July Round-Up

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So July was almost as busy as June was and now it’s time to share the fun with you guys.

Blogging wise the posts were few and far between, but they were worthy – two blogging opportunities presented themselves to me this month. This first was an invitation to the Grand Opening of Cineworld’s 100th cinema at Rushden Lakes. Where I had the opportunity to watch Spider-Man Far From Home in 4DX. My review of the film and the whole experience can be found over HERE – if you get a chance to venture up to Rushden Lakes I’d highly recommend it.

The next blogging opportunity I got was an invite to the Fox and Hounds in Harlestone to sample the new menu and see the newly redecorated pub. This turned into one of the best date nights the GF and I have had in a long time. Honestly, the Fox and Hounds is an amazing place, but don’t take my word on it – check out my post instead. Fox & Hounds Review.

The cinema trips also saw me hit up the latest Disney live version of The Lion King, which was a bit of fun but overall a film that did not need to be made and I was confused about the hype surrounding Beyonce in this movie. But I am not one to judge.

The GF and I also went to London’s Hyde Park for Barclaycard British Summer Time to watch Celine Dion which the other half absolutely loved. I bought her tickets as a Valentines Day/treat for the rough patch she had regarding surgery on her knee. So we drove down to Stanmore station and hopped onto the tube, had a couple of drinks and just sat in the sun all evening enjoying the music and the atmosphere. I had never been a Dion fan, but she was really good live and I had fun.


Then comes the biggy, the weekend of love and merriment – Tom’s Wedding.
My best friend was marrying his beautiful girlfriend, so on Friday, we went up to Nottingham to help with the final odd jobs for the wedding. Then Saturday as the rain began to set in we got suited and booted and headed off to the church. It was a beautiful day, filled with surprises, fun, dancing and Elton John. I am so honoured to have been apart of this and to witness this amazing day.

Tom was dressed in his full RAF dress suit accompanied with a Sword and four of his RAF mates who set the scene for a sword arch as the happy couple left the church. I was asked by the couple to do a reading during the service which was an honour – when asked afterwards: Did you write that? I was honest and said no, but the poem was so fitting to them both that people found it amazing that I found something so relatable. We then went for afternoon tea, had the speeches (which were all thoughtful and loving), then the drink started to flow. The cake was cut and then suddenly Elton John appeared to play their first dance – Can you feel the love tonight.

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Elton carried on and played a couple of sets and we boogied into the night like Tiny Dancers, remembering all too well that Saturday nights alright for fighting. (Elton Pun, there was no fighting). The night ended a couple of gins and a sore throat later and before I knew it I was bundling into a taxi with my GF, the groom’s sister and her husband. Once back at the hotel I grabbed a shower and then passed out. The blackout curtains of a Hilton really can mess with my body clock.

The following morning we got up and went for a pre-breakfast hot tub in the Spa with the Grooms parents. Which worked a treat for sobering me up. Then off to breakfast – I will always say this, Hilton smashes breakfast like honestly, they do the best! The whole wedding party had breakfast together with the Bride and Groom, chatting about antics from the night before, necking coffee and juice to sober up and just enjoying the moment.

We then packed up and decided to head up north to Sheffield to go and see the GF’s grandparents. The logic was we were halfway there. I was halfway to falling asleep but still, it was nice to go, she doesn’t get to see them much so I know she really appreciated it. Then we finally headed home and went to bed. I was so tired, but at least I had Monday off as well.


Overall this month has been busy but so worth it, I’ve loved it all so much. Though there was a sad moment in the middle when it comes to Buddy. I won’t go into it again but you can see what happened here ———> Buddy  I also kinda hope next month will be a bit easier going – especially on my old wallet. I also intend to be more active on the blog front. So watch this space.

 

 

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VOGUE PARODY: 73 QUESTIONS WITH MAN VS ADULTHOOD.

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Firstly let me begin this post by saying, I was so overwhelmed when Vogue called for this interview. It’s going to be fun.

Right, let’s get down to brass tax – Abbie. If you don’t know her then use the links below to get to know her, if you do know her you will surely agree with me that she is the funniest, supportive, amazing girl out there. So kind and friendly, but occasionally needs the pep and boost to remind herself of how great she is.

– @WhatAbbieSays_ – Abbie’s Post –

So as misleading as my first sentence was, this is the game – I’ll answer the questions, tag a few people, wait for them to answer and just keep passing the post, love and friendship around the net. Are you ready?

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1. What’s your usual Starbucks drink?

I am not a coffee fan really – I know big BOOO to me. But I do like their peach iced green tea lemonade thing.

2. What does your work station look like?

A mess – like just poor, I need to tidy it really.

