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Love a bit of cheese

January 15th, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised when my girlfriend bought me ‘The ULTIMATE Cheese Making Kit’ for Christmas. We’re very partial to a wedge of cheddar on a cracker, so why not push the boat out and make something a bit more exotic ourselves? The kit…

Liverpool Dayout

November 16th, 2016

For my birthday this year Francesca had suggested we go to Liverpool. First thing we went to was The Beatle Story, as a Beatles fan this was a must. We checked out some modern art at Tate Liverpool, some history at the Museum of Liverpool and found…

I bought a guitar, again.

August 22nd, 2016

Back in something like 2004, I purchased an acoustic guitar from Argos, a cheap one, mainly because I wasn’t sure that I would stick to practicing. After a short while I realised that I wanted an electric guitar because the sounds that I was creating…

Record Store Day 2015

April 18th, 2015

Record Store Day started in America in 2007. It wasn’t long before the record stores in the UK adopted the day. On this day every year some artists release unique, limited editions or re-releases, most on Vinyl occasionally on Cassette Tape. This…

College Music

February 19th, 2015

Today I remembered a band Lit that I first heard when I was in college between 2000-2002, and this inspired me to take a trip down memory lane. Back then I didn’t really own many CDs (I was still using cassette tapes ). It was during this time…

A Tale as Old as Time

October 3rd, 2014

The Birmingham Royal Ballet version of Beauty And The Beasty is a little different from the Disney interpretation. I really enjoyed this production: magical transformations, wild waltzes and soaring formations of birds. I was expecting this…

Mini Adventure

July 19th, 2014

Photo is not of my Peugeot 206 Back in 2010 I bought a Peugeot 206, it has lasted me a good many years and I have put a large amount of mileage on the clock. Sadly it is time for the car to go the motoring heaven, it will not pass it’s next MOT and…

Hawkstone Park Follies

June 5th, 2014

During our latest break in Wales my girlfriend and I picked up a few tourist leaflets, showing attraction around the area that would be interesting to visit. One of those leaflets was for Hawkstone Park Follies . Realising that Hawkstone Park is in…

West Midland Safari Park

February 17th, 2014

My girlfriend and I have been meaning to visit West Midlands Safari Park for about a year now, and last Sunday we finally went. I’m not the best person to be driving around a safari park, as I will often get annoyed with other drivers taking their…

Geocaching

January 16th, 2014

Geocaching is an outdoor activity a lot like orienteering. It’s basically a treasure hunt use GPS coordinates to hide and seek containers (known as caches). I have known about Geocaching for a while now, but never thought much of going hunting for…

You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

December 19th, 2013

Inspired by a christmas present for my parents (and the movie High Fidelity ), I have started my journey to becoming an Audio Snob (more commonly known as an Audiophile ). I recently purchased my very 1st turntable: Denon DP-200USB Turntable . I…

Harlech Birthday Weekend

December 3rd, 2013

Well this birthday wasn’t going to go by without being noticed… 15th November As it was my birthday I had booked the afternoon off work. This allowed me to met up with my girlfriend - Francesca, for a meal in Birmingham before we went see 30 Seconds…

The Mistletoe Bride of Marwell Hall

October 31st, 2013

For Halloween this year, I thought it would be a nice idea to take my girlfriend on a ghost hunt. After searching a few websites, I came across an interesting ‘paranormal evening’ in an intriguing place. Marwell Hall was previously owned by the…

Yorkshire Holiday

October 7th, 2013

A family holiday to Yorkshire. I was hoping for a calm and relaxing holiday with very few outings, as I am currently working on a few stories. I also had two new batman graphic novels that I wanted to read. We had found a very large cottage just…

Violin Practice

August 15th, 2013

I have decided to learn how to play the violin. Inspiration I was listening to Vivaldi - Four Seasons performed by Sarah Chang , this is not the only album that I have that focuses on the violin. The Essential Joshua Bell - Joshua Bell Phantasia…

Destination Paris

June 18th, 2013

Arc de Triomphe Basilica of the Sacré Cœur Eiffel Tower La Conciergerie La Sainte-Chapelle Les Catacombes Louvre Moulin Rouge Musée d’Orsay Notre Dame Père Lachaise Cemetery Place de la Bastille Shakespeare and Company Visit Destination Paris to…

The Phantom of the Opera

May 22nd, 2013

Up until March 2013 I had not really given The Phantom of the Opera much thought. I had once started to watch the 2004 film starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum but did not manage to get to the end of the film (I must have fallen asleep). I knew of…

Long Weekend in Snowdonia

March 30th, 2013

A friend had decided to take a short break to Snowdonia, she kindly offered to allow me to tag along. At first I was slightly worried about the amount of snow that was forecast in the Snowdonia area before the weekend and during. However the area we…

Paris or Venice

March 5th, 2013

Which to choose? I want to go on a long weekend city break sometime within the next few months. At the moment I’m torn between Paris and Venice the reasons you can probably guess but here is a short list of things I would like to do in both cities…

