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Hi Guys

A couple of big things happened since I last wrote.

  1. My birthday – 30th
  2. Winning BTCC Tickets – Silverstone
  3. Theatre Trip – Jesus Christ Superstar

My 30th Birthday
My birthday was a little uneventfully as birthdays go, didn’t really do anything on the day, and I got quite bored and irritated at the lack of interesting stuff. The two days after were filled by helping my sister move house. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks later when I got tickets to see the BTCC at Silverstone and a theatre trip that my birthday became something special.

BTCC – Silverstone 26-27 September
20150924_164700I won some tickets to Round 9 of the BTCC (British Touring Car Championship), which was so unexpected. I entered this competition, not believing for one second I was actually going to win – I never seem to win anything – and when they arrived in the post I was amazed and well excited :). I could only go on the Sunday, which was a shame, but hey. I went with my dad, as I couldn’t find anyone else to go with – don’t get me wrong I love my dad, but I would of like to of gone with someone else who I could have a laugh with.

The weather was gorgeous, if a little chilly. I spent some time wandering round the circuit watching the action, and spent some time in the paddock area – which I haven’t been in since I last raced there in 2010 – and met some of the drivers.

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Mike Bushell                          Jeff Smith                             Hunter Abbott

Andy Priaulx

Theatre Trip – Jesus Christ Superstar 2 October
20151007_180434I went to the New Theatre in Oxford to see Jesus Christ Superstar for my birthday treat with my family and some friends, there were 9 of us in total. It was well worth going to see, the stage set was stunning, it was (or at least looked) quite simple but it was very effective. The acting was amazing and so was the music, which was being played by a live band. Loved the King Herod part with his nipple tassels and towel clan minions 😀 some light entertainment in a otherwise quite intense show. It was all great, and I would recommend it to anyone.

Other Things
I’m still doing my exercise sessions, body pump, Taekwondo and Konga. I did my own special version of a reverse triathlon a couple of weeks ago – it consisted of a 4 mile run, then a 12 mile bike ride and finished off with a shower to freshen myself up :).

This coming weekend is the season finale of the Welsh Sports and Saloon Car Championship at Pembrey. Fingers crossed that my little black number will decide it wants to go out and play.

Take Care and God Bless


Today I went out testing my little MG at Llandow. It was a lovely sunny and dry day – a little chilly, but shouldn’t complain really – and with a few other cars on track to have fun with.
The car handled well down the straights, around corners, and during braking, and the revs were smooth throughout the different transitions.
First race of the season isn’t far away now, being on Easter Monday at Castle Combe. So with a good test session under my belt lets ‘roll on Castle Combe’ to see how my little car goes up against the competition 🙂

In other news:
The Uffington Players did a Pantomime in Feb of The Piped Piper – Sorry for not mentioning this at the time, but was so busy at the time helping out with the production.
In addition to my body pump and Taekwondo, I’ve started doing Konga – which is one of The Jungle Body workouts.
The description of it is:
KONGA is a wild mash-up of Boxing, Kickboxing, Cardio, Afro, Pop, Rock, Pilates, Disco & everything in between. Konga is so addictive because it is the perfect concoction of easy-to-do moves, insane music & routines that are specifically designed to shape, sculpt & redefine your physique. You will go from striking your imaginary opponent, to sexy hip shaking to Beyonce, to a wild Ab Crunching routine. It’s the one class that really does have it all!

I’ve done a couple of cycle rides so far this year, they have proved that I’m still pretty unfit, so that means working out a little more on my endurance. This doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying being out and about, especially when out with mates 🙂

Think that’s all for now folks.
Hope you are all ok
Take Care and God Bless

New Year Time

Hi Guys

HAPPY 2015!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, I know I’m a little late in saying this, but hey, I’ve done it now!

I had a relatively quiet and relaxed holiday period. I’m now back at work and feel I haven’t even been away – not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

Well I’m getting back into my exercise routine again, body pump on Tuesday and TKD on Wednesday 🙂 Body pump went well yesterday and I feel not too bad after a 2 week break, I’m hoping I feel ok after my first TKD session of the year tonight.
I’m also looking into doing some different types of exercise, which will hopefully look into more core muscle strength, which will also be fun to do, I’ve thought of pole exercise and using a exercise ball and pull up bar. Any ideas and help in the matter will be very appreciated.

The Uffington Players will be putting on a Pantomime in February. I’ll keep you posted on when and everything that you’ll need to know when I know more 🙂

Can’t think of anything else at the moment.

