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Let me introduce you to La Creperie de Hampstead. Take a small hut, two master chefs and the finished masterpiece – a delicious crepe.

The tiny vendor tucked away in on Hampstead High Street seems to attract a long queue every weekend. If it’s cold, word of warning, wrap up, but it will definitely be worth the wait. In fact, the wait only builds anticipation for that first taste.

The best thing is that once you’ve placed your order. You have the pleasure of watching master chefs whoop up your treat. That is an art in itself. Then it’s a case of indulging into that banana and milk chocolate crepe. Melted chocolate oozes as you bite through the crispy shell, and taste warn chocolate and lots of bananas.

And if you looking for something a little less sweet, don’t worry. From sweet to savoury, thin crispy crepes are made to satisfy your taste buds. Asparagus and cheese, mushrooms and cheese, chocolate and banana (my personal favourite) and chocolate and crème are to name a few.

The average price is about £4 and the portions are pretty huge. A two-minute walk from Hampstead Station its open till 11pm. It’s the perfect stop, whether you’re ending your day, or just starting your night.

Jay Sean is at his all time high. Although I’m not a huge fan of his, hats off to him, he is flying high!

Down is his first number one single in the States. A very catchy song and yes, I do sing along in the car. But found this remix and I like it heaps more. You can actually hear how beautiful his voice really is.

Me and technology aren’t the best of friends. We probably the kind of friends that only make small talk. But I was heartbroken to hear about the death of my iPod.

Okay, so you could call me a little dramatic. But there’s a collection of over 4000 songs that has kept me going on those long train rides for years. After the hearing the bad news the Apple Store swiftly lifted my spirits by telling me I can get a new iPod was £30! A shiny new iPod for £30. Where’s the catch I thought. Nikhil asked: “A brand new iPod?” It was too good to be true. The small print arrived. They’ll give me a refurbished iPod, with a 90 days warranty.

Another distressed woman caught me eye. Her iPhone had frozen. After assessing it an Apple technician broke the bad news to her. The hardware had broken inside. He then quickly put a smile on her face by saying: “We will replace your iPhone with a new one.” Nowhere did he mention it would be a refurbished iPhone.

As much as Apple is a very cool brand, shouldn’t they be a little more specific when helping their customers. Giving customers a false sense of hope, is not the way forward.

Boxing Day. There are two extremes: More TV, more overeating and even more relaxing. Or early awakening and out to hunt for a bargain.

Lucky for me, John Lewis are not open on Boxing Day. But wow, when our clearance started, customers sprawled into every square inch of the store in search for a bargain. News has it that within the first hour of Sunday a record 16,000 eager beavers came to Brent Cross Shopping Centre.

Now, you are probably wondering the reason for this post. First of all I think alongside many partners, I thank John Lewis for staying closed for one extra day. But second of all, I’m confused. Confused by those customers who expect short queues and stock in perfect size order. One customer yelled: “There about 100 people in all the queues to pay!” I think to myself, it’s the first day of clearance.

Now I’ve never actually ventured out shopping on Boxing Day. I’m terrified of getting trampled on. Perhaps after working in retail for six years I’ve gone off shopping. For me, sales equal stress. Though, I’ve got to admit, I do envy those who find real bargains: Was £150, now £10!

If you’re not in the Christmas spirit yet, Winter Wonderland is where you need to go. Take a break from shopping and head to Hyde Park where Christmas cheer is all around. Back for the third year, this is sure to be a top attraction this December.

Outdoor ice-skating is a must – even if, like most of our group, you’re not too steady on the ice. After the hour’s skate, with the festive music, you’ll feel like you’ve been in Dancing on Ice. (Okay, so, maybe that was just me, but it will definitely grow on you.) Though, it is advisable to book your tickets in advance as peak time sessions can fill up quickly.

You are sure to build up an appetite on your visit, and there is plenty to eat whilst wondering through the Wonderland. You could head to the Fish and Chips stall, an indoor café if you want to get out of the cold or the pizzeria. Or if you’re just looking to satisfy that sweet tooth, there are fresh crepes, candy floss and sweet stalls everywhere. The Magical Home of Sweets was my favourite.

Then, there’s the German Market. This is filled with endless stalls selling unique gifts. So if you have lots of difficult people on your Christmas list, the market has dozens of stalls selling handmade gifts for everyone. From garden tools, to salt power lamps and handmade jewellery, you’ll probably end up secretly shopping for yourself.

Another popular attraction is the Giant Wheel. We didn’t go on it, but the general vibe told us we weren’t missing much. It lasts about ten minutes and is just a smaller version of the Millennium wheel. Though, if you are thinking of going up for the view, they advise to buy tickets in advance.

There are lots of funfair rides too. I was actually amazed to see quite so many. Word of warning – they come at a price. And on the whole, the day can become quite costly, but entrance to the park is free.

There is so much to see and do, you could spend the whole afternoon there and be lucky enough to see the action through the day and night.

Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line)

So I haven’t blogged in over a month. Tut tut. My excuse: Final year university. Crunch time and this first semester has been intense. I actually wake up and fall asleep thinking of new ideas for different projects.

Anyway, I’m diverting and the main point of this post is to introduce you to a charity by the name of The Forgiveness Project. A collection of stories, the Forgiveness Project helps both victims and perpetrators of crime. Giving them the platform to express their feelings, it quickly becomes clear that both need help. Both require time and patience to re-integrate with society. The Forgiveness Project gives them this canvas and now has a collection of stories.

I discovered them through a workshop entitled ‘What is Forgiveness?’ Primarily I was attending for research purposes but I soon found myself in deep waters. These issues affect us all. Not just the few direct characters. I realised the press, in enhance, publish the front cover of a story. Though the inside, is often left untouched, it holds emotions, memories, experiences, motives and much more.

With one story, I actually scared myself. I believe a girl who planned and paid for the murder of her husband is innocent and shouldn’t be serving a life sentence. It’s surreal feeling and from reading her story, I’m sure it will pull on some of your strings too.

Uncovering more stories found by the Forgiveness Projects was an emotional experience and really opened my eyes. My definition of justice has now transformed. To what, I’m not yet sure, but it has changed.

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