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Creative Insight

Creative, that’s what I am, Creative that’s always my plan. From as long as I can remember, I have been very creative. I have been full of a vivid imagination that would often get me in trouble as a child when I am caught looking out the window & looking as though I am not paying attention. My teacher would then ask me to tell her what she just said & I would recite it perfectly clearly showing I was listening but daydreaming at the same time.

I’ve always loved drawing, from when I was a young child I would sit in appointments drawing fireworks. I was a quiet child & for some reason, drawing fireworks at every single appointment comforted me. My psychologist then linked this to my feelings & said that it signified the way I was feeling which I guess was probably true.

I remember in the second year of high school, we were given a drawing task where we had to fill up a picture using small dots. Most the students made massive dots & didn’t really care. However, I spent hours on this till it was just perfect & even got praised for my effort when I handed in my homework!

Roll on to either third or fourth year of high school & this sees me joining a regular art group of which I have now been attending ever since! I enjoy getting to make all sorts of art from prints to canvas bags to clay work.

It doesn’t just stop there. Throughout school, I got involved in the radio station based right outside my school. From there, I discovered a love & passion for creating content on radio. I have never been comfortable trying to put myself in front of a camera, but I can most certainly put myself behind a microphone!

This has followed to me then going to college followed by the University. I have since organised a journalism competition which allowed me to work with companies such as The Daily Record, The Scottish Sun & the National Union of Journalists. Through this, I was able to put my creative skills to the test when designing promotional material & other resources for the competition!

I run a regular radio show, I write this blog & have applied my creative skills to all aspects of my life. I am also an event steward for a security company now. I am a creative person through & through & couldn’t just settle for a boring administration job where I didn’t get to use my skills!

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Credit: Picture was taken by Project Ability (my art group) of a piece of work I made which featured in an exhibition.

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General Election June 2017

Now, this is probably going to be a once in a lifetime blog post. I don’t tend to ever post about politics & I don’t even have an interest in politics. I only know the bare minimum about politics, enough to know that it will affect me in some way. The way I voted is reflective of the only party I believe in, SNP: Scottish National Party.

Now, this isn’t a blog post to argue about the right & wrong of each party. This blog post is also not intending to cause argument, simply just state my opinion.

We live in a harsh world, but I was hoping that I would wake up to the positive news: that the Conservatives hadn’t won. I got fed up watching the election, so went to my bed early to wake up to the devastating news. Not only that, I suddenly realised the lengths the Conservatives would go to stay in power.

Now, I honestly think Conservatives were the wrong choice: there seems to be something for everyone from every walks of life which this party are doing against the people of the UK. Yet, there were still people who voted for them.

DUP – a party those not in Ireland will know little about, but here’s just a few eye-openers on the situation. The way I look at this situation: this is a party which are discriminatory against people with disabilities as well as gay rights, a party in which Theresa May is happy to get into bed with just to keep her position in power. There are a lot of things they just don’t tell us as they know we wouldn’t like them & that’s the sad truth.

This honestly makes me question: what type of government are we supporting if we allowed this to continue? It’s like some people in the UK want to make themselves suffer.

Conservatives you ask? The conservatives who paid Microsoft money to continue to run patches for Windows XP just so their computers didn’t need to be upgraded? In reality, it would have been cheaper in the long run. The conservatives who want to take away free school meals for our countries children? The conservatives who while under Margaret Thatcher took away free milk for the UK’s children?

The conservatives who changed junior doctor contracts to impose longer working hours on them? The same party who introduced Snooper’s Charter which allowed them to hack your iPhone, laptop and other personal technological equipment without your knowledge?

Not forgetting, the plans to get rid of maintenance grants for university students, therefore holding back many students & even forcing them into not going to university. They also significantly cut disability benefits which would take 200,000 people off the disability registers. In 2015, the conservatives committed electoral fraud by unlawfully breaching election spending.

