Category Archives: Social Life

Bursting with Pride!

I have travelled the world, speak two languages, play the piano and study at masters level yet, I learn more over a tea time chat with my 4-year-old than anyone could ever teach me. She tells tales of fierce beasts and how to avoid an attack, if you are ever face to face with a shark you should look it in the eye show no fear, and if it attacks, aim for the gills or eyes. these are the most sensitive parts.

I see a kindness in her that is rare these days, she surrounds herself in nature, often I find leaves and sticks in her pockets and animals flock to her.

We were shopping at the weekend, usual struggles I forget that I drive a Mini. I fought with the bags and I used some bad language the look of disappointment on my daughter’s face as she told me sternly; “you shouldn’t say that mum!”. I felt terribly ashamed however extremely proud.

A note from the teacher showed me how far ahead my daughter was in many aspects of school life, storytelling to the other children and her writing skills. “Don’t know where she gets it from” I replied. Another mother said, “how come she speaks so eloquently compared to you?” slightly offended, I uttered “amazes me”.

Everything I do I do for her, enjoy your children they end up like us far too fast, listen to them. They have so much to teach us.

You can do miles better with that car…

Filling up the tank can be expensive, but im going to leak some information that could help you go a long way…

 

 

Branded vs supermarket (fuels)

“In the UK, all pumps are governed by various international bodies to conform to minimum world-agreed quality and performance standards. When it comes down to performance of branded vs supermarket fuels the research is unclear and hence a conclusive result has never been made.”

This means that they all work in the same way and you should be able to mix the same fuel without any problem.

 

 

Cheapest stations

 

Jet Princes ave

  • 118.9p/L petrol*
  • 121.9p/L diesel*
  • £1 tire pressure

If you are a firm believer of branded fuels then this is the cheapest option within the area. Garage has 24hr shop, hand car wash service, and large rest space.

 

Tesco st Stephens

  • 116.9p/L petrol*
  • 119.9p/L diesel*
  • 50p tire pressure

This is the cheapest place in the area to fill the tank or tires! It is the furthest away from university out of the 3 but is adjacent to the biggest supermarket in the city; perfect for students stopping off on the way back from a busy shop.

 

Jet Beverley road

  • 120.9p/L petrol*
  • 122.9p/L diesel*
  • £1 tire pressure

If you want to fill up quickly this is easily the most convenient location. Located in center of Beverley road this station offers a 24hr shop and is the closest to the university as well as the large majority of student houses.

*Please note fuel prices fluctuate with time

Lack of Social Life

I’m not the most social able guy, most of my friends like to go to the pub regularly and go ‘out-out’ Friday to Sunday mornings but that just doesn’t really suit me. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a cold cider (Magners preferably), but I prefer playing online with my friends some from around the world and working towards my business goals in my spare time.

‘Out Out’

At university, though it is likely that you will end up going ‘out-out’ with your university friends or friends from home if to celebrate completing a module or end of a semester. Here are just a few pictures of when I went out…

Online Socialising

Most my friends that I play online with play a variety of games, however, I prefer to stick to those that I’ve always played since growing up which are GTA, Fifa, COD and now a new game to 2017 is Fornite. I spend some nights during the week playing Fifa and Fornite but only for an hour or two just to communicate with my friends seeing how they are doing, not forgetting enjoying the game. My weekends are work and football orientated however I do find time in the evening to have a gaming session into the early hours of the next day.

Fancy a game or two?

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Paragon: What Happened?

Epic Games have announced that their take on a moba, Paragon, will be closing on the 26th of April. They state that “After careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.” This came just 10 days after a call-to-arms of sorts; in a forum post epic requested suggestions from the community to figure out a way to help the player base grow. So, how did this game get to this point? At one point it had a large player base with regular updates and changes to the game.

