Untitled Poetry #1

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The rain hammers down upon the ground, dancing, echoing the sound of my racing heart. The sky is dark and beautiful, as if it could swallow me up and encase me in its grey bitterness. The memory of you seems a lifetime ago although you have not even left. Later we kiss goodbye and I retreat to the cold office block without you, turning to watch you leave, desperately waving goodbye to you through the window one last time. You do not glance back and see me watching you drive away, until even the sound of your engine is gone.

I press my lips together to taste you, and I can still feel the tingle of you upon my skin. I whisper I love you. My breath is a silvery cloud in the air surrounding me, giving me warmth in the cold. I turn my back and walk on, waiting for the time I will see you again.
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The Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist

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The Man Booker Prize 2012 Shortlist has been announced, link here where you can read a short synopsis of each contender.
I'm really excited about reading Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel and Swimming home by Deborah Levy- they are the type of book I always gravitate towards; haunting story lines, historical settings- I can tell they are going to be real page turners.

The others, however, are books that I would not be so keen on reading. I'm going to try to read every book that has been shortlisted to try and break the misconceptions I have- I'm terrible at judging books by their covers, and always skip past oriental themed novels such as The garden of evening mists by Tan Twan Eng. For some reason, they just do not appeal to me. Maybe Tan Twan Eng can prove me wrong. I'll post a review with my thoughts!


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Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Harry Potter books were a huge part of my childhood, and are still one of my great loves, so today I went to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. I took my new Nikon with me but I haven't quite mastered using it yet, and haven't got the hang of editing either, so here are just a couple of the 200 pictures I took- apologies that they're not that great. The day was great fun, and the staff were so enthusiastic. I would thoroughly recommend the studio tour to any Harry Potter fan! More pictures to come if anyone is interested!

A picture of the Harry Potter Studio Tour
A picture of the Harry Potter Studio Tour


A picture of the wand room in the Harry Potter Studio Tour


A picture of the Wands at the Harry Potter Studio Tour

A picture of the Harry Potter Studio Tour

A picture of Ollivanders Harry Potter Studio Tour

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Making Memories

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I guest posted for the fabulous Rosie from A Rosie Outlook while she's away. The topic is making memories. The post link is here!
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Why I chose not to have children

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Why I chose not to have children
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I'm putting it out there- I do not like children. Not one little bit. I'm not one of these women who turns into a blithering wreck whenever there is a small child within a five mile radius, I do not speak to children in that achingly condescending baby-waby- voice, and I do not think chubby cheeks, baby smell or gurgly spit bubbles are adorable. Whilst I do think that some babies are cute, and can appreciate some of the silly things they do are endearing, I am not in the least bit maternal and do not have the urge to go forth and multiply (and nor do I ever see myself doing so).

I know what most of you will be thinking. The majority of people I have discussed this with have looked at me in pity with a knowing look in their eye, and told me 'give it a few years; you're still young yourself' (wink optional). If I had a pound for every time this had happened, I wouldn't have written my last post. Although I guess I am young, I know my own mind- my friends, for instance, know that they want children when the time is right, and they don't get patronisingly told that they may change their minds about this in the future. I don't see a difference between me knowing I don't want children, or them knowing that they do. My friends and I are, after all, people of the same age making decisions about our own lives, so why is my decision deemed to be wrong?

Aside from the fact that conceiving a child would be biologically impossible for my partner and I, I do not want to raise a child in an environment such as ours. My sexuality has never been my own choice, but I choose not to bring anyone else into our relationship; not because I am ashamed of it or because I think it is wrong, but because deep down I guess I have traditional ethics. Whilst homosexuality is accepted far more than it's ever been, I believe a child with two mums is going to face nasty comments and indifference at some point- and I would not feel right allowing this to happen. Of course I do not think any differently of other gay couples who raise families of their own- what matters most is that the child is loved, cared for and provided for- and whether the child receives this from two mums, two dads or a mum and a dad is irrelevant. It just would not be the right choice for me personally.
My partner and I are like minded when it comes to the things we like and the way we like to live. We both work hard, and enjoy reaping the rewards. At the end of a working day we can kick off our shoes and enjoy a glass of wine and a natter over dinner. At weekends we can nip off to hotel on a whim and enjoy spending quality time together. We can choose how to spend the little disposable income we have without first spending a large chunk of it on school dinner money, or big plastic toys that litter every room of the house, or another pair of tiny shoes that will be outgrown in a week. We can stay late at work or meet a friend for dinner with little notice. Shallow they may be, but these things are important to us, and we want to continue to be able to enjoy them. Whilst I have no doubt that children can bring meaning to people's lives that makes the enjoyment of a drink after work or a weekend away pale in comparison in a way that we will never be able to comprehend, choosing not to have children is the right decision for us. Some may read this and call me selfish, but I think it would be more selfish of me not to admit that some people are just not maternal, myself included.
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Living beyond our means

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I will be the first to admit that I am absolutely a product of my generation. I love technology, gadgets, social media and social networking- God forbid I should accidentally leave my iPhone at home one day- the withdrawal from not being connected to all of my friends and blogging platforms at the touch of a button doesn't bear thinking about. To a large extent I find I am influenced by the online community I have immersed myself in- I read beauty blogs for makeup tips, fashion blogs for style inspiration, and spend hours typing 'vintage' 'shabby chic' and 'ditsy floral' into search bars, constantly trying to find the items I have seen other people using, that I believe I need. I have grown up in an era where everything is so accessible for magpies like me, who are always on the look out for something new and shiny. Unfortunately, my search for the perfect shade of red lipstick, the ultimate fanned out lashes or the dress that sucks everything in has me gritting my teeth and gulping down a lump in my throat every time my credit card bill hits the door mat.
It started with a few things to boost my credit rating. Then it was £100 here, £150 there, a trip away (well deserved), a shopping spree (I've lost weight and NEED new clothes), a Kindle (need one to read on the bus to work), a DSLR (for taking arty farty pictures) and finally, my most extravagant purchase, a Macbook (for writing articles like this, to go on the blog.) Truth be told, the trip away was a wash out, the clothes from my shopping spree are languishing in a drawer somewhere unworn and ill fitting, the Kindle stays in my bag while I read blogs on my phone on the bus to work, I end up taking all my pictures on Instagram, and I already had a laptop at home that I simply needed to buy a new charger for (but I do love my Macbook!) I am part of a generation whose philosophy is “if it's broke, throw it away and buy a new one.” Spending on credit cards and store cards is so easy, as it doesn't feel like spending real money. I get lost in the moment and justify meaningless purchases in the hope that they will somehow improve or add to my life in a way that will bring me endless happiness forever and ever. Then when I am home, and the euphoric bliss of handing over plastic and walking away with crisp paper bags full of purchases dulls to a niggling regret, I hate myself for constantly living beyond my means and making it harder for myself to ever be able to afford the really important things, like a mortgage on my own home, or my wedding that keeps being put off due to lack of funds. Am I just a shallow and impressionable individual, or does the media have a large part to play in convincing people like me that we want things we don't need?
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