Headstone Manor Museum

Headstone Manor Museum

Hello folks.

It’s me again and in this blog I am going to be writing a blog that is close to my heart.

I haven’t been asked by the Museum to write this blog post but I thought that this would be a cool way of creating awareness of Headstone Manor Museum ahead of its Grand Opening.

The reason why this is close to my heart is because the Museum itself was the first place that I gained work experience. The Museum gave me an opportunity to put the skills that I developed from university into good use. I invested and devoted three years of service of working at the Museum so to go back to where it all began was a very special moment where I could reflect and be proud about what the Museum did for me.

This situation came about because I was invited to attend a special preview of the Museum and I couldn’t resist the temptation. I was flattered to be invited so I gladly accepted.

When I arrived at the Museum, it brought back memories of the route I used to take to get to the Museum, seeing familiar faces was quite comforting, it felt like I was there yesterday.

There was a good turn out of people who wanted to see the preview so I was as excited as they were so I found this very promising.

When I got to the main entrance, I was very humbled to see the professionalism of the entry point. The signs were clearly instructed, I went into the Small Barn where their was a video that touched briefly on the history of Harrow and significance of the site. For me it looked fabulous, I thought the introductory video was put together very well.

After going into the Small Barn, I went into the Manor House which is where the main part of the Museum starts.

Beforehand, I haven’t got the opportunity to actually go to the Manor House itself so I was very excited to go in and explore the different rooms around the house. When I saw the exterior, it kind of blew me away, it was like one of those properties you would expect on DIY SOS or Extreme Makeover Home Edition shows where in the aftermath of the work that was carried out to the House itself, it looked fabulous. (The house had been in restoration for a few years)


The Museum started off in the present and when I walked into each room, it was like stepping into time.

What I liked about the Museum was that the route I took from the start to finish was very well planned and well organised so you could go into one room and out another which was good. I also liked that there was loads to see and there was something to see for everyone.

The bit I found interesting was learning about how the railway influenced Harrow and how the people of Harrow reacted or thought about change in terms of railways been implemented.

I also liked the idea that there was a Research Room/Library Room where visitors can go into the room and carry out their own investigations in their own time.

After I visited the Museum, I went off to an afternoon tea where I caught up with some old faces who I worked with in my time at the Museum and I got the opportunity to meet some new faces.

On reflecting upon the day, I’m just glad that I went along to the Special Launch and that the three years I have invested in volunteering at the Museum have been put to good use.

I want to thank all the people who were involved in putting this event together and the opening of the Museum.

The staff and volunteers of the Museum have done a tremendous job and they can be proud of themselves of what they have achieved.

I would definitely recommend visiting Headstone Manor Museum to anyone who has an interest in local history or likes visiting historic properties.


If you want to find about the Museum, you can visit their website at HeadstoneManor.org

Thank you as always in reading my blog.

Feel free to post your comments below.


Why I chose to visit Dublin

Why I chose to visit Dublin

Hello viewers ūüôā

Like always, I’m very excited to be blogging again.

It’s one of those blogs that feels more like writing a biography than actually writing blog about Dublin itself.

In relation to Dublin, I was visiting Dublin a few weeks ago where my stay lasted for three days so I wanted to make the most of the trip.

I will be publishing some blogs along the way but I wanted to get to the nitty and gritty about why I chose to visit Dublin.

One of the reasons behind visiting Dublin was that I always wanted an opportunity to visit the city itself. I used to go on family trips to the midwest of Ireland in Co Mayo. All of the times that I went to visit Ireland at that point was crossing the ferry from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire. From crossing the port, we would drive past Dublin and didn’t get the opportunity to stop in Dublin before we set off which was a bit of a let down at the time. ¬†I didn’t really think about it until I was around my early 20s.

The first inkling of visiting the city was about two years ago. I didn’t initially like the idea of going to Ireland because the house I was staying in was in the village and in the middle of nowhere, my family didn’t have an interest in wanting to travel anywhere spectacular. They were comfortable with the idea that staying in the house most of the time ¬†and go out on rare occasions to town to do some grocery shopping. The whole idea was to relax basically.

Like many people in this situation, I took a different view. I wanted to have a purpose of going on the trip. As I knew that I would stay in for most of the time, I initially explored the idea of seeing whether or not you can get a train into Dublin.