Many members of the community are putting the blame on the developers, suggesting that they haven’t been listening to them and that the game could be in a much better state if they had done. I’ve suggested that the community didn’t embrace change or attempt to adapt before complaining, which forced the dev team to react to something that wasn’t broken, or to simply ignore the players until they figured out that they were wrong.

A number of the development team working on Paragon were swiftly moved over to the Fortnite team (Epics hugely successful Battle Royale), which has led many to speculate that it was in face Fortnite witch killed Paragon. Did you play Paragon? What are you going to miss? What did you love? Why do you think it failed?

Modding for a large Twitch streamer (TSM_Myth)

TSM_Myth has seen tremendous growth in the past 6 months. Being one of the best Fortnite players out there, the captain of the TSM Fortnite team and the first PC player to reach 1000 solo wins has done wonders for his stream. In September, when Fortnite BR was released, Myth would average around 50 viewers in the stream, yesterday (07/03/2018) he peaked at 40,492 viewers. It’s safe to say that being a moderator for him has changed a lot.

With 40k people, all with the ability to type, you can image than the chat screen is scrolling fast. Internet trolls are nothing new but on this scale it gets hard to deal with. The mod team have implemented strict rules and have adopted a “no mercy” approach so dealing with the chat. We allow Nightbot to deal with the majority of issues now, we’re constantly updating the blacklisted spam words which allows Nightbot to time people out who spam or promote hate. Moderators will normally ban someone rather than timing them out, with such a huge number of people watching second chances are a luxury. We also use a logging system which allows us to check the chat logs when someone asks “why was I banned? I didn’t do anything wrong.” Of course they, more often than not, did.

I hope that the effort the moderation team puts in results in a positive chat experience. Have you visited Myths stream? What did you think of the chat? let me know!

The 5 Best things about Fortnite BR (other than the gameplay)

1. New POI’s

Since the game’s release there have been 6 new named points of interest added to the map and a number of smaller locations added. This is a great way to keep the game feeling fresh and exciting.

2. New Weapons

There have been 12 (that’s right, 12!) new weapons added to the game. I think it’s likely that we’ll begin to see a weapon rotation system once the roster fills up. They’ve already put the SMG “in the vault” and I’m sure one day they’ll put another gun in the vault and let the SMG out again.

3. Bug Fixes

Bugs come with every patch, but they sure do get squashed quickly! Epic have an amazing turn over when it comes to bug fixes and with their new “Community issues” page we can track them!

4. LTM’s

During the Game Awards Epic pulled off one of the coolest marketing stunts ever when they announced their first ever Limited Time Mode, 50 vs 50. Immediately after the announce trailer had finished we could log into the game and play the new mode. There have been 5 LTM’s since then and more to come.

 

5. Battle Pass

Skins, glorious skins! Everyone loves a good vanity item and Fortnite has plenty to choose from! They can get expensive though, that’s why the battle pass is so good! For just 950 V-Bucks  you’re able to unlock 76 different cosmetic items just by playing the game and completing challenges.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Fortnite BR?

Workout your gym needs in Hull!

“A person who is fit is capable of living life to its fullest extent.”

Exercise plays a vital role in mental health while also making you less prone to medical conditions. There are now over 9.7 million gym members in the UK, an all-time high of 14.9%; when will you find the gym that’s right you?

 

University gym

  • £19.95 per month
  • 120+ classes
  • Free access to lawns gym

This package is the most convenient choice for students; with facilities available on campus and at the lawns there will always be a uni gym guaranteed next to any university owned accommodation. This is perfect for busy/lazy individuals who don’t want to waste too much time commuting.

 

Xercise4less

  • From £9.99 a month (12 month contract)/ £19.99 per month
  • 200+ classes
  • Free access to 50+ branches nationwide

This package is the best for those looking to get value for money long term. This is the cheapest membership available in the city and with other sites nationwide it is perfect for those looking to gym away from uni too! Be prepared to commit to membership as customer service is minimal.

