//Aujourd’hui//

Salut! Aujourd’hui je pensé que ce serrait bon à écrit un blog dans français donc je peux vous montrer comment mal je suis à français. Il y avait beaucoup d’erreurs dans ce mais je vais procéder néanmoins!! Donc, aujourd’hui je me lève plus tard parce que c’est une banque vacance lundi donc je n’ai pas allé à l’école !!! Yay ! Je passe le matin en ville avec mon père et ma sœur car je regardais pour des bijoux pour ma promo école de bal en juin. Malheureusement, les bijoux je trouvé dans l’internet le mois dernier était pas en magasin. Nous passé les heures marche en ville mais seulement trouve des boucles d’oreilles puisque la plupart des bijoux était bleu clair et ma robe est blue sombre. Cependant, j’adore les boucles d’oreilles particulièrement car ils regarder comme des balloons! Ils ont aussi très confortable au porter et ils regarder bon avec ma robe. Apres aller en ville, nous rentré a la maison et manger du dejeuner qui était genial mais le soupe était trop chaud! Puis je fais des revision pour la biologie qui est tres ennuyeux donc je écouté de la radio au lieu. Ma mère trouver des cassettes lequel ma sœur et moi fabrique quand nous étions petits. Ils ont très amusant !!! Depuis j’ai révisé des français et écrit ce. Merci beaucoup pour lire ce !! Désolée pour toutes les erreurs !


My, that was stressful!! It’s so hard to get all of the accents and tenses and stuff correct when your computer insists on doing an English spell check on everything! Nevertheless, I MANAGED to write something in French!! Yay! I guess it’s a start to me becoming more fluent in French. Admittedly, I did have to look up a few words/spellings in Google translate but the majority of it came out of my own brain. I’ll type up a translation for those of you who don’t know French.

Hi! Today I though that it would be good to write a blog post in French so I can show you how bad I am at French. There will be a lot of error in this but I will proceed nevertheless!! So, today I woke up later because it is a bank holiday Monday so I don’t have to go to school!! Yay! I spent this morning in town with my dad and my sister because I was looking for some jewellery for my school prom in June. Unfortunately, the jewellery that I found on the internet last month was not in store. We spent hours walking round town but only found earrings because most of the jewellery was light blue and my dress is dark blue. However, I love the earrings particularly because they look like balloons!!

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This is a really bad quality photo.

They are also very comfortable to wear and look good with my dress. After going to town, we returned to the house and ate lunch which was great but the soup was too hot! Then I did revision for biology which is very boring so I listened to the radio instead. My mum found some cassette tapes which my sister and I made when we were little. They are very funny!!!

Since then I have revised some French and written this. Thanks a lot for reading this!! Sorry for all the mistakes!

Ooh, I forgot! Today I also rope braided my hair and LOOK AT THE AMAZING RESULTS!!!
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ACTUAL. PROPER. CURLS. Not the pathetic excuse for curly my hair usually is!! I’m so pleased with it. I’m definitely going to try this out more often and may even end up using it as a basis for my prom hairstyle. By the way my hair is actually brown, not ginger. I think I used the flash for this photo, that’s why. My hair colour is normally like this:
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Dull and brown 😂 but I like the other photo better so I showed you guys that one! 😂

Anyway, hope you all had/are having a lovely day. Back to school tomorrow for me. Ugh. But only for 4 days then I have two weeks off!!!!!! 🙂

//Language is freedom//

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Languages are amazing if you think about it – they allow us to get our thoughts and views and thoughts and feelings heard and understood. Without them, know one would know what each other was saying – imagine a world where no one can communicate with eachother. Imagine how lonely and isolating that would feel…

I think it’s so important to be able to speak multiple languages, even if it’s just a tiny bit of another language. I think a lot of British people are under the impression that they will never need to leanr another language because the majority of the rest of the world also learns and speaks English. Especially young people, I find. Like, I’d say about 80% of my French class at some point has moaned about how boring and hard and pointless it is to learn another language. Learning a language, however, is the complete opposite of that. How can gaining an insight into another countries culture and identity be boring? How can it be pointless to equip yourself with a valuable skill that can open so many new doors for? Learning a language, however, is hard. But that doesn’t mean you should give up on it! I find learning languages really rewarding as as you gradually go along, you find yourself understanding more and more of that language without even having to think about it! The more you practice a language, the more effort you put in to learning, the easier it gets.

Personally, I have studied French at school for seven years now but only in the last year or so have I actually appreciated the value and importance of learning a foreign language. I really enjoy learning French but, as I said earlier, it seems that most of my classmates do not. They all complain about having to learn vocab each week and having to do writing and speaking assessments and what not. They are not able to see the value of learning another language, of gaining and developing a new skill. This makes me sad.

