Saturday, 31 October 2009

"'Cause you are not alone; I'm always there with you,

And we'll get lost together
Till the light comes pouring through
'Cause when you feel like you're done
And the darkness has won
Babe, you're not lost
When your worlds crashing down
And you can't bear the thought
I said, babe, you're not lost...
"
-'Lost', Michael Bublé

Friday, 30 October 2009

A Huge Congratulations

to the Merryweather Family!

Little Jackson is their latest addition, born earlier this week. He is really cute, and I know he's been born into a really great family.

You can read Mam's official blog post here.

Again, congratulations to you all from myself and my family!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

How Racist Are You?

I've just finished watching 'The Event: How Racist Are You' on 4. It was so interesting to watch, to see people's reactions, and her racist ideas and views. According to the program, she was teaching in America in a time when white people discriminated black people, purely because of skin colour. I agree, this was wrong, is wrong, and will always be wrong, definately. I do not agree, however, that now, every single white person is programmed to feel superior over black people. Now, especially in this day and age in multi-cultural Britain - multi-cultural being the key word - I believe that we interact very well with each other - based on my own experience through school, work, and public environments. Just the fact that we are addressing white and black people as different people, that is surely racist, is it not? Fair enough, use of the terms in physical descriptions of the person, but morally, discrimination should not occur when addressing or interacting with people of different demographics, or discriminating according to their race, ethnicity, religion, age, sex, or any other possible 'label'. I believe, for 2009 Britain, she had it wrong. I don't think there is obvious racism which needs to be addressed - for some individuals, perhaps, but suggesting that every white person is racist, is in itself racist - but each individual needs to begin or continue to make a conscious effort to simply treat all other individuals with the respect they deserve. According to that woman in the program, all white British people are in denial that there's even a racism problem, but hey, this is just how I see it.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

CHERYL COLE

" F I G H T    F O R    T H I S    L O V E "
<3

Cheryl Cole is one of the most incredibly beautiful women on the Earth. She is so attractive, so gorgeous, so amazing. And she's definately one of the most attractive celebrities ever. I don't know anyone that thinks otherwise. I'm not going to write a bio on her - she's beautiful and talented, and that's all you need to know. Her accent is gorgeous too - I could listen to her all day. Plus, I've technically seen her live, when Girls Aloud supported Coldplay at Wembley Stadium.

And I love her single 'Fight For This Love' - yeah, ever since her awesome performance on X Factor. I bought it a week ago, and already listened to it 25 times on my iPod / iTunes. And I'm listening to it now. It's catchy as anything. She's #1 in the album and singles charts right now. You can check out her performance of the song on X Factor here, or the official video here. She looks so hot in both of them, and is just so cute... Wow...
I'm almost in love with her.

27/10/09

The last few weeks of my life have been good. It's been college, work, Church, as usual. Right now, we're on a break from school, which is awesome. I just know it's all going to be over before we know it... I kinda want to go all out and do something spontaneous and memorable, and part of me just wants to chill.

We've been having a great time recently though. My driving's going good - in my last two mock tests, I got 3 minors and 2 serious - of which were pathetic, and can easily be fixed - and 9 minors respectively. I still absolutely love driving though. I just want to get the test over and done with now...
On Thursday at gym, I hurt myself just an hour into the session. It wasn't cool. I was on the bars - obviously with a heck-load of chalk on my hands - swinging back and forth, trying to get the guts to backflip off... I didn't find the courage, and just dropped down into the pit, finding I'd ripped some of the skin clean off the top of my hand, getting callisses just below my fingers, one on each hand. I washed them under cold water, and it stung so bad. It didn't get better for a few days, but is feeling alright now. I won't be going on the bars again for a while. Right now - not this second, but generally - I'm practising handstands. Jake's taught me how to do them, which muscles to use, and I just need to get practising, and increase my overall strength. It was be awesome to be able to do them perfectly...
Friday was Dad's birthday, and we went up to London to celebrate. We went to eat, and then saw 'Oliver' at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane... It was absolutely brilliant, and so much better than I expected it to be. I've seen it a couple of times before, but this time it was amazing. The whole show - the singing, acting, special effects, and especially scenery - was spectacular. Omid Djalili played Fagin, and was so funny. He kept adding in random eastern dancing, and jokes about current affairs. The whole evening was great - awesome entertainment.
The next day, I phoned in work before my shift, telling them off the callisses on my hands. I tried to explain to them that I'd prefer not to have to wash my hands too much, or wear a plaster on it too much. I did have to wear a plaster, but I got to work on shop floor and do other odd jobs more than working on the counters, which was good.
Then yesterday, we went shopping, and I met some of the kids from InterAct there. We looked around some of the shops, and I went into the Apple Store, and asked some questions about the Macbook and Pro... They're incredible machines.

