Southampton Solent taster session

Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I set off on the train at 11:02 this morning to Southampton Central station. Arriving later than planned due to delays on the train I set off from the platform towards the university in quite a hurry to get to the taster session on time. This time more confident about where to go having been to Southampton Solent university for an open day about a month ago.

I was greatly looking forward to the taster session for the magazine journalism and feature writing course as it would give me chance to have a go at something I want to spend the next 3 years doing at university and my career doing after that. If you haven’t read some of my other posts I shall tell you that the course I want to take at university is Journalism (the part that interests me most being print and magazine journalism and researching and writing features and articles).

I gathered in the John Everett Millais and found the person I needed to sign in. After waiting a short amount of time for anyone else who was late he then took me up to the room where the taster session was being held to john the others.

The session began with Sarah Gane (who I had already met at the open day) getting us to practice interview skills by interviewing each other so we could get to know one another and then typing the interviews up like you would if you were writing an interview feature for a magazine. This was a very good introduction to the session as it allowed us to meet new people who are interested in similar things to us. After that we had a short break for lunch then continued. Next we went through a PowerPoint and had a very interesting discussion about each magazine cover and what they represented and who they were aimed at and why. In the last task Sarah returned and we got to write a small feature about the top 5 something’s that we would research online, I chose to do the top 5 Christmas dresses.

Finally I ended a good day with some shopping in Southampton!

UCAS Sent for good…

UCAS in 200 Words

UCAS in 200 Words (Photo credit: UniversityBlogSpot)

Today my UCAS was finally sent from my college complete with reference to back to UCAS to be processed and sent on the universities. Therefore it is gone for good. All I can do now is wait and track. Thankfully (in a way) the track won’t be running now until the 3rd of December which means I can’t track it, Which to me is good because it means I won’t get too obsessed. Anyway wish me luck reader and I will update you on my progress (And hopefully offers). And to any of you in the same position Good Luck to you too!

Fiddler on the roof

Last night after my driving theory I went to see Fiddler on the roof at The Theatre Royal Bath starring Paul Michael Glaser. We arrived brought drinks and programmes and then took our seats ready.

Having never seen the Fiddler on the roof on stage or the film I didn’t really know exactly what it was about but I was quite excited to see it.

And I must tell you I enjoyed it a lot! It was a perfect ending to what had been a great day with me passing my driving theory test.

The music was lively and catchy and stuck in my head all of last night and today. The characters were well played and funny in some parts. The funniest part being the matchmaker song! And finally the storyline was very good.

I would definitely watch it again and have recently added a wish list on my TiVo box for the film so that hopefully I can watch that too!

Driving theory!!

Day 21: DVLA 101

Day 21: DVLA 101 (Photo credit: joeyanne)

Today I went to Yeovil to take my driving theory tests. After studying the highway code for weeks, practising DVLA theory questions and taking mock hazard perception tests all waiting for this day.

When we arrived I went into the test centre and signed in, then I read the instruction cards they gave me before going to take the test. Despite being given an hour for the theory questions I didn’t take that long because I was quite confident with that section. However moving onto the hazard perception I was nervous as I’d struggled more practising this at home as I find the videos blurry and harder to see that real life. But I tried not to let this faze me and I just concentrated hard on the clips.

After all of that there was also a section where you could try some ‘trial’ hazard clips that were more like computer generated videoes which I think are a lot easier to see than the ones currently being used.

Finally there was a customer satisfaction survey before the end of the test and time to leave the room.

Leaving the room I was sent back to the desk where I signed in to collect my results and the paper counterpart of my drivers license.

The results in hand I walked to the car (slightly confused by the fact that they don’t tell you your results you just read them).

It was then that I looked properly at the results paper and certificate and…. I PASSED!

I passed, I passed, I passed. It was both and exciting and relieving moment.

Then I looked at the details of the results. On the theory questions I got 47 out of 50 (pass rate 43) and the hazard perceptions I got 62 out of 75 (pass rate 44) which means on the one I was most worried out I passed well within the boundaries.

Cute things dogs do…

This post is about cute things dogs and more particularly cute things my dog does…

My dog Alfie is an adorable Jack Russell who used to fall asleep as a puppy and sleep so deeply you could pass him round the room for cuddles without him waking up or even shifting his position.

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He lead (and still lies in weird positions)

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Now even as an adult dog he still does some weird, hilarious and adorable things.

He can sit up like a meerkat…

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He sits in his chair looking like a regal little lord…

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He made friends with one of our cats (which for a dog is pretty weird considering he chases and hates all other cats)…

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He picked fights with our other cat…

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And when left alone in a room with a box of tissue on the floor he did this…

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He absolutely loves snow!

