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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Humanities vs Sciences. Who Gives a Shit?

Recently I've read a lot of articles floating around on various student newspaper websites. The articles talk about the divide between humanities students and science students, normally arguing why one is intrinsically superior to the other. They are immature, bitchy and extremely closed minded. And I have a problem with them.

Pinning humanities students against science students is a waste of our time. It doesn't add any value and when we allow ourselves to believe that we are better than others it creates an inflated ego. Who wants that really?

Humanities students are fed up of being told that their degrees are useless and won't get them jobs.

Science students are fed up of being told we have no social skills, are boring and are in it for the money.

So why are we as students continuing to contribute to this weird ongoing fight about who is best?

I'm a big believer that you shouldn't have to tear down someone else's work to give value to your own. I'll fiercely defend my fellow scientists. If it wasn't for them you wouldn't be reading this blog post because computers, the internet etc wouldn't exist and you'd probably have died of cholera. But I can also respect the humanities and their importance in the quality of human life.


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The Huxley, Edinburgh

Do you ever walk past somewhere frequently but never go in? For me, that was The Huxley. Located in a beautiful building on the west end of Princes Street I always thought that it looked way out of my budget. Fortunately, I recently found out that it was much less expensive that I had thought and arranged to meet there for a mate date. As we walked in, we were really impressed by how beautiful the decor of the bar/restaurant was. Despite having an affordable menu The Huxley offers a more boutique dining experience and feels very classy. 

It took me so long to decide on what to order as the menu is so good! I literally would have been happy to eat anything off the list. In the end, I opted for the bbq wings as I wasn't sure I was hungry enough for a sandwich or a burger. Despite thinking I was going for a smaller option I really wasn't! The portion size was 10 wings so a pretty big serving! They were absolutely delicious. The meat was really tender and the seasoning/sauce was super tasty. The size makes a perfect main course with a side or would even be great to share between two as a starter. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

December Reading Wrap Up

Another year of reading has come to an end. I managed to scrape my goal of 52 books and finished the year on 53. December was, as always, a good reading month for me. I always try to finish as many books as possible before Christmas as I know I'll get a few new ones and want to read them straight away. After I finished my exams I spent a good few evenings cosied up with a book which was just what I needed!

My Blogging Secrets by Amber McNaught - Forever Amber is an amazing blog that I've been a fan of for a long time now. So when I saw that Amber has released a book I knew I wanted to read it a) just to support Amber and b) because I love reading books about blogging. I love Amber's writing style already and her book follows a similar chatty flow whilst not being afraid to discuss some harsh realities. I'd recommend it if you're a fan of Amber's blog but like most blogging books I don't think there's anything wildly new in here. 


Wednesday, 4 January 2017

The Most Popular Posts of 2016

My blog has changed a lot over the last year so I guess I have to start off by thanking those of you who have stuck around! This year I totally changed my blog design (which I love) and cut down considerably on the frequency of my blog posts. I used to love daily posting but the reality of daily posting is that it just isn't manageable around university so I cut back to posting once a week during the semester. A move for quality over quantity. 

One of the oddest things I've found about my blog is that it's always the posts I think are going to be amazing that crash and burn whilst the ones I think are just ok end up doing the best. I found it really interesting when I looked back at my most popular posts of the year as a lot of the time they were quite unexpected! 


In January I shared some goals that I wanted to complete before my 20th birthday. If I'm honest I thought I'd done terribly but now that I look back on the list I've actually completed a lot more than I thought I had done. I don't turn 20 until the 20th of January so I may be able to tick off a few more before then!


Sunday, 1 January 2017

Self-Confidence & Other Stories

Recently I went for a coffee date with another blogger. I met Anastasia from Nat Bees and we had some tea at Southpour, an old favourite of mine before we walked her dog through the meadows. We stopped in George Square, part of my university's campus, where I took some photos for Anastasia and she did the same for me.

And when I looked at the photos afterwards?

Well in all honestly I hate the way that I look in them.

And when I looked at them I said to myself 'it's fine I don't need to put them on my blog, no one needs to see me like this'.

But the thing is.

That's what I look like. That is my face. That is my hair. That's me. 

I don't think that I'd be being the sort of person that I wish to be if I didn't publish something because I think my hair is frizzy and that my roots are awful. Like everyone, I have good and bad days and sometimes I just have to roll with the punches. My appearance is often at the root of issues with my self-confidence. When I'm poking holes in my personality that's in a much darker frame of mind. 


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

My Top 5 Books of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close (thank god), I've been looking back at all of the books I read this year. Whilst I haven't enjoyed the books I read this year as much as I normally do, I definitely read some amazing novels. My Goodreads challenge was to read 52 books (a book a week) and I'm currently at 51 and will hopefully finish another before the new year. As usual, I've picked some of my favourites to talk about. If it's one of your new years resolutions to read more in 2016 then I'd really recommend these books as I found them all to be really gripping. And don't forget to click here and here to read my tips on how to read more books!

Ways To Die In Glasgow by Jay Stringer - I love a good murder mystery book but a murder mystery books set in a city I'm familiar with? Sold! This is the first of Jay's books that I've read but I really enjoyed it. The characters are all 'very Glasgow' ( ;) ) and it was awesome to read about the different parts of the city. This book was also staged with alternate characters narrating alternate chapters which is a writing style that I really enjoy. I wasn't able to guess any of the twists which helped build up the suspense meaning that it was one I just couldn't put down. 

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