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Weekly Photo Challenge – Morning

I’ve searched long and hard through my photos to find a morning related shot and as it’s less than two weeks till we go to the Glastonbury Festival, I thought this one would be rather appropriate.

It’s a photo of my son Thomas just surfacing on the morning of 26th June 2008, looking somewhat the worse for wear after the previous night’s festivities!

The 2008 festival was quite controversial as this was the year that Jay Z was one of the¬†headliners. There was alot of fuss about whether a rap artist should be performing, with Noel Gallagher of Oasis particularly vehement in voicing his opinion. But Jay Z pulled off a master stroke by opening his set with Oasis’s Wonderwall.

The sheer variety of the festival and humour of the festival goers is summed up by this placard, referring both to Jay Z and Shaking Stevens, who was also performing at the festival.



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Get Up, Stand Up

It’s thirty years since Bob Marley died, so I thought it was appropriate for today’s post to be in someway connected to Bob Marley.

I never saw him live, and until today didn’t know anybody who had, but check out my blogging buddy Marcia, at Inside Journeys. She’s had the privilige of seeing him live! That’s just awesome!

The closest I got was back in 2007, when I saw the Marley Brothers at Glastonbury. They performed the classic Exodus album in it’s entirety. The 2007 Glastonbury festival was one of the wettest in it’s history, but guess when the sun came out? You’ve got it, during the Marley Brothers set!

Here’s a video of them performing Get Up, Stand Up at Glastonbury

This was my son’s first experience of the music of Bob Marley, needless to say he’s now a fan!

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Revision weekend….

No Thank God it’s Friday for me I’m afraid, I’m at Nottingham on Saturday and Sunday for the first of two revision weekends. This means it’s getting close to exam time!

This weekend it’s intensive revision on Financial Management. They’re going to be quite long days, leaving my house at 8:00am and getting home about 6:00pm. The revision itself is going to be very hard, if previous exams are anything to go by, so I’m going to be well bushed by the time I get home!

Talking of being tired, it’s been the local elections and the referendum on the voting system here, and Thomas was on polling station duty yesterday. He was up at 5:30am and as he was involved in the count as well, he didn’t get back in until 6:00am this morning. He also had to back this afternoon for the count on the referendum vote.

He came back home at 7:00pm this evening and was asleep within the hour!


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My son, Thomas, has started a new job just recently at our local Aldi superstore and as a treat for his dad, he brought me home some bottles of real ale at the weekend.

I’m a big real ale fan and love trying new beers, so I was well impressed with his choice of a bottle of Hobgoblin ale.

Devon took one look at the bottle and suggested it had been brewed at Hogwarts! In fact the name of the brewery is even better than that, its brewed at Wychwood Brewery!

The beer itself is a Ruby Beer, with a chocolate & toffee flavour. Looking at the notes on their website, the hops used are Fuggles & Stryians, which sound like charaacters from Harry Potter as well!


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Glee? That’s not what I feel!

I’m sat typing this while Thomas & Devon watch the latest episode of Glee. Am I the only person in the country who doesn’t like Glee?

Being a music lover, it just annoys me when classic songs, old and new, are ruined. And it’s not just Glee, there’s programmes like X Factor and Pop Idol, where contestants come up with inferior versions of well loved standards.

Don’t know about you, but I’d much rather hear an up and coming artist perform either their own material or that of an up and coming songwriter.

Is it me? Is it an age thing?

Anyway, talking of up and coming artists, can I draw your attention to Mishara Music? This is a company that encourages and promotes new singer songwriters.

There’s some great artists on there, and they give you an opportunity to download some free tracks as well.

Never mind Glee, check these artists out!


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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 08

So we’re on to H on the A – Z Blogging Challenge, and there could only one choice for H bearing in mind the musical Thomas is taking place in.

It’s the Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society’s performance of Hot Mikado. If you’ve got a minute or two to spare, take a look at their blog, the G.A.O.S has been going strong now for 100 years.

As you’ve probably gathered, it’s based on Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado.

I’m taking Devon to see it on Saturday, so I’ll let you know what it’s like when I post on Sunday, but for now
H is for Hot Mikado


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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 07

If it’s the 11th, it must be Day 09 of the A – Z Blogging Challenge, but as I’m lagging behind this is my Day 07. We’re on the letter G, now for this I’m spoilt for choice. I could have had:

G for Genesis – my favourite band of all time

G for Glastonbury – the music festival to end all festivals! Only two a bit more months to go

G for Gainsborough – my home town in good old Lincolnshire

But instead of all these, having just ventured out my patio doors and surveyed my vast estate and the mess it’s in, I’ve decided that G is for Garden! A garden in dire need of attention, but amidst all the carnage there are still bits of it to admire, such as my Cherry Blossom Tree (not being a gardener I’ve no idea whether that’s it’s proper name!).

As the days progress, I’ll be posting a few more shots of my garden, in a before and after type of way, but I thought we’d start on a high!

Meanwhile, the performers in the house have both got shows on this week. Devon and some of her classmates are showcasing their Mamma Mia & Grease extracts they did for their Dance exam at school, while Thomas is performing in Hot Mikado for the Gainsborough Amateur Operatic Society. His first show is tomorrow evening, with performances every night for the rest of the week.

Me, I’m playing the role of proud parent!


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A – Z Blogging Challenge – Day 2 – Boiler Breakdown!

What a week! I came home from work last Friday to a boiler that had conked out, which meant no hot water and no central heating. Needless to say, I couldn’t get hold of a plumber over the weekend, so it was Monday evening when the plumber turned up to assess the boiler.

His verdict – It needed condemning and replacing! And after he showed me the deterioration behind the external casing, I couldn’t argue. Mind you it’s served me nearly 20 years, so I can’t complain.

The boiler was finally up and running yesterday, and I’m about ¬£2k poorer! I’ve spent the best part of today catching up on my laundry and gettig rid of all the dust which has been created over the past week.

So for todays A – Z Blogging Challenge, B is for Boiler Breakdown!

Enough of the domestic troubles, on the workfront, over the past few weeks I’ve been doing an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) course, which culminated in me having to do a presentation this last thursday. A bit nerve wracking, but I think it went well!

Yesterday, my son Thomas had a job interview, which seemed to go well, as he’s been invited back for a second working interview. That was his good news, the bad news being that he’d split up from his girlfriend. Although he appeared flippant about it, I think he was quite upset as he’d been seeing her for a few months now, which for Thomas is a long time!

As for my daughter Devon, she’s turning into a bit of a “rock chick”,following her Taylor Swift gig last week, she went with her friends to see Katy Perry at Nottingham on Wednesday. Mind you, as she’s one of those people who needs her sleep, it caught up on her earlier today…

And for those of you looking for the 30 Day Music Challenge, I’ve moved that to my other blog, myrockdatediary, as that seemed a more appropriate place


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