Several years ago, I wrote some poetry on a course I attended. Nothing serious, just having a bash. I’ve posted some of them before. This time, I thought I would share with you a limerick, which I hope will both amuse and entertain. And don’t worry, this composition is family friendly.
As a note of explanation, the village of Hawarden is situated near where I live, in North Wales. The name is pronounced “harden”, to rhyme with “garden”. It’s a nice place. Here is my poetic tribute:
Well, that was a mad old year, wasn’t it? 2020 was more like a bizarre disaster movie than the regular fun ride that we’re used to. A pandemic made hermits of us all; working from home became the new normal for many and travel and events ceased to exist. A year from hell for most of us, though it’s far from over yet.
Here at Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub, we’ve aimed to soldier on and bring you the very best in blogging entertainment. Be it music, skateboards, toys or tat, whatever nonsense I could investigate was delivered with all the expected wit and style.
As is customary at this time, let’s take a look back at the top ten most popular blog posts of last year. Calling it “The Best of 2020” seems somewhat incongruous, but let’s roll with it for traditions sake.
There was a distinct lack of live music in 2020 (Obviously), but quite a few album reviews for my old pals at Ever Metal. This review of Swedish doom metal band Firebreather’s album was the most read at the Virtual Hot Tub.
Yes, the most popular was this food blog, which benefitted from a genuine traditional recipe, and an idea to recreate a Greek holiday vibe with ingredients from the local supermarket.
As travel wasn’t happening this year for most of us, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Greek recipe blog came out on top. It was written as an ode to holidays and Mediterranean sunshine, something that wasn’t a possibility for many last year. I hope you found some nostalgic comfort from this post.
Usually my annual Top 10 has featured a load of comic con events – or similar – at the top of the list. Those events didn’t happen this year, so the Top 10 has a very different flavour. Who knows what 2021 will bring us?
Whatever the strange pan-dimensional cross flux of crazy brings us next, I’d like to thank you all for reading my blog. Please remember to pop by Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub as soon as you can!
Happy New Year, readers! And welcome back to Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub – the web’s number one virtual location for soaking in warm, relaxing waters and enjoying my virtual adventures.
What a year 2019 has been. I’ve been to Comic Cons; written album reviews for Ever Metal; indulged in another traditional Halloween Horror Fest – and finally managed to get to a few gigs. Food and drinks reviews, as well as toy and tat blogs, have also made a comeback.
But what have been the most popular and widely read blogs in the last year? Let’s rewind the clocks and take a look, with a good ol’ countdown from ten to the number one spot…
At last! Some Halloween Horror Fest love, with my final set of reviews breaking into the Top 10. A first for my horror movie reviews, as far as I remember. A triple bill of The Wolf Man, Little Shop of Horrors and Lust for a Vampire.
Only a couple of views more than Part 1, but Part 2 takes the crown for the most popular blog this year!
It’s great to see a variety of different topics be successful this year. Comic conventions, food and skateboards always fare well, but I’m very happy to see Star Wars toys and a bit of tat break through for the first time.I’ll endeavour to deliver more in 2020 – who knows what we’ll see?
My thanks to all my readers over the last year – I appreciate every single view, like and comment. I wish you all a healthy and prosperous 2020.
Happy New Year, everybody! I’d like to wish all the visitors to Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub the very best of times in 2019. And thank you for sticking with me, popping along to dip your toes in the warm water and supporting this valiant endeavour.
Last year saw tremendous ups and downs for us all. But throughout it all, the rock’n’roll world of the Virtual Hot Tub persevered, thanks to you!
Join me now, as I take a look at the Top 10 most read blog posts from 2018:
The New Year is now well underway, and I hope it’s treating you well, dear reader. There are many more joyous blogs to unleash upon the world in 2018, but for now let’s re-cap some of the most popular from last year.
I’ve done some research, and found the Top Ten most viewed blog posts at the Virtual Hot Tub.
In May I went to Telford’s Warehouse in Chester to witness for myself the awesome riffage of the mighty 1968. A fine band – they have a new album coming soon, so don’t delay, dive right in and discover them now!
Pandan Leaf is a superb Asian restaurant in Prestatyn, North Wales; I enjoyed a sensational meal there earlier in the year. A highly recommended place to eat, I hope this little write up helped them out. Go there if you can.
Sadly I didn’t make it to Sci-Fi Weekender in 2017. I did have some photos left over from 2016, however, so I could post a pre-Weekender warm up. This blog includes the now traditional “No Photos!” section.
Pentre Fest – a weekend of underground, largely unsigned metal – right on my door step. I went and had a great time. This blog got more views than the review I wrote of my trip to see the last ever Black Sabbath gig!
My playlist compiling the songs found on the soundtrack for the frankly awesome Dogtown & Z-Boys movie storms in at number 1. Thus confirming that old school skateboarding and classic rock make an excellent movie, and a not half bad blog.
