London Tourist Times

One thing I’ve been trying to do more is to be more of a tourist. Whenever I go into London I find that I am heading straight to a gig (more than likely) and then straight out again. I don’t spend much time actually exploring and visiting the places our American friends always ask about. They seem to have a much better knowledge of our country than we do! I had a large chunk of last week off so made time for a London touristy day.

The British Museum was the sort of place you always went to on a school trip, but I don’t think I ever headed there outside of school. So that was my main stop! It did seem like half the world had the same idea as me unfortunately: SO DAMN BUSY! But was awesome to go check out the Egyptian statues and mummies that have survived thousands of years. The concept that these things were produced by hand all those years ago is incredible. That way after you’ve gone the things you produce will live on and have an impact on this world (we could say this about the plastic we use but that is a post for another day!) and people will be studying them years down the line. I wonder if I’ll be leaving something for future generations to enjoy? Something to work on definitely!

I did find it slightly creepy however that so many people were taking selfies with Cleopatra’s mummy. After all, that’s still a dead body lying right there…one that appears to be quite intact after all this time!

The library card is definitely going to be hammered in the next few months – so many things I want to learn about!

Where to next?

 

 

Damn It, Janet!

WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN ROCKY HORROR BEFORE? Like, seriously? Why have I never seen Rocky Horror before?!

Obviously I’m aware of the film, and know every word to Time Warp because I’m a child of the 80s but for some reason I’ve never sat down to watch it. When it was suggested by some teammates a few months ago that a group of us should see the live show coming to town, I was intrigued but not exactly hopping with excitement like everyone else was. I completely understand their reaction now!

A group of us headed to the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury last night and as I was slowly surrounded by 100’s of people who took their fancy dress way too seriously, I started to wonder what I was getting myself in for. When the first song started and the entire front 2 rows started waving their hands in the air, I got even more concerned.

I bloody loved it!

Any show that has people up on their feet dancing and shouting back at the actors is definitely awesome in my books! And the beautiful people in their underwear didn’t hurt either. Oh Rocky…..just run away with me…..

Now I just need to go see it again, in full costume! You didn’t think I was going to dress up without quite knowing what I was letting myself in for did you?

 

 

July

Well hello there! It’s been a while! But I’m back….

So what’s new?! I’ve started my new job and the lack of driving has almost completely sorted my back out. I can move again! And sit down! Amazing how sitting down can be such an achievement

I’m hoping to get back into blogging a little more regularly so watch this space. Fingers crossed….

Changes are afoot!

So the blogging has taken a bit of a back seat these last few weeks what with all the crazy changes that seem to be happening in our lives. It’s kind of hard to keep on top of everything!

And another big change is about to happen! I’ve been offered a new job. A job that’s a 30 minute walk from my house and right in town. Although I’m gutted to be leaving my current job, the 3 hours a day spent in the car is starting to take its toll on me. I’m in pain pretty much constantly and I don’t get moving nearly enough! Hopefully this will change that. I’ve got big plans for what I’m going to be doing with my new spare time! Taking way more steps to get me out of my comfort zone…. Only 4 weeks til it all kicks off

A Good Start! *

2016 has already been pretty damn challenging considering we’re only 12 days in! On the first day back at work the other half was told he was being made redundant. When we got home that night the heating had broken. Then the next day the TV broke!

After the huge amounts of panic set in regarding how on earth we’re going to pay our mortgage (I don’t earn a huge amount!), and then the anger and upset of the situation happening, I’ve spent the majority of the last week aiming more towards determination. Determination that this isn’t going to be a problem for long and that we’re not going to starve!

I spent pretty much all day Saturday sat in front of the computer going through all our bank account and credit card statements figuring out exactly what can be reduced and how. Using a combination of Quidco and Uswitch I managed to change our gas and electricity suppliers to save around £30 a month, plus getting £28 cash back. I cancelled our Sky and started digging out things to sell on eBay. The rest of the week has been continual searching for online freebies and tips to reduce all other costs. THIS IS NOT GOING TO WIN DAMMIT!!!

Amazingly enough, my thoughts have been on money problems for the last week and blogging has kinda taken the back seat! Thankfully we’ve got super handy family members who managed to come and fix our heating over the weekend and the other half figured out how to get the tele working again.

