Whilst everyone is happy and jolly and counting down for Christmas I am feeling grinch like. Everywhere I go I have annoying Christmas songs forced on to my ears and I have had enough. As my form of punishment I give you the 10 worst Christmas number ones of all time.
I ways thought that the rubbish Christmas songs was something from my generation but Dickie Valentine's Christmas Alphabet is pretty bad.
No child under the age of 10 should be singing about lovers let alone long haired ones from liverpool. It seems that child exploitation was rife in the 70's.
Ok a choir of kids could be pretty cute but within a few bars of this song and I just want to throw something. It could be the Stockport accent that reminds me so much of my in laws or the pure cheesiness of the song but really no one loves Grandma that much.
This video is so sickeningly sweet I almost threw up over my Christmas tree just collecting it from youtube. Actors should be actors and musicians should not venture into the movie business.
A song (or collection of songs) that were so annoying that the pure mention of their names and your brain is singing the lyrics. You will hate me for this one!
I am pretty sure that is these girls were chubby with short legs they would not have been as popular.
Ok so I love the idea and back in 1984 it did a wonderful thing but come off it you can write a new song to raise money you dont need to keep singing the same one!
Totally Christmassy, I mean who doesn't want to think about a dead milkman at Christmas time
People actually would have needed to buy this.....a lot of people. what was wrong with you?
To make matters worse I know that people bought this as I unwrapped it on christmas day 1993. Not sure what happened to it but I am pretty sure it would have caused arguments on Christmas day as a nine year old more than likely had this on repeat, purely for the annoyance factor though not because I actually liked it.
So there you have it the 10 worst christmas number one's ever according to me. What ones would you choice?
The UK's only combined theme park, zoo & holiday resort, Flamingo Land, based in North Yorkshire makes for a fun day out for all the family.
With 8 roller coasters including Hero, the suspended flying coaster, which opened in 2013 and 2 water slides (Splash Battle and Lost River Ride) adrenaline loving children will be very happy. Making life easier for parents is the "Q-Buster" virtual queue system, which costs £2 per person per ride, is available and allows you and the family to explore the park rather than queuing for the more popular rides.
Alternatively Flamingo Land boasts a host of more than 120 different exotic species from zebras and hippos to meerkats, sea lions, tigers and new for 2014 red pandas and the new Penguin Coast. I recommend catching a Keeper Talk or attending a Meet a Creature session (my favourite is the reptile one), both of which are included in the admission.
Based in Windsor, roughly an hour from central London, Legoland continues to attract families from all over to enjoy the activities with more than 2 million visitors per year enjoying the host of lego-themed rides and games.
Legoland is split into eleven themed areas: The Beginning, Imagination Centre, Duplo Valley, Miniland, Traffic, Adventure Land, LEGO City, Pirate Shores (New for 2014), Knight´s Kingdom, Land of the Vikings and Kingdom of the pharaohs and each incorporates rides, restaurants and shops. My favourite is Knights' Kingdom which features a Dragon roller coaster which starts inside a castle before traveling around the area at speeds of around 30 miles per hour.
I have to admit that my favourite sight at Legoland is Miniland – a miniature collection of towns and cities from around the globe made out of Lego bricks at 1:20 scale. Animated models bring these mini-civilisations to life with cars coasting along roads, trains stopping at stations and boats powering through the waterways. This amazing spectacle is run by 14 computers and uses 300km of underground cabling. Learn more in this Ultimate Guide to Legoland.
Warner Bros. Harry Potter studio tour
Accio wand! If you and your family are big fans of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series then this is the place to visit for a day of magic and wonder. Located 16 miles North West of central London in Watford, the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studios houses a huge collection of paraphernalia from the movies including props, costumes and sets.
Take a look at the Gryffindor dorm and explore the pensive in Dumbledore’s office before delving into Professor Snape’s dingy dungeon – be sure to watch out for those self-stirring cauldrons! The studios not only have smaller items on display but also some huge installations including the ‘Magic is Might’ statue, the Knight Bus and a row of houses including the infamous Potter Cottage of Godric’s Hollow.
One of the main highlights of the Harry Potter studio is the breath-taking Diagon Alley set complete with Ollivanders, Flourish & Blotts and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. My favourite display was the astounding model of Hogwarts showing the buildings and grounds of this magical school.
