Tag Archives: Random Stuff

Funny Facts

I wanted to do something different for this post, and as I always seem to remember random funny facts that I never I thought I would need, I thought I would share some to make you laugh, or at least find a little interesting. Here goes:

  1. Cherophopbia is a fear of fun.
  2. It is illegal in the UK to eat mince pies on Christmas Day.
  3. If you lift a kangaroos tail of the ground then it can’t hop.
  4. You can’t snore and dream at the same time.
  5. The Titanic was the first ship to send out the SOS distress signal.
  6. It is illegal to die in the British Houses of Parliament.
  7. Slugs have four noses.
  8. George W. Bush was once a cheer-leader.
  9. In the Lord of the Rings books, after Gandalf persuaded Bilbo to give the One Ring to Frodo, he spent 17 years researching the rings story before returning to Frodo.
  10. The national animal of Scotland is a unicorn.

I hope you enjoyed this little post. Have fun!




Randomness Four

Here’s another post of random things I thought you guys would like that don’t really fit anywhere else. First is a sign I found that made me think of my Russian friends. It is a plaque to commemorate a visit by Yuri Gagarin; the first man in space. It is situated in the ‘Arrivals Hall’ of Terminal 3, next to a coffee shop. I’ve flown in and out of this airport a lot, but I only noticed this recently while I was waiting to pick up my parents who were returning from a holiday, and I wanted to share it with you all.


The next photos are from a place called Edale. It is where I have been working over the summer, and it is a very beautiful place. I did a lot of walking while I was there, and only got lost once.


Over the past few weeks I have been Manchester several times to visit the Christmas Markets there. It is one of the biggest in the UK, but unlike others; it isn’t all in one place. It is spread out across the city, in various Squares and Prescient’s. It always makes me happy to go to these, especially with my family and friends. The smell of all the food, scented candles and soaps, and the mulled wine (which I really like, even though I don’t usually drink wine) is incredibly good. The markets some from Germany, and are full of some wonderful and unique gifts. I brought a few gifts for my family, but I won’t say what they are so that I don’t spoil the surprise for them.

I just had to take a photo of a book I saw in a book shop, because of the title. Some of you guys will know Demelza from Ravenclaw, and this book is called Demelza, so I wanted to let her know about it. I saw it in a bookshop in Bakewell, which is in the Peak District and famous for Bakewell Tarts (a kind of cake with pasty, jam, icing, and a cherry). A short drive away is another town called Matlock Bath, where I took the next photo of a sign I found. Even though it is talking of water, it made me think about the Basilisk in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and remember that if you ever have anything you want to share here then just let me know.


“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” Martin Luther King, Jr.


Thestrals Books Needs You!


From the beginning, I’ve wanted this to be a place where we can all share our favourite books and a few other random things with each other. So I am sending out an invitation to everyone who visits here to get involved.

If any of you have anything you would like to share, then please let me know. It can be a book, a movie, a place to visit, anything at all. Just get in touch. You can leave me a reply here with suggestions, or you can send me a copy of what you would like to be posted (use the contact details on the ‘Connect’ page).

It doesn’t matter if you don’t feel confident about how to write the post, because the most important thing is to share something you think is great with everyone else. So get writing!



Randomness Three


I’m always coming across things that I think you guys might like to read about, but don’t always get to post about them because on their own it would be a really small post. So I’ve been saving a few things, and now it’s time to share them with you. Firstly there is this sign that my local bookshop has had in front of the store for about a month now:


I’ve already placed my order, and can’t wait!


This next thing is for my friend Wren. It’s of a store in my city that I pass all the time on my way into the city centre to go shopping, and it always makes me think of her.

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Then there’s this for my friend Lin; it’s a Chinese Take-away near to where I live, and I’ve always wanted to ask if they will give me a discount for knowing her. LoL.

Next is a couple of photos about an English city called Bath, in the South West, which is famous for it’s Roman history, and gets it’s name from the Roman Baths in the middle of the city. You can’t use the baths anymore, because it is full of algae, which has turned the water green. Bath is a great city, with loads of spa hotels, and full of history, so if you were ever trying to decide on somewhere to visit in Britain, that’s not too far from London, this would be a great place. The River Avon runs through the city, and its name is funny, because Avon is Celtic for river; so it’s really called the River River. Apparently it is because when the Romans arrived and asked the Britons pointed to the river and asked what it was, the reply they got was “It’s a river”, so because they couldn’t understand the language they didn’t realise the mistake they were making in calling it the River Avon.



And finally, this is a picture of Izzy being very a messy eater with some cucumber stuck to the side of her face. She is not very lady like at all, but I still love her.




“Grief is the price we pay for love.” Queen Elizabeth II of England.


Randomness Two


This is another random post, about random things in my life I’d like to share with you guys. Firstly, I started piano lessons recently, and I love it! I have a 30 minute lesson every Monday, and practice about 30 minutes every day on a keyboard that I brought. I am still learning to read music, but I am pleased with how I am learning. When I have reached  a reasonable level, I may even record myself playing a song and post it here.

I also wanted to share with you a couple of things that I own which I am fond of:


I got this hat when I was travelling in Australia, and it always reminds me of Indiana Jones.

I got this pocket watch from Edinburgh a couple of years. I don’t wear it much, and I always forget to wind it up.

