Mini-Break: Dublin

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Dublin
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Dublin, the Capital of the Republic of Ireland and the largest city. 

A visit consisting of a three night stay as a short mini break. 


The Flight
Bearing in mind, I haven’t been on a flight for around six years this was a massive deal to me at the time. I didn’t know exactly the process of checking in as it probably changed in some way since I had last travelled, the security process etc, and the actual flight knowing I was going to be hundreds of feet in the air kind of still gives me slight anxiety in the back of mind.

We flew from Doncaster Airport and arrived in Dublin around the 40 minute mark. It was an actual breeze the process of taking a flight and I am so glad I have broke the anxiety barrier on being on a plane ever-so slightly. It took more guts on my recent 4-hour trip to Kos, Greece a few months after this mini-break to overcome my fears of flying. 

Dublin has one major airport, Dublin Airport. From the airport you can get into the city via taxi, Uber, bus, rental car, or booking a private transfer. We decided to take the Aircoach bus which was really easy to get around with and got to our destination in under an hour.

Accommodation
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We decided to go with an airbnb apartment for a more unique feel and came across a designer apartment in the heart of Dublin with breathtaking river views. The £90pn apartment was open-plan and was recently renovated by award winning A2 architects. Situated right beside the symbol of Dublin, the Ha’penny bridge. This location was brilliant as everything a tourist wants to see was in walking distance. From Temple Bar, to Trinity College everything was minutes away from your doorstep. Cross the bridge and you are in your element from restaurants, vintage clothes shops, numerous bars, Irish Film Institute and so many other attractions. I would strongly recommend this apartment and I will definitely be paying a visit here again in future. If you’d like further details on this airbnb apartment please see below for more.

thumbnail_file10Guinness Factory
A converted grain storehouse of Ireland’s most famous brewer is the most popular must-see museum in town. So as a fellow Guinness fan, it was a no-brainer to visit.
Visitors can make their way up through various exhibits until they reach the very top floor, the Gravity Bar, rewarding yourself with a breather, a quick pitstop with a bar, and an amazing 360 degree view of what Dublin has to offer, concluding the tour, a free complimentary Guinness beverage.

It’s a real unique experience which I would recommend to Guinness lovers who would like to know more about the history of the beer, its variants and most importantly – if you want to sample one of each!

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We decided to take on a whiskey tasting tour at the second most popular attraction when it comes to alcohol. Jamesons Whiskey Tour. Before the tour started we decided to order a few of Jamesons cocktails – my favourite being the cocktail Black Barrel Belle, which consisted of; Jameson Black Barrel, Duo of Sweet Vermouth, Cherry Syrup, Orange Bitters, Sloe Bitters and Aromatic Bitters. Trust me, to die for.

The tour was a guided tour unlike the Guinness Factory unfortunately, however it was interesting to be taken through the processes of making the whiskey in much detail and was a great vibe. Our guide went on to discuss the triple distillation process which makes Irish whiskies unique from their Scottish and American counterparts and also got the group involved in a whiskey tasting session. It finished off with us having a better understanding of the tastes and flavours Jamesons have to offer. The tour was short compared to the Guinness Factory and the duration of this was roughly 35-40 minutes long. Although short and sweet I would say it is a must see visit and did actually prefer this location and venue a lot better than the Guinness factory.
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Taylor Swift Reputation Tour
The reason why we actually took a mini break is because of Taylor Swift’s Reputation Tour coming to Dublin at Croke Park. I booked tickets by impulse a few months prior and didn’t really think twice about it being overseas I just needed to go. I have been to many gigs and concerts in my time and I do feel lucky to have the time and money to put aside to add this to the list of artists I have seen. But this has to be the best tour performance I have seen. Taylor recently added her Reputation Tour from Dallas Texas on Netflix which is available to watch now in the UK and overseas.

