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Life After School Advice (Part Two): University & Study Abroad

Welcome to the second instalment of my four part, ‘Life After School Advice’ series. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while and have collaborated with some of my close friends in order to do it. My friends and I all took slightly different paths after we graduated from high school, so this series is a way to shed light on the different things you can do after school and what it might be like, from people who have experienced it. We are by no means experts, but we are going by our own experiences. My hope is that this series will help people who are just about to leave school and are still unsure about what they want to do. Or anyone else who is just in general, stuck in a bit of a rut. If you haven’t read part one about work and travel you can do so HERE. So now, without further ado, here’s part two. Part Two: University & Studying Abroad You all know me, Anya. I’m currently studying …

Film Review: The Imitation Game

Last night I was a little naughty and instead of studying, I decided to watch a film that I’ve been wanting to see ever since I saw the trailer months ago. The Basics: Directed by: Morten Tyldum Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightly, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear. Released: 29 August 2014 (Telluride Film Festival), 14 November 2014 (United Kingdom), 28 November 2014  (United States) The Plot: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain’s top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II (from IMBd). Thoughts: There were several reasons why I wanted to see this film, 1) it had Benedict Cumberbatch, 2) it had Allen Leech and 3) it had Matthew Beard, all actors that I have seen in other films and television shows and love and admire and 4) it looked like a hugely interesting story. The Good: …

Winter Favourites

Haven’t done a favourites post in a very long time, but recently there have been a few items that I’m really enjoying and I thought I’d share them. First up: Christmas themed bedding: I bought this double-sided bedding set from Primark about two months ago. There is a very Christmasy side and then a navy blue, slightly less Christmas-y side which I’ve been showing until now when it’s acceptable to be Christmas-y. It’s warm, cute and was very cheap! Turtle-neck tops/jumpers: With the colder months here I’ve been investing in some long sleeved, warmer tops. I’ve really been loving turtle-necks at the moment, reminds me of my childhood when I used to rock the skivvys and overalls. I originally bought a black and white stripped top from Urban Outfitters and loved it so much that I got the same in black (yes, I have become one of those people). I also bought a grey and black turtle-neck jumper from Topshop (pictured above) and another grey top from Next. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera: With everything being …

GONE GIRL (Novel): A REVIEW

One of those novels that could have been good, but missed it by an inch and a bit. via Wikipedia Title: GONE GIRL Author: Gillian Flynn Published: 2012 SYNOPSIS: The story is about husband and wife, Nick and Amy, 30-somethings who move from their home in New York back to Nick’s hometown in Missouri. One morning, on the anniversary of their 5th wedding anniversary, Nick goes to work like any other day. When he comes home however, he finds his house trashed and his wife missing. The novel switches between Amy’s personal diary entries from the past, and Nick’s perspective in the present. Nick finds himself in hot water as the leading suspect of his wife’s  disappearance and it’s up to him to prove his innocence, but with so much evidence mounting against him is he really innocent? And if so, who really kidnapped his wife?   MY VERDICT: I had wanted to read this book for such a long time. Every time I went to the book store it was on the highly recommended …