The End of An Era

As you will know if you have seen my most recent youtube video, on the 16th of June, I had my final exam, and my final day of school. I will still go in a couple of times, for sixth form taster sessions and a final assembly, and I will (hopefully) be staying on for 6th form, but it’s a huge shift. The summer seems to be stretching endlessly ahead of me, and it’s almost daunting. And after summer, it’s only so long until real life begins…

The fact that I am free hasn’t fully sunk in yet, I keep saying to myself ‘stop faffing and do some revision’ then the delicious realization that, at least for now, that’s over creeps in. It’s rather pleasant.

The fact that I now have (almost, there’s some bridging work) no school work until September means I have a lot more time which means I can blog a lot more, so what would you like to see from me? I’m very privileged in that I’m travelling quite a bit this summer, so posts about that? Posts about music, books? Outfit posts? I also want to make a lot more videos over on youtube, so if you have any suggestions for videos you’d like to see or songs that you’d like me to cover, let me know!

 

Light Escapism|Summer 2017

So if your life is anything like mine at the moment, you are a busy and stressed mess, and the rare moment I get to myself I like to use without really having to think. In view of this I have compiled a list of ways you can while away the time (I’ll be honest, it’s mostle just a list of entertainment/youtubers I am enjoying at the moment) .  I have made a vague attempt to order them by category (first youtbers then tv etc). It’s quite long though, so grab a cup of tea and get comfortable!

1. BedroomSoliloquies 

Also known as my friend Lay’s YouTube channel. Like me, Lay has exams coming up and so isn’t really uploading at the moment, but there are plenty of lovely, artsy videos for you to enjoy. As an added bonus, Lay has the most gorgeous, soft voice and her videos are very calming. This and this are my favourites of her videos.

2. Maja Anushka 

Another YouTuber! Her channel is so lovely and (again) she has a lovely soft voice. She does a lovely mix of videos, my favourites are RAG and this one about her journals

3. NotJustBlonde/Zannah 

She makes lovely, soothing videos. They’re often advicey but she also makes beautiful music and her videos are v aesthetically pleasing. This travel vlog is my favourite of her videos and I have watched it many many times but also her song Fine is utterly beautiful.

4. Mygreencow

I’ll be honest. This is really not usually my time of YouTuber. At all. But I have a very deep rooted love of stationery and a few of her videos help with that, however they are sprinkled among other videos about crafts that just aren’t my style. These unboxings are my favourites. 

5. Tom Rosenthal 

A musician who has recently released a new album that is absolutely magical. Truly. My favourites are Morning and Just As but honestly all of his music is life changingly beautiful.

6. Dancing Years

They’re a band (that have now, at great cost to us all, split up) that make beautiful, nostalgic, makes-you-feel-deeply-emotional-and-heart-broken music. My favourites are We Danced Last Night and  Suddenly Still

7. Castle 

And on to TV! Castle is something that I only recently started watching and.oh.my. That show is glorious. Witty and smart and Nathan Fillion. What’s not to love.

8. Reign 

If you know me you know the deep obsession I have with this show. Goodness. It’s feminist, tackles important issues, witty and a period drama mixed with a soap. It’s the best thing to happen to American television since Buffy.

9. House of Fools

A sitcom that is fronted by Vic and Bob but has a generally amazing cast and is just hilarious. It includes Matt Berry, excellent running jokes and low-key genius breaking of the fourth wall. Just. Go watch it.

10. Beauty and the Beast 

And I don’t mean the film. I have been reading an anthology of different versions of Beauty and The Beast from folklore from all around the world. You can purchase it here and I highly recommend that you do. It also means that you appear deeply intelligent and intellectual but really you’re just enjoying fairy tales.

Of course, this is not everything with which I entertain myself, Kimmy Schmidt recently returned and included Daveed Diggs (loml) and w1a and Upstart Crow are both set to return soon (and may have by the time this is posted). There are too many things I enjoy to fit into one post.

Thank you for reading!

Please Vote

My good friend Bee has just posted a blogpost about tomorrow’s general election but basically, I urge you, I beg you, to vote. It is of the utmost importance and it is your duty, if you are undecided as to who to vote for, I have a proposal for you; vote on behalf of me, I’m 16 and cannot yet vote, but I know how I would, I beg of you, vote labour. Jeremy Corbyn wants to restore the country the Tories are, and have been for the last 7 years. The NHS is falling apart, nurses are using food banks, and it cannot be denied that terrorism has hugely increased under Tory rule. The tories are murdering people, the disabled, the mentally ill, the working class and NHS waiting lists are so long that people are dying while they wait for treatment. 
Education has suffered hugely, and arts funding has suffered dramatically. Labour will fix that, as well as keeping the  free school meals that Theresa May wants to remove. Not to mention that labour will scrap tutition fees. 

(Also remember that Labour want to keep the ban on fox hunting). 

I went to a labour rally a couple of days ago and the atmosphere was incredible, thousands braved the miserable weather and enthusiastically cheered Jeremy on. There were other speakers who were truly amazing and it was one of the best things I’ve experienced. 

A day at the beach

Hello! I hope that you’re enjoying this bank holiday weekend and the weather it has (thus far) brought.
If you watch my YouTube videos then you may know that me and my friends like to visit the beach (link) and we are very lucky that there is one very close (about 15 minutes on the metro, the best of Newcastle’s public transport if you can ignore the limited destinations) so on Saturday we decided to make the most of the beautiful weather (before the storm hit, which we managed to miss entirely by going to a cafe) and visit the beach! 
We adventured on rocks (starting at King Edward’s bay and clambered over to Long Sands)


I have long (all my life) had a deep love for cold water/outdoor swimming, if there’s a body of water, chances are, I’m in it! So I took advantage of this opportunity and threw myself in there The water was…cold. But, despite being bracing, it was also refreshing and cleansing and I didn’t realise how much I’d missed swimming in cold water until I was doing it again. 

We then went to a cute cafe in The Land of Green Ginger (which was once a church but now houses lots of kitschy cafes and shops and doesn’t have a website. I tried to find one.)

The photo credit for all of this post goes to Aphra and Libby

Thank you for reading!! It’s half term this week so I hope to write a few more posts while I have time and I’ll post them over a few weeks. 

The Beginning of Stress

Today is Sunday the 14th of May 2017. On the 16th I have my first GCSE exam (Biology unit 1, if you were interested) and on the 17th I have my 16th Birthday. This is odd and terrifying and I really don’t know how I feel about it. 

It’s also strange that I only have a month left of school, my last exam is the 16th of June, at which point I will be free and my days will be my own. I’m very excited to have time for myself and to be able to do things without feeling stressed and guilty for not revising. The park near my house is particularly gorgeous at around 7 o’clock in the summer (may-early July) and I’m very excited to be able to go and wonder round in the early evening. 

I am also looking forward to sleeping in. I am missing that a lot. 

Good luck to everyone else starting/has started their exams! I’m sure you’ll do brilliantly, but if you don’t, that’s okay too. 

An Introduction

Hello! So here we are, a new blog! My name’s Polly, I’m 15 and I live in Newcastle. I’ve started this blog very impulsively and inspired by my friend Bee, I have my GCSEs coming up very soon and have limited time (so posting may be sporadic for the next couple of months) but my friend encouraged me, saying that I could post things related to my revision, and so, here we are! You can find me on various other places on the internet including instagram, YouTube and Twitter I have also recently started a studygram  as a way to try and motivate myself to revise more!

Anyway, that’s it for now, I really hope that I can post again soon, we’ll see how stressed and overwhelmed I am!

Polly