Monday, 27 June 2016

I Graduated!

I graduated!


I am officially a graduate of the University of Glasgow with a 2:1 LLB Honours Degree :) 


It was a good day :) A long day, but a good day. I had to be there to register by 8:30 [!!!] and to get my robes and sash. Note to anyone graduating, bring a safety pin with you! The sash was really big so it kept on falling down. You really need something to pin it up with. Saying that, even with the safety pin holding the front up it was still really annoying because it kept on dropping down my shoulders. But still, it was pretty cool to wear the big robes that you always see people wearing in movies/pictures.


It was a bit of an awkward day because the ceremony finished at about 12:30 but my dinner wasn't booked until 6:30 so we had lunch and then there was a bit of milling about, trying to kill time. Dinner was good when it finally came around though! We had it at the Corinthian, a really nice casino/bar/club/restaurant in the city centre of Glasgow. Another post on that to come!


I thought that the ceremony was going to go on for ages, or at least feel like it did, but it went surprisingly fast! They just went through everyone's names so quickly - there wasn't really a pause between anyone. There were also so many people on stage at once. I was nervous about being on stage in front of everyone but you're blocked by so many people and the focus isn't really entirely on you because there are so many people in front of you that I wasn't nervous at all when I got up there!


The longest part of the day was queuing for the pictures after the ceremony. Oh my goodness. My feet were killing me by that point because my heels were really high and I was so hot and sweaty because of the big robes and I just wanted to sit down but I couldn't! Definition of first world problems!

But who cares, because in the end I managed to get one of these to hang on my wall :)

 

Congratulations to anyone else who's recently graduated/about to graduate!

Saturday, 11 June 2016

The Council of Islamic Ideology

Another Affairs Today post! This one on the Council of Islamic Ideology and their draft recommendation in a women's protection bill that husbands should be allowed to "lightly beat his wife" under certain circumstances. 

Council of Islamic ideology controversial bill

This was another news piece on a very controversial topic.  The Council of Islamic Ideology is a very conservative group with some, clearly, very questionably beliefs. Again, however, the Pakistani government have differed with the CII on their views and have refused to implement this recommendation.

The link is up above if anyone wants to have a read! And let me know what you think!

Friday, 10 June 2016

George Zimmerman's character further exposed by sale of gun

I'm so behind on my Affairs Today posts! So behind that there's not much point in posting some of them because it's a bit too late... For example I wrote a news piece on the missing EgyptAir flight
but that was over 2 weeks ago now. Not that it's not important anymore! Just that everyone already knows about it so doing an entire blog post dedicated to it is kind of pointless because I'm not giving any new information. 

One of my recent news/opinion pieces was on George Zimmerman and his decision to sell the gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin. For anyone that doesn't know, George Zimmerman was a neighbourhood watch coordinator who shot and killed the 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012. He just recently sold the gun for $250,000 to an anonymous buyer. 

 zimmerman

Although this was originally meant to be a news piece, I think my opinion came out pretty strong... maybe more than it should do! But this really annoyed me. I thought it was disgusting that he would want to profit off of something that killed a young man. 

Anyway... give it a read and let me know what you think about it!



Monday, 6 June 2016

KL Tiger's Rugby/Touch Tournament!

I just got back from Kuala Lumpur last night after a whirlwind rugby weekend!

The KL Tiger's were hosting this rugby/touch tournament at Epsom College, a HUGE international school with amazing grounds. They had 6 different pitches to play on with matches across different age groups going on all day. John's age group, the under 10's, were on from 8 until about 11:30 in the morning both days and then Faith's touch age group, the under 13's, were playing from roughly 12 until 5 on both Saturday and Sunday so it was a long weekend! I was exhausted just sitting outside in the heat all day watching them so I don't know how they did it actually playing in that heat! It was about 35'C every day!

 

It was a great weekend though. It's the first rugby tournament that I've managed to go to but I swear my family go to them almost every weekend! If anyone has a sibling or member of the family/friends who play in these kind of tournaments you should definitely go watch them. It's a great way to spend a weekend - watching rugby games, getting really into it, drinking, eating and hanging out with people.

The kids did so well as well! I know it's all about having fun and trying your best but they managed to do that and do really well as well! John's team won all their games and didn't concede any tries until the final where they lost against the KL Tiger's 2-1. It was an intense game... boys were dropping off left, right and center! One kid threw up then fainted and had to be carried off the pitch, one of ours had heat exhaustion, there were several head collisions, one of our boy's knees got injured so he's off for 4-6 weeks and John had a really hard tackle and smashed into one of the pitch markers with his back so he was in a lot of pain. As well as the boys getting injured the parents on the sidelines were getting pretty heated as well... one of the other teams mum's told me to f**k off! Charming. 


The girls did amazing as well! They won all their games and only conceded 1 try the entire weekend! They won the tournament for their age group! Go girls! I didn't get as many pictures of the girls playing unfortunately because they were playing on the hockey pitches and there were big fences up all around it so it was hard to get good pictures through the fence.


Also... Faith won player of the tournament for her age group! It was her first every tournament and she did some great touches. We were so proud of her!

It was a really fun weekend :) Side note, if anyone is going to a rugby tournament, do what my mum did. She brought so much food for everyone and brought the cooler which was stocked with fizzy drinks, beer and... tonic water, gin and sliced lemons so she could make herself some gin and tonics! It was a great idea. She also got me a bottle of Malibu so I could join her in the drinking. Might have drunk a bit too much though because I had to take a half an hour shower after the first day to stop myself feel like I was going to be sick... it wasn't my finest moment...