Sunday, 31 December 2006

Out With the Old


Let us all gather round and cheer,
With a drink of wine or an ice cold beer

Perhaps you're like me and don't drink the swill,
Or you're like my grandparents who live on pills.

Maybe this world seems harsh at times,
or it’s just that most of us just like to whine.

I'd say that this is a great place to be,
it all depends on how we can see.

True we've had bad things in the past,
but we know in our hearts that these will not last.

If we try our best to be simple and pure,
there's nothing our hopes and dreams cannot cure.

So, I don't know the value this is worth,
but lets all try to be happy and heal Mother Earth!

Happy New Year!


By Anon


I would like to wish you all a “Happy New Year 2007”.  Hope it will be a happy, healthy and prosperous one.  I would like to thank everyone for visiting my journal.  I have made a lot of new friends since joining the J-land community, and thank you for the help, support and encouragement in 2006.


If you are celebrating tonight, have a good time.



Saturday, 30 December 2006

The Boys are Back in Town


I’m so excited!  On March 21st I am going to see a boy band called Westlife live in concert.



Mark, Kian, Shane and Nicky hail from Dublin, Ireland and are managed by music mogul, Louis Walsh.  The group has proved immensely popular in Ireland, United Kingdom and the rest of Europe.  The group has had fourteen UK #1 singles between the years 1999 and 2006, the third-highest such total in UK history, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles, and tied with Cliff Richard.  Westlife are also the only band in UK chart history to have entered straight at number one with their first seven singles.



Westlife were originally a five-piece band, but Brian McFadden left the group in 2004 to pursue a solo career.  I used to like Westlife in their early days, but then all their songs sounded the same.  Since Brian’s departure, the band has released mostly cover versions.




I bought their latest album “The Love Album” to get in the mood for the tour.  I was really surprised.  Although it’s mostly cover versions I really enjoyed the CD.  It’s rare that I find a CD which I can just put on and listen to the all the way through.



I don’t usually listen to Westlife but my friend Jennie asked me to accompany her, so I’m going.  Can’t wait, woo hoo!  It was very nice of Jennie to ask me, I'm thrilled!




Westlife – “The Rose”


Friday, 29 December 2006

All Over!


I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone again for another year.  Now we’ve got 361 day till the next one. Phew! *breathes a huge sigh of relief*.



I had a wonderful Christmas.  I was awoken at 08:10a.m by my father singing “Santa Claus is coming to Town”.  Then my sack full of presents was brought into my bedroom.  It took me an hour to open all my presents, and there was more downstairs.



I had so many presents I couldn’t believe it!  I had series 2 of “Lost” and the complete series of “Planet Earth”.  These are two of my favourite shows.  What is it about American T.V that makes shows like “24” and “Lost” so addictive?



I had some CD’s, DVD’s, clothes, some very nice aftershave and a Digital Camera!  On Christmas morning, all my family meets up in our local pub, and then goes back to our house for dinner.  I was so overjoyed by what I had, but disappointed of the missed opportunity to take photos.



I was given a book called “Where There’s A Will” by Matt Beaumont.  The novel is about Alvin, a comprehensive school teacher, and how he plans to teach a class of delinquents.  The trouble is, Alvin always sees the good in people.  Then when he stops an old lady getting mugged, he starts to doubt his judgments.  I can’t put the book down!  I’m already on Page 44, it’s really exciting!  You’ll be glad to know the book has not put me off my chosen career path.


Have a good evening folks.


Monday, 25 December 2006

"It's Christmas!"

I would like to wish all my Journal readers and their families a “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”.  I hope you all got what you wished for, and that you have a lovely day.


Slade: “Merry Xmas Everyone”


Friday, 22 December 2006

Festive fun!

Well the party season is upon us!  I attended the School Sixth Form Christmas Party last night.  I was really nervous before going, because I don’t usually go to parties, and I didn’t know what to expect.  But when I got to the venue, all the anxieties disappeared because all my friends were there.



What a great time we had!  Everyone was dancing and having a real good time.  I am afraid to say I bought too many Diet Cokes.  Friends also bought some drinks for me because they had missed my birthday.  They shouldn’t have, but they were my friends and me being in the party mood, I found it hard to refuse a sip.   I feel ashamed to say I had one too many (which did not please my parents).  I promise it was my first and will be my last time that I will do such a thing.  It is Christmas after all, the season of joy and goodwill to all Men.




I have learnt a very hard lesson.  I woke up this morning with a really bad headache.  My hair was standing up on my head.  I felt like a drowned rat that had been run over by a bus.  That’ll teach me to drink alcohol!  Self inflicted pain is never good.



I feel much better now though, after some paracetamol and several cups of coffee.  My school has finished now for the Christmas holidays, and all the senior students go back to school on 9th January.  Woo hoo!  The other students go back earlier to get settled back into routine.




I am feeling all Christmassy now.  I have spent the afternoon watching festive movies to get me into the spirit.  The local radio stations have been playing seasonal songs.  I’ll leave you now with one another one of my favourites.  In my opinion, it wouldn’t be Christmas without this song:


The Progues featuring Kirsty MacColl: “Fairytale of New York”.


