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Saturday, November 18, 2017

18 November 2017

It has been a long time since I last updated this blog true, and decided to put it into long term hibernation Especially with events that have happened in recent months from Brighton and Hove Albion getting promoted to Premier League to other things, and feel in mood for one off blog entry. I have mostly just carried on with volunteering and got involved with Work Aid, who are trying to help me into work long term, in recent weeks I have started a Level 3 ECDL Computer Licence course with Rewards Training who I did Level 2 ECDL with a few years back but at the time could not do Level 3 as they did not have the funding for that level. Plus I have returned to playing tennis well sort of it did not help I entered a local tennis league and experienced some tennis score defeats, jumping too soon but I have been taking part in a Rusty Rackets tennis sessions which are great for beginners at Crawley Tennis Club and has enabled me to meet people that have that shared love of the game. For some reason the tennis at Eastbourne which I attended with my friend the false Aussie Roger this year and the tennis at Wimbledon somehow spurred me on to do more than just watch tennis. 

That will be all for now, not sure if there will be another blog post soon but thanks for reading. 


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

18th February 2017

Well its been a few months since I last posted a blog entry, but after break of few months I am back. Hoping 2017 will bring more than last year especially some work and a girlfriend hopefully.

16681962_10155003149159556_9111421585514707001_n.jpgAnyway aside from banging on about the Albion and the tennis, I did visit the Bluebell Railway last week, a great preserved railway line that in the last few years has managed to suscessfully link up with national network at East Grinstead and already long term plans to link up with the Brighton mainline via Ardingly with extra platform space existing at Haywards Heath just in case. Well East Grinsteads rail isolation from Sussex since 1960's seems over albeit its just preserved railway lines. I arrived at East Grinstead to begin this vintage rail journey a bit later than planned due to underestimating the less frequent bus transport links between Three Bridges and East Grinstead. Technically the Bluebell station is virtually a separate station from the modern Network Rail/ Southern managed station with the latter just to the north, you are greeted to the arrival of a fine vintage steam train at the sole platform with the station designed in the 1960's British Rail era (the time the Three Bridges-Tunbridge Wells line via the old East Grinstead High Level Station was closed). The journey begins south travelling over the Imberhorne Viaduct bring back memories of schoolmates from the town boasting stories of their adventures or misadventures on the then abandoned rail bridge. But is nice to see the viaduct back to its original use after recalling the sad lonely state it was in for several years.

Each station is designed in a different era of British rail with Kingscote set in 1950s British rail era, Horsted Keynes the original true Southern Rail era of 1920's/ 1930's and Sheffield Park the Bluebells chief HQ set in the Victorian/ Edwardian era of the LBSCR (London, Brighton & South Coast Railway). I wonder if next one will be designed in the good old British Rail Network South East era of the 1980s/ 1990s? Anyway Sheffield Park Station has a fine museum and is near the National Trusts Sheffield Park with a manor and historic cricket ground that hosted an early clash between England and Australian cricket teams. Horsted Keynes Station is possibly the largest preserved railway station with 5 platforms having been a junction railway station until 1960's serving trains on East Grinstead to Lewes line and the Ardingly spur line that connected it to the Brighton Main Line. Plus is a fave of tv and film crews due to its preserved early 20th century state and Bluebells catalogue of trains and carriages of various eras with the 1999 version of The Railway Children, and Downton Abbey having filmed scenes there. Though does not have quite as much history museum stuff as neighbouring Sheffield Park Station, it does have a fine refreshment cafe in the middle island platform, a little works museum and loved the 1930 posters in the waiting room along with staff in attire of that era. Towards the end of my visit a Pullman train showed up at Horsted Keynes, popular train for lovers of vintage trains16603123_10155003149499556_3984613623999796506_n.jpg. All in all a good visit and maybe have to visit some other historic place next, but blog won't always be about that I promise.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

31st October 2016

Still recovering from a great weekend, starting off seeing Brighton win 5-0 and stopping off in Burgess Hill with football friends on the way to party in Crawley to do a little karaoke gig at The Potters in Burgess Hill, singing the usual Mike Flowers Pops cover of 'Wonderwall' and then uniting with the Hassocks Fatboys football squad for their cover of 'Truly, Madly, Deeply', then racing off to The Swan Pub for the Halloween Disco but having to go as Peter Parker in Albion shirt as did not have time to change at Strike Towers but was a great evening overall.

Apart from health scares of one or two people I know I have been fine. I have got plans to attend Lindfield Bonfire Parade rather than Lewes due to screwed up trains this year, and trying my best to hold the fort amongst the chaos. But cheers for reading and the great evening people and will update in near future with more news. :) 

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