Thursday, 22 August 2013

May the Odds be ever in your Favour!

Like thousands of teenagers across the UK, I am getting my GCSE results this morning, and I bet, like thousands of teenagers across the UK, I can't sleep and am panicking slightly too much.
How I plan to open my exam results.

Anyways, this is just a little post to say good luck to all you year 11's out there getting your results together - let's hope that the exam boards were really nice to us this year! (ha.)

If you're feeling slightly down in the dumps later about your results, just be thankful that you don't live in the wizarding world, and be thankful that your results didn't come in the form of a howler, because that would be, as my english teacher-who-hopefully-helped-me-get-an-A would say - "Atrocious". Seriously though, imagine how horrible it would be to get an enchanted shouting envelope screaming your exam results at you for the rest of your year to hear.

Anyways, good luck again my lovelies! I'm sure you'll all do fine, and if not, just remember there are some very successful people out there who didn't do all that well at school either (Alan Sugar, Bill Gates, the list goes on!)

I've got all my fingers and toes crossed for you - please let me know how you do!

Thank you, and good luck (sorry for sounding like a parrot, but lets hope the more times it gets said to you, the more we you will have - this is what I'm relying on!)

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Musician of the Month | Nina Nesbitt

Helllo my lovelies! I've decided that I'm going to have a new segment on my blog, called MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH! *ooooooohhh*

I think that it's pretty obvious what this section will entail, but just in case you haven't cottoned on yet, basically, once a month I will select a musician and I will share with you why I love them so much!

Now, originally I was going to have my all-time favourite YouTube artist as my first post in this segment, but I've decided that I'm going to tell you about someone who actually is releasing a song soon onto iTunes, so maybe, possibly (a hint at one of my favourite YouTube duos!) you could help me get this girl into the top ten? It would be very much appreciated!

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my very first musician of the month!
(Note - this is the August artist!)


Nina Nesbitt!

Yes, that's right, the first Musician of the Month is the fluffy-haired, Scottish singer who's going to take the UK by storm, and what better time to feature her than just after the premiere of the New John Lewis advert, in which she sings the song?!!


Before people start saying that it's not her song, I know. I know that it's a Fleetwood Mac cover, and I adore both versions. I love the spin that Nina has put on it. On the John Lewis adverts, they never use original songs. In the past, Ellie Goulding did a cover (Your Song by Elton John), and Gabrielle Aplin last Christmas covered The Power Of Love by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. (Both of which, may I say, reached no. 1 in the UK iTunes charts! - Hopefully this is a prophesy that Nina Nesbitt with her cover of Don't Stop will also fulfill!)

I first discovered Nina Nesbitt in July 2012 when her single "Only Love" was featured as the iTunes single of the week in the UK. I can remember going on a really long car journey to see my family, and listening to that song on repeat for a good solid 2 hours, and then switching between Avril Lavigne after that, and then back to a bit of Nina.

Since that car journey and my epiphany after the exposure to the beautiful vocals of Miss Nesbitt, I've been converted to a Nesbian. I'm hooked, and let's just say that I have a lot of proof (i.e. I have every single song that she's released on iTunes on my iPod.) Yeah. Not only is she a B-E-A-Utiful singer and songwriter, but I am also in love with the way she dresses and her obsession with Instagram. It's one face I don't mind clogging up my feed.

If you've watched any of Nina's videos, you may find that you know her face. Before being a musician, she was actually a model, but at the beginning of her modelling career, she had brown hair, but she bleached it mid-way through, so there are a mixture of modelling shots where she has different coloured hair. She says she stopped modelling because she was told she was "too fat". WHAAAAAAAATTTT?!? These people must be crazy, because Nina is anything but fat, I mean, just look at her girl!

Another reason why you may recognise Nina Nesbitt is because she appeared in the music video for "Drunk" by Ed Sheeran (lemmie hear you say chuuuuuuunne!). Since meeting Ed, she also supported him on his European tour, and then later on supported Example after he heard her amazing cover of his song "Stay Awake".

She received a bit more recognition in April this year, as her song "Stay Out" from her EP "Stay Out" was put on the 'A List' on BBC Radio 1, which means that it got a lot of airplay prior to it's release, and subsequently it entered at no. 21 on the iTunes chart, but fell to no. 41 the following week :(. However, I strongly urge you go and check this song out, as it is a gorgeous catchy tune. I'm never sure of the genre that she sings, with people saying it ranges from BritPop, to rock, and a hint of country. To be honest, I'm hopeless with musical genres, but all I know is that Nina Nesbitt is DEFINITELY a musician to watch, as I'm sure she is going to be very big in the future!

