Monday, 18 December 2017

What I'm Watching This Week


  • Corrie. Anna has escaped, and is on the run. Meanwhile, Phelan is still waging his one man war against her - surely he is on borrowed time. Chesney is really being annoying - his hatred of Daniel is making him even more annoying than usual. Thank goodness Faye has finally started to be sensible again. Drama on the cobbles - great stuff. 

  • Breaking Bad. Now, this is one of those shows where you weirdly find yourself rooting for the bad guys. Now on series 5, the final series, its not without shocks still when bad guys however, meet their maker. I don't think I'm really plot spoiling for a show that has been finished a few years, when I say that Gus' demise was truly shocking. With half his face blown off, he still straightened his tie before collapsing. Fantastic show. 

  • Strictly. I am loving Strictly this year. I think Alexandra is amazing, but who know Debbie had those moves at her age? Crikey!! The dresses, the dances - it makes me want to get my frock on and show my moves. 

  • Peaky Blinders. Only on episode 3 but goodness me!! Cilian Murphy is amazing. As an Irish actor, his accent from the Midlands is perfect. Violent, northern and gritty - loving it so far! 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas Songs Day 15 - The Jackson 5 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'

Day 15 and today its 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town' from The Jackson 5.

This song was covered by The Jackson 5 in 1970. It was this Motown version with Michael Jackson on lyrics that really put it on the map, making it a hit. Its always this version I think of first.

It was originally written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung back in 1934. Since then, its been covered many many times, by The Jackson 5, but also by these artists amongst many:

  • Frank Sinatra
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Carpenters
  • Mariah Carey
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Kylie Minogue
To recap here are my choices Day 1 - Day 14. 


Day 14 - Mud 'Lonely this Christmas'
Day 13 - The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York'
Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'
Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 17 - Paul McCartney 'Wonderful Christmas Time'

Day 17 and today's song is by Paul McCartney with the fabulous 'Wonderful Christmas Time'.

"The mood is right, the spirits up, we're here tonight and that's enough - Simply having a Wonderful Christmas Time" and we're off. This really does make me feel Christmassy - Sir Paul here with a classic tune!

This song was released in 1979, but is still a strong contender for one of the top Christmas tunes still to date. It peaked at number 6 in the singles chart in the UK when it was originally released, but its popularity has kept it alive and worthy of a much higher chart position.

Such a catchy song, and sung by one the all time greatest - Sir Paul, former Beatle member. So there we have it - Day 17.

Here are Days 1 -16:


Day 16 - Nat King Cole 'The Christmas Song'
Day 15 - Jackson 5 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'
Day 14 - Mud 'Lonely this Christmas'
Day 13 - The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York'
Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'
Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 16 - Nat King Cole 'The Christmas Song'

So Day 16 already, and today it is the wonderful 'The Christmas Song' by Nat King Cole.

The opening lines to this particular Christmas classic are probably the most instant happy warm Christmas feeling inducing of all them "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose".

Nat King Cole had such a warm, chocolately smooth, harmonious beautiful creamy voice that he could sing any words and sound amazing, but this one is really setting the scene for what Christmas could be or should be like. Very warming and very easy to sing along to, and well, for those of us not blessed with vocals as quality as his, destroy the song with our notes!

Now, this song was written back in 1945. Apparently in the summer, imagining the cool crisp Christmas - what a result. Nat King Cole actually recorded three versions - one in 1946, one in 1953, before the final version we know and love in 1961.

That's quite some years gone by, but what a song it still is. One that will never die here. And there we have it - Day 16. Getting close now!!

Here are Days 1 - 15:


Day 15 - Jackson 5 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'
Day 14 - Mud 'Lonely this Christmas'
Day 13 - The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York'
Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'
Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 14 - Mud 'Lonely This Christmas'

Day 14 then and today its the wonderful 'Lonely This Christmas' from Mud.

Released back in 1974, unlike many of the Christmas songs on my list so far, this one actually did reach the top spot in the UK singles chart.

'Lonely This Christmas' is quite a slow song, but Mud themselves were more Glam Rock than crooner, so quite unusual really. I always thought this was Elvis when I was little!!

Great song, and still going as a faithful on Christmas compilations. So there we have it - Day 14.

Here are the previous ones:

Day 13 - The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York'
Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'
Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 13 - The Pogues 'Fairytale of New York'

Day 13 brings me to what I consider to be the ultimate Christmas song which is The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl and 'Fairytale of New York'.

What a tune this is. Released in 1987, this is still the top of the list for a huge majority of people including me. It was a duet between The Pogues and its lead singer Shane MacGowan and Kirtsy MacColl and it works wonderfully.

Not your average sickly sweet number this one, not by a long shot. Its folksy, and insulting and not many songs about Christmas make mention of drunk tanks!! It works though. Its not mushy, but it works and ultimately, it makes you feel good in spite of it.

MacGowan reckons it was a bet with Elvis Costello that resulted in Fairytale. MacColl herself was originally only involved to record guide vocals!! Obviously, on hearing them, she became the female half of the song and quite right to!!

This single only reached number 2 in the UK singles chart on its release, but its greatness surpasses that detail. It is the top Christmas song in my boo!

So there we have it, Day 13. Here are the previous ones:

Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'
Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'

Day 12 then and today's choice is Aled Jones with 'Walking in the Air'.

Now this song was actually written by Howard Blake for an animated Christmas film. That film was Raymond Brigg's 1982 film The Snowman, which is beautiful.

Everyone thinks this was Aled Jones, which it was when it was released in 1985. The original version used in the film was however another choir boy - Peter Auty. I had no idea!

'Walking in the Air' reached number 5 in the UK singles chart when Aled's version was released. Both the film and the cover version of its song are both Christmas favourites over 30 years later.

So there is Day 12. Here are the previous ones:

Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'

Day 11 and today the choice is Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'.

