Oh bugger

I’ve reached my overdraft limit, I have rent and a holiday to pay for well before my next student loan is due and I’m, for want of a better phrase, up the creek without a paddle! 

So I found this website called fivesquids.co.uk and basically, you advertise jobs you’re willing to do for £5. Quite self explanatory really. So I’ve advertised several jobs but I thought I might get a bit more interest if I posted on here as well! 

So for only £5, I can draw your horse. I’ve attached a pic of a horse I drew for my friend last night (it only took an hour and I wasn’t being paid so it’s not the best I can do!) so if you have any equestrian friends with birthdays coming up, or you’re just feeling generous please click this link: http://www.fivesquids.co.uk/Gifts/Arts-And-Crafts/34027/draw-your-horse

If you have an essay due, or you have a blog (lol of course you do) or you’re writing an important letter and you need it proof read – please click this link: http://www.fivesquids.co.uk/Writing-And-Translation/Proofreading-And-Editing/34025/proofread-and-edit-your-writing

And finally, if you own a business or you want more advertisement for your blog, I can post an ad on my instagram page which has over 900 active followers. 900 people can see your ad within minutes! Pretty easy and cheap advertisement really. Click here if you’re interested in that: http://www.fivesquids.co.uk/Business/Business-Tips/34026/post-your-business-advertisement-to-940-instagram-followers

So yeah. I’d appreciate if you shared this, paid me for these jobs or commented below some good ideas for earning money! (It’s not easy to get a part time job, I live in a very small town and everybody knows I’ll be going back to uni in little over a month – in business terms, I am UNEMPLOYABLE. Sob.)

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Foodie Review: Shah Indian Restaurant, Burnham-on-Sea

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Firstly, I would just like to point out that I’m already searching for excuses as to why I need to go back there!! Food, staff, atmosphere, price – absolutely spot on.

The Shah restaurant looks quite small from the outside, and it is a little cosy inside but the layout of the tables, bar etc is perfect. You don’t feel as though the people on the table next to you can hear your conversations, you don’t need to shout to hear who you’re dining with but you don’t feel isolated and far away either. It’s a real Mary Poppins bag of a restaurant. 

The staff were all absolutely lovely and chatty, but at the same time they weren’t imposing. They were around if you needed anything and were friendly but appreciated your personal space and left you to eat your meal in peace.

I wasn’t sure what to have so I went for a chicken tikka starter followed by the Shah special with peshwari naan and potato aloo. It was all absolutely gorgeous! I can’t remember exactly what was in the Shah curry but it wasn’t overly spicy (I like spicy foods) so I’d say it was about a tikka masala heat but the flavours in it.. they were just wow! Can you tell I like Indian food yet..? Haha! The potato aloo was quite spicy so I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re a bit of a spice wimp like my mum, but the potato was lovely and soft but not mushy. Exactly how potato aloo should be! The peshwari naan was a generous size, lovely and soft – and super coconutty!

Now because we went on a Thursday, it was their banquet night (they have like 3 of these a week though.) so you got a starter, a main, a side and either a naan or rice for only……£9.95!

I just want to make it clear that I am a massive curry fan and I love the Spice Club.. but this beat Spice Club hands down! If you’re ever near Burnham-on-Sea (or just fancy a super tasty curry) head to the Shah! 

So, I’m off to try and find a reason to go back there tomorrow night…

13 Victoria St, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AL

The World Cup 2014

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So I watched a documentary on BBC3 the other day about David Beckham going to Brazil. And in it, he explains to a man in the Amazon rainforest what a footballer does. He basically says ‘there are two teams and you have to kick a ball in between the other teams two posts’. This highlights exactly how pointless the ‘beautiful’ game is! You are kicking a ball. In between two poles. For billions of pounds a month. What?!
What I’m trying to say here is that if they are getting paid so much money to do something as trivial as that, we better win the World Cup. Why pay billions to LOSE at such a simple game?
Anyway, here’s a link to a summary of Beckham’s documentary (it was really good) and if you want to watch it on iplayer, click here. (The link will expire eventually!)

Menorcan Minorca is for the White Hair Brigade

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I just come home from a week in Menorca (/Minorca) with my mum. It is such a beautiful island, the sea is nice and calm, the weather is lovely, the people are friendly….. But it is so boring.

The only time I would return would be to retire. There is no night life, there is no entertainment. About 80% of holidaymakers and residents have grey hair and walking sticks and I am not joking!

It was nice to get away for a week, get a hint of a tan (damn Irish vampire skin) and relaaaax.. But that’s all there was to do! Although, there is something to be said for going on holiday where old people are. There were a maximum of 5 or 6 people in the huge village pool at any one time and about 16 people spread right across the private sandy beach. Barely any noisy children, always a selection of tables in the restaurants and no getting hit in the face with inflatable arm bands in the pool. Perfect for post-exam chill time. I wouldn’t go back with friends though, there is nothing to do at all! Very glad it was only one week, I think I might have pulled my hair out after 2.

