Friday, 25 July 2014

As the old pine fell we sang...








So as summer is here and school is no longer at the forefront of my day-to-day it seems it's appropriate to ease into the routine of spending hour upon hour scrolling through the depths of tumblr as my common practice of procrastination shows no sign of relent. Accompanied by the carefully chosen songs of my spotify playlist it seems that without a distraction, my summer is in dire risk of being spent behind a computer screen filled with images and quotes that represent a miscellany of emotions and a melange of feelings. So it seems I am setting myself a summer challenge of sorts, a list of things to complete, much like a bucket list but less definite, of tasks and activities to do to ensure that the next six weeks aren't ruled by my preoccupation with the internet, besides documenting every step within this blog. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated and feel free to comment any of them. And with that I'll leave you with my Tumblr link, just in case you also have a fixation with Tumblr.


Love 
Georgie xx
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Some random girl rambling about books

So I literally just wrote this in my favourite notepad about a half hour again and thought that maybe it had some relevance, so I'd share it with you.

Am I the only person who reads a book twice? Like you can't quite comprehend it the first time so you feel obliged to flick through those pages again in order to understand it in depth and to appreciate it with the wonder and admiration that it deserves. Surely I can't be.

Recently I've become ever more engrossed in the world of fiction. I don't know it just seems everything fictional is more striking, more poignant than the real world. It seems that within a book, simply a story, you can be affected in a way that reality never could affect you. I mean isn't it peculiar how you can empathise so strongly with Hazel in The Fault In Our Stars? You can experience that heartbreak with her simply through words. but when you think about it, there will be someone out there, struggling in real life with the same issues, same illness, same pain, but we'll never hear their story because it is not one of beautiful words, it is not a work of art or worthy of an award. It is too real, too honest, to exist anywhere other than in that person's life, And I think that's where books are strange, because they evoke emotions and feelings that our own lives never could. We learn to know a character better than ourselves, or our friends solely through words, a jumbled collection of letters created to inflict on the mind. And it's strange to think that we feel this without physically living those moments with that person yet it's much easier to comprehend because there isn't a right or wrong way to interpret it and we don't have to worry about the consequences if we don't interpret it the same way as anybody else.

For example, take Charlie in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. You could interpret him as confused and misunderstood, encompassed by the troubles of being a teenage misfit or alternatively you could understand Charlie as being seriously mentally ill, or in a multitude of different ways. You see it's all down to how you perceive it. Yet there could be a 'Charlie' walking down your corridors at school, that you could be totally oblivious to, yet you just never know. And that's because we seem to be blinded by the normalcy of illness whether physical or mental or other. We don't realise that within almost every person there is enough to write a novel, we just discount the possibility of it because our emotions aren't heightened the same way as in a book, life isn't amplified the way a fictional story is.

So back to what i said about reading a book twice. Sometimes the first time you read a book you don't understand it, you feel disjointed from the characters, the same way you can do with people in real life situations. But then you reread it, twice, three times, maybe more. You take time to digest every word and find yourself pondering the consequences and possibilities beyond the final chapter, sometimes you even fall in love a little, with the words, emotions or even characters (*cough* Augustus Waters *cough*) and you become completely immersed in every aspect of that person's story. Imagine how much nicer the world would be if we took the time to understand, to focus on the novels and stories of those people around us, imagine if we looked at the people around us with the same care we take when turning the pages of our favourite book. And I guess what I'm saying is that sometimes you have to look back at a situation before you can judge it or begin to comprehend it. The same as in a book, you have to reread the story and digest the specks of information again, so you can understand, judge or maybe even fall a little bit in love with a real life story or memory. Because as lovely as it is to escape reality and bury your head in fantasies and fables, sometimes you have to learn to deal with the rest of the world, the one that exists long after you put the book down.

Love
Georgie xx

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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Hey Big Spender...

