Monday, 31 October 2016

My perfect Halloween Dinner Party

First up, who would I invite? Well, I would invite Stephen King, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Pattinson, John Bishop, Quentin Tarantino and Dave Grohl.

So we have a story teller, some glamour, a vampire, a comedian, a director and a rock star. Should be interesting! They would all have to be in fancy dress of course - Stephen could come as Mr Barlow, Marilyn as a corpse bride, Robert - vampire, obvs, John as a zombie priest (see what I did there), Quentin as a pumpkin and Dave Grohl as the devil.




My Top 10 Halloween Costumes


  • Wicked witch
  • Sexy vampire
  • 8 legged freak
  • Frankenstein's monster
  • Corpse Bride
  • Walking Dead Zombie
  • Skeleton
  • Pumpkin
  • Jigsaw from Saw
  • Beetlejuice

Happy Halloween


Here's to having a spooooky day. Happy Halloween :)

If you were a pumpkin, what would your face be?

So its Halloween. A kind of annual tradition in my family is to carve a different pumpkin face each year, which got me to thinking - if I was a pumpkin what would my face look like?




So what would your pumpkin face be? Drop me a comment and let me know :)

Sunday, 30 October 2016

What's happening in the world this week?


  • Aberfan disaster - 50 year anniversary. Unbelievably, some damn idiot has stolen the wreath placed by Prince Charles. What is wrong with some people!! 

  • Third runway approved at Heathrow. Personally, I approve and think its fantastic news. England needs to bring in more tourists to boost the economy, and needs more flights to accomodate those wanting to travel. 

  • Hugh Laurie awarded Hollywood star. Quite right too. One of the best of British - BlackAdder is a personal fav, but my god, as House he does American to perfection. Well deserved. 


Bit of Cake? Looking back at Crete 2015

Every afternoon in Crete it was time for cake!!


Chocolate cake and ginger cake. 


And butter biscuits!! Yum!! 

Halloween and Ghostbusters

It would not be Halloween without Ghostbusters. Today, I heard the song on the radio, twice. It put me in a great mood and I turned it up way loud.

Tonight, first up and on now - Ghostbusters -the original one. I love it!! Then, after this, Ghostbusters 2!!

I love Halloween, and any excuse to watch both these films is fine by me. :)

Halloween - am I too old?

So tomorrow is Halloween. We are having a family party - spooky decorations and spooktacular food. My mum is an amazing cook so I have no doubt we are in for a treat!

I'm not a huge fan of trick or treat - it can be a little scary at times when masked faces appear at your door, but always keep a box of treats to hand, and that way you can be sure, well, almost sure, to avoid any tricks.

But I find myself wondering - at what age is it too old to be the vamp temptress? Should I hang up my devil horns or is this the one occasion where age truly is of no concern?

Saturday, 29 October 2016

Not long until Halloween - Spooky :)

Its Halloween on Monday. Do you celebrate? Do you dress up?

I love Halloween. Absolutely love it. This year, its on a Monday which is a bit rubbish, but I am still going to have my pumpkin carved and celebrate!! Happy Halloween!!

So how do you do your Halloween? :)

Another one for the bucket list - fly in a chinook!!

  • 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
  • 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
  • Learn to ride a motorbike
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Travel the world
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Change career
  • Get a degree
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Shark cage experience
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Formula One experience
  • Go to all the continents - 3 to go - Antarctica, Asia and South America
  • Have a sailing lesson
  • Have a flying lesson
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Go camping / glamping
  • Stay in a log cabin
  • Be published
  • Get married
  • See The Northern Lights
  • Ride a Gondola
  • Ride a motorbike
  • Niagara Falls
  • Wimbledon
  • F1 race
  • Visit a pink beach
  • Fly in a Chinook Helicopter

Its Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!

Yes folks, its Saturday. What are you up to today? Me? I'm not up to anything today really. I have the onset of a cold, and am determined its not getting a hold of me, so its indoors for me today.

Right now, I'm listing a few items from last weekends epic wardrobe clearout!!




Yes, it was immense!! Took me forever, but well worth it. But that was last weekend. Today, I need to get the stuff listed and hopefully sold!! 

What else am I doing today then. Well, I have a cupboard upstairs that could be fairly accurately described as my "messy" cupboard. Full of paperwork, folders - you name it. It needs a sort out, so that is on today's list. 

Other than that, not really got much to do today, so I shall be doing some serious comping of course, maybe even a few creative ones! I love weekends. If I won the lottery, I would find plenty to do!! No problem! 

