Decycled – The seagull that feasts upon the dead pigeon

I took this photograph after one of my volunteer shifts at the Open Eye Gallery. I call this “Decycled”, it explores a seagull eating a dead pigeon. Presumably, the pigeon was killed by said seagull, and of natural instinct, the seagull should be eating fish. Because of human overfishing, we have overfished the fish populations that seagulls feast on and have created our own people.

Decycled

So many people blame the seagulls for minor inconveniences, but it was human inaction to the problem of overfishing. This inadvertently caused them to move inland to find food, associating humans with food. If you want them to go away, stop polluting the oceans and overfishing. Let the fish repopulate the seas and fix our climate problems!

I made the word ‘decycled’ as a way to be the opposite of recycling. The natural life cycle recycles, but with human intervention, this is reversed- it is going somewhere that is not natural. They are now destroying not fish but other food sources. Of course, how unpleasant is it to see this in a human area? Blame it on the seagull, not yourself. That’s what humans are good for – blaming their problems on others.

Welcome to Nature; it doesn’t care about what you feel- it can decycle you if it wants to.

Decycled – How to fix it.

Stop blaming problems caused by other species which were inadvertently caused by climate change or human intervention. If humans don’t invite an invasive species, it won’t cause a problem. But they do, and when they do, it becomes a problem. To them.

So humans decide to kill the animals instead to “control” them. If we wouldn’t treat ourselves this way on a mass scale, what right does it give us to treat other species this way?

If you want to see more about seagulls, I have a seagull trail where I follow a seagull around Liverpool.

Student Accommodation- First Year: How Is It?

Student accommodation is a really mixed bag experience so I will simply be listing my experience of the accommodation. In 2022, my first year as a student I stayed in Albert Court. Albert Court is the LJMU accommodation for the first years. To sum up; I believe that around 8 months is enough to explain a full detailed post on what it’s like. What it’s like at Albert Court.

Inside the Room on the first day

It’s cheap accommodation (in comparison to other options) so there’s not much great to expect. On the first arrival; I decided to unpack everything and then check if everything is clean. To my horror- the toilet was absolutely disgusting- whoever cleaned it can NOT clean it at all. Inside the rim of the toilet had faecal matter everywhere. It’s as if the person who was supposed to clean the toilet only cleaned the top of it. It really wouldn’t surprise me if this is how it looked the day that the last people left.

No matter how cheap your accommodation is- uncleaned toilets are just not a good look. Abhorrently disgusting, really. To get away from the toilet problem- there’s actually quite a lot of room in the accommodation. Especially after visiting one of my friends at the Grenville Street accommodation. The room is pretty much double the size of the average accommodation. There are enough room and storage spaces to put your stuff- there’s also a storage space if you remove the mattress. Most people didn’t realize that, but it’s best if you use that to put your important stuff.

The shower room- is incredulously small. Not much room for the shower and it feels as if it gets mouldy fast- so make sure to clean it often! Black mould is not good for your health!

Student Accommodation Maintenance

I mention that since on maintenance day in November-December the person looked through my stuff. I had left my laptop on and then realized when I came back to my room that the person had pressed on one of my chatrooms. Therefore, it really comes to me as if privacy isn’t an important thing here.

When it comes to self-maintenance the first thing you notice when you hoover is that the carpet is terrible. Dust, dirt etc. sticks to the carpet easily and its material feels rock hard. It takes a while for the vacuum to vacuum it up and it’s just really an annoying inconvenience. Whatever that stuff is- it’s definitely not carpet; not to me at least.

Before I end this section- we should explain the kitchen. The kitchen is big and spacious – a nice communal area for other flatmates. The only problem is that there were firebrats inside the kitchen when we moved in. It’s honestly disgusting. We didn’t mention it to the accommodation for fear of our deposits being taken away. Though in reality; it felt as if the insects were cleaner than three of my flatmates.

Flatmates! Good, or bad? Let’s see!

Well; it really depends on who you get. With students, the common relative occurrence would be that they’ll be gross and dirty. Most students don’t get taught by their parents to clean or cook. Some just have mental health issues, despite that, I find it gross that they can’t clean after themselves. Throughout the year there’s been nobody taking the bin out apart from me and one other guy. The others didn’t simply clean up, they expected it to “disappear”.

