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Things I noticed watching Friends again in 2018

Really interesting points about re-watching Friends from a modern perspective.

You’re probably aware of the fact that hit American TV show F.R.I.E.N.D.S (that took me so long to type omg) was added to Netflix at the beginning of this year. Everywhere you looked, people were shouting it from the rooftops. Netflix users were finally being graced with one of the most loved shows to ever be made. It took me a good few months to finally get around to start watching it again; just through being too busy and having too many other shows on the go. But in May, I finally did it. I committed, once again, to 10 glorious seasons of Friends (I cba with that again). And when I started watching it again, I was certainly surprised at what thoughts popped up. 

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Questions still unanswered over the fate of Bath library

 

Controversy surrounding the proposed changes to Bath Central library has led to the council putting plans of a shared use of the building on hold. Their original plan of relocation was met with criticism so it was decided to merge other council services with the library, without holding a public consultation.  This has now been put on hold due to budget concerns. A statement released by the council commented: ‘The council remains committed to a library at the Podium in Bath and its successful wider Modern Libraries programme of capital investment to secure the future of the library service in Bath and North East Somerset.’

In December 2016, Bath and North East Somerset Council were planning to move the library from its current location in the Podium alongside Waitrose to Lewis House, where other council offices are.  By January 2017, hundreds of people had signed a petition and prominent authors including Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell had shown their support to keep the library where it is. Film director Ken Loach became involved and commented at a protest in 2017 that moving the library, which is a ‘big feature in the centre of Bath’ was a ‘bad sign’.

The new plans involved the council’s One Stop Shop services, based in Lewis House, to move in alongside the library. This is the first point of call for residents who need to contact the council for issues ranging for benefits and council housing to disputes and recycling. A similar approach has been taken at the library in Keynsham, though many staff members as well as the public had voiced concerns. With libraries in decline across Britain, regular users were concerned that Bath will join the list of places without access to a professionally-run library. One of Bath’s library branches, Weston, has been taken over by volunteers after it was threatened with closure.

Originally, the intended move of Bath Central library was planned without consulting the public. An ex-library assistant, who wishes to remain anonymous, commented that the council have been planning a lot of changes to the library service which normally the public would be consulted about and asked for feedback.

It has been suggested by opposition members within the city council that the proposed merger had sidestepped normal planning procedures and gave the public no chance to comment. Lib Dem Councillor Richard Samuel said to SomersetLive: ‘The Conservatives appear willing to use any means necessary to avoid public scrutiny, including bypassing the normal planning process. This is a shameless attempt to avoid having to face objectors in a public meeting.’ However, cabinet member Councillor Karen Warrington called these claims ‘deliberately misleading’ and the council has argued that as the proposals did not constitute a change of use, a certificate of lawfulness is all that would be required to bring the One Stop Shop into the Podium, rather than full planning permission.

It’s been revealed by the anonymous library worker that a controversial lone-working policy had been suggested as a way of cutting costs. This would have seen the smaller branch at Moorland Road operate with just one member of staff rather than two. This caused great alarm amongst the staff, especially as concerns were harshly dismissed as ‘trivial’ by senior managers. “On a daily basis in this busy city-centre library, we deal with multiple violent incidents and aggressive members of the public. A colleague of mine spoke to a senior manager regarding their concerns about lone-working and the response given was that ‘the police lone-work’. We are not trained police-officers but library assistants.”

The Save Bath Library Campaign has amassed a huge following on social media and Mary English,  founder of the campaign and Secretary of Friends of Bath Podium Library,  commented about the original plans to move the library: “The library has worked very well since the 1990s, everyone is happy with it…why can’t it stay the way it is? I have no idea why the council isn’t listening to the residents.”

A former manager of the library, Andy Halliday, commented: “The Podium offers great floor space, a wide variety of books, a super exhibition room and a great children’s area which was redesigned after long consultation with the users. I think it’s a backward step which is detrimental to our city centre library and the culture of the city. Having to reduce the service will be harmful to learning for so many people. “

Many questions are now left unanswered with no clue as to if or when the planned merger will happen – the council has still not provided successful examples of this scenario working within another authority.

Below follows a brief interview with a regular user of Bath Central Library and Sports Studies student, Samuel James, aged 26.

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Bear with me…

It’s been a while since I wrote anything but I will be back soon. I’m very grateful to all my readers. I thought it would be a good idea to buy a house and get married in the space of a few months. That’s right; in three weeks I will be married 😀

Once everything has settled down I will be back with a new blog post.

Thanks everyone 🙂

xxx

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How to Be a Bookworm When You Don’t Have the Time — That’s What She Read

A good friend and fellow bookworm asked me the other day “How exactly do you find the time to read?” It’s actually a fair question, considering I work full time, have a full house and kids in activities who have an insane need for one-on-one time with their mama. It’s just that ONE thing that gives me…

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What am I reading?

