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Current Residence: West Suffolk, UK Favourite genre of music: Classical, or anything with a lively tune... Favourite style of art: Anthropomorhpic, especially cartoony Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Wallpaper of choice: The Dan Clan Favourite cartoon character: Aside from Danbuster and co... blimey! There's so many! Personal Quote: Never underestimate... the Leadboot!! O_o
Favorite visual artistRoger van der Weide, Zody, Luke the Fox... oh, there are several!!Favorite moviesTale of DespereauxFavorite bands / musical artistsAbba, Beethoven, Howard Shore, Hans ZimmerFavorite writersBrian Jacques (Redwall)Favorite gamesSonic Unleashed, Sonic Colours, Little Big AdventureFavorite gaming platformNintendo WiiTools of the TradePencil, Adobe Photo Elements 2.0, Macromedia Flash 7.2Other InterestsAnimals, Birds, Cartoons, Animation - Narnia, Redwall, Lord of the Rings, Sonic
Now that things have calmed down after a hectic weekend, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about a few recent events.
As I mentioned in my previous journal, when I was collecting names of artists to include in my art feature, I was off with my parents and wider church family for a weekend away at Sizewell. This was back in May 22nd—24th and I promised back then that sooner or later I’d have to type a new journal to update you.
Well, now I’ve got a free space at last, I’d better do that!
.: Friday, May 22nd :.
This was a chance for members of the church fellowship at Kings Church Mildenhall (formerly Mildenhall Baptist Church, but we changed the name) to get away for an informal time together. Apart from Sundays at church, we so rarely get to meet up otherwise.
Friday morning went pretty much the same as usual, with me going down to the local food-bank the church runs for my stint of voluntary work. Things are running fine done there, but we are pretty overstocked on most stuff… particularly, we have far too many tinned baked beans, soups and tunas. If there’s one thing we do seem to have a shortage of, it’s the cartons of UHT milk, which are rather more essential than baked beans… but it’s the beans that the shoppers at Sainsbury’s seem to donate for us… ;; And to exacerbate the overstock problem, we seem to have a lot of donations but not a lot of needy people actually coming in… which I guess is a good thing, but it makes us seem a little redundant some days…
.: Church Away Weekend :.
After taking Tumnus to a local kennels to be looked after during the weekend, we set off in the afternoon and reached Sizewell Hall in pretty good time. As it turned out, we’d been allocated separate rooms this time – a double-room for Mum and Dad by themselves, and a small single-room next door for myself. That was nice… a private space all to myself!
So we had a bit of time to unpack and make ourselves comfortable before dinnertime, we had a little time for evening devotions together, establishing ground rules and meeting our speaker for the weekend, Michael Ross-Watson. Over the Saturday and Sunday morning that we were there, we had three further devotions sessions in which he talked about the church and its calling to aid the poor in our community.
Friday evening, some of us went out for a night-time walk. Also, during our freetimes, my parents and I went for walks in the grounds to spot rabbits and other wildlife, or look at the newts inhabiting the pond on the forward grounds. And left to my own devices, I alternated between reading Mum’s book on the Amazon kindle app on my Smartphone, playing Rayman 3D on my 3DS and drawing one or two sketches of animal characters.
To my surprise, I also found that Sizewell Hall DID have Wi-Fi, contrary to expectations… although the phone network was weak, so Mum had some considerable difficulty getting in touch with a friend back home who was helping our cousin with looking after the cats. For me, this did at least mean I was able to deal with some of my less critical deviantART messages, mainly leaving the ones I’d have to spend time on until I got back home, where I could deal with them properly via computer.
