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.

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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)

Amazing Vegan Content and Inspiration

So I thought I’d share some inspiration that persuaded and helped me to go Vegan, along with some motivational content I watch on a regular basis now that I am Vegan. Now the content I will be featuring uses a variety of activism methods, some calm and ‘nicer’, some aggressive in its approach and language and some which uses shocking images to emphasise its truths. So yeah, there’s your warning.

Documentaries

Earthlings: Okay this was my tipping point in terms of going Vegan, or vegetarian at the time. It is probably the saddest and most influential documentary I will ever watch. It goes through each of the ways humans exploit, hurt or kill other earthlings showing videos of examples, and it’s safe to say these videos don’t hold back, showing you every detail in order to portray its message. It really is shocking but, if you do find it shocking, then maybe it’s time to make a change, like I did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB_ZMiYy_OQ&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DPB_ZMiYy_OQ&has_verified=1

Cowspiracy: Now you have probably heard of this amazing documentary. It has recently been made available on Netflix with none other than 2016 Oscar winning actor (we can hope) Leonardo Di Caprio as a producer. Cowspiracy is a very intelligent documentary, exposing the animal agriculture as the leading cause of global warming, far ahead of any other industry with 51% of Carbon Dioxide emissions, using scientific facts from non-biased, reliable sources. It’s definitely worth a watch if you give a shit about earth and the environment, as we all should, since it is very eye opening and has convinced many to think consciously about their diet choices, I love it! http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts/

Websites

http://nutritionfacts.org/: This website is amazing at showing you the science behind nutrition and in particular the wealth of benefits that come with eating plant based. It is run by Michael Gregor M.D. who is a NYT best-selling author and provides some of the best research on nutrition you will ever find. He also does amazing talks, for example this one, which are extremely informative and despite what you may initially think, they are presented in an entertaining style. Definitely worth checking out.

YouTube People

Vegan Gains: I talked about VG briefly in my last post, he is really what started the ball rolling in me becoming Vegan. Now his content isn’t for everyone, he is aggressive in his activism and uses a lot of bad language but I find it funny and very informative. He concentrates on the fitness industry, exposing ‘fitness’ personalities who spread false information/lie to their audience in order to make money off of them. He doesn’t just say that what these people are saying is wrong, he backs it up with comprehensive scientific data and studies, again in an entertaining and comedic manner. So yeah, if you like fitness and Veganism he is definitely worth a watch. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr2eKhGzPhN5RPVk5dd5o3g

Durianrider: Harley aka Durianrider is another who could be considered controversial. He, like Vegan Gains, portrays his information in an aggressive manner and also concentrates on fitness, cycling in particular. The advice he gives is very helpful, and this is proven by the overwhelming responses he gets off of his fans. If you want someone who uploads very regular content and is not afraid to say it how it is, the Durianrider is your guy. https://www.youtube.com/user/durianriders

Timothy: Timothy, also known as Tim the Human, is widely considered ‘The Vegan Prince’. Unlike Durianrider and Vegan Gains he is a lot calmer and laid back in his activism and this rings better with a lot of people. Not only is Tim, what seems, an extremely nice guy, he is also a freak athlete and free runner. He has captained Team Europe in Ninja Warrior twice and won as well as breaking records in the singles competition. If you want some inspiration for how to live a peaceful and ethical life then watch Tim and check out his Parkour show reels, they really are out of this world. https://www.youtube.com/user/99timshi

Gary Yourofsky Speech

The ‘best speech you will ever hear’ by Gary Yourofsky deserves a category of it’s own for the simple fact that it really does live up to its name. Probably the most inspirational video on YouTube, in my opinion, and there’s not much I can say about this that hasn’t already been said, you have to watch it for yourself. Trust me, it’s amazing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

 

Okay so there are some of my favourite sources of inspiration and amazing content regarding Veganism. Feel free to check them out and let me know if you like any of the stuff mentioned as much as I do. Also, who do you take your inspiration from? Would be interesting to find out. Keep smiling, Harrison 🙂

2016 And a Change in Direction + HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Another year’s over, 2015 has been and gone and 2016 has officially arrived. Like I said in my post from last year, time flies as you get older. Again this year feels like it went by faster than ever before, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just makes you realise how quickly life can pass you by. Already this year has started better than the last due to the fact I haven’t got a broken jaw and nose this time round (hooray!).

2015 was a pretty good year for me, looking back at my post from last year (link here if interested) I achieved everything I set out to achieve and not only that but I developed friendships and made some awesome new ones. I also feel like I evolved substantially as a person over the year, changing my lifestyle massively, and this is where the ‘change in direction’ part of the title comes from. I went Vegan on the 20th September 2015 and it’s the best thing that could have ever happened to me and something I feel hugely passionate about and, therefore, why I am going to be writing about veganism a lot more on my blog. So this is just a heads up if you dislike people ‘preaching’ about stuff like veganism (although I wouldn’t consider it preaching) because I will be writing about Vegan related stuff a lot more from now on as I feel it is very important.

I suppose this is the part where I make a few ‘New Year’s Resolutions’. Whilst I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions as if you are going to do something why not just do it straight away, I do have a few aims and things I want to achieve over the year. The main one is to travel somewhere. Just anywhere. Have an adventure as that is my dream in life and I haven’t really done anything to achieve that as of yet. I also want to keep fit, cliché I know, and pass my year at University, all of these are achievable and I cannot wait to see what 2016 holds.

So yeah hope you guys had a good Christmas and New Year, I certainly did, my new kitchen accessories that I got will definitely come in handy! I wish you all a very happy new year.

Keep smiling, Harrison 🙂

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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 🙂

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.