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Snapshots Of Sorrento

August 21, 2017
Lately I've been trying to move away from digital photography, instead choosing to use the disposable cameras that were popular when I was a child. I've fallen in love with the excitement of seeing photos developed for the first time, and the authentic quality of the images (something that isn't always there when using a digital camera).

These photos are some of the best from my recent holiday to Sorrento. The small Italian town has completely captured my heart - ever since arriving home I've been longing to return to the busy, winding streets and sparkling blue waters.


The Soundtrack To My Life

August 6, 2017

Not a day goes by when I don't listen to music, whether in the quiet corner of a coffee shop with my headphones in, or dancing wildly around my kitchen, singing my heart out. As a result, I often find myself relating songs to particular moments or times in my life. Today I thought I'd give you a glimpse into my mind and introduce you to the few that stand out most vividly in my memory...

1) Friday Night - The Darkness

For years I thought that The Darkness' first album, 'Permission To Land', only had three songs (my dad deemed the rest too innapropriate for a child to hear). Of the three, this was definitely my favourite. In fact, I think it was the first 'favourite' song I ever had. Even now, it's what I'm always most excited to hear when they play live. 

2) Like A Prayer - Madonna

I've always been well aquainted with Madonna - my Mum and I used to listen to 'The Immaculate Collection' each morning when she drove me to nursery. Before the days of the internet, I remember lying on my bedroom floor and writing the lyrics to this song by hand, ears pressed against the speakers of my CD player so that I wouldn't miss a word.

3) Murder On The Dance Floor - Sophie Ellis Bexter

When we had a Singstar competition in my third year of Primary School, this was my song of choice. It was my favourite from the 'Pop Princesses' album, and I spent hours learning the words and copying Sophie Ellis Bextor's every move. On the day of the competition I wore my favourite blue dress and, although I was nervous, felt like a star as I sang in front of my class mates.

4) Obsessions - Marina & The Diamonds

I discovered Marina & The Diamonds five or so years ago, shortly before embarking on a volunteer mission in The Gambia. I remember listening to this song on repeat during the long journey from the capital city, Brufut, to the small village where we were based, and thinking that it was perfect to drive to. It's since become symbolic of the entire trip for me, and for that reason I hold it very dear.

5) Alone Together - Fall Out Boy

This song is representative of my teenage years, and a time when I really came into my own in regards to my music taste. It was played at every party during the summer after my GCSE exams, and then well on into Sixth Form. Listening to it now brings back so many happy memories, and makes me nostalgic for that time in my life.

6) Woman Go Wild - Pixie Geldof

Woman Go Wild will always remind me of my first relationship. It was what I lay daydreaming to when things first began, and cried to when they ended. The music video is beautiful too - it was the first thing to really capture what romance felt like to me. Of all the songs mentioned on this list, it is probably the one most relevant to me now.

So many songs have come to mind as I've been writing this that I'm sure I could keep on for hours more. For now, I hope you've enjoyed this small peek into my life - I'd love to hear some of the songs that have stuck with you over the years too.


A Summer Reading List

July 23, 2017

One of my goals for this summer is to get through some of the books that seem 'important' to read. When I say important, I guess what I really mean is the classics; the books that always appear on 'Top 50' lists, or that are thought to have some significant social or historical context. I know I can't possibly read them all, but I thought a list of eight would give me something to aim for...

1) 1984 - George Orwell

2) Animal Farm - George Orwell

3) To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee

4) Of Mice And Men - John Steinbeck

5) Lord Of The Flies - William Golding

6) The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald

7) The Bell Jar - Sylvia Path

8) The Diary Of A Young Girl - Anne Frank

Admittedly, not all of these books are new to me. To Kill A Mockingbird was part of my English GCSE course, but we were made to analyse the plot and context to a point where the story was no longer enjoyable. The Bell Jar and Of Mice And Men were also introduced to me when I was eleven, but I can barely remember their storylines and I imagine that much of the meaning was lost to me at that point. I'm hoping that this time they'll have more of a lasting impression.

What will you be reading this summer?


Where I've Been

July 22, 2017

To say that the past 12 months have been stressful is an understatement. 

In the time since I wrote my previous blogpost I've moved to a different part of the country, begun and ended my first real relationship, dealt with instability in my home life and completed my first year at university. My life seems to have been ruled by sleep deprivation, suitcases and polarised emotion and, whilst I've made some brilliant memories, there were times when felt like I was completely losing myself. 

In some ways I suppose it isn't really a suprise that I haven't written a blogpost, although I can't help but feel a little disappointed that it wasn't something that I managed to keep up with. Regardless, I'm back again, filled with good intentions and inspiration. I'm excited at the prospect of sharing a little piece of myself with the world again, and I hope that you are too!