Blogger Recognition Award

The Rules: Write a post to show your award. Give a brief story of how your blog started. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to them. I can’t believe I am nominated…

Egyptian Revolution

So today, I watched The Square (‘Al Midan’) by Jehane Noujaim. It’s an Egyptian-American documentary film about the civil uprisings that occurred in Cairo between 2011 and 2013. Having grown up in Egypt and having family that live there (in Cairo), means that I actually followed this closely via the news and social media while it…

Nostalgia

I am feeling very nostalgic lately. This is primarily because it’s Freshers’ Week here in Manchester (in loads of other student cities too), and it is the first time I am experiencing it as a non-student. Living near the rowdiest campus in the city does not help. For example, as I was brushing my teeth…

NEWTS #10: WWWP5k in Manchester, UK

I came across this post last week, and was instantly inspired. I was going to run a 5k as my TSN of the week. Not just any 5k though – the Worldwide WordPress 5k ! I encourage all of you to take part too in any way you’d like – check out the post to find…

unwanted visitors

You have a couple of unwanted visitors come to stay. You don’t know how long; it’s not up to you. They come and go as they please. They bring out the worst in you. They suppress the best. No more smiles, productivity or confidence. All replaced by shame, guilt and low self-esteem. They impact your…

Q Tube: Part II

She’d finally made it. It only took twice as long as she had initially planned, but she was finally here. Q took a quick second to appreciate what she’d done: trekking across a foreign, lonely city is not the easiest thing to do after all. She smiled to herself as she hoisted her backpack up a…

Languages of Love

According to Dr. Gary Chapman, a love expert, there are 5 languages of love. (Side note: How do you become a love expert ? Sounds amazing.) These languages are: Receiving gifts Quality time Words of affirmation Acts of service (devotion) Physical touch His theory states that everyone has one primary and one secondary language that…

Q Tube – Part I

The tube carriage was of comfortable capacity: those standing were doing so by choice. Q always wondered why people preferred to stand when there were seats available, a little rest never hurt anybody as far as she was concerned. Quite frankly, she deserved one after spending ages trying to grasp this whole travelling system they use…

Q: Alone Again

Q was raging. She couldn’t believe it. Actually, yes she could. Of course they would. It didn’t surprise her that they were being so foolish. As she stormed off into the street, all she could think about was the way they all ganged up on her like that. It was going so well ! If…

Short Story: Introducing Q

Q was standing in the corridor. She stared up at what they call a ‘clock’ to confirm what she already knew. It was midday. She was just on time. Q did well to look like a student; from the ripped jeans, to the edgy choker, to the white low-tops. She was also wearing a backpack…

NEWTS #9: The Q Series

Starting this blog has really sparked my love of writing. I used to write a bit in middle school, then completely abandoned it for years and now I am so happy that I’m back at it ! So this week’s TSN will be starting up a little section in this blog, where I will be writing…

NEWTS #8: The Great Gatsby

So this week I decided to do something a bit more chilled because last week was so busy ! I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and I loved it ! Like, a lot. I was randomly rummaging through a friend’s book collection last week and decided to borrow it and give it…