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Friday, April 16, 2004

The sun is shining; spring has finally arrived.
Spring is often considered a time of new beginnings so this week's blog is about spring fashions, what's hot and what's not.

Brace yourself for a stylish kaleidoscopes summer. Catwalks all over the place are brimming with rich euphoric symphony of bold, vibrating hues, preferably in total looks, from cat-suits to pantsuits, and from flirty dresses to quirky separates.
The gemstone colour palette is predominant and often accentuated with metallic or iridescent touches on some seriously impressive sapphire, emerald or ruby numbers. There was also cobalt blue, turquoise and cyan, bottle green, lime and chartreuse, flaming orange, tangerine and magenta, as well as a series of electrifying pinks and dazzling reds

This time around, fifties styles come much more relaxed and laid-back, yet unmistakably feminine and elegant. There are many examples such as dirndl skirts and tulle party dresses that accentuate the waist and the bust. Pencil skirts and tapered pants that accentuate the hourglass figure. Capri pants paired with shirts tied at the waist and swagger coats belted at the waist. Crop jackets and short cardigans. Sexy halter tops and serene blouses three-quarter sleeves and rolled sleeves.
Nautical stripes for sailor-looks and dressed up shorts for preppie looks. Structured bags and round-toe shoes.
It's simply full-on glamour at its best.

Enough with the clothing already it's all about the accessories

For accessories Asian,wildlife jewelry is where it's at, many shops such as Topshop, Mango and Zara have a wide variety at reasonable prices.

Last on the agenda are the handbags, you can't go wrong with leather or canvas.

Until next time
TRUTH...

Friday, April 02, 2004

Happy Holidays

Today is the last day of uni, the Easter holidays have finally arrived. YIPEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

So wishing everyone a Happy Easter and a safe return to the grind mill in three weeks.

I know at this point your probably wondering, how ever are we going to cope without her posts for the duration of our holidays, fare not there is still hope i'll be blogging during the holidays so hold tight. Remember to work hard and play even harder.

Until next time I bid you goodbye, stay safe and remember altogether now... Truth is a right not a priviledge

Bye x

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

LIFE, OH LIFE

With the Easter holidays looming upon us, what can we expect to fill the three weeks of holidays?
Before you start booking those holidays remember that assignments are pending, a sure way to fail is to neglect these assignments or dedicate the bare minimum to a project.
We are given three weeks holidays (two for Easter and one for reading week) in that time we should be able to have a good time and still manage to get our work done.
Depending on the amount of work I'd say that the first week and a half would be enough, this is complete dedication to your work from morning to night from Monday to Sunday. Tough but it needs to be done.
There are many facilities available to us to help with our work you have the Academic Skills Center (ASC). Your academic advisor and seminar teacher after all they are there to help you, this can help ease the hefty work load.
I'm already dreading my assignments. I have a presentation to prepare that consists of two A3 posters, audio la la la la la la, I don't really want to talk about it that’s not to say that I am going to bury my head in the sand and pretend that it doesn't exist 'cause that would just be stupid.
I also have a take home exam which consists of 2x 1,000 essay questions and writing definitions for a list of words + a reading log.
I also have a political report to write which is 1,500 and much more. I don't want to bore you with any more details its enough to make you feel depressed, I know that I am.

So you’re probably thinking, what is she talking about? What is this week’s blog going to be about?
Is about prioritising your work? Dealing with depression?
Well if you thought any of the above you’d be partly WRONG, the main focus is about enjoying life.
How did she get from an intro like that to the subject of enjoying life? I knows that's what you’re wondering well, I’m about to enlighten you.
We often get caught up in the day to day of life we forget to live. I am not telling you to neglect your work, God forbid but at the same time you have to strike a healthy balance, you know what they say about all work and no play.

Words of wisdom, take heed

“The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power to tell when the hands will stop.
At late or early hour now is the only time you own, live, love, toil with a will. Place no faith in tomorrow for the clock may then be still.”


This poem says it all. I want to walk out university with an amazing grade 1st class preferable to justify all the money spent on me, but at the same time I want to have fond memories about the whole uni experience, not just getting the work done on time.

In the short time I have been at university I already have some great memories from great night outs or those talks that touch your soul, even the moments of complete shame/horror manage to bring a smile upon my face I would tell you about the story but i'm too ashamed.

Life is about experiences because it’s our experiences that we can pass on to people to enrich them or stop them making the same mistakes that we have.

At times life can seem like a long dark tunnel but there will always be a light at the end of it, like there will always be a silver lining in the clouds

YOUR MISSION IF YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT IS

To make every moment count, take a moment to look at the world we live in, despite what we hear on the news the world is filled beauty.
The number of breaths that we take does not measure life, it's the moments that take our breath away!

