Beautiful Joanne at Bodium Castle, a set on Flickr.Lots of photos of my beautiful daughter Joanne, all taken at Bodium Castle
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Beautiful Joanne at Bodium Castle, a set on Flickr.

Lots of photos of my beautiful daughter Joanne, all taken at Bodium Castle

Click the link above to see my favourite photos from the second 1066 Walk of the Dead Zombie Walk, held in Hastings, East Sussex on Saturday the 26th of October 2013. The Zombies appeared at Hastings Pier before we all staggered into the town centre, had a great performance of Michael Jackson’s Thriller by Theatre Sense at Priory Meadow shopping centre, then back through the town and onto Hastings seafront, attacking a bed shop before heading into Hastings Old Town and limping our way down George Street. Finally we went back onto the seafront to the Stade open space next to the Jerwood art gallery and Eat@ cafe where Theatre Sense did the Thriller dance again to end the main event. This was the second year of having a Hastings Zombie walk and it was great fun to be part of it, now we are looking forward to 2014 and having an even bigger and better third event. A big thank you to Scott Bartholomew for creating such a great free event for Hastings and the many people of the 1066 area who took park and finally the poor unsuspecting people of Hastings who survived the Zombie apocalypse!!!

£75 raised (thank you everybody!) so far, that is only £25 off of the absolute minimum I want to raise for Raystede http://www.raystede.org/ by doing my FIREWALK!!! I still have over 2 weeks left, but really want to raise as much as I can for them. I have done a lot of volunteer work at various places over the years, but very rare I can find something interesting and challenging to do to actually raise money for a really good cause!!!

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Hastings Old Town Carnival 2013, a set on Flickr.I have watched Hastings Old Town Carnival many times in the past, but this this year ( 2013 )I actually got to be on a float, well I say float, this was more of a very heavily armoured vehicle! A really great experience!!! 8o)
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Hastings Old Town Carnival 2013, a set on Flickr.

I have watched Hastings Old Town Carnival many times in the past, but this this year ( 2013 )I actually got to be on a float, well I say float, this was more of a very heavily armoured vehicle! A really great experience!!! 8o)

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Brighton Pride 2013, a set on Flickr.Brighton Gay Pride 2013, ten years on from my first time at Pride and over the years a lot has changed, some for the better, but a lot for the worse 8o( Brighton Pride (they have dropped the Gay!) used to be a great free event to promote LGBT equality, with stalls offering support and information about local LGBT services and charities. Floats in the parade were mostly gay clubs, support groups and a few businesses. These days it costs £17.50 to get into the park, to get totally ripped off on food and drink, so a lot of people stay outside, getting pissed and drugged up out of their brains, watching a parade of mostly big businesses that only seem to be there to look good and grab a bit of the pink pound. Its gradually becoming just another expensive music festival and losing everything to do with Gay or Pride!!! 8o(
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Brighton Pride 2013, a set on Flickr.

Brighton Gay Pride 2013, ten years on from my first time at Pride and over the years a lot has changed, some for the better, but a lot for the worse 8o( Brighton Pride (they have dropped the Gay!) used to be a great free event to promote LGBT equality, with stalls offering support and information about local LGBT services and charities. Floats in the parade were mostly gay clubs, support groups and a few businesses. These days it costs £17.50 to get into the park, to get totally ripped off on food and drink, so a lot of people stay outside, getting pissed and drugged up out of their brains, watching a parade of mostly big businesses that only seem to be there to look good and grab a bit of the pink pound. Its gradually becoming just another expensive music festival and losing everything to do with Gay or Pride!!! 8o(

Spring Day at the Park 2013, a set on Flickr.Photos from the Spring Day at the Park in Alexandra Park,Hastings, East Sussex on the 30th of March 2013. Photographs include Section 5 Drummers, writer A. K. Benedict, Cake competition, 1066 Falconry, Snow! and more.
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Spring Day at the Park 2013, a set on Flickr.

Photos from the Spring Day at the Park in Alexandra Park,Hastings, East Sussex on the 30th of March 2013. Photographs include Section 5 Drummers, writer A. K. Benedict, Cake competition, 1066 Falconry, Snow! and more.

A bit of a cheeky photo of our beautiful pet Corn Snake called Rex poking her tongue, she is such a cute snake and a very good pet. I have messed around with the colour levels slightly to make the image more dynamic

Finally got round to creating a page for photos of my pet corn snake Rex!!!

A paint effect colour Urbex HDR photo of Joanne Thorpe. High Dynamic Range photo of my beautiful girl sitting in the old and broken window frame while urbexing one day. Photo taken by Dean Thorpe and copyright of Aspex DesignBeautiful girl and the broken window

Our holiday to the Mellieha Bay Hotel in Malta

In January 2013 we had a weeks holiday with Thomson Holidays at the Mellieha Bay Hotel in Malta.The hotel is on the opposite side of the Island to the Airport, but the Island is only 17 miles long, so even with other drop off’s the transfer was only about an hour, which wasn’t too bad.

It was already very dark when we got to the Mellieha Bay Hotel, but we still headed strait out onto our balcony to check out the views of Malta:
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Looking right from room B114 of the Mellieha Bay Hotel.image
Looking across Mellieha Bay from our hotel room.

On our first morning I woke up early and headed out of the Mellieha Bay Hotel to greet the morning sunrise in Malta for the first time. That day we all went out around the bay to have a look around and even ventured into the sea for a short swim, it was a bit cold (it was January!), but I have felt worse!

