Manchester Xmas Market

Hi readers, I meant to write this yesterday but I was so tired from wandering around Manchester in the cold and rain, that I decided to curl up with my book instead. So, I thought before I go and do that again I’ll write this up. Not that I’m currently in the mood, feeling so sad today…but that’s too raw to talk about and I always image that blogs can be a bit like social netting working sites. You says stuff on here anyone could read it, so I also try and not do that, though lately, I’ve been pouring my broken heart into everything, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I slipped up and started a post about relationships. Luckily, I’ve this one to write today. So here it is.

Living so close to Manchester city centre, people think you’d visit more often or at least know you’re way around. For me though and it’s only 15 mins on a bus away, the city centre has always been a special place to go, a place to celebrate something and be with my family. I’m not so sure how this happened, but it’s actually only been since I started uni that I’ve been visiting Manchester by myself to meet up with friends to eat, drink, shop and wonder. So one of the key events my family have always gone to is the Xmas market. Strangely enough I always thought that other cities had this big markets, where the streets are packed with large wooden stalls decorated with Xmas stuff and most of the stall holders are from Europe mostly, selling items that where made in the countries and traditional Xmas things. But as it turns out this is not the case. Though many cities have Xmas markets, Manchester’s just stands out from the crowd.

Truthfully, I don’t know why, maybe its just one of those things. I love going though because my family gets together and its a part of our Xmas celebrations – more coming on that soon! – I’ve been luckily this year though because I’ve been three times now. I know where most of the stalls are and the items I want to buy. Yesterday’s mission was a birthday present and two more luckily dip presents. As well as trying out some food and drink! The weather wasn’t so good, but you do what you can. It also gets pretty busy too and you kind of end up in a crush of stand still people. That’s part of the experience though! Yeah, it’s not so good and you can’t actually get to half the stalls but just being in that atmosphere is an interesting draw.

 

I take my camera every year too, yet I don’t capture any items of what’s on the stalls. So, I decided to try that out this year and I got some pretty good photos of the things you can buy…..

 

 

We also went out to celebrate my dad’s birthday – see below and we went to a Chinese called The Great Wall of China. That was really good. This noddle nest basket was interesting too!

We ended up walking back through China Town and I took some more photos.

Overall it was a good day out!

A week or so in photos

Hey, I know I’ve not written in a while, but I’ve been so busy. I’ve no idea where the time is going! Today I was busy writing my first essay for my MA, its hard and though I’ve like got everything I need, the physical part of writing it has been my battle. I don’t get how I can write the first chapter of a novel in the space of maybe two hours or so, yet I can’t do a 2,000 word essay within 24 hours! So annoying. Anyway I only have 500 words left to do now and that is my task for tomorrow. So what else have I been up too? Well, I’ve a whole stack of photos to put up so let’s start there in the latest order:

Awesome ice cream, which I’ve been eating. Good job I got like 3 tubs of the stuff and no else in my family likes it!

I know its a bit blurry, but this squriall was in garden taking the nuts and then burying them in the lawn!

On Saturday, I went to my friend’s gig -she’s the lead singer- her band is called My Awakening and they were really good. They played my second fav style of music indie/punk kind and I got to hang around with her band afterwards too. They were playing in a bar called The Head of Steam, which is connected to Liverpool’s Lime Street train station. They play at lots of other venues in Liverpool too, so check them out on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Awakening/150546721651572?ref=ts&sk=wall

Then on Thursday, I went to Manchester for the first day of the Xmas market. It was pretty good and I’m hoping to go back soon and take some more photos.

I got some new boots too! They are a size too small though, but they were just so nice I couldn’t send them back.

Then lastly, I’ve been getting into the xmas spirit. I tried out the new gingerbread latte at my uni’s Starbucks. I’ve to say though there was too much ginger dusting in there for me!

And Krispy Kreams are also on the case!

There was a xmas tree too, but I got to eat the snowman!

