Things to Think About When Starting College or Uni

Thousands of students are gearing up to start further Education in Northampton and in towns and cities across the UK. When starting college or university for the first time there are a few things to think about.


Before heading off for college or university make sure your finances are all under control, this could prove crucial. You don’t want to be running out of money to pay for the essentials such as accommodation, food, utility bills and university equipment such as books etc and you don’t want to be missing out on nights out because you can’t afford to go.

If you don’t have one already look at opening up a bank account. Many high street banks offer special student accounts but it’s a good idea to shop around to make sure you get the most suitable account for you.

Find out when any student loans or financial help will be paid to you to help you budget, also find out when your bills will be due, this way you won’t be caught out.

Insurance and TV Licence

In case of the worse insure your belongings so you will be able to easily replace them.

If you are going to be watching TV in your student accommodation don’t forget a TV license, if you are caught with out one you could face huge fines. To find out more about TV licensing visit


Check out your accommodation before you go if possible and find out if your rent covers any utility bills. If you are sharing with other people try to organise how the bills and costs will be split.

Look for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and find out when they were last checked.

Make sure all windows and doors have good locks on them as some insurance companies will not pay out if you don’t have adequate locks.


Find the out the bus timetable so you don’t turn up to class late. If you have a car, enquire about parking.


Before you start your course check to see if there is any preliminary reading required and make sure this is completed before term begins.

Household Items

Depending on the type of accommodation you are staying in you will need to bring along some household items with you. This could range from laptops to pots and pans. Plan what you will need to bring with you well in advance of going so you don’t end up forgetting anything.

The Difference between a Medium and a Psychic

Should you be considering getting some spiritual advice it is very important to understand exactly what services a medium or a psychic offers.  It has become confusing for people to differentiate due to the many new terms created by people involved in this fascinating field.

A very basic explanation of the difference between a medium and a psychic is that mediums can contact and communicate with the spirits of the dead and a psychic uses mental forces such as telepathy to give their readings. As you can see the two are very different and it will be in your best interest to familiarise yourself with them.

The word medium translates to vessel, meaning that mediums can communicate and contact spirits. When you visit a medium they will use a variety of different methods to contact the spirit world including channelling, trance channelling and light mediumship. These different methods let the medium use different states of consciousness to conduct their communication. Most mediums are psychics but not the other way around so many offer Psychic medium readings.

A psychic is someone who can sense things that can not be sensed through ordinary perception.  It is said that psychics have a sixth sense that helps them in their practices. A psychic can use their gift to sense auras using many different techniques such as clairvoyance, tarot cards and palmistry. Clairvoyance is the ability to see images inside of a persons mind; tarot cards use the psychic’s intuition to make predictions and palmistry is the art of Palm reading.

An important thing to remember is that a psychic can only sense on a material level and not though spirits like mediums do. So you should now be able to understand the methods and services that Psychic mediums provide.

Important questions to ask a psychic

If you have never been to a psychic before it can be quite daunting to know what to ask.  If you prepare yourself then you can get the best out of your visit and in turn be more understanding of the outcome. When receiving a Tarot Reading for the first time some people will become nervous and freeze which is why it is important to prepare yourself.

The questions below are just guides and of course can be used or adapted to use during your Psychic Reading.

Relationship Questions

What will my future hold for my current relationship?

My relationship has recently ended; do you have any guidance on this?

I am interested in someone, what does the future hold for me in connection to them?

What are my strong and weak points and how will they affect my relationships?

Career questions

What are my strengths and weaknesses?

What does the future hold for me in my intended career?

I have some issues in my current career how will I overcome them?

I have recently changed my career path, have I made the right decision?

Finance related

Will my financial situation differ in the future?
My financial situation is very bad at the moment, will things improve?

I am about to commit to a very large financial agreement, am I correct in doing so?

My financial situation is very good, will this continue?

Health Questions

I am in very good health and would like to know if this will continue?

I am currently very unwell and wonder if this will change in the future?

General Questions

What is my purpose in life?

What do other people think of me?

My life feels muddled, how can I change it?

Funeral Customs part 3

Fancy hearing some more bizarre funeral rituals that go beyond a traditional burial with marble headstones?

Jewish mourners will take part in a mourning ritual known as ‘sitting shiva’. This is where friends and family will go to the Shiva house and mourn for 7 days. A candle will be lit and all mirrors will be covered so they can concentrate on the mourning. This occurs immediately after the body is buried.

Hindu’s today will make their final pilgrimage to die in the city of Banaras on the Ganges River. This is where it is believed the cycle of death is broken and the soul will ascend to the world of their ancestors – Pitriloka. Over 80 funeral pyres are present along the river so the dead can be cremated although often this isn’t possible and the dead bodies will simply float down the river.

Some African tribes would fire spears and arrows over the dead to ward of evil spirits, these days a rifle is shot over the deceased and this is to mirror the age old practice.

In Japan, when a nobleman died, a whopping twenty to thirty slaves would be made to commit Hari Kari (the process of belly cutting) as a sign of respect. Friends and wives along with slaves would even be strangled in Fiji to honour the deceased.

In some areas of China they believe that the more people that attend your funeral and stand over your headstones the more luck will be bestowed on your relatives. The Chinese have even gone as far as hiring strippers to the after tears party in order for the whole event to be more popular.

Funeral Customs part 2

In the last blog I spoke about a few funeral customs that are a tad different to our traditional memorial in a church, burial with Gravestones and then wake to follow.

In some cultures men and women are treated entirely differently when it comes to what happens when they die. The Bongas buried men with their faces to the North whilst women faced the South. The Ghonds buried their women but cremated their men and the Cochieans buried their women and suspended their men from trees.

Before 1829 in Hindu India, a widow was considered useless without her husband so was expected to lie next to him and be cremated alive. The ritual known as Sati was believed to give the woman a free passage to heaven and purify her. It was abolished, however even as late as 1981; a recorded Sati occurred with an 18 year old widow.

The Greek historian Herodotus claimed that the Calatians ate their own dead believing it to be a sacred duty of the family. Queen Artemisia is said to have even mixed the ashes of her lover with wine and drunk it.

Fantasy coffins are becoming increasingly popular in Ghana. Coffins are being carved into everything from airplanes to motor cars, cigarettes to bottles of beer. I wonder what they would do to headstones given half a chance.
Closer to home, in the Scottish highlands the deceased would be buried with a little salt and soil which would be placed on their chest. The soil was symbolic of the body decaying and becoming one with earth whilst the salt represented the soul which never decays or dies.

Funeral Customs part 1

In England, our funeral customs are fairly traditional. Either a burial or cremation takes place. If a burial occurs, the body is left in the ground peacefully often with memorial gravestones at the head for respect. With cremations, the body is given back to the family in an urn for them to do as they wish. Other cultures and countries have some slightly more bizarre customs.

In Tibet, Buddhists believe that when you die, your soul leaves your body so the body is no longer needed to be respected or cared for. They choose to give the body back to the land by dismembering the body and leaving it high on a rock for the vultures to eat.

In Northern Vietnam the bodies are buried in the back garden of the deceased family but only after two years of it being buried in a paddy field. The body is then dug up, the bones cleaned and then re buried in the garden.

In ancient Rome, the eldest male relative would make sure he caught the last breath of the dying person.

In Madagascar, they have ceremonies called Famadihana. This is where they dig up the dead, parade the bones around the village and then in a new shroud bury the remains. The old shroud is then given to childless newlyweds who should place it on their bed to help with fertility.

There are many more so check out the next blog. It certainly makes our funeral customs and UK Gravestones seem a nice, safe choice.