So this is a bit of a random post. But that's what's been going on in my life lately. I've got a bit of college work to get done over the holidays, which I just need to get on and do. And I need to begin application to Uni. That really needs to be done.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Random Fact #6

I love Converse. They're awesome. I have four pairs right now - three high-tops, and one low-top. Here they are:

They're pretty cool, right? A few people have told me how awesome they are, and I'm just like, "Yeah, I know..." I love them... They're completely legit.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

"London's just a burning fire..."

-'A City On Fire', Fightstar

I heard Fightstar's new single - 'A City On Fire', which is set to be released 7th December - yesterday, and it's not only one of their greatest ever songs, but one of the greatest songs I've ever heard. It's epic. Check it out.

Tags

I've decided to start added labels to my posts... starting with this one.

I've just added labels to about 200 posts... It's taken ages. But it's cool now it's done. :)

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Jacob 3:2

"O all that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing work of God, and feast upon His love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever."

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

This really is cute.

I saw this a while back now, and even I think it's one of the cutest things ever, and had to add it to my blog. Just check it out.

Random Fact #5

I don't like it when people are talking about the football team they support as though they're on the team. They have nothing to do with the team. The team do not know their name, and they have no connection at all with the team. Yet, as they're talking about football, they use the fourth person, saying stuff like "Yeah, we had an easy match against [insert football team here], but we're playing [insert football team here] next weekend... We might only get a couple of points..." I guess they just want to feel a part of it, to feel included, but just because you buy a t-shirt, it doesn't make you a part of the team. I'm a fan of Paramore, but I don't talk about the new album "we" just released. They did it. And it's great. Anyway, you get the idea... :D I don't mind really, but whenever I hear people talking like that, I think - 'You're not on the team!'

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Add to the collection:

Here are some more vids from gym tonight. It was so much fun...

My first ever, ever attempt at back flipping running up a wall.

I stacked it backwards at the end, but I did it!
(And just so you know, I did it better later in the evening...)

Side somersault.


Front 180.



I didn't know what to call this one...

But it was awesome!

"You and I girl,

we've got something golden, and did you know they say it never lasts,
and (oh-oh-oh) we've got something golden...
We can't, can't break - everyone, everyone's wrong..."

- 'Golden', New Found Glory

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

There are nice people in England...

It's true. I was at the gym today, doing a pretty intense weights workout of low reps but heavy weights, doing random different exercises - whatever came to mind next... Anyway, I picked up two 20kgs and went over to the bench to do some chest presses. I used to use 18s, but have been using 16s lately. I began lifting them above me, and did alright for the first few reps, but then began to wobble and struggle - yet I was determined to continue, and complete at least one set. The guy next to me saw, and got up to spot for me. He encouraged me to continue, and stayed to help me in case I dropped them, or couldn't lift them again, or whatever. It was a really cool thing for him to do. He saw I has having trouble, and came over to help. I thanked him for it, and he was chill with it.
I really appreciated it! It was an awesome thing to do...

Who says school can't be fun?