I promise next post I’ll get of the insane trip I’ve been on the last two posts and talk about something really serious issues so drop us a line with your thoughts, I might steal I mean use one of your ideas if they are really good

I’ll leave you with poem as a final thought

Living Life to the Fullest

If you treasure the beauty that shows all around you
And try to add some of your own,
Enjoy the companionship
Others can give you,
Yet value your moments alone…

If you honor opinions
That differ from yours,
Yet stand up for what you believe,
Admire the accomplishments
Others have made,
And take pride in what you can achieve…

If you love those around you
And love yourself, too,
If your spirit is eager and free…
Then you know what it means
To live life to the fullest
And be the best "you" you can be.


Until next time
Be Safe and remember TRUTH is right not a privilege

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

I have to make amendments for my post dated Sunday, March 14th 2004. I forgot to provide you with the relevant links to websites that I feel would be helpful. Well here they are:-
http://www.buzzle.com/editorials/text9-27-2003-45922.asp

http://www.cumbriabusinessportal.com/TimFarron/11.html

http://www.angelfire.com/film/little_witch_barbie/uni_news.htm


Sorry about the oversight
Remember truth is a right not a privilege


LOVELESS IN KINGSTON

Of late I find a lot of different genres creeping into my music playlist, it got me thinking about what this weeks blog could be about. As a treat I decided as a relief from all the serious topics of before I would take you on a trip through my Top 10 Slow Jam tunes, in no particular order.

Why Slow Jamz you ask, why not garage or bashment well i'm going to tell you.
Slow Jamz creeped into my CD rotation when I met such a sexy guy who for arguments sake I will call Mr. K.
He wasn't as interested as I hoped he would have been, which was cool, I swear i've moved on, honestly, I promise.
As a result of this unfortunate incident Slow Jamz have been in heavy rotation in my sound system making me feel worse but I can't seem to help myself.

So I will kick start the chart at number 10 with Mariah Carey: Breakdown, anyone that claims to know anything about music will know that this is a big tune. It speaks to the soul and you can relate to the words.
Even though it is in no particular order I see myself running into trouble already. There are so many great tracks I don't know who I should include.
Here goes number nine is... Donell Jones: This Love.
I'm beginning to get into this now, number eight is a classic H-town: Knocking Boots
Number seven alot of debate but it has to be R. Kelly: Seems like your ready
At this stage it would be easy for me to name another Mariah Carey tune such as Always be my baby or another Donell, lets say 'Life Goes On' but I have to give everyone a chance so number six is going to be Cameo with 'Candy'
We are going Motown with this next one number five from the late, great Marvin Gaye and 'Sexual Healing'
Number four another classic from Sade with 'Think i'd leave your side' the Neptune remix its sending tingles down my arms as the melody seductively dances towards my ears, enough of that see what Slow Jamz do.
Its getting harder again
Number three is anyones guess, but after careful consideration it had to be Jodeci this would be a rubbish top ten is they were not included, only problem is what track. I have decided to opt for Do you believe in love?
Aaliyah and 'Four Page Letter' inspired me to write many letters to many guys, that I was supposedly in "love" with. Its easy to bear your soul on paper she knew the situation well, its evident in the lyrics. Number two is Aaliyah with 'Four Page Letter'

One more spot to go whose it going to be? I don't even know myself i'm going for a time out, it needs some serious thought.
alright who can it be Micheal Jackson with Never can say goodbye, Butterfly or Ben
Well the number one has to go to Boyz II Men with On bended knees

Ah hah I bet you thought that I was going to let you off easy, well i'm not.
There is a lesson to be learned in here believe it or not.
Break ups are always going to be hard whether you are the dumper or the dumpee, it doesn't make it the end of the world, life goes on. There is truth in the saying there are plenty more fish in the water.
I promise there will come a day when you can look back and laugh or cringe at the whole incident.
For now console yourself with images of them in excruciating pain.
Here are some webites to help you through this difficult transition.
This one is just for the ladies
Heres one for everyone
And just for the guys don't think i've forgotten you
And this is the Love Test, enjoy

Until next time, stay safe

Remember truth is a right not a privilege

Sunday, March 14, 2004

MONEY MATTERS

It makes the world go round, what am I? The gravitational pull of the moon. Okay smarty-pants that was a correct not the correct answer. The answer I was actually looking for was MONEY, dough, the cold hard green stuff, cash.
The bane of all our lives, especially those of students.
With the proposed top up fees what can we as students expect to find in store for ourselves?
'A college education never hurt anybody who was willing to learn after he got it.' Well a university education is definately gonna hurt us in our pockets.

The annual cost of higher learning is £1,250.00, the fee will vary depending on the income of individuals and guardians. The fee is also different for international students depending on the course £8,750 being the most expensive for a laboratory based subject and £7,250 for a classroom-based subject.