Here are all the links you need to support (and love) Nina as much as I do:

Thank You!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Rockstar Ronan.

I've been reading Maya Thompson's blog for almost three years now. In August 2010, Maya's son, Ronan was diagnosed with Stage IV Neuroblastoma (a form of cancer common in children). He was three years old. He fought cancer for nearly a year, but he lost his battle on the 9th May, 2011. As his mother Maya puts it:
"Ronan's battle with Neuroblastoma ended on May 9, 2011, but his fight will go on. Ronan continues to inspire us in the way he lived his life full of passion, strength, and courage. He will live forever in our hearts and minds as the most beautiful little boy to ever have touched the earth. We, as a family, are determined to carry on his name, and find a cure for this horrible disease"
Credit: Rockstar Ronan
I remember when I first stumbled across Maya's blog when I was thirteen, and something about her and her beautiful family's strength had me hooked, and since then I have read every single post she has written. I've smiled with her, and cried with her, and I find it so hard to write about this because it means so much to me. I think it's down to the raw truth that Maya puts in her blog, she doesn't sugar coat anything, and just puts down her feelings, so you can't help but go on the journey with her. I can remember the day that I read her post saying that Ronan had lost his fight. I didn't cry at first, I was so in shock, but when I cried, boy, did I cry. This little boy had touched me so much in the eight months that I had known about him, probably more than anybody I'd actually met in real life. I know this must sound silly to some of you, but I promise, if you read a few of Maya's posts on Rockstar Ronan, you'll be touched in the same way that I have been.

Ronan and his story gained a lot of recognition in September 2012, after Taylor Swift released a beautiful song she had written called "Ronan", which she then performed at the "Stand up to Cancer telethon". Now, this single she penned is different to most other charity singles that people write. If you Google the writers of Ronan, you will see that Taylor credited Maya Thompson as co-writer, as, like me, she was touched by Maya's story and also read Rockstar Ronan. She wrote a song made up entirely of phrases and words used on the blog, and all of the money went to the charity that Maya Thompson has set up, the Ronan Thompson Foundation & other cancer-related charities.

I was going to write a blog post about how much I hate cancer and how I can't believe the strength that the Thompson's have & how beautiful their whole family is, but I've found I can't. I feel like I can't write a sugar-coated version of what they've all gone through. No one else can tell the story of Ronan, a beautiful boy who died just three days before his fourth birthday. You need to read Maya's blog and her posts, and then you can cry with me.

Nothing can be said to those people who have lost their friends or family to this horrible disease, and I find it amazing as to how Maya manages to put her feelings into words, when I'm struggling to find the right ones even in this blog post. I feel stupid for writing this post as if I knew him, and yet somehow managing not to have any emotion in it, even though I am trying my hardest. I can't put anything about Ronan or the Thompson's into words, I just...struggle.

It's angels like Taylor Swift who make sure that no one forgets about cancer. I feel like it's almost a taboo subject, no one wants to talk about children having cancer. I think it's because we don't like to think about something so innocent being cursed by something so...horrible (I can't think of an adjective to describe it, but maybe after reading Maya's blog, you'll be able to think of a fair few). I know that quite a lot of people don't like Taylor Swift for various reasons, but please, listen to Ronan, and read Maya's posts about what Taylor Swift has done for her and for her family. Even now, when they're in the same state, Taylor meets up with Maya, and they talk. In one of her blog posts in which she talks about Taylor Swift, she says
"This girl feels like a part of our family now, not some big celebrity. It’s funny because she’s never felt like some big celebrity to me. To me she’s always just felt like a normal girl who fell in love with you [Ronan] and who just happened to be in a position to make something really beautiful happen because she took a chance on us and followed her heart. To me, that has saved me in a way and I will forever be grateful to her and her old, wise soul. I have no doubt that many more beautiful things are to come."

What I think is so lovely about Maya and Taylor's relationship is that even though Maya shares basically everything about her life and Ronan on her blog, she says (when talking about her time with Taylor) "Some things just feel too sacred to be shared". If you need any convincing of Taylor Swift's angelic heart, you can find them here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and in many more places on Rockstar Ronan (click on the last links first). Even though you may consider her a normal celebrity, and you may "hate" her for some reason, trust me: After reading how Maya talks about her and for how grateful she is to her, you will gain some respect for her.