Introduction to Singing

March 2nd, 2013

Just want to point out, in no way do I consider myself a singing. I will never be appearing on X-Factor or any of those other talent show. When I was in primary school, the whole school would assemble in one of the halls. At the end of these…

A Hint of Nostalgia

February 10th, 2013

I’m not exactly sure what triggered my deep memory banks but it was enjoyable remembering some of the past. I remembered an old TV show that I used to watch when I was a child, then proceeded to remember a few more… I often find myself filling empty…

Dayout in Pembrokeshire

February 3rd, 2013

A friend told me about a place in wales that she would like to visit. I did not need much persuading to take a trip to wales. The place she wanted to visit was a ruined monastery at Monk Haven near St Ishmaels. After about 30mins of looking around…

The Rocky Horror Show

January 31st, 2013

Last night I finally watched Rocky Horror Show. The first time I remember watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show must have been 2003 when a friend loaned me his DVD. I instantly loved it, I believe I watched the film about 3 times that night. I even…

The Reading List

December 31st, 2012

During my day outs I had falling into an odd habit, I would often stop at a motorway service station to stretch my legs. While there I would have a look around the convenience store, where I would end up buying a book. I have now acquired a large…

Not Another Remake

December 23rd, 2012

It seems like the movie industry has learnt a new trick… The Power of ‘Re’ Re-make Re-imagination Re-vamp Re-cycle Yes we have already had a few remakes / re-imaginations, whether good or bad the movie industry is making money from them. Below is a…

Films of the 80’s

December 22nd, 2012

I was born in the early 80’s. There have been a lot of great films (in my opinion) that came out of that decade. It was the time when a lot of stars started to make big hits that propelled there careers i.e. Arnold Schwarzenegger Sylvester Stallone…

My Day As Batman…

November 23rd, 2012

The night had been long. I had just returned The Joker back to his cell at Arkhem Asylum. He had escaped just over a month ago with the help of Harley Quinn. The two of them had turned Gotham City streets into some kind of sadistic circus. I had…

My Daily Torture

November 13th, 2012

I really don’t know how much more of this I can take. It’s enough to send a person insane, luckily for me I’m halfway there… The radio station preference at my place of work is Capital FM. So far in my opinion it is leading the way in destroying…

Movember 2012

October 30th, 2012

Yes I’m participating for a second year (I really just can’t be bothered to shave). Each November, thousands of men of in the UK and around the world grow moustaches. This is done to raise awareness and funds for men’s health, specifically prostate…

Penrhyn Castle

October 4th, 2012

I cannot remember how I found this castle (must of been a Google search or looking through a National Trust handbook), but once I had seen a few photos of it I decided that the next available weekend I would drive there. As the last castle I visited…

Dayout 23rd September 2012

September 23rd, 2012

Powis Castle is one of the more attractive castles I have visited. It sits on a mound overlooking it’s rolling gardens that is home to a small peacock family. Inside the castle there are many portraits and painting as you would except to see…

Week in Dorset

September 8th, 2012

Arachnophobia

July 28th, 2012

I am not afraid of spiders unless they are harmful. The only thing I don’t particularly like about spiders are their webs. Web in the face is never nice. As you can see from my places page I like to explore, whenever I visit parks or forests I tend…

City of Birmingham Triathlon

July 15th, 2012

And yet again I am going to find myself in Sutton park, during a sporting event. This time it’s the City of Birmingham Triathlon. A friend of mine will be taking part and I am going to show up to show a bit of support. As I will be in the park and…

Weekend Around Exmoor

July 3rd, 2012

Jaws

June 20th, 2012

Just when you think it’s safe to go back into the water… They re-release the film… The original summer blockbuster has made its return to the big screen digitally remastered. When I heard that this film was to be re-released, I knew I had to see it…

My New Digital Camera

June 18th, 2012

I have recently acquired a new camera. Well its new to me, it was previously owned by my grandfather. I have been interested in photography for a while, but in the past I have only owned compact point and click cameras. Hopefully this camera will now…

The Great Midlands Fun Run

June 9th, 2012

This time last year I was taking part in the Sutton Fun Run, this year I’m not. Last year was the first time I took part in the fun run. I had decide to walk the route as I know I’m not much of a runner. My time was 2 hours 22 minutes 55 seconds…

Dayout 27th May 2012

May 27th, 2012

We (my family and myself) decide to visit my great grandparents grave. I used to go along with my family once every 2 years, however its been a long time since I have been there. While helping clear up the dead flowers and replacing them with fresh…

Dayout 26th May 2012

May 25th, 2012

While the sun is shining, I am going to make the most of it. I’m going to go for a drive down to Somerset and relax by a few beaches, check-out a harbour and go have a look around a castle.

Roman Holiday

November 19th, 2006

About two months before my 23rd birthday, I had the idea to go on a holiday to Italy. I was torn between Rome and Venice, and started to plan a two week hoilday that included both locations. A few days in Rome, a train to Venice, stay for 5 days…