19 August 2013

Favorite Quotes and Lyrics #5

This one is kind of cheating, it's not a quote or a lyric, just a  word i discovered recently and loved.

An empathetic state of happiness and joy experienced when another individual experiences happiness and joy. It is sometimes identified with parents' pride in their children's accomplishments or one's own excitement for friends' and others' successes. It is commonly used to describe when a person experiences positive feelings when a lover is enjoying another relationship. It is an opposite of jealousy.

I Just think it's a lovely emotion, there are other connotations but thats not suitable for this little blog.  Has anyone got any favourite words they would like to share?


18 August 2013

Little Tokyo and The Alchemist, Leeds

So a couple of weeks ago me and my friends clare and Leann of Manga and Anime Maniac decided to go into Leeds and grab some food and drinks at two places Leann had visited previously.  We hadn't seen each other for a while and Leeds is only a short train ride from my home town so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a catch up!

First off we went to Little Tokyo

This restaurant doesn't look that great from the front, but inside the decor inside is amazing. 
L-some of the seating area
R-Leann in front of the bridge and pond
 Theres was a bridge over a Koi carp pond to where we were sat, traditional wooden benches with cushions (these were sunk into the ground, giving the same impression of being sat on the floor but much more comfortable thankfully).  Inside it looked like a typical Japanese garden.

The food was lovely also, I had a dumpling starter and chilli chicken ramen for my main meal.  All of it was made fresh, tasted great and wasn't too pricey and theres an emphasis on the food being healthy.

After this we headed over to The Alchemist  

Clockwise from top left- view down the bar, bubblegum daiquiri's with popping candy, view over leeds from the terrace, pocket watch decor  
This place is amazing, it was very busy with it being the weekend but we still managed to enjoy our bubblegum daiquiri's (complete with popping candy) from the outside terrace looking over Leeds.  The decor is really modern and classy with the alchemist theme running thorough out.  The food also looks amazing, and I think i'll defiantly book in and try it sometime, as well as the Mad Hatter's tea party sharing cocktail.  Might have convince Amy and jess to come here before we see Jimmy Eat World next month!

check out them both at:

17 August 2013

The Cruxshadows and Bad Pollyanna

Last week I was lucky enough to catch The Cruxshadows live in Sheffield supported by Bad Pollyanna.  I knew very little about either of these bands before I turned up, but I trust the venue promoters so thought I'd give it a go and I'm so glad I did.  I though I would pass the bands on for you guys to listen to and hopefully enjoy!

First up the main support, Bad Pollyanna.  

They are a true mix of styles and I was struggling how to describe it, luckily I found there facebook which describes them as: "Alternative pop rock with an industrial edge and a gothic twist".  There really is something for everyone, a lot of there songs sound totally different from one another and it was a really refreshing change, if that isn't enough the lead singer Olivia has an incredible voice.  Check out there new single here: 

Which you can download for free! here

Next up the headline act, The Cruxshadows.  

The Cruxshadows are an American Darkwave band who are firmly in the category "how" whenever I told people in the industrial/goth scene that I didn't know any of there stuff.  I really did feel kind of silly for not discovering these sooner.  The lead singer Rouge has so much stage presence, they really stood out for me amongst similar bands I've seen for this reason.  Also they had a way of making simple stage effects look really good (using torches and chairs).  Frankly these shouldn't have worked but they really did and it really added to the performance.  Here is one of my favourite songs from the night:

I hope you give them both a listen and let me know what you think positively or negatively.  You never know, you might have just found a whole new genre :)



16 August 2013

The Old School Blogging Tag

Well, I currently have a list of blogs to write as long as my arm!  However I've just written and scheduled two so I thought I'd treat myself to doing this blogging tag Amy tagged me in last week.  It reminds me a bit of the old school ones that used to do the rounds on Myspace, so without further adieu, here we go!

None of these are in any order, just as they came to me.

Five things I have a passion for

1. Music: My music taste is erratic and I love it all shamelessly.  It has the ability to lift my mood, sooth me to sleep and get me ready to party

2. Books: I don't know how to contain my love in a sentence, I love collecting books, I love seeing them on my shelf and arranging and rearranging them, but most of all, I love reading them!  I won't be converting to an E reader anytime soon

3. Live Music:  This could be tied in with the first I guess but I'll view it separately

4. Theatre: working in this industry it is too easy to jaded with this, the idea of spending my few days off at the theatre can be a risk and a bit like a bus man's holiday.  However when I see the right performance I fall in love all over again.

5. Disney/ Disney world:  This is a borderline obsession I can't deny it, I know so many stupid nerdy facts about Disney world and I own so much Disney stuff....Chances of getting a guy to live with me and all that stuff would be a miracle!  

