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To Pinterest or not to Pinterest

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It all began with MySpace back in the day, it was fun, it was exciting, and then it changed, went downhill and everyone lost interest. It currently has an incredible amount of abandoned profiles, in fact I recently deleted two accounts because I hadn’t been on there for 3 years after trying to unsuccessfully revive my interest for the network. Then there was Facebook and we all hailed the genius that is Mark Zuckerberg. It was great, people were finding long-lost friends and family and all was good in the world of social networking. But as the years pass the novelty is wearing off… I mean who wants to know if someone has just eaten Perry Perry chicken for dinner or just popped to the shops for some sugar!  Then you get a friend request from someone you hardly knew at school who made your life a living hell while you were there. Facebook is a bizarre place. It was the last straw for me when they made the last lot of changes, I really don’t see why it’s so necessary to keep making all these changes… if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

Then along came twitter… a place where you send out short paragraphs on a regular basis read by strangers with the meaningless drivel that you usually put in a Facebook status. So now even more people can read what you’re having for dinner or what time you’re going to bed. Twitter was recently trending R.I.P Facebook to which tweeters were concerned that all the idiots from facebook would convert to twitter. But I’m sure they were there already.

Now we have a new social networking site (as if we haven’t got enough already) in the format of an on-line pin board called Pinterest. From what I can gather the whole idea is that you post pictures that you find on-line that takes your interest to share with others who then comment on them. I heard on the news the other day that there may be an issue of copyright involved with using the pictures on google etc which is completely understandable. Posting Images that you haven’t obtained permission to use is something that Facebook has tried to deter in the past although people still do it. I personally think that Pinterest is a nice idea but it’s completely pointless. Isn’t that what we already do in blogs or reposting pictures on Facebook and twitter? It just looks like someone else is trying to cash in on a new site in hope that they could have the same success Mark Zuckerberg had. I may possibly pass on this one.

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GeTtInG mY cReAtIvE hEaD oN

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It’s not very often I get a weekend to myself and since this was the case I managed to do a lot of thinking. I seemed to have abandoned my creative side after the last few hectic years of my life and seeing as things are not slowing down at all I might as well try to fit it in somewhere. It’s always something I have enjoyed doing since I was a small child. I was never any good at maths or anything technical at school… my brain just didn’t work that way; but give me a piece of paper and I would spend hours perfecting a sketch. I can’t sit back and watch my skills go to waste so once I have the materials I am going to begin painting again. I like to work with acrylic on canvas using bold colours in an alternative fashion.

Something else I haven’t tried my hand at since I was… a teenager (crikey! I didn’t think it was that long) is writing poetry and I started this yesterday. One I finished and another is on its way to completion. Again, this isn’t a style that some people would find appealing… I’m very much into my horror/fiction. I have already submitted my completed poem into an e-zine in hope that it will be published there but as its my first poem in such a long time I’m not sure whether it will be any good or not so fingers crossed.

I thought that it may be a good idea to create a separate blog for all things arty farty. But I shall update you about that nearer the time. Anyway I’m off to try and finish this poem which has presented me with writer’s block… toodle-pip!

Michael McIntyre’s Warm up Gig

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I just remembered I told a lie yesterday about not being up to much lately. I went to see Michael McIntyre last Wednesday at a small venue in London called Pleasance theatre. He’s been doing a collection of warm up gigs here and there to prepare him for his big shows in September, October and November at the London o2 arena and Wembley arena. It gives him a chance to think up new material and to see what works and what doesn’t by judging how many laughs he gets. Basically we played the role of his guinea pigs which I didn’t mind at all.

I hadn’t seen Michael McIntyre live before so I was really looking forward to it. My friend Julie had got hold of the tickets for just £5 each which to say that was a bargain is an understatement. Because the venue was small, it was nice having that bit of intimacy and Michael had me crying with laughter from the moment he stepped out onto the stage. He announced that he was a little worse for wear as he had been to the Britt awards the night before and it was also his birthday therefore there would be no skipping on stage. Every now and then he would take notes as his note taker didn’t want to come out in the miserable weather, we found this just as funny as the jokes themselves and chuckled every time he turned round to scribble something down.

I certainly have new-found love and respect for this hilarious man and I would definitely recommend that you go to one of his shows if you ever get the opportunity. Even better… go to one of his £5 shows and you’ll be laughing so to speak 🙂

A quick visit to blogsville

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I know, I know… I haven’t been here for a while but I apologise for that! I have no excuse but the fact that I really haven’t been up to much lately and didn’t really want to bore anyone with my meaningless waffling! I just wanted to let you know I haven’t forgotten about sherylsbloggyblog and I have lots of things that I want to write about in the future. At the moment all is quiet on the life front and while its been cold I have enjoyed some nights in watching seasons 1 to 3 of True Blood which I have become an instant fan of. I am now currently working my way through season 1 of Heroes and I plan to get my hands on ‘The Circle’, ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Being Human’. I whole heartedly admit that I am a complete geek and proud of it 🙂

As I sit here watching Kerrang I’m feeling excited about a couple of gigs I’ve got booked to see ‘Lost Prophets’ and ‘The Used’ which I’m sure you’ll hear about at some point. I watched ‘Daybreakers’ today which is an awesome film and positioned at number 17 in SFX magazines special vampires edition for the 25 greatest vampire movies on the planet… you will have to buy the magazine to find out what number 1 is but I wasn’t disappointed with the result. Anyway… I’ll be back soon, I promise!

A cold Afternoon at Crystal Palace Park

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This is a place that I’ve visited on many occasions having had to walk through it to get to college a couple of years ago. I’ve often admired the scenery so I thought I would take some snap shots to share with you. because of the time of year the lighting isn’t quite right but it’s prettier in the summer and much more prettier when it snows.