What I’ve Been Watching on Netflix

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Recently I feel like all I use Netflix for is to rewatch shows or movies that I’ve already seen instead of looking for anything new. I don’t know what’s wrong with me, I just don’t seem to have the attention span lately for anything new. However over the past few weeks I’ve managed to get into a few shows and actually enjoy them. Here’s what I’ve been watching – warning, this post may contain spoilers.

The Miracle

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When I first started using Netflix I added a ton of shows and movies to my list and then never watched any of them – I had more fun adding them than watching them. However one night I couldn’t sleep so I switched on my phone and started scrolling through Netflix. I eventually got bored of scrolling and not watching anything so I checked my list and found this show. Without overthinking it I pressed play and started to watch.

The basic premise of this K-Drama is that twin sisters Shi Ah and Shi Yeon couldn’t be any more different if they tried. Shi Ah is a famous actress who recently debuted in a girl group, whilst Shi Yeon is an overweight nobody. The two of them don’t get along and are always fighting. One day Shi Yeon helps a mysterious old women and confesses she wishes she could trade places with Shi Ah. The next morning the girls have swapped places, and need to figure out a way to switch back.

It was interesting to see a body swap from this perspective as the girls were literally such polar opposites. Shi Yeon was still in school, had no friends and was bullied by pretty much everybody including the guy she had a massive crush on. Shi Ah was a spoilt celebrity who was rude to everybody but put on an innocent front for the cameras – even the members of her group ‘Miracle Girls’ didn’t like her.

It was quite funny and entertaining, the only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the fat-shaming. I know Korean beauty standards are different but I feel like surely by the end there should have been some resolution. With Shi Ah in Shi Yeon’s body she was a lot more confident and when she was made fun of she did stand up for herself – she said something along the lines of “I may be fat but if I lost weight I would be beautiful. Think of me as an unscratched lottery ticket ready to reach my full potential.” Why couldn’t she be beautiful and at her full potential without losing weight?

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Also there’s a scene where Shi Yeon in Shi Ah’s body sings a high note during a live performance and Shi Ah has a go at her afterwards saying the whole nation knows she can’t sing to save her life. But Shi Yeon would’ve still been using Shi Ah’s voice surely so how did she magically sing well?

Overall I was glad I watched it, I can’t remember how many episodes there were but they were only like fifteen minutes long each (if that) so I could handle that. The only thing was that some episodes felt like things were going too fast – for example Shi Yeon (as Shi Ah) got together with another singer. All she did was fall off the stage into his arms and suddenly he was like ‘let’s go to the roof so I can confess my love for you’.

My last point is that the necklace was never really resolved. Shi Yeon (as Shi Ah) discovers that the necklace the mysterious lady gave her grants wishes but at a cost – someone gets hurt every time she does it. This was never really talked about again after she’d made this discovery. It’s just sort of glossed over.

Either way, I did end up really enjoying this series but it was definitely far from perfect.

Switched

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Because I’d liked ‘The Miracle’ so much I decided to give Netflix’s original J-Drama a go. The premise is sort of similar. Ayume is a popular, pretty girl who has just been asked out by her crush Korisho so life is going pretty well for her at the moment. On her way to her first date with him she gets a call from her classmate Zenko, an overweight girl from her class who doesn’t have any friends, who tells her to turn around. Ayume watches in horror as Zenko jumps off a building with the intention of killing herself. Ayume wakes up but discovers she is now in Zenko’s body. When she asks Zenko in her body how it happened she realises Zenko did this on purpose and has stolen her body.

This series only had six episodes, each ranging from about 30 – 45 minutes so it was easy to get through. Again though this meant things were moving at a rapid pace. Ayume switches into Zenko’s body in the first episode and by the end of it has already convinced her friend Kaga of the switch. I feel like realistically it would take me forever and a day to fully convince my friends I’d swapped bodies with a random girl from school.

The take on this that I enjoyed was that Zenko switched as she hated her life but soon realised that just having Ayume’s body didn’t make life easy. She still pushed people away and was insecure about her relationship with Korisho – it’s revealed she liked him which is why she decided to perform the body swap with Ayume, deciding that even if it didn’t work she wanted to kill herself anyway. Whereas although Ayume was lonely in Zenko’s body at first, with the help of Kaga and a kind heart she managed to win people over in her class.

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Again, not a fan of the fat-shaming in this one. Even when people began to like Ayume (in Zenko’s body) there were still people saying she was ugly. It wasn’t even jabs specifically about the weight, it was full on like “you’re really ugly.” Even by the end there was no “sorry we called you ugly” just “hey we like you now so let’s brush that under the rug!”

Also the love triangle between Ayume, Korisho and Kaga was just boring especially in the last episode. I didn’t particularly care who she chose, surely we had bigger issues at hand?

The one thing I will say is that the acting was phenomenal, it’s hard to remember that they haven’t genuinely switched bodies. Both girls did an amazing job.

Part Time Idol

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I still have to watch the final episode but there’s about five maybe six episodes of this show, each about forty minutes long I want to say. The basic premise of the show is that a music producer returns to his company with a new project in mind – launching a co-ed pop idol group. I think I downloaded a couple of episodes to watch at the airport whilst waiting for my flight and was quickly hooked.

I’m looking forward to seeing the conclusion and I really need to sit down and watch it – although I’m sure I can predict how it will end. The group will probably debut and do extremely well but it may surprise me! We’ll see.

Derry Girls

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I found out about this show by seeing clips on Facebook then before I knew it I kept watching the ‘best bits’ on YouTube. Netflix announced they were going to add it to Netflix and I checked every day until finally they’d released the first season.

It was cool to finally watch the full episodes but unfortunately I sort of spoilt them for myself by watching all the best bits but never mind. I just think this show is absolutely hilarious, there isn’t a thing about it I’d change. I absolutely love it.

I’m not sure how to describe the premise of the show. The show follows Erin and her friends as they grow up in a world of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points in 1990s Northern Ireland and attempt to navigate the highs and lows of being teenagers – that’s the description according to Google anyway. The description doesn’t make it sound too hilarious but it bloody is.

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Unfortunately at the moment only Season One is on Netflix but for UK residents you can watch the show on All 4 which is where I watched Season Two. I personally think Season Two was better so I have high hopes for when Season Three is released. It’s honestly one of my favourite shows at the moment.

Til Death Do Us Part

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When I saw this on Netflix I was instantly intrigued. It was described as a Taiwan version of ‘Black Mirror’ – a show I enjoy (I loved the Ashley O episode) but the episodes are too long for me. A whole hour, I don’t particularly have the attention span to get into that. But these episodes were only twenty minutes to an hour long so I decided to give the first episode a watch.

