Christmas Issue 2011
Ashleigh Answers I
heart Christmas more than life itself, I love the Christmas music, tree, lights and one could not forget ‘Christmas in a tin’ (Glade Apple & Cinnamon Room Spray FYI). This year I have been more of an eager Christmas beaver than ever before – decorations went up in the ﬁrst week of November and all my shopping was done by the 10th November, very proud. So, here I spread some Christmas joy, joy that will reach extreme levels when I open my Selection Box, go straight for the Flake (Obvs) and enjoy its crumbly goodness whilst wearing my onesie all cosy by the ﬁre.
‘Tis the Season to be Single If you’re in a relationship over this festive season, then you may not feel the loneliness singledom brings you. If you are single, they hey, you also must have a good time cocooned in your Ben & Jerry-eating, Greys Anatomy-watching life. Supposing you enjoy your ‘single and ready to mingle existence’, then that ﬁne and enjoy it, but some may feel lonely or empty without someone at Christmas. It’s normal to feel lonely when you’re single, especially at Christmas, and just because your friends are out every day of the week ending in ‘y’ drinking their weight in WKD, doesn’t mean you feel you have to. I guarantee you are not the only one feeling that, and just to give you a heads-up, here are a few celebs who have confessed to wanting to ﬁnd that ‘special someone’; Taylor Lautner, Kim Kardashian, Olly Murs, 100% of the members of One Direction (but obviously be careful here due to the age of consent, as they are all clearly no older than twelve), Taylor Swift, and we all love a bit of Stephen Merchant (no, don’t do that face, he would made you laugh...ALOT). I mean, you can always stalk them on Twitter instead if all else fails.
mission in this article is to make you feel better by reminding you of some positives of being single and yes, there are some; - The Remote Monster = Top Gear, Everybody Loves Raymond,The Simpsons– NO! Trying to feed your Made In Chelsea/Tool Academy/One Born Every Minute habit when all the boyfriend wants to watch is junk (Tool Academy is amazing and you know it), is not going to happen. Being single = no remotebased problems! Watch whatever the heck you like, whenever you want to watch it, YEY! - Having your own bed with your own space with no hot, sweaty buffalo snuggling like a leech on your back. You can spread out like a starﬁsh or you can at least have the option to lie in the foetal position and not be forced into it by your bedhogging loved one. - I’ve saved the best till last, yes I’m just that kind – buying yourself stuff instead of the other half, with no extra birthday, Christmas or ‘I’m sorry’ presents to save for. Valentine’s Day is the best excuse to buy yourself ten thousand calories-worth of chocolates and sweets, whack on your onesie and put on a delightful Jennifer Anniston rom-com or, even better, Elf. If you feel lonely over the festive period and need someone to talk to then why don’t you try giving Samaritans a call? They are there 24/7 and are completely conﬁdential. 08457 90 90 90
The Gift of Expression The Christmas spirit was truly upon us this issue when Seren’s very own ‘grinch’, Deputy Editor LJ, surprised me with an early Christmas gift. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting so we took the opportunity to give you lovely bunch a heads up on what faces not to pull this year. A* for effort on the christmas jumper, LJ. Not so much for the noodles...
Remember to stay grateful this Christmas and be thankful that you got a gift at all!
Total Lack of Happiness
Just Enough Happiness
The Over-exaggerated Happiness
With the Christmas party season almost upon us, students in Bangor are being encouraged to make better choices when it comes to their health in a new drive to cut unnecessary admissions to hospital Emergency Departments and reduce inappropriate use of the ambulance service.” The above was part of an article sent to Danielle Buckley, VP of Education and Welfare, from the NHS to make you lovely lot aware of the vast amount of unnecessary visits and admissions to hospitals. The next chunk of information you are about to read is designed to help educate us all on the correct way to communicate with the health services and if they are actually required. Of course, when you’re ‘Crazy-Frogged’ up, mid-pee , falling off the toilet hitting your head on the toilet roll holder, the tiny graze you then discover upon your forehead obviously deserves immediate medical attention, NOT. All this simply requires is to kindly ask the soberest person in the room/club/toilets to help clean it with some water. This is just an example some of us may just stumble upon during our university experience. As house parties are even more of a common occurrence during the festive season, it would be useful to learn some stuff about keeping as safe and as well as possible. A statistic to try and enable you to grasp the effect alcohol-related ambulance calls has on the countries healthcare system is that ‘someone dials 999 for an ambulance approximately every eight and a half minutes because of alcohol-related illness or injury’. To help decrease the number of unnecessary 999 calls, the Choose Well campaign for Wales have developed a chart to educate people on what to consider an emergency and what to consider self-care. Self care includes the very common ‘hangover illness’ many of you would have experienced no doubt. The campaign’s colour coded thermometer helps people to link their symptoms with the particular NHS Wales
service right for their needs. So head to www.choosewell.org. uk and print the guide off to stick on up in your kitchen for easy reference when the next health problem arises Here are a few Christmas party tips for party hosts in particular to make sure it runs as smoothly as a delightful glass of Christmas Mint Bailey’s; - Invest in some plastic cups and plastic cutlery if you will be serving food. Yes, I know you’re not ﬁve years old at a picnic hosted by your nan, but this will avoid glass-based injuries during an intoxicated game of ‘ring of ﬁre’, and metal-related cutlery wounds during ‘ﬁve ﬁnger ﬁllet’ (which is apparently the name of the game where someone places a hand on a table and another ‘cool’ person taps the utensil between each ﬁnger back and forth whilst building up speed each time... yes, I had to Google to ﬁnd out the name of this game). You will probably be able to pick some things up from Home Bargains or Tesco. Hide any valuables (especially if you’re holding your party at the ‘rents house) and not just the expensive stuff, but that one hundred year old glass vase your granddad’s brother’s, uncle’s, sister’s, mother’s, father bought for them should also be stowed away somewhere safe; safe does not mean in an easily accessible cupboard surrounded by food (students will demolish anything edible just in case you didn’t already know that). - If you buy alcohol, don’t assume you’re going to be the one consuming it, houses are a ‘grab a;d glug’ zone for university parties, so the best advice is to either drink it before you arrive (which seems to be the case for many boozeindulging students), hide it in someone’s bedroom or even outside, to give the added bonus of being chilled when you choose to devour it, high ﬁve for that last treat of a tip!
Published on Dec 2, 2011
This is the December 2011/12 issue of Seren, Bangor Univeristy's English Language Newspaper. Produced by students for students.