Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Tara Deane

Tara Deane is a singer- songwriter from Berkshire and has been writing and performing music for 6 years now, following a local open mic night after loving singing since she was a small child. Ever since then she has enjoyed performing and taking every opportunity she could. As well as performing in live venues, she has taken part in various live sessions with Marlow FM, Time1066, Blast FM and Sonar Radio. 

She is currently working on her debut album, due to be released in the next few months, after the positive reception of her first EP. Her debut EP, Staying Young, featuring songs, 'Staying Young,' 'Break Out,' 'Lose Myself,' and 'Grow a Pair,' was successful and is an amazing, unique EP. Her debut single 'Staying Young,' won the best original song award in the FabChart music awards. This was not the only success from the single, as it was featured on an online diving advert for a diving company in Australia. Following this, she also won the best female artist award. 

The title track from Tara's upcoming album, Shivers, has taken her music in a new direction, receiving a fantastic response from her fans. Shivers is about how she personified a certain emotion and how it affected her- be sure to check it out!

Tara's upbeat, melodic music, reminiscent of Imelda May and Lucy Spraggan, has won numerous musical awards, on an online radio show. 

Tara's list of venues over the years is extensive but in particular has enjoyed playing at small intimate venues where she can engage with her audience and get them involved. 

Tara is looking forward to what the future brings, and has some very exciting performances lined up for summer 2018! Not only is she super talented, but she is super lovely too, so make sure to follow her!

Find Tara here: 
You can buy the track for only £0.79 at:  

Friday, 26 January 2018

Helpful Songs If You're Suicidal

So, this post was inspired by someone on Twitter, where they tweeted about not knowing what songs to listen to when they were experiencing suicidal thoughts that wouldnt trigger them, so I thought I would make a list of songs I personally find empowering, which make me feel better when I am feeling down with the help of a few people on twitter.

- Skyscraper by Demi Lovato
- The Climb by Miley Cyrus
- Fight For It by Lucy Spraggan
- Brave Honest Beautiful by Fifth Harmony
- Truce by Twenty One Pilots
- Nothing Else Matters by Little Mix
- Gold by Britt Nicole
- Welcome To My Life by Simple Plan
- Warrior by Demi Lovato
- Therapy by All Time Low
- Through The Dark by One Direction
- Believe by Justin Bieber
- Stand By You by Rachel Platten
- Be Alright by Ariana Grande
- On The Brightside by Never Shout Never
- Clued Up by Little Mix
- You'll Be Okay by A Great Big World
- Headphones by Britt Nicole
- Who Says by Selena Gomez
- Halo by Lewis Watson
- Don’t Forget Where You Belong by One Direction
- Just Keep Breathing by We The Kings
- Be Alright by Justin Bieber
- Battle scars by Paradise Fears
- The promise by Emma Blackery
- Fight Song by Rachel Platten
- Butterfly by BTS
- Missing You by All Time Low
- Worth It by Cimorelli
- Who You Are by Jessie J
- Rise Up by Andra Day
- Proud by Heather Small
- Human Behaviour by Emma Blackery
- Secret Of The Mad by Dodie
- Friend please by Twenty One Pilots
- Unsinkable by Lucy Spraggan
- Good Enough by Cimorelli
- Liability by Lorde
- Superman by Rachel Platten
- The Wonder Years by Jon Bellion
- A Little Too Much by Shawn Mendes
- Purpose by Justin Bieber
- When I Look At You by Miley Cyrus
- How To Save A Life by The Fray
- Beneath You're Beautiful by Labrinth and Emeli Sande
- Beautiful by Bars And Melody
- I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz
- King by Lauren Aquilina
- Possibility Days by Counting Crows
- Marshmallow Unicorn by Rachel Sermanni
- Grateful by Blue Rose Code
- Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez
- Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michealson
- One Of The Lucky Ones by Lauren Ray
- Hold On Til May by Pierce The Veil
- Therapy by All Time Low
- Join The Club by Lucy Spraggan
- Drown by Bring Me The Horizon
- Hopeful by Bars And Melody
- One More Night by Cimorelli
- Better Place by Rachel Platten
- Believe In Me by Demi Lovato
- Firework by Katy Perry
- Happy by Pharrell Williams
- Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
- Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
- Never Say Never by Justin Bieber
- Confident by Demi Lovato
- You're Too Young by Lucy Spraggan
- Revival by Selena Gomez
- Superheroes by The Script
- Beautiful by Bethany Dillon
- Little Me by Little Mix
- Titanium by David Guetta
- Perfect by Emma Blackery
- Girls Like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko
- Stand by Britt Nicole
- Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara

If you're suicidal, please get help- dont suffer alone. A few helplines are listed below, but you can google them for your specific country however. Please be safe.
- Call Samaritans: 116 123. They offer a 24 hour service available every day of the year.
- Email Samaritans: if you arent comfortable with talking on the phone. 
- Call Childline: 0800 1111. This is a service for children and young people which is completely free and the number wont show up on your phone bill.
- 1-2-1 chat on Childline: go to their website, log in and enter chat. A childline counsellor will connect to you soon after. There is also a hide bar which you can click if a parent or someone enters the room and it takes you to google so they dont know what you are doing. 
- Talk to a doctor, a mental health care professional or another care professional. 
- If you are a risk to yourself, please take yourself to A&E to get yourself some help because you will be safe there and hopefully will get the appropriate care you need.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Meet My Pet Goat

Okay so, I have a pet goat but he isnt really mine, but he is- makes no sense right?

