frenzy

16 Mar

It seems last week was a flurry of blogging for us! This week however, things have simmered down a bit for us. Once again,we’re stuck in the library getting work done. I’ve just printed a load of work for my creative portfolio, and Chopstick is writing a article to go in for editing so that it can then appear on Urban Times. So we’ve not had all that much time to get anything else done. However, in one of our small breaks from work we’ve decided to set specific dates for when we post a blog, so that we keep the content updated and don’t end up relying of Sunday guest posts. Tuesdays and Thursdays have been voted in as the winners. I imagine there will be other posts in between those too to be honest.

I’m afraid this is just a short update post, once deadlines are over, we’ll probably be back to regular broadcasting. I needs to get on with another essay now. Laters

-C