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#BOREDOFCASHBACK – The Nitty Gritty

By Advice, Culture

Terms & Conditions:

Throughout August and September if you book direct through us at any of the following properties for 2021/22 (minimum 48-week contract) we will give you:
Beats Solo³ headphones AND £100 credit for Deliveroo!

Hops House, Leicester

Ty Glyn Studios, Bangor 

Step House, Newcastle

Pitt Street, Newcastle

Contracts must be signed and holding fee’s / deposits MUST be paid in AUGUST or SEPTEMBER 2021.

We are not liable for damage of the goods – please look after them!

It’s one pair per booking!

AND – Headphones/Speakers will only be provided after you have moved in and paid your first rent instalment.

ITS COMING HOME!!!

By Culture, Uncategorized

 

IT’S COMING HOME!

 

The classic British idiom of any major football tournament. The roar of “IT’S COMING HOME!” echoes through the streets as fans meet up with patriotic joy, and a sense of comradery and brotherhood, filling England with pride. Followed by the inevitable disappointment as we are knocked out on penalties.

Classic!

But this year…

A year full of loss, anxiety and uncertainty, a year when we need something to celebrate…

IT COULD ACTUALLY COME HOME!

On Sunday 11th July 2021 at Wembley, on home ground, we take on Italy in the FINAL of the Euros.
A feat that we have NEVER achieved before.
We haven’t been in the final of any major football tournament since the World Cup in 1966 (which *SPOILER ALERT* we only went and won!)

Get together with your flat mates, friends, and the fam. Paint your faces, hang up your flags, get the bevvies on ice and SING! Sing it loud, sing it proud:

 

“ IT’S COMING HOME, IT’S COMING HOME, IT’S COMING, FOOTBALLS COMING HOME!!!”

 

Come on ENGLAND!

Our Absolute Must Reads

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Our Absolute Must Reads

Whether you’re on a train journey to meet up with the friends you haven’t seen for the last 2 years, sat on a deck chair in the back garden whilst your roommate desperately tries to ignite the disposable barbecue, or curled up on the sofa with the heating on (thanks a lot British Summer Time *insert rolling eye emoji*); it is the perfect time to grab a book and get lost in a world of adventure. This is our list of absolute MUST READS for everyone! – and if you aren’t a big reader, try Audible.

 

1984 – Dystopian future at its finest! This book is more relevant today then when it was written in 1949! This is where the idea of ‘Big Brother’ was first coined. Arguably George Orwell’s greatest work, although it is a close-run competition with Animal Farm!

Lord of the Flies – An absolute classic. A group of School Boys get stranded on a desert island – and do exactly what children would do! This is NOT a fairy tale!!! William Golding manages to capture human nature perfectly – exploring themes of survival, death and rebellion!

Of Mice and Men – A story of friendship, love affairs, murder, and mercy! John Steinbeck explores mental disability, the love between friends and death with such care and attention. This is the book that will bring a tear to your eye.

Kafka by the Shore – The incredibly talented Japanese author Murakami writes in a way that can only make sense if you are reading the book. To explain it to you would be a waste of time, but once you are in, caught up in his clever narrative, you are transported to a world of teenage runaways. Oedipal complexes and a mysterious libary.

Know More Lies Chris Gray, a Leicester based author has just released this gripping tale of an unemployed 23-year-old, whose involvement in petty crime, leads him down a path that could be his demise. A page turner, by a real local talent. If you buy one book of this list, make it this one!

 

Enjoy, and if you have any recommendations let us know!

The Project Student Playlist

By Culture, Study Advice

The Project Student Playlist

In our opinion this is the perfect playlist to keep you motivated during Exam Season and revision sessions:

We LOVE Lo-Fi

lofi hip hop radio

The perfect background music – The link above is a live radio with non-stop, ambient, background beats. Lo-fi embraces technical flaws and showcases imperfections in songs, giving it an old ‘vinyl’ quality. It is a firm favourite of our residents and is perfect if you’re struggling to pick a soundtrack for your study sesh!

KHRUANGABIN

An American trio who takes inspiration from all over the world: Classic Soul, Thai Folk, Middle Eastern Music, and so much more.
They are a staple in the Project Student office, especially the ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ album.
Our favourite song : Khruangbin – Mr White

FUTURE ISLANDS

An American synth-pop band, who are my personal favourite band of the moment. They perform with raw energy and passion, and I cannot recommend them enough!

Check out the video of ‘Seasons’ below:

Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)

CLASSIC CLASSICAL

For some classical vibes we recommend checking out Camille Sait-Saen’s Complete Carnival of the Animals: Le Carnaval des Animaux

See if you can recognise where you’ve heard The Aquarium before: The Carnival of the Animals – Aquarium

AMBIENT JAZZ

A classic (and my favourite) Jazz Album! It sounds beautiful on Vinyl – (if you’re into that sort of thing.) Check out Miles Davis: ‘ascenseur pour l’échafaud’ recorded in 1958 in Paris it is perfect Jazz Vibes!

Miles Davis – Ascenseur pour l’échafaud – Lift to the Gallows (Full Album)

Any recommendations? Drop us an email and we’ll add it to the Project Student Playlist!

