My Trip To Monkey World

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What is Monkey World? Take a look at their website and learn all about it:
MONKEY WORLD OFFICIAL SITE

Want to know more? Check out this Youtube video explaining all about the centre:
YOUTUBE: Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre [Dorset]

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For more images of my day out, check out my Instagram page!

What the individuals are Monkey World do is amazing and the animals themselves are fascination, my appreciation goes out to all who are involved in keeping these monkeys safe from harm and allowing them to live a happy, healthier life.

 

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Day Four: A Story In A Single Image

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If You Go Down To The Woods Today. . .

The image which I have selected to write about is that one which is on the top left corner. When I first looked at all four images the one showing the girl standing alone in what seems to be a clearing or enterance to a forest immediately spoke to me. Many feelings arose when I saw this image: feelings of curiosity and wonder, uncertainty and a hint of fear… I put myself in the shoes of the girl within the picture and I question whether to look upon the woods ahead as a place of solitude or a dangerous terrain which acts as the home to many mysterious and potentially dangerous creatures.

Within fictional stories we have been told since a young age that whilst the woods may be a place of wonder and magic, danger lurks within the trees and waits for the moment to strike.

If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise – indeed!

 

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My Top 10 Favourite TV Shows

  1. Merlin
  2. Sherlock
  3. Shadowhunters
  4. Terra Nova
  5. Supergirl
  6. The Big Bang Theory
  7. Iron Fist
  8. Jessica Jones
  9. Come Dine With Me
  10. How Clean Is Your House

 

These top 10 favourite TV Shows are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the shows that make the top ten. I highly recommend watching each and every single one of them!

Have you watched to any of them? What are your favourite TV shows? Let me know in the comments!

 

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#SiblingSunday: The Sibling Tag With Thomas

Who is the oldest/youngest?
Stacey: Me, I’m 22 so I’m the oldest – Older than both Thomas and Kaia. Kaia (3) and Thomas aren’t siblings though.
Thomas: I’m the youngest, out of the two of us. I’m 17.

What was the last text you sent each other?
Stacey: “HAVE YOU WATCHED SHADOWHUNTERS”
Thomas: *On a completely unrelated topic* Yeah I’ve seen the FB post.

What do you like and dislike about your siblings? 
Stacey: I like that he’s funny and that we have a lot in common. I don’t like that we don’t live together or that he’s a better gamer than me.
Thomas: I like that she’s really smart and she can recommend good TV shows. I don’t like that she won’t admit I got the looks in the family and that we don’t live together too.

What do you and your siblings have in common? 
TV show and movie preferences, general opinion on topics and we made the best with the card dealt to us in life.

What is your funniest memory?
Stacey: At Comic Con everyone thought that he was Tom Holland.
Thomas: When we were pretending that I was staying overnight at your house and it was believed.

Most memorable argument? 
We don’t argue – we’re cool like that!

What do you and your sibling do for fun? 
Watch Netflix, hang out, play PS4, show up at each others work.

Describe each other in three words?
Stacey: He’s funny, relatable and dramatic.
Thomas: She’s funny, hyper and short.

 

What’s something that annoys you about the other one?
Stacey: He doesn’t read enough.
Thomas: She’s always so hyper, even first thing in the morning…

Who keeps a cleaner room? 
Stacey: Him.
Thomas: Her.

What is something weird that you eat?
Stacey: Thomas eats these merrang things that are nice but just strange…
Thomas: She has a sandwich and pickled onion monster munch crisps!

How long does it take your sibling to get dressed?
Stacey: Dressed? I’d say it takes him 10-20 minutes.
Thomas: For her anywhere from 15 minutes to 1/2 an hour.

What does your sibling think about the most? 
Stacey: PS4 games.
Thomas: Harry Potter.

Who reads more? 
Stacey: Definitely me.
Thomas: Her. 110% her.

What is something that you both like to do together? 
Stacey: Watch TV.
Thomas: Watch TV.

Who is the most talented? 
Stacey: Me.
Thomas: Me.
Stacey: Ha, yeah, let’s rethink the answer to that argument questions.

What’s your favourite makeup brand? 
Stacey: None.
Thomas: I don’t know any.

What is your sibling really bad at?
Stacey: Tidying up.
Thomas: Playing games.

What is the best thing about the other? 
Stacey: His humour.
Thomas: Her intelligence.

Who takes longer to get ready? 
Stacey: Me.
Thomas: You.

Nicknames you have for each other? 
Stacey: Spiderman, because he looks a bit like Tom Holland, ha!
Thomas: Stace

Last thing you talked about? 
Stacey: Nicknames.
Thomas: Nicknames.
Stacey: Because we’re in a Facebook call talking about these questions!

Are you close? 
Stacey: Oh, without a doubt!
Thomas: Definitely.

