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I Love Being A Geek Cause Geeks Are Cool

The definition of the word “Geek” is according to the Oxford dictionary. Is an

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Doctor Who experience (April 2014)

unfashionable and socially inept person and it’s sub meaning is a knowledgeable and obsessive enthusiast. With this sub meaning in mind I think well isn’t everyone a quote on quote “Geek”. Because we all are enthusiasts in a certain field. Weather that be in cars, cosplay, films, TV, anime, manga. You get the point. Each of us however many billion people now I’ve lost count are all in one way or another a geek.

Me personally I class myself as a geek because I obsess over music, gaming, DC, Marvel, Doctor Who, Internet personalities. Again you get the point. I took my love of everything geek culture to the next level at college when I decided to do a radio programme on geek culture. Which was perfectly named The Geek Show. The show was one of the most popular on my college’s radio station. I even had a fan-base of listeners at the college that constantly tweeted me in the studio. At one point I was with my then boyfriend eating lunch in the college cafeteria and girl came up to us and asked if I was the host of The Geek Show. I then said I was and her face lit up and she told me how much she enjoyed tuning into the show each week and my song choices too. She then asked me for a hug and told me to keep up the amazing work with the show. This then motivated me even more to make “The Geek Show” bigger and better than before. I had a community behind me just by expressing my love of being a geek over the airwaves. Now that made doing the show so special for me.

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One of many geek show selfie

The way a geek is represented in mainstream media is that of a person who wear smart clothing (not so much a suit and tie affair), wears glasses, carries a LOT of books and is very socially awkward. The geek in the show, film, game etc is always the target of bullies that pick on that individual for being different. Then usually the bullies get a taste of karma and the geek comes out on top.We geeks often call ourselves names like underdogs and outsiders. We all feel like no one understands us and we feel lonely. But the reality is that we are never truly alone in our undying love for whatever we geekgasm over. There is a whole community of people out there just like you who completely understand you. You just have to know where to find them.

The best place to meet people in the geek community is by going to conventions. And I have been to my fair share of conventions over the last 5 years. My first convention was London MCM Comic Con in October 2012.

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My first Comic Con (October 2012) ❤

Since then it has become a birthday weekend tradition for me. As my birthday falls the week of Comic Con so that gives me the excuse to extend my birthday celebrations. But I haven’t just gone to MCM Comic Con. In March 2016 I attended the 57th Insomnia gaming festival in Birmingham and this July I went to London Film and Comic Con at London Olympia. Thing I love about conventions is that you feel a sense of belonging and a part of something huge. Take my work friend Harry we immediately bonded over our love of all things geek culture at work and we bumped into each other at London MCM Comic Con in October this year. He cosplayed as Tom Hollands iteration of everyone’s friendly neighbourhood hero Spider-man.

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#Spidermanexposed Harry and I at Comic Con

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Now I love it when people cosplay especially if their costumes are handmade in every intricate detail it really shows your undying love for your favourite character. If you want to cosplay as a wise man once said JUST DO IT!!! And don’t let anyone stop you and dull your sparkle. Sure some people will judge you but the true people will appreciate and admire you for the effort you put into your cosplay. Yes I understand people have their own opinions. But conventions are a place where we all feel comfortable and free to be ourselves. And judging people and making them feel small is not painting a good picture for the geek community.

What I’m trying to say is. The world is already a twisted place to live in at this moment in time. With so many divides, restrictions and uncertainty. So we as a community need to break down the walls that divide us come together and collectively hold each other up through the tough times. And don’t be afraid to let your geek flag fly. Cause in the end of the day it makes you who you are. The things we love become a part of us, inspires us to do better and great things and allows us to make relationships with people just like us.

So as always you guys rock on like Donkey Kong. Don’t change stay strange and I’ll catch up with you guys soon.

Jennifer Diana Williamson

xxx ❤

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Myself and my best friends at London MCM Comic Con October 2017 ❤ 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside: Dunster Beach 2015 in review

Dunster beach in sunny Somerset is a favourite holiday destination for me and my family. My parents discovered Dunster beach when my mother was pregnant with yours truly (18 years ago) after a washout in their Butlins hotel room. Now Dunster beach is our home away from home.

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Beautiful Dunster Beach

Ever since this discovery each year coming down to Dunster is a whole different adventure and experience. Here is how I think this years holiday went.

First of all, the chalet we stayed in was the same chalet we had stayed in the previous year called “Ducks Crossing”. The chalet was cosy but some days the weather was not kind to us so we had the warmth of a tiny heater. Sleeping in the chalet was amazing (as previous chalets we had stayed in required me to sleep on a very uncomfortable airbed in the kitchen) so I woke up feeling refreshed in the morning. But overall the chalet was well equipped and arranged for us to live in for the fortnight we were staying there.

Next, the facilities in the resort were average as our chalet didn’t have a shower in it we had to use the shower block close to our corresponding chalet. Some days I would come to the shower block and the previous user left the shower clean  how I would expect to find it but other times I would come in and there were traces of dirt, sand and even hair in the shower as well. This left me disgusted as it clearly states on a notice in the shower itself ” Leave this shower in the condition you would expect to find it by washing away any dirt, sand and hair for the next user thank you”. Yes thank you to the previous user who left the shower in such a state. Also another thing that had left me disappointed was the on site shop or should I say just café. The lack of goods and confectionary made my inner child cry as on previous visits (preferably when I was little) mum would give us each one pound to fulfil our sugar rushed dreams. Now those dreams taste so bittersweet.

But there are some good things that came out of the whole experience as there was plenty to do in the resort and touristy places outside the beach. Within the beach you could take a relaxing walk through the nature trail and feel one with nature perfect for any wildlife enthusiasts. Also the beach itself stretches for miles so plenty of space to let off some steam and relax. You could visit Dunster village a proper medieval village with a fantastic range of one of a kind shops and cosy eateries. There at the village you can go and explore Dunster castle the star attraction of Dunster village. On the topic of history for all steam train fanatics you can take a trip through the west Somerset railway and go back in time. Lastly the seaside town of Minehead has all the perks that a seaside town can offer fantastic eateries, arcades, gift shops and fantastic scenery. So loads to do so you will certainly not be bored out of your brain.

So to close I had a wonderful 2 weeks at Dunster beach I had all the comforts of home so I wasn’t too home sick. The sights, sounds and tastes of this holiday thrilled my senses and I created many happy memories and stories to tell relatives. friends and my boyfriend Jamie all about. So thank you Dunster for an incredible two weeks and see you next year.

Jennifer Diana Williamson xxx 🙂 ❤