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December 2010

A City That Sparkles #thegallery

Posted on 15th December 2010 in #thegallery/ Alice In Wonderland/ Central Park/ Empire State Building/ Imagine Memorial/ New York/ NYC/ NYFD/ Patricia Arquette

For the gallery prompt this week, I am going to share with you a city that sparkles. NYC is amazing, there is nowhere else on earth that sounds and smells like New York City. I love it. I hope you do too.

The underground Apple store *dribbles*


Chandelier in the hotel lobby (DH says he bumped into Patricia Arquette in the lift…..)


Ok so I don’t know what these buildings are called and I probably should, but much like the Toronto building in @themoiderer‘s gallery entry, the clouds almost seem to pass through the building because of the expanse of glass.


It don’t get no sparklier than a New York fire truck! *salutes the boys*


The Empire State Building shot through the supports of the Brooklyn Bridge. Apparently (although not shiny or sparkly) the brown buildings in front are some of the only remaining rent controlled apartments in New York – according to the tour guide anyway.


This massive Alice In Wonderland statue was a huge sparkly surprise in the middle of the park.


Central Park is full of gorgeous magnolia trees.


Although this doesn’t physically sparkle (although it might if it were clean….) the atmosphere around it does, there is a tangible sense of emotion in the air surrounding this memorial.

Hoppy The Christmas Frog

Posted on 12th December 2010 in #SilentSunday/ children/ family

I know it’s meant to be #SilentSunday so shhhhh. This, ladies & gentlemen, is Hoppy The Christmas Frog. When I found myself to be ‘suddenly single‘ with 2 young boys I occasionally found that disciplining them could be a battle. Gone was the option of ‘what will daddy think when he comes home’ so I had to be inventive.

I bought Hoppy on a whim one day because I thought he was beautiful and we didn’t have any particularly nice decorations.

My boys loved him, particularly the youngest, so I told them that he was Hoppy The Christmas Frog and that he was here to oversee Christmas. I told them that he was here to make sure they were being good so that Santa would know to bring them presents. My boys aren’t daft, they were dubious.

One day when we were out in town the boys had been playing up, squabbling, generally not behaving. I told them that Hoppy would be cross.

When we got home all the ceiling decorations had fallen down – both boys were silent as they took in the scene.

“Did Hoppy do this mummy?” Whispered my youngest…

NSPCC Christmas Wishes #festivefriday

Posted on 10th December 2010 in #festivefriday/ childline/ children/ family/ NSPCC

As Christmas draws alarmingly near, I can’t help but turn my thoughts to children who may not have all that they should. I don’t mean in terms of presents, I mean in terms of love, support, warmth, care and family.

The good people at NSPCC have launched a Christmas Wishes campaign and I’d like to help spread the word.

If you go onto their website you will see lots of ways to help other than the obvious ‘donate money’ although let’s not forget about that option too. I set up a standing order to the NSPCC years ago, not a huge amount, but every month it means that I make a small contribution to their work. It’s easy, effortless and it means I don’t forget.

You can send a letter from Santa.

You can create a personalised Christmas ecard.

You can create corporate Christmas ecards.

You can donate by shopping.

You can make a donation to the NSPCC and a friend or family member of your choice will receive a personalised card and festive bauble which they can hang on their tree as a reminder of their unique gift.

Get #TheOvertones At Your Christmas Party! #competition

Posted on 10th December 2010 in competition/ The Overtones

Enter now for your chance to have The Overtones perform at YOUR christmas party!

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Closing date 13th December 2010!

The Overtones are the UK’s hottest new vocal harmony group, specialising in repertoire from the 50’s and 60’s as well as nostalgic sounding brand new songs. Discovered in London whilst rehearsing during a tea break from their painting and decorating.


Find out more about The Overtones here.

Guest Post! Christmas Game (DS) Guide! #christmas #DS #games

Posted on 10th December 2010 in Christmas presents for boys/ ds/ DSi/ DSiXL/ Game reviews/ Games

YAY another Guest Post! This time from one of my all time favourite tweeters @DrewParky – one of the things that I love about Drew is that he gives me game advice for my boys. I find it really useful when I’m considering what games to buy them. Drew has kindly done a run down on some of his top tips for Christmas games!  Thanks Drew! :)


Hello there!

