BEDA: The Best Love Song Ever

Every day is a lot of days… shesh :/

In a pathetic attempt to catch up, today’s post will be short and sweet, and require some audience participation.

What’s your favourite quirky song?

This is mine, it’s called Underneath This Lamppost Light by my favourite band in the world, The King Blues.

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BEDA: Mexican Monkey Jam

Monday number three of blogging every day. I could get used to this… if I was a masochist.

After getting an insight into my music tastes yesterday, you may realise that I’m a bit of a fan of the groovy chill-out sound. September by Earth, Wind and Fire, Mr Scruff, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Chic… I could go on. It’s the best stuff for a lazy day, or a crazy night. In my eyes it’s a mix of the current dance music trend that is sweeping the charts, tied to the groovy beats of the 70’s and 80’s. So you can imagine my reaction when a few weeks ago I saw that Daft Punk are releasing a new album, and it’s funky!

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And the title… “Random Access Memories“… my geek side is euphoric. I promised myself that I wouldn’t get too excited about an album based on a 15 second sample, but then today I saw this:

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How can you not listen to that and not get chills… did I mention I was a little bit excited?

We’re up all night to get lucky. We’re up all Mexican monkeys! Bring on May 21st! Until tomorrow x

BEDA: Music of the last 12 months

Blog like you mean it.

Today I’m going to run through what the music service last.fm reckons my most listened to songs of the last 12 months are. Because I don’t have last.fm on my phone, or my old MP3 player, or at work, the list is very restricted to basically what I listen to on my desktop at home, but nevertheless… there’s a list, so I’m going to use it.

  1. Maroon 5 – Sunday Morning, 23 plays. This song is the first song on my Sunday Morning playlist. Yes, I have a Sunday Morning playlist. In my eyes, this song is the perfect way to start a lazy day.
  2. Paolo Nutini – Million Faces, 24 plays. A beautiful album. And this song is one of the more under-rated Paolo Nutini songs. Chilled out and relaxing.
  3. Urusen – Vote For Me, 25 plays. My Mum actually bought this album after seeing them live. I thought I’d give it a go, and this is by far my favourite song from the album. There seems to be a trend of good, chilled out stuff on this list so far. I guess that’s because when I’m in my room I’m usually after music that will just mellow me out and de-stress after a long week.
  4. Earth, Wind & Fire – September, 25 plays. An absolute classic. And it somewhat became our house anthem last year – the number of times I’d wake up to this song is in the hundreds I’m sure. And if this is the soundtrack to the start of your day, then you knew it was going to be a good day.
  5. Mr. Scruff – Spandex Man, 25 plays. This song has chill and party – just like the rest of Mr Scruff. The perfect music to have on your headphones while coding, and the perfect “let’s go out” track. Legendary.
  6. Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up, 27 plays. When I saw that Jason Mraz had a new album out, I immediately found a website where I could listen to the whole thing. So I did. And I fell in love. It’s chilled (again, of course!), but it’s also very energetic in places. This song is perfect for a summer evening.
  7. Jason Mraz – The Freedom Song, 31 plays. I love brass instruments in songs! It’s so happy and “let’s go”. How can you not love this track?
  8. John Legend – Ordinary People, 44 plays. I hadn’t heard this song before April last year, and it grabbed me when I heard it. It’s one of the reasons I still regard Will.I.Am as an incredible artist/producer/songwriter even if his new single with Britney Spears is a pile of steaming poo.
  9. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (acoustic version), 45 plays. I love the simplicity of the acoustic version as opposed to the pop-ed up original. And when you hear it constantly for months you need to listen to it to get it out of your head. That’s how that works, right? Still, I’d rather have this being played everywhere than frickkin Gangnam Style.
  10. Jason Mraz – Everything Is Sound, 75 plays. To this day, this is my go-to singing in the shower song. I just can’t help myself. So catchy and so happy.

So there you go. I sing in the shower, have a Sunday Morning playlist and listen to a lot of Jason Mraz.

Love you all, until tomorrow x

BEDA: Secret Guildford

A blog for every day in April is the same as blog every day in April, right?

I know this post is late… the truth is I’ve been very sociable this week having done something every night. It feels like my Easter holiday is going on in parallel with my work, which is great! On Thursday I went to The Keystone with a few mates for Pie Night, where they serve two pies for £10. I’d never been before and heard it was good. Turns out so did everyone else in Guildford! The place was packed, and we ended up sitting outside because there was literally nowhere else to go. I really want to be able to recommend it, but in reality the portions were smaller than I expected (not a problem, as I’d been to a Chinese restaurant for lunch) and we had to wait ages for our food – and even then I’d finished my pie before everyone else got theirs. Not cool.

