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Los Hervideros, Lanzarote

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These photos were taken in a beautiful area nearby Timanfaya National Park while in Lanzarote on the 9th May 2013. Los Hervideros means ‘Bubbling Pot’ which the water coming up through the surrounding rocks represents. The views were amazing.

Hervideros Sign

looking out to the Ocean

Me posing

Los Hervideros

Me posing again

Waves crashing

Los Hervideros

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On Board Independence of the Seas Part 1

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Here’s a collection of photo’s I took while on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Independence of the Seas. The main dining room is particularly grand. Find out more information on the Royal Caribbean website HERE

Main dining room

Main dining room

The Theatre

The Theatre

 

Main pools

Main pools

 

Solarium Pool (Adults)

Solarium Pool (Adults)

H2o zone for kids

H2o zone for kids

the Royal promenade

the Royal promenade

 

Ship pic

Ship pic

 

 

Pyramid lounge

Pyramid lounge

 

 

decorative props

decorative props

 

Pyramid lounge

Pyramid lounge

 

Decor

Decor

 

 

 

Decor

Decor

 

Decor

Decor

 

Sorrento's

Sorrento’s

 

Dog and badger

Dog and badger

 

Vintages

Vintages

 

Ben & Jerry's

Ben & Jerry’s

 

Cup cake shop

Cup cake shop

 

Art Gallery

Art Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

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Being a big cat lover I was excited to hear about a new business idea by Lauren Pears. She plans to open a cat cafe in London. I had never heard of such a thing before, but apparently it’s very popular in Japan. Basically it’s a place you can go for tea and cakes and a chance to interact with lovely felines while you’re there. This is a great idea for anyone who can’t keep cats for themselves because landlords won’t allow it. This particularly appeals to me as I can’t risk getting a cat before I move to a flat in fear of this exact reason. I would love nothing more than to be able to devote my spare time to my favourite animal.

As an animal lover I’m constantly worrying about the welfare of animals within the environment of various collections. But I have no concern whatsoever about the welfare of the cats in the care of this establishment. Lauren insists that the welfare of the cats is of up most importance and I can imagine that the animals will absolutely love all the attention from visitors to the cafe once it is up and running. The business will also offer customers the chance to adopt a cat which will help with the running costs of their care.

Lauren is currently working towards raising money to make her dream a reality. She has already received a lot of press which has so far helped raise over £13,000. This is where you can help! If you would like to donate to ‘Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium’ then just click on the link which will take you to Lauren’s indiegogo page. If you are strapped for cash but still want to help then spread the word… re-blog my post or write your own, advertise it on your social networking sites and go share some love by liking and leaving messages of support on the facebook and twitter pages. In the mean time take a look at the video which explains everything.

Shane Lynch in Panto

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This afternoon I enjoyed a visit to The Stag theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent where Shane Lynch from Boyzone played Abanazar in the pantomime Aladdin. I’ve been a Boyzone fan from the very beginning and I try to support the lads individually whenever possible. I’d never been to this theatre before but thought it was a pleasant venue which catered well for lunch which was much-needed by the time my friends and I arrived. We then went on to wait for Shane at stage door who is always very polite when we see him. After a few quick photo’s we went inside to find our seats and warm up again. We were 3 rows back from the stage and had a brilliant view.

Hats off to the producers who made this such a fantastic show and even managed to drop in a Boyzone number. The whole show was extremely funny and full of adult humour, I felt like a big kid. I thought Shane did a fantastic job at playing a bad guy which seemed to suit him better than his good guy roles in the past. I must give credit to the rest of the cast who were extremely entertaining. Andrew Stone played the chief of police, Tony Haygarth played the emperor of China, Jasette Amos played the genie, Robert Pearce played the Widow Twankey, Ant Payne played Silly (Wishee) Billy (Washee), Drew-Levi Huntsman played Aladdin and Lucy Reed played Princess Jasmine.

Dancers big and small also deserve a mention. There was one very little girl who tried her best to keep up with the others, she was so cute bless her. definitely well worth grabbing tickets if you are in the area… I’m even thinking about going again!

Me and Shane Lynch

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/

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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The last time I visited Battersea dogs and cats home was probably a year ago, way before they had completed the new cat building. As I had a little spare time on my hands being the Christmas break, so I took my niece for her first visit yesterday. I completely admire the work that this organisation does and I’m grateful to be able to experience it for myself. All they ask for is a small donation upon entering (adult £2 and child £1) and then you can spend as much time on the premises as you want (open from 1pm to 4pm on weekdays).

We started off in the dog section and I must have spoken to each individual dog as we went round. The dogs love the attention and will stand at their bars and happily listen to you while you make a fool out of yourself using a squeaky voice as if you’re talking to a human baby. Some of the dogs will try to reach you by putting their paws through the bars or bring you a toy to will you to play with them but the hardest thing ever is to resist physical contact due to the possible spread of Parvo Virus which can be deadly to dogs. The dogs get treated really well and are played with and taken for walks in Battersea park so they get plenty of exercise.

We moved onto the newly built can building which looked modern and bright. Each cat or pair of cats had their own spacious pen with full-sized glass doors which enable staff to enter the pen and provide enough room for them to socialise with the cats. Very different to the small pods they had before. Within the same area, they also have a separate room where staff can bring the cats to socialise with prospective adoptive parents which is an excellent idea if you want to get to know the true nature of the cat in a more natural environment and to be able to talk to the staff and ask questions. They have a range of Breeds from Moggies to Pedigrees all looking very content. Lets put it this way, I wanted to take all the cats home.

On leaving the home I chose to make another small donation in the main reception by putting it in a large free-standing collection box. Every little helps!