I looked into it and I initially could have gone for a day but there were two things preventing me from doing that at the time, one of them was that the journey would have taken about three hours going into Dublin and three hours coming back so it wouldn’t have been beneficial to go there for a day. When I got to the nearest train station which was called Foxford, (it’s about a 15-20 minute drive from the town itself), it was very much an unoccupied station, there was no gate barriers, ¬†no ticket machines, just a platform. I quickly learnt that the train system in Ireland is very different to the Underground which I am familiar with. I didn’t know the area that well so I wouldn’t possibly know where to get rail tickets. ¬†There was a sign that appeared to show that only around six trains were going to be run on the day.

Initially that trip didn’t go completely to waste, I do remember visiting Sligo for a day but that’s about it.


The second reason why I wanted to go was because I felt there was love in the air. I initially went to see the girl who I hadn’t seen in over a year. The truth is, I wanted to see her again. I initially went to see her for a day last year,¬† I don’t regret or feel guilty about going to see her for one day because I was being cautious at the time. Why it took so long was because after my initial visit, she rang me a week later to say I wasn’t her type or she wasn’t interested in me anymore. I found it hard to accept that decision and in the end I didn’t accept that decision. Some months after, I wrote to her to ask for a second chance, I came clean to her to say that I have autism because I wanted to be honest and let her know my story. I later learnt a few months later that she thought meeting me was a mistake but despite how insulting it was (considering that I paid for my own airplane ticket myself) , it didn’t affect me or diminish my confidence of meeting her again.¬†I believe in taking chances in life. I believed that after the first visit that the girl was genuine and that I had feelings for her. I didn’t want anything stopping me from seeing her again and I wanted to put these bad experiences aside and make a fresh start.

I would like to conclude my blog by leaving a song that is one of my favourite songs at the moment and in a way the song was meaningful to the whole trip.



Banqueting House and Churchill War Rooms

Banqueting House and Churchill War Rooms

Hello Everyone.

Welcome to my post.

In this blog I’m going to review my day which was spent on visiting two places in Whitehall, these are:

  • Banqueting House
  • Churchill War Rooms

The reasons for visiting these two places weren’t really my choice.

I have recently joined as a member on a website called CitySocialiser that provides socials¬†to meet new people.¬†I said to myself that I didn’t have much to lose from going.

Another reason why I wanted to go was because I hadn’t been to Banqueting House or Churchill War Rooms before so the opportunity presented itself.

I met the group in London and we set off to visit Banqueting House first.

Before we went to Banqueting House, there was an event taking place in Whitehall, I didn’t realise it until I came home that it was National Armistice Day so it explains why there was a service going on.

Banqueting House

I didn’t know what to expect when visiting the Banqueting House, I just knew that Banqueting House belonged to Historic Royal Palaces and was famously used by Charles I.

When I visited the House, I immediately went to sit down to watch a brief video of the history of the Banqueting House, it was interesting to know that it was part of Whitehall Palace and that caught fire on three separate occasions. After watching the brief video, I went to the Banqueting Hall itself and it looked fabulous, I was taken back to the beautiful painted ceilings. The thing that was unexpected and made the trip worthwhile was that the Hall was filled with bean bags so I could literally relax and look up to the ceiling and admire it rather than feel dizzy standing up. The thing I also found interesting was the mirrors themselves, they were on various parts of the room so it allows the visitor to look down instead and feel it upside down. Before I left, I met with a volunteer who was showing objects that belonged to the House, this included the top of a vase, a kitchen tile and Portland stone.




One thing I learnt from the trip, was that Sir John Soane played a part on repairing the roof of the House and the windows itself so that made the trip worthwhile. I found it unique because I previously volunteered at Sir John Soane’s Museum so that made me intrigued.

The downsides of visiting the House itself was that it only contained one room so I couldn’t go up to the balcony or any other room in the House so I didn’t feel I got value for money.

Churchill War Rooms

After finishing Banqueting House, we all went to Churchill War Rooms (CWR).

I had no knowledge of CWR beforehand but I knew it was related to Winston Churchill and associated with World War II.

Overall, I did get value for money, there were loads of rooms to see, there were about 23 rooms which had audio guide information about each room and there was also the Winston Churchill Museum which documented his life before and after World War II.

