The Last Time I am 17

Today is a weird day. Today is the last day that I am 17, the last day that I am legally classed as a child. As of tomorrow I am an adult that is supposed to have those important  responsibilities. 

It’s slightly weird. Some of my friends say it’s a big deal that I am going to be 18 tomorrow, however for me it’s going to be an ordinary day as I still have school and it’s going to be normal apart from the fact that I might have a badge, balloon and perhaps some presents… Another thing is that all of my friends will still be 17 so I can’t share my joy of having all of these new responsibilities and other things because they don’t have them either. 

Don’t get me wrong I am excited about my birthday happening, I mean I can legally buy alcohol and I can go out clubbing. Whether I will or not is another story, but I can still do it. If I wanted to I could drive in France and Spain. 

So there are some good things about turning 18. I just hope that tomorrow is a good day! And also that I don’t get too much homework!

 

Another thing about turning a new age is that I get to change my little slogan of ‘Blogging about life as a 17 year old’ cause I won’t be 17! 

~Ciara~

Summer Favorites | Video

For this weeks video I decided it was about time to show you all what I have been loving over the Summer! I have been loving A LOT this summer so I needed to put it into a video!

I hope you enjoyed this little favorites video!

What are some of your favorite things from summer?

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~Ciara~

Is the UK Energy Secure?

Whilst I’ve been doing this blogging thing for a while I like to share my findings and also research that I have done in the past few weeks. The last one I did of these was all the way back in July when I did some research about Elizabeth 1. However, this one isn’t going to be historically based, because I have been doing research in geography. 

These last few weeks I have been researching about energy! Now this is the kind of energy that gives us electricity, petrol for our cars and all of what we would call now a days essential energy. Part of my A Level Geography is to decide if the UK is energy secure, meaning do we have enough energy where we won’t suddenly run out and all of the lights will go out. 

Here is what I found:

 Energy Security is the association between national security and the availability of natural resources for energy consumption. Access to cheap energy has become essential to the functioning of modern economies. However, the uneven distribution if energy supplies among countries has led to significant vulnerabilities. The UK is made up of England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland. In the UK in 2013 energy resources include 38% coal, 28% gas, 21% nuclear, 11% renewable and 2% other resources.

 The evidence of energy security is that the MEDCs have the money and the power to purchase the energy resources such as the UK has money to buy oil which they can buy from Saudi Arabia and they can buy coal from Russia. However, buying these fossil fuels in trade blocs means that it can work out as cheaper because they are buying in ‘bulk’ and also they don’t charge tax in trade blocs such as the EU and NAFTA. The UK is also energy secure because we have our own energy supply such as North Sea Oil, oil from Fursey Island in Poole Bay and also Easington Gas Terminal. However, we do not have enough fuel to be self sufficient. There also a few nuclear power stations in the UK such as Hinkley Point in Somerset, however people do not want these as they can cause long-term damage to the environment. 

 However, there is evidence of energy insecurity. This is because 87% of the energy that is used is non-renewable and will eventually run out, which means as the fossil fuels start to run out the prices of coal, oil and gas will increase which will make it less available for people especially on the UK because it has a high percentage of imports as it doesn’t produce enough fossil fuel to support the country, which would make the UK vulnerable. There is more evidence for energy insecurity such as political issues. When countries with fossil fuels (Russia) have disputes with countries that they are selling their fuel to, Russia can turn off the pipes with the fuel in to those countries. Another reason for energy insecurity is that people do not like change and will not let alternatives happen (NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard), such as some people are protesting about the newly proposed wind farm in Bournemouth (Navitus Bay) which could help provide energy security in the UK as in 2000 only 1.3% of the UK’s energy was renewable.

 In conclusion if we kept these methods of the energy use in the UK we would be fine in the short term because we would have fossil fuels, but in the long-term we will be insecure because fossil fuels will start to run out and the prices of these fuels will rise and therefore fuels will become less accessible to many people unless we change to alternative methods such as solar panels on houses and wind farms like Navitus Bay in Bournemouth (which as of September 2015 has now been turned down permanently.)

 

Credit to whoever made this, but it wasn’t me!
 
So there we go. That is my opinion on energy security here in the UK. I hope you liked this little blog post and I hope it makes you slightly more aware of what we need to do to make sure we can become even more energy secure!

~Ciara~

What’s in my School Bag? | Video

For this weeks video I thought I would show you what is in my school bag because I have been back at school for over a week! (I also enjoy filming these kind of videos!)

For once there isn’t much crap in my school bag which is a first for me even though it was super heavy! I think it’s my textbooks that make my bag so heavy! I might start carrying them separately because they are ridiculously heavy ¬†and I don’t want them breaking my beautiful bag!

What kind of things do you carry in your school bag?

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~Ciara~

Uni Chats | Video

This is my first ever collab video and I am so glad that it could be with my friend and fellow YouTube creator Georgina from Wanders&Wonders.
We decided we wanted to do something a bit different to my normal beauty videos and we went with a (sort of) serious talk about uni and future things! Also we just want to clarify that we are no experts at uni because neither of us have been. We sort of just talk about the pressures that school puts on you to go to university!

We also made a video on Georgina’s channel which you can watch here!

Hope you like both of these videos! Make sure to check out Georgina’s blog and YouTube channel!

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~Ciara~

Back to School for the Last Time

As this post goes live (I’m writing this a few days before) I will be just about to start the second day of my last year EVER at school, which sort of makes me sad because I now have to decide what I am going to be doing for the rest of my life (writing that makes it even more scary…) and also because I will be leaving my friends and family to move onto another place (hopefully Ireland where I want to go to university). However, the fact that this is my last year in school makes me fill with joy because I can’t wait to leave to go and start the rest of my life in a new place and also to leave school and stop with all of their stupid rules about what to wear and also what to do and what not to do! I am well aware that in the future there will be rules like this, but hopefully not as strict as what school can sometimes be…

This is a picture of my school. (I did not take it and I don’t know who did, but credit to that person)

I hope that in this last year of school I can have fun (even though I have to get my head down and work my but off) and also that I can create some good and lasting memories of my time at school!

Good Luck with everyone that is starting a new year at school!

~Ciara~