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Famously known for it’s music decor memorabilia, Hard Rock in any city or country is a go – to when you are a diehard music fanatic. From Jimi Hendrix’s rosary beads and shirt, Michael Jackson’s Jackson 5 vest top, to Madonna’s pair of shoes that were worn in 1991 during a photoshoot for ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, there are many gems on the ground floor of this American cuisine restaurant. The Hard Rock Cafe is a decent place to waste an evening away. The American styled meals consist of burgers, nachos, bruschetta, quesadillas – causal, family-friendly American dining. A range of merchandise is available also in their upstairs shop.

Flights, Ticket Prices, Accommodation, Websites and Other Info:

Flights from Doncaster Airport:

http://flydsa.co.uk/ 

Aircoach Bus: 
Plan your journey ahead to and from the airport with Aircoach Bus here.

Airbnb:
Price: £90 per night
Location: Next to River Liffey, Ha’penny Bridge
Website: For more details on the accommodation and host please click here.

Guinness Factory
Prices:
Adults 18+ from €18.50 

Children 13-17 (Under 13s Free) €16.00 
All adult tickets include a complimentary free drink of Guinness with a valid ID. 

Under 18s will receive a free complimentary soft drink.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en 

Jamesons Distillery Bow St
Price: €30 for the 40-min Whiskey Tasting Experience 
Ticket price includes a guided tour, four premium whiskey shots, two of which are exclusive to the distillery.

Location: See here for map and directions
Website: https://www.jamesonwhiskey.com/en-US/visit-us

Hard Rock Cafe
Location: 12 Fleet Street Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
Use Google Maps for directions if needed
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Website: https://www.hardrock.com/cafes/dublin/

Thank you for taking a read of this post and I hope you found it interesting and/or helpful if you are planning your itinerary for a trip to Dublin.

If you have already visited Dublin, what are your favourite attractions/recommendations? Let me know in the Comments box below.



Sharney x














New Beginnings

Lifestyle

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Hello! Long time, no speak. How are you all doing?

I have to admit, it’s been a while, and this blog has sadly been put on the *cyber shelf* and got a little neglected and a little dusty. I decided a few months back that I should start a-fresh, blow the dust from the screen and put fingers to keyboard, and now here I am.

To cut a long story short, since I’ve graduated, I just wanted a break from being on my laptop… or should I say try and stop the impulse clicking on the New In section on the Topshop website… (habits don’t die hard) and also the fact that my laptop officially broke a year back and I confess, I’ve only just got it fixed.

Although this is no excuse for shelfing the blog, it’s been a pretty busy two years and as 2019 is coming up, I thought I’d reflect my two years with you. Kind of like a catch-up for what has been missed on the blog I guess and to share with you my New Years resolutions which has actually inspired me to kick start this blog back in action.

So let’s start with an update…

New career – 

As already mentioned I have come out of uni, and you may already be well aware of this by viewing a previous blog post on my blog titled ‘Post Graduate Depression‘ where I talk mental health and the struggles I have personally faced. For those of you who may not have read this, the title pretty much tells you the story.

Education has been there majority part of my life, and for it to end so abruptly has been a lot to handle and finding your feet in a career that you have always wanted isn’t a piece of cake. If you’d like to read my blog post on Post Graduate Depression click here.

I can announce the tables have started to slowly turn and career-wise I finally got into the sector of my dreams, Marketing. 

One step at a time, I’m starting to feel more in control of my life. Still a long way to go but finally I feel I’m getting somewhere!

Councilling –

This is a biggie for me. One of the reasons for me to press hold on this blog has been the fact that I didn’t feel in the right space of mind. I will write a post on my councilling experience in the near future. So watch this space.

What I’ve learnt from these two years…

  • To be more confident – Stop caring what other people think and just be you.
  • Think more in a positive light – Let go, surround yourself with the people who matter and put in the same amount as effort.
  • People do change – Friends change and sometimes the flame does burn out. This may seem a simple and obvious lesson to you, but what I have learnt mainly from this is you can put all the effort into a friendship but it has to work BOTH ways. Sometimes you can’t force that relationship to work.
  • P.S I’ve learnt that midi skirts and leopard print are my new fav thang… where u been all my life?


