I haven’t posted in months and months but I still wanted some way to remember this year so here goes:
- 1Million Dance Studios – Mina Young, Sori Na, Lia Kim, May Jay Lee
- A dose of cyanicism and realism
- Accounting… pensions accounting
- Andy Murray’s success
- Anna and the French Kiss: “I wish for the thing that is best for me.”
- Bailey Sok – the girl with more swag in her finger nail than I have in my entire body
- BATMAN Wifi
- Beyonce’s Lemonade – and absolutely shutting down the VMA’s with her world class performance
- Black Scholes formula
- British success at the Olympics
- Busting my knee at the traffic lights and nearly getting run over
- Candy Crush
- Dodgy Wrist
- Drarry – still my OTP
- Dyeing my hair and actually pulling it off
- Elementary… and liking it more than Sherlock ssshhh
- Eleanor and Park: “…and his eyes were so green they could turn carbon dioxide into oxygen.”
- Escape the room
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: the awe of watching this at the IMAX
- Fear of being alone
- Fear of marriage
- Fear of settling
- Feedback and feedback on feedback
- Feeling sexy in gold heels
- Forgetting dates, like all the time.
- Getting fat, so fat that I can’t fit into some of my old clothes
- Goodreads and their reccomended reading lists
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Incidents on the Holborn escaltors
- Inheritance issues and family squabbling
- James’ and Quidditch
- Jersey Boys, The Four Seasons – watching it in Theatre
- JK’s boy drama
- Ju Ju on the beat
- LadyLuthien and Lilly
- Leicester City winning the Premier League
- ‘Lovely’ by Sarah Jessica Parker – my perfume of choice
- Magic Mike… in particular that one interview on Ellen…
- Malec – yes I’m talking about Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood
- Marium’s birthday party… the best party I’ve ever been to ever
- Masters of Sex, the TV show, don’t get your panties in a twist
- Memes, so many memes
- Micrsoft Outlook – my lifeline
- My CA1 squad
- My favourite smart trousers from Next
- My Iphone 5C
- My Iphone headphones, all hail
- My new fan heater
- My WTW Squad
- New watch for my tiny wrist
- Old Flame
- Our Sky Q Box
- Plans that keep falling through
- Reigate Manor Hotel
- Rick Stein, my favourite cooking programme presenter
- Rihanna ANTI – my favourite album of the year
- Rihanna’s work work work work they say me haffi work work work work work
- Sean Lew – born to dance
- Seeing Beyonce live at Wembley – definitely one of the best experiences of my life
- Semi serious marriage proposals
- Shakira’s engagement
- Shambles 1, 2 and 3
- Shopping at Oasis – my new favourite shop
- SimCity Buildit
- Sleeping at 2am for no reason and regretting it terribly the next morning
- Speed Dating
- Team KC
- That never-ending Flu
- That stupid day when I got stuck and Greenford and it took me 3 hours to get home and my phone died
- The 140 bus
- The Apprentice – well done Alana
- The Bake- Off, both the show and the annoying move to Channel 4
- The Central Line
- The continuation of Sumaliya
- The Daily Mail
- The Diana Memorial
- The end of Sumalium
- The Exam- Takers
- The Garage roof contruction
- The horror of becoming 24
- The jubilation of passing CA1
- The Khandashians
- The Nae Nae
- The Pink Zone
- The return of Gilmore Girls
- The SIAS Ball
- The soap opera that was the US election
- Vitamin tablets, iron tablets and an inhaler
- Winning over AW – took a lot of patience and time but so worth it
- Wooly hat and socks
- WTW Purple
- YouTube Playlists… in particular the WTW Playlist
So I like to listen to music at work; more specifically I have no filter with regards to what songs I listen to. In fact the more inappropriate the better. I dunno, I just seem to get a kick out it. It may look like I’m building a spreadsheet on the outside but actually I’m having a private party in my head screaming SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS SHOTS.
This occasionally has adverse consequences. For example a few days ago someone approached me at my desk and I hastily took off my headphones but didn’t have time to mute. Unfortunately that was the exact moment Nicki Minaj ‘Only’ started to play. If you’re not familiar with the opening lines, let me enlighten you *ahem*
I never f*cked Wayne
I never f*cked Drake
All my life man – f*cks sake
If I did I’d ménage with them
And let them eat my a** like a cupcake
These are some inspired lyrics but probably not something I’d want my colleague to hear. I’m privately optimistic that he’s deaf.
My two favourite art forms are music and literature. Both have the liberating ability of evoking emotion and transporting you to somewhere new. What’s even better I find, is combining the two.
I’m not sure how many people do this but I really enjoy having a song on repeat whilst reading. Obviously the choice of song here is important. ‘Barbie Girl’ would not be the right accompaniment to Harry Potter, say. But every so often you find a song just … clicks.
Recently I finished reading the whole Divergent series. 3 books, 3 days, standard. All the while I had this gem of a song playing in the background. It’s a cover of the 80s classic ‘Everybody wants to rule the world’ and I think it’s perfect and heartbreaking. I also think it’s appropriate for lots of stories. The Hunger Games and Monsters of Men certainly springs to mind.
Anyway hearing this song now is like a portal. It takes me straight back to the world of Divergent. I find it fascinating how our brains can associate something so strongly with music.
P.S It shocks me how many people don’t know how to play a YouTube video on repeat so I’ll share it here.
Say you have a YouTube video with URL:
All you need to do is replace the youtube bit with ‘listenonrepeat’ as follows:
Over and Out!
