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2016 in review: Instagram Best Nine

It might be a 2016 year in review in mid-January, but hey my blog schedule is busy between INTERVIEWED, X amount of time a Londoner and travel posts!

Let’s look back at my instagram best nine, which showcased some of my favourite moments of the year, even if it featured the least staged and edited of my pictures! I work hard on posting nice shots of landscapes and cities to instagram, but ho hey the ones of silly old me are the ones my friends like.

1) Greg Rutherford 

I dressed as Greg Rutherford this Halloween, as part of my ‘Inspiring Gingers Through Time’ Halloween 2016 theme. Greg himself approved of it, as did his wife Suzy, cheers for the support guys!

This costume involved a lot of masking tape, fabric tape and iron on transfer paper. It came out surprisingly well for a costume made of the shittest materials possible.

2) The dab

I posted a whole spiel with this insta about how this picture came out, for the shorter, not as a fun version, I dabbed as Amy told me to and the club photographer kept shouting ‘NO DABBING’

3) Stockholm Snow Boy

We visited Stockholm in November, whilst the city was experiencing some of the worst snow it had experienced in November for 100 years. We had a bit of a photoshoot in the snow using my trusty Calvin the Camera.

4) Vincent Van Gogh

My other ‘Inspiring Ginger Through Time’ costume was Vincent Van Gogh. This was a fun costume to make as it consisted entirely of things I already owned, including the sunflower.

5) S C O U S E  P O W E R 

Taken the same night as the dab. Couldn’t not pose with some SCOUSE POWER graffiti. Especially now that I’m the token Northerner in any circles I mix in in London.

6) Graduation

Yes, this is a genuinely nice one with people I love and all, back to me dressed as other gingers.

7) Obi-Wan Kenobi

I slept little and sewed lots for a long time resulting in this cosplay, it’s the best I’ve ever done. Fae made the armour and she KILLED IT.

8) Oslo Idiot

Surprise, surprise, I wore a black t-shirt, black jeans and black trainers and posed like a right dick somewhere publicly.

9) Liverpool

My favourite view in the city and one of my favourite places on Earth. I love Liverpool so much, I do miss it a lot being over 200 miles away. It does make me sad thinking that it’ll have changed so much the next time I go back, though Liverpool will always be what I consider home.

Even moreso as my actual hometown is too small for anyone down here to know, with Liverpool being the closest city, it’s easier to say that. I did live there for 2 years, and I consider it more a hometown than my actual hometown.

And that’s my top 9 for the year. See you in 2018 for 2017’s!

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Goodbye 2016!

It might be a few days late to post a look back at 2016, but it’s been a mighty busy couple of days, I haven’t had a chance to look back at the last few minutes let alone look back at the entire year. 2016 has been a rollercoaster of a year, there’s been major disappointments, disasters, and losses for the world. In my personal life, I’ve overcome some obstacles, hit major milestones and been at the highest and lowest points I think I’ve ever been at.

I started 2016 with a 6am shift at ASDA. I remember going to bed on New Year’s Day at 12:10am. I didn’t start it very well. Then someone in the canteen was talking about how they think Sia is stupid. It really didn’t start well.

January was a bit of a whirlwind, I was in the first exam/coursework period of my third and final year of my degree. I had so much coursework, it was probably the hardest exam period of the entire degree. I averaged out at a 2:1 at this point, that’s mega good, but I personally was disappointed as I had been averaging on a strong first grade, and my results which dragged me down were in a module I very much struggled in, and one I recognised I didn’t try hard enough in. After this, I had a week off alongside my course and flatmates, we drank, we shopped, we partied, it was a great time.

 Things then improved further! We finished January, and brought in February, with a trip to Budapest, Hungary. Myself and four of my nearest and dearest decided to spend a couple of well earned days away in a city none of us had ever visited. It was bloody incredible. We all laughed harder than we ever had before on that trip, that’s what stands out to me from it. It was one of the best few days of my life with people who I’m sure will be lifelong friends. That’s the nicest thing I’ve ever said about them, usually we’re all right bastards to each other.

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Top 10 Albums of 2016

The year is coming to a close, so it’s time to look back at some of the amazing albums we were blessed with this year. 2016 was a cracking year in music, here are 10 of my favourite albums that were released this year. These are in no particular order, don’t make me choose a favourite. Don’t be that cruel.

Christine and the Queens – Chaleur Humaine

This was originally released in France in 2014, but didn’t make it’s way over the English channel, or onto my Spotify, until this year.

Chaleur Humaine is a strong album, lacking any filler, with lyrics intertwining two languages, heavy beats and soft flows. Chaleur Humaine feels appropriate for all times of day, for all moods. I could dance to ‘Tilted’ in a club, listen to ‘Science Fiction’ in the gym, but most of all I jam out to it in the house.

Lead single: ‘Tilted’

Stream on Spotify.

Buy on iTunes.

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Ueno Park, Harajuku’s Owl Cafe and Shibuya’s Movie Bar

Back in Tokyo, and after 26 posts, we are nearing the end of these finally!

