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Caitlin Irwin – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Freshers Fayre, Karate and Sunderland Dogs.

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Hola Amigos.

It has been a week since I last blogged, and a crazily busy week it has been. I literally have not stopped, unfortunately have been so busy that I’ve still been unable to make a little video introduction like you guys. And after just watching Isaac’s, I feel mine has a lot to live up too. But, fingers crossed there will be one by the end of the week!

So you may have seen on the other blogs or if you follow me on instagram, that Wednesday last week was freshers fayre. FREE STUFF. I was in my element as a skint student picking up all the freebies I could get, best of all, a ton of wetherspoons vouchers. So many they came in an actual little booklet…could you think of anything better? Food, drink, coffee! Heading there after to University tomorrow. I must get through them all before they run out, otherwise it will feel like I’ve lost the chance to save money. So if that means drinking a few more drinks to use them up, well, it’ll just have to be done won’t it?

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So despite from the freebies, I’ll talk about the real important stuff. The unbelievable amount of sports clubs and societies on offer. It really seems like I keep banging out about the things that Sunderland has to offer, but honestly, there’s just loads. Everything from debating societies, games societies and all the sports you’d expect (football, rugby, basketball – both mens and women’s!) to Sky-diving, scuba diving and snow sports – me being me signed up for the latter three. The other things I signed up for where women’s basketball, karate and rowing! Now clearly, as I already work a job at Sainsbury’s, blog, and go to University, as much as I would like too, it would be impossible to do all of these.

I went to the free Karate taster session on Thursday, and this along with Scuba Diving is what I’m hoping to take on this year. The great thing about the Karate is, although its part of the University it also runs outside of the University which means you can still go during the holidays. It’s only £45 to join after to two free taster sessions, and thats for a year (less than a pound a week!) and you can go to as many classes as you like for that, so you could do 3-4 hours if you wanted. I have to admit though, karate is not something I’m entirely knew to as I did it for a number of years until I quit when I was about 15! But this means I can almost continue where I left off. Can’t wait to start getting fit again for a massive fraction of the price of a gym.

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So I said I’ve been busy, lectures, karate, book launch on friday (which will get it’s own blog tomorrow, as it deserves that) The last thing I wanted to talk about was Sunderland dogs, more than that, my unbelievable luck. I cannot be beaten on luck. You might wonder what else there is to do in Sunderland other than the cheap bars and clubs (and now karate and scuba diving). One thing I tried for the first time was going to the dogs. Sunderland has a greyhound stadium, and as long as you don’t bet your life a way…this can be acheap night (or if your like me – entirely free). In fact, I went with £50 and left with £70! 

So extremely busy week, got another one ahead of me.

Any questions about anything I’m up too or my course are always welcome.

As always, Peace x

Spectral Visions: Book Launch and Such

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Hello All!

I would just like to take a simple moment of your time, and implore you to read on; particularly if you are also a book-lover or future English student and the University of Sunderland.

I want to tell you about an amazing thing going on at the University, right now! In fact, if I am correct it has been going on for a few years. You might have even heard of it yourself. That thing is…dun dun dun, Spectral Visions!

So, what is Spectral Visions? Spectral Visions is a gothic conference held at the University. This year, it will be held in June, and titled Spectral Visions: The Carn-Evil. But wait, its more than just that…there is also Spectral Visions: The Collection, an anthology of original Gothic pieces, written by authors, students and academics. What makes it even better is there is a book launch this friday! And guess who’s going (ME!).

I genuinely can’t wait, there is going to be readings from the book as well as talks on many different things. (And lots of people dressed up hopefully). The talk I’m particularly looking forward too, is by one of my lecturers about the word ‘canny’. Those of you from the North East, like myself, will have no doubt heard this term before. Hopefully by the end of friday, I will know the ins and outs of this very word!

The best part of Spectral Visions, is that as a student at the University I can become part of this and in fact already am. The option was given to me to throw myself in, feet first, and join what could possibly be described as some of my amazing lecturers pride and joy. Spectral Visions helpers like myself, are known as ‘visionaries’, and no doubt in June you will see us running around helping out at the conference, and more than likely, dressed up! I now have put myself forward to help either performing, organising/planning or even running workshops at the conference and I’m so excited.

