Oh the age old concept that all you do it go through ‘phases’ and that they don’t amount to anything just because you don’t constantly stay in one. Let me tell you now, all those phases that you go through all come together to make us the people we are today. We still carry aspects of all those phases with us, and without them we would be completely boring. So why is the concept of it so stigmatised?
Now I will willingly say now that in my 19 years I have been through a lot of phases, however what you have to keep in mind is that what to you is a phase to someone else is a lifestyle. So I’m just putting that lil disclaimer there so that I don’t offend anyone.
So I’ve been the emo kid, the scene kid, the bloody ‘indie’ girl. You name it, I’ve probably been apart of it. But each lifestyle introduced a world of things to me, one most importantly being music. I am still as bigger BMTH fan as I am of The Arctic Monkeys, and I ADORE that because at least it gives me diversity. I’ve adapted my style, and pull together all aspects of my past I can look like a typical grunge kid with ripped jeans and a band tee, to then looking like a preppy girly girl in a pinafore dress and cute shirt.
I think what I’m trying to say is that you should not be ashamed of your past, and to say you have experimented, and that even in adulthood you can still go through a phase and that doesn’t matter! It all just makes you who you are as a character and makes you more diverse, and that is never a bad thing.
I feel the urgent need to talk about the current overwhelming stresses of second year university compared to first year. Now let me tell you, the jump is real and it ain’t the nicest thing to adjust too.
So you come back from a lovely long relaxed summer, you’ve done nothing to prepare for second year and you get hit with two units and two massive deadlines that seem a whole lot more real than last year – mainly because they actually count. Oh, and if your me you decided to take one, if not THE most demanding unit along side the core one :) HOWEVER it’s not all bad, I mean in second year you have a choice in what you do… Which means it’s actually something you are passionate about, this kinda evens out the fact that you are nearly drowning in deadlines.
One thing that has definitely surprised me though is that my social life seems better than last year – even though we are in housing away from everything I feel like everyone is making more of an effort and we all have less time to mope around and abuse netflix. I mean strangely the stress is actually kinda nice, you feel like you are actually getting your moneys worth out of the degree and doing something that is going to help work towards your portfolio and help towards a job when we actually graduate (o Jesus the thought of graduation is one that I cannot stomach right now)
So I guess this post is just a lil comforting reminder to myself that even though the jump and stress seems like a hell of a lot it’s kinda what you think uni should be like so we can’t really complain can we?
Cheers for reading – even though this was kinda pointless ramblings.
So who gets sick of hearing the term ‘they’ve changed so much?’ EVERYONE. We all need to come to an understanding that as bands mature and change as human beings (like we all do) that obviously there sound is going to change and adapt to suit that, bringing old aspects along with them. Which means it’s difficult to compare new to the old when it has changed so much.
Bring Me the Horizon have just released the new album That’s the Spirit – and I actually really like it! If you don’t know, they started out as a deathcore band and have moved more towards alternative rock. Which most fans don’t like, but being a fan from the beginning Pray for Plagues days I can happily say that I like it. I feel like it represents how they have matured and I feel like it’s more refined. ALTHOUGH in some ways this takes away some of the amazing impulsiveness and emotion of their earlier work (There is a hell, being my favourite album)
There are a few stand out songs, and some others just kind of blend into each other and do get a bit repetitive but they all come together to make a very well rounded album. I really enjoy the singles ‘Happy Song’, (cause I kinda just love the cheer leading in the background – it’s the little things)and my current favourite is ‘True Friends’ It’s the most stand out song, and get’s me truly hyped. Another contender is ‘Blasphemy’.
I feel like my conclusion would be that it makes a good album as a whole to listen to, it’s very smooth and easy listening I suppose. But I feel like there are only a few songs from the album that I would pull out to listen to separate from the album – which is a lot different to the previous albums. I will say though that I do enjoy the new sound and I’m not ashamed to say it!
an interesting topic I feel like chatting about is the pros and cons of being a student and living in the City / Student housing over summer. Now first of I’ll state that for me the pros out way the cons as I feel very lucky to be able to afford to move and live in my place, along with the fact that our landlord let’s us live there all summer with only paying half rent. However there are a few weird situations and issues that you have to work around.
Now one of the first and main things you realise is the change in the age range of the population – most students have spent up most of their money and have to go home and rely on the rents, and then the summer holidays arise and the kids arrive. Now this can be pretty annoying and quiet a drastic change to what you are used to, especially if you live in a very densely student populated area like I do. However, moving into housing means your a tad further away from the City which means you won’t be there as much. Swings and roundabouts.
Adding on to my previous point – the lack of students means a lack of student nights out. Most nightclubs end there cheap student nights for summer, bummer. Then on top of this a lot of yours student friends have gone home for summer or are further away from you so spontaneous nights are near impossible. Never the less, not all hope is lost! The best thing about having a house… HOUSE PARTIES! There cheaper, you only invite people you like, you don’t have to dress up – the benefits are truly endless, and you get to conserve your dancing shoes and smooth moves for the carnage that will be freshers! (Which we all seem to agree will be so much better in our second year)
So, I’m not 100% sure why I wrote this post, mostly to share my views on the pros and cons of what staying at Uni over summer is like – maybe this will apply to people if so cool, and others may have different views which is awesome also! I will just state though that I know I’m in a very lucky position to be able to stay here over summer – and I do not take that for granted, just wanted to share my thoughts.