The government plans to give universities the power to charge up to £3,000 for a course.

People may not think this is a lot but the costs will add up, here is an example of what the costs could end up being.

A standard university course lasts for three years,
£3,000 x 3 years= 9,000

Accom odation for the first year at halls of accommodation. The most expensive room is £87.75 per week for 40 weeks
£87.75 x 40 weeks= £3,510
The cheapest room is £68.00 x 40 weeks= £2,720
so far the cost has come up to £12,510/£11,720.
This total excludes accommodation for the next two years of your course, living costs such as food and equipment that you are going to need for your course.
So why are the government making such a proposal besides trying to be more like America the reason is that he believes there is not enough money being invested in the educational system to enable British learning instituitions to compete with ivory league schools in America, this way more money can be invested into educational tools.
As usual I am going to provide you with the relevant links to educate yourself further on the matter.

TRUTH... you should know the drill by now.

Friday, March 05, 2004

WHEN LOVE HURTS

This is a subject that I have not personally experienced myself, but I know of a few people that have.
It is a growing problem that affects both men and women, although their experiences may vary.
By now I would have hopefully piped your interest in the topic I'll be writing about this week.

The topic matter of this week is... Abusive Relationships.

Dating violence is similar to that of marital abuse in the sense that the same patterns of control and power are at work.
By abusive relationships I don't just mean physical abuse alone it can be emotional and psychological as well.
The definition of dating violence is, "repeated verbal, emotional, physical or sexual abuse used to frighten, hurt and control a boyfriend/girlfriend."


I have heard a lot recently about guys hitting girls for no reason that could warrant such behaviour; I personally feel that it is deplorable on every single level.
Here are a few statistics about abuse: -

34% of the female murder victims over the age of 15 are killed by their husbands, ex-husbands, or boyfriends.

11% of the men but only 5% of the women said their current partner had committed acts of violence towards them, ranging from pushing, through hitting, to stabbing.

One in three females will experience abuse at the hands of her boyfriend before adulthood.

By now you should be able to tell what my stand point on abusive relationships are.
What gets my goat just as much is, women that abuse men knowing full well that they will not retaliate with violence.
The issue of abuse can be very complicated and is to deep for me to get into and to do it real justice so as an alternative I'll give a quick low down instead providing the relevant links that will be able to address your concerns and answer all your questions.
Don't ever say that I don't do anything for you.

Like everything in life there are always tell tell signs so here are a few to watch out for:-

If he/she's been in a violent relationship before. Abusive men/women rarely change.
Don't make the mistake of thinking 'it will be different with me - he/she didn't treat him/her right'.

He/she puts your friends down and / or makes it difficult for you to see them.

He/she loses his/her temper over trivial things.

He/she criticizes you all the time - about your weight, your hair, your clothes, etc.

He/she makes all the decisions in your relationship and ignores your needs or dismisses them as unimportant.

Feel you could be in an abusive relationship? Go to www.dvirc.org.au/whenlove/checklist.htm
and take the free quiz
Always remember that you are not alone. There are plenty of support groups ready to listen to you.
I hope this has been helpful, and will give you the strength to get out of an unhealthy relationship or stay clear of one.
www.recovery-man.com/abusive/abusive.htm
www.teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/relationships/abuse.html
www.sheridanhill.com/battered.html

Remember TRUTH is a right not a privilege

Monday, March 01, 2004

DYING FOR A DRINK

As students we should all be aware of the dangers we face when going out as not all dangers are going to be presented to us with a red flashing light.
I know that on a night out with the girls accepting drinks from strangers can seem like harmless fun but we do not know the motives behind what seems like an innocent offer.
Yes the topic that I am referring to is ‘date rape’

In recent news there has been a significant increase in the amount of reported drug assisted rape cases. This is not an issue that only effects women it also effects men as well, 10-15% of rapes reported were made by men that is 750 cases.
There are two types of date rape drugs that are commonly used GHB, which, most people would know as ‘Liquid Ecstasy’ or its partner in crime Rohynol more commonly known as ‘Roofies’

The drugs produce a sedative effect, amnesia, muscle relaxation, and a slowing of psychomotor responses. Sedation occurs 20-30 minutes after administration and lasts for several hours.
In order to reduce the risk of falling prey to date rape there are precautions that we can take.
They might seem obvious but many have fallen victim due to showing lack of caution.

v Being wary about accepting drinks from anyone you don't know well. If you are accepting a drink, make sure it's from an unopened container that you can open yourself.
v Don't put your drink down and leave it unattended even to go to the restroom, if you do make sure you do not drink from it again.
v Notify other females and males you know about the effects of this dangerous drug.

If you think that you have been a victim, notify the authorities immediately.
For more information visit the following Website that are provided via the links.
teenadvice.about.com/cs/daterape
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