Playlist for Halloween

My top 10 favourite songs for Halloween:

Thriller - Michael Jackson
Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield (The Exorcist)
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Junior
Ghost Town - the Specials
People Are Strange - The Doors
Bring Me to Life - Evanescence
Disturbia - Rihanna
This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
Highway to Hell - ACDC
Jump to the Left - Rocky Horror Show






Friday, 28 October 2016

Defo Wellie Weather - Hoorah!!


These are my bright red Hunter Wellington Boots. They were one of my best Chrimbo pressies last year. Its been a few months, but now its definitely wellie weather once more!!

All I have to say about that is - hoorah!! And its about time! Bring on the muddy puddles :)

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Rewards at the end of intense effort - 3 weeks today :)

3 more weeks of suffering will earn this:
  • Haircut
  • Nails done - acrylic
  • Spa Body Scrub
  • Eyebrow wax
  • Leg Waxing
  • Chin wax
  • False eyelashes
  • New bikini
  • New handbag
  • New songs
  • New books
  • Glass of wine
  • Pandora Charm
  • New dress
  • Full English Breakfast
  • Holiday
And anything else that grabs my fancy!! Bribery. Can't beat it as a motivator!! 

Retro single of the week - REM - Everybody Hurts - Look Back

My retro single of the week for this week is from REM with the wonderful 'Everybody Hurts'.

Everybody Hurts was released as a single in 1993, and was taken from their 1992 album, Automatic for the People. This was one of their biggest successes, and peaked at number 7 in the UK charts.

Let me say this - this is one of my all time favourite ever songs. Its a beautiful gorgeous sounding ballad without being a ballad if you follow. Its slow tempo, with emotional sounding vocals from Stipe and his unusual voice.

The video this song is also brilliant. Its a traffic jam on a main road in the USA. Captions pop up on the screen depicting what the occupants of various vehicles are thinking. Its very clever. The lyrics give it a real thought provoking backdrop. Everybody hurts he sings over and over, which is true.

Eventually, the occupants of the cars get out and just walk on, leaving the jam behind them. Michael Stipe and the band members are amongst them. Michael then starts to sing. Its brilliant. It ends with a news report of over 300 people just walking away from their cars.

This is a song that makes you think. Its quite dark, and very powerful. Its wonderfully sung, wonderfully orchestrated with strings and guitars. It doesn't sound dated even now.

Go take a listen of this one. If you somehow haven't heard it before, you will love it. If you just haven't heard it for a while go remind yourself how great a song this is. Drop me a comment if you like it.

For more of my music, check out My Music page by clicking here. Happy listening :)

Retro Single of the Week - Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy - look back

My new retro single of the week for this week is the brilliant 'Unfinished Sympathy' from Massive Attack.

Such an iconic song, and such an iconic video from a great UK band. Massive Attack are an English group, who have had their share of great songs, but for me, none reached the greatness of this one.

Massive Attack formed in 1988 and consist of members - Robert "3D" Del Naja, Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall. 'Unfinished Sympathy' also included another Brit artist - Shara Nelson on vocals.

It was the second single from their debut album Blue Lines. It was released in 1991 in the UK and reached number 13 in the UK singles chart.

This song is a dance song, but with a slower tempo and featuring lots of strings, and a looped vocal background of "hey hey hey hey" which is really distinctive. It has some beautiful moments, where the gorgeous sound of the orchestra and the vocals lift up in a really satisfying peak.

Shara Nelson's vocals are perfect for this track. She also is the star of the video, which is a single shot of her walking through a City - Los Angeles no less. It is a great video, and no doubt the inspiration for the later video by The Verve with their classic 'Bitter Sweet Symphony".

This is a true classic - if you have never heard this, or just not for a while, go check it out - remind yourself how much of a tune it is, or find a new piece of music you might just fall in love with.

You can find more of my singles of the week - new and retro, plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Let me know what you think of this one :)


Things I want to do with my life

Things I want to do in my life 
  • 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
  • Learn to scuba dive
  • Travel the world
  • Be in a play or a film
  • Change career
  • Get a degree
  • Swimming with sea turtles
  • Shark cage experience
  • Skinny dip :)
  • Formula One experience

Bucket list - a few I can cross off the list :)

Bucket List - crossed off the list
  • Swam with dolphins
  • Jumped out of a plane - tandem skydive
  • Sang Karoake
  • Been on stage in a show
  • Flown in a helicopter
  • Grand Canyon
  • NYC - Empire State Building
  • Wine Tasting - Marlborough - New Zealand
  • Won a competition
  • Hiked a glacier - Franz Josef - NZ
  • Stayed in a hostel
  • Spa break
  • Flew across the world solo - UK to NZ
  • Island Hopping - Fiji
  • Jumped off a boat into the sea
  • Been the only person on an island - Fiji
  • Whale Watching - NZ
  • Mountain hiking - Canada
  • Arrived in a country with nowhere to stay
  • Done a charity fun run - Race for Life
  • Seen an octopus up close - Egypt
  • Seen a shark in the water I was in - Egypt
  • Visited Alcatraz - USA
  • War Rooms - Jersey, Channel Islands
  • Tower of London - UK
  • Cruise ship to New York - QM2
  • Guinness Factory - Dublin
  • Giants Causeway - Belfast
  • Been to 4 of the continents - Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania/Australia
  • Rode a horse
  • Rode a camel
  • Got engaged to my soul mate