On one of my final days I met up with my friend Eggy, we’ve known each other on Twitter for a really long time, so it was amazing to finally meet her! She came all the way down from Sendai, because she’s the true MVP! I also met Eggy’s friend Ayu, who was really lovely also!

I passed this shrine whilst on my way to meet Eggy in Shinjuku, I’m just throwing it in here as all torii gates are pretty.

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A-Z of David

Inspired by my friend Jemma’s recent post, I thought I would tackle the A-Z of X challenge!

I like to do a post like this every now and then, think about how satisfying/cringey it is when you find an old Facebook note (remember those?) or MySpace bulletin you saved before it automatically disappeared after 10 days. It’s like uncovering a time capsule of you!

I’d like to hope I am far past the point where I look back and cringe at things I’ve said about myself in recent years, but I know that’s a lie, TimeHop is a daily reminder of stupid things I’ve tweeted. But let’s hope that the things I say here don’t haunt me in years to come!

So let’s begin with this gif I found of myself in Blogger’s picture archives, there’s a whole folder of gifs that either my phone or Blogger has made automatically? Weird. Especially as the pictures used are from a year ago!

 A – Anime. I was massively into anime as a teenager, and I’m still really into it now! Anime definitely shaped those formative years, lead me into making some brilliant friends and lead me to loving Japan as much as I do.

B – Bastille.

I’m currently obsessed to a degree that may or may not be healthy. I’m sure my friends are sick of me going on about them, and playing their records when they’re over!

C – Cosplay and costumes.

 I’ve only really gotten into costumes in the last few years, but I’m made/put together a fair few now, including Star Lord, Indiana Jones, Rick Grimes, Han Solo, and my crowning glory, Obi-wan Kenobi!

D – David. My first name! I also go by Dave, Davey, or the occasional ‘DD’ from a flatmate of mine.

E – E 900. As in the Samsung E 900, that was one of my first ever phones, I loved it so much. I was going to get the D 900, but the E 900 had just come out and I wanted to be cool.

F – Five Guys. If it weren’t so damn expensive, I’d eat there everyday. It actually came up on my Timehop recently that the Liverpool branch was announced a year ago, I remember texting everyone I know and dying inside. That cajun seasoning is what I want my cremated ashes to be mixed in with.

G – Game of Thrones. I bloody love it. I love the book series, I love the show. I can’t get enough of it.

H – Halloween.

My favourite holiday. I can’t wait to have my own apartment again so I can decorate.

I – Indiana Jones.

 I seems to be a very hard letter, so I’m just gonna go basic and go with my favourite film series. I made a blog post last January about how much I bloody love those films.

J – Juggling. My party trick is that I can juggle really well with 3 balls,  4 if I’m having a good day.

K – Ketchup. I hate it so much, I’ve tried to make myself like it, but it’s just runny red water that’s salt, sugar, and anything that isn’t a tomato.

L – London. I love the city and wish to move there. My other choice is Liverpool, which I adore too. I will only live in cities beginning with L apparently.

M – Mad Men.

Another of my favourite shows, I’m nearly done with rewatching the series from the beginning! I started this in June, and now I have about 3 episodes left, and I’m going to cry as much as I did the first time!

N – Notepads. I have an insane amount, and I’m trying to put a ban on myself from buying more.

O – Orange. Orange is my favourite colour, and that may have a massive deal to do with my naturally orange hair. I know we all call it ginger, but orange sounds so much cooler.

P – Pokemon.

Pokemon has had such a huge influence on my life, I can’t even begin to describe the impact it’s had!

Q – Quizzes. I love a good pub quiz, and I’m still convinced other teams cheated for us not to place in the top 3 for the Game of Thrones quiz my uni held. I revised harder for that than I did my exams.

R – Russia. I really want to take the trans siberian railway from Moscow, through Mongolia to Beijing. It’s super expensive, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the chance, but it’s towards the top of my travel bucket list, right behind Machu Picchu.

S – Socks. As a kid I had a thing about my socks not being comfortable and would spend about 10-15 minutes every morning moving my socks around on my feet until they were perfect. It was a thing I did for far too long.

T – Thomas. My surname that I don’t use online for the fact that there are so many David Thomas’ in the world, including my father. People often get my name backwards due to the fact it’s just two names! I also get told that it’s a very Welsh name, the Thomas side of my family does hail from Wales!

U – Unknown. U is a hard letter ok! I don’t really have much of a fear of the unknown, I feel like I should probably be a little more afraid of it, but I dunno, it excites me instead.

V – Ventress. A severely underrated Star Wars character, she’s sick.

W – Weasel. The Pottermore test gave me a weasel as a patronus. However the complete test, that has all of the questions instead of the few Pottermore selects, gave me a St.Benard! And since cartoons depict them as always having whisky on them, I think that’s a bit more me, even if I do like the weasel.

X – Xylophone. I don’t own one, but I’d like to.

Y – YAS. I love the word ‘yas’, especially accompanied by a gif.

Z – Zoolander. One of the best comedy films ever made, up there with Hot Fuzz and Bridesmaids.


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