Death by International Relations Theory

I should be studying the Gramscian strain of historical materialism, but I’m having fun with photos instead!

17 Mai, Gratulerer med dagen!

Happy Norwegian Constitution Day from London’s Southwark Park!

JLS Condoms!

I’ll be the first to admit that like me a good boy band (ahem, Hanson anyone?!) But could you imagine the Jonas Brothers putting themselves on condoms? Cue the evangelical backlash and mothers of pre-teen girls organizing a “Mothers Against Sex” campaign.

Anyway, the British boy band JLS has done just that. Being that I’m too scared to be seen taking photos of condoms in Tesco you’ll have to do with the generic from the Durex website.

Postman’s Park, EC1

Go! Overseas Top Blog England

Featured England Blog on GO! Overseas

This blog has been awarded a Go! Overseas Top Blog England award!
Woop woop!

The Top Three Reasons to Consider Getting Your Degree Abroad

I’m officially a freelance writer. Well, kind of anyway.
Article first published as The Top Three Reasons to Consider Getting Your Degree Abroad on Blogcritics.

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Walk into any high school counseling office and they will have numerous posters advertising colleges. Where I grew up, about half of those posters were from the local community college and the other half from various state schools located no more than a two-hour drive away. What you won’t find are posters or any information on schools outside of the country.  People are curious as to why the rest of the world just isn’t on Americans radar, and I think that this has to do with it. So, since your high school guidance counselor won’t tell you about universities abroad or why to go abroad, here are my top three reasons.

1. The experience. Getting visas to live and work abroad can be difficult and complicated, with the exception of one group of people: students. The experience will change your life and if you want to try it out, doing it while you are a student is the easiest way as far as immigration goes. Whether you want to learn Chinese or gorge yourself on Yorkshire puddings, immersing yourself in a foreign education system will help you acclimate to your new country, and fast too.

2. Future opportunities.  If you decide to stay, it is considerably easier to live abroad in a country if you have been through that country’s education system. Here in the UK graduates can stay for a year after they complete their degree without having to obtain a sponsor, in the form of a job, ahead of time. If you decide to move home, the skills needed to relate to people from other cultures and the ability to travel are becoming increasingly important in the workplace. (At least I hope they are…)

3. The cost. Most of the time, getting a degree abroad is cheaper for a plethora of reasons. Many countries offer degrees that are shorter in length and cheaper in cost both per year and overall. Essentially, you get more bang for your buck. If you go to school in Iowa can you visit 10 other countries on your Spring break? Well, maybe, but it wouldn’t be as convenient and cheap as if you were living abroad.

Especially if you know that you want to study abroad for a semester or a whole year, why not consider it for your whole degree?

Whitney Houston and Cyndi Lauper Make Revision Possible

The only thing that can get me in the mood to revise are these lovely ladies.

My friend Nic and fellow IR student put it best in his facebook status: ‘Did I sign up for “Latin American Politics” or “A Thorough History of Latin America from the Aztecs to the 21st Century”?’

One exam down, three to go! QMUL you will not defeat me. 

You Name It, I’ve Done It — Liverpool St. Bathrooms

(Liverpool Street Station is a major tube stop on the Central line and also a National Rail station with trains going all over the country.)

Last year when I lived in halls one of East London’s main water pipes burst leaving us without water. What did a friend and I do? We rushed to Liverpool St. to have a wee and replenish our water supplies of course! Liverpool St. station is still east but it escaped the initial water lockdown (thank god!)

So, what else have I done in Liverpool St.’s bathrooms? It has oddly come to my attention that I’ve done just about everything in Liverpool St.’s bathrooms, and at 30p a visit mind you.

-I always meet a friend there when she comes to visit for some odd reason.
-I’ve wrote out cards and other correspondence that needed to be mailed, pronto, while sitting on the toilet (no, not in THAT way.)(Oh and I understand that this might seem weird, but I always buy my cards from the Paperchase at this station. No clue really.)
-I’ve nearly had a mental breakdown after the infamous Heathrow-epic-fail of December 18, 2010.
-I’ve seen someone go into labour.
-I’ve eaten a McD’s cheeseburger while sitting under the mirrors with friends after a night out.

Why Liverpool St.? Why ME?

Adventures in British Banking

I’m a grownup now!

I’ve always marvelled at these handy little pin-pad things that Europeans have. You can use it to access your account online and you can do transfers to anyone with a European bank account lickety-split.

All I know is that I get a feeling of awesomeness when I get to hear the swishing noise of the card being put in and out.

Reactions to Osama

 And going a bit farther….

What really grinds my gears (so to speak) about people being idiots about Bin Laden’s death (there are obviously bound to be idiots when stuff like this goes down) is that the most horrible remarks are coming from the so-called Christians, and whoever was in the group outside the White House shouting ‘USA! USA! USA!’

So, let me get this straight, just for clarification purposes of course. You people (Christians) will vehemently defend the right of a baby (fetus, couple of cells hanging out together, etc.) to be born yet will very much rejoice at the death of anyone outside the womb who you disagree with? Now, Bin Laden was hardly a Mother Theresa (the comparison to of which you won’t understand because she was Catholic and of course we all know that Catholics aren’t Christians, but I digress) yet if you are willing to rejoice in a death you are seemingly admitting that some people either should be killed or are at the very least acceptable to be killed. Those people being of course non-Christians non-Jews, because they’re the chosen ones, that have in your opinion done ‘bad’ things and most likely wear some kind of head covering. The chances are that your mythical Jesus wouldn’t agree with this behaviour so I suggest you cut it out for the sake of your own credibility.

This is going to be one of those situations where the whole ‘even Christians make mistakes and partake in behaviour that is un-Godly’ argument is used. This is fine, but it seems pretty obvious that there is something in Christian ideology which causes A LOT of people that follow said ideology to react in the same way. In the spirit of continuous improvement, perhaps this discrepancy should be given some actual discussion rather than just owing it all up to certain individuals partaking in un-godly behaviour.

All I’m saying is, I don’t see any Europeans jumping for joy or freaking the flip out because “Like OMG he’s soooo dead!”….

…and failing to acknowledge the can of worms that comes with killing the head of a major organization without dismantling the rest of it.


A Harry Potter comparison and a subtle hint that there’s going to be a loooong road ahead until he’s finally dead (i.e. situation solved)? Priceless!

*Edit*

(New York Times) 

I guess we Americans get it from our government, seen here, crowding around to watch Bin Laden be murdered. Looks like Friday night at the local AMC 30 to me! Hillary looks particularly scared so it must be the latest Saw. Unless it’s The Notebook or A Walk to Remember and the protagonists have just died.