Friday, 29 July 2011

London - rediscovering the city we call home

Before you know time has slipped away and rummaging through drawers you end up pulling papers and receipts of vouchers for special experiences given to us by family and friends for birthday and christmas - when do we ever get round to using them - well, the weekend just past of course.

Months previous we discovered that we had unused vouchers for London activities and we decided to book a day when we could make the most of them. So on Sunday we headed to London Waterloo - the home of the Eye - to embark on the London RIB Voyages. It was an hour on a lifeboat speeding up and down the river: Parliament down to Canary Wharf. We were incredibly lucky, the sun shone for us to see the best that London had to offer.

The crew onboard were entertaining and provided quite a few laughs; mind - I had no idea what information was true or false but being a Sunday I lost the care and just sat back and enjoyed the rhythms of the river.

We have traveled up the Thames previously on the Clipper from our home - Woolwich - to London Eye which is a great option and a cheaper one. But for something a little bit special, when the Baywatch theme goes blaring out as you dart down the Thames - what more could you ask for.

After we slowly wondered from Embankment to Covent Garden for lunch, a spot of coffee in Soho before strolling to Hyde Park to sit in the sun. We were due to go for a Spa day and meal at the Hilton Park Lane after - with a special VIP voucher we bought from Purity Spa; well this ended up being an absolute waste of money. The food was awful and there was nothing VIP about our massage.

You realise that not every voucher is worth its cheaper value - but it was certainly a fun day out for the both of us in our own city, where we did discover something new. Well done London RIB Voyages.

BTW - if you're a friend of mine :-) get in contact and I'll give you a 20% off voucher code.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Nail biting - kicking an ugly habit

For the past five months I've been trying to kick my ugliest habit - nail biting. For over 10 years I have frequently tested methods to stop - prevent myself from hurting my hands daily through the munching of nail, but until I actually tried a therapist I had no success.


In March I visited a hypnotist who guided me to the light of a life with beautiful nails. The first four weeks were a struggle - the chewed finger tips looked disgraceful and didn't make me feel better about myself. I invested in a manicure, nail files and polishers and special ointments making the process of caring for nails more prominent.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Flying London Pride 2011 with British Airways

In 7 years of attending and participating in London Gay Pride not once did I experience the march - however I was invited by British Airways to join the crews, teams, pilots, operations, management teams as well as boy band Blue to be on their float this year.

Tim Macaovy and I, armed with our video camera, mic and bags of energy jumped on board setting off from Portland Place by the BBC down to Oxford Circus, through Regent Street, past Picadilly Circus landing just after Trafalgar Square.

It was a phenomenol experience as we made our way past 100,000's of people watching and cheering us on. Find out more in the video.

Check out the British Airways - Flying with Pride website: http://www.britishairways.com/travel/flying-with-pride/public/en_gb

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Day Two: Argentina – Train to the Delta, Tigre


The romantic idea of this being part of the world untouched, the meeting of river to sea by the South American rainforests is far from reality…

Video - Buenos Aires

Stopped in Buenos Aires twice during our trip through North-East of Argentina. A big, noisey and a little rough around the edges the capital of Argentina will keep you busy as a shopper, drinker or culturalist. Find out more vimeo.com/ryanhaynes