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The Casual Vacancy

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Reading ‘The Casual Vacancy’ recently and this excerpt really got me thinking.

‘Howard carried the mental image of the Fields with him always, like a memory of a nightmare: boarded windows daubed with obscenities; smoking teenagers loitering in the perennially defaced bus shelters; satellite dishes everywhere, turned to the skies like the denuded ovules of grim metal flowers. He often asked rhetorically why they could not have organized and made the place over – what was stopping the residents from pooling their meagre resources and buying a lawnmower between the lot of them? But it never happened: the Fields waited for the councils, District and Parish, to clean, to repair, to maintain; to give and give and give again. 

Howard would then recall the Hope Street of his boyhood, with its tiny back gardens, each hardly more than tablecloth-sized squares of earth, but most, including his mother’s, bristling with runner beans and potatoes. There was nothing, as far as Howard could see, to stop the Fielders growing fresh vegetables; nothing to stop them disciplining their sinister, hooded, spray-painting offspring; nothing to stop them pulling themselves together as a community and tackling the dirt and the shabbiness; nothing to stop them cleaning themselves up and taking jobs; nothing at all. So Howard was forced to draw the conclusion that they were choosing, of their own free will, to live the way they lived, and that the estate’s air of slightly threatening degradation was nothing more than a physical manifestation of ignorance and indolence.’

At first when I read it, I was like who is Howard to think of people he don’t understand that way? But I realised that this is me too! There’s been countless times when I judge too quickly, jump to conclusions when I knew nuts about a particular situation and tell myself XXX must be because of YYY.

This is definitely not a reflection post, of how flawed my character is. I simply am just amazed by how this character is similar to me in the way I think, and it got me wondering why I have such a mindset. One reason I could come up with is because coming to a conclusion about a situation/person gives me ‘closure’, however inappropriate this word may be for this situation, but it just stops me from obsessing over trying to find a reason for everything. Being on the fence about everything all the time must be such a pain in the butt, literally 😉

Maybe one day I should really try to examine this flaw of mine, and be more open-minded. But tonight, tonight I am just going to marvel about the first time I am able to identify so deeply with a book character.


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March 7, 2014 at 9:39 PM

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The ‘Use-it-up’ Project (28) – February Edition

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This month I have TEN empty products to share again! Using up products have become an addiction 😉


1) Simple – Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes  

why did I buy it? my favorite wipes!

first impressions? so far this is the best wipes I have come across that is most value for money.

upon finishing? have already gotten another pack of this.

2) Elemis – Makeup Away Cleansing Wipes  

why did I buy it? as you guys probably already know from my recent posts, I love to try out different wipes so I thought I would give this a go as well.

first impressions? it is quite similar to the Simple wipes. Pretty pleasant to use.

upon finishing? Simple has slightly better cleansing power and at a better price point too! So I probably wouldn’t get this unless it’s on sale on ASOS since this actually has got pretty good ingredients in it.

3) Bio-essence – Bio Spring Water

why did I buy it? got this in a giveaway held by Ying Tian 🙂

first impressions? instantly cools my face down which is what I use it for and I do appreciate it leaving my face feeling more refreshed.

upon finishing? I really do enjoy using it in the office after lunch but I don’t really think it’s much different from any other facial sprays. It claims to have 20 excellent efficacies for face, hair and body but I don’t buy into such claims haha.

4) The Body Shop – Tea Tree Skin Clearing Toner

why did I buy it? got this a few times already because I don’t use a cleanser in the morning so I need a toner that’s stronger.

first impressions? love love love!

upon finishing? definitely going to repurchase this!

5) Hada Labo – Whitening Lotion

why did I buy it? wanted to try out Hada Labo since quite a few people were raving about their products and it’s a japanese brand! I always love to try out Japanese and Korean skincare products because their ladies have such flawless skin!

first impressions? It is very different from the toners that I had used previously, as this is a softening lotion which means it’s supposed to prepare your skin for moisturizer instead of removing the remaining dirt that is on your face after cleansing. at first I wasn’t used to it at all because all my other toners will give me a really refreshing feeling.

upon finishing? in the end I do think that it does help a little in terms of prepping my skin for nighttime skincare, but I don’t really see a huge difference so will continue to try other toners!

6) Philosophy – Fresh Vanilla Frost Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

why did I buy it? got this in a giveaway held by Makeupstash 🙂

first impressions? love the scent!

upon finishing? now I understand why beauty gurus love to use Philosophy body products, they really do smell so yummy! And the fine shimmer in the body wash made me feel like a princess everytime I use it. But don’t worry it doesn’t leave your skin shimmery!

7) Philosophy – Fresh Vanilla Frost Body Lotion

why did I buy it? got this in a giveaway held by Makeupstash 🙂

first impressions? love the scent!

upon finishing? I really did enjoy using this during the Christmas season along with the body wash. Can’t wait to try out more Philosophy products in future.

8) Skinfood – Creamy Smoky Crayon in #2 Olive Black

why did I buy it? got this while in Korea couple of years back. At that time I was still a hoarder so this is just another item I picked up to try haha.

first impressions? it isn’t really as creamy as the name implies. In fact it is pretty dry so I find it quite a pain to use on its own as an actual eyeliner.

upon finishing? I didn’t finish it and can’t be bothered since I don’t ever reach for it anymore. I do think that due to its dry texture, it is suitable to use for the lower lashline. Other times, I do dip it into gel liners and use this as a brush instead, or I will use it on top of another liner to make my eyes have more depth.


9) Bath & Body Works – Espresso Bar

why did I buy it? during the past couple of years, I have actually grown to enjoy coffee and the smell so I thought I could give this scent a go.

first impressions? it is much sweeter than I had expected, but T loves it!

upon finishing? if not for the fact that T loves it, I probably wouldn’t repurchase it but I did so recently and am now waiting for the shipment to arrive in Singapore 😉

10) Yankee Candle – Cinnamon and Frankincense

why did I buy it? I almost always get something whenever I walk past the Yankee Candle store!

first impressions? It is quite different from the usual scents that I would chose for myself but I still do enjoy it occasionally.

upon finishing? I feel like I have a love-hate r/s with this scent. Some days I love it and other days I am feeling pretty meh and trying to remember why I purchased this in the first place. I ended up burning half of it in our bathroom, haha.

And that is all! I have lots of things that I want to write about, but work has been taking up so much of my time. Hopefully I will be more motivated this month :p

Written by whitepaperroses

March 5, 2014 at 11:42 PM