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June 2015

Summer Daze

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In the Summertime.”

So far my summer has gone from total stress to complete relaxation in the space of a singleWP_000730 - Copy (2) month – June saw the end of my exams and the start of my freedom. It’s strange because even though it was June my friends and I kept saying how we couldn’t wait for summer, for us summer didn’t start until exams were done.

The fact that exams are finished should probably be the highlight of my summer, but there have also been a number of trips to the beach, a day at the fair ground, late afternoon drinking sessions, preparing for uni, learning to WP_001373 (1)cook, shopping and mini road trips. These have all made for a great start, and it’s probably going to be the best summer of my life, with plenty of memories still to be made with friends I have known for years and friends that I’ve only grown close to recently, a time filled with new opportunities and amazing adventures.

However, my best summer memory so far is from 2013 when I went to my first music festival. The atmosphere, Scan0006 (2)the sun and the ability of live music to speak to the soul made my Latitude 2013 experience one of the best summers I have ever had! There are plenty of festivals in 2015 if you want to have your own festival fun!


What’s Your Summer Soundtrack?

With Glastonbury wrapping up today you might be searching for your own festival experience, you might even have been lucky enough to bag a ticket to Glastonbury and are looking for your next musical adventure. There are so many music festivals to pick from: dance to rock and pop to jazz. Here’s a list of somScan0006 (2)e of the best festivals this summer.

  • Wireless Festival – 28th June and 3rd-4th July (Day only Friday tickets are sold out). With acts like Drake, Avicii and Clean Bandit, Wireless 2015 is going to be one festival you don’t want to miss.
  • Unsigned London – 4th-5th July. A free festival for bands and solo singers who are unsigned, worth a visit if you’re in the area, you never know, you might stumble upon the next big thing.
  • T in the Park – 10th-12th July. There really is something for everyone at T in the Park: Hozier, Mark Ronson, Avicii and Alt-J all make for a brilliant sound track for your summer.
  • Latitude Festival – 16th-19th July. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Alt-J, The Boomtown Rats and The Vaccines are all stars of this festival. Latitude was the first festival that I went to and I honestly loved the music and atmosphere. Latitude is different to most of the big festivals out there because it also offers comedy, film, literature, poetry and dance. Also, there are activities for young children, which helps to create a really comfortable, friendly atmosphere in the general areas whilst the arenas and late night DJs bring the party.
  • Lovebox Festival – 17th-18th July. A great festival for first timers an veterans. Snoop Dogg, Jessie Ware and Annie Mac all feature at this short festival.
  • 2013-07-21 18.16.44Somersault Festival – 23rd-27th July. Laura Marling, Bombay Bicycle Club and Passenger are among many great acts that give this festival a great summer feel. Also, set in North Devon, the festival offers great outdoor activities. There are still some tickets available, but if you aren’t lucky enough to get tickets this year keep this festival in mind for next summer!
  • Party at the Palace – 8th-9th August. This festival takes place at Linlithgow Palace and offers music from Chic, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Scouting For Girls it’s something a little different and at only £54 for a day ticket it’s worth keeping in mind when the mind-summer slump sets in – it could also act as a nice escape for those of us waiting for results day on August 13th.
  • V Fest – 22nd-23rd August. Calvin Harris, The Courteeners, Hozier, Olly Murs, George Ezra, Kasabian, Sam Smith, the list goes on and on. This is a festival that is much more young-adult orientated and is a great final adventure before heading off for university.2013-07-21 19.45.50
  • Creamfields – Avicii, Alesso and Above&Beyond are just some of the acts that will get you moving at this festival.
  • Reading/Leeds Festival – The last of the big festivals promises to end summer with a bang. The line-up includes Mumford and Suns, Bastille and Panic! At the Disco. Whilst this festival is a favorite among teenagers and 20-somethings there is plenty of music for all ages!

Don’t forget to check out local music events, they might not pull the big names but you’ll still have plenty of fun!

‘Let’s Make the Most of the Night Like We’re Gonna Die Young’

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Celebrate Good Times.”

If I get great news on the 13th August (which I really, really, really hope I do) then I’ll be going out clubbing with my closest friends. It sounds like a massive cliche – ‘oh I did well in my exams so I’m going to go and get drunk’. But that’s not why we’re doing it, one of my friends recently had an operation which means she’s unable to do a lot of things for a month or two, plus her 18th birthday is coming up very soon, but she won’t be able to do the classic buying of  the first legal drink. So we’ve planned to make the 13th special by going on our first all girls night out. We’ll probably spend the time before on the beach, eating pizza, getting nostalgic about college, talking about the future and generally having a nice, relaxing time together. It’s one of the few times we’ll be able to have a night out in our hometown together, to make fond memories before we all go off into separate sunsets. We’re all off to uni in September, so this one of the last times we’re all in the same place and can celebrate all together.

Of course, I’d love to hop on a private jet to Vegas, place some bets, drink something fancy and act like there’s no tomorrow, but that’s not very likely.

