Happy birthday Phil Collins!

Phil CollinsToday (30th January) is Phil Collins’ 65th birthday! I have been a big fan of Phil’s music, both his own and with Genesis, since I was small. While putting together a list of my favourite Phil Collins/Genesis songs, I realised that I liked 28 songs, so I created a playlist! 🙂

If you click on the little icon in the top left hand corner of the video box, it will show you all of the videos in the playlist, and you can choose what to listen to. Or just play the first video, and listen to them all in turn!

Happy birthday Phil, thank you for all of your amazing songs and performances over the years 🙂

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RIP David Bowie

This morning started just like any other, except it was no ordinary morning. I got to work, checked the BBC News app on my phone while my PC booted up, and couldn’t believe it when I saw that David Bowie had died. I mean, just, how? Why??! Such a terrible thing to have happened to such a fantastically talented man. Absolute Radio played David Bowie songs from 9am – 10am, and I’d just about kept it together, until the start of this song. We can be heroes, just for one day. RIP David, thank you for the years of happiness and entertainment you gave us x

Liverpool Cathedral

Day 3 - Anglican Cathedral Liverpool

Even though I’m not particularly religious, I’ve always loved visiting churches and cathedrals. The architecture is amazing and the stained glass windows are simply stunning. This was taken inside Liverpool Cathedral, I think it’s beautiful. While researching this post I found out that the bells weight a massive 31 tons! On their webpage, they “boast”

We boast the
* world’s highest and widest gothic arches
tallest tower offering spectacular city wide panoramas
* world’s highest and heaviest peal of bells
* UK’s largest, most magnificent organ
* beauty of the Great West Window and thought provoking Tracey Emin sculpture
* wonderful Lady Chapel and other places to pause, reflect and pray

Just to give you a potted history of the Cathedral: it wasn’t until June 1901 that the decision was made to build the Cathedral. The design was submitted in 1903 and 1904, the Foundation Stone was laid by King Edward VII at a great open-air service. During the service a choir sang Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. In 1910, the first part of the Cathedral to be completed, the Lady Chapel, was dedicated by Bishop Chavasse and Cosmo Lang, Archbishop of York. In 1942, the person who had submitted the design 39 years previously, Giles Gilbert Scott (by this time a Sir), placed the final stone on the final ‘finial’ at the top of the tower, three hundred and thirty one feet one and half inches (101 metres) above the Cathedral floor. The Cathedral’s celebrated its Centenary in 2004, and the first two phases of the new Visitor Centre opened in December 2006 and early 2007. The final phase, which involved upgrading the existing restaurant area, was completed in early 2008.

It is such a beautiful building, I love going to visit it. If you find yourself in Liverpool, I highly recommend taking the time to visit 🙂

Getting my knit on

Day 2 - knitting

As I mentioned in my post https://littlemisschocchoc.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/all-about-knitting, I wanted to get back into knitting after not having knitted for 25 years! I’ve completed four squares so far and I’m part-way through my fifth. We’re going to be watching films later so I’ll knit more then. The first one took me four hours to complete but happily I am much faster now! I’ll post again when the blanket is complete as I don’t think it will take long to complete. I’ll then be looking for a new project! Knitting is just so therapeutic and I’m so glad that I’ve gotten back into it 🙂

P.S. Sorry about my hand being in the shadows, it’s the only way I could take the pic 🙂

My first photo of 2016!

New Years Eve 2015

Happy New Year!

I’m looking forward to seeing what photos I upload this year, what adventures me and Michelle get up to and which new people we’re going to meet this year.

This is me last night (New Year’s Eve) and I don’t usually wear make up, but I think I’ll make more of an effort in 2016.

I hope you all have a fabulous and happy 2016! xxx