What I’ve Learnt Since Graduating #1: A suit can be unsuitable for work

I’m a firm believer in power-dressing, so the first thing IBarney Keep Calm and Suit Up Cartoon did as a I embarked on my career-search was head into town and buy a suit with my savings. The perfectly tailored, navy combo that I picked up from Next set me back £100, but it looked the part whilst making me feel like I was wearing pyjamas.

Plus, it was an investment, I told myself. I’ll be in a suit for the rest of my working life, I told myself. Continue reading

Curiouser and curiouser: Afternoon Tea @ The Richmond Tea Rooms

Richmond Tea Rooms

Last weekend I journeyed down the rabbit hole to visit the iconic Richmond Tea Rooms.  Located in the colourful Gay Village alongside Manchester’s canal, this independent café and bar offers a unique dining experience.  Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the décor is as mad as a Hatter and the food is pricey, but delicious. Continue reading

Northern Dictionary: Barm, Bap, Cob, Stotties, Muffin, Roll, Breadcake, Oven Bottoms, Batch etc…

Northern DictionarySouthern translation:

Bread rolls.

Exact translation:

Unknown – Northerners themselves are even undecided as to what the official difference is between each of these bready treats.

Hard core linguists who are keen to understand the in-depth meanings of the Northern language can try to decipher the differences through this reddit argument. Proceed if you dare.

Examples of sentences:

“Give ‘at duck some of yer cob”

“Ooooh I fancy a nice tasty barm”

Northern Dictionary: Dinner

Southern translation:ABM_1406580881


Exact translation:

A lunching type meal consumed during the lunching hours of the day by confused Northerners. Often wrongly resulting in people thinking that Northerners cannot tell the time, this meal usually consists of typical lunch-type items such as sandwiches and crisps.

To make things even more confusing, these time-manipulating Northern folk will then have ‘tea’ at dinner time – not a cup of tea, a full blown meal. How controversial.

Example of use:

“I’ll have a sandwhich for my dinner and then a roast for tea.”