Chow for now,
Emma x :)
Whenever I listen to this album it just makes me want to run out into the sun, free amongst nature. I can’t quiet put my finger on what it is about this album that releases my restless need for adventure and appreciation for the word, but I love it.
I came across the band Amber Run off my beloved Spotify, I heard the song 5am on one of the ‘fresh indie’ playlists and had to listen to them more. I listened to the album, and ever since I have listened to it daily. It’s incredible. There music too me is very motivating, moving and full of passion. I can’t help but smile whilst I listen to it, especially songs like ‘Spark’ and ‘Noah’. Within the lyrics you can tell that they had fun writing it, it’s full of feeling and emotion mostly surrounding the topic of love. It beautifully captures the way love makes you loose control of your emotions, and let’s you run wild and free in the most positive and uplifting manner.
But they do not only focus on love, they focus on life in general. They sing about how you only really have one life and it’s ridiculously short, so why focus on triviality and resentments when there is so much more you could be achieving. One, if not my favourite song on the album is the much slower, ominous and ghostly track 5AM. I really don’t know how to explain it other than once you hear it, you will never forget it. It sticks with you, there is something about the echo to Joe’s voice that grabs me and is refusing to let me go.
I really don’t know much about the technicalities when it comes down to music, and I don’t really know what to say about the bass, drums, guitar etc. I don’t want to sound stupid or offensive, but too me it has a fast uplifting rhythm, it’s light hearted, catchy, but at times it’s very powerful.
I’m not one to write reviews – well not good ones anyway. But I had to share my thoughts on this beautiful album, because it’s easily become on of my favourites and I think they deserve a lot more recognition. 10/10 Amber Run, you guys are awesome.
For this FMS Live unit, we had to stay on top of current affairs due to it being ‘live’ and from doing so I realised how difficult that has actually become through being at University. All the news information that I used to receive was through social media, and obviously by that point anyone could have changed the information to be different to the source. This has made me actually try and check the news daily and keep on top it, making me more aware of what’s happening in the world rather than being oblivious to it.
Before I even started this unit I already had a blog of my own and was posting every so often, but by having to do this academically and to have it fit a criteria has made me take it a whole lot more seriously. I have put a lot more time and effort into what it was that I was writing about, and have tried to make my writing style a lot more professional but still approachable and easy to read. This was quiet a difficult task as you don’t want to sound too academic and formal but at the same time you want people to take you seriously. Along with this I tried to add a good amount of variety to my posts, I didn’t just want to write about films, I included posts on Music (vinyl), Television, Films, etc. This made my blog more interesting and diverse.
An aspect to writing blogs that I didn’t realise was so important was hooking your audience in with the first sentence or title. Now this was actually really difficult to achieve, I struggled more with trying to come up with catchy and witty titles more than a powerful opening sentence. It’s hard to use the right language and to give off just the right amount of information for someone to want to keep reading.
The free range that we had was something I really enjoyed, we could write about anything that interested us as long as it’s relevant and current. It was nice to try and challenge yourself to maybe talk about something you wouldn’t normally, or with going to the cinema twice a week you could see something you wouldn’t normally be interested in. When it comes down to reviews, I’ve noticed how much easier it is too talk about something that you didn’t like, you can clearly point out what it was that you didn’t like and why. But when it comes down to writing about something you enjoyed I found it harder to get my point across.
Overall this unit has taught me how important running a blog can be to tighten up and develop your own voice within your writing, but I’ve also realised how having a blog can really help you in the future. If you run a successful blog it can really contribute towards your career, and sets you apart from others. It opens up a lot of opportunities and is something that is becoming increasingly popular, and by developing a blog in the first year of the course we can develop it throughout the next two years so we have it exactly as we want it ready to graduate.
When I logged on to Netflix about a week ago looking for something new to watch, Peaky Blinders came across on the banner and took my interest. One of the main things that interested me was the fact that Cillian Murphay plays the role of the protagonist. If you’re a fan of Christopher Nolan’s Batman adaptations you will know that he plays the Scarecrow as was terribly good at it.
This T.V. Drama is based around a notorious gang called The Peaky Blinders, based in Birmingham, U.K 1919. The inventive name was due to the razor blades they would keep in their caps, and Tommy Shelby was the wild, dangerous and slightly crazy leader who was tainted from he’s time spent in WW1 with his brothers. The whole point to the series is for Tommy to make his gambling business legitimate, no matter what the cost. Now they may be dangerous and frightened off by most, but his intentions are good and are to make sure his family is well looked after. This is usually the main priority in most gang dramas, family comes first.
Now given the intense violence and dangerousness and overall power of the gang they all have their own problems they are suffering with, most of them diluting down to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTS. Tommy was a war hero, but ever since he struggles to get the sound of the opposing soldiers breaking through the trenches from his head at night. This gives him constant night terrors, which unfortunately lead him to take comfort in drugs. His brother Arthur suffers with serious problem with violence, when he fights he has no way to control it. This is not glamorized like the other violence in the show, it’s painful to watch as you know how much he is suffering.
I believe this show brilliantly shows the darker aftermath of the war and how everything did not go straight back to fine and normal. Not all soldiers got straight back on with their lives as that’s a very glamourized view of the truth. Alongside this though it has humour, action, violence and also a romantic sub plot – so there is a bit of something for everyone.
Series one is on British Netflix now and I would seriously recommend giving it a watch, series two is available online and the third has been approved.