Maya's words: "Wise girl. Wise soul. Forever grateful."

Ronan by Taylor Swift, in a video made by a RoStar

Whilst on Maya's blog usually it is her feelings and words that affect me the most, just the other day I re-read some facts on an old blog post about cancer in children in the US, and as she puts it, it's "unf***ingacceptable" (Credit for these facts are to Rockstar Ronan):

  • Nationally, childhood cancer is 20x more prevalent than pediatric AIDS.
  • Pediatric AIDS receives 4x the funding that childhood cancer receives.
  • In one month there are 2x as many deaths from childhood cancer as pediatric AIDS for the entire year.
  • In the U.S. almost 3,000 children do not survive cancer each year.
  • Over the past 20 years, only TWO new cancer drug has been approved for pediatric use – Clofarabine (Clolar-Genzyme) in 2004 for ALL and Tenoposide (Vumar/VM-26-BMS) in 1990.
  • Only 3% of the National Cancer Institute Budget goes toward Pediatric Cancer Research.
  • September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, which nationally goes unrecognised.
  • The federal government recently cut the budget for Childhood Cancer Research.
  • Currently there are between 30 – 40,000 children undergoing cancer treatment in the U.S.
  • Young patients often have a more advanced stage of cancer when first diagnosed. Approximately 20% of adults with cancer show evidence the disease has spread, yet almost 80% of children show that the cancer has spread at diagnosis.
  • Today, up to 75% of the children with cancer can be cured, yet some forms of childhood cancer have proven so resistant to treatment that, in spite of research, a cure is illusive.
  • As a nation, we spend over $14 BILLION per year on the space program, but only $35 million on Childhood Cancer Research each year.
  • There are 15 children diagnosed with cancer for every one child diagnosed with pediatric AIDS. Yet, the U.S. invests approximately $595,000 for research per victim of pediatric AIDS and only $20,000 for each victim of childhood cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) federal budget for 2003 was $4.6 billion. Of that, breast cancer received 12%, prostate cancer received 7%, and all 12 major groups of pediatric cancers combined received less than 3%.
  • Research funds are scarce as most money is diverted to well-publicized adult forms of cancer, such as breast and prostate.
  • In 2005, the American Cancer Society provided only 2.5% of funded grants, or 1.85% of dollars spent on research to pediatric cancer
(Note - I'm not sure how similar these figures are to that in the UK & the rest of the world)

I apologise for how rambly and unstructured this post is, but frankly, the truth is, I don't know how I can structure this. It's taken me over an hour and a half to write this much, because I just kept changing my mind on what I was going to say and deleting the whole thing and starting again. It's ridiculous, but I couldn't find the words. I also apologise for talking about Taylor Swift so much, I guess I got sidetracked, but I feel like people need to know about the good things she does for charity, which the media never seems to focus on, instead choosing to focus on her relationship with Harry Styles, or her changes in style, etc, and always focusing on the negatives. No. This girl is amazing in different ways for different people. If you don't like her music, fine. If you don't like the way she dresses, fine. These things don't change the fact that she did a truly amazing thing for one little boy and his family, and this needs to be recognised.

When I started this post, I seemed so sure of how it was going to pan out. I was going to speak about how much I hate cancer, especially in children, and write a few words which would make all of you cry and suddenly start to support childhood cancer, and look how it turned out. I challenge you to try to write a post like that. It's pretty darn near impossible unless you've lost someone close to you like Maya Thompson has. Please, go and read her blog, Rockstar Ronan, because she puts all the things I've tried to say into words, and is guaranteed to make you shed a tear or two, & I'm pretty sure she'll make you appreciate everything you have in life, and want to do something to help improve those who have been affected by cancer in some way.

Here are all the links you need:
Rockstar Ronan (the blog I keep talking about, written by Maya Thompson.) 

The reason why I'm telling you all about this and about Ronan Thompson is because September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. So come on people, let's spread the word and make people dig deep in their pockets for SUCH a good cause!

Together, we WILL find a cure for cancer. Thank you Maya, for making me realise how much this is needed & the urgency for it, and for inspiring me. There is so much I want & need to say, but only you can find the right words to say them. I'm sorry. I'm sorry I couldn't write this post the way I wanted to, but honestly, no one writes the way you do. I love you. 

Finally, I would just like to say one thing: 
Ronan, you are loved to the moon and back, forever and always.

