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Sunday 4th November 2018
So, we've reached the end of the season in Blackpool as later tonight, the Illuminations are switched off and we enter the quieter winter period as all the tourists go back home. I was out earlier today on one of my photo walks and fair to say I don't think I've ever seen so many long faces here!
It's been a busy couple of weeks. The Lightpool festival was good fun and the RUSH event was a spectacle that we'll all be talking about for a very long time. Was interesting to work a little on that as a steward as part of LeftCoast Makers and sod's law it occurred during that bitter cold spell we had but that certainly didn't dampen the spirit as around 2,500 people turned out to witness it and... well... it certainly hit the spot.
Work is underway on my first play draft entitled "Where Have All The Protest Singers Gone?" though it will be quite a while before it will be in anything resembling a presentable state! My photography activities resumed at the end of October and it's nice to be back indulging in that though one gets the impression not everyone is feeling the same way but... tough! I am feeling pretty fed up with Instagram as Farcebook is now making their presence known with constant adverts and "recommendations", all mindless junk I can live well without as it makes me feel like I'm part of their machine which I truly despise so am considering creating a photo blog to display my work and findings as then I would have far more control and not be pestered. It's always nice when people "like" my work but it's also not the be all and end all. The way I've always worked as a creative artist is I throw my work out there and if people like it, good. If people don't like it, good. Unlike some people I've encountered, I'm ego-less by comparison, preferring to keep a low profile whilst I let my work speak for me.
November is shaping up to be a busy month and also looks highly likely I'll shortly be starting a new job which is certain to necessitate a few changes.
Thursday 15th November 2018
It's been one of those extraordinary weeks.
This Monday, I began a new job. It's a real relief to be working again and it is a rather demanding job physically which thankfully I am capable of. Today was my first day off and it's been a really happy positive day though this morning was a little sad. This may go a little outside the realm of Brickbat Enterprises but it involves Blackpool and I think has validity.
This morning I had a meeting and my time in the gym came to a very amicable end. I mentioned them back in August and am gonna tell you about them again because they have been absolutely amazing.
T-12 Body Transformations is a gym based on Brinwell Road in Marton. I sought them out as they offer personalised training plans. My main aim was to lose weight and shed some flab. I got a one to one trainer deal and once I signed up, they took care of my diet and with their guidance, began making positive changes to my lifestyle and way I eat. The twice weekly workouts were always enjoyable and diverse. I put a lot of work into it and gradually, the weight plunged along with my waistline. That has also given me extra confidence and self-belief. A wonderful team who made me feel at home and part of the family and they have been delighted by the results. We had a good long discussion about it all this morning and I'm going to miss them. The reason I'm typing all this is because I want to plug them and anyone based in and around Blackpool who might have been thinking about losing weight or getting back into shape, you can't go wrong with T-12.
One of the best decisions I ever made entrusting them.
This afternoon, I had a very enjoyable lengthy meeting with a fellow writer friend discussing a wide variety of things which was very nourishing and thought provoking.
Oh... and last weekend saw the King Crimson gigs. I had booked to see the show in Manchester Bridgewater Hall BUT I failed to receive my tickets. Cue a last minute palava where the band's management got involved. They ensured I would see the show but furthermore offered me a free ticket for the following night's show in Liverpool. A bit of a frantic and intense weekend resulted and yep, as usual NORTHERN RAIL were zero help striking on Saturday (and will strike EVERY damn Saturday for the remainder of 2018) which meant it was impossible to travel back home after the show. Instead I stayed the night in Southport which I hadn't visited in ten years and was nice to return there. As for the gigs themselves... stupendous. Mindblowing. Full review will follow over the next week or so.
And that's still not all. A new future for Brickbat Enterprises is shaping up as a green light has been given. Again, I can't say anything more than that at present, but lets just say 2019 is certain to be a VERY busy year and I can't wait!
It will shortly be nine months since I moved to Blackpool and so much has happened in that time it is truly staggering. I have been having a FANTASTIC time. The new job guarantees security and healthy finances so no need for worries there which goes a long way as well.
And to think, this is just only the beginning...