LIES!

Exercise they say, It’s good for you they say. It’s all lies. As an attempt to get fit I choose a sport that should be pretty safe. Badminton. Simple game. Hit a shuttle cock with a racket so it goes over the net. It was all going well until the opposition drop a shot just over the net and in my haste to get to it and managed to do something to my ankle which saw me on the floor, kicking my shoe of whilst my racket shot into my team members path causing him to stand on it and make him do the splits.. but on the upside we won the point!

A quick trip to A&E and they inform me I have a fractured ankle. Two days later after a trip to the Fracture Clinic I am now sporting a very fetching florescent pink cast from my toes to just below my knee.

So as long as I’m wearing this cast I deem exercise to be an evil thought up by the government!Β 

(Hopefully, I’ll be back to playing badminton in the new year).

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A Weeks Wandering

So, the world is my oyster. I had a week off work and I decided to have a look around a few places. Two which I’ve been to before and one unknown. Oxford, London and Paris. Growing up not far from Oxford I never did the touristy things so there was part one of my week. Part 2 was London, some tourist destinations had already been done but many others to still explorer and as for Paris, well that was the unknown!

OXFORD was the same city as I remembered from my Saturday escapades as a youth with my friends. I toured the city, met up with some friends and viewed the cities colleges from up high.Β 

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LONDON – apart from being able to negotiate the underground like a native I had no real idea where I was going or where I even wanted to go. I had a free day before a was joining me and I seemed to fit in a lot. St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge, Tower Bridge, Westminster & Big Ben – and that was just on the first day I was there! On the second I hit Harrods, then the Tower of London and the London Dungeon’s before going to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour on the 3rd day (For those who haven’t been – it’s a must!)

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PARIS – the Eurostar under the Channel Tunnel to Gard Nord before getting lost trying to find the hostel! The hostel was amazing, brand new and eco-friendly. Comfortable, cosy and the staff were brilliant. As for the city itself, well it’s Paris. I walked and walked and saw the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Champs ElysΓ©es and Arch de Truimph. The weather was miserable but the scenery made up for it!Β 

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Photographic Irks

So i have the week of work and decided to go on a little trip, starting in Oxford, onto London and ending in Paris. Now I’ve done Oxford and am currently in London. Both beautiful places where photographs seem to be the medium in which everyone wants to remember their trip – brilliant, I love taking photos, messing with the settings on my camrra to get black and white, sepia or even getting really fancy and selecting just one colour in an attempt to capture its beauty but what really irks me is that people seem to forgot that they’re in the middle of the street, walking along with hundreds of other people – be it tourists, locals, businessmen on their lunch breaks. They see the Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament or Big Ben and just stop dead. In the middle of the bridge with cars hurtling past so you can’t side step them unless you feel like being hospitalized for a couple days. Yes, you’re in an awesome places and yes take a photo but please be courteous to everyone else. I lost track of how many times I had to abruptly stop today because someone decided to take picture there and then without noting what was going on around them and off course, this set off a ripple effect with people bumping into me as well.

So, rant over.

If you’re on holiday/travelling or just happen to be walking down to your local and feel the need to whip out that camera, ipad or camera phone (another thing that bugs me but that’s for another rant on another day) please please just glance around before you stop!