Monday, 21 August 2017

126 sleeps'til Christmas!!

It is 126 sleeps until Christmas!!

3002 hours

180163 minutes

10809821 seconds

125 days, 2 hours, 43 mins, 22 seconds!!

My Top 10 Pancakes

  • Mascarpone & Lemon topping
  • Golden Syrup & sugar topping
  • Banoffee topping
  • Vanilla Ice cream & Nutella topping
  • Strawberries & Cream topping
  • Thick natural yoghurt & blueberries topping
  • Millionaire shortbread topping
  • Marmalade & Dark chocolate (think Jaffa Cakes) topping
  • Banana and Peanut Butter topping
  • Hot chocolate fudge topping

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:

  • fish - pescado
  • reservation - reserva
  • when - cuando


and here is the rest:

  • 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

My Top 10 Pasta

  • Farfalle (bows)
  • Conchiglioni (shells)
  • Cannelloni (large tubes)
  • Fusilli (coiled rods)
  • Spaghetti (straight)
  • Fettucine (ribbon)
  • Tagliatelle (thin ribbon)
  • Ravioli (stuffed)
  • Lasagne (sheets)
  • Gnocchi (round)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

My Top 10 Nuts

  • Cashew Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Pecans
  • Cacao Nuts

Thursday, 17 August 2017

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.

All time Top 10 films


Number 1: Shawshank Redemption
Number 2: Goodfellas
Number 3: The Shining
Number 4: Basic Instinct
Number 5: The Green Mile
Number 6: Jaws
Number 7: Heat
Number 8: The English Patient
Number 9: Casino
Number 10: The Hurt Locker

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:

  • chair - silla
  • nose - nariz
  • pasta - pastas

and here is the rest:
  • 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

My Top 10 Burgers

  • Cheeseburger
  • Chilliburger
  • Southern Fried Chicken Burger
  • New York Deli Burger
  • Smokey Barbeque Burger
  • Blue Cheese Burger
  • Mexican Burger
  • Cajun Chicken Burger
  • Italian Beef Burger
  • Peppered Beef Burger

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

What Can I do to get slim, fit and strong??

I have a dream, as a man once said. Its true, I do. I dream of having a banging bod, a bikini body no less. Strong, fit and slim. I think its fair to say, that at the moment, right now, as I write these very words, that I do not have that body. It is, alas, a dream still.

So how do I get my flabby ass, currently resting itself up on the recliner, off the sofa and into the gym? I think I need a plan. Yes, that might help. So here are my ideas of what I can do, when I might be able to do it, and what might, just might, be accomplish-able.

  • Jogging - outdoors, no cost involved, and no excuses apart from the monsoon rain!! 
  • Gym - lots of cardio, fat burning - stepper, stair master, cross trainer
  • Running - gym treadmill - intervals - hills and sprints
  • Ab work - can't see them at the moment, but they need to be ready for their moment!!
  • Green Tea - can't stand it, but I will literally try anything right now!!
  • Fat metabolisers - yep. Cheat it - science like
  • Water - drink lots of the wet stuff. Its supposed to help!!
  • Grapefruit - apparently it helps burn fat. Likewise celery
  • Exercise first thing before eating anything - negative calories burned! 
  • Do squats. Every day. 
  • Weights - arms, chest and back will benefit, plus burns calories
  • Low carb - keep it low. 
  • High protein - focus on the proteins. 
  • Move more - walk everywhere rather than drive
  • Smaller portions - cut portions down by a third
  • cut out snacks - apart from fruit
  • 5 a day - make sure to stock up on the fruit and veg
  • 3 Day Diet - 3 days on, 2 days off. Ongoing
  • Swimming - whenever I get the chance - home or away
  • Cycling - get my bike out, get on it
  • Kettle Bells. Ultimate fat burning and toning
  • Dancing - anywhere, anytime
  • Zumba - get my DVD out and burn it!! 
  • Gym classes - worth a try I suppose
  • Squash - oh yeah - chance to hit something hard! 
  • Weight watchers - yes, I know. But it works for me!! 
  • Cut down / cut out the alcohol. How many calories does that glass of wine contain!! 
  • Choose healthy options, and no starters or desserts
If I think of anything else, I shall add it to my list :) C'mon beach body!! 

Getting Married - My hit list of things to be done on me!!

