As the title suggests, I finally got through my pictures from my desktop computer from our safari trip to Tanzania. My sister Alexx and I went there in 2008 with a bunch of younger people from our school. We had technically left school by the time of the trip, but it was arranged by them, so the others in the group were a year or two younger. We didn't really know any of them, but it ended up o.k. :) In fact, Alexx, I, and a girl Beka ended up glued to each others' hips, haha!
The pictures are not amazing quality; I was nothing of a photographer there, and there's not much time to mess about with settings while on the move through the Serengeti! :P These are the best ones I've picked out (we had over 600), and I'm sorry if any seem to duplicate; there may be a few similar pics.
I've decided this time to post 30 pics at a time, as I've chosen 165 to post. It'll be divided up into 4 posts of 30, and a last one of 35. They were meant to be in quasi-chronological order, but they went up in a different order onto Photobucket, and truth be told, I'm too lazy to fix that up, so there may be some pics of the same thing later on a bit, haha! Enjoy!
( Pics 1-30 )
I'll work on Parts 2, 3, 4 and 5, and link the previous parts to each new entry. I hope you enjoy them. :)
It's only a huge issue for me if either of the pair are underage. I admit it would be a bit weird if a 17 year old went out with a 50 year old; 16 and 17 aren't too different. But hey, I've always been attracted to much older people, and would feel like people are making too big a deal if they objected to me going out with someone older.
My 15 year old sister is going out with a 22 year old boy. I think that's wrong. I guess she looks a bit older for her age, but she's a CHILD. I'm only 19, and the thought of me going out with a 15 year old is so wrong. I don't see why my sister can't just wait 7 months until she is legal and there would be no issue... meh, they're having sex anyway... I'd still find it weird on her bf's part to be going out with her at his age, even if she did turn 16. You grow up very fast during puberty, but when you're out of it, years don't matter so much. Some people stay pretty much the same.
I'd tell my family a really important thing much earlier. Apart from that, I probably should have spoken my mind about certain things, and certain people, but I actually did that pretty soon, much sooner than others. Otherwise, there have been shit things in my life, most of them beyond my control, but I don't think I'd even change some of those within my control. What's the point if I've already gone through it - I've come through it, I've survived already, and these things have shaped me into who I am. I spent too long a time trying to suppress who I am for others, and to be honest, I am past that.
So, while some things have been really shit: No, I wouldn't change much that was in my control in the first place.
Anatomist/musician/author :) Preferably the latter two would be more part time things, as I'd hate the pressure of having to put out records or books. For that reason I'd like to self-publish/produce, because I can't stand the idea that some company would have more rights to my work than I would! So for this, I'd like to get the anatomist job first so I have the money, haha :P Anatomy has been my passion since I was about 9 :)
I'm doing pretty well so far; I'm going into my third year of an Anatomy degree next month. I wrote a lot of "lyrics" when I was younger, and when I realized they were just a joke, I stopped writing and didn't actually get back into it until some point in 2008. I've made up a few original tunes for keyboard but I'm pretty useless there, and I'm even more useless at playing my guitar, so we'll see where that goes. Similarly I wrote many stories from a young age, and have always had a huge imagination; then I moved on to more fanfic style work, i.e. very OTT plots, unresearched, and my characters ready-made from my favorite bands. I'm currently working on my first serious novel, and I'm pleased with where that's going.
So I guess you could say I have a pretty good chance at realizing these dreams, if I keep working hard :)
Ever since I was tiny, I had a favorite stuffed animal. I've only had two main ones really; the first was a tiny little bear called Ted (how inventive :P), and when his body got worn, my mum stitched some new clothes onto him :) Sadly, I lost him when I was really small; it was outside at a park and we never found him. I was devastated, and kind of grieved for him :( After Ted, I had a rabbit called Donald :L He has no nose, because as a young kid I used to carry him by the nose in my mouth, says Dad, and I used to rub his nose with my hand. He looks like a cocaine user! :P I still take him everywhere with me; when I move back and forward between towns for uni, he comes with me. I even took him to Tanzania with me! There was a scare in Kilimanjaro airport, where my and a girl's bags didn't come through with the others, and I was freaking out that Donald was lost! The bags came through eventually, and I was relieved to get him back; clothes are replaceable after all! I can only think of two trips I didn't have him on, and that was when I went for a few days on two occasions down to Hastings, England to see friends. At one point I didn't even have bags at all as we went to a Rammstein concert. I still sleep with him every night, and I'm not ashamed, not even for a 19 year old guy! :D My sister even brought him up to the hospital while I was in for an operation :) I love my Donald!
100% no. "Celebrity" is basically another word for someone whose job requires them to be in the public eye, and I don't think that entitles them to earn more in a week than some people earn in a year. I do admire some actresses and musicians that I guess would be called "celebrities", but I still don't think they deserve even a fraction of the money they have. Yes, acting can be a hectic, difficult job, but so is the job my father does, which is driving supplies across the country, loading his lorry and more. He is disabled, and works because my mother, also disabled, can't. We can't afford a luxury lifestyle, yet my dad probably puts more into his job than some of these celebrities.
