Blog post #018 – The Power Of Journaling

Advice, Education, Life in General, Podcast

In today’s blog post I decided to share a teaching that I have taken from the book that I am reading at the moment. That book is the Art Of Resilience by Ross Edgley. I have spoken about Ross and his books on the podcast before and I am a follower of his work ever since his Great British Swim. 

The teaching that I am going to discuss today is one that Ross calls ‘The Power Of Journaling’. He says that the act of journaling is a shared habit that all stoics had in common. Ross suggests people like Socrates and Arelius from Ancient Greece are part of this group of so-called ‘stoics’. Ross states that they all took the time to document their daily thoughts, feelings and theories ‘with constant and continual reflection and self-improvement’. 

Ross presents these questions to ask yourself whilst journalling:

  • What bad habit did I curb today?
  • How am I better?
  • Were my actions just?
  • How can I improve?

The act of journaling is more than keeping a diary. It’s a daily practice in philosophy as you reflect on the days that have passed and prepare for those ahead. And this is something that I am trying to bring into my own life and trying to experiment whether this practice is something that I can sustain and proves useful. Perhaps you can give it a go, it is always worth a try. 

Happy journaling. 

Blog Post #017 – My First Art Exhibition

Art, Life in General

This blog post brings together the artwork selected for my final exhibition that has been completed over the last 2 years for my International Baccalaureate Art course. The exhibition took place in The Pie Factory, an art gallery in Margate, Kent. The exhibition was open to the public and saw north of 250 people coming in to have a look around. The entire experience was a first for myself and I feel far more confident in articulating the reasoning behind my work to strangers, I feel this is a worthwhile skill to work upon.  


To begin I have my exhibition description which hopes to explain my thinking that underpins my overall exhibition and brings together each of the individual pieces together into a harmonious art installation. Alongside the images of each piece sits a section of text that allows for greater clarification and understanding of the work that I have completed by offering further information. 

Exhibition Description: 

With an untrained eye, one may see a singular beautiful thing. A trained eye, however, will see a hundred beautiful things. It is not what you are looking at, it’show you look at it. A simple building may appear to be rather plain and unappealing, but upon closer observation, one can see the interesting placement of windows, the patterned carpet and the ornate doorknobs. Only those that consciously seek out the finer details begin to deeper appreciate their surroundings, only then you can say you are fully immersed within a space.

My thesis statement for this exhibition is simply: Stop, look and listen. This serves as a constant reminder to step back and consider the finer details in the world around us. This is something that I have found myself having to consider as I found myself wrapped in my school life and was losing perspective and clarity within my mind leading to a deeper, personal connection with my work.


Une petite cathédrale

The upcycling of used, defunct sporting equipment that utilises the general form of flying buttresses found in cathedrals creating a useful and exciting lighting piece. 


Staple City 

A group of young children were asked to respond to the task, ‘draw a city skyline’. The responses were very similar, with simple shapes drawn. Taking these simplified forms, I tried to reflect this ideology in my sculpture. The sculpture is focused on stripping back the confusion of our cities and focusing on what is beneath the surface. A group of young children were asked to respond to the task, ‘draw a city skyline’. The responses were very similar, with simple shapes drawn. Taking these simplified forms, I tried to reflect this ideology in my sculpture. The sculpture is focused on stripping back the confusion of our cities and focusing on what is beneath the surface. 


The Wheel of Colour

An inspired piece from my great-great-grandfathers sketchbook showed also. This is a presentation of my exploration into colour via the creation of a colour wheel with the design being made up of interior designs that have piqued my interest. This construction expresses a metaphor, the blurred colour when the wheel is spinning represents normal, fast-paced life. When halted by the hand it signifies the clarity that arises when time is taken to ‘Stop Look Listen.’


The Search for Obscure Beauty 

A collection of carefully selected photographs that seek to explore the finer details within the surroundings of my ‘town’. The aim was to try and find beauty in places where they are least expected and are missed by many that choose not to look. 