Slowly, slowly working through the issues! Normal service will resume shortly…..

 

 

*Massive amounts of sarcasm!

 

 

80s-tastic!

Friday night I drove up to Southend after work to watch the most 80s gig ever with my parents – Go West, Nik Kershaw and T’Pau! It had been around 14 years since I was last at the Cliffs Pavilion to see Status Quo so I think it was about time I was there again! Pretty obvious that my music taste hasn’t exactly moved on from that time….

 

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It was AWESOME! Go West and Nik Kershaw not only played their own songs, but played each other’s and covered a bunch of stuff together! Was ace to see something a little different in a show. And to finally see “We Close Our Eyes” live! Super happy!

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More like that needed!

Books, Books and More Books!

On Saturday I managed to have an unplanned day revolved solely books and it was awesome! I’ve recently become a little obsessed with the library and it’s seemingly infinite amount of knowledge you can get for free. I know we can find all this stuff instantly online but there’s something special about being literally surrounded by words and information. Books are just that little bit more magical than reading Wikipedia. Curling up with your laptop isn’t quite the same!

I’ve been reserving a lot of books from the library too lately. I’m not sure how it works where you are, but in Kent you can search the libraries all around the county and if you want a book from another location, they’ll transfer it to your local library for free! A godsend if you are always after very specific books and your local never ever seems to be the one to stock them!

Our local library is this beaut. Just look at it!!

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I headed into town early on Saturday to pick up my reservations. Looking forward to getting stuck into these:

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Saturday night I visited the Folkestone Book Festival, an event I worked on for 3 years and haven’t been back to since! The discussion between Matt Haig and Nathan Filler we attended was based around both of their books focussing on various mental health issues. The conversation and Q&A was really interesting and open regarding their own experiences and discussed what we can all be doing to help. Because there is never enough we can all be doing to make each other’s lives that little bit better.

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Say cheese!

A huge part of the path to happiness is acceptance of yourself. To not dislike what you see in the mirror, to not dislike the person that you are. One thing I’ve always had a bit of an issue with is my smile. I don’t particularly like smiling in photos and I’ve been doing it less and less lately.

Not smiling in photos. Why would I do that? When I’m old and grey and looking back on what I’ve done in my life, I’ll just think I’ve lived a miserable existence! It’s not that bad!

So, have a picture of my big cheesy grin. From now on this smile is going to stay!

 

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Life’s way too short

I had a post written and ready to go which will be heading up tomorrow now, but after the events in Paris last night it really hit home that being happy shouldn’t be way down the list of priorities. There are so many terrible things happening in the world every day and unfortunately life could be taken from us at any time. So we need to make sure we are living the happiest life possible. We need to face our fears, be bold, go after our dreams and ignore all the haters. Who cares what people think of you?! As long as you are being a good person and not harming others, then just be you. Do what makes you happy.

To the Tower!

This week I’ve taken some holiday and had myself a bit of a break from work and stress. It’s flown by and feel like it’s only been a weekend!

Although I’ve not managed to get quite as much stuff done as I would have liked, I slept lots which was definitely needed! For my last day off I headed into London for a massive tourist day.

I grew up on the edge of London and lived in Camden for a year and yet there are so many huge tourist spots that I’ve never been to. I think when you live in a certain place, the tourist areas are always something you can get to later. Something that’s never of any kind of urgency. So it gets put off. And then when you move away, you’ve missed out!

The main place I was aiming for on Friday was the Tower of London. How I’ve never been before I don’t know! Why did we never go there on a school trip? There was enough of them there the other day!TowerI realised on Friday that I really don’t know much about our world history. Or even our country’s history. I knew parts of the history and importance of the tower, but only really the parts regarding its use as a prison and the beheadings. I had no idea that it was the home of the Royal Mint and a menagerie, or that people actually live within the grounds! And who knew that the Kray twins were held there?! It’s opened up a lot of avenues of things I’d like to explore in more depth and it’s going to involve a lot of trips to the library!
HorsesI loved my little solo educational trip to the tower! It’s made me realise that we have so many incredible places in our little country that we need to investigate and appreciate. Yes, there is a big, old world out there, but there’s so much we can explore close to home. You just have to make the time and effort to do it.