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Kew Gardens Orchid Festival

Yesterday my gal Alicja and I checked out the Orchid Festival at Kew Gardens. Neither of us had been to Kew before, so we didn’t know what to expect other than lots of plants. It was wonderful – we’ll definitely be back in the summer to check out the parts we didn’t have time to see. I took loads of photos, so I’ll focus this blog post on the Orchid Festival, and post another about the Palm House ASAP. The Orchid Festival This year is the 23rd Orchid Festival, held in the Princess of Wales Conservatory. It celebrates the beautiful,…

Things We Just Can’t Live Without

(this is a guest post) It’s good to save money where you can, but for many people, there are some things people cannot simply live without. It could be that those things are what helps to bring in the money in the first place, or perhaps it’s how they relax and unwind. Maybe they just have some form of sentimental value. Whatever the reason, here are some of the things that society simply can’t live without these days.   Computers Laptops, tablets, smartphones… Once you have one of these items (or all of them), it’s hard to let them go…

My 4th Year Student Bedroom in East London!

You probably already know that I’m studying an MA at the moment because it’s all I talk about! This is my fourth year as a student in London, so my fourth student bedroom. I spent my first year in King’s College student halls (New Cross), second year in intercollegiate halls (Tottenham Hale) with a few pals from first year, third year in a Mile End maisonette, and now I’m in a flat in Hackney. I loved living in New Cross, but renting there is a bit pricey for a student budget, and Mile End was very convenient – 10 minutes…

How to Get the Support You Need When You’re Struggling with …

Although we would all like to be a jack of all trades, it is normal to struggle with certain subjects in school. We all have our areas of strengths and weaknesses, so the key is usually in identifying our weak areas and working on them to get better. It can be discouraging when you’re struggling with a subject and can’t seem to master it. It can affect your self-esteem, knock down your self-confidence and dampen your enthusiasm. However, by getting the right support, and someone who can teach you in a way you’ll understand, you can turn your situation around.…

6 Different Ways to Fall in Love with Frozen Fruit

Many people are often reluctant to buy frozen fruit, as it offers a different texture in comparison to fresh. Thankfully, there are many ways you can highlight the delicious flavour of the fruit whilst changing the texture. Here are the six different ways to fall in love with frozen fruit. Ice Cream & Sorbet Frozen fruit can ideally be used to create tasty ice cream and sorbet. There is no reason to defrost the frozen fruit to make the sweet treats, either. All you must do is add it to the best ice cream maker on the market, which will…

My Lupus | Rare Disease Day

Today is Rare Disease Day. Did you know that 1 in 17 people in the UK have a rare disease? It’s a lot more common than you’d think! I have lupus, an autoimmune disease. It took YEARS to diagnose, but that’s average, with most people waiting around 4 years for any rare disease diagnosis. You wouldn’t believe the number of blood tests I had, with antibody results making it over 98% likely that I had this condition – yet still they were repeated and repeated for another year until diagnosed. (I still need around 11 blood tests every six months…

5 Ways You Can Boost Your CV as a Student

University can be a stressful experience. The workloads are ten times tougher than you could have ever imagined at A-Level (if you weren’t silly enough to take too many A-levels like I was), you have to learn to adjust to being more an independent learner, and your deadlines seem to just appear out of nowhere. However, another thing you have to bear in mind is that, once you leave university, competition to find work is likely to be tough. Therefore, if you can find the time in your busy schedule, it is important to find ways to bulk up your…