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My year in review

So as 2018 draws to an end, it's that time of year when we naturally begin to reflect on what he had hoped for, what we had planned and what actually happened. As with all things in life, there is always bad mixed in with the good, and vice versa. We are fortunate to have smartphones with Cameras that take excellent photos and video, but it can all too easily become one big mess of hundreds of clips that end up being uploaded somewhere and forgotten about, or just too many to be practical to ever watch.

That is why I decided to pick out my favourite moments and immortalise them in a short video that highlights my year, and what a year it has been. As always with me, life seems to be a rollercoaster, people come and go, some leave their mark, others leave a trail of disaster, but others remain and stand the test of time. It is these people who have real value in life, sincerity is PRICELESS.

I know first hand how it feels to have people purporting to be friends, but they secretly have an agenda. In fact one such person was working behind the scenes, interfering in my life for a long time before I could actually provide hard evidence to prove it. Imagine a person working on your friends like a Cancer, slowly manipulating them over time, convincing them that a pack of lies is the truth. When I did finally confront them, I lost my friends, because I was angry with what they did and they were angry that I find out (or the methods I used to get evidence) but I'm so glad I uncovered the truth. Sadly in these situations, there is too much collateral damage in the process of uncovering the truth, for there to be any realistic chance of remaining friends, that is very sad.

On a positive note, this year has been a real adventure, with a trip to Amsterdam with my good friend, a trip to Dublin with a group of friends, then a trip to Stockholm for a friend's birthday as well as several trips to Cyprus. For me, what really matters is quality of life, travel and friends, all the rest is little more than a pipe dream. We are all on borrowed time and we can easily forget that, the only things that have true value are our friends, our feelings and our memories.

Happy New Year 2019

Couple travelling the world

Cole and Dawn are travelling the world, one year at a time. I met them at The Mill Bar, in Peyia, Cyprus. Dawn works behind the bar and Cole was having a drink with a friend. We got talking and they told me they had only been in Cyprus a couple of months. They had moved here from Malta. Cole is from Toronto, Canada and Dawn is from Luton, UK. They spent some time in Canada, then sold up and began to travel. Their plan is to spend a year in each place, taking on any work that is available and then moving on. They had planned to do this for a while, but needed to wait for their children to grow up, before embarking on their dream. As for me, I found the idea of two people travelling the world together amazing. I feel that they are very fortunate to have each other to do this with. Life is very brief and the opportunity to actually experience something like this is wonderful.

I finally got to visit Sweden

On Thursday the 28th July 2018, I finally managed to make a long overdue visit to Stockholm. I have friend who lives there and wanted to go for years, but never made it, but this year it was her 50th birthday and I had the opportunity to visit and spend time with her family and children, which was a pleasure.

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Northampton & Lamport Railway

Located just to the north of Northampton, the Northampton & Lamport Railway is a steam and heritage diesel tourist railway in the heart of the Northamptonshire countryside.

With approximately 1½ miles of running track alongside the Brampton Valley Way, a 14-mile linear park from Northampton to Market Harborough, you can not only ride one of their trains along the former line but walk along and watch the steam and diesel engines in action.

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Cyprus Drives Vavatsinia to Agoi Vavatsinia

Leaving Limassol on the road to Nicosia, about half way there is a turning by the Mcdonalds that leads to the village of Lefkara, then goes on to Vavatsinia. After that, the road to Agoi Vavatsinia is a narrow windy road, perfect for a high speed video.

This was taken using a GoPro mounted with a high strength suction mount at the very front of the bonnet, giving an uninterrupted view. I then edited the footage and increased the speed by 400%, creating the exciting an dramatic video.

The Journey from hell!

ON the 1st of March, I was due to fly from Birmingham to Larnaca, but there was snow, so getting to the airport was going to be tricky. I got to the Railway station in Northampton in good time, but the train was cancelled. The next train arrived half an hour later, it pulled away slowly then stopped half a mile out of Northampton for about 20 minutes, then proceeded at about 5MPH.

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The Fucking News – The flight from hell

A satirical account of travel chaos at Birmingham Airport due to the snow.

A trip to Dublin

A flying visit to the beautiful Dublin and a trip round the famous Guinness Storehouse.

A trip to Gorleston, Norfolk

Whilst visiting a friend in Gorleston, I had the opportunity to experience some beautiful scenery, especially the beautiful beaches. I also visite Soutwold, which is a very quaint place with a beautiful Pier.

Amsterdam

A few images from a short trip to Amsterdam, which has a unique character of its own. It was actually freezing cold, but sightseeing was still a joy.

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