Something for the ages….

14 07 2013

Wow, over a month since my last post, lot of things been happening so not had time to really update but here goes.

The skydive was a bust, I managed to raise the money needed but the jump was cancelled due to bad weather conditions, now were all on standby for a new date to do it as the place is booked up until September. Rather annoying as I was completely geared to do it! But it’ll happen eventually.

The diet is going well, there was a week while I was moving that I let myself go a bit as I didn’t have the time to cook my paleo food but now back onto it full swing and my back is finally in better shape since I got back from Japan so I can finally start hitting the gym again with ferocious regularity.

I’ve also moved into a new place, the circumstances of my leaving the parental home was less than ideal but what’s done is done and having been here for about 2 weeks now, I’m finally starting to feel a lot of the stresses I had while living at home just being very quietly lifted away from me, admittedly, financially I have to be a bit more careful now with extra bills and what not but I’m confident that I finally have a decent footing on my capabilities and more importantly my spending!

In other news Bicester finally has a cinema. Sadly it’s not a Cineworld which means that there’s no regular visitor pass annoyingly but what ya gonna do. But be grateful with what we have I suppose. Only ok them twenty years! Lol

I think that more or less cover the broad strokes but I’m sure there’ll be an update again soon depending on how the events of the next week go. ;-) I shall speak to you all soon

Toodles! X


I’m jumping out of a plane….help me to do it!

5 06 2013

Famous last words…something I’ve been contemplating for a while. Not in a negative way. I just want to say something cool before throwing my self out of an airplane at 10,000 feet. Why you ask? Well I’ll tell you. It’s for a charity called Helen and Douglas House who provide hospice care for children and young adults and their families.

Never having really done much for charity in my life, I thought I’d make a start and their association with where I work seemed like a good a place to start as any. You can find out more about them and the work they do here:


So help me reach my goal of £400 so I can help them out. Here is the link to my just giving page: Here I’m currently just under 25% and I have under 3 weeks to go, so help me out with any donation you can and also include what you think I should say when I jump out of the plane. I’ll have a vote closer to the time and try to video myself saying it too :D

So please be generous and help a brother out!

See you all fro m10,00 feet (Hopefully)

Kal x

Cavemanning it

23 05 2013

I have no idea if the above could actually be considered a real term but I like the sound of it. In any case it refers to the diet I’ve been on for the last few weeks. Coming off the back of Japan and losing the weight I did out there I didn’t want to become to lethargic and slip back into the same old routine as before. So I’m happy to report that after three weeks, I’m certainly feeling a lot healthier, I’ve lost half an inch off my waist and I’m getting compliments from people who I’ve not seen in a while on the weight loss which is great. The down side to it being having cut out a lot of sugar from my diet I’m finding myself getting tired and sleepy quicker than before. But generally feeling a lot better. 

In other news, I’m looking for my own place in Bicester now, had enough of the familia and it’s time to move on from them altogether so this summer should be a good one with having my independence and freedom back again. I can’t really think of much else that’s going on right now so tata for now!

Kal x

“The truth is….I am Iron Man”

4 05 2013

This post is bought to you by the wifi of the good folks of the Oxford tube service as I trundle my way to London to see some friends and see the wonderful Mr Stark on the ridiculously big screen. Very much been looking forward to tonight for a while and the other imminent IMAX trips will no doubt prove just as pleasurable.

Onto new things however, been a while since my last post, would love to say that it’s because I’ve been too busy doing other exciting things sadly its just not true. Well I suppose what I’ve been dong could potentially to lead to exciting things.

First thing is that I will be attempting a new diet as of this coming week, introduced to me by my good friend Niamh. She’s been on it for a while and the results are impressive. It’s called the paleo diet. I’d known it by another name and I’m sure most people would have too know it as the caveman diet. The idea being that we revert to the pre-agricultural diet of the hunter gatherer days. It’s gonna be tough, my diet at the moment is very carb dominated so wish me luck! This goes hand in hand with my bet with another friend to trim down by January next year to about 11st from my current 14st. Japan did a lot to help me regain my activeness but sadly old habits die hard when I came back to the UK and lack of exercise due to a bad back ruined all the good from when I got back but slowly starting to back into the swing of things.

Other thing I’ve been looking into is the Oxford guild theatre, they have some workshops coming up that I’m gonna try and get along to and get back to performing in some manner, if only to keep my brain from rotting. I set myself 5 years to get acting going, this is a good a start as any. Pus it’ll be a good way to get me motivated back into magic again. A get together with a new chap at work who is a fellow thesp and magician has rekindled my fire to get the old 52 paste boards working again and who knows, we might end up with our own Anglers and Borden rivalry :-P

Other than that I think I’ve just about recovered from my holiday blues, I still miss being in Japan deeply but I think with redirecting some of that energy into the creative and the diet it’s helped a lot in drawing my mind away from how sucky it is to be back here.