On Saturday evening, we had a Talent Night, and this was an for everyone to do some party piece, whether comical or serious… though most of us did something funny. For example, there was our own pastor Rev Carl Morehouse who came out in a flashy-looking uniform and proceeded to play the Post Horn Gallop… on a length of hosepipe! A couple of our young resident puppeteers performed a medley that included a few songs, a little dancing and a quick number from an Elvis puppet. Also, we had a brief comical sketch with our resident Scottish member learning how to speak words with an English accent; an Irish ballad “Paddy McGinty’s Goat” by from David Quin, an Irish ex-pastor within our fellowship; our associate-pastor Rev Tim Bright and his wife singing “I’ve Got You Babe” dressed as a pair of hippies… Amongst the entertainment, I also participated with Mum and Dad in a little operatic ballad — with a difference…
Long story short, a good time was had by all! Even Tumnus seemed to enjoy his weekend at the kennels.
.: Trip to Southend :.
This was a great rare chance to spend time with friends. I headed off good and early at 8:30am to give myself plenty of time, pausing only at the Sainsbury’s at Bury St Edmunds for petrol and a check on the tyre pressure. I had a long drive to Kelvedon.
I got to ’s house at about 10:05am, well ahead of the time I was actually expected… but then that’s better than being late! It turned out that was off out at about this time to meet at the railway station, so I was left pretty much to my own devices for a bit. I had a bit of time to rest after my long drive, and to settle up with Euan for the Special Edition copy of Wind Waker that he managed to get on my behalf. (Thanks, mate!)
We all headed off to Southend just after 11am in Euan’s car, where we soon met up with After grabbing a milkshake each (I had an Arnie one – chocolate-fudge with mints) that I guess served as a sort of lunch, we took a wander down to the seafront and had a wonder around the arcades, where we all found a few things to have a go on. For example, Luke and Euan played some Batman game where they were chasing the Joker in the Batmobile to disarm a nuke that he intended to launch on Gotham City… Silvia seemed to be something of an undisputed champion on the air-hockey and, after soundly beating Euan, Luke, Orleans and myself a few times, eventually tied a game with me at 5-5.
I myself also discovered a shooting gallery in one of the arcades with a Safari set-piece where you shoot at the targets to cause the automatons to react in some way. I remembered seeing one of those in an old arcade we once had in Ramsgate, only that was a Wild West prairie theme… Anyway, thanks to some previous experience with the Boys Brigade, I had an idea how to use a rifle. At Buckmore Park, where I’d been a couple of times with the Boys Brigade on a camping week, a man in charge of a shooting range had once showed me how to aim a range rifle after seeing how haphazard my aim was… once I was cognisant with the concept of gun-sights, I proved a good shot! This still proved to be the case, as after putting in 50p for 10 shots, I then proceeded to shoot at different targets on the Safari scene and score a perfect 100!
Later, having run out of places to go and it getting on for time, we returned to town to a local pub restaurant called the Last Post, where after some searching around we eventually managed to get a table all together for dinner. Getting a menu, I was surprised to discover that the establishment actually seems to be in a similar vein to a pub restaurant in Bury St Edmunds called the Corn Exchange (being based in an old restored corn exchange building in the middle of the market square), where I’ve been a couple of times before. So I treated myself to my usual choice of Wiltshire cured ham, fried eggs and chips, with a glass of Pepsi – very nice!
After a last wander down to the beach to allow Orleans to do some filming, we said goodbye to Luke, Aaron and Stacey before making the return journey to Kelvedon, where we then went to see Orleans onto his train. Euan and Silvia returned to the house, and it was also time for me to start my drive back home.
The Magnificent Seven (except that I was taking the photo, so I wasn't here)
.: And now what? :.
Well, besides job searching and awaiting the results of recent applications and job interviews, I’ve once again been trying to get back into the swing of artwork and animation.
My cartoon about the Dan Clan, which was on hiatus while working on ’s birthday and my Boaz storybook, is now slowly getting back into production. God-willing, I might actually finish it this time, because I’m such a butterfly-mind it’s ridiculous!
Also, in other news, I heard that Sir Christopher Lee and Ron Moody have sadly passed away very recently and within days of each other. I should probably do them some sort of tribute, because they were two great actors and I have half an idea what I can do for them…