‘Elephant’, a bite-sized delight of friendship.

For Valentines Day this year, the BBC did something quite wonderful and chose to broadcast a collection of short films written by some of Britain’s finest comedians. The best of these was penned by Nick Helm and called ‘Elephant’, starring the writer himself and actress Esther Smith.

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Move to the city? I’ll stay put, thanks.

It’s funny – I was once desperate to escape my crummy little hometown and move away to a bigger, better place.  As teenagers, my best friend and I set our sights on moving to London and living in a super-chic apartment in the heart of the city.  A dream home to supplement our dream jobs; Alice’s in the music industry, mine in journalism.  We’d host incredible parties and spend our nights in the best bars and clubs meeting all kinds of cool, interesting and sophisticated people.

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Pass the anti-ageing cream, I’m 23 this year.

Very recently, I had a conversation with my friends about ageing.  It was an average Saturday night and we were sitting in a pub, a couple of discarded wine bottles on the table at this point, talking about “the good old days”.

The days when as sprightly, young 18 year olds, we would skip with excitement through the doors of our local Wetherspoons (seriously), waving our provisional driving licences around like they were golden tickets to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

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14 reasons why 2014 has been pretty damn great.

2014 has, like any other year, been a blend of the good, the bad and the downright mad.

Knee deep in essays, novels and deadlines at the start of January, December has certainly offered a dose of the unexpected. Early morning lectures have been replaced with early shifts serving coffee. Instead of fuelling late night library sessions with caffeine, I’m now pouring it into a cup and asking if sir or madam would like a croissant to go with their medium cappuccino today.

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Zipworld – the nearest thing to flying

The beginning of September saw myself and six friends do one of the coolest things I think I will probably ever do.

It was my best friend Alice’s idea to sign up to Zip World, home to the longest zip wire in Europe and located in the beautiful Penrhyn Quarry in North Wales. We stayed in a lovely little cottage for four fantastic days in Bethesda village, only a short distance from the seaside town of Bangor.

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It’s July and can you believe the sun is shining?! ☼ ☼ ☼

This past month has been a bit up-and-down. A few weeks ago I decided to get a nose piercing, which has now gone after I accidentally knocked it out a week later. One Friday I had arranged to go for lunch with my best friend, and to cut a long story short, it concluded with me sat on a bench in the local piercing shop with a needle going through my nose.

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You’ll have to excuse me; I’m typing this with a slight hangover. However, I find writing is often so therapeutic that it works as the best kind of cure, so that’s why I’m here instead of hiding in a dark room under a duvet. Weird, I know, but from me are you really expecting any different?

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I’m back! You poor unfortunate souls.

I finished my exams yesterday, and suffice to say, it’s pretty unbelievable to think that we’ve reached the end of this academic year already. They say time flies when you’re having fun – I’m not sure I’d label spending an absurd number of days revising and writing essays “fun”, but each to their own. If anything, I have learned in these last few months that time flies when you have deadlines to meet, and hopefully that’s a lesson I’ll bear in mind when it comes to writing my dissertation next year!

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Just to give anyone that cares a head’s up, I’m giving my blog a bit of a temporary break for now until my exams are finished. This makes me quite sad (I’d insert an unhappy face here if Blogger let me use emoticons) but it’s a sensible thing to do. Being sensible is not something that comes naturally to me, but I thought I’d give it a try. And hopefully by the time the exam period is over, I will have found something worthwhile and interesting to write about instead of aimlessly babbling like usual.

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There’s no easy way to say this, but my recent efforts at blogging have been pretty shambolic. This post has no particular topic other than to say hi, I’m alive and haven’t forgotten how to use a computer, so I’ll apologise in advance now for being super boring for the next few paragraphs and rambling on like the complete nutter that I unfortunately am.

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