Thursday, 7 September 2017

September Wishlist

Alas, September has crept up on us once again and my days on the island are slipping away. I must admit though, I've seen some outrageous events that are getting me dead giddy for my return to Manchester. Here are some right corkers: Hilda Vs Deidre, It's Britney, Witch & an Ab Fab a Thon

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to diving back into Corrie. If anyone could fill me in on the cobbles summer shenanigans I'd be real grateful. Let me guess, four weddings and a funeral?

The Autumn equinox isn't far away and with it comes Greggs bat biscuits, walks along the canals and extra layers. I'm torn between these two kicks to join me on my adventures:

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Henry Holland recently collaborated with the two snacks I've missed most from the kingdom whilst I've been in Greece: Cadbury chocolate and Walkers crisps!

I also love these ravers joggers which are currently in the HoH menswear sale. I love the satirical flyer artwork design and how it features yet another nostalgic snack: quavers! <3

How adorable is Moschino's latest collaboration with Sephora? Luckily there are two Sephora's here on the island and I have my heart set on the adorable teddy bear eye mask!

I've been itching to squeeze in a trip to London for yonks now as I regretfully haven't been since I graduated last spring. There's an intriguing immersive production called Kabeiroi that is tempting me. There are a set of rules which you must follow in order to be eligible to partake which include: being 18+, willing to be on your feet for six hours, you mustn't be claustrophobic etc.. You also cannot attend alone and accept that you'll begin in one ldn location and end in another! OoOOoOoo

I spotted these playful Alison Lou pasta pieces on Man Repeller's insta stories and finally know what I want for my birthday: lasagne earrings and a rigatoni ring!

AL's mamma mia collection reminds me of the type of pieces sold in my favourite jewellery shop in Corfu town. My only regret in life is not buying this cheese grater earring.

Just thought I'd give you all a heads up that #jeansforgenes day is fast approaching (Sept 22nd) so don't forget to mark it on your calendar. If you're looking for some new denim for the occasion, look no further than these bugs bunny jeans. You're welcome!

Are you team prawn cocktail or paprika?

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Then, Now, Always

My FB feed has been particularly colourful this weekend with everyone celebrating Manchester Pride & I've been bursting with pride to call the city that fiercely protects love my hometown.

Leave the light on, Manchester - I won't be much longer... 
you want anything from Duty Free, luv? 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Je M'appelle Claude

I read a fascinating article on the guardian recently that explored the concept of being bilingual. Although I was born in Manchester, I actually grew up on the island of Corfu until my parents divorced when i was 9. Since moving to the UK, my Greek has become a lil rusty but my summer vacations always grease the wheels. In light of John le Carré's article, I thought I'd share my top tips on learning a foreign language.

#1 Immerse yourself in the language and culture. I always have hellenic radio stations playing when I'm cooking and surf Greek news sites. I also listen to a podcast run by two Greek lads in Germany who review movies ~ it's ace as there are lots of English references. In the run up to summer, I also watch reruns of cheesy 90's sitcoms such as eisai to tairi mou and to kafe tis xaras on my lunch break. You'd be amazed how much seeps in when you're constantly exposed to the language. 

#2 As lame as it sounds, I get Greek word of the day emails. Also when a national holiday approaches, such as carnival or Saint Patrick's day, I get a dedicated vocab list emailed to me which is ace.

#3 If you're in the early stages of learning, or brushing up, ain't no shame in watching children's cartoons. They speak significantly slower and follow much simpler storylines. Lord knows I have multiple Greek Disney dvds that I rotate when the slog of winter is over and the countdown to summer begins. 

#4 Create unconventional methods to help you remember certain key categories. For instance, my high school French teacher helped us learn months by singing them to the theme tune of Coronation Street. It's been eight years and I still find myself breaking into 'jaaaanvier, fevrieerr...' That has to be the most northern sentence I've ever written.

#5 If the language has its own alphabet, you may find it useful to attach alphabet stickers onto your laptop!

#6 My final and most paramount tip is: 


Yes - it's daunting, yes - you'll get tongue tied. But shit, at least you're trying! Also don't be discouraged if you're plateauing - hey, the fact that you've reached a stage where you can converse at all is an achievement in itself! There's something rather brazen and endearing about speaking a language you're aware you haven't entirely conquered... yet. & On the off chance that a native mocks you, respond with "oh, would you prefer to speak English instead?". Usually they don't.

I'm actually on Corfu at the moment, as summer is in full swing and the feta isn't going to eat itself. I actually asked my girlfriends for their advice on the subject at hand. They said move to Greece and get a Greek boyfriend. Their words not mine - although that doesn't sound like such a bad idea...

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” Charlemagne