So the first gig of the year was a gig at a boozer with a Peaky Blinders theme. Twas me first experience of playing with 2 vocalists, guitarist, violinist, trumpet player and Saxophone and wow was it awesome! We belted out classics like “Red Right Hand” “Hound Dog” and “Dont sit down cuz i moved ya chair”. There was plenty of flat caps, bubble n squeek, long coats, wanted signs and blindin music! (read more)
And so it has finally happend, where I have found the lady who is willing to spend the rest of her life with me. Not only is she beautiful, smart and adventurous but she also is as mad about Christmas as I am ( n thats pretty mad!) With this in mind we had a Christmas themed wedding in a 16th century mill all dressed in reds, golds and greens. We even had Santa as our DJ. Loved every minute of this day!
This was mine n Frostys last of the 3 peak challenge. Staying on a pub carpark, surrounded by mountains, got a soggy foot helping Ang in the rapids, walked on the summit made of balanced rocks, heard mountain scary winds at 2am, oh and tested me pee bottle out for the first time 😉 (read more)
So we’ve just come back from Cornwal where we saw a superb sunset, watched Treasure Island at the famous Minack Theater, had clotted cream on Icecream at St Ives, saw the last Inn in England, oh and saw many caves where Merlin the Wizard hung out. This was me time down south camping (read more)
Ahhh you gotta love a pint of the black stuff!. This was Angs first time to Dublin. Here we went back to the year 1916 for the rebels tour, drank sewage water on a graveyard horror tour and tried MIllion Dollar Fries. . . ahh love this place (read more)
Yes this looks like a spaceship… however its actually a tent elevated in the trees! This trip involved”Ride a cock horse”, a castle that was a pub, a reindeer pub serving reindeer, being scarecrows at night, red wine and hearing the relaxing pitta patter of rain on your tent without getting wet…oh and having a 180 degrees view over fields from up in our tent! (read more)
The place of Gondolas, Bridges, Cornettos and RED WINE AT 0.89 euro for a litre! On this trip we rode on a Gondola under the small bridges along the canals of Venice. We drank walking beer whilst taking in the views from the amazing Cathedrals and statues. Had a masquerade party shotting red wine and ate a rather black fish. This was my time in Venice (read more)
We witnessed Yule lads on sides of buildings, Huge Christmas Bells, Geysers shooting over 30ft in the air and the Biggest Waterfall Ive ever seen. I frowned upon the £10 bottle of beer, got wet when hunting for the Northern Lights, oh and got a ring on a special ladies finger! (Read more)
It was that scary time of year when costumes come out, pumpkins get carved oh and a Pirate with an Axe in his Head along with the mad hatter perform at the spooky Bottle n Glass Pub. Scary well known tunes were played whilst the mad hatter (Me Dad) told scary Tales from the pub. Screams were heard, Comical spots were laughed at…this was one HELL of a SPOOKY event! (Read more)
Well been playing for along time, so its about bloody time I got meself a gig! Where else better to play other than the biggest PEAKY BLINDERS event this year ! Transported back into the 1920s we played songs from the show, had shoot outs, Alfie Solomen tormenting people, oh and lots of flatcaps! (read more)
Visiting Winterfell, the Twins and claiming them our own with our Black Country Flag, seeing the famous “tree”, had a fight with the Hound, Got to meet the Direwolves along with many other scenes from the super awesome show! (read more)
So it was that time of year when my Birthday was approaching. What better way to celebrate than to hire a barge for a day, dress it up as a pirate ship and all be pirates! Pin the cock on the pirate, 1979 mustangs, scaring passers by and drinking Asahi beer were just some of the “Jolly” highlights of the trip. Avast Ahoy! (read more)
So after a trip to York, we decided to stay in this quirky hotel. We stayed in a converted train carriage, next to a live railway. We tinkled on their pianos, had a private carriage restaurant, got trains to honk their horns and then watched an awesome sunset (read more)
Bobs Birthday so what better way to spend it than being shot down a huge ass zipline across a really high quarry with lake at speeds up to 80mph. Whoosh!! (read more)