Under a Tory government, British workers have received an increasing amount of fall in wage value. Since 2010, the Tories have been constantly taking money out of the NHS budget, therefore, causing many hospitals & hospital services to close. Then NHS recruitment process is also declining under the conservatives as well as disabled people suffering massively under the Tories.

Since 2010, child poverty has risen by 400,000 children which are set to increase with even more child welfare cuts under a Tory government. If Tory plans continue, the poorer you are, the harsher the cuts will be. Those with children will be hit even harder than this.

Not to mention, housing will become more unaffordable, more expensive rail services, schools will become even more underfunded & lifetimes of unpayable debt for students when they graduate. Fire services are also seeing massive cuts, therefore putting us at risk of even more house fire deaths. Having known people who survived house fires, this disgusts me. Nearly forgetting the policing cuts putting us in even more danger of crime.

Our government could also say bye bye to our basic human rights if this drama continues. Are you forgetting that bedroom tax that families can’t even afford? Are you forgetting they are getting rid of housing benefit for 18-21-year-olds? School funding cuts? The benefit cuts for the sick who are unable to work?

Another one that makes me beyond angry: Rape victims now have to PROVE their ordeal? Yes, you heard me right. Really? This is the party some of us voted for OUR government time & time again! They are being forced to provide an 8-page form with references & evidence otherwise they are being told they are lying about the rape? This makes me beyond outraged!

Apparently, £450,000 thousand pound homes are affordable for us all, you heard me right. They have also got rid of inheritance tax for the rich & plan laws which make hospitals check for passports then charge up-front if not eligible for free NHS.

They have also drastically reduced the number of mental health beds available in a crisis. I know for a fact that if I hadn’t been admitted to hospital & got the help I desperately needed that I most likely would not be alive today. Therefore, this is putting people’s lives at risk.

After all this, I am completely shocked that people would still want to vote for this party. I didn’t know all this information before this blog post, but it wasn’t difficult to find.

Before you vote in the next election, PLEASE do your research. Do you research about all the party’s before you make a decision as what you are being told directly by the parties isn’t always the honest truth & in recent years they have certainly gone back to a lot of things which were promised!

This blog post was never intended to start an argument, the aim was to hopefully enlighten some people’s opinions on politics & the conservative party & to make people think more about who & what they are voting in favour of.

Any negative comments will be removed & not allowed on my blog.

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Promised Lies Review: Marguerite Ashton

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As soon as I looked at the cover for ‘promised lies’ I was drawn in & knew it was a book I wanted to read. There is so much going on in the picture that I want to know the story. I love stories (if you haven’t already guessed from all the book reviews!)

Right from the beginning, there is a strong lead for the start of the novel which entices me in & makes me want to read more. The first chapter starts with a bang of an opener with a murder. Starting with such a strong scene makes me want to continue reading.

Less than 4 chapters in, the fact that I’d hate to be a forensic person or someone who has to work with bodies when a murder occurs or someone dies. I know they will be well-paid jobs, but I feel something like that would completely traumatise me! I also don’t think being a police officer would be the job for me so I highly commend people that do that as a career! However, I do enjoy reading this genre of book (or else I wouldn’t be doing this review now would I?)

In chapter 4, we are introduced to a new character called Ursula & I am instantly picturing Ursula out the Little Mermaid despite never actually watching that film as a child (YES I didn’t just say that to make your mouth drop to the floor, its true!)

From the way in which this character is described, I am reminded even more of the Little Mermaid with wording like “Ursula’s hair, leeched of all vitality, appeared dry and lifelessly waved wildly in all directions.” This makes me think directly of Ursula out the Little Mermaid who has Octopus legs & who’s hair sprays out in multiple directions.

I don’t know if this was intentional but now that image will stick in my mind, not that it’s a bad thing though. It gives me something to connect with from my memory in a surprising book moment I wouldn’t find myself connecting with.