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Retro single of the week - 'Stay' - Shakespears Sister - Look Back

My retro single of the week this week is the classic from Shakespears Sister - 'Stay'.

'Stay' was released in 1992. It was in fact the second single from their second album Hormonally Yours. This was a massive hit in the UK, hitting the top spot in the singles chart and staying there for 8 weeks!!

Now, I was a bit of a Bananarama fan when I was little, so I already knew of Siobhan Fahey, as one of the original members. Shakespears Sister was her own project post Bananas, and this track was Siobhan and an American singer named Marcella Detroit, whom I had not heard of before this.

'Stay' was one of those instant stand out tracks. It was dark, and brooding and sultry, but so catchy and pop. It was Marcella hitting the high vocal notes, but Fahey on the deep, growling parts that give this song such depth, such darkness and light, good versus bad almost.

The video to this is one of those that you remember. Its all dark gothic make up and life and death stuff. Detroit and Fahey are basically fighting for a man, but the point isn't love. Its whether he lives and "stays" with Detroit, or goes with death as in Fahey, who is the ultimate dark angel of death in this vid. They both look amazing. Life wins though, and death goes away having failed.

Its these lyrics "you'd better hope and pray that you make it safe back to your own world" that really stick in my mind. This is the part where Siobhan kicks in. Its so powerful, so memorable. Just brilliant. The contrast between Marcella's amazing soaring notes as she sings "Stay with me" is just so compelling.

This is a truly great song, and on listening to it again after all these years, its actually still great. This could be released now and wouldn't sound dated. A true classic. If you aren't familiar with it, go take a listen. Let me know what you think.

If you want more, then check out My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)


Crisp clear day - Autumn is here

Well its cold today. Cold, cool and crisp, but the sun is shining.  Not at all like the usual late October weather.

Which got me thinking - what is the best part of Autumn turning?

For me, its the cool air on your face. You have the central heating on, you step outside and that freshness hits you. Its like taking a cool shower - instant refreshing.

I also love crunching through the golden brown autumn leaves. I love walking in the muddy woods in my wellies. I love togging up in my warm winter coat.

Summer is great, carefree and easy. But Autumn has my heart.


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

25 Words of the Week

Gregarious
Symbiosis
Incongruous
Lascivious
Negociant
Propitious
Commodious
Veneration
Pulchritudinous
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche
25 Disquietude

New Word of the Week - Disquietude

Disquietude

  • the state of disquiet; uneasiness


  • Having the position that the current situation is untenable. The creation of a non quiet state. The disruption of one's "groove"
  • agitation

definitions derived from Urban dictionary, and Miriam Webster


Half Stone Pandora charm! Genius!

Chatting away about the woes of dieting, and the toughness of getting my behind to the gym, me and the other half got onto the topic of rewards.

As a joke, I said I might treat myself to a Pandora charm for each half stone milestone I reach. I do respond well to motivation like that. To my surprise, the other half, not known for his loving or supportive gestures it has to be said, suddenly said he would get me one too for each half stone! Wow!

So now I need to get planning for which ones I might buy. So far, I'm loving the Stiletto charm and the Handbag charm for two. Plus those with hearts on. Decisions decisions.

One charm I shall not be buying though, and woe betide anyone foolish enough to purchase for me when the time comes, is the 40 charm. Why on earth would I want to broadcast to the world that I have reached that particular milestone? Not a chance.

The Red Apple charm is gorgeous and actually quite apt for a diet theme. Wishing star charm is lovely and getting to my goal would be my wish. The sparkling leaves one would match my ring and earrings which I had for my birthday.

I like the Bear Hug and the Penguin family charms too. The pink pave charm is beautiful so is the lots of love charm. The Aries charm is quite personal to me. The sparkling butterfly charm is really pretty.  I like the S as well as that's my name!!

Back on the healthy food theme and there is a strawberry charm which is really cute. But I also like the castle and the Frog Prince charms - bit Fairy Tale time.

On a quite poignant note, there is a Cupcake and an elephant - quite a good combination to remind me what happens to my body when I eat cupcakes!!