This was released as a single in 1986. Not a huge chart success at the time, this one has been a bit of slow burner, gaining popularity year on year and now a Christmas staple.

Chris is an English artist and song writer, and he has had many many hits - still going to date in fact. However, its likely this song he is most known for today, another Christmas familiar.

Driving home for Christmas has been used so many times on TV, and it always makes me think of it when doing the usual Christmas run of cards, presents - not always as harmonious as on this song mind you!!

Chris, as a soft rock artist, has this wonderful gravelly toned voice, that make the soft, friendly melody of this just that bit more edgy. Great song, and a feel good one.

So there is Day 11. Here are the rest so far:

Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

Christmas Songs Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'

For Day 10 I have chosen the classic Slade number 'Merry Xmas Everybody'.

This single was first released way back in 1973!! That's before I was even born, yet its still one of the main and best known classic Christmas songs. Unlike some other continuing Christmas songs, this one actually hit the number one spot on its original release.

Easily the most recognisable of the Christmas tunes, when Noddy Holder's vocals kick in, its also Slade's biggest and most enduring hits.

I love this song and long may its popularity continue to last.

So there it is - Day 10. Here are my previous choices:

Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

My Top 10 Chocolate Biscuits


  • Milk chocolate digestives
  • Chocolate hobnobs
  • Chocolate fingers
  • Jaffa cakes
  • Double choc crunch cream
  • Chocolate shortbread
  • Double chocolate cookie
  • Chocolate crunch
  • Chocolate dundee
  • Chocolate malted milk
  • Christmas Songs Day 9 - David Bowie and Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'

    Day 9 and today I have chosen the beautiful song from David Bowie and Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'.

    This is like two songs for the price of one. The old song 'Little Drummer Boy' dating back to the 40's with the additional 'Peace on Earth' added for their duet which was released in 1982. Bing sang the original song, and Bowie sang his new one in duet and the effect is breathtaking.

    Recorded in 1977, as part of a Bing Christmas special, it wasn't released as a single until 1982. Sadly, Bing himself died shortly after recording it, so he never got to see how popular and successful their duet would prove to be and how it has endured.

    As a single, this song reached number 3 on the UK singles chart, but it has since featured in Christmas compilations and Christmas charts from then until now, and probably will always. This is another song with longevity.

    Unlike some other Christmas numbers that are fun and upbeat, this one is calm and beautiful and melodic. Something about the combination of two such different and yet uniquely gifted and talented artists from such different scenes and generations stands this apart from the rest.

    So there we have my choice for day number 9. Here are the previous ones:

    Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
    Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
    Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
    Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
    Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
    Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
    Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
    Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

    Christmas Songs Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I want for Christmas Is You '

    Day 8 and today its Mariah Carey's amazing 'All I want for Christmas is You'

    Possibly one of the all time greatest Christmas songs on my list its Mariah's classic and the song from one of my favourite films, that being the very great Love Actually.

    Originally released all the way back in 1994, 20 years later, its as fresh and great as ever, if not even greater because of the associations I have now for this tune. Its an upbeat, feel good song and it puts me in a very happy good place and full of Christmas cheer and love.

    This is a big song make no mistake - think violins, flutes, drums, not to mention more than a nod back to past times - a big of vintage American influence in the form of the 40's/50's, and then Mariah's diva vocals, which in my humble opinion, could not have been accomplished by any other singer.

    In looking this up, I discovered this song actually peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart which surprised me. Given that its one of the all time greats, I was sure it would have been a number 1 but it was in fact held off by another Christmas number in the form of East 17 with 'Stay Another Day'.

    In the years since its release, this song has stood the test of time. Its been re-released, covered by other artists and duets with Mariah herself, featured on countless Christmas shows, TV and so on and I think its brilliant.

    So there we have my choice for Day 8 and here are my previous choices :

    Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
    Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
    Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
    Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
    Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
    Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
    Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

    Christmas Songs Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'

    Day 7 and today I have chosen Gabrielle Aplin's version of 'The Power of Love'.

    Now this is a great song already - notably the great Frankie Goes to Hollywood version which reached number 1 back in 1984. Whilst noone can deny the brilliance of the original, this respectful cover version also reached number 1 in the UK singles chart when it was released in 2012.

    Unlike the original Frankie version, Gabrielle gave this song a haunting, beautiful feel when her version was recorded for John Lewis Christmas advert that year. She has such a sweet, pure and innocent voice. Its a hair on the back of your neck moment when you hear her vocals kick in.

    As a relatively unknown artist before this, she will now always be up there with the best of the Christmas songs. This is a beautiful version, but I still live the old one too.

    So there we have song number 7.

    Here are my previous choices:

    Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
    Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
    Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
    Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
    Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
    Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

    Christmas Songs Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'

    Day 6 and I have chosen Kylie's version of 'Santa Baby'.

    'Santa Baby' was originally released back in 1953 and was sung by Eartha Kitt which is a truly great song. However, for me, Kylie's version just added that bit of magic.

    Kylie released her version in 2000, and it reached number 6 in the charts. She does a cute but sexy, very sassy Christmas number on this classic and I love it.

    This is more of a Christmas song for women rather than children - all about being spoilt with bling and luxuries - my kind of Christmas list!!

    I love this song, so there we have my Christmas song number 6.

    Here are the first 5:

    Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
    Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
    Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
    Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
    Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

    Christmas Songs Day 5 - Elton John - Step Into Christmas

    Day 5 of my songs for Christmas and today its Sir Elton John with his brilliant 'Step into Christmas'.

    Step into Christmas was released back in 1973. What I didn't know is that there was a B side to this single titled 'Ho, Ho, Ho (Who'd be a turkey at Christmas)'!! Little fact for you there fact fans!!

    Back to the better known A side. It peaked at number 24 in the UK singles chart which surprised me given its subsequent longevity. It is a great song, and it still sounds good. Elton has released so many great songs, but this is one of my fav Christmas songs ever.

