Some Things I Learnt Recently Pt 4

It’s a been a while since I last published one of these hasn’t it?

Follow the links to read part one, part two and part three, welcome to part four!


No matter where you are or how good you are, there will always be someone who doesn’t like you. It isn’t the end of world and it actually hardly matters at all in the grand scheme of things.

To get what you want, you have to fight your corner. And I mean fight. If you don’t speak up for yourself you’ll be pushed back by someone else speaking up for themselves.

Novelty always wears off no matter how far you go. I’ve been to London so many times these past few weeks that nothing about it feels grand or intimidating anymore. It still feels exciting – and so does Manchester, but not intimidating. The ‘new’ novelty has gone.

There are more than two sides to every story. Since working for a PR agency I’ve been starting to understand how important choosing your words is. I recently saw two newspapers report on the exact same thing in completely opposite ways. The key lesson here I think is if you’re not hearing something straight – and I mean straight – from the horse’s mouth don’t let yourself believe it 100%.

Attitude is everything. My attitude decides my day, it’s as simple as that.

Idler magazine

When I was at HOME last week I had a look round the bookshop just outside the gallery. I can never really resist a good bookshop. I spotted Idler magazine out of the corner of my eye, picked it up and within seconds had decided to buy it.

Funnily enough I was with Dan on that day who now works for Doncopolitan – the same magazine I used to work for. He pointed out that Idler is one of the publications Doncopolitan co-creator Warren has written for in the past – weird eh?

I wanted to show you some pictures of the magazine, I’ve really enjoyed reading it this past week.

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I love the size of it – like a book rather than a newspaper or magazine. There was a lovely piece in there by a woman called Emily Young, who is a sculptor and lives in Tuscany – idyllic!

I also really enjoyed Adam Smart’s piece, ‘System Failure’, which argued that psychological disorders (such as PTSD, anxiety) that don’t ‘fit’ with capitalism usually get given drugs to medicate, whereas psychological disorders that do fit (such as psychoticism or narcissism) get rewarded by capitalism. I can kind of see his point to be honest!


A Simple Gin Cocktail

You’ve probably seen Rock Rose Gin doing the rounds in blog land recently, I know I have! I love gin and was very grateful to receive a bottle of this Scotland made elixir. Rock Rose Gin is distilled by Martin and Clare up in Scotland using natural botanicals such as juniper berries, rhodolia rosea, sea buckthorn and rowan berries. It smells (and tastes) so fragrant!

I love that this small business has such a lovely story behind it, and I also love the aesthetic of the branding.

I wanted to try this gin in style rather than a regular gin and tonic, so I googled simple gin cocktails and found a corker. It’s SO simple.

For one glass you need:
~ The juice of one lemon
~ About 5ml of cold water
~ A couple of tablespoons of runny honey
~ A 50ml (double shot) serving of gin

Mix the honey and water together first, then mix with the other ingredients. You’re supposed to shake all of the above in a cocktail shaker with ice, but I didn’t have a cocktail shaker, so I stirred it vigorously and chilled my cocktail glass in the freezer for five minutes. Works just as well!

This was the end result:

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So delicious, highly recommend! Perfect for this warmer weather too. I’m making more of these tonight for my house mate and I!

We Are Tea

I first heard about We Are Tea through Daisy’s blog. They’re a London based company who seem to have a good ethos and good branding – two of my favourite things.

A PR kindly sent me some of their English Breakfast blend along with an infuser. I decided to brew up for me and my house mate one evening last week. We’d both arrived home late and were exhausted, so I put the kettle on while A put the telly on.

I’m a bit of a tea addict, if I ever somehow skip my morning cuppa I’m left with a caffeine deprived headache very quickly. It’s not good but I guess there’s worse things to be addicted to. The We Are Tea English Breakfast blend is very strong – even with milk. This is just how I like my tea, I’ve been making the effort to brew this some mornings too, usually when I’m going for an early run as I have more time then.

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I think the infuser is so well designed! I was worried it would leak when I added the hot water, but it didn’t. A great little enabling me to have better quality tea. Find out more about We Are Tea on Twitter here.

A New Chapter



It’s bank holiday Monday and I’m sat on the sofa in my new home in Chorlton, sipping lemsip and feeling a mix of nerves and excitement for my first day in a new job tomorrow. I moved in on Saturday, which coincided with my horrid cold reaching its peak. I was sneezing and coughing all day!

But, I am finally here! My housemate is away with work at the moment, which has worked out quite well – I should be rid of my cold by the time she’s back, so we can go out and explore Chorlton and get to know each other a bit.

Luckily I have relatives who live in Greater Manchester, so I went over there yesterday for a Sunday roast which was lovely. I’ve always been very lucky to have relatives not far from wherever I am, even out in Australia and New Zealand – benefits of a big family!

What I’m looking forward to most this week is a networking event I’ll be attending through work, which will focus on digital strategies and is hosted by a leading mobile-first agency (insert heart-eyed emoji here).