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March 2017

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Two Months a Londoner

Another addition to ‘X a Londoner’

Catch up on the other’s here:

24 hours a Londoner

A Week a Londoner

A Month a Londoner

 

So I complain about travel costs all the time.

I can’t believe there’s a zone 9, I’m guessing it’s somewhere near Scotland.

I can remember what lines pass through what stations and come up with routes ALL ON MY OWN! Take that Citymapper.

Not really Citymapper, I still run EVERYTHING by you.

I (thankfully) still haven’t been asked for any directions.

I’m never going to get over the amount of stuff to do in this city!

I’m making new friends, doing new things, injuring myself running, all in good fun.

I saw Sadiq Khan twice within two weeks. I don’t think this is normal, in 2 years of living in Liverpool I never saw the major.

I’m not really having any celebrity sightings outside of some events I’ve been at.

Somehow I’ve seen the same YouTuber twice in central London!? I recognise his face but have no idea what his name is.

I’ve also bumped into a friend’s family in Hyde Park whilst they were visiting for the weekend. What are the chances!?

This city is very expensive, transport costs add up quickly and you can end up much poorer than you expected very easily.

Not being able to get a seat on the Tube can suck, it sucks even more when you can barely even find room to stand.

Taking luggage onto the Tube is awful, it’s so hard to manage it every time. I’ve done it a load of times, it never gets any easier. Plus people REALLY judge you for it! There’s no way around it!

It can be easy to feel lonely and lost in such a huge city. There are so many people, but so few that I actually know, due to growing up over 200 miles away.

I fear everyday that I’ll be forced to leave this city at some point due to the rising rent costs. My rent is cheap for London, and it’s not cheap at all. I could very easily be renting a 1 bed city centre apartment all to myself in Liverpool for what I pay. It’s likely/definite that my rent will increase in a couple of months, and it will keep rising. I just hope my earning capacity can keep up with it. If I leave London, I want it to be of my own accord.

That being said, I feel so much for my friends born and raised here. Yes, I am extremely jealous of having family to live with instead of worrying about making ends meet, but this is their city. If they are forced out due to rent costs, where do they go? I’d head straight back to Liverpool, where I have friends, family and a life.

It’s brilliant here, but it is terrifying, it is uncertain and it’s headed to be a place only the extremely rich can live. This contradicts itself, as London needs those who are the antithesis of that. Who knows what will happen.

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Stockholm’s Decorated Metro System

Stockholm’s metro system is something else entirely. Many stations are beautifully decorated, they’re works of art.

We took a journey around some of the most famous and adored! You can learn a little more about specific stations here. We didn’t visit all of those mentioned, but did visit all mentioned here. Ashlea’s blogpost served as our guide for the day.

Ashlea nails down how much this tour will cost and it’s timings, however we used a 24 hour travel card as we were starting from a different station and would be heading all over the city in the afternoon/evening.

You can also take a guided tour for free, however it is entirely in Swedish. Continue Reading →

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Green Light – Lorde

Green light – the first single of Lorde’s sophomore album, Melodrama is out now.

Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine, was released 3 1/2 years ago. It served as the soundtrack to my daily commute to uni. Since then we’ve had some music from Ella, for The Hunger Games and her amazing collaboration with Disclosure, Magnets (click the link to read my take on that song). It’s no secret I love Lorde’s music, in fact my first post on this site references her.

Green Light is new for Lorde, it’s the closest to a summer pop track she’s had, however it’s still a Lorde track. Meaning it’s much more a euphoric journey than a summer anthem. It’ll have you up dancing wherever you are, however you’re feeling.

Green light is almost two songs in one. The piano ‘riff’ in the prelude to the chorus could have been ripped from a different track, we’re connected only by the consistency of Lorde’s distinctive sultry voice. Not many artists could pull this transition off.

Her lyrics are, as always, intense, relatable and screaming of our youth. Being a similar age to Ella, I find myself in her lyrics often. My personal favourite line in Green Light is ‘Those great whites, they have big teeth’, later reworked into ‘Those great rumours, they have big teeth’.

This track is about her first real heartbreak, and so calls to anyone experiencing heartbreak, be it in the traditional sense or not. In some way, we’re all waiting for that green light, whatever it may be. This track puts that absolutely shit feeling into something that’ll get you onto your feet.

Pure Heroine reflected Ella’s early-mid teen years, Melodrama will take us through the wild years she’s had since becoming an international superstar, all whilst still freshly an adult.

There’s a reason David Bowie took a shine to Ella. I think we’ll be hearing that reason soon.

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INTERVIEWED: MY TAKE ON LIFE

Today we’re joined with my friend Jack of www.mytakeonlife.co.uk I’ll let him introduce himself:

D: What do you do on your section of the internet?

J: As an outreach executive, I work with bloggers on a daily basis and I started to get a feel for blogging and wanted to be part of the community. I set up My Take On Life in March 2016 to share with my readers what I enjoy in life. When I first started blogging back in March, my main aim was to build my blog’s reputation and hopefully be at the stage where people would regularly visit my blog and enjoy reading my content as well as find it interesting, and of course it would be great if brands started to get in touch and wanted to collaborate with me.

As I’m still new to blogging, I’m currently trying to create good quality, engaging content as well as building my social following, in the hope that I will attract more visitors to my blog.
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