Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Bon Jovi Experience

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Last week my friend bonjoviaddiction and I went to watch the band Bon Jovi Experience play at The Brook in Southampton. It’s an awesome venue, definitely go there if you get the chance. It seems to cater mainly to tribute bands, but original artists play there too.  The stage is huge and there are two bars, one upstairs and one down, with plenty of space.

I’ve never really been into Bon Jovi’s music (aside from loving their song ‘Dead or Alive’ after hearing it in a Supernatural episode), but that didn’t matter. I love going to live music. I love the atmosphere, how loud it is, the energy, how raw and primal music sounds when you’re there watching it. The Bon Jovi Experience rocked.

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My friend, who is a Bon Jovi fan, told me that the band were accurate, especially the front man who was impersonating Jon Bon Jovi. He was pretty awesome, he looked like he was having so much fun up there. He was dancing about, giving it all that, women were screaming for him to touch their hands. What a great job to have! And this guy is a professional. He’s won look-alike competitions and has performed with Jon Bon Jovi himself.

So as far as I’m concerned, I’ve seen Bon Jovi play live now. I’d do it again, too. I’ve decided that the best way to listen to Bon Jovi now is to  go and watch the Bon Jovi Experience play live. I wasn’t a fan when I walked into The Brook, but I was when I walked out.

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GISHWHES: Day 7

GISHWHES is over and done for the year. I’m already counting down the days until next year’s!

This morning The Sister and I took a trip to Stonehenge so we could claim it for our GISHWHES team. We got stuck in traffic for a long time, but that was okay because I had my knitting with me.

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This is going to be the Emerald Turban from Knitting Vintage by Claire Montgomerie.

One reason why I’ve enjoyed GISHWHES so much is that I’ve gotten to do things and go places I wouldn’t normally go. Stonehenge being one of them. It really is awesome and there were so many people there, despite it being a threatening-to-rain kind of day. After wandering around, claiming it with the flag and such, we sat outside and shared a pasty with some cute little starlings.

So even though GISHWHES is over, I hope to do as the final official e-mail notification said and try to sneak a little bit of GISHWHES into every day.


GISHWHES: Day 6

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We found actual alpacas!

GISHWHES has been a tempest that stormed through the lives of my family and friends this week as my sister and I took part in the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has ever seen along with thirteen other team members, most of them residing in the US. It’s been like a gust of fresh air, albeit it a very tiring one!

So, only one more day left.  In a way I’m pleased; I won’t have to run around herding ducks, or commando roll with cupcakes or any of the other crazy things I’ve been doing this week. I’ll have time to spend on those comics and that knitting that’s been lounging neglected on my bedside table. But I’m also quite sad that GISHWHES week will soon be over. It’s been hectic, but enormously fun.

I’m definitely going to join GISHWHES again next year. It’s shown me the enormous kindness and helpfulness that people are capable of. A big thank you to one person in particular, who helped us out despite having had heart surgery earlier this week! And until next year, I’ve been inspired to keep an eye out for other charitable things I can get involved in.

So let’s conquer the world, one act of kindness at a time. 🙂 


GISHWHES: Day 4

GISHWHES: Day 4


GISHWHES: Day 3

Today there has been laughter (at The Sister smearing whipped cream over her face) and there has been tears (when I accidentally somehow, I have no idea, managed to delete pictures of one of our tasks from the camera before they’d been transferred to the computer), but through it all there has been GISHWHES. I haven’t slept or eaten properly in days. It got me wondering just why I was doing this to myself?

One of the messages that GISHWHES is trying to promote is “Death to normalcy”. It’s far too easy to get stuck in a rut and forget about enjoying life. This week I have done some crazy things and I think I have brightened a few people’s days, which makes me feel good. I also have no doubt that I have gotten on other people’s nerves, but at least I’ve provided them with some interest!

It’s also all about helping others and promoting the charity Random Acts. A new task was posted today to help out a family that has suffered particular bad luck to get their lives back on track. And a lot of the tasks involve helping people – such as donating money to food banks and cleaning up litter.

And the more the word is spread, the better known Random Acts becomes, the more people join in GISHWHES next year and the more happiness is spread around the world.


GISHWHES: Day 2

The things that GISHWHES has taught me today…

1. No one is safe

Everyone has to get involved with my madness!

But they’re so kind about it! A huge thank you to everyone who has helped me so far and is going to in the next few days, I couldn’t manage without you.

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My friend Andrea being bullied into making a swimming costume out of tea bags with me!

2. Tea gets everywhere

Quote of the day is the sister saying: “I have tea in my bra!”

And don’t tell J, but we got tea all over his floor. Ssshhh….

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“Damn you, Misha Collins!”

3. GISHWHES is a synonym for a stressful, hectic day

Whenever we saw anyone looking strung-out and flustered today, the sister and I have shared a look and said “They must be doing GISHWHES.”

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Tune in tomorrow for more profound insights!


GISHWHES: Day 1

This week I’m taking part in GISHWHES (Greatest International Scavenger Hunt The World Has Ever Seen) for the first time. Today was my first full day.

Thanks to GISHWHES, I discovered a beautiful part of Southampton I’ve never seen before. When this week is over and I have some free time I’m definitely going to go back there and explore.

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The reason that I ended up wandering around that part of town is because I was looking for a costume shop I was sure was nearby. After a lot of getting distracted, I managed to find the costume shop. My purchases resulted in this:

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Very fun, although I didn’t enjoy washing off my ‘tattoos’ so much…

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I’m looking forwards to tomorrow!


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