So, it would appear that I am getting married next year!! How exciting! So, here is my list of things I need to get done first:

  • Reach goal weight
  • Teeth whitening
  • Consider Veneers
  • Facials - skin must be glowing
  • Laser treatment - couple of little scars need dealing with
  • Body scrubs regularly - must look smooth and lean
  • Tone up and get fit - beach wedding - oh yes!! 
  • Regular waxing - need to be hair free!! 
  • Eyebrow waxing - never done this, need to start!! 
  • Chin waxing - never done - going to start 
  • Lip wax - noone wants a moustache on their wedding day if they are female!! 
  • Manicure - acrylic nails and smooth mitts
  • Pedicure - beautiful feet - got to be done!! 
  • Invisible bra - need to get rid of any drooping from the weight loss!! 
Quite a lot there. I can start some straight away, and start looking into the rest. Flipping heck!! :) 

Wedding Songs - the fun ones for our wedding - the list so far

Mike Posner - Pill in Ibiza
ACDC - Thunderstruck
Robbie Williams - Bodies
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Cake by the Ocean - DNCE

Can't beat fresh - I love a farm shop

A couple of weeks past, we stumbled upon a farm shop not too far from us. It was fabulous!! 

They had all these different stir fries - Piri Piri, BBQ - you name it. Totally fresh and using fresh spices. 


We tried a couple and they tasted fabulous!! 


They had all these jams, marmalades and pickles. I was in my element!! 


Not to mention, the best value, quality meat I've seen in a while. The other half was beside himself, being quite the caveman when it comes to red meat. 

It was just so fresh, so good quality. You just don;t find this very often. I was impressed. We shall be back there!! 

Gonna get me a 'Sweat Stash'!!!

Had this great inspiration today. A 'sweat stash'!.

What is that you might be asking yourself? A sweat stash is this - each time you stick to your diet for a whole day - whack a coin in the jar. Each pound you lose - whack a coin in the jar. Each time you go to the gym - bosh - another coin in the jar. The harder you work, the bigger the reward you pop in the box.

Now, depending on the budget available to you, it could be 10p, it could be a £1 each time. It doesn't matter. The point is to watch those coins mount up!!

What a great visual way to keep you motivated!! Definitely going to give this a go! See how much I reach in 5 weeks!

Great Drama's

Drama

ARGO
Captain Phillips
Chasing Mavericks
Flight
HIDE AWAY
Hitchcock
Silver Lining Playbook
The Life of Pi

What I am going to eat when I get to goal weight!

When I finally reach my goal weight (whenever that may be in the hopefully not too distant future!) I have a list of things I am going to eat!!

The list starts with a visit to Yo Sushi. Starting with my favourite - Chicken Gyozas:


Followed by some real sushi:


Then I think I will have me a glass of wine:


Then for my next meal its got to be Mexican:




Finally, it will have to be cupcakes:






What I'm Watching This Week


  • Celeb Big Brother. Playing catch up having been on holiday, so only up to last Thursday's but already its bonkers. Sarah Harding cannot take her drink, Karthik is possibly the maddest housemate yet - rapping his nominations. Funniest bit - Derek and the ghost Malcolm. Gutter Marissa has gone - she was cool. Great stuff. 

  • Corrie. Wow - kidnappings, stabbings, the Cabin robbed in broad daylight - danger on those cobbles this week. Loving the Leanne and Steve engagement - funny as. Chesney is lovely, but he's actually quite annoying me at the moment. Mary is becoming one of the best characters ever. Eva's revenge plan is on course - good on her. Aidan - a woman scorned - be very afraid. Not happy with Rita though - bad call that. 

  • Ray Donovan. Well into series 2 now and its so gripping. The acting in this is so good, you forget you are watching TV you get so into it. Such a clever plot line - you don't see where its heading at all. From speaking dolphins, to boxing matches, adultery, murder - it has everything. Great drama. 

  • Emmerdale. Best soap relationship ever - Cain Dingle and Harriet the vicar! But then Moira gets her hair stuck, and hero Cain rescues her and she plants one on him. Well - that's just not cricket you know! Loving the Dale at the moment - especially as Emma seems to be well on the way to being found out. At last! 