    This song sounds like a 70's song, but it also sounds good when its played at Christmas time. This was in fact Elton in collaboration with Bernie Taupin, who he has worked with for many many years. Elton is one of the all time greatest British artists, and its no surprise that he's up there with one of the best festive songs too.

    So there we have my choice for Day 5.

    Check out my previous choices for the first 4 days:

    Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
    Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
    Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
    Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

    Christmas Songs Day 4 - Wham - Last Christmas

    So for Day 4 I have chosen this classic from Wham 'Last Christmas'.

    This was unbelievably released way back in 1984. It peaked at number 2 in the UK singles chart, held off by Band Aid, who Wham were also part of, so not all that bad!!

    Wham were huge back in the 80's - I remember, even at the tender age of 8 that year, having the biggest crush on Mr George Michael!!

    The video was the height of cheesiness, and seems even more silly in retrospect - time has not been kind to those fashion styles!! However, the song has stood the test of time and still sounds great.

    This is what it is - pop cheesy Christmas tastic!! I love Wham and I love this song, and it makes me feel very nostalgic and Christmassy all at the same time.

    So there we have Day 4.

    Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
    Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
    Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas


    Christmas songs Day 3 - Band Aid - Do They Know its Christmas

    My choice for Day 3 is the charity single 'Do They Know its Christmas' by Band Aid.

    Love it or hate it, you can't deny that this is one of the most famous / infamous Christmas songs ever. Some say this song is political and a little bit patronising - I think people should just enjoy it for what it is.

    Released in 1984, this was the idea of Bob Geldoff (whoo?? if you are under 30) and Midge Ure (who!!?) . Bob Geldoff was very famous back in the day and he was in a band too and so was Midge Ure - The BoomTown Rats and Ultravox respectively.

    Featuring some of the biggest stars of the day, this was an absolute groundbreaking effort. U2's Bono, Status Quo, Phil Collins, Simon Le Bon, Tony Hadley, Boy George, Sting, George Michael plus more - this was on an epic scale!!

    This song has had its criticism, but its endured. Its been rehashed for a new generation, but the original endures. Hitting number 1 in the UK single chart, its still on the best Christmas songs list to date.

    So there we have it - Day 3. Happy Christmas :) chris

    Christmas songs Day 2 - Wizzard - I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday

    For Day 2 I have chosen the classic from Wizzard - 'I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday'.

    Wizzard are one of those bands that likely would have been lost in the mists of time were it not for producing this Christmas classic. As it is, I think everyone knows this song and rightly so!!

    'I wish it could be Christmas Everyday' was released way back in 1973. It reached number 4 in the UK charts in its highest position which surprised me - given its lasting popularity.

    So there we go Christmas song number 2. Totally feeling Christmassy now - go on, stick it on and turn it up. Only 23 sleeps to go!!

    Christmas songs Day 1 - Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    So for 1st December my first song for the festive season is the classic 'Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas'.

    Johnny Mathis released his version of this original Perry Como song in 1986. It was part of that classic Christmas Film Home Alone 2.

    So there we have it - first Christmas song done. :)

    A Christmas song for each day of December - recap so far

    I've had an idea and that idea is to make every day of December all about the music (amongst other things). So each day of December I shall choose one Christmas song to be my song of the day.

    During the course of the day, I intend to recap half way through to Christmas Day :)

    I'm going to get us all in the mood for Santa :)


    Saturday, 16 December 2017

    Learning Spanish - This Week's Learning

    • olives - aceitunas
    • pharmacy - farmacia
    • number - número

    And the rest:
    • zero - cero
    • thankyou very much - muchas gracias
    • bracelet - pulsera
    • bruise - moretón
    • shark - tiburón
    • stupid - estúpido
    • skewer - brocheta
    • next week - la próxima semana
    • stairs - escalera
    • nice to meet you - Encantada de conocerte
    • jellyfish - la medusa
    • skin - piel
    • nap - siesta
    • meat - carne
    • shirt - camisa
    • pineapple - piña
    • knickers - bragas
    • live music - música en vivo
    • boarding - embarque
    • next - siguiente
    • roasted - asado
    • strong - fuerte
    • bank - el banco
    • noodles - tallarines
    • See you later - Hasta luego
    • mushroom - seta
    • I'm fine - Estoy bien
    • seashell - concha
    • biscuit - la galleta
    • open - abierto
    • a table for two please - mesa para dos
    • ham - jamon
    • yellow - amarillo
    • married - casado
    • river - río
    • charmed - encantado
    • apple - manzana
    • name - nombre
    • red - rojo
    • sausage - salchicha
    • nice - bonito
    • orange - naranja
    • restaurant - restaurante
    • read - leer
    • salad - ensalada
    • leaving - dejando
    • nuts - nueces
    • grey - gris
    • dinner - cena
    • fifty - cincuenta
    • mother - madre
    • fish - pescado
    • reservation - reserva
    • when - cuando
    • chair - silla
    • nose - nariz
    • pasta - pastas
    • kiss - beso
    • smile - sonreír
    • onion - cebolla
    • friend - amigo
    • thunder - trueno
    • why - por qué
    • thigh - muslo
    • donkey - burro
    • warm - calentar
    • drink - bebida
    • what - qué
    • lemon - limón
    • garlic - ajo
    • forty - cuarenta
    • tree - árbol
    • teeth - dientes
    • father - padre
    • suncream - crema solar
    • milk chocolate - chocolate con leche
    • crazy - loca
    • girl - niña
    • happy - contento
    • steak - filete
    • sunburn - bronceado
    • horse - cabello
    • cough - tos 
    • head - cabeza
    • Summer - el verano
    • February - febrero
    • Pillow - almohada
    • Nine - nueve
    • Eyes - ojos
    • June - junio
    • key - llaves
    • dunes - dunas
    • home - casa
    • Stomach - estómago
    • Jump - saltar
    • May - mayo
    • October - octubre
    • Thirsty - sediento
    • Leg - pierna
    • Breakfast - desayuno
    • Six - seis
    • Hungry - hambriento
    • Moon - luna
    • Rice - arroz
    • Vegetarian - vegetariano
    • I don't know - no lo sé
    • Butter - mantequilla
    • Seven - siete
    • July - julio
    • Tired - cansado
    • Speak - hablar
    • Mirror - espejo
    • Small - pequeña
    • Amazing - asombroso
    • Sunglasses - gafas de sol 
    • Toilet - inodoro
    • Excuse me - disculpe
    • Tasty - sabroso
    • Mountain - montaña
    • How far is - que tan lejos esta
    • Waves - olas
    • Sandwich - emparedado
    • Roof - techo
    • Blanket - cobija
    • Eight - ocho
    • Forgot - olvidó
    • Woman - mujer
    • Night - noche
    • Another - otro
    • September - septiembre
    • Hands - manos
    • Flight - vuelo
    • Laugh - risa
    • Sing - canta
    • Can I have the bill - Me puede traer la cuenta
    • Spoon - cuchara
    • Black - negro
    • Bread - pan de molde
    • April - abril
    • Five - cinco
    • Sand - arena
    • Hot - caliente
    • Ear - oreja
    • Dark - oscuro
    • Like - me gusta
    • Sick - enfermo
    • Spicy - picante
    • Kettle - tetera
    • Flowers - flores
    • Sunbathe - tomar el sol
    • Feet - pies
    • December - diciembre
    • Cake - pastel
    • Fireworks - fuegos articiales
    • Rain - lluvia
    • Dress - el vestido
    • Year - año
    • Door - puerta
    • My name is - me llamo
    • Cooking - cocina
    • Four - cuatro
    • 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