So I’ll sign off now
Take Care and God Bless


Hi There

Well last week I went on my first proper holiday in about 7 years! I went to Guernsey on my own. I was hoping for a really fun and interesting time and possibly meeting up with people and making some friends during my stay – well everyone who had been to Guernsey before had said it was a great place, easy to walk around the whole island and good for meeting new friends. All I can say is don’t go on your own as it can become quite lonely, and it isn’t easy to walk the whole of the island – my legs hurt after a few days, and it got to the point I could barely walk without being in pain, or sit for long periods without cramping up. There were some good points and some disappointing points (not saying bad) during my little ‘adventure’. The weather was pretty much like it was on mainland UK.
Good points: food was good; nice scenery; the museums were good and quite informative about life in Guernsey
Disappointing points: some of the ancient sites were very badly looked after, or there wasn’t really any information about the sites when I was there looking at them. I’m classifying my down moments as disappointing not bad due to the fact that in the guide to things to see in Guernsey didn’t live up to what was actually at the sites of interest;

I saw a fair bit, but I still didn’t see much of the island even so. I went to the German Occupation Museum; the Little Chapel; the German Military Underground Hospital; the Folk & Costume Museum; the Candie Gardens; Saumarez Park; Petit Bot Bay; most of the north part – Fort Pembroke, Fort le Marchant (which is also the rifle range), Fort Doyle, La Varde (Passage Grave; one of the slightly not well looked after areas), the Millenium Stone, Les Fouaillages (one of the overgrown not looked after areas), La Platte Mare Cist (another not well looked after areas), Le Dehus (Passage Tomb); Castle Cornet; Clarence Battery; Icart Point; the Cliff Top Shop; I did try to look at the Moulin Huet Pottery, but it was closed; coastal walks. I also went over to Herm quite a pleasant little island definately somewhere where you can just lose yourself, not worry about anything and relax.

It was an experience, and I’m glad I did it, on the basis it proved I can, and if I did it again I will have a better understanding on how to do things. As a friend of mine said “you can have an opinion on something unless you have gone out there and done it” it’s pretty much true for everything in life, to live and experience things you have to go out there and explore.

I’m back at work again and I’m still trying to get my head rounds things, and trying to be less tired. I think the emotions of what I went through (I know it sounds like a went through hell, I didn’t but it was still a challenge at times), and having to be responible for looking after the house now my parents have gone on their holiday (which isn’t a problem in itself, just that I’ve not had to cope with being away myself first, then returning to a pretty much empty house afterwards), and also not having a car as mine needs a new engine, so having to drive my mum’s, which is weird.

I did my body pump session yesterday, after missing last week I was a little worried about how my body would react to it again, but I haven’t felt any ill effects from it, which is good 🙂

I know I haven’t really gone into much detail about my holiday, but I have to say after a while I just kinda went into automatic pilot mode, so didn’t really take in much as I probably should of, I suppose it was my way of coping with the loneiness.

In other news; I should be out testing my race car in the next few weeks, I’ll keep you posted on that.

I think that’s it for now. (Don’t think I hating on Guernsey I’m not, just if I did it again I would go with others).

Take Care, God Bless & Explore 🙂


Hi Guys

Sorry I didn’t post in July, I don’t know why, but I just didn’t seem to have time.

Well I decided that I would make July the month that I would cycle everyday except for 2 days – 1 of which is when I do my body pump. I did well, I managed to cycle on most days – admittedly my rides weren’t long, between 8-12 miles long, though I did do a 21 mile ride. There were also a couple of occassions where I didn’t ride my road bike – once I took my very old mountain bike out for a spin, due to having some meetings to go to and the roads to the places I needed to get to were pretty rough, the other time was when I was at the Vulpine Cycle Fete in London (The Lion pub in Hampton Wick), had I was made to go up against Matt Stephens (Former British Pro Cyclist) on the fixed gear static bike challenge (can’t remember what the actual name of it is), but I have to say I didn’t do too badly against Matt, I was only 5.5 secs slower, which considering I have never done it before, and I lost my rhythm at one point (I know I can’t really make excuses for not doing better, as I’m generally not that good) but I gave it go anyway 🙂

I also had a week off work just to chill, but some how ended up doing more stuff then I was planning, not that I’m complaining as the weather was beautiful, and I also spent some time with my best mate Ellie, which included having a swim in a private outdoor pool 🙂 well nice!

The last week of July I came down with a horrible cold, where I started off with a very sore throat, which then turned into going partially deaf (which at one point was quite painful), coughing so hard at times that I almost vomited, and having my nose alternate between being blocked or running :(. I’m now fine after a couple of weeks like it.