The first episode was called ‘Hit and Run’ and was basically about a man who gets hit by a car and dies but realises he’s caught in a time loop and has to try and break it otherwise he will keep getting hit by the car. It was okay but to be truthful it was a bit… Weird? Spoiler alert but he finds out the woman who keeps hitting him is also caught in the time loop and always dies after speeding away from hitting him. She reveals on the first night she’d been drinking but every other night she hadn’t drank and had still hit him then she said “The only thing I haven’t tried is dying before you” – have you tried just not getting in the car? Like deciding to walk home instead of driving? Is that not a possibility?

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The end is very open for interpretation and wasn’t quite as strong as I’d been hoping for. Nevertheless I was feeling optimistic so clicked onto the next episode which was called ‘Perfectly Spotless’. I’m not even sure how to describe the plot of this one. It’s basically about a woman who lives in an entirely white apartment who is due a room inspection in the next couple of days when she discovers a black spot on the wall that just continues to grow.

This one was more confusing than the last. I don’t like ‘little hints’, I need something more so I have something to go off. I don’t know what I just watched. I think I may continue with the series just to see if the episodes improve but I didn’t LOVE the first two episodes, I won’t lie.

Jurassic Park

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Not a TV show but I finally watched the original Jurassic Park. I know it’s crazy that I made it this far without seeing the original but I’d just never got round to watching it. I knew I’d enjoy it because I love Jurassic World so one weekend when my parents were away I settled into the living room and began watching.

I think it was a bit slow to start with to be honest but once it picked up then it really got going and overall I did really enjoy it. I’ve added the sequels to my Netflix ‘To Watch’ list so I’ll definitely be watching them at some point.

So there we have it, those are some of the shows and films I’ve been watching on Netflix recently. Feel free to leave a comment with any recommendations you have!

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Top 5 Favourite Memories from Tokyo

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I’ve written a sort of ‘series’ where I describe my three favourite moments for the places me and my friends have visited. Tokyo was packed full of so many amazing memories that I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to three so I’ve upped it to five which will still be a struggle but slightly easier. Here goes nothing!

Mt Fuji Day Trip

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I wrote a long post about this but it was an amazing day. We all knew we wanted to see Mt Fuji but had heard it was difficult to reach by public transport so we booked ourselves a day trip that would take us to Mt Fuji and to the Aokigahara Forest. It was full of so many moments – my favourite being that we’d all been looking forward to a two hour coach journey to relax, maybe have a nap and our bloody tour guide was like “Let’s all sing a song together!” To be fair she was lovely, very enthusiastic and knew a lot about the mountain.

We thought the whole group would also go to the Aokigahara Forest but it turns out it was just us three and the tour guide. It was a bit embarrassing but was also good because our experience was very personalised. I’m proud of myself for getting down into the ice cave even though I was terrified and for not falling flat on my face once we were inside.

It was an amazing trip that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Gundam Robot

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I don’t think I looked up the Gundam Robot before we went, I think it was put on the list by Becca and Jess because I hadn’t heard of it before we went. The girls just described it to me as a giant robot and I was definitely down to visit because like who doesn’t wanna go and see a giant robot?

It had been on our itinerary to visit the robot after visiting Joypolis and we’d had so much fun inside there that it was quite late when we left. We took photos of the Rainbow Bridge and then walked over to the Gundam Robot. As the thing is massive we spotted it as we were approaching and it looked INCREDIBLE. It was all lit up and moving around and I was so excited to take photos of it. The literal second we got close enough to fully enjoy it he shut down – the lights went out and he stopped moving. That’s absolutely typical but he still looked super impressive anyway so we took lots of photos.

He was the last tourist spot we visited in Tokyo as it was our last night and it was a perfect way to end the day. If I ever return to Tokyo (which I intend to do) I’d love to go back and see him actually moving around properly this time as it was so annoying that he shut down just as we arrived. It was still an awesome sight though!

Fortune Forest at Joypolis

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Speaking of Joypolis my absolute favourite attraction was no doubt ‘Fortune Forest’. When we arrived Becca and Jess bought tickets that basically got them into every ride as they’re thrill seekers and knew they’d happily go on anything. I’m more timid, not a big fan of anything fast and stuff like that so I bought a ticket that I had to top up once inside which worked out better all around. I didn’t go on as much as them as a lot of the attractions were in little rooms and I was worried about going through and discovering it was too fast or too scary for me but I did go on a few things. I was easily persuaded into ‘Fortune Forest’ as it wasn’t a ride, it was just described as being a fortune telling experience.

I topped up my card and the three of us went to the entrance where we were given ‘crystals’ from the women manning the stall and we went in. At the first stop you enter some basic information about yourself and what you want to find out. So your name, age, gender etc and then I think we all just picked a ‘general’ fortune. You then walk into a room where you put your crystal into different slots of your choice and then you answer questions. I think you pick three slots, they’re all decorated and it’s a forest theme hence the name. Then you go through to the final room where you put your crystal away and you receive a printed out fortune.

Maybe the best thing about it was that it was accessible for everyone, it was available in a ton of different languages so there weren’t any barriers – all the questions were in English and the fortune was printed in English because that was the one I’d selected as obviously it’s the only language I speak. The fortunes were quite generous, they were on an A4 piece of paper and were split into different sections. The three of us took it in turns to read our fortunes to each other and decided that we’d had so much fun that we had to do it again!

The woman at the entrance didn’t even blink when we reappeared, just gave us our crystals and let us through. We all went for a different theme this time, I can’t remember exactly what everyone picked but mine was to do with relationships, I think Becca’s was similar but slightly different and Jess’ was money related. I think you could also do joint friendship crystals but I can’t really remember, it’s been a while since we went now!

As we went round the room picking our slots I noticed a room that was barred off and pointed it out to my friends. They read the instructions on the wall and they were like “Oh, we need to both put down our crystals and maybe it’ll let us in!” So Becca and Jess both put their crystals either side of the door, held hands and waited for a moment only for a loud voice to boom “STOP! YOU MAY NOT ENTER THE SPECIAL ROOM! TAKE YOUR CRYSTALS AND LEAVE IMMEDIATELY!” It doesn’t sound funny but watching them hold hands and then hearing that loud announcement had me crying with laughter throughout the entire trip whenever I remembered it.

I have a suspicion that we went in a third time because we were really enjoying it but I can’t fully remember. Joypolis in general was a lot of fun but ‘Fortune Forest’ was definitely my favourite aspect of it!

