Sunday, 30 October 2016

S'laughter, a true crime podcast

Another update! I just logged in to see I'm getting around 40 views a day, despite the fact I don't update this anymore.

If you want to see what I'm up to currently, my friend Emma and I have only gone and done another podcast! We're waiting for Itunes approval (it takes around 3 days!) but you can hear it on soundcloud. I think it might be the project I'm most excited about, so please do give it a listen!
 https://soundcloud.com/slaughterthepodcast

In personal news - I'm teaching psychology (still with some English), so I finally get to teach A level students, and a subject that students choose to do! It seems a long way from teaching Functional Skills English to motor-vehicle students! I'm also renovating a house with my fiance (Oh yeah, I'm engaged! He proposed in Mablethorpe), so once again my plate is very full - teaching, renovating a house and planning a wedding. But you all know that's how I roll. Currently living in the basement with no heating, so nothing new there.

Thanks for checking out my old posts and I hope you enjoy the blog! I'll add the itunes podcast link as soon as it's up. Waiting is torture!

iTunes link is here...

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/slaughter-true-crime-podcast/id1170807323?mt=2

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

What am I doing now? It's been a while!

Hi guys,

If you have stumbled across my blog, I hope you enjoy my past content. If you want to look at what I'm currently working on (I've turned 30 now, eek) and you happen to be a fan of RuPaul's drag race, check out my podcast with my friend Emma, following RuPaul's all stars season 2. You can watch their series online by typing in 'rupaul all stars season 2' and streaming from one of the slightly-dodgy looking websites and then listen afterwards to our podcast at https://m.soundcloud.com/user-127428472/rupauls-after-party-episode-1

Love to you all!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Walking away and walking towards.

SURPRISE! I'm back! Don't get too excited, this doesn't mean I am suddenly going to become a regular updater again, but I felt like doing the odd post or two, and there are no rules in the blogging world, so that's what yer gettin'.

Plus, I'm at work still and nearly everyone else is on holiday, and all the people who are in have already been on holiday so I've got a lot of free time and I'm pretty miserable. Blogging always cheers me up. Plus I've had a couple of lovely comments on the blog recently so I definitely owe anyone checking in a couple of new updates!

 

With the end of another job in my sights, and the beginning of a new, terrifying one, I've been thinking a lot about transitioning and the swift changes that a relocation or a new job brings. I've spent so many hours talking to the people in my workplace. I've seen there faces so many times. I've only been here since November, but I've probably spent more time in a room with some of them than I have with some of my closest friends! I guess that's the craziness about a workplace. You're thrust into a space where you are expected to spend hours with others, and be friendly with anyone in your close proximity. The only thing you often have in common with these people is the job you do.

The weirdest thing is that I've spent all this time with these people and I know all these things about their lives (like my colleague whose husband cheated on her, and then she ended up with the husband of the woman he cheated with.. BOOM! How's that for an interesting 'where did you meet your husband?' story!). One of my colleagues even came to my house for a barbecue last weekend, so he's even seen my life outside of work (and saw me a bit tipsy if I'm honest). Yet I will probably never see these people again.

I've met my new colleagues for my new workplace, and again, we're just a bunch of people who share the same profession. It's strange to meet them and know that inevitably I will learn things about them, possibly even attend their weddings (two are engaged) and they will become my new workplace family. It's all very surreal. I guess it's the same with teaching. I spend ages with a class of young people, then they walk out the door into the real world and I barely even remember them a few years later.

The good thing is that despite these huge changes in my day-to-day contact, I feel pretty confident that I will find myself to be an accepted and vital part of the team. I don't struggle to find things in common with others and I'm pretty good at making friends with people. It's the walking away thats hard than the walking towards. It's sad to leave a place. And a house. And a village. There'll be a lot of goodbyes over the next few months.

I am incredibly excited about moving back to Nottingham though. My friend has already told me she wants me to join a ceramics class with her, although I might try to steer her towards textiles (I'd rather have too many cushions than too many pots). I'd never have done that in Leicester. There a lot of friends I can reconnect with and that prospect is mega-exciting.

How do you cope with leaving a workplace?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Intermission

Afternoon all,

I have truly been neglecting my blog for a while now. I should have come back to check in and told everyone why a while ago, but I felt so guilty about not blogging that I didn't want to admit I wasn't blogging by blogging about blogging (if that makes any sense!?). Anyway, I have really enjoyed blogging and it's something that I want to come back to, but just not right now. I think the thing that made me lose motivation so completely was discovering so many other fantastic blogs! So many people are doing what I wanted to do so much better thna I could. I don't feel the blogging sphere really needs me, and since getting a new job in the direction I'd like to be moving and with so many more opportunities in the city I want to live in, I guess right now I don't really need it.