Wednesday, 20 December 2006

Brilliant Brussels [Part Three]

To finish my blog on my visit to Brussels, I would like you to see the rest of my photographs.  It took me a while for me to upload them because the software was being stubborn, but there they are.  I could not resist treating myself to some Belgian chocolates.  I was even tempted to buy some Paco Robanne aftershave too.


The crossing back to Dover was rough.  As I was sitting in my wheelchair, the movement was exaggerated.  My brakes were on and I was rocking back and forth and side to side.  I tried to eat something onboard the ferry to line my stomach, in case I was sick.  I felt sick, everyone felt sick but I wasn’t.


On the coach home, we had a quiz and a few games of bingo.  I won some more sweets, so we shared them.  The last hour on the bus seemed to crawl by.  I think everyone had that feeling.  I had a great time in Brussels with everyone, but I couldn’t wait to get home to see my family.  I also wish we gone during the Half Term holidays, then we could have spent more time exploring the culture of Belgium.


~ Brilliant Brussels [Part One] ~

~ Brilliant Brussels [Part Two] ~

Sunday, 17 December 2006

My 60 Minutes of Fame - A Wonderful Experience!

I’m on cloud nine this weekend, guys!  The pantomime went really well on Friday.  There were two performances.  Twenty five attended the afternoon performance and one hundred and five people came to watch us in the evening.  The pantomime was organized to raise money for the Viva Project.



Viva is a registered charity working with disabled young people aged between 11 and 25, who live in the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales. The charity was established in 1992 to create and facilitate leisure and training opportunities for young people with disabilities. 


I played the character of Buttons, Cinderella’s best friend.  I wore a red suit, which made me look “slight”, according to my Nan.  I also had to wear a little make-up to “emphasize my facial features”.  It felt absolutely disgusting, as if my face had been covered in Plaster of Paris.  “All in the name of show business” I told myself.




When it was my turn to go on the stage, I walked onto it, stood still, everyone applauded, so I bowed.  I stood still to say the first few lines.  Then I sat down to talk to Cinderella, to symbolize a close friendship.  Then I decided to sit to sing “(Is This the Way To) Amarillo”, because there were five dancers on stage with me, so I thought I’d better not ‘cover them up’.



I remembered my dialogue, the song lyrics, but best of all, I can’t believe I STOOD on the stage, with no support!!



The only criticism people had was I spoke too quickly when I delivered my lines.  My Nan and friends, Jennie and Kailei came to watch the evening performance.  They were quite surprised at what an amazing voice I had.  Nan had to ask the girls if it was actually me singing!


I was asked by the director to sing “Merry Xmas Everybody” at the end of the show, because I was the only one who knew all the verses.  We only had three days to put the show together, it isn’t a long time but it was a success!!  Parents said to me after the show “Leigh, what a lovely voice you have!”  I was amazed, because I don’t think I have a good voice, but now I know it must be good.  All I needed was confidence and faith in my own abilities.




I would to thank the director ZoĆ« for casting me as Buttons, and all the others who took part.  It was such an enjoyable experience, thank you all for making it so much fun!  When is the next one going to be?



Thank you to all my subject teachers for being so understanding, and allowing me to take time out of my studies to rehearse with the group.  I am so grateful, because this charity means so much to me.




My friends in J-land, thank you for your kind words of support and encouragement.  I promise that if there is a video made, I will upload it (if I figure out how to) onto this journal for you all to see.


Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Birthday Surprises & Thank You's (100th Entry)


Thank you to all of you guys for all the lovely text messages, e-cards, e-mails and comments I received yesterday wishing me a “Happy 17th Birthday”.  I’m seventeen, so watch the roads, LOL!

The frame you see above is a surprise gift and e-card from Kathy.  What a wonderful surprise to receive in my inbox yesterday afternoon.  Also Morgan wrote an entry wishing me a “Happy Birthday” in many languages.  Thank you to Linda for my birthday e-card!  The J-Land community is a great one.  I have made so many wonderful friends since I joined last April.  Thank you all J



I had a lovely day.  I walked in the common room to a chorus of “Happy Birthday to You” in the English and Welsh language.  This time I was not embarrassed, I couldn’t stop smiling!  I was given cards and a few gave me presents.  I was not expecting that.



At lunchtime my friend Ross, who is involved in running the school radio station, sung “Happy Birthday” with the other presenters.  Then my favourite song was played.  I was so chuffed!  Thanks guys, you are all great friends, love you all!



I opened my cards and gifts from my family and friends when I got home.  I had a Timex Expedition watch, a DVD of “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest” which I am studying for English, a Nike beanie hat, a walkie-talkie, a top, chocolate and money.  I feel thrilled to pieces to have all those things. Thank you to everyone!


I walked upstairs, opened my bedroom door to find a Sky Box on top of my T.V.  Sky is a box which allows you to watch a lot more channels.  I am thrilled.  We have had Sky installed downstairs too for a few years, but I never found enough time to sit down to watch T.V.  Thank you Mum & Dad for everything, you’re the best.  Love you J xx



I shall finish my hundredth journal entry off with a music video of my favourite song.  It’s the first I sang on karaoke, so this song is special to me.


The Beautiful South – "Rotterdam (Or Anywhere)”