Thursday, 1 March 2012

I'm one excited bunny ...

I've got lots going on over the next few weeks/months: Starting a new volunteering role, temporarily adapting one of my job roles, seeing some live music and I've got some cheeky days off; in this time I am attempting to arrange an MOT, get a quote for two new front tyres, attend a college open day and cook an 'actual' meal ie. not pasta. Someone give me a medal!

In terms of live music, this month I am seeing Nero & The Civil Wars (other bands awaiting confirmation from my bank account). These will be two very different experiences and I can't wait. At Nero, I admit, I'll probably only know one song *clears throat*  "Innocence, you'll never be mine ..." and even then only because Scott & Becky play it on Radio 1 sometimes when I'm driving home. I do love Scott and Becky! Rush hour traffic is erased from the list of things that annoy me in life when I am listening to them. Without them though, there it is, along with poppers being undone on duvet covers, the poppers  being by your face when you wake up in the morning and shops that leave ALL their lights on overnight when they're closed ...

On the off chance that The Civil Wars are reading this, please play your cover of Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean' on 22nd March,  it's the best cover song I have ever heard. Thank you.

Also, now I am totally without savings after departing with my hard earned money for Download & Sonisphere 2012 tickets (as well as forking out £75 to get a clamp removed from  my car ... add clampers to the list).

This month, June and July have the potential to rock my matching socks off!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


I'll be honest, I struggled to think of a weird, witty and wonderful name for my blog. I thought to myself what do I want to talk about, what things do I want to share, how do I want to portray myself? The answers are I don't know, I don't know and I don't know! I'm likely to want to talk about lots of things (probably more than once ...). norealtheme is born! I'm hoping a theme might develop, then I'll be the proud owner of an ironically named blog.

No better time for my first blog than right now.

Today I shared a BBC news story about unemployment on facebook. So far I've had no response to my opinion on this story. I don't know if that's because people aren't really interested, or if people just don't agree with what I've said. For arguments sake, let's go for the latter.

FYI, this was the story

Personally, I think I made a valid point. Some people, and I stress some people, appear as if they think a job will just fall into their lap. I'm afraid that won't happen, or it might, you'll just be waiting a long time. Job hunting is difficult and not particularly pleasant; but, is it so wrong to expect some people to be a little more pro-active? You could volunteer, to add structure to your day and gain some new skills (also, it's actually quite rewarding to give your time to help others). You could 'tart up' your CV (within reason obviously), to catch an employer's eye and secure that interview. You could request feedback after each and every interview, to prove you are self-aware and improve your interview technique.

Along with all the other 'job hunting stuff', I did all these things and since leaving college have never been without a job. I still volunteer, I still apply for jobs to get experience of interviews and I still seek regular feedback to make sure I am doing the best I can.

It's worked for me.