Monday, 12 November 2018

Royal Caribbean Symphony Of The Seas Cruise Review

I have recently got back from a Mediterranean cruise on the Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship  Symphony Of The Seas.  It was brilliant, just awesome! Every aspect of the cruise was brilliant in my eyes however I am biased as I was only really going to see my artwork in situ.  But from a cruising virgin, and a fussy bugger, I found everything from the food, to the staff, facilities just top class.  Had I had younger children they would have been in their element.  I went with my youngest son Leon who's 19 and we just had a blast.  We got the drinks package and turned it into a booze cruise where we partied all night and some how managed to get up early for excursions (well we missed the first one).

I am so going on more cruises as I loved every aspect of it.  The Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world costing over a billion to build apparently.  It has the best Art on there of course.  Actually when the ship first set sail i read a review on trip advisor and it was terrible, its started like this:  "I sailed on the April 14 sailing on Symphony of the Seas and it was one of my worst vacation experiences. I’ll start with the positives: The ship is beautiful. The artwork is beautiful..."  It then ranted on for ages about poor food etc etc.   I found no problems with the ship at all.  But then I went excited to see my sculpture so was in a positive vibe and on cloud nine really.

So here are some pictures.  This is me and Leon on the plane after a 3 hour drive and two hour wait in Gatwick.

We landed in Barcelona and I wasn't expecting much but I was really pleasantly surprised. I have been to many parts of Spain but not Barcelona.  I loved the streets and architechure and would definitely like to go back and spend longer there.  We had one day in Barcelona with one nights sleep in Les Ramblas which was right in the heart of the City. 

There were loads of craft and antique stools which i enjoyed.  I went on a mission to find an old 1920s cigarette case for my eldest son (who is a tommy shelby lookalike). I did fine one in the right era but was I was too tight to buy it.  After some food (spoilt for choice) we decided to walk to the Zoo as it wasn't too far.

The next day we had a transfer to the port.  By this stage I was seriously getting excited.  This is the first full glimpse of the ship as we approached the port.

As we got closer the size of it was becoming more apparent

Not sure I believe those life boats will hold 8 thousand people! 

As soon as we got on board we headed to find our rooms. Our cases weren't there yet and all i could think about was heading to the Spa to see Heidi. (She is named Miss Hydrangea but I call her Heidi for short).  So once we had checked the room out we went off to find the spa.  I already saw on the lift map that the Spa was at the front of the ship on Deck 6.

We entered the ship on Deck 5 where there were lots of shops, pubs, the bionic bar, the Royal Theatre and some cool art:

These two sculptures were being made by Andrew Sinclair at the same time as my flower lady.  I actually helped make these.  My memories are not great as the smell of the resin really got to me in the last week I was there and these are the culprits.   But they looked the part and it was good to spot them.  Andrew made a number of sculptures for the ship so I was on a mission to find them all.

Finding our room was easy and on the door handle were our cards and some info.  This card you use for the door and everything,  all the buying on ship and getting on and off.  The room was compact but had everything we needed, glad to see a hair dryer in the draw.  Only complaint was no kettle and tea bags etc. I couldn't care less about coffee but I do like a tea first thing. 

Dropping some bags off we went off in search of Heidi,  just one deck up to go.  Straight away I walked around the corner and there she was!

I took a small sculpture as this was how Heidi was meant to come out like:

We played crazy golf a few times..

We loved the casino.  Lost a few quid in there but enjoyed every second.

I loved the fact that the room cleaners did this for me.  It made me giggle so much.  I like little touches like this.

Food art:

Pictures from Rome.

Me on the last night seeing Heidi again.  I went to see it most days and dragged people who I told and wanted a picture with me and it.

The cruise went to Marseille in France, Majorca and three Italy locations La Spezia, Rome and Naples.  I totally fell in love with Italy.  I am so going back on a shopping trip.  All the trousers actually fitted me, I was gob smacked!  Being nearly 6ft I struggle with getting trousers and clothes to fit.

