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Competition Time – #whatsoutsideyourwindow


The Student Green Office (SGO) for the next month will be running a twitter competition called #whatsoutsideyourwindow.

To get involved simply take a picture of what is outside your window tagging @studentGoffice and #whatsoutsideyourwindow in your tweet for a chance to win.

Here are a couple of examples of what the SGO saw when looking outside their windows:

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 This is what Michaela saw outside her window, her dad doing the gardening.

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Outside the SGO’s office window on campus.



Outside the main Sustainability office on campus.

The winner will be announced on the 2nd September 2014.

We can’t wait to see what is outside your windows.  HAPPY TWEETING.




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Name that Tree/Plant


I have three different varities of tree’s that have been identified across the Canterbury Christ Church campus. Two of which were confirmed by celebrity plant collector Horticulturalist and Broadcaster Tom Hart-Dyke at the sustainability event on the 20th July.

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The Golden Rain Tree.


7_Tulip Tree

The Tulip Tree.

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The Olive tree is one of several in the Laud courtyard garden.

There are several unnamed tree varieties around campus if anyone wants to take up that challenge and find out what they are, please contact me directly: philippa.mills@canterbury.ac.uk.

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This tree was planted in Old Sessions garden as a memorial to a member of staff who died (Frances Templeman).



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The Library

Reblogged from Cats & Chocolate. An amazing and sustainable idea. We hope to make our very own library here in our student office.


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Little Shelford Library

Cambridgeshire is known for its little villages and community atmosphere. I’m lucky enough that my Gran lives there and so I’ve grown up with its mix of cottages, bungalows and thatched roofs (as well as outings into Cambridge itself). A couple of years ago near Christmas, we were driving through Shelford and Little Shelford, when we spotted two telephone boxes – one all lit up with fairy lights and a Santa scarecrow, and another full of shelves and books. Being a Tumblr regular, I’ve noticed a few telephone box lending libraries popping up on my feed too, which obviously fills me with bookish joy. Quirky old telephone boxes, rather than being derelict and lonely old remnants of time past, are being reused in the best possible way, becoming used by communities again.

Little Shelford Telephone Box

Two weeks ago, whilst we were visiting my Gran, we were on our way back and I asked…

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Homemade Whoopie Pie’s


Whoopie Pies? What are Whoopie pie’s was my first thought. Well these small cakes originate from the US and are two small chocolate cakes sandwiched together with a yummy centre.

I have two recipe’s for Whoopie Pie’s but the recipe I’m sharing with you is the easiest and quickest to make.

This recipe was  made by Simon Rimmer.

To make these yummy easy treats you will need:

125g / 4.5 oz – Butter

150g / 5.5 oz – Fair Trade Chocolate (minimum of 70% cocoa solids)

225g / 8oz – Sugar (granulated)

3 large free range eggs

1 tsp Vanilla extract

250g / 8 oz – Flour (plain)

30g / 1 oz – Cocoa powder

1/2 tsp – Baking Powder

20 large marshmallows / bag of mini marshmallows

What you need to do:

1. Preheat your oven to 180 / Gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a bowl over pan of simmering water.


3. Whisk the sugar, eggs and vanilla  – fold in the chocolate mix.


4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together – fold into chocolate/egg mix.


5. Place tablespoons of the mixture onto the tray – this should make about 36 biscuits (if it doesn’t make that many don’t worry)


6. Bake in the oven for 6 – 8 minutes (keep an eye on them as you don’t want them to burn).

7. Remove from the oven and set aside on a cooling rack.  Keep half the biscuit cakes on the tray and turn over. Place the marshmallows on top (if using mini marshmallows use as many as you like, I made sure mine covered the whole cake.


8. Return the cakes to the oven and bake for a further 2-3 minutes, until the marshmallows are going soft but not burnt.

9. Remove from the oven and cool slightly on the cooling rack. Place the other half of the cake on top.


Let them cool slightly if you can and enjoy the gooey marshmallow chocolate Whoopie pie.



