One Hundred Thousand Blog Views

9 11 2016

Southport Fireworks 2011

Recently, my Blog (the one that you are reading now) has celebrated some major milestones. A few months back I published my 500th blog post, WordPress informed me that my blog is officially now 7 years old, and much bigger than those, I have reached the milestone viewing number of 100,000.

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It’s a big moment for me, as I never thought my blog would even reach that number. In the first 10 months of my blog I reached 1000 views, but I was getting less than 300 views a month. But steadily over the years the viewership has increased, and then declined (which it’s sadly doing right now), but after 7 years of blogging, my blog has been viewed 100,000 views. Now this was last week, but I thought I would still celebrate and have a chance to thank everyone who read and still reads this blog, supporting my writing, my hobby over all these years. So thank you to everyone who has read (and continues to read) my blog, supporting my writing, my hobby over all these years and I hope you will continue to read my blog in the future. Thank you all.

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Now to celebrate, I had no real plan other than to say the above, but I thought I would make a post out of this as well. So, how to celebrate? Well, how about a cake; here’s an (old one) I made:

Red Velvet cake mix

Now for the rest of the post, I thought I would provide you with some possibly interesting Blog Stats. As I have said I have no real plan as to what I am doing, but here are some generic blog stats about my posts and blog that I noted down to present to you (a couple of days ago):

Most views in a single day: December 31 2012

Most Views in a Month: December 2012

Top 5 Countries where the most views came from: USAUKGermanyCanadaFrance

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Top 5 Most Viewed Posts (not including the generic homepage):

Top 5 Ben And Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavours

Top 5 Monsters For The 2014 Godzilla Movie

Top 5 Saxon Songs

The Best Film In The World – Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack

Film News – Seventh Son and 47 Ronin

Caramel Chew Chew

Well there you go; I thought I would just share those stats with you, hope I did not bore you too much? So anyway, thank you to everyone who has viewed and supported this blog over the last 7 years, and I hope you will continue to read this blog as it continues. Now to finish off, why not a celebratory piece of music?

GENEPOOL

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My Week: 28/08/2013 – 29/08/2013

12 09 2013

My Week

Wednesday: After being worried all around the clock the previous night if I was going to be able to continue with camp on note of the event of my sore throat coming back, I woke up absolutely fine except for the continuing cough I have had for the last few days. Anyway another early morning (and I think the Eric Clapton Song Layla going through my head, but only the rocky start as I don’t like the pleasant final half of it all that much), I did consider using the time to read more of HUNGER but I enjoy being in the company of those at camp. So came Breakfast followed by the continued series of Philippians.

Today was of course the Annual (many things at camp are annual but Leith Hill was different to previous years) trip up Box Hill 3 miles from camp. The main way to get there for many on camp is to walk (others run, or drive part way there…..or drive straight to the top). So I with many more walked there. Megumi and James had arrived earlier in the day despite the program stating that Megumi was not coming, but it was great to see her. Wednesday was also the Day Josh, Hannah and the rest of the gang were supposed to come, but we did not know when. Due to me going to the toilet, I started right at the back (until Jim, Emily and Victoria left) of the group and had a long catch up ahead. Most of the walk was uneventful, I noticed Tiger Hill for the first time, so named due to the rock face looking like a white tiger, I walked in an unusual way in front of a tractor to prove a point that Matt had plenty of time to get out of the way of it, I caught up and overtook most of the group pretty quickly, Matt continued to wonder why I was taking photos of Road Signs, and I was able to direct most of the group which direction to take thanks to my years of experience. I also did some skipping with Matt, Phil and Megumi, very tiring but very fun and I was able to continue walking pretty much straight away.

The ascent up the hill is very tiring in itself but I was able to stay ahead for a while, but then the hill goes from hill climb to the second most demanding hill in the UK and I had to take several rests, then when I got to the main climb, the most demanding hill in the UK. At most it is no more than a 30-50 metre walk, but it is so step that it takes it out of you, and I lost sight of the group. When I finally reached the top, I was the last one remaining and everyone had already sat down. Well lunch was nice at least, Tuna sandwiches made at camp by me, no salad, did not like the look of it (as always the case no matter where I am). Following this I made a quick visit to the shop on top of the hill and met up with Adam and Christina and had a look round and saw a small beehive in the shop (closed off from public obviously). From this went back to everyone else who were either playing football or chatting and I sat down to play a game of Martian Dice before having to head off back down the hill in time for the next discussion meeting. While the opportunity for a lift was available, I decided to walk down; you’d think that after 5 years I would have learned not to choose that option.