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    Santa - are you there?

    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

    City Breaks I Want to Experience


    • Budapest
    • Rome 
    • Paris
    • Prague
    • Amsterdam
    • Athens
    • Berlin
    • Venice
    • Vienna
    • York
    • Glasgow
    • Reykjavik
    • Dubrovnik
    • Moscow
    • Monte Carlo
    • Munich
    • Cambridge
    • Bruges
    • Copenhagen

    Dave's Christmas Wishlist

    Dash cam
    Tools
    Gadgets
    Weekend break
    City Break
    Gig tickets
    Fairytale of New York
    What happened in 65
    Picture of us
    Jumpers

    New items for my wishlist

    New items for my wishlist:
    • TV - curved smart TV
    • Sound bar
    • Smart light bulbs
    • Smart electric hub
    • Tweezers
    And the rest:
    • City Break
    • Loft conversion
    • Velux windows
    • Degree course
    • Suitcase
    • 4 man tent 
    • Apartment in Gran Canaria 
    • Apple TV 
    • 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 
    • 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 
    • Gig tickets 
    • Great red lipstick 
    • Grieb and Benzinger watch 
    • Handbag 
    • hardbound notebook 
    • Hobbit house 
    • Holiday 
    • Hot Tub 
    • House extension 
    • Hunter Wellies 
    • 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 Kitchen 
    • Nutribullet 
    • NYC Trip 
    • Pandora charms 
    • Patio Heater 
    • Pearl necklace 
    • Pedicure 
    • Picnic Basket 
    • Pinot Grigio 
    • PJ's 
    • Plastering work 
    • Pop up tent 
    • Posh shower wash 
    • 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 
    • 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
    • Dog bed
    • Dog toys
    • Beach towels
    • Sewing machine
    • Good scissors
    • Cami set
    • Playsuit
    • Inflatable drinks holder
    • Bling jewelled bikini
    • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist
    • Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
    • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Body Cream
    • Coco Mademoiselle Foaming Shower Gel
    • Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream
    • Segway
    • Sleepeezee mattress
    • Spin bike
    • Weight set
    • Cross trainer
    • Designer ladies tux
    • Tailored jacket
    • Silk shirt
    • Leather dining chairs
    • Slouchy jumper
    • Mascara
    • Baseball cap (for holiday)
    • Kindle

    What I love about Christmas

    Its fast approaching now, and I thought it was time to collate the best things about Christmas. For some its all about the parties, for others its all about family, for me its a bit of everything!!

    So here are the best things that I love love love about Christmas:

    • Putting up the Christmas tree
    • Decorating the house
    • Putting up the outside Christmas lights and seeing them lit for the first time
    • Driving up to the house when it looks all festive and pretty
    • Eating mince pies
    • Cheese, cheese and more cheese!
    • Wrapping the presents
    • Choosing the presents
    • Giving the presents
    • Laughing
    • Bucks Fizz
    • Eating crisps and nuts
    • Advent calendar chocs
    • Pate and toast
    • Having family over for Christmas dinner
    • Seeing family and friends
    • Christmas films
    • Playing games
    • Christmas TV
    • Sparkly decorations
    • Christmas jumpers
    • Presents for our pets (puppy's first Christmas this year!)
    • Christmas songs
    • Christmas dinner
    • Counting down
    • Being happy
    • Eating what you want
    • Drinking what you want
    • Chocolates everywhere! 
    • Christmas Eve boxes

    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

    Friday, 15 December 2017

    10 Sleeps to go so here are 10 Boozy Christmas Drinks - hiccup!!


    • Bucks Fizz
    • Snowball
    • Mulled Wine
    • Wine Spritzer
    • Christmas Punch
    • Winter Sidecar
    • Champagne Cocktail
    • Cranberry Margarita
    • Warm bourbon cider
    • Cherry Brandy and cider

    My Top 10 Jacket Spud Fillings

    • Cheese and Onion
    • Veggie Curry
    • Cheese and Beans
    • Chick Pea Dahl
    • Chilli Con Carne
    • Sour Cream and Salsa
    • Feta, garlic and olives
    • Sausage and Cheese
    • BBQ Chicken
    • Cottage cheese and spring onion

    Things to do in December


    • Write your Christmas cards
    • Eat mince pies
    • Bake some cakes
    • Buy Christmas presents
    • Listen to Christmas songs
    • Sing along to Christmas songs
    • Watch Christmas films
    • Put your tree up
    • Put up your Christmas lights
    • Wear christmas hats and antlers
    • Get your Christmas food shop ordered
    • Go to a Christmas market
    • Laugh
    • See family and friends
    • Go to Christmas "do"
    • Photograph your efforts
    • Make your own mince pies
    • Try a festive afternoon tea
    • Go ice skating
    • Visit Lapland
    • Enjoy a winter wonderland
    • Get some winter sun
    • Buy a poinsettia
    • Plant some winter tubs
    • Make some winter crafts


    Word of the Week - Esoteric

    Esoteric


    • understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.