One thing you can do that your sibling can’t? 
Stacey: Whistle.
Thomas: ‘Everything’ (OHHHH!). I can roll my tongue, she can’t.

What is the one dish you want Mum to make you both when you’re both feeling down?
Stacey: Uh, we don’t know our Mum so… What would we make each other?
Thomas: I’d want you to make Fajitas.
Stacey: I’d want you to make Lasanga.
Thomas: Oh, Lasanga’s nice!

What’s a weird habit of yours? 
Stacey: I’m just generally weird, haha!
Thomas: Rolling up paper.

What was your biggest fight or argument? 
Stacey: None.
Thomas: None.

Describe the last thing you did with your sibling?
Stacey: Heart-To-Heart.
Thomas: Went to see Infinity War in the cinema.

Complete this statement: “My sibling is…”?
Stacey: Too tall for his own good.
Thomas: My sibling.

 

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Day Three: One-Word Inspiration

ABUNDANCE

 

Defined, abundance means ‘a very large quantity of something’. I’ve been putting a lot of thought into the term abundance and of how it can be both a good and a bad thing. The example I’m picking for today is: an abundance of money. Does money really bring one happiness? This is a question which I have always debated with myself.

On one hand a large amount of money being obtained to one individual could provide them with happiness by use of allowing them to buy things which make them happy – now if I was to have a large amount of money I know for a fact that the majority of that money would be spent on books which would bring me money.

On the other hand, those who have money in large amounts are often portrayed as being unhappy underneath the ‘act’ which they put on for others. This is understandable as money isn’t everything and happiness can be achieved in many ways, such as those who are less well off but have the support and unconditional love of their families – just look at the fictional family of the Weasleys within the Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling for example!

What do YOU think of the term ‘abundance’? Let me know in the comments and feel free to relate the term to other things, not just money.

 

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My Top 10 Favourite Songs

  1. Imagine Dragons – Gold
  2. Celine Dion – Ashes
  3. Tom Walker – Leave A Light On
  4. Rachel Platten – Fight Song
  5. Sigrid – Everybody Knows
  6. Sleeping At Last – You Wouldn’t Like Me
  7. Faith Marie – Little Girl
  8. Julia Brennan – Inner Demons
  9. Laura Aquilina – Sinners
  10. Katy McAllister – Another Empty Bottle

 

These top 10 favourite songs  are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the songs that make the top ten. I highly recommend listening to each and every single one of them!

Have you listened to any of them? What are your favourite songs? Let me know in the comments!

 

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THE “TOTALLY SHOULD’VE” BOOK TAG

The following book tag was not created by me, I merely found it on this blog = SOURCE and thought that it would be a good idea to take part in the tag too! 

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TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… NOT GOTTEN A SEQUEL

I honestly can’t think of any book that I feel should not have gotten a sequel. The majority of books which I ready that have books which follow get better as the story goes on.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD A SPIN-OFF SERIES

Harry Potter, without a doubt. There are certain characters that I would have loved to know more about. Then again, maybe one day…

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… ENDED DIFFERENTLY

Twilight: Breaking Dawn. Couldn’t we have seen the future for ourselves? I would loved to have seen like a flashforward of what happened years later, etc.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD A TV SHOW / FILM FRANCHISE

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow Rowell, if you’re reading this… PLEASE make it happen?!

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD ONE POINT OF VIEW

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I loved reading from Sam’s POV but sometimes it was distracting and hard to decide when he was thinking as Sam and when he was thinking.. as the wolf, if you get what I mean.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… HAD A COVER CHANGE

There aren’t any books that I can think of, if I’m honest.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… STOPPED READING

Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows, ha! Because if I didn’t read it… then it didn’t happen??? Kidding… I’d say I should have stopped reading Twilight. I didn’t, back then, but I should have.

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… KEPT THE COVER

To be honest, I wish the Harry Potter book series had kept their original covers – although these new house covers are lit! ❤

TOTALLY SHOULD’VE… NOT PREJUDGED

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James because.. Oh My! I judged this book pretty hard before reading it and then a few pages in I was hooked. By the end of the book, I was kicking myself for ever judging it!

 

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Day Two: Write A List

Fully imagine a character: list their physical characteristics.

The character in question was:

  • Short in height, especially for the age of eighteen, which was something he was often mocked for.
  • Had flaming red hair that looked as though he had only just gotten out of bed no matter the time of day.
  • His green eyes were like two emeralds, and always wide and shining with curiosity.
  • His complexion was pale and he looked even paler given he wore nothing but black – it was flawless too, his freckles spread evenly across his nose and cheek bones as though each were placed there in perfect position.

 

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My Top 10 Favourite Movies

  1. Avengers: Infinity War
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  3. Jurassic Park
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Les Miserables
  6. Bridesmaids
  7. Deathnote
  8. Jaws
  9. Beauty and the Beast
  10. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

 

These top 10 favourite movies are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the movies that make the top ten. I highly recommend each and every single one of them!