Before I began the long journey back I went to grab an Ice-Cream (with monkey’s blood; better known as raspberry sauce). I then followed a short path next to the road where I saw a rabbit before I began the decent. On the way down I did have to side step briefly as Jim was attempting to take a photograph which while it would look interesting was being defeated by the laws of gravity due to Emily’s hair. However after reaching the bottom of both hard parts I quickly overtook everyone but had to stop at the garden centre car park to take a breather. After falling way behind everyone else due to my short breather I was able to catch up thanks to a very level area of land, blank thinking, and the shade from the sun, but after drinking some spare water from Christina, I fell way back again the rest of the distance. When we reached the bottom of the steep road (final hurdle) I was very kindly offered a lift by someone who had nothing to do with camp, I took the lift which lasted no more than a minute when I reached the camp site entrance. He was one of the nicest men in the south of England, did not know him or had met him before but he was kind enough to give me a lift to the campsite. However Matt was very confused when he returned to camp wondering how I got back there before everyone else. While the walking to and from camp is agonizing, it is always fun, the chat, the small talk and new friends to make.

But despite how tired I was we still had the second discussion to go to. This one was led by Daryl (men’s group) from GBM whose subject was on being Men of God. While I did find some of it helpful I was heavily distracted by the sun beaming onto my face and the arrival of Hannah and Beth. After the group had finished I went to meet Hannah (met Beth late) who said that Esther decided not to come and that Josh was coming later. So we had tea before Josh arrived and for that evening meeting we had an Envision session with people talking about what they had been up to as part of Envision.

Emily and Victoria’s talk was very nicely done, very confidently presented and gave an insight into what they had been up to. It was here also that I realised that I miss-heard them the day before when I thought they said they had been to South Africa for 5 years when they had actually been away for only 5 weeks, but it was still very good, really enjoyed it. When Ruth began to speak she showed some sign language but before I could see any more I got distracted by a nose bleed. Now for people who don’t know about this, when I get a nose bleed, I really get them and as such, after 5 minutes of it starting (and using my jumper as I did not have my Nose Bleed towel with me) I had to bolt from the room, go to the toilet and use roughly half the bog roll to wipe it away which took about 10 minutes if not more. I returned after it had subsided. My nose felt raw for the rest of the night but I did make sure that I apologised to Ruth for bolting. Beth was up next who had seemingly changed her clothing. Her presentation was interesting, talking about her two weeks in India; she did also tell me beforehand that they once listened to one of my dad’s sermons while there. After this, it was Phil’s talk about his time in China and what it was like and where he lived, and his bike. It was a nice wrap up to a great day and evening.

After the meeting, me and Matt helped Josh to get his tent up in the dark before having another evening of socializing (and a raw nose) with people playing yet another game of resistance. I meanwhile in a similar fashion to the previous night sat down with a group playing Pit, while they had already started, I stayed because I liked the company. After this I observed the still going game of resistance (even though it appeared to be that they were playing something different than what Resistance actually is) before going to bed.

Thursday: My favourite day of the camp, particularly when it is a nine-day camp. Thursday is the trip out to Littlehampton. Once again, same routine now, Woke up (and in similar fashion to yesterday, I had Thunderstruck by AC/DC going through my head), had breakfast before having the evening meeting, and also sent a Text to my friend Ruth because it was her Birthday. During the morning meeting I decided to do what Matt did on Tuesday and take a more proactive approach. So after the morning meeting I went straight to Emily to see if I could have a lift, luckily she still had a place left. I did wonder what Matt was going to do but I sort of knew (from experience) that Hannah would probably have room.

