I've just spent the last few hours writing my first article in a few months. For the first time this article is not on the subject of professional wrestling, but is on the Tudor Dynasty on the Throne of England.
So, in a bit of shameless self advertisement, I thought I'd post the link here, and, if anyone is curious enough to read it, try and get some feedback. Mainly because writing is not my strong point, and since it's something I actually enjoy doing from time to time, would like tips!
And pretty soon, it looks like.
The building the chippy I work for is housed in has been bought in the last couple of weeks by new owners. Those new owners have in turn pumped the rent up to ridiculous levels. My boss thinks it's an inadvertent way of forcing us out of the unit, without actually chucking us out. My boss is attempting to negotiate with them, but landlords very rarely change their mind, sadly.
As such, I'll probably be out of a job by the beginning of July, and, since I'm moving in September and am away for the first three weeks of July, there's very little chance I'll be able to get a job during the Summer. Poo.
Probably going to end up signing on for the Summer, something which I always joked about, but, in reality, never wanted to do. I'm not a man of leisure and I don't want to sit at home all Summer! BLAAAM!
Disclaimer: Despite the obvious joke at the end. I am in fact, 100% serious, :(
I finished my last A Level exam today :)
Now I have nothing to do until September 26th, realistically :P Or thereabouts.
I get the results on August 16th, and, assuming I got at least BBC, I'll get into the course I wanted for September.
All I seem to blog about lately is the fact I haven't blogged lately.
It's been a while since I've blogged about my life, and a lot has happened since then I guess.
I officially finished school a couple of weeks back, and am on study leave for my A-Levels. I've got one this coming Monday and Wednesday, and then Tuesday 22nd May. Then I'm finished high school/college for good. I'm a mix of emotions for that, I'm excited to hopefully be going to Chester in September to start University. But I am very sad to be leaving school behind, I think I was blessed to have such a positive high school experience, even if i couldn't always be bothered with it.
I've started working a little bit more, so I'm doing 20hours a week I guess. Not too bad, especially since I only really work in 4 hour shifts.
At home my younger dog Millie has been sick. She fell ill on Thursday and we took her to the vet, and she was kept for 24hours while they did scans and tests. Turns out she's heavily anemic, and if we hadn't taken her in when we did, she'd have died apparently. So it's been pretty scary, but we're told she should be okay, but will be on tablets for the rest of her life. Cost yet to be determined <_<
Other than that I'm just chilling. I'm off to the Domican Republic for two weeks at the start of July. And once these exams are over I've got no real commitments until the end of September :D
I'd never been to the theatre before last week. I went to Broadway last year and saw Mama Mia, but I'm not sure if that counts.
Anyway, as per a recommendation by both my English teacher and my boss, I booked tickets to go and see http://en.wikipedia....thers_(musical) (Blood Brothers) . I studied the play at GCSE, and hated it. But, I went anyway, because I'm a sucker for nostalgia, and I watched a GCSE Drama performance of it last month, (they're still mocking me for tearing up watching it)
Bloody hell. It was phenomenal, and, as I have an addictive personality (as I'm sure a lot of people could tell you <_< ), I'm going seeing it again in Londonderry this Tuesday!
My advice to you - read/see this play if you haven't. It's so simple, and so fantastic.
After hearing Merch Gwyar's information on the state of pedophillia in Runescape (and the internet as a whole, no doubt), she has written a brilliant article outlining the key points, dangers and what you can do.
You can read the entire article (and it's a must-read for everyone) here: http://wizzley.com/runescape-paedophiles-cyberbullies/?pr=1976
Whilst I know it's an issue that it's easy to make light of and sweep to one side, it is a real problem, and one that I personally feel the community as a whole should be aware of.
So please try and keep the comments sensible on this one guys :)
On Saturday night, during a drunken skype conversation with Merch Gwyar, I signed up to the website which she currently writes many of her astoundingly brilliant articles on.
The next day she gave me a few pieces of advice which inspired me to try my hand at something I've never tried before: writing.
