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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.