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As I list reading as one of my favourite things and I work in a library I thought it might be a good idea to talk about some of the books I have been reading. After a recommendation from a friend at work I have got into the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. They would not have been my usual choice but I cannot recommend these enough. If like me you love books about books then these are perfect. Its set in an alternate 1980s which is very different but still recognisable to us, for example Germany won the second war and Britain was occupied for a number of years, time-travel and book-travel exists and most importantly of all literature is vastly more ingrained in culture than it is now. The first book involves the protagonist Thursday Next travelling into Jane Eyre which has a very different ending to the one we are familiar with. It’s an extremely funny book and spans multiple genres so there’s something in there for everyone. It’s full of literary references and jokes which is what makes me really enjoy it, so if you’re looking for something new to read The Eyre Affair is  a must. I am also valiantly ploughing through A Dance With Dragons (Game of Thrones), but as I’m a big fan of the tv show and watched that first it does take away some of the enjoyment when I reading bits that I already know the outcome of or they were omitted from the show (sometimes for good reason).  At work I constantly have bits of paper in my pocket from books that I have seen that look interesting, the list keeps getting longer but I don’t seem to have the time to read them. I would love to try some new things though so if anyone has any recommendations please comment as I love finding new books.

Emma: Some Sense and Ability, and a lot of Persuasion

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A lot can happen in a month…

So I have been neglecting my blog after a promising start 😦 I will first blame Download. For the second year running I went to the famous rock and metal festival at Donington. It was amazing, if you like good music check out Muse’s performance; it was incredible. Kiss were also very entertaining for a bunch of OAPs in make-up. Sad thing is when it comes to these things I get very excited about the food choices on offer, I know I have friends out there who can relate to this 😛 When I realised I could try a Pieminister pie it made my day ( of course the music was the best thing :P) Unlike last year, which was dry the majority of the time, this year we had a mini storm on the friday night and spent the rest of the weekend navigating our way through paths of mud. Literally never seen so much of it and I live on the Severn estuary. Also, did not realise how high it can get up your body. Thought I would be fine in wellies, leggings and denim shorts. It wouldn’t reach those surely? Wrong! I did have an amazing time though and even though I’m the clumsy one in our relationship my boyfriend did manage to trip over a guyline, get up and fall again which gave me a good giggle. Another of my favourite moments was going to Ultimate Power on the sunday night (look it up, it’s the best thing ever, hours of just pure power ballads). Seeing a bunch of rockers and heavy metal fans singing their hearts out to Bonnie Tyler and Whitney is great fun.

I have also had a birthday since my last post and like I said before I do feel old now. I volunteer at my local library and recently went to a training session where I’m normally at least 30 years younger than everyone else. This time I was 10 years older than most of the others and was asked to pick some books that would be good for 4-11 year olds to read. Most of them still had the books from when they were that old whereas I just guessed at what children now might like :S

My depressing first post about job prospects after graduating seems to have given me good luck as although it isn’t a ‘graduate’ job I have now got a part-time role at a library. As I love reading I feel I will really enjoy it and after 4 interviews for jobs at the same place it’s good to know that perseverance pays off in the end. So if you have tried before to get that dream job, just remember that.

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Out of my comfort zone…

Yesterday I did something completely not like me. I voluntarily got on the exercise bike and did a work-out while someone observed me. I do enjoy exercising, classes more than the gym as I’m not very confident and get bored after a while if I’m not motivated. Granted they were actually observing how my boyfriend instructs someone in the gym but I still felt very self-conscious. My boyfriend is studying to be a gym instructor and eventually a personal trainer and needed someone to use as a guinea pig for his practical assessment; lucky me! After all the worry I actually enjoyed it and more importantly he passed 😀 He had asked me to do a few things wrong so that he could correct me however the wobbling during the lunges was completely accidental. The point of this post is to say that sometimes it can be good for you to do something that puts you out of your comfort zone as it can help someone else as well as being fun.

Emma: Some Sense and Ability, and a lot of Persuasion

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Feeling old now….

A couple of days ago I saw students from my old secondary school on their last day of school, polo shirts covered in writing from friends and teachers alike and I was taken back to mine. It’s been seven years(!?!) since I was at school and I can still remember it like it was yesterday. Talking about yesterday I saw a friend of mine announce on Facebook that she has now finished her degree and is officially a doctor! When did we all get so grown-up?  Feel like I should really be achieving more than I am now. It’s also amazing how quickly you see sixteen year olds and think ‘I don’t feel much older than you but I definitely act like it’. Were we all like that? I do still get a little excited however when I get asked for ID at a bar or supermarket, you’re supposed to ‘think 25’ and I don’t think I look that old 😛  Anything else that makes you feel more like an adult now? Let me know 🙂

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Hello world!

Bit nervous writing this as am completely new to blogging and have no idea who will want to read what I write. I’m a 22 year old English and History graduate from the South-West of England and am trying to get into some kind of writing or history related career. I’m going to try and use this blog to improve my writing and hopefully entertain people as I go along. I won’t bore anyone by filling you in on every aspect of my currently boring life but might slip in a few book reviews here and there and anything else I get up to.