New Years Resolutions…

  • Be healthy and mindful – This year I would like to eat more healthy and be more mindful on my lifestyle and change for the better. To encourage this, I will be posting some health/lifestyle entries on the blog about my journey.
  • Save – I’d like to have my own house by the end of the year. 
  • Read more – This resolution was previously mentioned in an older blog post to do with New Years Resolutions… 365 Days, 365 New Chances to view click here I can say I have kind of achieved this but it’s a continual resolution I want to make sure I stick to.
  • And lastly, post more to my blog and bring you along on my life and journey.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post, and I am looking forward to sharing more with you in the next upcoming weeks. 

Sharney x

I want to visit New York

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Every single year around Christmas I say that I want to go New York, yet it’s never happened. So this year I am going to try my very best to make it happen. I would love to stay there for around a week, close to Times Square, be able to visit the little quirks as well as the most popular landmarks, visit the museums and art galleries and try some delicious cuisine and feel a sense of what it is like to live within a different culture of life. 

The only thing is when I have had the time to sit down and plan this trip out I just don’t know if I’m planning it right, I have looked into what you should and shouldn’t do in New York yet I feel like I don’t have enough information. If any of you guys could help me with a guide, websites, links to videos or just some personal advice from visiting there or even living there on what I should visit, little heads up on certain things that would great. I am thinking of either going in June or around December time this year. If you could leave a comment in the space below it would be so helpful as I am looking for some guidance and I would appreciate it a lot.

Here are a few things that I’ve saw upon research and would like to visit:

1.

Times Square

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Watching videos and reading some guides it seems the people that live in New York or who have visited New York regularly tend to discourage tourists or beginners to see the sights of Times Square as it’s one of the most popular things to do. But I think it looks visually breathtaking, to me I think it would be a once in lifetime opportunity so i definitely would like to check this out.

2.

The American Museum of Natural History

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I’m not sure so correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the film The Night At The Museum filmed partly here. My favourite thing to do when visiting a different country or even a city I haven’t been to before is to go in search of a museum so this is on top of my to do list.

3.

High Line

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When browsing through the New York City To-Do Guides I have come across so many that have recommended walking the High Line.

4.

5th Avenue

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We all know that I love to shop, the greatest shops in the World are strategically placed within this quarter.

5.

SoHo

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SoHo is another place that has been recommended to me and has been advised as a ‘must see’.

So guys if you could help me out and inform this rookie it would be fab. I have no clue as you can tell ha. Thanks!

Sharney x

Post Graduate Depression

Health, Lifestyle

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Graduation is looming, the pressure of living at home with parents and still being stuck in the same dead-end job you had before you left uni can seem like the biggest step backwards and seem very overwhelming.

The job market sucks, education is our comfort blanket; after all, 14 years of being told what to do and having a structure in your life can seem a blessing when you’ve suddenly stopped and think what is the reason of today?

It’s not as easy as people make it look being in the real world compared to the virtual reality of social networks either. Lisa may have a fab job she always wanted and you may see this with all the swanky food porn dishes she puts on Instagram that makes our mouth water but is money or success really the key to happiness? You don’t know what happens behind closed doors maybe nothing, but still people can feel down and struggle in different situations.

Talking is hard, it can be vulnerable, naive and portrayed in the wrong way, not everyone is a good talker, therefore people may not understand and that just causes frustration and loneliness. Giving a voice to those doubts and fears may be a place of optimism, give yourself your own little place of thoughtful thinking, distract yourself by looking and applying for jobs, apply to be a volunteer for a cause that’s close to your heart, go for walks, start running, just try anything that you think will make you feel more motivated and positive.

Do something rather than nothing.

Advice doesn’t hurt, join a group, talk to a councillor,the quote ‘you never know if you don’t try’, might be a cliche, but it can help dramatically with someone who is suffering depression, anxiety or just feels low at this time in life.

Post graduate depression suffers 1 in 4 post grads so please remember you aren’t the only one that thinks what the fuck are you doing with your life, you are never too old to find out what you want to do and/or get to your dream place of satisfaction, success of thoughts and happiness.

