Posts Tagged ‘Isle of Wight’

A Very Merry Xmas to Everyone… even winchy

Wow! Its been a while since my last post on here. What can I say. A lot has happened during that time. I’m now at University, studying something I love (film) and getting to now the wider world, away from the Isle of Wight.

Not forgetting my roots, I find it somewhat fulfilling leaving behind the quieter life for something more lively. One of my friends who currently lives in Falmouth prefers the steadier stream of life, whilst having constant familiarities of Island life. The sea and sounds are all reminiscent of the Isle of Wight. I guess that’s what draws her to this astounding place.

Of course, heading back to the Island for Christmas is an enjoyable and lively experience. Meeting friends and family for the first time in months and enjoying their company. This time of year allows me to focus on the most important parts of life. Being together and sharing experiences. 

To this point, I love home and this way of life. However, I remember my life on the mainland. The atmosphere is different and more lively, to the quieter pace, on the Island. I appreciate these differences, but have come to realise that my new home is on the mainland. In Winchester.

For the forseeable future I’ll be in a constant flux between these two places. Placing my roots between the place I grew up and the place I will grow, further.

I’d like to wish everyone who visits my page, A Very Merry Christmas and Great 2011.

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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.

Ventnor

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.

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.