So many to choose from and such a lovely way of remembering the journey to get to my goal weight and an incentive to firstly lose the weight, and secondly to keep it off!

If you were a Pumpkin what face would you have?


So next week is Halloween. A kind of annual tradition in my family is to carve a different pumpkin face each year, which got me to thinking - if I was a pumpkin what would my face look like?




So what would your pumpkin face be?

Monday, 24 October 2016

Passports confirmed, baggage allowance booked!!

Oh my gosh, now I am excited!! We booked up to go to Gran Canaria a few weeks ago. I have kept meaning to log into the booking and register our passports since then, and tonight, I finally did.

So we are all registered. It came up with a message saying we were ready to go!! OOh exciting!!

I noticed our baggage allowance was 15KG each. That just wouldn't do, so mine is now 20KG there and back. I mean seriously - I would have had no allowance for shoes!!!

So all ready now. Just 3 weeks to go (and 1/2 stone to lose!). So excited. :)

Learning Spanish - 3 new words

  • Cooking - cocina
  • Four - quatro
  • August - agosto
  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • 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

My ever growing wishlist

  • 4 man tent 
  • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
  • Apple TV 
  • Audi TT 
  • Backless dress 
  • Ballet pumps 
  • Barbour Jacket 
  • Barefoot Sandals 
  • Bathroom 
  • Beach bag 
  • Bedding 
  • Bicycle 
  • Bikini 
  • Black Ugg Boots 
  • Body butter 
  • Campervan 
  • Caravan 
  • Carpet 
  • Chaise longue 
  • Champagne 
  • Chanel No 5 EDP 
  • Chanel tote 
  • Chunky knit jumper 
  • Clarins Eau Dynamiste body lotion and body wash 
  • Clarins treatment 
  • Coco Mademoiselle EDP 
  • Colouring fine point pens 
  • Comedian tickets / show 
  • Converse 
  • Corset 
  • Cottage break 
  • Courvoissier 
  • Crystal glasses 
  • Cuddly Toy 
  • Curtains - made to measure
  • Designer Watch 
  • Digital photo frame 
  • Dining Table 
  • Dress 
  • Egg Chair 
  • Elemis Cellular Recovery Capsules 
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 
  • Elemis treatment 
  • Faux fur jacket 
  • Festival tickets 
  • Garden statues 
  • Gas BBQ 
  • Gates 
  • Gig tickets 
  • Great red lipstick 
  • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
  • Handbag 
  • hardbound notebook 
  • Hobbit house 
  • Holiday 
  • Hot Tub 
  • House extension 
  • Hunter Wellies 
  • Icandy pushchair (for step grandchild) 
  • Ice Watch - different colour 
  • J'adore EDP 
  • Jaguar 
  • Jeans 
  • Jodhpurs 
  • Land Rover 
  • Lawnmower 
  • Light fittings throughout 
  • Lingerie 
  • Luggage 
  • Lulu Guiness suitcase 
  • Macbook Air or Macbook Pro 
  • Manolo Blahniks 
  • Motorbike 
  • Motorhome 
  • New bedding 
  • New Kitchen 
  • Nutribullet 
  • NYC Trip 
  • Olloclip for iphone 
  • Pandora charms 
  • Patio Heater 
  • Pearl necklace 
  • Pedicure 
  • Picnic Basket 
  • Pinot Grigio 
  • PJ's 
  • Plastering work 
  • Pop up tent 
  • Posh shower wash 
  • pottery for painting 
  • pottery paints 
  • Range Cooker 
  • Range Rover 
  • Rattan furniture set 
  • Riding Boots 
  • Shoes 
  • Shower unit 
  • Slippers 
  • Solar lights 
  • Spa Break 
  • Spa facial 
  • Sport tops - Size M or 12/14 
  • Spray tan 
  • Stationery 
  • Stone bench 
  • Storm Lanterns 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Superdry fitted jumpers - hip length 
  • Swarovski Jewellery 
  • Tartan skirt 
  • Tefal Toast N Egg 
  • Treadmill 
  • Trip to Australia 
  • Tumble drier 
  • TV - curved
  • Veneers 
  • Vespa 
  • Vintage luxury chair 
  • Weekend away 
  • Wellies rack 
  • West end show 
  • Whiskey 
  • White suit jacket 
  • Wine Fridge 
  • Winter coat 
  • Yankee Candle 
  • Yo Sushi voucher/meal
  • Silver cutlery
  • Microwave
  • Cosmetic treatment
  • Expensive shampoo and conditioner
  • Wrought iron radiators
  • Diamond jewellery
  • Board games
  • Double Oven 
  • Roll top bath 
  • Electric shower 
  • Shower cubicle 
  • Sink drainer 
  • Kettle tap 
  • Slim Dishwasher 
  • Towel Radiator 
  • Underfloor heating 
  • Spa massage
  • Gold / Copper kitchen utensils
  • Copper saucepans
  • LED projector mobile
  • Water Feature
  • Table lamp
  • Floor lamp
  • Art - canvas
  • Gym bag and towel
  • Sink unit and drainer
  • Induction hob
  • New toilet and sink
  • Bathroom tiles
  • Kitchen tiles
  • Kitchen units
  • American fridge freezer
  • Flip flops
  • Wine rack
  • Craft Stuff
  • Dinner Set
  • Funky Socks
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding Dress
  • Mitsubishi Barbarian
  • Nissan Navara
  • Wine subscription
  • 3D printer
  • Silk shirts
  • Tunic dress
  • Fire Stick
  • Bali Beach Beds
  • Solar charger