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But he’s a big baby about water (especially the sea) and will only go in at the very edge, and higher than his paws and he won’t go in….

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I hope you have enjoyed all the weird and cute photos of my dog. Thanks for reading!

Practising for driving theory test…

As my driving theory test next week looms closer I have been revising twice as much this week. This post is about some of the ridiculous questions and answers on theory tests that I noticed a while ago and feel I really need to say something about.

So here are a few of the ridiculous questions and there answers that may come up in my theory test…

1. There has been a collision. A driver is suffering from shock. What Two of these should you do?

  • Give them a drink.
  • Not leave them alone.
  • Ask who caused the incident.
  • Reassure them
  • Offer them a cigarette.

Who… who is picking to offer them a cigarette???

2. stupid theorys qs 2

All I’m going to say about this one above is ‘Who is getting this wrong’, it’s the ONLY sign that shape.

3. You have to leave valuables in your car. It would be safer to…

  • Put them in a carrier bag.
  • Lock them out of sight.
  • Park near a school entrance.
  • Park near a bus stop.

Why is ‘Put them in a carrier bag’ an answer, who is thinking I know what will stop someone stealing my possession a plastic bag…?

4. You are driving on a motorway. By mistake, you go past the exit the exit you want to take. You should…

  • Carefully reverse on the hard shoulder.

I’m not actually going to write the answers because it is the first answer I want to talk about. Who thinks it’s safe to reverse on a motorway???!

There are plenty more where these came from and if you too are practising your theory test you will know what I mean. This post was a little rant-y again so I apologise for that now but it was something I felt needed saying. As ever ‘Thanks for reading’.

The waiting game…

UCAS in 200 Words

UCAS in 200 Words (Photo credit: UniversityBlogSpot)

So were back to the UCAS blogging. I have now completed all the sections of my application, finished my personal statement (after 14 drafts and numerous people checking it) and finally I’ve sent it away to my college to add their reference and then away it will go to all the universities i’ve applied to across the country and then I wait for the replies . The waiting game has begun.

I can already feel myself getting more and more nervous!

I will be staring at the track page, pressing refresh over and over. But there is nothing more I can do but wait so that is what I will do.

Lets hope I can distract myself long enough to not spend all day watching UCAS track.

Wish me luck reader as I wait for replies and in return to any of you in the same situation I wish you all luck too.

Good luck everyone!

November sound track

As the rain pours down and the wind howls through the trees this November I think it’s always nice to have a sound track that suits this months weather. So here is my novemeber sound track…

1. November- Gabrielle Aplin (English rain album): Not only is it perfectly named for November the lyrics also reflect the weather we’re currently seeing.

“I always used to love November
But now it always floods with rain
Oh how can I forgive?
Those words will stain forever”

2. Banana pancakes- Jack Johnson: Again it’s the lyrics that put this song on my November soundtrack…

“Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
Ain’t no need to go outside…

But, baby, you hardly even notice
When I try to show you this
Song is meant to keep you
From doing what you’re supposed to.
Waking up too early
Maybe we can sleep in
Make you banana pancakes
Pretend like it’s the weekend now

And we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just raining?
There ain’t no need to go outside”

To me the idea of lying in bed with no where to go while the rain patters down on the roof and trickles down the window create the perfect November.

3. Wonderwall- Oasis: Firstly because love the song and secondly because the emotion in the song in my opinion reflects the November weather.  And finally because of the lyrics  “And all the roads we have to walk are winding, and all the lights that lead us there are blinding” remind me of walking about when it’s gone dark and cold and the street lights are bright above you but they still only seem to light a small area.

4. Set fire to the rain- Adele: Again this one is here because of it’s rain related lyrics

“But I set fire to the rain,
Watched it pour as I touched your face,
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name!”

5. When the sun goes down- Arctic Monkeys: Because it’s dark and has connotations to the early setting sun. And finally because it’s one of my favourite songs.

“They said it changes when the sun goes down
Over the river going out of town
They said it changes when the sun goes down
Around here, around here”

6. The recluse- Plan  B: Like Banana pancake this one is on my November playlist because it’s lyrics suggest sitting inside and doing nothing.

“Oh yeah they call me ‘The Recluse
‘Cause I don’t go outside for nothin’, no one
Is gonna make me leave this room
Oh no they can’t tell me nothin’, no way”

7. Fix you- Coldplay: This song is on here because it’s a beautiful song that always makes me feel warm even when it’s cold outside. And because the lyrics like all Coldplays songs are genius…

“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you”

8. Tears dry on their own- Amy Winehouse: This one is in my soundtrack because the idea of tear reminds me of rain drops rolling down a window.

And those are my November soundtrack songs! What is your favourite and most ideal November song and why?

 

 

 

(I take no credit and own no rights to the lyrics and music seen above)