October 2018 Favourites

We’re deep into autumn now, with Christmas edging ever closer. And now that we’re well into the penultimate month of the year, it’s time for a look back at October to see what I got up to.

The major event, of course, was my charity abseil for nystagmus research, and you can find out all about it in my epic blog post and video. There are lots of photos and video highlights from the day, especially from the headcam I was wearing during my descent. So do go and check all of that out. Huge thanks to everyone who sponsored me, and you can still donate until 23 March 2019.

But there were still other bits and pieces going on during October as well. So I’m going to tell you about them here, and there’s also a video to go with this post as usual. I hope you enjoy my latest recap!

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Queen At The Cinema & Carnaby

Queen are my favourite band of all time. While the words ‘genius’ and ‘legend’ can be overused, they undoubtedly apply to Freddie Mercury, who was taken from us far too soon. And all of the members of the group are legends in their own right. I never get tired of hearing their amazing music.

And right now the band are experiencing yet another wave of well-deserved popularity and publicity thanks to the new Bohemian Rhapsody movie that came our recently. There were some hurdles in its development, it’s fair to say, but they got there in the end. And to help celebrate it, the shopping district of Carnaby in London have got lights up with lyrics from Bohemian Rhapsody and a special pop-up Queen shop that’s also a mini-museum.

So back in October I visited the Queen shop soon after it opened and got myself a few things. And then yesterday I went to see the film, and took another walk to Carnaby to see the lights. So in this post I’m going to tell you what I thought of the movie, share some photos of the Carnaby lights and the Queen shop, and show you what I bought. I hope you enjoy it!

Note: This post is not sponsored, and I’ve had no contact with anybody connected with Carnaby, Queen or the movie. I explored all of this purely as a fan, so all opinions are my own.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

I enjoy doing Q&A tag posts, whether they’re disability related or on other topics, as they’re a nice way to connect with other bloggers so we can get to know each other better, and it’s also lovely to be invited to participate in them.

And this time around, appropriately for summer, I’ve been very kindly nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. This award is given by bloggers to other bloggers, to recognise and celebrate the creativity, positivity and inspiration in their work.

So to be nominated just once by anybody is a great honour. But over the last few weeks I’ve been nominated THREE times, which is extremely flattering! So thank you very much indeed to Holly (Life of a Blind Girl), Luke Sam Sowden & Carol (The Invisible Vision Project), it’s very generous of you all to nominate me! They’ve all asked completely different questions too, which is wonderful. So I hope you enjoy reading my answers to them all.

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My Christmas Music Collection

Back in 2016 I posted extensive lists of my music collection, and have done a few little updates on it since. But the one thing I didn’t get a chance to do last year, because I was moving house over the festive period, was to go through the Christmas music I’ve accumulated over the years.

So now it’s time to rectify that, with an epic feature-length Christmas special of a post, showing you the festive albums and tracks that I have in my collection. Some will be obvious, some probably much less so. And if you’ve followed my Christmas music advent calendar in 2017, you’ll have had a sneak preview of a few of them.

I hope you enjoy digging through it all, and maybe it’ll introduce you to some Christmas music you weren’t previously aware of. My intention is to update this post each year, so if there are any festive tracks or albums you think I should check out, do let me know and I’ll update this post accordingly.

I’ve also found as many of these songs as I can on Youtube and gathered them into a Christmas music playlist, so you can explore and shuffle it all to your heart’s content. Enjoy!

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Album Review – Golden Days (Brian May & Kerry Ellis)

In this post I’m going to do a first listen review of the new album by Brian May & Kerry Ellis entitled Golden Days, released last Friday. I’m a big Queen fan, including their solo work, and have enjoyed Kerry’s previous albums too. So I’ve been really looking forward to this.

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Music Haul November 2016

Now that I’ve listed everything in my current music and DVD collections, I can now do smaller posts on my latest purchases every so often, to show you what I’ve been buying And in October and November most years, in the run-up to Christmas, there are always a few new releases that I want to get.

I’ve already posted about the new DVDs I bought in my previous post, so this post is about the music I’ve recently acquired. Most of the music I get now is downloaded, but occasionally I’ll buy a physical set for one reason or another. So here’s the music I’ve got over the past couple of months – by Madness, Status Quo, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Howard Goodall, Derek & The Dominos, The Who, The Rolling Stones, and a little known band called Cherry Suede. Yes, I’ve been treating myself a little bit – but then I haven’t bought this much music for a while. It’s all come along at once!

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Music Collection – Q & R

I’m going through my music collection to list many of the artists and tracks I like, so you can see the variety of things I enjoy, and now I’m up to the letters Q & R. As before, I’m adding the tracks I mention to my Youtube playlist of favourite music, which you can shuffle to your heart’s content. There’s over 2,600 tracks on it now! 🙂

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