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15 little things that make me happy

15. The smell of a new book

I love the smell of a new book and I have never quite understood why. Ordinary paper doesn’t really have a smell. Maybe it’s the glue that binds it all together… which would make us glue sniffers… but still it smells nice so don’t judge me!

14. A new hair cut

Nothing makes me feel better than a new hair cut. I have naturally thick hair and when it is at its thickest it is incredibly difficult to brush through… makes me feel gross when I can’t brush through it all.

13. New clothes

Buying new clothes and wearing them for the first time is the best… looking at yourself in the mirror like… DAYMN!

12. Flowers

It’s an outdated idea that your partner should buy you flowers when you’re in a relationship but that doesn’t mean getting them doesn’t make me happy.

11. Aesthetically pleasing food

Yes… I’m one of those people who posts photos of their food on Instagram and watches all those videos of the bizarre looking cakes.

10. A musical

I love a good musical. My all time favourite is Hairspray. I know all the words to all the songs and hearing any of them makes me instantly happy.

09. Writing in a new notebook

We all have this one. It’s why we would write extra big towards the end of an exercise book in school so that we could hurry up and get to our new one and start writing in our best handwriting again.

08. Nerdy people

Nerdy people are great. They are so passionate about a lot of things and most of them are fictional. Maybe it’s the writer in me that makes me love them. I would love someone to be that passionate about my characters.

07. Other people’s laughter

Those people who have a laugh better than the joke are the best kind of people to be around.

06. Being called beautiful

Being called beautiful is so much better than being called hot or sexy. I’ll never feel like someone is looking at me like I am a piece of meat when they call me beautiful.

05. Old couples

A reminder that true love does exist and you just have to find it.

04. Dancing (or exercise in general)

Dancing makes me feel free. Exercise releases happy hormones so although I really hate the gym, I love how I feel when the work out is done.

03. Babies who look surprised but haven’t grown eyebrows yet

I just think they’re too adorable when they do that.

02. Dogs

YEAH I’M A DOG PERSON. I would be a cat person too if their fur didn’t make me so itchy.

01. Being in love

This is a feeling that I genuinely miss because I haven’t been deeply and madly in love with anyone for a long time. Maybe that’s just growing up or maybe I’m too broken to ever feel like that again. Either way… That is where I am truly happy.

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Birmingham City Council to make improvements to the safety on Pershore Road

Improvements to what residents call the “road of death” will be made in Jan 2018. Read the article on Birmingham East side here.

That ridiculous BBC Gender Pay Gap…

The governement forced the BBC to release the salaries for its highest paid entertainers and journalists to the British public this week. Many members of the British public had noticed that there was a dramatic gap between the pay between male and female workers.

The BBC is facing a huge backlash after the list exposed huge gender and minority inequality as woman are beginging to demand action to close the pay gap. It was revealed that the corporation’s highest-paid presenter is Chris Evans, earning at least £2.2 million.

Claudia Winkleman, the best-paid female star, took home at least £450,000, which is around a fifth of Evans’ pay. Then there is Emily Maitlis, who did not appear on the list, which only details staff earning more than £150,000. Her Newsnight co-star Evan Davis earns at least £250,000. Maitlis, who is currently not under contract, is reportedly considering her future at the BBC after the revelation.

Just 10 of the 96 names on the list are non-white, with sports presenter Jason Mohammad the highest-paid ethnic minority on at least £250,000 – a ninth of what Evans earned.

See it for yourself here.

Now, some of the BBC’s most high-profile female stars are demanding that the BBC act now to fix the gender pay gap. Presenters Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and Emily Maitlis are among those who have signed an open letter to director general Tony Hall.

Education Secretary Justine Greening said the BBC’s gender pay gap was “hard to justify”, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said discrepancies were “astronomical”.

Something needs to be done.

This is a little disappointing but I hope you understand…

As you all know, in exactly 2 weeks time I had my heart set on releasing my new novel: The Price Of Fabulous…

This is now going to be postponed until later this year. I am going to explain the reasons why, let’s just hope you can understand them.

The book is in the finishing stages and is on track for release but unfortunately I have had a dramatic relapse in mental health with regards to my anxiety and depression through personal events that were unforeseen until I came home from finishing my first year at BCU.

The reason why I want to postpone the release is because I don’t feel like I am well enough to do my best promotional work while I seek the medical attention I require.

I also have become more aware that I have slacked off with my blogging so I will do the best I can to pick it back up again and hopefully I will have a new release date for you soon.

Thank you! 

5 Ways I Relate To Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn aka. Doctor Harleen Quinnzel… Let’s be honest here she is the prettiest and most lovable female psychopath on screen, in animations and comics… but for some reason, I can relate to her character quite a lot.

5: She Knows She Annoys People

Harley is very self-aware of how annoying she can be and knows that it just might get her hurt or even killed. Let’s face it, in the real world, you are often told not to open your mouth to the wrong person because it will get you hurt and I am always self-conscious about annoying people. So much so, that I now warn people that I will annoy them eventually.

