Blog Design Update!

I have finally got round to updating the look of my blog. The tiresome, boring old look that once was has now been replaced by what I hope is a better and more lively design. I’m not great with this stuff, so it might be terrible, but I hope it looks better and is a more welcoming website.

All I’ve really done is change the theme, font, and colour scheme, as well as add a nice collage of travel pictures I have taken. Making the look actually reflect the content of the blog posts. But it’s a start and I have many more plans which unfortunately take a bit longer to make a reality.

I have also added a page for my recent Thailand Adventure, so check that out.

Hope you like the new look, keep smiling, Harrison 🙂

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Unbelievable Luck! (Bet Win)

Okay this post will be a short one, but just wanted to share this with you guys.

The other week I decided to put a very speculative accumulator bet on. For those of you unfamiliar with betting, an accumulator is a bet placed on a series of races, or in this case matches as I bet on football. I bet on the result of 14 matches and for my bet to win each and every one of my predictions would have had to come in, so that’s 14 match results picked correctly, which is obviously extremely unlikely. So there I am, checking my results halfway through and realising that 8 out of the 14 had already came in and 5 more were in play and about to come in. I went through a number of emotions at this point realising I could actually win just short of £8000 (oh yeah I forgot to mention, I put £10 on and the return was £7800) and then began to get extremely nervous. One by one the results came in, however, to my despair, one game was played later than all of the others. At this point 13 out of the 14 had come through and I was shaking like a leaf. The final match was Real Madrid vs Villareal, me of course picking Real Madrid as they are the obvious favorites. Believe me when I say this was the slowest 90 minutes of my life. Waiting for that result to come in was torture. They did indeed dominate the game and win 3-0, but I must have rang both of my parents 4 times each so they could calm me down as I paced back and fourth in my, very dirty, uni room.

So yeah long story short I won just short of £8000, crazy I know. And the best part about it was that it was a free bet I got for signing up, it’s safe to say Betfair were not very happy and were extremely reluctant to give me the money. But that’s gambling for ya.

Keep smiling, Harrison.

Time Flies

I know it’s a cliche, but time does really fly. It feels like yesterday that I was nervous about transitioning into uni life, but here I am now, with a year under my belt and loving every minute of it.

I genuinely can’t believe that I have finished a year at uni, like how did that happen? (okay I still have one exam left, but still!) And not only that, but I’m actually doing quite well, despite my attendance may suggest. I mean, I haven’t failed anything yet, emphasis on the yet as I just submitted my poetry assignment, and this first year I’m on for at least a 2:1, which is bloody good and far better than I expected. Granted I’m not the perfect uni student, I have been roped into doing a few things I probably shouldn’t have and left whole assignments till the last day etc etc, but in my opinion that’s what uni is about, having fun, you just happen to get a degree out of it at the end. That outlook is more than likely an awful one, however; I just think Uni is far more about growing as a person than getting a qualification, but maybe that’s just my laid back attitude coming into play again.

Anyways, I’m rambling, as usual. If anyone reading this is on the fence about university, I say go for it, you won’t regret it. People look at it like it’s just the degree, but it’s so much more than that. You make friends and have experiences that will stay for life, you discover new passions, finally live independently and most importantly, grow exponentially as a person whilst still holding onto that childish, teenager side who goes clubbing the day before 9am lectures. Obviously it’s not for everyone, but uni, like life, is what you make of it, and in my opinion everyone can make uni the time of their lives if they want to.

But back to the title of this post. One of my favourite quotes is this “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” I like to try and live my life by that. Making the most of every opportunity, being the best possible person I can be and having a load of fun along the way.  We’re all on this rollercoaster that is life together, so let’s make the most of it hey. And…

Keep smiling, Harrison

(Soz for going all inspirational, Gandhi style on you there)

Loving Life :)

For some reason these last few weeks I’ve felt super happy, like on top of the world and I have no idea why, but I like it (obviously). Nothing of note has changed in my life, I just feel great. Maybe it’s because I have finally motivated myself to actually start working; whether that be Uni work, attending class or writing blog posts, I have finally pulled the metaphorical finger out and started being productive again. Like this week was my first week at University where I got 100% attendance and, bearing in mind I only have 8 hours a week and this is week 11 (or 12?), that is not something to be proud of. I also just love University in general. It’s not like school where you had groups of people, many of whom were horridly judgmental and just mean, everyone is like minded and therefore pretty much everyone gets along. Living away from home (gotta be careful here because my Mum usually reads my posts) is also amazing, I love being able to go in the kitchen and just sit and talk with my flatmates, who are awesome and somehow cope with my weirdness. The people I’ve met and became acquainted with at Uni are people I will never forget and, luckily for me, many of them live abroad so hopefully I have somewhere to stay when I go travelling, not to use them or anything, haha. In addition to this I’ve actually sorted out my accommodation for next year, super exciting. Whilst I love halls I cannot wait to live in a house, who I am sharing with my 2 awesome friends, I mean the landlord said I can have a pet Tortoise, of course I’m gonna be excited!