I did find it cool to know about certain things of Winston Churchill so the trip was ok. I would suggest if you are ever going to CWR, there is a lot of walking involved. I was fortunate in the respect that the people in the group didn’t leave or desert me in CWR which was a very¬†good thing. I learnt from my date experience at Hunterian Museum that I can be left behind ūüė¶


During the middle part of the visit, I did my own exploring and caught up with the group during the latter stages which was good. After doing the whole visit, we walked through St James’s Park and went to a bar/cafe called Henry’s Cafe Bar afterwards. It was good just catching up with people and asking what they liked about the visit. The people I was with were quite outgoing and I just listened to what the people had to say.


Overall reflection

In reflection, the experience of the trip was fun, I got to see the sites that I intended to see and I met new people as well. I’m glad I went and seen both sites on one day. The people I was with on the trip were a good group to go with.

I would like to join some more CitySocialiser events and meet likeable/interesting people who I can develop friendships in the aftermath of these events. I will possibly get an inkling of whether it would be a good to continue on or not. By the end of it, I didn’t feel that I bonded with anyone so that was a bit of a disappointment.



Songs of 2017 so far

Songs of 2017 so far

Hello everyone.

In this blog, I am concerning on what songs I like in 2017. Music in 2017 has been interesting and refreshing to listen to, various newbies and loads of YouTube views.

Martin Jensen – Solo Dance

I actually just heard it for the first time at the start of September and brought the single on iTunes. It was so random how I found out the song, I was flicking through The Hits channel at home on a Saturday night. I just love the song, it is very upbeat and very fresh, it has a Jonas Blue feel to it.


Anne Marie – Ciao Adios

This is more of a popular song choice. I didn’t really like it at first off but until recently I got listening to it and I quite interested in listening to it again (it must have been Ed Sheeran). The song has a meaning. I hope somewhere along the line, the right girl comes eventually and relatively soon.


Calvin Harris feat Pharrel Williams, Katy Perry and Big Sean – Feels

This for me is an all star pairing, you have the top DJ in the world (Calvin Harris), one of the best songwriters (Pharrell Williams), one of the best female vocalists (Katy Perry) and a guy who can mix it up with some hip hop (Big Sean). This song is so suited to a summer party or a chilled party somewhere. This group can easily make a supergroup.


Paramore – Hard Times

When I heard this song, I was so excited to see Paramore back again (especially Hayley). I was expecting Paramore to return to their Pop-Punk roots but this is so different to what they have done in the past but it mixes quite well. I have been listening to the song since April and I’m not tired of listening to it.


Rat Boy Р Laid Back

This is a song that takes me to why I like listening to the Indie/Alternative genre. That is why I love this song, I am laid back about listening to this song and that doesn’t bother me. Although this isn’t going to be a mainstream song that is going to be on the UK TOP 40 but this song is attractable.


Miley Cyrus – Mailbu

I chose this song for a number of reasons, one reason being of course it got me thinking of a drinking brand lol. All joking aside, I feel Miley has grown to be more mature which is good because I didn’t really like how she has presented herself in the last two years or so. I respect Miley as well for how she presented herself in the music video and massive respect her for going out to perform in the Manchester concert after the Manchester tragedy.


Rita Ora – Your Song

I felt in LOVE just recently but I don’t have that excitable feeling anymore which is a bit of a let down but the song reminds me of what I can expect when I fall in LOVE.


Little Mix feat Machine Gun Kelly – No More Sad Songs

Normally, I don’t listen to Little Mix even though they are British and a successful girl band. I just felt even though I had some sadness in my life right now, you can’t have sadness forever so this song was a quick reminder to move on and have a positive attitude to life, THIS APPLIES TO EVERYONE.

No matter how hard life is, you can always come back and come back stronger.


Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson – Unpredictable

For me, I just love British artists so I’m being very biased about this song choice. In various ways, life is unpredictable. I didn’t predict that I would have a job right now so I’m not really control of my own destiny. I doubt that I will be expected to get a girlfriend anytime soon but when I do or if I do, I have no idea who this girlfriend will look like or what the girl will be interested in.

I’ve done some unpredictable things just recently, never thought I would be fulfilling objectives on my bucket list such as visiting York and going to TWO cricket matches and visit Lord’s THREE TIMES. It’s amazing what money can bring.