Sausages in water, Christmas Museums showing Krampus, Huge beer gardens, Amazing views of mountains with snow and lakes, Beautiful cemetery and Salsa nights…this was our trip to Salzburg in Austria (read more)
This place involved us seeing live volcanos, tasting an amazing pulled chicken burger, seeing rice fields, holding Toucans n other exotic animals, Temple worshipping, oh and getting the chance to release baby turtles in the ocean …this was my time in Bali (read more)
We witnessed Monkeys eating takeaways on the stairs up to the temple that exists in a cave, Tall twin towers, ate large portions of street food for £1 and tried a tower of ASAHI. . . this was our time in Malaysia (read more)
Soldiers, air raids, guns, Hitler and Sir Winston Churchill were just some of the things we saw here. We boarded an old fashioned steam train that took us to several themed stations where we witnessed weddings and much more. Really felt like we were in the 1940s! (read more)
So we went to Stuttgart in Germany. Here we got to see a Lemans race event at the Porsche Musuem, got to see lots of weird pigs in the pig museum and of course we went around on a big red tour bus! Ate kebab from a huge cob and attended a bar that looked like a beach.. (read more)
Having to escaping from a room in an hour, Visiting the amazing castle, Getting scared on a ghost tour bus and going to the toilets through a book case – heres some of the things we got up to (read more)
It was that time where I just had to get another Tatt! Had to get something I could eventually turn into a sleeve and that had something to do with 50s rock n roll music. The pain relaxed me so much I fell asleep twice! Took me a few months to construct but I so love this Tatt now! (read more)
So we come here every year, however this was the first time we were here in the Christmas month. There were old fashioned decorations everywhere. Greens, golds, reds galore. Although bands weren’t as good as weekend ones, this was still really Christmassy especially with our Christmas Jumpers [read here].
Run to you, Heaven and of course SUMMER OF 69 were just a few of this guys main hits. Years of singing his stuff at the top of our voice when drunk meant we had to finally see this Croakey sounded guy live [read here]
So picture zip lining over the top of a huge Slate quarry with wind rushing against your face…picture going deep under ground into a cave where you can bounce around on huge nets whilst realising how un-fit you are – this was our time at Llechwedd Slate Caverns [read here]
So after travelling for 8 months we were in need of a good old British Beer Festival. This was our second time here. The many testers, the hunt for Santa in his Hawaiian top, the corn on the cob and of course the rock band at the end – this was our time at the FROSTER BEER FESTIVAL [Read here].
So before I went away I looked on other sites to find out what I should take away with me travelling. Since I have completed my 8 month experience, I have now done my own list. Here is all the useful stuff I learnt to take / not to take whilst away [read here].
I love weird museums like Ripley’s Believe It Or not etc…so when we had the chance to go to a Trick Eye Museum, I had to do it. This museum has paintings in 3D making it look as though you are in them. It features props n all sorts. Its the only time I got to ride a sleigh, dangle off a cliff, climb a bamboo stick and sit on an elephants trunk all in one day! [read more]
Sure we have them in Edinburgh…but we wanted to see them in Asia! We got to experience an amazing River Safari with lots of different river sections from around the world. We got wet riding a log flume and of course saw the amazing Pandas named Kai Kai and Jia Jia’s [read here].
So here were were in Koi Samui n our accommodation was a hut in the jungle. We showered with ants, swam with dragon flies, drank tea in a cliff hut n witnessed many Buddhas…this was our time in Koi Samui! [read here]
So with a bad back it was time to experience the Thai Massage in our resort. Cracked toes, knees in the back n plenty of oil – this is my experience [read here].
Whilst in Koh Phangan, I really wanted to try these badboys out. For 100 bahts I got my first try. Milky n weird – this was my experience [read here].
