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Easter break

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Happy Easter everyone!

These last couple of weeks have been crazy. I’ve become so so lazy with my blog posts, I’m just making most of my time off work and University. Most of my holidays has been spent in front of the television and pigging out on pre easter chocolate eggs and cakes. I know I’ve put the weight on…

Here is just a round up of what I’ve been upto.

Firstly I went to visit a close friend in Essex, lovely spending time with her again. I had the infamous spray tan at Lauren Goodgers salon in Buckhurst Hill, sampled some delicious home cooked Indian food, traveled  around London and managed to browse my old vintage shops in the east end. I found the most amazing pair of lime green levi shorts from Brick Lane, such a bargain! I absolutely adore London, I think I have a love affair going off with the place, wish I could live there again.

The second week was spent back in my hometown with my best friend Holly. We went to the local fair, going on the bumper cars numerous times, who knew driving cars into one another could be so much fun. Ha!

I’ve had a great time back home, it’s so lovely to just relax and see old friends and family again. I’ll be back in Cornwall over the next few days or so.

So just to let you know I’ve not completely abandoned my blog, I will be returning to my weekly posts and choosing my pick of the week and reflecting on my last couple of months at University. These last three years have gone so fast!!!

Hope you enjoy reading my future posts and the rest of your Easter Sunday!

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My pick of the week

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I always see links to Fearne Cotton’s range on very.co.uk and after looking over the site I found this by Love label. I’ve never heard of them before but I’ve found some fab pieces.

Price – £45.00
Definitely worth it to have that bit something different. Looks great with the white trousers that the model’s wearing. The japanese inspired piece would look great dressed up or down, making it very versatile.
Hope you like this, if you want to look at any more designs and labels check out the website here – http://www.very.co.uk/
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Apologies and update on Paris

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Hey, I’m so sorry for the lack of posts in last two weeks or so, I guess I have a lot to catch up on. First things first I’m working on my portfolio for uni at the moment, that’s taking majority of my time up. Secondly I have gained my first piece of paid work for Cornwall Today, well chuffed if it all goes to plan. And thirdly I do need to update you of my time in Paris last month, long overdue!

Trying to work out the metro system was absolute hell and also not being able to speak french! Sadly my GCSE level french failed me. You know that scene in Sex and the City, when Carrie first see’s the Eiffel Tower and she lets a cry, I was like that except I didn’t let a cry. The popular monument was breathtaking, bigger than I had imagined! The view was absolutely amazing, I’m not usually one scared of heights but on the way up in the lift I did feel slightly weird. I would recommend everyone experiences it and the price isn’t too bad for six euros!  Had to take this shot. The architecture of the city is some of the best I’ve seen. Each building is so beautiful, It makes me think of Chanel and old fashioned  Paris.

You can’t come to Paris without experiencing a Chocolat Chaud…

Paris by night.

I really like this picture, I was struggling though to take it in the cold weather, my hands were shaking that’s why the picture is slightly blurry.

I had a fabulous trip to Paris on the eurostar. I would recommend anyone using it as it only takes two and a half hours to get there from London St pancreas. The price of the tickets depends on the time of the year, mine was only sixty pounds return but I think that’s because of going in Feb. Keep a look out for cheap deals on the eurostar website, you’re bound to come across something cheap. My next stop on the map is Milan in May with my mum to pre – celebrate my graduation.

Urgent purchase

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This was my impulse purchase whilst stood on the platform at Paddington Station in London. You know when you get that feeling that you really need to buy something, well this was the case. I love this new addition to my jewellery collection and I think its so cute with my silk shirt. Hopefully it will give me some writers look for future job interviews…

Price – £7.00

Dissertation hand in

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Well, well , well, judgement day has finally come! To let you all know, I finally gave in my bloody dissertation, entitled “An investigation into the media reception of Sex and the City”. I can’t believe that I have actually managed to complete an 8,267 word research project all by myself. I’m actually quite proud after the last two months I’ve put myself through. I will never be able to watch ‘Sex and the City‘ the same again.

I really enjoyed writing the piece, it’s almost awakened my passion for writing, which I felt I’d lost since starting this degree. My main passion in life is to explore and learn new things, I learnt so much from this investigation process. Before this I didn’t know about the different terms of Feminism or Chick Literature and Feminine gaze. It was ever so interesting and hopefully get me into the habit of writing more often.

In terms of the next semester at Uni, I’m going  to plan new idea’s for my portfolio and devise a plan for my publishing project, I can’t wait!

Paris Trip

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The date is looming, to hand in my dissertation. I cannot wait to have the sheer relief of not panicing about the dreaded project anymore. In my defense I was writing about something I absolutely love, at least I didn’t have to force myself to write 8000 words about something I deteste.

As a treat to myself for completing the study, I have booked a trip to ‘Paris’ on the Eurostar for a very small fee of fifty eight pounds return. I had the choice between Lille, Brussels or Paris, I have never had the chance to visit France before this so chose to visit one of the fashion capitals. I will only be there for about 8 hours at the most, it was too much of a bargain to leave for less than sixty pounds return.

