I got burnt

I have been to Download Festival before, every single time it has rained, I checked the forecast and it said it was going to rain so I dressed accordingly, I had a jumper on and my camo trousers my sun screen was in my bag just in case it got really hot.

I arrived at Download Festival and it was sunny, I wouldn’t say that it was boiling but it was certainly warm, people were walking around with sun burnt faces and shoulders so the days before were certainly hot enough to burn but I guess this didn’t register at the time, I kept my jumper on and went into the arena (I didn’t have a hat), I watched a number of bands at the main stage and around 4pm decided to put on some sun screen, at this point it felt warm enough to remove my jumper so at the same time I put some factor 50 sun cream on (it later transpired it was too late at this point) as the day went on the temperature seemed to drop, so I put my jumper back on (this could have been because I was burnt), I met up with Joe & Rhinna to watch System Of A Down and towards the end of the set made my way back to the car to head home, it was at this point I realised what a fatal mistake I had made earlier in the day, as I got to the car my face was RED and by red I mean red, it was most certainly burnt, the one part of my forehead that wasn’t covered by hair had been severely burnt and my nose was extremely red.

When I got home I had a look at my face again, with the light on and it was just as red if not redder as when I had seen it back at the car park at Donnington, at this point, I didn’t feel too great either so I got into bed and went to sleep. When I woke up the next day my forehead had blistered and I felt extremely unwell, really cold, sick and just wanted to sleep, I sat and sipped some water for a while before deciding that my weekend at Donnington was probably over, I had a shower to try and cool my body down which made no difference what so ever, well it may have had some effect but at the time I didn’t feel any better, as Monday approached I wondered what my face was going to look like for work, my head was still very bumpy where I had been burnt and large parts of my skin had started to peel off.  I was sick for three straight days before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again

When I woke up the next day my forehead had blistered and I felt extremely unwell, really cold, sick and just wanted to sleep, I sat and sipped some water for a while before deciding that my weekend at Donnington was probably over, I had a shower to try and cool my body down which made no difference what so ever, well it may have had some effect but at the time I didn’t feel any better, I had not only burnt my face but I had got sun stroke in the processes. As Monday approached I wondered what my face was going to look like for work, my head was still very bumpy where I had been burnt and large parts of my skin had started to peel off. I had done some real damage to my skin. In the end, I was poorly for three straight days before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again, I am usually so careful in the sun, my arms had gone red before but nothing like this, it actually really scared me.

When Monday arrived I went to the chemist to see what I could use to try and make the mistake I had made better and was given some Aloe Vera type gel, which I have to say is amazing stuff, in the end I was sick for three days straight before I finally started to feel better, it was a mistake I will never ever be making again it doesn’t matter if it feels colder than it is, if the sun is out the sun cream and hat goes on, it has actually made me extremely anxious about being in the sun.

Prop Haul

I went shopping today to get some props for my food photos, I wanted some new plates and a few things to fill the shots out with, I started the morning off at a local car boot and managed to pick up a fair few items from there then I went to a place that I was recommended on Twitter called Flying Tiger which sells lots of quirky things, it is a bit like Ikea but smaller and the things in there are fun and different, I got a few more bits here, only a short post as I wanted to show what I had bought.

My Perfect Download Weekend

Download Festival 2017 is just around the corner, it has come round so fast this year, it only seems like yesterday that I was booking the tickets getting excited for some of the bands that had been announced at the time, now that we only have 8 days to go I thought it would be awesome to share what my perfect weekend would look like and which bands I am excited to see.

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Stone Broken @ The Tivoli 20th May 2017

Back to The Tivoli last night, this time to see an upcoming band that I hadn’t seen before, Stone Broken, they are on the Download Festival bill and with them playing a show so close to home I wanted to see them in a more intimate venue.

I got there early, so much so I got to see the two support acts, arriving early certainly paid off, getting a spot right on the barrier. This band didn’t disappoint, the atmosphere in the Tivoli was electric playing songs from ‘All In Time’ their current album but also treating us to a number of new tracks off their forthcoming album, the crowd singing along to almost every single song it was a fantastic evening.

If you haven’t seen Stone Broken yet and they are playing somewhere close to home, get down and see them, you won’t be disappointed. I didn’t take my camera but got some pictures on my phone which are below.

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Iron Maiden – Book Of Souls 2017

Yesterday evening marked the very first time I would ever see Iron Maiden, I had been told that the show was absolutely fantastic, friends had been before, some of them many times, I had heard story’s of how I was going to be blown away but I wasn’t sure what to expect.
I had seen Shinedown previously at an appearance at Download Festival but not Iron Maiden, I walked away from the show absolutely buzzing, it was everything everyone had said it would be, the atmosphere, the set itself everything was just amazing, I am not sure that I will ever get to see them again but if you do have a chance to it is well worth it.

I took some pictures too….

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Monkey Wrench Debut Gig – Review & Photos

Monkey Wrench, the Foo Fighters cover band from the small Shropshire town of Oswestry took to the stage at the Saith Seren last night for their debut gig, the set opened with [ ] and blew the crowd away after that the hits just kept coming one after another. vocals, guitar, bass and drums were all exceptional the time and effort these lads had put into this bad hadn’t gone un-noticed, Saith Seren was packed full of people wanting more and more from this great new band, if you were not there last night, make sure you are there for the next gig, you don’t want to miss this.

Spud on vocals and lead guitar was just amazing, Gareth on rhythm guitar was exceptional you could tell from the presence he had on the stage that this was everything they had worked for, Glenn on bass was alive on the stage feeling every single song and Barry on drums was on point, the drums were tight and his solo midway through the set into my hero was a fantastic twist that nobody had seen coming.

The time and effort these lads had put into this bad hadn’t gone un-noticed, Saith Seren was packed full of people wanting more and more from this great new band, if you were not there last night, make sure you are there for the next gig, you don’t want to miss this.

Here are the photos…

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Oswestry Half Marathon 2017 *lots of photos*

I went out to support Oswestry and the very first Half Marathon today, I took my camera and wanted to use this post to share the pictures that I captured, I was stationed between mile marker 6 & 7 as shown on the map below.

If you would like a copy of a photo that has you in get in touch & I will be happy to send it over.

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31 Years Old

I am 31 years old today, 31 years old, when I stop and think about it, it really is hard to believe, the years have gone by so fast, It only feels like yesterday that I was out playing on the front, in the street I grew up on with my friends, friends that have long since moved on, married, had children or moved away with work, I am a dad, have a great job and working on me.

Having said that though, I am grateful for today, for the friends that I do have and the family around me because I wouldn’t be where I am now, today, without them pushing me in every way to be a better me and supporting me in the choices I make.
I may be celebrating another birthday as a single pringle but I have faith that one day I will meet someone who wants to be with me just for who I am, someone willing to give me a chance, for now though I am going to enjoy my day.

Llandudno March 2017

I had some annual leave to use up before April 1st, I have been thinking about taking it for a while and now and as it is almost April 1st it seemed like a good time to get something in the diary. The UK has been having a nice spout of warm weather recently so I decided to take advantage of it and planned a day out to Llandudno, just me and my camera.

Llandudno isn’t all that far away from home actually, it only takes about an hour to get there, I had a lovely walk around exploring the seafront and taking pictures along the way. I really enjoyed just being out there, my earphones in my ears, camera in my hand just enjoying the moment.

One thing I did see while I was out today was love, lots of people in love, walking along the beach, hand in hand, chatting about various things, laughing with one another, I hope one day I can have that.

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