Let me know what you think of my song choices and have you got any song choices of your own?








My Day In York

My Day In York

Hello everyone ūüôā

Welcome to my latest blog.

In this blog I will be writing about my day in York.

My day in York wasn’t pre planned and it was organised the night before.

Originally, I thought about staying in York for two nights and then going to stay in Edinburgh for another two nights. That was the plan but I was quite hesitant on this idea so I just gone to visit York for a few hours just to get an idea of what to expect.

I went to York by train from King’s Cross and roughly took me two hours to get there which wasn’t too bad.

What I liked about the journey was that it was a direct train so it didn’t stop to any destinations along the way. What I didn’t like so much about the journey was that the seats were a bit small or tight to fit into, there weren’t any plugs or sockets to connect my laptop in the carriage so it was a bit of a let down so I ended up getting my codeword¬†puzzle book out. I also got the same impression of going on the Jubilee line train, my ears felt blocked or popped during the journey. All I can say tho is that I got to York safely and that is all that matters.

So when I got to York, I noticed there were a number of people in posh suits getting ready to go to the races. As I came out the train station, I literally had no idea where I was going initially so I just admired the scenery, follow the flock and look out for the sign posts. When I reached the city centre, I went immediately to Costa to treat myself to a nice coffee and a slice of chocolate flapjack. I used this time to plan what I was going to do on the day, at this time I arrived around midday and I had six hours to spare.


After I had my coffee, I set myself going to find the York Information Centre to get a grasp of the attractions in York. I initially planned to visit Yorkminster and the National Railway Museum on the same day.

After much thinking, I visited Yorkminster first as it was just on the corner of the Information Centre, I was there around 12:45, I didn’t know anything about Yorkminster but I was intrigued in what it would be like, I knew there was going to be a guided tour¬†at 13:00 so I arrived in good time. If I did anything different to my visit, I would do the Tower Climb but on my first visit, I don’t think I had enough energy left after exploring most of the building and taking photos anywhere on site.


Having said that, my visit to Yorkminster was amazing, I loved the architecture, stained glass windows, it was definitely a wow factor for me. I felt the guided tour was a personal touch to my visit. It often helps to have a person knowing the full history of the place and explaining the areas of significance of the building.

There was so much to see which to me has its benefits and it’s setbacks. The benefits that it gave me was that I was¬†able to see most of the areas, it felt like more of a museum than a place of worship, I got the opportunity to go to the Crypt and Undercroft downstairs which was covering what lurks underground. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take any photos as it wasn’t allowed. I remember seeing a stunning video of Daily Life at Yorkminster which was stunning (lol), what more can I say. The setbacks were that I didn’t come out of Yorkminster till 3:30 so I was restricted on time but in a good way, this helped me look forward to my next trip to York as I want to come back there again to see the many wonders that I didn’t get the opportunity to see.









Shortly after, I initially wanted to visit the National Railway Museum, this would have made sense as the Museum was not far from the train station but I initially gathered that I don’t feel staying an hour and a half was going to be enough and I wanted to go round the city. ¬†After I did a walk about through the city centre, I made a decision to find Treasurer’s House. Initially, I didn’t plan or prepare on visiting the House. I thought it would be useful just to see what it looked like, realistically I didn’t find the house to be anything special or exciting as I previously haven’t heard of it.

The sole reason why I wanted to visit Treasurer’s House was because it was owned by the National Trust which got me thinking …… as the property was outside of London, I would be able to get one thing off my bucket list. When I got the entrance, ¬†I wasn’t convinced on going through with it but I had at least an hour to spare so why not, I didn’t really have an other alternative. The admissions assistant was quite convincing, he was roughly the same age as me and came from Surrey originally so I was fortunate to meet someone from a similar circumstance so I followed my heart and did my visit in the house.


It was a bit embarrassing that I didn’t do much background research to begin with. I knew nothing about the significance about the house. I went to see the first room which was the Great Hall.


What I noticed about the rooms I was in, there was more of a story surrounding the antiques or objects that were in display rather than the rooms itself. I didn’t find this to be informative as my knowledge of antiques is quite poor and I don’t have much enthusiasm about the objects.


