On Saturday January 29th 2011, the evening before turning 50, my Dad proposed to Helen (my now step-mum) during a celebratory dinner at our favourite local pub-restaurant, La Collina. Present that night were myself, Helen’s parents, and Helen’s brother with his family.
On Friday 1st July 2011 I celebrated my 18th birthday with my whole family for the first time. However, unbeknown to me, a single present was held back by my Dad and was instead given to me at a small BBQ at his that following weekend. The present was a book titled (more…)
Heh. Every time I see that quote it makes me chuckle. Anyway…
I won’t deny that my decision to take this tour on my 24th birthday was born out of pure nostalgia because, well, it was. And even though Phillip Island is home to more than just the Penguin Parade – it also hosts the Australian Moto GP on its Grand Prix Circuit – it is for the parade that I took this tour. After all, it is something I had seen when I was first brought out to Australia by my dad and step-mum on my 6th birthday, hence the nostalgia making me want to visit once more.
As with the Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour (pt.1 & pt.2), this Phillip Island tour was arranged through Wildlife Tours, although it didn’t require quite as early a start as the last tours! Nevertheless, I still ended up spending the majority of the drive fast asleep.
As the Penguin Parade doesn’t occur until after sunset (more…)
As someone who doesn’t do much driving, hitting the waves on the back of a jetski was a really amazing experience. I did this up at the Whitsundays in 2015 following an early morning skydive.
The jetski tour was all across the bay, taking us to several little tourist spots. Although you can fit two passengers on a jetski, since I was on my own I was riding by myself. The tour itself lasted for around 2hrs and, as I became more confident, I became more adventurous, taking more risks, including cutting across waves to get some airtime! (more…)
This one is actually kind of cute really. Sharing a kiss in the rain with someone you care about has been overly-romanticised by film and literature but, having shared this experience it is easy to understand why. It’s something that, in the moment, feels special. It is completely different to other experiences and really does back-up the whole “cute” idea.
Anyway, my first kiss in the rain occurred with my first girlfriend whilst watching Robbie Williams and Take That during their Progress Tour, specifically during RW’s first half performance. It’s something nice to look back on and brings a smile to my face – nothing wrong with that, is there?!
‘I lost my leg aged five…
now I’m 1.9 seconds behind Usain Bolt’ – Jonnie Peacock
Although 2008 provided the watershed moment for me in regards to the Olympics, the Paralympics still very much flew under the radar for me. That is, however, until my application to be a volunteer at London 2012 was deemed successful and I was appointed a London 2012 Games Maker for the duration of the 2012 Paralympic Games. As a result, I thought I’d look into the Paralympics in a little more detail and, the more I looked, the more excited I became. (more…)
‘”Inspire a generation” is our motto. Not necessarily “Create a generation” …
which is what they sometimes get up to in the Olympic village’ – Boris Johnson
Although my sport of choice is football, there is something special about the Olympics. I know it, you know it, we all know it. After all, these are athletes at the very peak of their powers, performing in the largest – and one of the oldest – sporting events in the world. Plus the opportunity only comes around once every four years!
Although I know I watched some of the 2004 Athens Olympics, it was the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games that really captured my attention. (more…)
“You don’t know what you have got until it is gone”. A common phrase that everyone will have been told at some point or another. It’s applicable to pretty much all walks of life as well, from the unsung hero, to the all-rounder at work, to that friend who may fly under the radar but will never let you down when you need them most.
Most importantly, it’s a phrase that should resonate strongly when it comes to your family, especially your parents. At least, it does with mine. All three of them. And it is especially prevalent when it comes to social media interactions. (more…)
In part 1 of this two part adventure post, I left us heading off to the overnight accommodation after watching the sun set over the London Arch. However, what I failed to mention was that at the accommodation we entertained ourselves with alcohol and a game of ‘pretzel Olympics’ (basically throwing pretzels at each other and trying to catch them in our mouths – I guess you had to be there really).
The late night bled into an early morning as well all rose before sunrise in order to make it to the Boroka Lookout. This part of the trip was optional, but I am glad that I took part. I even found and – using my camera – framed a perfect little spot that I had worked out the suns morning rays would illuminate (more…)
‘Why the ancient civilizations who built the place did not
use the easier, nearby rocks remains a mystery.
But the skills and knowledge on display
at Stonehenge are not’ – Neil deGrasse Tyson
If I’m completely honest, I have a very fuzzy memory of my trip to Stonehenge. I was quite young at the time, possibly not even a teenager, but certain parts of the day do remain crystal clear to me. The first of these memories centres – unsurprisingly – around food. More specifically, cold sausage sandwich with ketchup for breakfast at sunrise. Honestly, when it comes to insanely good breakfast foods to have after an early start and a journey, never underestimate a good old tasty cold sausage sandwich.
The second thing I remember – or believe I remember – is that at the time of our visit there was either some construction work or excavation work (more…)