I am going to be superfit, lean, mean and smoking - starting tomorrow !!

This is the plan-  I am going to be superfit - a lean, mean and smoking hot machine!! Yes, that is the plan.

Now, for those of you familiar with my regular attempts to get fit, lose weight, then gain weight and start all over again, you may be thinking - here we go again.

Suddenly, today, I want more. I don't just want to lose weight for holiday. I want it off for good.

I want toned thighs, a six pack, a back fit for backless dresses, a bikini body if you will. Starting tomorrow, Monday, I am going to run, I am going to jump, I am going to do it all and get fit.

I want sexy arms, no belly, cheekbones. So I am going to start tomorrow, then 2 PT sessions a week after that. Instead of having body envy on the beach this year, I will be one being envied.

This is the beginning, and I will get there. Beach body, here I come!!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Miss you Puppy

I was scrolling through my photos and as is always the case, there are those that evoke strong emotions. This one was of my beautiful amazing dog George. We had him when I was about 11, and he was immediately my best friend.

We had always had dogs before George, and we have had dogs since we lost him, but none that I ever had that amazing bond with. I miss my boy to this day, so felt that I should remember him here. He was a black and white border collie but had so much personality. I loved that dog. Miss you puppy.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Boofle goes on Holiday

I always take my little Boofle with me, and we always start as we mean to go on.

Now I realise it was 7am, and I understand that in normal circumstances its not the time for a pint. But its the airport, and its the start of the holiday, so here is Boofle having his first tipple of his hols last year:



This was at Manchester airport, and let me tell you, this dog had a fabulous time. He is a lush though, and we couldn't allow him to drink alone, so we joined in. It was rude not to!! 

Learning Spanish - 3 new words

  • Massage - el masaje
  • Back - espalda
  • Purple - púrpura
  • Fork - tenedor
  • Knife - cuchillo
  • Three - tres
  • Dog - perro
  • January - enero
  • Stars - estrellas
  • Dancing - bailando
  • Brown - marrón
  • Two - dos
  • Spring - primavera
  • Crisps - patatas fritas
  • Friday - viernes
  • The Menu -La carta 
  • Bed - cama
  • Strawberry - fresa
  • Windy - ventoso
  • Can I have? - puedo tener
  • Bottle - botella
  • Birthday - cumpleaños
  • Green - verde
  • Ten - diez
  • Thursday - jueves
  • March - marzo
  • Umbrella - paraguas
  • November - noviembre
  • Autumn - el otoño
  • One - uno
  • Soap - jabon
  • Wednesday - miércoles
  • Cold - frio
  • Boat - barco
  • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
  • Newspaper - periódico
  • Man - hombre
  • Walk - caminar
  • Shop - tienda
  • Running - corriendo
  • Cat - gato
  • Swim - nadar
  • What time is it? - que hora es?
  • Big - grande
  • Cloud - nube
  • Pink - rosa
  • Silver - plata
  • Pepper - pimienta
  • Omelette - tortilla
  • Shower - ducha
  • Tuesday - martes
  • Ice - hielo
  • Beautiful - hermosa
  • Awake - despierto
  • Love - amor
  • Shoes - zapatos
  • Money - dinero
  • Hat - sombrero
  • Monday - lunes
  • Glass - vaso
  • Water - agua
  • Sleep - dormir
  • Chicken - pollo
  • Sun - sol
  • Ice-cream - helado
  • Seat - asiento
  • Gold - oro
  • Sunday - domingo
  • Hair - cabello
  • Book - el libro
  • Garden - el gardin
  • Bathroom - el baño
  • 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

Word of the Week - Pastiche

Pastiche

  • something (such as a piece of writing, music, etc.) that imitates the style of someone or something else:

  •  a piece of writing, music, etc., that is made up of selections from different works

  •  a mixture of different things

  • a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work; also : such stylistic imitation

