Wow, don’t know about you but the last couple of weeks have FLOWN by, so I thought I would give you guys a little update of what I’ve been doing and some new places I’ve been (don’t all say “yay” at once haha).

So uni has been manic, starting all new modules like sports journalism and global journalism which are surprisingly alright modules (that’s some fine English language I just used there, apologies) – some are boring but I guess that’s life, right? It can’t all be exciting. New modules at uni mean new things to learn in our practical lessons too, this week a group of us are producing a magazine in preparation for what lies in our final year (shrieks!) I was part of the review team and chose a delicatessen named Delilah which serves locally produced meats and cheeses but also homemade soups, cakes and wine situated in the heart of the busy Nottingham center. I enjoyed a lovely mocha and a chocolate and raspberry brownie (super naughty I know) whilst scribbling down notes to write up when I got back to the newsroom – watch out for my review on here in a couple of days time. It’s another place I can tick off my invisible list of places to go to whilst I’m up here in Nottingham.

Delilah - this was actually work!

Delilah – this was actually work!

With juggling uni and work life and the demands and difficulties of life in general (currently crying a river, watch out England may flood!) Mark came up to Nottingham to see me and magically he stopped the river of tears (haha) – the last time we saw each other was for Valentines (that lovey dovey day, if you’re single you may not want to remember it perhaps). I decided that I would take Mark to some places in Nottingham that I have wanted to go too like adventure golf which was so much fun and going to a new cocktail bar that the whole of Nottingham is literally raving about, and also a burrito bar which I stumbled across a week or so ago.

On Wednesday we headed to the cinema in the corner house which also has a casino, adventure golf and a couple of restaurants too – it’s on 2 levels, it’s pretty damn big! We decided to see Non-Stop which is the new Liam Neeson blockbuster. I thought it would be just like the Taken saga but Liam Neeson, the superhero of films, played the role of a hero (kind of typical) air marshal brilliantly. It had so many twists in the story line as Neeson has to find out who is killing someone every 20 minutes, one minute I thought it was one person and another minute I changed my mind and thought it was another. He was deemed as the bad guy, but by the end once again Neeson is the living hero that we all need in our lives! That Irish hero never plays in a bad film!

It’s a tradition of ours not just to go to Starbucks for coffee but to go out for dinner (we call it date night, did you just say ‘ewww’ over that? haha) My Mum had been telling me about how amazing the food in Browns was and luckily enough we have one up here in Nottingham. It was insane, it was proper fine dining – we hadn’t been somewhere that made as amazing and fine food as Browns did! We started off with cocktails because we were heading to a cocktail bar after.

Cocktails for starters.

Mark ordered pork belly with apple and cabbage and I had the lobster tagliatelle – they both looked amazing, you’ll agree that too! We devoured them as quickly as a dog can fetch its stick (I guess it’s pretty quick, I may be wrong in that).

We eat like kings and queens.

We eat like kings and queens.

 After Browns, I took Mark to a cocktail bar called the Boilermaker – it’s a place that’s as mysterious as the dark side of the moon!

At first, you think it’s a rundown shop that can’t even afford to put a sign on the shopfront and that it really does sell boilers (boilers on the walls). The weird boiler shop theme runs through as you walk in and get greeted by a security guard who looks like an old ‘dell boy’ who would sell you knock off boilers (sorry to stereotype but he looked like a proper geezer) – it was so cool.

Outside the Boilermaker

Outside the Boilermaker

 After the fake boiler salesman asked us for our ID, he told us to head through a door labelled ‘Staff Only’, only to be confined in a secret room.

The gateway to the land of cocktails.

The gateway to the land of cocktails.

 The only way out of the secret passage was to push the hand basin to be greeted by a lady who sat you down at a table. It was amazing going through what felt like an actual boiler shop to then be sitting in a perfectly normal if not a tiny bit of a mundane bar (well where we sat it was pretty ‘normal’)

Instruction manual camouflaged as a drinks menu.

Instruction manual camouflaged as a drinks menu.

The drinks where more exciting than the bar ranging from super alcoholic concoctions that were poured into fancy glasses or set on fire to what beer lovers would call top notch beer.

Cocktails at The Boilermaker

Cocktails at The Boilermaker

Overall the best part of the Boilermaker was the whole boiler/salesman theme, the decor of the bar let it down for me.

On Thursday, we decided to go The Lost City Adventure Golf which was so much fun! We played 18 holes on one of the courses called The Temple Trail consisting of bridges and obstacles with the backdrop of rainforest-like music and the odd thunder bolt to make it really feel like a lost city. Having deteriorated in my golfing skills from the beginning I managed to pull myself back by getting a couple of holes in one – I ended up beating Mark YAY! haha.

The looser himself <3

The looser himself <3

We finished off our short time together by having a quick Starbucks before I walked Mark back to the train station to get his train home. After eating constantly for two and a half days we couldn’t quite fit a Starbucks in during the day hence going at night but it was a must! It was nice to end on a chilled note, chatting over a Starbucks which we love but it didn’t help having to see Mark leave Nottingham on the train (long-distance sucks d****! There’s no other way to put it).

Nighttime Starbucks.

Nighttime Starbucks.

So, whats up next in my ever amazing life? (sense the sarcasm) lots of uni work including portfolio deadlines, features, reviews, video packages and also sports and global essays – I really am excited for those… hmm!

Anyway, whilst I fail at getting excited for the invasion of deadlines,

Peace out.

Autumn x