Other filling ideas:

Strawberry Jam & Marshmallow

Vanilla butter-cream

Nutella (if you are a real chocoholic)



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Beaches and BBQ’s


Everyone loves a summer BBQ and going to the beach and the SGO team is definitely one of them. I love everything about summer BBQs; enjoying food outdoors, in the company of friends and family. The smell of burgers cooking in the hot summer air!

You could enjoy this too, why not set up some spare time on a Friday evening or the weekend, meet up with a few friends or family, and create your own perfect little BBQ, it  does not need to burn a hole in your pocket. You can do it on a budget and spilt the cost.

See below my list of BBQ treats.

  • Disposable BBQ (Approx: £2:00)
  • Four birds eye beef burgers (Approx: £1.69)
  • Four burger buns (Approx: £0.60p)
  • 8 own brand sausages (Approx £1.04)
  • 6 chicken skewers in BBQ sauce (Approx: £2.00)
  • Slices of burger cheese (Approx: £1.00)
  • Mixed lettuce (Approx: £1.00)
  • Grilled Hallomi cheese (Approx: £2.00)

Total: £11.33

Spilt between 4 people, that is only £2.83 each

Local supermarkets also have a lot of vegetarian options; why not substitute your beef burgers and chicken for Quorn burgers, Approx: £1.89 for 6, and for those meat lovers, why not give Quorn a try! I did! And you will be surprised how delicious it is.

Quorn sausages and Quorn Chicken fillets are also available for only £1.89 at local supermarkets. (Prices may vary depending on your supermarket).



 If you are also local to Canterbury, why not enjoy a day out at the beach, I know there are some lovely beaches in:

  • Margate
  • Herne bay
  • Broadstirs
  • Whitstable

All of which are easily accessible by local transport such as “The triangle bus service”


or enter your destination at:


This will show you bus times and how to get to the beach. I went to the beach with my family only a couple of weeks ago at Whitstable, and I would recommend anyone to visit there, the beach is pebbly but it has fantastic views, lovely local shops and I got to try fresh oysters, which I found out that Whitstable is famous for! Why not visit and let SGO know what you thought.



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Homemade Beauty Tips


It’s the peak of summertime now! And if you’re like me, not only are you trying to get that perfect beach body, but you want to look and feel good too. So why not try out some handy homemade beauty tips. Firstly you can help your skin and your completion so much just by the following 5 steps:

  1. Drink lots of water – drinking 8 glasses of water a day, not only helps hydrate you but it can relieve you from fatigue, which is what can make our faces look dull and tired. Did you know it can also help your face stay fresh and acne free.
  2. A good night’s sleep – Having a horrible sleep can make you look tired and irritable. It also causes dark circles under our eyes. Going to bed at a regular time helps your beauty sleep, giving your skin time to repair itself. 7-8 hours is the recommended sleeping time that is needed to stay healthy and keep your skin stay healthy too!
  3. Exfoliating your skin – Exfoliating insures you remove all those dead and dry skin cells that builds up on our skin, making us appear tired. You don’t need to go out and buy the expensive exfoliating scrubs, try making your own. I have used an Oatmeal exfoliating scrub, and it makes my skin feel silky smooth J Check out how to make it below.
  4. Remove your makeup before bed– It is very important we give our skin a chance to breathe, so removing any makeup before bed is vital to our skins health. Homemade makeup removal can be used and great for your skin too. Check out how to make it below.
  5. Exercise: Not only is exercising good for our health and help you get that beautiful beach body, it helps increase blood circulation, which boosts the health of your skin. It is also a great stress relieve.


Exfoliating face mask.

Oats and lemon face mask:

Things you will need:

  • 1 tbsp. of oats; cooked and mashed (helps reduce inflammation and heals the skin).
  • 1 tbsp. of lemon juice (lemon helps lighten the skin tone).
  • If you have sensitive skin, you can dilute the lemon juice with water.



  • Mix the above ingredients and apply on the face by massaging into the skin.
  • Let it dry for 20 minutes.
  • Wash and pat dry.



Make up remover

If you don’t want to make your own makeup remover, insure it is a water based cleanser.

For homemade ones the best is virgin olive oil. It removes eye and face makeup.