This isn't goodbye forever. I will be back. I can't promise it'll be soon, but blogging is definitely something that I don't want to walk away from. As soon as I get knocked up and on maternity leave, I can guarantee I'll be blogging every day - but I'm definitely not baby ready yet!

I've been totally inspired by a video blogger named Grav3yard girl who is basically an American version of myself. I'd love to do some video blogging but I'm afraid to put myself out there due to being a teacher. It's something I'll consider. Perhaps I can keep the content fairly teacher-friendly.

Anyway, I'll be leaving this blog open and available for anyone who would like to aimlessly wander through its content on a grey Sunday afternoon (or whatever time that suits you). Thank you so much for reading faithfully and I honestly believe I will be back once I have more time and inspiration. I may even check in soon-ish, now the pressure of feeling like I HAVE to blog is off.

Love to you all.

Lucinda xxx

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Update

I am so sorry for my absence. I promise to post in the next week!!!! In Devon at the moment. The weather is beaaaautiful and the dog can't believe his luck with all the beach walks 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Weekend in Nottingham and two year anniversary

It was two years since my Dad died last Friday. I felt the pressure to feel particlarly sad on the day, although I don't know why that's important. I feel sad whenever I think of Dad dying, but life must go on and there isn't much good to be achieved to wallow from morning to night - that's what time alone is for. I felt sad, and appeciated the few texts from friends I received (it really meant a lot that some had remembered), but it was still just another day that he was gone.

My home town
 

At my Mum's during the evening we didn't talk about Dad a lot. We were busy talking about my new job, and discussing my move to Nottingham. Mum mentioned him during dinner though and we gave a toast and thought about how proud he would have been. I'd give anything to tell him and see his face. He saw me become a teacher, get a degree and learn to drive, but he didn't get to see me own a home, or get married, or have children. I guess there's always something. It's always too early when people leave.

The rest of the weekend was fine. I saw some friends on Saturday night and felt excited to return home. It made me remember the social life I once had! It feels like teachers don't want to socialise outside of work, and I haven't made any friends in Leicester, so it will be so nice returning to a place where I can, at least now and then, go out for a drink and catch up with people or attend life drawing classes (I need to show you guys my drawings from that!).

Then on mother's day my brother and I went for a meal with Mum. It was nice to go out with our significant others but just as a family for a change. Not that I don't want my boyfriend involved in my family... I love that he is, but it was nice to just be together as a three. We ate in Petit Paris - a sweet little French restaurant with slightly grumpy waiters and nice food. Then for the rest of the weekend Mum and I talked about houses and where I would live in Nottingham. It's pretty exciting but we need to sell the house in Leicester first.

How was your weekend?

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Airbrushing - should it be banned?

My Functional Skills students are coming up with ideas to present and discuss for Speaking and Listening. One idea I keep putting forward - for the beauty students in particular to discuss - is the idea of airbrushing and photoshop. After reading this post over at The Styling Dutchman, I decided to write a blog post about the issue.


For a long time, I thought celebrities were naturally stunning, and photographers used fancy lighting and make-up to have them looking their best. I didn't consider this to be 'cheating' - the camera captured what was actually visable to the photographer. However, with the growth of technology, photoshopping, or using other photo editing software to enhance photos is becoming almost commonplace. Obviously the reasons are clear - celebrities sell items. The better looking the celebrity, the more we want the item, because the more we want to be like the celebrity.

There isn't really anyone to blame for this phenomena. Individuals in charge or marketing are paid to sell items in the more effective way possible. The problem with this tactic is that we can't pretend people aren't influenced by these images. Look at the image above. Britney Spears has a perfectly fine body in the image, yet this body has been changed to appear more slender and with more even skin in the second. The image most young women are going to see, and perhaps aspire to, is no longer a representation of a real person. They have also added more makeup to define the eyes and adjusted the shine on Britney's face so it appears thinner.




If I were a celebrity I would feel saddened that someone had manipulated my image. It's a judgement on your figure, or skin, or general looks. God forbid the public were to see a photograph of Harry Styles looking like a normal teenage boy.

The good news is that these photos are accessiable on the internet. It is possible to see that these images are a misrepresentation of the true article. Perhaps, by viewing these we can relax a little in the knowledge that even our favourite celebrities can't achieve the perfection we are used to seeing. Even they fall short of society's standards and have to be changed. Would it not be easier for us all to lower our expectations and appreciate that we are all human. 99% of us attempt to change the way we look, even just by brushing our hair, before walking out of our front door because we all wake up looking less than perfect.

I know this is completely idealistic. Harry Styles makes his money from his adoring fans finding him physically attractive and the more teenage girls he can enslave, the more secure his popularity. I understand this, and I accept it. But I will continue to cheer myself up by googling 'celebrities before and after photoshop' every once in a while.

How do you feel about photograph manipulation?