Bucket List

Since I love making lists so much, I decided to finally make a bucket list. It was actually from watching the film, "Now is good" featuring the very talented Dakota Fanning, which has inspired me from now on to make the most out of my life and to not take it for granted. The ones in the bold font are things I've already managed to achieve. Got a long way to go yet, and I'm sure I'll be adding plenty more things to the list. 


  • Graduate University
  • Get a job which I love
  • Become an established writer
  • Love my home, city and work - all at the same time
  • Learn a new language
  • Swim with dolphins
  • Go sky-diving
  • Learn to surf
  • Learn to ski
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Go to a drive-in movie
  • Camp at the beach
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Go to as many Hard Rock cafes as possible
  • Get married on a beach
  • Roller blade in Central Park, New York
  • Ride a Gondola in Venice
  • Go to a carnival in Rio de Janeiro
  • Go on an African safari
  • Drive Route 66
  • Climb a Volcano and camp in the crater. (It was Pico Mountain in the Azores)
  • Go to the airport and board a plane with no idea of where it will be
  • Travel the world as much as possible, continue postcard diary  
  • Frame scratch map
  • Visit these wonders of the world:
  • - The Grand Canyon
  • - The Great Barrier Reef
  • - Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • - Mount Everest
  • - The Northern lights
  • - Paricutin Volcano
  • - Victoria Falls
  • - The Great Wall of China
  • - The Taj Mahal
  • - Great Pyramid of Giza
  • - Collosseum in Rome
  • - Empire State building
  • - Golden Gate Bridge

Download Festival 2013

Donington Park welcomed Download festival back to its grounds for the 11th time this year and it started off in true British style....rather wet and wild. The weekend, Friday 14th to Sunday 16th June, saw some of the best headliners in the event’s history. Despite the weekend having mostly rain, there were bursts of sun just to confuse the crowd, in turn causing that mystery sunburn.


I certainly had an amazing few days camping and watching some of the best musicians in the world, feeling proud that I was part of this moment in history....there was almost a tear as a spitfire roared over the main stage with a small glimmer of sun peeping through the clouds as Iron Maiden were about to start their set.


Not only was there one dose of Corey Taylor at Download this year....but two doses as both Slipknot and Stone Sour played the festival. Slipknot were incredible, pure perfection, even with the rain pouring down. You can tell what went down at their set this year just by hearing that the crowd broke the barricades twice. I think that’s a small record for Download festival in itself. There certainly aren’t many people who could successfully rock Download’s main stage twice in less than 48 hours, Corey Taylor is undoubtedly one of them.


An unforgettable highlight was the raging industrialist machine of Rammstein finishing off the weekend. Having seen them a few years previously, I really didn’t think they could get any better....I was proved wrong. Rammstein are truly the best live band....fire gods! They certainly do put on one hell of a show. One word which describes their set would just be, insane. From just two minutes in, it became clear who the best band of the weekend were going to be. With a sound so monstrous it actually silenced the flyovers from the East Midlands airport, there’s really no need for their every move to be accompanied by a pyrotechnical blowout, but it was, and oh how awesome it was.


Other highlights of the weekend included Papa Roach, where Jacoby Shaddix got a little intimate with the mud, Five Finger Death Punch causing chaos on stage, Turisas, Jimmy Eat World, Bullet for My Valentine, Lit, and 30 Seconds to Mars who I'm not a major fan of but certainly brightened the day up....and who wouldn't like giant bouncy balls within the crowd anyway? All these bands blew up the stage in their own unique way, I was even accustomed to Karnivool, who I'd not heard of before. Festivals are great for not only just watching your favourite bands, but finding new favourites as well. Also finding out that I got a First Class (BA) Honours degree whilst watching Motorhead was pretty damn awesome. 

All I can end on is....what a weekend! For the first time in my festival going history, I even gave into buying an overpriced hot chocolate....one of my better decisions of the weekend, rather than donning a pair of Black Milk leggings which very nearly didn’t make it back into my wardrobe safely. Next year's line up is going to be a tricky one to compete with, that’s for sure.