Word of the Week - Jettison

  • to get rid of as superfluous or encumbering : omit or forgo as part of a plan or as the result of some other decisionmust be prepared to jettison many romantic notions — Christopher Catling
  • to drop (cargo) to lighten a ship's load in time of distress
  • to drop from an aircraft or spacecraft in flight
  • throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship.
    • "six aircraft jettisoned their loads in the sea"
  • the action of jettisoning something."the jettison lever"

definition derived from Merriam Webster

My Top 10 Cocktails

  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Margarita
  • Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Black Russian
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Vodka Martini
  • Tequila Sunrise
  • Champagne Cocktail
  • Mojito
  • Manhattan

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

My Top 10 Cheesecake

  • New York Cheesecake
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cheesecake
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Baileys Cheesecake
  • Red Velvet Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake
  • Millionaires Cheesecake
  • Rum and Raisin Cheesecake

Monday, 14 August 2017

If you want it, then go get it!

You only get one life, so if there is something you want, then you have to go and get it. There is a place for dreams and fantasies, but if you don't aim high, you will never get to where you want to be.

No matter what it is that you want, there is a way to get it. In my case, one of the things I want is an amazing body. The problem is that I spend too long sitting on my backside thinking about it, and feeling fed up. What I should be doing is moving my behind, taking each day as a step closer to being where I want to be.

I spend hours planning, looking for "that bikini" or the exercise that will best tone my back, and I do try - just not enough. I do make progress, then I relapse and end up not quite back to the starting point, but significantly further back.

So I've finally got with the show - if I want it, I have to go and get it. That means no more procrastinating and planning, although some planning is required, it needs to be as well as the actual "doing".

Lots of people I know and have met in my life, past and present, and no doubt future, will all of had dreams and aspirations. Not many of those many many people have actually reached that goal, whatever it may be, and I find that so sad.

Whats the point in having dreams if they never come true? It could get you down if you let it. So I am going to go and get it - the body, the car, the holiday, the place in the sun. I believe I will have those things, I really do. I am going to make it happen. I really am. Not entirely sure how yet, but I'm sure the details will sort themselves out if I want it enough and if I believe in myself enough. I do.
Finally.



Diet and exercise rewards

Reward list
  • Haircut
  • Nails done 
  • Facial
  • Spa massage
  • Spa body treatment
  • Spray tan
  • Belly button piercing
  • Pedicure
  • Swarovski bracelet
  • Pandora charm
  • Eyebrow wax
  • Waxing

My fav pics - Egypt 2012


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

City Breaks I Want to Experience

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

My Top 10 Shark Films

  • Jaws
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • The Shallows
  • Jaws 2
  • The Reef
  • Open Water
  • Bait
  • Shark Night
  • Jaws 3
  • Malibu Shark Attack

Things to do in August


  • Summer BBQ
  • catch some rays
  • barefoot walks
  • Catch a festival - V is this month
  • Enjoy the flowers - agapanthus bloom this month
  • Go for afternoon tea and cakes
  • School hol activities
  • Enjoy some lie ins 
  • Go to a theme park
  • Pack a picnic
  • Go paddling
  • Get your shorts on 
  • Rock the flip flops
  • Eat al fresco
  • Pick some flowers
  • Eat cake outdoors
  • Take the radio outside
  • Visit the seaside and make sandcastles
  • Get an ice cream from the ice cream van
  • Go to an outdoors cinema
  • Visit the parks
  • Play tennis
  • Go on a treasure hunt
  • Camp out in your garden
  • Visit a farm
  • Make your own tapas

I would love 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!!

My retro single of the week - The Killers - Mr Brightside

This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

My Top 10 Biscuits

  • Milk Chocolate Digestive
  • Golden Crunch Creams
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies Chunky
  • Jammy Dodgers with cream
  • Custard Creams
  • Jaffa Cakes
  • Dark Chocolate Ginger Crunch
  • Chocolate HobNob
  • All Butter Shortbread
  • Chocolate Malted Milk

Sunday, 13 August 2017

My Top 10 Cookies

  • Double Choc Chip
  • Brownie
  • Dark Choc
  • Hazelnut and Choc
  • White Choc
  • Milk Choc
  • White Choc & Raspberry
  • Oatmeal & Raisin
  • Dark Choc and Nut
  • Orange Milk Choc

Saturday, 12 August 2017

My Top 10 Mexican

  • Tacos
  • Quesadillas
  • Burritos
  • Enchiladas
  • Frijoles
  • Churros
  • Tostadas
  • Taquitos
  • Chilli
  • Guacamole & Salsa

Friday, 11 August 2017

Been Around the World - well, almost :)

