Accommodation – Keeping Clean and Tidy

Hello All
Well, It’s going to be happening soon. Your all going to be moving far away from home for the first time, and some of you will be moving onto Campus to stay in our lovely accommodation .
As I have already said in a previous blog, we have Founders Court, Graduates Court, and Chancellors Court along with my own Accommodation, Forest Court.

Your Room is your own little private space.
It is your to fill with what you wish and what you want. You can do what you want (within legal reason) in your room.
Of course however you are going to (hopefully) want to keep it clean.
A good clean and tidy room, with plenty of organisation means that you as an individual will be able to make your thought processes organised.

Lets face it, there is nothing worse then trying to work and being surrounded by junk and rubbish and being unable to move.
Lets face it, you do not want to particualry have to wade through rubbish just to get in and out of your room.

This is why bins are provided in every room (so you can throw all your spare junk in it), there are designated recycling bins in your kitchens (for those who actually have kitchens) and there is a set of large bins outside.

There is also a hoover and mop set in your kitchen cupboards, which is communal. You take good care of it, and it will take good care of you.

I recommend from personal experience, that you should give your room a hoover at least once a week, bare minimum. At the very least, it picks up all the dust and tiny stuff.

Speaking of, I need to go do mine right now

Speak soon

 

— Quote of the Day —

The world’s a mean place. It’s unfair, then it’s fair. It’s hateful, then it’s loving. It’s a very peculiar place on philosophical and metaphysical and religious levels.” – Tim Allen

Amazing Spiderman 2

So over the weekend last week I had the privilege of being able to watch The Amazing Spiderman 2. A brilliant film with many twists and turns and heartbreaking moments.
The Plot follows as such.

Peter Parker continue to fight crime as Spider-Man. He pursues and criminals who attempt to steal a truck containing plutonium vials. During the chase, Spider-Man rescues OsCorp Industries employee Max Dillon. Max idolizes Spider-Man. While tending to some maintenance in an OsCorp laboratory, he loses his balance and falls into a tank of genetically modified electric eels. They attack him, and he mutates into a living electric generator.
After a tense break off with Gwen, Peter’s childhood friend Harry Osborn returns to Manhattan to see his terminally ill father, CEO of OsCorp. Norman explains his illness is hereditary, and Harry is at the age where it first develops. Norman gives Harry a small device he claims contains his life’s work. The next day, Norman dies and Harry is appointed the new OsCorp CEO. He humiliates the OsCorp board, which has been privy to Norman’s secret biogenetic projects for foreign military powers.
Max wanders into Times Square and accidentally causes a blackout. Spider-Man attempts to calm him down, but the police fire at Max, making him lose his temper and attack. Spider-Man eventually stops him, and Max is taken to Ravencroft Institute.

The stage is then set as Harry Osborn searches for the clue to his cure, and Peter must question where he stands as Spiderman, and wether the risks to the ones he loves is worth it?
And what will become of Max/Electro?

Watch and find out 🙂
It was a brilliant film and well worth a watch.

— Quote of the Day —

“The arrogance of man is thinking nature is in our control… and not the other way around.”

Creative Edge!

 

 

 

I’d like to take a moment to talk about my place of work at Edge Hill University
I, of course, study Digital Animation SFX and that study takes place in the
newly created Creative Edge building.

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The building opened for use last September (2013) just as my first year began.
Not only is it the new home for Animation students, it is also the home of other
Media courses in the department, which includes Film Studies, advertising and computing. It is designed to provide for us state of the art suites of industry standard facilities.

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Available to us at the Creative Edge building is a beautiful set of  TV studios with the ability to broadcast and and full production capabilities for news, drama, documentary and experimental work. We have fully working recording studios with sound-editing suites (something that comes in handy from time to time in animation), animation studios (very, VERY handy for Animation students, obviously), a photography studio, a multimedia laboratory, as well as networking, forensics  and computer laboratories.

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The Creative Edge Building also provides a dedicated space on campus for many businesses who wish to recruit students for internships and forge links with academic staff through research and consultancy projects. Because of this we have many visitors around, watching us work and often in turn teaching us some of their own knowledge.
It is an invaluable place for us and is certainly preparing us for work later on after university

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Come over and see for yourself

— Thought of the Day —

“The very existence of flame-throwers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves, You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.” – George Carlin

Student Life at Edge Hill University

As I have spoken many times before, I often have many methods of winding down at university.
It is only natural that after a long tiring day at the university, or even a free day, you’ll want to take a break from work.