As I walked through each room, the more enthusiasm I gained with learning about the property. I learnt a cool fact about the property (SPOILER), a year before Edward VII was made King, Edward with his wife Alexandra and daughter Victoria went to visit the house which was an intriguing fact as I love reading up about British monarchs.

Overall my experience of visiting the property was desirable. It is fair to say, I had no expectations coming in to visiting the property. On the positive note, it was a good experience, the reason why I said the experience was desirable because the visit was a bonus or a cherry on the cake.


The only negative notes that came to mind was that by the time I arrived there were no guided tours commencing after I arrived, like the visit to Yorkminster, the tour of the property would have opened my eyes to the collection. I can’t be fussed about taking the time to read the paperwork, realistically I had an hour to go through the property, the other thing which I didn’t do when I was at the property was to go through the Garden, maybe I can do that next time.

Overall, my time in York was fantastic, I don’t have any regrets about planning an overnight trip in York as I didn’t have a realistic time plan but the experience has taught me a lot about myself and has opened my horizons.

There is a few sightseeing places that I haven’t been to so that has got me excited about my next trip to York. I hope my next experience to York will be a blast.



My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 2

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 2


So this is to continuation of my experience of being at The Oval in person and watching the second day of the test match.

If you haven’t read my blog reflecting on my experience on Day 1, you can click on¬†My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1 to find out more.

I had a different kind of excitement about the second day because I was in the opposite end which felt closer to the action.


When I got to the Laker Stand, I felt like I was a VIP or a special guest, it wasn’t far from going past the Hobbs Gates, there were two guards outside and when I found out I was in the right place, I was over the moon, I couldn’t believe it. I was so ecstatic. When I got to my seat, it felt like I was in the Royal Box or in a first class carriage. The atmosphere was so peaceful, there were only a small limited capacity so I wasn’t that disturbed. There were also seats with companies names on so I knew I was with articulate minds lol. On the right of me there was the Beer Garden and only people from that particular stand could access it which is why it felt exclusive. The tip I would give to anyone going to the Laker Stand would be always keep hold of your tickets, I went out the Laker Stand to fill up my water bottle just around the corner and when I came back to the Stand, I needed to show the guards my ticket to get allowed back into the stand.




While I was watching the game, I used the earpiece that my cousin lend me so I had the treat of listening to the commentary at the same time.

In overall reflection,

I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as I liked, there are a combination of a few things that caused this.

First off, I went to the two days by myself because I didn’t feel there was anyone in particular that I would see myself going with and because of that I did feel a little bit isolated in some respects. It didn’t really put me that I was going by myself because my main attention would be to watching the match and my mind usually freezes at that point. If I did have a mate there, I would be thinking what can I talk about in the duration of seven hours? Not a lot lol.

This experience has given me the realisation of what it would be like travelling to Lord’s which has put me off from going to the test match in September and it also impacts on what I can expect if I was traveling to Australia. I think it’s safe to say I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I would have liked.

In terms of the day itself, I don’t think I could sit through a day anytime soon, it feels very long-winded in many respects which has put me off from going to Australia because the trip from London to Sydney would roughly take 12 hours alone followed by sitting a minimum of six days or a maximum of 10 match days. If I can’t sit and enjoy two days then how I am I going to through the rest of the days.

One thing that bothered me about both days was the crowd. The one thing I find hard to cope with in general on match days is a crowd of people going to a specific event. For instance, when I was at uni and coming home in the evenings, sometimes England would play at Wembley Stadium and I go past Wembley Park (nearest station to the stadium) that would always bother me. Recently when Joshua was fighting Klitchsko at Wembley Stadium, I was coming home from Kensington so I had a mob of fans on the train who were very loud. The atmosphere of having a large crowd has always bothered me in a small places. I do accept that these situations are likely to happen and I have to mask my feelings. I’m quite glad I’m not a season ticket holder in the football sense because the crowds on the train every week would likely put me off so I’m just glad I don’t go out on match days and avoid it as much as possible. Having said that, this won’t put me off going to Old Trafford, San Siro or Lyon to watch a football game. As long as I can travel to at least one game then I’m happy.

I can at least admit that by writing this blog , I have been open to expressing my feelings and giving my reactions. I tried something but unfortunately it didn’t work out to the way I wanted.

