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Innovative Ian’s Dilemmas- going to the upside down

BBRHjwjI’m unsure which I’m looking forward to most- Game of Thrones 8 or Stranger Things 3. It’s a dilemma because it means I’ll need to re-watch one again.

I saw Thrones before Christmas and reread the novels, so I might have a Stranger Things binge at some point. Thrones 8 is April, yet have to wait ‘til the summer for Things.

It is a dilemma, just not much of one really!

In the meantime, got a new Trailer for Grey Dominion to edit and it is Chinese New Year- Say Ni Hao to the Year of the Pig! I tried making a card in school, but that bombed out, as usual.

Anyway, all this rumbling round my head on a spin-cycle had me dream up a new Stranger Project, so I’ll be doing some test shots over the next week or so.

In the meantime- Welcome to the Year of the Pig, let’s see if Babe can fly!

XIN NIAN KUAI LE!

photo of red paper lanterns

Photo by mentatdgt on Pexels.com

 

 

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HAVEN’T I BEEN HERE BEFORE?- Another walk round Halton Castle

tvp1.jpgYes, it’s that time of year again when I go for a little jaunt up the hill to walk round the ruins of Halton Castle and take a view over the River Mersey.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been up there over the years, but I have never been inside. My Mum did, when she researched her Historical Novels, but I’ve never managed it- so something to do differently for next time I think!

Seeing the new Mersey Gateway Bridge for the first time was different, even tried getting a couple of shots of both bridges- check out the Facebook photos.

At least it was a nice sunny day to kick off the new term!

The photos- https://www.facebook.com/MrTigletsTravels/

The Video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rycnrB5FpYQ 

A short history lesson- listen up at the back!-

https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/ians-travelblog-halton-castle/

And back round again!

https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2012/09/15/ians-travelblog-the-return-to-halton-castle/

 

AND WITH VIDEOS!-

https://iancaimercer.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/ians-travelblog-halton-castle-3/

And even an entry on the old Hiking website-

https://ianstravelblogadventures.wordpress.com/2016/03/04/the-last-time-it-snowed-in-march-was-three-years-ago/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS- THE BEST OF 2018

Time for another video update, well over due anyway, like my Library books probably are!

I had thought about another 10-15 minute epic, but Eric Calderone’s Metal cover of Bohemian Rhapsody swayed me toward something quick and simple, although watching it back, there should have been a few tighter edits- though the end is probably one of the funniest things I saw all year.

There are a few new events I’ve been to- Bolton Comic Con, Lightnight Liverpool, as well as The Pirate Festival and Fire sessions with the Fire Project. I even took in a bit more architecture, though I’m not sure about Art Fairs anymore.

Wildlife has been a bit thin on the ground, seeing the Fox was great, but need to practice that a bit more. Comic Cons are still the main events, so I’m looking at going London or Birmingham this year.

And there were a few Welsh Castles, something else to finish off, at least in North Wales anyway.

So there you go, Any way the wind blows, the Best of 2018!

 

What’s to review?

So I know a few other people are writing about End of Year/what they’ve accomplished etc etc.

Me? I’ve been reading and watching stuff to review, trying to catch up on photo and video editing, so not much progress there.

I have updated and tried turning my Linked In profile into a new CV, which is okay, they left out loads in the conversion to pdf, but it’s a start.

So, here’s a taste of what I’ve been up to lately-

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ian-cai-mercer-3a273233

Happy 2019!

 

A STORY FOR EVERY OCCASION?

chess-pawn-casting-king-piece-shadow-strength-aspirations-concept-39475580A great pipe dream I have is to be able to read about a competition/call for entries in Writing Magazine or elsewhere and say ‘aha, yes I have just the story’ and send it straightaway.

At the moment I don’t have a story for every occasion, but have stared quite a few, over thirty at last count. I just need to finish more than the dozen that have been floating round for a while now.

 

Let’s see if I can make it happen in 2019!

 

 

 

The End of another Term

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I made it to the end of another year at Millview, which was quite a surprise as I never intended to.

Over the past year I’ve been applying for jobs, sending CV’s and pitching ideas/stories, none of which have gotten me anywhere. Nothing has changed at all, well, except my credit card debt has increased, but nothing positive. So I’m still going back and forth like a game of eternal ping-pong. This past week alone has seen a diversion on the bus route, train delays and cancellations and I even got on the wrong train home and had to change to go back just two stops last night, not fun.

 

But it has been a good Term overall. Got to meet new Reception class while doing Mid-day cover, updated Safeguarding and brushed up on First Aid. Made a few new crafty-things, even though I’m no good at that, I’ll give it a go, including Dreamcatchers! Went to see Wizard of Oz at the Storyhouse with KS2.  got some great photos of Rory Mcgann’s art Mural. Won a few things at the Tombola at the Xmas fair, and had a challenge putting the marquee up, though it was easier taking it down! Even got to do some interview prep with my boss and take home three bags of food on the final day.

 

So it has been good, for the most part, I just wish I could teleport/fly/go through a mini-Stargate to beat the traffic once in a while!

At least I get a break over Christmas to recharge, refocus and get this Blogathon moving, as well as catch up editing/posting photos and videos. Although I did not go back to Chester Zoo, I did catch the tail end of the Saturnalia/Winterwatch parade, so that’s something new I have been meaning to do for a few years done.

And then I’ll be ready to get back into it in the New Year, for now, that’s my End of Term report!

 

 

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A TIGLETVERSE PRESENTATION 2018

 

 

 

TIGGLETIME-

TIGGLETIME-

Another exercise in children’s short-form storytelling. This one inspired by childhood faves Jackanory and The Storyteller. Five poems/short stories. I should try and get round to doing the second series at some point!

 

https://mrtigletstravels.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/tiggletime-1-the-parachute-monster/

 

XMAS SPECIAL-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksm9pWyndRQ&list=PL0XgFU2LKnsjoQvFus3tLUlMT-l_240XC&index=13