Saturday, 30 June 2012

What's Going On? -The Day the Storm Came.

The 28th of June 2012 brought us the worst storm I have ever encountered.
Us in the North East were hit hard and there were some awful consequences.
Here are some images of how bad it actually got.

Very frightening. And it seems as though many were determined to get where they were going, unfortunately resulting in alot of abandoned cars.
There were stories and photos of people actually swimming in the dirty water filling streets and Whitley Bay Skate Park (above) for example. I hope they realized it wasn't just rain water before taking the plunge...yuck!

The poor Tyne Bridge!! :(

Thank goodness around our house wasn't too bad and most of the evidence of events were gone the morning after. I hope everyone is safe and my sympathy's are with those who's houses, cars and especially family and friends didn't escape so lightly. 

Images included are from Itv, JakHealth, The Northern Echo, Real Radio, Ryan Lilburn, Chronicle, Metro . 

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

It's My Life - The A-Z of Me!

As simple as the title suggests, random facts about me for each letter of the alphabet.

Age: Technically 21.  Mentally about 9.

Bed Size: Superking. B]

Car you drive: I did drive a teal 02 Nissan Almera..but had to sell it :(  

Dogs: Border Collies. My amazing Granda was a shepard and my childhood was surrounded by Collies!

Essential start of your day: Nothing really. Just to be warm. So my dressing gown or big hoodie. No food or drink in the AM for me.

Favorite Colour: Pink.

Gold or Silver: White Gold!

Height: 5''3

Instruments I play: I make an awesome Elephant noise with my mouth if that counts.

Job Title: ...House'wife'.

Kids: are annoying.

Live: The beautiful Port of Blyth, Northumberland with my love, Jake <3

Mother's name: Sheila.

Nickname: I've had a few, but no one calls me them anymore.

One Wish:  To live happily ever after.. ;) 

Pet Peeve: Too many! (Separate blog post to come!)

Quote from a movie: ' Alice: Do you think I've gone 'round the bend? 

Charles: I'm afraid so... you're mad. Bonkers. Off your head... but I'll tell you a secret... all of the best people are. ' - Alice in Wonderland. 

Right or left handed: Right, of course...I'm not spawn of Satan haha

Siblings: [L]only child.

Time you wake up: Varies.

Underwear: Yes, I wear it.

Vegetables you dislike: Many. Broccoli is thee best though!

What makes you run late: Public Transport.

X-rays you've had done: Teeth and very recently, Chest.

Yummy food you make: Cupcakes. 

Zoo animal: MONKEYS of any species. And Elephants. :)

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

It's My Life - Currently...

I've seen this kind of post on a few different blogs out there and thought that my life is slightly interesting currently, so here it goes. 

Reading: After practically a year without so much as picking up a book, I've started to read the first book in the 'A Game of Thrones' series. Yey! I'm loving it so far. I was a major fan when the first season was on tv and have 'banned' myself from watching the second season until I finish this first book!

Watching: My favorite thing I'm watching every week just now is the new season of 'The Walking Dead'. Not a fan of gore but I love anything to do with zombies and obviously after being hooked by the first season when I saw it at the end of 2010 I was excited for season 2 to premier on tv over here. 

Anticipating: My 'Uncle' (close family friends) Boydy's 40th birthday party this weekend! If it wasn't for seeing my parents, Nana and the Boyds, I would never return to my home town. But I'm really looking forward to seeing the whole clan this weekend, always a laugh wherever the Boyds are concerned. Not to mention we will have wifi...meaning TWO UFC'S and the F1 while were there! Woop, woop chicken soup!

The two little miss Boyds. Closest things I have to sisters <3

Laughing about: These silly rabbits of ours! They are just so cute and funny. Especially baby Nike, he still hasn't grasped his sense of balance yet and is constantly running into things and falling over. 

Listening to: A CD my Dad brought me back from Ibiza - Amnesia, The Ibiza Sessions 2003. Banging.

Eating: Nothing while on the laptop, that would end in tears. 

Working on: Lots of new blog posts! 

Wishing: Jake or I had a job. I know everywhere has unemployment issues right now but it'd be nice not to worry about paying the bills.

What are you up to Currently?