Inside/Outside – 50% 

An exploration into the manipulation of the pencil to depict a dissected shell. The shell has been cut in half to expose the inner beauty that is hidden to those that never look. The halved shell is present for observation.


The 16 Hour Clock 

An inspired piece from a finer detail that piqued my interest which I observed in the British Museum in London. The intricate patterning of the observed window was divided into 16 sections which led to the aptly named ‘16 Hour Clock’. 


The Johnson Table

A resting place for my collection of my ‘City That Never…’ pieces but remains relevant as the legs hark back to Frank Lloyd Wright’s design of the ‘Johnson Wax Headquarters’


Jet Black Tub Chair 

Adding to this collection of soft furnishings this tub chair takes inspiration from the circular forms and ‘faux’ trees found in Frank Lloyd Wright’s ‘Johnson Wax Headquarters’ in Wisconsin. 


The City That Never Sleeps 

Through the exploration of these simplified forms and shapes, I created a design that takes a simplified skyline and I have stitched it onto a self-made soft furnishing which adds further context to the ‘Jet Black Tub Chair’. 


The City That Never Reads

The utilisation of a book signifies how important it is for us to maintain a habit of reading. In today’s age, social media has infatuated our minds of sometimes useless information and we must make a conscious decision to take back control and read more. The simple skyline represents a stripped-back reality, and this simplified attitude to life is something to consider. 


The City That Never Drinks

An exploration of an alternative artistic technique whilst maintaining this design of a simplified skyline on a mug as explored in various of my other pieces. 


‘Thesis’ 

These words formulate my thesis statement, tying together all of my exploration pieces and consolidating them to this idea that we as people must slow down at times and take time to ‘STOP and LOOK’ for those finer details that go missing in our everyday lives.


Mankind’s arches 

A simplified replication of an arch found in Canterbury Cathedral allowed me to bring a large scale construction, capturing the shapes and forms observed by myself, inside the Pie Factory. The ivy, however, reminds us that these human forms are derived from nature. 


All together these individual pieces came together to make up my exhibition, I was very pleased in the way that it all came together and I am proud of the hard work that I have put in over the last 2 years. I have enjoyed the exhibition experience and look forward to immersing myself into similar situations in the future. I think I will have access to similar situations in architecture school which I am looking forward to. 

I see this exhibition as an example to myself the necessity of long hours and hard work to see successful results. 

To many more long hours before the end.

Episode #008 – Andrew Gallimore: Exploring The Potential Of DMT

Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the show notes for the eighth episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite today’s guest onto our podcast, Andrew Gallimore. His name is Andrew Gallimore, he is a neurobiologist, chemist, and pharmacologist who is interested in looking at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. He is the author of the book: Alien Information Theory, where he collates his findings and thoughts. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as we touch on a range of topics throughout our time together. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Andrew will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Andrew Gallimore, a neurologist, chemist and pharmacologist who looks at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. 
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Andrew to answer. However, throughout the episode, we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we cover a range of topics that relate both directly to Rafael’s research and ideologies. 

If you fancy finding out what Andrew’s insightful and interesting comments in reply to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  2. What were your first experiences with psychedelic drugs? School/university? Where did your interest start? 
  3. Differences between drugs/ different experiences?
  4. Can you tell us a bit about your book and your motivation to put pen to paper?
  5. The simulation theory is an ideology utilised in several films, do you like any of these interpretations and if so what is your favourite? 
  6. What has drawn you to live in Japan? 
  7. How would you like to be remembered? 

In this week’s interview, we strayed from asking precise questions but launched our discussion surrounding the topics below. I was truly fascinated by what Andrew had to say and it opens your mind up to what may be possible. 

  1. Topic: Aliens 
  2. Topic: Alternate Universes – Idea Of Infinity
  3. Topic: CPU/Matrix Simulation 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Andrew’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ was the release of a CIA classified file that describes techniques used by the US military to manipulate the frequency of the brainwaves by playing certain beats through headphones. This idea behind the experiments is to manipulate the mind to communicate with different aspects of reality which is very similar to what Andrew is looking at doing with psychedelic drugs. This could suggest that there is some weight behind the possibility of this becoming a reality. 

