Friday, 29 April 2011


Some of you may have seen a mass of posts on FaceBook recently called 30 day song challenge...for those of you lucky enough not to have your wall filled by people posting random songs, the idea is similar to a meme, but requires sharing a song from Youtube for each answer each day.

I didn't fancy putting mine on Facebook but I thought I'd share here instead.. so here is my song challenge (not over 30 days!)

1. Favourite Song (....of the moment because I can never make my mind up!)

2. Least Favourite Song ...(do I have to choose one?? theres so many!)

3. A song that makes you happy

4. A song that makes you sad

5. A song that reminds you of someone (For some reason this song reminds me of my friend Graeme G, I could swear its him singing it!)

6. A song that reminds you of somewhere (oddly an old workplace!)

7. A song that reminds you of a certain event

8. A song that you know all the words to (probably most of the ones I have/am going to post!!)

9. A song that you can dance to (surely you mean a song that you WILL dance to...? this does guarantee my presence on the dance floor!)

10. A song that make you fall asleep and feel relaxed

11. A song from your favourite band (one of my favourite bands!)

12. A song from a band you hate

13. A song that is a guilty pleasure

14. A song no one would expect you to love (I think after the above selection I couldn't surprise you with anything!)

15. A song that describes you (...because I can laugh at myself too)

I think I'll stop here for a while and let your ears cool down...Part 2 soon!

Monday, 25 April 2011


Sometimes I prepare for a post and then hold onto the information...waiting until the time is right to strike!....or at least until that event comes round again so my posts aren't completely out of season!

This weekend has been Easter, and having had a couple of conversations with various people I noticed that most people don't know anything about Easter. Especially why the date changes every year!

so here it is... Barbies guide to Easter/Spring festival...

The date of Easter changes every year - This seems a little odd to my mind, as Easter in the form it is commonly celebrated in Christian countries, is a celebration of the death and rebirth of jesus - Surely the date of such an event wouldn't change? So why does it? The answer seems to be that instead of out-rightly adopting the pagan celebration at the Spring Equinox (usually accepted as 21 March) the church decided to use this date as a starting point and work from there. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. (Anywhere between March 22 and April 25)

Traditions surrounding Easter vary wildly in different countries. I recently saw a TV programme where a guy from the UK visited Mexico during Easter and was often heard muttering "but where's my chocolate eggs?" whilst watching the celebrations. In the UK the majority of people celebrate Easter by buying, and exchanging chocolate eggs. So what is this fascination with eggs at easter? There could be several reasons for this, one is that the pre-christion religions often incorporated eggs in their spring traditions, and this was adopted to enable a smoother transition to Christianity. Other ideas include that eggs are forbidden during lent (along with many other items) so the giving of eggs in the following festival would be considered something to celebrate.

The eggs are delivered by the Easter bunny - Santa Claus in a rabbit suit maybe... - Rabbits and hares are another common symbol among pre-christian traditions in relation to fertility so this connection is - to me at least - fairly obvious.

As always there are many other ideas and beliefs out there that could be included here, but each post would take hours to read!

Regardless, whether you celebrate Easter, Vernal Equinox, Ostara, Passover, or Zombie Jesus Day (I know its a little late for some of those) I wish you peace, joy and chocolate. (because regardless of your faith everyone needs chocolate!)

Saturday, 9 April 2011


This caught my eye this afternoon...

it seemed a very odd place to leave anything, but at what stage do you realise you no longer need that pushchair?...

Who says food shopping has to be boring...

I dragged BMan to our local shopping centre for some food today. It was nice out so we decided to have a little wander round at the same time...

Part of the centre is a small indoor market with random stalls in, one of these is a lovely smelling herb and spice stall bearing this fab sign...

On unpacking the shopping I read the label on the garlic mayo I'd bought...

They're obviously very "proud of their squirt"!