That is all. I'm sorry for turning this into a pointless, waffly near-novel. I can't put emotions very well into words.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Stuff I Heard by Accident that are actually Pretty Darn Good Quotes

A photo that I took yesterday evening down at the beach. I love how it looks like a what I call (oops - Miranda moment!) a "postcard picture". It reminds me of something that would be on a painting.
Yesterday I shared with you my enlightenment to the world of reality shows. Believe it or not, my post wasn't actually intended to be all about Made in Chelsea, I just managed to waffle the post out to way over 800 words, so decided to split the blog post into two parts: yesterdays post, and this one!

So you can read the whole broken alarm clock waffle in yesterday's blog post (the reason why I'm linking it so much is because I want you to click it ;) ) but you don't have to if you don't want to. All ya need to know is that I had some unexpected time, so I decided to try a new show that seems to be "the hype" at the moment - Made in Chelsea. I put the TV on E4, but MIC wasn't due to start for another 5 minutes or so. It was in fact on this show, called "One Tree Hill", that I was planning to write yesterday's blog post on, because it had so many good quotes that I felt I should share with you. The episode was the last one ever to air, so I suppose that they were all quotes summarising what the characters had learnt throughout the series, but as I've never watched it before, I didn't know the back-stories to the characters and why they said what they did, I just thought they were pretty darn good quotes! Soo, without further ado, here are the quotes! (If you feel it necessary, I give you permission to do a little cheeky drumroll)

"It's the oldest story in the world. One day you're 17 and planning for ‘someday’. And then quietly and without you really ever noticing, someday is today and then someday is yesterday and this is your life."

"We spend so much time wanting, pursuing, wishing, but ambition is good. Chasing things with integrity is good. Dreaming..."

"If you had a friend you may never see again, what would you say? If you could do one last thing for someone you loved, what would it be? Say it. Do it. Don't wait. Nothing lasts forever."

"Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want, everything you want.

Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true.
You never know where the next miracle's gonna come from.
The next memory. The next smile. The next wish come true. 
But if you believe that it's right around the corner,
And you open your heart and mind to the possibility of it, to the certainty of it
You just might get the thing you've been wishing for."

"The world is full of magic ... you just have to believe in it."

"So make your you have it?
Good. Now believe in it. 

With ALL of you heart."

So there you have it - some stuff I heard by accident that are actually pretty darn good quotes! I hope you liked them and feel like you can relate to them as much as me :)

Thank you!

P.S. I apologise for doing quite a few "Life-lesson-important-and-serious" posts around the same time, but I felt that this is something that I should share with you. I also feel I should say that the reasons why I put a picture I took down the beach in this post are:

a) I like this picture

b) I like going to the beach when I need time to think, and these quotations require some serious thinking

c) I didn't know what other picture I should put in this post :)

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My Made in Chelsea Experience

This is a different type of blog post to what I normally do, but I feel that since I watched my first episode of Made in Chelsea this morning, I should share it with you. For those of you who don't know what Made in Chelsea is (which I highly doubt is many of you), it's basically a "reality" television series similar to Jersey Shore, TOWIE, and Real Housewives, except it's all young people in their 20's who are incredibly rich and live in a VERY POSH place in London known as Chelsea. Hence the name Made in CHELSEA (even though the series does also feature a bunch of other very posh and expensive places, and most of these seem to be places that I've either heard of but can't point out on a map, or places with names that I can't pronounce, such as: Marrakech, Chamonix and Verbier.

Aaaanyways, here is my Made in Chelsea experience, and how it all happened...

So this morning I was really bored as my alarm clock either seems to not go off at all at the moment, or go off at a completely random time around the 6:30-7:45 time (don't ask me why those times), so as I had a few hours to kill before anything I had planned to do today. I decided to watch some TV, as it was just me and my sister in the house, and because she was still asleep, I could have first choice and full control over the remote, and therefore, what I watched (10 points to Ravenclaw).

After flicking through the channels and realising that it was still to early to watch pretty much anything besides the news and teleshopping (what is this - it always seems to be on?!) and feeling slightly down in the dumps that even comedy central (my favourite channel, I must admit) was showing this "teleshopping" and not friends (), I saw that "Made in Chelsea" was showing on E4. Now, I've never really been a devoted fan of these "Reality" TV shows, as there always seems to be a little note to tell you that it's not all real, and that "some scenes have been created for your entertainment", and I've actually never watched Made in Chelsea before today (please don't judge me), and I have to say, I actually enjoyed watching it (again: please don't judge).

