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21 things I did at 21

I’m 22 now and can’t stop saying ‘I’m tooty too’, I’m sure that’s not gotten old at all.

 21 was a pretty big year for me in many ways, so let’s riff off 21 things that happened this year.

1) I graduated from uni! It felt like my whole life had been leading to that moment. I finished with a first in law with accounting and finance. Do I use that degree now you ask? Not in the slightest.

2) I did a little bit of travelling, nowhere near as much as I did at 20, and nowhere near as much as I’m going to be doing at 22 *eyes emoji*

3) I quit a job to go to V Festival because Sia was performing. It was more of a ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’ situation, but it’s more fun to focus on that last piece of straw – my inability to see Sia.

4) And so I ended up unemployed. I was volunteering a bit, but officially unemployed. This ended up becoming the lowest point in my adult life. I describe myself during that time as ‘profoundly sad’

5) I cut my finger so deeply on a hoover that it’s now got a weird scar. Bizarre. The doctor had never heard of that happening before.

6) I’ve worked on a ton of things, for a ton of places. It’s been very cool looking back, I hope to keep doing and making more.

7) I moved to London, guess that was quite a big one. I packed up and moved 200 miles just because I wanted to.

8) Got a job working on creative things, mainly online. Super cool.

9) Went to a bazillion concerts, far more than I have done before.

10) Threw myself into blogging completely. Whilst home alone unemployed I found complete solace in writing as much as I can.

11) Became a late person, I was always on time, I don’t know what’s happened but now I’m late for every event.

12) I took myself on my first solo trip, which will be covered here shortly.

13) My suit was complimented by a rather prominent member of the Eastenders cast. Odd moment.

14) I hosted weekly bake off nights involving themed snacks, finishing with a finale with my own custom shirt. (#teamcandice)

15) I cried in the cinema. I cried at a concert. I cried in the street. Maybe my icy heart is melting.

16) I was so hungover that I threw up many times and was interviewed for Spanish TV less than 2 hours later. Red wine, whiskey and katsu curry do not mix well.

17) I moved into a house with people I didn’t know at all, in an area I’d been to twice. Pretty risky move.

18) I packed for my move to London in one afternoon. Which is why 95% of my things are still in my parent’s house almost 7 months after I moved.

19) Visited many parts of England that I’ve never been to before, this country is bigger than you think.

20) Realised I can’t bake for shit at a Star Wars themed bake off

21) And now a cheesy one. This year I’ve spent so much time with friends, I’ve made so many new friends, reconnected with old friends. I moved to London 6/7 months ago barely knowing anyone, and when planning my birthday celebrations I realised I now know too many people here to invite to one thing.  I’ve made so many new friends online, crossed some of these friendships over into the 3D world, it’s been a really great year for that type of crap.

And there you have it. 21 things, some big, some tiny, some wild, some tame as all hell.

Here’s to 22!

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INTERVIEWED: THEMIDDLEAGEDMAN

Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of chats and discussions with creators of all kinds.

Today we’re joined by the stylish, Scottish legend, Robbie of The Middle Aged Man!

D: What do you do online as a creator?

R: I run an online lifestyle blog called The Middle Aged Man (I’m not Middle Aged, honest) covering everything from grooming, fashion, entertainment and much more!

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INTERVIEWED: JOSHWA ST. JAMES

Welcome to INTERVIEWED, a series of interviews with amazing creators of all kinds.

Today we’re joined men’s fashion, grooming and lifestyle blogger: Joshwa St.James. I genuinely lol’d at some of the answers, I’m sure you will too.

D: What is you do online as a creator?

J: Most people who follow me will already know that I blog – I like to share my favourite fashion looks and grooming products, I’m a big fan of natural, cruelty free beauty, so I’ll continue to push that agenda. But I think less people will be aware that blogging was actually the bi-product of creating digital content for various magazines and online platforms. I enjoyed creating content for others so much that I decided to do it for myself.

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The album of 2017 thus far – Lorde’s Melodrama.

I almost didn’t write this review. I didn’t want to write something which seemed overwhelmingly positive, that read as if I loved this simply because I well and truly love Lorde’s music and art. However I’m struggling to find many flaws in Melodrama, and that’s why I have to write this.

Lorde’s sophomore album largely follows a messy night of emotions, alcohol, music and vibes. It’s a house party of an album. It’s truly like peaking into your past, those late teen parties that would be amazing, something you’d either look forward to for weeks or something you ended up at extremely last minute. You’d know there would be drama, you know you’d say something dumb and drink too much and dance with your friends and people you’ve not seen before or since.

The relatability is high. And it’s even higher because Melodrama clearly wasn’t written to be relatable, it was written to be real; it’s exactly that which makes it so incredible relatable. Sober and Homemade Dynamite remind me of so many college parties, of so many drunken nights out in Liverpool that started with a few drinks in my extreme-edge-of-the-city-centre flat.

Lyrically it’s a wonder, ‘Bet you rue the day you kissed a writer in the dark’ and the simple ‘They’ll hang us in the Louvre, down the back, but who cares- still the Louvre’ are my personal favourites. Melodrama is a painting made of words, metaphors and images. It’s all any writers dream of, I’m a writer in a very different capacity than Ella, yet I still long to turn my keyboard clack into brush strokes.

My one ‘complaint’ would be the album length, it’s pretty short after waiting 4 years for an album. However, unlike how I’ve felt with other albums coming after a long wait, I believe this has 0 filler. Each track is important and carefully crafted, all a piece in the puzzle of melodrama. Nothing is out of place, nothing else is needed, Melodrama may be short but she is complete.

Melodrama is exactly what it needs to be: a self-referencing masterpiece explaining the messiness of relationship, parties and life in your late teens. I struggle to give this album anything less than a perfect score. 4 years was a hell of a long time to wait, but I’d wait double that if it meant Lorde LP3 would be as incredible as this.

Good going Ella.

Lorde has been one of my favourite artists for a long time. Pure Heroine has had a profound effect on my life, I truly hope Melodrama can do the same.

Buy Melodrama on iTunes, stream it on Spotify and sure as hell go see Lorde on tour.

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BEST RAMEN IN LONDON

Ramen is so good, just so good! London is a surprisingly amazing city to get yourself a bowl of ramen, you’re spoiled for choice. Coming from Liverpool, which doesn’t have the biggest Japanese food scene, this was almost overwhelming.

But never fear, I’m here today to talk about three great ramen chains dotted all over the city.

B O N E  D A D D I E S 

Bone Daddies have gone for a traditional, izakaya-esque aesthetic. It works really bloody well, and feels much more Japanese than most other restaurants you’ll find around the capital.

The ramen selection is massive, those of you who love spicy food will be in for a treat as there’s a whole array of ramen spiced to the max. I had one of the hot ones,  the heat didn’t overpower the flavour at all – good job Bone Daddies!

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