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Happy Palindrome Day
Today it’s 02 02 2020
Some of you are aware that my name is also a palindrome.
Palindrome comes from the Greek palin, meaning again and dromos, meaning way or direction.

So I thought today I’d share a few more examples with you

racecar
refer
kayak
level
madam

Was it a car or a cat I saw
Never odd or even

Even four of the species of Pokemon are palindromic: Eevee, Girafarig, Ho-Oh, and Alomomola

WOW (I bet you didn’t see that coming!)

On the crest of a wave

So this week I have become involved in my district’s gang show. I am now a tea girl for the Sunday session as well as helping with the set painting and decorating as well as maybe being backstage during show week. Now Sis84 I do not think is very happy with me due to gang show being her thing due to her performing on stage. Nether the less, I have started making paper cranes for one of the scenes as we need 1001 of them. I am aiming to be able to say that I have made 20% of the cranes on the stage but I have lost count of how many paper cranes I have already made. However, Mum84 has made 10 cranes so she is able to say that she has made 1% of the total cranes. Whilst I was making some of the cranes, Blue came along with me and made friends with Olivia the rainbow from a different unit to Mum84’s unit.

World Scout Jamboree (mini) reunion

A couple of weeks ago, I met with some of my World Scout Jamboree unit in Birmingham. The reunion included Blue the bear and if you remember Brian the flamingo. Yes, you read that right, we walked around Birmingham with a flamingo and a bear.

We started the day off with coffee before then heading to do a little bit of shopping. We went into the Worlds largest Primark where there was a Disney cafĂ©, a Harry Potter section, and over 5 floors of clothing and sales. In the make up section, we decorated Brian (the flamingo) with some of the eyeshadow before we headed to get some food to eat. The downfall here was, we all agreed to meet at McDonalds, except we went too 2 different stores – however, En route we did see a Santander building. (I’m still a proud member of the International Anthony Santander Fan Club)!

After lunch we did a bit more shopping and went into all 3 Pandora shops looking for a charm for my friend. In the end, we managed to find the charm in one of the shops. We then wondered around for a little while before, one of my friends brothers (who did attend WSJ) met up with us and so he took a photo of us by the Bullring statue. We all then wondered around for a bit more until it was nearly time to leave – in order for everyone to be able to get the right trains home as in the morning there was a little bit of a train issue.

A couple of us went into Tesco Express before saying goodbye where we brought a meal deal to share between us all. The chicken and bacon sandwich was very nice – thank you! It was then time to say our goodbyes before everyone headed home.

As I then went to meet my parents, we spotted some bears in H&M home, so conveniently, Blue had to have a photo with them. Also, as we headed home we stopped at IKEA for our usual rendezvous before continuing to head home.

A round up of my Decade

I honestly do not know where this decade (and year has gone).

Within this decade I have started (and completed) Secondary and Junior school and completed many exams. I have been on residentials to an RAF camp for a week as well as a Cyber camp.

This decade has also seen 2 Summer Olympics (including one being held in the UK) as well as the Winter Olympics. The Rugby World Cup in 2015 was also held in the UK and I was lucky enough to see the match of USA v Japan. I then saw the similar match held this year from watching it on the ITV app during school.

I have been on many Scout camps this decade in different extreme weather. From Snow camp, to my first Evolution camp in the high temperatures. I have also camped across the country including camping at Gillwell, up and around Shropshire as well as around my own County. I have attended a mini Jamboree near Birmingham (called BrumJam) as well as attending the World Scout Jamboree – my greatest achievement this decade.

This year I completed my GCSEs, attended the 24th World Scout Jamboree, started Sixth form, kept writing blog posts and been up and discovered many new music, shows and information. I also continued taking my many different photographs as well as adopting Blue the bear.

I am very grateful for all the people I have met this year and within the decade and wish everyone the best for the new year!

Goodbye 2019. Hello 2020.

I hope everyone has had an amazing Christmas and have a happy new year! Personally I enjoyed Christmas this year with my extended family and so we travelled down to the Jurassic Coast.

Halfway through our journey on the way I realis ed we had forgotten the strawberries needed for the Boxing day trifle and so we ended up in a Waitrose service station buying strawberries and a few other snacks to keep us going on our journey. It is also worth mentioning that we took our cats down with us so my cat Hallie kept yowing for attention.

Once we arrived, and the cats had settled, we headed to my Grandma’s for Christmas lunch. I helped with the washing up and then headed out to the beach to take a mini Christmas walk. On the beach there was lots of driftwood from the recent storms which they have had. I then saw my cousin and a different auntie before we headed back to where we were staying. In the evening, we watched Call the midwife (a yearly tradition) before I headed to bed.

