Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The British Ski and Board Show at NEC

Emily and I are going on a Snowboarding holiday to Tignes in France with her family in March 2013. Emily has been several times before but I've never been. I'm really looking forward to getting stuck in, but a little bit nervous too! We decided to visit the British Ski + Board Show at the NEC in Birmingham to get us in the mood. It was held 26th-28th October. 

I'm planning to try and buy a Snowboarding jacket and trousers from TK Maxx as a few people have told me they do ideal clothes made by good brands for great prices. It was good to try on a few bits and pieces though and I've got my eye on a few things, including this Vans jacket:

We enjoyed the Monarch air display show on the giant indoor ramp. Give me long enough and I'll be doing forward flips on a snowboard for sure! A large number of the exhibitors at the show were snow clothing companies, along with holiday companies. I've been to similar shows before where they have put much more effort into the overall feel of the show including the appearance. This event did feel a bit like a market with little effort put into appearance or any nice finishing touches. 

We also enjoyed the Animal Bike Tour [photo taken from their website], which I had seen before when working at an event at Thorpe Park in August. They do crazy stunts with mountain bikes and BMXs, along with a guy doing parkour. The compere really brings it all together with great commentary. It was even more impressive at this event as it was in quite a confined space. Check out their website for some great videos.

Overall it was a pleasant afternoon and worth the £11.50 ticket price for the event.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Quad Biking in Herefordshire

If you wade through the crap on Groupon and similar sites like LivingSocial, occasionally something good comes up. A friend and I recently went Clay Pigeon shooting, which I'll blog about sometime soon. A group of six of us recently went quad biking in Herefordshire via Groupon, which worked out at about £20 each. The company who run it do lots of other outdoor activities and are called Monnow Events.

We had a quick bit of safety training and the chance to drive around a test track. It's great fun and it feels like you're going really fast at times - until you look down at the speedometer and realise you're only doing around 12-18mph! We then went on a long trek through lots of fields with an instructor. 

Overall it was great fun, but I think we would have preferred to have done some races around the muddy track for the whole session, rather than so much trekking through fields. We had forgotten that lunch was included, which was a nice surprise, however it turned out to be sausage sandwiches and I am a vegetarian! We found a nice pub down the road though so had a pleasant lunch there.

It was a fun experience and definitely worth the money with the Groupon deal. I'd like to try it again, but somewhere that organises some kind of tournament system would make it much more fun.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Emily and I met JLS

Just a quick post about recently meeting JLS! My girlfriend Emily and I met them at a meet and greet, which was part of an event we were both working at. Emily was quite starstruck, whereas I only found out there were four of them [rather than three] when they were standing in front of me! Here's the photo anyway. Just another day in the office...

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Lego Love

I've been super busy with work and play recently and have sadly been neglecting my blog! I'll be posting much more over the coming weeks as I've got lots of exciting events to blog about. I'm also planning to post a photo every day from 1st January 2013...

In the meantime I wanted to share some pictures of particularly good Lego Minifigures I've got recently. I'm a big kid at heart and absolutely love Lego. I don't know what it is about it, but I just can't get enough of those little plastic people! 

Does anyone else collect Lego Minifigures? Which is your favourite?