How to spend your loan before it’s arrived..

I should certainly be revising, but instead I have devised a sumptuous list of things I would like to buy when our loans come through. It is both unrealistic and impossible: I am fully aware that as soon as the money has rested just 5 minutes in my account, I will need it for some awfully mundane activity or bill. But while I’m comfortably warm with a cup of tea in mama’s house, where the food is delicious and the kitchen is clean, I shall indulge myself with a basket of imaginary delights…

Lawrence of Arabia

I’ve been rather obsessed with the latest BBC series, Empire. Even with Jeremy Paxman’s uncomfortably interrogative interviews with the natives, it’s been an excellently written series. In the first episode, I got rather carried away with the tales of the real Lawrence of Arabia. He was quite a good lad, as far as I can understand. So I feel it’s only right that I settle down with this lovely old piece of cinematography, and indulge myself with a bowl of kettle chips.

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Penguin Thermos

I’ve wanted this since I first set my eyes upon it. Every time I receive a morsel of income I revisit it, but I can’t ever quite justify it. I already have a thermos flask, but it’s black and dull! I really feel I deserve this. So here is my proposal to you reader: I will be very famous as a published writer when I’m older, so if you fancy being mentioned in the ‘acknowledgements’ section of my first book, then I suggest you treat me to this lovely gift.

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Sophie Dahl’s From Season to Season

I think I might be in love with Sophie Dahl. In all honesty, I think if I ever imagine what I would like my career to be like in years to come, I would be very happy to follow in her footsteps. She writes for Waitrose Food Illustrated magazine and several newspapers and magazines, like US Vogue, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She is also a wonderful cook, and after I bought her first book, Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights, I am determined to use more of her indulgent recipes in her latest cookbook. If I still haven’t persuaded you, she is also the granddaughter of Roald Dahl. What’s not to like?

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Sessun Shirt in Liberty Print Floral – ASOS £125

Yes, I think this might be one of the less likely items I may purchase. I don’t think I will ever have £125 to spend on a shirt. But as I live in a bodycon skirt, I am constantly on the look out for things to pair with it. I particularly love floral shirts at the moment, in the true fashion of the summer months. But I think I may use this as a template for others I may find in H&M. Oh, but I have found an absolute treasure trove of a shop in Bristol, called BS7 on Park Street. I will certainly buy something from there and tell the world of my purchases!

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The Letters of Evelyn Waugh

After reading Waugh’s A Handful of Dust this year in my ‘British Fiction 1900-50′ module, I am just loving his writing. I read Brideshead Revisited for A-Level, and after seeing this on the shelves in Waterstones, I am determined to have a read! I am hugely fond of letters and diaries as a form of biography, and I bought a collection of Virginia Woolf’s diary entries recently. However, as excellent as these are, I feel Waugh’s correspondences may provide me with slightly more humorous and satirical reading, rather than the wonderfully depressing last words of a suicidal lesbian.

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18 thoughts on “How to spend your loan before it’s arrived..

  1. You’re like the Oprah for the Penguin thermos– post it on your blog, and now everyone wants it! Including me. But wouldn’t you just be so much happier drinking your tea or coffee from it and knowing that you have the cutest thermos around? Thanks for liking my post!

  2. Do indulge with Lawrence of Arabia and a bowl of kettle chips — it’s just about my favorite film of all time.

    And now that you’ve brought up that darned Letters of Evelyn Waugh book, I’m going to have to go out and find it myself. (I wonder how that would go with a bowl of kettle chips?)

    (Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post, by the way.)

  3. Here is a piece of advice from someone quite older than you who remembers well being a starving student and subsequently living in London and thinking that being able to take a taxi was the splurge of the week: some material things do give comfort so, I’d say, go for the Penguin thermos. Will keep your tea and coffee warm for a long time while you slave away at your laptop. As to Lawrence of Arabia, it’s a great movie but much better watched on a big screen than on tv….your blog is lovely….

  4. Lawrence of Arabia

    I’ve been rather obsessed with the latest BBC series, Empire. Even with Jeremy Paxman’s uncomfortably interrogative interviews with the natives, it’s been an excellently written series. In the first episode, I got rather carried away with the tales of the real Lawrence of Arabia. He was quite a good lad, as far as I can understand. So I feel it’s only right that I settle down with this lovely old piece of cinematography, and indulge myself with a bowl of kettle chips.

    Send me an email at Chistka@aol.com and I’ll send you a few more titles on Lawrence that I’m certain you’ll enjoy. If you’re also interested in Charles George Gordon–a predacessor of Lawrence–and his heroic stand at Khartoum, I can send you some fascinating titles on him.

  5. Hey Tiffany, I agree dreaming does not cost a thing :) and thank you for stopping by my blog and liking the post on “tea of the immortals”, I also have another there on tea and I have some more tea reviews to do, so feel free to check anytime.

  6. I watched the Empire series also, it was very good indeed.

    Ps. Thank you kindly, for liking my Rout Cake blog post, I shall return the favour by subscribing to your blog. I look forward to reading you whatnotings. I also like your background picture, very pretty.

  7. Hello,

    I’m just here to say thank you so much for liking my post the other day. My blog is so brand new I really didn’t expect to see any traffic at all.

    You have very eclectic taste and anyone who likes Evelyn Waugh well enough to read his correspondence is okay in my book. I read his first novel Decline and Fall recently and am planning to read A Handful of Dust later on this year.

    Thanks again.

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