    • belonging to the select few.

    • private; secret; confidential.

    • (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group:
      • engaging in esoteric pursuits

    • designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone
      • a body of esoteric legal doctrine

    • requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group 

    • esoteric terminology; broadly : difficult to understand - esoteric subjects

    • of special, rare, or unusual interest 
      • esoteric building materials

    definition derived from merriam webster and dictionary.com

    Thursday, 14 December 2017

    Who shall I spend my next week with?

    I find myself pondering who to choose next. Along the way, I have already chosen the Foo FightersINXSPink and Amy Winehouse. There's been Arctic MonkeysBeyonceJustin Timberlake and Goldfrapp.

    I've listened to ColdplayKate BushBlondie and BritneyMadonnaKings of LeonOasis and REMRihannaTaylor SwiftThe Rolling Stones and Calvin Harris. I've chosen KyliePalomaRobbie Williams and StereophonicsTake ThatKaiser Chiefs and The Killers.

    So who do I pick next? At this point, I am considering Adele, Katy Perry or maybe U2. Possibly The Spice Girls or Girls Aloud. Or I might go rock and think ACDC or Guns and Roses. I might go indie and choose Green Day or go classic old school with a bit of The Who or The Beatles.

    So many choices, I shall mull it over a little longer. :)

    Summer Bodies are Made in Winter

    Its winter, heading into spring. I am looking forward to my holidays in spring, and I want a beach body. The important thing to remember though, is that the body I want to have in summer will be made right now, in winter.

    Long, dark, cold nights = exercise, exercise and more exercise. This is something I've never really thought about before. I always get mid spring and then start thinking about it. The thing is though, that summer bodies are made in winter.

    I am going to remember this and put it into action. Working hard when I don't have to display any flesh, so that when the time comes when the weather warms up and I do, is the plan. When it gets warm, I want to able to wear light, skimpy summer numbers without the dread feeling I usually get.

    So here is the plan:

    • PT twice a week
    • 2-3 additional gym sessions per week
    • 30 day body challenge (different ones x 2) 
    • morning exercise every week day
    • 10,000 steps per day
    • lots of protein
    • cut down on carbs
    • cut down on sugar
    • walk everywhere
    • cut down on alcohol
    • lose 2 stone
    And there we have it. My summer body is going to be made in winter. I love a good plan :) 

    My Travels in Gran Canaria - 2016


    So 2016 saw us once more in the very wonderful Gran Canaria. I love having a glass of wine as the sun gets low in the sky as you get the most beautiful light - so romantic.


    It began at the airport with Boofle and of course the obligatory pint! Never is it the time other than holidays when its like 8am!



    Our hotel was right next to the beach and the lighthouse, and at night the pool was lit up and beautiful. 


    It may not look hot, but its so deceptive. It can be cloudy and dull one minute, then blistering hot the next. I love the variation in how it makes the sea look. Some days it looks murky grey, then it looks crystal blue. 



    I loved our holiday. We had so many laughs and hugs and of course selfies! Has to be done.


    This was our first time in GC not all inclusive. Breakfast was included but not lunch and evening. So we sampled the food - wow. 



    Tapas is a huge thing in GC. So many choices! So we tried a few - spanish potatoes, bruschetta, croquettes - absolutely gorgeous.


    The beach is beautiful. The weather makes such a difference. In the morning its usually a bit cloudy, then the sun tends to burn through making it bright white and blue. Then storms come and go. Wonderful place.



    GC is just the best - my favourite place in the world. 

    Christmas Hamper 2017 Competition

    Christmas Hamper 2017 Competition: WIN THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS HAMPER WORTH £1000 Forget baskets full of cheese and biscuits; we’ve teamed up with a bunch of our favourite brands to give

    Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow

    We have had quite a heavy fall of snow in our part of the world. Whilst for some, it meant trudging through the traffic to work, we were lucky in not having to be anywhere so just got to have fun and simply enjoy the white stuff!














    Learning Spanish Christmas Special #4

    • trifle - nimiedad
    • reindeer - reno
    • santa - de santa
    and the previous ones:
    • turkey - Turquía
    • advent - adviento
    • tinsel - oropel
    • fairy lights - luces de hadas
    • presents - regalos
    • family - familia
    • Christmas - Navidad
    • Christmas tree - árbol de Navidad
    • snow - nieve

    My Top 10 Yoghurts

    • Finest Fudge 
    • Strawberry & Cream
    • Finest Lemon Curd
    • Greek Yoghurt with Honey
    • Toffee Milk Chocolate
    • Deluxe Mint
    • Champagne
    • Creamy Cherry
    • Orange with Dark Chocolate
    • Banana and Custard

    Learning Spanish Christmas Special #3

    • turkey - Turquía
    • advent - adviento
    • tinsel - oropel
    and the previous ones:
    • fairy lights - luces de hadas
    • presents - regalos
    • family - familia
    • Christmas - Navidad
    • Christmas tree - árbol de Navidad
    • snow - nieve

    Learning Spanish Christmas Special #2

    • fairy lights - luces de hadas
    • presents - regalos
    • family - familia
    and the previous ones:

