Adventures of Frangipan

Monday, 17 May 2010

Friends vs Acquaintances

Recently I've been hanging out with a group of people who aren't really my friends, but friends of friends. They're nice people and I chat and have a laugh with them, but I don't feel particularly connected to them. Our conversations are quite shallow and superficial, and I wouldn't say I know much about them.

Sometimes it makes me feel quite lonely because I wouldn't just hang out with them, without my friends there. Other times it helps remind me that I do have good friends and maybe I should put more time in with them: the people I do have meaningful conversations with; the people who do know me well.

But maybe there is also a third option: trying to get to know them better, and making them my friends too. I've never found making friends that easy. I tell myself that they're not really my kind of people, that we don't have much in common; but maybe that's just a way of protecting myself. After all, I have plenty of friends that I have little in common with.

I have been trying to improve my approachability, so maybe I just need to work harder. And if they become my friends then great, and if not, then at least I tried!

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Friday, 14 May 2010

Airplot wins!

I'm not yet sure how I feel about this new government - especially with planned increases on VAT - but I am glad they've chosen to scrap the third runway plans at Heathrow. I signed up to airplot a few weeks ago, along with thousands of other people over the past 18 months, including Nick Clegg, Justine Greening (Cons) and Susan Kramer (LD). Zac Goldsmith, one of the legal owners, was also Environmental Adviser to the Conservative Party, and is now MP for Richmond Park.

It might not be reducing the effects of climate change, but it certainly goes some way to ensuring they don't get even more out of control.

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

General Election 2010

If ever there is an argument for proportional representation...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/

Labour have only 6% more of the vote than Lib Dems, and yet 201 more seats? Is it any wonder almost half the population don't vote?

I'm fully aware that PR may lead to UKIP and BNP seats, but it should also mean less people vote tactically and a more accurate representation of society. And if UKIP and BNP is accurate, then those issues need to be addressed.

I'm disappointed that Lib Dems have had to sign up to the Tories immigration cap in order to secure the coalition. I don't personally agree that it is OK to simultaneously bomb a foreign country and refuse entry to our own country. I also feel the same way about the economic stranglehold we and other rich nations have. How can we promote democracy and a free market and say how awesome our systems are, and be surprised that people want to move here? We need to sign up to a system where everyone wins together - as opposed to the current system where some lose so that others win.

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Postgraduate

I finally got round to submitting my application to Northumbria University about 4 weeks ago. I got my reply last Friday: they have accepted my application and made me an unconditional offer. Which I have just now accepted.

So I'm off to Newcastle in September. And before then I have to ask the bank for some money, find a place to live, and make sure I'm fully prepared. First step was buying laptop, which I am now typing this blog post on.

Aside from making sure that I work hard on this course and really make the most of it, to set myself up on a career path; I also want to make sure that I make the most of the university experience. There's a lot I regret about Leeds, and I think (and hope) I've matured since then. I don't want to be miserable, or just spend the year working. I want to join clubs, make friends, go out, and look back on the whole thing positively.