It was the very first episode of Made In Chelsea, so I suppose that the people who have watched this watched it with the same astonishment, open mindedness and unexpectedness as I did. My favourite quote in the whole program came from a man called Francis Boulle, the owner of "Francis Boulle Enterprises", and who is described as "a diamond-mining heir" (bearing in mind that this is all at the age of 22). Here are 3 other fun facts about the man who said the quote that has had me smiling all day:

1. His full name is Francis Maximilien Yvan Christophe Boulle. (I felt it necessary to put the full stop at the end so you know that there are no more names)
2. He has been "romantically linked" to Emma Watson
3. (My personal favourite) In 2011, he made a website which allows people to rate the attractiveness of all the members of the House of Commons, called (are you ready for this?) (I promise you this is no word of a lie, currently the most attractive MP is Eilidh Whiteford, and the least attractive:- Steve McCabe. I also feel a special note should be made here - there is a Rebecca making a cheeky appearance at no.7 ;) (woohoo))

So, down to the quote-worthy stuff. In the episode, Mr Boulle was having his portrait painted, and he was holding a globe in one hand (apparently in years to come we will all know why..) and a pineapple in the other. He then goes on to explain why he has a pineapple, which is where all the fun begins...

"In the 15th/16th century, all the portraits painted had pineapples in them, because pineapples were symbolic of wealth and travel, and obviously access to exotic foods and places"

 ME: "This sounds good right, he obviously knows his stuff"

"But then, when they became tinned, they became common."


I think the thing that struck me the most was how serious he was, and how when he realised that they were considered "common" he immediately went off the pineapple, and decided to just have the globe in his hand in his portrait.

Overall, I have mixed emotions as to how I now love Made in Chelsea, and feel sort of miffed that I'm actually considered common because I eat tinned pineapples...ah well.

One of my (many) favourite moments in the episode I watched: 3 posh people trying to work out who wrote Winnie The Pooh
Credit: E4/Tumblr

NOTE TO SELF: Invest in a new alarm clock. That works properly.

- I've just found out that Made in Chelsea was only put on E4 because they decided to cancel Friends. Oh.
Not sure how to feel now :(

Monday, 12 August 2013

"United By Hope" - The 9/11 Memorial

Right guys, I'm afraid it's time to get all deep on you (I give you my most sincere apologies in advance).

Recently I went with my family on a once-in-a-lifetime holiday to New York. It was such an amazing experience, and even though we did loads of amazing things, one thing has affected me the most and I keep thinking about it. This thing was when I went and visited the 9/11 memorial.

Going to the memorial wasn't really something we planned on going in at first, we just thought that we would walk past it so we could say we saw where it took place, but when we got there, we decided it would be both silly and disrespectful not to donate some money, and we found out that this was how you gained entry to the memorial. I think that because I wasn't expecting to go in, I hadn't prepared myself both mentally and emotionally to see where so many people lost their lives. I was utterly speechless as I realised the sheer size of the two world trade centres, and the number of people who lost their lives that day. I know some of you might be thinking "you're so stupid, the facts and figures are known, and everyone knows that just over 3000 people died that day", but honestly, when you see the size of the area where the buildings used to be, and you look at the height of the skyscrapers around it, it takes your breath away.

Some red roses a woman had placed on the memorial for family members she had lost.
I didn't take that many photos whilst at the memorial, because it felt almost disrespectful to be taking pictures where so many people lost their lives and thousands of people lost someone important to them. I managed to hold myself together until I saw someone had placed 4 red roses on some names on the memorial - one for each family member she had lost on that day.

When you speak to people in New York, you soon realise that almost everyone there has been affected in some way. I met a mounted policeman, who originates from Yorkshire (England), and my parents started to chat to him (Our family all come from Yorkshire). I noticed that on his horse, he wore a brooch on his harness, which the policeman had designed himself to commemorate the friends he had lost on that day. He was also there, and he told us that he still suffers with survivors guilt, and would do anything to have died there instead of his younger brother, who was a fire-fighter who died in an attempt to free the people still trapped inside the World Trade Centres. Unfortunately I couldn't get a good picture of the brooch, as I didn't want to use my flash and scare the horse. (I realise now that this might sound a bit silly, because we were standing in Times Square and there were hundreds of flashing lights around us, but ah well.) He also told me things about the attacks that I didn't know, like the fires produced on that day from the crash burned until December - 3 Months.

