I’ve mentioned before that most of my life I’ve felt like I was born in the wrong time and I should have been born in either the 50′s or the 80′s. If any of you stepped into my bedroom and … Continue reading
Anyone ever heard of Life Scout Badges?
Basically, Alex Day of Youtube, invented them as a way to get people doing things and connecting with people all around the globe. They are basic things that must be on everyone’s list of Things to Do before they die, hence the term Life Scouts. So I thought, why not get in on all the hype, even though I’m about a year behind. So without further ado the badges I have collected my self.
Swimming:- I know, this is a pretty obvious one. Who hasn’t been swimming, everyone at my school was forced to do it for PE. But I absolutely loved swimming and I used to compete in the school gala, and in my swimming club gala. Yes. I was part of “Swimming Club”. I don’t have much time to swim anymore, but I’m going to try.
Big Ben:- This I saw when I fifteen, we were doing Politics in Citizenship and a chance arose to go to the houses of parliament, so of course I went. Mainly because it was a day out in London and not in school! But when we got there, it just happened to be a major discussion in the house of Lords, and who did we see in his freshly pressed red cape? Only Lord Sugar! By the time we had come out of the houses, it was the hour. We all stood underneath the clock seeing who could last the longest without covering their ears!
Vocalist:- This to me means singer. During my school years, I was part of the school choir. It was free to join and we sang all these different songs, some which had been arranged by students themselves. And we ventured out to all different places and set up concerts to raise money for our end of term jolly, which was in a European country. So I can officially say I have been a ‘Vocalist’ in Germany, Spain, Holland and Italy.
Rode a Horse:- You may have already read this story if you are followers of Zany Monologues . Basically when we were 10 I’d invited my best friend to come and spend the Easter Holidays with us and my Mum’s best friend in Wales in a cottage. One of the outings my parents set up was a pony trek through the Welsh countriside. Me and my best friend of course wanted to stick together and we were told ‘The horse will Follow the Bum In Front!’ but for some reason, my best friend’s horse wandered off into a field, and of course, my horse followed. Then my friends horse left the field. And my horse stayed. Refused to budge. I was stood there for nearly ten minutes before they could coax it to move. I still remember the horse’s name “Rico“. We were friends by the end of the trek though.
Held a Snake:- Not alot of people know this, but yes, I have held a snake. I’ve also had it on my shoulders, and it was a very heavy snake let me tell you that. My Mum used to run a Youth Club, where kids and teenagers could go after school and do activities before their parents got home, or just to socialize. So one day she’d booked the Animal Man to come in and show the kids some cool things, and she had picked me up from school and bought me to her place of work to see it. The Animal Man had bought a Boa Constrictor, and when all the other kids had gone it was up to me and my Mum (who had a mysterious phone call just as he suggested the snake) to help put the animals away. So while he got the cage ready, he put the snake on my shoulders. She wound herself around my arm and was sniffing me with her tongue. She was very heavy, as I have pointed out before. She felt like four bags of flour on my shoulders! But it was a wonderful thing and I remember being really excited by it.
Guitar:- I was bought my first guitar when I was Fourteen years old. When I was fifteen, my parents payed for me to have lessons within the school. So I learned how to read tab and how to play chords, and did by Debut Grade Exam, and then it was time for me to leave school. My music teacher taught me the basics of how to read music and then I pretty much taught myself. Not that I’m boasting or anything. If I hadn’t have had lessons, I don’t think I would be as confident with it as I am now.
Photography:- This actually came to me while I was at school. I wasn’t the most gifted person when it came to paint, but give me a camera and I can work magic. Again, I don’t mean to sound boastful… actually you know what? I do. Photography is my art, it may not involve pencils or paint, but its capturing a moment like painting a landscape is. I think I’m a good photographer and I’m pretty sure I could be successful at it.
So there you have it, the Life Scout Badges I have collected so far. I will return to this when I get some more under my belt. Do try and get some yourself, ts quite fun
Happy Reading :)
Okay, so I realise I’m a few days late to wish everyone a happy new year. But do you know what, I’m going to wish you anyway.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! HERE IS HOPING YOU ALL THE BEST
I’m telling everyone that 2014 will be my year. I’ve had a good start to it, welcoming it in with my very good friends and particular best friend. Sure, 2013 was a good year. Well it was okay.
