Manic Monday

It sure was a manic start to the week! With snow over the weekend, anyone like myself getting into work was a little bit of a challenge in itself considering the roads were a little icy, but the pavements were more or less clear of the snowfall.

It was good to see the sun come out after a few days, but either way, I’m still wrapping up warm tomorrow just to be safe in the event of the snow returning to try again for some more.

It’s no wonder the transport system was experiencing total chaos over the weekend, but hopefully, the level of transport shouldn’t be too chaotic considering I’m going up to Oxford Street tomorrow, but today was a great day despite the weather.

Is it still snowing where you are? Is it raining where you are? Is it sunny where you are? I would love to hear your responses. The Bangles‘ record: “Manic Monday“, written by the late music legend, Prince Rogers Nelson, was what inspired me to write this article with the same name.

Alex Smithson

Snowdrop Sunday

Back for another go, the Beast from the East decides to blanket the United Kingdom with more snow and freezing cold temperatures.

Travel disruption is currently affected, with air traffic also experiencing some disruption as a result of this horrendous weather. Who would have thought it? Just when this weather was going and we were getting a hint of the lovely and warm Spring weather, the snow decides to return for another run of disruption.

I just hope this wintry weather doesn’t hamper my chances of travelling up to Oxford Street on Tuesday, as I would prefer for there to be sunny weather on the day and I just pray that the train services run at full speed when I head to Oxford Street, as I don’t want to be stranded like I was the other week when I went to Oxted & Hurst Green because there were no rail replacement buses in place.

If it’s snowing where you are, please wrap up warm and stay safe if you’re out on the roads, but let’s hope this wintry weather is the last we’ll see of it for some time.

Alex Smithson

Snowfall Saturday

Woke up to the snow this morning? I did, and so did everyone else in the United Kingdom. Just when we all thought the snow disappeared, the Beast of the East decided to return for another go.

I was happier yesterday when it was sunny and warm because I thought: “Great, loving this sunny and warm weather, about time!” and then BAM! It decides to snow again into this morning.

Luckily, because I finished my first week back at work following the annual leave, I was able to wake up to the snow and stay nice and warm with the boiler on, but I dread when it snows now, especially considering that I’m working now. If it snowed when I was at school or college, I would have happily stayed at home and called in sick, but because I’m working now, I dread when it snows, but the snow won’t stop me from getting into work as I’m not going to let one bit of snow hinder my chances of getting into work.

Despite the snowfall, I was glad that I didn’t go out today, as it’s freezing outside and it was good to stay in the nice and warm all day.

Did it snow heavily where you are? Please tell me, I would love to know.

Alex Smithson

Welcome to March!

Welcome to March! What a freezing cold start to this month! As the Beast of the East impacted the United Kingdom, with Storm Emma now on the way, it’s no surprise that Spring is late to the party because the wintry snowstorm is here and it’ll be here for a few days, if not maybe a week depending on whether or not the temperature improves.

I’ll be busy mostly over the course of this month as I’ll be working but will also be completing some work for my full-time job, but I’ll be publishing a little here and there over next week as I’ll be on annual leave for a week but I will be making sure that I can use some of the free time here and there when it’s available.

What has the weather been like where you are? I bet you must be snowed in. Is it sunny depending on where you are and if so, do you prefer warm weather instead of cold weather? I would love to hear your responses.

Until then, Welcome to March!

Alex Smithson

Need a Quick Hair Fix? Try L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty!

As I use this hair product on a regular basis to make sure the style of my hair stays as trendy as possible, I wanted to recommend L’Oreal‘s Matt & Messy Hair Putty to all of you.

Whether you’re someone who likes to style your hair in a certain way, no matter what the occasion, L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty will leave your hair feeling refreshed and not only that but when you put the putty in your hair and style your hair the way you want it to look, the putty isn’t noticeable and you’ll feel like you didn’t put any putty in, which goes to prove how good this product really is.

I use this product on a regular basis as I always love to make sure first impressions count, and even after the first impression, I still love to use L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty as I can still look the part even if I do or don’t choose to go out.