An honourable mention to the following posts, which although not written in 2017, are still performing amazingly well:
Santa Cruz Snowskate (2014)
Hammer Glamour (2013)
Skateboard Museum: Variflex Joker (2013)
Thanks to YOU, venerable reader, for continuing to make this blog a success. Stay tuned and visit again, don’t be a stranger. There are many wondrous delights still to unfold at Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub; come back for a relaxing dip soon.
OK – so remember when I wrote my blog post about Chester Comic Con a while ago? I ran out of memory space on my WordPress site and couldn’t post all of the photos I had taken. Almost all made it, but not quite.
Then came Halloween Horror Fest, and although the space issue was solved I didn’t get chance to complete the images taken from Chester.
Here, in true George Lucas style, I have re-visited the event and present for your enjoyment, the missing shots taken on that day.
Joker and Harley
Bunch of Jokers…
Most of the these bonus pics simply weren’t used due to lack of space; some here are alternative versions of shots used.
Either way, I hope you enjoy.
As well as fantastic Cosplay costumes and various stalls selling all manner of wonders, there were also a few vehicles on display…
As I mentioned in the previous Chester Comic Con blog, I saw a great Q&A session with Martine Beswicke, Caroline Munro and Madeline Smith. Best thing of the day!
Well done everyone at Chester Comic Con – it was a fab day! Looking forward to next year.
Well we’re now a couple of weeks deep into 2017 – how’s it going for you? Well, I hope.
2017 at Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub promises to bring you more of the great features you love, plus (hopefully) more in the year ahead. But before I get all carried away and storm straight into new adventures, let’s take a moment to reflect.
Last year was a hell of a crazy ride. But what Virtual Hot Tub blogs got you steaming hot? Let’s take a look at the top ten most popular posts in 2016, in reverse order…
The tenth most popular post in 2016 was this golden oldie from 2013, featuring one of my old 1980’s skateboards. Skate nostalgia is obviously popular stuff, with internet searches keeping this article in view.
Back in February 2016, I posted some photos I had left over from the previous Sci-Fi Weekender in March 2015. Again, loads of interesting cosplay pics – plus a bit of comedy. This was a warm up for the 2016 event.
This write up of the excellent Greek taverna in Chester, posted in May 2016, has been very popular. The most read food post all year by far, I hope it helps bring them some business, because they deserve it!
The first part of my report from Wrexham Comic Con was far more popular than the first, which came in at number 10 (above). I don’t know why this part was better received, as it features the same style of cosplay pics. Perhaps it was the pic of yours truly as Tony Stark that did it…?
Yes, the final episode of our adventure at this years Sci-Fi Weekender convention was the most popular blog of the year. Loads of photos of fantastic cosplayers having fun won the day, and not even my terrible photographic skills could ruin it! No idea why Part 2 beat Part 1 though.
Thanks again to all the great folks who attended Sci-Fi Weekender, hope you enjoyed the photos!
Thanks to YOU too, for choosing Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub. Your feedback and is always appreciated. Here’s to another year of fun – all the best!
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Another year, another chill sesh in the Virtual Hot Tub!
It’s customary at this time of year to make resolutions, usually as we regret the binging over Christmas and promise not to be so greedy in future. Fair enough, I feel that pain. And I applaud anyone who wants to make a change for the better.
I do have a small problem with resolutions being so very negative, however. It’s all “I must not do this” and “no to that”, and so on. I think it’s much better to have a positive outlook on these things. So instead of “I’m not eating junk food”, try “I’m going to eat healthier”. Or “I’m going to reduce the amount of alcohol I drink”, rather than “I’m not drinking at all”. Make your resolutions a goal, rather than a restriction.
This way, any minor relapses can be balanced out, rather than becoming a failure and evolving into an excuse to fall back into old, unhealthy ways.
But then, don’t take too much notice of Platinum Al – I’m not giving up anything! Why would you, with your own Virtual Hot Tub and Tiki Bar??!
I am, however, intending to do the following this year:
Play music. I listen to music all the time, constantly doing my music homework. I think it’s about time I actually played some music though. There’s a guitar and bass in the garage that haven’t been touched for years. Maybe it’s time to start playing a little. Practice a few tunes. I might even start a band!!!
Skateboard more. In 2014 I was rolling a hell of a lot more than the past few years. But let’s face it, I’m not getting any younger. I need to skate as much as I can while I can. So whether I’m doing tricks or just cruising on the longboard, I intend to get out and skate. Weather permitting.
Buy some more hats. Top of the list are a bowler hat; a sea captain’s hat and a Native American head dress. I like hats.
So there you go – let’s see how those little goals I’ve set develop over the coming months.
Thanks again to all who read, follow and contribute to Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub. I really do appreciate it! Your comments and feedback make it all worthwhile. So stick with me, there’s lots to come in 2015. All the usual garbage you’d expect, plus possibly a few new areas too…
Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2015 – have a blast, everyone!
Thank you for taking the time in 2014 to pay a visit to Platinum Al’s Virtual Hot Tub. Your support, advice and interest have made this all worth while.
Take a look at the report below, to see some of the exciting stats for the past year. No really, it is interesting!
Thanks again, and stay tuned for more fun in 2015!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.