University is almost over. What are supposed to be the best three years of my life are coming to a close, and I’m nervously approaching graduation day with trepidation and wonder. Where do I go from here? Continue reading
It’s extremely difficult to describe just how brilliant the mountains of Nevada are, so take a moment to picture this scene: you’re gliding down a snowy mountain in the USA with just a pair of skis attached to your feet and two ski poles for support. The wind’s blowing in your goggle-wrapped and fluffy hat wearing face, and whilst it’s supposedly bitterly cold, the sun is beating down on you managing to keep you completely safe and warm. It’s a complete contrast, but utterly wonderful. Everyone around you seems to be falling over, but you’re the pro of the pack, nothing can slow you down! “Wahoo!” you scream in exhilaration! Then bam, you’re face first in the snow, but it doesn’t matter, you’re having one of the best days of your life.
This was my routine for a total of five days with a group of around 12, made up entirely of my friends and colleagues. “Good job Daniel, you’re almost ready to move up to the next level of skiing!” Ok, so I may have exaggerated a tad earlier with my ‘pro status’ – I was in the least able group out of all of those that we’d been assigned to, and we were sticking with some of the less challenging slopes available, but I’d certainly progressed from day one where I almost forgot to take some gloves with me to the slopes, so who cares?
Sierra Ski Resort, the place we’d chosen to spend our time had something to offer absolutely everybody, from newcomers like me to the seasoned skiing experts looking for something a little more daring.
Instructors with some of the greatest accents to ever grace my ears put all of us at ease right from the get go, and everybody was extremely patient whilst some of us struggled to get to grips immediately with what we were doing, making sure no-one would be left straggling behind of the pack. Value for money is something that the company felt a great need to deliver – and they sure as hell did their job. Not only that, but they truly immersed themselves with our groups. They didn’t just teach us then go home; they took the time to get to know each and every one of us and joined us for meals on regular occasions.
The five days went far too quickly, and I promised myself in that moment of rushing down the mountain that I would return one day for a longer period to experience the thrills once more.
For the final two days of my journey, I travelled to San Francisco where I was greeted with what I have been told was some of the snowiest weather they’d had that year, which unfortunately resulted in us being late for a bus and ferry ride to the infamous Alcatraz. I never did get to see the inside of the prison, and I remain to this very second bitterly disappointed!
Luckily we had other ideas for the rest of the day, and decided on doing something I’d wanted to do ever since I first saw the amazing piece of construction – we walked the Golden Gate Bridge.
“That water’s shark-infested” one of my companions told me. I didn’t doubt it for a second – it looked murky, deep and absolutely freezing cold. I certainly didn’t have any plans to go for a dip any time soon.
Hordes of excited people seemingly flocked to the bridge, just to walk across it and take photos with the grand structure, and I happily joined in, feeling like a child who was opening his first present on Christmas Day.
As the sun set, I looked out over the depths and caught a glimpse of Alcatraz. How strange, I thought to myself, that people now willingly go to this island bursting with excitement and wonder when just a short time ago, anyone going there thought that they would never see a way back (only two men were patrolled back out into the real world!), and were rarely given a chance to even speak to one another. How times change.
We made it to the other side of the bridge slowly yet steadily, taking in every moment, then made our way back to our hotel for a quick rest before our final day before we had to go home. It had come far too quickly, and I was dreading the 12 hour journey.
With our last few hours, we did what most people love to do when they go on holiday – shop, shop, shop! Prices were cheap at the time, and I found myself in indulging in much more than was really necessary (did I REALLY need a Calvin Klein wallet?) Time flew, and before I knew it, it was time to depart.
I hate goodbyes, and this was one of the worst I’ve experienced, but I knew immediately that the trip as a whole would definitely stay with me forever. America was a mystery to me when I first set out on my adventure, but it now truly held a little piece of my heart which it will keep forever. I cannot wait to get back there again and experience just a chunk more of the multitude of things the country has to offer.
There are no wands, wizards or magic here. Take yourself out of the world of fantasy for a moment and immerse yourself in this realistic, relatable and thoroughly enjoyable novel about relationships, social divides, and real-life issues. Continue reading
It feels like just yesterday when I was sat in the X Factor studios, watching hopeful after hopeful go up on stage to audition for Simon Cowell and the rest of the judging panel. There were a couple of good contenders, but nobody really took my eye except for one young man named Aiden Grimshaw. Continue reading
The Leaders of the Dreamers live by one motto.
We “Live Only To Die”, so
We “Live Out The Destiny”,
in “Life, Opportunity, Trust & Desire” because
We are the “Leaders Of The Dreamers”
This four-piece group, made up of Ronnie Eriic, Charlie Sky, Martez and Sayso all come from different walks of life, bringing together their unique accents and flows to create some brilliant tunes. Continue reading
London-based singer-songwriter Benjamin Johnson is currently recording for his first E.P, due to be released at the end of 2012. With his latest single Everything, Benjamin hopes to drum up some hype and gain extra exposure before the big release.
His lyrics are powerful when linked with his tone and style which are undeniably unique, but not necessarily something I feel I would personally take the time out to listen to. The passion in his voice is clear, and he says of his own music: “Each track depicts a poignant moment during the year that I sacrificed my music for love. I want the audience to revisit that place where I was at when writing, feel what I was feeling, and go on that journey I took, which I hope many can relate to.”
His latest single, Everything is available free to download on Soundcloud and he tells me a new track is around the corner. Have a listen and judge for yourself.
It’s very rare that I find a relatively unknown artist and keep their music on a loop rather than listening once and tossing it aside, but Josiah Leming has been able to grab my attention with his latest single Love Me Or Not. Continue reading
Adam Lambert may be ‘just’ the runner-up of one of the world’s most talked about talent shows, American Idol, but he is far from a second grade pop star. In his latest offering, Trespassing, he delivers one of the best male pop albums of all time, full of exciting dance tracks and a display of some show stopping vocal technique. Adam is not just a man who knows how to put a song together – he can actually sing too! No need for auto tune here. Continue reading
In a world years ahead of the present day, we’re following the story of a young girl who is about to turn sixteen years of age, and undergo a major operation which will see her life changed forever. This operation will change Tally Youngblood from an ‘Ugly’ who lives a life only brightened by performing ‘tricks’ such as being out hover-boarding after dark, to a ‘Pretty’ who gets to cross the border to Prettyville and spend the rest of her days as a Young Pretty partying the nights away with her old friends who all turned pretty before her. Continue reading
We’ve had tears, tantrums, laughter and at times absolutely mind boggling moments throughout the eight seasons of Desperate Housewives gifted to us by Marc Cherry, but if you’re one of those fans who have stuck by the show for its entire run, last night will have been one of the most emotionally charged television moments in history.
We had the result of Bree’s trial, Renee and Ben’s dream wedding, a pregnant Julie Mayer, a dying Mrs. McCluskey, a broken marriage we were all willing to work out, Gabby and Carlos’s guilty consciences and so much more, and it was all delivered absolutely perfectly. Nothing was predictable about this episode and everything was timed to perfection.
Not only were all our housewives loose ends tied up and dealt with, we also learned that Wisteria Lane would of course continue to develop and run around in circles when it comes to some neighbours keeping secrets. Not a hint at more seasons to come in the future as some might think, but simply a nod in the direction of keeping the street itself alive, whether our housewives will be there to see it unfold or not.
It’s been wild, and at times difficult to watch unfold, but it has certainly held a place in my heart and will forever be one of my favourite television shows to ever grace my screen. Thank you, Desperate Housewives.