Especially in today’s society, a language is a valuable skill to have and could be the difference between you getting a job or not. Even if after studying French I slowly start to forget parts of the language because I will be out of practice, the fact that I will have GCSE (and hopefully A-Level) French on my CV will prove that I am capable of learning new skill.

I really, really hope French sticks with me for a long time though. I mean, at the moment I am definitely not fluent in speaking French. I can write better then I can speak it but still not as well as I can read/hear French and understand it. The thing is, pretty much all of my friends who take French dislike it so I never have anyone to peactice speaking it with. I know speaking it moee often would help me understand more and possibly help with my listening exams as I wpuld be able to understand the sometimes difficult pronounciation more, but talking French to yourself is not much fun and feels kind of weird to be honest!

According to Duolingo (the language-learning website I use to revise for French – I highly recommend it to learn any language to be honest) I am currently 46% fluent in French. As the website only tests my reading, listening and writing skills though, I know I am definitely not that fluent in speaking it! I think you can get it to test you on speaking too if you want but you have to download the app on to your phone/tablet and my phone doesn’t have enough space.

Anyway, back to my point (whatever it was – it’s really annoying when I ramble amd get off track sometimes), even though I can’t speak fluent French, I’d like to think that I could understand quite a bit of French if I actually went to French (hopefully or else the past 7 years have been a waste!). I also started learning German on Duolingo last summer and got to about 35% fluent but when I started revising for my GCSE French exams in February, I had to give up German as I didn’t have time to do both but someday I will pick up German again because I have always wanted to learn it (probably due to my obsession/love of Germany and everything German).

But what I’m really trying to say here is that learning languages is good and important and interesting. I think people should really start to value languages more and, especially in my school, show respect towards their foreign language teachers and actually put effort into learning a new language.

Even with my small amount of German, when I went to Berlin last year, I did manage to speak a little bit of German like ‘hello’ and ‘thanks’ and ‘yes’ and ‘no’ and ‘goodbye’ and whatnot. I even managed to order food in German which I was surprised at. So you see, languages make going to foreign countries a whole lot more interesting and fun because it’s so rewarding to make yourself understood in another language.

So, if you have the opportunity to learn a new language, I’d say embrace it! Languages are such a magnificant thing and laguages really are freedom, after all. 🙂

Hope your all having a good Easter weekend, whatever religion you belong to!

P.S. I couldn’t find a related feature image sooo…yeah I kinda just chose one from Berlin! 🙂

//The beauty of the world//

Today the weather has been absolutely beautiful – the sky is blue as far as the eye can see, not a cloud in sight and it even reached 20 degrees Celsius today! Although autumn has always been my favourite season, spring is rapidly growing on me. The weather this spring as been the best it’s been in a while (mainly because we have only had a few days rain in March so far which is unusual).

I’m so annoyed me and my family have the flu right now because it’s Good Friday so it’s a national holiday here (don’t know about other countries) so usually me and my family would go out somewhere for the day. Last year we went to a beach nearby and climbed up the headland and went to an old WW2 fort on the headland. It was a really beautiful day then, quite like today actually, and I took some really nice photographs which I really wanted to upload on to here but when I turned my old and broken camera on just now it had wiped the memory card! So…no photos from last Easter 😦

However I did manage to go out into the garden this morning and take some photos but guess what? My camera wiped them off of the memory card too. :/ So I just had to go outside and take a load more on my phone but they aren’t as good because my garden is mostly in the shade now.

Oh well, I’ll show you them anyway.


Also today I found my parents old vinyls so naturally sat down for two hours listening to all of their vinyls and taking loads of photos of them.


Honestly though, music sounds so beautiful on vinyls though. I may have kinda got a bit obsessed with them and spent all of my money (which I was saving to buy my friends birthday presents – oops) on a Circa Wave’s vinyl. But honestly though it will be worth it! No one’s gonna be able to drag me away from the record player when it arrives!

Aside from listening to music and doing some photography, I haven’t really done anything else today, mainly because the flu has taken away all of my energy so most of the time I just want to fall asleep!

Hope you guys had a better day than me and enjoy your Easter weekend everyone! 🙂
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//Room tour!?//

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved having a bedroom, a space I can call my own. I don’t really spend a lot of time in my bedroom, however I still like to keep it looking tidy and presentable. Recently, I’ve really gotten into interior design so having my own bedroom has given me the perfect chance to personalise and decorate my own little space.

