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August 3rd, 2011

It’s the end…to a degree!

Well that’s it, my Lives Online year is over and done. Thank you all so much for following our progress, I hope that we were able to help you in some small way. It’s been great fun and now another team will step in to our shoes, so please give them the same support you have given us, and for the next twelve months you can watch their lives, as Lives Online ambassadors, as students and as individuals experiencing the trials and tribulations of student life, unfold.

Best of luck to all who are just beginning their adventure at Sunderland University. To those who have graduated this year, I wish you all the success in the world.

As for me, well give me a wave if you see me at St. Peter’s Campus as I have another year of my Masters to do, so I’ll be around a bit longer.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. Bye for now 🙂

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June 7th, 2011

In the Pink!

I was sitting at home one evening, browsing the internet as you do, when I fell across an ad for a band who were looking for a singer for a P!nk tribute act. As I used to make a living as a singer (a long time ago) I decided it worth an email, after all, what else am I doing at weekends? The short answer is, nothing! Within half an hour I received a response and phone numbers were exchanged and within 48 hours I had joined a band…. as P!nk!

Now I am a music fan, of course I am, it goes with the territory when you want a career in radio, but I didn’t really know any P!nk songs, well at least not well enough to sing in front of a paying audience anyway. I did see her perform at the Stadium of Light (free ticket) last year and I have to say she was fantastic, but that was as far as my knowledge and liking for her went. I had a week to learn 24 songs well enough that I can perform them with a band I didn’t know after only one rehearsal with all but one band member present. Nightmare!

I lived, breathed, slept and ate P!nk songs that week, my nerves were in shreds, I lost weight and couldn’t sleep for dreaming of lyrics, but I learned the songs, well as best as I could in the time I had.

We had our second gig in Wolverhampton and our next one is all the way down South in Oxfordshire this Friday night, so we’re getting around. I’m enjoying it, although still a little unsure and a bit nervous before I go on stage but it’s fun…and isn’t that what it’s supposed to be about.

April 21st, 2011

Lazy Saturday afternoon

My idea of a perfect Saturday afternoon is sunshine, good friends and a few drinks. Last Saturday that’s exactly what I got and it was heaven!  My dear friend Antoinette was (still is) visiting me from Ireland and my two good friends from Whitley Bay, Karen & Harry are always up for a Saturday afternoon sociable one or two.

We got the Ferry from South to North Shields and then had a beer in Karen & Harry’s garden before heading into Whitley Bay and the Tynemouth for an evening of fun, fun fun!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPnwQ24JebY[/youtube]

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April 21st, 2011

A Good Night Out in Sunderland

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Anyone who has ever been out for a night on the town in Sunderland will know that it’s a great night out that goes on…and on..and on…its like nothing ever closes. I have never yet been in a place right to the bitter end, I can never last that long.

My friend and fellow Sparkie (107 Spark fm presenter Ethan O’Leary) celebrated his birthday the other day so we went out for the night to mark the occasion. We had a great night and were joined by other friends who all seemed to have a good time. The dancing does leave a lot to be desired but at least they’re entertaining!

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April 21st, 2011

Rob Barker, Sunderland Uni’s Own Pop Star.

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Have you ever dreamed about being a pop star. It’s ok to admit it, most of us dream about being famous when we’re children and some of us never grow out of it!

Rob Barker is a third year Sunderland University Media student who has decided to turn his dream of being a household name, into reality. For his dissertation, he is trying to make it as a manufactured pop star in an attempt to prove that you do not need to have bags of talent to become famous, you just need the right people behind you. He has been helped by a professional vocal coach, a choreographer and has even had a song written especially for him.

Rob launched his single ‘Twighlight’ in a Sunderland nightclub last week and he was extremely nervous to go out on stage and perform it for the first time in front of a home crowd. He did a great job and everyone supported him on the night and hopefuly will continue to do so as any funds raised by the sale of the single, will go to a local charity.  Well doe Rob, hope you get a good grade!

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April 21st, 2011

Moving on…

Moving house, getting married and starting a new job are all supposed to be the most stressful things you can do in your life; I managed to do two out of three at the same time!

I was living in the picturesque village of Wylam in Northumberland but as much as I loved the village and living on the bank of the Tyne in a country park, it isn’t the most convenient of places to get to, especially if you want any kind of social life, so I’ve moved house. Funnily enough I actually live  further away from Newcastle (where I work everyday) than I did before, and I’m not much closer to Sunderland either, but now I live near South Shields and I’m close to the metro which makes a massive difference to my access to… well everywhere really. The other great thing about where I now live, is the beach. I can walk the dogs on the beach as it’s so close and it really is lovely. I always said I would never live away from the sea, that I have to see it everyday, and I have missed not seeing it, smelling it, hearing it. Now I can walk on the sand asoften as I like and that makes me a very happy bunny. 🙂

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Student Profile:

  • Name: Lisa-Jayne Jones
  • Age: 39
  • Studying: MA Radio
  • Hometown: Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Ambitions: To be content and successful in my work and in my personal life and to get there without treading on the toes of others.

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