Monday, 30 November 2015

Don't miss my single of the week - 'Love Me' by The 1975 - Last play

This week my single of the week is the brilliant 'Love Me'. Its amazing :)

Its the last day of November...

Its the last day of November. That means 2 things for me.

Firstly, it means its December tomorrow - how exciting is that!! Secondly, its the last day of the month, which means closing comp frenzy!!!

Yay!! What does the end of November mean for you? :)

Single of the week #29 Parra for Cuva 'Wicked Games' - how did it do?

My 29th single of the week was the beautiful Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games. But how did it fare in the UK singles chart?

Actually it did pretty damned well. It reached number 6!!

Check out all my singles of the week here.

My Top 10 Salads

Here are my Top 10 Salads:

  • Thai chicken mango salad
  • Chicken tikka salad
  • Kaiso salad
  • Hot and spicy chicken with blue cheese
  • Greek salad
  • Warm Tofu chilli salad
  • Caesar salad
  • Waldorf salad
  • Summer chickpea salad
  • Mexican salad with tortilla croutons

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Another thing I want to do with my life

I thought of another one:
  • Learn to scuba dive
Add it to my list!! (Growing list) 
  • Write a novel
  • Learn another language fluently
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Pay off my mortgage
  • Own a new car fresh off the forecourt
  • Own a place in the sun
  • Set foot on every continent
  • Own an apartment in London
  • Own an apartment in Manchester
  • Ride a horse across a beach
  • Go skiing
  • Learn to cook Sushi
  • Have the whole house how I want it to be fully finished
  • Have no money worries
  • Live abroad for a few months 
  • Go on a round the world trip
  • Own a horse
  • Go the races
  • Go on a theatre break
  • Own a place in Gran Canaria
  • Learn to ride a motorbike

My Top 10 Sandwiches

Here are my Top 10 Sandwiches:

  • Cheese Ploughmans
  • Egg and Cress
  • Cheese and Onion
  • Chicken Salad
  • Roast Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka
  • Turkey Rashers
  • Barbeque Chicken
  • Cheese Salad and Pickle
  • Pineapple and Cottage Cheese

Places I have been in the UK - more for the list

  • Sheffield - The Florentine
  • London - nr Bakers Street
  • London - nr St Pauls
  • London - nr Kensington
  • London - Shepherd's Bush -K-West Hotel
  • Manchester - 02 Arena, MEN, Etihad
  • Brighton weekend, The Lanes, The Pier
  • Edinburgh x 3 times
  • Spa break - Hoar Cross Hall
  • Stone Henge - Salisbury
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • Alton Towers Theme Park
  • Flamingo Land Theme Park
  • The Roaches 
  • The Peak District
  • The Lake District
  • Blackpool
  • Primrose Valley nr Scarborough
  • Plymouth
  • Torquay
  • Bath
  • Devon
  • Poole
  • Pathwelli
  • Leeds
  • Birmingham
  • Woore
  • Wilmslow
  • West Midlands Safari Park
  • Iron Bridge, Telford
  • The Wrekin
  • Trafford Centre, Manchester
  • Arndale Manchester
  • Westfield, London
  • Westfield, Derby
  • Burton on Trent
  • Cannock Chase
  • Clumber Park, Donnington
  • Shrewsbury
  • Butterfly World
  • Congleton
  • Nantwich
  • Sandbach
  • Market Drayton
  • Consall Valley

ebay wrapping - again

Its that time again. More ebay wrapping to be done. I like the feeling of selling clothes I no longer wear, for someone else to get some use out of.

I just really do not enjoy sitting wrapping it all!! I think there is a business idea out there for someone to do the wrapping for you!! Maybe its a goer. Certainly won't be set up by me though - can't think of anything worse!!

Brown paper, carrier bags, sharpie markers and sellotape out. Clothes down from storage all ready to be parcelled up. It will be a good feeling - when its done!! :(

Today I am going to a Posh Pool Party!!

My other half was 50 last month. I was quite imaginative thinking of different things we could do to celebrate. One of the final gifts is a posh pool party at our local spa resort.

Its starting at 5pm, and there will be cocktails. There will be live music. There will be an outdoor heated pool and full use of the spa. There will be nibbles. There will be a log fire!!!

How exciting!!! I have no idea what to wear - bikini or cossie? Dress up or dress casual? I shall just take spares with me I think - better prepared!!

I am really excited!! Never been to a posh pool party before. I shall let you know how it goes of course!! :)

Saturday, 28 November 2015

Today's new Spanish words to learn

  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
For my full list check out my brand new page - just click here :) 

What I'm Watching This Week

  • I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. I apologise for this, but I am still massively entertained by the one and only Lady C. Her use of the english language is sublime, her put downs are beyond argument, and her pearls in the jungle and her complete lack of concern over popularity are just the recipe for compulsive viewing!! Ant and Dec, as ever, are just the icing on the cake. I have literally laughed out loud this series. Great stuff. 