Although, there are also some other ways to celebrate:

  • Buying a ridiculously expensive bottle of champagne ‘just because’
  • Going for a really nice meal (but I’m counting pizza as our nice meal, there are some great restaurants in my town, and who doesn’t like pizza?!) or maybe even cooking one – who says you need sunshine for a BBQ!
  • Doing something really silly – skinny dipping in the sea and staying up until sunrise anyone?

As long as I can celebrate good news with my friends and family I don’t mind what I do, because I always have a good time with them!

Quote from Kesha’s ‘Die Young’ 

Dance Like the World Is Watching

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take It From Me.”

There’s so much advice I give to others but never take myself, the best advice is probably the classic ‘who cares what anyone else thinks’. I honestly tell people all the time that if they want to do/say something then they should just do it – the people who get unnecessarily upset or angry just because you decided to express yourself probably aren’t worth your time anyway.Never be afraid to express yourself, and do it loudly; don’t let what everyone else thinks/does/says to overpower your own views, So, put on a show and dance like the world IS watching – you might step on some toes, but some of those toes will belong to like-minded people!

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‘Lyla’, ‘Dont You Want Me?’ But we could ‘Rock and Roll Waltz’

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mix Tape Masterpiece.”

If I made a new friend and gave them a mixtape so they could get to know me through song this would be it, in order:

  1. Panic Station – Muse
  2. Knee Socks – Artic Monkeys
  3. Lyla – Oasis
  4. Don’t trust me – 30H!3
  5. Don’t You Want Me? – Human League
  6. Stupid Cupid – Connie Francis
  7. Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley and The Wailers
  8. Rock and Roll Waltz – Kay Starr
  9. Those Were the Days My Friend – Mary Hopkins
  10. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  11. It’s Almost Tomorrow – Dreamweavers
  12. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – The Beatles
  13. Unintended – Muse
  14. Robert – Dark Dark Dark
  15. Swallowed in the Sea – Coldplay

Germany, Friends and The Rainbow Chalet

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Snapshot Stories.”

This picture is of the whole of my old year 9 class on the school German trip. It was a great trip – we lived in little houses on a resort, cooked meals every night and explored Germany during the day. My house (The Rainbow Chalet) also engaged in silly pranks with 261746_618032914936279_754548233_none of the boys’ house – it may have involved sneaking around at night to scare them and stolen underwear and shoes.

We also went to some really beautiful places like Trier and went for a river cruise on the Rhine. It was stunning, watching the world go past with all of my friends. Germany is truly stunning and I hope to return to make even more happy memories.

A lot has happened since year 9, when I started at that school, to now, when I’m waiting my A level results, but it remains one of my happiest memories.

Exam Results Day – AKA the journey to hell and back.

Thought I should post something that is much more closely related to the title of this blog than some of the things that I have been posting recently (summer holiday’s make me get that travel itch).

Results day is horrible. There’s no two ways about it. After finally calming down after the stress of exams it gets to a couple of weeks before results day and you just snap. Its like all of a sudden you’re sitting those exams all over again, all at once.

Even if you worked really hard there is always the fear that it wasn’t enough.

I’d just like to say that I love education and understand the need to be tested. Although, I really do not understand why it has been deemed ok to put young people through so much stress. It really can’t be good for us.

Here are some tips to help on results day.

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A Tale of Two Bears

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Toy Story.”

My favorite toys growing up were my two oldest teddy bears: Pink Ted and Brown Ted (I was a very imaginative kid). Pink Ted was my second ever toy and Brown Ted was given to me by my parents when I was really ill when I WIN_20150622_180951was younger and had to stay in hospital so I wouldn’t be alone. I used to play with them all of the time – they were exactly like Woody in Toy Story to me!

Pink Ted is pretty ratty now, he used to be bright pink (and still is along the seams!) and most of his stuffing has disappeared somehow. Brown Ted is in much better condition, although his fur is showing his age. I suppose they carry the scars of all the things I have been through and the person that those experiences made me today. Their imperfections are visible, whilst many of mine are kept deeper down, but I don’t make apologies for all of the things that aren’t perfect with me and I hope that the people who know me love me anyway, just as I still love these bears with all of their flaws.

‘I’ve been around the world, in the pouring rain’ – Will.I.AM

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Study Abroad.”

If I was able to live abroad for a year the answer would by Italy. Always Italy. I lovePhoto0360 the pace of life, the food, the culture, the scenery. I hope that I’ll be able to earn enough in the future to be able to move to Italy once any future children I may have are grown up, and if the future husband agrees. I’ve been to Italy a few times on holiday and every time I have found something new to make me fall hopelessly in love with it all over again. The picture is of the view from my balcony of Lake Garda, where I went  a few summers ago. I honestly felt like I was home there. Garda, and Italy in general, is just beautiful to me. If I could live there, even for one year, I would be so happy.

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