Tipping is Optional: Lessons in Bar Work

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I started this blog with things I learned in University and so after a small transition period I thought it was time for the next one. Things bar work taught me. Apart from learning that noon is a perfectly acceptable time of day to wake up, one could even go as far to say that noon is an early start. Also apart from the fact that as long as your work shirt isn’t completely drenched in beer and Sambuca, that two day wear is also relatively normal. Continue reading

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What’s Your Number? The Rise of the Slutshame

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Anyone who knows my in car singing habits knows that my girl crush heart is devoted to Taylor Swift. And no, I don’t care what you think about it. Each to their own and all that jazz, I won’t judge your try hard alternative facial piercings or your reality show fake tan, don’t judge my love for Swifty. Anyway, moving on.. Taylor Swift, known for diary like lyrics and being a champion of all things fairytale and fluffy, has had her fair share of boyfriends. After moving on from Conor Kennedy to One Direction’s Harry Styles in what seemed like half a heartbeat, Swift received an onslaught of abusive tweets and threats from the hardcore One Directioners. Continue reading

On the streets: The Homeless of New York

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It has been a few days since I arrived back from my New Years trip to New York. I’ve been to the city twice before, so seeing the homeless is not a startling sight for me or a fresh revelation. One would think the most inspiring thing in the city are the lights of the Empire State Building, the view of the skyline from Dumbo, or the deafening silence of Central Park. I do think all these things are inspiring to the human brain, a mind that hasn’t been poisoned by the pollution of cynics. But one moment changed things for me and the outlook on my own financial situation. Credit card bills, overdrafts, a car running out of petrol at every moment possible, these annoyances that occur in my daily life are trivial compared to the homeless of New York, shackled with their situation and unable to conjure hope for the future simply by looking up at the city lights. For some inhabitants of New York, there is no way up. Continue reading

The Lion, The Witch and The Graduate

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My housemate, whenever on her way to anywhere, famously takes the long way around. It’s not a planned route, but it just seems to happen that way. She was once asked why she took so long, and asked if she went through Narnia to get to her destination. I feel like I’ve joined her in a magical but brutal land that is testing my every nerve, but I’ve yet to find the door to get out of it. I’m not alone in this, this is how graduates working their way towards their goals feel in their day to day lives. Continue reading