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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Secret Garden Party 2015

Thurs - explored in the sun, saw Hippy Hannah and Sophie Bubble and made hats, met Captain Hotknives. Met Hilary and the band and had mud fight in giant inflatable pool. Went and saw the twins stage

Friday - Tent fun, Chazs Van, Will & The People, then we saw Mady's show at Feast Of Fools

Saturday - Met Hilary, Caz and Lucy and went to Hospitality at the Castle. Me and Hil-lion hit up the fireworks and saw Cat Empire. Met Maddy and Danger, went to the woods with the gang and Jack and Becky

Sunday involved two pies and lots of exploring in the mud


Small World 2015

Chaz's new van is called Hodor, or as Jonah lovingly refers to it, SS rape mobile

Nunya business

Dr bluegrass

Mini van disco rave

"Do I need a wee or am i an owl?" Nancy

"Im the Rupert Murdoch of Esme's vagina" Nina

Chaz "team bonding exercise, get the ballbag" Gareth "if you are going to fuck me at least speak to me"


Glastonbury 2015

Got there and went for an explore with my new camp mates, got a backstage wristband and instantly met Michael Eavis in the VIP area. Danced to Christmas songs at The Park. Met the gang and we watched the fire show at stone circle, headed to the Small World tent, met the lovely bird family in the tree of kestrels

Watched New York Brass band proposal flash mob on the hill, met Buffos and Meryn, spent evening with Hilary and saw Beans on toast, Slamboree and had lots of fun and 3310 selfie

Woke up for work and chatted with welsh girl, saw Motorhead with Buffos and found a buckfast flag. The Libertines played a surprise set which was awesome

Awoke and explored with Hilary and Skully. We watched some circus, viewed the bug show, saw the old ladies and wandered around. We got glittery on shift making new friends and I met Rosa and Beth. Headed to Arcadia with the crew and watched the flash mob in morning, a dance train at like 5am!

The tradition has become watching Cassette boy and DJ Rubbish at Glade, then I headed to the circus, met everyone for Lionel Richie in the sun, watched Alt j, ate custard that made Hilary gag, saw Paul Weller, Patty smith and the Dalai lama came on stage to talk. We closed watching The Who, then finished at Arcadia

Monday was spent tatting in the sunshine and then we headed home


Bangface 2015

We started our trip to the north in sunshine but with a dodgy clutch, I managed to nurse the car to my parents, where my they fed us and my mum drove us in the Audi to Bangface! legend status acheived. We arrived just before dark and got given our deposit money back. we met everyone and saw Off Me Nut, Anklepants, Ceephax Acid Crew and Venetian Snares...not a bad first night! Highlights also included hanging out in the arcade with everyone

Saturday was sunny and we headed to the pool party, with loads of inflatables, with holly and dubya, had a banger and loads of mates were there. We saw FlavaD in the evening which was amazing

Sunday was sunny again, and started with Kyle getting us brekkie and us singing in the front room to cheese, Sim and Danger bring silly, trampolines, go karts, hired pedalo 4 seat cars and going around the sight, I stole a meerkat, then we had a powder paint fight and watched Squarepusher

We left and made our way to a rental car, got back to my parents who cooked us a fry up and I nursed Shaneeqwa back to Brighton


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Andorra skiing

Day 1 – Managed to get on an earlier transfer bus after standing right in front of the driver, so he didn’t forget me and getting a bit of Barcelona sunshine-sunbathing in first. On route the rowdy Irish who were sat near us had to stop for a wee and things got worse at the Andorra border, when it transpired that the transfer police had been told about the drinking and we all got marched off and assumed to be together! I got dropped off and Dad was there waiting, I checked in and got skis, helmet and headed for dinner at mine. Aubergine soup to start, I met two middle aged guys from Hull, sat with them and had beef and sauce and potatoes,  then a lovely chocolate pie for dessert, I retired early, tired and full