I am really quite fond of vintage things so have tried to give my room a sort of vintage feel to it. I’m really happy with how my room is and when I go off to uni in a couple of years I’ll be so sad to leave it all behind!

Anyway, let’s begin the tour!

First up I want to show you guys my wallpaper because this is what started off the whole vintage theme for me:

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I really do love the flowery pattern!

Next up is my desk/chest of drawers which I only got last year I think but I really like it! Before I redecorated my room pretty much all of my furniture was pine and I had had it since I was a baby so luckily my parents agreed to get me a new desk! I still have a pine bed and bookcase though but I might paint my bookcase white or blue in the summer.

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I have a few vintage-style ornaments on my desk too like this jewellery stand which I got for Christmas a couple of years ago:

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I also have some awesome notebooks – one of which contains my bucket list:

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Then I have other random ornaments like my ‘jar of happiness’ and a pen pot made of playing cards these aren’t really vintage style but I love them nevertheless:

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Oh I almost forgot! I also have this crossword puzzle book which I display on my desk because I love the pattern on the cover and it kind of goes with my room theme.

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Next I’ll show you my walls and wall art:

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This is the end wall of my room – I have two white walls and two wallpapered walls. I love the quote canvas I have on this wall which says: ‘Great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget’. I also have a canvas on this wall which I painted when I was 8 😂 (on the left).

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Also on this wall I have a shelf (which is pine but I’m hopefully going to paint that in the summer too) which also has a canvas I painted on it and my owl clock which I love and other random little ornaments.

Underneath the shelf I have my world map and Scout neckerchiefs:

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I’d love to have the map higher up somewhere but I don’t have enough wall space! Also I have a little cupboard here with my jelly bean blue lamp on it which kind of goes along with the vintage theme!

Here is the other wall art in my room (all of which I made myself):

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And I also have blue bunting on the white walls too.

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And then some other various objects around my room:

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Another shelf which was pine but I painted it white.

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I love this map box and really want to get more of them!

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Owl doorstop.

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My money jar which I love! I loved writing the typography on it but it was kind of hard because the jar is curved.

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Some sea-themed ornaments on my windowsill.

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My keyboard (a.k.a. my baby)!

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Owl cushions (I made the one on the right – it’s a double-sided owl).

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Here is my bedspread that matches my wallpaper!

Then moving on to my bookcase because why not?

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More typography yay!

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I also have one shelf of my bookcase dedicated to my Airfix models.

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I made an aircraft hanger to keep them in (although they don’t all fit so some are kept downstairs).

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Okay so that is it for my room tour!! Sorry for the bad quality photos, I’m off school sick with the flu at the moment so don’t really have enough energy to spend ages taking photos. I hope you are all ok and have a good Easter on the weekend!

Bye! 🙂

//#HermEm’s anniversary?!//

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A while ago (and The Blog Squad can back me up here) I announced that I was in love with Herman (this is gonna get so weird to explain so bare with). Basically, Herman is a typo (*gasps* in horror – don’t worry Herman, you’re more than just a typo to me!). I meant to type ‘I love German’ but accidentally typed ‘Herman’ without realising until after I’d pressed send and the wonderful Elly created HermEm (our ship name).

Now Herman isn’t just my imaginary typo boyfriend (I’m weird ok…I’ve warned you many times, so don’t you roll your eyes at me!), Herman represents Germany as a whole and my love towards the country.

Therefore I made today, 19th March, mine and Herman’s anniversary considering it is the date that I flew to Berlin last year and fell in love with the city and country.

So, today marks a year of mine and Herman’s relationship!!!!!

To show Herman just how much he means to me, I decided to make a YouTube video dedicated to him. It is a video scrapbook of my trip to Berlin last year and also includes the poem ‘The City That Stole My Heart’ that I wrote a while ago that was inspired by the city.

Here is the video:

Hope you like it, it makes me so emotional to remember all those amazing memories! (And yes I did waste another whole day filming for YouTube again, like I did last weekend, instead of revising for my mock exams…oops).

I should be going off to spend the rest of our anniversary helping out at a Cub Scout sleepover now BUT my mum won’t let me go because I have a cold/virus thingy and she doesn’t want me to ‘infect’ the kids which sucks because I was actually looking forward to going. :/ So I guess I’ll just have to spend the evening reminiscing about Berlin and being sad that I can’t go back for a while.

Anyway, thanks for reading, I hope you had/are having a better day than me! 🙂 ♥

//In spite of everything//

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In spite of everything, I still believe people are really good at heart. – Anne Frank.

