The Drugs.ie Youth Media Awards launched back in October, and the competition is accepting applications for the 2017 awards until February 2017. I entered and won the 18-21 category last year, and talked about it here. I’m sure most of us are conscious of the growing concern surrounding drugs and alcohol and young people in Ireland – it is an issue we need greater literacy on across the board.
I grew up on a diet of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, The Famous Five and the Secret Seven, moving then to the Alex Rider series, where a love for books about children who solve mysteries and crimes and kick ass fizzled out temporarily around the age I got to James Patterson and Robert Muchamore, moving on to Grisham and Patterson’s adult books about adults who solve mysteries and crimes and kick ass – more stories I’d devour day after day on holiday or curled up in bed after school. I don’t think there will ever come a time where I’m not utterly enchanted by mysteries, which is why I am very glad I began Robin Stevens’s A Murder Most Unladylike mysteries at the start of this year.
I had fully intended to write 23 blog posts. FULLY. It just never happened, for a variety of reasons. Finishing up college for term took it out of me more than I thought it would, and I’ve been catching up on sleep and generally relaxing as best as I could. This particular post is about gratitude.
There’s something incredibly beautiful about the sort of 1950s-1960s glamour that is often only portrayed in musicals. From the iconic Pink Ladies of Grease, to the alluring charm of Hairspray’s Link Larkin, musicals capture the zeitgeist of clothing, culture and societal issues of the era in a way that informs and explores reality without addressing it head on.
‘There was once an invisible man, who had grown tired of being unseen.’
‘The lads do more mass than featured in the entirety of the three Father Ted seasons’….
A Very Alternative Blogmas #2, in which I discuss my inability to blog everyday, alcohol, 12 pubs, drink culture in Ireland and dual-diagnosis.