Walk It! Completed

IMG_1440 - Copy

So on Saturday I took part in Walk IT! – a sponsored walk raising funds for Crohn’s & Colitis UK. I – along with my wife, 3 year old son and my dad – walked 5 km around the centre of Bristol. It was a good day for walking – not too hot – although we did encounter some pretty steep hills (although that was mostly from where we parked the car to the start point – good old Apple maps…)

I did a Walk IT! last year too at Rutland Water which was lovely, but there is something extra about walking through a busy city centre on a Saturday for boosting the awareness raising potential. We even picked up a couple of donations as we wandered about.

The event was really well organised, marshalled and had a really nice feel to it. We have managed to raise over £400 for Crohn’s & Colitis UK which will be put to good use funding research and providing resources to IBD sufferers around the UK.

I thin k one of the highlights had to be all the volunteers gathering and cheering as we crossed the line – and then leting Jonah have another go because he liked being cheered so much!

There is still time to make a donation if you wish, by visiting the Justgiving Page.

IMG_1462 - Copy


#oneaday, Day 74, Hospitals

So today I had an appointment to see a new conultant at a new hospital as I have moved house. I picked the Bristol Royal Infirmary when I was given the choice a few motbhs ago, and it was only in the last few days I realised a few things about my impending visit:

1) I didn’t know where the hospital was.
2) I didn’t know where to park the car
3) I had no idea how much of a factor traffic would be in my journey.

Taking these things into account I read the leaflet they had sent me and set off an hour and a quarter before my appointment to try and park in the Broadmead Centre and use the free shuttle bus. My sat nav seemed to not cope well with this, and after 3 attempts I just followed some signs before finding a car park that would cost me£6.80 for the first hour, followed by one right by the hospital that was full before finding one a few minutes up the road that had both spaces and a reasonable pricing policy.

The BRI is a massive place, but the signage is pretty good, even with buikding works going on. All the staff were friendly and helpful, and I was seen promptly (having been advised there was a delay) and able to make follow up appointments easily and have blood taken without distress or repeated attempts to find a vein.

So, if you do have to go to a hospital, and it’s not an emergency, and you live not to far away, on my experience so far I’d recommend the BRI.

#oneaday, Day 23, Nostalgic cinema

Today I went and saw The Kings Speech – a most excellent piece of cinema which I cannot recommend highly enough. Now I previously mentioned this film on Day 17 – and I still think it is a terrible thing that the British Film Council is to be scrapped. That is not the source of today’s inspiration however.

I am the owner of a Cineworld Unlimited card which entitles me to as many movies as I can watch in any Cineworld cinema outside of London’s West End for less than the price of two standard admissions. Now this morning I was up relatively early to take my sister-in-law to Bristol to get her bus back to university. As such, we took in an early screening. Being as it was a Sunday morning and most decent people were hung over in bed we were pretty much the youngest people in the place. And it seems that the hype around the film had dragged all sorts of people out on a Sunday morning – pensioners, families, and sitting to our right a middle-aged couple.

The gentleman, it became apparent as we all sat and munched on over salty snack foods had not been to the cinema for some time. 16 years in fact he estimated. This led him to make some interesting observations about his experience:

1) That the toilets were immaculately clean

Now I don’t know where the gentleman had last gone to the cinema, and I know that sometimes they gents can get a bit messy, but it seemed odd to me that he would not expect the toilets in any venue that had opened only 30 minutes ago to be anything but. He seemed very pleased with this.

2) To wonder where the usherettes were

With torches to show you to your seat. So for this man you had an allocated seat, and someone to show you to it. He really hadn’t been for a long time. However this idea is a nice one, and still happens in theatres, and gives a real feeling of customer service – a shame that the tradition has gone in our multi screen society.

3) To not be able to buy an ice cream in the screen

Now this one I remember from cinemas – the last time I remember happening is when they changed the reels whilst I was watching The Fugitive with my dad. Again, a loss of customer service – you have to go out to the lobby and queue up again if you fancy an over priced dairy product at the midway point.

However, I can give this man all his desires. He will need to drive to Suffolk, and visit Aldeburgh Cinema, where all of these things still happen.

The toilets are pretty clean too.