Super-flattering picture featuring birds' nest on head and one leg freakishly bigger than the other courtesy of James Taylor. He is both faster and better at photography than me. Respect.
I ran the Swansea Bay 5k, and FINALLY managed to break the stubborn-as-fuck half hour barrier by doing it in 29mins, 22secs. Might not sound like an impressive feat, especially when you note that in the picture, I am sprinting flat out, and the man next to me is walking, but I'm pretty chuffed considering I couldn't run a mile without stopping just over a year ago. Progress, my friends! Also helped that there were a bugger-ton of Run 4 All members there. Yellow shirts everywhere. Proud to be one of 'em.
I also want to share a clip that someone I know shared on Facebook this morning, because it's bloody good and relevant to everyone. It's only a minute or so of Jim Carey giving a speech at a graduation ceremony, where he speaks about risking failure to do what you love. Very inspiring, and even if you don't feel like you are a magical unicorn galloping on a rainbow of potential afterwards, you can laugh at his silly cap. It looks like a velor cushion swiped from a poorly decorated caravan.
Third bit of "news". I have thrown all of my money at a Reading Festival ticket. Again. This is fast becoming an annual occurrence, and always leaves me eating bread out of the bag for three meals a day for months afterwards as I recover from the financial trauma of that one glorious weekend. Also, I really should mix it up a bit - I hear that there are other festivals out there (this could be an elaborate lie. Will report back when find out more).
Regardless, I regret NOTHING!! Reading Festival is my mother ship, and I am likely to continue crawling back year after year. I love the weekend long suspension of the everyday. If you've never been to a UK festival, or if, like me, you seek justification for blowing all of your hard earned dollahs on four days of reckless spending and celebration, here are ten reasons why festivals > reality every time.
1. If you wake up one morning thinking "fuck it, I want to be six foot tall fabric banana today", then fuck it, you are free to be a six foot tall fabric banana. People will appreciate your efforts.
2. It is perfectly okay to have cider for breakfast.
3. Despite the drinking that stretches from day til early-the-next day, actual hang overs are rare. I think during the five or so times I've been, I've only had one stonker of a bad head the morning after. That was quickly cured by the friendly Dr Tubourg.
4. Everyone is either in a manically good mood, or too knackered from dancing their little faces off to give you any trouble.
5. The more hopelessly unkempt you are, the more successful at festivalling you are. Fact. Leave the GHDs at home, people.
6. Taking off your headphones at the silent disco to hear hundreds of people singing your favourite songs like they've never heard let alone carried a tune before. Funny as.
7. You may suddenly realise that you have been dancing to Dizzee Rascal next to Doctor Who (Doctor Who!! Matt Smith is one tall son of a moose!) , Nick Grimshaw, and Ron off of Harry Potter. Despite the fact that they are much cleaner than your average festival attendee, celebrities sometimes decide to blend in with us normals like they're real people. Occasionally they are successful.
8. Unlike in real life, you can make new best friends by screaming lyrics into strangers' faces.
9. It is perfectly acceptable to lie down and take a power nap in the middle of a field if so required.
10. You learn that mosh pits, despite their outward appearance, are the happiest places in the world. Inside the thrashing masses, there are grinning faces and willing arms to help pop the people who find staying upright a challenge (i.e moi) back on their feet and to helpfully shove them back into the sweaty throng.
If you're going along too, I shall see you in August! I'll be the one in the banana suit.
Photograph "borrowed" from A. Don't tell him. All my photos of the stage are dominated by the backs of people's heads. Am vertically challenged, and looking at this picture, you can tell that A is indeed 20 feet tall.