A recent article from the Guardian states  “We’re just not very well designed for large changes, as post-university may be a time when many transitions happen at once, while also losing a support system of friends and tutors, it is unsurprising that this is a prime period for self-doubt”. Mike Burton, a psychiatrist, sees this post-university period as just one of many major life events that can bring about unease and anxiety.

University is a place for growth and finding who you are, then becoming disempowered once leaving is a shock to the system leaving you feel unnatural. The uncertainty of life can seem a negative thing but we need to recognise this as a new adventure, may be less colourful and more bland, but you make it how you want it.

I have to say, writing this post I honestly believe it has been one of the most daunting experiences I’ve gone through, but at least I’ve made progress in accepting the situation and I’m actually writing publicly about it.  Making plans for your life and believing you are succeeding to getting catapulted back to square one feels like you just need to wing it, cross your fingers and hope for the best and it gives me the worst anxiety.

Mental health is a massive issue in the UK and around the World, and I believe it needs to be talked about more due to lack of articles of Post Graduate Depression discussed in the Media and this is one of the reasons why I have wrote this post to get through to other Post Graduates that they aren’t the only people.

Being a newly graduated twenty-something surely you are to feel the heat due to average student’s debt of being around the £25,000 grand mark and the cost of living in London being the 4th highest in the World.

Although this may be true, it doesn’t mean that if a graduate does manage to bag a job they love that they won’t be struggling with pressures of their own, it’s a big step and takes a lot to adjust in such a short time of being in the real world but it feels like we need to adjust naturally yet automatically.

Work is completely different on a social scale too, you don’t instantly make friends, it takes time for people from work to start socialising outside of work, and sometimes not at all, but just stick at it and if you feel it’s not for you, hang on to the job until you find a career you would fit in with more. I know it’s not that easy but at least it’s a goal that I find myself willing to take.

Leaving education for good is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life, but surely it gets better. Only you can make a difference to your life nobody is going to save you from yourself, nobody knows what you want except you and nobody will be as sorry as you if you don’t get your own concept of success, so don’t give up.

If you’d like advice on mental health issues contact Mind or Samaritans for free advice.

Sharney x

 

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365 New Days, 365 New chances

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Isn’t it crazy that we can look back over this year and see how much has changed already? I admit, I can’t remember the resolution I promised myself for this year… But I might give it another shot.

This year has been incredible for me, making the most of last year’s studies, amazing new friends, experienced different cities and festivals and also taking new steps into the adult world of employment.

I’ve learnt this year to not be so hard myself, the pressure of entering the adult world has got to me a little bit I do have to confess, yet I remind myself that I am only 21 and I have plenty of time to achieve my goals and dreams. I’ve wanted to do this post because I feel like I do need a bit of guidance and a little reminder of what I need to succeed in doing to be the happiest person I can be for myself but also others.

So here is my list:

Buy less

Maintain a healthy diet

Less hours on Netflix, more hours writing

Be more inspired and organised

Read more

Have more confidence

Worry less

What’s your New Years Resolution this year? Let me know in the comments guys and Happy New Year!

Sharney x

THE PROS AND CONS OF UNIVERSITY LIFE

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My time at University is soon to be coming to an end, my third and final year is one that I want to make the best of and cherish for the rest of my life as one of the most fun, stressful and hardworking challenges I’ve had to overcome and hopefully succeed with a decent grade in the bag. So I decided to write about my living experience within my time of study.

So let’s get the tough stuff out the way first shall we.

Cons:

Living in University Halls as a whole

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Living in halls has been a complete down side to my three years. First year was a massive whirlwind and I felt like I didn’t belong, in many respects my flat mates had completely different personalities to one another and second year I had two third year boys living with me that liked to be in their rooms at all times alone.

You might question ‘if you had such a bad experience first year then why didn’t you live with friends or commute from home’?

Well, all of my course friends were either close to their flat mates they started out with or already luckily lived with one another so it was hard for me to come up with a suggestion.

So for my final year I decided to ask a friend I’ve known for many years back home to live with me, someone who’s currently in her second year and also had a negative experience living in halls with random people her first year.