Five things I would like to do before I die: 

1.  Visit Tokyo and Tokyo Disneyland

2. Own my own dog
3.  Own my own house/flat
4.  Pay my parents back for my uni fees
5. Do a date of the US Warp tour as part of an American trip to NYC

Five things I say a lot:

1.  I love you (to the dog)

2.  Your so cute (to the dog)

3. Look at your fuzzy little face (to the dog)

4.  kisses (to the dog)
5.  Little willow face (to the dog)

Five favourite movies:

1. Milk
2. The Libertine
3. Sucker Punch
3. Scott Pilgrim
4. This is England
5.Repo! The Genetic Opera

Five places I would love to travel:

1. Tokyo

2.  New York

3.  Rome
4.  Athens
5. Canada

Five people I hope play this Old School Blogging Game:

Kaycia from The Fashion Fox

Claire from What the Wife Did Next

Harry from Outlandish Pixel


15 August 2013

Favorite Quotes and Lyrics #4

George Carlin is by far my favourite comedian. He is very funny but also incredibly smart and he has ALOT to say about the world and is a true master of language.  His beliefs don't always line up totally with my own but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate it.  Right now there is a lot of issues in America in regards to whether or not abortion should be legal, personally I can' believe this is a discussion still needing to be had.  However I thought I'd let George weigh in with is opinion;

 Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favour of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the foetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're pre-born  you're fine; if you're preschool, you're fucked. 
Conservatives don't give a shit about you until you reach 'military age'. Then they think you are just fine. Just what they've been looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers. Pro-life... pro-life... These people aren't pro-life, they're killing doctors! What kind of pro-life is that? What, they'll do anything they can to save a foetus but if it grows up to be a doctor they just might have to kill it? 

I strongly suggest you check out the whole routine here:

Well that all got a bit political didn't it!  


5 August 2013

Small update

Theres a large chance I won't be able to post anything for the next week and a half, i've left my phone with a friend (my method of taking pictures and writing notes) and then i'm away for a long weekend for a wedding.  Hopefully when I get back I'll be able to catch up quickly! In the mean time hang on in there and i'll upload something new as soon as i can :)


3 August 2013

Kariss Visits: Experience Barnsley Museum

Now lets be honest, when you think of my home town of Barnsley your first though isn't likely to be tourist attractions, in fact i darn't ask what your first thought might be....  But Barnsley actually has 6 museums (even I didn't realise this) and the newest of which, Experience Barnsley, is sure to be a real game changer for the town.
Top- Giving the lecture in the council chamber
L-R- people in attendance, the beautiful ceiling, socialist wall hangings outside the council chamber
My first experience of experience Barnsley *sigh* was when I attended a lecture on the dialect of Royston, a suburb of Barnsley (hey, I'm just that cool ok!).  I entered through the museum but quickly whisked myself off to the lecture which was held in the council chamber within the town hall.  The council chamber is a beautiful room and the lecture was very interesting I won't go into that as I don't want to repel my readers with my nerdyness!

After that I didn't check out the museum itself, I didn't want to rush myself, so a week later, with my little sister in tow, I went into town determined to check it out.
I don't think these need much of an explanation....
Left- entrance to the museum, listing all the areas of barnsley,
Top- found my village
Bottom- The beautiful Town-hall staircase 
I have to say, I'm impressed!  When I first walked in I bumped into a friend who works there and told her that already it looked much better then I expected, she says they get that allot (us Barnsley folk are ever the optimists)
Top L-R- Timeline of the town, the famous market roundabout horses, my favourite quote on the Barnsley accent
Mid L-R- one Barnsley address, some of the exhibits, my favourite painting in the gallery
Bottom L-R- Barnsley FC, Kes, coal not dole miners helmet 
The museum is allot more of fun, it falls into the category of the more hands on modern museums and although theres lots of things behind glass, theres plenty of things to touch, play with and watch.  It included the things everyone expected, industrial mining and glass, Barnsley FC and Kes but also things people wouldn't expect like an art gallery.  It takes the town back way into the roman times and beyond, which I did not expect.  There are also many interactive features to keep people of all ages interested including a film showing a street in Barnsley through the ages, music made my people from the area and even a section on the infamous dialect.

I am from the firm believe that whenever you visit a museum you must take a picture of yourself dressed up and looking an idiot wherever possible :p
Overall i'd say that there is something here for everyone, you can easily spend a couple of hours here and they have new exhibits every few months, did I mention it's totally free?  There's also a cafe and a gift shop so if your visiting Yorkshire any time soon I recommend you take a visit.
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