  • Tunisia x 4 times (Sousse x2, Port El Kantoui x2)
  • Egypt x 5 times (Sharm El Sheikh x4 and Hurghada, Luxor and Cairo)
  • Canada - Banff, Jasper, Edmonton, Calgary, Lake Louise, The Rockies
  • New Zealand South Island - Queenstown, Milford Sound, Christchurch, Franz Josef
  • Fiji islands - South Pacific
  • Cyprus x 2 times
  • Gran Canaria x 4 times - San Augustin, Melanores & Maspalomas
  • Lanzarote x 3 times
  • Fuerteventura x 2 times
  • Mallorca x over 10 times!
  • Menorca x 2 times
  • Ibiza
  • Zante
  • Rhodes x 4 times
  • Crete x 3 times incl 2015 to Hersonissos
  • Jersey
  • France - Brittany & Calais
  • France - St Malo, Rennes, Nantes, 
  • France - Normandy, Mont St Michel
  • Northern Ireland - Belfast, Giants Causeway
  • Dublin x 3 times
  • Cork - Republic of Ireland
  • Mexico x 3 times - Puerto Vallarta, Xcaret, Cancun & Riviera Maya
  • USA - New York via QM2
  • USA - California, San Francisco, Grand Canyon, Big Sur, San Diego, Las Vegas, LA, Colorado, Santa Barbara
  • Marrakesh - Morocco
  • Belgium x 3 times
  • Spain - Almeria
  • Turkey x 2 times - Kusadasi & Marmaris 
  • Mexico - Moon Palace, Cancun
  • Barcelona - La Ramblas

These are a Few of My Favourite Things

  • Brown paper wrapping
  • Plasticine
  • Sea shells
  • Daffodils
  • Coloured paper
  • Glitter
  • Chocolate buttons
  • Scented candles
  • Autumn leaves
  • Puddles
  • Snowdrops
  • Sound of the sea

My Top 10 Chicken dishes

  • Chicken Kiev 
  • Piri Piri Chicken
  • Red Thai Chicken Curry
  • Satay Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Massalla
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Chicken in White Wine Sauce
  • Chicken Breast Burger

Sweat is Fat Crying :(

I just saw this caption under a photograph of someone working out in the gym. It inspired me. The body of the person in question was immensely impressive.

When it gets a bit too much at the gym, its this sort of motivation that keeps me going. Sweat is fat crying - well in that case, my fat needs to get the hankies at the ready - its going to sob!!! :)

Posh Pool Party :)

We headed off to our local Spa for a Posh Pool Party at the beginning of December. 


It was so lovely. Heated outdoor pool. 


Real log fire burning to keep us warm. 


Full use of the spa, including white robes.


Drinks of course!! 


Live music. 


Barbeque food. Yum! 


We had such a brilliant time. 


Right - now I just need to get us booked up again!! :) 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Stumbled upon inspiration

I was just browsing through some tweets, when I found this quote "If you're not coming across any failures or setbacks in your life, then you're not working towards success". My gosh never a wiser word spoken!!

I have derailed quite spectacularly, so this inspired me immensely. 

Tomorrow is another day. :)

What would you do??

What would you do if you won the lottery? I'm talking a big win here, like £1m. A life changing amount? I think most people have a vague notion of what they might do. We are all different, and I suppose it depends on your own time of life, status and aspirations.

For me, it would be property. I would do the usual stuff - new car, home improvements, a holiday. I would look after the people that matter to me.

I certainly would not broadcast it to the masses. All manner of folks I'd not seen in years would no doubt come out of the woodwork!! Again, it would be those that mattered, and even then, quite possibly, I wouldn't actually tell people.

You can imagine it can't you? "I've won the lotto" would prompt everyone to speculate over how much. If I said "I've won a million, people might expect a certain £ share of it. Now, depending on how many in the family and friends network, that could cause some issues. So no, I wouldn't give away the details.

What I would do, is buy some properties. A flat in Manchester and a flat in London as bolt holes when we go to gigs, shopping etc.. That way, everyone benefits, and it could earn a crust whilst its not in use.

What next? A property in the canaries is a must for me. Winter sun - no place better or closer. I would love to spend winter in the Canaries, and back to blighty for what passes as summer here!!

I'm thinking a little gites in the south of france would be amazing too. On top of this, I would have a Personal Trainer every day, a dietitian to sort my meals and help me to get the weight off, and also every beauty treatment suitable to make me look the best I can, including some laser treatment!!

So that would be my plan, dependent on how much and when it might happen.

So what would you do?  :)

My idea of a perfect menu

I like food, but I would not describe myself as a "foodie" as such, on account of being quite picky about things.  I often find myself going out for meals and having a limited choice on the menu given that some places don't cater for us not quite veggie but a little wary of meat eater types - I actually don't think we have a category - awkward maybe??

