Forgive and forget

#354: Share a story where it was very difficult for you to forgive the perpetrator for wronging you, but you did it — you forgave them.

I think any “so called” perpetrators I have encountered in my lifetime have been ex’s – and I’ve, in general, just not stayed friends with my ex’s as I strongly believe in the clean break. I do forgive them eventually though as nothing is worth holding grudges over.

To catch up on yesterday’s post (day 353) – it was the last working day of 2014, so was the office xmas do (a medieval, somewhat tacky, banquet… don’t ask!), but when I got home I was engrossed in present wrapping, completely forgetting I hadn’t written my blog entry. Oops!

A random act of kindness – Tell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed. How did the deed go down?

This is going to sound so appaulling but I actually can’t think of a time where the recipient of my good deed didn’t know it was me – not to say that I’ve always made sure that they knew it was me, a sort of egotistical thing, but I’ve just never thought of secret good deeds. Thinking about it though, it does sound like a lovely thing to do and I’d love to give it a go!

The excitement never ends

#251: Tell us about the last thing you got excited about — butterflies-in-the-stomach, giggling, can’t-wait excited.

Easy… being able to help out on the new NG KiDS app last week, which is currently in the making. App magazines (and apps in general) have always fascinated me and even though only one member of the team was professionally trained in creating this app, I’ve still been asked to get involved by sourcing appropriate sounds and content to be used in the first issue. I’m hoping that as the issues progress, I’ll be asked to do more and more with it, as I LOVE learning new things!

… but shhh don’t tell anyone! 

Evasive action

#126: What’s the most significant secret you’ve ever kept? Did the truth ever come out?

Bit of an odd prompt… surely it wouldn’t remain a secret if I wrote about it here?! Not that there is one, but hypothetically speaking. 

Instead of leaving it there, I’m going to semi-hijack this post and share with my fellow bloggers how I spent my Sunday just gone, at the Streets of Spain along London’s Southbank! 

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It was a four day festival which brought tonnes of yummy Spanish delights to London straight from La Boqueria market! As you can see they also brought their lovely sunny weather with them, too, which made the experience even more real. We looked at every single stall before making a decision on where we wanted to get lunch from, when a certain van caught our eye called The Lawn Ranger… it was covered in grass! These beauties were from a company called The Bowler – Gourmet Balls

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It doesn’t look like anything spectacular but it really was! These are Albondigas (Spanish meatballs), that were crispy leek and queso (non-)meatballs on a bed of rice and salad, dressed with delicious aioli! I shared it with my mum but afterwards I kind of wished I’d had one to myself – it was incredibly tasty! It’s a shame though that they don’t have any fixed premises as I’d love to have a different meatball once a week 😀

We also had churros con chocolate (who wouldn’t?! When in Spain and all that!) but I had already started eating them before I got back to our seats so then completely forgot to take a picture of them. Damn enjoyment!

Hopefully Southbank will have another Streets of Spain festival next year… or sooner!

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Pictures: all my own (as you can tell by the blurry albondigas!)

365 Days of Writing Prompts rebellion: Nerf Zombie night!

As of this moment in time, I can’t choose a favourite blog in order to complete today’s prompt. So, instead, I thought I’d share my account of the mysterious event I went to, where I got to shoot zombies for a couple of hours! As a side note and to set the scene a little, as well as working for NG Kids, I also freelance for Souper Media who publish SPLAT!, the best interactive iPad magazine for boys. I hope you enjoy it and the video will be uploaded during the week!

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When SPLAT! was invited to an action-packed Nerf launch night, which involved a secret mission, live actors and lots of surprises… how could we say no!

The mystery night began when the SPLAT! team were driven across London, to a secret (and sinisterly quiet) location in pitch black darkness. We were instructed to suit up with our I.D. badges, bullet proof vests and fully loaded ammunition belts ready for the battle to begin at any time… except, at this point, we were still weaponless!

When we pulled up, the building we were heading towards seemed to be an unused, abandoned warehouse. Boy, were we wrong! As soon as we entered, we were greeted by an army major and had our unique I.D. numbers written on our arm in UV pen. We then progressed to a gated room, where we were covered in decontamination spray… it tasted weird! (*WARNING: keep mouth closed at all times during the decontamination process). Once we had passed the medical, we were led to the debriefing room. This is where we were given our mission.

“You are currently locked, *ahem* situated, in a secret medical facility. You do not know where you are and neither does anyone you know, so we are counting on you to succeed… no one else can do it for you. Unfortunately, some of our medical trials have gone slightly wrong and well, to put it bluntly – the zombies have managed to escape and we can’t let them run riot in London, as this would mean the end of the world as you know it! We’ve brought you here as the best of the best, to eradicate these breakouts, so get a move on before they get you.”

Hmmm. No pressure then!

First, we were introduced to some zombies who were still contained, just so we knew what we were up against. Once we’d been terrified by the task ahead, we began our intense training… foot stepping through tyres, climbing over huge walls, crawling in the mud under mesh nets. It wasn’t easy. Finally, it was time to bring out the weapons!

Throughout the event, whilst we tried to clear the facility of all zombie lifeforms, we were treated to a whole host of Nerf weaponry! We began with the Nerf Zombie Strike Hammershot Blaster, which allowed us to shoot five darts one after the other, avoiding having to constantly reload. In the next room, we collected our Nerf Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blasters, launching a powerful triple strike, firing three darts at the same time… this took zombies longer to recover, giving us more time to reload the canister ready for the second round! Progressing to the next floor, we were given Nerf Zombie Strike Sidestrike Blasters, which came with a handy holster that we could clip onto our belts. We had these whilst we manoeuvred through the zombie maze – they were everywhere, but we all made it through! Just when we thought we’d managed to get them all, we’d completely missed an entire floor. Heading back with caution, we grabbed our Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bows, jumped into action and saved the planet!

The Crossfire Bow was by far my favourite as I used to love participating in archery when I was a kid. When I got home, I even searched for venues in London where I could take up archery again. Alas, My search was unsuccessful. I’d never taken part in any sort of paintball/zombie shooting game before (except from obviously via games consoles), but I found the experience great fun and I even won a trophy!