Thursday, 26 February 2015

Time is Money


Imagine a café where you can sit amongst strangers, on a comfy armchair, drink coffee and eat some cake. It isn't hard. Now imagine all of that except you haven't paid for anything you've consumed and you've prepared it all yourself. Ziferblat is a pay-per-minute café that has recently opened in Manchester after it's success in London. For a mere 5p-per-minute you too can sit in a relaxing environment and gorge yourself on snacks and beverages.

The concept seems strange. Why pay to spend time in a room full of strangers and basically do what you do in your own living room? Well there's a real communal spirit. I'm looking at a room full of people working, co-working, playing games and relaxing - as I was writing the last sentence a woman looked over and asked me for my help in figuring out the technical difficulty that is Skype - it's all very conducive to productivity, both personally and communally. For me, I find it hard to be productive in my own home (it's too easy to procrastinate), so going somewhere where there's an encouraging work environment is vital to my productivity.

I won't lie, the fact that you are making and cleaning all of your own stuff feels a little strange (maybe that's more of a commentary on western society than anything else), and it takes a minute(pun intended) to feel comfortable in making that 3rd slice of toast, but you get comfortable with it.

To top it off the staff are friendly and also not bad to look at. I

All in all, I highly suggest you drop by Ziferblat if you get the chance as it has my stamp of approval.

p.s. It's my 3rd time here and I see myself returning once more.
p.p.s 'ziferblat' or 'циферблат' is Russian for 'clock-face', how aptly named!

Thursday, 12 February 2015

A Reflection On 19


As you are reading this I will officially have been 19 for an entire year but while some people might say that I'm '20' and 'in denial', I've never even been to Egypt. With all this age-stuff in mind I thought I'd follow up on a little post I made back in July all about the stuff I wanted to get done whilst still a teen. Let's reflect on some of those list items and how they fit into this messy life of mine!

I cut my own hair a bunch, cut it today actually. There was a point a month ago where I shaved most of it off to a pretty bald length. That drastic cut was a reaction to how much I hate the feel of my twice-bleached-and-dyed-multiple-times-hair. Yes, lets not forget that James Blondinson was a thing for a hot minute; we all know how that one went . . .
but maybe i'll bring it back??
I also made the decision to get a Picasso line drawing of Françoise Gilot permanently etched onto my arm. Yes, I got a tattoo! (sorry mum). I'm very happy with it and it's nice having something so pretty on my arm all the time.

I'm now a bartender so the late nights are still a thing and coupled with my new attitude of actually doing my uni work, I have started to be a functional human on like 6 hours sleep. I think the time for all nighters has been left a crippled heap in my wake as I valiantly storm on through to adulthood. Smashing this life thing.

The reading thing is a thing, kinda goes with the whole 'doing my uni work' thing. I'm currently reading like 4 different books but I'm really enjoying The Canterbury Tales.

The writing is a thing, too. I've not done the whole diary-type-thing in a while but I'm sure I'll go back to it. I've been writing fiction though and that's all very lovely (not in subject matter but process, yeah, my stuff gets a little dark). The dream of being a bona fide published author is under construction!

I've had crushes and I still have crushes; they've made me jealous, nauseous and sad but it's worth it. The realisation that this'll always be a force in my life is comforting.

This last year of my life has been pretty major for a lot of reasons. I'm finally starting to figure out 'Me' which is exciting. I'm becoming more sociable and confident and I'm happier a lot more than I've ever been before. I'm excited to see how my 20's fair and all the adventures, good and bad, they'll force upon me.

p.s. is this post rambley? I feel like a lot of my posts are and thats one of the reasons I'm not posting them but yeah, party.