Don’t forget to pop into the gift shop to pick up some essential supplies such as wands, every flavour beans and cuddly hippogriffs! Get your tickets here: http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/
Christmas might be cancelled for families of children with cancer after Malcolm Sargent House in Prestwick was struck by lightening during last weeks "weather bomb". Gaming daddy of two and the girls were all up there enjoying time away from home when the lightning storm struck the chimney, blew the lights and burst pipes within the house. All the families were immediately evacuated to a nearby hotel for the remainder of the break as the building was deemed unsafe.
The lightning caused structural damage which has seen the building still closed as I type. This lead Clic Sargent who run the holiday house to cancel this weeks speciality break for bereaved families, turning away 35 guests.
Whilst building work is currently underway the real issue is whether the house will be fit for the arrival of the Christmas guests who are due to arrive on Monday. With water damage expected in many of the rooms there is currently no way of knowing just how much it is all going to cost to repair and without your help the house may not open for Christmas at all.
You can donate on the Malcolm Sargent House Justgiving page here
Please do help. The work they do is amazing and every little really will make a difference.
Pictures of our time at Malcolm Sargent House in May 2014
It seems that £100 doesn't go very far at the moment and with Christmas looming getting the most out of your money is really important. I have teamed up with Huawei the makers of the Ascend Y550 to show you what fun you can have with £100 and to also give you the opportunity to win £100 and an Ascend Y550 handset.
The Huawei Ascend Y550 handset is the first Huawei handset to feature 4G and cost less than £100! It comes with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP Selfie camera and to make it even better it has a great selfie feature that shows you where to look and also gives a countdown to it taking the picture which is great for getting your pose right.
The Ascend Y550 comes with 4GB internal storage which is expandable with a micro SD card up to 32GB. The 4.5 inch screen has a resolution of 854 x 480 which isn't great but it is certainly useable. Running on Android Kitkat but with Huawei Emotion user interface over the top it does have a few flaws that annoy a more tech savvy user like myself. The fact that there is no app tray and all applications are on my home screens is an irritation as I love my screens being clear but with the addition of an extra screen that I can keep blank it only annoys me a little bit. It comes preloaded with a few apps that are not necessary like a weather app but no where near as many as can be found on a sony device for example. It is also loaded with most of the apps I would need to get started such as facebook, twitter, google plus and youtube.
The phone does look and feel slightly cheap due to the plastic backing case but I think that it would be more robust. The screen is the same size as my Z3 compact yet the phone itself is taller by about half a centimeter and a few millimeters wider.
The phone is a fairly capable smart phone suitable for new or young users. If your tween is harassing for a phone with a decent download speed then this is definitely a good option. It is also good if you find yourself killing phones regularly as the cheap price point gives you great connectivity, social media suitable cameras and with the 64 bit 1.2Ghz processor the performance isn't bad either.
So it seems £100 can go a long way. As well as being sent the phone I was also challenged to see how far I could make £100 go. Now the kids were away last week so I decided to use the £100 to turn our house Christmassy. Apparently only have a Christmas tree was not good enough so I took my £100 to B&M home stores and Poundland and stocked up in lights, singing creatures and tinsel. This is the final product.
There is tinsel, fairy lights and Christmas decorations everywhere and the kids absolutely loved it. Their faces lit up when they walked through the door and saw all the decorations and although hubby might not agree I think it was £100 well spent.
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This weekend saw my conquer two fears. The sewing machine and floral patterns.
Ok so maybe I am not afraid of floral patterns but they certainly don't feature much in my life. Luckily for me there was some lovely subtle patterned craft materials too.
Anyway I skip ahead. On Sunday I headed into Manchester to meet up with the Joe Bloggers team to take part in a fabulous Laura Ashley themed Christmas Craft activity with the help of Ministry of Craft.
We were tasked with two creative challenges. Making a box out of wallpaper and a drawstring bag out of scraps of material.
Not bad really considering I don't have a crafty bone in my body. I even managed to not kill the sewing machine although I did come close.
I had a lot of interest in how to make the box and bow so here are the instructions
Alison wasn't impressed with the girly box so I went and got this wallpaper sample to make her a box with.
I will be making the box with her after school tomorrow.
I had great fun at the Laura Ashley Xmas event and they did too. You can check out the blog post over on the Laura Ashley Website and see some awful photos of me.
I hope you have fun trying out the crafts above and if you do have a go tweet me a picture so I can see them too.