I also like calligraphy, which is a fancy name for posh writing, so I brought this stuff in the hope of doing some myself. Though I still haven’t got around to it. When I go to the Harry Potter Studio Tour I hope to buy a quill. The books are both bound in leather, and are have hand made paper.

I don’t really know why, but I love wooden boxes, and I have these three in my room. I keep some watches in the colourful one, but the other two are currently empty.

Finally; I went to a place called Dovedale Valley recently for a walk, and it was very beautifully covered in snow. I intended to take some photos to show you all, but I forgot my phone and the battery on my phone was flat, but I have found a picture on the internet so you can see what I saw (I think the photograph maybe copyrighted to http://www.JamesPictures.co.uk).



“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams.



Say Hi to Izzy



Today I got the tortoise that I’ve wanted for so long. I’ve called her Izzy after a really cool friend from Syltherin. She’s 8 months old (tortoises are usually around this age when sold), and the best thing ever (sshhh, don’t tell my dog I said that). I say she, but it’s hard to tell a tortoises gender before it reaches a year old, though I’m 85% sure it’s a girl. The fist photo is her enjoying a nice meal, she seemed to really enjoy the cucumber. The white powder is a calcium supplement, which helps to make her shell nice and strong. She had a poo on the blanket just after I took the second photo, which was a pain, but she seemed to enjoy exploring her new home.


This is the house my dad and I built for her, and I will be keeping her in my room. She’s been hiding a lot, but that is normal for a baby tortoise to until it is used to new surroundings and feels safe knowing that my dog doesn’t want to eat her.

Tortoises, and the equipment you need to keep them (such as a heat lamp that also provides UVA and UVB lights, a tortoise table like what I have or a vivarium, and having it micro-chipped) are expensive. They also live for a long time; ages from 80-100 years old aren’t uncommon (there are some who have lived to 160). The food they eat is pretty cheap, but you need to know what to feed them and what not to feed them. Because of that, I would give the same advice I would before getting any pet: Make sure you can afford to care for it. Make sure you have the time to care for it. Research all you can about the animal to find out exactly how to care for it. Only buy pets from reputable pets shops and breeders.

A good place to go for information and advice about tortoises and turtles is www.tortoisetrust.org I also have the following book which has taught me a lot, because I brought it last year and have read it several times to make sure I knew what I needed to do to care for my new friend properly:


Title: Tortoise: Understanding and Caring for your Pet

Author: Lance Jepson

Year of Publication: 2011 (UK)

Publisher: Magnet & Steel (UK)

Website: www.magnetsteel.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £ 9.99 (UK) $14.99 (USA) $23.99 (AUS) $28.99 (NZL)


I think Izzy is perfect, and I’m really looking forward to having her as my pet.



Randomness One


So this post is full of completely random stuff, in a completely random order, for absolutely no reason at all.

Recently I got a new car, because the old one needed several things doing to it, and I don’t have a clue how to fix them. This was my old car:


It’s a Fiat Punto, and it was my first car. I called it Luna, and I drove about 75,000 miles all over Britain in it. I know it sounds weird, but I love that little car and I miss it.


This is my new car, and it’s also a Fiat Punto, but a newer version. It’s only had one owner before me, and has hardly any miles on the clock, so it should keep me going for quite a while. I’ve decided to call this one Sansa from A Song of Ice and Fire (more commonly known as A Game of Thrones).

This is my dog:

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His name is Rodney, and he’s named after a character from the best British comedy of all time called Only Fools and Horses. He’s really smart, but very grumpy, and won’t eat dog food, only ‘people’ food. Rodger Lloyd-Pack, who played Barty Crouch Snr in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was also in Only Fools and Horses, and played a character called Trigger.

This is my old dog:

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His name was Jake. He wasn’t as smart as Rodney, but he was a lot more friendly and playful. You just had to make sure you still had your fingers if you let him take food from your hand.

When I was younger I was a Scout, and I’m very proud of that! I made some brilliant friends, and we would go camping, and hiking, and abseiling, and put on Gang Shows (which are like variety shows with signing, dancing, and sketches). I also got to travel a lot with them to other countries. I went to Holland, Russia, Chile, and Brazil on Scout trips. We spent a lot of time here:

Copeland Cabin

It’s called Kibblestone, and it’s one of the oldest Scout Camps in the world, and a place I spent a lot of time in my childhood. I have so many fond memories of this place, and sometimes I take a long route to a friends house just to drive past it.

We also spent a lot of time here:

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It’s the Manifold Valley, in the Peak District National Park. We would swim in the river at a place called Wetton Mill, and race to the top of the valley to play in Thor’s Cave. I still love going to this area now, and it’s where The Pennines start (an English mountain range nicknamed “the backbone of Britain”).

This is the bookcase and DVD storage in my bedroom:

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I took a load of books to a charity shop a couple of months ago after getting ebooks of a lot of them in an attempt to free up some space, but as you can see I still have no space for new ones.

And for all you Ravenclaws out there, I saw this on sale in a shop near me, and couldn’t resist sharing a photo of it with you:


If I ever find anything special for you guys in other houses, I’ll share that with you too.

So that’s my random post over, but who knows, maybe I’ll do more sometime.


“I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.” Fred Allen.