Awkwardness of Maidreamin

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I wrote a longer post about this in my themed cafes blog post but this was one of the most awkward experiences of my life. We’d known a Maid Café would be a bit of an awkward experience but we wanted to do it anyway ‘cos hey we may never return to Tokyo so might as well experience all of it. Becca was less keen but me and Jess dragged her along. It might’ve been just about okay but unfortunately the Maidreamin we ended up in was absolutely empty except for us.

We got the full experience from wearing animal ears to having to do cute actions before we ate our food. I think my absolute favourite though was when she told us that when we were ready to order to get her attention we had to go “meow meow” whilst pretending to be a cat. None of us were feeling particularly confident about this so when we were ready we made eye contact with her and she went “meow meow?” and we had to do it anyway.

A bizarre experience but still a fun one and I’d definitely go back to a Maidreamin if in Tokyo – but probably the more popular one in Akihabara!

Electric Parade at Disneyland Tokyo

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Arguably my favourite moment of the trip was the electric parade at the end of the day when we visited Tokyo Disneyland. To be fair the whole day at Disneyland was just a lot of fun, any day spent at a Disney park always is but if I had to narrow it down to a specific moment it would definitely be the electric parade. When we’d visited Disneyland Paris a couple of years previously we hadn’t had much time and we hadn’t had chance to see any parades but we planned Disneyland Tokyo a bit better and managed to catch the Halloween parade earlier in the day and then the electric parade in the evening.

I think it was fun to just sit and catch my breath for a minute whilst enjoying the amazing floats that were coming past. The parade went on for quite a while, Becca kept turning around to where we could see the parade approaching and she kept going “THERE’S MORE!” The best was when the Peter Pan float came past and me and Becca waved madly and managed to get a wave back from Peter Pan. Then hi-fived each other ‘cos we’re lame.

If I could return to one moment from that trip it would probably be that one. It was fun and we weren’t far into the trip by that point, we had a lot left to do and I was looking forward to it all.

So there we go, my five favourite memories from Tokyo! I could’ve included a lot more, as I was about to publish this I remembered our crazy experience at ‘The Lock-Up’ which was absolutely hilarious as well. Tokyo was just an amazing city and it was definitely my favourite holiday ever. Let me know your favourite memories of the city or what you’d like to do if you ever visited!

10 Things I Wanna Do/Achieve Before I Turn 30

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As I write this I am currently 22 years old, turning 23 next month and I feel like since becoming an adult I’ve achieved quite a few things that I want to do. However there are plenty more things I want to do and I decided to make a list of my top ten priorities that I want to cross off. So here we go!

1. Go on an Out-of-Continent Trip on My Own

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This one is a bit of a cheat because I already know I’m going to do this. I’m heading to Hong Kong next month to celebrate my birthday, assuming the protest situation doesn’t get any worse and even if it does and I can’t go (fingers crossed I can!) I have a solo trip booked to Orlando, Florida in early 2020 so I can finally visit Disney World.

However it’s also not a cheat because I think I would’ve wanted to do this regardless of already having trips booked. I’ve travelled solo around parts of Europe and I wanted to take it a step further, prove to myself that I can do it. I’m worried it’ll sort of be like pulling a cork out of a bottle and soon I won’t stop but hey, the world is large and I want to explore as much of it as possible!

2. Publish a Book

I’m not sure if this one is too ambitious considering I haven’t attempted ‘the novel’ in a long time but like I want to get it done and to achieve it before I’m 30 would be ideal. Obviously it’s not the end of the world if I haven’t done it by then, there will still be plenty of time but I just really want to publish one!

I still ‘write’, I write my blog posts, I write stories for my friends (mostly at Christmas but I have done birthday ones and just ‘cheer up’ ones), I write short stories occasionally but I want to publish THE NOVEL y’know? I’ve got a few ideas knocking around it’s just actually putting the words onto paper that’s the difficult bit. At some point though I will definitely need to crack down and get on with it though so fingers crossed that I actually put in the effort to achieve this!

3. Visit Africa

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Okay, I know Africa is a big place so I’d need to narrow it down but it’s on my bucket list to visit every continent across the world. However, I think I’m going to give Antarctica a miss because it’s really expensive to visit and I just don’t imagine there’s much to see or do up there but all the other continents I’d like to visit. So far I’ve ticked off Europe (obviously because I live in Europe), North America and Asia.

Me and my friends are definitely going to go to Australia one day, it’s Hirst’s top place that she wants to visit and I just know that we will eventually go. However I think the next continent I personally would like to tick off is Africa. I’d love to some of my favourite animals in the wild and I just imagine it’d be an amazing place to visit. So I’m not sure when or how but I’d like to go one day – preferably before I turn 30!

4. Move Out

Still living with my parents at 22 isn’t the end of the world. I can afford to do all the things I want to do like travel, eat out regularly, go to concerts etc. whilst paying the bare minimum of rent. But I feel like by the time I’m thirty I will definitely be overdue needing my own place. Living with my Mom and Step-Dad is grating on me, I won’t lie, and I want my own space. I’m not worried about living by myself because I live for the moments when my parents go on holiday and I get the house to myself – I can’t wait to have that all the time!

I feel like if I really wanted to I could potentially just about afford to move out now but that would mean only being able to afford to live – paying rent, bills, groceries would take up pretty much all of my wages and I’m not willing to give up the lifestyle I’ve currently become used to. Maybe in my late 20s I’ll feel ready or I’ll earn more – but not yet!

5. Take my Mom on a Holiday Abroad I’ve Paid For

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I mentioned this on my bucket list and it’s something I really want to do. As a kid my Mom made sure me and my siblings had a holiday every single year – okay we didn’t go abroad every year but we did go occasionally and for the times that we didn’t we went to Wales and stayed in a caravan. I loved those holidays as a child and would be happy to do another caravan holiday one day but at the moment I’d much prefer to spend my money and annual leave on going abroad and exploring new places.

For my 21st birthday my Mom splashed out and booked me a trip to New York, at my request. I’d really love to repay the favour on one of my Mom’s big birthdays. My friend Hirst recently took her Mom on holiday for her 50th birthday and my friend Becca is planning her Mom’s 50th birthday present. Unfortunately I was still at school for my Mom’s 50th birthday so couldn’t do anything spectacular but in a few years my Mom will turn 60 and I want to book her an amazing birthday trip.

I’ve tried to figure out where she’d like to go and I think I have a vague idea so now I just need to save and surprise her. Easier said than done as it will probably be very expensive but my Mom definitely deserves a treat after all the shit she’s had to put up with from me and my brothers. As my Mom turns 60 before I turn 30 I’ll definitely be ticking this off the list!

6. Attend a K-Pop Concert in Seoul

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I had a recent blow. I’d been keeping an eye on any concerts that would be happening the week I was in Hong Kong and discovered that Mamamoo, a K-Pop girl group who at one point were my favourites, would be performing a concert the literal night before I arrived. I would be on the plane on my way to the country whilst they were performing. THEY COULDN’T HAVE HAD IT A DAY LATER!?