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Looking through the middle of one of the lounges.image
I took this HDR photo as the sun was just starting to rise.image
My wife Yolanda out on the balcony enjoying the sun.image
Our hotel room, basic, but still very nice and was perfect for our needs.image
The front of the Mellieha Bay Hotel in Malta.image
This photo of the Mellieha Bay hotel was actually taken with my waterproof camera from the middle of the bay!
On the Thursday we decided to venture a bit further from the hotel,so we headed to Valletta, the capital of Malta.
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We woke up to more beautiful views across the bay.image
The hotel was being redecorated, we didn’t get any noise, but it was scary watching them sometimes!!!image
Valletta had many interesting building to see, explore and photograph. image
National Museum of Archaeology was a great place, lots of history, some dating back 9,000 years+image
The were also many interesting statues all over the city.image
Even the normal streets around Valletta were interesting, if rather hilly in places!
On the Friday we decided to try out Mediterraneo Bio / Marine Park, sadly the weather was not great and so there were more staff than visitors, being the winter it was looking rather run down and was a bit expensive for what it was, but the staff were very nice and helpful and the animals were cute!
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They had a great reptile house at Mediterraneo,  this lizard was my favourite!
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The Sea Lion show was very good,  we got very close to them and the information was good.image
This Sea Lion was very friendly!!!image
The Dolphin presentation was also interesting and exciting to watch.image
More Dolphins in the presentation, they had 8 in total (not all on show)image
A very cute albino snake in the Reptile houseimage
My wife and daughter in the Mediterraneo cafe.Saturday we decided to go on holiday from our Malta holiday and jumped on a ferry to the Island of Gozo, great place apart from the annoying taxi drivers!

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An old World War 2 Pillbox (gun turret) just along the coast from the hotel.
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A very beautiful little church on the hilltop above Mgarr and the Gozo ferry port.
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One of the many sweet wild lizards we spotted while exploring.image
There were loads of Land Rover Defenders around, they are ideal for the terrain that they have there.image
Heading up the hill trying to escape from just one of the very annoying taxi drivers that do hassle you around the port, two of them followed us and kept going on at us about all the places they could take us, but they didn’t seem to understand that I like to explore slowly on foot!image
My wife and daughter overlooking Mgarr on the Island of Gozo.image
When we got back to the hotel I decided to try out the unheated outdoor pool, there were people out on their balconies watching me! It was rather cold!!! lolimage
The outdoor pool after dark, looking very pretty!Sunday we went back to Valletta for another look around, for a small place it has a lot of history to look around!!!
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A WW2 memorial bell tower overlooking the harbour at Valletta. image
More of the interesting side streets of Valletta in Malta.image
My daughter at the entrance to one of the theatre’s (I think)  
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One of the many stray / feral cats living around Valletta, they even have special places for them to go and feed.image
Armed guards protecting one of the important buildings.image
Valletta is very hilly and split over many levels, so they built this very fast glass lift to make it easier to get back to the top.

Another early start for me as I wanted to make the most of our last full day, but the whole day was spent around the Mellieha Bay area, including a trip up to the Red Tower.
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Very early morning very of the church that overlooks Mellieha Bay.image
Sunrise from just outside the restaurant part of the hotel. image
My wife Yolanda outside the Red Tower. imageYolanda and Joanne photographing each other while being photographed by me! image
Yolanda sitting under one of the many statues.image
A daytime view of the church up on top of the hill.image
Our little statue we bought, all the statues over there seemed to have the theme of larger women, nice to see its not just me that likes them!
Our last half day 8o( We went on the bus to Sliema for a final bit of exploring, before heading back to the Mellieha Bay hotel to relax for a while before our flight home.

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Yolanda enjoying a cup of tea with some rather quiet friends! 8o)imageInside the shopping centre in Sliema.image
Joanne down by the waterfront in Sliema.image
Joanne with big ears! lol I made her pose there, but she didn’t know why until after it was taken.image
Yolanda and Joanne chilling out before flying home.image
Flying back to very cold and grey England and missing Malta already.If you want to see more photos and larger versions of all of these, then follow this link for Hundreds more Mellieha Bay and Malta holiday photos
Constructive comments always welcome! - Dean


Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary 2012 opening night trip to Brighton!, a set on Flickr.
Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary 2012 opening night trip to Brighton! Photos of family, friends and strangers! I had seen the film at the cinema with lots of people dressed up and seen the dvd hundreds of times, but was my first seeing it live. At the end they did the timewarp, then an extra bit sweet transvestite, then back to timewarp again and just as we thought it was over Richard O’Brian walked out onto the stage, did a very short talk then he actually sung timewarp!!! When we were coming down the stairs he was coming up them, so I couldn’t resist stopping him, saying how great it was, asked to shake his hand, he commented on my costume, I said thanks, we said bye and that was it, but was so great to actually meet him, sadly the stairs were packed and my camera was stored away in my backpack, so no photo of him 8o(
Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary in Brighton!Photo of me Dean Thorpe taken by my wife Yolanda Thorpe at the Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary in Brighton!Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary in Brighton!Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary in Brighton!

Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary 2012 opening night trip to Brighton!, a set on Flickr.

Rocky Horror Show 40th Anniversary 2012 opening night trip to Brighton! Photos of family, friends and strangers! I had seen the film at the cinema with lots of people dressed up and seen the dvd hundreds of times, but was my first seeing it live. At the end they did the timewarp, then an extra bit sweet transvestite, then back to timewarp again and just as we thought it was over Richard O’Brian walked out onto the stage, did a very short talk then he actually sung timewarp!!! When we were coming down the stairs he was coming up them, so I couldn’t resist stopping him, saying how great it was, asked to shake his hand, he commented on my costume, I said thanks, we said bye and that was it, but was so great to actually meet him, sadly the stairs were packed and my camera was stored away in my backpack, so no photo of him 8o(