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was the idea of “Minimalism”. I watched the Netflix documentary – Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. This, as well as some prior interest in the ideology, has pushed me to question what I have and what I need and to learn that perhaps less is more. I’m trying to shift my mentality to buying premium quality products that will last but only if I need them and they individually bring me joy. 

https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80114460

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was a podcast called “Architecture Den” which is a weekly architecture news show with features and reviews. The co-hosts Bill and Ben discuss a host of topics related to architecture. Some of the topics they break down are Architecture School, Money and Technology to name a few. Hayden highly recommends giving this podcast a listen if you are interested in architecture. 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Andrew on the show and I am sure we will have him back on the podcast. 

I highly recommend checking out Andrew’s website which is a treasure trove of information and you can find his book, courses and much more there.

http://www.buildingalienworlds.com/

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #016 – Results Day

Advice, Architecture School, Education, Life in General

My results day is upon us! Today, on the 6th of July, I will receive a series of numbers that have governed all that I have done over the last two years and will dictate the path that I take from now.

And the strangest thing about it all is the way that my sixth form experience ended without any examinations and all the celebrations that come along with finishing school forever. My grades will come down to a calculated grade that takes in consideration my coursework and my predicted grades which means it is difficult to try and judge how well you have done, unlike the immediate response you get once you leave an exam hall. However, I feel as though I have come to the point where I accept what has happened and am grateful that I worked as hard as I did in my coursework portions rather than depending on the written exam section. 

My heart goes out to everyone who is in the same situation and I hope we all get what we hope to. I have been reminded by people close to me that these numbers will not define what I can do in life and that is the same for anyone. 

I’ll finish off this post with this quote which I will keep in mind whilst I open up my results. 

“Everything happens for a reason. Don’t question it, trust it.” 

Good luck everyone!

Blog Post #015 – The Power Of Habits

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

I decided to write briefly about the power of habits this week. This blog post is inspired by something that Kyle Sinko touched upon in our interview with him on my new podcast, Discussed It. If you want to give that episode a listen or any other episodes at that follow the links below. 


In short, what Kyle spoke about was the importance of maintaining good habits throughout your life and he imparted upon us how crucial habits are when studying architecture at university. Myself and Hayden Day, my co-host are both heading to architecture school soon so this very concept will be useful to us. However, I believe that the concept can be applied in another circumstance and is most definitely not reserved just for architecture school. 


The concept is simply:

‘When successfully carrying out a good habit you take one step forward, but every time you unsuccessfully carry out that habit you take three steps back.’ 


The idea behind is that with every success the gains are very incremental but with failure, its effects are greater felt. For example, if you told yourself that you are going to exercise every day for a week and did so on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but failed to do so on Thursday the three figurative points that you had gained are now obsolete and it takes longer to get back to where you were. 

In short, the message that Kyle was trying to get across is that consistency is key and good habits are forged over long periods and perseverance. 

It is a slightly confusing concept but one I am trying to put into action as I feel that when I fall out of a habit for a short period it feels much harder to get back into it than if I had just kept on going. 

Another way to look at it is by looking at the image at the top of the post of a ripple effect in water. You can imagine that consistent habits are from one ripple moving outwards but when that habit is missed or ended the ripple stops and it must be started again rather than just continuing.

I hope that this post makes you think about the things that you want to work on and improve upon. Make a list perhaps and try and formulate a plan as to how you will attack these weaknesses daily or weekly or even monthly but whatever it is just try and remain as consistent as possible. 

Good luck! 