Saturday, 16 June 2012

I Wish, List V.2

Pauls Boutique 'Alice' Handbag.     Although PB may be seen as a pre-teen over priced trend, I have two bags, a hoodie, pink skinnys and a purse and all are quality made. I could do with a new bag though...This one looks more grown up to me, plus I love skulls!
H2O Steam Cleaner Mop.   This is what teleshopping channels have done to me, that and my ocd mother.
Real 'Blood Forever' Skateboard Deck.
Disney 'Imagination' Candle. 
Miss 'L' Fire Bluebird Sandals. NEED! To match my tattoos.
Volcom 'Frochikie' Shorts.
'Ra Ra' RVCA Hoodie

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

It's My Life - My Movie Blacklist

(WARNING- May contain spoilers)

In general, I am a very very emotional person so not surprisingly I have a little cry watching most films, whether it be happy tears or upset tears.
I've always been a person to watch lots of movies of all genres but since moving into our own flat, Jake and I watch quite a few per week. Once in a while we'll come across one that makes me blub so much that I declare myself emotionally scarred and I 'Black List' the film as a 'Never to watch again'.
Here are a few that have found themselves on said list:

  •  Marley and Me - If you have seen this its completely evident why its on the list. And if you didn't shed a tear while watching this you're heart must be made of stone! If that fact that she loses her child isn't sad enough, the dog dies! An animal death is always unbearable to me :(.

  • Seven Pounds - This is a fantastic film, I loved the story line even if it was a bit soppy compared to what I usually like (I tend to steer clear of chick flick love story's) but it was far to lovely and heart warming to not cause me an emotional breakdown, waterfall of tears and a spot on this list.

  • The Pursuit of Happiness - Now I know this is another Will Smith film, but in no way is downing on him as he happens to be one of my favorite actors. Another excellent story, well portrayed by Smith and his actual son in real life. But yet again the hard knock life, trying to better his situation plot is far too sentimental for me to watch again.

  • Green Street - Bet this one want as expected! A football hooligan film made me cry. It's true. The tough guy throughout turns out to not be a complete douchebag and sacrifices himself to save his sister in law. Touching! :')

  • 50/50 - I saw this most recently. I like Seth Rogan and although I was aware the story line was about cancer I didn't expect it to effect me the way it did. I don't reccomend it to anyone that has lost someone due to cancer. 

Then comes the Disney section.
(I say they're on the list but its inevitable that I will watch them numerous more times in my life)

  • The Lion King - An animal death. Need I say more. Poor Mufasa.
(How beautiful is this piece of  art, I found it here and wish to credit the artist with no copywrite intended.) 

  • Bambi - For children's movies I think they are rather tragic. Seeing Bambis mammy die will stay with me for life! But the overall story is too cute with his friends Thumper and Flower also making up for the poor deers loss.

Right now I think that draws us to a conclusion, no doubt I will add to the list at some point! What movies upset you? Do you have a 'Black list'? Comment and tell me!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Out and About - Date Day at the Museum.

[I'll start this of with many thanks to my dear Daddy, as otherwise we'd of spent another day stuck in the flat. <3 ]

Thursday the 7th Jake and I headed into Newcastle town center for a date day! Up sharp, we got the bus (I miss my car) into town and headed straight for The Hancock Museum.
After all my years of living in and around Newcastle combined with my interest for museums, its a shame I've never been before now. But to tell the truth I wasn't really aware it existed.
Anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed our look around - despite it being half term and filled with children!
Here are some of the many photos we took.

I wasn't quite sure what to think about real stuffed animals at first, but this display is stunning! 

Me having lots of fun exploring! 


I very much like a gift shop but refrained from spending all our money. I did buy the cutest little white seal pup soft toy purely as I had a practically identical one as a child from Edinburgh Zoo and we got a keepsake  penny in one of those machines that flatten the coin when you turn the wheel - it says 'Julius Geordius' on it, I found that funny!

I had a few extra photos I wanted to add so here is my very first attempt at a GIF!
1. Spot the odd one out..! haha
2. Apparently the Swastika symbolized good luck to the Romans.
3. Jake guarding the guards.
4. A pretty enamel 'S' that I wanted for my Mammy.
5. I wish house keys were still like this, no losing them easily.
6. I dunno how artifacts stay in such amazing condition!
7. A Mummy. 

Afterwards we went into town and had a look around the shops, picked up quite a few new dvds, then walked down to the quayside and across to the Baltic art gallery. I'm not into all this weird modern art, I don't understand it and the only 'exhibit' they had open was a white room with what I could only describe as a large wooden shed in it...hardly art in my eyes. It wasn't a wasted journey though, I got this lovely photo of Jake by the iconic Tyne Bridge! :P

We rounded off the day splitting a pizza at Pizza Hut followed by warm chocolate cookie dough with ice cream and a bus journey back to Blyth!
Always a lovely day out when I'm with my man <3

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

What's Going On? - Diamond Jubilee Celebrations!