Student Accommodation Trash
This is not my neighbouring flatmate but another flatmate. He simply didn’t want to change the bin and take it out after I decided to leave it for a while tied up. I left it for a few days and the trash kept accumulating until he finally changed the bin. But it really shows how disgusting some people can get. It tends to be people who rely on their parents too much. Sadly, society has gone this way where people don’t get told by their parents to clean up.

My advice- just suck it up. It’s student accommodation; you should just expect it’s going to happen. I’m just posting the images of the last month in tenancy since there’s really no excuse for grossness after the exam period is over. The subject of this photograph is my neighbouring flatmate who screams, shouts and leaves a trail of trash with them… and also set off the smoke alarm while having a lit candle in her room. No window open, simple. Not to mention that it’s against the tenancy rules as well.

Of course, this is very much directed when the others have done things. But you really should just expect grossness if you move in. Advising the person reading this- if you move into accommodation; be clean. Just literally be clean and don’t be an insect.

Student Accommodation sink
This is what your flatmates will do to the sink if they’re dirty. My neighbouring flatmate simply only fries food and DUMPS the oil into the sink. Then doesn’t drain the water or oil afterwards and leaves it for the next person. It’s really gross.

Final Thoughts on Student Accommodation

I really can’t say it was the best experience of my life but it’s taught me to tolerate others. Being in accommodation away from your parents can help mature you. Even if you don’t accept what others do; you can tolerate it at least. What makes each accommodation different is really the amenities provided and quality of life. It’s fairly good- especially if you get better flatmates than me haha! Hopefully, anyone reading this who moves in gets people who can clean- but always make sure to be clean! It helps improve your mental health and studies as well!

If you’re looking to learn how to cook while studying; which saves money and is a fun way to spend time- check out our cooking page! It’s made to help students save money and well- learn a very important life skill! Ready-made food is just simply nasty for your health in the long run.

Activities in Liverpool: The Seagull Trail!

Need activities in Liverpool? No worries about that! There are many things to do and follow there! As long as you avoid areas that look shady and keep in a good tourist sense- you’ll be safe!

Activities in Liverpool- Go trailing with seagulls!

On this photographic project that I have undertaken in Liverpool- we will be following up with seagulls and following their trails. Where do they go and listen to them socialise- it reminds you of the sea! Seagulls are seen as pests by many people but the truth is that seagulls are only like this towards us because we have taken their food source. Thus this has driven them towards our cities and urban developments.

Activities in Liverpool - Seagull
Seagull looking down onto the tourists. Source: Joshua Obara Norwood Photography

Therefore, not only does going on a seagull trail recognise the impact humans have had on the climate and environment. It’s also a fun opportunity to explore the city through the lens of a seagull and explore parts you’ve never been to before! It’ll be an experience for a tourist who wants to experience a non-linear trail and the results are random!

There are many parts of the city centre which you can visit; for one of the trails- I had gone to Rupert Lane Recreational Ground. Though, personally, I must admit that the place wasn’t great at all when I visited. There was trash around the area and someone came up to me and started to sexually harass me. It turns out that it’s used as a cruising site for some men. So I would advise going to that area if you are going to Liverpool.

To advise the tourist- I would say you should go in the early hours to do a seagull trail. Think of it as a morning exercise but more fun and interesting! There are fewer people outside and traffic is quiet therefore you can follow the seagulls unhindered!

Seagull flying in Rupert Lane Recreational Ground.
Seagull seems to be having a good time flying!

The seagull trail can help you reconnect with nature as well- especially in a city when we are all disconnected with concrete blocks everywhere. Sometimes a bit of green in a grey space really adds something to our happiness and wellbeing.

My Seagull Trails in Liverpool!

Here is a list of seagull trails I’ve done in Liverpool and where they have landed me. Most of them are links to blog posts as a short form of them is not as interesting as the full story!

  • 19th March 2022: A Seagull Trail – A Photographic Journey. This journey was done by following seagulls out of my student accommodation towards the World Museum. If you’ve not visited the world museum- you should! It’s got some great spectacles and especially so if you are touring with your kids! Usually, at the time I had carried this seagull trail out it was really busy. I had left at around 14:02 so there were a lot of tourists and keeping track of seagulls was hard. I would recommend doing the trail in the early morning where there isn’t much traffic so you can enjoy it more!