 

Fit 24

  • £249 per year/ £5 per day
  • Sauna and steam room
  • 24/7 access

This gym is popular amongst fitness enthusiasts who enjoy regularly going or those wanting a high end gym. It offers less free classes compared to the others but this reflects the number of members. It is a quiet gym perfect for those who desire privacy or dislike sharing equipment. If you have the money this is gym can cater for all tastes.

 

Top 3 ways to relax when stressed

We all get stressed, there’s no way of avoiding it.

A bit of stress is good, but beyond optimal point it is spells trouble.

So, how to reduce bad stress?

  1. Stop Demanding Perfection of Yourself

When we do something, we usually imagine how the end result will look like, and it is usually a perfect one. We don’t account for errors and mistakes therefore the end state is usually not what we expected it to be.

And that is completely fine!!!

We are just humans and we are doomed to make mistakes, do not dwell on them. Instead learn from them and try to do better next time.

It will never be prefect so stop putting expectations on yourself that you won’t be able to fulfil.

Be realistic!!

  1. Exercise

Ah yes, the enemy of all people, exercise.

I am sure that you heard all the scientific and psychological benefits of exercise.

And I am here to tell you…

… That they are all true!!

So go for a run, pick up some weights, and release all of your tension with exercise!!

  1. Talk it over with a Friend

We usually get stressed because we misunderstand or interpret things in a wrong way.

So the best way to handle that, is to get a different perspective.

A trusted friend can help you, but remember that if the problem is more technical rather than emotional, it’s is best to take into account their capabilities.

Let me know how you deal with stress below 🙂

Top 3 ways to stay motivated

We all face times in our university lives where nothing makes sense, and we just want to give up and quit.

However, we must carry on in order to fulfil our dreams and achieve what we came here to do.

Therefore, I have created a list of top 3 ways that help me stay motivated. I know that some of them may seem bizarre and not as impactful as I will present them to you, but trust me, they will work.

  1. Tidy Your Room

We usually postpone tiding our room as it looks trivial… It will get untidy soon.

However, keeping your room tidy will be the first step in getting a hold of your life.

When you see an untidy room and it disgusts you, you are subconsciously telling yourself that if you can’t handle this, then how can you handle the bigger things?

  1. Create a List of Tasks and Tick Them

We all know our tasks for a day and we don’t write them down because we hope we will remember them. However, without writing them down you cannot see your progress with your eyes.

So, write them down, tick them when you have finished a task, and show yourself that your day is full of accomplishments.

  1. Celebrate all Accomplishments

Small accomplishments seem like nothing when you complete them, but they are as important as bigger accomplishments.

Therefore, when you complete any task reward yourself.

You will start to feel that your effort will allow you to push forward.

Tell me about your ways to stay motivated below 🙂

Top 3 things to do instead of going out

We all enjoy going out with our friends and have fun, usually accompanied by alcohol.

Unfortunately however, our bodies and minds need to take a break from these lucrative activities time to time.

 

Thus I am providing you, my precious readers, with a list of top 3 things to do instead of going out.

  1. A Venture To Nature

Our minds need a break from our daily lives, the best way to do it is to disconnect from all electrical devices and simply enjoy a long walk to a nice nature rich place.

It will allow you to release your mind from the shackles of technology and release your imagination and allow you to think deeply about anything you like, there will be no constraints on you.

  1. Indoor Rock Climbing

We all have always wanted to do this. We have seen it movies, where someone climbs and is afraid to jump down.

 ‘Rock Up’, located in St Stephan’s shopping centre, allows us to actually see and have a feel for it, alone or with friends.

It is great fun and decent exercise!

  1. Escape Rooms

Fight your way through riddles and puzzles in order to free yourselves within a time limit at ‘Escape Hull’.

This activity is basically trying to solve riddles in order to find clues which will eventually allow you to open the doors, behind which freedom awaits.

 ‘Escape Hull’ offers a wide range of types of room you can escape from.

Tell me how you spend your free time below 🙂