Overall the cruise was just amazing.  I so need to run workshops on that ship.  I could of sold tons of flower people if I could have directed them to the shop.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Don't visit your GP, they are just drug pushers

I just need to get this off my chest as I am angry. I just got off the phone to an old friend.  The conversation I had was very similar to one I had with another friend not that long ago which is why I am so fuming.  He basically told me he hadn't been well, aches and pains all over, tired etc and his Doctor said he had this condition and there is no cure.   He seemed pleased to be able to put a label on it.   Now I know this man very well and from an outsiders point of few I am not surprised he is now labeled with a disease.  He has lived most of his life in dis-ease as it were.  He gets angry very easily and only seems happy if he is moaning about his life or the country.  His environment is not a healthy one, he does a stressful job, he doesn't eat well or exercise, drinks far to much, always seems to be in unhealthy relationships and so on.

This disease is Fibromyalgia and I now know 4 people who have this so called disease. A fibromyalgia diagnosis means that you have pain and other symptoms and the doctors have no idea why.

Now anyone with any common sense realise we all create our reality include health and ill health.  I know for one, every single thing I have created in my life for me was done by me and my doing.  Every time I have got ill, I know I created it, when I got depressed, I know I created it.  I follow science and anyone who has looked into modern physics will understand what I am talking about. There is so much scientific evidence these days that I believe it should be taught in schools.  I am in the process of writing a children books where I teach this. We all grow up with preconceived ideas of how things work taught to us by our parents, which is often misinformation.

I recently had pain in my tendons and when I walked I felt this pain down the back of my legs and it was starting to cause concern.  I had to stop my fitness class which annoyed me plus I was struggling to walk the dog. Everyone said 'go to the doctors' but I don't trust doctors full stop.  GPs or Doctors are just drug pushers and trained to treat symptoms with drugs rather than look for the cause of the issue.  I dated a GP once and I learnt a lot of unsettling information about the industry and what they are taught and not taught.  We all know the pharmaceutical companies are raking it in, as we all know that prescription drugs are the biggest killer.  After my visit I was none the wiser, he gave me exercises to do and offered pain killers which I refused. This got me really looking into the problem,  I caused it.. but how..

Around the time I was reading a lot about the work of Bruce Lipton who talks about the environment is what shapes everything.  It makes perfect sense, just think of a drop of water.  It takes its shape due to its environment. Just think of water molecules. Water can be liquid, vapor or solid all due to its environment.  One night it was like a bingo moment.  I was doing my usual stuff when I felt this pain up my leg and it dawned on me what was causing it.  For months I had got into a routine of putting my knees up to rest my iPad on them.  My ancles and toes were gripping the bed or sofa putting strain on my tendons.  Once I realised this was causing my issue, I changed the way I sat and after a couple of weeks the pain had gone.  So I self healed just by looking at what caused it in the first place and changed its environment.  This is what doctors or people should be doing and should be taught at schools.  Forget drugs to treat symptoms of dis-ease, figure out what caused the issues and change the environment.  There is no such thing as disease or an incurable disease.

The article below is more evidence as each one of my 4 friends which have this so called condition fit into one of the categories below.

Taking a Natural Approach to Finding a Cure

By Michael E. Platt, MD

I have often told my patients that if they are feeling aches and pains, the best thing they can have is fibromyalgia. Of course, a statement like that tends to create some confusion, considering that people with fibromyalgia are always told there is no cure for this condition. But, in fact, fibromyalgia is curable—despite what doctors say—when the underlying cause is treated.

Curing a disease requires treating the underlying cause of the condition; however, today’s medical system concentrates instead on treating symptoms, often with extremely toxic medications. In the case of fibromyalgia, the drug Lyrica, used to treat nerve pain, fits comfortably into this category. In addition, do not be deceived by the manufacturer’s TV ad suggesting that the pain of fibromyalgia is due to the overstimulation of nerve endings.

The pain of fibromyalgia, which is neither an inflammatory condition nor an autoimmune disease, is actually caused by the buildup of lactic acid in muscle tissue and tendon sheaths. It is the same pain referred to as “muscle burn” by athletes who work out. At this point it has become obvious that in order to eliminate the pain of fibromyalgia, one has to prevent the buildup of lactic acid, which, in turn, is accomplished by treating the underlying cause(s) of this condition.

