Internet highlights – w/c 25th December 2016

31 12 2016

Bizarrely genius inventions!

A girl spent 3 months decorating every single page of a Bible for her boyfriend’s Christmas present

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – by J. K. Rowling

6 08 2016

I’m going to have to start this with a **SPOILER ALERT** because there’s not really any way to talk about this book without spoilers!

The first thing to mention is just how easy it is to read – being a script rather than a novel, there’s not too much on each page, and it’s only the length of what they can show within two plays anyway, so it won’t take you long!

There were a couple of things that were either plot faults, or I just read it too quickly and missed them! Firstly the fact they managed to make poly-juice potion so quickly whereas in other books they’ve had to brew it for weeks or months. Secondly Albus having a wand after his had been snapped!

The first few scenes move through time quite quickly, and feel very rushed, but you can feel how they’d work well on stage in setting the scene and giving you a few years worth quickly before settling down to the main story.

They may have aged twenty years, but Ron is still his humorous self, Hermione still appearing exasperated with him while loving him dearly, to be honest, very little has changed! The story revolves mainly around Harry’s relationship with his middle son, Albus, which is a bit fraught to say the least, and so we follow both generations in the storyline.

I love how this book went a bit unpredictable from the word go – in the original seven books, no one was ever sorted into a house that was surprising, but that rule book went straight out the window here.

I also loved how much it harked back to the fourth book, which I think was one of my favourites. That said, all the time travel and alternate reality stuff, (which was great!) did leave me wondering if she’d literally just watched Back To The Future when she wrote this 🙂

In general though, it’s classic Potter – if you loved the original books, you’ll love this!

harry potter and the cursed child

I’m going back to Roald Dahl next – and the next one I’m due to read is less than 100 pages, so I’ll see you soon!





Things I’m getting rid of in the move – any takers?

1 08 2016

Furniture, textbooks and a graphical calculator so far – I’ll keep updating this as packing goes on, so keep checking back!

Ideally bigger items would be for local people to me or my parents, but if you’re willing to collect then feel free!

Prices may be negotiable.

  • Wardrobe – wooden frame with fabric outer – £10
  • End Table/Bedside Table – wooden with shelf underneath and magazine rack on the side, one rail missing but fine if against the wall – FREE
    Argos sold this a few years ago but can’t find any photos online, below is just for fun
  • Car wash stuff – FREE
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  • Other things to get rid of anyway

  • Graphic Calculator – Texas Instruments Ti-83 plus – £40
  • Calculus by Anton, 8th Edition – £25
  • Comparative Programming Languages, 3rd edition – £10




EU referendum: resources and info

22 06 2016

Weeks and weeks ago I promised myself I’d do proper research for this hugely important decision. I started to bookmark and favourite and like all sorts of links, facebook posts and tweets, meaning to sit down and read it all up properly. So in my best student impression, here I am, the night before the election and finally sifting through it.

I know what my gut says, and the way I will probably vote, but it’s important to me that it’s also an educated vote.

Hopefully I’m not the only one cramming tonight, so below are some of the links I’m using and things I’m reading and watching. There is a definite bias, and you can definitely see what my gut says, but certainly some of the articles are balanced, and a couple of links come in pairs to balance each other.

I sincerely hope that no matter the outcome, there won’t be too much upset or uproar from the side that doesn’t succeed.

If I find other useful bits between now and the end of tomorrow I’ll try to add them to the bottom of the list.

I hope you find this useful.
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Cobblers

26 03 2015

What comes to mind when you hear the word cobblers?

A couple of weeks ago, the base of the heel came off of a pair of my boots, and because they were Clarks shoes, I thought I’d take them to be re-heeled, something I’ve never bothered with before as I used to buy exclusively cheap, almost disposable shoes.

So I popped over to the cobblers and it was much more affordable than I expected to get them sorted, and the customer service was excellent! So much so that a week later I took another pair of boots there to be re-heeled and re-soled as they’d worn down so badly and I’d been ignoring it.

I’m definitely a convert to cobblers!

It got me thinking though, the word “cobblers” has many meanings, and I’m a fan of most of them!

When I was younger, we moved into a house where the previous owner was a keen gardener and so we had a fruit cage. In particular, we had an abundance of blueberries and blackberries every year, and a good harvest of many other sorts of berry. This meant that we went through phases where Mum would make a fruit cobbler nearly every Sunday, and they were amazing!

Of course, it’s also very common to “talk a load of cobblers”, and I do that probably more often than not 🙂

What’s my favourite form of cobblers? Who knows! What’s yours?!





The next Disney princess

4 02 2015

Dear Disney,

I know you’ve come a long way since the traditional, damsel in distress, can’t do anything without a prince, Disney princess. In the last few years we’ve seen the first black Disney princess, as well as one who was saved by a sister instead of a prince, but I think there are so many more areas to cover to help the rest of us feel included.

When will we see a Disney princess who:

  • wears glasses
  • can’t control her eyebrows
  • has unruly hair
  • has acne
  • has gappy or crooked teeth
  • is a plus size
  • sniffs occasionally, just because it’s cold out
  • bites her nails

These are things that we can’t necessarily help about ourselves, and it’d just make the princesses far more relateable.

Yes I may be in my mid-20s but I think you’ll find that a lot of us this age grew up on Disney and are still pretty big fans and loyal customers of the brand!

Yours,
Ineke

If you’re a fan of things like buzzfeed, and are gifted in the art of photoshop, feel free to try and produce images of some of these princesses!





North, South, East and West

14 04 2014

For a long time I’d never left NW Europe, then a year or so ago, I started to go a bit further….

This time 2 years ago

Furthest North: Groningen, The Netherlands
Furthest South: Saint Jean de Monts, France
Furthest East: Berlin, Germany
Furthest West: Lands End, England

In a year’s time

Furthest North: North Queensferry, Scotland
Furthest South: Kampala, Uganda
Furthest East: Kampala, Uganda
Furthest West: Lands End, England

…Looks like I need to stretch west next!