How can it be that such a young girl who faced such terrible persecution and violation of her human rights could still find it within her to believe that deep down people are good and have good intentions, however deep those may be hidden. It still puzzles me now even after having known about Anne Frank’s story for years.

She, along with millions of other Jews, suffered immensely during Hitler’s reign of terror yet she could still see the spark of goodness in people.

I wonder why? Was it her faith? Was it her upbringing? Know one will ever know. Anne, unfortuantely, is just one of millions of Jewish youngsters who died too soon. Who were snatched from this world for what? For what reason did they die? Oh, because Hitler said so.

It sickens me to even consider that Hitler had even an ounce of goodness within this, yet Anne Frank could and she was the one who suffered at his command.

Maybe Anne wasn’t including Hitler when she said this. Maybe she just meant humanity as a whole has goodness within them, even though they allowed the Holocaust to go on for way to long (not entirely their fault though, many, many, soldiers from all around the world lost their lives in an attempt to stop Hitler and I am no way devaluing the sacrifice they made). Maybe Anne believed that her and the rest of her race’s suffering would eventually have a good outcome and ensure that something as tragic as the Holocaust never happened again. Maybe she knew that she didn’t deserve to be persecuted. All of these questions will remain unanswered for eternity. We can only imagine what Anne and other Jews had to go through and how that affected them.

None of this should have ever, ever happened but maybe Anne Frank knew that the world would be righted. Her life should never have been taken out of sheer spite along with all other 6 million Jews who died at Hitler’s hand, but maybe Anne’s faith led her to die in hope that future generations would never have to suffer her fate. I hope so, I really do. I hope that every single person who died in concentration camps, death camps or even in hiding or on the run from Hitler, anyone who died because of him, died with hope.

Yes, Hitler could deny them of their dignity and decency, humiliate them, treat them as ‘sub-humans’ but after all he savagely took from them, I hope he never took their faith and their hope. I hope that at least they died with that, even though they deserved so much more.

These people all deserved their lives – who knows who they could have become? What they could of achieve? And now we will never know.

If there is one thing I do know, however, it is that the Frank family and all the other Jewish, communist, homosexual ect people who lost their lives during the Holocaust were and are still an inspiration to us all. They showed us that in all the adversity they faced, they still remained true to themselves, their faiths, their political beliefs, their sexualities and by doing so they died dignified – yet so, so unecessary – deaths.

I will always continue to be inspired by people like Anne and I will never forget the sacrifice they made to ensure our generation will never have to endure such persecution again. Yes, our world is flawed, but because of all of those who lost their lives in this terrible time, there is one less flaw in the world.

No matter what adversity I face, Anne Frank has taught me that staying true to yourself allows you to see the ‘good’ in humamity and allows you to live in hope if a better future for not just you but those generations after you.

As is repeated on 11th November at 11am every year in the UK to remember our fallen soldiers,

For our tomorrow, they gave our today.

Anne and others like her were an ‘army’ of a different kind who we should also remember. Not just on Holocaust Memorial Day, or even Armistace day, but every, single day.

//Exams, exams and more exams: the English school system//

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I always find it really interesting learning about other countries education systems so I thought I’d attempt to explain the English education for my non-English followers and friends.

If you are English, please tell me if I have written something wrong because I know it does vary slightly regionally. Oh and by the way this is based on my experience of education so I have no idea if primary school has changed slightly because I went to primary school like 5 years ago.

Right, lets begin.

Primary school:
Year Reception – age 4-5.
Year 1 – age 5-6.
Year 2 – age 6-7.
Year 3 – age 7-8.
Year 4 – age 8-9.
Year 5 – age 9-10.
Year 6 – age 10-11.

In primary school the only exams we do are called SATS and we only take them in English (spelling and comprehension) and maths (although they may have introduced science ones now). You do SATS in summer every year from Year 2 onwards (I think) but only in Year 6 – the final year – do your SATS exam papers get sent off to be marked. SATS are graded from 1-5 with 5 being the highest result. Your SATS grades don’t really count towards anything other than determining which set you are placed into for maths and English in Secondary school.

Secondary school:
Year 7 – age 11-12.
Year 8 – age 12-13.
Year 9 – age 13-14.
Year 10 – age 14-15.
Year 11 – age 15-16.

Years 7 & 8 are basically just to get you used to secondary school life. You are taught a range of subjects and get no choice over what you study. In my school, the subjects I did in Years 7 and 8 were: English, maths, science, humanities (history, religious studies and geography combined), French, ICT, drama, art and music.

Now, this is where it can get a little confusing as it is up to the school to decide whether to start GCSEs (the main secondary school examinations) in Year 9 or Year 10. My school starts them in Year 9, so I’ll explain it this way.

