January is a write-off…..let’s go DISCO Liverpool

 

 

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Happy New Year!! Yeah so I’m 41 days late in saying it but whatever, I decided that January was a write-off and that blogging, gymming and being sensible could wait until February. January brings dark, rainy mornings, diets that no one sticks to and gyms full of newbies taking over the running machines (well thats my excuse for not joining a gym).

I decided that as I’d moved to a new city (Liverpool) I would put miserable January on the back burner and test out the new nightlife, I’m calling this ‘research’ for my new radio show on Capital. Liverpool is such a vibrant city with every type of restaurant, bar and club going. I lived in Liverpool from 2007 to 2010 as a student and seen the dramatic change in the cities look and nightlife during the Capital of Culture. Coming back 5 years later the city has even more to offer.

My first Thursday night back in Liverpool was spent at Bongos Bingo at Camp & Furnace. Yep that’s right I went to play bingo! However it’s not what you think, well you do play bingo but they let you dance on the tables, get very merry and they play random rave and pop tunes in-between the rounds. They even have characters that dress up and dance on stage to entertain the strong crowd of 500. The prizes are ridiculous ranging from bottles of Lambrini to cash. There’s no other way of explaining this event, you have to see it to believe it.

Magnet was always a favourite of mine at university and it was great to see the bar is still going strong. I went to see Hacienda legend Graeme Park play some house and disco classics. The vibe was brilliant but my dance moves were questionable. Check out some of the tracks that were played at the event here – Graeme Park Mix – Magnet 

Mowgli Street Food on Bold Street is absolutely the place to go for after work drinks and food. Mowgli is all about how Indians eat at home and on their streets. The food is super tasty, the service is friendly and the setting is hipster and cosy (if that’s even a thing), plus Bold street is ideal for bar hopping.

 

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Fancy a bevvie?

Finally if you liked the Radio 1 Ibiza Proms then make sure you have 15/16th April 2016 free in your diary, Cream Classics at Liverpool Cathedral performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – it’s going to be a biggie. To follow more posts like this then follow me on Twitter.

 

Quarter-Life Crisis?



I turned 26 in May and I can honestly say I was pretty gutted. I genuinely thought I’d be able to style out my 16-25 railcard forever. I know everyone over the age of 30 reading this will be thinking ‘SHUT UP’ but as a career driven girl/woman being the wrong side of your 20s sets off alarm bells. As the great Britney Spears once said, ‘I’m not a girl, not yet a woman’, and yes I’m still confused about that too. I suddenly realised I graduated 5 years ago and that I’d never been backpacking around the world. My hangovers were the worst they’d ever been and I wasn’t getting asked for ID anymore.

Leading up to my 26th birthday I started to think more about my career, relationships, living arrangements and of course settling down. When should I settle in one place (as I’ve moved house 12 times in 7 years)? Should I visit my family up north more? Should I buy a house? Or more to the point, can I afford a house? My work mates seemed to think it was hilarious that I was worried about these things, probably because they are all over the age of 30. As someone who wants to try and achieve it all, whatever that may be, I started to believe I was running out of time before I have to think about the inevitable KIDS! Society has put so much pressure on women to ‘have it all’, the career, the looks, the family and all in such a short space of time before we ‘run out of time’. Many of my female friends in their late 20s are questioning things they never usually would, which leads me to question, were we having a quarter-life crisis? Does that even exist? We called Dr Christian (the buff one off Embarrassing Bodies) on the Capital Breakfast show for his advice on the subject and he refused to comment, which makes me think it doesn’t.

However if it does exist my answer would be YES, I think I was having one….well kind of. I wasn’t spending shed loads of money on credit cards and signing up to Tinder but I was assessing pretty much everything. I don’t feel or act any older than 22 but when you can’t use your young persons railcard and you start looking into mortgages and the best interest rates you do feel a bit older. The solution? Hang around with older people so you feel younger? Run away to Thailand? To be honest I don’t have one, but going backwards on your Facebook photos will make you feel better about yourself, I mean what were you thinking with that hair and outfit? At least you don’t look like that anymore! I’ve come to realise that worrying about everything isn’t going to help, you’ll have sleepless nights and your older friends will start to think you’re a dick. Just work hard and focus on what you love and don’t compare yourself to people your age. Taylor Swift may be a millionaire songstress at 25 but she didn’t spend the first half of her 20s getting sozzled with her mates and plastering it on Facebook. To follow more posts like this then follow me on Twitter.