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Birthday

It was my Birthday on Tuesday. My parents got me an Armani Ceramica watch. I picked it out as I had been looking for a black watch for a while, I own a silver one but I was looking for more dressy and formal wear one. My mum also knew I was getting a record player for my 21st from my girlfriend, more on that in a second, and she got me the single that was number one on the day I was born. I had never heard of it but the band was D:ream and the song was ‘Things Can Only Get Better’. It’s not bad, not my kind of music but one to keep and is personal to me and one for my collection.

My girlfriend amongst little ‘silly’ presents as she calls them got me clothes and thins that I had previously picked out but she did get me my record player. This record player has not been off since the moment it left the box. My collection is only small at the moment but it is growing. My better pieces are Oasis, Green Day, The Ramones, U2, Plan B, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Smiths, Black Sabbath, Meatloaf, Sammy Davis Jr, Kiss, The Eagles, Guns N’ Roses, and some other records. It has to be one of the best presents I have ever gotten and I couldn’t be happier. I am lucky to have her.

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iPhone 6 Plus

2015/01/img_1511.pngAs I sit here typing on my iPhone 6 Plus I have come to realise that either my hands have grown in the last week (very unlikely but not unwelcome) or my hands (but not my eyes) have become use to a bigger phone and have learned how to use it properly (more likely the answer)

I do realise that big phones have existed for a long time now but it’s not just about doing it first it’s about doing it right and I feel Apple have done that. I’m not saying that any other phone is wrong, I personally feel that the Apple phone’s aren’t for everyone, I tend to find that people who use Apple products tend to be more motivated about their carers and tend to want things that work without the risk of bugs and things going wrong, they get this but pay a high price.

Other phones tend to feel cheaper and flimsy and use sub par components but more of them to offer other more ‘fun’ capabilities and offer the performance so the phone can play games and movies that others who don’t want to take life so serious can enjoy all the apps and movies on offer. Apple have a consumer audience, that is for sure but the serious way and still quite corporate way things underlying are done doesn’t fit everyone and that’s fine too.

In all I wish people would stop arguing over what is best, what is best is what is best for that individual. All phones available today can play the latest movies and apps but Apple is best for me because it does what I want, it is a true premium product and to me the 6 plus is the best phone to grace the face of the earth, until next September that is.

Not meaning to start a war or an argument, I hope that this explains where I sit? I’m not a blind Apple follower, it took me a while to decide what to upgrade to from my iPhone 5, I came very close to the blackberry passport or the Xperia Z3 but I went for the 6 plus due simply to a offer bringing it in my price range. I will admit though the Blackberry Passport does look very professional.

Money, Now TV, and University

This is a post about three things, I combined them due to me not having enough to have three separate posts.

Firstly I would like to concentrate on money. I know money is important and unfortunately money does make the world go round but the cost of everything these days is astronomical! I mean I’m a student and people seem to think we have loads of money, I assure you we don’t! If it wasn’t for the interest free overdraft I would be in trouble big time, I can’t wait for my student loan, not to go on a spending spree but for my account to go from red to black, just going for a coffee now days requires you to have money to burn! By the time you have got your books for the year, sorted your travel, and got your uni supplies you have eaten a god chunk of your loan, you then need food, bills paying, and for law students you need to fund the social events that get you work experience. I’m glad I have a part time job that’s giving me 18.5 hours from September, I need all the money I can get, this illusion of students having money to burn is incorrect.

Second is TV, I’m not some who who sits and watches a lot of TV, if something catches my eye I tend to get it on catch up at a later date when I have time, law students don’t have time to sit around that often but i often watch movies who have things on in the background and NOW TV is a gem! No long term contracts, easily affordable with my part time job and it gives me fantastic TV, movies, and sports if I want them. You can change your monthly outlay at the drop of a hat, handy for students. I emit i was sceptical of this at first, wasn’t quite sure of its relevance but after a 30 day free trial I love it!

Finally is University. I love it, the feeling of people getting work done, you hear knowledge flowing, pages turning, highlighters being used, staples keeping notes together, sounds geeky I know but I love that sound and feeling. I find that being in a place where others are working and learning makes you want to do the same, learning is conducive to learning. A mistake I made early first year was trying to work at home, to many distractions and nothing making feel like I should and want to learn. I wanted to learn but it wasn’t he same feeling you get at University, I think it has something to do with me feeling like I belong there, I really enjoy my degree subject and I think thats the key to it, if you don’t enjoy it you won’t succeed at it to the best of your ability.

The Equipment.

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The new laptop is for taking to uni, its light, very quiet, meant to have a 12 hour battery but I can get 16 out of it, and is going to be my primary note creator. My plan for the new uni term is that of taking notes on paper during lectures and then heading the library to turn them in to typed notes and using my revision guides to flesh them out with key cases and statutes. Starting early and keeping in front of the eight ball is important this year, got a lot of distractions with external mooting and work experience.

