New Layout and Gallery

Hey guys, how are you all!? So I’ve been doing a little tinkering with the site to make it a bit more accessible and aesthetically pleasing. I’ve also introduced a Gallery which I will be updating throughout the year with different trips and adventures, as well as general photography.

I’ll also be uploading a couple of big blogs from my time in Amsterdam and Radio 1’s big weekend last year pretty soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Also if you’ve got any tips or advice on the new layout let me know 🙂

I hope you all enjoy!

-The Bloggerman

Happy 14th February

Just a little shout out to all my Single friends and bloggers. I hope you have an amazing day on yet another hyped up, commercialised day of worship to another mystical glorious Saint! I dislike this day for two reasons:
1: It’s ridiculously commercialised, everywhere’s busy and everything costs twice as much.
2: My ex’es birthday was on Feb 11th so this time of year was a double whammy in monetary terms LOL

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Just because you’re ‘alone’ today doesn’t make you any less of a person. You keep being the best YOU that you can be and I’m sure someone will come along one day and show you how much they love and worship you every day, not just on Valentine’s Day!

I don’t look at people celebrating today with their partners with distaste, just don’t forget to not neglect your significant others for the other 364 days in the year (for a start it’s cheaper on any other day 😉 )

-The Bloggerman

Shadows

Weekly photo prompt – Shadows

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When I’m at the beach I can’t resist getting out the camera or the phone and start snapping. I’ve posted this picture because it’s different from the norm of my photos, for one main reason; it wasn’t taken by me, I’m the one holding the sun 😀  I loved the silhouette and shadowed effect the sun gave, so much so that I had to be in the photo and get my friend to take it!

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-The Bloggerman

The Rule we never Heard

Have you ever come across a term or rule that we all follow but never knew about?

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So, the other day I was traipsing through the World Wide Web as you do, and I came across an historic rule in which we all live by in the way we structure our sentences. Now the complex derivative of the alphabet and language has always astonished me. It just doesn’t seemingly make sense in my head that at some point in time communication and the symbolism of lines that create these words and letters could just come to be.

Anyway, on my travels I came across this excerpt from a book called: The Elements of Eloquence (catchy huh!) in which it denotes that;

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out.”

Being someone with a particularly dirty mind, my first thought was; “So that’s why I fucking love cake, and don’t love fucking cake?!” Excuse my French, but I did make myself chuckle!

Now for something that I’d never heard of, or even thought about, it makes complete sense. I was pretty fascinated that there are rules out there that everybody follows without even knowing it and if you were to disobey that rule then everybody would know instantly. After this I went on and did a little research and realised that there really are an amazing number of subtle techniques and applications to speaking English that must make it so difficult for outsiders to learn! It’s the subtle difference’s like when we record a record or present a present or tell a rebel to rebel. It’s a difference that is very hard for people to learn, and is the main reason that, in a strong French accent, there’s no difference between happiness and a penis.

-The Bloggerman

Coffee – Life Juice

The story of how I met my true love – Coffee

Before I started college or working or anything that required more brainpower than the norm, I was a tea drinker. I never liked the smell of coffee and I definitely didn’t like the taste. Anything coffee related I would turn my nose at, even chocolate which I unquestionably have a love affair with! I now drink coffee every day and probably sink about 3 or 4 cups before 10am. I saw a great ‘meme’ the other day which pretty much summed up my feelings for coffee now and it did make me laugh (I’ll try and find it and put it in this blog) So where did it start? How did I become this caffeine infused monster?

