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Freedom Writers

Tonight, Nuala and I watched this incredible “feel good” film. Not sure what I was going into, as all Nuala described it as was “a teacher in a very gang based school where everyone’s fighting each other”,  I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. 15/10. Without a doubt, best movie I have seen in ages.
Based on a book called The Freedom Writers, the film followed new teacher Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) as she tried to teach English to a class of 13/14 year olds – many of them with the reading level of a 5 year old. The film follows her initial struggles to gain their respect and shows you how a simple teacher teaching out to her pupils can seriously affect their willingness to learn.
It was well acted by all the actors and actresses, with many now familiar faces, well it was made in 2007 (still can’t believe that’s 9 years ago!). The soundtrack fits perfect while helping set the tone. Going to have to look it up too. I’ve now ordered the book and it will arrive on Sunday apparently. That’s my Easter reading sorted! 
What I personally loved about this entire film was the message that if teachers actually care about their students, the students are more likely to progress and succeed. Many of the students have their problems at home as much as the problems in society as a whole. Their lessons learnt in the classroom transferred into everyday life – no longer were they left feeling that their education was useless and that no one cares for them.

All I ask is that you please please please give it a try. Blame me if you hate it. But definitely consider it.
Ktkinnes xx

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Yet another Wednesday

Ah Wednesdays. The “hump” day if you like. The day I have the most difficulty getting out of bed because “the week is still dragging on”. However, this week I’ve had fewer classes and so am quite excited for this seminar. What I’m not excited for is the physics presentation I’ve to do in just over 4 hours. 8 minutes talking, 2 minutes questions. I’m fine for the talking – ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I could talk to a wall of left for long enough. It’s the unknown of the questions at the end.

Only exciting part is, after the presentation, I can pour myself a large glass of wine and prepare for what is set to be an excellent night! Dress, tights and shoes are all laid out on the bed, hair has been practiced, make up will be the standard, and I’ve actually painted my nails for it! Since it’s the last chance for Polo before the exams, I’ve been persuaded to go out… The night before St Patrick’s Day…. Plus drinking tomorrow… Here’s hoping my liver can cope! 


My nails trimmed, filed and painted for tonight!
For anyone unaware of St Patrick’s Day, he’s the patron saint of Ireland and so anyone from the island of Ireland uses it as an excuse to get extremely drunk. Of course, with the Irish contingency in the USA, this tradition has moved across the pond and seems to be an even bigger affair over there. The story of Saint Patrick can be found here:

To finish off, since I suppose I’m actually meant to be preparing for class, I feel very strange. This is the first day in 2 weeks that I haven’t worn earrings.  Also, did anyone else hear Anne Hathaway has signed up to film Princess Diaries 3?!? So excited!

Ktkinnes xxx

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Wow Thanks!

Good morning friends!


I woke up this morning to discover that Life With Ktkinnes has reached 69 followers! How did we manage that??


I’d like to thank each of you for taking the time to read, comment on and like the posts, a lot of the time they’re just me rambling away about different things. However, the fact that you still follow me and occasionally give me a like really lifts my mood and inspires me to write more.


The goal for 2016 was to get 70 followers – we’re almost there and it’s not even half way through March yet!


If you have any suggestions on what I should write about next, or anything in particular that has made you stop and think recently then please feel free to message me or comment.


I’m now live on twitter at kvburton657, but have once again removed myself from Facebook as Kt Kinnes. However I can be found on snapchat as katiekinnes. Add me or follow me and keep in the know about everything!


Since it is almost 11am, I should probably get on with some work or cleaning. It’s my kitchen week and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to clean somewhere! Hope your day is as exciting as mine!



Ktkinnes xxx

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Blue is the Warmest Colour

Rating: 8/10

Well to start, 3 hours is long for any film. And yet, any shorter I wouldn’t have found myself as attached to the characters as I was in the end.

Adele’s life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire, to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adele grows, seeks herself, loses herself and ultimately finds herself through love and loss.

Not knowing much about the film, except for hearing some people compare it to a feature length pornography film, I decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did.

Thankfully I was able to find a website with subtitles as the film is in French from beginning to end, something I hadn’t realised at the start. Although, I don’t think I would’ve given it a chance had I known it would be in French. Certainly wouldn’t have started it at 11pm. However I feel the language added to the romance and raw emotion of the film. 
The actresses portrayed their characters brilliantly from start to end, neither of them fell into the trap of making you aware you were watching a film. It felt as though I was standing in the shadows of Adele’s life as she progressed from high school through to her career. Not many films do that so easily.
Similarly, there aren’t many 3 hour long films that I would choose to watch again, but now Blue is the Warmest Colour can be added to that list. 
But for now I shall say goodnight. It’s been a long day!
Ktkinnes xxx

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We’re on Facebook!