Yes it’s been too long…. but I was working my butt off on my beast of a Statistical Pattern Recognition coursework. I handed it in on Friday and pretty much hibernated during the weekend because I was so exhausted from staring at a screen. Saying I handed it in doesn’t quite convey that actual stress of that day; it would be more accurate to say that I was filling in my name and college details in the lift on the way to the 6th floor where I was supposed to hand it in merely 10 minutes before the deadline. Then because I’m a plum I managed to submit it in the wrong slot and embarrassingly had to beg the lady in the office to retrieve it for me. I think she took pity on me.
The whole point of taking this immense coding course was to alleviate stress later because it would mean taking one fewer exam in the Summer. Maybe it’ll feel the benefits later but on Friday I’m quite sure I had high blood pressure coupled with a thumping headache and lack of sleep. Not the greatest of combinations. Oh well it’s over now.
Since then I’ve been pretty much listening to this on repeat. If any of you need your spirits raising, this song’ll do it. Loosen up. Get those shoulders moving.
Oh and for those of you still reading this and persevering with me:
Over and Out!
Hear me out on this- I’m not saying we should go around offending one another but I do think that swearing in moderation when the occasion calls might actually have advantages.
1. It alleviates pain.
Seriously. I’m sure some study somewhere showed that swearing after you stub your toe releases endorphins which are happy hormones that make you feel better. A good old yelp of ‘shit, damn door!’ might just be what you need. Doctor’s recommendation.
2. It helps you exaggerate things.
A little bit of swearing interwoven into everyday language can have a wonderful effect for storytelling. I mean would you rather hear that something was ‘really weird’ or ‘batshit insane’? ‘Really bad’ or ‘piss poor’? There is a huge difference in descriptive power. Swearing makes things so much funnier too- I can’t explain why.
3. It can help win any argument (with people you don’t like)
A well placed STFU can end any argument instantly and have you crowned champion. I had to add the bit in brackets because if you use this against your partner say, you’re gonna be in deep shit. Use it carefully!
4. It enables you to enjoy some of your favourite songs
Listening to censored rap music is just unsatisfying. Swearing is a language all rap artists appear to be fluent in, maybe because it’s so effective at conveying anger and strength of feeling. And even if rap music isn’t to your taste, don’t act like you don’t enjoy screaming along to Cee-Lo Green’s ‘FUCK YOU’.
5. It’ll help you man up
I can’t stress enough that I don’t condone insulting people but should you ever receive any verbal abuse, I think it’s useful to have a colourful vocabulary so that you can deliver them a verbal punch back. It makes you less of a target.
On an aside, my favourite swear word is ‘shit’ closely followed by ‘bastard’. I dunno they just roll of the tongue. What are yours?
Over and Out!
That moment when your favourite song comes on…
So cute! This little lady is gonna be a rave on the dance floor when she gets older!
Over and Out.
There’s only one way to make tea… boiling water, milk and then sugar… in that order. Get it right people.
Don’t make it like this?
This video is for you.
This never stops being funny.
Over and Out!
The Great Gatsby. It’s being advertised like crazy and the cast list boasts of the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. On top of that it has one hell of a soundtrack. They managed to get friggin Jay Z as the executive producer who is probably one of the most well connected rappers in the game.
Songs off the soundtrack:
Florence and the Machine- Over the Love
This is one of the best songs I have heard in a long long while. It’s classic Florence- starts off soft and slow, melodious catchy chorus and above all a powerful vocal. Gosh some of her high notes in this are impressive but it’s the end of the song that totally won me.
AND I SING FROM THE PIANOOO
Lana Del Ray- Young and Beautiful
For me, Lana is the queen of wistful melancholy songs. Her voice has so much depth and this song is beautiful. There’s a kind of innocence in the way she asks ‘will you still love me when I’m no longer young and beautiful?’. Yes Lana, I will still love you.
Sia- Kill and Run
Sia has a very distinctive voice and she showcases it in this song but I dunno it feels a little too slow for too long and the big dramatic part of the song is nowhere near as powerful as Florence’s or Lana’s. Perhaps it will sound better when it’s used in context with the movie.
Beyonce and Andre 3000- Back to Black
Can’t have Jay Z without Beyonce getting involved somehow… But anyway this is the second time Queen B and Andre 3000 have paired up; the first being for Beyonce’s song ‘Party’ which I didn’t think was anything special so I was hoping for something better this time. However ‘Back to Black’ is Amy Winehouse’s song and I was skeptical that anyone would be able to convey the heartbreak quite like she did. So unsurprisingly this song came up short. Instrumentally it’s good but vocally, it just feels… off… too many vocal acrobatics from Beyonce and bizarre singing/talking from Andre 3000.
As for the film itself, it looks really good. I have high expectations! Leonardo DiCaprio better get an Oscar for this- it’s about time.
Over and Out!
Wooooo! James got a call confirming he’s got an internship. Yay for smacking interviews first time. Killed it my friend! Very proud!
So we decided to celebrate!
We were intrigued by Drake’s…interesting dancing (can you call it that?) in his ‘Started from the Bottom’ music video and me and James attempted to copy it. Hilarity ensued.
STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE HERE. STARTED FROM THE BOTTOM, NOW MY WHOLE TEAM HEREE!
I WEAR EVERY SINGLE CHAIN EVEN WHEN I’M IN THE HOUSE.
As far as songs go, it’s pretty poor but my god is it catchy. As soon as it comes on, I find myself walking with a gangsta limp. All I need now are some chains and an obnoxiously large cap.
Peace Out Y’all!