You go to the traditional pub menu and your choices tend to be lasagne, chilli, or chicken breast or burgers. For the more up market venues, you do get gourmet burgers, chicken skewers or mexican food like fajitas. I don't always want a veggie option, but what I cannot cope with is steaks, and meat on the bone or anything I have to fight with - fish with bones in, or crab, lobster etc...

My ideal menu would probably be Italian overall - lots of choices for me - gnocchi, pizza, pasta, bruschetta - mmmm. Mexican is also good, as is curry and balti. Chinese - again, lots of choices. Its when you go to a "non country" type restaurant that I struggle, and I like to go to somewhere more varied. Much as I love Italian, Indian, and Chinese, I would prefer to mix and match.

With this in mind, I have come up my ideal menu, should I ever have the choice to create it!

My perfect menu:

Starters:

  • Potato skins
  • Nacho's
  • Crispy aromatic duck and pancakes
  • Onion bhaji
  • Poppadom and choice of dips
  • Pate and toast
  • Garlic mushrooms
  • Bread board with oils and vinegars
  • Staffordshire oatcakes with choice of fillings
Mains:
  • Chicken Tikka Massala
  • Gourmet burger with stilton
  • Chilli Burrito
  • Red Thai Curry
  • Gnocchi with three cheese
  • Cajun Chicken breast
  • Sizzly chicken skewers
  • Lemon chicken
  • Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Mushroom stroganoff
  • Sausages and mash with gravy
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Chilli con carne
Desserts and Afters
  • Cheese board
  • Hot chocolate fudge cake
  • White chocolate cheesecake
  • Chocolate sundae
  • Death by chocolate
  • Apple crumble
  • Jammy doughnuts with cream
  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Pancakes with toppings
Speciality Drinks:
  • Speciality milkshakes with real choc choices
  • Irish or liqueur coffees
  • Speciality coffees - mochas, latte, cappucino
  • Spritzers
  • Cocktails

Next Holiday Destination???

We decided to book in advance for once for next year's hols. Usually, we book between 3 & 6 months ahead, but we thought we would get organised. Well, that was the plan anyway.

Cue 2 months or so of us browsing holiday destinations and we are still nowhere even close to decided. It's starting to become annoying now.

I love a beach holiday, but my other half only likes beach holidays. Whereas I would like to alternate. One beach hol, one exploring hol not necessarily somewhere hot. There is a huge world out there.

So we almost agreed that we would go to America - New England, just the two of us. Then enter G into the equation. She wants to go to the USA too. Now, New England is Stephen King land, and I wanted to go in the fall when the trees are in their autumn colours. This is not a hol for a 12 year old.

Then we started to consider Orlando. This would be with G. The first hurdle was the time away issue. As in you need two weeks not one. That was resolved quicker and easier than expected.

There is a lot to do there so we looked at a twin break. Disney, Universal, Florida, Miami, Seaworld - crikey! But then there are other places in the USA that I want to go. Namely Washington, New York, Chicago to name but a few.

Not to mention the Caribbean and Hawaii! So that got us onto cruises. We also want to go on a cruise. I want to go to the Caribbean. The Med is the destination of choice for my other half.

But we also want to go to Greece. An all inclusive yes, but also an island hopping trip. Some just me and him, some the family. Depends when and where as to which is which.

But then again we love the Canaries. We have been to Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura together, and I have been to Lanzarote before, and I love them.

So where do we go? Do we do the Med? If so, do we do all inclusive, island hopping or a cruise?

Or do we go longhaul to the USA? Do we go to touristy Orlando or off the beaten track South America?

There is so much world out there to see, its hard to pin it down. More research me thinks. Back to the drawing board!!

My Top 10 Curries

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

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Dream Big

Life is short, too short. Its important to have hopes and dreams or what's it all for? You could easily watch the news these days and become down and disheartened, thinking, wrongly, that the world is a terrible place where only bad things happen.

Lets make no mistake - bad things do happen.

So when it comes to hopes and dreams, you can hope for the best, and that's great. When it comes to dreams, you should always dream big. There is no point having small dreams.

If its a dream, then aim high. Shoot for the stars, reach for the moon, climb that mountain. If you aim for the pinnacle of the highest peak, you might only reach the midway point. But if you had only aimed for the foothills, would you have even tried to climb that mountain? Surely halfway to the top is better than staying at the bottom and not trying?