I kept an eye out when me and the girls went to Seoul for any K-Pop concerts that were happening but there weren’t really any. All of our K-Pop faves will perform a concert in Seoul at some point and I wouldn’t mind travelling, it’s just many K-Pop concerts are announced at the last minute making it difficult to travel that far. But before I’m 30 I want to return to Seoul and see some of my faves in concert. I’ll make sure of it!

7. Continue to do something fun every month

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I can’t remember when but a couple of years ago I decided that I wanted to do something ‘fun’ every single month out of the year. For me this meant something slightly different to my every day stuff and usually included a trip, a theatre visit or just something different to the norm for example in February I did an escape room and I counted that as my fun thing. I’ve been doing it for a while and I want to continue it until I’m 30.

It’s actually much easier to achieve than I thought. I have several trips booked a year anyway, sometimes concerts get announced that I want to go so that counts as my fun thing and then I quickly slot in something relatively cheap for the leftover months. I imagine I’ll continue doing it long after I’m 30 but I definitely still want to do it every year until then!

8. Go to America with my best friends

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Me and my three best friends love travelling together but so far the four of us have only visited Europe together. Me, Becca and Jess travelled to Asia together but unfortunately Hirst couldn’t afford it at the time. I’ve only visited America with my Mom but I’d love to go with my friends one day. I don’t even particularly care which state, it’d just be fun to explore part of America with my friends.

We have a few plans on where we’re going to travel over the next couple of years and America hasn’t featured yet but we have just over seven years to plan a trip so hopefully we will. It would be so much fun!

9. Go back to Japan

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I have never loved somewhere as much as I loved Japan, it’s my favourite place I’ve ever visited and I’m glad we went for two weeks and explored three different cities instead of just going to Tokyo and then leaving. We visited Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka and I loved pretty much every day we spent in the country. It felt surreal to finally visit somewhere I’d been longing to go for years and even now it still doesn’t feel like we went!

I’ve been saying I plan on returning to Japan in 2022 but we’ll see, however I definitely want to return before I turn thirty. Even though we spent a full week in Tokyo there were still some things we had to miss as we ran out of time, I’d love to spend more time in Osaka, there was a place we visited in Kyoto at night that I’d like to see in the daytime and I’d also love to see a new part of Japan that we didn’t get to visit last time. Whilst on that side of the world I could easily visit another country like we did last time when we visited South Korea so I definitely intend to return.

10. Improve My Wardrobe

Last year I suddenly decided I didn’t like wearing jeans. I’m not sure why, I think it was in Japan when it was extremely hot and my jeans weren’t helping the situation they were just making me chaff. When I returned I started wearing leggings with dresses and when I eventually wanted to wear a t-shirt to a BTS concert I went out and bought a skirt so that I wouldn’t have to wear jeans.

For a while my style was literally the same dress from PRIMARK but in different colours and that was pretty much all I wore but then I realised I wanted some summer clothes and also clothes I could enjoy outside of work. Pretty much every outfit I owned was suitable for work and that’s BORING – practical because I work there five days a week and only have two days off but regardless I wanted clothes I actually liked not just clothes that were practical.

Also, most of my clothes were still black – I went through my emo phase as a teenager and yet my wardrobe now mostly still reflected that. I don’t want to wear black all the time, I actually want to start wearing some colours now!

Unfortunately the majority of clothes I like are either teeny tiny or extremely expensive. But that won’t stop me shopping around from now on to expand my wardrobe. I recently ordered a really cute dress to wear at Disneyland later this year and the online shop I bought it from has a large selection of cute dresses in larger sizes that are relatively affordable. I definitely intend to buy a few more and expand my wardrobe a bit. I want to have a wide and varied wardrobe by the time I turn 30!

So there we go, that’s 10 things I want to achieve or do by the time I turn 30. Hopefully I’ll manage all of these but if not it’s not the end of the world – after all life doesn’t end at 30 and I’ll have a lot more living to do!

Travel Fails: Berlin Edition

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Those of you who read my Belgium Travel Fails blog post will be aware that me and my friends got off to an unfortunate start with our flight. The moment I got home I lodged a complaint and waited for a response. We were told we’d each receive some compensation money and I imagined that we’d probably receive about £40 each. I mean, the flights had cost about £108 each, our flight home left on time and we’d actually still made it to Belgium on the day we were meant to so I figured we’d get a part refund. Imagine my surprise when we each received about £230 each.

Immediately I was on skyscanner planning the next trip and before I knew it I’d booked myself flights to Berlin and back. I’ve wanted to visit Berlin for a few years now and my friends Becca and Jess had been in 2017, and both of them said they loved it. I booked my hotel and before I knew it Friday 5th July had come around and I was ready to set off.

Although I’m a nervous flyer and it’s not recommended I like being at the airport as early as possible. I need time to account for long queues and then I want time to relax in the departures lounge before catching the flight instead of having to rush around everywhere. I was flying with Flybe who I like flying with because I like their self-service machines and for some reason I just trust them more than I do other airlines. Also generally their flights are more comfortable as they’re 2-2 instead of 3-3.

I sauntered down to the self-service machine, popped my passport in and then… The machine told me it wasn’t possible to check-in? I didn’t have any suspicions at this point, I optimistically went up to the main desk and told the women there the self-service machine hadn’t let me check-in. Maybe I was too early, maybe because I’d booked through a third party site they needed to manually check me in – oh how naïve I was.

Turns out my flight had been downgraded and there was now no longer a seat available for me on the plane. My options were a flight the next day at 6:40AM or a 7PM flight to Hannover today with a coach taking us to Berlin. Neither option was particularly perfect and I asked if the airline would put me up in a hotel for the night if I chose the 6:40AM one but I was informed that since they’d offered me an alternative to get there today they wouldn’t be able to. So I took the Hannover flight.

To be fair to the women that had to break this news to me she immediately gave me a compensation form that she’d filled in, told me how to send it off and made sure I got a food voucher to spend in the airport while I was waiting. Sure £7.50 wasn’t going to get me far but it knocked a bit off my usual pre-flight meal in Giraffe.

The first thing I did was tell my Mom, my best friends and a colleague from work. I hadn’t taken out my frustration on the woman behind the desk because that wouldn’t have achieved anything but I needed to let it out somehow so I had a good rant to everyone I could think of that would actually give a damn.

