Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Annoying Things

  • Noisy eaters. Close your mouth, for the love of God !!
  • People who scrape their knives and forks / cut really hard into the plate. Nails on a chalk board. The aim is to cut the food, not the kitchenware 
  • Slow internet
  • Wooden spoons. Especially wet. I have a thing for weird textures. This also includes wooden lollypop sticks and the cardboard backs of notes pads. Urrggghhhh
  • Heavy handed / footed people first thing in the morning
  • Wrists. They are so veiny and delicate looking and veiny. If you cut them by accident, you could die
  • People who don't do their fairshare. There is only so much slack the rest of us can take
  • Getting a half full, or not full at all, sugar sachets 
  • No milk
  • People describing something as 'edgy'. Unless it does indeed have lots of edges of course.
  • Pretentiousness. Northerner living in London, what can I say ?
  • People who say i'm too happy. It's my face. Sorry. I'll try harder to look miserable
  • Matches that burn out as soon as they've been lit
  • Having to re-wash my hair because I felt asleep with my bobble in and now it looks crazy

What annoys you ?

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

What I'm Watching

As much as I love being busy, going out with friends and visiting new places; I need my downtime. For me that means chilling in bed or on the couch with a cup of tea and my shows. Here is what i’ve been watching of late.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

An oldie but a goodie. One of my all time favourites and my go-to when i’m feeling down or drained and in need of some kick ass girl power. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Seriously. Here is why, explained so eloquently by Buzzfeed. Yes, the special effects in the first few seasons are not great to say the least, but it’s funny and smart and real (even if it is about vampires) and has some bloody brilliant story lines.


Simon is back ! And yes. He cried. I haven’t watched the last few seasons but i’ve got back into it this year. There seems to be less sob stories and less really crap/weird people and more goodness. The six chair challenge is brutal but I love watching it. But there is still too many adverts. It means Christmas is on it’s way and Saturday nights snug in the warmth with a takeaway and glass of wine.

Gilmore Girls

News of the Netflix revival has my very very excited. I decided to celebrate by re-watching the show start to finish. I’m on season two already and have came to the conclusion that I am the third Gilmore Girl. 

The Newsroom

I watched half of the first season when this first came out and have recently re-discovered it. It is really smart and quick and I feel like I am getting cleverer (*more clever - see?!) as I watch it. I’m going fairly slow with this one though, you do need to pay attention. It’s not a background show !

Sunday, 18 October 2015

If I Lived Back Home

If I lived back home, opposed to in the big, bright capital that is London I could have a very different life.

I could have my own house. I'm almost 25 years old. That's pretty much middle aged in Northern years. All my home friends have bought their own place, or are close to doing so. I could swap my tiny shared flat for a proper home with a proper garden (or at least yard), two floors and a kitchen and living room that would be just mine, and exactly how I want them. So. Much. Space.

I would obviously fill said house with beautiful instagramble furnishings and knickknacks and an adorable kitten. Or puppy. Probably kitten; I would still like to come and go as I please and dogs need more looking after.

I would have a car. I could run to the shops or out to meet a mate for a coffee without having to faff around with hot sweaty tubes and buses. I could stick my bags in the boot and not have to lug them around all over the place. I could go to an actual supermarket instead of my local co-op / tesco express. Hell, I could drive to all the local markets and farm shops and buy the freshest food ever. Then, in my kitchen, I could whip up delectable feasts for my nearest and dearest.

Most importantly, my nearest and dearest would be on my doorstep. I could see them any time I want rather than once every three months. I would enjoy easy nights out in Newcastle (in London it feels like its so much more effort!) and pop into my parents for Sunday dinner and a walk down the prom. Followed of course, by tea and cake at grans with the aunts and uncles and cousins and their adorable little children.

Rather than crashing on the sofa when I need some chill time, I would enjoy the beautiful country side. I would go for long walks, saying hello to fellow wanders and breathing in the fresh air and stop for a break at quaint little coffee shops. Instead of feeling fat and lazy I would feel refreshed; skin tingling from the air.

