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#101: Give some love to three blog posts you’ve read and loved in the past week, and tell us why they’re worth reading.

I’m really enjoying these types of prompts, where I get to express and recommend deserving bloggers’ work to other bloggers who may not have already stumbled upon them! For this prompt, I’m going to list the most recent posts that I have actually clicked ‘like’ on, therefore appearing at the top in the Posts I Like category.

The first one in my list belongs to the Metro, titled ‘11 things we miss from the 90s‘. This appealed to me primarily because I grew up in the 90s, so I got a huge nostalgic buzz travelling back down memory lane with this post. I think even if you weren’t a child in the 90s, you’ll still know all the words to Lou Bega’s Mambo No 5!

The second post in my list, is from a fellow blogger Rach, titled ‘YES!‘. Over the short period of time that I have had my blog, I have interacted with Rach the most and feel like I actually know her, which I find so lovely – to be able to get to personally know my blogging community gives you such a welcome, homely feel. I always look forward to reading her posts, as not only are we completing the same 365 Days of Writing Prompts challenge, but she is also in the exciting run up to her wedding and if I didn’t go into journalism, I wanted to be a wedding planner! I just love weddings!

The third one is from a blog that I only recently started following called bepresentyoga and the post I’m referring to is called ‘Think Happy, Be Happy‘. If you’re having a bad or stressful day, or simply want to kick start your weekend with goodness and laughter, then you NEED to click the link! There’s also a really cool yet simple message underneath the gloriously uplifting photo, so do be sure to check it out!

Ripped from the headlines

#14: Head to your favourite online news source. Pick an article with a headline that grabs you. Now, write a short story based on the article.

The website I visit on a daily basis is the Metro‘s, as I love the stories they publish (especially in their weird news section). Today, the following story titled ‘Incredible video compares how London looked in 1927 and 2013‘, really caught my eye and I thoroughly recommend that everyone takes the time to watch it – it’s amazing! It was fascinating to have a first person view of what it was like to live in London 85 years ago and I loved spotting the buildings and famous landmarks that still remain today. This incredible footage filmed with a brand new (1920’s brand new) colour film camera, inspired film-maker Simon Smith to follow cinematographer Claude Friese-Greene’s tour of the UK (whose original footage, revived and restored by the British Film Institute, can be found here), to create this fabulous side by side depiction of city life, separated by almost nine decades. I must admit, it was a shame to not see Buckingham Palace amongst the iconic landmarks although I doubt whether it’s changed that much, if at all! By viewing Claude’s original footage, I was treated to an adorable little girl serving roasted nuts from a cart, which can still be found throughout London today and can be tracked down by their sickly-sweet smell. I mostly remember seeing these carts along Victoria Embankment and across Westminster Bridge, and they always seem to have a separate hot dog cart only a foot away, fiercely competing for customers! I hate to digress but I do have a very clear memory of witnessing a food fight between the owners of these two carts once, with roasted nuts and hot dogs flying in every direction thinkable …

Coming back to the original prompt, all I have left to say is that watching both sets of footage side by side, reminds me of why I love being a part of London life so much!