At the end of Year 8, you get to pick 4 options for your GCSE subjects which (in my school) we start in Year 9. You get a choice because the only compulsory GCSEs you have to study are maths, English, religious studies and science. Therefore you don’t have to do art, drama, music, humanities or French anymore so you have a lot of free hours to fill.

So, for my GCSEs I chose to study Triple science (which is just an addition to the compulsory science), History, Geography and French.

I spent the whole of Year 9 and 10 learning the course content for my GCSE subjects then in March of Year 10 I took mock exams for all of my subjects to see if I was ready to take any of the real exams in the summer. I ended up doing my Geography and History exams at the end of Year 10 but for all of my other subjects, I carried them on to study them for another year.

This meant I went into Year 11 having finished Geography and History so was able to choose a new subject to study to fill the empty hours. All of my other GCSE subject exams are taken at the end of Year 11 (my final year of secondary school).

College/sixth form/apprenticeship:
As you leave secondary school at 16 years old, you have to go to either college, sixth form or do an apprenticeship as it is compulsory to stay in education until you’re 18.

College:
– A seperate establishment to secindary schools, you can study either a-levels there (the next level up from GCSEs, they are mainly in academic subjects and take two years. You can choose up to four a-levels and depending on subjects, you either take half of the exams at the end of each year, or all of the exams at the end of two years) or BTECs (which are assessed through coursework and practical work NOT exams and you can study a range of things from hairdressing to animical to engineering etc).

Sixth form:
– Sixth forms are attatched to secondary schools and are basically the same as colleges but you can usually only study a-levels there.

Apprenticeships:
– You can also do apprenticeships where you have a job placement and are taught the skills to do that job over a course of two/three years and are usually paid for your work.

University:
If you wish to you can continue your education and go to university although this is not compulsory. To go to university you need to have either done a-levels or a BTEC course to have the right qualifications to apply.

Typically you study either one subject or a combonation of two subjects for your degree and most courses last 3 years.

So, there we go. A not-so-short guide to the English education system. I hope you found this useful/interesting. Sorry if I just bored you all to death. I’m weird, ok? I find all this stuff fascinating.

Anyway, bye for now! 🙂

//Playlist shuffle tag//

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The lovely Michelle nomimated me to do this tag. With my old blog I used to be a bit lazy with tags and kind of forgot about them until they all piled up and I felt like a bad human for not doing them and wasting the time of whoever took the time to link to my blog (which I find very stressful as I always seem to get people urls wrong). But today, I thought why not? This tag is a little different to the more popular/common ones AND I am trying to relax more at the moment so listening to music will hopefully help me do that. 🙂

So, here are the rules:
Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 others to do it as well.

To make it a bit different, I’ve decided to write a bit about each song too but you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.

Here are my songs! (Apologies if they all turn out to be by the same artist, my phone is pretty terrible at shuffling sometimes):
Iscariot, Walk the Moon.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG!! It is so slow compared to their other music but it has so much emotion and meaning and just GAHHHH I LOVE IT.
Bad Blood, Bastille.
I feel like a bad Bastille fan because I always think of Taylor Swift whenever I see Bad Blood come up on my playlist. But anyway, it’s a great, powerful song and probably one of the first I listened to by them.
Shiver Shiver, Walk the Moon.
It’s upbeat and catchy and pretty damn cool (along with all their other songs).
Little Shocks, Kaiser Chiefs.
I LOVE THIS. Seriously, it is really good and I love the beats and guitar riffs. I love how the song has a sort of tense atmosphere about it too.
Roses, Kaiser Chiefs.
Ugh…I am gonna hate myself for saying this, but I don’t really like this song. I don’t know what it is about it…maybe because it’s slower and downbeat than their other songs…idk. The lyrics are quite meaningful though which is nice.
Icarus, Bastille.
I always find myself randomly singing this song, it always gets stuck in my head!! That can only be a good thing though because the song is amazing!
Misery Company, Kaiser Chiefs.
THIS is awesome. Really, even with the slightly creepy laughing in the middle. It’s really rocky too (in my opinion, I don’t listen to heavy rock so correct me if I’m wrong).
Bows & Arrows, Kaiser Chiefs. Again this is awesone too. It’sreally upbeat and rocky and catchy and…yeah I love the lyrics too!
Weight of Living Pt. 2, Bastille.
I love this so damn much…the lyrics…the tune…everything.
Best Fake Smile, James Bay.
Finally a different artist!! I find this song really relatable, especially the lyric ‘nobody needs a best fake friend’. Also I love this more rocky side of James Bay’s music.
Get Out While You Can, James Bay. This is my absolute favourite James Bay song. I love playing it on guitar too because it sounss really good on guitar (well duh…he plays it on the guitar). It’s really inspirational and motivational – if you’re feeling a bit stressed or upset, I recommend listening to it.
Things We Lost in the Fire, Bastille. Again this is probably.one of the first songs I heard from Bastille so naturally I am in love with it (or else why would I have listened to their other music?).
You Can Have It All, Kaiser Chiefs. Also VERY relatable and…deep. It’s different to some of the other Kaiser Chiefs songs like Bows & Arrows and Misery Company – I mean, it’s slower but it is still upbeat if that makes sense.
Fixin’, Walk the Moon.
Another slow Walk the Moon song. Amen. You can really appreciate the beauty of their voices in this.
What Would You Do, Bastille. I really like this song, it really makes you think and evaluate yourself plus it has a good rythm.