There are however some really great places in Guildford that I’ve found over the years of living here.

Tudor Lounge Jazz Night Tuesdays. The Tudor Lounge is a tiny bar that can be found down the small alley at the top of the high street, the one where Fahrenheit 55 is. It has enough seating for about 20 people, and because of this it has a great cosy atmosphere.On Tuesday nights in particular they have a small, 3-piece band playing soft jazz music that will really mellow you out if you’re feeling stressed. It’s in a stark contrast to Tickled Ivory Student Tuesdays, a piano bar next to the cinema that gets packed to overflowing (literally) every Tuesday with students getting free entry (before 10pm) and abusing cheap drinks deals (a £3.50 Mojito being my tipple of choice almost exclusively). While Tickled has the party and dancing side of the Guildford jazz/piano scene, Tudor Lounge caters for those who want real jazz and a chat with their mates. Don’t expect to get a seat if there’s more than four of you though! However, if you still crave the Tickled dance floor and music but without the crowds, then try going on a Sunday night – it’s free to get in, the music is great, and you’re far more likely to make it back to your table without someone else’s pint down your shirt.

My next suggestion is Roots bar on campus. Located between the hall and Hillside it’s quite popular with sports society socials. But other than that, the place is usually very quiet or empty. They serve cheap drinks (and cocktails!) and have comfortable seating. It’s a great start to a night out instead of being drowned out in Channies, and the bar staff are better than Wates. All Roots need to do is start serving food and I’d never go anywhere else.

The Stoke pub is just a gem. Great stone-baked pizza, good selection of drinks and ales, plenty of seating, great atmosphere… everything a gastro pub should be. On Monday’s they have 2 for £10 pizzas, a complete steal considering how incredibly tasty they are – they are seriously not your average pub pizza! Thursdays is pub quiz, with it’s regulars and newbies, one of the better pub quizzes in Guildford. Friday they have local bands playing their own music (no covers), a great way to experience the big indie music scene that Guildford has thanks to the ACM in town. Sunday roast is also good! Literally, any day is good for The Stoke. Go if you haven’t, and go again if you have.

The Drummond. Much closer to the train station and town than The Stoke, another great pub with a good atmosphere and good food. Again, the Sunday roast is impeccable. They serve lots of cider, which I consider a massive plus. There pub quizzes are on Sunday evening. During the winter months they serve hot mulled wine or mulled cider that is to die for. It is a bit on the pricey side, but again, go. You won’t regret it.

Steering away from pubs, Glutton and Glee is a small coffee shop near the castle that serves really good organic food and cake. The entrance reminds me of the door in Alice In Wonderland, you’ll see why when you get there. Great place to go for a coffee instead of fueling the corporate overlords of Costa or Starbucks and instead supporting local businesses.

Lastly, in the inevitable event that you find yourself searching for a kebab shop at 3am after a particularly heavy night, do your hangover a favour and get a kebab wrap from Nuro – opposite The Slug and Lettuce, next to Cath Kidson at the top of town. They are highly regarded by those in the know as the best kebabs in Guildford. Prepare to be disheartened though when you’re in the queue and you realise that they play better music in the kebab shop than in the club you just paid £5 to get into.

I can think of many more, but that’ll do to get you started. If you do try any of these out on my recommendation I’d be really interested to hear what you thought. Also check out Alexandra Wilk’s post about her “Hidden Guildford”, as it was the inspiration for this post. Until tomorrow x

BEDA: Paradox

This should have gone out yesterday, but it didn’t. Still, better late than never!

Sometimes I feel like my personality is a paradox, like I don’t really fit into any neat box or category. I had a conversation yesterday about stereotypes and I think this stems from that. I mean, you label someone a convict and you immediately assume several things about that person. Drugs, violence, abuse, volatile, outsider. You label someone an grade A student, and you think of glasses, social ineptness, shy, video games, etc. But in reality, no-one fits into a box. We’re not that 2-dimensional, it’s just a human trait that we feel like everything and everyone needs to be categorized. But these labels only lead to false assumptions about someone.