Hello! A quick update to let you know, lifewithktkinnes is live on Facebook! Head over there and send me a friend request to keep even more up to date with daily life. Name is Kt Kinnes, come join us!
I’d really appreciate any shares, likes or follows anyone wants to give me!
Thanks in advance,
Ktkinnes xxx

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TFI Friday

Hello lovely friends! Another week has come to a close and once again I find myself on WordPress to keep you all informed on the exciting ins and outs of my life.


This week I decided to rearrange my bedroom and so I can now actually do more than one thing at a time in my room if I wanted to. We continued to learn new steps to new dances in Irish Dancing and for the first time ever I didn’t have sore legs come Wednesday morning. Wednesday’s presentation went well I feel but we’ll find out about that on Wednesday this week. This was followed by the last practical lab of the semester (thank goodness…) and I feel it wasn’t a complete disaster. However I now need to have a presentation prepared for Wednesday afternoon on some telescope I wrote a paper on months ago. Still don’t actually know anything about it. Afterwards, was a quick dash home to change top and shoes to meet Iona for dinner at the taco place at the bottom of the street before we went to GULGBTQ+’s Women’s Week event. It was a great night and resulted in Jason bringing back his current flame – surprise surprise. Although we like Daniel so this is fine. I’ll tell you about him another time.

Thursday and today have been purely essay writing and getting some work done as we approach the end of the semester – better late than never, right? Except I’ve now been distracted by the thoughts of Rachel’s upcoming 18th birthday. When I say upcoming, it’s not until September bus this is a big year for birthdays and so I want to be ahead of the game. I’ve decided to go for the stereotypical present of 18 gifts but I’m stuck on the last few ideas. At least I’ve a while to think them up, however any suggestions would be appreciated! So fat the ideas are:

  1. scrapbook of pictures and memories – I’ll write messages and add all the pictures I can find since she’s always complained her baby book was never filled in.
  2. Jar of notes for “When you…” – I got this idea from a friend’s valentine’s day present years ago. Rachel did something similar for her boyfriend but it was a Dates Jar with ideas of what to do on dates. So mine will be little notes of encouragement, memories, tips and advice.
  3. A book of some sort. Whether this is an age specific one or what I have no idea but since she’s living at home for yet another year I don’t really want to get her a survival book. Someone somewhere suggested ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ so I’m going to look into that!
  4. her favourite chocolates – after eights or creme eggs
  5. hangover kit – she can now legally drink! So of course this means she’ll actually experience a hangover now.
  6. perfume
  7. CD with 18 songs on it – songs either that she loves or have some relevance to the two of us.
  8. some sort of jewellery – my typical present. Not sure what we’re going for this year.
  9. Alcohol. Another stereotypical present for an 18 year old in the UK.
  10. ‘Smuggle your booze’ hairbrush – its a hipflask disguised as a hairbrush! What’s not to love?
  11. Onesie of some sort.
  12. Places I’ve Been map
  13. tickets for either a holiday, a concert, rugby membership for the year or something. This will be the main present and so I don’t want to spend a fortune on the rest of the presents but we’ll see how it goes.


This is all I’ve got so far so I’m sure you can tell I need another 5 ideas. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!


Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you get up to! I’ll be sitting thinking up ideas instead of working and wishing certain people weren’t in Edinburgh.




Speak soon!

Ktkinnes xxx


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I know I know…

I know what you’re thinking – “Katie, it’s a Saturday afternoon, why are you on here instead of either doing some super cool university-friends thing or actually getting some work done for a change?”

The truth it, probably none of you are thinking this and yet it’s what I’m asking myself while I type this post. Yes, it is a lovely day outside, and yes I have a tonne of work to do before I could even consider going to the park, but I just felt I should share this week with you. Or share with someone.


It’s been quite a busy week. Monday was spent finally tidying my bedroom and unpacking after a week away. It might not sound like much but it took a very long time to get it done properly. Tuesday, I began to do some work for uni (shocker right there for you – yes it seems I want to pass!) before Irish Dancing. This week we learnt a Slip Jig and my legs were dead by the end of the hour. And so I headed home to make a lovely pea, asparagus and prawn risotto. Wednesday was the usual 9-5 day of lectures and classes followed by a rather hectic hour and a half preparing for my first ever real date. It went really well! So well, in fact, we sat talking over drinks for 4 hours and completely missed our LGBTQ meeting for the night. Thursday came and went in a blur, with the Irish Dancing Social of an Irish pub crawl that ended with a few of us being rather drunk and definitely wanting to go out. At some stage during this social, I had decided it would be a good idea to message said date from the previous night and arrange to go out again on Friday night – yet another night of being busy! So two dates in one week, they feel like buses. None for ages and then two come along at once. We’ve made plans to see each other again next week so that’ll be good fun.


And now that you’re all updated, I should probably go and get some work done! Enjoy your weekend, whatever you get up to. I, for one, am excited to have a quiet night in.


Ktkinnes xxx