Its been a while, so I think I’ll do the top ten things about 2013
- Starting in January shall we? On the 4th January 2013, Mr Mark Cahill became the first person in the United Kingdom to have the first hand transplant. I know what your thinking, WHAT THE HELL DID THAT MAN DO?! But I was slightly disappointed to know that it wasn’t caused by some freak accident, like a Goat ate my finger! type story. It was a typically British illness. Gout. Typical really isn’t it.
- The UK government decided to pass a law in favour of same-sex marriage! So for all you lucky devils in love, this year anyone who is old enough and ready to commit your life to one person will be able to get married.
- Andy Murray won Wimbledon. For the first time since Fred Perry in 1936, a native Brit took home the title. Now anyone who watches Andy Murray play tennis will know that he makes some pretty spectacular faces, but none were quite as momentous as that moment when he realised he had won. Lets take a quick look!
- 1st August saw the hottest day in ten years, with temperatures in London reaching 31.4C. I don’t know about you guys, but I was in Cornwall at the time, lounging around the pool slurping an ice cream and drinking Iced Tea.
- A thing close to my heart now as on the 3rd of September the old Birmingham Library, and my mother’s first job, officially closed its doors, to open the new state-of-the-art library behind the Paradise Forum in Birmingham City Centre, making it the Official Largest Public Library in the UK. (Cannot wait to get in and have a good look around)
- It was revealed that J.K. Rowling has released a new book, under the Pseudonym Robert Galbraith, and had been given a substantial charity donation from the law firm that leaked the pen-name.
- Another closing moment, as the BBC made its last News recording Television Centre, closing it doors and moving the entire news operation to Broadcasting house. Television Centre officially closed it doors on the 31st March to be redeveloped as ac cinema, flats, office space and hotels.
- These last few are Personal now… So I made my first appearance on the West Midlands News on the BBC after collecting my A-level results and getting enough to get into univeristy, but taking a year out.
- I got my first real full time job, well apprenticeship, but I am absolutely loving it!
- In March of last year, I was told I was going to be an Aunt. Do you know how I found out? It was my brothers birthday, and so my dad got out this special wine and poured everyone a drink, and my sister-in-law refused a glass of wine. That was how we found out. On the 18th October 2013, Edward Lawrence arrived in the world 8 weeks early and was born a very poorly little boy. But thanks to the prayers from you guys, friends and family, as well as the hard work of the Neonatal Unit of the Hospital, Edward pulled through and is now a very happy and healthy baby, if not a bit greedy and sleepy. He has now doubled his birth weight and is 9lb 2.
As I said, I hope 2014 is a good year for you and you get everything you wanted :)
Now this sounds like the best day I could think of.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fan of Christmas. I get really Christmassy really early, and if it was up to me, it would be social acceptance to wear Christmas Jumpers in October. But its not, and that makes me sad.
FRIDAY THIRTEENTH DECEMBER is Christmas Jumper Day to raise money for Save the Children, and this year I’m taking part. All you have to do it sign up on the Save the Children Website and wear your Christmas Jumper on the day, or all week, and get as many people as you can to donate a pound, or more.
I know what you’re thinking. What difference will a single lonely pound do? Well I have you answer.
Just one solitary pound could provide:
- one day’s high-nutrient food to help treat a severely malnourished child
- nine sachets of oral rehydration treatment for children suffering from life-threatening diarrhoea
- antibiotics to treat three newborn babies with potentially deadly infections
So get out your old dusty Christmas Jumper you thought was ‘too Over The Top’ and put it on for a good cause!
I plan to take a picture of myself in my Christmas Jumper so that you see how wonderfully Christmassy it is! And please donate! Just text TEAMMUNGER to 70050 ONCE to donate a pound, if you want to donate more than that you can text in more times. Just please do!
So this is the jumper I’ll be wearing next Friday. Don’t forget to donate :)
Okay, so again I owe you an apology. Its been almost three weeks since I’ve last posted, and I’m sorry for that. Its just when ever something happens in my life, everything else happens at the same time.
I’vs started my job, I absolutely love it. I’ve got a really nice boss, who calls everyone “Chuck” (a term of endearment here) and my other boss says she is over the moon that I’m working with her. She’s making a list of all the things I’ve done so I can write about it in my NVQ. I’m working in the business Admin sector and…. I have my own phone on my desk!