For me, it can be a number of things.
From filming something or doing something Doctor Who related

Or sitting there making costumes and attending conventions

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There are of course many Societies that I am involved in. There is of course, the Murder Mystery Society, Doctor Who Society, Fantasy and Sci-Fi and so on

I also sometimes just like to sit with my friends in one of the booths upstairs in the hub and just relax
Our Work Space

It seems simple, but It’s something I like to enjoy

Of course from time to time, I do like to indulge in going on a night out, where upon there are many places you can go to, such as the insanely fabulous Lime Tyger in the heart of Ormskirk – a cocktail bar which now serves food!
If you would like a more foodie and healthier option, there is always Blue Juice and Java. Their smoothies are to die for!

As always, liverpool is but a mere train ride away, but as always, if all else fails there is always the comfort of the local Nom takeaway, the bar room, the Hub to relax, the nearby lake or quite simply, your nice lovely bed in your room to have a nice long nap

— Quote of the Day —

Only when you are willing to stand in the dark, are you ready to see the light

 

Filming!

Hello there!

I speak to you from my past, sending ahead to you now!

So, for some time now I have been working on a Doctor Who fan film
project so I can practise my special effect skills and help those on other courses advance theirs too

The other day, one of our leading actresses found herself unable to take part anymore,
So, since i needed to film a mini episode for the Previous Edge Hill Doctor, and film his regeneration sequence, the lovely lady joined us to do one episode as a companion.

We did however have a bit of an accident. In a scene that had to be changed after, The Doctor was supposed to run and grab her hand and run with her away. A simple enough concept wouldn’t you agree?

Well it didn’t turn out that way. Instead she ended up being dragged along the ground by the Doctor

Thankfully she merely scraped the skin of both sides of her hand in some places, but it could have been worse. This is why we can’t have nice things!

— Thoughts of the Week —

“I came in like a wrecking ball!”

Off to Holiday and all things Random

Hello ladies, Gentlemen and fellow Orangutan’s
This is it, I’m finally off on holiday and going to bask in the sun, sea and sand.
Which means I’ll get horribly sun burnt, damp, and sand everywhere.
Am I the only one to bring half the beach home with me in my shoes?

I suppose I could have stayed at Edge Hill and gone to the University beach near Chancellors Court, but that would mean I could not go swimming (not that I can swim) nor would I be able to pay outrageous amounts for ice cream!

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As some of you may be aware, a phenomena began to occur earlier last month on social media websites, where women would be nominated by one of their friends to do post a picture of themselves, wearing absolute no make up what-so-ever and then nominate other female friends to do the same. This is was about raising awareness of Cancer and the ongoing quest to find a cure for it. People then donate £3 to Cancer Research UK by texting ‘BEAT’ to 70099. Men on the other hand had to put make up on, and after being tagged by my younger brother, I decided to go with it and dress up again.
Readers of this blog will know that I am no stranger to make up

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This charity holds a special place to my heart, after losing my best friend when I was 8 to Cancer and nearly losing my mother around the same time to cancer. Even now, my Grandfather suffers from cancer of the brain, and that in itself is inoperable.

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Thoughts of the Day

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing”

Semester Ending?

Hello again boys and girls!

It appears that semester two is soon going to be drawing to a close.
For those that do not understand what I mean by this, University years are split into three semesters. September to December is Semester one, January to April is semester two, and end of April to the end of  June is semester three.
It seems only yesterday that I started semester two, and to have it approach so rapidly was partially terrifying.
But, looking back on these blogs so far, I can see that I’ve actually achieved more then I thought.
I’ve made these blogs! I’ve attended so many different societies and I’ve helped out at a few events.
Just last weekend I took part in an open society event, where I performed in the Local Ormskirk park, helped set up stands (and take one down due to the weather), and generally help raise awareness for the day.
It was fun to say the least.
There were so many societies there to support.
I am just glad that I was lucky enough to be one of those involved in the whole thing.

On other notes, Some new films are coming out that I am eager to see.
If anyone should ever want to watch films while at Edge hill, they need only to go to the cinema we have on campus (although they show already long released films) and there are at least two to my memory in liverpool, which is but a 30 minute train ride away.
Anywho, please enjoy these trailers if you have not already seen them and I will bid thee a good day.

