Thursday, 21 October 2010

Tweeting away...

I have just joined twitter and if I am honest, cannot get enough of it. Now I am following the likes of Nicholas Kristof, the economist, Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad. Cool eh? Begs the question, are these 'celebs' real? I mean following Spencer Pratt, the devil reincarnate, has resulted in a lot of pointless, unfunny droaning from the supposed Mr Pratt. Yet upsettingly, there has been little mention of Heidi or LC... bummer.

Don't judge me. Please.

hmmm... cute.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Jai Paul-BTSTU

After my first ever blog-praising Alaska in Winter's beautifully haunting song, Berlin-I now have space for a new leader on my itunes playlist (Berlin is still up there, I would say number 2.) Jai Paul's outstanding song BTSTU, is virtually unknown. Available for download on, it has fast become one of my favourite songs of the year. Jai Paul is an unsigned artist, who should-and fingers crossed will-be celebrated as a British musical gem.

The song has a slow start and gradually a beat makes its way in. Suddenly the minimal beat progresses, leaving the listener with a delicious mess of electronic excitement. With background sounds, comparable to gun shots from a futuristic saga game, and his gentle, almost feminine voice whispering in the background, he has created-in my eyes-a catchy masterpiece. The combination of pop, hip-hop and electro, has admittedly been done before, but Jai Paul has created something that is entirely unique. Undoubtedly cool-BTSTU and Jai Paul- I'm sure this guy will make his stamp on the quirky music scene.

Click here to hear his song


I've had an amazing summer, I went to Berlin (to see the smelly Jamie), Kefalonia with my mum for my 21st, Brittany avec la famille (excluding brother Teo, instead including best pal Charlotte) to see my baby nephew Johan, the south of France with my ENTIRE family (on my mums side) which was er...boozy and interesting, and bestival, good music, good friends, too much mud and too little hygiene. Here are some photos of the best bits…

The beginning of the end...

I’m now going into a new academic year, which is also the end of an era. 2010 is the last year of what will soon be 18 years in education! Shit?! Final year of my degree, a frightening thought most would think, but I am surprisingly nonchalant about it. I have joined the Brighton University newspaper, The Verse, as the (co) news editor. It is exciting and looks pretty good on the old CV. Ben (my co-editor-we are both third year and thought it would take a little pressure off each of us) and I have appointed Soph to write an article (her idea) on which charity is best. We told her what we are looking for, and she is getting it done. Ben and I are then going to focus on our preferred charities and write a brief section about them. I have started writing mine on Amnesty International, summarizing their work and attempting to recruit readers to support their causes.
Gen (features editor and friend) and I have also been put in charge of organising a launch party for the magazine. It will allow us to gain support from local businesses, show that the verse has changed and is back (and better), and recruit writers for the paper-but lets not forget to have loads of fun.
At the same time as this, I am attempting to write my dissertation (on the BIG subject of pornography.) The books and articles I have been reading are brilliant, and completely support the argument I am trying to make.
At uni, we are currently studying Marxisms…notice it is the plural of Marxism, so not just good, fun old Karl Marx, but the different theories emerging from his works. I won’t deny it, but it can be ever so slightly dull, but I am trying to embrace it and feel that the works of Marx are definitely something worth knowing.
It is all go and very interesting, but it is early days….soon I may be crying because I will be swamped with work…or maybe it’s about time I was!