This is just one of the amazing things the University has to offer that other Uni’s just don’t have. And the best thing is, it’s only one of many. Not only can you be part of the conference but each year you could also have a chance to get published! 

So, sound good?

Why don’t you follow the Spectral Visions blog.

Particularly good if you have an interest in gothic literature, or if your a student or writer why not see if you can come along to the book launch? It is sure to be an amazing night…(and I’ve heard theres a bar). All the details are on the blog I have posted a link to above.

I will also be doing some photos and filming to help out at the book launch, no doubt there will be some on my instagram @caitlinlivesonline and I will post them on hear too, along with the video.

Peace x




Freshers Events!

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Sunderland Nights out are a lot better than I expected. Having being used to Newcastle, I thought the nights out here would be quite quiet…I have been pleasantly surprised. The best thing about it, cheap drinks…and I mean cheap.

The freshers events in Sunderland have been great. I’ve already briefly spoken about the S Club party, which was a moment to seriously relive my childhood. Screaming ‘REACH FOR THE STARS’ at the top of my voice it something I don’t think I’ll ever forget.

On Monday I also went to the foam party, it was packed! One pound drinks in Gatsby’s followed by being covered in foam surrounded by people who are all radiating positivity as Sunderland students was an amazing experience. I bumped into some people I knew from high school, which was a bit of a blast from the past too. (I left high school in year 11 like 3/4 years ago). They where going into there second year, and I also spoke to some other second and third years, I’m yet to here a bad thing about the University. Everybody keeps telling me how much I’m going to love it here, and so far I think they’re right!


(my little selfie before the foam party, unfortunately I did not end up looking like this at the end…more like a drowned rat with curly hair and mascara all down my face. warning to others: seriously consider your clothing and make up choices before foam party’s or just avoid mirrors all night)



I went out again last night, which is ‘Play’ in Sunderland, again cheap cheap drinks! Unfortunately I had a few to many of these cheap cheap drinks and it resulted in me spending all day in bed. Until my wonderful father came and picked me up from my flat took me home and made my dinner for me. #topdad 

Sunderland might not have the biggest and best names in student freshers, but by far the best people. Still loving every second.

Can’t wait for Pop Recs tomorrow, live music and sets from Frankie and The Heartstrings, hopefully taking my dslr and steadycam so there should be a little video to follow. Lots more to tell about a book launch organised by some of my lecturers next friday, so will be blogging again very shortly!

Keep reading, let me know what you think, and follow my instagram! @caitlinlivesonline


Peace x


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014


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It’s difficult to know where to start, a lot has happened over my first few days of the University of Sunderland and it’s safe to say that I have enjoyed every second! (although, I have to admit, sitting through introduction talks while being extremely hungover can be difficult – power through however, and you will be fine).

So I guess I should tell you a bit about myself, I’ll try and keep this short and sweet because reading me blabber on for a while I guess could become a bore. But I’m Caitlin, first year English and Creative Student, avid reader and guitar player. I also enjoy photography and film making, currently shooting on a Cannon1100D, with a cheap tripod or using my flycam nano DSLR. Although, hopefully when I have gathered enough money I’m going to get a GoPro or/and a Cannon60D.

5 days ago I moved out into my own little studio flat in private accommodation (All Saints House), and I love it. There is nothing better than having your own space to cook and chill out and have your own bathroom. Since then, everything has been crazy. I went to freshers welcome event with some of the other bloggers saturday, shot some stuff really quick and shoved it together on a little youtube video: just a little preview of things to come. Then on the night I went to the first Freshers event…only went and saw S Club 7. Anyone who knows anything about S Club 7, will be quick to agree that Bradley is quite easily the best member, we had a hand touching moment. It was amazing!

I’ve now met my lecturers, and heard about all the amazing opportunities at Sunderland, theres so much to get involved with and I haven’t even hit freshers fayre yet, which is next week. I’ll not write all the details here as I will let you know through a youtube video very shortly telling you all about the freshers events and everything else.

I’ve got lots planned and lots to tell, so watch this space.

In the meantime, follow my instagram, which I post to regularly to see what I’m up too! @caitlinlivesonline


Peace x


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