There is no simple, one-size-fits-all underlying cause of fibromyalgia, but all causes share common factors. For example, the only situation that creates a buildup of lactic acid is persistent muscle tension over a certain amount of time. There are a number of things that can lead to muscle tension, but the one we will focus on is internalization of anger.

Anger can be an extremely powerful emotion. If people do not allow it to be released, it will be internalized and produce a situation creating persistent muscle tension, producing the buildup of lactic acid.

So the question arises: “Where does this anger come from?”

There appear to be two major sources: an extremely stressful relationship, such as living with an abusive spouse, necessitating “walking on eggshells;” or caregiving for a family member, requiring putting one’s own life on hold until that person passes on. The second major source of anger is actually a lot more common, and although it is consistently unrecognized as a source of anger, it is thankfully a lot easier to address. At this point we have arrived at the most common underlying cause of fibromyalgia: the presence of excess adrenaline.

As many people are aware, adrenaline is known as the fight-or-flight hormone. It is extremely powerful and is certainly capable of creating intense anger such as “road rage.” (I will be discussing the interrelationship between adrenaline and fibromyalgia, but please be aware that this hormone is also the underlying cause of many other conditions that are also felt to be incurable.)

As previously mentioned, the pain of fibromyalgia is caused by a buildup of lactic acid from constant muscle tension. Again, this can be caused by anger from certain interpersonal relationships or from the release of excess adrenaline. Contributing to the buildup is the tension of the muscles compressing small veins—venules—which carry lactic acid out of muscles. At the same time, muscle tension similarly compresses lymphatic vessels that also function to remove lactic acid from muscles. This creates a situation where the lactic acid is continuously building up, but is not able to be drained.

In addition, this persistent muscle tension is responsible for the constant fatigue that fibromyalgia patients complain of. Muscle tension is also responsible for other symptoms associated with this condition, such as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)—which causes pain and dysfunction in the jaw—the grinding of teeth, restless leg syndrome (RLS)—unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move them—and occipital neuritis, which is a headache often confused with a migraine because of its severe pain radiating from the base of the skull to the back of the eye.

If one is able to accept that excess adrenaline is the underlying cause of many cases of fibromyalgia, then one can easily postulate that the lowering of adrenaline can actually be curative of this condition—and it is. Additionally, eliminating those stresses caused by the actions of other people can also cure fibromyalgia caused by unfortunate life situations. I have witnessed this repeatedly in multiple cases. It might not be easy getting rid of an abusive spouse, arranging caretakers for a family member, or even separating from a pet that causes anger, but the health rewards are worth pursuing these changes.

To lower adrenaline levels, we must first understand why the body overproduces this hormone. Up until a certain time in history, the body only produced excess adrenaline in times of danger. It allowed people to either face the danger or run away from it—the fight-or-flight response. Such a physical response lasted only a few minutes, and as soon as the danger passed, the adrenaline level returned to normal. Today, however, there are people who release adrenaline all day and night without being in danger. So why is this?

First, a little background information. It is important to understand that the brain uses more sugar than any other part of the body. When sugar is taken away from the brain, the brain falls asleep. This is commonly referred to as hypoglycemia. People often get sleepy between 3 and 4 p.m., when insulin levels peak. When insulin goes up, blood sugar goes down. Some people get hypoglycemic after eating, simply because food stimulates the release of insulin (some foods more than others). It is also not unusual for people to get sleepy in a car, either as a driver or as a passenger. The reason for this is that the brain uses up a lot of fuel when a person is riding in a car. From a survival standpoint, the body always wants to make sure the brain has enough fuel.

Thus, any time the body detects a low amount of fuel in the brain, it releases adrenaline to raise sugar levels. It is a process called gluconeogenesis, mediated by the sympathetic nervous system, and allows for the conversion of protein into sugar. We are now at the point that it is possible to visualize how fibromyalgia can be significantly improved simply by providing the brain with the necessary fuel to prevent the need for releasing adrenaline. Generally speaking, it only takes about 24 hours to significantly reduce adrenaline. This reduction causes a relaxation of muscle tension and an improvement in circulation, which allows for the elimination of excess lactic acid.