Have you watched any of them? What were YOUR thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

 

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My Top 10 Favourite Books

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  2. On Fire: A Teen Wolf Novel by Nancy Holder
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  4. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling
  5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
  6. American Assassin by Vince Flynn
  7. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  8. Captain America: The Death of Captain America Prose Novel by Larry Hama
  9. The Gatekeeper by Kevin J. Kennedy
  10. Avalon High by Meg Cabot

 

These top 10 favourite books are in no particular order in regards to the list itself. However these are the books that make the top ten. I highly recommend each and every single one of them!

Have you read any of them? What were YOUR thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

 

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The Book Reader Problems Tag

I did not create this tag, I merely found it on the following blog: SOURCE

Let’s begin…

1. You have 20,000 books in your TBR, how in the world do you decide what to read next?

If I leave my TBR pile for long enough then that will actually be my reality, ha! I’m going to be honest though, the problem I have concerning my TBR pile is that the books in the TBR pile build up day after day whilst I spend my time re-reading books. Harry Potter is to blame! XD Honestly though… I would most likely pick a book that I thought I’d be most likely to favour over the others and work my way from there through the pile.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

Initially put it down. This has happened to me before on a few occasions. I would put the book down, DNF it for a while and then try again. If I liked the book the next time that I tried it then yay but if not I would consider it indefinitely DNF-ed.

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re behind on your reading challenge, do you try to catch up? And if so, how?

I would try to catch up, most likely by reading short stories in order to still be reading new material but in the shortest amount of time possible. If that wasn’t going to cut it, I would probably re-read. However, once the year has ended that is it, so if I didn’t manage to complete the challenge… Better luck next year!

4. The covers of a series you love do not match, how do you cope?

To be honest, this has never really bothered me… Although sometimes I do wish that the covers match and then it would make the series look prettier on my shelf. However, mostly I care about what the individual cover looks like and the story inside it.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you do not. Who do you bond with over your shared feelings?

Literally ANYONE that I can find. I will search the internet for people if I know no one personally who enjoys the book. If that fails… and sometimes even before then… I rant to my Nan about the book. The poor woman knows more stories than she has read what with all my rambling, haha.

6. You’re reading a book in public and you’re about to start crying. How do you deal?

It depends on whether or not I merely shed a tear or ugly cry… I admit I’ve done both in public. In my sixth year at High School I shed a few tears whilst reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and in my local restaurant I ugly cried whilst reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child… Then managed to stop crying after I put the book down, then had to read on and ugly cried again…

7. The sequel to a book you loved just came out but you’ve forgotten a lot of what happens. Are you going to reread it?

Yes! I’ve done this with The Pendragon Legacy by Katherine Roberts. It’s not so much that the book came out later, I was only able to get the final book after a while and therefore had forgotten a few details so I re-read the first three.

8. You do not want anyone to borrow your books, how do you politely say no when someone asks?

“Sorry, I’m currently reading that one at the moment.” OR “Oh… Someone has already requested to borrow that one.”. Sometimes I just straight out lie and tell them I’ve lost the book, I know it’s a lie, THEY know it’s a lie but we do not say it is clearly a lie, haha.

9. You have picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over this reading slump?

Pray! I’m joking, actually no sometimes I do… Reading slumps are rare for me but when they hit, they hit hard… Most of the time I manage to get over them by reading a book that is completely different to what I normally read in style, genre, the lot… That normally helps. If not, re-read Harry Potter until the time I feel ready to read more.

10. There are so many books coming out that you are dying to read, how many do you end up buying?

To be honest, as much as I can afford to buy… I’m terrible at restraining myself and have no patience so waiting for the price to drop is not an option if I really want something. I am also an impulsive buyer when it comes to books. I could go into Waterstones to buy just one of the books I want and leave with the rest and more in addition! No wonder I thought it was time to get a library card.

11. After you purchase all of these books that you’re dying to read how long do they sit on your shelves before you get to them?

HAHA, this is the question to top them all. Yep, after buying all those books and spending what would most likely be half my wages on them… They’d probably sit on my shelf doing nothing for a few months at most and at least only one of them would get read immediate.

 

For this, I tag: itsmejayse

 

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Day One: I Write Because…

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Why do I write?

Why do write?

I don’t think I write for any reason different as to why others may write. I write because I love to, I write because I need to, I write because I want to.