It does get better. Yet this experience doesn’t happen to everyone and most people are incredibly lucky to become BFF’S with their flat mates it doesn’t always work out like that. I had high expectations from mature friends that university life would be so easy and so fun straight from the word go, and for me that was misleading.

2. Halls can be crazy expensive

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You may find it expensive for what is on offer and there is a huge difference within high and low end accommodation based on terms of comfort. Privacy can be shattered with thin walls.

However it may be more expensive than private living but you have all the facilities included such as heating and water expenses along with accommodation maintenance staff on hand if anything needs to be repaired straight away.

3. Might not get the cleanest flat mates

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Pot luck can be a thing and it has been averagely okay for me this year to be honest (apart from having a slice of kebab clinging to the floor for days) but the last two years not so. Prepare for the filthiest things your eyes will ever see, no jokes it can be grim.

Do yourself a favor and be that nagging clean freak, nothing worse than not being able to sit and watch tv on a sofa with your mates and having to seclude yourself in a tiny room because someone has made it a hell hole. Stand your ground when needed.

Pros:

1. Freedom and easing into independent living

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Although there might be down sides to university life such as badly picked flat mates, yucky floors and dishes… it’s so great having your own independence and having the fun of cooking your own meals everyday, creating another bedroom for you to live in, having the freedom and going out whenever you want to.

Social life is great and with freshers at the beginning of each year it’s best to just go and break the ice with everyone and see what your community has to offer. Whether that be making friends with your neighbours, joining a society or even just pushing yourself out there with something you wouldn’t normally do. My aim is to join the gym this year.

2. Location for most Halls is great

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Halls can be so close into the heart of the city, highstreet shopping galore and a doorstep away from your local supermarket. No more daily struggles carrying those hefty bags.

Another positive is no dodgy nights out in taxis when all the pubs and clubs are super close you can just be a minute walk away.

This is one of my favorite things about living in halls, nothing is better than having a catch up with friends or family and be a corner away from your flat.

3. The chance to meet different types of people

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Freshers is important for this, you need to get yourself out there and meet as many different people as you can, for social skills and to just prove to yourself that you can have confidence.

Also through the course, I have met many incredible people during my time at University and I know that some will be friends for life and have been there since day one of starting and I’m so grateful to have met them, others have taught me lessons in life to just grab what I can and just go for it.

I’ve never been this happy in my final year to finally find that I’m having a great experience and it really is what you make it, nobody can change it for you, you have to do these things by yourself.

I hope you liked my post about the pros and cons of university life, feel free to comment and check out the images above.

Sharney x


PREPARING FOR THAT NEXT SEMESTER

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It’s that time again. Start of a new semester and for some of you it will be moving to create a new life at University.

Being a uni student myself and being in my final year towards my Media degree, I thought I’d make a post that would be perfectly suitable advice for you freshers out there who are wondering what’s the basic essentials you need to take to your new home.

My first piece of advice to you is please don’t panic and take 101 things that you don’t necessarily need. Most universities tend to be just round the corner from lots of shops and high streets and if not you can virtually order anything to your doorstep so no need to worry.

It might be easier to buy things there to make a lighter journey for yourself and just take the vital ingredients that you can’t live without. Another thing to stress about is you are probably moving into a much smaller room than your bedroom at home so make sure to be prepared for this.

Before we move on to other parts of my list, I thought it was crucial to throw important documents into the guide first:

a– University admission acceptance letter

– Accommodation terms/contract (literally so important!)

– Passport/Driver’s licence and passport photos

– Debit card and bank details

– Student loan documents

– National Insurance number, exam certificates

– Student discount cards e.g: 16-25 rail card

Now you might be having flat parties and what not so speakers might be a big one for the list, however your flat mates will probably already have this so caring is sharing right?

bElectrical Essentials:

– Laptop or computer (library if needed)

– Ethernet cable

– Headphones: it can get a bit noisy in Halls believe me

– USB Stick

– Extension Cable

– Speakers

– Chargers

Academic Resources:

I think this is an obvious one, everything from pens to notebooks, diaries, books to calculators even a dictaphone you name it.