The benefits you’ll get from this hair product is that it doesn’t leave visible clumps of putty in your hair at all, as it’s not clumpy in any shape or form. This hair product will really benefit you for any occasion and this product is so easily workable in your hair, no matter what hairstyle you choose to have and because L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty gives your hair that roughed up natural look, it makes your hair look as natural as possible whilst keeping the hairstyle you have in check.

L’Oreal make sure to deliver, and if that doesn’t convince you, then I know this will. L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty can be washed out easily and doesn’t leave any clumps of putty in your hair, and it doesn’t even create clumps of putty in your hair when you apply the Matt & Messy Putty to it.

I use this hair product on a daily basis and it has always delivered the best results each time.

If you are in need of a quick hair fix, I recommend L’Oreal’s Matt & Messy Putty.

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: October 2017

October sure has been quite an interesting month, wouldn’t you agree? It’s been quite an interesting month despite some ups and downs but it’s most certainly been the best month on record.

Without further ado, I shall now take a look back on the articles published over the course of October.

1.10.2017 – Welcoming you to October on Mother Nature, I mentioned that October was set to be just as busy as the last considering I was looking around for jobs, which meant I wouldn’t be publishing as much as I used to.

10.10.2017 – As this day marked World Mental Health Day, I wanted to raise awareness by telling you to make a difference, so that if you are or know someone who has a mental health condition, this day was about coming together and supporting everyone regardless of what mental health condition you and everyone else has or may have.

13.10.2017 – It’s been five years since The Truth About Love, but P!NK is back with a bang! Beautiful Trauma is the hotly anticipated album of the year and it’s no surprise to see P!NK bless us with such good music. In case you missed it, to read my review of P!NK’s album, Beautiful Trauma, click here.

16.10.2017 – This day was strange, to say the least, and for a good reason too. The sky was all yellow as a result of a sand and dust storm. This was due to Hurricane Ophelia leading a destructive path of its own, considering that the United Kingdom is no stranger to this kind of weather.

26.10.2017 – “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay.” was my way of telling all of you that it’s okay that you’re not okay, that you should never keep your emotions inside and open up to everyone, and that you’ll begin to notice that you’re much stronger than before.

30.10.2017 – After months of job-hunting and a lot of hard work, I finally secured myself a full-time job! This day was the best highlight of my year alongside passing my UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Film & Photography Course with a Pass, as well as passing GCSE English with a C.

31.10.2017 – As Halloween Night finally arrived, everyone got into the spirit of dressing up to look like some characters from films or TV Shows, even with some going to such effort to dress up like the zombies from The Walking Dead, but what about the films? Well, to get into the Halloween spirit, I recommended up to almost 50 horror films for all of you if you wanted to put some fright in your ghoul for Halloween.

Thank you so much, everyone, for such a fantastic month. I know there has been some ups and downs over the last few weeks and I’m glad to have got through these past few weeks and I couldn’t have done this all without my family, my friends, especially all of you, so thank you so much for everything!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Again, thanks so much, everyone, and I shall see you all in November!

Alex Smithson

I Just Got a Full-Time Job!

After months of job-hunting and a lot of hard work, I have finally secured myself a full-time job! I’ve not given up once despite some stress along the way following rejections from some companies left, right and centre, which isn’t too bad as I got used to that, but I am pleased to say I am officially in a full-time job.

I have felt euphoric about the positive news since I woke up at 8:30 AM this morning, and even now I still feel the sense of euphoria in the air. As it is a retail assistant full-time apprenticeship, this is beneficial for me considering I’ve had some retail experience following a two-week work experience placement with Tesco PLC which I completed from the 13th May to the 25th May 2013, with my most recent work experience placement being with Watches2U, but this full-time job will really help me to gain confidence whilst I retake GCSE Maths.

I wanted to share this fantastic news with you today as it is my first ever full-time job and I’ve been bursting with excitement to tell everyone, including all of you, the fantastic news.