— THoughts —

“Oh yes, the past can hurt. But you can either run from it, or learn from it”

 

 

 

Money Money Work

So, If my memory recalls, it is around this time that those who are waiting to go to university should be slowly coming to the conclusion of which university to pick, which in turn means your going to need to arrange to start paying for it.

Obviously, if you are like me and the many thousands of other students, you’ll be applying through student finance. It is crucial to get this done asap, because funding from student finance will make your life so much easier while your at university, and leaving it too late will mean delays in actually getting any money.

Of course there are other methods while at university to get money, if you ever feel  like you are running low. There are many places you can get a small part time job. Within this year, I have seen jobs at The Student Union Bar, McColls and even the job I have now as a Student Blogger. There are also many unpaid jobs too, which you can do such as VIBE Media or volunteering around campus or Ormskirk.

Or, if you already have a job back home with a large corporate organisation (Say, Morrisons), you can simply transfer up here.

Suffice to say there is no shortage for jobs around the university and the local town, but you must always remember one thing. If you do take on jobs outside of your time at the university, you must make sure it does not interfere with your work at the university.
It can be hard to juggle uni work and a Job, I know this from experience. So be careful when deciding on this vital matter.

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In other news, the student elections are coming to a close. Today will be learning who our new student union president is, and who our various Vice Presidents are.
It is an exciting time and I cannot wait to find out who it will be

— Thursday thoughts —
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

— Friday thoughts —

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity”

My Favourite Spot on Campus

If I was I was to be asked what my favourite spot on Campus would be, I would have to say that it is the Hub

Bizaare as it is to say, given that there are so many places to choose from.

There’s the Lake,
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the Beech, the Creative Edge
Or this lovely Spot
The Library!

But it is the Hub that is my favourite spot, by far, to be

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It is where I spend most of my time when not in my room, or in lectures.
I can meet my friends, use the computers to work or sit and watch films/Television on the Big screen.
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It has a great social feel, and is somewhere I love to be, Just as I hope you will learn to love it when you do make your own way here

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So, We fellow students are burdened with the glorious purpose of voting next week for our New President of the Student Union, and Various Vice Presidents (as shown in one of y pictures)
Of course I will not discuss the candidates (for their are many) but I can say that around this time next year, you too will have to go through the same process, and it is a fabulous experience to listen from all the students running.

In other news, it is currently a state of heavy fog at edge hill (as seen in pictures) Which would be perfect to film a horror movie in, and has allowed me to take some amazing pictures

 

— — Thursday thought — —
“You may lose your way from time to time, but if you listen to your heart, you will always find your way back home”

— — Friday Thought — —
“Things never happen the same way twice.”

Open Mic Night – An Event to enjoy!

On the ever recurring subject of what to do on an evening in edge hill, one of the many things I can recommend over and over again, and now even more so, an Open Mic Night.

If you just go as an audience member, you’ll be sure to be entertained by the finest talents of past and present Edge Hill members and talented individuals from nearby areas.
This talent can be Poetry, Acting, Circus/Mime arts and, quite obviously, singing.

Earlier in October I had the great pleasure of being able to work with a talented singer and guitarist named Simon, of which we did a fantastic set of songs, the first of which is here:

Simon is a very talented individual and I feel honored that he let me perform with him.
Anyway, Last night I was given the chance to perform once more for this Open Mic Night. We had a Harp/Ukulele player, many guitarists and singers, a comedy guitar duo, Poets, Simon returning on guitar as a solo act and I was given the opportunity to perform once more for everyone.
I managed to perform for everyone Michael Buble’s Cry me a River and Sweet Transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Audience were most responsive and the applause was lovely.
I can say that from a performer point of view, it was  exhilarating to be able to entertain and give joy to other peoples lives for a  few hours.
From an audience point of view I can imagine it would be a most entertaining and thrilling night, so when the next one pops up in a month or so time, I will be sure to return, and when you go to the university, I would advise not hesitating an Open Mic night, or indeed any show going on at the Art’s Centre, information for which is Everywhere in the Hub or at the Performing Arts department.
Fun for all the Family

— Thursday Thoughts —

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. he good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant”