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London Photography

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Busy London Sepia tone

After checking back on my POLL I created in January, I noticed that someone had voted for photography so I thought I’d include a photo in my latest post. I would ideally like to post more scenic photo’s in my blog, mainly London-based as that is where I spend most of my spare time. Unfortunately this is the only photo I managed to take on a busy trip yesterday afternoon. But I’ve decided to dedicate a whole day when I get the chance.

I would especially like to experiment with black and white photo’s which I think look very effective in the right situations. I’ve also gained a new-found interest in street art so I’ll be on the hunt for some of that too. I just wish there was enough hours in a weekend to do everything I wanted.

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Egg-citing Art

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Sorry for the poor title but I couldn’t resist. I didn’t venture out at all yesterday so I knew I had to make the most of my Sunday before I drag myself back to work tomorrow. I heard that the big eggs were back in London this year for the run up to Easter so I headed off to Covent Garden to have a look. There were so many great designs from different artists all laid out for ‘The Big Egg Hunt’.

Personally my favourite is Humpty Dumpty 🙂 believe it or not, there were so many more eggs than there is photo’s of them. I chose the ones that interested me the most to display on here, if I had taken a photo of each of them it would have taken a hell of a long time to upload 😛

Big Egg

Big EggCovent GardenBig EggBig EggPeopleDollar SignsPineapple BeatlesBig EggBig EggBigg EggBig EggHumpty Dumpty
Big EggBig EggSkeleton hugging eggClownCovent GardenBig Egg

Egg houseSwansAdventure TimeThomas the Tank EngineButterfliesHumpty Dumpty close upPeter RabbitBig EggBig EggRabbit and OwlSponge Bob

First Show of the Year

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I kicked off my theatre going 2013 with the new musical ‘Loserville’ which unfortunately ended today as well. It was a show that my niece wanted to see before it closed. And after experiencing it, I’d wished I’d gone to see it before. It was a very lively, feel good show with superb choreography and imaginative set and props. Both myself and Jordan enjoyed it very much and came out buzzing. While I was in the West End I finally booked myself a ticket to see the stage show ‘Les Miserables’ for March but I’m sure I’ll find something else to go and see in the mean time.

Of course, no day out would be complete without a good meal. We randomly ended up in a Thai Style vegetarian buffet restaurant in Soho. It was different and enjoyable and I didn’t have to worry about what I was eating because everything was meat free and free of all animal products.

vegetarian foodWe had a bit of everything and the Mango juice was soooo nice! so pleased to eat vegetarian prawn crackers!

Vegetarian food

We went up for seconds and came back with Soya duck and pancakes!

fruit salad

We finished with a small bowl of fruit salad and mango jelly.

 

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.

 

 

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 🙂

Wicked and Wild

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Wow! has it really been that long since I last posted? Yet again, there really isn’t any excuse for it so lets crack on. I’m currently listening to Lady Antebellum on my new MP3 player, I decided against getting an overpriced iPod and steered towards the Sony Walkman which seems to do the job well enough for me so now I have something to listen to when travelling to Spain and sitting around the pool.

Apart from the events which have consisted of the consuming of much alcohol I have enjoyed my first ever trip to the musical ‘Wicked’. I was impressed by the amazing set and Matt Willis’s performance of  Fiyero. Considering I was expecting to see Rachel Tucker as the main role of Elphaba I was pleasantly surprised by understudy Nikki Davis-Jones.

Friday night was a little wild. It started with the much-anticipated Lostprophets gig at the Brixton 02 Academy which didn’t disappoint but went far too quick. We moved onto the after show party at Jamm (not the most impressive venue) where the boys were DJing. I must admit, not all the songs they chose to play were to my taste but I was happy they played a couple of tracks by the Prodigy. One band that played there that night stood out for me, a female fronted metal band called ‘Orestea’, the lead singer had awesome blue hair. We left shortly after Lostprophets did. The night went downhill from there when we entered a crappy nightclub in Clapham which cost £10 to get in, we danced to a lot of cheese and I had my drink spilt all over me and whoever was standing nearby by some dude who thought he was the bees knees, needless to say that my friend Mandy stepped in and gave him a mouth full… to be honest, I think I had had a few too many to even care. We still managed to get in around 4 in the morning though so it can’t have been that bad 😛

I have 5 more sleeps until Disneyland Paris and I’m planning on taking many photo’s, some of which I shall post on here, so until then it’s over and out.