It’s hard!

Two weeks! Thats right. It’s been over two weeks since my last cigarette. I’m bloody happy with that, and I intend to carry on.

I’m slowly reducing my nicotine intake with each purchase of the e-liquids. I started on 18mg and I’m currently down to 12mg. I will be buying some more e-liquids early next week, and again will be reducing down to 6mg in the triple menthol flavour I like.

Hopefully within the next couple of weeks I shall be completely off of the e-cigarette. What a bonus that will be!

Cheap ass crap!

As you know I have been trying to give up smoking recently and I seem to be failing miserably. I bought a e-cigarette. It was going well for about a week, and then it decided to leak on me. I eventually had time to go and buy a replacement top that holds all the liquid and that one breaks apart too! I can’t believe it. It’s like the universe has something against me, and doesn’t want me to stop smoking.

I will keep trying though. I’m not going to give up giving up – I want to do this!

All I want to do is quit smoking :-(

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Smoking

After trying to complete the Three Peaks Challenge and failing due to my lungs I have taken it upon my self to finally quit smoking – again!

At first I tried to go cold turkey and completely stop smoking. That didn’t last too long. By 4pm that day I was outside smoking again. Failure. So I decided to go down another route.

I have been speaking to people who are now smoking those e-cigarette things. Asking such questions as how do they compare to proper cigarettes / tobacco. Do they provide the same type of hit that normal fags do etc, and they sounded quite positive about the whole thing.

I wasn’t too convinced at first, but I thought fuck it. I really want to quit smoking and this seems like an option, and by this point I’m willing to try anything to quit, so I went and bought one. It cost me about the same as a pouch of tobacco, which is good.

The lady in the shop help me set it up and showed me how it worked as I have never tried one before. She understood that I was new at it and was very helpful. She asked me to bulk e juice online as it would cost me cheaper and I could choose the type of flavour I wanted to smoke — Undoubtedly one among the best investment I have made till date.

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I am now three full days without smoking a single cigarette, and I’m feeling good for it. I still get the craving every now and then, but as long as I’m busy and I chug on this e-cigarette thing I’m generally ok.

They say after 28 days without smoking you’re a hell of a lot more likely to quit for good, and this is what I want. Lets hope that I can achieve it! Wish me luck.

Have you ever tried to quit smoking? Do you use one of the e-cigarettes – if you do how are you finding it compared to a proper one?

Find Your Stuff

The other day I decided to treat myself to some new clothes and trainers. I had it delivered to work as I knew I was working nights, and didn’t want to be disturbed at home. I have had stuff delivered here before and it was fine, so I thought I would do it again.

Around 11am this morning I received a text message and email from the delivery driver saying that my stuff had been delivered so I was excited to get to work and look at my new stuff.

I arrived at work, opened my package only to find it had already been opened. I was greeted with the following.

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Needless to say, but I wasn’t too impressed that my package had been opened and my trainers hidden. Nevertheless I followed the clues and kind of enjoyed it.

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Clue 2: “If finding your shoes is painful seek medical attention”

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Clue 3: “Are you a FAN of treasure hunt?”


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Three Peaks – What happened?

As you know I was going to attempt the National UK three peak challenge with several of my colleagues from work. July 4th was the date picked for the challenge, but we decided to head up to Scotland on the 2nd to have some social time drinking and having a look around the local area.

We left from work at 6.30am, which was just after I finished my 12 hour shift. I was quite surprised by the lack of traffic on the journey. We hit the morning rush, but even that wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be.

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We hit the border of Scotland at 4.20pm after a couple of stops to change drivers / breakfast and fag breaks, and arrived at our chalet shortly after 7pm.

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Our first port of call after checking into the chalet was to find out where the local shop was, and to grab some drinks for the nights entertainment.

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After dinner the drinking games began. I ended up drinking close to three quarters of a litre of vodka, half a bottle of Mikey Finns, and a glass of Disaronno and God only knows what the others drank!

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Needless to say it got very messy. None of us got any sleep until around 6.30pm the next day.
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Help Molly to walk

A charity was picked for our three peaks challenge next month and as you can probably guess from the title of this post it’s to help a little girl known as Molly.