Now we are into August, all my weekends seem to be booked up with something going on.
The first weekend I went to a BBQ with some work collegues, which was nice and chilled, we had a couple of light showers during the day, but it didn’t stop us from sitting outside and enjoying the day 🙂
The weekend just gone I was helping out at the village summer teas – which happen every Sunday during June-September. I also managed to get back on my bike again and did a 17 mile ride.
This coming weekend I’m racing at Pembrey, which I will report back about. Hopefully everything will go well this time! But this week I’ll be testing my car at Llandow to give it a shake down.
The weekend after (the bank holiday weekend) is the Uffington White Horse Show, which I’ll be helping out at, doing car park duty and also manning the Church stall selling homemade cakes, jams, marmalade etc.

I think that’s it for now til after my race meeting, not long to wait now 🙂

Take Care & God Bless



No Racing :(

Hi guys

Well not alot has happened, been for a few cycle rides early on in the month, trying out more hilly routes and distances, but haven’t been out much recently due to the wind and rain, and when it has been nice I’ve had other things already planned – damn it!

Well the title of my post is to do with me not being able to go racing at Pembrey on the 29-30th June. My car is 99% complete but the last couple of bits that were ordered haven’t arrive yet, so I’ve had to pull out of the race meeting – so gutted was so looking forward to getting back out again :(. My next race at Pembrey is in August, and I will make damn sure to be out for that one, but in the mean time I’ll be doing some testing.

Though I have done some racing this month, though in a kart. I did a 2 hour team endurance race – courtesy of work. There were 10 teams competing, and my team came 3rd (one step lower than last year though), but in the circumstances it was a great result. We (or rather I, as I did the qualifying) started 8th, which wasn’t where I expected to be, but I did get stopped so that my transponder could get change, and it was a very short session – so I blaming the lack of track time for my poor performance. We spent most of the race in 5th or 7th place, when I went out at the end for a 25 minute stint we were in 5th 1 lap down to 4th, so I did what any racing driver does and just went for it, all hell for leather, nothing to lose. After the checkered flag came out, I wasn’t expecting much, even though I overtook lots of times, and looked at the timing screen to find that my team had somehow got 3rd place 😀 I couldn’t believe it, I’m not complaining though. I was buzzing so much afterwards.

I really should get out in a kart more often, as I have so much fun racing them, though it would only be hire kart type events I do now, as my race kart is so old and out of spec, it would probably be put in the historic kart race now. But if anyone out there is willing to lend me a race kart to race, I’m all up for it! 🙂 This isn’t saying I don’t enjoy my car racing.

I can’t think of anything else at present, other than the usual stuff I do on a regular basis (ie. body pump, messy church)

Well that’s it for now.

Take Care, God Bless & remember Stay Positive and Smile 🙂 (Listening to Orianthi Ft Lacey – Courage)


Hi Guys

Well May has certainly gone quick, with a few things of interest happening, as most of the time I’ve been at work.

The weather has been weird should of been warmer, though shouldn’t really complain as both bank holidays have been beautiful.

Right what have I been up to;

Well at the beginning of the month I was given the job of looking after a bearded dragon, and  I will be looking after her for a few months, her name is Brody, and she’s such a cutie. She’s fed on mostly dark leafy greens with the occasional locust and wax worm – which are alive and wiggle and jump around lots.

I’ve been for a number of cycle rides, mostly short rides of 7.5-9 miles, the longest being 32 miles (this also included some steep evil hills) I’m sure it will get easier as I do them more often. Some of my rides have been with friends, but most of them have been solo rides.

I’m still doing my body pump, and still enjoying it 🙂

I’ve been helping out at Messy Church and youth club – these have been going for a while and will be on going, through the year. The village have just re-started Ignite – the christian youth club, lets see how well this goes and how many youngsters come along.

The bank holidays have been filled with house work, gardening and of course cycle rides.

Tonight I’m going to see what being a street pastor/prayer support volunteer is all about. At least the weather is nice with the sun shining and blue skies. Will let you know later.

I’m sure there are other things that have happened, but can’t remember them off the top of my head. Though if I remember I’ll shall blog about them.

I’d better be off as I’m leaving in a few minutes.

Take Care & God Bless


Pembrey – April 7

Hi guys

Sorry for the delay in writing about my first race of the season.

The season didn’t get off to the best of starts;
Qualifying was a bit disjointed with a red flag early on, due to a fellow competitor blowing up his engine, we then waited in the pits a quite a while, for the marshals to clear up the mess, so I turned my engine off, as we were let out again my car wouldn’t start, so was given a bump start, I got going again. I did 1 flying lap before I stacked my car into the wall, I got out by myself, got seen by the doctor and paramedics at the scene. I want to say thank you to the marshals (who are volunteers) and paramedics for what they do, because without them we wouldn’t be able to race 🙂 thumbs up to you.
Thankfully my mechanic Tony was able to provide me with one of his race school cars – it was only a low powered basic car – but it at least allowed me to race in both races – the 1st race I had to have all the other drivers agree to allow me to race, which they did, I’m so grateful to them, cheers guys 🙂 – I finished both races and brought the school car back in one piece.
I’m ok, just have a large deep bruise on my right thigh, and by Monday I also had aches on the left side of my neck and back. Today I ache less, and feel no ill effects from the crash 🙂 My race car is repairable.