    • Christmas - Navidad
    • Christmas tree - árbol de Navidad
    • snow - nieve

    Learning Spanish - Christmas Special number 1

    In keeping with the festive spirit, I have decided to continue my attempts to learn Spanish by giving it a festive theme. Here we go then:


    • Christmas - Navidad
    • Christmas tree - árbol de Navidad
    • snow - nieve

    Wednesday, 13 December 2017

    Learning Spanish recap - Colours

    Colours:
    • Pink - rosa
    • Silver - plata
    • Gold - oro
    • Blue - azul
    • White - blanco
    • Purple - púrpura
    • Brown - marrón
    • Green - verde
    • Yellow - amarillo
    • Red - rojo
    • Orange - naranja
    • Grey - gris
    • Lemon - limón
    • Black - negro

    Learning Spanish recap - Holidays

    Holidays:
    • Boat - barco
    • Hotel Room - habitación de hotel
    • Newspaper - periódico
    • Shower - ducha
    • Swim - nadar
    • Bathroom el baño
    • Nude - desnudo
    • Towel - toalla
    • Sea - mar
    • Suitcase - maleta
    • Beach - La playa
    • Sunbathe - tomar el sol

    Reasons to Run


    • Because Zombies eat the slow ones first
    • It makes you feel better
    • It helps you escape
    • Even a bad run, is better than no run
    • Because it lifts your mood
    • It burns calories
    • Think of the beach
    • It makes me stronger
    • You get what you work for
    • Either you run the day or the day runs you

    The Actors

    There are talented actors out there, which is great. But this list is more about their acting ability and their appeal to me!! Some of these just happen to be in my all time favourite films, whereas others just have that special factor, that sparkle, that talent.

    1. Gerard Butler. As well as being one of the most exceptionally good looking and sexy actors out there, Gerard is also extremely talented. Starring in some of my favourite action films - London has Fallen, and Olympus has Fallen, he also showed his dark side in the brilliant Law Abiding Citizen.

    2. Tom Hanks. From his early film outings in classics like Splash, and Big, he went on to star in the fabulous Forrest Gump, the traumatic Saving Private Ryan and the amazing Castaway. Tom is such a versatile actor and he can turn his hand to comedy and drama easily.

    3. Robert De Niro. No list of great actors would be complete without him. Terrifying in Cape Fear and Goodfellas. Funny as hell in Meet the Fockers, and Meet the Parents. Most recently in Last Vegas as an older guy, he still has it. Such talent.

    4. Tom Cruise. Top Gun and Cocktail were Tom as a young, fresh faced actor when he made his name. Still going, he is still convincing in the lead in action roles such as the latest Mission Impossible, not to mention as Jack Reacher where he is just cool as. More than a nod to less mainstream roles such as in Eyes Wide Shut - kinky?? Yes, Tom is cool.

    5. Jeremy Renner. I first became aware of Jeremy in 28 Weeks Later and then the great The Hurt Locker. Since then, he has done several more brilliant films - Mission Impossible, The Avengers and also the continuing Bourne story in The Bourne Legacy. Very talented, and very handsome - especially in Hansel and Gretel let me tell you!

    6. Kevin Spacey. Able to play good and bad, Kevin has banked a huge list of credentials to date. In Seven he is pure evil. In the Usual Suspects he is "Keyser Söze" in one of the best twists ever! American Beauty is one of my all time favourite ever films.

    7. Will Smith. This man is perfection in every way. Drunk superhero in Hancock, the "date doctor" in Hitch, right through to the unbelievable I Am Legend and I Robot. From the Fresh Prince, to the recent Focus, Will Smith is the ultimate. The epitome of cool in MIB, Will can do anything. I am in awe of this man.

    8. Sean Bean. Now, I first saw Bean in the TV classic Lady Chatterley's Lover - he was the gardener. He has also been a bond villain, and of course Boromir in The Lord of the Rings. He's played some real baddies - especially in The Hitcher. He has such a strong accent, and has kept true to his origins. True Brit - true great.

    9. Hugh Grant. Now, the classic English gent, that went bad. Hugh starred in such greats at Notting Hill, and Four Weddings and a Funeral and was the ultimate clipped English upper class man. Then came Bridget Jones where as Daniel Cleaver, he was suddenly naughty. Who knew!!

    10. Patrick Swayze. Now of course everyone knows Patrick in Ghost, and most importantly, Dirty Dancing. Two of the greatest films of all time, lets be honest. However, he was way more than those iconic roles. Road House, Point Break and Keeping Mum being my picks from his repertoire. Such a loss, but will always be remembered.

    11. Denzel Washington. From Malcolm X to The Equaliser, Denzel is cool, calm, calculated and did I say cool? He plays such charismatic parts - in Deja Vu the plot is so sci fi but Denzel keeps his feet on the ground and so you believe it. I think my favourites though, are the lesser known Fallen, and the action film Unstoppable. Brilliant actor, great guy, talented through and through.

    12. Mel Gibson. Taking it back, lets not forget Riggs in Lethal Weapon. Mel was fresh faced and big haired. Then came Braveheart, Ransom and Payback - my favourite being the latter. Mel was Mad Max, lets not forget he is actually Australian. In my humble, he's gone slightly off the boil in recent days, but his legacy still makes my list.

    13. Kiefer Sutherland. My love of all things Kiefer began with Stand by Me, and then The Lost Boys. He was already cool, but then films such as Flatliners and Phone Booth gave him that edge. Kiefer has that gravelly voice and instantly you know its him. Great actor.

    14. Colin Firth. Now, I can't introduce Colin to my list without mention of Mr Darcy, Pride and Prejudice, which on its own would make him a worthy entrant. However, add Bridget Jones, Love Actually and The King's Speech and that seals it. True English gentleman and a worthy place as a true talent.