  • Blend half cup of virgin olive oil and castor oil.
  • Apply it on your face and gently massage. Use the oil to remove all the eye makeup gently.
  • Now dip the washcloth in warm water and wring out the excess moisture.
  • Place it on your face and keep it for a minute and then wipe out the excess oil.
  • This simple oil cleansing routine will remove all impurities.


I hope these homemade beauty tips helps you feel refreshed! Any feedback would be great, even send in some photos through twitter using #studentgoffice J



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Cineworld & Transformers Age of Extinction Film Review.


Both Michaela and I are massive movie lovers and you can’t beat watching a good action film on the big screen. However cinema trips are no longer seen as a weekly treat but more as a monthly or family treat or even date night due to the expense of going to the cinema. But if you are like Michaela and I and love going to the cinema. Cineworld have created an unlimited card. This card will allow you to watch as many movies as you like for an amazing monthly cost of £16.40.  This cost also includes 10% discount on those lovely cinema treats, gives you access to unlimited screenings or special screenings. My local Cineworld is Rochester which has amazing restaurants around it.  Michaela’s local Cineworld is Ashford which is a similar complex to Rochester. As a student, money is tight for both of us but this small cost of £16.40 allows us to still get out of the house and enjoy a nice day or evening out with the girls or with our partners..  To find out more about the Cineworld Unlimited Card or where you’re local Cineworld is please visit. http://www.cineworld.co.uk/

Myself and Michaela went to see the new Transformers Film last week. We were completely blown away by it.

‘Years have passed since the devastating battle of Chicago and humans have turned against the Transformers. Then widowed inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) uncovers a beat-up old truck that turns out to be none other than Optimus Prime. Arrogant government agent Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) promptly arrives with a large military force demanding to know the whereabouts of the reactivated Autobot. Meanwhile, scientist Joshua (Stanley Tucci) isolates the unstable metal from which the Transformers are made. Little does humanity anticipate that this will attract a terrifying new menace!’

Here is our review on the new film:


I have always been a fan of the transformers films since they hit our screens back in 2007. I am a huge action film fan anyway and hearing that another transformers film would be gracing the big screen in 2014 I couldn’t wait.  As the last Transformers film, Dark of the Moon was a little bit of a let-down. So I was hoping this new one wouldn’t disappoint. I was not wrong.

Michael Bay was once again the director and has been for all the Transformer films. However we were introduced to new characters, such as Cade Yeager & Tessa  Yeager played by Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz, the amazing Stanley Tucci played Joshua Joyce and Kelsey Grammer took centre stage as one of the films villains – ‘Harold Attinger’. Bumblebee and Optimus Prime are the only characters that have had a key part in all of the Transformer films and I was very pleased to see them once again in this film.

The film started off at a good pace and had me hooked all the way through, had a good amount of humour which had the whole cinema laughing and the action scenes did not disappoint. Overall, I loved this film and couldn’t wait to get home to start the transformer series from the beginning. I give these film 5/5 film reels.

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I haven’t always been the keenest fan for the transformer films, since I felt number 3 wasn’t so great. However my faith has been restored in the  films, there was a mixture of humour, romance and action and I was hooked as soon as the film started.

It felt as though there was a different combination of storylines occurring within the film, which made me feel intrigued throughout and eager to find out more as the storyline progressed.

The CGI within this film was ‘out of this world’ giving you a real sense of realism within the film, I would recommend this film to anyone as I really feel it is a must see! Without giving too much away, I liked the concept of the storyline with dinosaurs (I bet that has caught your attention), well if you want to know what I mean watch the film and let SGO know what you thought of it.

One negative thing I can say about this film is, they didn’t really explain further the storyline of the dinosaurs and ended that part of the film unexplained, which was a bit disappointing.

However overall this film was a fantastic watch, with action, CGI and humour that will not disappoint you. I really enjoyed it and hope you do too! I give this film 5/5 film reels.

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Transformers Age of Extinction is in cinemas now, http://www.thetransformersmovie.co.uk.

Myself and Jess are always at the cinema, so if you want us to watch a film before you head out to see it for yourself, let us know and we will review it for you!



Jess & Michaela