So, once everyone had gathered we set out for Littlehampton. Unlike other car journeys I have had to and from Littlehampton, this one was quite silent as everyone did not really talk except for Victoria giving directions to Emily. I was able to stay awake for a while but eventually (after the Noble garage) I fell asleep and did not really wake up until the amazing hay bale view, which is amazing. Pointed out the Body Shop World HQ, received and sent another text from and to Ruth and very soon we arrived. Parking was free that day which was nice for everyone, but I split from my car group (finding out the time we had to be back for the car) and waited for Matt. This year we did something a bit different for food, we went to a noodle bar in the town that I and Tim spotted the previous year instead of the usual Fish and Chips. It was a long trip, along the pier, through the town and briefly got lost (as well as came up with a script idea) but we got there in the end. I had beef with teriyaki and Matt had Chicken (they had run out of Pork) Sweet and Sour. While nice I was a bit annoyed that the teriyaki sauce went into the bag due to the bad packing, so it was dryer than it should have been. But it was still nice and interesting to hear people ask “Where did you get Chinese from?” Following on from this it was time to have a chocolate covered Ice-Cream before heading over to the fair for a round of Crazy Golf, where I won in my group by 2, followed by a round on the Dodgems and Waltzer where I was able to stay quite relaxed, while Hannah lost her glasses.

Finally we headed down to the beach where we ate some donuts before heading back for the cars. I did get badly sun burned from the day but it is getting now. I had another quick nap before Emily suddenly handed the car over to Victoria to drive the last few 10 minutes or so. Once returned to camp, I and a few others were introduced by Victoria to Irish Snap, which after several goes completely wrecked my hand. Following from this it was tea time, which was amazing, it was possibly the nicest Roast Beef I have had. Then came the evening meeting conducted by John M. While it was originally meant to be conducted by James H, I was glad it was done by John as it was an amazingly brilliant talk. After the meeting, Me, Tania, Hannah, Adam, Christina and Matt (I think) played a large game of Carcassonne……….which I lost. Then it was bed time again.

GENEPOOL





Top 5 Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavours

4 08 2011

I like Ice cream, it is Lovely and Fun.  I also like Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream; they add fun to their Ice Cream by having Experimental and Fun Flavours in their Ice Cream. If they made normal flavours it would not be as good. Another part of the Fun is the Fun names for their Ice Cream like Chunky Monkey and Baked Alaska.

But what is the Best Flavours well I have chosen my top 5 and I am going to share them with you.

5. Chocolate Fudge Brownie (Frozen Yogurt): Low Fat Frozen Yogurt with Chocolate Brownie Pieces – Chocolate Fudge Brownie is lovely by itself but I like the Frozen Yogurt version more. When my Mum buys Ben and Jerry’s from the Shops I prefer to have the Frozen Yogurt, unless she buys any of the Top 4 Flavours.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie Frozen Yogurt

4. Mint Chocolate Chunk: Mint Ice Cream with Fudge Chunks – At the VUE Cinema in Lancaster they sell Ben and Jerry Milkshakes. They are called a Two Twisted (even though when you ask for a Two Twisted the staff has no idea what you are talking about). You choose 2 flavours and they mix them together to make a milkshake. Well Mint Chocolate Chunk by itself is a brilliant Ice Cream but when you mix it with another flavour it is amazing with that flavour. When I buy a Two Twisted I always (well most times) have Mint Chocolate Chunk. There is only one problem; you cannot buy them in tubs in Great Britain.

Mint Chocolate Chunk

3. Baked Alaska: Vanilla Ice Cream with Marshmallow swirls and White Chocolatey Polar Bears – One of the most fun Ice Creams from Ben and Jerry’s. I like it when there are pieces shaped to look like things (Phish Food) and Polar Bears are a lot of fun. Baked Alaska also has a lovely taste.  

Baked Alaska

2. Fossil Fuel: Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Chocolate Cookie Pieces, Chocolatey Peace Signs and a Chocolate Fudge Swirl – Fossil Fuel was one of the Best. Before Mint Chocolate Chunk Fossil Fuel was one of the flavours I used to pick at the Cinema. Fossil Fuel was an amazing flavour and tasted brilliantly. Then it disappeared for a while. Then a few weeks ago it returned. I was so happy and still am. It has changed a bit and the pictures on the front have changed but it is still one of the best flavours around.

Fossil Fuel

1. Caramel Chew Chew: Swirls of Caramel and Chocolate Covered Caramel Chunks swimming  in a sea of Caramel Ice Cream – When I have gone out to the shops with my Mum or Dad and we buy Ben and Jerry’s, Caramel Chew Chew is the one I look out for and want to get. Ok I do vary between Ice Creams from time to time but Caramel Chew Chew is my favourite. The chocolate pieces are a nice touch to a really tasty Ice Cream flavour. Caramel Chew Chew is the Best Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream flavour.

Caramel Chew Chew

What is your favourite Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream flavour?

GENEPOOL








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