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Molly has cerebral palsy, which causes the muscles in her legs to become tight and very painful. At the moment Molly is using a walker or a wheelchair to get around, but she has one single wish – to be able to walk without pain.

There is an operation available for Molly in the USA that will fulfill Molly’s wish, but she needs your help. The operation, travel and after care is quite expensive and costs around £60,000. You can help Molly’s dream become a reality. You can support her by donating to her just giving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/Mollys-wish-to-walk/

Thank you for taking the time to read this and decide to donate to help Molly’s wish become a reality. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Three Peak Challenge

On July 4th I will have the opportunity to take part in the three peak challenge with some friends from work. It has been in the planning stage for a while, so I didn’t really want to post about it until it’s all confirmed.

This is a huge opportunity for me to tick a couple of things off of my bucket list. I get to travel to Scotland, and I get to climb a mountain – three in fact!

The total round trip will be approximately 1360 miles, and we are doing it in my car!

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We will use our place of work as the base for everyone meeting up, and from there we will continue forward on our journey up to Scotland. We have found an amazing location to stay and prepare ourselves for the first climb in Scotland.

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I am really excited and pumped to be doing this challenge. It will be a real test of stamina and perseverance not only for me but the others in the group as well. The best thing is we are doing this to help raise some money for charity (one has yet to be picked), so if you would like to help then a page will be set up so you can donate if you wish to.

Throughout the entire journey I will be documenting it, but have yet to choose the method so others can view everything we are doing, when I need to save my documents I use sodapdf.com I can edit the content of my documents, create custom forms, annotate my files. At the end when we finally reach home I will collate everything and put it up on here for all to see.

Have you ever done the three peaks challenge? How did you find it? Is it something you would like to do again? Did you manage to complete all three peaks in under the 24 hours? If you didn’t what held you up?

Waste

I’ve never understood why in the commercial world there aren’t proper considerations for the enormous amount of waste packaging.

I bought some food today where the packaging was exceptionally large for what was inside, and this isn’t the first time I have come across this when buying something either online or from the shops.

Take the below bit of meat as an example.

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All of that meat fit into roughly one-third the size of the original packaging. I understand that no one wants to see all their meat bunched up as it’s not “aesthetically pleasing”, but should that matter in the modern-day world? It shouldn’t, but evidently it does.

Amazon is a huge culprit of oversized packaging. Take this chap who posted a photo on Reddit of his recent purchase of batteries (yes you read that right – batteries) from amazon.

bIPf0umThis happened to me when I ordered something from Amazon a couple of years back. It’s all good and well getting a customers product to them in a safe condition, but at some point the company have to realise what they’re doing is causing huge amounts of waste even if it is recyclable. Does it really need that much packaging?

What are your thoughts on the subject? How many everyday objects do you buy that are covered in excessive packaging? Do you think its acceptable?

 

The bucket list – Is there any point?

Is there any point in a bucket list these days? Of course there is! We’re not all immortal gods and have unlimited wealth, so some of us mere mortals have to plan for the future and do things to make us feel good before we die.

I have compiled my bucket list below in no particular order. For now there shall only be a few things, but over time the list shall grow and accomplishments shall be ticked off. I hope to do all of them before I die.