So yeah, bit of a random post but life is good at the moment and why not spread some positivity. Oooh one more thing. I got my grade for my Studying Literature module and it was, to my bemusement, an A grade, which I am ecstatic with and it has upped my confidence for the course massively. I hope everyone who reads this is also feeling happy. Keep smiling, Harrison 🙂

Has Social Media Been Overrun by Evil Robots?

Is it just me or has social media been overrun by spam/bot accounts over the last few months? Literally every social media seems to be full of them, even my WordPress has, sadly, been affected. On Instagram I keep getting followed by, quite clearly fake, porn accounts asking me to ‘message them on Kik’. On Tumblr every single tag is full of click bait articles, with no relevance to the tag, being spammed, such as ’10 myths about Sex that are actually true’. On Twitter I have had an influx of  ‘follow 4 follow’ accounts following me and now finally even WordPress has been affected and I have been getting 100’s of views from places like Jordan in a matter of seconds, which has very much skewed my stats page.

I even asked my friends if they were experiencing the same problem, just in case I had clicked on something by accident which may have caused this, but no, they have had the same issues. Now this is nothing more than an inconvenience and I’m not going to get annoyed by it, but I hope it gets sorted before it gets even worse.

Side note but some horrible human has hacked University Wi-Fi’s across the UK so now my Wi-Fi is being rubbish and  I can’t continue my Tom Cruise marathon. First world problems man 😦

So yeah, let me know if you’ve been experiencing the same and Keep Smiling 🙂

Poetry

Poetry. Poetry has slowly but surely become the bane of my existence over these last few months. One of my modules (Creative Writing: Poetry) requires me to write a lot of poetry, obviously, hence the name, and I just can’t do it. Not only do I struggle with writing poetry, but reading it too. I struggle comprehending some of the incredibly vivid imagery poets use to describe such seemingly simple topics, like say love, or death if you’re Edgar Allan Poe. I struggle understanding the structure and syntax and why authors chose such features and the significance these features have in the poem. But I suppose that’s the beauty of poetry, its complexity. Mainstream literature concentrates more so on the novel as the main art form and poetry seems to have declined over the years, at least in the eyes of the mainstream, and now is stereo-typically only written, and read, by the ‘high culture’ in society. But why is Prose so much more appreciated, at least by the majority? I suppose because novels are more relatable to humans in a simpler way and easier to connect to on a basic level. For example; everyone wants to hear a story. A before, middle and end and whilst poetry, in many cases, does tell a story, it presents this story in a far deeper way, hidden behind intricate imagery and language, which is perhaps why people, myself included, struggle to get into poetry initially. However, when you do connect with and understand a poem it is far more powerful than reading a novel. And whilst I started this post addressing poetry in a somewhat negative manner, I would like to finish by saying that poetry is beautiful. The reason my initial apprehension surrounding poetry existed was due to the fact I just didn’t, and couldn’t, understand it. As I have delved more into poetry and it’s multitude of different forms I have learnt to appreciate it more and more, even if I don’t quite understand it at first. So yeah, I don’t really know what the point of this post is, or whether it makes any sense, just wanted to show poetry some appreciation haha.

Keep Smiling, Harrison.

I’M BACK! + Starting University and Stuff.

First things first I would like to apologise. I know I don’t have a huge active following, but still, I have neglected writing a post for so long now and that was never my intention, I’m sorry. I love blogging and want to continue, I’ve just been extremely lazy these last few months but that laziness is no more (I hope). So, what have I been up to I hear you ask? Well a lot has changed during the 3 months I have been absent. I started university, went vegan, faced a brutal rejection (lol), bought a cactus, fought a giant polar bear (lie) and got drunk… a lot. It’s been fun.

So yeah, I am now a student at Bangor University in the North of Wales studying Creative & Professional Writing, and so far I love it! Granted I haven’t attended that many of my lectures and seminars (like I said, I’ve been lazy), but the overall University experience has been amazing. Making new friends, from a variety of places may I add, living independently and away from family, joining new clubs and societies and studying something I, for the most part, thoroughly enjoy have all made my, so far brief, time here in Bangor something I will never forget. It also helps that Bangor in itself is a wonderful place to live, a lot more chilled than Coventry and full of natural beauty. I also feel like I have grown and changed substantially, for the good, I hope, since coming to University. I mean you have to when living alone. For the first time in my life I have to actually be a responsible adult, and with that of course you are going to evolve and adapt.

Ahhh, this feels good, actually writing a blog post. I know it’s not very long or interesting but it feels refreshing getting back on the metaphorical horse that is the blogosphere (I hope I spelt that correctly). But yeah, how have you guys been? Good I hope. I can’t wait to start reading your blogs again, I must have missed so much!

If you got this far then thanks for reading. I will be back sooner rather than later this time. Keep smiling, Harrison.