Episode #006 – Anchorman: SpaceX, Stongehenge & Premier League Returns

Education, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 

Welcome back to the sixth edition of the show notes for our brand new podcast. I am excited to return this week with both these show notes and the podcast episode. I hope that the show notes will add that further layer of communication between the two of us and our listeners by providing additional information but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoy listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 


Within this episode, we:

  • Analyse and discuss a select few recent news stories 
  • Reveal our ‘Thing’ Of The Week
  • And much more…

Topic 1 – The News 

This week we decided to embark on a conversation about a few newsworthy stories from the past few weeks. We have broken down today’s discussion into three categories: Tech News, Sporting News and Discovery News. 

To kick off the proceedings Hayden chose Tech News and the story for that particular category was Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch

Before the recording, both of us had completed some research into the three news stories and we brought our findings to the table which made for a rather insightful discussion. 

Within these show notes, I will provide some background information for each of the stories but I highly recommend you checking out the episode for much more information. Give the link below a click to get to find all the episodes. 

Background Info: 

The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon crew capsule from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre to the ISS marked the first time since 2011 that humans went off into orbit from US soil. Equally significant, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has become the first commercial operator to carry astronauts into space. As has become common practice for SpaceX, the aforementioned Falcon rocket booster returned to Earth after the first-stage separation and landed successfully on a recovery ship in the Atlantic for use on a future mission. 


The second category chosen was Sporting News and we discussed the restart of top-flight football in the UK – the Premier League

Background Info: 

After a 100-day absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League has returned. Aston Villa vs Sheffield United kicked off the proceedings with the game ending in a 0 – 0 draw. This game is the first of 92 league games packed into 40 days before the season concludes on the 26th July. The obvious difference is the lack of any crowds at the games due to measures put in place to tackle the pandemic. The delaying of Euro 2020 by a year provides the Premier League with greater flexibility to fit in fixtures.


And finally, the third category was Discovery News and the story was a circle of deep shafts found close to Stonehenge

Background Info: 

The Neolithic people who constructed Stonehenge had also dug a series of shafts aligned to form a circle spanning 1.2 miles in diameter and the site sits only 1.9 miles northeast of Stonehenge. The structure appears to be a boundary guiding people to a scared area because Durrington Walls, a monument similar to Stonehenge, is located precisely at its centre. The discovery is all the more extraordinary because it offers the first evidence that the early inhabitants of Britain, mainly farming communities, had developed a way to count. Constructing something of this size with such careful positioning of its features could only have been done by tracking hundreds of paces.   

That wraps up this week’s topic for discussion and I am sure we will return when more newsworthy stories come to light that we are both interested in. 


‘Thing’ Of The Week

Of course, the ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment returns this week where each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. 

This week Hayden’s Thing Of The Week was: 

“Paddle Boarding” 

There are many iterations of paddle boarding but the one that we were discussing is stand up paddleboarding, also known as “SUPPING”. It is a rather new sport and is a synergy between surfing and kayaking and can be conducted on most water bodies such as oceans, rivers and lakes. 

It is rather easy to grasp and is suitable for all fitness levels. It is also seen as a full-body workout and improves your balance so it is fun as well as being good for your body and mind. 

I’m sure you can get involved wherever you live and myself and Hayden highly recommend it. 

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“Journalling” 

This weeks ‘Thing’ is a teaching taken from the book that I am reading at the moment – The Art Of Resilience by Ross Edgley. I have mentioned the book in a previous episode and I highly recommend it. 

In essence, Ross writes about ‘The Power Of Journaling’. He states that journaling is a shared habit that all stoics had in common. He describes people like Socrates from Ancient Greece as stoics of history. They all took the time to document their daily thoughts, feelings and theories with ‘constant and continual reflection and self-improvement’. He sees the act of journaling as more than just keeping a diary. It’s a daily practice in philosophy as you reflect on the days that have passed and prepare for those ahead. 

This week I feel as though I have taken this lesson on board and I am trying to create a daily journal in the productivity system, Notion. We shall see how this goes and whether it will become a daily habit. 

I have included a link to the book below if you fancy grabbing a copy for yourself. 