The best sugar for the brain can be found in green vegetables. However, the best fuels for the brain are those oils that create ketone bodies in the brain, such as coconut oil or palm oil. By incorporating these foods into your diet, you should notice a reduction in symptoms of excess adrenaline fairly rapidly. The other major component needed for reducing adrenaline is using bio-identical progesterone cream that has a strength of 5 percent (50 mg) per pump—the amount required to block adrenaline and control insulin. Additionally, ancillary aids to help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia include d-ribose, magnesium, coenzyme Q10, and certainly a high dose of vitamin D3 (10,000 to 15,000 IU per day), along with vitamin K2 (MK-7).

Generally speaking, use of these methods often leads to a cure for fibromyalgia in three days to three weeks.

About the Author:

Michael E. Platt, MD, has been board-certified in internal medicine. Known internationally as a specialist in bio-identical hormones, he is the author of The Miracle of Bio-Identical Hormones and Adrenaline Dominance. Visit him at


Now every person is unique and their circumstances so any doctor who doesn't really get to know and understand a person isn't really going to be able to help.

Cure for MS

Another so called incurable disease is MS.  I know a couple of people who have been diagnosed with it and are taking drugs prescribed by GPs.  Below is a video of a lady who cured herself.  

Right that's it I have had my moan, I'd better get back to work to earn money so my taxes can pay for all the drugs and benefits all these people get.

Monday, 19 March 2018

My Son is now a Tommy Shelby Lookalike!

.....and I am his agent!

Ever since Peaky Blinders hit the screens people have been coming up to my son saying how he looks like Tommy Shelby. Soon as he told me (which was not long after the first series was aired) we all watched the show on catch up then on TV as the series aired. Instant fans!  And what a cool character Tommy is.  We could all see see the similarities.

We went on a Peaky Blinders Tour here and I wrote about it here.  He was a hit and everyone started to comment and ask pictures.  As folk were getting off they were thanking us for being there and making it extra special which was a nice feeling. He was actually offered a roll of tour guide by the company as he was such a hit. Myself and everyone has told my son how he should milk it and become a lookalike which is why I created this blog post.  I knew it was a matter of time before someone phoned. He thinks or rather did think it was all a bit cringe (he's not really the dressing up type and thinks it silly).  But after I got a call and I begged him to do it he is glad he did it.  He was a huge hit.  His debut was at this speakeasy blinders pop up bar event in Leicester last Friday and Saturday.  He got so much positive feedback and really enjoyed himself although he did admit it was hard work.

He was bloody brilliant.  He can act and he pulled off the accent well.  Everyone wanted their picture taken with him and he was the star of the event for sure.  He worked with trained actors and they all said he was a natural.  I always thought he was going to be an actor or stunt man because as a toddler he had no fear and if I turned my back he would easily be climbing fences or trees. Looks like acting might be calling first.  He could also be Tommy's stunt double as he knows how to fall and has done a number of martial arts in the past.  Perhaps this is a new career for him, or at least a bit of fun and a way to earn a bit of extra money at the weekends while Peaky's is hot.

I would do it.  If I looked like a celeb or character I would milk it.  We are all working whores really. Everybody sells their body to an extent.  Our bodies are tools to do any job, be it being an engineer or lookalike.   I am an IT and sculpture whore!!!!

Today I had had another call from someone running an event looking for a Tommy lookalike, so I am acting as his agent. Plus my son has also had a call from a real agent, so its all going swimmingly.

So anyone wanting to hire my son for events contact myself on 07813 257386 or visit

He wants to be able to offer more than just being a lookalike. He could just do meet and greet but we are working on possible scenarios which would work well in events. I am off to google 1920s pub games and the like to see if I can come up with ideas.  He just wants to reenact fights and create scenes.  He really got into the acting and the fight scenes in Leicester, they were good.  He has a belt in Aikido and he has trained in Thai Boxing so he is perfect for all that malarkey.  Also he used to work behind a bar so he could always just be Tommy behind the bar of a mock up Garrison pub at an event

Here are some pictures from his debut as a working Tommy Shelby lookalike actor:

Some pictures I took from the evening:

Below with his younger brother who himself makes a damn fine Peaky Blinder!  Currently travelling around Thailand, but when he returns he will join us in this Peaky Blinder madness. I recon I could pull off Polly to be fair... mmm now I am thinking..

Here's me as a very proud mum!