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4: Her Cringe-Worthy Pick-Up Lines to Her Beloved Mr. J

We are all known for making cringy puns and pick up lines when all up in some boy or girls DMs, well Harley becomes queen of them all as she tries to bed her pudding in Batman: The Animated Series.

Let’s be honest, I can’t be the only one who relates to this way of flirting, right?

3: She Had High Aspirations In Life

Let’s not forget that before she became the infamous Harley Quinn she was Doctor Harleen Quinzel of Arkham Asylum in Gotham. Being a doctor takes a lot of hard work and dedication, especially to work in a psychiatric hospital filled with the world’s craziest criminals, am I right?

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It is a shame that she gave it all up for Mr. J, but the wrong kind of relationship such as the domestic abuse she receives from her “pudding”  can ruin all aspects of your life.

2: She Wears A Smile For Her Man

In a violent relationship, you do anything to keep the abuser happy…

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Her referral to him as her “boss” rather than her partner, shows her position in Mr. J’s life as not only does he think her inferior but she thinks that of herself too. She’ll do anything to keep him happy, which seems to include smiling on demand.

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1: She is a Domestic Abuse Survivor

OHHHHH, here’s the part everyone who idolizes her  9because of Suicide Squad) forgets about…Harley and Joker aren’t “goals”.

She’s a victim, or more was, she seems to have become more of a survivor now.

Sure, she doesn’t handle it as well as real abuse victims would… becoming a serial killer and all that but she survives and she’s definitely a stronger woman from embracing the effects the abuse have had on her mind. She’s fierce!

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My October Movies

So since October has now passed and we are now getting into November I thought I’d share my thoughts on films I went to the cinema to see over last month (especially since Film Studies at A-Level seemed to turn me into a bit of a critic, thanks so much, Jodie).

  1. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

This was a film that I was extremely excited for. I’m a huge Asa Butterfield fan and anyone who says they don’t love every film made by Tim Burton is either insane or a liar.

The film is based on the novel by Ransom Riggs and is about a boy named Jacob who discovers clues to a secret that his grandfather tried to keep from him until his death. Upon trying to discover what his grandfather wanted him to know,  he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, his grandfather’s best kept secret. The trouble is that the children are under attack by monsters that wish to steal their eyes but the danger deepens after he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers.

I had high expectations for this film before going to see it and I certainly wasn’t disappointed with what I saw. There were so many twists and turns in the plot but it wasn’t hard to follow, that tends to be rare in films like that. I usually get lost.  I really enjoyed it though and would highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it yet.

2. Inferno

This was a spontaneous decision but one of the best films I’ve ever seen on a whim. I love conspiracy theory things, even in books so this, as you can imagine, interested me greatly.

This film was based on the novel written by Dan Brown, one of my favourite conspiracy novel writers. The story is about a man called Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love his movies?) who wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He doesn’t know any of the events that put him there but when a police officer tries to assassinate him, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks to uncover the dark plot that is said to ‘save humanity’. Together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot to release the ‘Inferno’ virus into the world and kill billions of people in attempts to save lives because of an apparent impending population crisis.

This film was absolutely brilliant and would 100% see it again.

3. The Girl On The Train

This was a film that I simply didn’t like. This also comes down to personal reasons that effected the way I read the film as well as the terrible story line and shoddy attempt at a title. Obviously, I didn’t plan on seeing this film either but regardless I expected a better film than what I got.

This was yet another film based on a novel, this one was by Paula Hawkins. The story is about a divorcee, called Rachel who just can’t seem to let go of her past as she resorts t drinking to make herself feel better after her husband laft her for a woman that could give him a baby. She somehow becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life as she discovers the violent truth about her previous partner and how he took advantage of the blackouts she had from her drinking problem to convince her that she was the danger. Rachel puts all the pieces together to discover that her ex-husband is a murderer and tries to save his new wife and baby from him.

This adaption of The Girl On The Trian was so poorly done that I had no emotions for any of the characters involved. I felt very detatched from the story and I don’t think that that is what should happen within the whole “cinema experience”.  The personal reason behind my dislike of the film was because it shows a woman being left because she can’t have children which is a huge fear of mine and upon that reveal, I felt uncomfortable for the rest of the film.

4. Doctor Strange

Of course, I was going to see this! I had to! I love Marvel… but much like every Marvel film, although they are good films they are always made out to be better than what they actually are.

Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” follows the story of the neurosurgeon, Doctor Stephen Strange who looses the proper function of his hand in a car accident. He must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions in order to heal himself physically using his spirit or find his new place in the world. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as gaurd the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the dark forces that lie beyond.

I loved it! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Benedict Cumberbatch?!

I did initially expect more from it but I always do with Marvel films because they always get made out to be better than what they are. I’d still recomend it though!