I’m not a celebrity get me out of here!

Yes. I know what you are thinking. This is just another blog about this year’s I’m a celebrity line-up and all the antics that happened in the jungle, well then your right! For the first time in 16 years, I decided to sit-down every-night for the past three weeks and dedicate an hour and half to watch celebrities trying to survive life down under. Three weeks ago 11 celebrities were individually chosen and asked to take part in this year’s I’m a celeb. Over the three weeks they have taken part in bush tucker trials, dingo dollar challenges, and adventurous tasks that would help them in getting food for the camp. To get the food, they’ve had to eat critters, lie in caves with rats, and even swim with alligators. This would be a very big no from me!


When they first arrived at the camp they were not sure what to expect. To get into the camp, some celebrities had to skydive, others had to get stars in order to win the other team. These stars were not as easy as you think to get. Each night one celebrity was selected by the public vote to do the bush tucker trial. These bush tucker trials helped the celebrities earn proper meals. Each star that they retrieved during the trial was a meal for camp. But holly and Dec made sure these stars were not going to be found easy. Over the weeks I have seen celebrities eat spiders, a camel’s hoof and even a fish’s eyeball. To say there was times I needed to turn off the T.V. was an understatement. I would definitely be the celebrity to come back to camp with little or no stars. If the camp did not receive any stars they had to live on rice and beans. Ugh, even the thought of it makes me feel hungry!


Another way the celebrities were able to earn treats was completing dingo dollar challenges. These challenges were more fun in compared to the trials, and celebrities had more time to complete them. I think this would be more my cup of tea if I was in the jungle. When the celebrities completed the challenge, they then head to kiosk Kevin where they receive tasty treats. Cupcakes, cookies and ice-pops are some of the treats the celebrities got. However, to get the treats the campmates had to answer a question, for example, ‘what percentage of UK parent are full confident was goes on in their kid’s lives. A)80% B)45%.’ However, 75% of the time they got the question wrong, so left with nothing.


When in the jungle the celebrities had to live a real jungle life. Cook their own meals, wash their clothes in the river, and use an outside dunny. At the start, adjusting to this life was hard for the celebrities, but as time went on they were adopting to it no problem. At the during each week, someone new was appointed to be the group leader, their job was to assign jobs to the rest of the celebrities, while they got their own bed and all duties completed for them. I would be definitely wishing I would be the group leader as I would be no help in doing any of the other jobs.


Towards the end of the season, celebrities received special letters from home. This was very emotional for the celebrities; I know this because it even brought a tear to my eye. When they got near the end they started to receive more luxuries, e.g. they got to go to the jungle bar. I think this would be the highlight of my experience! Over the three weeks I have really enjoyed the show, however, watching it has made me realise how scared I actually am of rats, snakes, spiders, and pretty much everything that moves. I am not a celebrity, but if I was on the show, I would definitely be saying ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here!!’.


Chloe Toner is a final year BSc in Communication Management and Public Relations student at Ulster University. She can be found at: LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/chloe-toner-937039153

The surprisingly holy holy lands

Holy lands? Nothing holy about the place. With a name like ‘the holy lands’ and street names that consist of Palestine Street, Jerusalem Street and Damascus Street, you’d imagine this place to be a very quiet, religious area. But that’s where you’re mistaken. In the center of Belfast, this area is dominated by students who drink five nights a week and Romanians. Like every 18-year-old when going to university I was skeptical about living in the holy lands, as their life style focused more on partying and not enough on their academic studies. After deciding to live down with my friends as a student, my suspicions were confirmed. Despite blessing our house with holy water, some demons definitely got in. These are not the usual demons that you hear about at mass, these are the demons that are controlled and possessed by one too many jaeger bomb. Despite having holy water in our house, the only holy water we needed was a spar slush puppy to help cure our three-day hangover. This was my regular healing process each week.

However, it does seem that there are miracles happening in this area, as people be drinking to five o’clock in the morning and still manage to make their 9’oclock lectures looking like they’ve had their Weetabix and 8 hours sleep. I myself fell a victim of the late night drinking and the early lecture partaking. It seems like a great idea at the time, however, the next morning this was definitely not one of my good ideas.

Located in the heart of the holy lands, was our very own food shelter in the form of press 29. This is where most student could have a nice warm meal and discuss with their own Samaritans about which commandment they may have or have not broken the night before. I could honestly say there has been times, where I feel this place has truly saved me.

In addition, we do show our faith once a year, as we celebrate our dear St. Patrick on the 17th of March, for freeing Ireland from snakes. On this day we take to the streets with music and alcohol to show our appreciation for the patron saint of Ireland. When taking to the streets us student have our own rendition of Noah when he was in the ark with all the animals. It is otherwise known to us students as rock the boat. It’s basically the same thing.

The holy lands can be all fun and games, until everyone’s student loans start to wither away. This normally starts a month after returning for fresher’s. At this point we would be praying for Jesus himself to appear and perform the feeding of the 5000…students. I think every student at this point, would be well and truly grateful for a free feed, even if it is only fish and bread. As much as they would prefer it too be a Boojum. Beggars can’t be choosers!

I suppose the holy lands does show traits of being a holy place in its own way, as there does be a lot of praying, modern day student miracles and celebration of saints. In theory, it is a holy land however, it is an unorthodox fashion.

Finally, despite the flaws of going to Hatfield every Sabbath, Limelight every Monday, and back to the Hatfield on a Tuesday. I have still managed to secure my place in final year, and that is well and truly a miracle in itself. I would advise every student with the option to live nowhere else but the holy lands.

Chloe Toner is a final year BSc in Communication Management and Public Relations student at Ulster University. She can be found at: LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/chloe-toner-937039153