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Wound up and Angry

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Having just sent a complaint to PortAventura, the theme park myself and my friends visited in Spain, I now feel as wound up as I did when I first experienced the issue that I complained about. As some people already know, I’m a huge animal lover. So what I witnessed at the beginning of June appalled me. This is the email I sent PortAventura:

During our trip to the park at the beginning of June, myself and 3 friends were deeply upset after watching the appalling treatment of the horses in Bang Bang West. One of the horses was clearly distressed and having problems breathing yet the show continued. This horse seemed to be having difficulty with the bit that was placed in its mouth and looked as though it was choking. At one point we thought it was going to collapse. The rest of the horses looked hot, exhausted and uncomfortable. We took no notice of the show as we were concerned about the horses. We were sickened and angered but we stayed until the end of the show just to make sure the horse in question was ok. Extremely disappointed with such low animal welfare standards at PortAventura.

As you will see from my review on my reviews page, I had an enjoyable time and was impressed with the rides but I thought this show was a big let down for the park. I would personally like to see the horses pulled out of the show and placed in the care of someone with good knowledge of Equine needs. I hope to receive a reply from the park just to see what they have to say and whether anything is going to be done about it. If I don’t get a response I will have to take it further.

 

Storm Trooper Love and Westlife’s last gig

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I can honestly say I’m not a happy bunny right now as I sit here in bed nursing a sore throat and runny nose… the dreaded cold is back! I was doing so well with staying in good health but the vitamin C tablets weren’t going to save me this time 😦 so I’m going to make the most out of this situation and spend my spare time blogging.

I’ve had an extremely busy weekend attending another spectacular West End Live which I’m currently writing a review about. I’m now trying to work out how to find the time (and money) to see all the shows I haven’t seen; especially ‘Sweeney Todd’ before it closes. The In-between sounds like another interesting one. Unfortunately I didn’t get much of a chance to look around all of the tents but I was happy to meet a not so friendly ‘Storm Trooper’. The geek in me came out as soon as I clapped eyes on him at the ‘Forbidden Planet’ tent along with ‘Darth Vader’ who was a bit caught up in holding a member of the public captive. hopefully next year I’ll find the time to explore a little more.

Saturday night came the event all Westlife fan’s were dreading… their last ever concert at Croke Park (Dublin). Myself and friends Hayley and Emma eagerly obtained tickets to watch the live screening of it at the Odeon cinema, Covent Garden. I must say it was the most bizarre cinema experience that I have ever been a part of. Never have I danced, sang, clapped and whooped at a screen before. The whole cinema was on their feet getting involved. I suppose it was the second best thing to being there in person. It was clear to see that the lads were very emotional throughout the concert but they pulled off another great show and made every Westlife fan proud. Now all we have to do is await news of their solo careers 🙂

Something I Stumbled Upon

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As if I haven’t got enough to distract me from doing something constructive with my evenings. I have just lost an hour of my life trawling through a website a friend recommended. Now I’m usually the last person to discover anything interesting and in this case it is  probably no exception.

http://www.stumbleupon.com provides pages and pages of pictures, info and articles that engages your personal interests. So I registered (it’s free) and started by clicking on 5 genre’s to personalise my stumble… you then of course click on stumble and it searches for a pages that may take your interest which apparently you wouldn’t normally find on the net when searching yourself. So far I like it but will it be just a novelty at first and will I get bored with it? That’s something I’ll find out in time.

So today I stumbled upon an artist’s work that caught my eye. His work is simple yet genius. Everyday objects/materials are transformed with a little bit of wire and brought to life. The art of ‘Bent Objects’  by Terry Border is humorous and creative… I only wish I’d thought of this myself 🙂

Something to look Forward to

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So it’s coming to the end of my first week back at work since getting back off holiday and I couldn’t be more excited for the weekend. It’s not over yet though! Tomorrow I have a two-hour trek to a conference to look forward to, (Can you detect a hint of sarcasm in that sentence?) but at least it gets me out of the work place for the day and they feed me 🙂

On a brighter note, West End Live have finally announced their 2012 line-up and schedule. Anyone that knows me, knows I love my musicals and this is an event I’ve been looking forward to since last years. For those of you who haven’t a clue what I am talking about, I shall explain. West End Live is an annual 2 day show-casing event where shows from the West End perform a selection of songs on a big stage in London’s Trafalgar Square for the general public. Whether they be old favourites or new and upcoming, this years performances come from every West End musical.

More details can be found on their website: http://www.westendlive.co.uk/

A Picture with Meaning

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I came across this picture and quote today and it touched me so much I thought I’d share it with you.

Busy in Blogsville

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I’ve been busy in the land of blogsville since I got back off holiday, mainly to compensate for the two weeks I’ve missed. I’ve posted a couple of reviews in my reviews blog (there’ll be many more to come) and I’ve posted a couple of photo’s in my creative blog. Due to receiving no response from the e-zine that I sent my poem into a few months back; I thought I might as well add that to my creative blog a little later. I’ve also been checking out some blogger’s photography posts on here, many quite impressive. I think the simplest things make the biggest impact.

Whilst on holiday I’ve been inspired to do something different with my life, I’m not too sure what yet but the thought of returning to normality after experiencing some amazing sights and interesting excursions depresses me. I need more stimulation in my life. Maybe I’ll start that free-lance journalism course a little earlier than planned. After all it’s what interests me.

Spain 2012

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Yesterday I arrived home from my two-week holiday in Salou in Spain. I had a fantastic time with 3 of my friends; Emma, Hayley and Mandy as we passed the time with many activities and good nights out but now I can honestly say I’m glad to be back home. There’s no way I could have stayed there any longer than two weeks. There were certain things that got right on my nerves such as many of the Spanish people who were just plain rude. I’m not saying that the majority of them are rude but many of the locals in Salou, Tarragona and Barcelona that I personally encountered were a little ignorant. They would just push passed you without saying anything or try to push you out of the way to get to various attractions. I know that the English may not be the most popular visitors to your country but manners cost nothing these days.

one of the other things that really annoyed me while in Salou were the club and pub promoters. The night-life was pumping and there are an array of different bars and night clubs to suit everyone’s tastes. We found a couple of places that soon became our regular haunts (Chaplin’s and Danny Boy) but due to competition, everywhere we went we got harassed by promoters trying to get us to go to their bars/clubs. Some even got a bit rude or aggressive when we wouldn’t take the flyers they were handing out. Our nights out always seemed to start out as a mission to avoid them. On one occasion, as we were walking past one quite quickly, he tried to put his arm around me and I moved it away abruptly telling him not to touch me. Physical contact shouldn’t be permitted. He didn’t know the reason why I didn’t want him to put his arm around me but at the time I had sunburn on my arms which was painful to the touch.You just don’t do things like that.

Anyway, that’s enough ranting… back to the good stuff. We managed to fit a lot of excursions into our two weeks starting with meeting the dolphins at Aquapolis in La Pineda. We went to the Theme park, Port Aventura on 3 occasions and rode on Shambhala which is the highest and longest rollercoaster in Europe. We also went on a Jeep safari through the mountains, swam with Sea Lions, and sailed on a Catamaran. One of the main highlights was House of Illusions where we watched some talented magicians, we were so impressed the fist time we ended up going back a second. I’ll be writing some reviews about venues and excursions when I get the chance.