One Cat. Infinite Beds!
We came to know this cat we call Indica, who is everything but mellow, in a Portuguese apartment three years ago. After being abandoned by her mother, we decided to bring her back to the Uk with us. Since then, she had been living with my parents while we finished university. They both adore Indica purely because of how much sass she holds in that tiny little body. A somewhat cantankerous feline, She does not let you hold her for very long, and her attitude comes out when you try to clip the nails! She likes our company, but not so much of our affection which we have so much to give! Owning an independent cat is a great way to learn about patience and consent, cats will let you know if they don't like what you're doing with a quick bite or a hiss, maybe even a scratch!
My little Corner in this Big World
I am the type of person that finds it easy to work wherever I am. From theatres to campsites, I allow my environment to inspire me. All of this came to a stop once the pandemic hit. I never realised how difficult working from home was for me. Understand that this is strange coming from someone working in the creative industries. My workspace just did not work as well as places outside my home. I decided to explore how to make my workspace as functional as possible. I am proud to say that the transformation has been successful, and now my workplace is the one spot I work best.
20201 cat year yes?
hello 20201. my name indica. please no laughing. i know my name is weed plant. my humans think they funny. i am cat.
The PeopleJSS! 2020 Spotify Awards
Readers from across the planet have gathered here today to witness the first-ever, annual PeopleJSS! Spotify Awards! After the year we have had, it is time to call it quits and move on! This is why, on the last day of each year, we will be gathering together to go through the 20 chosen songs from David’s Spotify nominated to take the title of the first-ever, PeopleJSS! Hits of the Year! What makes David’s Spotify worthy of such a prestigious title? A lack of a proper budget and a steady decrease in being a Staff Pick, okay? While on the topic of staff Picks, we are thankful for our host this year, Vocal.Media, for their rapid releases of Challenges over the past couple of months and the platform that we at PeopleJSS! Call home. We're trying our best to get back to the top, so keep them coming guys!
The Music that Dragged me through 2020
2020 has been quite a year. I would find it hard to believe that there wasn't a single person on this planet that hasn't been negatively affected by the events that this year dished out to us. We quite literally started the year in flames as the Australian bush fires continued to burn into January since they started in June 2019. The WHO (World Health Organisation) declaring COVID-19 a pandemic in March. Protests around the world took place against racism and police brutality after the murder of George Floyd in May. A massive explosion rocks through Beirut, Lebonan in August. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake ripped through the Aegean in October. And a new string of COVID-19 variants sweeping through Europe in December.
Amazon? AmazOFF!: The Shopping List that saved Christmas
I cannot help to ignore the fact that this year's Christmas has officially been cancelled. On the 19th of December, Boris Johnson, The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced a new tier 4 in the country. If you are unaware of how our government is tackling pandemic, the tier system determines which parts of the country are allowed to have certain freedoms depending on its infection rate against its population. The higher the infection rate per 100,000 residents, the higher the tier you are placed in. The tier limits certain aspects of daily life, such as mixing with other households indoors, hospitality venues being shut and travel restrictions. Before yesterday, the 3-tier system was in place with a 5-day Christmas window that allowed people to go and spend the holiday with their family. This included travel to other cities and removal of stricter rules, such as mixing households indoors. As I am writing this, all has changed in the UK, and Christmas is officially over before it even started.
Hosting my First Traditional Polish Christmas
This year's Christmas is a Christmas I will never forget. Since the end of November, I was ready to travel home up North to see my family for Christmas. Spending Christmas in a cramped London apartment was not really on my wish list this year. The UK was promised a five-day window where people could visit their loved ones for Christmas and mix households indoors. I understood why this would cause turmoil if people would not be able to visit family during Christmas, but Coronavirus would take this opportunity and reverse all the progress we made earlier this year. To no surprise, this window was removed, and the south of the UK was placed in a new tier 4, mimicking restrictions of a national lockdown. This stopped all transport in and out of London as well as complete removal of household mixing, unless for medical support and other reasons along these lines. I was thrown off and it began to dawn on me that Christmas was cancelled completely, however, with the morale boost I received from my family, I decided to host my first ever traditional Polish Christmas. I was pulling out all the guns blazing: a twelve-dish feast, setting up a festive table, no eating meat all day (apart from fish for some reason), sharing the body of Christ and a festive speech by the host. There was so much to do in so little time, I did not think it was realistically possible. However, once I gathered all my ingredients and decorations, I realised that there was no turning back. I will guide you through my process of hosting my very own Polish Christmas Eve, or Wigilia in Polish.
Pokemon+Puns = Best Christmas Cards!
Christmas is a time for family, friends and the less fortunate than us. There are many traditions that families do every year that are only there to bring a smile to everyone's face and have a little bit of fun within all the chaos. The UK Christmas culture has engraved itself in the Christmas card exchange culture, and my family and friends are no different! Every year, I exchange cards with others within a specific theme of our choice. In the previous years, our themes included: Star Wars, Marvel Superheroes, Countries and Nations and many more. There is only one rule: they must contain a Christmas pun. The more unique, the better! Here are 5 Christmas cards that I have created for my friends this year.