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Shameless Plug

In Uncategorized on August 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Head on over to CreateSpace and review the preview for ‘It Was Summer’!

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Fresh-faced and eager to learn

In Commentary on August 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

No, the above isn’t the name of the latest X-Factor winning boy-band, but a description of the many students who got their A-Level results this week. First of all, well done to all of you!

Some books because I’ve read that every blog post should have a picture. You’re welcome.

The aim of this article is to provide some insight into the sorts of things I wish had been told when I started at university. it’s aimed mainly at fellow law students, but can be pretty much generalised to any other subject.

Herein lie the pearls of wisdom.

1) Be that annoying swot who asks questions. Mainly in tutorials. No one likes the guy that puts his hand up in a lecture. No one.

2) Read every case on the ‘compulsory’ reading list, and a few from the ‘further reading’ list. You don’t  have to read each case in full, but being able to lay down a few facts from an obscure case will be the legal equivalent of the sort of name dropping that gets you into the hippest of clubs. People are still using ‘hip’ right?

3) Do not think that simply diving into the nearest text-book will guarantee you success. You’ll do well at university, but if you want to make a career out of law, you’ll need to capitalise on all the experiences that university has to offer.

4) Examples of said experiences: taking part in events/ competitions organised by the university law society. Joining a few other societies that relate to your hobbies and interests – if you can’t find one that does, start your own and you’ll gain the sort of leadership experience that you can use to pad out your CV for years to come

5) Don’t think that the recommended text for your course will be your only lifeline. If you’re struggling with it because it seems dense or even badly written, find another book on the same subject that’s more suited to you.

6) Try and cram in as much work experience in your holidays as you can, but don’t limit yourself to just the legal sector. Other professions such as accountancy and insurance utilise many of the same skills, and employers are increasingly looking for candidates with non-traditional backgrounds.

7) Try and do some charity work, whether its volunteering at your local Citizens Advice Bureau or even an old people’s home. People like people who help other people.

8) Organise your notes as you go along. Nothing is worse than reaching that point a month before your exams start where you’re trying to peel crumpled lecture handouts off of crisp packets from the bottom of your bag.

9) Be smart and revise with someone. This doesn’t mean you should memorize exactly the same stuff, but you can bounce ideas off of each other if you work with someone who revises at the same pace as you.

10) Finally, ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS. It may seem like the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do but believe me, it’s a veritable mardi gras compared the graduate race for employment.

I hope that helps and hasn’t completely put you off studying law at university. Feel free to add any of your tips in the comments section.

Top Buys 12/08/2012

In Fashion on August 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

It’s been a while. but here are some more picks from the high street!

1) Green Marl Swallow Print Sweatshirt from Topman 

Birds are everywhere at the moment, both literally and figuratively. They can be seen in most stores and one even just flew straight into my window. Jokes aside, this is one sweatshirt you should own. It comes in a range of colours, but my favourite is this greeny-grey marl.









2) Berry Red Check Shirt from River Island

Check shirts are here to stay. They’re not going anywhere, so make your inner lumberjack happy and get a few in different colours. They’re a versatile wardrobe staple that can be dressed up for a night out. or kept casual for a summer barbecue. This shirt from River Island is a great piece to start with as the dark red will look stylish all year round.









3) Slim Fit Tweed Blazer from ASOSTweed blazers are another perennial favourite that can carry your from autumn all the way to spring (and sometimes summer as well if you live in Britain). This blazer from ASOS has a great cut and can be worn with a range of bottoms to change-up your look.









4) Woven Collarless Shirt from H&M Another shirt, this time from H&M, featuring a partially buttoned front and no collar which lends it a timeless quality. Wear now with chinos and boat shoes, or in a few months with jeans and a cardigan. Either way, wear it.









5) Hudson ‘Tyska’ Shoes from Topman Back to Topman for the last of this weeks top buys. These shoes are bang on trend and are the perfect way to finish off any summer outfit. They’re versatile enough to be worn with chinos or shorts and kick any look up a notch.









Check back next week for more top buys!

Writing and other things

In Writing on August 9, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Actually this post is mainly about writing.

I think I’m getting to a point where there seems to be some sort of plot forming. I just need to fill in the gaps between the main events so the characters can get to where they need to go and do so believably.  Here’s a little snippet of what’s been occurring:

The smoke billowed past the window in languidly contorted patters, obscuring the view of the countryside speeding past outside. Annabelle turned to look at Edith, who was sprawled on the seat opposite her. She was fast asleep despite the constant rumbling of the train as it rattled it’s way forward. She smiled to herself, thinking that once again she had let Edith bully her into something. Cajole. Bullying was too strong a word for Edith. She had cajoled Annabelle into coming to Weirton. She reached across the seat to look for her notebook so she could attempt to write something vaugely artistic. She felt she should be inspired by the romance of being on a steam train, and so out the notebook came. Just as she was about to open the cover Edith stirred.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone sleep so much.” Edith sat up and patted her hair

“Well I was hardly missing anything of any note; trees, fields, cows, village, cows and more fields.”

Annabelle smiled, ‘There were rather more sheep than cows actually.’ 

More soon to follow. I think.

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