Life Update

This blog has really suffered of late. The truth is I was busy researching for an MRes. A lot of things suffered whilst writing my dissertation, a number of hobbies and in particular my blog suffered because I didn’t have the time to do any of it. Now I have completed my dissertation. My dissertation has been handed it and my academic journey has ended so hopefully I’ll be able to write on my blog a little bit more.

Another major issue when writing my blog was taking photos, the truth is I never really liked taking them on my phone and I thought they looked awful. So I would avoid taking them which would delay posts. Now. I have recently purchased a new camera, which hopefully will feature on a blog post soon. Now I am enjoying taking photos more and love using my camera so I am hoping this part of blogging will become much easier.

As part of, the relaunch? I guess that’s what it is. My blog has been given a bit of a makeover and a new cover photo. Hope you like and stay tuned for some more blog posts.

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The Dangers of Air Guns and Pellets

I just wanted to share some of the trauma I have had over the past week. My beautiful, friendly, happy, cheeky cat named Charlie started feeling unwell. I took him to the vet who did an x-ray and discovered to my horror that he had been shot in the face by an air gun.

To any parent considering buying an airgun for a child, please consider the possible dangers that can occur. To any parent who has a child who purchased one without their consent please consider the risk your child poses with a gun. I do not know, and probably will never know if this was an accident or a deliberate attack on my cat – but to cause so much trauma and pain to a friendly, loving and trusting cat is sickening.

Currently, Charlie is on pain medication and antibiotics to reduce the infection. He will be assessed again soon to see if this has sorted the infection. Luckily the pellet is within the soft tissue, it managed to miss his brain and his nasal cavity and whilst very close to the eye seems not to have caused too much damage to it. For now, the plan is to hope medication can work to remove the infection and the pellet can stay in place without causing too much harm. An operation to remove the pellet is very long and has risks to it.  The following photos give some indication of the injury.

Below: The Pellet (the very white blob in the middle of his face) can clearly be seen.

Below: The bright white blob again visible on Charlie’s jawline. Showing how did the pellet has travelled.

Below: Some photos of Charlie in recovery. It’s amazing what a bit of painkiller can do. Although clearly still in pain and fighting an infection he is able to be a bit more comfortable now.

Requests for Posts?

Occasionally I get emails with questions – mostly relating to making inserts. If there is a specific tutorial you would like for making inserts or any content you would particularly like to see then please either email me at arandomenglishlife@gmail.com – there’s a hyperlink to the right which you can click to email me rather than copy and pasting or leave a comment below on this blog! I will try my best to answer them as quickly as possible.

Rock your World

I made a suggestion to Virgin Red that they missed a great opportunity for a code for #VRROCKYOURWORLD and they made it into a code for me. Love it!

Yes I’m Emma Roberts, no I’m not THAT Emma Roberts

This is something I find really funny. My name is Emma Roberts, which is also a name of an actress who is the niece of Julia Roberts. Occasionally, people will bring it up that it is funny I share a name with Emma Roberts, or they add me or comment on Social Media that they love my films – at which point I am like eh? and then I remember that there is THAT Emma Roberts – the movie star and I have to inform them that yes I am Emma Roberts but no I am not THAT Emma Roberts. Here are some facts about my name:

Prevalence of Emma in the world:

  • Ranked number 1 in the United States, Canada, Belguim, Norway,
  • Ranked top 10 in Austria, Catalonia, Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland
  • Ranked number 19 in Scotland
  • Ranked number 20 in Northern Ireland
  • Ranked number 60 in England and Wales

Most Common Surnames in the UK

  • Ranked number 10 in the UK
  • Ranked number 42 in the United States

So my first name is very common and my Surname is fairly common too. So the chances are Emma Roberts is also quite a popular name – and judging by Facebook and the fact people add me and find out I am the wrong Emma quite often; or they cannot find me because there are too many people with my name.

It just makes me laugh that people think I am THE Emma Roberts. Does anyone else have a name they share with someone famous and get mistaken for them all the time? Do you find it funny? Are you an Emma Roberts?

German: An Update

This is just ending a series I have previously written on. I am no longer learning German. Whilst I still love the language and the culture and still have Ostalgie and collect things – I am just no longer actively pursuing learning German.

The reason for this is because my interests in my research have change. I originally decided to learn German as my research interests were in German history, in particular, life in the two Germanies and the Holocaust. Whilst these topics are still close to my heart, circumstances beyond my control made me have to switch to a different department. It was a tough choice and I do miss researching the Holocaust, but ultimately switching departments was very much needed.

I am saddened that I can no longer follow what was once a passion and as a result I have stopped learning German because it saddens me, knowing that the reason behind learning German is no longer there. Right now it is still a very raw decision. I may pick up my learning in the future but for now it’s not an option.