Bad Neighbours (Were Actually Very Good)

You can tell how long it has been since I’ve blogged because I saw this I think the day after it came out and I’m only just writing about it! But it was brilliant so late or not, it deserves a blog post.

For anybody who hasn’t seen it or knows what it’s about, here’s a brief summary. Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) and his fraternity move in next door to Mac Radner (Seth Rogen), his wife Kelly (Rose Byrne) and baby. Teddy and Mac/Kelly fall out after the couple call the cops on one of Teddy’s house parties. This sparks this big neighbour war between them and lots of hilarious things happen.. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to ruin it for anybody. But if you haven’t seen it, go and do it NOW!

The Plot
It made a refreshing change from all the rom-coms and horror films I’d seen in the run up to watching this. It wasn’t at all romantic, it was just one laugh after the other. It was brilliantly written, each scene led logically to the next and the relationships between the characters developed nicely. It was just really well structured which made it an excellent movie rather than just a couple of jokes and Efron’s abs, which is all I thought it would be.

The Cast
Perfect. I wouldn’t have changed any of them. The casting director hit the nail on the head with this one. Particularly Dave Franco.. The movie wouldn’t have been the same without his beautiful face! His and Efron’s bromance was played brilliantly and Rogen and Efron’s love/hate relationship throughout the film was excellent. The scene with Teddy and Mac outside Hollister at the end was absolutely brilliant. Support from Lisa Kudrow as the frat’s dean, the couple’s friends Ike Barinholtz and Carla Gallo and one of the frat pledges “Assjuice” played by Craig Roberts.

Overall, lots of laughs, awesome acting and clever storyline and I just love love LOVED it. I want to buy it on DVD but I don’t think I’d be able to stop watching it on repeat!

Do You LoveSpace? ‘Cause I Sure Don’t.

I recently (yesterday, actually..) used a company called LoveSpace. They are a storage company who bring you boxes and packing material and then come back at a later date, collect your boxes and take them to a warehouse. When you want your stuff back, they deliver it to you. So I thought this would be perfect for me moving out of university halls and into my new house. It would have cost around £50/60 in petrol for my uncle to come and get my things and bring them home before taking them back to my new house when I get my keys in July. So I thought this would be ideal.

It took (no exaggeration) 6 attempts and 2 phone calls for myself and my mum to work out how to even use their website to place our order, which you cannot do over the phone (very annoyingly). So we got it all sorted for two days after I come back off of holiday. I would go up on Wednesday, stay the night and then Thursday the boxes would be delivered and Friday they would be collected. Done and dusted.

Thursday comes around. The boxes can be delivered between 7.30am and 5.30pm, they cannot give you a time within that frame. You just have to sit around waiting. I put on the ‘special delivery’ instructions that when the driver arrived I wanted them to ring my mobile so I could come down to reception and collect my boxes. 5pm rolls around and I’ve spent the whole day stuck in my flat waiting for these boxes. I text my mum to ring them and see what’s going on. She calls back and says they were delivered at 1.30. I’ve had no phone call?! So I run around campus like a headless chicken to find these boxes. Eventually I get my stuff (they were delivered to the wrong courtyard) and head back to pack my things up. Slightly annoyed but, whatever. (I tweeted them about 6 times throughout the day to say I still did not have my boxes with no response)

Friday. I’m worried because I don’t know where they want to collect these boxes from. There’s 5 of them and they’re massive and really heavy. Not the kind of thing I can haul across campus at the snap of a delivery guys fingers. So I ring up to ask where they would collect them from and the man on the phone could not have been LESS helpful. Eventually I ring up accommodation reception and ask if they can ring me when the LoveSpace people arrive which they are more than happy to do (thanks UWE!). A while later, I finally get a tweet back – from yesterday. My mum has also rung LoveSpace, not knowing that I got through to them – there was a really long wait to get through to anybody – and the woman on the phone (who coincidentally I have been tweeting) tells her I needed to have printed off these labels to stick on the boxes. I knew nothing about this before and my printer is now conveniently packed tightly away in one of these storage boxes!! So I just have to improvise writing the reference number on paper and cellotaping it to the boxes. I would have thought they would at least tell us we need to put labels on the boxes, or give us the labels in our material delivery pack!

£5.95 a month per box for storage, then about £5 for the first box to be delivered and £3 for every other box after that. By the time I get my boxes of stuff back, this will have cost me around £70. More expensive than had my uncle come to collect my stuff. It was too late to back out and all these hidden costs kept cropping up – ridiculous.

