January 3, 2013
Hello Hello my lovely readers! Happy New Year!
Yes, I can see you looking at me in that judgemental fashion, raising your eyebrows. I can almost hear the offended tone of ‘Where HAVE you been’. I apologise. Unfortunately, the final year of university is something akin to being tortured with a phenomenal lack of sleep and the creeping fear that the work may, in fact, never end and thus, no time for blogging. However, I am back (cough…to ask for your money) because I have genuinely missed blogging but also…because….I HAVE FINISHED MY CHALLENGE!! woo! Yes, I have finished 100 books. I kind of feel like I’ve been on a mental marathon, and there were times I was fairly certain I wouldn’t manage to finish but I have!
I shall be writing a few blog posts on varying aspects of finishing the challenge but would like to take this opportunity to ask…welll…for your money. It’s not for me! As those of you who have been following for a while know, I started my blog and my challenge hoping to raise money for the charity World Horse Welfare (info all over my blog). So far I’ve raised 251 pounds, but I would greatly appreciate it if you would contribute anything on my justgiving page. Horse welfare might not be high on your priority list but here are some reasons its high on mine:
1. Horses are still needed to support people’s livelihoods in many countries. Unfortunately many of these people do not know a great deal about proper horse care and this leads not only to bad conditions for the horses but ultimately, to a much less capable working animal for the person. World Horse Welfare supports these communities and animals in their work.
2. The lack of high profile is precisely why I wanted to raise money for World Horse Welfare in the first place. Horses are often associated with the very wealthy and it is assumed that horses are usually animals that benefit from this wealth. However, this is not always so, as there are many cases of serious mistreatment of horses within the UK. Dogs and cats that end up on the streets are quickly picked up and cared for. A horse in a lonely field that very few pass will often go unnoticed for a very long time, and this is why we need World Horse Welfare.
3. They’re cute! Cummon!
I would also like to thank those of you who have commented and not stopped following despite a 6 month long absence and those who have joined more recently!
With a big hug for you all!
May 2, 2012
Hello my readers. Before I move away from the land of blogging to ensure a lack of failure in finals, I just want to remind all you people, in particularly my 58 followers (58 followers- isn’t that awesome) that my blog is actually not just for fun, I’m actually doing it for the charity World Horse Welfare. World Horse Welfare is a great UK charity that takes care of abused horses in the UK and abroad helping not only these furry creatures but also educating people who aren’t able to take care of them. So even if you just donate £1 it could make the world of difference for the people at WHW and I would be hugely grateful if you could donate. Thank you!
March 14, 2012
So….I’m a bad person. I have broken the golden rule of blogging- never neglect your readers. And I have. I have had my posts scheduled for some time now as I knew that I would be devilishly busy, but wanted to keep posting everyday. Anyways, it’s meant that I’ve neglected all of those lovely people who have started following my blog or who comment and visit often. Hopefully I’ve responded to all of your comments and thanked everyone who has started following me, but by way of apology, for 48 hours only, I will grant to anyone who has liked, followed or commented on my blog for the last couple of weeks a favor (that is within my power of course)- whether that be re-blogging one of your posts, or posting something in particular, or anything reasonably within my power. So if there is something you want- from now until 15:00 GMT friday, all of you loyal readers can request one thing which I will try to grant. Requests in the comment section! 🙂 And thank you for reading 🙂
March 7, 2012
So, a small challenge for all my regular readers. Whatever the content of your blog, and whatever you’re interested in, watch this video and make a blog post with this video. Then challenge all of your readers to do the same on their blogs. Spread the word. Kony 2012.
February 24, 2012
I still remember my mother handing me the Shadow of the Moon. It was at the start of a very hot indian summer and I was bored and restless. I was reluctant to read it (the book is massive) but also very bored, so I grudgingly began. Several years later, I have now read it at least 3 or 4 times. Every time I am swept up into its colonial world of parties and pain and misogonism. Partially because I have a love affair with colonial India and partially because I have always been horribly fascinated by the horrible years of the mutiny, I am alway gripped by this story of Winter and Alex and the implosion of the East India company. Beautifully written, I still fail to comprehend how Kaye’s ‘The Far Pavillions’ achieved such success where this book did not. Copies are scarce these days but luckily my mother still has my much-thumbed copy on her shelf 🙂
(Idea for this challenge wantoncreation)
February 22, 2012
So, lent starts today and with it comes my sacrifice for lent- my TV! Even though the challenge has gotten me reading much more the lovely screen in my bedroom continues to draw me in, so for the next 40 days and 40 nights the only moving pictures I will be see are you-tube videos to post on this blog and the occasional trip to the cinema. Wish me luck! And don’t forget to donate!
February 13, 2012
I could write an appropriately themed meme in here but as I can’t actually think of one, just look at the determined baby face! Anyway- quick challenge update, I have gotten 10% through my challenge- 10 books achieved in a month, which I’m pretty happy with! Let’s seen what this next month brings, especially with the start of Lent and my TV ban! Thank you very much to everyone for supporting my initiative, don’t forget to Donate, every little bit goes towards an under-publicized but extremely good cause :).