There’s a trend going around YouTube at the moment of people “drawing their life”. Think of it as telling your life story in a a few minutes, and drawing pictures along the way. One I found particularly interesting is Phillip DeFranco‘s. I don’t want to go too much into it here, you should watch the video yourself, but it made me realise that this guy that comes off very confident and head-strong has not always been like that – and I daresay, sometimes still isn’t. I’m very tempted to make my own “draw my life”, but we’ll see.

When people meet me they might make a few assumptions based on first impressions, we all do it, but it’s when you get past those traits in a person and really understand who they are, that you make a real connection.

You might look at my university grades and think I’m a massive workaholic and all the connotations that go with that. While it is true that I like working, it’s only when it’s on something I find very interesting. I struggle like everyone else when it comes to writing reports about stuff I don’t have an interest in. I find myself procrastinating a lot, but when I do get down to work I focus 100% and try my best. I never tried to just get a pass grade on anything, I believe that you should always do anything you do to the best of your ability, anything less and you’re only cheating yourself. Does that make me a workaholic? I don’t think so.

You might see my website, and videos, and “geek talk”, and think that I’m a massive geek and all the connotations that go with that. It is true that I’m very interested in technology, I like to read tech-y blogs, write code and design websites; but I’m not your “traditional geek”. I’ve never seen Star Wars, or Star Trek. I don’t really play video games (other than RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, back in the day), and I’ve never really been into shoot-em ups. I love climbing, swimming, cycling, walking, making videos… I spend my free time with friends in pubs, or making silly podcasts – not getting to level 100 on Warcraft. But then, I don’t know anyone who would probably be considered a full-on geek. I like poetry, but that doesn’t mean I listen to classical music or pick flowers at the weekend.

Maybe all of these stereotypes are just an unattainable “ideal” of sorts, forged from so much public perception that no-one is ever really like that. No-one is defined by just one thing. That’s what makes us so beautiful and unique.

until tomorrow (aka, later today) lots of love x

BEDA: Good Feeling

Blog like there’s no tomorrow. And when tomorrow comes, blog again. Every day!

No matter what you do in life it’s always your friends that make it worthwhile. You could have the worst week, and then meet up with your friends at the weekend and life instantly gets a lot better. Last night I went to a friends house for fajitas and we stayed up until 2am just chatting about everything from Pi to Shakespeare. Good times :)

Japan with Brother and Sister

Japan with Brother and Sister

Partying with Will

Partying with Will

Go Ape on a freezing day with the Chemists

Go Ape on a freezing day with the Chemists

Dancing like there's no tomorrow

Dancing like there’s no tomorrow

House parties

House parties

Singing along to bad music

Singing along to bad music

Zombie party

Zombie party

London clubbing

London clubbing

The key to success is to be happy with who you are, and not waste your time with people who don’t give you theirs.

If you want to do something, start doing it x

BEDA: A Poet At Heart

Blog is such a funny sounding word. B-L-O-G. Who’s idea was this?

I feel like we’ve got to know each other over the many years of writing this blog. Over the years I’ve shared a few of my poems on these pages: Leaving, New Sunrise, Every Day, The Moment and Never Too Late. I still write occasionally, when I need to. I find the process just helps me get my head straight, the actual end result is a happy by-product. Every one is very special to me because it reminds me of how I felt at a particular moment in my life, which makes them difficult to show to other people.

Time heals all wounds, and today I want you to read a couple of short poems I wrote back in 2010. Seems like a millennium ago. I was finishing my second year at university, and had a placement lined up at Sony starting in the summer. I had a group of close friends who I couldn’t live without, and I couldn’t be happier.

Time To Smile

The flow of time can be a trial,
But not when I’m with you;
For every time I see you smile,
It makes me smile too.

Little Things

Sunshine on a rainy day
Cut grass and summer dew
The calling birds and morning breeze
Or the moment I hold you

Control My Heart

This head has many secrets
From when we said goodbye
The heart did not control my brain
And the moment passed us by

I don’t know when we’ll meet again
But I hope it can be soon
And maybe then you’ll see the pain
My heart can put me through

Back To Me

Sing back to me,
To the soul of my brittle thoughts,
Clasp the treasure of this moment,
Calm the heartbeat time forgot.

Say back to me,
Let me long deeply in your eyes,
Soft words spoken through your lips,
Catch my mind, see you inside.

Whisper back to me,
Let your breathing count to mine,
Place our warmth together,
Hold me close to lead the blind.

If time could last forever,
And hate and war could stop,
I’d ask you “stand beside me,
And show love time forgot.”

until tomorrow x