I'm still alive, I swear! I just keep forgetting I own this thing... Yeah, I'd forget I owned my arms if I couldn't constantly see them, too! :):)
Life is OK. I should be looking for a new job... this one isn't making me half enough money! But rather than job search or update my resume, I spend my time off boy-stalking and drinking wine. This is what's holding me back!
I'm a trained journalist, and I need more internship experience. Yet all the internships I've found lately are for fashion journalists/style writers. Seriously, what do I know about fashion?!
I'm a jeans and a t-shirt girl for life! I think models are too boyish and skinny. I like boobs! By the time I get with a trend, it's SO last year! ... Fashion is definitely NOT my true calling.
There are also a lots of Sports writer internships about. Imagine me writing for a sports section. "Yeah... I can't remember the score, but David Beckham was looking FINE! He did this thing with the ball that made me feel all funny inside... Mmmm... David Beckham! Doesn't he have really good hair for a man?" It's probably best that doesn't happen. Ever.
Travel writing? I could do that! Fly me out to exotic places, then get me to comment about how fabulous they are? YES PLEASE! That's what my friend does, and this month alone she has scored tickets to South Africa AND The Bahamas. Jealous much!?
Writing for a teen girl magazine, is my absolute dream, and always has been... because let's be honest, I will NEVER grow up. I could spend the rest of my life writing about how cute Zac Efron looks in shorts and musing over who I like best: Jacob or Edward!?
I have work experience at those already. But I need more. It's just finding it! Ahhh!
I know something will come up... oneday! I just need to not stop looking.
NO. We are NOT a part of England. They refuse to take any responsibility for us.
They might have annexed us in 1536, but have since decided we are best left to our own devices: namely singing to Tom Jones songs, hitting each other with leaks and eating daffodils. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!
Though, asking us if we are a part of England isn't quite as stupid as asking us if we are a part of Russia, or Australia. Both of which I have honestly heard before. Do people not read anymore? Do people not have brains anymore!?
Not everybody speaks Welsh. In fact, official figures state that only 20% of the population even understand the native language. It's even less in the cities down South. I’ve been in London and someone has said to me: “You’re Welsh? Wow. Your English is really good!” Instead of pointing out “Oi! It’s my first and only language you prick!” I just smiled and nodded and judged him, gratuitously.
I would like to learn more of the language of my ancestors... but the fact they have a double LL and a double DD in their alphabet does put me off...
We probably don’t know “Dai from the Valleys!”Wales, and the Valleys is a BIG place. And there are LOTS of Dais. We have a population of 3 million. At least one million of those are called Dai. Yet as soon as it is apparent I am from Wales I get asked “My mate ___ is from Wales!! DO you know him!?” And NO, I’m sure he’s a fab guy. But I really don’t!
But then again.. We probably DO know “Dai from the Valleys!”
You see, the crazy thing is sometimes I’ll get asked “My mate___ is from Wales! Do you know him!?” and yes, I know exactly who they are talking about. I guess Wales really is a tiny, community-driven place in the grand scheme of things. Like, we used to have a WelshTV talent show, kind of like an old-school X-factor or American Idol. It was on every year and it was called “Just up your street,” because you’d be watching it and thinking “Hang on… I know that guy! He lives just up my street!” Or “I sat next to her in maths!” or “Gosh! I think he slept with my friend!” It’s a small Wales after all.
There be no dragons here!Despite our national flag claiming to the contrary, 40 foot red dragons have never roamed our countryside. Though legend has it that the Welsh Dragon will come and fight for us when we need him most. Maybe in the Rugby World cup of 2011 then! ;D
There’d be no America without us. ;)
Six of the signers on the American declaration of independence were Welsh or of Welsh ancestry. There have been at least 8 U.S presidents with Welsh ancestry, includingThomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and John Adams. And the Welsh were by far the largest ethnic group involved in the drawing up of the American Constitution. You guys should totally rename yourself “The United States of Wales!” :)
Our women are some of the most beautiful in the world. Ok, maybe I’m biased, but there are some totally incredible-looking Welsh women out there. I’m thinking Catherine Zeta Jones, Katherine Jenkins, Danielle Bux, Imogen Thomas and wow, even Charlotte Church scrubs up well! ;D Our guys aren’t too bad either: Steve Jones, Gethin Jones, Gavin Henson, Ioan Gruffudd… I could go on all day! For a small nation we surely do punch out the hotties. ;D
We have a different version of TIME. Having lived in England for several years it has come to my attention that in England when you say “I’ll do it NOW” it means immediately, without hesitation. Whereas in Wales “I’ll do it now, mun!” means you’ll do it soon. Perhaps when you can be bothered. Perhaps tomorrow. ‘Now’ means ‘when I can be arsed’ in Wales. There’s no such thing as urgency in Wales.Therefore “I’ll be there now… in an hour!” makes perfect sense back home.
You haven't lived until you've tasted Welsh cakes. All you need is some flour, butter, sugar, sultanas and an egg, and you're ready to bake the most mouth-watering-delicacy known to man. They might not look much... but believe me, they taste like God on a plate. Welsh cakes could cheat on me, and I would still love them, that is how strong my feelings are! When I was at University, my grandmother would mail them up to me, and my English flatmates would break into my room to steal them. So good they're worth turning to a life of crime!
And I'm sure there's lots more that I'll remember the second I post this. Where are you from? And what are the strange things people don't know/assume about your country? :)
Adrian Mole, The Prostrate Years : Sue Townsend Anna Karenina : Leo Tolstoy Candide: Voltaire Cold Mountain: Charles Frazier Crime And Punishment: Fyodor Dostoevsky For One More Day: Mitch Albom Invitation to a Beheading: Vladimir Nabokov Small Island: Andrea Levy The Beautiful and The Damned: Scott F.Fitzgerald The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas: John Boyne The Enchantress of Florence: Salman Rushdie The Eyre Affair: Jasper Fforde The Other Queen: Phillipa Gregory The Piano Teacher: Janice Y.K.Lee The Return: Victoria Hislop The Russian Concubine: Kate Furnivall The White Queen: Phillipa Greggory
Are You David Gorman? : David Gorman In America :Steven Fry My Shit Life So Far: Frankie Boyle Thanks for Nothing: Jack Dee Tickling The English: Dara
Becoming Queen: Kate Williams Cleopatra:, Last Queen Of Egypt: Joyce Tyldesley Don't Know Much About History: Kenneth C.Davis Empire: Niall Freguson England's Mistress: The Infamous Life of Emma Hamilton: Kate Williams The American Future: Simon Schama The Empire of the Great Mughals: Annemarie Schimmel The English: Jeremy Paxman The Making of Modern Britain: Andrew Marr The Other Tudors, Henry VIII's misstresses and bastards: Phillipa Jones What If? : Robert Cowley
I'm sure I've forgotten a few. I'll add them when they come to me! :)
And there were plenty of books I tried in 2009, but didn't love: Think, Twilight!
If anyone has any books they'd like to reccomend for my 2010, then please go for it! :)