  • The Affair. We watched the whole of series 1 on boxset and were hooked. Series 2 has started now, so we've caught up on the first few episodes and are now bang up to date. All I can say is that whoever wrote the script for this has clearly been through a similar experience. Its too accurate, and too raw for it to be pure imagination. This is powerful, emotional and mesmerising. I am desperate for the next episode! 

  • The Apprentice. Sir Alan is on fine form this series. The hopeful candidates however? Not so much. I mean really? A kids party is supposed to be fun. One team were like they were on a health and safety course - dull, dull, dull. Then the T-shirts were a disaster. The other team were a girl's party. It was all sports and they didn't even get fed properly!! The goodie bags were awful, and they didnt even get the client's phone number!! For professional sorts, they certainly don't show it!! 

My Top 10 Sundaes

  • Oreo Cookies & Cream
  • Honeycomb explosion
  • Rocky Horror
  • Chocolate Ice Cream
  • Cookie Dough and Fudge
  • Hot Chocolate Fudge
  • Banana Split
  • Caramel Apple
  • Neopolitan
  • Eton Mess

Top 10 Chocolate Bars

Continuing my theme of lovely things I can't eat because I am on a diet, here is my next Top 10. My Top 10 chocolate bars:

  • Dairy Milk (any flavour - love them all)
  • Yorkie Bar (it is for girls!)
  • Snickers
  • Cadbury Caramel
  • Galaxy
  • Toblerone
  • Lindt Lindor milk bar
  • Milka - plain or prauline
  • Kit Kat Chunky
  • Mars Bar
I love chocolate, but if I had to choose a favourite, I think it would have to be Dairy Milk. Mmmm. :)

Learning Spanish - recap

  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

Friday, 27 November 2015

28 sleeps until Christmas!!!

28 sleeps until Christmas

651 hours to Christmas

39114 minutes to Christmas

2346877 seconds to Christmas

27 days, 3 hours, 54 mins, 10 seconds to Christmas!!

My Top 10 Sausages

Here are my Top 10 Sausages:

  • British Pork and Sweet Chilli Sandwiches
  • Cumberland Sausages
  • Cider & Apple Pork Sausages
  • Aberdeen Angus Beef Sausages
  • Quorn Sausages
  • Hot Dog Sausages
  • Beef & Cracked Black Pepper Sausages
  • Sausage wrapped in bacon (pigs in blanket)
  • Chorizo Style Pork Sausages
  • Thick Pork Sausages Lincolnshire

Gigs I have seen - more for the list!

Gigs I have seen
Take That x 2
Robbie William x 3
U2 x 3
Michael Jackson
Foo Fighters
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Happy Mondays
James Brown
Plan B
Ella Henderson
Olly Murs
The Beautiful South
Rod Stewart
Shed 7
Paloma Faith
Taylor Swift
Kelly Osbourne
The Zutons
Vance Joy
The Darkness

All these films that I have seen 10 #101

Here are my next 10 films that I have seen.

Bonnie and Clyde
The Simpsons Movie
Best in Show
The Love Bug
About Schmidt
Sense and Sensibility
An American Haunting
Speed 2: Cruise Control
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

That takes me up to 1010!! Wow. Here are the previous 1000:
films #1             films #45             films #89
films #2             films #46             films #90
films #3             films #47             films #91
films #4             films #48             films #92
films #5             films #49             films #93
films #6             films #50             films #94
films #7             films #51             films #95
films #8             films #52             films #96
films #9             films #53             films #97
films #10           films #54             films #98
films #11           films #55             films #99
films #12           films #56             films #100
films #13           films #57
films #14           films #58
films #15           films #59
films #16           films #60
films #17           films #61
films #18           films #62
films #19           films #63
films #20           films #64
films #21           films #65
films #22           films #66
films #23           films #67
films #24           films #68
films #25           films #69
films #26           films #70
films #27           films #71
films #28           films #72
films #29           films #73
films #30           films #74
films #31           films #75
films #32           films #76
films #33           films #77
films #34           films #78
films #35           films #79
films #36           films #80
films #37           films #81
films #38           films #82
films #39           films #83
films #40           films #84
films #41           films #85
films #42           films #86
films #43           films #87
films #44           films #88

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Back to the Spanish lessons

Day 10 and time for 3 more phrases / words for me to learn. Here are my next 3:
  • Nude - desnudo
  • Towel - toalla
  • Sea - mar
Day 9 recap:
  • What's your name? - Como se llama?
  • Cheers - Salud
  • Wine - el vino
Day 8 recap:
  • Good - bueno
  • Beer - cerveza
  • Cheese - queso
Day 7 recap:
  • Suitcase - maleta
  • Blue - azul
  • White - blanco
Day 6 recap:
  • Where is? - dónde está?
  • Market - el mercado
  • Swimming Pool - la piscina
Day 5 recap:
  • Saturday - sábado
  • Winter - invierno
  • English - inglés
Day 4 recap:
  • I want one - Quiero uno
  • How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta
  • Tomorrow - mañana
Day 3 recap:
  • Good evening - Buenas Noches
  • You're welcome - de nada
  • I'm sorry - lo siento
Day 2 recap:
  • Please - Por favor
  • Thankyou - Gracias
  • Beach - La playa
 Recap of Day 1:
  • Hello - Hola
  • Good morning - Buenos días
  • Goodbye - Adios

My Film Reviews - Black Swan

I used to love Ballet when I was younger. I was never destined to be a prima ballerina though. Having just watched Black Swan, I am eternally grateful for that.

Starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis this is a disturbing film indeed. Billed as a pyschological thriller/horror, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I mean how scary can ballet be? Right?

Wrong. Portman plays Nina, a fragile, supremely perfect ballerina, perfectly suited to the role of the White Swan of Swan Lake. Fragile, elegant, innocent. She executes perfection in her every move.

However, she is too perfect, too precise and too frigid to play the sensual black swan. She must become both. Mila Kunis plays Lily, who arrives at the company, and is the embodiment of the black swan.

The pressure builds, and Nina starts to spiral out of control as she begins to lose her grip on reality. Her mother tries to live her dreams through Nina, having never actually made it as prima ballerina herself. She piles the pressure upon Nina, who becomes haunted by a double of herself. Kunis' Lily becomes her nemesis, threatening her fragile mind when she becomes the understudy.

Driven near insane with the pressure, Nina starts to self harm - scratching herself and imagining losing finger nails and so on. She finds Lily in her dressing room, and a fight breaks out. Nina stabs Lily, then goes on to give an epic performance as the dark and sensual black swan. She receives a standing ovation and returns to the dressing room. When Lily comes to congratulate her, she realises the fight was her imagination.

Nina sees the mirror is still smashed, and finally, she realises she has in fact cut herself with the glass. Back on stage again as the white swan, about to throw herself off the cliff, she sees that her mother is crying. She is beautiful, perfect, and as the climax builds, she becomes the swan. Throwing herself from the cliff to fall upon the hidden mattress, tears fall down her face.

The company gather to congratulate her, but see that she is bleeding badly. The applause is deafening, as she whispers "I felt it, perfect, it was perfect". The lights go white and it ends there.

Now, if you aren't a ballet fan, you are probably wondering what all the fuss is about. I can honestly say that Portman portrays the pressure of trying to reach the top, and the resultant breakdown in such consistent realistic style that ballet or not, it is mesmerising. She herself is so beautiful and fragile and talented, that it has you enthralled. You don't have to know a thing of ballet. Although a fact for those fact fans out there, is that both Portman and Kunis trained hard to learn the craft - for several months to reach the level they needed to portray here. That is dedication.

I wouldn't say this is horror, but its definetely scary and well worth a watch. An oscar winning performance, but enough of that. Its a damn good watch. 9 out of 10 from me. Fantastic.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Paloma Faith live - 2015 - finally here she came!!

And finally, here she is!! 

She was worth the wait! 

She was brilliant, and the backing singers were so good too. 

What a show! What a performance. Just amazing :)

Paloma Faith 2015 - The Build Up!

The stage was amazing. I got so excited when I saw her name on the kit!! 

The field began to fill up quickly as the support act started. 

The obligatory selfie!! 

Nearly time!! 

Waiting for Paloma - 2015

Back in July this year we went to see Paloma Faith at Cannock Chase. I was ready for the occasion - big yellow bow, learned all the songs - ready to rock and roll!! 

C'mon Paloma!! We love you :) 

Top 10 Jelly Sweeties

My diet continues, which means I cannot eat the lovely things I enjoy. So if I can't eat them, I shall just write about them!

My next Top 10 is all about jelly sweeties.

My Top 10 jelly sweeties are:

  • Jelly Babies
  • Wine Gums
  • Haribo Hearts
  • Jelly Beans
  • Teddy Bears
  • Fizzy Cola Bears
  • Fried Eggs
  • Sour Apples
  • American Hard Gums
  • Strawberry Milkbottles
What are your favouries? Do you like them sour or fruity? Soft or chewy? I absolutely love gums and jellies. Yum ! :)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

31 sleeps until Christmas

Its 31 sleeps until Christmas.

Its 721 hours.

It is 43303 minutes.

It is 2598221 seconds.

It is 30 days, 1 hour, 43 minutes, 15 seconds to Christmas!!

Places I have been - UK

  • Sheffield - The Florentine
  • London - nr Bakers Street
  • London - nr St Pauls
  • London - nr Kensington
  • London - Shepherd's Bush -K-West Hotel
  • Manchester - 02 Arena, MEN, Etihad
  • Brighton weekend, The Lanes, The Pier
  • Edinburgh x 3 times
  • Spa break - Hoar Cross Hall
  • Stone Henge - Salisbury
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • Alton Towers Theme Park
  • Flamingo Land Theme Park
  • The Roaches 
  • The Peak District
  • The Lake District
  • Blackpool
  • Primrose Valley nr Scarborough
  • Plymouth
  • Torquay
  • Bath
  • Devon
  • Poole
  • Pathwelli
  • Leeds
  • Birmingham
  • Woore
  • Wilmslow

Crete 2015

Crete 2015
Animal Magic
Nom Nom Nom
Sunset over Pool
Toys in Crete
Bit of Cake

My top 10 Curries

Here are my Top 10 Currys:

  • Chicken Tikka Massala
  • Chicken Balti
  • Chicken Bhuna
  • Chicken Korma
  • Chicken Rogan Josh
  • Chicken Dupiaza
  • Chicken Jalfrezi
  • Chicken Desi Handi
  • Chicken Biryani
  • Chicken Pasanda

Monday, 23 November 2015

Lady C - Legend!!

