5. Richard III: Really?

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Last week the word circulating the news was that the results of the dig to find and identify the remains of Richard III would be forthcoming shortly.

I've been keeping an eye out for anything related to this with great interest - I mean, I am a complete fangirl for him, and completely anti Shakespeare's portrayal.

I am curious about one thing though. I keep reading that along with a curvature of the spine, his remains were identified by an arrow in his shoulder..

4. 2012 Roundup & 2015 Hopes

Tuesday 1 January 2013

2012 was a good year.. 
  • I graduated university with a 2:1 - I was desperate to come out of university with this grade. I felt if I had come out of it with a 2:2 ultimately it would have meant I had spent too much time having 'a good time' (i.e. nights out etc). I'm really proud of myself for achieving what I did. 
  • I went up the career ladder - having spent so long running things but not being recognised for it I decided to take a chance and apply for roles I was essentially doing. I'm proud of myself for that, and for achieving everything I have in the year that I have been at my job. I now know how confident and competent I am, and to trust my own judgement. There's nothing wrong with being thrown in the deep end, right? (But watch out for the sharks!) 
  • Things got better and better with Fella. I honestly didn't think I could be this happy and content. He's made me grow as a person so much, and encouraged me in every way possible - especially in embracing my inner raging history geek. I have absolutely loved spending this year with him, and I can't wait to see what 2013 holds for us. Simply put, I adore him. 
  • The other love of my life for 2012 was Richard III. Yes, that Richard. I know, I know! Wasn't he the hunchbacked, long haired, crooked teeth cripple who murdered his nephews to usurp the throne and seize power for himself? I don't necessarily believe he was a hunchback in the traditional form.. there's no way he could have fought the battles he did, and of been such a successful soldier with that sort of disability. Scoliosis really does not mean you are a Quasimodo hunchback. I'm still reading up on this enigmatic figure.. and he has completely sparked a re-interest in the Plantagenets - I can't wait for Alison Weir's up and coming biography of Elizabeth of York! I haven't decided if I'm what Weir would call a 'revisionist' or not yet, but I'm trying to keep an open mind.. 

I hope 2013 will..
  • Bring happiness and health for all my loved ones. 
  • Sees me break into a career relating to history, and communicating this passion every single day. I believe it is so, so important to understand the past history of your country. We are blessed with having someone of the most interesting characters to have walked this land, and I want everyone to know it! It's so fascinating! 
  • My love of history will be translated across this blog more than it ever was before because I very luckily have a Fella who is turning out to be as much as a history geek as me! How lucky! 
  • I will finish writing what I hope will become my first book (Uhoh.. it's on the blog, out on the interweb now! I have to do it!)
  • See me travel more. Scandinavia, Germany, France - I want to explore more of Europe. Places I've already been, places I've never been before!  
  • I want to shop less. Working in retail has seen me part with a lot more money on clothes than I normally would have. Someone take my debit card away from me! 
  • This will mean being more creative with my outfit choices - which means I will still blog about that too for all you fashonistas still hanging in there for me.
  • Fella and I will have another amazing year together.

And lastly.. I am going to do the above! I can't wait to read back on this year, and all that will have happened. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and a fantastic New Years. Thank you so much to those of you that have stuck with me through my inconsistent phases, life sometimes gets in the way! I am learning to find a blogging timetable that works for me.. baby steps and all that. I hope you can be patient with me a little while longer?

That's all for now. 

Happy New Year Cherubs! 
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