Monday, September 05, 2011
Well folks, the time has FINALLY arrived!!
As some of you may know, i have spent the last few months organising one of THE biggest things i have EVER done in my life, and that is travelling across the entirety of The United States Of America, all the way from coast to coast...On a train!!
That's right, i start off in New York and then it's on to Washington DC, then Baltimore, then Chicago, then Denver, then San Francisco and finally Los Angeles and Hollywood (always knew i would make it to Hollywood one day ) I will be spending roughly a week or so in each of the above places and travelling for an average total of 6 to 7 weeks (although this may turn into longer, you never know what the future and unchartered territories may bring!!)
My plans (at the end of it all) are to write a witty and informative book about the diversities of American people and the many varied cultures from coast to coast, plus a true diary of my adventures and the crazy situations that i am sure to find myself in...Something wacky ALWAYS happens to me wherever and whenever i travel somewhere
The BIG thing about all of this, is that i am going to be doing it COMPLETLEY gizmo free!! That means, no cell phone, no laptop, no email, no phone numbers...No interuptions - just me and my inch thick itinerary that i have been compiling over the past few months, details of the hotels that i will be staying in, tours that i have booked and train tickets that i have purchased. Other than that, it's just me, a bag, a camera, a notepad and a pen and the open railroad. (I must remember to pack my pedometer and MP3 player - ok, there are a few little gizmo's involved!!)
I really wanted to go back to basics on this adventure to prove that (especially for someone like me who runs his own business and relys on and uses computers every single day) it is not always neccessary to have technological things at hand 24/7. I will be meeting people on a face to face basis, right the way across America, and reinventing good old fashioned one to one conversation and banter. I heard somewhere that that was how things were once, before the invention of cell phones, laptops etc...Back in the good old days!!
I leave this week on my adventure of a lifetime and i plan on getting completley lost in translation for the next 6 weeks or so, so unfortunately sparking may be off the cards for the forseeable future (although if i spot an internet cafe somewhere i may post a quick update - although that may be defeating the purpose of having no gizmos with me), but nonetheless i will be sure to post tons of pictures and a big blog when i'm done
So all that's left to say is keep sparking folks, hope everyone is well and in good spirits and i'll see y'all when i'm back.
P.s...Feel free to buy my book once it's written and published, i'm sure it will be a real pee your pants funny and informative read (I'll even sign it for you!!)
Best wishes and bon voyage...
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sending a big shout out to North Carolina, New York and the entire East Coast - If the hurricane has already hit your area then here's hoping that you have not sustained too much damage or loss.
For all those in New York and surrounding areas who are about to be caught up in the storm, my blessings go out to you all - Stand strong, stay sheltered with your families, stay inside and most of all stay safe.
Thinking of you all during this time.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I often get accused of speaking my mind and talking about certain subjects that are refered to as "Taboo" and should be seen and not spoken about by others. This is why the world we live in is going to hell in a handbasket, because far too many people are either scared, ignorant or just do not care about the state of the world we are living in today.
The phrase "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil", has never been more poigniant than it is today. Look around you at what is happening where you live, or where your friends or family live...
London, England and surrounding areas are being destroyed, LITERALLY DESTROYED on a MASSIVE scale from the riots of the past few days. Shops are being looted and destroyed. Long running businesses, cars and homes are being set on fire. People are literally terrified to leave their houses and go out onto the streets. The police are allowing looters, thugs and criminals to take control of the streets because they are being overpowered.
There was a 5000 strong police force at the recent royal wedding, due to the fear of a terrorist attack - there are (at time of writing) 1400 police present during these riots!!
Do the math!!
This is because the government has made police cuts as well, in order to try and rectify the current defecit. What a stroke of genius eh?
Our children, our mothers and fathers, our families and friends are being sent to countries where they are trying to fight with all their hearts and might, a war we can never win, and why? So that maybe our future sons and daughters can live a life of peace, instead of this 24/7 brutality, fear and violence.
These are not the only wars that are currently going on in OUR world. There are also the wars on poverty, the economy, homelessness, employment, pension cuts, NHS cuts.., The list goes on and on and on.
