Thursday, 15 January 2015

10 things you didn't know about University of Strathclyde

University of Strathclyde is over 200 years old, and is situated in the heart of Glasgow's city centre. It has a very lively and relaxed ambience, and a wide variety of students making it a fun and interesting place to study. Here are some facts that you may not have known about Strathy!


1. Bigger than you think:

Beaten only by the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, Strathclyde is the third biggest university in Scotland with nearly 20,000 students and over 3000 members of staff.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

David Cameron Backs Out Of 'Leaders Live' - Thoughts

'Leaders Live' is a live Youtube show, ran by 'Bite The Ballot' - an impartial, not-for-profit organisation who aim to motivate young people to be more involved in politics and to register to vote - and supported by broadcasters ITV.

Towards the end of 2014, four of the UK's political party leaders took to a panel of young people to answer their questions, as well as those sent via social media in a live hour-long show each. Prime Minister of the country, David Cameron, was supposed to feature in an episode in 2015. However, he has now refused to participate.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

My 5 most anticipated books of 2015

2015 is set to be a great reading year. There seems to be a lot of series starting this year, as well as the next parts of existing book series being released. Of the books that have been announced for this upcoming year, here are the ones I'm watching out for.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Book Review: 'Rebel Belle' by Rachel Hawkins

I was drawn to the first in the 'Rebel Belle' trilogy for two reasons. Firstly, the cover is beautiful! It's girly, pink and elegant, very up my street. Secondly, there has been a lot of hype surrounding this novel since it was released in April 2014. It promises a mix of fantasy and contemporary, and it achieved this greatly.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Controversy and Katie Hopkins

Scandals sell. That's how the media operates. Those with loud opinions that go against the status quo will always gain attention. That is why comedian Frankie Boyle has so many Twitter followers: his controversial "joke" tweets about current affairs, such as the Jimmy Savile revelations, are retweeted by thousands of people due to their shocking nature.

And that, my friends, is also why Katie Hopkins has been all over the news as of late.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Book Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

"We are the Liars. We are beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken. A story of love and romance. A tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?"
Every review I read of 'We Were Liars' before picking it up stated the exact same thing: it is best to go into the story without knowing what's going to happen. I didn't expect to agree with them; usually I like to know the general genre and idea of a novel before reading it, but with this one, it is vital to the ending that it is not spoiled for you.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Book Review: 'Girl Online' by Zoe Sugg

Zoe Sugg's debut novel 'Girl Online' has been the topic of much discussion and controversy over the past month. After becoming the best-selling hardcover novel of 2014, it was confirmed that the Youtuber actually used a ghost-writer. The book and the drama surrounding it have received a very mixed reception. Admittedly, I had very low expectations as I'm a few years older than the target demographic and I don't watch Zoella's videos. Everyone talking about it intrigued me, and alas I downloaded the book onto my Kindle and gave it a go.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

This year, I will be participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge for the first time. I've fallen out of the habit in recent years of spending my spare time just reading a book, as I described in my New Year's Resolutions post.

My aim is to read 40 or more books in the 365 days of 2015. This may be a lot or a little to some people. Personally, I don't know how well I'll do. Without boasting, I'm a speedy reader, but this will be cancelled out by a lack of spare time whilst at uni.