Monday, 29 January 2007

Home & Away

Thought I'd I'll tell you about my trip to Brighton; that was about 5 years ago and I actually had a very good time!

Now despite what people think they know about the place it is very nice (if a little expensive) and caters for people of all preferences and tastes.
When I first went there it was just after my parents passed away and I needed to get away from it all, but being on a limited budget and wishing to see what Britain had to offer I chose Brighton and I actually began to relax.

Brighton hasn't got much of a beach although it does claim that it has a naturalist beach somewhere (although I didn't have the guts to find it!) but it does have a excellent pier and plenty of shops to enjoy. I spent a week there and enjoyed it so much that a year later I went back and tried to see all there is to see of the place, I discovered that they also have a couple of flea markets that a person could buy loads of stuff.

My most recent holiday was to a little place in Cornwall called Par, I went camping for a weekend with a mate of mine called Steven and I enjoyed it very much!

That's me sat at the table reading, the photo was taken by Steven and it was him who put the tent up too! (I admit I'm not very good at camping!)

The weather did actually hold off and we were very close to a decent beach, although sunbathing wasn't included in our plans!

We met quite a few people there who were taking advantage of the bank holiday (whitsun) and were caravaning or camping; when we arrived there were only a few tents and a scattering of caravans, by the time we left the place was thriving!

We also visited the Eden project in St. Austell, When I told people that I had always wanted to see it, people told me it would take more than one visit to experience it and I actually agree with them.

The large dome in the center is the core; here is where the cafe, visitor center and school project center are located; The main `Zones` are located either side; the dome at the back is the tropical zone and the one in the foreground is the temperate (Mediterranean) zone.
This is a shot from within the tropical zone.

There are labels everywhere that tell you where many of the things we take for granted originally come from; It's a little strange to think that the rubber and elastic from your sofa or underwear comes from a plant! or that the chocolate that we eat start off as a tiny bean!

The only problem with this zone is that the humidity is a killer! the atmosphere is oppressive, thick and very very warm!

You don't want to be wearing a lot of clothing when you go unless you plan to lose a few pounds in weight from sweating!

This from the Mediterranean zone, here it's warm but not oppressive and it contains some beautiful structures!

The plantlife here tends to come from Itlay,Greece etc. and therefore is mostly citrus fruit and tomatoes, olives etc.

One part of the tour I wouldn't recommend is the gift shop; it is way too expensive and many of the things they sell you can buy in a decent supermarket for a fraction of the price! (even the fairtrade stuff is expensive!)

Each night we would go to one of the local pubs in Par and sit and listen to the local talent!

Often we would also eat out as the facilites on the site were not up to much; We found a lovely chippie in a place called Tywardreath and we pretty much enjoyed ourselves that weekend!

Friday, 19 January 2007

Fun & Games

Welcome To My Home

As you can see, I'm an avid DVD fan and also something of a gaming freak!
I can't say I own the biggest collection of games but I will admit that it is certainly impressive!
I own the following games consoles:

Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) (Not connected)
Super Nintendo Enterainment System (SNES)
Nintendo 64 (N64) (Not connected)
Nintendo Gamecube

Sega Master System
Sega Mega Drive II/Mega-CD II
Sega Saturn
Sega Dreamcast

Sony Playstation (Not connected)
Sony Playstation 2

The list of games when typed out is over 17 pages long and contains some gems!

My mate Gary is also an avid games fan and tries to persuade me to buy the latest games which is not always possible due to a extremely tight budget!!

Luckily, He has a few games that I don't and we are always borrowing each other games and trying to help each other when the other gets stuck on a particular level!

I'm trying to save up enough to buy a XBox 360 but at the moment that is extremely hard, I used to own an XBox but the drawer stopped working so I've had to consign it to the space under the bed which is annoying as I have a decent collection of games and would prefer to try them on the new machine!

Still, So long as they don't all explode!

Sunday, 14 January 2007

Me And My Mates

These are two of my mates, Carly & Ben. As you can see they are quite the pair or at least I should say they were as they recently split up (sniff!) but at least they remain friends.

Ben is quite a good friend although I haven't known him all that long, he is both friendly and infuriating at the same time; He is also quite the madcap as he will say one thing and then ten seconds later he will contradict himself! Still he's someone I would trust with my life! (and for me that saying something!)

Carly is a bright and bubbly girl, she is currently taking driving lessons and as a result all motorists should ensure their affairs are in order (just joking Carly !).

Generally speaking these two spend the most time with me when I'm in work and until recently I very rarely saw them outside of the workplace.

This odd-looking fellow is another of my pals; his name is Michael and he is (like me) something of a geek. He often has discussions with me about how something is done with regard to japanese animation or occasionally we talk about the legal system (He's currently studying a law degree at Plymouth University) and as such we are regarded as the two eggheads of the Co-Op where we work.

However, I must point out in all fairness he has only been there for just over a year and as such doesn't know the other there like I do, so to some he seems stuck-up whereas I think it's just his way of doing things; In some ways he reminds me of me when I first started there.

Then there's Lee:
Lee is large and definitely in charge! He is even more outrageous than Ben but he also has a sensitive side that makes him a good mate and someone I would like to have around in a pinch! He would do anything for a mate and I think that I’m lucky to count him as one of mine. Lee also has a girlfriend and a baby girl which he is fiercely proud of and personally I think he will be a wonderful father figure as she grows up. Lee also has a wicked sense of humour and when he sets his mind to something never gives up (More on that later!).

Finally there's Gary:
Gary is a few years younger than me (about 20 I think) and like me is a fan of the latest computer games and tries to persuade me to buy them even though I can’t always afford to! Gary is seeing a young lady called Danni who for the most part is very quiet and a little withdrawn (well, to me anyway) but is very devoted to Gary and a little possessive of him! Still if that’s what he wants he’s happy to have her.

All About Me

Hi! My name is Aiden. I’m 24, medium-ish build with green eyes and although I’m described by some as `cute` I don’t see it myself!
I live in a little town called Teignmouth, down in South Devon, about an hour from Exeter by public transport; it’s not a bad little place but it’s awfully small and not really a place for the young.

I enjoy reading Science fiction and fantasy, especially sword and sorcery type stuff, I watch a wide range of programmes from ER to Yu-Gi-Oh! (That’s a Japanese/American cartoon that’s very popular at the moment to those who don’t know) and love to talk about almost anything. I'm also somethink of a geek as I enjoy (for that read obessed with) computers and computer gaming.

I'll be posting irregularly as I divide my time between home (more on that later) and work (even more on that later) so It will depend on my free time.