    15. Ralph Fiennes. Now, here is possibly one of the best actors of all time. The English Patient is truly amazing. In Schindler's List, he plays such a convincing role that it is chilling, likewise as the very evil lead in Red Dragon, and of course, as "he that shall not be named" Voldemort in Harry Potter. Most recently, he is the new M in James Bond, and the brilliant Gustav in The Grand Budapest Hotel where he was funny too.

    Top 10 Oscar Winning Films

    I thought I would take a look back over previous Academy Award winning best films of all time.

    Here are my top 10:

    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - 1975
    • The Silence of the Lambs - 1991
    • The Hurt Locker - 2009
    • Million Dollar Baby - 2004
    • The English Patient - 1996
    • Argo - 2012
    • American Beauty - 1999
    • Braveheart - 1995
    • A Beautiful Mind - 2001
    • No Country for Old Men - 2007
    You can see my movie reviews here

    I should have been a '50's babe

    Its fair to say I'm a curvy girl. Hopefully in a good way. Because of this, I find lovely vintage styling the best for my figure - whether its a modern remake of that classic hourglass shape tailoring, or the real deal. Here are some of my favourites:




    Christmas Traditions


    Its almost upon us again, so I thought it might be a nice idea to do a round up of the loveliest Christmas traditions that people have. Some are probably quite well known, some are less popular these days, some are growing trends. We all have them, so here is my round up:

    • New PJ's for Christmas morning
    • Christmas Eve box
    • Leaving a mince pie and a glass of sherry for Santa
    • Leaving a carrot for Rudolf
    • Opening the first present just after midnight Christmas Day morning
    • Christmas Eve celebrations
    • Christmas morning visits
    • Christmas Day indulgence
    • Christmas singalong
    • Boxing Day presents 
    • Christmas jumpers
    • Handmade wrapping paper
    • Handmade cards
    • Home baking gifts

    My Top 10 Noodles

    • Beef in Black Bean noodles
    • Sweet and Sour chicken noodles
    • Spicy vegetable noodles
    • Garlic chicken and sesame noodles
    • Spicy mushroom noodles
    • Thai chicken noodles
    • Firecracker chicken noodles
    • Shredded chilli beef noodles
    • Chicken schezwan noodles
    • Ramen noodle salad

    I want a new job / career / purpose

    There, I said it. I want a new job, a new career, a new purpose. I left my place of employment of over 24 years at the end of last year. It was a difficult decision, and I have been in no rush to set sail on the employment waves since.

    Now the time has come to take action. However, I am torn. I cannot decide whether to enter the same rat race, or do something entirely different.

    I don't want to work full time, but I don't know what I can do part time that will be challenging enough, but still not stressful!

    Decisions decisions. I keep thinking I would love to do something creative, but then I go back to what I know - which is business. I just can't focus on any one role at present.

    I look at jobs working outside, with plants, with gardens, with landscapes and wood and sculpture, but then I don't want to have to work in all weathers. Its one thing enjoying it for yourself, but quite another when its the day job.

    Then I think about photography, or writing, maybe for a paper or a magazine, but not really much local and at this point, travelling a long commute really isn't appealing.

    The jobs I crave are those such as salvage hunting or property development, but I need the capital to start those businesses, and I am not ready to take the risk just yet.

    I rotate between wanting to risk, being averse to risk, round and around. I think I am at a pivotal point, 41 years old, where I want to break the pattern. I want to be fully satisfied in life, including work, attain a sound and solid work life balance.

    I appreciate I may have to put in some hours, weeks, months if need be to reach where I want to be short term, to then work the years required in the long term. I want to work, am prepared to graft, but I want to work and graft in the right work for me to give me what I need.

    I want to harness my passions in life, use my skills and be of full use whilst not burning out or over stretching at the cost of my health, or my lifestyle.

    I've applied for 2 jobs so far, in my previous line of work. I got shortlisted, which is great. But being external, up against internal candidates, it was too competitive. So now I am going to try something else. But what?

    I understand fully that everyone has dreams, but I full intend to make mine reality. Watch this space.


    I've been a Good Girl this year - honest!!

    Santa, here is my Christmas list :
    • Ugg boots
    • Coco mademoiselle perfume
    • Slippers
    • Black or white dressing gown
    • Chandelier light fitting
    • Audi TT!!!
    • Crystal wine glasses
    • Body butter
    • Gig tickets
    • Teddy bear
    • Ebooks
    • Gym kit
    • Swarovski earrings, bracelet or necklace
    • Pandora charms
    • Clinique stuff
    • Pinot Grigio 
    • Prosecco
    • Courvoissier
    • Bedroom carpet
    • Bedroom curtains
    • Yankee Candle


    Stephen King - how great books don't always make great movies, but sometimes they come back...

    Saturday night at the movies

    Who cares what picture we see? Well me actually, especially when it comes to the King. Stephen King I am referring to. I doubt many would argue that he is the master of his genre in horror when it comes to books. He writes like true God of all things scary - from killer dogs, to telekinesis, to the most scary of clowns, he rocks the written scare fest. 

    Not only does he scare the pants off us, he also writes a great story that whilst it may have an element of supernatural sometimes, it doesn't always. So yes, he is the king of the book. 

    But how does that relate to the big screen? You would think, given his talent, his eye for the detail, his essence of story telling, his ability to transport us to his plane, that the translation to film would be a given. But there you would be wrong. 

    To begin with, here are my Top 10 Stephen King books: 
    • Salem's Lot
    • Needful Things
    • The Dark Half
    • Gerald's Game
    • IT
    • Misery
    • The Shining
    • Insomnia
    • Under the Dome
    • Bag of Bones
    Some of these have become good films, don't get me wrong, but some of his best film adaptations actually were short stories, barely even memorable! Some of his best books made truly awful films.

