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Career Path (Act 1, Scene 1): Researching Career Prospects

Welcome to a new series of blog posts on 71 Feather Street! In Career Path, I hope to take you chronologically through how I as a History student figured out my career goals and, hopefully moving forward through the years, the steps I'll be taking to achieve them. In true theatre nerd fashion, I'm naming the sections of posts as 'acts' and Act 1 details my career-based adventures as an undergraduate.

In my first semester of second year, the department put on a series of careers-based lectures. Whilst helpful in offering advice on graduate jobs and postgraduate study it had the side-effect of stressing 10% of our year group out (i.e. that small chunk of people who muster up the motivation to attend extra lectures). Before you know it, we were all creating LinkedIn profiles and rushing to the Careers Service for a one-on-one discussion with the Careers Adviser that invariably opened with "oh golly, I don't know what I'd like to do with my life!" (Or at least that's what I did).

Entertainment | Doctor Who: Thoughts on the new Doctor

So if you've somehow missed the news (how?), yesterday it was announced that the Thirteenth Doctor will be portrayed by Jodie Whittaker, who is in fact a woman. Whilst this has provoked a very mixed reaction across the many corners of the internet I personally am super excited as I feel that after Moffat, this was the regeneration the show needed both with regards to lead actor and head writer. For a while now I've been toying with the idea of writing a post on why I stopped watching Doctor Who shortly after Matt Smith's exit when Moffat's writing seemed to go from bad to worse. This seems the perfect time to summarise my thoughts on that and my thoughts on my hopes for Doctor Who's future.

Entertainment | Book Review: 'All That She Can See' by Carrie Hope Fletcher (spoiler-free)

All That She Can See's protagonist, Cherry Redgrave has the gift of being able to see people's bad feelings physically manifesting as monsters that follow the characters around. Although Cherry uses this power for good - baking cakes with positive feelings in them to help people - other characters she encounters are not so benevolent.

Travel | My Disneyland Disaster! (Part 2 of 2)

Welcome back to my disastrous tales from Disneyland [part 1 here]. Whilst I actually did have a really wonderful trip, it's much more fun to write up what went wrong. So buckle up, it's time for the tale of the time we had our luggage misplaced. Did we get it back? You'll just have to read on and find out!

Travel | Disneyland Paris Haul: June 2017

Bonjour, madames et monsieurs! As I recently went to Disneyland Paris (my first ever trip to a Disney park!) I decided it'd be handy to share a haul post for anyone heading to Disneyland anytime soon wanting to know what's available and how much it'll cost. As this post is going to be super photo-heavy, I'll try and keep it text-light to balance out.

Travel | My Disneyland Disaster (Part 1 of 2)

My first trip to a Disney Park was certainly an eventful one. In fact, I had a really wonderful few days away and Disneyland Paris was all that I expected it to be and more. But my gushing about how magical it was is not what you came to this post, with its mildly clickbaity title, to read. Instead, this is one of two tales [part two here] about the nail-biting delays we faced on our way to catch our trains.

Entertainment | How to Throw a Murder Mystery Party

So as some of you may know, I was Social Secretary for Sheffield University Swing Dance Society this past year. One of our annual events is a Murder Mystery Party. Whilst great fun to plan, it's the kind of thing you do need to think through a fair amount and it can be a little daunting. However, party planner by night and blogger by day that I am, I have some top tips and reassurance that it's really nothing to fear!

A Blog Rebrand

When I first started this blog, I spent a long time picking out a name that was supposed to last me forever. A lifestyle blog by someone who wore (and still wears) a lot of floral prints), 'Life in Florals' was a perfect title at the time. But after almost two years, things have changed, I have changed, and the direction I want to take this blog in has changed. As a result of trying to keep my blog within the original themes I started out with back in 2015, I've become a little disenchanted with it. And so, the time has come for a rebrand.

Back in 2015, I was intimidated by rather than passionate about politics, I hadn't yet started university and the blog was intended as a place where I could write very casually and share my experiences. Now, reaching the end of my second year studying History at university, I have much more passion for debate and discussion and in general, what I want to write about and how I want to write about it has changed. Whilst I always maintain that I will write about whatever I like on my blog, this rebrand points it all more in the direction of things such as history, politics and feminism, as well as more reviews of literature, theatre, film and television. I also won't be deleting any old posts as I feel they're all artefacts in my 'blogging journey'.

The new name:
No, 71 Feather Street is not my address. Feather Street is an approximate English translation of 'Rue Plumet', which the Les Mis fans amongst you may recognise as the temporary residence of Valjean and Cosette in Paris. I felt that this acted quite well as a joint reference to my favourite musical, a brilliant work of historical fiction and the city of Paris - after which I am named. 71 refers to 1871, the year of the Paris Commune, which I will be writing my dissertation on this coming year - referencing again 'Paris' and also my degree, which has been a huge part of my life these past (almost) two years.

So welcome to 71 Feather Street, I look forward to writing here!

Paris out 💃 xxx

P.S. Happy election results day! Political posts coming your way when I get home from my weekend trip :)

Politics / Entertainment | Some Thoughts on Music Censorship

Hello, hello, hello! Now I know what you're (probably not actually) thinking. Wow, Paris is back! She hasn't written a blog post in forever! And for that, I apologise. Alternatively, you may be thinking "shouldn't she be revising". Yes, I should. But I have some thoughts about some news I saw and if I waited until after my exams to write this, it would probably no longer be relevant.
As I'm sure you're all aware, the UK General Election is fast approaching and, whilst I don't often get political on here, I wonder if perhaps I should do so more. Recently, a song called 'Liar, Liar' (referring to Theresa May) has charted and radio stations have refused to air the song for its political criticisms. As a big lover of music (and democracy and freedom), this really struck a chord with me, so I decided this was a good time to wipe the dust off of my blog.

Life / Beauty | I Donated My Hair

Hello all! So you may or may not know that I have had quite long hair for some time now. However, last weekend I decided to take a bit of a plunge and get it all cut short.