Ok, it really isn't always. But today, I sure had a fun time. It was the end of the day, we had a free, and were sitting in the canteen, not doing anything. I had a heck load of energy, and just wanted to do freerunning or something. So.. I made the best of the situation. I put three bins together, and begun to (attempt to) run at then jump over them. It was so funny... Sometimes I'd misjudge and chicken out while I was running, and then just go straight into them! :D Hahaha... Then, I used two of the smaller bins, and moved them apart, to jump over them both in one go. It was actually pretty scary. There was like, a metre gap in between each bin, and I was kinda 'leapfrogging' over - excuse the poor terminology - both bins and the increasing gap. I finally figured out that you need to run, jump with both feet, which will propel you, and then aim for the furthest object away, in this case, the second bin. Mike came along and attempted it a couple of times, and failed. It was almost legendary. I was laughing. But just as I'd got the technique down, one of the teachers saw we were doing something, and came over. I'd just moved one of the bins, and Mike was about to take another run at the set-up, when we stopped as the teacher came over. He kept asking us what we were doing: "I know you're doing something; Mike looks like he's ready for something, and the girls have a slightly disapproving look on their faces..." It was funny, and it was obvious that we were doing something, but we kept our cool, and soon he left us... But we couldn't carry on the jumping, 'cause we knew we'd be found out. So, I went into the unisex toilets just to chat to some kids, when I noticed that the walls were close together, and grippable (-I don't know if that's even a word). I just started walking up the walls with my hands and feet, with my hands on one wall, and my feet on the wall opposite, and made it right to the ceiling - which wasn't high, but high enough. This probably wasn't 'allowed' either, but it was fun! And took a lot more strength than I initially anticipated! I had to do it a couple more times, because the girls wanted to get a picture [which I'll add below]. But hey, it was actually all a lot of fun! And beats sitting on the rubbish chairs not doing anything... Alright, we're supposed to be working, but jumping over things and climbing up things is even more fun!
Disclaimer: I do not encourage anyone to try this - especially if you're seriously not allowed, or don't think you're capabable. Stay legal and safe! :D

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

I've been thinking about the future.

It's really exciting. And really scary. There's so, so much I want to do, so much I want to learn, so much I want to experience. I have a lot of ambitions in life - so much I want to do, and so many places I want to visit. I sometimes think about an unexpected message I got one day, from someone I hadn't known very long, which was so inspiring, just to keep me going, y'know? I've recently decided on the sort of life I want to have in the future, and now have to do my absolute best to work towards that. I need to focus now, and do the work I have to do. I just need to keep my head down, and get on with it all. This year really is probably one of the most difficult years of my life. I sure hope I don't screw it up. So much change is going to happen over the next few years - and hopefully all for the better.
The future's bright...  (Ok, that bit was cheesy, but I meant the rest of it... :P )

How do you follow a post like the one below?

I really don't know...

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Oh. Wow. Incredible...

This evening has been absolutely epic. This evening I had the incredible opportunity to baptise my good friend Sam into the Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints. I can't really express in words how amazing this evening has been. She began coming along to Church about a year ago, and this evening, she finally got baptised. And I was priviledged to be able to perform the baptism.
I was so nervous the week leading up to tonight, thinking about how it would go, and praying it would all go well. It really, really did. We got there early, and started preparing for it all. Some of my friends from college turned up, and it was really great to see them there. We had some pictures before we started, then practised, and then changed into white. More people were arriving - even the mission president and his wife were there! - and then we had to wait a little longer for the font to fill before we begun. I was asked to speak on 'Baptism', and had some ideas for what I was going to say, but then today realised that it didn't have much to do with baptism, so I switched with my Dad and spoke on 'Repentance'. Just before we started, I was so nervous - about the talk and the baptism. I loved giving the talk. The Spirit was so strong, it was amazing. Part of my talk was the story 'The Donut Master'. If you know it, you'll know how incredible it is. If you don't, look it up. I was crying so much as I was reading it. The Spirit was so strong. And the message in it is awesome. I love it. Then in closing I bore testimony, telling my friends how much I love the Gospel. All of the talks were brilliant, and the Spirit was so strong. Before long, it was time for us to go to the font.
I went in first. The water was hot, and I waited until Sam was ready to join me. I was nervous, and excited, and so, so happy. As I held Sam, and raised my hand to the square to begin the prayer, I felt an overwhelming joy and happiness. I was almost crying as the prayer was over, and I got to baptise her. It. Was. So. Incredible. I've used that word quite a few times in this post, but it really was. As she came back out from the water, the Spirit was so strong. Even I felt cleansed, and so... So good. Sam and I just hugged, and kept hugging as she was crying, standing still in the warm water.
I got out and dried and changed into my suit, and then waited for the girls until we went back into the Chapel. The rest of the meeting was awesome too. We had a couple more great talks, then closed and went to eat food and drink drink. Now we're home, and I still feel so happy, and joyful, and grateful.
This post hasn't quite described how amazing and incredible this evening has been, but I'm sure you get the idea. I wish I could remember every single moment, and feel that awesome feeling again.
I love, love, love the Gospel. It's the greatest thing on Earth. And today has been an absolutely fantastic day.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Four day weekends.