  • a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works : potpourri or hodgepodge


definitions derived from mirriam webster

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Word of the Week - Pastiche

Pastiche

  • something (such as a piece of writing, music, etc.) that imitates the style of someone or something else:

  •  a piece of writing, music, etc., that is made up of selections from different works

  •  a mixture of different things

  • a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work; also : such stylistic imitation

  • a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works : potpourri or hodgepodge


definitions derived from mirriam webster

28 weeks of "My Week With"

Week 28 - Morrissey
Piccadilly Palare
How Soon is Now
Shoplifters of the World Unite
Suedehead
Panic
This Charming Man
The Boy With the Thorn in his Side
Morrissey


Week 27 - My Week with INXS
Mystify
Never Tear Us Apart
Suicide Blonde
Need You Tonight
New Sensation
Disappear
Devil Inside
INXS

Week 26 - My Week Goldfrapp
Black Cherry
A & E
Strict Machine
Ride a White Horse
Number 1
Happiness
Ooh La La
Goldfrapp 

Week 25 - My Week with The Kaiser Chiefs
I Predict A Riot
Coming Home
Little Shocks
Everyday I Love You Less and Less
Never Miss a Beat
Ruby
Love's Not a Competition
The Kaiser Chiefs

Week 24 - My Week with The Killers
Mr Brightside
Spaceman
Read my Mind
Smile Like You Mean It
Human
Runaways
Somebody Told Me
The Killers

Week 23 - My Week with Paloma Faith
Only Love Can Hurt Like This
New York
Stone Cold Sober
Changing
Never Tear Us Apart
Just Be
Upside Down
Paloma Faith

Week 22 - My Week with Taylor Swift
Love Story
We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
22
Everything Has Changed
I Knew you were trouble
Shake it Off
Blank Space
Taylor Swift

Week 21 - My Week with Kate Bush
Babooshka
This Woman's Work
The Man with the Child in his Eyes
Hounds of Love
Don't Give Up
Running Up That Hill
Wuthering Heights
Kate Bush

Week 20 - My Week with Kylie
Spinning Around
Kids
Slow
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Where the Wild Roses Grow
All the Lovers
I Believe in You
Kylie Minogue

Week 19 - My Week with Amy Winehouse
Love is a Losing Game
Rehab
Valerie
Back to Black
Our Day Will Come
Tears Dry on Their Own
You Know I'm no Good
Amy Winehouse

Week 18 - My Week with Foo Fighters
My Hero
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
All My Life
Best of You
Everlong
Rope
Foo Fighters

Week 17 - My Week with Justin Timberlake
Cry Me a River
Sexy Back
Mirrors
Holy Grail
Rock Your Body
Take Back the Night
4 minutes
Justin Timberlake

Week 16 - My Week with Calvin Harris
Feel So Close
Acceptable in the 80's
You Used to Hold Me
Bounce
Summer
Sweet Nothing
Drinking from the Bottle
Calvin Harris

Week 15 - My Week with Madonna
Vogue
Into the Groove
Frozen
Hung Up
Like a Prayer
Beautiful Stranger
Hollywood
Madonna

Week 14 - My Week with Arctic Monkeys
I Bet That You Look Good on the Dance Floor
Snap Out of It
Fluorescent Adolescent
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High
Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair
Arabella
One For The Road
Arctic Monkeys

Week 13 - My Week with REM
Stand
Everybody Hurts
Losing My Religion
The Great Beyond
The One I Love
Bad Day
Its the End of The World As We Know It
REM

Week 12 - My Week with Coldplay
Yellow
The Scientist
Paradise
Fix You
Trouble
A Sky Full of Stars
The Hardest Part
Coldplay

Week 11 - My Week with Britney
Toxic
Hit Me Baby One More Time
Piece of Me
Scream and Shout
Oops I Did it Again
Womaniser
I'm A Slave for U
Britney Spears

Week 10 - My Week with the Rolling Stones
I Can't Get No (Satisfaction)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Ruby Tuesday
Paint it Black
Start Me Up
She's A Rainbow
Gimme Shelter
The Rolling Stones

Week 9 - My Week with Rihanna
We Found Love
Umbrella
S&M
Love the Way you Lie
Diamonds
Disturbia
Russian Roulette
Rihanna

Week 8 - My Week with Robbie Williams
Misunderstood
Shame
She's the One
Rock DJ
Angels
Come Undone
Candy
Robbie Williams

Week 7 - My Week with Kings of Leon
Wait for Me
Radioactive
Use Somebody
Supersoaker
Molly's Chambers
Pyro
Sex on Fire
Kings of Leon

Week 6 - Pink
Trouble
Who Knew
Try
Just Like a Pill
So What
Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
Raise Your Glass
All About Pink

Week 5 - My Week with Take That
Never Forget
Rule The World
The Flood
Greatest Day
Back for Good
Patience
Could it Be Magic
It's Take That!