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Obviously I was pleased I was still reaching Berlin tonight but Hannover is about a three hour drive away from Berlin so at the best we were going to make it there by midnight. I’ve mentioned in previous posts that for me, my least favourite part about solo travel and the part that makes me nervous, is getting from the airport to my accommodation. I’m not sure why but once I’ve checked in I can relax and enjoy the holiday, the moments leading up to it though are anxiety-ridden.

I messaged Flybe on Twitter to ask where we were going to be dropped off and was informed it would it be at Berlin Tegel airport which to me didn’t make sense – what am I supposed to do at the airport at midnight, how would I get to the city centre? But there wasn’t much to be done so I got on my flight to Hannover and hoped for the best.

The flight went smoothly and landed a lot quicker than I’d thought it would. I was one of the first off the plane, raced through border control, quickly used the bathroom and then went to find the coach. I was terrified at getting left behind and at first I had no idea where to go so I went over to the information desk. Luckily I was intercepted by a lady whose job it was to round up all the Hannover-Berlin people, she told me where to wait and said there was eighteen of us that she needed to find.

I was the first one there and it was quite a wait as people slowly made their way over. One couple even went and grabbed some food which was slightly annoying as we were left waiting but they turned out to be nice so I let them off the hook. After about maybe half-an-hour there was a grand total of nine people even though she’d been expecting eighteen of us. She made us wait another ten minutes before finally taking us over to the coach people. I had a quick look at the prices for transfers when we got there and it was a whopping 325 euros to be transferred to Berlin!

There was then a bit of a kerfuffle as some of the guests thought along the same lines as me – being dropped at the airport so late at night was a bad idea and it would be a lot easier if we were dropped off somewhere central. There was a lot of arguing in German whilst I stood there awkwardly until eventually one passenger who could speak German and English said “Who doesn’t speak German and needs me to translate that conversation?” He was actually super helpful and sort of became the ‘leader’ of our little group as he managed to convince our driver that being dropped off at the central train station in Berlin would be a better idea.

I ended up in a car with him and two guys from China whilst the rest of the group got into a different car. The people I was travelling with were lovely to be fair, we did some quick introductions before we set off but then as it was so late we tried to sleep or just chilled on the long journey. The driver asked if we wanted to stop on the way but we were all keen to just get to Berlin at this point so we said no. To be fair our driver got us there quicker than expected but due to the delays before we left we made it to Berlin at about 1:20AM.

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I hoped and prayed that we wouldn’t be a long walk from my hotel but Google Maps said it was about forty minutes. Not impossible, I’ve walked that far before but I didn’t really want to set off by myself at this time for a forty minute walk in an unfamiliar country. Luckily there was public transport still running and according to Google Maps it would only take about twenty minutes. The German/English guy checked with everyone whether they were going to be okay to find their accommodation and we went our separate ways.

I was surprised public transport was still running but also surprised how busy it was? I think it’s a good idea to have public transport still running so late on a Friday night but I’m pretty sure they don’t do that in London. Luckily I didn’t get lost once and before I knew it I’d made it to my ibis styles hotel.

Someone was still up and on reception and by this point I was so happy I hadn’t gone for an independent budget hotel as sometimes these don’t have twenty-four reception. Check-in went smoothly and quickly, and I took the lift up to my room. I was right down the end of the corridor so I found my room, put my key in the door and… It wouldn’t turn all the way? I tried back and forth for a good five solid minutes before admitting defeat and heading back to reception.

I told him the key wasn’t working and he was like “oh maybe you got the wrong one” but I was pretty sure that wasn’t the problem because the key still fit in the door? Never mind, he went and fetched me a new key and told me he’d watch out on the CCTV footage to make sure I got into my room. So back up I went and yet again, unsurprisingly, it didn’t work. I headed back towards the lift and the receptionist came out, confused as to why I couldn’t get in. He came down the corridor… And immediately opened my door with the key I’d been using. I was baffled but he just said “The door gets a bit stiff sometimes” – I was certain that wasn’t the problem as I’d been putting my full weight on the door at some points. Whatever. I went in, had the quickest shower ever then finally collapsed into bed.

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I was up earlyish to fit in with the times the hotel served breakfast (which to be honest hadn’t been worth paying the extra money for) and got locked out of my room again afterwards. Luckily I’d heard two other guests complaining they were locked out of their room too so I knew it wasn’t just me having these issues. A different receptionist was on this time and she came with me to my room and immediately opened it. She advised you have to pull the door towards you when you open it so I was able to actually get into my room for the rest of the trip. I was a bit annoyed though considering I’d spent the extra for a ‘styles’ hotel – why do I need to perform circus tricks to get into the bloody room?

To be fair as trips go this one went quite smoothly. The main thing was really that I kept worrying about unnecessary things. I kept getting stressed about public transport but I navigated it smoothly. I was worried I didn’t have the right transport ticket but on the three times my ticket was inspected they all thanked me and said it was correct.

The only major fail I can think of whilst actually in Berlin was that on Saturday night, after an extremely late night and a full day of sightseeing I was looking forward to climbing into bed and having an early night. I don’t know what was going on across the road, there was like a little outdoor pub/club and some guy kept talking extremely loudly into a microphone for about three hours then occasionally playing songs. I assume there was some kind of quiz night or something but it was SO LOUD. I just laid in bed fuming my absolute head off until luckily it eventually stopped and I was able to fall asleep.

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Unfortunately disaster struck again when I reached Berlin Tegel airport to return home. I went to check in but unlike at other airports this one didn’t have the self-service machine – I don’t like hanging round the first bit of the airport, I like being in the departures lounge so I went up to the desk but was advised check-in wasn’t open yet. No biggie, I headed to Starbucks and got myself a drink and a cake.

As I sat there I got a text alerting me that my ‘8:15PM’ flight was now a ‘9:40PM’ flight. Not the biggest disaster in the world but it started me worrying on whether I was going to catch the last train home. I never book the day after a trip off work, I just don’t have enough annual leave for that and the last thing I needed was to sleep at the train station for the night. I tried to think optimistically though.

Eventually check-in opened so I got my boarding pass and I soon discovered that Berlin Tegel airport is the weirdest airport ever? At every airport I’ve been to you go through security into a central departures lounge. Not here, you wait by your gate, go through security there and then just sit in that specific gate until your plane arrives. I was praying there’d be a food stand and luckily there was, I grabbed a hot dog, two bottles of water and sat down to relax. Security had been slow and frustrating but I was through to the gate now, I could just relax.

Wrong sir, wrong! After watching the first episode of ‘Derry Girls’ on Netflix I overheard a woman announcing anyone waiting for the flight to Birmingham now had to go a different gate. This other gate was literally on the other side of the airport, I had to get in an elevator, go down, literally leave the airport and enter a different building only to join another long security queue. I had to bin my two unopened bottles of water and nearly ended up in a long ‘documentation check’ queue but luckily followed two girls and went through an automatic system straightaway.

