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A brief update (again)

Just a quick heads up that I’m not posting any time soon. This isn’t because I don’t feel like it (for once), but I have a pretty important university admissions test on the 31st October (ooh, Halloween!)  and I need a bit more practice for it than I originally thought. I have a few interviews almost immediately after too, so I wouldn’t expect new posts at all until maybe Christmas, if not later.

On the topic of the blog, a lot of things have happened to myself and those around me over the last two and a half years and now I’m getting to the point of veering away from my original topic focus (you know, that thing called anime).

I’ll be making a post about this at some point when everything is settled, but I’m be blunt and say that I haven’t actually watched any significant amount of anime in about nearly half a year, aside for the odd episode of something I’ve been recommended, and for the last time, no just because we both like [insert anime I like here], doesn’t mean I’ll love BnHA as much as you do.

2018-10-07 (2)But anyway, I need to get back to figuring out how to draw crazy looking equations on graphs and work out why I keep on getting mechanics questions about pulleys wrong.

(but seriously, how am I supposed to just know how to draw this with just a series of ‘x’s and numbers?)

 

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The Hell of UCAS (Applying to Uni in the UK) Part 3: Applying to Uni (UCAS)

-> To read the Part 2 about GCSEs.

-> To read the Part 2 about College & A-Levels

The final part starts down below.

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This is the bit that’s ACTUALLY confusing. At the end of Lower Sixth (or beginning of Upper Sixth), your school will make you set up an account with UCAS, the (arguably) terrible university application system that every university makes you apply through, even though it’s terrible. But first, I’ll explain the other components.

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The Hell of UCAS (applying to Uni in the UK) Part 2: College and A-Levels

So I’m back, as promised, to start talking about the stuff that actually matters when applying to uni.

To read the previous part about GCSEs, click here.

Your last two years of school (should you choose to stay, rather than go into an apprenticeship) are known as College or (for historical reasons) Sixth form; Year 12 (11th grade) being Lower Sixth and Year 13 (12th grade) being Upper Sixth. Most people use these names interchangeably, so I probably will as well. You’ve been warned.

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The Hell of UCAS (applying to Uni in the UK) Part 1: GCSEs

Any of my friends know that I pretty exclusively complain about Maths and Physics work like they’re the only things I do with myself. Well, with the exception of Chemistry, that is all I do at school.

Most of my foreign friends seem to be slightly confused by the fact that I only do four subjects (Maths, Futher Maths, Physics and Chemisty) and they get even more confused when I say that two of my subjects are Maths. I mean, I don’t even like numbers that much…

The UK education systems (there’s more than one. don’t ask) are a bit of a mess, but as I start my final year at school, I thought I’d have a go at explaining at least the parts that I have to deal with while procrastinating on my personal statement.

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5 Things You Should Do in Kansai!

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that (quite a while ago now…) I was in the Kansai area for a school trip, of sorts.

Kansai? Isn’t that that weird accent villains in Japanese kids’ shows speak in? Yes, you are (partially) correct when you say that. The accent itself is named after the region in Japan. For context, that region is the south/west side of the country’s main island with major cities including Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Unfortunately this place tends to get overlooked because, quite simply, it’s not Tokyo.

It’s a bit of a shame really, because there really are some gems in this part of the country. Missing it out is like visiting the UK but refusing to go anywhere other than Zone 1 on the London tube map.

I decided to make this list when a friend of mine said that she said she didn’t want to come because she had more interest in going to “places around Tokyo” like Akihabara, “that cool medieval castle” and “that golden shrine” *sigh*…I’ll just start the list.

So, in no particular order…

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Gels from the ‘Tales of’ Series

While finishing off another packet of one of my favourite Japanese sweets, I remembered the little post I made back before I had a proper blog (so long ago that it feels like it was in another life) that lead to me finding them. Since all it’s been doing is rotting on my laptop, I figured, why not share it with you guys?


After watching the ‘Gel Abstainers’ skit in Tales of Xillia, I became pretty curious about what gels actually were. It turns out that ‘gels’ are called ‘gummies’ in the Japanese versions as they specifically refer to ‘Kasugai Fruit Gummy Candies’, whatever those were.

In the end, my curiosity got the better of me and so I ended up buying some packs from Japan Centre in Piccadilly Circus. Costing all £20 I had on hand, I got managed to get the apple, peach, lemonade (there wasn’t plain lemon) and pineapple flavours.

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Aside from the apple flavour being a much more dull yellow-y orange, instead of the game’s vibrant red and the pineapple ones being heart-shaped, I’d say they look pretty accurate compared to the games’ depiction of them. Size-wise, I was actually surprised by that they were a little larger than the size of a £1 coin (about an inch). I didn’t really know what size to expect, but this size just seemed a bit…awkward…

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A size comparison

On to taste, they more-or-less have the texture of disc shaped gummy bears (as expected) but the flavours themselves are literally divine. Biting into one genuinely felt like biting into a capsule filled with super pure fruit juice. I can definitely see how these could cure a status ailment.

If you want to try them out for yourself (and you live in Europe) but you can’t find them where you live, Japan Centre has a variety of flavours to try.

Looks like I found myself a new favourite sweet…


So NaNoWriMo’s more or less over for me (will probably talk about it at some point), so I’ll be back to posting (or at least trying to) once every weekend.

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