Week 4 - My Week with Beyonce
XO
Beautiful Liar
If I Were a Boy
Love on Top
Bootylicious
Single Ladies (put a ring on it)
Crazy in Love
R&B / pop icon - Beyonce!

Week 3 - My Week with Oasis
The Importance of Being Idle
Half the World Away
D'You Know What I mean
Go Let it Out
Some Might Say
Live Forever
Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Classic Rock & Roll Music - Oasis

Week 2 - My Week with the Stereophonics
It Means Nothing
Local Boy in a Photograph
Mr Writer
Maybe Tomorrow
Dakota
Pick a Part That's New
the Bartender and the Thief
Classic Music - Stereophonics

Week 1 - My Week with Blondie
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Blondie - Call Me
Blondie - Atomic
Blondie - Sunday Girl
Blondie - Dreaming
Blondie - Hanging on the Telephone
Blondie - Rapture
Classic Music - Blondie

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Retro Single of the Week - Duran Duran - The Wild Boys

My new retro single of the week is Duran Duran's 'The Wild Boys'.

'The Wild Boys' was released in 1984. It was Duran Duran's twelth single and was taken from their album Arena. The album was a live album, but this was the one studio track.

Duran Duran are an English band, and they formed back in 1978. They were new wave and syth, but a bit edgier than some of their counterparts at the time. They've had a few line up changes, but they started with Simon Le Bon on vocals, with Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor and Andy Taylor on guitar, bass and drums.

They accumulated 14 singles in the top 10 charts - pretty impressive. Wild Boys itself reached number 2 in the UK singles chart, just missing out on the top spot. They were held off the top spot by Chaka Khan with I Feel for You.

Apparently, the video for this single cost somewhere in the region of £1million. In those days, that was mega bucks. It was the age of video though, and this one is a classic. Its more like a mini film!!

It was based on the novel Wild Boys : A Book of the Dead which was apparently quite sexual. The video is a bit wild featuring sci-fi type heads and effects, and the band members being tortured!! Its fascinating to watch, especially lead singer Le Bon being strapped to a windmill!!

This is a catchy song - its more than a nod to the era its in - New Romantics and electro synth pop, but this is bolder, edgier, grittier. Le Bon's vocals are amazing - I had forgotten what a great talent he was. Its a really unique song too - there is nothing like it.

If you haven't heard of Duran Duran, you wouldn't go far wrong listening to this as one of their classics. If you do remember them, remind yourself what a great track this is.

Let me know what you think or how it made you flash back!! For more music, you can check out my previous singles of the week, retro picks plus loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)




My Next Week with is.... to be confirmed in half an hour!!

Decisions, decisions. Nearly there - I will let you know in half an hour :)

Reasons to stick to my diet - some motivation/inspiration

I need a bit of motivation / inspiration at the moment. A few blips, some serious, on the diet and fitness plan have left me somewhat bereft of will power.

A thought occurred to me and that was that each day I will think of a new reason (or a variation on the same) as to why I need to stick to my diet that day. I think doing this day by day is going to be the key.

If I can think of reasons to go to the gym, not eat cheese, not drink wine just enough to stop me derailing that particular day, and keep that thought in mind, I think I might just crack it.

It will be interesting to see how many I can think of myself, but share yours if you think it might help :)

Looking back - 2015 New Year Resolutions

Number 1 - To reach my Goal weight.

Number 2 - Be Debt Free

Number 3 - Get Super Fit

Number 4 - Save save, save

Number 5 - see my friends

Number 6 - image overhaul

Number 7 - drink less

Number 8 - drink more water

Number 9 - more pampering

Number 10 - matching under garments

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Singles of the Week 1-32 - how they did?

Singles of the week:

#32 Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk - reached number 1.
#31 Take That - These Days - reached number 1.
#30 Tom Odell - Real Love - reached number 7.
#29 Parra for Cuva - Wicked Games - reach number 6.
#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 Will.i.am 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.

24 Words of the Week

Gregarious
Symbiosis
Incongruous
Lascivious
Negociant
Propitious
Commodious
Veneration
Pulchritudinous
10 Pusillanimous
11 Countervail
12 Esemplastic
13 Churrigueresque
14 Inanity
15 Anachronism
16 Portmanteau
17 Requiescence
18 Phosphorescence
19 Sycophant
20 Obsequious
21 Gasconade
22 Convivial
23 Archetype
24 Pastiche

New Word of the Week - Pastiche

Pastiche

  • something (such as a piece of writing, music, etc.) that imitates the style of someone or something else:

  •  a piece of writing, music, etc., that is made up of selections from different works

  •  a mixture of different things

  • a literary, artistic, musical, or architectural work that imitates the style of previous work; also : such stylistic imitation

  • a musical, literary, or artistic composition made up of selections from different works : potpourri or hodgepodge


definitions derived from mirriam webster

Monday, 17 October 2016

7 Reasons to diet and go exercise!!

Number 1
#Reason No 1 - I want to look good in a bikini!! 