So, over the last couple of days I have begun writing articles, purely for fun and intrigue, on a subject that I'm passionate about (wrestling, naturally). Turns out it is actually fantastic fun, and whilst a little time consuming and very confusing at this point, is something I genuinely enjoy. At least when writing about something so close to my heart.
So far I've released two articles, with much credit due to Merch Gwyar. By no means am I saying they're any good, or I'm any good, it's just something I decided to give a crack at. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?
So, in a bit of shameless advertising I intend to plug myself http://wizzley.com/authors/Jethraw/ here!
It's mainly in the name of getting a little bit of feedback, if anyone can be bothered spending the time to look at them, since, as I've only just begun the articles don't and probably won't get so many hits, so I intend to use any means possible to garner some attention and feedback!
And yes, you can laugh at my only fan being Merch herself!
I'm off to Italy a week on Tuesday with school. I'm properly excited, as we're visiting Rome and Sorrento and there's so much history behind it.
It's my second international school trip (in two years), but I'm actually paying for 3/4 of this one myself, so it's a little bit more... significant? Not sure if that's the right word to use. But putting £1,000 towards this trip makes me a little more aware of the effort it's taking to get me there, because I've been putting my wages away since October to pay for it.
Absolutely can't wait, I paid it off a few weeks ago and have finally received my European Health Card today, the last thing I need!
Italy here I come!
Got into school at around 8:30 (?!) this morning to scoot along and grab my results. Was a complete mix - initially a moment of OMFGAHAHAHWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO followed by you love-child.
I got an A in my history (76/80), so theoretically I'm on track for an A* in that if I put the work in, but I'll be happy with an A :P
I got an E in my ICT (49%), which is pretty terrible, but it was a hard enough paper that despite this mark I still average out and get an A in my ICT A-level overall, though once marks are scaled this is likely to drop to a B - which I'm chuffed with. Guaranteed A/B, and that A-Level is now finished.
I resat my English AS Level from last year, and managed to turn my 46/120 mark into 111/120 mark. Fricking chuffed. Pulled my low-C up to a grade that puts me on track for an A*.
Then I saw my English A2 module that I took, and got a bloody D in it. Dropping that potential A* back down to a C again. Livid. Didn't think I'd done that badly, so I'll have to resit it.
So in May I have English A2(1) on May 14th, English A2(2) on May 16th and History A2(2) on May 22nd. Finish high school forever May 22nd, bloody scary!
I'm predicted AAB in my A-levels, and it's looking at the minute like I'll get ABB. I need BBC for the course I want so I'm well on track :)
My modular results for my A-levels I sat in January (including one repeat from last June) are tomorrow! These are more or less the indicators as to what Uni I can get into, and I get them in the morning.
Not only that, but I've never actually been in the country on results day, so I'm quite stoked to actually be present for once!
I'll blog the results tomorrow, hoping I do alright. :D
It's been almost 3 weeks since I last blogged. Which is quite a while for me!
I guess nothing of any major significance has happened.
I received all 5 of my university conditional offers, which I think is pretty special, albeit I'm declining four of them by the end of this month, since I think the university I want to go to is Chester. That's the one with the lowest grades, so if I do decide to go there, it's the only one I should not reject.
Also, my A-Level modular results are released a week from today. From these I will be able to tell my over-all grade for ICT this year. I'll also be able to more or less pinpoint my overall grades in History and English. Need a minimum of a B I guess. I'm predicted AAB, but need BBC for this course.
I'll blog the results next week. Everything else is going swimmingly, I was off sick for a week but have more-or-less caught up with my studies, and I'm off to Rome in 4 weeks with school! Hooray!
Sitting at the airport waiting for my flight home - me and Tabt were here since half 1 as it was the only lift we could get and she had to leave me a few hours ago to get her plane.
It was a brilliant weekend with brilliant people - and some cracking pictures that I'll post when I get home. Big thanks especially to Tabt and Merch Gwyar for making it so brilliant.