Perhaps one day this will be my life. I hope so. I hope I get to go back home. Right now, though I sometimes dream of alternatives, I love my London life. I love pop-ups and west-end shows and kooky cocktail bars and restaurants. I love my daily walk past Tower Bridge and the buzz that is always in the atmosphere. I love that there is always something happening, a constant opportunity to try something new and make new friends. I love making the most of my 20s in one of the most exiting cities in the world.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Last Night in Montreal

Following on from my last read Station Eleven (you can find my review here), the next book on my list was Last Night in Montreal also written by Emily St James. This was an accidently pick; I purchased it from the Amazon Kindle bookstore whilst I was shopping for Station Eleven. That’s what happens when you shop from your greased up phone you can barely see on a sun lounger in Kos! I wish I was still in Kos.

Anyway, it was a very successful accidental buy. I actually enjoyed it more than the book I was meant to get. I ended up starting and finishing it during my train journeys to and from the north for the Bank Holiday weekend, so It was rather perfectly timed.

As per Station Eleven, the book flicks around in time, but I felt that it was much more natural in this story. Perhaps because there are only a few characters in this book; although the times change we follow the same characters.

Lilla is seven years old when she is abducted from her home in the dead of the night by her father whom she hasn’t seen in over a year. From this point on, she lives her life on the road, running from a past she has no memory of. She grows older, her dad stops running but she can’t. She doesn’t know how to stand still. She meets Eli, who studies dead languages, in New York. They fall for each other, she moves in, but she can’t stay. In his quest to find her, Eli ends up in Montreal, a city desperately trying to keep its language alive, and his story ends up intertwined with someone from Lisa’s past.

Overall, a good read that raises interesting questions and leaves you thinking. And the perfect length for a journey to and back from Newcastle !

Friday, 9 October 2015

Stepney Farm

As a native Northumbrian I love a bit of country life and have been lacking a fix lately. Hence, last week I decided to pay a visit to Stepney City Farm. 

Located in Tower Hamlets, the farm was originally founded in 1979 by local residents on a derelict site bombed in World War II. Today, it is ran as a charity mostly ran through donations and grants. Who would have thought? A farm in the middle of London !

It is completely free to visit and features many of your typical farm yard animals including sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, ducks, geese donkeys, rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs. As well as the odd wondering fat cat. Don't get too attached though, it is a farm and the shop sells fresh home grown meat...

There is also a lovely award winning cafe that serves a wide range of food featuring produce from the farm. I highly recommend the bacon sandwich though it all looked amazing. There are plenty of gluten free and vegan options, including the most delicious (not at all gluten free/vegan tasting!) cakes ever. 

The farm also hosts its own Rural Arts centre, feating a blacksmith, woodworker and potter on site offering amazing workshops to those wanting to get their creative on. 

For those of you feeling charitable, there are many many volunteering opportunities available. Everything from helping with rabbit thearpy for older people in the community, to cafe volunteers, to farmyard volunteers, to office volunteers. It takes an army !

A really enjoyable escape from city life and was hugely impressed with the range of their community work. I would massively recommend a visit ! 

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Scream - The TV Show

You can't do a slasher movie as a TV series’ - or can you ?

Just in time for halloween, new series Scream has hit Netflix. It has general links to the original movie. Jokes about the rules of horror, a main character with a mother who has a mysterious past that comes back to haunt them, and of course the mask (though a re-vamped version).

I’m only a couple of episodes in so i'm trying to reserve some judgement. I like it. It’s easy watching. I’m not in love with it. Not yet. The characters are ok… but i’m having trouble connecting with any of them. I think Emma (the Neve Campbell of the series) is bland. Beautiful, popular, too nice and annoyingly naive. The only interesting thing about her is her mothers past. I hope her character develops and become more bad ass as the show goes on. 

The first scene opens is clearly a mirror of Drew Barrymore's opening scene. Rich girl alone in her big house which looks very similar to the original, huge windows and everything. Except this rich girl is a bitch which gives you some idea of what to expect from the rest of the series. Scream with a lot of American High School bitchy drama, sex tapes and all. It's a mix of the original film, Pretty Little Liars and other generic teen shows, a lot of which get referenced in the show.

Fans of Walking Dead and American Horror stories looking for their next horror fix are likely to be disappointed, but if your just looking for some light entertainment to pass some time on a cold autumn night give this a go.

Have you seen it?

- Ko x