Alex Smithson


The Sky Was All Yellow…

Noticed the sky turn yellow today? Me too! The sky turned yellow as a result of sand and dust. This is because as Hurricane Ophelia is currently creating a destructive path of its own, it’s no surprise that the United Kingdom is no stranger to this kind of weather.

To be fair, it was 30 years ago today that the infamous hurricane, or the Great Storm of 1987 as it is most commonly known by, so it’s ironic to think the sky would turn yellow exactly 30 years to the day, and yesterday also marked 30 years since the infamous weather report that Michael Fish did, and bless him, he didn’t know it was going to happen considering the hurricane happened instantly without any given warning. I fully respect Michael Fish because it was a completely innocent mistake and he had no idea that the Great Storm of 1987 would affect the United Kingdom.

Below is one photograph I took of the yellow-like sky and cloud formation. Please accept my sincere apologies for the photograph being so grainy and noisy, as I was trying to produce the photograph exactly how the sky looked and this is unedited so that’s even better so you get the genuine result. I took inspiration from Coldplay‘s record, Yellow, which has done the rounds on social media so I wanted to shine a light on the weather in the musical sense, not literally, of course.

If anyone has been affected by Hurricane Ophelia, please know I am keeping you in my thoughts and will pray the hurricane disappears soon.

Did you witness the extraordinary yellow sky? Please tell me, I would love to know what you’ve got to say about it.

Alex Smithson

Camera Used: Nikon D3300

Photography Work on Hold. Please Read.

As my laptop went off for repair due to a problem with Audio Enhancements not working when headphones were connected, I have decided to put the photography work I produced in August for the photography series: “The Concept of Expression” on hold, and an article which I was supposed to be publishing before the end of this month that is photography-based is also going on hold for the short time being.

However, I can still publish articles briefly with my HP Stream 11 whilst my other laptop is being repaired, but don’t worry, the photography work I have produced that is due to go up on here will be published soon, so rest assured they will still be published but at a later stage whilst I get everything sorted.

On the plus side, I have some fantastic news I would like to bestow.

As my former GCSE English lecturers felt the D grade I got was an unfair result, I am pleased to announce that after my former GCSE English lecturers sent my paper off to be re-marked, I have finally passed GCSE English with a C grade after three whole years! It took me long enough after some ups and downs, including some bumps in the road, but I finally got there and I no longer have to do GCSE English. Result!


On a positive note, the photography work will go up soon, but in the meantime, I will be continuing to apply for more jobs whilst I work hard.

Thank you so much for your patience so far, it really does mean a lot to me and I will do the absolute best I can to get everything back up and running soon.

With love,

x Alex Smithson x


Camden is a wonderful and friendly place to visit. I went up to Camden last Monday to get an idea of the place and how I could go about getting there, but honestly, the people of Camden are so friendly and welcoming, and even though I was only there for at least a few minutes after an hour-and-a-half-long journey that I took to get from Croydon to Camden, it was worth paying a visit.

Camden is home to the late music legend, Amy Winehouse. A legendary musician who, despite being taken from all of us too soon, changed the music industry with her raw and powerful voice, which changed the course of the music industry. Although she released two albums in her lifetime, with a posthumous third album being released a few months after she passed away, her music revived and gave Camden the best recognition it deserved!

It is hard to believe the late music legend, Amy Winehouse, studied at the BRIT School, because you don’t get homegrown talent like Amy Winehouse come around often, so it’s best to make the most of the musicians you hear of now, as they will leave this mortal coil like we all will towards the end of our lives, so there’s no point wasting time on what’s not important. What is worth our time is making the most of the musicians we have come to love and listen to through albums, and even though Amy Winehouse is no longer around, her music, soul and mind live on forever.

If you ever get the chance to visit Camden, I suggest you do, because it is so friendly there that it will even put your mind at ease. It is also a great photography hotspot, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to visit Camden at any stage.

At some stage, I do want to travel to Camden again but for now, I am staying grounded to Croydon whilst I familiarise myself with travel routes.

Alex Smithson