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Happy Halloween

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Hope you like my Jack Skeleton Pumpkin carving. Just wanted to write a quick post to say if you celebrate Halloween then have an enjoyable evening and if you don’t then I hope you have an equally enjoyable evening and hope you don’t have too many problems keeping the trick-or-treaters at bay.

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Weekly Writing challenge: I Wish I Were

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I wish I were an accomplished and successful artist designing for magazines or stage sets. One of my regrets in life was quitting my A level Art course around 10 years ago. Unfortunately I was working full-time and couldn’t dedicate enough time to one of the things that I loved the most. Working part-time wasn’t even an option for me at the time. Previous years since, I managed to sketch and paint when I had a spare moment just to quench my artistic desire. But recently I’ve had no time whatsoever and to be honest I can’t remember when I last picked up a pencil or paintbrush.

It often makes me sad to think I may have wasted one of the best talents that I had but there have been opportunities and life experiences that I wouldn’t change for the world. You win some and you lose some I suppose. I have no doubt that I will eventually find that all important time to become creative again but I don’t expect that I’ll ever start another A level Art course.

 

Participate in the Weekly Writing Challenge by following this link http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/weekly-writing-challenge-i-wish-i-were/

Paignton Zoo

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Paignton zoo is another of my favourite places to visit when I’m in Devon and definitely my favourite zoo in the UK. It’s not the biggest zoo which makes it more appealing to me. There’s nothing worse than visiting a big zoo and feeling like giving up half way around. Here are just a few photo’s from my recent visit, the highlight being the desert habitat created inside a giant glass house where you will find tropical birds, lizards, snakes etc. The birds fly around freely and if your lucky you can capture some amazing photo’s of them. check out Paignton Zoo’s website for more details http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

Living Coasts

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While I was in Devon, I visited one of two of my favourite places. Living Coasts is a coastal zoo in Torquay and I spent quite a lot of time there a couple of years ago. Their main attraction is the penguins on penguin beach where they are free to roam where they please and where you can get up close and personal (avoiding physical contact). Besides the penguins they have various species of sea birds, otters, fur seals and an aquarium. It doesn’t take long to walk round but it’s worth staying longer to watch all the feeds and talks especially the fur seals. If you plan on visiting yourself check out the website for more information first http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/

Entertainment Media Show

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So here’s something else I have been meaning to blog about. I went along to the Entertainment Media Show on the 6th October at Kensington Olympia, London and really enjoyed it. It seemed so much more organised than the London Film and Comic con that I attended in the summer. Photo’s were ready to be collected straight after the shoot which meant no hanging around for ages and the whole event was relaxed and stress free.

There were an abundance of interesting stalls that I had time to have a proper look on this occasion and all the guests I met for the photo shoots were lovely and friendly. Frank Bruno was a real gentleman, Robert Englund was chatty and less than scary, Dean Cain was just plain adorable and the ‘Red Dwarf’ cast were charming despite my disappointment off Danny John Jules’ (who plays The Cat) absence. Craig Charles was a real joker, trying to created different poses for everyone’s photo’s. Even though I appreciated the fact he was trying to be funny, I would have preferred if he was looking at the camera in my photo. But hey, it still looked good.

I spent a small fortune that day but I guess it was worth it. The organisers said that there would be a chance to have photo’s taken with the monster ‘Ludo’, a prop from the film ‘Labyrinth’ but sadly this was unavailable on the day so they bought back a prop that they used previously for LFCC. The throne from ‘Game of Thrones’ looked very impressive so I had a photo taken with that instead. Hopefully I’ll get to see Ludo at some point though. I certainly can’t wait for the next convention… I’m slightly addicted now 😀

A Trip to Devon

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Many people have a place that is special to them and Devon is mine, well Paignton and Torquay to be exact. It’s where I grew up and have the most special memories of and every now and then I like to go back to the place that makes me happy. It’s a place where I can gather my thoughts and be me. I’ve spent many a moment looking out to the ocean and appreciating my surroundings. Everything is so much more laid back there which is something that is noticeable when you live in South East London and constantly on the go. Here’s a few pictures I took when I visited at the end of September.

Lazy Blogger

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This must have been the longest time I’ve been away from my blog since I started it. Yet again I don’t really have a valid excuse other than I was feeling lazy. Anyhow I’ve been up to all sorts and have lots to share with you. But seeing as I have quite a bit to say, I’m going to blog in two or three separate posts. So starting on a more personal note, I attended the eagerly awaited wedding of my brother at the beginning of September. Dean and Sarah married at a Tonbridge Wells registry office, moved onto a lovely scenic park for photos and finished at a nice country pub for the reception which was fully hired out. Entertainment consisted of a Frank Sinatra singer, magician and a good DJ with disco. I was in my element. The Rose was free-flowing and my requests for the DJ proved amusing. My niece became my dance partner for the evening but my moves on the other hand… well lets not go there shall we ha ha!

 

Also last month I went along to Hyde Park to meet Sam Clark for a fan gathering. For those who don’t know, Sam Clark used to play a character called Ringo in the Australian soap opera “Neighbours”. Since leaving the show he has been pursuing a music career. He bought his guitar along and played us a few acoustic songs which went down a treat.

I recently started to help my niece vlog and upload to YouTube. I also decided to make my own vlogging channel but after attempting my first vlog, I realised I just looked and sounded stupid, not to mention how ridiculous I felt talking to a camera in public. Jordan still continues to vlog on occasions and seems to appear a little more natural when doing it. We did capture some funny moments and I will continue to help her. You can check out her channel via this link http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCizjS1VyLEdw0az7oBVj_dg

Speaking of vlogging, I met Charles and Alli Trippy last weekend at the Contiki Road trip London meetup. It was an amazing experience for me. They were as lovely as they are in their vlogs. There were other YouTubers there but I only wanted to meet Charles and Alli and after 2 hours of waiting in the cold, it finally happened.