Hull is the City of Culture 2017!

As many of you know, I was born in Hull, and I now live in a village just outside it. I go to the University of Hull and work in Waterstones in the city centre. This morning the news was announced that Hull has won the City of Culture bid 2017. The bid has played a predominant part in the city for the past few months, with a huge backing from local people. What has really come out of the bid is a sense of pride to be from Hull; and I am very proud to be from Hull right now.

To give you a sense of Hull’s culture, I recommend you watch this video which was part of the bid. I was incredibly touched by this video and the sense of pride in the city that I was in tears by the end!

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A Quick NaNoWriMo Update

I feel like I am neglecting my blog slightly since I have taken on the NaNoWriMo challenge, so to make up for it, I am giving you a very quick update!

A couple of days ago I broke through the first big milestone: 10,000 words! I was completely over the moon as, not only is this the longest piece of fiction I have written, I was also a whole day ahead of the target word count! Continue reading

Owls!

After everyone showed so much love for the owl bag I shared in my Crochet Finds post, I thought people might like to see some pictures of me with this little cutie:

This is Pippin! A local bird sanctuary were collecting donations in the shopping centre as I passed with my friend. Since I find owls absolutely adorable, I went to have a closer look and I was instantly drawn to this tiny little one!

I put a donation in the bucket and the handler asked me if I would like to hold him. I was ecstatic and pulled the glove on straight away. Continue reading

Yorkshire’s Olympics

So they Olympics are over and I’ll be honest, I didn’t really watch many events. Before the Olympics began I was particularly cynical about them, as they whole focus was on London and the south of the country, while the rest of us ‘up North’ were to be forgotten.

You can imagine my surprise then when I heard that Yorkshire athletes were winning medals left right and centre!

The close of the Olympics saw seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals making there way back to Yorkshire – so in terms of the tables, that would put Yorkshire in twelfth place, ahead of Jamaica,  Spain, South Africa and even the next hosts, Brazil!

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More Aquatic Adventures at The Deep!

In Hull, one of the many things we have to boast of is the world’s only submarium, The Deep. It is defined as a submarium as it has one of the deepest underwater viewing tunnels and a lift in the tank that you can ride in. A trip to The Deep certainly makes a good day out!

Since my boyfriend isn’t from Hull, he was eager to visit one of the city’s main attractions, and thanks to Karoo, we were able to take a visit!

The first exhibition that we encountered was a dramatic wall of skeletons and fossils of extinct sea creatures. Each creature had an information board with some key facts bullet pointed and an interesting scale of an averaged size human being next to each enormous creature! It was shocking to see how big some of these ancient creatures really were, particularly when there were additional scales such as a great white shark.

Skeletons!

We also lots of interesting creatures, such as rays, jellyfish and sharks. Unfortunately, the shark wasn’t putting on a very impressive show for us…

The shark isn’t looking all that threatening as it sleeps!

I was particularly impressed with the visit, as a whole new exhibition had been added since my last visit! This featured a range of unusual animals from the Americas, but it wasn’t just limited to fish! My favourite creatures were these adorable (but deadly) blue frogs!

Cute but deadly!

And of course, at the end of our trip, we can’t pass up the opportunity to get our pictures taken next to the shark statue on the way out!

And not forgetting my souvenirs of the wonderful trip, a embroidered patch to sew onto my blanket and an octopus pin to add to my collection of pins!

My goodies!