Last days of freedom

Today marks my last day in London, before the nightmare that is revision must begin if I’m to pass second year, and instead of working, a trip down to Brick Lane was the order of the day. My friend Helen posted about Kahalia Cafe on Instagram, and after looking into it, found out how incredible it is! All sales go to the charity Ella’s home, looking after sex trafficked girl and, oh, did I mention it’s a church on wednesdays?! How have I never heard of this place??

They had the best red velvet cake I’ve ever eaten, their foam art was cool and inside it was so homely! This definitely makes the list, and would recommend it if you’re ever around East London with a couple of hours to kill!

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Thank God the brace is gone and you’re back to being yourself, thank you for the years of amazing parenting (even if at times I didn’t appreciate it!)

 

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Good days

Today was a good day, perhaps the best day in a while. Through a fortunate stroke of serendipity, a huge stumbling stone has become a stepping stone in a way that I can only describe as an answer to prayer. The way it came about, I couldn’t envisage in my worst nightmares, ironically I actively took steps to prevent it coming about this way, but it’s funny how God can take our fears and work with them. My flatmate also got a longboard. Longboards are awesome! This concludes what is an extremely vague post! B

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Yumchaa, just off Tottenham Court road. This is my third visit in as many weeks, shooting it right to the top of my list! If you’re into teas, definitely check this place out!

 

One year on, Liebsters and all

Today, I’ve just discovered, marks my first full year of blogging!

This blog was created in a mood of general angst, in a search for a substantial means of catharsis that was less time-consuming than drawing, but less transient than paper (I honestly lose stuff everywhere in my room). That initial mood gave way to an apathy really, as life got somewhat less dramatic, then a fervour as I finished exams and began exploring photography. I guess this post is here to take stock on the year, on why I blog, and is more for myself than anyone else, so I wouldn’t blame you if you stopped reading right about now!

why did you start blogging?

If I’m honest, to have a bit of a rant and a bit of a moan, to be able to review books and generally geek out about little things that not many people care about, to find like minded people and to just take stock of life.

have you learned anything from blogging?

There’s something substantial about committing thoughts to writing, it forces you to reflect on your experiences and what you feel, and like a diary, gives you the pleasure of looking back in time into a past you. Lots of my friends did gap years, and had amazing times abroad, volunteering, working and gaining new experiences, and I guess I’ve always been pretty academic in pursuits. It’s easy, when you’re stuck in that cycle of intense work and condensed down time, to appreciate the little things in life, and see the extra in the ordinary. Come to think of it. I think that’s why I love photography so much, because it takes what you see every day and shows you hidden beauty in a lot of places many wouldn’t look.

why do you keep blogging? 

It’s a creative outlet, I would recommend it to anyone as a place to express your interests. It’s thanks to this that I would call myself a photographer, I doubt I would have got so into it if I wasn’t constantly getting inspired by other bloggers sharing their lives through their photographs. Facebook is great, but with content being added every second, it’s nice taking time out of your day to write a little, edit a little, think a little harder about what you’re sharing with the world.

I also have a Liebster from Pippa, that I never got around to filling, and this is a good a time as ever!

what would you do being alone for a day?

If I had nothing else to do, I would probably redecorate my room and sketch out the map of London I’ve been meaning to hang up for months now

if you could travel to space, would you go? 

Definitely! It’s difficult to watch videos like the Space Oddity without dying a little with jealousy. Floating in zero-g would be one of the coolest things ever! (albeit, for the first few days, then I’d get a bit sick of the space food ..)

if you could have a superpower, what would it be? 

This one’s easy, flight! Wouldn’t you wish to fly?!

where is your favourite place in the world? 

Coffee shops. Hate coffee, love the smell!

how do you want to be remembered?

As a friend

what is your favourite colour?

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My nominations 

The photography of Charles Hildreth – probably one of my favourite portrait photographers, fantastic work

Ben – you should blog more, fantastic thoughts

Immi – I love your blog!

My questions

Why do you blog?

