Flying

I went flying for the first ever time! Well that’s a bit of lie, I have flown in big commical aircraft, but this was my first time in a light aircraft. It was beautiful, and it was terrifying mostly during landing as you can really see your self heading right at the ground, and very fast.

I really enjoyed it, it awoke a real love of flying in me. Pity it is so expensive to do. (£8,000-£10,000)

We flew from a airfield in west London to the isle of wight and back in a mere hour. I hope to do it again some day, or better when I have money learn to fly 😀


Weekend

I did almost nothing this weekend, which was a rare change for me. You see, I have this horrible fear that if I fail to use my spare time wisely, I will just become this lonely boring old bachelor. Who sits a lone with his TV dinner and watches the match, so I tend to over compensate.
This means I fill all my spare time with traveling, and learning, and doing things. This was my week:
Monday: Kickboxing & RPG, Talk to ex-gf
Tuesday:Olympic Wreasling + Weekly shop
Wednesday: Jiu-Jitsu + St.John Ambulance
Thursday: MMA + Grapling + Comedy Club
Friday: Talk to my dad + Valentines time with new lady friend
Saturday: catch the train to leeds + go to my friends house warming
Sunday: Catch the train home, + catch up with my Mum & Cat.
Sleep….

So anyway this weekend I did nothing, I slept, I took long baths, I ordered in takeaway. It was good, and a reminder that I need to stop and recharge from time to time.

Girlfriend

I am in love with the whole world… the universe is my girlfriend ( or at-least my crush, it never actually said yes ), so I want to know everything about her, I am fascinated by every beautiful and dark thing it has to offer. I want to feel close to it all.

Its that post again

The one that says that I am going to update this more often, but then sits embarrassingly at the top of my page for lets say…. A year?

Intresting things that have happened since the last post:
Still working at IBM
Had two basass holidays

  • The Isle of Wright
  • Cambridge

I discovered the joys of alcohol, which resulted in me

  • Trying to climb the side of a building
  • Creeping between clares legs and yelling BAZINGA!
  • Falling off my chair, and ordering fictional drinks at the work christmass party

I lost a lot of weight ! I think I was about 92kg at the low point, currently more like 96kg at the momment

I broke up with Nikki

I moved house

And lots of other things I will blog about another day ( YEAH RIGHT )

Leeds art Gallery

While helping my friends Joe & Becky move into there new place in leeds, we visited the leeds art gallery.

Thesse are some of the pieces I really enjoyed.

Le dortoir de Moret by Léon Richet

This picture does not really do it justice. When seen in person the atmosphere of the painting is real, you can scene it. You can almost smell the soil and leaves of the road.

Reflections on the Thames, Westminster by John Atkinson Grimshaw

In Peril (The Harbour Flare) by John Atkinson Grimshaw

These pair by John Atkinson Grimshaw are just beautiful, again they contain so much that excites my other sences. I feel like I am really there, I really enjoy the reflections in the thames, as I remember spending an evening leaning against a rail in a similar fashion.

The crown of my vist though was Retribution by Edward Armitage (below). Joe gave me my first introduction to allegorical painting. Below Britannia slays the Bengali Tiger as reprisal for the Indian Mutiny. Viewed from a 21st century perspective, it is a provocative imperialistic version of events which at that time fuelled a highly emotional response in a jingoistic British public.The man stands a defender for civilization (look at the background) and culture ( the books at his feet), against the wild untamed indian (The jungle background).

Retribution, by Edward Armitage

Cats Craddle

I don’t know where to start with this book. I was searching though google images for a cover, to title this whole thing is. I spotted the one above, with the footnote to the word “Novel”

A harmless untruth

Which just seemed right.

The whole book in many ways is about a man region based on lies, which makes people happier and then the whole book is a lie, which attempts to teach the truth. I am not going to say anything else. I am not Kurt Vonnegurt Jr, and I cant explain him any better than this quirky wonder book.

Before I sign off, I should mention I adore the writing style in this book, the insanely short and fast past chapters are wonderful device.

Anyway I shall leave you with a quote to help you decide if you want to read it:

Anyone unable to understand how a useful religion can be founded on lies will not understand this book either.
So be it.

Ice Sculpting

Took advantage of a IBM trip to London to spend the weekend. Managed to stop by an Ice sculpting competition on the Isle of Dogs. My camera was dieing so only managed to snap one photo.

It was brilliant, the British team where carving out a lovely Victorian theme. All the scadnivaion countries did very well mostly with shoes, and bears and things. Even ran into my old friends “Bubble & Squeak” from Winchester market while I was there

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