Day 2 – after an impressive buffet brekkie of meats, cheeses, cereal, bread, fruit, tea and juice, I met owner Nick and their gorgeous little dog, then he shuttled me up the hill in his Land R up to pick up my lift pass, lunch vouchers and met dad. We headed up the gondola to meet Gordon and co and went with the reps to cruise around blues to El Tartare and Soldeu, stopping for a hot chocolate before lunch. I had a free lunch of bacon and cheese sandwich, fries and drink. Then we met the rest at the bottom, did a few more runs and headed to the supermarket and to dads. Dinner was a tasty Shepherd’s pie dish and Tiramsisu

Day 3 – Again filled with breakfast, we met the reps and did some red runs, stopping off at a picturesque frozen lake, and did a lovely run down to it. After a drink at the bottom we got our free lunch and explored on our own for a few hours. After skiing we headed to Fat Albert’s, one of the resorts only lively bars for a local band called ‘Shambles’ which was fun. Dinner was a Spanish omelette and croutons and chicken curry, with chocolate mouse to finish.

Day 4 - sunshine! Brilliant runs to Pas de la Casa, going on an awesome black and reds. Lunch was in Pas, where fog closed in as we ate and we chair lifted up out of it back in to glorious sunshine. Finished at 4ish and headed for beers. Went to Harp bar for a bit, then dinner was pasta carbonara, meatballs and mousse for dinner. Brian and Pete from Hull were my seating regulars now and very nice chaps.

Day 5 - headed off in sunshine with the ski club, Gordon hurt himself early on so he left at the lake cafe and we did a red then I went off on my own and to kids area and a snow park and then up to the top where I bumped into the ski club and it was windy so headed down, started to cloud over so headed back for lunch and did El Tarter and a blue to Soldeu a few times. Ribs for dinner!

Day 6 - Nick confirmed my transfer for me. It had begun heavily snowing and there was poorer visibility, but we still headed up and me and dad went to El Tartare and took the blue down to Soldeu. Dad stayed down and I bumped into Pete and Brian and went off again. Went to top of Soldana, which was blizzard like and poor visibility so headed down and met dad for lunch, one more run down and then handed rentals back and found Gordon snoozing in his hotel Montanna bar, then got dads bag from mine and had a hot drink then went to dads hotel and relaxed and chatted in their large lounge area. Said goodbyes and headed for dinner, which was tuna salad then chicken, and then cheesecake. Chatted with the Hull guys one more time and a new bloke, then went to pack

Day 7 had final breakfast, paid bill (a humungous 12 euros!) and waited for transfer. There were beautiful views and sun out of the valley...where it was still snowing. Got to sunny Barca with loads of time so bought some cookies for work and food with my remaining euros and wandered about, rang dad and after a bumpy flight on Vueling, made it home with a rare day to recover!


Christmas at home

I left the office at lunch time for the long drive home, managing to get 113.9 at the pump, which I think is lower than since before I passed?! It was nice and sunny and thankfully there wasn’t any bad traffic until I got off of the M40 around Coventry. Christmas eve was spent at Barsby’s with Murray, Gaz, Tom Barsby and some others, then we hit the Felix, saw Steffi, Siobhan, John Murphy etc

Christmas Day involved picking up Nana from her nursing home and we headed to Aunty Jan and Uncle Dave’s, where I finally got to see Martin’s house, he has room to park about eight cars in the drive and garage. He does also now own a disabled seated bike, so I tried out this and whizzed about the local road. He also has a spare room which has become a games room and it is a really nice little bungalow.

Boxing Day was spent with the arriving Gra and Lauren, we had a delicious family lunch, then I picked up Tally and headed to Mreg’s new house in the evening to see his first purchase and for a few games of CTR. When we left, it was snowing quite hard…only a day late! We then had people over (Murray, Chloe, Maddy and I went to pick up George and Tom from the Felix and we all played ‘Articulate’). Lauren was the drunkest which was very funny and Tom was definitely the worst at the game.

