Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2019

6 12 2019

As has become another tradition on here, here are my top five Christmas adverts in the UK this year – there’ll be a runners up list next week!

John Lewis

And of course, someone’s done a decent spoof as well!





Friday Five Favourite: Simon McCoy moments

31 05 2019

On the Royal Baby/ies
(Three examples ‘cos they’re just so good!)

On a slow news day

Has a nap

Holding a ream of paper instead of an iPad

On the Dusseldorf plane landing in Edinburgh

Friday Five Favourite: Eurovision Songs 2019

24 05 2019

There seemed to be a fair amount of serious songs this year, including ours and the winners, which was a shame, but these were my top five.

1. Australia

2. Denmark

3. Czech Republic

4. France

5. Spain

Also a honourary mention for the weirdest song this year for Iceland…..

Also need to share with you one of this year’s interval acts (not Madonna!). They got four of the most Eurovisiony acts from the last few years of competition and had them sing each other’s songs – outstanding.

Friday Five Favourite: Dresses at the TV BAFTAs 2019

17 05 2019

I know we’re not meant to talk too much about the dresses because it’s much more about the actress’s skills, and this isn’t a very feminist thing to do, but there is a little girl inside me who loved the pretty dresses on Sunday night, and here are my five favourites!

Sair Khan

Lolly Adefope

Jodie Comer

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Daisy May Cooper – “If I wore a normal dress, that would cost a lot of money and I thought I’d donate that money to a local food bank.”

Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Advert Runners Up 2018

7 12 2018

A selection of this year’s Christmas adverts that were good, that were maybe warm and fuzzy, but not strong enough to make the top five – in no particular order…




John Lewis


As an added bonus, this isn’t really a Christmas advert, but absolutely superb, possibly better than all of the above. Every year, when John Lewis release their Christmas advert, a man in the USA with the twitter handle @johnlewis is completely overwhelmed with responses (John Lewis’ actual twitter handles is @jlandpartners, used to be @johnlewisretail or something like that), so this year, Twitter worked with him to make this

Friday Five Favourite: Christmas Adverts 2018

30 11 2018

It’s back! Advent starts tomorrow and I think all the major companies have released their Christmas adverts now, so here are my top five for this year! (Next week I’ll share five that didn’t quite make the list…)

Sainsburys (mostly for Plug Boy!)


Waitrose (it was a tough call between the below and this one)

Aldi (Other entries this year here, here and here!)


Friday five favourite: things I learnt from climbing Snowdon

1 06 2018

Last weekend I climbed Snowdon with some friends. I found it very difficult, and we definitely have lessons learnt from it – thought I’d share some in case anyone else is considering doing it. (For reference, we took the Llanberis Path up and down, it’s a 9 mile round trip, we took 3.5 hours going up and about 2 hours going down).

  1. It’s not all as steep as the first bit.
  2. At the very beginning, before you reach the sign for the start of the track, there’s a fairly sharp incline on a tarmac track for about 800m. At the end of this section I had a bit of a meltdown, I was completely out of breath and was so worried that the whole climb was going to be that steep, and I seriously considered going to find a cafe to sit in so that I didn’t hold the rest of the group up. The important thing to know is that it’s not all that steep. Yes there are steep sections, but it’s not all like that, there are many sections that are gentle verging on flat, which are very pleasant indeed. It’s going to be ok!

  3. Have easy things to eat.
  4. When your heart is racing and you’re panting, eating isn’t the most appealing thing for us all. I had cereal bars but until the way down when I was breathing more regularly I really didn’t fancy them. My friend bought me some lucozade energy tablets at the halfway house on the way up because I could just suck on them while I walked to keep my energy up.

  5. Go with people who have shorter legs than you.
  6. According to Wikipedia the average height for a UK woman is 5’3.5″, and I’m 5’4″, so I like to claim I’m tall, but in reality I’m aware I have fairly little legs, and the people I was walking with were all a fair bit taller than me. This meant that their natural pace was faster than mine, and I found it hard to keep up this meant I got tired quicker, and when they were catching their breath waiting for me to catch up, I wasn’t getting that rest time. In the end one of the girls went on ahead, which at least meant I wasn’t feeling bad about holding her up, but it was definitely a struggle being that bit smaller.

  7. Cut your toenails.
  8. Not one I’d ever have thought of. On the way down you naturally curl your toes a bit for grip, and a lot of weight and pressure goes onto them. This means that if your toenails are even slightly long, (and mine weren’t particularly long at all!) you’re going to feel it. Fortunately, on the way down breathing and heart rate were no longer a problem, so I was able to take the pain in my toes, but it was irritating, and as soon as we got back to the B&B I trimmed the nails and the pain stopped immediately!

  9. It’s a mental challenge as much as a physical one.
  10. I spent the majority of the climb telling myself I couldn’t do it, and near the end I just kept wondering how much farther there was to go because I didn’t think I had the strength to go on (that was meltdown number 2!). The people I climbed with were much more optimistic, they just focused on putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the views, and they coped much better. It was a proper internal struggle to keep going at times, proper mind over matter stuff.

An awful photo, but here we are at the top – couldn’t see the thing as we were in the middle of a cloud!