Writing to me is as easy as breathing and in my own personal opinion – although perhaps this applies to some of you as well – writing is often easier than speaking. Whether it’s explaining something or merely wanting to let someone know of my opinion, writing it down or typing it up as I am doing now is often MUCH eaiser than having to explain it in words…

Writing comes from somewhere deep inside, a reason why I love both writing myself and reading what others have written. Words are magic and reading what others have written, for the most part, is like being allowed to see into their souls for just a brief moment because that is where writing comes from in my opinion. Writing comes from the head, heart and soul all at once and is something which I think is an act and gift that is more often than not overlooked…

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COMING SOON: SIBLING SUNDAY

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(Top Image: Myself (22) and my little sister Kaia (3) – Same Dad, Different Mums.) 
(Bottom Image: Myself (22) and my little brother Thomas (17) – Same Mum, Different Dads.)

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I mentioned in my last blog post that I shall be starting a #SiblingSunday – here’s a bit more about what to expect each Sunday from now on.

As you can see, one of my siblings is a little young to be ‘guest starring’ on my blog, however I am planning on trying to find activities and such which she can be included in so that some #SiblingSunday posts may be dedicated to her as well. It should also be noted that my little sister, Kaia, does not live in the same country and so blog posts concerning her will sadly be… rare.

What the majority of #SiblingSunday blog posts shall feature however is activities carried out with my brother, Thomas, who will be joining me and completing tasks such as book tags, movie tags, discussions etc. We are both hoping that at some point along the lines – eventually – the two of us may turn #SiblingSunday from a blog post which is written and to be read to a podcast which will be easily accessiable and can be listened to any anyone’s leisure. However, until then…

Coming this Sunday (3rd June 2018): The Sibling TagThomas and I answer a few questions concerning each other: what we like about one another and dislike, our funniest moments and a few more home truths… 

 

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~ June 2018 Blog Plans ~

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(May I state here that I do not own this GIF, credit to the owner – I merely found it on Google)

KIDDING! Although, yeah spoilers for my blog ahead… 

JUNE IS FINALLY HERE! Oh how I have longed for the arrival of the summer months… I am just not wrapping up my final pieces of work at University and whilst that is underway am still working part-time at my local supermarket. HOWEVER, that being said I am about to come into a lot of free time, especially over the next couple of weeks and I don’t intend to let that free time go to waste.

Consider this post a general update of the blogs ‘going ons’ of which I hope will help to keep you posted and eagerly awaiting what is to come. First of all, let me give a big HELLO and THANK YOU to those of you out there who follow my blog!

download There you go, a nice hug for you all – and that hug may also be extended to just anyone who takes a moment to read any of my posts. Thank you!

That being said, it’s time to tell you what is coming! Now obviously one of the things I prize myself in sometimes is spontaneity and with that being said I may not be able to tell you each and every thing that I plan to post on my blog, but I can give you a general idea.

(Smaller update inserted: I now know how to work Google spreadsheets and have a much better idea at how to plan out posts etc now) 

Here’s what to expect THIS month (generally!):

  • Book Reviews: Harry Potter, Short Horror Fiction Works…
  • Movie Reviews: Harry Potter, Like Minds, Deathnote…
  • TV Show Reviews: My Family, Hemlock Grove (S1)…
  • Book Tags
  • Top 10…
  • Other, including Books VS Movies & Books VS Kindles…

IN ADDITION to those mentioned above, I shall also be starting a #SiblingSunday in which my brother and I shall complete tasks, book tags, have discussions etc… More on that can be found by clicking on the following link:

COMING SOON: SIBLING SUNDAY

And that’s it! Other posts will include any prompt challenges which I recieve and the likes.

Again, thank you for your follows, attention and patience and understanding as I spent the previous few weeks dealing with personal issues. Things look to be improving and I hope that I didn’t disappoint or irritate anyone with my lack of posting – that is now about to change.

Many thanks and hoping you are all well,

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PLANNING IN PROGRESS

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I am aiming for at LEAST 1 blog post per day this Month and a maximum of 5/day. Does anyone have any books they’d like to know about, questions they want answered, movies to suggest or want reviewed etc… Anything you’d like to see blogged, let me know and I’ll fit it in! Your opinions and wants matter to me!

 

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Fandoms?

Hey there,

This post is mostly just to satisfy my own curiosity and also one which will contribute to an article I am writing for The Nerd Daily. So, below I have a few questions which I will be asking and if you like then feel free to answer one, some, all or even none of them – although at least one of them would be helpful… Here they are!

  1. Are you a part of any fandoms and if so, which ones? (Please state at least 2)
  2. When did you learn of/become a part of a fandom?
  3. What do you like most about being part of a fandom?
  4. What do you like least about being part of a fandom?
  5. Do you participate in any fandom related activities (eg, online discussions/debates, Comic Con, Fanfiction writing, fanart drawing etc)?
  6. Do you feel like being a part of a fandom has changed or influenced your life and if so, in which way(s)?

 

Many thanks for your time! Hopefully this blog post may even allow for others to meet and begin to interact with those in the same/other fandoms too.

 

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