The way in which Ursula is treated like a child even though she is 24, so legally an adult reminds me of my childhood. As a child, I wasn’t allowed to join in most conversations with my Dad or grandparents since I was told I was too young. It seems kind of sad & strange that this adult is getting treated in the same way by her elders, especially when she should be considered an adult. Perhaps it’s because these people weren’t her parents but instead her aunt & uncle so she maybe wasn’t very close with them.

I love how the story progresses a little bit at a time just giving you enough so you can’t predict the future too far in advance. I imagine this is how the evidence would be gathered by real police officers.

The book has many aspects which make it realistic sounding & like it is being conducted in the same way in which a real crime would be conducted.

‘Promised Lies’ didn’t end in the way I was expecting it to end & left some questions I had still unanswered by the end of the book. However, it was gripping & held my attention from the start!

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4 out of 5 stars

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The Silence Review: Katharine Johnson

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I know I have been away from my blog for a while, but I am back with a new review!

From the beginning, this book gives me a strong sense of what Abby & her friend are like as people. The author includes just enough description to get a true sense & understanding of the character’s personalities without giving too much away.

The book can be seen as surprisingly accurate to the world today even from the time it was written. A terrorist attack in London & Brexit are claimed to be the latest newspaper news & there was another attack recently unfortunately & Brexit is still being discussed. It’s upsetting how we can still relate this to what is going on today!

I think the fact I’ve been surrounded with popular slang for so long is growing on me. I saw the word “dabbing” & thought it meant the slang of dabbing! I blame Emma Blackery for that!!

The story is pretty easy to follow with newspaper articles written in italics & flashbacks being clearly dated by when they happened. I love how right from the start, we get an era of mystery & don’t know what is going to happen in later chapters. We are drawn in by the fact that something had clearly happened to Philippa but we don’t know what so will have to keep reading to find this out.

I love the way in which many themes are contributed into ‘The Silence’ which keeps the story fresh & interesting & makes the reader want to continue reading. I also really like the old fashioned theme going on here in the way in which the villa is described & the talk of things such as walkmans. It reminds me of my childhood & makes me feel slightly nostalgic.

When some books begin to switch between the past & present in their story, it can get really messy. However, in ‘the silence’ it seems completely natural & isn’t too difficult to follow.

The sense of Abby keeping secrets from her husband really strikes a bell in life. It highlights the fact that, one small action or person could come along & change the whole situation & threaten everything the secret keeper has known. It just goes to show, keeping secrets is risky & never a good idea.

I find myself connecting with Philippa’s dad in the sense that writing is difficult. A dream of mine is to actually write my own book but every idea I have had so far, I have started then exhausted the idea & given up on it. I have finally pieced together chapter titles for a self-help book I want to write aimed at teenagers but yet again not completely sure if it will span out an actual book!

I have written many stories which I have then scrapped in my desire to write my own fiction book & have therefore come to the decision that I would be better off starting with a book filled with short stories with my ideas. As a result of knowing how difficult it is, I relate to Philippa’s dad.

When reading this book, I can actually begin to imagine what the characters would sound like & even have images inside my head of who would play them. I feel this shows that the story is conveyed in an effective way because I can identify with the characters & gives me a strong visual imagine. It is written so effortlessly that anyone reading it can begin to imagine if this was to play out in a real life situation.

As the plot thickens, suspicions draw into my mind about who the second skeleton was. In my mind, I come to the possibility of three different people it could be. I feel this makes for a strong story as it allows me to come to my own ideas about what could happen while not knowing anything. Nothing is given away, the suspense is kept up, therefore, I am intrigued to read more to find out if my hunches are actually true.

The ending was completely sudden & unexpected, however, it was timed & planned perfectly. Something happens right at the end of the book that would spoil the book if I was to tell you, but what I can say is that it is a game changer. All along, there were new questions which presented themselves the more I read.

The way ‘the silence’ ends is well thought out. By this point in the book, a lot of questions had been answered. However, there were a few left unanswered. The ending speculates into something without giving you a solid fact & its timed so well that it could effectively lead onto another book if the author decided to write one.

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5-stars