Anyway, help you all have a cracking weekend with this spell of good weather


Kal x

One week on and lessons learnt

20 04 2013

It’s been just over a week since I’ve been back. First thoughts? I hate it. Comparatively everything here is dirty, violent and late. My first “why did I get on the plane” moment came shortly after clearing customs in Heathrow, a family coming back from what I can only imagine is one of those typically British holiday destinations, mother and 4 year old swearing at each other over Who the hell knows what. I may be wrong but in the whole three weeks I was out there, I never saw one public fracas between people. I just can’t imagine it happening.

I had the weekend before things went back to normal but honestly I’m having trouble readjusting. This trip did more than open my eyes, it’s pretty much confirmed that I will end up over there one day. I’ve yet to figure out how but I’ll make it happen.

I’m in London this weekend so hopefully seeing some good friends will acclimatise me back to normal. I hope anyway.

A very sad but fond farewell….

11 04 2013

It’s with a heavy heart that I write this post.

I’m sat in the bar of my hotel on my last night in Japan. It’s been an absolutely amazing 18 days. As most of you have no doubt seen, I’ve traversed this beautiful country and come to have a greater appreciation for this amazing place. I’ve made some friends that I hope are for life and reconnected with old ones. I never used to understand my friend Naomi’s expression of getting itchy feet but now I understand and sympathise only too well.

My last day was spent shopping for various goodies to bring back. And it’s been tiring but I got to revisit some of my favourite places in Tokyo and find some new ones. I have not doubt that I will be back before long. It’s drawn into my mind that stark differences between England and Japan the wonder why some of the things here aren’t implemented back home. Little things like the way people line up politely to let people off the trains before getting on, the way that everyone is so welcoming and helpful. It does obviously come down to a mindset difference and I can’t help but think that I would be happier and better off coming here for good.

It’s something that I’ve given some great thought to and this trip only served to solidify that choice in my mind and if the acting doesn’t work out then I will be following in the footsteps of my friends Chris and Sabbi and moving out here although that’s a plan that won’t be put into action for a few years yet.

I’ve just booked my last JR train ticket and it sits heavy in my pocket, I wish I could just stay but alas dreams to be realise yet.

For now though, I have my memories and I make no apology for the fact that in a few days our timelines will be wiped out by the various pictures and video uploads that will be happening.

As the song goes I really will be leaving my heart in Tokyo….

Good bye Japan. See you soon

Kal x

About halfway through…..

2 04 2013

So I think the last time we spoke I was heading out to Fuji, well that ended up being a bit of a bust. I was always going to be at the mercy of weather on that one but its still annoying at having missed out on one of the most quintessential Japan sights. I did get to go to the bat cave however, I wasn’t able to make it the whole way through as the caves became quite difficult to navigate and my back wasn’t up to the task. I still enjoyed it though and got some decent pics out of it. Met up with some fellow Brits that I’d met in Tokyo and some new new ones that dropped on for the night. The rest of the time was spent curled up under a Kotatsu (heated table) with a girl from Tennessee trying to teach her about pop culture. She was a superbly talented artist studying in Japan for a year but had literally no knowledge of music, movies or literature. Think we stayed up till about 2am in end while I showed her videos of cats, songs by Frank and impressions by Spacey. Would have liked to have stayed in touch with her but alas we didn’t exchange details. Cest la vie eh

The next morning saw me heading north to more mountainous areas to a little town called Yudanaka, the entry way to the snow monkey park and full of ryokans and onsens. Making my way to my little ryokan, I was greeted by an elderly gent who didn’t speak a lick of English, but between my phrase book and lots of charades style gestures we got there the end. My room was a lovely little tatami affair with a single floor futon and a small Kotatsu. That was really all that was needed, I had a few hours to kill before dinner so I took a bath in their outdoor pool. That was pretty much the next two days lol, bath and food. I did have a quite busy day in the middle. All the guides failed to mention that the monkey park is a 2km uphill hike from the town! That was fun! Bt the monkeys at the top were pretty awesome and the downhill was infinitely easier. Then a quick side trip to Matsumoto castle before back in time for dinner and another bath. This morning another bath before breakfast and then what was going to be a trip to the Nagano ninja museum cancelled because of he museum being closed due to snow. Lame. So I just pushed up my plans to come to Osaka. 4 hours on the train later and I’m checking into the weirdest hotel I’ve ever stayed in.

I’m not entirely sure what market they were going for but I’m clearly not it! The “room” is nice enough, decent sized bed, a drawer underneath, TV, oh and no lock on the door! It’s a sliding curtain! Safe deposit boxes are kept next to reception along with luggage storage. In retrospect I maybe should have looked into staying in Osaka a little better, but this was a last minute job so just gotta stick with it. I’m sure it’ll be fine, all my essential stuff is locked away and anything important I carry with me in the day.

At least the facilities in this place are pretty nice, a 24hr spa and jacuzzi. I could seriously get used to this bath business ya know. Now I’m posted at the bar enjoying a cold beer watching some Japanese tv show about who seems to be the best acapella group. Anyway, I’ll check back in in a few days and let you how my flirting with the bar maid in my terrible Japanese goes


Kal xx