I've been back home from New York for almost a week now, and I keep thinking about 9/11 and the people left behind (hence why I decided to write this blog post.) I can't help thinking things like "What if it had never happened?" "How different would New York, and the world be?" "What would have happened if the brave people on one of the other hijacked planes hadn't decided to sacrifice their lives, and the plane had met their desired locations and killed thousands more people, and possibly the president?" These thoughts keep on going round and round in my head, and I've realised that just one day in history can change the world forever. A small group of individuals can make history and make sure that the world is never the same again.

If the hijackers had never decided to target the four places in America, would we have the same amount of terrorism worries? No. When I was in New York, there was a high-alert terrorist threat, that apparently only people in America knew about. On my flight home, it was half empty, as people were too scared to fly in case people had tried to copy the September 11 2001 attacks. If the people on one of the hijacked planes hadn't launched a counter-attack, there would be a lot more deaths, so they also have helped stop loss of life, even though they sacrificed their own lives. If the plane had met their desired location of the White House, would a world war have started? Thankfully we will never know, all because of those brave people who helped change the world forever.

The Freedom Tower, New York
The Freedom Tower, New York. This is the new One World Trade Center, and stands in the place of the 6 World Trade Center, and it is currently the 3rd tallest building in the World, and the tallest in the western hemisphere (thanks Wikipedia!)
The Surviving Tree. This tree was found still intact, but very badly damaged between the two collapsing towers. It is considered one of the most delicate and protected landmarks in the memorial, and when I visited it had policeman in front of it in case anyone tried to damage the tree (It's own personal bodyguards!)
The main things that I have learnt from my visit to the 9/11 Memorial in New York are:

1. Appreciate your life and everything you have, you never know when it could be taken away from you.

2. YOU are never "a nobody". The people who launched a counter-attack on the terrorist planes were ordinary civilians, just like you and me, and they helped to change the world, and they helped save thousands of lives.

3. A couple of minutes can change the world, so make the most of your life.

Appreciate the value of your life and what you've got - YOU can make something of your life, and YOU are special and important.

The motto printed on all of the merchandise available at the memorial is "United By Hope", and this is what we all are. We are all linked to one another and united, and my visit to the 9/11 memorial really enlightened me as to how a nation pulls together in a time of need, and how they join each other in the most horrible and desperate of times - so it may sound like a weird message to you, but if people can join together in times like this, then you should be able to do it in your everyday life. So go and unite people!

[Edit: - Just realised that the paragraph above makes absolutely no sense - but I'll leave it in here to you can laugh at how I try to waffle on and create a completely random life lesson]

If you want to find out more about the 9/11 Memorial, the design and how you can get involved, head on over to their website by clicking here.

P.S. Sorry for waffling

P.P.S. If I offended anyone with anything that I said in this blog post, I apologise with all my heart as it wasn't intended, I know how much this topic means to some people, and I honestly didn't mean to upset anyone (sorry again if this applies to you).

Thursday, 8 August 2013

A New Blog is Born!

Welcome my lovelies, welcome welcome welcome to my new blog. Leave your shoes at the door if you please (Metaphorically, of course. Whatever attire you choose to wear whilst reading this nonsense is utterly your choice. It is, after all, a free country). Anyway, some of you might not even be reading this from the comfort of your own home. You may be on the bus, train, at work (if so, make sure to look behind you, I have a sneaky feeling you’re not meant to be on this blog), at school (yet again - keep a look out) (P.S. did I mention I am psychic?) and some of you might even be hacking into your friends blogspot accounts to see what it’s like to be them for a day. If the latter applies to you, tut tut on account that you’re disrespecting their privacy, but very well done to you for choosing the right place to read! Whilst you're here, you may wish to annoy the unlucky person and press that follow button (hint hint) Anyway, back to my metaphorical leaving of the shoes-and-mess-at-the-door. While at first I intended this to sound humorous and friendly, since writing this waffly and totally unnecessary essay about reading my new blog, I have since thought that this could actually be a pretty darn good metaphor (nice one eh?) *Pats self on the back*. This could be a metaphor to say leave the outside world, and the mess around you outside, and welcome to my world.

So yeah, this is me blog. I don’t know what it’s about yet, but I hope you enjoy it.

An Alpaca

P.S. If you do wish to remove your footwear, I have no resistance to this, just keep your grubby feet away from me, I absolutely hate feet.

P.P.S. Above is a beautiful drawing of an alpaca. They are one of my favourite animals, and I find that if ever I am feeling down in the dumps, I just have to look at a picture of an alpaca, and I feel instantly happier.
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