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Alex: “I’m Going to Blow Myself Away”

Yesterday, London was visited by some particularly strong winds which were literally shaking my house and howling like nothing I have ever heard before. Alex became increasingly intrigued by the wind speed, studying the trees and the fence, and noticed that they were shaking quite violently. I took one look at her, she looked at me and then said “Victoria, I’m going to blow myself away.” I quite literally facepalmed at this point but Alex got off the sofa, fetched my Dad’s Hi-Vis jacket (“because if I blow away, I want the planes to see me”), headed out into the street in broad daylight, spread her arms and waited.

As Alex is literally quite mad, I decided to turn this into an experiment which would enable me to spend an extra ten minutes avoiding coursework, and so set out to determine whether a wind speed of 45mph is strong enough to blow away a tiny human. After all, it is rather amusing, if a little embarrassing.

Alex’s first attempt on the street didn’t work too well, but you can see that she appears to be having a jolly good old time playing outside the front of the house. My mother, who is just to the left of her, you can hear quietly speaking to our dog walker Siobhan, who has become accustomed to Alex’s shenanigans and now ignores her. Alex does things like this on a daily basis, and so people in the street are no longer shocked.

Following this first failed attempt, Alex decided to move into the back garden, where she believed that the wind was blowing stronger. We were actually met with a slither more success, but this was only in the form of the wind blowing her top up slightly, and Alex hadn’t moved a muscle as a result of the wind.

In conclusion then, it is clearly impossible for 45mph winds to move a person, even if they are attempting to ‘catch’ it in an item of clothing.

 

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18 Pictures Which Can go a Long Way to Lightening Your Mood

Everyone has the odd day where they feel a bit down because life isn’t actually going to plan. For me, if all else fails, these pictures are guaranteed to make me forget about how crap my day has been. 

1. This Pug who uses the Internet to look up pictures of other pugs.

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2. This tunnel of lavender

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3. This cake which makes me wish it was my birthday every single day.

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4. This cake that makes me want to stick my face in it and forget that I have ever heard of the word ‘diet’

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5. THAT picture of a possum that ate too many pastries

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6. This family of giraffes that make you want to cuddle EVERYONE

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7. These two pigs who are clearly loving life

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8. This treehouse with a pool

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9. These shoes which I would take out a loan to own

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10. This puppy who loves his teddy

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11. These holiday huts that make me want to live on an island.

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12. That bookcase that, if I had it, would absolutely make my life

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13. This dog who thinks he’s the owner

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14. These balloons which are so pretty I could die

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15. The bathroom that’s so cosy you couldn’t possibly EVER be stressed.

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16. This little girl who’s holding hands with a penguin, holding hands with a penguin.

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17. The wine cellar of Kings

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18. This wedding dress which makes me want to get married. NOW.

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*All pictures are taken from Pinterest. If you recognise any and want removal/wish to be credited, please contact me.

The Pros and Cons of Outdoor Cinema

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Outdoor cinema is something I’ve wanted to experience for ages, yet hadn’t had the opportunity to up until this weekend. In fact, I hadn’t heard about it until earlier this year when a few friends of mine were complaining about a screening of Back to the Future being cancelled after shelling out an incredible amount of money on the tickets. I’m a bit of a romantic at heart and a fan of the outdoors, so the idea of having a picnic while you watch a movie is too good to pass up.

I came across the Essex Outdoor Cinema completely by accident,  walking to Upminster in search of a pair of trousers to replace the ones I had managed to unceremoniously destroy earlier that morning. Walking up a hill, complaining about the fact I was having to walk up it in the heat in the first place, I stopped in front a banner advertising Essex Outdoor Cinema. A bit more investigation revealed that it would be showing Captain Phillips on the grass outside a rather lovely looking windmill. David and I talked it over a bit, and decided that since he’s never seen the film, and it’s one that I really enjoyed, we should do it. After all, we’d regret it if we didn’t.

Your typical cinema will charge you £10 for a ticket, con you into paying 300% more for your snacks and drinks than you would anywhere else, and before you know it has cost you £45 quid for two people. Either that, or you’re left sweating whilst you attempt to smuggle your own snacks past the spotty teenager who’s day will be made if he catches you with contraband. The seats are uncomfortable, usually covered in popcorn or someone’s spilled drink and have very little leg room. David is 6 foot 3, and I’m 5 foot 8 and a bit. If I’m complaining about cramp in my legs, you can guarantee he’s suffering about 64787 times more than I am.

The Outdoor Cinema cost was £10 per ticket, which I think is amazing value. We paid online via PayPal, but there was also the option to pay in person.  You could bring your own food and drink, including alcohol. You could choose to sit wherever you want, on your own chairs. You could lie down if you wanted and wrap yourself up.in as many blankets as you could possibly want. To me,  that’s much more appealing than trying to squeeze myself into a chair and sit uncomfortably whilst trying to watch the latest film release. Besides, it’s romantic. You can enjoy spending time with the person you’ve gone to watch the film with and interact with them in ways you couldn’t in a normal cinema.

Despite the many pros there are, however, a few cons. For example, the elements are beyond your control. You are entirely at their mercy. Whilst it didn’t rain on Saturday when we went it got quite chilly. Not unbearably so, but it was cool enough to make you wish you’d packed an extra jumper. The other issue was the number of mosquitos. The film we saw was shown quite late at night in order to coincide with the sunset, and as a result we were bitten to death by mosquitos. Next time I will be spraying myself with as much insect repellent as possible; I dont care how bad it makes me smell. The final negative point is that they didn’t supply seating. David and I were led to believe that the company would provide seating for the guests to sit on, as suggested by an image on their website. They also hadn’t stated that visitors would need to supply their own.

Cons aside, the whole experience was completely magical, and it’s definitely one that I am keen to repeat again in the near future. Next time though, I’ll be much better prepared as the experience this time was a bit rushed and we didn’t really know what to expect. If you’re keen to find out about the Essex Outdoor Cinema and see what they have on and where,  you can find their website here.

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