I hope that the show notes have provided that further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

I also highly recommend checking out last week’s episode after listening to this week as we invited our very second guest, Oliver Pritchard who is a deaf individual that is seeing great success in his sport – triathlon. A highly interesting individual with a range of topics discussed which will prove valuable to all. The link to that particular episode is linked below. 

Cheers to exciting times, happy listening! 

Blog Post #014 – Practice Makes Perfect: Drawing Every Day

Architecture School, Art, Life in General

“Practice makes perfect. After a long time practising, our work will become natural, skillful, swift and steady.” 

Bruce Lee

We are always told that if we want to become proficient at something then we must practice, practice and practice some more. The book Outliers: The Story of Success written by Malcolm Gladwell is the origin point of the 10,000-hour rule. He stated that “Researchers have settled on what they believe is the magic number for true expertise: 10,000 hours”. 

To put 10,000 hours into context that equates to approximately 417 days. That means that if you were to practise for 3 hours per day that would equal approximately 3333 days or a little over 9 years. I think you have to take this timeframe with a grain of salt because I believe that you have to push yourself to improve during these hours, otherwise you will simply stagnate and your skill level will not increase despite putting in the hours. 


With self-improvement and practise in my mind, I have decided to take it upon myself to become more confident and improve my drawing skills. I have decided to an emphasis on drawing as I have come to learn that communicating your ideas through drawing is a crucial element of practising architecture both in architecture school and professionally. I want to be confident in my ability to draw and refrain from reaching for the laptop and rendering softwares to develop my ideas. 

I have worked on my drawing skills in the past by enlisting the support of an art tutor and I saw my skill level improve during this period. However, now that I have been offered the gift of time during these strange times I want to try and make drawing part of my daily routine. 

Something that is helping me keep to this daily routine is the discovery of Kiyeon Kim who is an architect, designer and sketch lover. He has built up this huge library of ‘Draw With Me’ videos on both his Instagram and on Youtube. He has a distinctive style that I have come to enjoy emulating. I am getting into the habit of following one of his videos every day which is building my confidence to be able to draw architectural scenes. 

Instagram Account: 

https://www.instagram.com/kimkanone_/?hl=en

Youtube Account: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeeyrUpLa6wOUTH-ZNwTYnw

He predominantly uses a fountain pen in his sketches which has a striking effect, however, I am not quite brave enough to go straight in with ink so I use a rOtring 0.5 mechanical pencil and then overlay that with a 0.1 uni-ball fineliner. Similarly to Kim, I use graphic marker pens, specifically Winsor & Newton Markers to add a layer of colour to the drawing. I have included links to all of my drawing implements below if you want to get your own. 

rOtring Mechanical Pencils:

uni-ball Fineliners: 

Winsor & Newton Promarker Set 1:


I have included some of my own sketches inspired by his videos below. I think it is a really good way to get into a habit of drawing and it is a lot easier than staring a blank page and struggling to see where to start. 


Perhaps I have inspired you to start practising drawing or perhaps something else that you are interested in and want to see your skill level increase. Whatever it is, use this time to try and work at it and build it into your routine, once it is in there then it becomes second nature much like brushing your teeth. Start your 10,000-hour journey today. 

Happy practising! 

Episode #005 – Oliver Pritchard: GB Triathlete Interview

Advice, Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast, Travel

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the show notes for the third episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite our second guest onto our podcast, Oliver Pritchard. Oliver is a profoundly deaf athlete who is seeing great success in his sport – triathlon. He competes internationally with Great Britain and is going from strength to strength. As a deaf person and budding triathlete myself, I was looking forward to this conversation and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Oliver will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Oliver Pritchard, a profoundly deaf athlete who is seeing great success in his sport – triathlon
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions that we put over to Oliver to answer, throughout the episode we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we tried to allow for a chronological narrative that works through Oliver’s journey to date and then looking forward to the future. 