So that’s my 15 “shuffled” songs – as I said earlier, my phone has a bit of trouble shuffling the 110-ish songs on it so unfortuantely I didn’t get to listen to any Vance Joy, Milky Chance or The Kooks :(.

I don’t have time to nominate anyone right now, so if anyone wants to do the tag, go ahead!

Hope I’ve given you some new songs to listen to!

Bye. 🙂

//Harry Potter and the Curse of the Whomping Willow//

Earlier I read this post by Michelle where she shared with us some of her old writing and it inspired me to show you guys (if anyone actually cares/reads this) a story which I wrote when I was about 6 or 7 that I found a few weeks ago. And guess what? IT IS A HARRY POTTER FANFICTION (#potterhead4lyf right here). It is a 6/7 year olds interpretation of the 7th HP book so as you can guess it will be absolutely awful but I will type it up for you anyway. The spelling and grammar is ridiculous but I will type it EXACTLY as it is written just because it’s funny. I’ll correct it in a different colour so it actually make sense.

So, here we go.

(Disclaimer: evidently I am NOT the wonderful J K Rowling so these character’s, setting’s and Harry Potter ‘terms’ (e.g Quidditch)  do not belong to me.)


 

Chapter 1: Bad News.

Harry was on his way to Hogwarts. There was a bang on the door. It was Hermione and Ron. Soon they got there (and) Dumbledore called everyone for a(n) inportent (important) meeting. He said there was to be a terable (terrible) storm. After everyone went back to there dormitries (dormitories).

The next stormy morning there was a large hole in a wall. When they were ready they went to have defence against the dark arts. Later Harry and Ron found that Hermione wasn’t there. Professor Morgonagle (McGonagall – at least I tried) said a brick had fell on Hermione’s head.

“How did it fall on her head(?)” said Ron. Just then Draco Malfoy inturupted (interrupted) He said “you’ll never see (your) friend again Potter”.

It was 10 o’clock and at last the(y) found Hermione in hospital with another case of being petrefied (petrified). The next morning Ron and Harry found themself (themselves I think) lying on the hospital floor.

“Wake up Ron” said Harry. They went to the libary (library) to look for the right spell to make Hermione better. Soon they found it. It went like this.

Frozen student unfreeze, frozen student sneze (sneeze – oh God this spell is literally the worst thing ever).

But the person needs to drink something. Tearing out the page as they ran to find the nurse (I don’t even know what this sentence is supposed to say). She was busy dealing with another injurere (injury). This time she was dealing with 5 children they were Malfoy, Crab (Crabbe), Goil (Goyle), Nevel (NevILLE) Longbottom and Colin Crevely (Creevey). All with the case of being petrefied (petrified). There was (were) onley (only) 4000 children left. (My God Hogwarts is A LOT bigger than I though it was!)

Soon they found out that it was the whomping willow knocking a brick down one by one. Later Dumbledore called for another inportent (important) meeting but this time only 3094 children came (I don’t even know if this math is correct…) Something very strange was happening. (Clearly…)

Soon there was another inturuption (interruption) this time by Ron. He said “what about (the) 13 children in hospital”.

“They will stay in there until we find a spell” said Dumbledore tremblind (trembling? trembled? who knows…) with fear. “Now everyone go back to your dormitries (dormitories).”

Soon they were fast asleep asept (except) from Harry. He was thinking if he should give Dumbledore the spell. But then he thourt (thought) Dumbledore would be more happy (??????? why???????). Soon he was asleep to(o).

Chapter 2: My hero.

