I’ve been a huge fan of Independent Liverpool for ages. In fact they’re one of my favourite things about Liverpool. If you haven’t already heard of them (where have you been?!), they’re two best mates dedicated to supporting, promoting and helping independent Liverpool business grow – from the smallest ones to the ones already standing on their own two feet and rocking it. They have a website which lists a ton of independent businesses who have got involved with their Independent Liverpool card – a super cheap (£15 for one or 2 for £20!) card that gives you all kinds of wild discounts at said independent businesses. Super cool, right?
As well as a really useful website and a nifty card they also do a ton of very cool events themselves and promote other independent events within the city. What one of my favourite things about Independent Liverpool is, is that they continually innovate and announce new, exciting things…the newest and most exciting of which is the Baltic Market!
I love a bar with some big light up letters!
Confession time: although I live in them now and did for most of my teenage years, the very first band t-shirt I ever bought was a Blink 182 shirt. It was black, with blue and white graphics of the rabbit on it, and I wore it all the time over a long sleeved white t-shirt with a backwards baseball cap because I genuinely thought Tom Delonge was an absolute bloody fashion icon.
To conclude, Blink 182 were an absolutely pivotal band in my teenage years. They were, by miles, my gateway band. I listened to every band they said had influenced them, every band who toured with them, every band who they had a link with, to the point that they were personally responsible for at least like 40% of my iPod. And yet I’ve never actually seen them live! They’re actually one of the last bands left on my music bucket list, and I got to tick this off this weekend.
This blog post is definitely a little bit late, given that Theresa May announced the general election on Tuesday (18th May) but it’s taken me a little bit of time to catch up with all the coverage. Having a full time job doesn’t half get in the way of me being a politics nerd!
I know that politics can be confusing at the best of times, so I wanted to try and write a sort of guide to it for anyone who might be interested, but maybe not know where to start – I know a lot of people for who it’ll be their first general election too. As a disclaimer, I’m not a politician, and I’ve never formally studied politics. I’m just someone with a big interest in how our country is run, who spends a lot of time on the Guardian politics session, and in the interests of full disclosure, I’m a member of the Labour party and a huge Jeremy Corbyn supporter.
Tinder, like Starbucks, social media and Uber, is pretty much an ingrained part of life in the 21st century. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t downloaded the app and got their swipe on at some point and it probably takes up part of the limited iPhone memory space on at least half of my friends phones regular.
But, while the app is ubiquitous, not all tinderers* are created equal. Tinder is lots of things for lots of people, fulfilling a whole pile of needs (not like that, ew), and I figured I’d have a stab at listing some of the more common identities that you’ll see on Tinder (me and my friends have been most/all of these at various points, so I could be projecting a little), so without further ado, I bring you…
*this is definitely not an Oxford English Dictionary standard noun, but it is on Urban Dictionary, so I’m just rolling with it.
I live in North Liverpool, about a 30 minute walk from Anfield Football Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club, the best team in the world. I’ve been to Anfield more times than I can count, including for my Year 11 Prom but I’ve never actually been to a football match…any football match. It’s been on my bucket list basically forever, but just seems to have been one of those things I’ve never gotten around to. Plus, tickets are expensive as hell.
Considering that, when we got given some free tickets in work (Since the University of Liverpool and the LFC Foundation are teaming up to sponsor an Into University centre), it seemed like a sign to finally tick it off my bucket list.
Anfield, pre-show, from the Anfield Beat
Last week I was lucky enough to get to go along to the Concert Room of St George’s Hall (Literally one of the most beautiful rooms I’ve ever seen) for the launch of Sibro VR – a totally amazing experience! Sibro are a Liverpool company who specialise in using virtual reality equipment to supplement and improve the education experience for young people, which is something I support literally 1000%. They create immersive education experiences that multiple people can experience all at once, just using a VR headset and a pair of headphones.
Anyone who knows me knows I love a piercing, much to the despair of my mum. I spent most of my teenage years begging for snakebite lip piercings and practically sprinted to a piercer the day I was allowed to get my nostril pierced. Over the years I’ve had 13 piercings total (including the new addition!), mostly in my ears, and I still have 10 in today! I’ll probably even add to that, payday is looming…
Anyways, I decided just before Christmas to treat myself to a new piercing to jazz my face up. I knew it HAD to be a septum piercing – I’ve loved it since I fell in love with Zacky Vengeance from Avenged Sevenfold when I was 13, and I’ve actually had it done once before – sadly I had a boyfriend who hated it not long after I got it done and ended up taking it out cause he hated it, and actually used to flick me in it – disappointed in past me and her lack of a backbone :(
Alright, small disclaimer. This blog is nowhere near as NSFW as the title would suggest. In fact, if it was going to be filed on Netflix, it’s a better fit for comedy than adult. But I disgress…
I decided that since me and my friends have SO many horrible/hilarious/down right questionable dating experiences, it’d be rude not to share them. At the very least we might make someone feel better about their own lives right?
As a disclaimer, I won’t ever name said friends or include identifying features, and I’m only sharing the stories after asking their permission.
But now that slight moral ish is covered, on with the story!
I’ve lived in Liverpool my whole life, apart from travelling and some summer spent in different parts of the UK. I think I can comfortably class myself as having done all the major things to do in Liverpool – all our museums (and boy do we have A LOT of museums), I’ve visited our iconic and amazing waterfront, our football stadiums, our Philharmonic Orchestra, our Echo Arena…basically you name it. But my favourite thing about Liverpool is that things are always changing and there is always something new to do, somewhere new opened to check out, or something relaunched. Literally a week has never passed without a message pinging up in mine and my gal pals group chat of a link and then ‘Oh my god we have GOT to check this out!”. So, with that in mind, I decided to make a bucket list of all the new and exciting things in Liverpool that I have on my to do list..and as I work my way through and tick them off, I’ll share reviews. Enjoy!
I love a night out as much as anyone. I love trying new bars, and dancing at clubs and the ridiculous conversations you have at 3am when you’re debating between a Maccies or a kebab and maybe you could get both? But honestly, my favourite part of any night out is always the pre drinks – sitting in your mates drinking v v strong drinks, finishing off getting ready, taking a good outfit selfie (0r 9) and having a goss.
But what I think ALWAYS jazzes predrinks up beyond belief, is the inclusion of a good drinking game, they get the laughs going and get everyone to a good level of relatively shitfaced before you head out (thereby saving money when you get out, making drinking games a positively sensible idea.