April Favourites

Hey guys!

So since it’s coming to the end of April, it’s time for a monthly favourites post! Lots of wonderful things have happened this month and I’m excited to share them with you.

So first off one of my best friends from home came up to visit for the weekend at the beginning of April, which was lovely. I hadn’t seen her in a while as she now works down in London so it was great that I got to spend some time with her.

I started reading a new book called ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig. One of my friends recommended it to me and I’m really glad he did because it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend to go and get it. It’s about the authors journey through depression and how he came through it, it’s absolutely brilliant.

I’ve also just purchased a new healthy cook book! Since I’m still running I thought it would be a good idea to start eating a little bit more healthier. It’s called ‘Get the Glow’ by Madeline Shaw. It has lots of really cool and fun healthy recipes which are so easy to make, it also has exercise routines and mediation tips!

I went to go see the Jungle Book movie – which is absolutely brilliant! I love going to the cinema and I haven’t been much this year, so it was really enjoyable to go. It also had Idris Elba voicing one of the characters and everyone loves Idris so thats a big enough reason to go and watch it. I’m not going to explain what the Jungle Book is about because you should all know. If you don’t then what have you been doing with your lives!? Seriously…(I thought I would add a picture of Idris in just to spice up this blog, he’s also great to look at. You’re welcome)

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The band and I have also got our set down! We had a great rehearsal at Blueprint studios the other day and everything is sounding great. It’s taking longer than I thought to get everything sorted but be patient because it is all coming together! You’re all in for a treat.

I also went to go and see a play at HOME Theatre called ‘Caresses’, which was rather interesting… I went with my friend Matt and we came out of it quite disturbed. I’m not going to go into detail with what happened during it, as I don’t think its very appropriate for a blog post but it was definitely thought provoking…

I haven’t been to as many gigs as I would’ve liked this month, I think work and essays have just taken over my life at the moment, so I’m struggling to find time to go and see gigs! I did catch a couple though, one of which is a band I spoke about in my March favourites blog. RUNAH.

This night was a little different as I normally see Tara perform with a full band, but it turned out to be even more captivating. She played electric guitar, and was accompanied by Singer/Songwriter Emerie who provided beautiful harmonies. Their voices blended so well together, and it was amazing to see everything stripped back. Each song was performed so elegantly and with a vulnerability that I found so affecting. The whole night was brilliant but RUNAH delivered the emotion, and that’s one of my favourite things. I had shivers through the whole set and was completely lost in the music from the very start.

Go on and check out their sound cloud, you won’t be disappointed – soundcloud.com/runahband

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Anyway until next time,

Lots of love,

R x

Lectures, Rehearsals and Jim Chapman

Hello everyone!

So today has been a pretty busy day for a Wednesday! It started off with a nice lie in since I didn’t have to be up early for anything. (What a busy start to the day already eh!?) Once I pulled myself out of bed I started on with some Music Business revision, and stuck at that for a good 10 minutes before I got distracted by Netflix and ended up watching a documentary.

The documentary was called Blackfish and I highly recommend anyone who hasn’t seen it to go and watch it. It’s a beautifully filmed documentary on Tilikum, the Killer Whale that is kept in captivity over in Sea World Orlando. It showed the heartbreaking story of the capture of Tilikum and the way he has lived for over 3o years in Seaworld. (I may have cried once or twice) I was honestly quite shocked and appalled at how everything works over there – So I would definitely recommend a watch!

After my movie morning I decided that it would be best to crack on and do more business revision like the good student that I am! Then, before I knew it I had to rush off to a lecture which I really wasn’t looking forward too – but ended up being quite insightful.

It’s been a pretty miserable day in Manchester and so as I was walking home it was raining. (Shocker) But I survived the down pour and buckled down to attempt more revision. Instead of getting distracted by Netflix, I got distracted by food this time, and I made myself the most delicious tea. Cooked right from scratch it was Chicken, Mozzarella, Onions, Olives, Pasta and a Tomato pesto. BEAUTIFUL.

I then had rehearsal,  which I look forward to every week! Unfortunately my bassist Jordan wasn’t there – but like the professionals we are, we still went ahead.  The rehearsal went brilliantly and I’m so pleased that we now have a full set down! My guitarist James and drummer Alex (who I also call Jim Chapman – If you don’t know him, google him, the resemblance is creepy) were also very pleased.

I then headed back to my little flat, and will probably watch an episode of Making a murderer or Luther. (If you haven’t seen any of these shows go and watch them now, I promise you, you will not be disappointed.)

Anyway until next time…

Lots of Love,

R x

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