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Ear Stretching Difficulties

So recently I got my ear pierced, so I can start stretching it, and after reading over my college’s extensive guidelines for uniform, they established that I can have a single stud. So, asking the piercing place, they suggested these pretty plain white plugs, with the black o-ring grips to keep them in place, and well, I’ve had difficulties stretching them, and taking them out/putting them back in.

And I was wondering whether it’s just me.

I’m on my third plug now, I’m not sure how big it is, as I got a pack of nine, taking me from 1.6mm (I think…), all the way up to 10mm.The piercing stud was a pain to get out, why was it so difficult, I have no idea why they make them damn things so hard to take off! But the plug went in easily enough, until I tried to get it through the back, and I’m not sure whether it’s a common thing, or whether I got it pierced slightly wonky, but I had to wiggle it slightly to the left? right? ur, towards my head, to get it in. Then I faced my second dilemma, the back hole was smaller than the front. I’m not sure how, but I had no problem getting it in, or all the way to the back, I could feel the plug at the back of the hole, but I really did have to force it through that last layer and out. And it bled a little bit, but nothing major.

After that, all was fine, and once I got used to the peculiarities of the wiggling to get through, I had no problems, and moving up to what I suspect was a 2mm plug was fine too, it went through the back no problems either, no blood, very little pain.

But this time when I upsized, not sure how big, but significantly bigger, it hurt quite a lot, and I had to numb the back with ice before I dared push it through, and it still hurts a little, a day later. I know I probably scaled it up too quickly, but I’m impatient, it didn’t really bleed, and it’s been fine apart from a slight pain. And now, thinking of my next upsizing, I’m dreading the part where I have to wiggle it around to get it through, because it hurts, and I’m wondering, surely there’s got to be a point where the hole is stretched big enough that I don’t need to wiggle it?

If any of my readers have any advide, tips, stories or personal experiences, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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Off The Shelf Non-Conformism

Hipsters, where have they came from all of a sudden? It’s not as if the concept or even the group of people are new, it’s just that recently, with the rise of Twitter and Tumblr, some people were, for the first time, exposed to music, culture and things that they hadn’t been exposed to before, and decided that it’d be cool, hip, swaggy, to devote time to these things. Knitwear, expensive cameras and Starbucks are key examples. But, still, this wasn’t a mainstream thing, this was a small community of people on the internet. It was the rise of the chinos and of Topman that brought this fashion style to popularity. Cashing in on the new wave of non-conformism, of the break away from pop music in the form of bands that were more folky sounding, (Mumford And Sons, Ben Howard, Laura Marling..), and with the older sound they brought, the high-street retailer started shipping off knitwear. And by knitwear, I don’t mean the occasional jumper. I mean seas and seas of stuff. And it was pushed hard. From this, they pushed chinos into the limelight, and here’s where it gets annoying; they added elastic cuffs to the bottom of the trousers, so tracksuit-wearing chavs felt comfortable wearing them! 

Even then, with a ever-growing group of people wearing granddad jumpers, listening to pop-folk music, and covering themselves in yellow-brown-sandy chinos, there was no problem. I’d have no problem if that was the end of the story, but it wasn’t. Next came the rise of the indie hipster. Yes. The terms “Indie” and “hipster” entered the public conciousness. All the new things were quickly labelled with one of these, and then people started looking at the real meanings of the terms, and decided, okay, I am Indie/hipster/non-conformist, etcetera, etcetera, when, really, they’re not.

“I’m going to get a (Mac computer/Starbucks/clothes from Topman) to show how Indie I am.”

Ur, really. How does this work? Indie is short for independent, and these things aren’t anywhere near independent. They’re all major brands, who make seriously large profits every year, and even more now, as all these kids are buying into the hype surrounding the new-wave false-hipster movement.

Really, the whole thing is a well-planned corporate strategy, getting people to part with ridiculous amounts of money to be Indie by looking like 90% of the teenagers around today. Well played Topman with your overpriced clothes. Well played Apple, with your shiny white laptops that scream “look at me, I wasted thousands of pounds on this”, and well played non-comformist conforming teenagers, by buying into the whole idea of hipster.

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The Hunger Games, AKA Twilight 2.0

So, recently, my social media profiles have gotten choked up with the latest fad in popular culture, The Hunger Games. On Twitter, people have been changing their display names to characters from it, Tumblr has been full of various fan-related posts, and Facebook has too many statuses informing the world that whoever has just seen it.

I don’t understand how or why it’s gotten so big so quickly, as I don’t study sociology or whatever, but it’s quite interesting if you think about it. The original book was released in 2008, so it’s had four years to explode in popularity, so why has it taken so long, and why are people becoming obsessed with it?

But until I find time or energy to write down a massive list of the reasons why I think it’s suddenly became popular, I’ll just kindly ask everybody to sit down, relax, and reflect on why you’re so suddenly obsessed with a fantasy film.

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