I love them. Since college gave me just one lesson on a Thursday, and one on a Friday, I've pretty much been avoiding going in when I can. Instead, I've been planning to do lots of the work at home, and then.. Well, doing other stuff. But it's really great to chill, do what you want, and enjoy life, right?! Today, I had a driving lesson, watched TV, then went over to Teddy's house for about... Seven hours. We were chilling, playing PS3, rocking out to Guitar Hero 5 (I can now play drums on 'Hard'), and watching Paramore... Awesome. It's not all chilling though; I've got work for nine hours tomorrow...

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

201

Apparently this is my two-hundred and first blog post on this blog! I didn't even realise I'd reached the 200-mark just now... So I figured I'd acknowledge the record in this post... I reached 100 on January 25th this year - check it out here. :)

What I listen to: Top 25 Most Played

What do you think?!
If you haven't already, check out these tunes.

(PS: 'Men In Black' by FTSK isn't explicit. It's just explicitly awesome.)

'Forget And Not Slow Down'

R E L I E N T    K
Awesome. I've only listened to it through once, but it's really, really great. 5/5. Their previous albums are epic, and this is certainly no different. Look out for 'Forget And Not Slow Down', 'Sahara', and 'If You Believe Me'.
And just go out and buy the album, alright?!

I didn't know what to title this post.

Dad arrived home from the States today. It was really great to see him again. Plus, he brought us all a bunch of treats, including awesome new Abercrombie / Hollister gear, new music, and cereal. But not any cereal - Captain Crunch and Lucky Charms. Ohh yeah. Captain Crunch is so good. I had a bowl as soon as I got in. Then remembered why it's not sold in England - it's so sugary... But soo good! Love it! Haha... :D

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Toy Story (Original) 3D FTAW!

Tonight, I totally got to go to the cinema, and see 'Toy Story' in 3D. Yep, the original adventure - it was immense. It's my childhood's favourite film, and I just loved it. There were actually pretty much all adults in the cinema, and a bunch of other teenage boys, like us... So it really wasn't awkward. It was just awesome. I'm so excited for the third installment to be released next summer! It's gonna be epic! :D

Monday, 5 October 2009

There's a first for everything...

Today was my first time tutoring Maths. Cutting a long story short, someone I know - who's really cool by the way - asked if I wanted to tutor Maths, and I agreed, knowing that I could do it, but wondering how good I'd be at doing it. I'm not sure I'm the greatest teacher or explainer that ever walked the Earth. Well, I got in contact with the guy I'd be tutoring, and he's in my sister's year, called Alex. I do know him; I've seen him around school before. He told me some of the things he'd be needing help with, so I read up about it before today, and took the book(s) along with me. We just sat down, and I asked him how he wanted me to help him, and then I gave him a bunch of questions to answer, so I could see how much he already knew, and yeah, it was good. It all went pretty well - at least I think so. I just really hope I didn't really confuse him; I kept showing him different ways of doing the sums, so he can find his favourite. But I made sure that he understood, by having him explain it back to me. I was really good! We were doing Maths for over an hour, but I could've kept going! I enjoyed it! Geek-out to the max, eh?!

2 Nephi 9: 5, 21.

"... for it behooveth the great Creator that he suffereth himself to become subject unto man in the flesh, and die for all men, that all men might become subject unto Him."

"And He cometh into the world that He may save all men if they will hearken unto His voice; for behold, He suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam."

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Ohmygoodness...