Lady C is a legend. There, I've said it! This evening she turned cougar with Dec and it was in equal parts wonderful and yet the most cringeworthy thing I have ever witnessed!!

Her quotes will stick with me for years to come. "Nothing shall induce me to change my mind". Deeming tonight's Bushtucker Trial "tiresome". 

She is so argumentative and full of her own importance, arrogant and opinionated, but for sheer TV gold she is priceless!!

If you haven't watched it so far, then its worth watching just for her. Best contestant ever. Way to go IACGMOOH! Genius :)

My new single of the week 'Love Me' by The 1975

This week I have chosen 'Love Me' by The 1975 as my new single of the week. Released in October, this has gained more airplay in the past week or so, finally reaching my ears!!

Its one of those that on first listen, you think "who is this then"? I mean the 1975 don't normally sound like this do they? Nope. This is a stomping track. Its like they've turned into the love child of Peter Gabriel and Michael Hutchence - that sort of catchy, rock come pop number that wedges firmly into your head.

Its the first single from their forthcoming album 'I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It' which has yet to be released. If this is anything to go by, its going to be a very different album to their debut. They are also due to tour, so fans should be in for a treat!

Lead singer Matt Healy seems to have adopted something of a change of image too. Just check out the video that accompanies this!! You will see where I'm coming from on the Hutchence genre!! Leather trousers anyone?

Back to the song. The lyrics are clever. "You've got a beautiful face but got nothing to say", and "You look famous, let's be friends" show this song is a bit tongue in cheek about pop culture. Fame for fame's sake. The video is more of the same sarcasm - cardboard cutouts of famous types, including Mr Bean!! Fabulous stuff!! 

I love this song. Its catchy, its clever, and its different. Its also a pop song, but one that's true to its indie roots. Great stuff!! So what are you waiting for? Go and take a listen and let me know what you think of it! 

You can find all my previous single choices over at My Music page here. Happy listening :)

My New Single of the Week ... is coming up next!!

Its that time again. The time to choose a new single of the week!! Whoop!!

Back in ten :)

2015 - The Story so Far - September

September was all about losing weight and trying to get fit.

This consisted of the Beach Body Challenge for 30 days, thinking of reasons to stick to my diet to try and keep my motivation going, and of course going back to PT

I did lots of future planning, sorting out our wills, pensions and generally putting such things in place. A touch on the morbid side granted, but it had to be done!!

I spent time looking back on my 2015 Resolutions, and adding a few more things to my wishlist. Of course I also spent time planning for my forthcoming October holiday!! More on that in a look back to October.

September was a month for sorting things out. Cupboards, life, body and soul. It was a good month :)

Top 10 Cheeses

Continuing the foodie theme, here are my top 10 favourite cheeses:

  • Mature Cheddar
  • Double Gloucester
  • Wensleydale & Cranberry
  • Feta
  • Brie
  • Blue Stilton
  • Austrian Smoked Cheese
  • Marmite Cheddar
  • Creamy Lancashire
  • Mexican spicy cheddar
I absolutely love cheese, and it goes beautifully with another of my favourites - wine

My Top 10 Cakes

There is a theme tonight. I am craving yummy food. Following on from my Top 10 Biscuits, here are my Top 10 cakes:

  • Cheesecake (mainly New York style)
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Fudge Cake
  • Cherry Bakewell
  • Eton Mess
  • Walnut Buttercream Cake
  • Coffee Cake
  • Battenburg Cake
  • Victoria Sponge with Jam and Buttercream Filling
  • Chocolate Gateaux
Made myself very hungry now! :)