St George’s Day 2021

By Culture

Patron saints are chosen as special protectors or guardians over all areas of life. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all have their own patron saints. In England, Saint George’s Day is celebrated annually on April 23rd, which is the anniversary of St. George’s death.

The legend of Saint George and the Dragon tells the story of the saint taming and slaying a dragon that guarded the only well in the town of Silene. Residents of the town had to offer a daily human sacrifice to the dragon, for it to allow them to access the well and retrieve water. On the day St. George visited Silene, he killed the dragon and saved a princess who was due to be sacrificed that day. The people of Silene converted to Christianity as a thank you to George.

During his lifetime, St. George rose up the ranks of the Roman army as a soldier and became a personal guard to Emperor Diocletian. However, the Emperor actually tortured St. George in an attempt to force him to deny his Christian faith. While being tortured, George showed great bravery before he was eventually beheaded in Palestine. Following his death, St. Georges head was buried in a church in Rome and Pope Gelasius declared him a saint in 494AD.

If you look at the English flag, the red cross and white background are actually St. George’s Cross, a symbol so connected with English identity that St. George has his own national holiday. Perhaps the most British day of the year, St. George’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate this country and do something quintessentially British.

Why is St George’s Day NOT a bank holiday?

In many other countries, the day celebrating the nation’s patron saint is a bank holiday, for example, St Patrick’s Day is a bank holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In England however, it’s business as usual on St George’s Day, with workplaces and shops remaining open. In the past, St. George’s Day was celebrated across England and was recognised as a national event, however, recognition of the event has faded away in recent centuries.

More recently, there has been some momentum surrounding St. George’s Day, with people calling for the government to declare it a national bank holiday. However, this is yet to materialise.

How do we celebrate St George’s Day?

When St. George’s Day was first celebrated back in the early 15th century, it was thought to hold similar importance to Christmas. Today’s celebrations aren’t as widespread, but a lot of people still like to mark the day. Some traditional St. George’s Day celebrations include Punch and Judy shows, flying the St George’s Cross, traditional Morris dancing and singing the hymn Jerusalem. Churches also tend to hold a special mass for St George’s day.

We’ll be raising a glass on the 23rd to Saint George and our history, because who doesn’t love an excuse to celebrate!

International Haiku Poetry Day 2021

By Advice, Culture

International Haiku Poetry Day 2021 is celebrated annually on April 17th, but what is a haiku?

Haiku poetry underwent a refinery in the 17th century that helped to push its popularity, as well as its association with zen meditation.

This ancient form of poetry however can be dated back to the 1st century in the “Heian Period of Japanese Culture” where it was a social requirement to be fluent in Chinese and Japanese poetry.

It then developed into a lighter form of poetry called “haikai”, which meant “vulgar” or “earthy”, and was powered by its use of satire and puns in the 16th century.

It was not until the 17th century when the famous Matsuo Bashō perfected the art form into a more serious form, or Haiku, and solidified it as a literary genre. Bashō portrayed ordinary people into his work, combining comic playfulness with a spiritual depth. This led to the birth of modern haiku and was solidified with another reform movement to be commonplace today.

From Matsuo Bashō to you! Anyone can write a haiku, and here are some tips to help you.

  • A haiku most commonly follows the “5-7-5” structure: The first line is 5 syllables, the second line is 7 syllables, the third line is 5 syllables.
  • Think about your topic: Themes of nature, and powerful images are traditionally focused on in a haiku, with a juxtaposition of the two images. Pay attention to small details around you such as birds, leaves, or even the wind and how they will make the reader feel. Add in one, or two senses in your poems such as sound or touch.
  • Read your poem aloud: Hearing the poem flow will help you stick with the “5-7-5” form.
  • Remember your cutting word: A “kierji”, or “cutting word” will create a break which if used in conjunction with punctuation will control the rhythm of the poem.

Haiku’s restrictive rules will push your brain’s problem-solving side encouraging you to be creative in your poetry, so have fun with your writing! 

Stress Awareness Month

By Advice, Culture

What is Stress?

Let’s start by mentioning that stress is not always a bad thing. Without stress humankind would not have survived. Our ancestors used stress to heighten their responses to potential danger!

There are 3 main responses to stress:

Fight: Your bodies natural reaction will be to ‘fight’: You may feel agitated or aggressive! This was useful when we had to fight off predators but can be unnecessary in certain situations. Affecting relationships and reputations.

Flight: Some of us avoid our stress, we remove ourselves from situations instead of tackling our problems and taking risks. In everyday life this instinct can lead to stress escalating – when that stress doesn’t go away and we have to face it. On the other hand, removing yourself from certain situations can be very beneficial, and good for your mental wellbeing.

Freeze: Unknown to most, there is a third natural response to Stress: Freezing! For some people becoming stressed can cause them to get ‘locked’ into their nervous system. This response is most noticeable when we breathe. Holding your breath or shallow breathing are both forms of freezing!
Whilst freezing seems impractical, in rare cases not moving could prevent predators being aware of your presence!

It goes without saying that there is no good/or bad response to stress, each are equally beneficial and detrimental in their own ways.