I'm talking about your dreams here. I'm not saying aim to be a brain surgeon as that's most likely unrealistic for most of us. I am saying that you should consider what it is that would make you feel fulfilled, give you satisfaction or happiness.

Maybe its running a 5K for the first time when you are a couch potato. Maybe its writing a book if you've got a good story. Maybe its getting on a plane to somewhere new. Or maybe its a career change, or a house move. Whatever it is, imagine it, picture it, dream it. Dream big.

You might need some small steps to make progress. But its the taking part that counts. Dream big. :)

Gran Canaria 2017 - LBD !

So early in 2017, we headed off to Gran Canaria once again. This time we decided to try self catering accommodation and the place was lovely. So many yummy restaurants and bars its a shame to go all inclusive or half board and miss out.

However, there is always a need to dress appropriately, and this year once again saw me in another variation of the obligatory LBD:


My Top 10 Fast Food

  • Quarter pounder with cheese
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Zinger burger
  • Sausage and egg mcmuffin
  • Donner kebab
  • Cheese and onion pastie
  • Sausage roll
  • Fish and chips
  • Popcorn chicken
  • Chicken burrito

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Gran Canaria 2016 - LBD (and white)

2016 saw us head off to Gran Canaria for a third time. Staying in a different place again this time, but of course, the obligatory LBD had to be worn - this time with a splash of white I grant you!




I'm on the beach now (probably)

Just checking in to remind you I'm away on my hols and probably will be on a beach right about now.

What are you up to? Is the weather nice? :)

My favourite words - strange but true

I know this might sound a bit sad, and in all likelihood it probably is, but I have certain words that I love. They just sound good and feel good rolling off my tongue.

The first of my favourite words is this: Haberdashery.

I think this one seems to elicit some memory from childhood, some notion of fabric rolls, sewing patterns, cottons and crafts and good scissors. It makes me think of my nana and my mum. Mum still with me, but nana is long passed, and the word feels like she is with me.

The next of my favourite words is this: Bibliography.

The actual meaning of this is quite bland, but I just love the word. Its basically what you have to put in a book to show where you got your research etc..

My next favourite word is this: Swashbuckling.

Not a word you hear much in modern conversation I grant you, but nevertheless I love this word!! It makes me think of adventures and romance.

My next one is actually a brand but the word is : Swarovski.

Now I know that the sparkles from Austria are very beautiful, and I love them also, but its the word I love too. It some how feels beautiful in your mouth. I love to say it, to pronounce it and somehow it even looks pretty and appealing to me.

For my next word that I love its a foody one: Tagliatelle.

Yes, its pasta. Those long thin ribbons of pasta to be precise. But I love the word, because it sounds what it is - Italian. Unlike other names for pasta, this one  somehow appeals to me.

My Top 10 Chicken Dishes

  • Chicken Kiev 
  • Piri Piri Chicken
  • Red Thai Chicken Curry
  • Satay Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Chicken Tikka Massalla
  • Cajun Chicken
  • Lemon Chicken
  • Chicken in White Wine Sauce
  • Chicken Breast Burger

Monday, 7 August 2017

Gran Canaria 2015 - LBD!!

Gran Canaria 2015 was fabulous. The weather was amazing. I took with me a new little black dress and here it is on its very first outing:


Gran Canaria can get quite chilly in the evening sometimes - just being a windy place rather then temperature wise, so this was perfect for the climate. It was also very forgiving mid holiday after some over indulgence!!

My Top 10 Greek Food

  • Dolmades - stuffed vine leaves
  • Tzatziki dip
  • Moussaka
  • Feta Cheese
  • Tiropites - cheese parcels
  • Spicy lamb koftas
  • Greek Salad
  • Halloumi cheese fingers
  • Red pepper, olive and feta frittata
  • Meze

Sunday, 6 August 2017

The world is your Swimming Pool

You've heard the phrase - The World is Your Oyster right? You've no doubt heard the world is your ocean? Well, lets be realistic for a moment shall we?

Unless you are a billionaire, entrepeneur, with a private jet, loads of time and loads of people (minions) around you to deal with the day to day stuff, then you probably don't have the whole ocean.

Its like this. When you are born, you have all the opportunities in front of you. Some people are born to be athletes, or brain surgeons, or astronauts. Those are the few. They have the whole ocean to explore. For most people, we are either restricted from such achievements physically or academically, or have no desire to spend our entire lives working for greatness.

