My Personal Top 10 Games

Nier Automata

Gaming has been a huge part of my life since the ’80s and it all started with a Nintendo Game & Watch and the Hales Astro Blaster. As I’ve got older it has become a passion. I love the escapism, the emotional soundtracks, the beautiful artwork and the fantastic story lines that really suck you in. I’m sure that’s why I’m so drawn to Square Enix; they encompass all of those in nearly every one of their titles. Preferring the JRPGs, I’m not into the likes of Hitman or Tomb Raider (greats as they are) and surprisingly I can’t for the life of me get into the Kingdom Hearts franchise. I see Disney before I see Square Enix and I’m not a Disney fan in any shape or form. One day I will try them again… maybe when I’m desperate. So what are the games to make it into my […]

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Acrylic Pouring

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A couple of months ago I accidentally stumbled upon the art technique while searching for something totally unrelated. I love how a little random finding can plant a seed that grows into something beautiful. Well, going back to YouTube; I was hooked. After watching hundreds and hundreds of videos of different techniques, different mediums, doing it on a budget… you get the idea… I had to give it a try! So off I set, staff discount card in one hand, purse in the other and went shopping. I was quite disappointed I couldn’t get everything I needed, as I wanted desperately to try it that day, but with good old Amazon Prime the remainder was here the following day. This is so simple that I promise you anyone can do it. If you’re going to let your child have a go please ensure you add the oil. The only other […]

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My Story – Attitude is Everything

June 2010, aged 38. I knew what the diagnosis was before I even walked in to the waiting room. What I wasn’t prepared for was the whirlwind that would follow. That is honestly the only way I can describe it. With my faith 100% in the amazing medical team I had, I allowed myself to get fully caught up in that wind. And emotionally, I was steadfast and positive. Always positive. With all those in place, I flicked the autopilot switch. My medical team decided on surgery, 6 months chemotherapy (and a blood transfusion), 15 doses of radiotherapy, 2 years of monthly Goserelin injections into my stomach and 10 years of Tamoxifen. In all this I was diagnosed with lymphoedema in my arm on the affected side. It’s only slight but noticeable all the same. I then decided on prophylactic surgery as I sadly lost my mother to breast cancer […]

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