3. All-time favourite food?

Pizza – without a shadow of a doubt.

4. Favourite author?

Hunter S. Thompson or Stieg Larsson

5. What do you think of open relationships?

If it works for both parties then sure. But it’s not for me.

6. What’s your favourite video game?

This is a tough one – what platform, what genre, what what what? I’m going to say this because I am still playing it and love it so much. Red Dead Redemption 2.

7. What’s your guilty pleasure treat?

I am a sucker for biscuits.

8. Your favourite movie?

Die Hard.

9. Favourite book?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

10. Best advice you’ve ever received?

Take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

11. Twitter or Instagram?

Twitter – the people, the love, the banter is there. I do like Instagram as a photographer but it’s such a broken system that it’s not as fun.

12. Are you a desktop or a laptop person?

Laptop over ease – but desktop makes me focus more.

13. What projects are you working on right now?

Besides this blog, I have not long started a mental health support chat called Pizza Ma Mind and there are talks of a business venture in the works – stay tuned for that.

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14. What’s your favourite colour?

Blue.

15. Did you get good grades in school?

Mmm I did ok, ish, I think of reflection I have never done well. Saying that I went to Uni and got a distinction for a TEFL course. So swings and roundabouts.

16. Dream job?

To run a successful media company.

17. Played any sports?

I used to play basketball at school (broke my arm) and football. I’d love to give American Football ago to.

18. Do you have a degree?

I do not – my University course was an HND.

19. Nationality?

British.

20. What’s your favourite type of blog post to write?

Ones that are a touch controversial – I just like rocking the boat.

21. What do you like to collect?

I used to collect shot glasses, now I don’t really collect anything – I have a cool FunkoPop selection, I guess that counts.

22. Describe yourself in 3 words?

Charming, Caring, Funny.

23. If you were a rapper, what would your rapper name be?

Dj RossyRoo.

24. Who was the last person you DM’d?

Abbie herself in fairness.

25. What’s on top of your wish list right now?

To be debt free.

26. Sorting House?

Couldn’t say – you tell me which I’d fall into.

27. How many tattoos do you have?

Six.

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28. What are you most grateful for this year?

My supportive GF, Friends and Family.

29. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?

My first Pub Review Opportunity – take a read. The Fox & Hounds

30. What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?

It’s still too early to decide.

31. What’s the best thing ever?

Music.

32. Favourite season?

Winter.

33. Favourite holiday?

Christmas – Honestly the most wonderful time of the year.

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34. What fictional character do you relate to the most?

Nick Miller from New Girl.

35. Do you like surprises?

They can be fun, but I prefer to know everything.

36. What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?

Good or bad? The GF surprising me with Green Day tickets was one amazing one.

37. What’s the surprise that made you cry?

Probably the same as above – Green Day tickets.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve ever given someone?

A couple of Christmas’ ago (our first Christmas together) I was at my Dads and the GF at her mums. I was going to head back down on say the 28th – ready for New Year’s Eve together. But instead, I checked in with her Mum and snuck back down boxing day evening to spend it with the GF, the baby sisters and the rest of her family.

39. Do you like muffins?

Yes, yes I do.

40. Do you cook often?

Yeah, quite a bit – though I bet the GF will say I don’t.

41. What’s your favourite dessert?

Cheesecake.

42. Is there a dessert you dislike?

Fruit Cake, Mince Pies or Carrot Cake.

43. Cake or pie?

Pie.

44. What’s your least favourite food?

Marmite.

45. What’s your favourite condiment?

BBQ Sauce.

46. It’s 4am on a Saturday night, what would you eat?

Pizza, a real juicy, greasy pepperoni pizza.

47. If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?

Life Lessons as Learnt by TV Characters. Featuring Nick Miller and Phil Dunphy.

48. Best animated film?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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49. What has a guy done or said to impress you?

I’m relatively easy and impressable – maybe bought me a beer and told me Die Hard is a Christmas Film

50. The best thing to do on a first date?

Cocktails in a sunny bear garden.

51. The worst thing to do on a first date?

(This happened to me once – loosely calling it a date, but for the purpose of this question it’s a big NO NO,  years ago I was chatting to a girl, not even been on our first date and one night some guy friends and I were out on a night out)

Don’t gatecrash our table on a night out, bring your uncle, insult my friends around the table, start making plans for “our” wedding, then try to invite me back to yours, offer to cook breakfast and when that doesn’t work, offer to have some alone time in an alleyway.

Needless to say, we stopped talking very quickly after that. A touch full on if you ask me.

52. What’s the funniest pick-up line a guy could use on a girl?

I love a cheesy chat up line but my mind is blank right now.