But if it isn't happening to you!! Then the easiest thing in the world to do is to turn a blind eye and say "Well, thank god that isn't happening over here" or "I'm glad that isn't happening to me or MY family"
Well here's a newsflash!! - IT IS HAPPENING TO US ALL, and in one way or another it is affecting our every day existence. There is no easy answer nor solution to what is happening in OUR world and it defies belief that we are so far returning to the stone age in the way that we are living.
Where is the justice when all these footballers, pop stars, movie stars etc... are earning millions of pounds and dollars a year - When there are SO many people out of work, families struggling to pay the bills and human beings in countries all across the world...Struggling to survive!!
There are people out there who are happy to turn a blind eye, as there have always been and always will be, and this is the reason why we are in the state of affairs we are in right now.
No longer can we afford to "Be greatful that it isn't happening to us"
No longer can we be THAT naive to imagine that things will eventually get better one day through a simple miracle, or by these horrors simply fading away.
No longer can we continue to pass the blame for everything.
And no longer can we afford to sit in silence and simply HOPE things get better.
We vote!! Why? And what exactly is it that we are voting for? Does anybody really know? Or is it because the Prime Minister or President of your country paid a visit to your town one sunny Sunday afternoon and promised you more employment, more government funding, or that things are going to change for the better?
Well, things are changing - AND NOT FOR THE BETTER!!
I was in London last week as some of you will know, and i can only be thankful that i was there then and not now. What made me choose to go last week and not this week i have no idea?
Fate? Is that what it was?
The top and bottom of it is that i could be dead right now if i had gone a week later than i did and that is a terrifying thought.
So some people do not need to like the honesty in my blogs, and some people do not need to read them neither (I would say that it is a free country and we are free to say and do what we please - but unfortunately that is a complete load of rubbish in this day and age!!)
We need to get our priorities straight and in order and stop looking the other way and hopeing that things will simply get better of their own accord. The world is NOT going to change itself. Only WE as people have the opportunity to make a difference. Surely after hundreds and hundreds of years of evolution and so called "lessons learned" we can not be THAT naive?
The London riots are getting worse and apparently it has been mentioned online that The Houses Of Parliament and Buckingham Palace are to be targeted next. They have even spread as far as Birmingham and Liverpool (Where i happen to have family!!)
But maybe we should just cut a blind eye and hope for the best eh? - That way, these troubles are sure to go away and we can all magically return to a land of flowers, rainbows and high paying jobs for ALL...Apparently "hindsight" is a wonderful thing.
Think about it.
This is OUR life and OUR lifetime!!
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
As envisaged after yesterdays strenuous walk-a-thon around London, today i have done nothing, absolutley balls all, other than relax, sit in the sun and have a few glasses of vino with my chicken lunch.
So basically nothing health related to report!!
However, on a different topic, i would like to leave a blog about a new acquaintance who goes by the name of "Fab Mo Blues" who i met today whilst relaxing.
Basically, whenever i am travelling throughout different cities on business or pleasure, i very often come across buskers/street musicians.., Some of which are amazing and some of whom aren't too good, but still deserve respect for getting out there and giving it a go.
Anyhow, whilst sitting outside a pub this afternoon with a glass of wine and chilling in the sunshine, i noticed "Fab" just down the road playing his guitar and singing - and he was quite honestly THE best street musician i have ever heard (and i saw Rodrigo Y Gabriela busking in Temple Bar in Dublin before THEY were famous) - so to say that this guy really was the best i've seen is a bold statement.., but nonetheless true.
So i got chatting with him as you do, and bought one of his cd's (which is something i rarely do, but he was just that good!!) He even signed it for me and invited me to sing a few Johnny Cash songs with him on Carnaby Street earlier on whilst he played the blues, to which i loved and the crowd seemed to enjoy as well.
So anyway, i know this has nothing to do with fitness and health, but i promised him that i would give him a mention in my next blog. Trust me, if you are into Johnny Cash, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi Delta Blues etc.., Then PLEASE check this guy out over the internet. He's from Venice but learnt his trade in New Orleans. There was even a 67 year old tourist there from New Orleans who said that he was one of the best she had ever heard as well.., High praise indeed!!
So there ya go "Fab Mo Blues" - a promise is a promise my friend. I mentioned you in my blog and i hope 1000's of people hear you and your music, as it really is THAT good and you are a top guy too.
Hope everyone is having a great day and here's a picture of the man himself
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