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“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

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Live in Pride with our Survival Guide – Part 3: Getting Out

8 Mar

Chopstick here!

Everybody recognises the traditional stereotype of the new student – s/he is often poor, used to eating more pasta than your average Italian and spends 75% of his/her time totally wasted. Here at ‘Chopstick and Chunks’, we appreciate a good drink. However, we also appreciate being safe and staying classy. Here’s a few tips on how to survive university nights without coming home in a daze.

  1. Budget. One of the worst things you could possibly do when you go out to drink with your friends is not have an idea of how much you’re going to spend. Once, I went out with my mates with no budget in mind and spent £200 on drinking – I had no money left and I wasn’t drunk. It’s not smart, and it’s certainly not a good way to behave when that money is there to keep you fed.
  2. Make arrangements to travel home. Yes, there is a certain level of paranoia when I warn you this, but be aware – we often hear horror stories about things happening to those who wander around at night, drunk. It’s just not safe. Plan to come home with your friends at a certain time, and if you decide you want to stay out later, make sure someone knows where you are.
  3. The 2:1 ratio. Your aim is to get drunk, correct? Your aim is also to be a good student. If you want to drink with friends but still be in a fit state to get up and go to university the following morning, I recommend you follow the 2:1 rule – for every two drinks you have, drink 1 pint of water. You won’t get off-your-face drunk, you can maintain some dignity and often safe yourself some money.
  4. Take a spare… Everything. I’ve heard a heap of stories about students losing keys, wallets, cameras, tights – you name it, we’ve probably lost it. On a night out, you should consider withdrawing your budgeted money and leave the debit card at home – it saves you getting out more cash and it saves you losing your card. You should put this money in a spare wallet that you carry with you on a night out – I know I’d rather lose a bit of money and a wallet than all of my cards and favourite purse. If you can – even though it’ll probably make you look less cool – get a cheap phone to take with you that isn’t your main phone. Put everything on a lanyard and tie it to your knickers/bra/boxers.
  5. Be safe. You know what I mean. According to statistics from the Health Protection Agency, 285,870 people have been diagnosed with an STI in the last 10 years. That’s a lot of wibbly junk. Always wear a condom!

Keep it wrapped, chaps.

Take care. CS. x