That’s basically what I’ve been up too since last time I wrote. I’m currently reading Margaret Atwood’s Negotiating With The Dead, A Writer on Writing. It’s an interesting book and it’s different from most of the other books I’ve read about writing. It does seem to be a bout how to write and publish though, its more of an insight into life as a writer. I am liking it, though some of the theories are going over my head. I finished Lady Oracle two days ago and surprised myself because I really liked it. I read it fast too, because I got that in to it hopefully that’ll help if I’ve to write an essay on it! I’ve got no idea what I’ll be reading next – I’ll keep you updated though!

I’ve also decided to stick with writing my latest novel, which started as a short story, but then appeared to be better suited to a novel format. It was workshopped yesterday and people liked it, so for now I’m going to carry on writing and see what happens. I redrafted a short story too last night, though it still doesn’t feel write. It’s difficult to swap between the different forms sometimes. People think you can write everything and that’s not true. Once you find a format that suits you, you tend to stick to it. Though you might experiment with other forms, you’ll mostly always go back to the most suitable.

So for the next few days, I’ll be doing writing and reading, but I’ll also be exploring the attic. The electrics have gone up stairs and the only way to get us out of the ‘dark ages’ is to go into the attic and fix the wires. So that’ll be fun, as well as cleaning my room…..

Love On The Internet

I think the internet is now a fact of life. It seems very difficult to escape from it completely. Yeah, there are still places out there that struggle with getting a connection, but how long till that’s fixed and you could get online anywhere? I can still actually remember the first time I went online, It was about 1999, seems so far away that now! I was at highschool, my first year and someone in my tutor group introduced me to the World Wide Web. Of course it looked slightly different back then and I can’t recall the first websites I wondered my mouse over, but I think I was hooked straight away!

You have to admit though that everything is pretty much happening on the internet. There’s just so much you can access without leaving your house and so much knowledge not all of it true or good though-out there. Movies, music and books are much more accessible too now and with everyone running around with mobiles, Kindles, Ipad and Ipods etc, there is no escaping the draw of technology and the internet. I am also finding that social networking sites seem to be slowly taking over.

For the last few months I have been saying that joining Facebook was one of the worst things I’ve done during my time at university. The reason why I joined was to keep in connect with people I meet at uni, especially the American friends I made. It just hasn’t worked out like that though. I hardly speak to anyone on FB now, I find that texting is faster and as for updating my statue? Does the whole world really want to know what I’ve been doing? Same issue I’ve got on Twitter-everyone seems to be on there too now! It is nice to see what people have been up to though and I do enjoy showing my photos off, beside from that though, the whole social networking is slowly loosing me.

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One thing that I have been keeping up with is my online dating site. I’ve been on there a few months now and its my first ever time at trying to meet guys online. I’m too much of a traditionalist though and for me actually finding love online just seems too far away from the fantasy I’ve in my head. Saying that though I’ve been enjoying it. I’m a big one for chatting to people online though, I just find it easier to talk to people this way then face to face. I think the whole barrier of a screen and having that level of protection is the course of it. That said though and to actually get on with my post title, I meet up with a guy today I meet on the dating website.

This is the 3rd guy I’ve met and I was the first person he’d meet up with from the online world. I think that really only people who have actually done this will fully understand what I’m about to go on about. It is a proven fact that some people you meet online can’t actually be that person, but are someone else. Photos and profiles are so easy to make up and people have got good at ‘pretending’ and ‘playing the field.’ So actually getting to build trust online is a difficult thing. How can you be sure that the person you are talking to is actually who they say there are? I’ve no answer to that, but here’s how I do it.

When guys message me, I only message back the ones I actually talk to and then for me the chatting as to go for two months plus. This gives me time to gain lots of info about the person I’m talking too and I learn about their moods too by their use of language. often by this time the chat is moved places to MSN and we’ve added each other on FB. I very rarely give my number out unless I decided to arrange a meet up. Public places are the best and actually arranging what you are going to do together is also useful.

So, I guess you want to hear about my date now? It went really well I think, I was able to connect with the guy and we had some good conversations. We went to the Manchester Art Gallery and I so want to go back there again and look more closely at some of the paintings. We had lunch and Starbucks too. I am still sticking by my rule though friends first, because it just makes it easier and for me there’s less stress involved and less of the seeking to be perfect. Being yourself is highly important and I know that first impressions do affect people’s’ choices. Will I see him again? I hope so.

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