The next sunny damp stormy morning (what the???) there was a stranger sleeping under Harry’s bed. This person had the poition to make the 13 now became 16 children in hospital (better? and where did the other three children come from…) . The(n) quickly snatching the liquid from him and grabbing the spell, Harry dashed off to find Dumbledore.

He found Dumbledore mopeing (moping) in his office. He said “it’s getting worse”.

Harry quickly said “don’t worry” and gave him the spell and the liquid (oh how reassuring…). Then Harry left his office and hurried to find Ron. Harry whispered to a tiered (tired) Ron “I did it”.

Hermione came in still half asleep.

“Hermione” Ron and Harry said together.

“Dumbledore said the spell”.

“What about the others?” said Harry.

“They will have to go home with the rest of us”.

“Why?”

“Beacause (BECAUSE – BIG ELEPHANTS CAN ALWAYS USE SMALL EXITS. Did I seriously not pay attention in school back then or something??) half of the school has been knocked down already”.

So the next day everyone packed up and set off on the long journey home (what a shame!). Soon Harry arivived (arrived) at his aunt and uncles house. The next day Harry spoted (spotted) an artical (article) in the papper (paper). It said A Ministriy of Magic School has been knocked down. Harry quickly teared (tore) out the artical (article) packed his bags, found his uncles work kit and ran out the door. He caught the 10 o’clock night bus to Hogwarts.

When he got there he saw nothing asept (except) a pile of bricks (yeah because Hogwarts was TOTALLY raised to the ground by ONE whomping willow…) and a huge willow tree. Makeing (making) a pile like a small table he (w)rote a note to his friends. They soon came to help. Soon they got tired and fell asleep on the soil.

The next sunny morning they got to work building around the willow (why??? just why?? it was the bloody whomping willow that knocked down the school in the first place – why would you build the new school AROUND it?). Hermione started carveing (carving) the trunk into stairs meanwhile Harry and Ron built the walls so high that they had to use a ladder (of course they did…). Soon it was finished but Ron Harry and Hermione paddled off in a little boat soon they found everything they needed (ok den… thought the school was finished but apparently not). Then they placed every they (thing NOT they) back niceley (nicely) and called everyone to come back to Hogwarts.

Chapter 3: New Hogwarts.

Everyone loved the new Hogwarts. It was brilliant. They went to the hall. Owl post came for everyone. Ron got a card and a new book from Wizzard World (idek). Harry got a small pot marked H.P. with a Wizzard charm with H.P. on it and inside a picture of his mum and dad (again idek what I was on about here). Hermione got a new wand like many others. Then everyone began to eat. It was late but everyone was tired (??? I made no sense back then…).

Defence against the dark arts was first in the morning. Snape said there was to be a quidetch (quidditch) match. So Harry got ready and shooted (shot) straight up in (to) the gloomy sky. Above Harry’s head futturing (fluttering) around was the golden snitch. As Harry clutched on to the snitch he sudenley (suddenly) foud (found) himself falling to the ground. Just then Malfoy pushed Harry in to the sand and Malfoy was falling to(o). Next day they were both better (ummmmm…..unrealistic or WHAT??).

Later Dumbledore called for another inportent (important) meeting )he really likes his ‘important meetings’, doesn’t he?).

“Thank you Harry for makeing (making) a new school” said Dumbledore. “73 points for Griffendore (Gryffindor) and for everyone.”

AND IT ENDS. JUST LIKE THAT.

So, clearly my writing skills back then were pretty damn awful but at least my Harry Potter knowledge was somewhat up to scratch. I mean, I surprisingly managed to spell most of the characters names right.

In case you were wondering, this is what the front cover of my book looked like:

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Think of all the ink I wasted whilst colouring that in…

And this is how terrible my handwriting was way back then:

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Yeah…….

So re-reading my first ever Harry potter fanfic has been…amusing to say the least. I think we have all now established that I have been a Potterhead for a very long time now and that I was and probably still am really quite a strange child and had probably the oddest childhood ever. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed something a bit different. I tired to take a good photo of my neighbors tree that I used to think was a whomping willow but I felt slightly awkward trying to inconspicuously take a photo of their garden so the featured photo is just other random trees, sorry!

Thanks for reading.

Bye! 🙂

//Lace, heels and sparkles//

Okay, so this is my SECOND blog post today! You must all feel like the luckiest people alive (aha…jk). Now, if you read my post earlier (which you can find here if you haven’t), you’ll know that I’m not a very ‘girly’ girl. You’ll also know how much I hate stereotypes so will understand how much it pains me to have to write the words: ‘girly girl’ but…it’s the easiest way to explain it I guess. Basically, I am not the type of girl who likes dressing up in, well, dresses or likes to wear a lot of make-up and make myself look ‘pretty’.