What’s your favourite hobby and why?

First food that comes to your head, go!

What song describes your mood?

Favourite quote?

Best time of your life? or, Has anyone ever said anything to you that changed your life?

What is your favourite kitchen gadget/utensil?

 

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Chez nous

It’s almost the end of term, so cue the dinner parties and assorted festivities! We kicked it off with a small gathering at our place, which, admittedly, left it in quite a sorry state this morning, but now it is cleaner than ever (so maybe we should do this more often!?).  The timetable is easing off, which should mean I should be starting revision, I haven’t. Instead, plans are being made left right and centre, to take advantage of everything London has to offer in the way of friends, food and sunshine.

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So this happened..

I got nominated by a friend to do the no makeup selfie, and thought to do the opposite! My friend Vicky did the honours, making me look scarily feminine in an altogether, extremely disturbing experience. However, the campaign has raised so much money for a very worthy cause. It is fantastic, as a medical student, to see what we can conquer the hydra of pathology, with so many cancers now completely curable. There is still so much left to do, but hopefully one day it will be a thing of the past!

Help out by donating in any way you can, be this money, or time, every little helps!

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A breath of sunshine

Today was a good day.

So we’ve been a committee for a few weeks, and there have been so many ideas thrown about, we are definitely not at a dearth of big plans for the coming year. One of them is to hold loads more lunchtime stuff, today being the first.

Admittedly, I wasn’t the most optimistic, we didn’t print off nearly enough flyers, I didn’t really do a great job when It came to inviting friends myself, the projector failed, the camera wouldn’t pick up the sound, and by five past one, the seats were pretty empty. What would the speaker we invited in think of such a poor turnout? How would this affect how we looked as a committee? What were we going to do with all this food?!

However, a couple of minutes later, loads of people came steaming through the doors, many of whom I’d never seen before, a surprising number of whom I had but never thought would come! It turned out to be one of the best lunchbars we’ve ever ran as a CU, not only was the talk fantastically structured, but people were so keen to ask questions and the feedback was wonderful! This lady came and took home her first bible, so keen to be able to look at the claims of Christianity herself rather than just relying on what other people said, and people asking for more!

It was great seeing what God can do, even though we continue to fail him, his power is made perfect in our weaknesses 2 Cor 12:9

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Colour

SOAS held a take on the Holi Festival of Colours on Gordon Square this lunchtime, and I was pretty upset to miss it as it looked incredible! It was really interesting seeing people walking up and down the streets of London covered top to toe in several coats of paint powder next to surly business people trying to go about their day – way to inject some colour into the concrete jungle!

 

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Don’t be a lad

My friend Sam started a blog, and this is probably my favourite post by him, very relevant to today’s university culture of egotistical males alcohol and poor judgement.

Some of the content may come across as dated, prudish, restricting of freedom, but is degradation and objectifying of women, living for the weekend and seeking freedom? Are we not just slaves to our own desires?

Food for thought!

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Contempretations

Lad bible Lad culture is a culture where potentially good things  such as a man’s attitude towards  women , socialisi ng and even banter are so often abused. The word lad is used a lot amongst males at University, where phrases such as  “What a lad” and “true lad” are extremely common. Websites such as, ‘Uni Lad’ and ‘The LAD Bible’ have also made it grow increasingly more popular. Should how much of a man you are and therefore how much of lad you are really be based on how much alcohol you can consume and how many women you have slept with? What does The Bible have to say about this culture?

What is a true lad?

It is important to note that when I use the word ‘lad’ in this blog, I am not referring to all males by any means. Within lad culture all men are judged on how much of a lad they are. In…

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The Wren

I finally got an excuse to make the trip down to St. Paul’s and check out Lucy’s coffee shop – The Wren, and it was wonderful; she is quite possibly living my dream!

The sandwiches were excellent, the hot chocolate divine and the cakes, is there such a thing as too much chocolate?! If you’re around the area, feel free to check them out, especially in this, albeit, transient sun.

Carving out a home in this big city, one great little place at a time

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