If you fancy finding out what Oliver’s insightful and interesting comments in reply to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  2. Let’s go right back to the start, what were your first encounters with sport growing up and what effect has this had on you going forward? 
  3. Were there any individuals that motivated you to get active? 
  4. Moving on from the earlier days, what made you look towards triathlon which brings together a number of disciplines rather than just focusing on one? 
  5. You studied at Cirencester’s Royal Agricultural University. How did you find studying at university and how did you balance your academic studies and training? 
  6. It was during these years that you managed to find your way into the GB squad. Can you tell us more about how this opportunity arose and how it has affected you?
  7. Motivation is so important to be able to compete at the very highest level, how do you keep yourself motivated and hungry for that end goal? 
  8. It is a difficult time to remain positive at the moment due to the restrictions but do you think anything beneficial has come from this period of slowing down? 
  9. You completed the London2Paris 24hr cycle raising money for the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society). Do you have any plans for another endeavour like this one?
  10. I know that you have this mantra ‘it’s abilities, not disabilities’, would you be able to expand further on what you mean by this?
  11. What do you do to relax outside of training? Can it be a struggle to get that balance?
  12. It seems as though that even on your holidays you remain active. Would you prefer an active holiday like skiing above a week lounging by the pool?  
  13. Staying with the topic of holidays I was wondering if you could give us your top three destinations and why you chose them? 
  14. What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? 
  15. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Is a professional triathlete something you aspire to become?
  16. Is there a particular sporting event that is high up on your bucket list? The Kona World Championships has been something that has always interested me but I have a way to go before I get there! 
  17. How would you like to be remembered? 
  18. So Ollie, if people want to follow your journey or get in touch, where can they find you? 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. To change it up this week we have Kyle joining us for this particular segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Oliver’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. He chose to give us two ‘Things Of The Week’. The first was ‘Carpentry’. He then explained that he’s been doing some work with a carpenter and feels that he has learnt some invaluable skills during this experience. His second ‘Thing Of The Week’ was an Instagram page that he has had a big part in setting up. This page is called @silentspeedsters and the idea behind it is to create an online community for deaf people all around the world to come together and have a place to communicate and connect. The Instagram page bio reads: 

#deafpower

An upcoming sports club, with deaf individuals in mind.

Our dream is to create a community easy to find.

I like this idea and I will get involved with this as it can be challenging trying to find deaf individuals to have a chat with. I have included the link below for you to check that out. 

https://www.instagram.com/silentspeedsters/

Moving on, my ‘Thing Of The Week’ was a podcast that I have been listening to a lot recently. And that is “the Joe Rogan Podcast” and over the last week I have listened to over 5 hours worth of Elon Musk on the Joe Rogan Podcast and it has opened my mind up to what is possible and allowed me to learn more about Musk and what he is like. I also listened to some of Brian Cox’s episodes as well as Neil deGrassse Tyson which are both cool people. Highly recommend checking those out, I will include the links below. But make sure you give this episode a listen before heading over there. 

http://podcasts.joerogan.net

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing Of The Week’ segment we have Hayden Day. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was in fact “Brownies” and this stemmed from the fact that Hayden had made some during the week and felt as though he had perfected the recipe. If you do fancy making some brownies I have included a link below, happy cooking. 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/best-ever-chocolate-brownies-recipe

From this, we go off on a discussion about nutrition in triathlon which was an interesting one and is some bonus content that sits outside the main body of discussion. 


And, that wraps our fifth episode featuring our second guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Oliver on the show and we look forward to having him back on to see how he’s getting on further down the line and see how he is doing in the world of triathlon. Unfortunately due to COVID races have been cancelled but we hope that he can get back to competitive racing as soon as possible. 

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #013 – Corsa Camper Conversion

Art, Life in General, Travel

This week’s blog post is centred around a project that I undertook over the last couple of weeks. This particular project I am calling the Corsa Camper Conversion. 

Confused already? Let me explain. 

I have always toyed with the idea of wanting to live out of a campervan and travel with this. These dreams mainly stem from listening to stories of my Dad doing this in Australia when he was younger. I actually have the number plate from that very campervan up in my room. When I first looked at buying my first car I did look briefly at vans for a possible conversion or campervans and realised very quickly that this route was very much out of my budget at 17 years old. 

Also, Instagram feeds like these only fuels the fire even more!

This then saw that dream put to rest for a while, until a couple of weeks ago. It came to me almost out of nowhere. I think the genesis of this project is partly down to the COVID pandemic and the cancellation of several holiday plans this year. I was troubleshooting how I can get to travelling as soon as possible. 

That is how I concluded that I would convert my 2010 Vauxhall Corsa into something that I could live out of for some time. In my mind, these periods may consist of two different circumstances. 

1

When I move to Nottingham to study architecture I am situated near the Peak District. This project would allow me to drive out there, park up at a campsite and disconnect from normality, even if it’s just for one night. I see this as a way of dealing with the stress I may experience at university but who knows.

2 –  

I am also aware that France and Spain openly welcome ‘wild camping’ and I feel that a road trip through these countries would be very high up on my To-Do List when restrictions are relaxed. I would also be much more comfortable driving than having to make my way through an airport and boarding planes. 


Before I set out on these adventures I am going to need to put my ideas in practice and carry out my very own van conversion but on a Corsa, hence the name ‘Corsa Camper Conversion’. 

I enjoyed the process and I do feel that I surpassed my expectations with my level of woodworking ability. I have my Grandpa to thank for these skills that have been taught to me from a very young age. I tried to keep this project on a budget and within the images and descriptions below you will see just how I managed this. I was also conscious of the limited size of the car in question so storage played heavily on my mind and I feel that I have been able to achieve a substantial amount of storage.

Without further ado, let’s get into the process of this project. 


To achieve enough space for this conversion, I removed the back seats which was easy enough but I have ensured that I can remove all modifications with ease and return the car to its original state if I require space for more people in the car. 

With that completed, I started to construct the bed frame. This was built using wood purchased at my local B&Q for around £50, this ultimately became the only large purchase I have made so far on this project. This frame sits in the boot space and is elevated off the floor of the car to allow for additional storage. 

To create the length required for a mattress I extended the structure as shown and added horizontal slats for added strength. The white board is removable and is only screwed down when the front two seats are fully pushed forward which increases the length of the sleeping space which I very comfortably fit in.  

I was kindly gifted a mattress that was to be thrown out by a friend so at no additional cost I now had a mattress which snugly fits atop this wooden structure and is remarkably comfortable considering it is in the back of a car. 

Now fitted with a duvet, pillows and cushions I am now looking forward to additions that will make the experience more enjoyable. I am looking at purchasing material to tint the back windows, a solar shower and potentially a fridge of some kind. However, these all cost additional money but I am happy where I am at the moment and I’m looking forward to spending my first night in my new ‘humble abode’. 


Throughout this process, I practiced both my creative and practical skills which always need to be exercised to improve. It also makes you realise that small spaces designed well can be extremely comfortable. This experience has opened my eyes to the world of micro-living and minimalism which is something that I wish to explore further. 

So there we have it, another one of my ‘Lockdown Projects’, not sure what’s next but whatever it is I am looking forward to it. 

Till next week, have a good one. 

Episode #004 – Alien: Area 51, Moon Landings & Online Lectures

Education, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 

Welcome back to the fourth edition of the show notes for our brand new podcast. I am excited to return this week with both these show notes and the podcast episode. I hope that the show notes will add that further layer of communication between the two of us and our listeners by providing additional information but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoy listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 


Within this episode, we:

  • Attempt to dismantle and discuss conspiracy theories. 
  • See how our week has gone with the Weekly Round-up. 
  • And much more…

Topic 1 – Conspiracy Theories  

This week we decided to embark on a conversation about conspiracy theories. This subject is something that Hayden and myself have discussed in the past and we thought that it would be fun to sit in front of a microphone and explore some select theories that have captured our attention. 

