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Caitlin Irwin – Livesonline

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Surviving Being Ill

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


I just wanted to talk quickly about being ill when you’ve moved out! I have a few things that I always keep in the flat to help when I’m being ill so here’s a few tips, give it a watch.

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Some idea’s about what to put in an ’emergency box’ or what ever you want to call it.



-Cough medicine





Other good things to do.

Make sure you eat, even if its just soup. But I would recommend trying to get fruit as well, fruits expensive I am aware, but tinned fruit is a good alternative. Cheaper and lasts longer. Drink plenty of water, keeping hydrated will always help, especially if your ill. And as hard as it can be at university, try and get a good nights sleep.

One last thing, try and avoid missing lectures or seminars when you can. The last thing you want is to be behind, but if you do have to miss them, always catch up, you’ll just regret it if you don’t.


Peace x


7 Things to Learn to Cook Before You Start University

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

7 Quick and Cheap Things to Learn to Cook Before You Start University

(or while your at University if your still relying on takeaways)

As an extremely picky eater, this list may not be to interesting to those of you who are adventurous eaters. But there all quick, all easy, and are a good alternative if you don’t want to eat more oven chips or takeaways.

1. Fajitas

Nothing could be so easy and delicious, and there great if you ever dare to cook for anyone other than yourself.

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So easy. If you haven’t made bolognese before, you’ll wonder why the hell not.


3.Homemade chicken nuggets

Rather than buying a bag of 90 to stick in your freezer with your oven chips, why not homemake some? You can guarantee it’s not processed rubbish, and they are so much nicer.


4.Homemade burgers

Similarly to chicken nuggets, you can pretty much make a burger with one or two ingredients. With things like beef and chicken you can freeze the meat you don’t want to use if your just cooking for yourself. I can make 4 burgers out of 500g of beef, it may seem expensive to buy at the time…but it’ll save you in the long run the amount you can get out it!


5.Chicken and pesto pasta

mmmmm. Pesto. And chicken. And Pasta, this combination is a god sent. Add in some parmesan and you’ve got a delicious snack, lunch or dinner! Parmesan again can seem expensive to buy, but it will last you for ever and goes so well with so much.


6.Pizza dough 

Again, this can save you so much money. And with pizza it’s like 100 different meals because you can change the topping every time.



The best thing about making your own chilli is you can make it as mild or super spicy as you like. Or like mine, ridiculously spicy, no beans!


The good things about these foods is you can add things, take them away and make them your own! There’s 7 simple meals to ensure you don’t have to have a takeaway.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Hey Guys,

Just a quick little intro filmed on my phone! More, and better ones to come.


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Spectral Visions Book Launch

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Hello Y’all.

So this is a day late as I said it was going to be yesterday, and unfortunately nearly a week after the actual book launch but I’ve been super busy. But if you read my previous blog you’ll know all about Spectral Visions, and the book launch held last friday. It was amazing!

IMG_5648(one of my shots from the book launch, although I have to say sorry, the quality has been killed putting it on here!)

Everything I was expecting, and more. The location to the book launch couldn’t have been more fitting. I was aware that it was a church, but I couldn’t have imagined what it would be like sitting in the pew being told gothic tales from the altar.

But, before the gothic tales, the evening kicked off with a talk on Gothic Wearside by Professor John Strachan, associate dean at Bath Spa University. Followed by a piece of poetry which was a joint creation along side a wonderful lecturer at the University of Sunderland, Alison Younger. I can tell you now, it was brilliant. ’12 Ways to Offend a So-Called Lady on a Gold Course’, was a piece of truly great writing, written and performed with wit and during the entire reading, myself and my girlfriend could be found sat giggling away in the pews. Fantastic.

Then the talk I was really looking forward. The one on the word canny, which was extremely interesting, I loved finding out about how the word has changed over time, and if you missed it (you missed out!). After that, as promised was free food. As a student, free food can never be bad. I’d also came pretty much straight from work, and not had time to eat so I filled my plate and waited for the amazing gothic stories and poems while listening to some great guitar playing. My favourite reading, was a rather scary one from Colin Younger and now with my copy of the book I will enjoy reading all of, as well as the rest of the wonderful contributions. 

IMG_5715(my copy of spectral visions)

The night was amazing. I think that everyone there thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m already looking forward to the next one. And even more so, the conference in June!

I’ve also been asked to be spectral visions co-ordinator for first year, which I’m so grateful for being asked to do, and obviously, grabbed the opportunity with both hands and can’t wait to get even more involved in Spectral Visions.

I would like to take a little moment just to thank all the people that read on Friday night because they where really the ones who made the night! (and thanks for the free food and wine…wish I’d taken the name of the rose it was lush!)


Peace x


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