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  1. Reach the peak of a mountain – Mount Snowdon – 05/07/2015
  2. Go sky diving
  3. Fly in an aeroplane – I flew to Switzerland on the 11/11/2015 – Take offLanding
  4. Fly in a helicopter
  5. Travel to Scotland – Attempted the National Three Peak Challenge – 02/07/2015
  6. Travel to Italy
  7. Visit the Colosseum
  8. Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  9. Visit Vatican City
  10. Travel to France
  11. Travel to Spain
  12. Travel to Germany
  13. Travel to Iceland
  14. Visit the Blue Lagoon
  15. Travel to Switzerland – I travelled to Geneva to visit C.E.R.N. 11/11/2015
  16. Visit C.E.R.N. – I visited C.E.R.N. on 11/11/2015
  17. See the ATLAS project
  18. See the ALICE project
  19. Travel to The Netherlands
  20. Travel to Amsterdam
  21. Get stoned legally
  22. Travel to Norway
  23. Travel to Finland
  24. Travel to Sweden
  25. Own a sports car
  26. Own a motorcycle
  27. Drive a super car
  28. Own a house– Bought a 2 bed flat in July 2017
  29. Walk my daughter down the aisle
  30. Hold my grandchild
  31. See the human race reach Mars
  32. Go to Disney World / Land
  33. Weigh 90 Kg or less
  34. Quit smoking
  35. Learn an instrument
  36. Go scuba diving
  37. Go on a cruise
  38. See the Great Pyramids in Egypt
  39. Do something for charity – Raised £500 for Charity for the National Three Peak Challenge – 02/07/2015
  40. Visit the Eiffel Tower
  41. Visit the Louvre
  42. Travel to the USA
  43. Visit the Smithsonian
  44. Visit the Lincoln Memorial
  45. Visit the Statue of Liberty
  46. Visit and Tour the White House
  47. Celebrate New Year in Time Square
  48. Own a real meteorite
  49. See an active volcano in person
  50. Climb an active volcano
  51. Look into the caldera of an active volcano
  52. Witness the aurora borealis
  53. Witness the aurora australis
  54. Witness a tornado F3 and above
  55. Be on television
  56. Be on the radio
  57. Go on a drifting course
  58. Go white water rafting
  59. Eat sushi– Took my Mum for lunch on 28th September 2016
  60. Try LSD
  61. Go to a concert at the O2
  62. Travel to Peru
  63. Visit Machu Picchu
  64. Hike the Valley of the Incas
  65. Travel to Australia
  66. Visit the Great Barrier Reef
  67. Swim with turtles
  68. See an orchestral performance in the Sydney Opera House
  69. Travel to Canada
  70. Travel to New Zealand
  71. Live near my children so I can see them daily
  72. Go to Alton Towers – I went there for the weekend with Ryan – 25/03/2016
  73. Visit the Grand Canyon
  74. Visit Yellowstone National Park
  75. Own my car outright – Paid the final payment on 10th September 2015
  76. Go bungee jumping
  77. Get tattoo sleeves
  78. Go on a ride in a hot air balloon
  79. Go to China
  80. See the Great Wall of China
  81. Visit the Forbidden City
  82. Learn to use chopsticks
  83. Eat an entire meal with chopsticks
  84. Complete a food challenge – Completed the 32oz Steak Challenge at Flaming Grill – 08/02/2016
  85. Get my tongue pierced again
  86. Travel to Japan
  87. Climb Mount Fuji
  88. Summit Ben Nevis
  89. Summit Scafell Pike
  90. Learn how to dance the Tango
  91. Learn how to take photos of the Milky Way
  92. Photograph the planets and moons
  93. Travel to Mexico
  94. Visit the Mayan Pyramids
  95. Tour the ancient ruins in Greece
  96. Go Zorbing
  97. Go Snowboarding / Skiing
  98. Ride a horse
  99. Take my son camping in the Highlands
  100. Blow glass
  101. Work on a pottery wheel
  102. Read a whole novel
  103. Visit Madame Tussauds
  104. See Swan Lake
  105. Visit a castle
  106. Sleep in a castle
  107. Write a recipe book
  108. Learn the alphabet in sign language
  109. Learn sign language
  110. Have a brief conversation with someone in sign language
  111. Go rock climbing
  112. Take an archery lesson
  113. Visit all seven continents
  114. Visit the Hoover Dam

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Top Gear – My thoughts

You should all know what’s been happening with Top Gear by now, and if you don’t then you’ve been living under a rock! It’s been all over the news, in the papers, and all over social media!

As the main incident has now been dealt with by the BBC (the “firing” of Jeremy Clarkson) I thought I would give my two pennies on the whole situation.

I would have to agree with the decision of the BBC to “sack” Jeremy over what he did. It wasn’t professional and nor was it the right thing to do, and it was over something so stupid, however in saying this it is a sad thing that he will no longer be part of Top Gear.

Fortunately there are rumours floating around stating that all three of the boys (Clarkson, May and Hammond) will have another show not on the BBC but on Sky 1 under the name Top Speed. How true this rumour is for sure I can’t say, but if the rumour does come to fruition I will be most happy that the show is not going to die with the BBC, as I’m sure many of its fans will also be.

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What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you think it should of been handled differently? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.