Sorry for not posting yesterday, had a busy day going to London to see Jake Bugg at Alexandra Palace!
My second time of seeing him perform and I can safely say he didn’t disappoint! What made the gig even more amazing, was having a support act that I actually adore- Hudson Taylor. I’d heard about this duo on the TV show Made in Chelsea and I had to check out the song and alas a new favourite band was discovered. I didn’t realise they were going to support Jake Bugg on his Shangri La tour until a day before the gig so it was a great surprise! They’re a country/pop band from Dublin (sighs dreamily) and they’re so appreciative, play their own instruments (a lot of acoustic guitar and a little violin) and they had great stage presence. Me and my friends are definitely thinking of seeing them on their own headline tour in February 2015, I’m itching to get tickets- pay day needs to hurry up!
If you haven’t heard Hudson Taylor’s music I really urge you to, they are full of energy and have an amazing sound!
I have my last music gig of the year on Friday, the gorgeous George Ezra! First time seeing him live and I’m VERY excited- check him out too if you haven’t. Like these guys he has a country/pop vibe and has the most distinct voice I’ve ever heard, its as if his voice doesn’t belong in his young man body (you’ll see what I mean when you listen to him!).
Take care everyone!
Oh and p.s. sorry for these bad quality photos but I wanted to share them anyhow! 🙂
I thoroughly enjoyed discovering what each of the girls were up to in their lives at such a trying time in history, all of their lives varied and and me being a big enthusiast of world war two it was such a delightful lighthearted read. Surprisingly I wasn’t very much aware of the Women’s Volunteer Service (WVS), I was only aware of the women having to take the men’s jobs (such as engineering, farming etc) while they were away on the battlefields.
Among all this, the five girls had their own secret mission- it held suspense but I felt the ending was perhaps a little too uncluttered!
This book demonstrates how at the time of war, if you wanted something to happen you had to take the chance while it was there because you’d never know if the opportunity would rise again. For example “rushed” marriages during the war between people who were practically strangers, it was very live in he moment kind of vibes which was spontaneous and in a way rather wonderful! Perhaps not quite the message the author wanted to bring out of this novel, but its certainly made me realise that the saying “life is too short” is absolutely spot on.
1) Like many Top Ten Tuesday’s I’ve read today, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series is my number one place I would love to visit and experience. To compromise this I could visit places that were used in the Harry Potter films such as Gloucester Cathedral (England) that was used for a number of scenes. “The Chamber of Secrets has indeed been opened again…”
2) Edinburgh; Arthur’s Seat. Scotland in general seems like a beautiful place to visit all over, despite me living in England I’ve only ventured to the edge of Scotland to the Lake District (which is stunning by the way). But one book that captured my interest in Edinburgh was one of my all time favourite books- One Day by David Nicholls. At the top of the Scottish capital a geological landmark Arthur’s Seat (supposedly refers back to the legend of King Arthur) that provides beautiful views of the city. Dexter and Emma do what many visitors/residents do, to climb up the grassy slopes to reach the top. Simply stunning and romantic!
3) Winterfell (filmed at Castle Ward) the fictional home of George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ series where my most loved family The Stark’s live. The cold and and secluded North holds much appeal with the big fur coats, the cosy fires and Direwolves roaming the forests! As a cheat I could visit Northern Ireland where the television series ‘Game of Thrones‘ is filmed so I can pretend I’m hiding from the Lannister’s in the forest with Jon Snow and Ghost!
3) Amsterdam, perhaps another obvious location I would love to visit. Yeah you may be thinking this is because of John Green’s ‘The Fault in our Stars’– yes you are correct. However its also the real home of where Anne Frank lived during World War II where now it has been turned into a museum which coincidentally was used in The Fault In Our Stars film so there we go! I read ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ a few years ago and it truly is such a heart-string pulling kind of read.
5) Wonderland a much loved fictional world from Lewis Carroll, the perfect place where I can be as strange as I wish to be- how wonderful!
6) Omaha is the main setting for Rainbow Rowell’s books whether they originate from there or a character ends up there etc, its in her books and seeing as I am big lover of Rainbow it seems obvious that I need to go there and be life, “yes I could see this big happening here…and them going here when that happened” yeah Omaha one day I will visit!
7) Narnia, seeing as winter is fast approaching I feel that having this fictional place of ice and snow this seems rather fitting. A cup of tea with Mr Tumnus and winter walks in the snow wearing a big fur coat to keep me warm- oh so Christmassy!
I could only think of seven places I would like to visit from the inspiration from books, perhaps I’m forgetting some!
Where would you like to visit because of a book you’ve read?
How is it October already? I have the horrible feeling that September wasn’t exactly a productive month, but I woke up this morning feeling motivated to begin something new.
As you may or may not have read on this blog previously, I dropped out of university and I’m basically trying to find my feet. I hate being out of education, I love learning, learning is something that I cherish a great deal.
Taking that into account, I’m considering enrolling on an English Literature course with the Open University. This may not seem that bigger deal but for me to give university another go and hope that I will gain a degree that will change my career direction- I see it as a huge deal!
I guess September time I have been researching as much as I can about the course and the way I will study it, you may already know but with OU you study at home and can take up to 8 years to complete a degree. Ideally I would like to be a full time student and gain my degree within 3 years but I do have an option to change this. I have spoken to a friend of mine who has just begun her OU experience and I’m hoping they will keep me updated with how they’re getting on, and if I decide to go ahead with enrolling on the course I will start around February time of 2015.
I’m excited to step out onto this new path and embrace the knowledge of brilliant writers, classical and modern- particularly Charles Dickens!
Anyway enough with the dull, October is a bit of a busy month ahead. This weekend I’m visiting my best friend Mollie at her university for a few days and I’ve been looking forward to it for a long while now. With my friends being a uni all the time I’m not socialising as much as I would like to, so a trip to Eastbourne is on the cards and I can’t wait to have a bit of fun and a change of scenery 🙂
A couple of gigs are coming up too, both in the same week ah! I’ll be seeing Jake Bugg for the second time and George Ezra for the first- very excited for them both! I LOVE going to gigs, especially in London. Sadly they’re my last gigs for 2014, I’ve been very lucky this year to have attended a fair few that have all been so memorable. I hope you’re enjoying my visual aids in this post haha ;D
Thinking back to feeling creative and such this morning, I have this idea of creating a second YouTube channel where I can help those of you with GCSE/A Level revision. I know not all of you will be from the UK and therefore take this qualifications but it might aid you also with the exams that you are obligated to take.
It was just a thought, something else for me to keep myself occupied. I would be able to help you with Geography specifically as this is the subject I most enjoyed back in high school. If any of you think this would help you with upcoming exams then let me know, it would be great to help you 🙂
Books I’m hoping to read this month are going to be read on my Kindle, this is because I have a free subscription to borrow books with Kindle Unlimted. This is available for a free month which afterwards you have the choice of cancelling or paying £7.99 a month to continue this offer.
So here’s a list of the books I hope to read this month: