Category Archives: Journalism

About my career, my experiences and other ideas in the field.

Review: Apple iTouch 6

After the horror of leaving my beloved circa-2012 iTouch 5 on a bus in Uganda, it became apparent that I’d have to invest in Apple’s latest model of the product. What a shame.

So I decided to review the iPod Touch 6 for you, and let you know whether it’s worth the upgrade.

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Day 16-21: Safari and final days in Uganda

So that’s it – after an entire year of preparation, my African adventure is over. The final few days of my trip were the best by far, and I can’t believe how quickly the time went. I felt like I’d only just arrived, but equally I was so used to the lifestyle I felt like I’d been there for months. Here’s what I got up to on safari and at the opening day of the playground.

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Day 9-15: Gorilla trekking across Uganda

The second week of my African adventure has flown by, and I can’t believe the experiences I’ve had in the past few days and that I only have another few left. But yesterday I actually came face to face with an endangered mountain gorilla! Here’s what I’ve been up to since completing the East African Playgrounds charity project at Huda school in Uganda.
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Day 1-8: Building a playground in Uganda

It’s day 8 of my Ugandan adventure and finally, after more than a week of no electricity, let alone internet, I’ve finished my project with East African Playgrounds! Have a read of what I’ve been up to so far (oh, and Andy says hi).

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Day 0: A new adventure

Uganda MapIt’s a bit of a strange feeling. I’m sat here in my room, bag packed, ready to set off on another adventure.

Around this time one year ago, my best friend Andy King sent me a message asking if I wanted to become an Adventure Leader for Warwick RAG, taking a group of university students across Uganda on a gorilla trek and volunteering project for charity East African Playgrounds. I said yes.

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Sian goes ape in Bedgebury

Anyone who knows me even a little should have some idea about how much of an adrenaline junkie I am. I mean, I did a bungee jump in Central America, for goodness’ sake.

So when I (along with my bestie Becca) was offered the chance to visit Go Ape in Bedgebury, Kent and try out their Tree Top Adventure, I jumped at the opportunity, having missed that adrenaline rush as of late.

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Book reviews for 2014

So, as a number of you know, I have been set some challenges to complete for charity over the 12 Days of Christmas. Sally set me a challenge to post two book reviews: one of my favourite book I’ve read this year, and one of my least favourite.

As an English Literature student, I really appreciate this challenge: firstly because it forces me to review all of the books I’ve read this year (which is a lot, but still not enough) and secondly gives me an excuse to write about novels in a non-academic style. I haven’t done this in a while, so forgive me if they’re not very well-written… Anyway, here goes.

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Sian goes skiing

So after trying pole fitness at the beginning of the summer and absolutely loving it, I decided that I’d like to try some more new sports. So to end my 2014 with a bang, I thought it would be cool to give skiing a go for the first time in my life.

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Sian goes to Uganda

This blog post has been brewing for a few months now, and I can’t believe that I’m actually, finally writing it. Suddenly this feels extremely real.

So here’s my big announcement: over summer 2015, I am going to Uganda to volunteer with East African Playgrounds (EAP). And I really, really need your help to do this.

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A few goodbyes

Over the summer, I made the difficult decision to have to step down from some of my editorial positions before I start my finals this year (tomorrow, actually). I decided that holding six editorial positions was a little too much commitment if I want to do really well in my academic work, so for once, I put my degree first (I know, I’m just as surprised as you are). So today is my final day in my positions at the Student Journals, Kettle Magazine and Eat More Cake Magazine.

So here are a few small goodbyes – I’ll try not to cry!

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