    Here are my Top 10 great King film adaptations:
    • The Green Mile
    • Shawshank Redemption
    • The Shining
    • IT
    • Stand By Me
    • The Mist
    • Misery
    • Pet Sematary
    • Salem's Lot
    • Carrie
    The problem with coming up with a top 10 list is that I always struggle when there is so much choice! On another day, my list might have included different choices. So for argument's sake, here are the ones I considered for my Top 10 Stephen King books, which are still amazing, and well worth a read and then some - King by name, King by definition in my humble. 
    • Doctor Sleep
    • The Regulators
    • Rose Madder
    • Dreamcatcher
    • Mr Mercedes
    • The Stand
    • Cell
    • Christine
    • Pet Sematary
    • Lisey's Story
    Some of his books have made great made for TV films or short movies too. Actually, I think some of these have turned out better than the book, and benefited from not being big budget. Some were better on TV. 

    Here is my round up of the rest of the best of his movie and TV outputs:
    • Thinner
    • Apt Pupil
    • Christine
    • Cujo
    • Needful Things
    • The Dark Half
    • Big Driver
    • Riding the Bullet
    • A Good Marriage
    • Storm of the Century
    And now, for the inevitable list of the not so good verging on downright terrible King adaptations:
    • The Stand
    • Under the Dome
    • The Tommyknockers
    • Dreamcatcher
    • The Mangler
    • Hearts in Atlantis
    • Delores Claiborne
    • Sleepwalkers
    • The Lawnmower Man
    • Cell

    Tuesday, 12 December 2017

    If I could be anything I would be....

    ,,,a female version of Kevin McCloud. He has my dream job presenting Grand Designs, but is also a bit of an entrepreneur being a designer, and owning a housing company. That would be my absolute dream.

    However, there are other things I would love to do too. Here is my list:

    • Finding houses for people like on A Place in the Sun
    • Looking a auctioned homes like they do on Homes Under the Hammer
    • Finding the perfect home in the UK for folks like on Location, Location, Location
    Better still, I would love to be the one buying the homes at the auctions, doing them up and growing a housing portfolio. Even better still, I would love to have a plot of land to design my own home. 

    Next, I would love to get into writing of some sort:
    • Freelance journalist
    • Autobiographer
    • Magazine editor
    • Author of a book
    I have always wanted to write. I love to read, and ever since I was a child, I had this notion of being a writer. Maybe this one is something I could start small on. 

    Finally, here are my more obscure things I would love to do, even just for a short period:
    • Photographer - snapping away, would love this
    • Work in or own a garden centre - I love growing things
    • Designer - I would love to design clothes for real women, like me, with curves
    • Florist - working with beautiful flowers all day - lovely
    • Full time comper - this requires winning stuff. Not happening at the moment!!! 
    So, all in all, I think I am more the creative type. However, its good to think through what you want to do, just in case that chance ever presents itself. I shall certainly not miss it if it heads my way any time soon. Here's to being Eternally Hopeful!! 

    I want to be a salvage hunter :)

    I would so love to do this for a living. Finding hidden gems, bagging a bargain. My absolute dream job.

    I would do a Kirsty Allsop - checking out what's gone into skips for starters - vintage doors, mirror frames, stuff you can upcycle. Fabulous.

    Then there's the bigger scale stuff that the proper salvage hunters do. Going to storage yards and stately homes to find items that you can do up and sell for £'s profit. Iron benches, church pews - you name it.

    There is just something appealing about making something disregarded into something special.

    The only issue is you need an income or a solid amount of savings to live off in case you don't find a bargain or you can't sell it on. I'm not quite there yet, but its where I want to be.

    I want to be a salvage hunter!!

    And they call it puppy love ...

    Back in September last year, the other half talked me into going to look at some puppies.

    We had been having discussions about having a dog for, well, like for ever!! I had resigned myself to thinking that it would never happen. Then the other half started to talk about having one, and we finally agreed what breeds we both liked.

    Not too big, but not too small. Not really hairy, but still lovely and soft to stroke and cuddle. In the end, we whittled the list down and after a bit of persuasion, we toddled off to look at a boy. When we got there, the boy had gone, but there was still a girl. I made the mistake of picking her up and that was it. There was nothing that would or could ever have parted me again.

    I walked around with her in my arms, never put her down. She snuggled into me and it was love at first sight. My little girl came home with us that day.


    We had nothing for her - we had to do an impromptu visit to the pet store to get her a lovely pink bed, food, toys. She immediately made herself at home!! No fears for our little girl! 

    Straight away this girl had personality. That first night she let us know exactly what we were in for. She found her voice and she howled but it was short lived as she fell asleep after a few minutes. 

    As with any puppy, house training is tough. we persevered, and now we are virtually there which is great. Even when she was teeny - just 10 weeks when she came home with us, one look at her cute face and she could get away with just about anything! 


    She needed a name. It took us three days to agree and we called her Coco - after Coco Chanel of course. We got her a pink collar, then it was off to the vets to get her chipped and get her jabs sorted.

    Coco was a bit nervous in the car at first, but that soon wore off. This girl is scared of nothing. We took her to her first puppy party and she ruled the roost.

    At first, she wasn't allowed upstairs or on the furniture - that didn't last long. She is a very good girl though - she can do both paw shakes, she knows sit, stay, leave, lie down. She is still only a baby, but she's a clever little thing.

    Taking her for walks takes a lot of time. We are stopped every few minutes by people wanting to fuss her. Being a Staffy, they have such a bad reputation but its the way they are raised that makes the difference. Our girl is a big softy.


    Now we have her, I wonder how we went for so long without her. She fills the house - not just her toys everywhere, but its like having a little shadow as she follows me everywhere. She makes us laugh, she's so funny and the things she does keep us entertained for hours!! Looking back she has grown so much - she's quite a big girl now compared to the tiny thing we bought home. 

    Coco has a big heart and an even bigger personality and we are totally in love with our puppy. I had no idea how much I had missed her until she arrived and now I literally count down the minutes when I'm away from her. She's my baby :) 

    She loves the camera:


    She's never happier than when she's cuddling up:


     And she loves her creature comforts: