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Update and Kindle Review.

I am totally shit at updating this. I apologise. Must try harder.

Anyhoo, what has happened? Well, I turned 23 *moan*
It's not too bad. I can cope. Especially since randomer I pulled in Gatecrasher on Friday thought I was 17. He is obviously blind, but hey, I don't care ;)

So my birthday was alright. Heightened by nearly walking straight into Sebastian Larsson at The Field House. He is my future husband, btw. After Alexander Skarsgård, of course.

Talking about hot Swedish men, I am going to Stockholm December 17th-21st. I CANNOT WAIT. It will be epic. We have to fly from Heathrow which is a pain but we are going down the night before and staying in a Premier Inn, which makes the 8.20am check in time that much more palatable.

So yes. Expect lots of Facebook and Twitter updates about the cold and sexy men. Heee it's exciting!

Reverting back to my birthday, I got a Kindle! :D Of course, I knew I was going to get one, but still. It's fucking ace. So here is my quick review:

The Kindle is pretty amazing when you think about it. It can hold a conservative estimate of 3,500 books, all for something that weighs less than your average paperback.

The screen is ever so slightly grey and it has a matte finish which minimises any light bouncing off it. You do get some reflection of the light source if you are directly underneath it, but it is nothing like trying to see your damn iPhone in blinding sunlight.

The refresh rate is pretty good. As it refreshes, the screen momentarily inverts the colours, but blink and you'll miss it. With the new 3.0.2 update it is even faster.

I only have the Wifi version, but downloading is a breeze. Click to buy a book in the Kindle Store on your Kindle (which comes with a handy 'I pressed this by mistake' option that cancels your order) and the book is on your Kindle, ready to read within seconds.

You can add as many bookmarks as you want, annotations, highlights. There is the most amazing dictionary function that I adore. No longer do I have to pretend to understand a word because I am too lazy to google it; a few presses of the 5-way cursor and the answer is right in front of me.

I do have a few gripes about the Kindle, and that is the wifi connectivity, which seems hit and miss at times. The past few days it has been connecting with no problem, but before that I had to restart my router a few times before it wanted to know. So if connectivity is an issue for you you may want to go the way of the 3G model. But if you're not overly bothered about accessing the internet and the store every few hours, then the wifi is more than adequate.

The product page on the Amazon website has some very helpful forums. Problems that pop up on the forums are mostly solved within a few minutes. With more complex questions people are told to ring up Amazon's Customer Service, which has been reported to be of an exemplary standard.
Another handy feature is that the Kindle is updated via downloads and you don't even have to connect it to your computer, like you would an iPhone (unsure about the iPad). They are downloaded automatically whenever you have a signal, which is extremely handy and helps to iron out any kinks which are bound to come with any release of new hardware.

Another slight gripe is the UK store. Our publishers seem to be a bit slower off the starting block than their American counterparts in pushing this format. There are a hell of a lot of titles to choose from, but if you are like me and tend to prefer obscure translated novels, then you may be pushing your luck. However, if you are so inclined, you can 'acquire' some of these books unavailable to us Brits via other means and a fantastic programme called Calibre will convert them to .Mobi format which you can they transfer to your Kindle via USB. So all is not lost!

I would recommend the Kindle to anyone who loves to read and like me, really has no more space for any more books in their house. The fact that you can decide to buy a book and read it a few seconds later still astounds me (I'm easily impressed). In my opinion, there really is no beating it!

Oops.

I am a bad blogger. I apologise! But I left work on Friday (woo) and so have lots of spare time on my hands, so I will hopefully start updating a lot more.

How hot is that picture of Damon/Ian Somerhalder? *Drool* I'm a little obsessed. I want him. Lots.

Ok, that's enough for now. Ciao!

World Cup.

I hate fucking football (soccer). I become extremely unpatriotic at times like this. So I am rooting for you, USA! It just bugs me because everyone is expected to enjoy football and be rooting for England. Well no! I refuse to! I am supporting France, and if they get knocked out, then Italy and Germany. Italy and France because my ancestors were from there, and Germany because I may also have some from there too; we aren't sure.

We (I mean my parents; I wouldn't be watching if it were up to me) are watching it on ITV HD and they cut to an ad break just as England scored ;D That amused me so much.

I went out last night. It was rubbish, and I am hanging. Bleghhhhh. That is all.

Nikki
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Communities.

So, um, how do I find the most popular communities on a chosen subject? For example, if I search for 'Sims 3', only the most recently updated come up, but I only want to join huge communities, not crappy small ones! *Sulk*

Goodness, LJ is not simple to work out!

In other news, I bought a gorgeous necklace for my friend's wedding from Coast. £35; not too shabby!



Bit of a crappy photo, but it is one HAWT necklace.

Now I just need to find a fascinator. Well. I probably shan't wear one, as fascinators look ridiculous on me. My dress is a royal blue so I am trying to find a large blue flower to clip into my hair, and can I find one in that particular colour? Um no I cannot. So frustrating!

Nikki
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First Post.

 Ok. This is my first time trying LJ. I have had an account here for a while, originally to make a Sims 3 legacy, but I am lazy and that plan died. Which was sad, because it started off rather funny!

Anyhow! I am not new to blogging. I used to be on OD, and I also have a diary over at Bloop Diary. I have used Blogger in the past, whose style I prefer but alas, I had no friends over there!

So, allow me to introduce myself!

My name is Nicola Jayne, but most people call me Nikki. I am twenty two years old, and will be twenty three on September 28th, which is approaching far too quickly!

I live in a small village on the outskirts of Warwickshire and am equidistant from both Stratford-upon-Avon (where I went to college) and Birmingham (where I like to party).

I work as an after school assistant but am planning to leave soon to concentrate on my studies. I study with the Open University because I get it freeeee! I am working towards an Open Degree and my current course is Art History, which is more interesting than it sounds, I promise!

I studied Drama at the University of Kent for a year and a half but I dropped out because in hindsight I should have gone to Drama School instead.

My random claim to fame is that Ellie Goulding was on my Drama course at uni and in my classes ;)

My main passions in life are acting and singing. I am a member of an amateur dramatic group called The Peterbrook Players, and I am also considering joining BMOS.

I hope to one day work in theatre. There is nothing like the adrenaline rush you get from being on stage!

Ok, so some random things about me:

I am a fiery, dramatic person.
I love life and want to experience as much of it as possible.
I love partying and flirting (I am slightly man obsessed!).
I want to visit every European country one day.
I am learning Swedish (let's be honest; for the men!)
I want to live in France one day.
I am of French, Italian and Irish heritage.
I am an only child and I love it!
I still live at home and I love that too ;)
I don't like serious people; there is much more to life!

Hmm, anything else you want to know, just ask! I anticipate to post in here regularly so please, feel free to follow/friend/subscribe to me (or whatever it is called on here!)

Nikki
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