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My 2018 Review – The Busy Year filled with the Unexpected

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In January my mum, brother, brother’s fiancee, nephew and I watched Peter Pan’s Musical Adventure in Blackpool. I went to Leeds to spend time with Robert and Neha. Robert & Neha are two of my most dear friends and favourite humans. Here are some photos:

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Blackpool Tower

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Mum feeding the 2p machines and feeding her habit at the same time.

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Left to Right: Me, Robert & Neha.

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Monopoly!

February started with a spring clean. I thought and wrote about The Cycle of Life. I shared some lessons I’ve learned from life.

In March I wrote about homelessness. I aided Steve, my housemate in his hunt for a cockatiel. Here is a photo of Steve’s cockatiel:

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Another photo of the extremely cute and chirpy Chakuro.

April began with my attempt to answer some of the most difficult questions in life. Steve and I visited Beeston Castle in Cheshire. I got creative and made a number of Pumpkin Spice Scented Candles:

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Me.

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The entrance to the main ruin (2). From the bridge was a sheer drop of at least thirty feet.

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My batch of handmade Pumpkin Spiced Scented Candles.

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One of my Pumpkin Spiced Scented candles. They just need some witchy charms tying to each jar.

For my birthday in May, my good friend Simon and I visited Warkworth Castle & Tynemouth Priory and Castle. See photos below. I published a blog post about how to support someone with mental illness.

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The most well preserved.

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Remains of Walkworth Castle (1).

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Tynemouth Priory and Castle remains (2).

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Simon (right) and me (left) in the stone coffins. I couldn’t believe that we both fitted perfectly.

Mum and I visited Harry Potter Studio Tour and London. Mum shared a story about St. James park:

When my mum was a little girl, she lived in London with her mum and dad (my grandma and granddad). Every Sunday, while her mum was making the Sunday dinner, her dad would take her to watch the changing of the Guard and then into St. James Park to feed the ducks.

From My Blog Post: Harry Potter Studio Tour and London with Mum.

In June I was fortunate to unexpectedly see A-Ha with my good friend Jayne. Endless things broke including my boiler, car, new laptop and washer dryer.

July saw Jayne and I visit Chester Zoo. Here are some photos:

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Butterfly (2).

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A close up of the baby elephant.

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My new lover! He’s the strong, wooden, silent type.

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This gorgeous beauty came to say hello and flirted with me (by winking with her big eye and long eyelashes) when I said ‘Hello Gorgeous.’ to her as she passed by.

I found myself disappointed. It was unexpected, but I managed to find the positive side to disappointment.

In July I continued working hard to improve my health. This included starting on FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System.

September was particularly busy. A good friend, her son, two of his friends and I got close to wild animals at Blackpool Zoo. Here are some photos:

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This photo of a penguin is most probably the best photo I’ve ever taken. The penguin was swimming at great speed, although you wouldn’t have guested. I looked at this photo when I got home and it looks like it was taken by a professional. A total fluke.

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Another of the beautiful tiger. Blackpool Zoo have two tigers from what we saw. The tiger is more than slightly moist because of the rain.

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This is how close we got to a Lion. Able to look in its eye and see the intelligence, along with the hunter instinct. He appeared to be eyeing us up as a snack. Blackpool Zoo had two male Lions living in the enclosure together from what I saw. They seemed pretty well bonded and one went and groomed the other while we watched.

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Quickly becoming my favourite animal, the giraffes. What I love about giraffes is that every time I’ve politely called over to one (in different Zoos I might add), they come over. They look at me with their big black eyes and some times, if I’m really lucky, they let me take a photo before they walk off.

Still in September I was unexpectedly (and lucky enough to be offered) a spare ticket to see the spectacular Shania Twain.

In October I self-published a poem Sometimes High, Sometimes Low:

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My mum, Kelly, my mum’s friend, her daughter and myself saw Matilda.

In November I went to a wonderful wedding and I watched Fantastic Beats: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

In December I had a great Christmas, shared with loved ones.

Overall 2018 was a busy year filled with the unexpected. Hopefully 2019 will be less busy, but with many good times, shared with friends and family. I’d also like lots more creative output from myself.

Write soon,

Antony

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Awesome A-Ha at Blackpool Football Club

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Jayne and I waiting for a-Ha. I had even styled my hair into a mohican that were very in in the 80s.

At the weekend Jayne and I went to see A-Ha at Blackpool Football Club. I was Jayne’s last minute stand-in. I’m always happy to help a friend out, especially when it comes to going to a gig.

A-Ha was awesome. Superb singing and enjoyable light show. The atmosphere was amazing, with the audience singing along to many of A-Ha’s songs.

However I was disappointed with Blackpool Football Club. Before the two warmup acts had finished the venue had ran out of everything drinks-wise. They only had lager and cider left and that was only because it was on tap.

Here’s some photos from the evening, click on any photo for the full size image:

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a-Ha’s vocals were spot on, as was the playing of instruments.

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a-Ha (1).

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a-Ha (2).

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a-Ha (3).

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a-Ha’s singing and stage lighting reminded me of the time I saw the British Musical Firework Championships.

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Perhaps my favourite photo of the evening, except for the one of Jayne and myself of course. Rainbow lighting whilst playing the last few tracks. The last track of course was Take On Me.

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A close up of the rainbow lighting.

Write soon,

Antony



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