HAPPY NEW YEAR!

20 Feb

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

[Stan Chow’s excellent ram done for Lunar New Year as projected onto St Anne’s Church, St Anne’s Square, Manchester. view more of his work here. and buy a print or six.]

New Year’s Resolutions 2015

6 Jan

because i need to take a break from my assignment (that i oughtn’t be taking a break from but that’s neither here nor there…) and based on a conversation that i had with a coworker and with my boyfriend the other night, here is my list of New Year’s Resolutions. 01. Make it to the end of January in one piece. 02. Get to the middle of February and plan something exciting for Half Term. 03. Last a few more days until March holidays and boyfriend’s birthday. 04. Use time wisely throughout March until Easter Holidays. 05. Realise that it’s not the end of the world anytime soon and that everything is going to be ok because April is when i can start to look for a teaching job. 06. Have good leads going into May half term. 07. FIND A JOB! 08. FINISH MY COURSE WITHOUT HAVING LOST MY MIND. 09. FIND A KICK ASS FLAT. 10. Holidays in Spain. or France. or wherever we decide to go. If you take that as my “How not to lose my mind in the last six months of my PGCE”, my major resolutions are to be more responsible with my money because i have a lot of big things coming up and to realise that the world isn’t ending / don’t worry so much / EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK. I also need to realise that I can’t control the actions of other people and that the only person that I can make act like an adult is myself. (i feel this is less a resolution and more of an advice to myself…j’habite avec des singes ET IL NE FAUT PAS LES AIMER. ON DOIT S’OCCUPER AVEC VOUS ET VOUS-MÊME SEULEMENT. IL FAUT SOUVENIR QUE VOUS NE LES AVEZ PAS CHOISIS. VOUS AVEZ CHOISI SEULEMENT LA MAISON, LA VILLE, ET ICI, C’EST TOUT.) this seems to be a feasible list, broken down into manageable bits….two to three week bites so that i don’t get so overwhelmed. i think that if i do this, then the next six or seven months will be a massive success. i’m going to make the most of it and give it a go and hope for the best because if i repeat the ten points above to myself as applicable, then they will be self fulfilling prophecies. the days will come and go and the time will pass; there’s no stopping that. here’s to making the best of it… wish me luck. x

The Great Manchester Wheel. File under: Things I’m Obsessed With.

9 Nov

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I’m kind of obsessed. no filter, just adjusted the white balance. Blackberry z10 while walking home from the bus. not bad. can’t complain. life is good.

BBC Studios. Media City, Salford UK

31 Oct

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The BBC Studios, Media City. Salford, UK. 30 October 2014.

I went on an adventure to Media City yesterday. ITV, BBC, an ice skating rink, and a TARDIS. There’s something so…lovely about glass buildings. Lovely seems so boring, but i don’t really know how else to describe it? glass buildings make me happy in general. -insert something about glass and the fragility of life- it’s nice for me, at least, to get out of the normal neighbourhoods that i see every single day and go to other places in the city…it’s funny that once you’re out and about that you realise how close everything is. Media City isn’t really that far from the city centre and right across the street from Old Trafford which is a little walk to the Tafford Centre. it kind of reminds me of Manhattan where everything seems so far apart on a map, but once you get stuck in and walking around, things are really closer than what you think they are.

Plus…we went across the way to the Lowry and bought chocolate bars as big as our faces at the Cadbury outlet because there’s a Cadbury outlet and because why not?

My view. Every Day. Picadilly Gardens, Manchester.

15 Sep

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Back in April, I posted a picture of the Great Wheel of Manchester and I said that I couldn’t talk about it. Well…I can talk about it now because I live here. That’s right. The cat’s out of the bag. The big secret’s out. I’ve packed my bags and moved to Manchester and it’s wonderful. This is the view from my study / reading spot and honestly…who is going to complain? After all…based on this photo, I’ve clearly only moved to England for the weather :D

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Le Tour Eiffel, Paris. 2012

22 May

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Le Tour Eiffel, Paris. 2012

Because sometimes you really just need a cliché photo of the Eiffel Tower to make you happy. The first day that I was in Paris, I do what I always do: I take an orientation walk around the city and make mental notes of what I would like to see and what I would like to add to my itinerary. The good thing about Paris is that no matter where you are, the Eiffel Tower is always there so no matter where you are, as long as you can find it, you can never get lost. This day, I had lunch at the Tuileries and walked towards the Champs Élysées, just a little stroll; nothing more. I walked around the round a bout, [not in traffic, bien sur!] and saw the top of the tower and…well, there we go. I decided to take the back roads, stopped for a pastry, stopped to people watch, stopped for a beverage, etc. and there it was. It was like a cartoon, the trees pulled away, the sun was shining, and the birds were singing. It was perfect.

13 May

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Back in October i posted that picture, not knowing too much about this métro stop and it’s decorations, only that i was enamoured by it. this morning, one of the instagram accounts that i follow, loftgallery, posted the same stop this morning with the following description:

Kiosque des Noctambules by JEAN-MICHEL OTHONIEL In 2000, a century after Hector Guimard, Jean-Michel Othoniel transformed the Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre into the Kiosque des Noctambules: two crowns made of glass and aluminum conceal a bench designed for chance encounters in the sleepy city. #jeanmichelothoniel #frenchartist #france #louvre #palace #sleepycity #KiosquedesNoctambules

The more you know!

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