I think if I hadn’t had issues with my flight on the way over I’d have been fine but since there’d been so many flight problems I was literally like stomping around the airport in the worst mood. Fair play to our pilot though who was like “I apologise for the delay BUT I AM GONNA SAIL US BACK TO THE UK, WE WILL GET THERE EARLIER THAN SCHEDULED” and was true to his word. I was very stressed but did manage to make it to my last train in time.

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To be fair, in the grand scheme of things all of these ‘fails’ were outside of my control and compared to other trips I feel went extremely well. So pat on the back to me, I finally had a trip where I didn’t make a complete idiot of myself. Well, I did get locked out of my hotel room but never mind. Could have been worse!

Midsommar: Review by Hollie Bareham

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Just over a month ago I was at the cinema to watch a movie and the trailer for ‘Midsommar’ played during the previews. I was instantly excited – it looked interesting, scary and something a little different which is everything I look for in a horror movie. The fact that it was made by the people who made ‘Hereditary’ didn’t put me off. I didn’t hate ‘Hereditary’ it just wasn’t what I’d been hoping for.

For those who haven’t seen the trailer or heard of the film the basic plot is that Dani and her boyfriend Christian have a very strained relationship. Just as he’s working up the courage to end things a family tragedy occurs leaving him feeling like he should stay with her. When Dani discovers Christian and his friends are planning a trip to Sweden to attend a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival Christian guiltily invites her along with them. However the carefree holiday soon takes a dark turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that become increasingly disturbing.

The moment tickets dropped for this film I messaged my friends Becca and Jess asking if they wanted to go to the 8PM showing on the opening night. They’re both horror fans too so they were up for it and soon we were off. And Jesus wept, I was not prepared.

By that I don’t mean I wasn’t prepared for the scares because really there weren’t many. The film was rated 18 and due to this it was a bit gorier than a 15 rated film would’ve been but in terms of things like jump scares there weren’t really any. Which would’ve been fine because I’m not really a massive fan of films that solely rely on jump scares to make themselves scary but other than the gross and gory scenes it wasn’t particularly scary.

In fact, I found parts of it absolutely hilarious and it wasn’t just me – Becca was weeing herself with laughter and there was one particular scene that had me and most of the audience in absolute tears because it was so bizarre. I won’t go into immense detail but there’s an extremely strange sex scene that I couldn’t for the life of me take seriously. I’m not sure if the director wanted us to laugh or what we were really meant to be feeling in that scene but I was genuinely crying, I couldn’t contain it.

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The things I hadn’t liked about ‘Hereditary’ were that it was quite slow and that I just didn’t fully understand it at the end. I don’t necessarily like everything being wrapped up in a big bow but equally I don’t like feeling completely confused. For example, ‘Us’ was a confusing film but I still feel relatively satisfied with its ending. Unfortunately I think the negatives from ‘Hereditary’ were passed onto ‘Midsommar’.

The film was quite long, it was about two and a half hours and that’s mainly due to it being just so slow. It takes a good while for them to even reach the Swedish commune and takes longer still for anything creepy to begin happening. Then when the disturbing events did begin to occur I just feel like there was too long of a gap between each event to keep up the atmosphere. I wasn’t scared, I was just left waiting.

Then there was the confusion aspect. I just have a lot of questions. Maybe that was the point of the film, I don’t know, but I feel like a few things were thrown in and then not really explored making me wonder what the point was. I feel like the director was just going for shock value which like was definitely delivered, parts of it were quite… Odd, which is putting it mildly. But was there anything beyond that? I’m not sure there was.

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Also this is probably quite nit-picky but I hate the over the top crying that occurs both in this film and in ‘Hereditary’. At the start of the film when the family tragedy occurs Dani cries whilst Christian comforts her and it’s so over-the-top that I don’t really believe it’s genuine. It was how Peter cried during ‘Hereditary’ and it just absolutely drove me up the wall. I know Dani was obviously very distraught but I’ve never heard anyone cry like that in real life and it makes me wonder why they keep putting this in the films as it just feels so out of place.

The rest of my review will contain spoilers so please stop reading if you don’t want to see them!

Some character deaths were just a bit annoying and almost too easy if that makes sense? For example Will Poulter’s character Mark was having dinner with his friends and the rest of the commune when a girl approaches him and says “Come, I will show you” and then… That’s it. He’s dead. We don’t see his death he’s just gone from the rest of the film. Of course we did see his face carved out and placed on top of somebody else but that’s the only indication we have that Mark did die. Similarly Simon and Connie, the British couple who decided to leave as they’re too disturbed to stay, they’re just sort of disposed of. I’m not saying every death had to be on screen but the fact Mark was led off by a Swedish girl and then didn’t go to bed that night or appear at breakfast the next day and his friends were just like ‘ayee I bet he’s having fun’ was just so stupid.

As mentioned, there were tons of things thrown in almost just for the sake of it. For example they have a deformed child (I think it was a child?) who they consider an oracle but there’s not much explanation as to why or what that was even about. This kid just paints pictures and the elders or whatever study them. Why? I don’t understand why.

To be honest I think I’d have enjoyed this movie more if it was shorter. So much of it just felt so unnecessary and like I said, the gaps between anything weird or spooky happening were just too long to keep me interested. I also just got the overall sense that they were like “yeah let’s do a weird folk festival movie” and decided to film it before they actually figured out what they were doing – if that makes any sense?

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Overall I am glad I watched it as it was certainly something different. I’m unlikely to watch it again due to the length and how slow it is but some scenes were interesting and worth the watch. That sex scene alone was hilarious and I’d recommend watching that but scenes like the dance to become the May Queen were interesting as well. So I’d recommend watching it just once but be prepared for a long and slow ride.

Thoughts on This Year’s Love Island Contestants 2019

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My Mom finally convinced me to start watching Love Island last year mid-way through the series so Love Island 2019 is the first series I’ve watched from start to finish. I’ve enjoyed this year’s version more than my Mom who kept moaning it wasn’t as interesting and I do agree with her on a few points.

First of all, if the show is starting to get dull, instead of creating drama can’t you show more of the funny moments that are shown in unseen bits or have more regular challenges? The whole drama with Anton and the shopkeeper was just really boring and plain stupid to be honest. Who cared?

Also I think this year lacked in opportunities for the public to vote out single people. It was interesting last year when there were three boys and three girls who were in the bottom three regardless of couple and I think it’s interesting for the islanders to see if one half of the couple is more popular than the other half.

Overall though it was enjoyable and I’m glad I watched it. As I did in last year’s post I’ll only be commenting on the people who left an actual impression on me as some people came and went way too quickly to particularly have an opinion on.