This is my intention to think of a reason every day to stick to my diet. 

If I can keep that thought in mind for each whole day, I hope it will be enough to keep me motivated and inspired. . 


Number 2
#Reason No 2 - I want to be a Size 10/12

My intention to think of a reason every day to stick to my diet. 

If I can keep this thought in mind for each whole day, I hope it will be enough to keep me motivated and inspired.

Reason Number 2 is that I have reached a Size 12 once or twice, but never maintained it, and I need to be a bit smaller still. So size 10/12 is the goal. 



Number 3
Reason number 3 to stick to my diet: To fit into all those lovely clothes in my wardrobe!!

I have many items in my wardrobe that I can't currently wear. Some are mere pounds away from fitting, some I can barely get up to my knees!! Some do fit, but look awful because they fit in all the wrong places!!

It would be lovely to open my wardrobe and just be able to select an item, knowing it will fit me. It would make packing for holiday a pleasure, not a challenge!!


Number 4
My reason number 4 for sticking to my diet is to look good at work. I am fed up of wearing the same old clothes every day. I want to be able to wear what I want to wear, not just black and grey.

I want to be more stylish, more groomed, more put together. So my fourth reason is to look good at work.

Number 5
Number 5 on my list of reasons to stick to my diet is to have more confidence. When I gain weight, I feel self conscious, and horrible, and grumpy.

When I lose some weight, I have more confidence, I feel happier and better. So that's reason number 5!

Number 6:

I want to be noticed for the right reasons!! I am fed up of walking into bars, restaurants, offices and feeling eyes on me - for all the wrong reasons! I want to be the person that gets looks in a good way. So that is my reason number 6!!

Number 7:

Ok so number 7 is a bit different. This reason is a bit of a phobia I seem to have developed. I have a real issue with facing the mirrors at the gym. When I am working certain exercises, I am supposed to check my technique in the mirror. Not me, no way, never!! I will face the other way, or if I have no choice, I will look anywhere but at that damn mirror!!

So reason number 7 for sticking to my diet is to reach a weight where I am comfortable seeing myself in the mirror when I work out.


What I'm Watching this Week


  • Strictly. I'm not an avid Strictly fan but this season is brilliant. I'm loving Madness being on - talk about making a band sexy when they really are not!! The thing with this program that I love is that it makes me want to dance. I would really love to be taught by the best and dance with the best, but also there are those that are truly terrible. This season we have Dorian off Birds of a Feather, we did have Will Young (sobs) and Louise Rednap is brilliant. But its the surprises that take your breath away. Fabulous stuff. Seven!! 



  • X Factor. Yes, its all about the TV this weekend. Results on Sunday night, and some real bum notes on Saturday's show!! I'm not really sure about Sharon and Louis being on the panel - not really on the pulse are they, but still funny to watch. I just wonder what actual talent Sharon has, lovely as she is, to be commenting on other wannabes. Loving the Motown theme this week. 

  • Coronation Street. David has finally lost the plot. Is he going to do something reckless? This is David - probably. Steve Mcdonald is getting on my nerves - I mean really - Michelle and Leanne both must see something I simply do not and now he's being ridiculous over his genetics. Hmmm. Highlight of the week though - Ken Barlow working in the florist - brilliant!! 

  • The Apprentice. Each year, I watch the apprentice and I love it. Claude and Karen as his right and left hand advisors are perfection. I thought Nick and Margaret couldn't be replaced, but whilst not the same, they are just as good. This year's disastrous apprentices are just as clueless in these first few tasks. It does make me wonder if they have ever actually watched the show before. I mean come on - what were they thinking? I have never seen both sides bought back in because both were so bad there was no actual winner!! Fabulous stuff. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

My New Shoes #3 - Vince Camuto

I have treated myself to some lovely new flip flop sandals for holiday. These will be gorgeous on holiday. Check these out:


They are metallic, Klaudio flat sandals from Vince Camuto. I normally wear cheapy plastic ones in the day, but I fancied something a bit more glam this year. 


I think these will be fantastic for day time if we go out for a bite, but also with dresses for the evening. Plus, they won't take up as much space in my suitcase and will be safer after a vino or too!! Grab yourself a pair for £65 if you like them. I do! x