Sorry but… RANT RANT RANT; Thoughts on the etiquette of shared living.

The words “Sorry but…” should be banned from the English language. No one has ever said “Sorry but…” with a shred of remorse. “Sorry but… RANT RANT RANT.” was the opening line of a text on a WhatsApp message from one of my new house mates with whom I have barely exchanged 30 words with since moving in last week. As far as I can tell a WhatsApp group between adults who share a house is the 2017 version of passive aggressive post it notes on milk cartons in uni halls. You know who no one ever likes? The person […]

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Brooklyn

The first book of my summer reads was chosen mainly because I had actually seen this movie first and liked. The book was first published in 2009 by the celebrated Irish author Colm Tóibín. I got finished in three days and I wish I had taken longer to savour it, second readings never having the same thrill. Tóibín captures the idiosyncratic language of rural Ireland, through the dialogue of the characters, that reminded me of listening to my own older relations discussing the humdrum events of a small town. The Hibernian English and the poetically awkward phrasing kept the sense of provincial Irishness about this […]

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Farewell 7a

So yesterday Phil and I cleaned out and locked up the first flat we lived in together for the last time. The amount of dust that had accumulated in cupboards and presses was impressive. Despite it being the smallest flat on the earth, I will miss the privacy and comfort of having our own place to live. A friend told me a few years ago “this is what you do in London, first, you live somewhere alone and then you live somewhere nicer, but you have to give something up; privacy, location, price… something has to go.” So we have […]

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Summer’s here.

After a year of SATs related stress, the summer is finally here. I’ve embraced this by dying my hair lavender, buying a stack of new books and moving house. My new house feels very London. Phil and I bring the total number of people in the house to nine, but luckily the house is enormous and we have our own living room attached to our very cute attic bedroom. We still have our own space which is considerably larger than in our previous microscopic flat in West Ealing. Holidays back to Ireland are looming and I’m looking forward to a […]

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Chocolate pots

This delicious treat is gluten and dairy free, paleo, and full of good fats and antioxidants. Cacao has loads of benefits including having loads of iron, magnesium and calcium. It’s also a natural mood enhancer because it contains anandamide a compound nicknamed the bliss molecule. It delivers the feel-good kick of chocolate without all that extra processed and refined sugar. Cacao can take a bit of getting used to, while it has the same scent of dark chocolate it’s quite bitter and needs to be balanced in recipes.   The overripe banana is key to this recipe as most of the […]

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Grey-friar Gardens, our class trip.

I’m halfway through my first week in CCCU, and it has been pretty good so far.  Lectures are more or less the same stuff I was doing last year so I’m not worried yet.  Today my class went to Grey-Friar gardens in Canterbury to bond and to partly to get everyone to loosen up and start acting a bit more child like.  So we spent two hours or so running around this place trying to imagine how children would react.   This is possibly the best keep off the grass sign I’ve ever seen;   Inevitably we started climbing trees, because […]

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Canterbury

So it’s nearly the end of my first week here, and in spite of being rather uneventful I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring the medieval parts of the town, chilling out in the park, finding out where the good pubs are and wandering around the markets (there seems to be a different kind of market on everyday). The Cathedral is pretty amazing and I’m hoping to get some photos of it soon but for now I’ll make do with one or two of the gates, and some other old buildings. So far my favorite part of the city […]

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