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Yeah, I’m Still Here

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I know I’ve been neglecting blogging recently, and I apologise, reader(s). I could tell you that I’ve been busy volunteering at my local charity, but I’d rather not lie.

So, I’ll just give you a general overview of the goings on of my life recently. If you read my post from a few weeks ago, ‘A Bit Of A Rant‘ you’ll know I have an awful job. Well, things have actually got worse, my manager is pregnant so my boss is putting more pressure on me to pass my driving test and buy a car. As my manager will be on maternity leave from after Christmas, I’m expected to fill her role as Office Manager/Accountant (not that I have a clue of what that actually consists of) and train a new apprentice to take on my job.

We had three people come into the office for a trial day on separate days. The first person lacked common sense, the second person was lovely and was relatively intelligent, and the third smelled of cigarettes and two hours into the day asked if she could have a fag break. 😐 Needless to say which one we went for. I already feel sorry for the poor soul, she hasn’t even started the job yet, but she has no idea what she has let herself into. I don’t know how the next few months are going to pan out but I’m still hoping I’ll find a job soon. I feel I’ll be trapped if I don’t leave before my manager goes on maternity leave.

I’ve recently bought JK Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ (for the suprisingly reasonable price of £9) which I can’t wait to get stuck into! There have been a lot of mixed reviews about it but I’d like to stay impartial until and I’ve read it myself.

At the minute, I’m watching The Great British Bake Off on BBC 2 and the cakes are the meaning of perfection! They are making me very hungry but they look so good I wouldn’t want to ruin them because look so detailed and artistic!

Gorgeous or what?!

Also, the word ‘Amazeballs’ has been added to the dictionary. This irritates me.

Happy Birthday JK Rowling and Harry Potter!

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JK Rowling

Now, I know I’m a day late, but I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Birthday to one of my all time favourite authors. She has touched the lives of millions of people across the world with an incredibly magical and moral story and it is hard to believe that Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone was published in 1997!

Her own story seems just as magical as she went from living in a tiny flat in London living off Benefits to one of the richest women in Britain in just 3 years.

Harry Potter taught us about loyalty, good and evil, doing what is right in the face of adversity, and courage. We’ve watched the trio grow up besides us and adopted them as fictional friends throughout our childhood in which they gave us a sense of escapism. We’ve dreamt of going to Hogwarts, meeting Dumbledore, and pulling pranks with Fred and George! In short, JK Rowling has inspired a generation to pick up a book and be enthralled in another world children and adults alike.

I thank you JK Rowling, for your perseverance throughout hardships and never giving up on Harry and giving hope to millions of people. Happy Birthday JK Rowling, and our friend, Harry Potter.

Favourite Harry Potter Quotes:

‘It is our choices…that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.’

‘Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.’

‘Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?’

The Olympic Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony

It watched by millions across the world and after the Beijing Olympics and seven years of planning expectations were high for Britain and the man behind the plan, Danny Boyle.

It was a very British celebration, very cultural, historic, and diverse. If the Brits know how to do anything, it’s to put on one hell of a show, and to show the world how great we are. For example, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert earlier this year, and the Royal Wedding last year. It is incredible that even in times of economic and financial uncertainty that our little nation can be so proud and patriotic of its history and culture which make Britain what it is today. And yes the walk through of every country participating in the Olympics was a bore but it’s not our fault! It would have been quicker if we were still an empire and owned half of those countries. But hey, you can’t win them all.

It included everything from agriculture, the Industrial Revolution, the NHS, Jame Bond, the Queen, J.K. Rowling, Mr Bean, British music new and old and everything that screamed what a proud nation we are. And shame on you Americans tweeting Sir Kenneth Branagh was dressed as Abraham Lincoln when he was actually dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel who played a major role in the Industrial Revolution (a little history lesson for you there).

What did irritate me is the number of tweets and Facebook status’ which I saw at the beginning of the Ceremony of people complaining they didn’t understand what was happening. These are people who were born here, grew up here, and went to school here yet are so blatantly unaware of their own nation’s history and culture. Admittedly, the Olympic Ceremony was not a complete representation of Britain today due to the reforms, and high cost of living and the NHS most definitely is not what it used to be (courtesy of David Cameron) but it did represent the best of British.

It was a very different ceremony to Beijing, however, we live in a very different country where we are, when the occasion rises, proud. 99% of Brits will agree that it was a fantastic Opening Ceremony and that Danny Boyle is incredibly imaginative. Okay, he’s no Nicki Minaj ‘You a stupid hoe’ (lyrical genius!). I doubt it will take long for him to become Sir Danny Boyle, and quite rightly so. James Bond and the Queen = Genius.