53. Best comic book character?

Rorschach from The Watchmen.

54. What are three things that are always in your purse?

I am starting to suspect this questionnaire is female friendly. My pockets you ask, Wallet, Keys and Phone.

55. Favourite drink?

A real fruity fresh G&T.

56. If you could play a historical figure in a movie who would it be?

Al Capone

57. Kittens or puppies?

Puppies.

58. Tell me your favourite sushi roll?

Nope – Noo, No no no. I don’t like Sushi.

59. What kind of lipstick do you use?

Ichiban

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60. What kind of foundation do you use?

Ok, this is getting silly now Vogue – what happened to Gender Equality?

Boots Number 5 – Cool Ivory.

61. Blow dry or air dry?

Towel Dry, then Air Dry – Blow drying makes my hair go fluffy.

62. Who is your fashion icon?

Maybe Johnny Depp – I currently rock his scent.

63. Favourite Disney Character?

Robin Hood or Dodger from Oliver and Co.

64. What are you doing tomorrow?

Tomorrow is Tuesday – I will no doubt be complaining about how slow Tuesday is.

65. A movie you laughed the hardest through?

Naked Gun or Anchorman

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66. A movie that made you cry?

About Time.

67. If you could sing a duet with someone, who would it be?

Curveball and say someone like Tim Minchin

68. If your life was a song, what would the title be?

The Bemused, The Fun and The Dire.

69. What’s your favourite animal?

Monkey – but Dog is a close second.

70. Favourite illustrator?

Ralph Steadman – just pure trippy.

71. A person you want to have coffee with?

The Queen.

72. What country do you wish to visit?

I would love to visit Iceland.

73. Best way to decompress?

Hit the button on the pump that opens the value.


 

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Wow, that list really went on didn’t it and halfway through it became apparent it’s a female post. But hey we mustered on through and made it out the other side in a much more liberated way than before. I love doing these posts for that very reason, the fun, the randomness and the chance to share and get to know people better.

But I don’t like this next part. Picking people. Here we go.

Nyxie Trix

Sydney Rose

Emily Mae Hood

Helen

Anna Reel

 

 

Hmmm Wait a Moment

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About a year ago I said I’d do a guest post for SarahDanne over on Unexplored Boundaries – but I struggled to think of a topic, life got in the way and I never did it. Sarah came knocking like a year later to see what happened and as I didn’t want to let her down (again) I sat down to pen a post. It dropped at the start of May and here is the link

Being as it’s Mental Health Awareness Week and i’ve been overwhelmed with support and appreciation I felt it was a good time to share this myself.


This post is somewhat long overdue but I am here to share some wisdom.

This is dedicated to something I’ve learnt recently. Something that made me stop and go “Hmmm wait a moment”, something that has changed my outlook on life and on the way the world works.

This is regarding Mental Health.

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For the longest time, I have always thought to myself – Mentally I am strong, very strong. While I hear and see people complain and suffer from bouts of Mental Illnesses, I’d never given it much thought. For the regards of the person, the situation and the condition. Don’t get me wrong, I have always been a supportive person who would do anything for anyone – If I can help I will always strive to do so. But my grasp on the concept of Mental Illness was always lacking in knowledge and I would put an unsympathetic mindset down to that lack of knowledge.

This was until this year. 2019 set in and I stumbled across several things that in turn would help me better my understand, increase my compassion and also motivate me to help.

Image result for ant middleton quoteAs I’ve mentioned before in other posts I really got hit with the S.A.S: Who Dares Wins bug. The show grabbed me by the scruff of the neck, shook me about and threw me in the corner of the room to witness and watch life from a different perspective. This started my obsession with Ant Middleton, his motivational speaking and way of thinking which I took onboard as a lesson in growth and way to growth mental strength. Along with this new found respect and understanding, I also took a step back and truly looked at my Twitter, the people I follow, the people I support and the people who follow me.

It’s really struck a chord with me, the idea of Mental Health – especially for men and how it is poorly represented in society, in the media and in life. There is a stigma regarding it and even once upon a time, I would have used the term “Man Up” without truly thinking of the meaning or situation that the person I am saying it to is in. With the inspiration from Ant Middleton, Jason Fox, the S.A.S team and the amazing people on twitter that I follow I’ve come to realise that more should be done – it needs to be done. So I’ve decided to try and lay the foundations for something bigger, a movement or safe space as it were. For a way to give back, to help people, to give an outlet, support and the guidance that is needed – while striving to remove the stigma completely.

This is my next mission, my next chapter, my chance to do something rewarding, meaningful and helpful.

 

This is me.

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