Monday, 1 January 2018

NY Resolutions

#1 Maintain a balance between reason and energy.

1st January 4:30am - Central line, London

#2 My roommates have inspired me to support my local community more. Gemma spent Christmas day chipping in at a homeless shelter and Evelien volunteers at Oxfam on her one day off a week. Stars!!

#3 I want to practice a more sustainable and greener lifestyle. I'm going to indulge my green thumb, reduce my waste and give veganuary a whirl. This article about a man who wore all the rubbish he generated in a month opened my eyes.

#4 Working as a receptionist 40 hours a week doesn't exactly encourage having a good posture. Although I've noticed that raising my monitor helps dramatically!

#5 Living in a hostel has well and truly reignited my passion for travel. This year I want to go on frequent European city breaks and visit the countless friends I've made in this crazy business.

#6 My Assyrian roommate Ashur inspires me to cook more exotic dishes and support local Asian supermarkets. These days if I fancy a snack, I'll carve a mango or grab a few medjool dates ~ quavers must be going out of business! I've also discovered a groovy ginseng drink that I can't get enough of ~ bonus points that it looks like I'm drinking a potion as the root is inside the bottle.

#7 Make the most of my national poetry library membership.

#8 My roommate Laura is an extremely talented and modest artist. Next pay day I'm going to swing by Cass Art and buy my own wee set.

What are your NY resolutions?

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Whit’s Fur Ye’ll No Go Past Ye

I read an article the other day about a geordie bloke who had a meeting in London. Hmm, this is beginning to sound like a limerick. Anyway, he managed to skirt around the UK's staggering train fares by taking a cheeky detour to Spain. This ingenious idea was not only cheaper, but - actually, see for yourself:

Newcastle > London train: £78.50


Newcastle > Menorca flight £15.99
Menorca > London flight £10.99
Car hire £7.50
Sex on the beach cocktail £4

This chap realised that he could spend an afternoon on an exotic Spanish island, hire a car, have a cocktail on the beach, then fly to London and still have £40 left over - or sit on a three hour train. What would you have rather done? It especially made me chuckle as in the past I too have gone to extremes to get from A to B, managing to not only save money but squeeze in random City breaks as a bonus!

Norwegian chocolate wrappers stuck in one of my old high school diaries.

At the tail end of summer 2012, I saved a decent amount on my Corfu - Manc flight by flying via Oslo. My pals and I made the most of our 8 hour stop and had a majestic afternoon exploring Norway's capital. Similarly last year I flew Corfu - Manchester via Glasgow. As a bunch of my Greek friends are studying there, I stuck around for a couple of wild days then got the megabus home. The flight was a third of the price and the megabus cost a measly £13!

I've actually visited Glasgow a few times now and am head over heels in love with the city. I even dedicated a post once to my favourite jaunts in the city. During my fleeting trip last September, I insisted on squeezing in a trip to my favourite spot: the gallery of modern art:

I also caught the cosmic adventures in space exhibition at the lighthouse. I spent the afternoon exploring the history of architecture in science-fiction through books, films, TV and comics - I was engrossed!

If you're a fellow sci-fi enthusiast, I recommend checking out Aeon Flux!

The next time you're trying to get from A to B and find yourself setting the Erinyes on northern rail's ludicrous prices, remember that there are more than two letters in the alphabet...

Thursday, 19 October 2017

You Won't Believe What Mr. Sticha Saw...

I walked past a lady this evening dressed in all black with horns -
she was smiling like she knew a secret. 

Perhaps in 12 days she'll tell us..