The suit is a add on if you will, it is not directly applicable to uni day to day but is what I need. My old navy suit is looking past its best and a new one is needed for work experience in chambers and is the attire needed for mooting competitions. I need to make a good impression and you can’t find a better cut than TM Lewin unless you start looking at luxury £750 plus suits like G+H.

I know a lot of people think I am mad for buying £220 suits and £1449 Laptops but you get what you pay for and you can’t beat Apple for reliable computing and TM Lewin for quality yet affordable suits.

Just to clarify yes I am a Law student with Despicable Me Minion bedding (Some would say Despicable spelling and grammar too)

Sorry for the long absence, the new Mac should help with that too!

Where have all the decent people gone?

Where have all the decent people gone? Seriously everything you do now days seems to be put down or someone else has already done it so why are you talking about it?

Life seems to be about what can I get from that person to further myself but I don’t care what I can do to further that other person. Yes I may not be the smartest person to ever do Law, I may not get a 1st but that doesn’t mean that others have a right to look down their noses at me and treat me like some underling. I work hard, I try my best and frankly that’s all a person can give. If I or any other person achieve something that I or they have worked hard for and are proud to have achieved it why is it that the first thing I hear isn’t a well done or nice going but a oh Bob did it first or Fred did that last year or I never really saw the point in it so its stupid.

People seem hell-bent on making themselves out to be the best and put everyone else down in the process! That doesn’t make you a better person it makes you a parasite, a leech on life and someone who needs exterminating. I use an analogy of someone working out in a gym, why laugh at them and call them weak because they can’t lift what you can, you started off lifting smaller weights than someone else so by your own model of society you are weak and pathetic and fat and a low life. if you give people encouragement and support then they may well reach what you can do one day but if you just put them down you aren’t helping at all.

Same goes for people who pretend they are doing something for you because you are a friend but really just want to use you for something else. For example hey yea come to my party on Friday but can you bring all your DJ equipment and put a playlist together and bring lights and stuff. So I’m not invited to the party you want me to DJ your party well then that will be £300 you knobhead, in fact £600 because I just added the mandatory you are a douchebag delivery charge.

Why cant things be simple? Friends with some one? support what they do you may not like it but it’s important to your friend so support them. Not friends with someone? Then have nothing to do with them, don’t talk to them don’t contact them and leave them the fuck alone just exchange pleasantry remarks like hello if you ever pass each other. Where friends and now you aren’t? Just tell them, sorry but I don’t want to hang out/be your friend whatever but just tell them, everyone knows where they stand and that’s that. No awkward texts from them where you don’t want to talk but they think you are friends and you don’t want to be.

Its puts and end to all this bollocks of putting each other down for no reason just be civil, is it so hard to support someone just because they feel like they have achieved something?

Game of Thrones

5sz5qm472h_big_518b6f60007d2da4923b71f85e55883818a92547Just seen the season final of season 4 of Games of Thrones. It was truly superb. The pace, mood, script, acting, all were superb. The fact that the two people behind it all have signed on for another two seasons is terrific news and most of all the fact they are also developing story lines that where not developed in the books which allows them to remove slower less interesting parts and they are changing the order of things around a little is a sign of confidence but the fact that the fans are also so happy with the series shows you they are doing a good job.

I must admit the first two episodes of season one did test my patients but you quickly get drawn in and once that has happened you are never let go so you may as well buckle up for the ride. I thin the most refreshing aspect fr me about Game of Thrones is that no one is safe and I mean NO ONE. I think a lot of people are accustomed to being attached to one character or a group of main charters and they go through struggles and problems nearly dying on many occasions but they always survive and live. That’s the standard script type for the majority of films/TV Shows. However Game of Thrones just ignores that, will spend hours even seasons getting you really attached to characters and then in the space of 5 minutes they all end up dead, their heads in a stick and it’s done in the cruellest of ways. This not only makes it more realistic to the world that is created and is aimed to be created but it stays true to the books give or take a few chronological issues. I personally felt that this sense of no one is safe and all can die is what makes it so gripping, you get to know a wealth of characters, families, places, people but you know that they could all be dead in 5 minutes time without any real warning it makes it very real.

All in all I absolutely love Game of Thrones, I can’t recommend it enough but always remember, valar morghulis.

On going Plan.

Two Theatres in Liverpool have an option for students to get in to see a show for £6. If any tickets are available on the night of a performance and you can produce evidence that you are under 26 and a student then you can buy a ticket. So me and my better half have decided to do this, if we are in Liverpool and the play that is on takes our fancy then we will go and see if any tickets are left. I think it’s a nice gesture by the company to put this in place.

On a separate point, I have decided to write a book, I have the best part of 5 months off so I may as well do something i enjoy, yes I am still looking for work but in the mean time I may as well be productive. My photography is coming along, not as fast as I had hoped but you can’t rush a project.