Meet my Pygmy goat, his name is Baby and he is about 4 years old, we have had him since the day that he was born.

Despite their size, Pygmy goats are quite hardy and they are very friendly making them such good pets. They love to find ways to escape however, eat anything in sight and they absolutely hate the rain. 

He smiles for photographs and is a very good model. Enjoy these photographs of my favourite boy.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Fabric wristbands, often called festival wristbands, are an extremely popular option where durability and security are key requirements for admission control to events, especially if they are outdoor and required to last more than one day. 

Not only do they look great and serve their purpose well, they are an excellent branding and marketing tool as many people continue to wear their bands long after the event as a memento band of honour.
You can choose to have your band in woven or printed styles. Sublimation printing on a soft satin wristband can be full colour and a woven polyester wristband can include UV weaves and metallic (lurex) threads for that extra individuality and security. Once you have decided on a style there are a multitude of closures from which you can choose from. You can even colour match your closure/clasp to match your band design. 
Band templates can be found on the information page on their website and they can help you design your own unique personalised fabric wristband, pantone matching colours if required. One size should fit all. 

I got sent some wristbands to try out myself and to my absolute delight, they were rainbow, like the pride flag which made me fall in love with them even more. They are so soft and comfortable to wear, I have worn it so often with pride. The colours are amazing, I dont think I have ever seen a fabric wrist band with such vibrant colours, I love it! 

The printed wrist bands are also great for events which people are walking in and out of but arent made to last obviously, as the only way to get them off is to rip them off, which is sad as you want a little momentum from your time there. But these are durable and comfy to wear.

To find out more, check out their website:

Monday, 22 January 2018

Just A Piece Of Writing

No one seems to understand how hard it is to have to fight with your brain on a daily basis. My brain: the vital organ that controls my whole body, for some reason likes to make it so I find it hard to get out of bed some days, to talk to people and to order my food.

It feels like in my head, there are little wars going on about everything. When I leave the little wars to sort themselves out with no intevention, like talking, they merge into one big war and the problem multiplies. Its a world war now, all in my brain. A world war of dark thoughts, worries and embarrassments, which bounce off each other and intensify by every bounce. They're fighting against each other to cause the most disruption. The most worried about worry. The most embarrassing embarrassment. The darkest of dark thoughts. The problem that has caused the hardest days, the most tears, the most sleepless nights, shaking, screams, bruises and scars and most of all, pain. Once the war is over I can breathe a sigh of relief- peace is restored yet the space around it is somewhat destroyed, its like a rainbow after a rainstorm.

Is my head like a thunder and lightening storm? Two thoughts fighting each other, arguing back and forth, like thunder and lightening, fighting to be the most powerful. People watch from a great distance away, the comfort of their own homes, in their own peaceful minds whilst they can most likely see that I am battling the darkest and loudest of storms. Darkness and then a flash: a new anxiety stemmed from the already existing- does it ever stop? The storm will finally die down after causing major disruption. Entertainment for those who only care for entertainment, to watch others at their lows. Hardship for those who feel they can only watch from the sideline, helpless. One storm goes, another starts, unpredictable weather like the thoughts and feelings in my head- an endless cycle of dark storms it seems, with only a slight chance of a clear sky and sunshine.

Ebony Lyons

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Gladstone Pottery Museum

Stoke-on-Trent is world famous for its pottery and no visit to the city would be complete without experiencing this unique museum.

If you are planning a visit to Stoke-on-Trent what better place to start than the Gladstone Pottery Museum?  Located in a Victorian pottery factory, the museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of Stoke-on-Trent, famous for the quality of its pottery. Gladstone was not a famous pottery, however, it was typical of hundreds of similar factories in the area making everyday ceramic items for the mass market. Experience for yourself what conditions were like for the men, women and children who worked at the centre of the world’s pottery industry.

You can watch incredible daily demonstrations of pottery skill and you can even get invloved, try your hand at throwing a pot, making a bone china flower or decorating a piece a pottery to create a unique souvenir of your visit for a small extra charge.

We tried out throwing pottery for ourselves for only £3.

The Gladstone Shop sells a variety of unusual gifts you won’t find on the high street, including local history books and DVDs and pottery made and decorated at the museum. The Gladstone Cafe serves hot and cold food, drinks and cakes which you can enjoy with a view of Gladstone’s famous cobbled courtyard. Open to both the general public and museum visitors it offers a friendly welcome and serves the local speciality – Staffordshire oatcakes.

It was in March 1960 that the ovens at Gladstone last fired; but decorating and then only despatch departments were active until May 1970 when Thomas Poole and Gladstone China put the works up for sale.

During the 1960s when the old pottery factories and bottle ovens were being demolished, there were a group of local people centred on the Trustees of the Cheddleton Flint Mill who were interested in saving part of the traditional landscape of the Potteries. Many sites were considered, but the Gladstone site was considered the best example of a medium sized typical pot bank.

There is so much to see at the museum and so much to do. You could easily get lost in the history and spend 2 to 3 hours here.

The museum has a large free car park on Chadwick Street for visitors and a token can be obtained from Reception to exit the car park. There are also spaces outside the museum entrance for Blue Badge Holders. Cycle parking is located outside the main entrance to the museum.

Adults: £7.50
Children: £5.25 (4 – 16 years inclusive)
Concessions: £6
Family Ticket: £22 (2 adults, 2 children)