In defence of Real Food

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Oh please, let me talk about this from my heart. I don’t want to offend or aggrivate but I’m fed up of people telling me their thoughts on this without a chance for the poor victim to defend itself. The victim, of course, being real food.

Social media churns out so many infographics, memes and recycled posts regarding ‘junk food’ than I’d care to count. Some claiming chicken nuggets contain hen heads, others claiming restaurants have cleverly named their meat substitute as ‘100% Beef’ providing the illusion of its origin. Other claims say that new studies have proven links between something and some disease. I don’t know where these start (probably fruit markets), but these rumours make their way into everyday conversation as fact and before you can say ‘but it tastes so good’ – fast food has been branded as forever unclean along with anyone who eats it.

Sorry, but that’s ridiculous. I am a proud advocate of fast food and will defend it to my full-lifespan grave. Let me just defend this glorious food industry on the fronts that it is often attacked… Continue reading

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Thank-you

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I just wanted to say thanks for the feedback on my last post. It wasn’t an easy post to write, but it was something I’ve wanted to explain for a while. Life has it’s ups and downs, and thankfully I am currently on the up which is why I felt able to blog my experiences with a level head. None-the-less, this process has been very real to me for a few years now, so in some ways it’s a bit strange hearing people’s first reactions, but that’s my fault for not writing something earlier. But I just want to say from the bottom of my heart – thank-you. Continue reading

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Heart-Broke Sound

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The last few years have been interesting for me. At times – inexplicably void of emotions or on occasions overwhelmed by them. For no reason. My life has been incredible – effectively swimming in awesome blessings. I have a family better than I ever could have imagined: my wife, daughter and pup being everything I could have dreamed of and more. Business thriving and generally everything better than OK. But, every now and again, something would send me off into a spiral of despair. Usually something so trivial that it would mean nothing to most people. But my inability to stabilise my outlook on the situation would often cause me to struggle with even the simplest of tasks. Continue reading

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Photography and The Black Hole

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About 7 years ago, through the beauty of eBay last-minute bidding, I was able to get myself my first ever Digital SLR (DSLR) camera. This gave me the capacity to take decent photos through an average lens and yes still use them on the computer. It was early days for the DSLR and so, like a kid in a chocolate factory I would daily parade around my life, trigger-happy with a large black camera around my neck.

It quickly became apparent, however, that there was a missing link in the chain of photographic perfection (aside from my basic knowledge of the skill). Time. I’d find myself taking tons of photos on a (at the time) medium-quality camera. That was the fun and easy bit. The difficult bit was the admin thereafter, and finding the time to do it. First came the upload to the computer. At the time technology had barely embraced USB2 – so the speed at which the high-resolution photos uploaded was slow at best. Then the sorting. Only one of every scene is needed when you’re taking pictures of the same animal at a zoo, so why I’d taken 15-50 of them was puzzling and frustrating. Assuming no edits were needed, then came the exporting and adding to social media. Again, at the time Facebook was still in its infantcy and MySpace could barely handle more than 5 photos at a time – so the photos would often end up in my ‘archives’. And by ‘Archives’ I mean a complete shambles of unsorted photo files clogging up my hard-drive… Continue reading

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The beauty of Prehistoric

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(Firstly – how cool are the LEGO raptors? Love them!)

Ah dinosaurs. I have loved them since before I could read. Museums and books were barely enough to feed my passion for dinosaurs as a child. Before the Internet came along, the only other media was of course film and tv. Needless to say, prior to the Lion King era – The Land Before Time was my most favourite film of all time. Any TV documentaries or dramas featuring dinosaurs were instant highlights for me.

While lying somewhat dormant in my more recent life, the love for Dinosaurs is still there and the recent film release of Jurassic World has only fanned the flame. I’d forgotten how great they are. The fact that this phenomenal animal type has completely disappeared from the planet (certainly appearing so, anyway…). All that remains are a few clues to their existence. As if the mystery element wasn’t exciting enough – the sheer beauty of these creatures makes this the most fascinating part of history for me. Or pre-history. However you want to look at it… Continue reading

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New LEGO Season

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As a LEGO Minifigure collector, there is always a ‘next set’ that I’m looking forward to building. Not always for the building or craft that comes in the set but rather the minifigures that accompany them. Above are just some of the highlights from the year so far.

But of all the sets so far, I think the Bat Tumbler has been my favourite to assemble. The minifugres were incredible (see Joker and unique-suit Batman above), but the build itself was simply exceptional – click on the link to the right to see it on the LEGO site. One of the most fun builds ever. So much so I got a display case for it. The other new sets included the LEGO Ideas Exo-suit (mildy reminiscent of a non-yellow version of the Aliens Power Loader photos here), the Ant-Man giant Ant, Avenger Tower and the Spiderman/Sandman Showdown. I’m also looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into some of the Jurassic World sets at some point in the future.

And who knows what’s next…?

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