No, for most of us, the world is our swimming pool. We can still have a good old travel, swim in any direction, and have a lot of space, to find ourselves, to be successful. Some of us may have a pool more the size of a sea, if we push ourselves that is.

Why is this? Well, when you were a child someone probably told you once that you weren't very good at something - maybe spelling, or running - choose your option. You were probably also told you were good at something - you may well have been. However, just think how much those views that were imposed upon you shaped who you became?

Were you actually good at tennis, or did your parents want you to play? Were you actually good at English, or did your teacher just want you to try harder? Were you no good at netball, or was it just that other people were a bit better than you, or that you just needed time to learn?

Who knows how our lives are changed by such nonsense, based on pure opinion. Its as if someone sees you swimming along, doing alright by yourself, and drops a big dollop of unpleasantness in front of you. So you don't swim that way anymore, you go a different way.

Don't get me wrong - there are absolutely genuine examples where kids shine and excel with natural ability. But that isn't most of us. So we forge ahead, bolstered by what we are told we are good at, held back by fear of what we think we can't do.

So our ocean of opportunity shrinks. It becomes a sea, then it gets landlocked and before we know it, we have a pool. Some people have just a puddle as so many people throw stuff in their way, they can barely move. But most of us get left with a pool.

So I say this - if you are so hemmed in by what other people think of you, or think you should do, or shouldn't do, then get the cleaners in. Get that rubbish cleaned our of your pool!! Give yourself control back. If you only have a puddle to paddle in, you need to. The world is your swimming pool, but it could still be a big one!!:)

Gran Canaria 2014 - LBD

First trip to Gran Canaria, and I fell in love. What a place! Beautiful beaches, lovely food, friendly people. It was the start of something wonderful.

Here is me in the obligatory LBD:


Why do I put on weight when it makes me miserable? :(

I'm miserable when I gain weight. There, I said it. I'm a real grump when I feel sluggish and bloated and unhealthy. You might therefore, and quite rightly, ask why I have done this to myself. A very good question.

Lets consider that for a moment shall we? I have done this to myself because food tastes great. Well, fattening food does, fast food does, snack food does. Lettuce does not. That's the truth of it. So my first considered response is I have done this because I love food.

I could leave it there, simples. Alas, its not so simple. Nothing ever is it? No, not simple at all, far from it.

The truth of the matter, for me, is this. I do love food, yes, first answer is true enough. Its the self control over how much, how often and what that is the problem. You can still love food and be slim. Plenty of people are.

My problem is that I am either in control or I am not. I am either on a diet or I am not. I never, repeat never, consider healthy eating to by my lifestyle. I'm on a calorie controlled diet, going to a diet club (insert practically everyone at some point in my life), pointing, food optimising, portion controlling, cutting out carbs - whatever diet, its a diet.

When I stop noticing what I eat, I eat what and when I want. I always go mad, no discipline in sight. The result? Massive weight gain. Which is horrendous for my appearance, my confidence, my ability to fit in my clothes and now I am bloody miserable.

I need to get a grip. I keep saying "diet starts tomorrow", but to quote the cliche - tomorrow never comes. I need to replace tomorrow with now, today.

I wonder to myself how I can even consider stuffing food down my chops when it makes me feel this way, its like something takes over me. All I can do at this point is diet. Nothing else for it.

The issue is finding a way when this weight is off again, of not doing this to myself again!! Solve that puzzle and I've cracked it. Right now, I'm (not so little) Miss Grumpy!! :(

My retro single of the week - The Killers - Mr Brightside

This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

My Top 10 Bread Loaves

  • Crusty white bloomer
  • Poppy seed bloomer
  • Tiger loaf
  • Tiger cheese bloomer
  • Wholemeal seeded loaf
  • Farmhouse white loaf
  • Walnut loaf
  • Multigrain farmhouse
  • Granary loaf
  • Rye bread loaf

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Best Afternoon Movies to Watch

  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • The Full Monty
  • Jurassic Park (any or all of them!)
  • Harry Potter (first 4, the later ones better for evening)
  • Notting Hill
  • Ghostbusters (either)
  • Superman 1,2 or 3 originals
  • Bridget Jones - the first one
  • Pretty Woman
  • The Truman Show

My Top 10 Quorn

  • Quorn Swedish Style Meat Balls 
  • Quorn Thai Chicken Fillets
  • Quorn Chicken Enchilada
  • Quorn Southern Fried Chicken Bites
  • Quorn Steak Strips
  • Quorn Fajita Strips
  • Quorn Family Roast
  • Quorn Classic Burgers
  • Quorn Peppered Steaks
  • Quorn Cumberland Sausages

I want one of these - just me all over!


