Just A Trim


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Today I decided it was high time that I had a hair cut.

My hair, as you can see from the final moments of the video blog below, has grown extremely long. I’ve always had it cut so I can brush it forward and down… and it’s always had a damn parting in the middle.

I’ve often wondered what I would look like if I had it cut so that I could grow it backwards – a lot of you have messaged me saying you love my hair longish. Well, I’m inclined to agree with you fans 🙂

So, for 2014, something new!

When it comes to things like Dentists or Haircuts or anything to do with being delicate with my body, I have to be very specific. I have to TRUST the person handing my body, so I’m not gonna go to any old nut-job with a scissors and a sign that reads: “OPEN”.

I’ve seen some truly awful barbers in my past – one of them in my home town of Abertillery, called ‘PEDRO’s’, who’s last words to me were, “You either have it cut the one way I know, or you find yourself a girly shop” as all he knew how to do was shave a head and a face. Suffice to say it, he lost himself a good paying customer.

Another bad barbers I went to was in Wolverhampton, during my university years. He charged me £10 for a cut that made me look like an ex-soldier with a wig. Ah, those student days… But I digress.

These days, I normally go to a hair salon called RHINO, based in the Royal Arcade in Cardiff, just off St Mary’s Street. Unfortunately though, by the time I got there it was closed for business and couldn’t fit me in. Right next door though, was a new barber salon called the “Keep the Faith Social Club” and seemed far more suited to Men than RHINO. So, I gave it a chance.

The result I got was great! 😀

Normally hairdressers I go to just bang out any old cut and I always find myself leaving the premises thinking “don’t worry, it’ll grow on you” as they’ll cut it a little too short or not quite how I imagined. But these big chaps with their shaved hair and red waistcoats, whom looked more suited to being ‘Rock & Roll’ bouncers than gentlemen of the trim, gave a far more satisfying and delicate service.

Suffice to say it, I left with my head held high and thinking “This looks fantastic.” I’ll definitely be returning in future.

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Have YOU had any bad experiences at the hair dressers or barbers?

Any hair-raising tales to tell?

Or do YOU have a favourite salon/barbers that you personally frequent?

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SICKNESS, BOOKS, AND HELPING OTHERS

This last week has been a bit up and down, but by no means dull.

I worked for the first part, doing my usual work routine, but I noticed that I’ve been getting extremely exhausted of late. The week before, I very nearly burned myself out. Too many late nights and not enough rest, and on top of that I caught the mother of all cold/flu viruses off one of my management team. Usually I can handle colds and the like, but this one hit me like a brick and lingered for quite some time. 

Ever since I had Glandular Fever last year, I have always kept a stocked up medical box in my rucksack. Not your regular assortment of bandages and plasters or burn cream, but more like a tablet box packed with Lemsip, paracetamol, neurophen, and a couple of other niceties in the mix. I keep it in my rucksack all the time. Not just for myself – usually I get the odd headache or cold now and then – but also for my work mates. I seem to be the local ‘drug lord’ or chemist that my workmates turn to if they need something.

I say “turn to”; now and then I have to ask them if they DO want something because they sometimes suffer in silence – and there’s nothing quite as disheartening as watching your workmates zombie around with a heavy cold, bunged up expression, aching all over. For starters, I hate to see people suffer, and secondly, the sooner they hit the cold or headache ‘on the head’ the less chance it’ll linger or pass over to someone else. …I’m getting away with myself here. Back to the main plot!

So I’d noticed I’d been getting really exhausted and run down a lot. Quite literally, just by going through my usual morning routine of “getting up, showered, dressed, bag packed, breakfast” would drain me so much that I’d actually need a quick power nap. It’s not physical exertion as much as mental exertion. I’d always look so tired and out of colour. Worrying?

I finished my shift on Tuesday and decided to catch the next train back to Abertillery; partly to go see my family as I missed them, but also so I could book an appointment with the doctors to get myself checked out. Course, my mum was terribly ill too and she managed to pass her sickness onto me. Sigh. The doctor didn’t have much to say either. “Come back in two weeks and see if anything’s changed from then”. Never mind the fact that I’ve been exhausted then. Gotta love these new doctors. Makes me think I wish Joshie were here. I do miss him.

With the sickness I’d caught off mum, I couldn’t go into work for two days, and seeing as I wasn’t in till Sunday that gave me a few more days to actually chill and relax. What did I do with my time?

I watched the entirety of DOWNTON ABBEY: Series One on Blu-Ray, and the first three episodes of series 2. Love that series 😀

I also completed reading the first book of GAME OF THONES!!! It’s taken me a good few months on and off, but I finally got there. I’m taking a break from that series to read other novels. I’ve already seen series 3 of the TV series anyway.

During my time off, I managed to read the “Quick Read” book of YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES: BEDLAM by Andrew Lane. It was only 16 pages, but I still felt satisfying to finish even a short book lol.

I’m currently reading through THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak – a fantastic novel narrated by Death and set in World War 2 Germany. It was recommended to me by Mum, and I figured it might make good character research for Grim: A Tale of Death – the web series which you can see a test clip of in the previous post. I’m actually amazed at the speed with which I’m going through this book. I’m trying to get through a hundred pages a day. If I can manage that, I’ll be through my pile of unread books in no time 😀

 

In other news:

I’ve been helping out a good friend of mine – James Koash, a fellow Abertillery boy. He’s had a run of bad luck recently and I felt it was my duty to help him. So he’s now crashing at my place on occasion. He’s such a lovely, charismatic character and very humble and kind. He works very hard too – trying to set up his own marketing business company, and I’ll definitely give him all the help I can. Check out his website here if you like 🙂

http://www.seiri.co.uk 

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We’ve been on a couple of nights out throughout the week and made some new friends and contacts from the student freshers. It’s always good to meet new people – especially if they’re film makers and actors alike 😉

If anything, I’m glad of the company. James gets me out of the house now and then to join parties, and I give him a place to rest, recover and rebuild himself. If ever I had a house of my own, a big house, I’d use it to help the people I love to get back on their feet.

I like to help people, when I can.