London Film & Comic Con 2013 - Ok so I am a bit of a geek at heart, especially as this was my second successive year that I went to the London Film & Comic Con expo! However this year there were some very special attendees!
As you might have seen through some previous posts, I am a bit of a Walking Dead fan so I was really excited to hear that both both Sarah Jayne Collins (Lori Grimes) and Norman Reedus (Daryl Dickson) were going to be there for a meet/greet and sign autographs.
So after waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I finally got to meet shake hands with and have them sign their respective pictures for me.
Sarah giving me some sound advice in the event of a Zombie outbreak and Norman (looking a little worse for wear) signing a picture for Rachel who is a big fan of his! (I can’t complain of course, Sarah is as easy on the eye in real life as she is in both Walking Dead and Prison Break!).
Bring on 2014’s show and hopefully someone worth seeing!
Ben & Hannah’s Cornish Wedding - Following my previous post, I thought it would be fitting to at least show some pics taken at the wedding. On a gloriously sunny day in Mounts Bay, Ben and Hannah, the former I have known for over 20 years, held an amazing wedding day.
With as much food on the buffet to feed the population of St Ives, the night ended with the DJ mixing talents of Proper Job Disco (yes you read that right).
A great day experienced by everyone and I wish both Ben and Hannah a very happy life together!
Sunny Carbis Bay Coastline - This is just one of the reason why I do miss Cornwall, when you see sights like this on a beautiful sunny day. This was taken whilst at a friends wedding at the Carbis Bay Hotel near to St Ives.
Kinda makes you appreciate where you were brought up when visiting family and friends who still call this place home!
Skinners Brewery Tour Ben’s Stag Party - So for only my second trip ‘back ome’ it was for one of my old school mates stag party (the stag is the guy dressed as a mermaid of course) and as it was to be held at one of Kernow’s famous landmarks. No not Eden Project, Lands End or even the world famous Pool Market, but at the Skinners Brewery in Truro.
We had our very own tour of the brewery planned and to make the occasion even sweeter we had ourselves a few cheeky halfs or two of their wide range of famous ales including Betty Stogs, Porthleven and Cornish Knockers.
As a relative newbie to the whole ale drinking scene (shamefully I was a lager lout in my youth) I was fully converted to the ways of the ale drinker and banished my lager loving self to the past.
I even had a dab hand at pouring my own pint from behind the bar which was pretty cool and had to get photo proof of this. As you can see I am a total natural ;)
I’d thoroughly recommend this tour to any fellow Cornishman/women in fact any emmit that fancies visiting the county and trying something a bit different.
National Lottery Anniversary Run Olympic Stadium - Having lived in London whilst the Olympics were held here I did feel pretty guilty that I didn’t attend a single event :( I could blame it on the fact the tickets were so hard to get hold of and those that were left, well I didnt really fancy womens basketball at the Excel Building really.
Anyways to mark the anniversary of the London Olympics last year, the National Lottery held a run around the Olympic park in Stratford and Rachel signed up! (I was designated bag holder which is an important job of course!).
The run was to be started by Olympic gold medalist and recently knighted Sir Chris Hoy which definetly added an additional bit of excitement to the event.
Once inside the stadium, I have to admit that I actually thought it would be a lot bigger than I’d imagined. Not taking anything anyway, it is still pretty immense and I can only imagine what it would have been like to have seen Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and the like collecting their gold medals last July.
After running her PB we decided to celebrate with food and cocktails at Westfield. Well done Rachel! :)
30th Birthday London Scavenger Hunt - So the big day had finally come, I had to say a sad goodbye to my 20’s and welcome in another chapter of my life. I’ve heard some people refer to the 30’s as the ‘sensible years’.
Anyways enough of that, my very wonderful gf Rachel had planned an amazing scavenger hunt starting in Monument and would take us into the city, over to the South Bank and ending at Browns Bar near to London Bridge. Split into two teams, my team ‘Adam & The Ants’ narrowly missed out on winning by a mere 7 points.
The winning however didn’t matter as everyone who took part had a great time and actually being 30 isn’t all that bad after all! :)
L’art Di Fromage Raclette - As part of my 30th birthday celebrations, to take my mind off the fact that I was an old man, Rachel planned a lovely meal at L’art Di Fromage just off Kings Road in Chelsea. As the name of the restaurant suggests it prides itself on its huuuuge cheese menu and it did not disappoint! We both decided to share a raclette which offered all you can eat cheese and nibbles! So after much cheese melting using our own burner (on the small table next to ours) we were stuffed after 1 and a half slabs of raclette cheese.
All of this washed down with a bottle of French wine and great atmosphere, we will definitely be going back again soon!
First EVER Sushi Tasting - Now I know that there are a few common food haunts on the high street to choose from when it comes to getting some lunch or dinner/tea. Now the fact it has taken 29 years for me to try sushi for the first time I putting the blame totally on the fact that sushi isn’t a big thing in Cornwall (honest!).
So wanting to embrace the craze of eating raw fish and being pretty healthy to boot, one lunch time I joined a work colleague for my first sushi tasting experience at Itsu near to Warren Street.
I went for a mixed platter (is that what they are called?) and I have to say I was pretty impressed. Despite a few giggles after using a fork to mix my sushi in the soy sauce and wasabi, all in all I thought it was really tasty and won’t be put off giving it another go again in the near future!
Eurogamer Expo 2013 Earls Court - This years Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court Exhibition Centre, had an extra level of anticipation as it was the launch of both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles. Traveling there with my younger sister, high on my agenda was to play FIFA 14 and it didn’t disappoint.
Despite a heavy day of queuing queuing queuing it was a pretty good show. We both ended the show with a trip to the Loading Bar in Soho for a cheeky game themed cocktail and some old skool table based gaming (Frogger and the such!).
First Spurs Game Of The Season 2013 - As you may or may not know I am an avid Tottenham fan so was pretty excited to receive as part of my 30th bday present, a club membership which meant I could apply for tickets before they go on general sale. So this was my first game of the season and being a London derby against West Ham the atmosphere was great.
Sadly though, despite having never seen a live game and a defeat we played really poorly and the 3-0 scoreline to West Ham shown that. Still still early days in the season! COYS!