Sunday, 22 November 2015

My Wishlist


  • Jeans
  • Faux fur jacket
  • Audi TT
  • New bedding
  • Yankee Candle
  • Curtains
  • Spa facial
  • Pedicure
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Dress
  • Bikini
  • Lingerie
  • Chanel No 5 EDP
  • J'adore EDP
  • Body butter - Orogold
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach bag
  • Barbour Jacket
  • Great red lipstick
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro
  • hardbound notebook
  • Jodhpurs
  • Riding Boots
  • Wireless printer
  • Chandelier light fitting for dining room
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules
  • Solar lights
  • Garden statues
  • Stone bench
  • Corset
  • Fitbit
  • Manolo Blahniks
  • Backless dress
  • Tumble drier
  • Bathroom
  • New Kitchen
  • Plastering work
  • Light fittings throughout
  • Crystal glasses
  • Tefal Toast N Egg
  • Nutribullet
  • Patio Heater
  • Fire pit
  • pottery for painting
  • pottery paints
  • Sharpie pens in different colours
  • Colouring fine point pens
  • Land Rover
  • NYC Trip
  • Motorhome
  • Apple TV
  • Spa Break
  • Range Cooker
  • Barefoot Sandals
  • Hunter Wellies
  • Swarovski Jewellery
  • Champagne
  • Range Rover
  • Hot Tub
  • Apartment in Paris
  • Trip to Australia
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP
  • Gas BBQ
  • 4 man tent
  • Treadmill
  • Designer Watch
  • Charger block
  • Bicycle
  • Pearl necklace
  • Campervan
  • Carpet 
  • Caravan
  • Chanel tote
  • Dining Table
  • Egg Chair
  • Clarins treatment
  • Elemis treatment
  • Gates
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch
  • Holiday
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild)
  • Lawnmower
  • Motorbike
  • Jaguar
  • Pandora charms
  • Paris weekend
  • Rattan furniture set
  • Shoes
  • Vespa
  • Whiskey
  • TV
  • Cuddly Toy
  • Wine fridge
  • Stationary
  • Bedding
  • House extension
  • Shower unit
  • Picnic Basket
  • Yo Sushi voucher
  • White suit jacket
  • Chaise longue
  • Vintage chair
  • Ballet pumps
  • Veneers
  • Winter coat
  • Luggage
  • Pop Up Tent
  • Handbag
  • Chunky knit jumper
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria
  • Leather jacket
  • Hobbit house
  • Black Ugg Boots
  • Wireless printer
  • Olloclip for iphone
  • Digital photo frame
  • Wellies rack

Top 10 Spirits

Continuing the theme then, here are my Top 10 Spirits:

  • Johnny Walker Black Label Whisky - Scottish
  • Courvoisier VSOP Brandy
  • Southern Comfort
  • Jack Daniels
  • Jim Beam Red Stag
  • Baileys
  • Tia Maria
  • Vodka
  • Cherry Brandy
  • Tequila

New single of the week coming soon - here are my previous 53

Singles of the week:

#53 Fleur East - Sax
#52 KDA ft Tinie Tempah and Katy B - Rumble
#51 Galantis - Peanut Butter Jelly
#50 Example - Whisky Story
#49 Selena Gomez ft A$AP Rocky- Good for You
#48 5SOS - She's Kinda Hot
#47 Tinie Tempah ft. Jess Glynne - Not Letting Go
#46 A$AP Rocky - Everyday
#45 Duke Dumont - The Giver (Reprise)
#44 OMI Cheerleader
#43 Florence & The Machine - Ship To Wreck
#42 Trouble - Iggy Azalea ft Jennifer Hudson
#41 Soak - Sea Creatures
#40 The Avener - Fade Out Lines
#39 Ed Sheeran & Rudimental - Bloodstream
#38 Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney - FourFiveSeconds
#37 The Prodigy - Nasty
#36 Hozier - Take me to Church
#35 Jamie T - Rabbit Hole
#34 Rae Morris - Under the Shadows
#33 Echosmith - Cool Kids
#32 Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
#31 Take That - These Days
#30 Tom Odell - Real Love
#29 Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games
#28 Ben Howard - I Forget Where we Were - reached number 54
#27 Charli XCX - Break the Rules - reached number 35
#26 DJ Fresh feat. Ellie Goulding - Flashlight - reached number 47
#25 The Magician - Sunlight (feat. Years and Years) - reached number 7
#24 Meghan Trainor - all About That Bass - reached number 1
#23 Ten Walls - Walking with Elephants - reached number 6
#22 Calvin Harris & John Newman - Blame - reached number 1
#21 Taylor Swift - Shake it Off - reached number 2
#20 David Guetta - Lovers on the Sun - reached number 1
#19 Saint Motel - My Type - reached number 34
#18 Zhu - Faded - reached number 3
#17 Milky Chance - Stolen Dance - reached number 24
#16 Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart - reached number 1
#15 Budapest - George Ezra - reached number 3.
#14 Little Mix - Salute - reached number 6.
#13 Lana Del Rey - West Coast - reached number 21
#12 Indiana - Solo Dancing - reached number 14
#11 Coldplay - Magic - reached no 10.
#10 Kaiser Chiefs - Coming Home - reached no 31.
#9 Katy Perry - Dark Horse - reached no 4.
#8 feat Miley Cyrus - Feelin Myself - reached no 2.
#7 Vance Joy - Riptide - reached number 10.
#6 Gorgon City - Ready for your love (feat MNEK) - no 4
#5 Clean Bandit - Rather Be (feat Jess Glynne) - reached no 1.
#4 Lorde - Royals - My Single of the Week - reached no 1.
#3 Happy - Pharell Williams - reached no 1.
#2 Wilkinson - Afterglow - reached no 8.
#1 Sail by Awolnation - reached no 17.

My Top 10 wines

I started a Top 10 project because I am on a diet. So far, I have listed my Top biscuitscakechocolate bars and jelly sweeties.