What Causes Stress?

Some of the most common causes of Stress in the modern world include:

  • Loss of Job
  • Increase in financial obligations
  • Moving home
  • Illnesses or Injuries
  • Mental Health problems
  • Traumatic Events

Stress can be caused by anything that induces fear or uncertainty. How you perceive situations, and your attitude can affect your stress levels: Having unrealistic expectations of yourself, others, or people having unrealistic expectations of you. Or change (in routine, in lifestyle etc) can also have a massive effect on your wellbeing.

How can we combat Stress?

I think its important to not fear stress! Also, to be honest with yourself and others. If you feel overwhelmed, that is ok! We need to stop apologising for having boundaries, and for having a life! You are as equally important as your University work, your job and your financial obligations.

So let’s start prioritising our health!
Get a good night’s sleep, practice deep breathing, stay hydrated, eat well and healthily, get moving, don’t be a slave to technology. And (possibly most importantly) learn that you can say no!
You are the master of your own fate!

You got this!

Spring Equinox 2021

By Culture, Uncategorized

Get out the hoovers and feather dusters, it’s time for cleaning! The Spring Equinox has arrived this year. Spring has sprung itself upon us already!

Falling on Saturday 20th March, spring equinox is when the amount of daylight we get in a day, is equal to the moonlight we get at night (which only happens twice a year.)

Countries and cultures around the world celebrate Spring Equinox with several exciting traditions:

  • Nowruz – celebrated for 3000 years in Central Asia, the Balkans and South Asia, means a new (No) day (Rouz). Celebrated on the Iranian solar calendar which coincides with spring equinox, this celebration is marked with people cleaning their homes, multi-day bonfires, poetry, family remembrance, and traditional costumes.
  • Mexico Sun Day – communities gather to walk up Teotihuacán Pyramid (The Pyramid of the Sun) as it leads them closer to portals of other realms, raising their arms and faces to the sky to soak up the sun’s warmth and energy.
    Why not try spending your day walking somewhere you feel close to the sun and bathe in the warmth (pending British weather) of the sun’s energy.
  • Pagan Ostara Ritual – celebrated at the start of each season, Pagan traditions are a connection to each season. Spring is celebrated by observing the sunrise of the equinox. Greet the new season with a deep breath and focus on your plans for the year.
  • Cooper’s Hill Cheese Rolling and Wake – not quite an equinox tradition but certainly one of the craziest spring traditions. This dangerous event sees competitors throwing themselves down Cooper’s Hill after a wheel of Double Gloucester cheese – the winner gets to keep the cheese, often accompanied with bruises and broken bones. This 200-year-old bumpy way to welcome a new season of Spring attracts plenty of competitors and is well worth a watch.

Symbolised with the season of growth, take some time this spring working on yourself by recognising any darkness we may wish to say goodbye to and welcome new light into our lives, as well as working towards the summer to relax and enjoy your hard work!

St. Patrick’s Day 2021

By Culture

Saint Patrick’s Day is held annually on 17th March and celebrates St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. It is believed that Saint Patrick was born in Roman Britain in the 4th century and at the age of 16 was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped but later returned to convert the Irish to Christianity. St. Patrick’s Day remembers the death of St. Patrick and the holiday has grown into a celebration of Irish culture, with green costumes, parades, music, Irish dancing, food, and a whole lot of drinking.

This year, Saint Patrick’s Day will be different due to the pandemic, but traditionally it is marked with families attending church in the morning and then celebrating in crowds, at pubs or street parades, from the afternoon until the early hours. St Patrick’s Day falls during the period of Lent but restrictions on eating and drinking are lifted for one day.

Perhaps because of the 24-hour Lent holiday, drinking alcohol, especially Irish whiskey, cider, or beer, has become a major part of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. A popular tradition that is carried out is “drowning (or wetting) the shamrock”. A shamrock is placed into the bottom of a glass, which is filled with whiskey, cider, or beer and is then drunk (or downed) as a toast to Saint Patrick. The shamrock is either to be swallowed with the drink or removed and tossed over the drinker’s shoulder for good luck.

How to Celebrate in Lockdown

  1. Don your best green getup – dress in green to honour Ireland and do an Irish jig around your living room. Even dressing up at home is great for your mental health and makes it feel like a special occasion.
  1. Listen to music – there is no better way to get in the mood than to listen to Irish music and reminisce about all your crazy St. Patrick’s Day celebrations over the years.
  1. Cook a traditional Irish meal – St Patrick’s day is never complete without corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes. Or if you fancy something more filling then opt for a tasty pie, with a pint of Guinness on the side.
  1. Submerse yourself in Irish culture – if drinking and partying isn’t for you, why not celebrate Irish culture with some more relaxing activities, such as reading an Oscar Wilde poem, or watching the classic Father Ted.
  1. A virtual party – since you can’t go out to party, why not bring the party to you and host or attend a virtual one. Include some of the options above, let your hair down and have some fun!
  1. Indulge in some Irish booze – ensure you are fully stocked up and enjoy an Irish Whiskey, or if you aren’t a Whiskey fan then a Guinness or Murphy’s will do the trick.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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