Preparing for that semester 3The most requested thing from a student is knowing what to take for the kitchen… Be very careful what to take as items can and will probably go unused so some of it will be pretty useless so don’t take or purchase anything too expensive.

Preparing for that semester 2Kitchen Essentials:

– A students guide to cooking is literally one of the best things you can purchase for the kitchen, learn how to make affordable hearty meals.

– A wok

– One saucepan

– 1 sharp knife along with a cutlery set

– Scissors

– One plate and bowl

– Two mugs and two glasses

– Flat baking tray

– Lunch box

– A collinder

– A baking dish


So throughout my two year journey at Sheffield Hallam I’ve been in Student Halls, and one big must have is to purchase the comfiest bedding and pillows. You will be spending a hella’ lot of time in your room believe me, so make sure it’s the best.

Preparing for that semester 1Bedroom Essentials:

– A mattress protector is seriously so vital to have, you don’t know who’s been in that bed before you

– To make it that more homely bring posters and photos of friends and family, why not hang them up with some fairy lights and give your room a pretty uplift.

– Bed sheets, duvet and pillows

– Coat hangers

– Laundry bag

– Ear plugs


Make sure you have all your home comforts with you and I know for sure mine are definitely for the bathroom after a hard day at work or that long, cold walk home…

Preparing for that semester 4Bathroom Essentials:

– Towels

– Toiletries

– Bleach and cleaning products

– First aid kit

– Toilet roll

– Wash bag: shampoo/conditioner, toothbrush/toothpaste, shower gel and make up essentials

Preparing for that semester 5 So this is my guide to you for those that are planning to live at University, I hope you like it and if you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop a comment below, I’d be more than happy to help. Click on the photos for Pinterest tips!

Sharney x

GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL LINE UP + WHAT TO TAKE?

Lifestyle, New Music, Popular Culture & Entertainment

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I can’t believe it’s nearing the time to get out the wellies and embrace the outdoors. My first ever proper weekend festival that I’ll be attending and I can’t say how grateful I am and to be solucky to even have a ticket. I can already taste the anticipation of fresh, new and exciting bands as well as the most famous. The wait is nearly over and Glastonbury Festival have finally released a pre-line up of talent, although there are many mixed opinions, some saying “Its no way as good as last year!” and others saying the complete opposite, for me it’s more about the unique markets that I’m most looking forward to. Don’t get me wrong, there are bands and artists that I definitely want to see…

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Mark Ronson being one and George Ezra being another but it’s more of an experience that I want to fulfil with discovery that being craft markets, food and other new things, like artists. The full line up is yet to be announced along with the last headliner for the Sunday and all I can say is: “it will get much better!” I’m thinking Radiohead… Who do you think it will be? You’ll have to let me know in the comment box below. Being a first timer at this weekend festival lark, I decided it would be useful to make a list of what to actually take. I’ve done a bit of research from other bloggers and i definitely think it’s a win for others and a must read if you are a festival rookie like myself, so I thought I’d do my own little list, as well I thought it would be fun for the pros to join in and give us a little advice.

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So here it goes, dum dum dum the Glasto list:

– Large back pack

– Cards / Money

– Tent (duh?)

– Sleeping mat

– Sleeping bag

– Toilet roll

– Wellies/spare shoes for when it hopefully gets hot

– Super thick socks for those grim wellies

– Sun lotion

– Plasters

– Medication if needed

– ID

– Torches/Head-torches for when you nip to the loo in the night

(you never know what you might find on that toilet seat, ew)

– A warm jumper for when it gets chilly

– Waterproofs

– Spare change of clothes for when they get wet

– Hat

– Bags for wellies / dirty clothes/ rubbish

– If you are a customer with EE, power bars to charge your phone is a must!

– Hand sanitiser

– Bum bag / small over the shoulder bag for valuables

– Disposable razor

– Deodorant

– Baby wipes

– Dry shampoo

– She wee? Can anyone let me know if it’s worth the

hassle to get one of these bad boys. Comment below.