Unfortunately we can get cases like that in different things so it is up to us as an individual to just experience it.

It is a shame but it’s out the way now so I won’t lose sleep over this. I basically compare this experience to an internship role I performed in a digital marketing agency, I was interested to know what it would be like to work in digital marketing but after the two weeks I came to the realisation and conclusion that it wasn’t a career I wanted to pursue.

It can be about trial and error, if you aren’t going to try to experience new things then you don’t have the way of knowing. I felt like that in the way of thinking last year on going on my first date, if I hadn’t gone to Dublin then potentially I would have no way of knowing whether the girl was going to like me or not. I’m just glad I can sit here now and be on good terms with her. She gives me inspiration to better my life ūüôā

And I’m glad now that I found my answer that I can just enjoy cricket from my bedroom or living room and not have to go to watch it live.

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1

My visit to The (Kia) Oval Part 1

Hello everyone.

This first part of my blog will be discussing my experience of going to the first day of the test series at The Oval cricket ground between England and South Africa.

My purpose of going to The Oval was to have a first-hand experience of what it is like as a spectator to be watching a test match close-up as I feel it is important for me to accomplish this feat as it was one my goals I wanted to achieve.

I love watching test matches on TV, when I was at university, I would literally stay up during the night around Christmas time to watch test matches that aired in Australia and be up during the day to watch test matches shown in South Africa.

My love of watching test cricket was what drove me to go and watch the test match at The Oval Cricket ground so I felt that this was an opportunity to accomplish this achievement.

I initially went for the first two days of the test match.

What felt special about going to the test match at the time is that it was the 100th match to be hosted at the ground which I find remarkable. I’m not going to bore everyone with cricket facts because my audience is not specifically cricket fans lol. Why I find it remarkable is that it is second best to Lord’s cricket ground (if you are wanting to watch cricket in London that is) so I didn’t think there would be many test matches held at the venue but cricket has exceeded for over 100 years.

So on the first day, I was feeling excited about going and I was relieved than anything to have some time to relax and put the pressures of work aside.

When I got to The Oval, I think I arrived on the dot at 11 so I had to rush to my seat. If you saw my previous article of my visit to Lord’s, I was a bit cautious on going to a cricket match.

One of them was that i was concerned someone had already taken my seat and the feeling of getting sun burnt AGAIN. I didn’t actually mind where I was sitting, I wanted a straight on view of the pitch rather than a side on view and be close up in each of the two days with opposite views. On the first day, I was by the OCS stand so to me it felt further away than the opposite side. I certainly felt that it was a bit quieter which was ok.


Some of the drawbacks I experienced was that I was concerning on the game too much with my eyes so in one of the pics that was taken of me on the day looked like I had a black eye which wasn’t great. I also wasn’t familiar to what to expect in a day of a test match, I knew it would last a day but it felt a long day, here is like the times:

11am – 1pm (first session)

1:45 to 4pm (second session)

4:15 to 7pm (third session)

In total that is roughly seven hours of play to watch in a day. For me it felt mentally draining to actually watch all of it. What I didn’t do on the first day was have a proper meal. I only brought about two breakfast bars which wasn’t a lot so that is one thing I specific learnt, always come prepared.

One unexpected surprise was meeting my cousin and uncle at the game, I was happy to see them both at the game and thank them both for their¬†hospitality they showed. If it is the only time I’ll see friends or family at a cricket match then at least it will go down as a memory to savor.

Disappointedly, the rain came down during the latter end of the day so some of the play was stopped. When the play was suspended, I took my mind off the match and spent some time walking through the ground, it wasn’t an ideal experience going through the crowd but I wanted to explore the different parts of the ground in the mean time. By the time it was close of play, the rain poured down very heavily, I was glad when I got out of there when I did but there was also people rushing out as well going to the nearest tube station as it was around the time people would get travel home from work as well so that wasn’t ideal either.

The things I took away from the first day were:

  1. The opportunity to see FAMILY,  Family is SPECIAL MOMENT IN TIME (SMIT lol)
  2. The second thing, I needed to remember to put suncream on for the day after
  3. Remember to prepare a packed lunch
  4. Listen to the cricket commentary to entertain myself with
  5. Bring loads of water

Part 2 will be up shortly