Hi guys! So although the title says 'big spender' I am infact rather the opposite and for want of a better phrase, can be a little bit of a cheap-skate! And so here are a few items I recently picked up in the sales in Outfit. I really am growing to love Outfit with their mix match of some of my favourite shops, Topshop and Miss Selfridge in particular an although I love these shops they can tend to be on the pricier side, so when I heard there was a sale, well that was it! I was right there rummaging through the rails!



So while there I bought a shirt from Dorothy Perkins Petite (£10 down from £24), earrings from Dorothy Perkins (£3 from £7.50) and a pair of shoes from Topshop (£15 from £32). I apologise for the dodgy picture quality, my camera is still being fixed so am having to muddle through with my phone at the moment! The shirt is folded over in the picture and is one of those things that just doesn't picture very well yet looks nice on. Its a very light material so is good for those gorgeous summer evenings ( who am i kidding? I live in England...) and is actually a really pretty print, plus it's petite which is ideal as I'm not exactly the tallest of people and tend to find that stuff ends up way too long, so this is perfect!


These shoes are my most favourite thing I bought, I've been lusting for some pretty shoes for summer as I've realised living in trainers or boots through summer is not acceptable. I wore these Monday paired with some frilly socks and rolled up jeans and got so many compliments! I like that they are a nice nude kind of colour and are a little bit different to what I'd usually wear, they also go really well with my flowery shorts that I got recently too, yay for summer. I also really love the earrings I bought, having not worn earrings for absolutely ageeeeees I thought it was about time to buy some more and at £3 who could turn these beauties down?


Sorry for the lack of posts recently but my life as been overtaken by We Will Rock You rehearsals pretty much everyday, including weekends for the past few weeks! But as we have our final matinee and evening performance today (as well as the after show party woo!) I can assure you that before long I'll be back blogging more than ever! It's mad to think that the show we've been rehearsing, for almost a year is nearly over, it's actually quite sad, but expect a most and shed-loads of backstage photos to come! Thanks for reading as ever!

Love
Georgie xx

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Monday, 7 July 2014

DofE expedition take 2

Hi guys! Last weekend I did my final expedition for my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh and it was such a good weekend! At first I wasn't really looking forward to going, with storms forecast and the prospect of having to hike for hours, it's safe to say I wasn't exactly 'buzzing' to go. We set off to our destination, piling into teacher-driven cars after a school mini-bus malfunction, arriving at our start point just as the heavens opened. So with anoraks on, armed with giant rucksacks containing everything from tents to pots and pans, and with our map and compass we started our first walk of the weekend.



Unfortunately I fell over while jumping a log and twisted my ankle (yes clumsy as ever I know). Which resulted in a swollen up ankle and my ability to walk, was well, hindered considerably, luckily I had an amazing group (pictured above in the obligatory group selfie) who helped me so much, one of the boys even carried my pack on his front as well as his own for an hour and literally wouldn't let me have it back until I felt a bit better. We got to our little campsite and pitched up our tents next to each other, then spent the evening cooking meals, playing on the tree swings on site, oh and of course forgetting the code that granted entry to the toilets! On the second day after a pretty restless night's sleep (courtesy of some noisy drunkards on our campsite), we got up and had some breakfast and made some tea and hotchocolate. Then going against the advice of our group leader (rebellious I know) I carried on to do our second route of the weekend with my ankle strapped up.



On our second day the weather was so so much brighter and we managed to escape the rain, we reached our first checkpoint ahead of schedule and stopped to have a quick natter with one of the assessors about bearings, compass points and contours. Turns out contours aren't the make-up kind but are wiggly lines on maps that show you the height incline, who knew ey? I guess it's safe to say I didn't do much of the navigation purely because I have no sense of direction whatsoever. But despite the changeable weather and the ankle mishap I still had a really good time, it was such an amazing experience and being the first team back on the second day after doing around 30km over the weekend was such an achievement. Although I was at first apprehensive about being in a team with people I wasn't particularly close with, I seriously would of not wanted to be in a team with anyone else, although the boys don't look too thrilled in the photo above!

Anyway, I have more posts drafted for this week so keep an eye out!

Love
Georgie xx

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