Next up its my Top 10 wines:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Prosecco
  • Merlot
  • Moscato
  • Chablis
  • Zinfandel
  • Shiraz
I'm off the wine myself at the moment, but it was lovely to reminisce! 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Last nights PT

I am still aching as I write this the following morning. It was a good session for sure!

Here is what he put me through:
  • 3 minute run on treadmill
  • Step jumps on box, 30 reps x 6 reps
  • Run length of studio and back with Burpee at the opposite end - 6 reps
  • Squat thrusts 4 x 15 reps
  • Run length of studio and back with 3 burpees at the opposite end - 4 reps
  • Squat thrust, dip and press - 3 x 15 reps
  • Run length of studio and back with 3 burpees at the opposite end - 3 reps
  • 400m sprint on rower
  • 2 min run on treadmill
  • 3 x 9 weight bench press - 15 reps
  • 3 x squat touch and star jump - 15 reps
  • 2 x 400m sprint on rower
  • converging press machine - reducing sets - 15 reps, 12 reps, 10 reps
  • 30 second sprints on treadmill on incline, increasing speed x 8 reps

When it snows up here, it snows!!

This was the scene when it snowed last night where we are.

In less than an hour, the cars were covered. 

It looked very pretty, but it was treacherous. 

This morning, my car was still thick in snow as I drove into town. Clearly, other parts had not had it so bad, as my car was attracting more than a few looks amongst other mainly snowless cars!! 

Christmas Countdown - 34 sleeps to go!!

34 sleeps to Christmas!!

796 hours.

47816 minutes.

2868962 seconds.

33 days, 4 hours, 55 mins, 20 seconds to Christmas!!

Friday, 20 November 2015

Personal Training Story

Personal Training - The Sessions
9th Nov 2015

2nd Nov 2015

30 Sept 2015

22nd Sept 2015

4th September 2015

1st Sept 2015

30th August 2015

27th August 2015

20th August 2015

18th August 2015

13th August 2015

10th Aug 2015

8th Aug 2015

1st Aug 2015

27th July 2015

9th July 2015

7th July 2015

4th July 2015

2nd July 2015

26th June 2015

22nd June 2015

16th June 2015

6th June 2015

2nd June 2015

21st May 2015

12th May 2015

1st May 2015

28th April 2015

14th March 2015

12th March 2015

7th March 2015

3rd March 2015

28th Feb 2015

23rd Feb 2015

20th Feb 2015

19th Feb 2015

14th Feb 2015

12th Feb 2015

8th Feb 2015

3rd Feb 2015

2nd Feb 2015

31st Jan 2015

24th Jan 2015

29th October 2014

28th Oct 2014

25th October 2014

23rd October 2014

8th October 2014

19th September 2014

6th September 2014

4th September 2014

6th August 2014

4th August 2014

30th July 2014

27th July 2014

25th July 2014

18th July 2014

14th July 2014

10th July 2014

8th July 2014

3rd July 2014

28th June 2014

23rd June 2014

20th June 2014

17th June 2014

14th June 2014

13th June 2014

12th May 2014

9th May 2014

21st April 2014

19th April 2014

17th April 2014

14th April 2014

11th April 2014

7th April 2014

4th April 2014

31st March 2014

28th March 2014

24th March 2014

19th March 2014

6th March 2014

21st Feb 2014

10th Feb 2014

8th Feb 2014

27th Jan 2014

20th Jan 2014

29th Dec 2013

6th Dec 2013

2nd Dec 2013

26 Nov 13

23 Nov 13

9th Nov 13

5th Nov 13 - The first session!

Thank God its Friday - what a horrible week!!

I've had a horrible week, and its still only Friday!! It started off with everyone feeling sad after last week's Paris attacks. Facebook was awash with Tricolor and it was a beautiful sight to behold.

That was Friday the 13th. Then began my own run of bad luck and sad news. First up were the storms on Saturday night, that blew and howled and rattled the place. That led to the lights flickered on and off, before Western Power arrived with their flashlights. Faced with a looming powercut it was a tense night.

Monday saw my team at work move into our new office accommodation. Stressful just wasn't the word. It was emotional in all manner of ways as we tried to get everything set up.

Tuesday I had some very sad news that a friend and colleague of over ten years, had passed away at the obscenely young age of 37 years old. I myself am 39 and my gosh it made me feel awful. Those younger than yourself are not supposed to die in their sleep.  My thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. Sad news.

Wednesday night I pulled my car up our drive, opened my driver side door only for the wind to catch it and slam it into the wall. The edge of the door is now slightly dented, and the paint has chipped on the edge. Damn weather!!

That was all bad enough. Then today, it got worse. I got into my car on Thursday morning, and as soon as I tried to turn at the bottom of the drive, the car did not want to know. The steering was completely stiff. My tyre light had come on so I thought it was a flat tyre. I limped it to the service station, checked the pressure, and it seemed fine. Back in the driver seat, and still no power steering. Made it to work, then took the car to the garage at lunch. Bad news. My little brum is still at the garage and its going to cost me a pretty penny from the sound of things.