Anton

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Let’s be real when Anton first walked in and gave his little speech about himself everyone was thinking the same thing. Here comes a massive ‘fuck boy’ who the public will vote out within a couple of days. He didn’t help his case when he coupled up with Amy and then immediately hit on Lucie straight after the coupling. This could may be forgiven but the boy had the first choice and chose Amy! I think he only survived the first dumping because he had more screen time than poor Callum who pretty much didn’t stand a chance.

Due to the amount of times he got pied and his infectious sense of humour and friendly attitude to the other islanders he quickly became more popular with the public, and with me. I think it says a lot that there were a lot of romantic couples yet him and Lucie, as a friend couple, were in the top three most popular couples one week. You couldn’t help feeling bad for him when he finally got with Elma only for her to be dumped not long later. At least he found Belle in the end, she seems like a lovely girl.

By the end of the show I really liked Anton and I’m glad he got to stay in as long as he did. He seems like a top guy.

Amber

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Our 2019 winner! Like Anton she was another girl that after the first couple of episodes most people disliked, myself included. For the first couple of weeks I do think she was a bit childish and I didn’t like that on a show called ‘Love Island’ she was like “I’m gonna keep the boy I’m coupled up with guessing” but as Michael gradually got her out of her shell her popularity increased and I think everyone saw the real Amber.

She did go through quite a lot but to be fair I think she handled it quite well and maturely considering how she’d been in the first couple of weeks. It clearly paid off for her in the end as she’s gone home with Greg and £25,000!

Maura

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My absolute favourite person in the villa which was funny as I couldn’t stand her at first. If a boy had come in and spoken about one of the girls in the way Maura spoke about Tommy it would have been world war three. After Tommy chose to couple up with Molly-Mae instead of her she became a lot more likeable and I LOVED the way she handled the Tom situation. Yes Queen, it is 2019 and girls can talk about sex as much as they damn want to without men expecting it from them!

I kept voting to keep her in, even when she coupled up with Curtis which I won’t lie I wasn’t thrilled about. I’m hoping she’ll be offered plenty of opportunities now that she’s left the villa because she was such a character and I’d love to see her in more programmes. Everyone’s hoping she gets invited to go on ‘I’m A Celebrity’ which I’ve never really watched but would do if she went on it.

Also, the iconic quotes this girl came out with. My favourites include ‘WHYAREYAASKINGHERTHAT’ and ‘YOU JUST SED ET!’.

I’m glad she made it to the final because she was just so funny that she rescued what had started off as a bit of a dull series. Go Maura!

Curtis

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He came in with a game plan on how to win and it showed very quickly. At first him coupling up with Amy seemed sweet and he came across as genuine but as the weeks went on it was very clear he’d picked Amy so that they could be Dani and Jack from last year. You could see that Amy’s irritation with Lucie, and her being annoyed that another couple went exclusive on the same day as them was getting on his nerves but he bit his tongue and made it up with her quickly in the belief that they were as popular with the public as they were in the villa.

Unfortunately Amy wasn’t as popular with the public as he’d hoped and when they weren’t in the top three couples I guess he began to wonder why because as soon as the girls from Casa Amore came in his head was quickly turned. Before this it was getting a bit obvious that his feelings for Amy probably weren’t genuine – like when he gave Arabella a ten in that snogging challenge because he ‘thought it was Amy’. Arabella is taller than Amy, don’t even give me that, he definitely knew.

After revealing the truth to Amy and her going home heartbroken he was quickly met with a decision on whether to go for Maura or Francesca. Francesca was still relatively new and nobody knew much about her, and I think he must’ve realised Maura was the more popular one so he decided to couple up with her. I don’t think any couple he was in was genuine and it was all a game plan from the start on how he could win the series.

I’m not sure how much I believe of his friendly nature to be honest and how much of it was for the cameras which is a shame as he seemed quite a funny guy. But I definitely don’t trust him at all.

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I feel bad for her now as I think her feelings for Curtis were genuine but I wasn’t sorry to see her go. Her bad attitude towards Lucie really got on my nerves and she just seemed extremely negative all the time, going off into a bad mood about the smallest of things. Who cares if Lucie and Joe decided to go exclusive on the same day as you? It’s not like she announced her engagement on your wedding day? Also she’d have been better off laughing off Curtis giving Arabella a ten in that snogging challenge but decided to turn it into a whole drama.

As I said, I do feel bad for her and she definitely didn’t deserve to get used by Curtis the way that she did but she didn’t do herself any favours with her attitude in the villa. The way she was with Lucie honestly bordered on bullying and I’m surprised the other girls were so quick to defend her all the time when Lucie hadn’t done anything wrong? So what if she fancied a moment to herself or preferred hanging around with the boys, it’s not like she was sla*ging off the other girls every twenty seconds the way Amy was about her?

I think Amy has handled herself well since leaving the villa and is definitely setting herself up for a good career but yeah, didn’t particularly like her very much when she was in the villa.

Lucie

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At the start Lucie was one of my favourites, she was really pretty, seemed like a genuinely nice girl and I just quite liked her. I thought she was a bit foolish to couple up with Joe but I’ll get to that later I guess.

The only thing I disliked was when later on she suddenly decided that she did like Tommy. Especially when she left and there were headlines saying she was going to wait for him on the outside. She had her chance with him and she chose not to go there, it’s her own fault and after he gently let her down she should’ve let it go. I can’t believe she didn’t speak to Molly-Mae about it first but at least she was honest when Molly-Mae questioned her like I’ll give her that.

Overall I did like her but I think she went home at the right time before she embarrassed herself in the villa any further.

Joe

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When Joe first came in I would’ve probably said him and Michael were the best looking. Most guys that go into Love Island have the big muscle bodies with short buzz-cut hair whereas I’m a girl who prefers guys with longer or thicker hair so Joe was my type. And then oh God he turned out to be a massive creep.

Okay I know the show is probably manipulated to make situations look worse than they are but Jesus. Tommy decided to couple up with Lucie, affectively taking her away from Joe, and she decided to remain loyal to Joe by sleeping by herself and not flirting with Tommy even though they were in a couple. He then said he ‘couldn’t trust her’ even though she’d done nothing to make herself less trustworthy. To then go off and start flirting with Amber when he’s just told Lucie she’s not allowed to flirt with Tommy was pathetic and disrespectful not just to Lucie but to Amber as well.