Unless you've been living underground lately you will be aware that everyone has been celebrating the fact that our Queen has been on the throne for 60 years!
I think it is so awesome that our country has such an amazing history and monarchy and just wish that I could of been in London to experience the atmosphere of this astounding show of patriotism.
Instead I've been glued to the television taking in all the information I could from all the different special programmes that have been on, as well as watching the coverage of the river parade, concert and thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

Not only am I a proud English citizen, but an immensely proud Granddaughter...
Back in my home town, my very own Nana was chosen to represent their estate as 'Queen for the day' at the street party. So cool! Read more here.

Although I couldn't make the event, I got a lovely card made from Snapfish (image shown above) to let her know I was thinking of her :)

We did have a tiny party for our babies though! Check it out, here is our salute to Her Majesty the Queen!

Hope you all enjoyed whatever you did this weekend, even if you arent a patriot and just made the most of the extra long weekend. 

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Opinions of A Housewife – My Big Fat Gypsy Blog Post Pt.2.

Following on from my post on March 14th , I’d like to continue my talk of the travelling community by discussing the main negative perceptions they face about their behavior.

Just like all social groups, a small minority can cause the whole community to be falsely stereotyped. As far back as the 18th century there are reports that grouped Irish travellers and Gypsy Roma with Vagrants and tramps. Dishonesty and dodgy dealings are among the things they are blamed for as well as animal theft and the failure to pay taxes. However many of these claims lack sufficient evidence.

It is often heard that travellers are lazy, work shy and don’t contribute to the country’s economy, where in reality they start work at a younger age, with traditional skills passed down through the generations often in the labour and agricultural fields. As the vast majority are self-employed there is proof that they do on a whole pay taxes. Those that live on privately owned sites and local authority sites pay all relevant charges, whereas those who live on temporary unauthorised camps generally do not, but subsequently do not receive any services that those charges pay for. (Taxes are not required until an encampment has been in place for at least a year).  What I was pleasantly pleased to read while researching, was the fact that many Gypsies fought for our country in the 1st and 2nd world wars, if that isn’t proof enough that they regard themselves part of our society what is?

Criminal activity among the Gypsy Travellers is highly publicized even though facts show that they are statistically under represented within our prisons. Their disregard for the law is on par or even less than the rest of population. Conversely, over the years laws have come into place that restricts traditional activities.
Linking in to the criminal activity comes the tradition of bare knuckle fighting. A documentary shown on channel 4 this January further observes the vicious culture passed down through the males of some Gypsy families and is worth the watch for a more in depth look into the sport. Starting to gain popularity in the late 18th and early 19th century’s, bare knuckle fighting had no written rules, therefore tactics such as blows below the belt, eye gauges and head butting were common. There were no time limits, weight classes or referees, rounds usually ending whenever an opponent was knocked down. Since then the sport has come a long way, and many Gypsy men are skilful boxers, however it is not rare for disputes between traveller families to be resolved through a bare knuckle brawl.

I’d like to end this post on a high note, with the mention of Gypsy Traveller John Maguire. He represents the disciplined , skilled, side of the fighting sport as an accomplished MMA fighter currently signed to the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world, the UFC. With a record of 18-3, Maguire, known as ‘The One’ is proud of his routes dubbing his style of martial arts as ‘Gypsy Jiu Jitsu’.
Here he is in action. (Or for a highlight video, click here.)

Thanks for reading, I hope this gave you some information into the actual traveller culture and makes you think before you use the term ‘Pikey’ or the like again.  Check out this too! 

What the names Travellers are given actually derive from- 
  • ·         -Hawker, A person who travels around selling goods, typically advertising them by shouting.
  • ·         -Pikey, is a pejorative slang term used mainly in the United Kingdom to refer to Irish Travellers, gypsies or people of low social class.
  • ·         -Gyppo, Derogatory term derived from ‘Gypsies’. Thought to have arrived in England during the reign of Henry VIII people thought they had come from Egypt, and so at first called them 'Egyptians'. The name changed over the years to 'Gyptians' then 'Gypsies'. They were actually  thought to have left the northern Indian sub-continent about 1000 years ago.

I'd like to add to this my excitement when we were heading out  on a walk the other day and came across a traditional Gypsy caravan parked up along a path in our town with four beautiful horses on long tethers so they could graze. We stopped to take photos with the horses using a GoPro but didn't want to be so cheeky as to stand an take a photo of the caravan...(I did sneek one on my D5000 from further away though, it was just too pretty!) So here they are -