I find myself keeping receipts. I have no idea what for. Yes, occasionally, you might want to keep a receipt for a large purchase, or an electrical item for the warranty. 

But for petrol? For a bar of chocolate or your lunchtime sandwich?

Yes, I have this issue so I need to also have this tin!! 

Friday, 4 August 2017

My retro single of the week - The Killers - Mr Brightside

This week I have chosen the fantastic 'Mr Brightside' from the Killers as my retro single of the week.

'Mr Brightside' was the debut single from The Killers. It was the first single from their debut album 'Hot Fuss' which was released in 2004.

The album smashed to the top of the UK album charts, and this single peaked at number 10 in the UK singles chart.

This is such a brilliant song. I haven't heard it for some time now, but its one of those songs that still sounds distinct, recognisable and fresh. Its a song that also won lots of acclaim and recognition - its won awards for the best song of the decade, best track and been recognised by XFM, NME, various radio and TV to name but a few. Yes, its that good.

'Mr Brightside' is a rock song. It kicks straight in with that distinctive piano/keyboard tinkling that continues through it. The guitars kick in, then the drums and builds as Flowers vocals come in with the fabulous lyrics "coming out of my cage, and I've been doing just fine".

The video, well one of 2 videos this being the official one, is all ladies made up like madams a la Moulin Rouge style. They dance whilst the men look on, including Brandon who is watching whilst singing. Clearly this song is about being unfaithful, as this plays out with none other than Eric Roberts starring as the other man, whilst the lady flirts about between him and Flowers.

Apparently the song is based around an unfaithful ex of Flowers. The lyrics continue "It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this". My particular favourite is the line "jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis". Its just so clever, and he sings it with such force, such angst, it just sweeps you up.

This song truly put The Killers on the map. For a debut single, its just perfect, and I don't believe it could have been bettered. It still sounds absolutely amazing.

I suggest you go and take a listen to this, and play it loud as its just about as good as it gets this one. Let me know if you enjoyed it, and happy listening. :)

You can find more singles of the week, retro music and loads more over at My Music page - just click here. Happy listening :)

My Top 10 Songs for Blowing the Diet!

  • Queen - Fat Bottomed Girls
  • Meghan Trainor - All About that Bass
  • ACDC - Whole Lotta Rosie
  • Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song
  • The 1975 - Chocolate
  • DNCE - Cake by the Ocean
  • Rihanna - Cheers (I'll Drink to That) 
  • Oasis - Cigarettes & Alcohol
  • Robbie Williams - Come Undone
  • A$AP Rocky ft Rod Stewart - Everyday (I spend my time drinkin wine) 

Top 10 Songs from 1976

  • Candi Staton - Young Hearts
  • Chicago - If You Leave Me Now
  • Abba - Dancing Queen
  • Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Bellamy Brothers - Let Your Love Flow
  • Bryan Ferry - Let's Stick Together
  • Elton John & Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  • Rod Stewart - Sailing
  • Barry White - You See The Trouble With Me
  • Billy Ocean - Love Really Hurts Without You 

My Travels in Barcelona

This year,  I decided to book my other half a romantic break. After perusing the reviews and travel sites, I decided on Barcelona. Now, whilst it is possible to be romantic - its a beautiful city, its so much more than that. We stayed on La Ramblas, next to the Gothic quarter, and it was amazing, in your face and totally authentic.

We were more towards the middle of La Ramblas, so just a couple of minutes walk from the monument and the harbour.



Of course no trip to Barcelona could be complete without the obligatory visit to the Nou Camp stadium or Camp Nou as the Spanish actually call it. When in Spain... 


Then there is the Gaudi masterpiece, that is still being worked on, Sagrada Familiar - started in 1882. Crikey! How breathtaking though. 


Our hotel being on La Ramblas, we tried some of the local Tapas - very nice. The actual area though is mega busy and bustling - exciting and a bit intimidating all at the same time. 



The port is beautiful and catching it at sunset is a must. Some of the yachts further around are out of this world - how the other half live. 



For our final night, as we had watched the sunset, we opted for pink mojitos. 


We loved this city break - but its not for the faint hearted. Its one of those places that you remember forever. One off the bucket list for sure! 

My Top 10 Salads

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

Learning Spanish - this week's learning

This week's learning:
  • kiss - beso
  • smile - sonreír
  • onion - cebolla
and here is the rest:
  • 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