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Sent off my uni application last week, going for Law with French Legal Studies at Brasenose Oxford, Castle Durham, UCL, KCL and Warwick. All feels a bit too much like I've got my head on the chopping block.

Now I've got a few weeks at home I've got back into writing when I'm not revising for shite entrance exams. Messing around with very short stories, all a bit of a mis-mash of paragraphs but I stuck one under the cut.

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After I sit my entrance exam on the 24th, I turn 19. What with everyone being at uni, and me living in a small town, I've decided to up and leave rather than sit in a lonely pub and get depressed, so I fly to Barcelona to spend a month inter-railing. Plan to do one massive loop of Europe, to the following plaaaaces (Again under le cut)

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Should be setting up a travelblog soon which will render this obsolete, details will follow...
 
 
 
 
 
 
Touched down from Africa yesterday.

I have had the time of my life in Ghana, it's the most incredible country I've ever visited. Unfortunately in the process my camera and laptop gave up the ghost, so not much in the way of photos yet, but I've stuck a choice few under the cut!

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Also happy news on the results front, got my 4 As plus a distinction in my literature advanced extension. Am now working on uni applications for law with french legal studies, which with a bit of luck will be more fun than it sounds.

Generally feeling great with the way life's going at the moment, although being at home feels more than slightly oppressive. Also have the gloomy prospect of trying to find a job to pay for my next set of travels, hoping to get hired onto some French holiday camp. Next target: get the body of a Arnold Schwarzenegger/Adonis.

Thanks for reading, hope everyone else is doing OK :) Got some serious catching-up to do in the lj archives. xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 

Just got back from Provence, rather amazing!

Tomorrow...Ghana.

Scary, scary times. See you all in 3 months! xxx

 
 
 
 
 
 
What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded.
- bold the ones you've read,
- underline the ones you read for classes (at least once),
- italicize the ones you started but didn't finish,
- strike if it's actually on your bookcase and you haven't read it.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
Catch-22
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion

Life of Pi
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses

Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler’s Wife
The Iliad
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury Tales
The Historian : a novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault’s Pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver’s Travels
Les Misérables

The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Dune
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
The God of Small Things
A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
Dubliners
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity’s Rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White Teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finished all the A Levels, and am now completely done with education. It feels so refreshing, I'm ready to move on. Much as I love all the people, I need to get away and grow up, life is feeling very grounded.

Gap Year Schedule is almost entirely done and should consist of

July PROVENCE MUSIC TOUR/ COMMONWEALTH HUMAN RIGHTS WORK IN ACCRA, GHANA
August
September WORKING IN A PARISIAN VINEYARD, AND THEN HAVING SOME ME TIME AU PARIS
October BARCELONA TO WORK AS A LANGUAGE ASSISTANT
November ENTRANCE EXAMS
December UNI CACK
January ST LOUIS, SENEGAL TO TEACH ENGLISH
February
March
April JOB AT EUROCAMP/DISNEYLAND PARIS TO COVER MY DEBTS
May
June
July BACKPACKING ROUND ASIA (I'm looking at Bangkok/Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur.)

I've spent all my savings from work and whatever from the past year on flights, still need to raise some spending moneys, but the volunteer work covers itself and I'm part way through getting vaccinated. Getting as much free accommodation as I can via tenuous family ties, and am spending most of it alone for the experience. Seeing everyone get back off their gap years last week just confirmed how much I want to live life to the lees.

Roll on July!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pigeon problem is resolved. I'd lj-cut this if I knew how, but I'm just going to have to warn you the following story's mildly gross.

So pigeon #1 got out alive, well, and free. When we found it it was snuggled up in fear with another pigeon...pigeon #2 who's been dead a loong, loooong time. It was burnt and mouldy, and we think pigeon 1 might have been nibbling on it to stay alive.

Still, at least the first pigeon's OK. We were a few years too late for Pigeon #2. We've now got a hole in the wall for a fireplace, and a warm toasty feeling in our hearts.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hey all!

Just here to try and get a bit of advice. Today I was grinding away at my old revision when we heard something in the chimney. Turns out a pigeon has got itself stuck right at the bottom just above our gas fire, so close you could reach out and touch it.

