Tag: Imagine Dragons

IMAGINE ADVENTURE – PT 1

So, we’re now home after almost 4 days in London.
Have to admit, if we hadn’t got tickets to see Imagine Dragons on Thursday evening, the trip would have been called off.
With the Beast from the East and Storm Emma creating havoc with drifting snow and consistently below zero temperatures, we had to have a serious think about making the trip.

After a millisecond of thought, we decided to go ahead…. IT’S WAS IMAGINE DRAGONS!!!

Anyway, the drive down was easier than anticipated. Visibility wasn’t great and the snow was a virtual blizzard but the roads were thankfully quite clear.
Our only issue was the temperature. It was -4 when we set out and the wind chill over the bonnet of the car made the anti-freeze freeze!!
The washer bottle just would not work. We had to stop several times to clear the windscreen and had to tailgate lorries to pick up enough spray to clear the screen.
The annoying thing is that 5 minutes after parking the car, now out of the wind chill, the washer bottle started working!! Typical.

Anyway, we couldn’t have picked a better hotel to stay in. For a start it was outside the congestion zone charge area and had plenty of free parking. The Premier Inn in Beckton was very friendly and attached to a Brewers Fayre. We were given a room that was meant for someone with mobility issues and I have to say, it was lovely. It had a Queen sized bed with a very comfortable quilt. Plenty of space for anyone in a wheelchair. Everything at lower levels making access for people in wheelchairs very good. The bathroom was HUGE!! It was a wet room with a folding seat and plenty of hand rails in the shower area and around the toilet and again, the sink was set at a lower level. The door into the bathroom was a sliding door so that it didn’t get in the way. Speaking from an abled persons perspective, I would recommend it for anyone with mobility issues.

The DLR was literally on the Hotel’s doorstep. A one minute walk had us on the station platform with easy access to the O2 and Central London. There was also an Asda over the road.

We arrived at noon and although check-in wasn’t officially until 14:00, they had a room available and we settled ourselves in before heading off on our adventure.

We arrived at the O2 and had a mooch around before having dinner at Zizzi’s.
Then, as it was still over 3 hours before the doors opened for the concert, we decided to make use of the Cineworld inside the O2.
I had forgotten to bring my Cineworld card with me so we thought I’d have to pay, however the staff were really friendly and said that if I used the online booking system, they would let me in anyway, without asking to view my card!!
So we went to see Black Panther.

Don’t hate me, not a huge fan.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed it, I’m glad I went to see it in the cinema, I can see why it’s important to a lot of people, I just found it a little bit too much for my tastes!
I’m sorry, don’t hate me.

After the cinema, it was time for the main event and the whole reason for the trip to London.

IMAGINE DRAGONS!!

We made our way through all the security to our seats and patiently waited for the show to start.
The opening act was K.Flay.
She was good. A little too banging for my usual tastes but ‘High Enough’ was brilliant!

The show was amazing!!
What more can I say. I’ve sat here this afternoon going through the videos I managed to catch on my phone and my kids now want to go and see them. Looks like a family trip next year when they are (hopefully) back in the UK.
I can’t possibly load all my videos here, it would take forever!!
Choosing a few to show has been a nightmare. They’re all good!!
Loved the pop at the press by singer Dan just before they did ‘Demons’.
Loved the balloons.
Loved the confetti guns.
Just loved, loved, loved it all.

Getting back to the tube and the DLR after the show was a bit slow going but the crowds were well managed.

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It was absolutely freezing and snowing and we were shattered when we made it back to the hotel.

Really have got to go and see them again. They were amazing.

Now I have to get a couple of hours sleep. I want to watch the Oscars tonight and the show doesn’t start until around 01:30 UK time!!
Gonna be a long night.

Part 2 coming tomorrow.

MUST BE MAD

So, the country is being battered by the ‘Beast from the East’ with temperatures dropping well below -5 consistently for the last few days.
Today sees the storm hit us full on and London is on an Amber warning.

So what are we doing today?

We’re off to London!!

We are spending the next 4 days in London and I’ve been really looking forward to it.
The snow situation is just making it a little more interesting.
The reason for the visit is quite simple.
We’re seeing these guys tonight at the O2.

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I really can’t wait!!
I just hope it’s not cancelled because of the weather.

Anyway, we have day and night time tickets for the Shard tomorrow so that should be interesting in the snow.
Otherwise we will just be chillin (literally), Enjoying good food & drink and I think a couple of visits to the cinema will be required in this weather.
We still haven’t seen Black Panther so that will be one for Leicester Square and my favourite cinema, the Picturehouse Central is showing Call Me By Your Name on Friday and Saturday.
I know I’m getting the Bluray on Monday by I really would LOVE to see this one in the cinema while I have the chance.

Right, time to go get ready and finish packing before we brave the outside world.
Signing off for a few days.