Well I can actually pinpoint the exact place and time that I realised coffee wasn’t just a drink and more of a tool or an aide, just like smoking and alcohol, which you can use to manipulate and stimulate the body and mind. A tool which, after time, becomes an acquired taste. I was 17 and we were on a family weekend away at Alton Towers. It was a ridiculous time in the morning and we’d stopped in a services to wait for the others who were in another car and quite a bit behind. I couldn’t sleep and was in need of something to keep me going. After a bad experience with energy drinks when I was younger I opted for a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks and certainly wasn’t disappointed, the caramel took away the bitterness that I hated in coffee and I felt so much better in terms of alive-ness. Even after this realisation I didn’t become a consistent and abusive coffee drinker until a couple of years ago when I started working in an office. It wasn’t until then that I realised how valuable and how big a part of my daily routine coffee would become! Be right back coffee break …

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The change of work from laborious hands-on, to becoming a pen pusher/key tapper sat in a chair had a big effect on the way my body and mind used and needed energy. I started frequently going to the gym to replace the activity side of things, but it was the mental aspect that was the hardest to come to terms with. The constant use of brainpower from the minute I step through the door just isn’t what I’m used to, nor wanted to get used to apparently (I much preferred the extra hour sleep I’d get in the van on the way to site XD). That’s where my dear old friend coffee and I became an inseparable pair. I take my coffee in all forms, espresso-latte I’m not fussy. Until it comes down to freeze-dried or powder then I’m a bit of a snob and refuse to drink any cheap brands.

Weekends are my only real downtime from knocking back cups of coffee like I’m on a night out playing catch up with the guys. I like to kick back, relax and chill. Although I do have a couple it’s nice to let my brain recuperate from the caffeine smashing through the week.

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I honestly don’t know how I’d cope without coffee in my life anymore. I probably rely on coffee now more than I do my family and friends and I’ve probably got some serious addiction that I should get checked out but I don’t care! You’ll never split us up! It’s me and coffee for life baby! Okay maybe that is enough coffee for one day…

I’m a little disappointed I couldn’t find the ‘meme’ I was looking for, something to do with one coffee being mandatory, two coffee’s being obligatory and so on, but hey-ho! Until next time 🙂

-The Bloggerman

05th December 2016 – Quote of the day

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill gates

“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.” – John wooden

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We, as a group, find that surrounding yourself with individuals that think to a higher intellect, most discussions will get picked apart and debated, whether you’re correct or not. I find this greatly improves and aides in decision making, as you’re naturally used to picking apart and analysing things in many different styles and at the very least you gain an insight to how other peoples minds work in life; even when the answer is put in front of someone and explained, they may still have a completely different outlook to you.
Being smart is taken for granted a lot more than we account for. Being smart isn’t always being clever, and you mustn’t take for granted the fact that because you’re right; you always will be. Sometimes we forget that the journey we’re on can change at any second. You never know when the tables are going to turn and the shoe will be on the other foot. Just because we’ve been successful before, doesn’t mean we always will be. Once we’ve achieved something and we start progressing in a direction we often think that because we’ve put the hard work and dedication to get to this point you no longer need that commitment to your cause. As you all know this process of thought seldom works and we find ourselves becoming complacent and inconsistent. Of course, it’s difficult to maintain a motivated approach to cause 24/7, I often find myself procrastinating and deviating from the task at hand, after all there is now so many distractions in life to deter you. I think that’s one of the biggest problems in life, we all get so caught up in the general day-to-day activities of the norm we forget about the bigger picture.

Remain humble, remain grounded.

-The Bloggerman

Family’s an intricate entity!

The annual family fireworks get together was a lot more rewarding this year.

So firstly, I’ve been away for a while. To anyone who’s been looking out for new posts I apologise at my lack of activity.

I’ve always been under the assumption that you can only truly be yourself when you’re around closest friends; Those nearest and dearest who know all of your ‘quirky’ bad habits and your disastrous ‘imperfections’ that you may keep away from the public eye. Rest assured, I have many and I’ve always tended to portray a little bit of a different persona from the real me when entertaining family and guests. That’s not because I’m ashamed of who i am! Far from it, but I have family from different styles of upbringing and culture (Irish, Catholic, London, Country etc), so certain subjects and topics are usually frowned upon or avoided when we’re in our masses as a family.