So far I've disabled the gas, got the emergency gas man in to try and dislodge the fire place, he failed but has turned off all the gas and we've got a man coming tomorrow to dismantle our wall and let the bird out.

I'm just worrying because I've no idea how long the bird's been up there, but it is covered in soot, I'm not even sure if it can see. I've reached up to lodge some bread up there and done my best to get some water in there but it keeps knocking it off and spraying gunk everywhere when it panics. I know pigeons are resilient, I'm just hoping this one makes it through the night!

Also need advice as to what to do when one exhausted, sooty, terrified pigeon starts flapping round my living room tomorrow evening.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Time for an update on my life.

In exactly 7 days I come into school for the last time. It's hella scary!

I'm completely ready to go, much as I've loved the past 2 years. I need a break from all this responsibility, in the past year we've raised £4,000, hosted 6 parties, directed a pantomime and a musical, and co-ordinated valentine's roads in a mean-girlsesque style for the whole school. Now I've got the leaver's ball and yearbooks to sort, then my duties are done! This Friday will involve 12 hours of bouncy castles, re-enacting the 90s tv show gladiators and karaokeing to the early hours in the pub.

Beyond that, I've got my gap year coming up.

In July I head to Ghana to do human rights work in the capital, Accra.
In October I'll be off to France to reconstruct sepulchral statues and brush up on the francais
November/December...I apply for Law with French Legal Studies. See how that goes.
January I go to Senegal to teach English. (thank god for TEFL!)
April I either work at Eurocamp, or Disneyland Paris, depending on where I get a job offer.

It's a strange feeling. I really want to change and grow up in this year, but at the same time I'm really worrying about being away for the last social time I'll ever really get to spend with my school friends. I suppose it's all about priorities.

Hope you're all doing OK! xxx
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's been a while, so I thought I'd give a general update.

Exams
Did my resits and everything's on track now. Somehow managed to go from an E to full marks in critical thinking despite revising the first time and having a defeatist attitude the second, got 100% in English Lit (So hopefully a trophy at the end) and As in Maths, History and Le Francais (Albeit not so high ones in the last two)

Life
Got a girlfriend now, she's called Athlyn and she wants to be a soprano when she leaves school. She's pretty damn amazing.

The Future
I decided not to apply for uni last year, so I've booked most of my gap year. I'm going to work for a human rights law firm in Ghana for 3 months, then teach English in Senegal, then hopefully get a job at Disney Land. Managed to work to raise about 60% of the money atm, going to do some sponsored stuff then fund the rest as a corporate whore of Disney's.

Uni
Extensive work experience has made me realise law is what I want to do. Seen some really interesting stuff, including a terrorism trial, and I'm checking out medical law in the summer to see the ups and downs of that. I'm going to apply mainly in London, but I'll give Oxbridge a shot. I want to study Law with French Law so I get a year a la Sorbonne.

That's about it really. Hope you're all great! xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
I've been work experiencing on Nottingham Evening Post. Turns out it's been one of the best weeks I've had so far!

MONDAY
- Turned up to find the 3 other work experience people are all post-graduate girls, and they thought I was at uni! BOO YEAH!
- Started by going to some court cases, including a really interesting one involving a guy who'd allegedly fractured a girls jaw in a pub fight
- Briefly went to the McFly signing to be all journalisty
- Sat in on the front page being designed and made
- THEn at lunch I got chatting to the people from advertising...god they had charisma. Spending Friday with them now!

TUESDAY (Today)
-Went to some inquests. Very upsetting, mainly heroin-related. Heard a really interesting story about a candle that had been left burning on a TV< ended up blowing the TV and the gases produced killed a man who was asleep in front of the television. Meant the crime scene was just a burned out TV and a dead man, almost like CSI really!
- THEN we went to a guys house who was being charged for posession of a firearm, and for making death threats. The plan was to distract him with questions whilst the photographer snapped him- I was dead scared, but he ended up hiding in h is house and not coming to the door anyhoo.
- Spent my evening helping out with an article on apples. My name's actually appearing in the article alongside the guy who wrote it. Not front page stuff but it's pretty damn cool!

It's made me realise the media really isn't an industry I want to go into, but I'm still loving it!

It's making me think I might want to be a barrister, and some day,a judge...hmmm...