The first stop should be the Eiffel tower and then go have the traditional croissant breakfast in the late morning. I will even purchase a French beret to experience the culture and buy one of those I love Paris t-shirts. I’m mostly excited on deciding what to wear for the special occasion.

Also after watching Carrie Bradshaw’s trip to the romantic city, I only wish I had more time to shop and enjoy the french cuisine.

3 things I must buy in Paris:

1. Postcards – I always collect them from any place I visit

2. Have a picture at the top of the Eiffel Tower, make someone take it for me

3. Speak my GCSE french  to a waiter and order a un coca…



Honour Killing on the rise

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This a feature for my University module, ‘International Journalism’. Ideally I would like to write for publications such as ‘Company’ and ‘Grazia’.

For the majority of the western world, the term honour killing is somewhat unheard of.  Having now become a global crisis, women across the world have been threatened or even killed in most cases, often by their parents or family relatives, for bringing dishonor upon their families.

This use of dishonour is usually known as refusing to marry an arranged partner, speaking to another man in the community or in most cases becoming too ‘westernized’. These crimes tend to happen in Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds and have now spread to the UK.

In 2010 one of the first and most horrendous honour crimes to be recorded was in Ankara, Turkey’s capital. The body of sixteen year old girl Medine Memi, was found buried in her back garden. The girl’s father and grandfather were arrested in relation to the crime but later released and awaiting trial. The young girl’s father has gone onto say at the time, “She has male friends. We are uneasy about that.”

Medine’s mother said her daughter had reported on several occasions to the police that she was a victim of domestic violence, but unfortunately sent home from the station with no help in hand.

In certain cases forgetting the family pressures and religious beliefs, women have also started committing themselves to these values as well, following in the footsteps of men. It saddens the future of the female population. Women must stand together and fight these causes.

This is just one of the severe cases of honour Crimes. Unreported World, the channel four documentary programme said three honour killings are recorded a week in Istanbul Turkey, while most probably more crimes are happening, they have often found that some won’t be dealt with due to the act not being seen as a crime in the first place.

UK police have revealed on the BBC website that the numbers have risen since 2009. Police recorded 2823 supposed attacks last year which included acid attacks, genital mutilation, abductions and in most cases resulting in Murder. Diana Nammi, the director of the IKWRO – Iranian, Kurdish women’s right organization said to the BBC news this week, “The perpetrators will be even considered as a hero within the community because he is the one defending the family and community’s honour and reputation.”

In recent years many human rights activists have set up women’s refuges and charities in aid of helping ladies who are victims of domestic violence and physical abuse. Chris Crowstaff, founder of Safe World for Women feels very strongly on the current issues that keep repeating themselves. “I set up our organization three years ago because I believe very strongly in the power of women coming together, from different backgrounds and cultures. I also believe that the mainstream media perpetuates so many damaging stereotypes – and I am very keen to break down stereotypes.”

Safe World for Women is a virtual organization that mainly focuses on the online support. Chris says that majority of the volunteers at the organization are from different countries. “We partner with grassroots organizations – our Field Partners – to help to raise their profile via our website. Our aim is that we should help funders and private donors to be able to more easily identify credible grassroots organizations that would benefit from more funding.”

Chris mentioned that the nature of the work doesn’t always grant her access to travel very much. Her previous work has sent her working with women’s groups in Uganda, Israel and Jordan in 2009.

The organization is working hard towards preserving the rights to stop women getting stoned in Afghanistan in support of the charity Young women for change (YWC). “This includes a campaign to stop stoning in Afghanistan, a poster competition to raise awareness about violence against women in general in Afghanistan, and raising awareness through the social media about the situation of Gulnaz who was recently released from prison – following a campaign in which YWC were very much involved. Gulnaz was imprisoned after being raped (the charge was adultery – because apparently she didn’t report the rape soon enough.”

When Gulnaz was raped, she was sentenced to twelve years imprisonment and pregnant from the awful ordeal. Gulnaz was released just a few days ago and forced to marry her rapist. Chris says, “A representative from YWC went to see her on Saturday to help her to make a more informed choice and to offer her emotional support. YWC and other NGOs are advocating for her to get asylum overseas. The rapist’s sister has been urged to marry Gulnaz’s brother, also as a way of preserving ‘honour’.”

Chris revealed that the European Union financed a film featuring Gulnaz and her situation however later withdrawing from the project because of political reasons and claiming that Gulnaz didn’t want to speak of her sentence, Gulnaz denied these claims and wanted her cause to be widely known.

Many organizations and charities alike are trying to improve the education system for young women. Chris spoke on the current situation, “In a word – ‘yes’! In fact, there needs to be an education system. In many Asian countries, there is still a huge proportion of girls and women who are uneducated and not just Asia of course.”

The public interest can also help promote equal rights for women, Chris goes onto say “Online volunteers – almost all our work is online and we are always in need of more volunteers. Also I am a strong believer in the social media – so spreading the word on the social media. And any contacts in the mainstream media are of course always welcome too.”

With special thanks to Chris Crowstaff for all her help at – SAFE WORLD for Women organization.

http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org