Last Saturday was the annual family get together for the local Rye fireworks night. It was a pretty good turnout with about 75% of the family there (with ours that’s a pretty high figure :-), fallouts are common!) Unfortunately the procession leading up to the fireworks was mediocre in comparison to previous years, from what a remember a 45 minute procession was around the norm, but this year only a few bonfire societies and 2 floats trundled by, which made for pretty terrible viewing. A wet and windy day led to the sky being extremely smoggy from the wet timber that was on the bonfire, which resulted in the fireworks being hidden from vision. This was a double shame as a local hero, who went by the name of Jimper, was having his ashes sent up and scattered with the last firework and nobody got to see. Although the niece was extremely excited still so all was not lost.

Anyway, this is an annual get together and before all the hoo-ha started with the fireworks we all made our way down to Nan’s for a nice big buffet of hot and cold food and drink; Tea’s and coffee’s by the dozen, chilli, spag-bol, sausages, crisps, nibbles, it’s all there! Once fed and watered we all crowded around in the living room and people broke off into their own smaller conversation groups. Now my Nan, bless her soul, is an Irish Catholic who’s been brought up in a traditional manner away from all of the atrocities we surround ourselves with these days (so you can imagine the sort of things you wouldn’t normally speak about around her, drugs, sex, atheism etc), and she was now sitting there in amidst this conversation that everyone decided they would like to pipe-up on. I won’t go into too much detail but the conversation started by one member of family complaining that my Auntie had put the household Internet on lock-down due to ‘someone’ in the household going onto too many naughty adult sites. What followed was possibly the funniest part; the first person who was caught out was her partner, which led to everyone having a bit of banter. Our youngest cousin was the next victim of the lock-down and that’s where the conversation took a bit of a turn for the more cringey side, (I’m Lol-ing so hard right now, more-so for the look that was on my Nan’s face)  it turned out that the sites that had been visited were for cartoon adult sites. Everybody was now laughing and making jokes at each other expense and generally having a really good laugh about it, except my Nan of course who just looked a little shocked. It turned into one of those would-be horrendous dinner topics, yet it seemed so normal and nobody seemed to be alienated or to be in any form of discomfort.

It was at this moment, I leant back in my chair and took a moment for realisation and evaluation. No matter who I am, what I do or how I portray myself, no matter how strange or cringey the topic, I (and everyone else) can truly be myself and will be accepted within my family. I’m not an overly emotional person, but this realisation sent a really powerful warming feeling to me. This statement may seem a little obvious to some of you, or a million miles away from the truth for some of you, after all we’re all different and the same goes for our families. I guess it was just a really nice evening and I realised that, even though they’ll always be there for me, I probably take my family for granted a lot more than I should.

As I’ve been away I’ve got a couple of relative quotes too 😉

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” – Charles Kuralt

Until next time,

-The Bloggerman

 

Almost there! 

We’re all geared up for the trip away! Had a good pre-night drink with guys which didn’t end up in much sleep, but we’re all ready. Currently sitting in the airport waiting for our ‘delayed’ flight. It’s only 45 minutes but waiting is one thing I rather dislike. It just feels like a complete waste, you could be doing literally a million other things. It won’t dampen our spirits though, in a couple of hours we’ll be boarding the train into the center of Amsterdam 😀 

I hope you all have a great weekend, I know I will! 

-The Bloggerman 

Thank you and Welcome!

Just a little thanks to all of those following!

Okay so I received a notification yesterday stating that I’d hit 100 followers. Now I know compared to some of you ‘bigwig’ bloggers that that is minuscule and you probably gain that in a week or a month, but I was a little surprised that I’d hit treble figures :).

A lot of my followers I’ve had some form of contact with since the start of my blogging days, some really great advice has been given to me too which has been awesome, but unfortunately I don’t get around to socialising with all of you. I guess this is more of a post to say ‘Hello’ if I haven’t already and thank you for following, rather than a celebration! I really appreciate you all and I would love to get to know my followers a little better. So please, if you would be so kind, leave a comment with a little about yourself and maybe a fun fact :D.

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Again, thank you all for reading. I’m heading out to Amsterdam in a week so I’m sure I’ll have some exciting escapades to blog about in the coming weeks, so stay tuned. I’ve got a couple of more serious pieces I’m working on also, just struggling to find a bit of time to get some decent writing in.

-The Bloggerman