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In the apple shop

So its been a while since my last entry in this blog. Alot has happened, I now have a confirmed place at university for this September. Im just trying to get my mind back into gear of plenty of study and exams. ūüė¶ The apple store is extremely tempting, cant wait for the student loan. ūüôā


Emerging Logo and Updates

After a brief visit to Ventnor¬†again, I arrived at Rio’s, the small wine bar which I will be filming for Destination Tap (w/t) and VTV. After discussing dates and the events, I will be hoping to cover A live jazz band in the upcoming months. This should provide another interesting angle. Rios has an interesting history and many colourful characters. Stay tuned for an indepth profile soon.

In the mean time, I thought I would provide a new logo for the project. It’s slightly Victorian-esk. It fits the theme of the many historical pubs on the Isle of Wight.

More soon.

The Ventnor Visit

Ventnors¬†many faces, whether its charity shops or the numerous junk shops, celebrities somehow¬†find comfort in visiting this mixed bag. After my visit to Ventnor,¬†I came away slightly confused about what to film. Sure, there’d be a great documentary in filming people standing outside pubs, smoking and them telling us about their day. Would that work? Maybe…¬†¬†

My first location was the lower high street, located just off the main road. Ventnor is made up of small Victorian shops, making most of the small spaces. Boutique shops and bars are all here. Here are a few pictures I took to give you a rough idea of the town.  


Taken outside of Wave clothing, the old threshers closed and The Inn.


Cloudy day for site seeing.


Running off the waterfall near by.


A new Bistro serving coffee and food in cool surroundings.


Quite simply, one of the Isle of Wight’s diamonds in the rough. It’s victorian¬†past is underneath a slightly tarnished skin. Over the years, Ventnor¬†has seen some subtle additions. The developments along the seafront last year, creating a new boat house and updating the promenade¬†gave it a much-needed¬†uplift. This weekend I will be doing a location recce¬†for an upcoming short for Ventnor¬†TV. The faces of Ventnor will be a short 10 minute doc looking at the businesses in the seas side town. Theres an eclectic mix, hopefully making an interesting subject for a film.

I thought I’d include a photos from the tinterweb¬†that really shows off the town. I shall put up some photos from the recce next week.¬†

During the summer months, the Harbour is alive with activity.

Shall we get moving?

For the last few weeks my train of thought has been somewhat absent. University, job security and changes in lifestyle have all reared there heads. One important aspect of these changes seem to be my attitude towards life. At the moment, I seem focused and motivated. Steering towards my goals and hoping to achieve them.

It’s abit¬†of a waiting game at the moment. My university choices should be heading in over the next few weeks and job hunting is atleast¬†giving me interviews. For example, yesterday I went for a job at a new wine bar opening in sandown¬†on the isle of Wight. I was only in there 5 minutes. The usual questions on ‘what have you done’ and ‘isn’t the weather cold’ were asked. After the interagation, she started discussing the wage. ¬£5 an hour. Apparently this is minimum wage. She hadn’t taken into account my experience working for costa coffee. I’m currently paid ¬£6 an hour. After considering this, she told me that I would get a phone call that evening. Nothing happened!

Reliability is one factor in this. It would be nice to recieve¬†a phone call saying ‘we’ve discussed the issue but feel it wouldn’t work. Atleast then I have some consolidation.

Overall, I’m happy how everything is going. I’m just hoping the weather picks up ūüėÄ

The feeling of regret and positive thinking

Since starting this blog almost a month ago, I’ve spent most of that time looking back on the decisions I’ve made. Situations that I sometimes regret and others that are positive. Things happen for a reason. You fall out of contact with friends because they are moving on with life. You meet new people and realise you have some sort of connection. I use to think along these lines. You meet people for a reason. Nothing could be more clear¬†when I recently visited Winchester University. I have never been somewhere which is so laid¬†back, but has some form of connection with me.

Upon leaving the town centre and trying to find campus with a dodgy map, I stumbled to¬†a graveyard. randomly¬†placed between the headstones was a path, that I gathered would connect me to the Uni. After a few minutes I came across the reception building. What a contrast of modern¬†meets medieval. Quiet meets even quieter. Suddenly, the thoughts of regret came flooding back. This was the same experience I had before with my earlier¬†Uni. In someway, I think this absent reminder was saying stick to your guns. Carry on the way you are. The Uni was nice, small, quiet but great facilities. It’s a¬†shame there isn’t a mixture between great night life and Uni. I suppose I shouldn’t be so fussy.

Positive thinking has never been a strong point of mine. I’ve always taken the attitude that if its going to go wrong, it will go wrong. Maybe I should adopt the positivity and embrace it. Through it, I might find peace of mind. The regret is still lingering in the background, waiting to pop out and say ‘We were right and you were wrong.’

The joys of job hunting

Thats right folks, job hunting. That time of year when everyone is talking about a change of pace, a change of lifestyles or a change in life. But what does this mean? Some of these people have only been in there jobs five minutes. They’ve realised it’s not¬†for them or they’ve made a big mistake. So they spend a few minutes looking at the local papers job vacancies to see what

So what should it be this week?? Hmmm… wiping grannies¬†back side… err no thanks. What else do we have here? OO OO media sales executive. Circle this in big red pen.¬†Lets think alternatives here? Can I run alongside¬†two jobs with my existing one? Part-time experienced waiting staff… circle. Hotel receptionist. Circle again.

This is what is happening at the moment. People are out there getting sick of dead-end¬†jobs there in. Luckily I don’t¬†see myself working in a coffee shop for much longer as Uni is just over the horizon. Like the other million people out there wanting a job or just a change. It would be nice to think I could just walk into another job, however the world has changed. No longer do you receive¬†a letter from an application stating you have not got the vacancy. The age of humility is over. No personalised response. It’s mail-merge all the way. I suppose this wouldn’t be possible today, with the current unemployment being so high.

But would i¬†personal touch hurt? Or at least¬†getting a name right? A friend of mine had a letter of rejection with someone elses name on top. Imagine how that would feel. Another situation that I find incredible is people are charging for you to register on a vacancy. You don’t¬†even get the guarantee of an interview. How shocking is that?

I dont think there is any joy to job hunting. Apparently the thrill is in the chase. How wrong they were? It might be the many¬†people applying for the jobs, especially on an Island with high unemployment. It might be there aren’t many jobs to go for. January seems an ideal time to apply for something new, but everyone else seems to have the same idea as me. I think there’s joy to job hunting¬†once you’ve found a job. Thats were you find it. Once your into a new one, i think my whole attitude to life would change. I’d be more upbeat and positive for a start.