Bit of Light Reading…New Statesman?!

Hey all! How are you? Having a good year so far? Mine has been…busy. I’m now in my second year of university and enjoying the work a lot so far – even if there is more of it than there was last year! I’m still taking way way WAY too many books out of the library and I’m still renewing the uni library books I took out in October. I’ll get through them…

Recently a Linguistics assignment led me to look for articles on current affairs and this led me to what is now my go to website for light reading when I wake up in the morning – New Statesman. It’s the website for the magazine of the same name, and  is all about politics, culture, current affairs and so on. While I’ve always been relatively interested in these topics, I’ve never felt the urge to buy magazines like this one. I watch the news if it’s on. I have a BBC news app that I scroll through sometimes. I read the free newspaper on Edinburgh buses if there’s one left when I get on. But having spent a while trawling the internet in search of suitable articles, I came across this website and before I knew it I had spent half an hour flicking through it. It was far better than I suspected and, while I probably still wouldn’t buy the magazine, I highly recommend the website. There’s a ton of articles on all different subjects, all well written and the perfect mix between simplicity (nothing worse than not understanding anything that goes on) and information. There’s so much there! Give it a try. Or – if you already frequent websites such as these, what would you recommend to me?

Park Hall and Hulme Quarry in Photos

   I spend yesterday wandering around Park Hall Country Park, near my home. I haven’t been here in years, and I’d forgotten just how beautiful it is. 

  

  

The deserted paths, beautiful flowers and random doors and gates give it an almost magical atmosphere. 

  
        

Doesn’t this cloud look just like a dragon?!? It has a head with open fire breathing mouth, long neck, wings and a big body…no? Just me? 

  
    
The forest part of the park has to be my favourite place in the whole park – it’s beautifully serene and tranquil, while also giving off a mysterious and brooding feel. 

  I think this is my favourite photo from that day. To me, this looks like Vampire Diaries territory, solitary, like the trees are watching your every move. Could this innocent couple be the vampire’s next victims? (It’s actually my parents so I do hope not!)

Day Trip to Lichfield

Well, my Easter trip home is almost finished – my train back to Edinburgh is on Thursday. And yesterday my parents and I had a lovely trip to Lichfield. Lichfield is a lovely little town about an hours drive from where we live. It has a BEAUTIFUL church/cathedral and some slightly more unusual shops. Although it’s not very big, it makes for a lovely day out and it was really nice to wander around the little streets. It was a beautiful sunny day as well, and we walked around the little lake and strolled through the streets – my mum dragged us into all the shops as well! I took a few photos and I hope you enjoy them! 

   

    

  

               

We’re Off to See the Wizard…

Hey everyone! I went to see Wicked at the Edinburgh Playhouse with a couple of friends yesterday, and I had the most AMAZING time!! I’ve never seen Wicked before but I love any type of musical extravaganza or play and this was no exception. I laughed, I cried, I sighed in longing over Fiyero…it was just magical. The theatre was gorgeous and the sets were stunning, the costumes beautiful and the acting perfection. I took a couple of cheeky photos (you weren’t really supposed to take pictures inside) that I’ll put below for you guys. I’m not sure how long the run is on for (they’ve been there a while) but I believe it’s the UK tour which means that there’s still a chance for you to go and see this…wait for it…WICKED creation (sorry, I just couldn’t help myself!). If you get the chance, I highly recommend it!

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