The lovely Mrs H has asked me to be a guest on her blog site. I’m not much of a writer really… I would rather play video games… a lot! Which is why Mrs H has asked me to write a little something about ones that I would recommend to you guys if you wanted any suggestions for your children for Christmas! So if you’re stuck and don’t know your Pokemon from your Para-Troopers, then I’m the person to point you in the right direction!

All these games for are the Nintendo DS (DSi & DSiXL compatable) I’ll start off with games for little ones. These games can be played by anyone and don’t contain complex rules or strategies in order for you to understand them. So children (and adults of course!) of any ages can enjoy these beauties:

New Super Mario Bros

What can I say about Mario? He is THE video game celeb! Right up there with Pac-Man! Mario’s first game was back in 1985 and Nintendo this year are celebrating 25 years of this fella:  Mario the plumber! This game was made using the orginial in mind, with many modern updates to it. You can’t go wrong with this! A game for Mario beginners and fans alike!

Tetris Party Deluxe

Ahh Tetris, it sweeped the nation back when it was first released. Now it is still going strong, being released on the DS in this new format. It has many new modes and being able to link up with 3 other friends to play against makes this a great multi-player game!

Art Academy

This comes under“lifesyle” so shouldn’t be branded a game as such. It helps you to enhance your artistic side, introducing you to different drawing and painting techniques.

Mario Vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem

One of Mario’s rivals is the mighty Donkey Kong (a giant ape with a misunderstood attitude. Think King Kong of the gaming world). This puzzle game has you guide little Mario toys around an array of hazardous levels, making sure they don’t come to any harm. You are able to interact with the environment, building bridges, hitting switches, changing path directions and so forth.

100 Classic Books

Exactly what is says on the tin! Now you’re able to access 100 classic titles using your DS! Handy! Instead of carrying a bookcase round with you.

Cooking Mama

For anyone wanting to cook, this game is for you! You are taught by ‘Mama’, a lovely motherly sort of lady who tells you exactly what to do and how to cook. From growing your own veg to chopping to stirring to serving, you’ll experience all the delights of the kitchen in the Cooking Mama series!

Now for a few choice games that are aimed for older ones. These games need an understanding of what to do next (for example find a key using clues) and contain lots of text and storyline for gamers to follow and act accordingly (my favourites!):

Professor Layton

The Professor Layton games are a huge success! Anyone who likes to have their brains tested by puzzles would be a fool to miss out on these games. You follow the adventures of a detective and his cockney lad sidekick. Together they solve mysteries and using your help along the way, puzzle their way through to unlock the secrets that each game contains. There are 3 in the series, each as gripping as the next.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn

Golden Sun is a most recent release. You control a young lad who has the magical abilities to control the elements. Using them you embark on an incredible journey, battling monsters and saving innocents.

Dragon Quest IX

Dragon Quest is an epic game series where you take on the role of a Hero and a group of his friends journeying round a massive world of cities, mountains, forests and seas. The storylines are always engaging and turned based battles ranging from small bats to massive zombie king hordes are common place.

Pokemon Silver/Gold

Pokemon! Who doesn’t know about it? You? You say you’ve been locked away for the past 10 years? Then let me explain! Pokemon are creatures that you (as a Pokemon Trainer) are able to capture and then train to fight in Pokemon Battles. In these battles you take it in turns to use a special move your Pokemon can use. Now for the tactical part: Each Pokemon belongs to an element eg Water, Electric, Fire, Grass. Each is able to beat another with ease, while at the same time able to take a beating from another. The trick is to learn which element is strong/weak against another. The game is a massive series and has sold millions upon millions of copies! It is addictive and loads of fun as your job is to become the most dedicated Pokemon Trainer of all time and show the world what you can do!

Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes Of Light

Final Fantasy is another well standing adventure series (as you can tell I’m quite a fan of this genre!) In this game, you control a hero and his friends and battle monsters (what else!) in order to save the world! This game gives you many hats (roles) that you can take on in battle. Want to heal your companions? Wear a White Mage hat. Want to cast magical spells? Wear a Black Mage hat. Want to reduce magical damage to you and your friends? Wear an Elementalist hat (which looks like an Indian Feathered Headress if you ask me!). All styled in the feel of a pop-up book. Do not let the cute graphics deceive you, this adventure is quite difficult.

Legend Of Zelda: Spirit Tracks

Legend Of Zelda! Another brilliant series of games (I only suggest the best you know!). Link, the brave hero of this tale is always thrust into saving the world and rescuing the princess! A tale as old as time, but each game a masterpeice, with excellent storyline, brilliant dungeons to explore and solve with in-depth puzzles involving finding keys, maps and magical equipment. Battle dungeon bosses to progress further into the game and save the day!

Might & Magic: Clash Of Heroes

Clash Of Heroes is a puzzle game with an epic storyline. The battles are played out by using your ‘units’ to march against the enemy units. You can choose which you would like to use, each with their own attack and defense. A tactical, turn based, puzzle game.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story

We started with Mario and we shall end with Mario. A game where you control Mario and Luigi in their quest to get out of their arch nemesis Bowser’s belly!  Yes you read that right! You see they get shrunk and swallowed and so begins an incredibly hilarious adventure!

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen! A few gems to look up for your littlies (or yourselves!) this Christmas. I hope I was able to shed some light into the world of gaming for those of you who have no clue and wanted a little direction.

If you have any questions or would like to chat games with me then tweet me: @DrewParky 😀



The Ballad of Maiden

Posted on 4th December 2010 in gay parody/ matt cardle/ the ballad of maiden/ xfactor

I’m not especially an xfactor fan, but I do think Matt Cardle is a talented boy. This piss take video demonstrates that – a) because he isn’t above poking fun at himself and b) because it shows that he can play, write and sing – ok, and c) I do love a gay parody.


Guess the song!

Posted on 2nd December 2010 in #writingworkshop/ guess the song/ song lyrics

As part of  Josie’s Writing Workshop this week (in which the prompt was to write something based upon either a song or lyrics) I have twisted it slightly into a ‘guess the song’ quiz. I might do a ‘proper’ entry too, haven’t decided yet.

The lyrics I’ve chosen are all ones that touch me in some way. As it is often remarked in the twitter world that I have cheesy taste in music, I guess you’ll all find it really easy?!

One last thing – don’t cheat!

At the behest of @himupnorth, on the ground that it’s too hard, I have made it easier by adding an extra 2 lines to each set of lyrics – except no.10 as that one is obvious.


You know I’d never ask you to change
If perfect is what you’re searching for, then just stay the same
So, don’t even bother asking if you look ok
You know I’ll say


Maybe it’s intuition
But some things you just don’t question
Like in your eyes I see my future in an instant
And there it goes I think I’ve found my best friend


Life is not tried it is merely survived
If you’re standing outside the fire
There’s this love that is burning
Deep in my soul


One sentimental moment in your arms
Is like a shooting star right through my heart
It’s always a rainy day without you
I’m a prisoner of love inside you


And the sun poured in like butterscotch
And stuck to all my senses
Oh won’t you stay
We’ll put on the day


Oh what else can I do
But try to give her more than she got from you
And when she wakes up suddenly and she says you name to me
I’ll just hope its force of habit and not need


All of the beautiful colors are very very meaningful
Yeah, well you know, gray is my favorite color
I felt so symbolic yesterday
If I knew Picasso I would buy myself a gray guitar and play


And love is blind and that I knew when,
My heart was blinded by you
I’ve kissed your lips and held your head.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed


I know where you hide alone in your car
Know all of the things that make you who you are
I know that goodbye means nothing at all
Comes back and begs me to catch her every time she falls


You scumbag you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy christmas your arse I pray god it’s our last

Answers in the comments please :)

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