It sometimes still amazes me at how incredible, perfect, and beautiful this Gospel is. It's so amazing, and I love it so much. It's the best thing in the world. When I really think about it, I can almost not comprehend it... I wish I could write more about how awesome it is, but, I really can't... It's pretty much indescribable, and something you just have to experience for yourself.

The best moments of my life:

Include:



EFY 2007, Friday.



EFY 2009, Thursday.


(Let me know if you wanna know about both of those incredible experiences.)



Being in a huge lake in Canada at sunset, surrounded by water, almost completely alone and secluded from everyone else, with the colour reflecting on the shining water around your body...



Skiing 2008
, on top of the mountain, looking out at the incredible views surrounding me, skiing down sparkling white snow...



Cruising in the States with amazing friends - 2008.
Not a care in the world, hanging out with some of the coolest people, on one of the greatest holidays ever.



I think Coldplay could well fit in here. Being in an enormous crowd, seeing one of the greatest shows I've ever seen, fireworks lighting up the sky.



Single moments in life that cannot be retained or experienced again, only remembered. The best moments in life.

Life is great.

I woke up this morning, and just felt immensely happy. I'd had ten hours of great sleep, and felt awesome. I so didn't want to get up and out of bed. I was so comfortable, and could've stayed there forever... The sun was shining behind my curtains, and I was warm in my bed. I was so relaxed. It took me fifteen minutes to get out of bed. I got up, and we all spoke to my cousin on the phone, then went downstairs and had a breafast consisting of fresh fruit, then brioche with freshly mixed blackberryjambutter. Mmm-mm. On top of all this, we spent time as a family reading scrips, and I felt the Spirit so strongly. I wish every single Sunday could be this awesome.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

"Let us do the best we can,

and each day, a little better."

(Jorge F Zeballos, Saturday Afternoon, 179th Semiannual General Conference, 2009)

I don't usually make lists...

I haven't blogged in a week apparently. There really is so much you could talk about and write about, I'm sure you'll agree, but I don't make the time or effort to actually do it... So, I hope you don't mind a list just this once. I don't do it often. Seeing Coldplay feels like agges ago. That was a great night. Anyway. Let's begin.

-On 17th and 18th September, Chris, one of the most awesome missionaries you ever did see, came and stayed with us for a couple of nights, after having finished his mission, and come back to England to visit. It was a completely legit visit; we hung out, went driving, visiting kids, playing tunes, went to the gym, went out for bowling, and just had such a good time. He's so cool. It was great to just chill, hang out, and chat about anything. If you ever read this Chris, you really are legit...!

-22nd September, we got to go to the Temple for Youth Baptisms. As ever, it was amazing, and we had really incredible experiences there... If you ask me about it, I might tell you... :P I love going to the Temple. It's the best.

-26th September, at Seminary Super Saturday, we made music videos for the seminary songs. It really was a lol. I actually had a good time. Our song was from Ether 12:27, and I've come to love that scripture...

-Dad is in the States for Conference right now. We totally wish we could've gone with him! Every time he phones us, and tells us all the epic adventures he's been having, we so wish we were there! I'd love to see all the amazing kids I met in summer again! And Scott - but that goes without saying, right? Anyway, we're not bitter. :P We're glad he's having a good time.

-I've had / got an epic amount of business work to do. It was kinda supposed to be handed in yesterday, but, erm, well, y'know. I've got to keep working on it. Most kids are out partying on a Friday night. Luke is at home, sitting alone, working on his business coursework. I do find it really interesting, but it's so amazingly time-consuming, creating a written report on the theory of promotion.

-Hayley Williams has dyed her hair blonde. She looks amazing. Check it out here. And 'brand new eyes' is still really great. Like, really.

-Work was good today. Sam has started, and I saw Beth in there today as well, who was on her induction. It's so cool to have so many friends at work... Oh, and Jake's pretty much dating a Hollister model. Jealous. (He's not officially dating her, and she's not officially a model, but really, pretty much.)

-I think that's about everything. At least, it'll do for now...

-Oh oh, I loved President Uchtdorf's talk from today's session of General Conference. I loved every second of it. I was really awesome. And I love the Gospel in my life - just in case you didn't know.

Random Fact #4

I don't like it when someone sings over a song you're listening to.
It just really bugs me.