Boxing Day lunch

Boxing day, is my favourite day of the year. I woke up and was asked whether I wanted to go to the pub (with some of my family) where our discussion included: ‘did the moon landing really happen’, ‘aritificial intelligence’, ‘aliens’ etc. After this we went for my Nans infamous Boxing day lunch. There was: turkey, beef, ham, jacket potatoes, chips, sausages, crisps, fruit and vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, sausage rolls,cheese and onion rolls and more. And then for dessert there was freshly made trifle and crumble.

Afterwards, some of my cousins and I slowly stole the Lindt chocolates from their knitted cases and replaced the chocolates with grapes, a tomato and baubles. (UPDATE: Classified)

In the afternoon, we played a game of charades as a family and then in the evening we watched Paddington 2.

The next day we explored the Jurrasic Coast and headed first to Swanage to go to Wimpy’s for lunch. In Swanage we bought rock as well as walked along the beach and went into the arcade to play on the 2p falls. We then drove past Corfe Castle on the way to a lost village.

The village was Tyneham and had been evacuated during the Second World War to help with military practices. As we entered there were loads of warning signs as the area was now a MOD range. After this visit, we headed towards Durdle Door however, we went to the beach before this and ended up in Lulworth Cove.

We then returned home the next day, after I had the opportunity to stand on the roof due to a suspected leak. It was nice talking our cats with us and they thoroughly enjoyed exploring a new house.

BLOGMAS (day 24)

Happy Christmas Eve everyone (or as my friend is calling it Boxing day Eve Eve!).

Today I have been busy preparing for Christmas tomorrow by wrapping my presents. Sis84 and I have also put out our stockings as well as leaving Santa a mince pie, carrot for the Reindeers as well as a drink.

Tomorrow is Christmas day and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy time with your family and loved ones!

For now #BLOGMAS is over for 2019 but it will continue next year (hopefully). However, I ought to be heading to bed as I’ve heard Santa is in Germany!

BLOGMAS (day 23)

So tomorrow is Christmas Eve and I don’t quite know how to say it but I’m not feeling very festive. However, this morning, Sis84 and Mum84 joined me and we went out for a cooked breakfast. At breakfast, we overheard someone discussing how there husband had counted out 900 sprouts and exclaimed how that seemed like quite a lot before she replied saying grams, 900 grams of sprouts. This was quite funny to say the least.

I also don’t feel Christmasy even though on Friday, I broke up for Christmas at school and there was the yearly houses got talent, staff and sixth form entertainment as well as the Christmas assembly. I also sang the Boars head in front of the whole school which was very scary.

Finally, over the weekend I have been out bag packing in Waitrose, wearing my Christmas necker as a Bandana.

So Santa please tell me, how has Christmas crept up again?

BLOGMAS (day 22)

This weekend, I was bag packing in Waitrose in my county and I am going to share a few stories people told me throughout my bag packing sessions. I was bag packing to raise funds to go on the European Jamboree this summer.

My first story is this gentleman told me about his great grandfather who used to own Brownsea Island. He explained that Robert Baden Powell asked if he was able to host what today is know as the first Scout camp ever. The great grandfather said of course however as long as his grandchildren (who were girls) were allowed to attend. So, he now likes to be known that these girls were some of the first unofficial boy Scouts.

Another story is another gentleman’s son is friends with Bear Grylls’s son. So one Christmas, he got a Christmas card from Bear Grylls himself.

BLOGMAS (day 21)

I spent most of today Bag Packing and will be doing so again tomorrow, so to help keep spirits up here are a few christmas jokes.

A definition of Christmas
when everyone gets Santa-mental

What’s red, white and blue at Christmas time?
a sad candy cane

Why was the Christmas tree not feeling well?
it had tinsel-itus

What key does everyone have at Christmas?
turkey

Why is it so cold at Christmas?
because it’s Decembrrrrr

What’s a monkeys favourite Christmas song?
jungle bells

BLOGMAS (day 19)

Todays blog is going to be some more cheesy jokes.

Q: A guy drove past me in his car and threw a lump of cheddar at me.

A: I thought to myself ‘That’s mature’

Q: Why was the cheesemonger lopsided?

A: Because she only had one Stilton

Q: Why can’t you make clothes out of cheese?

A: Because fromage frays

Q: WHat’s a pirates favourite cheese?

A: CheddAAAAARRRRGGGGHHH

Q: What’s the most religious cheese?

A: Swiss, because it’s holy

Q: How do you get a mouse to smile?

A: Say Cheese

Q: What did the cheese salesman say?

A: That cheese may be Gouda, but this one is Feta!

Q: What do you call cheese that’s sad?

A: Blue cheese

Q: When shouldn’t you believe what your cheese is saying to you?

A: When it is too Gouda to be true

Q: What can you do with a cheesy credit card?

A: Go on a shopping brie

Q: Why don’t cheese fans care about their finances?

A: because the best things in life are brie