Friday, 12 April 2019

To Talk, Or To Write? A Bloggers Return!

You've got to be in the mood to record a podcast, that's one thing I've noticed over the last couple of years doing both the SmarkCast wrestling podcast and my own BullJet Speaks blogcasts. If you're not quite 100% in the moment, it won't sound natural and can come across forced, and that's something I wouldn't want to do.

So no blogcast this time, but I want to get some stuff out there and thought that the best way would be to write it down in a blog. Its been a while, as most of the stuff I write is either for the concord programme or work, but who knows, maybe this will get me back into doing this more often again?
Whisky Live was just under 2 weeks ago, the first of 3 whisky events of the year for me, and as usual I was able to try some fantastic new whiskies whilst catching up with the “whisky friends” that I’ve come to know over the years. As one of those friends said at the time, it’s the people that really make these shows what they are, I love whisky don’t get me wrong, but I enjoy these events more thanks to the familiar faces I see there.

But admittedly, this year Whisky Live wasn’t as good as previous years. In the past I’ve noted that the venue, the Honourable Artillery Company near Old Street, is fairly small, but this year the amount of vendors/exhibitors seemed a lot less than usual and it felt as though there were a lot less actual visitors too. Hopefully this isn’t a trend with the event, but with ticket prices increasing each year I am slightly concerned. At least I still have the Whisky Lounge event in May and the Whisky Exchange event in September to attend!

Last weekend me and the better half had our first road trip, originally arranged around the Concord Rangers trip to Truro City in the National League South. We made a full weekend of it, going to Longleat Safari Park on the Friday before spending the night at Jamaica Inn (known from the Daphne du Maurier novel), and after football on the Saturday, the Sunday we broke our drive home up by stopping at Durdle Door and Portsmouth harbour.

There was a lot of driving involved, but it was well worth it. We both had a blast on the road trip, relived some memories from our childhoods and made loads of new memories of our own, including one near death experience for a lion that you’ll have to hear about in person....

I said memories from our childhoods, well when I was young our parents would take me and my brothers camping down Weymouth way, and I remember seeing Durdle Door and the rest of the Jurassic Coast from back then. As for Danielle, she’d been to the Jamaica Inn as a kid with her mum and dad, so we both had a chance to relive some old, pleasant memories.

The football game on Saturday was the only wrinkle in the weekend, through no fault of our own. The game was abandoned after 77 minutes due to an injury to a Truro player, after an ambulance took nearly 3 hours to arrive, and security couldn’t work past 18:00 which would have allowed the game to continue. Much has been said by fans of both sides online and in person on the day, but the main result is that our lads have to travel back to Truro this Tuesday to replay the game from the start, despite being 1-0 up when the last one was abandoned. For any of our lads that make the trip again, it’s going to be an interesting and undoubtedly eventful night.

That’s a quick catch-up anyway, there’s plenty of stuff to come for us both over the next few months, and even this weekend, but while I can talk for 15 minutes on a blogcast, you don’t want to be reading this for that long! Thanks for checking this out, if you made it this far!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

New Year, New Blog

It's been a very long time since I've written anything on this blog, but while I had a few minutes I thought I'd just put a note or two down. I'll get back to this with some regularity soon I'm sure.

This time last year I was preparing for my trip to Tokyo, packing and getting ready to fly halfway round the world to another culture essentially just to watch a wrestling show. I was optimistic about the new year and what 2018 might hold, but I don't think I could have even imagined what the year ended up being. That Japan trip made a massive impact on me, I've made no secret of that, there's life before Tokyo, and life after Tokyo, and it helped shape 2018 for me.

The early solo trips to Turin/Milan and Athens continued my leisurely trek around the cities of Europe, and of course the joys of the summer watching the England football team do so well inthe World Cup, uniting the country behind the national side for the first time in years was fantastic.

But the best thing for me in 2018 has been the person I've had by my side throughout pretty much all of it. Over 10 years ago me and Danielle starting working together at c2c, and after a longtime of friendship, and a bit of a false start a few years back, the timing was right for us and we've been going strong since January 13th.

Travelling to Spain together for our first holiday, sharing the city I love (New York, obviously) and the family I have out there with Dan, getting round to introducing each other to all the friends and family (and we've still got a few to get to I know), the surprises and gifts we've shared with each other, it's been incredible. I've loved every moment and am looking forward to everything that our future holds, starting with Dublin in January, Geneva in February, and Las Vegas in September. I love this woman, and am happier than I ever thought I could be. Here's to 2019, and all that is ahead of us

To Talk, Or To Write? A Bloggers Return!

You've got to be in the mood to record a podcast, that's one thing I've noticed over the last couple of years doing both the S...