I feel like my book should explore a lot about society, with everything in the news, I feel a hard-hitting book needs to made, it should deal with areas like, nootropics, society’s take on male and females, the law, the notion of the elite getting everything and the poor getting nothing, the idea that politics is a sham, democracy is nothing more than a glamorous production for the masses.

As you can tell from this post and my previous posts, my mind is very active, creative, and I’d like to think a little complex.

Today

A new barbers opened up in the central shopping area near me, good place, guys in there are friendly and very well-mannered. I get a 2 on the back and sides and short and choppy on top, also had a traditional hot flannel shave. The cut is incredible, the shave not so much, may have just been a bad day but its only my first impressions, would go back , for a cut if nothing else.

Regarding the other parts of my day , I am back to working out again, not getting anywhere but it feels good, less stressed and I feel happier. As well as that I am an avid gamer, I hate that phrase, just finished Lego Lord of The Rings, yes I am 20 and I like Lego and Lord of The Rings. I have the new Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zero to play and I have the HD collection for my PS Vita, the should last me about 3 weeks collectively. Other than them I am taking photos of anything, trying different settings, lenses, anything to try to give me a new perspective.  I am taking inspiration from a friend of mine and starting a series alongside my upcoming project, see here for that, my new solo series will be a photo of me everyday for as long as it still looks okay, I would then layer these images on top of each other to show a passage of time while still having all, for lack of a better word, versions of myself on display. I think the effect would be interesting to see, the colours of my clothes, skin, the hair length, the subtle changes yet it still being me.

Tomorrow will be a very good day, I am seeing the girlfriend, she has a few days of from exams and I am going up to calm her down, well try to anyway.

My life can be non-eventful at times but I enjoy these non hectic moments because when you are hectic everything seems to crop up at once, if I have learned something in my 20 years on this earth apart from the school/uni education I have had its to enjoy the peaceful moments because in the end valar morghulis.

Photography: Lanzarote

Lovely Coastal Evening Walk

Lovely Coastal Evening Walk


This picture brings back so many happy memories for me. Not only is it one of my best photos, but that may because of the sentimental value but still, it is also the one that makes me realise how good a time I had, the colours are warming and friendly and when I think of Lanzarote I think of my family, we all had a good time, no holiday family drama, and my girlfriend was with me. We went to all sorts of p[laces, travelled the entire length and breadth of the Island in a day, took over 2000 pictures and saw some sites that took my breath away. Looking back that was a fantastic holiday but not because something amazing happened specifically but because it was simple, good times, sun shining, warm, lots to see, everyone was happy, and my family and girlfriend where there. Things couldn’t have been better.

Lets Get Things Started.

It’s currently 23:13 here in the UK, I am sat on bed typing this out. The sound of keys being pressed on a keyboard has always been kind of therapeutic to me.  I don’t know why but it just has.

For those who don’t know me I’m a Law student. I have just finished my first year and I am awaiting my results. I don’t know how my exams went. I refuse to comment on the basis that in the past exams that I say have gone well have turned out horrendous so I am keeping stump on that one. I have started my summer, all 5 months of it. I want this summer to mean something to me, I want it to be more than just a summer of working to make money, I have my life to make money, I want to enjoy my freedom, do things, I am keen photographer, writer, thinker, debater, I just love doing creative or progressive things. Doing a summer job doesn’t appeal to me, it’s a waste of free time. I have a Saturday job and that tides me over nicely, granted I can’t afford £200 boots or clothes but anyone spending money on clothes like that I feel needs their head testing.

As stated my summer has just begun and as I am trying to find things to occupy a full 5 months my girlfriend is just starting her exams. She is worrying about them, she is putting on a brave face but she does worry, I try my best to calm her down but she tends to talk to her friends who have a similar thinking about exams than my just do it approach. We aren’t perfect, we don’t agree on everything but that’s what makes us get on so well, we never back down from our side of a discussion which gets interesting but over all we are brilliant. I have been with my superior half for over two and half years and frankly its the best two and a half years of my life, she has had a profound affect on me that has made me a better person, more confident, I believe in myself more and more and most importantly she accepts my absolutely bonkers behaviour. I love her.

My Photography is very important to me, there is a link to my business on the side of my page where you can see various collections of work. Yes I am a student but my quality of work is very commendable and I charge very reasonable prices. I do follow the rule of always having my camera on me so I can take advantage of any opportunity that presents its self.

As far as my writing goes you can be the judge of that, I do have a separate blog on here but that’s focused on my law work and law commentary, used mostly during my uni terms.

This blog will be for everything else, my photos, my ideas, my general social commentary, my life, everything.

I can’t say where this blog will go or what it will become but it will be used, I will say some crazy things on here but it’s what my head is like, totally random, crazy, bonkers, unpredictable and do you know what? I love it!