How Rude… Im English

Hi,

So I was casually outside,  in town and I heard/saw a woman singing opera songs. Now for Oxford that’s pretty weird. I decided to sit down and film it,  well her..in a non creepy way. After about a minute the opera woman started to attract a small crowd and amoung the crowd was a evil middle aged woman. Ok let me explain…

Firstly she looked at me evilly for filming the opera singer, even though other people were also filming her.

Secondly check out this conversation between her and I,  she was stood on my right and the wind was blowing from the right, she was smoking:
ME: excuse me,  sorry but could you possibly smoke on the other side,  its just that the winds blowing this way and the smokes blowing into my face.

HER: No I can smoke where I goddam like. *insert more evil looks* you don’t belong in this bloody country anyway,  if you don’t like it leave.
Me:…

Guys I’m quite a polite person so naturally I didn’t say anything back to that remark but how can someone in this day and age have the nerve to tell someone else they don’t belong here. I was born in England, London and moved to Oxford at the age of 9… I’m probably more British than she is,  however as I’m not white she assumes ” I don’t belong in this country (England) ” now I could sort of understand if she were 80 and “set in her ways” not that an 80 year old telling me I don’t belong here would hurt less, but the woman wasn’t,  this woman could not have been older than 40.

And thirdly,  second hand smoking is just as bad as smoking (I’m not judging people who do) if you are standing next to anyone be it a child,  an adult,  an elderly person or an alien its common courtesy to move if you are smoking. Its not that hard to do and just shows other people that you are actually capable of caring about your fellow human beings.

Let me know what you think

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Completing My Bucket List #2: Noise

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So about two years ago I really wanted a guitar and after not getting one for my birthday I was really disapointed. But about three months after that I got my first ever guitar and his name is miles. So anyway when I first got miles I wanted to cry (not literally) but it was so annoying having this thing I’ve always wanted and not being able to use it.  I didn’t want guitar lessons as at the time I was fairly busy but I noticed one of my teachers could play a guitar so I asked if after school one day (after my science revision) if he would teach me. That I think was a very weird conversation but he said yes. So for about a month he would stay behind every Wednesday and teach me the basics. But after about two weeks I slowly stopped going. Not sure why but I did so all little me knew at that time was the basic major chords : E, C and G. I remember thinking this is a good start because now I can play a song but few songs go E,C,G and that was all I could do and what’s worse is I could only do them in that order.

Looking back now I feel so sorry for little me. So after trying to get my teacher to teach me I decided I’d teach myself. For a further month or two I would come home from school after revision and watch millions of guitar tutorials per day. Which did and didn’t help. The people often went too fast and as I was below even a beginner I often didn’t know where they were telling me to put my fingers. But through determination I found a way to teach myself how to play my guitar.

So by now it’s around July 2013 and after teaching myself a) the “language” meaning just where things are and how to number your strings, B) more chords and c) more interesting strumming patterns than the down,down,down pattern I used before. I was ready to call myself a beginer.

Now its 2015 and I can play a range of chords and strumming patterns and it’s all thanks to my determination. I am the queen of putting things off but I felt really proud knowing I taught myself how to do something moderately hard. So Ive crossed out “learn how to play an instrument” as I can now play two (and a half= violin but I didn’t really like it so I stopped trying) instruments. Miles and my ukulele are like babies to me and I think if you don’t play an instrument you should definitely try and teach yourself. It’s frustrating but it gets better and in the end it’s very rewarding, it can work as a form of stress relief…

Let me know if you want me to make a post about helping you learn how to play an instrument or some tutorials…

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Completing my Bucket list #1: The stranger

So after creating my BUCKET LIST page, the next day (Saturday) I thought  of how I’m going to complete it. I went shopping got some stuff but then I got off the bus to hand my cv into G&D only to find out that they want you to apply online. So after feeling slightly annoyed I got some chips and waited for a bus. At the bus stop was one other person and as I sat there eating my chips I thought to myself ‘I’m going to talk to him’ Because if you didn’t know it says on my Bucket List have a meaningful conversation with a stranger. So I did. And this is roughly part of the conversation we had

Me: would you like a chip?(while offering them nearly drop them)

Him: No thanks

Me: you try to do something nice and nearly end up dropping your food.

–moment of silence–

Him: I’ve never been offered a chip before

Me: well I created a Bucket List the other day and on it, it says do something nice for a stranger so I thought why not.

Him: oh ok so what else is on the list?

Me: Oh loads of stuff go to paris, new York, japan…

Him: All the cheap stuff then (laughs)

Me:(laughs) I’m young I can be naïve

–Moment of silence–

Me: so hows your day been?

Him: Good I haven’t done much just went shopping and went to Uni you?

Me: Not much. I got off the bus to hand my cv in at G&D but you have to apply online so I got off the bus for nothing. What do you study at Uni?

Him: well im training to become a police officer. Its part of my Uni course to once a week volunteer.

Me: what made you decide to do that?

Him: well im originally from south Hampton and there its harder for you to work in the police so I thought why not move to here and study. How long do you have to wait for your Bus?

Me: Well the sign up there says 5 minutes. When did you now that was what you wanted to do?

Him: Ever since I was seven I guess I’ve just always wanted to do it.

—Bus arrives–

Me: Wow that’s young. Anyway Bye That’s my bus.

Him: Bye

(The bus driver didn’t let me on because I was eating hot food so I sat back down on the Bus stop bench)

Him: What happened?

Me: He didn’t let me on because I was eating. Oh well he didn’t seem very happy anywyas

Him: Yeah they never are really

–Bus arrives–

Him: Oh look theres your bus

(I close the lid of the chips)

Me: I’ve learnt from my mistakes

Him: (Laughs) Bye

Me: Bye

So if you read that conversation you’re probably thinking it wasn’t very meaningful at all but I’m just proud of myself for having taken the time to be nice to someone. I think it would have been very easy for me to have just taken my phone out and played music but having a random conversation with a person you had never met before, that to me is on something to be proud of which is exactly why I want you all to do it. Maybe if you don’t like talking to people, don’t try someone you don’t know completely maybe try someone you haven’t seen in a long time but try it because you leave feeling like a better person because you did something you wouldn’t (or at least I wouldn’t) have normally done.

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