Both of us chose one or two theories each and spent some time doing some personal research on that particular theory, gathering some facts and formulating our own opinion. We then vocalised our findings to the other person and then discussed what we thought about the different theories trying to explain a phenomenon and then towards the end gauged our opinion on what theory we believed the most if any at that. 

We thought this was a really fun exercise, for us at least and we hope you enjoy the conversation and perhaps learn something you didn’t know. Who said we’re not an informative podcast at times!

I will give a brief outline of the theories discussed but if you want to find out more, follow the links below: 

I decided to discuss the phenomenon that is ‘Area 51’ which has become the focal point of alien conspiracy theories in America for decades. 

Within the discussion, I expand on the reason behind the inception of the base and some potential explanations for the strange occurrences in the area at the time. I also dive into some of the claims that have fueled the fire and added more substance to the theories. A person that comes up in the discussion is Robert Lazar who is a well-known person within Area 51 discussion circles. He featured in the 2018 documentary, Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers and was invited on the Joe Rogan podcast which then led to far more attention on the subject. I have linked up both of these if you fancy checking them out. 

Hayden’s choice of conspiracy theory was whether the ‘The Moon Landing Was Faked’. This is another theory that is bounced around a lot. I must say that I was not very educated on some of the evidence that gives substance to these claims so I learnt a lot during this particular conversation. Some of what Hayden revealed is plausible and makes sense but I remain confident in the fact that man has stepped on the moon, but again any theory retains the possibility to be disproven which is explored by Karl Popper an Austrian-British philosopher of science.  

Hayden also discussed an architectural conspiracy theory involving Norman Foster, but that is all I am revealing here. You’ll have to give this episode a listen to find what Foster is wrapped up in, I will admit that this one sounds rather far fetched but you never know! 


The Weekly Round-Up 

I feel that it would be wise to offer some explanation for this segment which will become a recurring section of the podcast each week, or at least we think it will be. The general idea is that every week, each of us will choose three weeks that best sum up that week trying to be as honest as possible and then will explain the reasoning behind the selection of the words. The chosen three words will be kept secret from the other person until recording which we hope will allow for some interesting conversation. 

In these show notes, I will provide our words but if you want any explanations then you’ll have to give our podcast a listen. Can’t give it all away here sorry readers! 

My three words of the week were: 

  1. Car
  2. Lectures 
  3. Drawing 

And Hayden’s words of the week were: 

  1. Guests 
  2. Podcasts 
  3. Margate 

This week it was obvious to see that we kept our words away from each other as there was some overlap in the reasoning behind our choice in word. I doubt you’ll be able to work out which two words those were so you’’ have to listen to the podcast to find that out. 


‘Thing’ Of The Week

Not dissimilar to The Weekly Roundup, this will also be a recurring segment of the show. In this section of the podcast, each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. 

This week Hayden’s Thing Of The Week was: 

“Arrow Puzzles” 

Hayden’s ‘Thing Of The Week’ was Arrow Puzzles which has been something that has filled his time over the last week. He’s found his inside the newspapers but if you fancy giving these a go then I have included a link to a book exclusively for ‘Arrow Puzzles’. Happy puzzling! 

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“Banana Bread 

I decided to head down an alternative route with my ‘Thing Of The Week’ this week and chose a foodstuff that has captured my attention this week. 

Following the recipe from the BBC Good Food website, I managed to make myself some banana bread which I thoroughly enjoyed both cooking and eating. Highly recommend the recipe and it is a good way to get rid of those bruised bananas in the fruit bowl. 

Link:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/brilliant-banana-loaf


I hope that the show notes have provided that further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

I also highly recommend checking out last week’s episode after listening to this week as we invited our very first guest, Kyle Sinko. A highly interesting individual with a range of topics discussed which will prove valuable to all. The link to that particular episode is linked below. 

Cheers to exciting times, happy listening!