If we're going to call footballers celebrities, then Hell, I'd give all the money I have right now if it meant they got their wages cut. Seriously, they kick up a fuss like the children they are because they are "only" getting paid something like 65.000£ a week?!
I'm disabled too, yet I still go to university, as I want to get a job and support myself financially. I'm also planning a volunteering trip to Thailand, which, if we don't manage to fundraise all the cash we need, I'll be using my savings that I've saved for uni, which actually includes my scholarship money. Why should I have to worry and stress over money all the time, when my problems would be solved if I was a half-naked girl whose producers or whatever knew how to use Autotune.
I think it says a Hell of a lot about our cultural values as a society; in fact our cultural values seem to be more than anything else. When celeb royalty like Cheryl Cole (non-UK people probably don't know who she is :L) get malaria, the doctors and nurses who save her life are probably paid a tiny fraction of her wage. When footballers break their ankles or knees, same deal. I think we need to stop giving out the message that as long as you're seen, you're important and you will get rich. A society is more than its entertainment - when it comes down to it, it is just entertainment. If we had no farmers, no doctors, then I'd love to see how much this entertainment industry would thrive...
Sorry, guys, you can see how pissed I am about this! It's something that really really annoys me, and upsets me in fact. It's one of the huger injustices in life.
Not really. It can be really annoying when people suddenly start proclaiming themselves to be huge fans, and I'll say "Oh what did you think of their album ____" and these people are like "Oh, I don't know it". Like when they only know the band's more popular stuff yet act like they are huge huge fans. I also don't like the perception that I'm only into something because it's popular. But to actually stop liking a band for being popular is silly, unless they have dramatically changed their style - even in that case, you have to understand from the band's point of view that they don't want 10 albums that sound the same, and just because their newer style is more received in the mainstream doesn't mean the band only changed to fit the mainstream.
I think to start hating a band for the sole reason that they are now successful is terrible; it's like hating your favorite actor/celebrity/musician or whatever for getting married - they are never going to marry you so why not be happy for them? Same with bands - why not be happy for their success? Surely you wouldn't want them to struggle to sell records and concert tickets and all that?! If they are really your favorite band, you wouldn't want them to be unsuccessful forever, just so you have that mystery of liking a band no one else does.
I kind of had four: 1. Become an anatomist/pathologist. 2. Learn all the languages I want to. 3. Become a writer. 4. Become a musician.
I'm working on all of them all the time, it seems :) I'm at uni studying Anatomy right now, but I'm not entirely sure what's coming after it. I'm also teaching myself some languages, although the list keeps growing of what I want to learn. I'm writing all the time - asides from my novel, I have two other projects in planning (and two former projects that I MAY work on later), and I'm adding lyrics and poems to my collection. I guess with the musician thing, writing lyrics is as close as I'm getting right now, as I'm useless on my guitar, and don't know if I have the patience to learn.
Way way way too many to even consider writing here. I'm really picky about bands, but the ones I do go for have such intense music and lyrics, that so many of them speak to me. I'll write one chorus here, that I think is a great statement to live by, but it's in German, so excuse my translation! :D
From "Wann" by Letzte Instanz:
"Wir können das Meer nicht besiegen,
Nicht gegen die Wellen bestehen,
Doch wir können versuchen
Nicht unter zu gehen."
It means: "We can't conquer the sea,
Can't stand our ground against the waves,
But we can try
Not to go under."
I would like to say I couldn't care less about the new Twilight movie, but part of me is excited; the faster the movies are released, the faster the whole thing is over and done with. The books and movies aren't actually the worst things I've ever had to endure (and to be fair I've never seen the movies) and they're probably entertaining enough as just random books you pick up, and or if you sit down and watch a random movie, but the biggest problem with it is that so many fans are hailing it as THEE BEST THING EVAR!!!11!! I mean, seriously?! If you were immortal, (and could go out in the day, because you know, sparkling in the sun is hardly detrimental to your health, is it?!) would you really go back to high school every year.. do the same classes... People would notice for a start :/ And surely Forks isn't THAT cloudy that sun doesn't get through and make them sparkle all day long?! Sunlight still gets through clouds, you know. So my biggest problem with Twilight is Stephenie Meyer's apparent lack of common sense, and lack of character development, and the fact it's so overrated. Otherwise, it'd just go by, most people quite indifferent to it, and then it wouldn't be such a disappointment because people wouldn't be making such a big deal about it :/
I prefer to live in a big city. When I'm not in university, my town has about 43.500 people, and I find it too small. Of course, this may have something to do with the fact that I had bad experiences in high school, and idiots I know are easy to bump into here - worse is the fact that some will try to talk to me... Despite this, I love long drives in the countryside, and countryside walks are highly enjoyable. The countryside inspires me a lot with my novel and other writings. I use the countryside as a getaway; if I lived there, I wouldn't have a getaway :)