Monthly Archives: April 2008

What if…

The most powerful country in the world was Costa Rica?

They were the first country in the world to abolish their army. The country has had almost fifty nine years of uninterrupted democracy, the longest time in all of Latin America. The President has the executive responsibilities of the country.

Their unofficial country motto. “Pura Vida.”- the words convey the state of happiness, peace, and tranquility that the political stability and freedom bring to Costa Ricans.

Education is highly regarded in Costa Rica by most of the population. 6% of the country’s resources are dedicated to education and it has been proved to have positive results as > 95% of the population is literate.

Nearly 80% of the population is Catholic. However, most Costa Rican Catholics view their religion more as a tradition than as a form of faith. The Catholic hierarchy does not exert a powerful influence either politically or culturally. Moreover, Costa Rica is tolerant of other religion.

There are many other wonderful and unique things about this country.

For example, while the country has only about 0.1% of the world’s landmass, it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. They also have

  • 130 species of freshwater fish
  • 160 species of amphibians
  • 208 species of mammals
  • 220 species of reptiles
  • 850 species of birds
  • 1,000 species of butterflies
  • 1,200 varieties of orchids
  • 9,000 species of plants
  • 34,000 species of insects
  • Canal networks through jungles
  • Cloud forests
  • Coral reefs
  • Deciduous forests
  • Elevations from sea level to 12,529 feet
  • Mangrove swamps
  • Rain forests
  • Tropical dry forests
  • Volcanoes (112 craters)
  • White, black, and pink shell beaches on both coasts
  • Extensive networks of rivers

Maybe the world should be dominated by them. Maybe we’d be all better off.

Student life…

Been revising for about a week now for my many final exams. It’s not too bad. I do feel a bit stressed but exams don’t really bother me that much. The thing that bothers me is getting to the exam, reading the question and thinking ‘shit..I have no idea what that is’. Hopefully with enough revision, that won’t happen. It’s quite hard to revise when you have no idea what you could be asked. For most of the topics I have no idea how specific they want us to be. The exam questions are usually applied stuff which makes you use the knowledge rather than just memorizing stuff but that’s annoying when my strength is usually memorizing facty things. Obviously it’s easier to learn stuff in context which is why it’s easier to revise by doing exam questions but we don’t have many of them.

In the big scheme of things, it’s a tiny part of my life, I’m lucky to be at uni, I’m quite smart (I like to think) and I’ll come out of the end with a decent degree. I don’t need a particular grade, I don’t really even want to work in psychology but the only thing motivating me is that I want a 2:1 on my CV and not a 2:2. I wont get a 1st. I very much doubt it anyway, I’m not prepared to work that much and my coursework needs to be higher really.

I hope I do well in my dissertation above most other things. It was my own project, I enjoyed writing and I found it really interesting so I really want a justified mark on that.

Aaaahhhhh – sometimes life is quite annoying.

I also went out saturday night for coursemate’s 21st. Went round there for houseparty first. The problem with student parties is that it’s more of a turn up hours late and spent most of the time discussing which bar we’re going to first. Ok I quite like going to pubs and bars but it’s not my favourite thing to do. When people say they are having a houseparty it’s usually much more interesting. Sitting around chatting – usually about facebook, other housemates, mutual friends, etc. Drinking slowly and maybe nibbling and much cheaper than going clubbing or something. I tend to meet more people at houseparties and have more interesting conversations than if we go to the SU or similar bars.

Anyway, that was fun. We joined with another houseparty of another girl of our course and many other connections and mutual friends there. Had a good laugh talking with a girl who I had never met before purely because we tend to sit at opposite ends of the lecture theatre. Went from there to a pub which was too noisy and where it’s difficult to chat and people sort of drifted off so I drifted off home at that point. Sometimes it’s a better night out if you stop at the right time and before you start to get bored… just me.. yeh ok.

So here I am. I’m going into uni in a min to find a textbook. Hopefully they’ll be available and our course are not all revising the same thing at the same time.

Sorry for long (ish) blog. Sometimes I feel better when I’ve blogged a load of crap even if no-one reads it.  I’ll read this back in like a year and think ‘what the hell was I talking about?’.

Bloody housemates

They always seem to make noise just when there’s something you’re listening to…

Missed the end of the Now Show on R4 earlier cus of a kitchen invasion. Not too much of a prob – it is repeated.

Bass also banging thru the wall while I was watching a doc on Kirsty MacColl.

And my most of my Guardian has been stolen from the kitchen table and I haven’t done the crossword yet.


Son of Rambow

I saw this film last night. Definitely recommend it.

It’s a brilliant british film – and when I say British I don’t mean has Hugh Grant or Colin Firth in it and it’s not trying to be all twee for the American audience.

It really is quite funny – and quite touching. The children in it are brilliant and the storyline is just sweet. It makes you want to be a child again.

I’ve got bucketloads of revision to do and been feeling bored with my life and that I dont want to be an adult. The film really does make you want to be a child again, sitting in a shed feeding mice, making secret promises with friends, playing in the woods etc. It’s just not the same and you can’t really get away with it when you’re 21.

Anyway I would definitely recommend it. I love that it’s not set in today’s year but possibly around 1986-1990 so it fits with anyone who was between 5 and 10 at the time I suppose.

Look out for flying dogs. Very funny

And Jessica Hynes – very good as the mother. She is utterly beautiful.

I’m not moving.

I’ve discovered livejournal. I started an account over there mainly for the communities and chat. It’s pretty groovy and frankly more interesting than wordpress.

I can’t be bloggered (lol) to move blogs when I hardly ever write in this one so I’ll still post on here now and again if anyone is actually reading this. Blogs seem to be oldskool now what with facebook/myspace and associated sites plus vlogging is quite popular. I am not videoing myself speaking because I hate the sound of my own voice. The written word is much nicer to me and a better way of getting my thoughts across.

I more motivation to update now and again. Mainly for my own sake cus it’s nice to keep a record of things a bit like a diary so I can look back at my opinions about the things that were going on and what I did. It’s nice to look back at what I did in my life in several years time and be all nostalgic.

What’s going on now then… well I’ve just got back to Plymouth for my final (feck me) term of uni. Had quite a nice Easter – was a bit man cus we went away for easter weekend but apart from that parents were still at work and sis at school cus their hols were later. I spent most time at home getting on with uni work and catching up on a bit of chilling out and watching films.

I’ve still got about 4 pages of essay to write by wednesday and then it’s revision sesh until mid May and then I finish. Bloody hell – I’m quite scared about just going and being a grown up and not really having excuses for stuff like being skint or being lazy. On the other hand I can’t wait to just do something else with my life. The constant working, essay writing etc is doing my nut in. I can’t wait to have a proper job – even if it is something in a shop to earn some money and be able to go places. Me and Jess have been making plans about several people going away somewhere in the summer, going to festivals, and going camping etc. Hopefully they’ll be lots of that. The problem is thinking of those things makes me not want to work at all. I can’t stop now. Unfortunately I am one of those people who is quite clever really but doing exams and writing essays is not a natural strength so I have to do a lot of work and pack in the revision and hopefully fingers crossed I will get my 2;1.

I will….