Lucie chose to couple back up with him but remained good friends with Tommy and I actually remember thinking ‘oh fair play that he’s not freaking out about their friendship, that’s decent’ but then of course, he did freak out about it. Lucie literally chose him out of him and Tommy, he had no reason to be jealous but he told her to back off and start hanging out with the girls again. This annoyed me enough but when another islander asked what Lucie had said he twisted her words and made it out that she’d said something different to what she’d actually said. Also whenever Lucie cried he was like “don’t cry, you’re way too pretty to cry” – ew, what?

I was relieved when he got dumped from the island because he was just such a creep throughout the entire thing. He can try and defend his actions but I’m not having it. Everyone crying “We should apologise to Joe!” when Lucie did try and hit on Tommy in the end can shut the hell up too. Joe was a creep. End of story.

Anna

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I won’t lie to you, was never a huge Anna fan but at least she did liven it up a bit. That screaming match between her and Jordan when she found out he liked India was interesting, let’s all be real, and she was very loyal to her friends I can’t fault that. I just felt like though as the one of the oldest girls in the villa she was also one of the most immature and sometimes it did get a bit boring. For example when Jordan didn’t want to tell her the whole truth about what Anton had done in the shop and she went into a sulk – girl last time he told you something you swore you wouldn’t tell then went straight to Maura and half told her anyway. Of course he’s not gonna be keen to tell you everything.

Despite me not particularly liking her I was on her side for the Jordan and Anna argument as the boy had literally asked her to be his girlfriend 48 hours beforehand and was now hitting on another girl right in front of her. And like Jordan it’s fine if you’ve changed your mind but at least have the guts to be honest when she confronts you about it instead of lying to her face.

To tell you the truth I think Anna making it as far as she did was a miracle, purely based on whenever it was time to vote someone out there was always someone who had had less screen time that nobody wanted to vote for, or someone who was slightly more disliked. Also she was clearly popular with the other islanders because if it was down to the islander vote they never chose her to leave.

I don’t doubt that Anna would be a good friend, like she’d have your back 100% and wouldn’t let anyone treat you like shit but yeah, I definitely thought she could’ve handled a lot of situations in the villa better.

Molly-Mae

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I won’t lie to you, I didn’t particularly want Tommy and Molly-Mae to win. Not out of spite for either of them, because I liked them both, it was just after Dani and Jack’s obvious win from last year it felt a bit boring and I wanted it to be spiced up a bit more. A bit unfair on Tommy and Molly-Mae but last year’s final was boring, the winners had been cemented about six weeks before it actually happened.

I don’t understand all these ‘Money-Mae’ memes and they’re actually getting a bit pathetic when Molly-Mae didn’t do anything wrong. I think there were a few moments where Tommy did get on her nerves a bit but like they were together all day every day for absolutely weeks and although the boys lovely God he’d get on my nerves if I knew him in real-life too. Everyone has ‘leave me alone’ or ‘Jesus Christ’ moments, it doesn’t mean her feelings weren’t genuine or that she disliked him.

Also considering she was one of the youngest girls she handled a lot of moments with maturity. Maura literally tried to steal the boy she liked and she never said a bad word about her, became friends with her when it had all calmed down and even listened to Maura moaning about Elma trying to steal her man without pointing out the irony in the situation. She was lovely and clearly got on well with everyone in the villa. A lot of people said she tried to drag down the couples that were a ‘threat’ to her and Tommy but I didn’t see that? Okay, she had doubts about Anton and Belle? Anton made it quite clear a while ago that he didn’t like Molly-Mae and his blazing row with Belle did genuinely look like the end of their coupling for a while. She didn’t owe them any loyalty.

Overall I did like Molly-Mae and although it’s probably disappointing for her and Tommy that they didn’t win I think they have a chance now to prove that they were genuine. We’ll see how it goes though!

Danny

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Okay, I wasn’t Yewande’s biggest fan but during the time he was between her and Arabella I did hope he would pick Yewande. Obviously he didn’t and like that’s fine, do what you want but God…

I think my main issue is that when Tommy was between Molly-Mae and Maura he didn’t b*tch about them to each other whereas when Danny was between Yewande and Arabella all him and Arabella talked about was Yewande, basically picking apart all her flaws. It was pathetic.

To be honest until the drama with Arabella I couldn’t understand why everyone was so keen on him. My Mom said ‘it’s because he’s tall’ but like, no offence, he just seemed a bit boring? Sure he was definitely relatively good-looking but there wasn’t much else going on. I was glad when he left, I didn’t like him.

Jourdan

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Running around between Joanna, Amy and Amber spreading gossip like wildfire but neglecting to tell Anna that she slept with Jordan on her first night in the villa when Anna was choosing between him and Ovie? Absolute snake.

Tommy

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He seemed like a nice lad but his general inability to do pretty much anything did wind me up a bit. That ‘starter’ he served Maura was just plain embarrassing and when the lads were told to go food shopping and he revealed he’d never been before, I mean… The man didn’t even know how to make a cup of tea. I’m just stressed and confused that he’s managed to make it through life this far. At least he was nice to everyone, he was kind to Lucie when he had to let her down, he told Molly-Mae the truth about the conversation as soon as it happened and reassured her, never said a bad word against Maura after he chose Molly-Mae over her. So yeah, although he needs to wise up a bit he did seem nice.

Michael

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I wasn’t initially too annoyed that he’d chosen to couple up with Joanna because I do feel like a lot of arguments between him and Amber were handled poorly by her. Everyone compared the situation to the Josh, Kaz and Georgia situation last year but everyone seemed to conveniently forget that Josh and Kaz were definitely a better match than Josh and Georgia? I decided to give Michael the benefit of the doubt and see how it went.

Unfortunately he didn’t handle the situation very well. Let’s be real, Amber had been slightly childish before going into Casa Amore but when she got back I think she handled it quite well. Okay, calling Joanna a ‘dead ting’ wasn’t the best start but of course she was gonna be annoyed. It didn’t stop Michael from screaming ‘CHALDISH’ at her if she dared to express that the situation had upset her.

He chose not to leave with Joanna which like is fine but then to start hitting on Amber again? My Mom reckons the producers asked him to but he should’ve left rather than embarrassing himself like that. Also I’m sorry but Joanna are you seriously going back to Michael after he embarrassed you on national TV? Raise your standards.

It’s a shame because him and Amber definitely would’ve won but no, he decided to go off with the first girl who slightly turned his head. Whoops!

Ovie

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Absolute legend. There’s not much else to say is there really? He just came in, chilled out and found a girl in his own time. You can’t help but love Ovie. When he went over and took India away from the argument Jordan and Anna were having I think everyone across the nation swooned, let’s be real. What a lad!

I think that’s it really for the contestants I had an opinion on this year? If I missed anybody out it’s probably either because I liked them but didn’t love them or they didn’t get enough screen time to be particularly interesting. So there we go! Let me know your thoughts on this years series.