I get a phone call at 12.30 from the woman I’ve been tweeting. She says my mum was not happy with the service (understatement – I’d wasted a whole day waiting and now I didn’t even know if I was going to have my boxes collected!). I have now been upgraded and they have sent out a personal courier to collect my boxes – and he has my number to ring on his arrival. He will be there between 1 and 4pm. 1.30pm I get another call from a collection guy called Charlie (he was really polite and helpful – the only positive of using this company). By 1.45pm him and the boxes had gone. Relieved was not the word.

Moral of the story, having an angry, overprotective parent ring up and yell down the phone may be embarrassing but it does have benefits! Also, don’t use LoveSpace. I could not recommend them LESS. Approx £70 for me to have to do everything and keep chasing them up when things go wrong?! I kind of feel cheated out of my money. £70 of my money for 5 boxes of my things to sit in a garage somewhere. Brilliant.

Sorry for the rant. It’s over now.

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Destiny is for Losers.

Destiny is for Losers.

“Destiny is for losers. It’s just a lame excuse for letting things happen to you instead of making them happen.” – Blair Waldorf (best fictional character ever, Gossip Girl)

Here’s an inspirational quote for the weekend – so take control and do something fun this weekend. I’m going puddle jumping/exploring floods in my village with one of my oldest friends! What are you doing? Comment below if you’re doing anything awesome 🙂
Happy Saturday x

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The Big 4-0 Divided by 2 aka Life Lessons

The Big 4-0 Divided by 2 aka Life Lessons

To cut a long story, (fairly) short (I’m not very concise) I am 20 years old towards the end of this year. It’s a little bit scary because I won’t be a teenager anymore and I’ll kind of have to take responsibility for my actions etc. So I thought I would share with you ‘lucky’ people what I’ve learned in the past 19 years.

(Don’t worry, this blog won’t be very long – I haven’t learned a great deal.)

1. The saying ‘keep your friends closer and your enemies closer’ is a load of rubbish. The past year I’ve tried doing that but honestly, I think I was heading towards depression because spending so much time with that amount of negative energy around me 24/7 was horrid. So, no. Don’t do that. Keep your friends close and don’t worry about your enemies, their opinions are irrelevant so ignore them!

1.5. If you’re being bullied, it does get better. However, do not take the advice from #1 – you shouldn’t ignore them although their opinions are still irrelevant. You need to tell somebody what’s going on, that’s the only way things get better. If you leave it for too long, it might/probably will get worse. Learned that one the hard way.

2. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. This not only applies to education (which makes sense, I’ve spent 14 years of my life in it) but to work as well. If you procrastinate and don’t revise for exams/prepare for job interviews, it will not end well. If you want to succeed, you have to put effort in.

3. Pot noodles do not taste the same when using really hot water from a tap. It has to be boiled in a kettle, trust me. (Please don’t ask how I know this, but it’s good life advice)

4. Forgive but do not forget. Everybody deserves a second chance, but when they’ve had 30 chances it’s time to cut your losses and move on from them.

5. I don’t have a number 5. Ask me again when I’m 30 and I should (hopefully) have a number 5. I guess 19 years haven’t really taught me a lot! Ah well, touch wood I’ll have 19 more years to figure out life a bit more.

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Urban Outrage

Urban Outrage

Twitter went crazy today in reaction to this top sold by Urban Outfitters. Already known for pushing the limits (eg. the ‘Eat Less’ t shirt and ‘Ghettopoly’ game) have they gone too far this time?

With tweets such as “Remember their “Eat less” shirt too? Wow, Urban Outfitters really like to glamorize mental illnesses. (@pevvez)” and “Selling shirts that glorify/ promote mental illness !!!! Awesome!!!! @UrbanOutfitters you’re disgusting (@pancakemikey)” it seems Urban Outfitters really are ruining their brand, slowly but surely.

How many others will now be joining Sophia Bush in boycotting the store? Not to mention the ludicrous prices for clothes that aren’t even that special, making clothes like these and the ones emblazoned with racial slurs, I for one will not be returning. Charge however much you want for fairly ordinary clothes, that’s fine, but this is just one step too far.

[Click the photo for a click-through link to a blog talking about their 8 most controversial products posted in Sept 2013]
More tweets in response….

“@UrbanOutfitters can u stop making tops that have things glorifying mental illnesses’ on them such as “eat less” and “depression” please” @30secondstodani

“i hate urban outfitters, they come up with the stupidest and most offensive shit.” @comablxck

“@UrbanOutfitters has 100% lost my service. Never setting foot in there again. Depression is not a fashion statement. Have some respect.” @selfharm_advice

“Urban outfitters is like socially and politically incorrect their clothing is VILE” @kristianabee