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My 2012 Highlights

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2012 has been yet another great year for me overall and I’m extremely grateful for that. I have had great fun with many good friends along the way. I have managed to do a little travelling with Spain and Barcelona being my main holiday this year which included lots of great excursions. Disneyland Paris was somewhere I’ve always wanted to go and it certainly made me feel like a kid again… everyone needs a little magic in their lives. My long weekend to Devon was a welcomed break from the norm and left me feeling refreshed.

I attended three fantastic conventions with this year being my first experience of conventions too. Bitten 3 weekend, the Entertainment Media show and the London Film and Comic con all had some brilliant guests. Other highlights included seeing Michael McIntyre at the o2, The Harry Potter studio tour and the amazing annual West End Live which I will no doubt be at again next year.

Obviously my brother’s wedding has to be one of the biggest highlights of this year. It was a lovely occasion and one that I will remember for a long time to come. Meeting the coolest couple on YouTube Charles and Ali Trippy at the Contiki meetup in London with my niece was exciting and I hope to meet more of the YouTubers that I watch next year. Seeing one of my favourite bands Evanescence was long-awaited and I’m pleased to say that I have actually finally seen them live.

I tried my hand at poetry and really enjoyed it so I plan to submit more poetry into any online magazines that will accept them and see where I get. I completely failed on my other blogs for reviews and art but I’ve decided to just add everything I do to this blog in the future. Oh, and that book I bought back in January is still unfinished… what am I like!

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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 detailsĀ 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 firstĀ http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/

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.