Fluorescent ghekkos on my arm, Techno glasses, Bobo our host n lots of dance music n paint. This was our time at the Half Moon Festival in Koh Phangan! [read here]
I had always wanted to do this. Imagine waves pelting shit out of your raft, going 360 all over the place, your hearts beating fast and your also facing the biggest rain fall ever…this was my experience with White Water Rafting in Thailand [read more]
It was muddy n Wet and this experience was amazing! We skidded all over the place on the Quad whilst we went down muddy hills n threw small rivers…oh and my brakes didnt work! This was then followed by zip – lining n crashing into a tree. Great fun! [read more]
It was pelting it down with rain but this didnt stop us! Riding on elephants was a great experience. They took us threw the jungle, down muddy / rocky hills and threw small rivers. Didnt know where to put me feet, however this was fun [read more]
So we always wanted to see wild monkeys. Here we got to feed them nuts n fruit whilst they jumped over us and looked cool. Shame about the bloody rain but great fun [read more]
So it had to be done! Whilst in Phuket we got our ringside tickets, sat back and then watched 7 years kick shite out of each other and then the elders had fights afterwards. Great atmosphere (read here)
This was my 2nd time to Bangkok. This time saw us eating bugs, riding tuktuks, witnessing live sex shows, eating KFC in a deaf branch and buying stuff whilst riding on a boat on the floating markets. I love Bangkok everytime I go! (read more)
We witnessed the big Tian Tan Buddha, ate noodles n fried eggs, got hassled by the Indian sales people and witnessed the light display which was not so great. (read here)
So whilst in Auckland we so had to go to the top of the Skytower and dangle over the edge of it at 328 feet high = I mean that’s what everyone does right? lol. Harnessed in we walked, dangled and sat over the edge of the Skytower. Scary but satisfying! (read here)
I ate Bambi giant burgers, jumped over gym balls and rooms full of balloons in the Odessey sensory Maze, had a drink next to a tree with speakers built into it and of course witnessed the beautiful scenery surrounding this place. Loved Queenstown (read here)
I’d always wanted to see wildlife in their natural habitat and Dunedin seemed to be one of the places to do this. We saw Seals on the rocks, got about a meter away from Sea Lions on the beach and witnessed the rarest penguin in the world come in from the sea and walk to his home [read here]
So our next stop in New Zealand was Wellington aka the home of alot of the scenes filmed in Lord Of The Rings. The tour included sights such as Helms Deep and lunch at Rivendell. We got to be wizards and I became the bow n arrow hero better known as Legolas (read here)
So cruising outside of Rotorura we come across a place called “Kerosene Creek”. Down a dirt road path revealed a cool stream that then led to a waterfall and pool that was naturally hot due to the underground thermal activity. It was like having your own hot tub in a river! Wild Swimming at its best! (read here)
Whilst in Rotoura it was time for a Polynesian Spa in the private rockpool over looking the lake. It was hot, cool scenery and relaxing . It was then time for erupting Geysers and volcanic activity at the Wai – O -Tapu thermal wonderground – WOW (read here)
So after working in Tauranga, it was now time to explore more of New Zealand. Our next stop was Rotorura where we experienced many things…one of which was a Maori evening of sticking out tongues, chants and a forest with games. It was time to participate in the famous “Maori” dance done at rugby games etc (read here)
Living in Tauranga for around 3 months was rather cool. We got jobs as cleaners and I was Nightwarden in the hostel meaning we had the best room in the place and got to save money for our travels. We then experienced Kiwi Picking along with cool activities such as Glow Worms and Hobbiton. Here is our time in Tauranga/New Zealand [read here]
So it was time to stop off in Tauranga in New Zealand to get some more cash. Kiwi picking was the way forward…2 months later I have been bitten, rained on, lower back problems, purchased a new cowboy hat and been a sweaty betty in my clothes. Heres my story of my kiwi picking experience (read here)
You’ve got a day off, its sunny and hot outside, you’ve been drinking everyday and want a break from it, so what do you do? YOU GO WALK IN A FOREST, HAVE A BBQ AND SEE SOME COOL WATERFALLS!!!. Mclaren waterfalls was where we first met Rod the Chicken (Rod Stewart Lookalike) and Kaiate Falls was where Jack n Chris got cold nipples swimming in the lake [read more]
Hobbits, Hobbits n more hobbits. It was time to visit the amazing place featured on the Lord Of The Rings and of course The Hobbit films. Small Houses in fields, fake trees, amazing props and I found my 2nd favouritre pub ever – The Green Dragon. I absoultely loved visiting this place [read more]