“Hello, Telford College, Kate speaking”
My nephew is out of hospital (thanks for your thoughts) he’s home, still absolutely tiny, but he’s safe. Its frightening how much he looks like my brother when he was a baby! I’ve had a little munch, but not a big one as she was wrapped in blankets and I couldn’t really get to him to munch. But he is a right little fidget. Always stretching and he tries to kick off his little booties. I think he likes to have his toes free. He is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to spoil him rotten as he grows up. I’ll be the aunt he comes to when he wants a bit of awesome ;)
As you now, I didn’t manage to finish my book challenge, but I’m reading something else now ‘The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul’. So far its absolutely amazing! It’s reminiscent of ‘A Thousand Splendid Sun’s’ by Khaled Hussaini, but instead of two women affected by one husband, its five women who are all affected by Kabul itself. At the minute I’m relating very well with Isabel, the English Journalist writing a story on the double standards of women in the country. But I can also relate to Sunny, the owner of the shop, who remains confident that no matter the circumstances in which her coffee Shop stands, it will survive anything.
I have also been alerted to ‘Attachments’ by my friend which apparently is based on our lives. I will read it and let you know.
Okay then guys. I’m afraid i haven’t managed to complete the challenege for this week and unlikely to. This is mainly due to a couple of bits of news/information.
Number one: I HAVE BEEN OFFERED A JOB!! I’m really excited about this. Its a business admin role within a leading college where I live and I’d be doing all sorts of different things. Like putting together registers, booking and setting up pool cars for my department ringing up students and all that jazz.
How the job found me is another story in its self. i was sat on the bus on Wednesday afternoon and had a phone call from the job team at the college telling me there was a brand new job, that I would be perfect for. There was no job description and the mam could only meet me the next day at 11. So of course I said, I’ll be there. So Thursday morning rolled around (the day I would usually do most of my reading) and I got up, had a shower an got ready.
I then went in to the interview and told them all about me and my work at a little store called Primark and how I’d be an asset to their team. It went well and less than two hours later I had a phone call to say O’d been offered the job would i accept. So of course I did!
Which brings me on to my second piece of news. I’d rang my sister-in-law to tell her that i had been successful at my interview and she was complaining of stomach aches. Then later on I had a phone call from my brother saying that he had had to take her into hospital because her pains were getting worse. Then I had another call about 4 in the morning to say that my sister in law was in labour! Then at 8.30 we were told it would only be a couple more hours until the baby was here. So my mother and I bombed it up to the hospital and got there just after 9.
And at 12.50 on the 18th October 2013, Baby Edward was born at 4lb 12 and he was taken to ICU because he was 8 weeks early.
The last couple of days have been manic because he hasn’t been very well. He’s had a chest infection and been on 90% oxygen. But yesterday he was showing very much improvement. They’ve lowered his oxygen to 20% and taken him off his morphine and the drug that knocks him out and hoping to start him on food today.
I’m sure though that my brother, sister-in-law and new baby nephew could do with your thoughts and prayers and please can you keep all fingers and toes crossed for then.
The Book Thief by Mark Zusak. A heartbreaking-ly beautiful tale of the power of words when they mean the most. The story, is of Leisl Meminger, as told by death. Death has met Leisl three times. And twice, she walked away from him. This is a really powerful book that can make you snort with laughter and sob with tears in the same sentence.
This book really is a credit to Zusak, I am pleased that it found its way to me. It really made me think about how much books, and words inside them, can mean to someone who has nothing. I am glad that I chose this book as part of my October Challenge. I really feel like this book spoke to me and its not very often I have felt like that about a book of the genre. I’ll even admit that when I finished it this morning, I held it to me and hugged it. It is by far my new favourite book.
Zusak style of writing in this novel spoke to me too. The narrator has a very dry sense of humour, but very respectful of the people he “helps” shall we say, and though they appear to be detached from the world of humans, I can help but feel that they care very deeply for the characters in this book.
It is interesting however, how when reading the book, Zusak never really states whether Death is male or female. Yet while I was reading, I imagined Death as a man. Not as the grim reaper and sickle man that is stereotypical of death, but as a youngish man with a wise face and prematurely grey hair.
Al together, as I said, I was glad this book found me. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good story, which is why I’m recommending it to you.
On yo the Hobbit this week. Wish me Luck!