What a week!! Feeling very stressed indeed. Thank God for the weekend. Here's to a better week.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

This Week I am Watching

  • The Apprentice. I am so loving this series. Last week Sir Alan fired not 1, not 2, but 3 candidates. This week they made a total farce of selling cheap in bulk. The bitching and back biting is pure entertainment. Claude and Karen as the side kicks this year pack a punch for sure! Quality stuff. 
  • The Affair. Almost at the end of season 1 of this fantastic drama series and my goodness. This has literally taken my breath away at times. It captures the essence of how it feels to be in love with someone you can't be with. That longing, that unspoken obsession. Whoever wrote this, has been through this. So raw, so real, and so beautiful to watch. 
  • I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. I had never heard of Lady C before this week. Now, I am a huge fan. The woman is a phenomenon. Some of her quotes this week had me literally laughing out loud. " Nothing can induce me to change my mind" is my favourite. Best series so far. Ant and Dec just brilliant, as always. Love it!! 

My Film Reviews - Sanctum

anctum caught my eye on the guide over the weekend so I decided to give it a try. Its not all that old - it was released in 2011, but I had not seen it, and knew nothing of it. James Cameron is the executive producer though, so I thought it was likely to be pretty good.

I was not wrong. It starts off with a group of adventurous types heading towards an under water cave system in Papua New Guinea. We meet Josh, 17, whose dad, Frank, is a very experienced diver who has already set up forward camp inside the cave system. Josh is travelling with a guy named Carl and his girlfriend Vic, and makes it known that he doesn't rate his father at all. Even the first part is terrifying. There is nothing on this earth that would make me go down into what is basically a great big hole in the ground.

Anyway, below them, the team at forward camp start off to explore a part of the cave system that is new and unknown. One of the women, Jude gets into problems with her air hose whilst in the new system. She loses her air and the two divers, she and Frank, begin to buddy breathe, or try to. Jude starts to really panic and holds onto the mask, stopping Frank from being able to breathe himself. Frank has no choice but to take his mask back or they would both die. Jude drowns, as Josh and the others are watching on the monitor. Its not pleasant watching, not at all.

Josh assumes it was his dad's fault. They argue about why Jude died, and eventually Frank tells Josh that Jude had dived in an exhausted state, having had to go fetch the extra tanks that Josh was supposed to bring. Above ground, a storm has started. Josh wants to leave, and Frank doesn't stop him. He arranges buddy climber to go with him to the entrance.

Josh heads back along with Luko, Liz and JD, some of those that were on forward camp with his dad. As they start to climb, they realise the storm is bad. Very bad. Water starts to pour in, the storm has become a cyclone. They try to carry on climbing, but Josh realises how much water is coming down is going to flood the system below, and can't leave his dad down there.

Frank, Carl and Victoria appear though, as they had also realised that they needed to get out. Unfortunately, the water has turned into a treacherous flood like a waterfall blocking their way. As Frank and Carl try to help Vic, Josh straps a rope around a boulder to try and assist. The boulder starts to move though, and Josh and Vic fall into the flood camp below, while Luko tries to free himself. He loses his grip and smashes into the rock wall. He seems badly injured, but things get worse as Luko is washed away with the force of the water and no one can reach him.

The boulder has blocked the way out, so they have no choice but to enter the underwater systems again to search for another way out of there. At this point, I was panicking, nevermind those in the film! Vic, refusing to wear recently deceased Judes wetsuit, is given a bit of a crash course in diving and off they go into the dark and unknown. Before they get far, Luko is washed up and found to be very badly injured, his face all smashed up and his body bent and broken, but still alive. He cant go with them in that condition, so Frank has to save him from further pain by drowning him rather than leave him alone to linger on death.

George - Frank's experienced buddy, Vic and Carl, Josh and Frank all make the dive and reach the other side of the system. Resting for a little while, Vic regrets not wearing the suit as she shivers from the cold. George, without letting onto the group, struggles to breath. Clearly, he has the bends from the dive, but doesn't tell them. When he starts to cough up blood, he hides in the tunnels from the group, knowing that he will hold them back. Frank struggles to search, shouting for George, but in the gloom and all the nooks and tunnels, he can't find him and has to carry on.

When they find George's tanks and gears, Frank realises what must have happened. They reach a huge hole and cannot go any further. Josh manages to hook a line across to the other side. Vic starts to cross but with being so cold still, she loses her grip. She drops and gets her hair tangled in the line. the only thing holding her is her hair. Screaming with the pain, the others can't get to her as the line won't take the weight. She takes her knife and cuts her hair free, dropping to her death below. Carl flees in dispair, not being able to cope with it any longer, leaving Josh and Frank alone.

