London, Manchester and Carrying On

Just under two weeks ago I had a couple of days off work booked, because I was supposed to be seeing Ariana Grande at the O2. As you might know I’m a huge Ariana Grande fan and it was going to be the highlight of my summer.

I don’t need to tell you why the concert was cancelled, and I don’t want to go deep into my feelings about it here. We had a hotel booked (the Intercontinental O2, which is right next to the O2) and we’d paid already so we decided to go and have a couple of days in London in the sunshine despite the attack.

I’m really pleased we did. London in the sunshine is beautiful. Our room overlooked the O2 and we could see the people walking over the top of it – we were that close!

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We had a lovely time wandering around. We never really have the chance to just mill about, since we’re usually in London for a particular reason. Stands selling fresh fruit, juices and waffles pop up this time of year, and they look and smell so inviting.

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We ate dinner at The Diner, and I had this yummy corned beef hash.

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The next morning we grabbed breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien and sat outside on Covent Garden markets – it was already too hot to sit in the sunshine, but we had a lovely warm breeze from our table.

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I won’t lie, the police presence was both reassuring and scary. I have an issue with guns, they make me nervous just by seeing them. I know they’re in capable hands in this circumstance but they can still be used in error. Besides that it was a lovely couple of days and a nice way to spend it in lieu of the events.

As I type this, the afternoon after the London Bridge attack, my heart is heavy once more. The Ariana Grande concert for Manchester is this evening, and I don’t suppose my eyes will stay dry. The whole situation is frightening and frustrating. No one knows how to behave in these kinds of situations and people are sensitive for varying reasons. Arguments are being caused because of people’s differing opinons in situations like this and no one knows what to do. No one feels in control. All we can do is do the right thing and continue to live our lives.

I’m glad we decided to keep our reservation in London and continue our day. London is beautiful in the sunshine, everyone was happy and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves.

Here’s to Looking Forward

Every year I usually post an End of Year blog, which summarises my year and looks onto the next. I didn’t do one for 2010. To be honest 2010 sucked. For many reasons. And all the highlights were subjects of their own blogs so you will all already know about those events. So this year I’m writing a blog which will look forward to the things coming up in my calendar.

The first thing to look forward to this year is seeing Taylor Swift at the 02 Arena. I got seriously mocked in my last job for liking Miss Swift, but in my new job I get to listen to her music whilst I work – granted that’s pretty much the only music I can stand at work, but still. I like a large spectrum of different music (as you’ll see with my next few things to look forward to) but Taylor hit my radar when she released ‘Love Story’. It was more than just a teeny bopper love song with a country twang. So my Husband has agreed to endure an evening with Taylor surrounded by teenage teeny boppers, no doubt. What can I say, he loves me?! 🙂

The next event is also music related (in fact thinking about it they all are!). We’re off to see Roger Waters in Manchester. Apart from it being a weekend away for me and Hubby (which is very much-needed) we’re seeing The Wall by Pink Floyd performed in its entirity. Something which has to be seen, and as huge Pink Floyd fans we had to get tickets. We’ve already seen David Gilmour at the Royal Albert Hall, so this is just another thing to add to the list of must-sees seen!

After that we’re going to London to see Jersey Boys performed and spending a weekend there. We’ve seen Jersey Boys 3 times before (first time in San Fransisco and twice more in London.) You’d think after 3 times you wouldn’t want to see it again, but we still had the urge, so off to see it again, we are!

Then we’re going to see the Foo Fighters. They’re playing the Milton Keynes Bowl and since I live in Milton Keynes and adore the Foos it would have been an insult if I hadn’t been able to get tickets. I absolutely cannot wait!

And in the mix I’m hoping to get invited to a couple of weddings (I love weddings!) and also hoping that there’s some truth in the South Park Oxford Radiohead gig – and since they’ve just announced their new album I’ve got my fingers crossed.

I’m also aiming to get my second photography book finished and published by the end of the year. I loved making the first one so much and it’s going to be something I can keep forever, which I’m really proud of.

So here’s to a better year, filled with fun things, and good health. Raise your glass. Clink!