Radio 1’s Academy

This week BBC Radio 1 have been holding their academy as part of this years Big Weekend which feature career courses and advice, although it was held in Glasgow all the advice is online on the Radio 1 website. I would recommend taking a look on there as they have advice for all sorts of jobs particularly those that are difficult to get into such as acting and radio. And surprisingly so they even covered journalism and how one particular woman got into journalism. The interview provided an interesting and useful read.


‘Independent stubborn little mare’

“Independent stubborn little mare aren’t you?” were the words my Mum used as she watched me determinedly attempting to get dressed one handed. (If you haven’t been reading my blog or have missed the post about A&E here might be a good time to tell you that I was without the use of my right hand after cutting it and having stitches).

I always knew I was an independent person determined to do as much as possible for myself without asking for help, I’ve always been that way and it never occurred to me to question it. However I recently had the thought that my want to be independent may stem from being raised by a single Mother.

Although my Father has not been absent, he does live over 70 Miles away and therefore it has always been up to my Mother to care for and raise me. Being an independent, strong women my Mother’s core values must have begun to influence me over the years making it one of the many ways we are alike. She has always pushed me to achieve the best I could but in a caring way which meant I could flourish under my own power, unlike some parents who push so hard for excellence their children stress about everything.

With the exams coming up in just under a month I will always thank my Mum for the way she has encouraged and praised me to achieve the best I can and I hope that will reflect when I find out my exam results in August.

For any of you who may be concerned or curious my hand is making a good recovery and I can now write even if it is a bit slower than before. Thankfully it should make a great recovery before my exams and I will strive to achieve the grades I need for my first choice university course!

I will from now until mid-June be absent from here unless something life changing or exciting happens I will be spending the next month and a bit revising for my exams.

A night in A&E


Last Saturday night just before finishing my shift at work I  cut my hand badly. Shaking and filled with adrenaline I shouted for my manager who is trained in first aid. She cleaned my hand and sat me down applying pressure to the wound. My mum was called and after a short wait she arrived and drove me to A&E, still shaking I tried not to think of it.

Arriving at A&E I was signed in and told to wait and after a surprisingly short wait a nurse came and got me. The nurse was great and very reassuring which soon had me calmed down.

My hand was checked by an orthopaedic surgeon checked my hand to ensure there was no tendon damage before my hand was stitched up with 7 stitches, covered with dressing and bandaged up.

Saturday night in A&E provided much entertainment and is definitely an experience even if it is one that I would rather not repeat. The different characters also did in fact provide a distraction from my hand which I didn’t want to look at or think about because I am a particularly squeamish person. I do feel bad for my mother who I know I must have scared some what and who had to calm me through one of the scariest life moments. However like the great mother she has always been for me she reassured and calmed me throughout that long night in A&E’s minor injuries unit. We were in A&E until 3am and on returning home we were both exhausted and wide awake having hit and gone beyond the point of tired so we sat down with a cup and tea before heading to bed.

After  a week of being unable to use my right hand (unfortunately my dominant hand) today came the day I could have the stiches taken out. Thankfully my hand has healed well although it may take a few days to get the stiffness out of my hands and I will have to be careful with it for a while I am now fully on the mend.

Mostly I am thankful that my hand should be back on form before my exams roll round and it is at this point I inform you my dear reader that I will be absent till about early July whilst I revise and take my exams, so Au Revoir for a while but as Schwarzenegger said “I’ll be back!”