The Good, The Bad and The Rubbish

Sam Eastop and I embarked on an epic journey this afternoon. Camera in hand and eyes wide open, we wandered through Edinburgh and were intrigued by how litter can be both an eye sore and a photo opportunity. We both agreed that the ugly can have more depth than the beautiful and leaves much more to the imagination.

We also just wanted to take some pictures.

Here are a few of our favourites.
LOVE AND PEACE
EVA AND SAM

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With Youtube you’ll never forget

It was all over the news about the wrong winner being announced on australia’s next model on a live show and thanks to youtube that poor girl will never be able to forget it. The clip was uploaded in minutes and all ready has over 194500 views!

Youtube

Kelly Wade.

Social Media – The film?

I was watching MTV news this morning and an article came up about a new film coming out next month called ‘The Social Network’. It is basically about the guy who founded our favourite social networking site, Facebook. The films’ themes venture the pros and cons of the new phenomena. I thought it might be quite interesting for us lot! I thought the tagline was pretty cool because it seems true. ‘You get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies’. It also stars Justin Timberlake, another reason to see it! 🙂 I found a few reviews about the film too.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-social-network/

http://www.thesocialnetwork-movie.com/

Becky xx

The cure to boredom

I found this website when I was bored… It was rather entertaining  and I did laugh a little out loud at it, So I guess that makes it worth while!

http://www.dlisted.com

It also has links to Facebook so links back to class. 🙂

I found this a really cool site: http://www.fanfiction.net/

It’s basically ordinary people writing their own endings to classic books, films, you name it!

Top 5 Social Media Articles Of The Week

I found this blog  and thought it would be interesting for the site , it is a list of the 5 ‘best’ articles on social media of the week.

top5sites

Kelly Wade

The loop

I finally have some spare time so I thought I could contribute something to the website as well. I assume that some people already know I am from Poland but for those who did not know that – here you go – I am Polish. And that’s where the problems begin.

That might sound a bit provocative but I truly am disappointed with the information flow around here. I expected to have everything sorted out in my first two weeks. Guess what – I don’t have anything sorted out yet (apart from my bus card and mobile).

Thanks to the Internet, I have ‘gained the knowledge’ of what should I do first when arriving in Edinburgh. That is: get a bank account and the National Insurance Number, as they are crucial. It’s not that easy though. I don’t understand why would UCAS or Napier University spam my post box (and my e-mail as well) with so many useless leaflets, rather than make a package of decent information.

The loop begins
The National Insurance Number went quite smooth. Apart from the fact that no one told me I would need to make a telephone appointment and would need an UK number.

Getting a bank account is a bit harder. I went to the HSBC. No documents required (only the acceptance letter from the Uni). 8 pounds a month for having the account. Way too much for a student. I’ve decided to find a free one. The Royal Bank of Scotland offered me that. They told me to get any document with my new (Edinburgh) address on it. I’ve taken a confirmation letter from my landlord. Not enough. Nobody informed me that I would need a letter from the University that I am a student. Another day wasted.

In the meantime I tried to find a job. I’m 19 years old, with no work experience (you have to be adult to get a job in Poland, otherwise no one is going to give you any references). I’ve worked part-time in ‘Co Nowego’ (a local newspaper) during my last year at high school. No references at all. A friend of mine gave me a contact to Gusto (restaurant on George Street). I’ve worked there for three days. I had to manage two kitchens at the same time, imagine how impossible that was. For those three days I had about 7 hours of sleep because my shifts were at the opening time, peak times (really busy there) till closing time. For the lowest salary. I gave up. Never going to be a kitchen porter again. Especially a part-time one.
The loop ends
I am aware that I sound frustrated but that’s the truth. I am a little bit frustrated. Skint, left without support, not eligible for student loans, without a bank account (so my family can’t send me any money right now).  I’ll manage though. It got a bit personal and I’m sorry for that.

Avoiding the strife, not giving up, looking ahead, it’s my new life.