Friday five favourite: Eurovision 2017

19 05 2017

I had SUCH a good time on Saturday. Takeaway, Eurovision and a spreadsheet! Acts were scored on Song, Voice, Choreography, Costume, Set and Novelty Value – some of those categories were weighted higher than others. This is sort-of my top 5. Mathematically Greece should be in it, but I just didn’t love it like I loved these five… Clearly more work needs to be done on my scoring algorithm for next year.

Moldova

Netherlands

Romania

Croatia

Sweden

For some reason I scored Greece higher than Croatia and Sweden, but it really wasn’t a favourite of mine, so it doesn’t make the top 5 – sorry Greece!
Austria and Italy tied with Sweden, but I just found Sweden far more entertaining!

I have to mention Azerbaijan. It was creepy and horrible, but the insanity meant it did very well in novelty value. Definitely worth a watch….

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Tuesday Three Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2016 that missed the boat

28 03 2017

Woops so I just found this in my saved drafts where I was clearly trying to get it up to five and then forgot about it. So rather than wait ’til next Christmas, thought I’d just bung this up now – sorry! For alliterations sake, it’s Tuesday!





Friday Five Favourite – Christmas Adverts 2016

25 11 2016

So here we are, the top five! Last week I gave you those that didn’t quite make it, and now, in a slightly rough and very changeable order, here are my five favourite Christmas adverts this year!

1: Aldi

2: Whiskas Temptations

3: Waitrose

4: John Lewis

Of course this comes with some excellent spoofs, one based on vermin, the other on the presidential election.

5: Lidl





[Not quite] Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2016

25 11 2016

The competition for best Christmas advert is so strong this year that I’m having to do a runners up list! I’ll save my top five for next week, but here, in no particular order, are those that didn’t quite make it!

Marks and Spencer

Sainsburys

TK Maxx

McDonalds

Heathrow





Friday five favourite: Pixar shorts

26 08 2016

One of the joys of going to see a Pixar film at the cinema, is that you get to watch a short first, and generally you forget until you’re on the way and you think, oo, I wonder what it’ll be this time! You have a vague idea of the film you’re going to see, but this is a totally unknown treat to warm you up.

Over the years there have been some classics, but I do have favourites. I found some of them on youtube, for others I’ve just had to put the trailer, but you can find them on the Pixar Short DVDs they sell, or I think on the DVDs of the films they were in cinema with. (A full list of Pixar shorts and their relative feature length films can be found here)

I went to see Finding Dory last week, and really enjoyed that short, though it’s not listed below because in a way it feels too soon to decide if it’s a classic!

Anyway, enjoy.

Lava (before Inside Out)

Day & Night (before Toy Story 3)

The Blue Umbrella(before Monsters University)

For the Birds (before Monsters Inc)

Luxo Jr (before Toy Story 2 (but made in 1986))





Friday Five Favourite: England Football songs

17 06 2016

This was most of my soundtrack yesterday both before and after the match at work! I say ‘England’ because I’d’ve loved to have included The Southampton Boys by The Red & White Machines, but this is more international tournament themed 🙂


(and yes, I do mean the ’98 version!)





Friday [or Sunday] Five Favourite: Tips for the perfect afternoon nap

29 05 2016

I’m getting pretty pro at the Sunday afternoon nap – today’s was amazing because it was intentional as a reward for getting up for the early service at church. I’ve put together what I think are the key points behind the ideal afternoon nap.

  1. Have a really big hot lunch
  2. Have a really sweet pudding and wait for the sugar crash to follow
  3. Try to read a book
  4. While under a blanket
  5. And don’t set an alarm – you’ll feel so much better if you wake naturally

Any other suggestions? What makes the best nap?!