This weekend is a real life meet up, mainly of people who went to runefest 2011.
Currently I'm in a hotel in Manchester, flew over this evening.
Meeting up with Tabt in morning. And Merch Gwyar in the afternoon!
Forgot hairbrush, camera charger and pyjamas. I'm awful at packing.
Will post pics when I get home Sunday night :)
Or I'm really beginning to feel like one anyway.
I was planning on attending an applicant's visiting day at Chester University this Saturday, and booked the flights and was set to go. Then I got a letter from Swansea inviting me to the same type of event the Wednesday before (yesterday), which I also really wanted to go to. So I booked flights to go visit, but can't afford the time off school really, so my schedule went something like this:
Tuesday evening - flight to England
Wednesday morning - 4hr drive to Swansea, 5hrs on campus, 4hr drives back. (getting up at ~4AM)
Thursday morning - flight back to Northern Ireland, full day at school followed by a shift at work (also getting up at ~4AM)
Friday evening - flight to England
Saturday - Chester applicant's day
Sunday - flight back to Northern Ireland
Then next Thursday, a week from today, I'm going back to England for a rune-fest-y meet up with Tabt&co!
Thursday - flight to England
Sunday - flight to Northern Ireland.
6 times at the airport in 12 days.
I HATE FLYING
...The loudest and most hyper-active and acrobatic moment of my life.
I was leaping off the sofa and throwing cushions, copying the maniacal laughter and generally shrieking "KHARMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!"
God I love that woman.
On another note - every single one of my predictions for the Royal Rumble was wrong
It's my favourite event of the WWE calendar, and I'm surprised I haven't blogged about it before now. Because it's coming up in just four days, this Sunday!
For me, it's always been the most exciting event of the year, even moreso than Wrestlemania, because every year there's always a number of surprises in terms of entries, exciting spots in a match and they usually throw a curve ball for the winner. Usually.
So I'm going to use this blog as my means of predicting a few things:
First of all, surprise entries:
1. Christian (returning from injury)
2. Mankind (Mick Foley is in this year's rumble, and we haven't seen him as Mankind for years)
Second, the winner:
- Chris Jericho
1st entry is already confirmed to be the Miz. My prediction for the 30th entry is John Cena.
I think this year Kane will get at least 5 eliminations, making him the guy with the most eliminations in history.
For anyone interested, this is the promotional video for the event this Sunday, it's 4 and a half minutes long but it's a brilliant video.
This blog is really just a test to see what pretty things I can do on the new forums, but I feel like updating you all on my oh-so-exciting life anyway.
Last Thursday I had my first exam of the year, it was an AS level repeat of my English Literature exam, that I got a C grade in last year - if I don't get at least a B, Jamie's not goin' to uni :P
Luckily, I went in, almost laughed at the questions, because for the first time ever I sat down to an English exam and went, "I know exactly what I have to do here." - I guess hard work really does pay off. Came out of the exam bouncing and feel pretty confident.
I have this entire week off, then next week I have 3 A-Levels. History, English Literature and ICT. History and English are just one of two modules I'm doing this year, but my ICT exam is the big cheese, the one and only. On the plus side, assuming I get full marks in my coursework again (it's hard not to), I only need to get 50% in the paper to get an A grade overall! If I can't manage that I don't deserve it :P
English and History I'm a little worried about, but should be able to cope.
As for other stuff, I've sorted out every money issue I had, being owed by about 8 different companies, except one. My old job, again. I've managed to weasel everything out of them except around £80, which I finally got them to admit they owed me, so hopefully that'll be inbound soon and I can breathe once more.
Of course, it's going out the door faster than I can bring it in, with Alton Towers next month with some runefest peoples, my school's formal two days after that (£40 tickets?!), I'm going to Rome in March and that's costing me an arm and a leg, and now I've got a reverse light out in the car and I have my MOT coming up soon, and need to get my wheels re-balanced. Poo!