They reach a cave with a giant hole in the roof, with sunlight pouring in. They find a tank of all things, that must have fallen through years before. They can't get out though, as there is nothing to climb and no way to get up to the surface. They rest a while, then head back through the system once again. They find Carl, who has located vic's body and gone a bit bonkers to be honest. When Frank says they must continue, Carl goes for him and Frank lands on a sharp stone badly injuring him. Josh gets Carl off his dad, but the damage is done. Carl realises what he's done finally, and swims away into the cave system alone.

Josh only then realises his dad is dying. The sharp stone was in fact a stalagmite and from his breathing its clear Frank is a goner. He asks Josh to help him. Josh can't do it, but as he watches his once strong and formidable dad fading and in such pain, he know he must. Forlorn, josh continues onwards to try and get out. He heads back into the system, finding Carl who has drowned, but he carries on. At this point, it seems they are all going to die down there, Josh included.

Josh starts to drift away, losing hope and I was convinced he was gone too. Then he sees a beam of light through the water, and uses it to guide him to the surface. He escapes the caves and makes it out into the ocean and air. He crawls onto the beach and is rescued, the only survivor.

There are no big names in this film - one or two faces I recognised though. Frank for one, played by Richard Roxburgh I recognise from Mission Impossible II, and George from a shark drama film called Bait. The script isn't that brilliant either - little bit predictable and flat. However, that isn't actually a problem.

This film is saved by several key things - the location is stunning, the visual and photography is amazing; the thought of A-going into such a large dark hole in the earth, and B-getting stuck down there is terrifying. The fact that in real life this has happened is even more scary. Worse than that, one of the stunt doubles actually drowned in the same system or near it not longer after this film was released. Talk about life imitating art!!

This is a truly terrifying tale. It doesn't need monsters hiding in the murky depths, or sharks or any such distraction. Its claustrophobic setting and feel would be enough to send anyone to the brink of despair and their sanity. The thought of diving beneath the earth, in the dark, with no idea of where or if there is a way out?? Truly scary.

If you want to scare the pants off yourself, watch this. If you don't like tight spaces I really wouldn't! I enjoyed this film a lot. I wouldn't give it a high score out of 10 for the acting, but it was good enough overall to recommend. I would probably say its a five or six out of ten this one, but still very good and very worth a watch. Enjoy and let me know what you thought. :)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

2015 - the story so far - August

August was all about body, mind and house. This consisted of going to the gym. A lot! Also, having lots of sort outs, including this epic task:

I made some changes to my life, such as not sweating the small stuff, and making a vow to myself to work as hard as I could to be all I can be. 

That's not to say its job done, but my goodness, all the work on the house has made it a much better place to be. Its not cluttered and disorganised, but neither is it soulless. 

I wanted to be able to make my home my safe place where I can relax. Mission accomplished. 

Gigs I have seen

Gigs I have seen
Take That x 2
Robbie William x 3
U2 x 3
Michael Jackson
Foo Fighters
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Happy Mondays
James Brown
Plan B
Ella Henderson
Olly Murs
The Beautiful South
Rod Stewart
Shed 7
Paloma Faith
Taylor Swift

Don't Miss my single of the Week 'Sax'

This week I have chosen the fab 'Sax' as my single of the week. Don't miss it - go take a listen. Its fab!!

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Been to the gym again - I shall be fit!!

Tonight, with aching limbs and sore muscles pretty much everywhere, I did not feel like going to the gym at all. But I have overcome this lack of will power and I have been to the gym!!

I have done quite a decent and respectable workout. I ran a mile, walked on an incline, then did a burst on the cross trainer, before finishing with the stair master. I hate that machine, but there is no denying it works!!

Then it was time for a lovely hot shower, before heading home for my Tesco grocery order to arrive. Lots of healthy stuff is now filling the cupboards and fridges which makes dieting a much easier prospect.

Tonight, it was weight watchers rice with quorn steaks. It was yummy.

So I am back on track, which is good, because I really need to be. Just got to keep it going now.

All these films that I have seen 10 #100

Here are my next 10 films that I have seen. Thats now a whopping 1000 films and still counting!

Rio Bravo
In the Name of the Father
Let There be Blood
My Left Foot
Bird on a Wire
Dead Calm
Steel Magnolias

Here are the previous 990:

films #1             films #45             films #89
films #2             films #46             films #90
films #3             films #47             films #91
films #4             films #48             films #92
films #5             films #49             films #93
films #6             films #50             films #94
films #7             films #51             films #95
films #8             films #52             films #96
films #9             films #53             films #97
films #10           films #54             films #98
films #11           films #55             films #99
films #12           films #56
films #13           films #57
films #14           films #58
films #15           films #59
films #16           films #60
films #17           films #61
films #18           films #62
films #19           films #63
films #20           films #64
films #21           films #65
films #22           films #66
films #23           films #67
films #24           films #68
films #25           films #69
films #26           films #70
films #27           films #71
films #28           films #72
films #29           films #73
films #30           films #74
films #31           films #75
films #32           films #76
films #33           films #77
films #34           films #78
films #35           films #79
films #36           films #80
films #37           films #81
films #38           films #82
films #39           films #83
films #40           films #84
films #41           films #85
films #42           films #86
films #43           films #87
films #44           films #88