– Small pillow

– Sunglasses

– Small mirror

– Make up and other essentials if needed

– Paracetamol for those dreaded hangovers

– Alcohol: Obvs… Bags of wine I’ve heard is the best to carry around

– Hairbrush

– Bikini/shorts: just incase you are desperate for a shower

– Towels

– Camera

– Loads of hair bands

– A decent water bottle

– Fold up chair

– Lipsil

– Poncho/Waterproof one

– Toiletries: Don’t forget your toothbrush and toothpaste

– Plastic cups

– Moisturiser

– Ear plugs

– And don’t forget yer tickets!

If there’s anything that is a MUST, let me know what you think in the comments box guys.

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Sharney x

WANTING TO GO INTO THE MAGAZINE INDUSTRY…

Fashion, Lifestyle, Popular Culture & Entertainment

Due to so many deadlines within the past month I haven’t been able to write on here as much as I wanted to,so I thought I’d share what’s been on my mind since I’ve been away…

PJ-BT054_FASHIO_G_20140204150652Ever since I got my hands on a glossy front page, I’ve been fascinated by the magazine world and how they produce and satisfy to such a high level for our consumer-crazy obsessed needs. So many people are rushing to the doors to be part of the industry and I would like to join the bandwagon.

My heart has been set on the publishing business for quite a few years now and I’ve started to feel more prepared since I’ve got involved with the ropes through my studies and work experience. At the moment I’m working as an Intern at Sheffield’s local- Exposed Magazine, the team have been so welcoming in letting me be a part of their work and I’m loving every damn minute.

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When I see that my work has been published professionally, it just makes me want to work even harder in the ever growing industry and I have set an ultimate goal that I will have created something small within the next year or so.

I guess this why I’m writing on this blog… maybe it’s a temporary thing, practice for the real thing or just a diary I want to share? I don’t know, I guess I’m just doing what I enjoy and I’m pretty happy with that.

I’ll be starting to prep for my final year in the summer for an Applied project, I’m hoping to carry on the project afterwards if it’s a success, (plus if i’ve got a good grade for it!)

The only issue is – in my opinion, I believe that I will need help with this if i’m going to take it seriously, so that’s one thing I need to tackle ASAP after the final project of my studies. Music and fashion seem to be my main interest so I’m going with these topics to be the main course, obviously with a few added appetisers to tease your reading minds.

What topics would you like to see in the magazine? If you have any ideas feel free to comment. It’s nice to know that I’ve already had so many readers come and visit my blog, so thank you to those who have read my posts.

I’ll be writing again soon.

Sharney x

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DEMENTIA AWARENESS: ARE YOUNG PEOPLE EXPOSED ENOUGH TO THE ISSUE?

Dementia, Lifestyle

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Ok, so this post is a little bit more personal and close to the heart.

Anyone who’s witnessed a loved one’s descent into Dementia will know how heart-breaking it is, young people like myself aren’t shown the dangers and consequences that Dementia causes, and this is why I feel the need to write this to show young people like myself, that it is important to be “in the know” and to show other young students and teenagers out there that have been affected by the disease that, you are not alone.

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by certain diseases such as strokes, the most common cause of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. The symptoms that someone with dementia will experience is unique in different ways to who it effects, especially within the early stages.

According to Alzheimer’s Society, it mainly affects people over the age of 65, 1 in 14 people of this age group have dementia and it’s predicted that 850,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed with dementia this year. However there are more than 40,000 people in the UK that are under 65 living with dementia.

If these current trends continue to proceed and no action is taken, the number could possibly rise to 1,142,677 by 2025. Sadly, there is no current cure for the disease, however there is a range of support, therapies and activities that can help someone live well with dementia.

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When my granddad, John, was diagnosed in his late 50’s, it was a hard time for my family. I’d spent years doing my own thing and wasn’t in contact with my granddad for a long time thinking that we’d have lots of time to get to know one another properly later on in life. Yet I was wrong, after my grandmother suddenly passed, my granddad became worse with his condition, and eventually he was put into a care home that specialises within dementia.

