Great Scott!! It’s the future!


IMG_0118It’s actually Back to the Future day! Yes, we’ve had a few fake ones along the way, apparently, it’s not too difficult to edit this photo (pictured right). But rest assured, this version is accurate. So at 4:29 in California time today it will actually be when Marty and Doc arrive in the delorean… Continue reading

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5 Lessons From Pneumonia

banner-pneumoniaI’ve not been around for a while. Nearly four weeks now. Only now am I starting to stick my head above the water from the metaphorical ocean of sickness I have been drowning in. I was so sick I couldn’t look at computer, phone or tv screens for the majority of it. Meaning no contact with the web and absolute boredom.

As with most people, I’m not a fan of being ill. I’d say on average, I get a small bug every season or so. Usually nothing that keeps me down for more than a few days before swinging back into action. It’s probably good for my system to stop like this every now and again. But it happens very rarely. Although this wasn’t always true – in fact, in school I’d be sick as much as possible. Usually on PE days. And on the days I had to go into PE, I’d refuse to exert any energy. I’d calmly explain to the teachers that by carrying out exercise, I would be using up valuable food energy which would need to be replaced thereafter. I’d finally close the argument with an offer to participate if the teacher was willing to pay my food bills to refuel myself. I don’t think PE teachers appreciated me much. Which is fine, because I wasn’t a massive fan of them either. I digress. Back to point, I don’t get ill much these days.

So to be hit with something a bit more serious without warning took me by surprise. And it was clearly something more serious than a flu bug when I couldn’t face food or watch a screen. I didn’t even want McDonalds. Something was wrong. Elements of fever, flu, cough chills and dizziness all resulted to me being unable to get out of bed, much less get back to work. With plenty of symptoms, doctors appointments and doctor phone calls, two and half weeks into the worst sickness I’ve experienced in my life, I finally got a diagnosis of pneumonia. I realise a lot of people go through a lot worse and I by no means wish to belittle anything else or exaggerate my story. In some ways, if this is the worse sickness I’ve ever had then perhaps I can count myself blessed? That said, this is still the worst sickness I have ever had and it caused me to learn a few things along the way. And what kind of a blogger would I be if I didn’t write them down (the kind of blogger than hasn’t posted anything in two months…). Continue reading

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LEGO Builds – The Simpsons House


During my Summer break from working, I had the extreme pleasure of building the LEGO Simpsons House. It’s a set that’s been out for over a year now – but it was new to me. I won’t go into a long blurb about how fun the build was. I will say this though, the build was as fun as the end result will be to photograph. Having an incredibly detailed house, will give plenty of new and exciting photography opportunities!!

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Even when it hurts like hell


When talking about something that will inevitably stir emotion – I think it’s important to state from the outset that this is my opinion. It’s how I see it, and it’s not meant to offend but rather present how my conclusion was made.

I love creativity and I love art. When both are done well. I’m also a believer in God and His Son Jesus, so when something comes along and fans that flame whilst fulfilling my creative and artistic flares, I really appreciate it. It’s not secret I’ve always been a fan of the music that the band UNITED produce, but their latest album release left me so impressed that I needed to write a blog post about it…

Deeper than the music, there is a heart behind this album that I would describe as open, exposed, humble and honest. For me personally, I often struggle with ‘Christian’ lyrics and songs where I get a sense of a song for songs sake. By that I mean, a guitar riff over a set patterned array of recycled lyrics. These often result in my inability to push passed the song and utilise it as the tool it was (hopefully) intended for – to worship God. So to have a worship album that doesn’t concentrate on the safe and sometimes repetitive lyrics is extremely refreshing. Continue reading

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In defence of Real Food


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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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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