LAST DAY

So, I should technically be on placement today but I had arranged some annual leave before I was told that placements would be on Mondays as well as Tuesdays for a few weeks! So instead of losing it, I moved my placement to Wednesday. As long as I do the hours, it doesn’t matter when I do them.
It’s a fairly easy week anyway with just three early shifts. Two in placement and one on my own ward.

There’s only another three weeks to go before I have some more annual leave and I really can’t wait for that one.
Me and Ian are going to be spending 4 days in London and seeing Imagine Dragons at the O2. Excited is an understatement, although I’m not so sure Ian is looking forward to the show so much. Not really his cup of tea. Oh well, he can be my cameraman and get some pictures and video for me while I enjoy the show.

Speaking of Imagine Dragons, I’ve just watched the Mission: Impossible – Fallout Superbowl trailer and I have to say, I LOVE the use of Friction by Imagine Dragons and the way it’s been mixed with the Mission: Impossible theme!! Very clever.

We got another trailer release during the Superbowl last night too.
Solo: A Star Wars Story.

I have to say, my interest has piqued just a little.
I’ve been very dubious about this film from the start, from the announcement of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo (Bad choice IMHO) right through to the last minute change in Director, which is also a bad Omen.

Anyway, judging by this teaser, the feel of the film is actually quite good. I love anything Imperial and the visual image of that Star Destroyed coming through what looks like a cloud/vortex is stunning!

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I guess we’ll be finding out in May if it’s any good. I know that it’s not being well received by fans who are not happy about ‘anything’ these days tbh!

Anyway, back to today.
I think I’m going to get stuck back into my book. I started reading ‘Beautiful Boy’ yesterday and it’s really good. It really makes you think and you feel so sorry for the Dad who did everything right in his child’s life. Did everything he could to ‘prevent’ the events of the book but at the end of the day, it’s the child’s decision to do what they do.
I’ve only just got to Nic graduating from High School. I suspect the rest of the book will have me in pieces, especially as I have a clear image in my head of Timothee Chalamet playing the role in the soon to be released movie of the same name.

First, I have to do a quick trip to Tesco.
I don’t need much but it’s movie release day and I want to have a look at what’s out.

I’ve just done my morning troll through the internet with my cuppa and I just had to post this.

Collider.com have released a review of Peter Rabbit and although they don’t exactly pan the movie, they don’t really sing it’s praises either.

However, they do state the following…..

“The one shining aspect of the film is Gleeson. He basically plays Thomas McGregor like General Hux got a garden. His deadly serious tone and physical comedy are perfectly pitched, and he manages to walk the line between a guy who wants to murder our heroes (despite the rabbits not being particularly likable) and the love-interest for Bea. It’s an impressive turn in a movie that doesn’t really deserve his talents. While it’s no surprise that Gleeson is talented at comedy (he got his start on the Irish sketch comedy series Your Bad Self), the movie is at its best when the focus is on McGregor rather than Peter”

YES!! General Hux with a garden!!
BRING IT ON!
General Hux Garden

Placements, transfers and dragons, Oh My!!

So! October is out of the way.
I passed my Anatomy and Physiology exam with 74% giving me an A-.
I’m very happy.

I should be hearing about the results on my reflective case study essay any day now and I have a few more weeks to wait for the result on my project preparation report.
Fingers crossed I pass both.
I really don’t want to have to re-work them. I just want a breather for a while.
My next and final essay of the year is not due until Dec 18th but it’s probably the toughest one to write so far so will need all  my attention. I can’t be doing with having to worry about re-writes!!

Anyway, placements continue.
I’m in my second set and they are all in adult mental health.
So far they are going well. I actually really enjoyed myself yesterday with the crisis team. I look forward to being with them again next week.

Today I got to do something I never get to do at work. I got to transfer a patient to another hospital.
A simple transfer that just needed an escort. It was a good experience and I got to see Addenbrookes, a hospital I’ve never been to before.
IT’S HUGE!!!
The only downside was I had to start work an hour and a half early so I was up before 04:30 am in time to have a milky coffee before getting into work for 6am.

Anyway, that was work and Uni over the last few weeks.
In my private life a snap decision was made this week. I found Imagine Dragons having a tour and I just LOVE Imagine Dragons.
Mum and Dad agreed to get me and Ian tickets for a show at the O2 in London next year for our Xmas present and after Ian agreed to it as well, it was a done deal.
Tickets were purchased!! Can’t wait to get me some of this!

We’ve decided that because the show is so near to Ian’s birthday, we’re going to make a few days of it and have booked three night in a hotel down the road.
We love going to London. This time around we’re going to see if there’s a theatre show we can see last minute.
I would also like to go back to the Picturehouse Central. Beautiful cinema.

Anyway, back to tonight and bed I think.
Got to be up early again for work tomorrow.