Due to his diagnosis of dementia and cases of several strokes, we began to see one another more frequently each week three years before my grandmother passed away and it was definitely precious time worth spent. Although I was spending more time with my granddad before things got worse; I started to pick up on his certain habits of him struggling to recall certain events that were happening at the time and problems concentrating or making decisions.

After months of doctor’s appointments we were finally left with a diagnosis and an information leaflet to support us. Although it was supportive in its own ways, it wasn’t supportive with the strain, time and effort that my mum and dad would be spending to care for my granddad after my grandmother passed. As my granddad’s condition progressed I began to realise that despite all the meetings with councillors and the consultations that I witnessed, nobody tells you the reality of this pure evil disease.

They don’t tell you how to deal with your grandfather attempting to throw punches at people, neither do they tell you how to deal with that on a day to day basis to the shop for the morning newspaper that he thinks he can just walk out and not pay for anything. Nobody tells you how to tell the shop owners and make them understand that my granddad has got dementia and aren’t encountering a frail thug of a shoplifter.

They don’t tell you how to deal with the crushing realisation that my granddad had forgotten that he even has an illness and thinks that you’re putting him in a home for the sake of it and asks if you even love him anymore. They don’t tell you that they will soon forget your name, and even who you are. Nobody tells you how to channel your anger when teenagers my age, are living their lives with healthy grades, a social life, and have proper telephone conversations with their healthy grandparents and yours resolves around a terminally ill, confused gentleman that worked hard all of his life and now can’t remember how to communicate in any way possible.

They don’t tell you that once he’s near the final stage that you will sit with him hours on end trying to tell him things like you’ve passed your driving test and have finally been offered a place at university, to just give you the last hope of making him proud.

Dementia stole the time that my parents, family, myself and friends were supposed to have with my grandfather John and I strongly think that the majority of young people in the UK aren’t aware enough of the disease and this is a real problem for the future.

People need to be aware that in the UK we are not prepared to cater for everyone with dementia in care homes and hospitals, people need to be aware that it might happen to a loved one, people need to be aware of the confused lady or man walking past them that might need some help in one way or another.

Alzheimer’s society and Dementia Friends can help you support and understand a bit more about the incurable disease and the small things you can do to help people with the condition. Whether that be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay. All these little things helps someone’s life affected in some way.

Due to the recent study that has cropped up to find that dementia may be ‘linked’ to common over the counter drugs for conditions such as insomnia and hay fever. It’s important that the UK acts as a community, to spot signs of dementia and to make sure us young people know the ins and outs of the disease.

Want to help? There’s so many things you can do, to get involved and be a part of something that is something close to your heart, to be involved as a community, to support friends, family or even a colleague. No matter what your reason is, everyone is welcome to become a part of the charity.

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Last year I got involved with the memory walk at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield and raised over £200, this makes a massive difference to the organisation and can help fund anything from a patient having an arts class at their local care home to helping with travel or to be involved within an activity.

Here’s some top tips to get you to jump on the bandwagon and make a difference:

-Creating fundraising events within your local community or even spreading the word through uni life/societies and even in relation to uni work could make a great difference, either to create an opinion from another, express your experiences to others or to just generally make a difference for the future.

-Alzheimer’s Society hold fundraising memory walks each year all around the country. Last year over 33,000 walkers took part and together raised £1.8 million towards the fight against dementia.

-Get involved and become a volunteer: This might look good on your CV, but it can help someone a long way too. If you have a lot of spare time on your hands and want to help out instead of bingeing on a Netflix marathon, this could be a great cause to help someone.

-Talk to your Students’ Union: They may be able to help with any ideas that you’ve come up with and make your plans happen.

-Promote an event: this could help with the fundraising the way that you want to do it, this may be sports related, cake related or even fancy dress related!

-Campaign: Change the system of charging for care that currently discriminates against people with dementia.

-Donate: Every little penny helps towards the organisation.

-To find out more information on dementia and the memory walks visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk

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-Or become a dementia friend by signing up to www.dementiafriends.org.uk and get your free Dementia Friends pack that includes helpful tips and ideas.

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Sharney x