BUT – and this is a big but – I have decided that I want to go to my end of school prom in June. Yeah, i know right? ME wearing A DRESS? As you can tell, this is something totally new to me so I’m feeling a little nervous but also very excited. I thought, considering prom will be the last time I will see most of my school friends, (*insert hysterical weeping here*…I won’t miss ALL of my classmates though, just the decent ones) AND there will be food and music and food and dancing and food, it would be good fun to try it out.

I know, I know, prom is ages away (23rd June to be exact – also the day of the UKs EU referendum if you are wondering) but I couldn’t resist! I guess I just love to be organised so I kinda, maybe, already bought everything…like two months ago.

Actually, I started looking for dresses back in June last year (according to Facebook messenger because I sent my friend a picture of the exact dress I ended up buying in June sometime…oops).

Anyway, I ordered the dress online from Amazon for only £41.99 which I though was pretty decent. AND it had free delivery and returns. The dress only took like 3-4 days to come and it had this online tracking thingy so you could see where it was and guess what? It came from BERLIN a.k.a my absolute-favourite-city-in-the-whole-world-which-I-am-completely-in-love-with. So now I am even more in love with the dress!

Here is the dress on as pictured on Amazon (that’s not me by the way) and you can click here to go to the Amazon page if you too have fallen in love with this dress (and no, I have NOT been paid or asked by the company to advertise them, I am just a customer reviewing one of their dresses but I do recommend the company as they have a large range of beautiful prom dresses that are fairly cheap):

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And then here are my rather terrible photos of the dress (I found out when I did a Primark haul on my old blog that I am absolutely awful at photographing clothing, so bare with me):

 

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Yes, this IS me. Excuse all the stuff in the background.

 

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Close-up of the lace detailing.

Going along with the navy-theme, I also purchased some heels (I know, another surprise, right?) my friends are going to be so surprised when they find out I am actually wearing heels to prom! The heels were £24.99 I think which is a little more than I wanted to pay (considering they are over half the price of the dress) but they are good quality, comfortable and just what I was looking for. Plus they only have like a  2-inch heel which is perfect for me as I would undoubtedly twist my ankle or trip over wearing heels that were any taller:

To go with the dress and the shoes, I also have a small white clutch bag (is that what you call them?) that belongs to my grandma which I really like because it brings out the silver/white silk backing to the lace bodice (oooh technical dress terms which I will never use again in my life and admittedly had to google):

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See? It goes with the shoes too! 🙂
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Obviously I will take ANY opportunity to practice my photography skills.

The only things I haven’t bought yet is jewellery and make-up but I have found the jewellery I would like online, I just need to go in to town sometime and hope they have it in store:

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Bracelet – £9.00, earrings – £7.00.

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As far as make-up goes, I was thinking of just buying some mascara and go for a ‘neutral’ look, maybe some lipstick/gloss too. I’m not very good with make-up though, I mean, I can do winged-eyeliner occasionally but aside from that I don’t wear any other make-up.

The thing I am struggling with is hair at the moment. I just don’t know what to do with it. I’m going to do my own hair so i need to find something fairly simple but effective,  just have no idea! My hair is just passed shoulder-length and is unpredictably wavy. I also have a temperamental fringe and random layers so it’s hard to do anything other than braiding it. I was thinking about curling it so I had proper curls for once but then I’d have to go out and buy curling tongs/iron/wand/whatever the hell I’m supposed to call it. Then I thought about doing an up-do and found some simple-ish tutorials online but I haven’t had time to practice any yet.

This is one of the hairstyles I was thinking about:

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Also this one as it’s pretty similar to the other one and might be easier to do:

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Also this one but I don’t like it as much:

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So as you can tell I’ve been trawling Pinterest for hair tutorials but I’ll have to wait until I try them out to see if I will actually wear my hair like that to prom. I’ll try to upload some pictures when I try them out later on I might just put them up on Twitter (@em_is_lost99) so I don’t have to write THREE posts in one day just to show you guys, so keep an eye out on Twitter!

So, my total amount of money spent on my outfit is/will be…….£82.98!!!

+ £50.00 for the prom ticket and about £10.00 for any make-up/hair accessories I might buy = £142.98

And this, everybody, is how to prom on a budget! I think that’s a fairly decent price compared to some people who have spent over £200.00 just on their dress!!!

Thanks for reading – hope you enjoyed something a bit different! Is anyone else going to prom this year? If so PLEASE tell me I’m not the only one getting prepared so early on! 🙂