I went to the chiropractor on Tuesday, and found my spine was rather curvy – like an S – I’m all straighten out and feel good. I went to the doctors today just to have a look at my leg, to make sure that there is no other deeper injuries – which there doesn’t seem to be, yay 🙂
Roll on the next race at Pembrey in June – I won’t make the May race at Castle Combe (which is a shame as it’s televised on MotorsTV) due mostly to finances, but also to give my mechanic a chance to mend my car and hopefully do a test.

Other news:
I had to miss my body pump this week of course, but other than that there isn’t anything else to say – interesting or otherwise.

Take Care & God Bless


March Fly-by


Where has March gone. It’s gone by so fast, I must of forgotten to do something.

So what have I been up to; well lets see.

Tuesday evenings’ have been taken up with body pump; which I’m still very much enjoying 🙂

Wednesday evenings’ with the Lent discussion except Wednesday 13th as I went to see a short play at Shellingford church called “The Good News” – which was a play on the Easter story with a modern take on it and from a slightly different angle on it. It was done in the form of a TV news story. So we had our discussion group on Thursday.

Mothering Sunday weekend I went to see my best mate Ellie. Ellie, Me and Jo all went out bowling, we had a great time – even with my very random bowling, in the first game I did well with 86 then in the 2nd game I seem to have gutter ball after gutter ball scored only 31. After bowling Ellie and I went out to the Baker’s Arms for a few drinks and eventually got to bed about 1am.
I went back home on Sunday just in time to have a quick coffee and biscuits at another friends house – thought I’d better go down as I had missed the entire Mother Day church service – before heading out again to the Horse and Harrow in West Hagbourne for a mother’s day lunch with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, his parents, his brother and wife and kids, and one of his grans, so in total there was about 12 of us. After lunch with watched the England vs Italy rugby match.

I helped out at Messy church last Friday which was fun – my mum and I were doing Edible Easter Gardens! 🙂 which went down well. We then have a short 20 minute service before sitting down for dinner – which was roast lamb, potato, gravy, peas and for pudding apple crumble and a selection of cakes.

Last weekend I went to a Ceilidh, as one of my parents dance friends was having her birthday. That was a lot of fun I lost count how many dances I did, eventually got home just gone midnight.

Thursday is week work put on a curry and drinks night at the social club for all the guys that are leaving the company – I had a nice veggie curry with rice, naan bread and garlic bread. There were quite a few people there so made for some nice company – even if I did spend most my time reading my book 🙂

Tonight I’m going out for dinner with a couple of friends at College Farm in Watchfield.

Next weekend I’m going to London to celebrate my cousins’ birthday.

I suppose I’d better mention my first race of the season is 6-7th April at Pembrey.

I haven’t really got out on my bike this month due to it snowing most of the time it seems, but have kept myself busy with exercising on my rowing machine.

Can’t think of anything else at the moment.

Enjoy Easter!

Take Care & God Bless 🙂


Panto Time…

Hi there

On the work front I’ve been made safe, so I can relax a little regarding my employment status, but I’m still looking round for other jobs outside the company. More on that when I hear more.

I know I’m a little late mentioning this, but the Uffington Players are performing King Arthur – The Panto tonight, Friday & Saturday evenings. Tickets are still available for all nights, so if you are near by why not pop in to see one of the shows. I’m doing the lighting again, I helped set up the lights and sound system last weekend, so I’ve had a pretty busy week this week.

I won’t be doing the lighting duties on Friday as I had already agreed to go to a Charity Contra Dance in Benson near Wallingford. I don’t know what it is, but it sounds a bit folk/country dancing type of thing, it should be a great laugh and lots of fun 🙂

I haven’t been out on my bike yet due to the horrible weather, so have had to be content on using my rowing machine more, which isn’t a bad thing, just that I would love to get out on my bike! I’m still enjoy doing my body pump, not only is it strengthening my muscles and giving them some definition, it’s also a great way to socialize and meet up with various people.

I hope everyone enjoyed having their pancakes on Tuesday. I may dislike today, but some people like it, so for all who enjoy it Happy Valentines Day 🙂

I’m just mumbling now, and there isn’t a lot else going on at present. So for now…

Take Care & God Bless


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