On Saturday we headed up to Aunty Gill and Uncle Dave’s and it was snowy! We met Reggie after his nap, and enjoyed an epic buffet including a huge platter of meat, caught up with cousins and had an enjoyable day, even getting to see Laura and Marc, who are often working. We headed back, missing out on a pub trip and me, mum and dad watched a movie.

Sunday was a really lovely last day with the parents and Gra and Lauren, watching footie, playing ‘Formula One’ and ‘Totopoly’ board games, watching ‘Gone Girl’ and just spending quality time together. It was nice not having to rush back like previous years and I will definitely try to do it again!

On Monday I set off with a car full of TV, PC, clothes and more. After unpacking a bit, I headed to Sally’s 1920's themed party, then headed out for Sims birthday, and met some of his new friends and got invited to another house party on NYE.
The week off was spent having lots of fun with friends and eating lots, NYW was started at the twins house party boogying away, before heading to Smugglers for a good old knees up, then back to Bebe’s and Simon’s, before heading eventually to bed!

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Cape Town

I arose early to go on my only booked tour of the trip, a game reserve tour out in the Winelands. The drive was almost as impressive as the tour, with stunning mountain and flat lands of the wine region in every direction. We arrived to a huge buffet breakfast and then piled into a truck and we were off!

I learned a lot of interesting facts as well as seeing animals up close, such as hippos weigh up to two tonnes, are territorial and live until they are 40ish, they kill up to 250 people year! which is more than rhinos and crocodiles. They can also stay underwater for up to seven minutes, white rhino eats grass only, black eats leaves, they both have poor eyesight of two metres, one horn, 16 month gestation period. The best fact was definitely that a group of zebras is called a 'dazzle'. They have weak backs, so you cant ride them. Osterich can run at upto 70kmh, and their egg is about 24 chicken eggs. They can be used for meat, bones and fertiliser. I saw a snake, lions, and some giraffes (that eats eucalyptus, live for 28 years ish, sleep for 20 minutes at a time, 60cm tongue. giraffe can kill lions with a kick and run at 60kmh, can live with out water for two weeks.) We saw some elephants, who were interestingly watching the truck in front of us that had broken down, being pulled out by a tractor. Elephant fact - females are the matriarchs. I was sat next to a hilarious pompous farmer from Hereford and his wife Hilary who was incapable of using her iPad, they made the journey even more fun. After being driven back to Cape Town, I headed to the nearby V&A waterfront and explored and got some dinner.

I began day seven with a tour of the famous District 6, walked the castle and then ate an incredible lunch at an award-winning V&A restaurant. I had a game kebab, consisting of lumps of meat from a wilderbeast, an impala, ku and ostrich. So tasty but a bit too filling for my next activity...a rocky boat trip to Robben Island! A storm was just coming over as we boarded the boat and its safe to say the crossing was a bit choppy (both of the couple in front of me lost their lunch). The weather brightened soon after we docked and they ferried us to a cafe to spend our money on hot drinks. The rest of the tour of the prison was however much better, led by an actual former inmate! It was interesting and we got to see Mandela's cell and learn all about the history of the island. After another busy day exploring, I checked in to my fancy Avios-paid-for hotel for a well-earned rest. The Hotel on St George was very reasonable for the fiver I paid for it and a great way to end the trip.

My final day started with the hotels free breakfast, then I took a local bus to Table Mountain via Camps Bay (as I didnt realise where to get off!) I passed a hilarious dustbin truck called 'waste man' and then got in the queue for the lift. I queued with a lovely old Scottish couple who told me about the cruise they were on, sounded incredible apart from the choppy seas throughout! Table Monutain was stunning and I wandered around and had lunch at the top, admiring the views below. I headed back down and took the bus to Camps Bay again and spend the last few hours of my trip relaxing on the white sand beach and reminiscing instead of worrying about whether I would make my flight. I did (just) and watched movies 'Planes fire and rescue' and 'How to train your Dragon 2'