Monday, 26 August 2013

If I Won The Lottery

Hello fellow bloggers and readers!

This new blog post is another scenario post, similar to 'My celebrity list' and 'If I had 3 wishes' - this new one is.... If I won £100 million on the lottery, what would I do with it?

1. First thing that I would do with the money is to finally earn my full driving license. I did start driving lessons years ago, but because I couldn't afford Terry Taylor's prices, I stopped, since then I haven't been able to afford lessons. I do feel bad that I tend to rely on my friends to drive me around but I do provide them with cash for petrol and parking whenever we drive somewhere because I don't want to be seen as using them.

2. Next thing I intend on spending with my lottery money would be to pay off all of my student debts. Luckily, I'm one of the students that got into University when tuition fees were low until the crappy coalition government decided to turn their backs on students by tripling tuition fees, and they wonder why fewer students are joining further education? Anyway, instead of just waiting until I earn enough salary to start paying it off, I would rather get all of it cleared in on swoop.

I would next definitely buy myself a house. For a while now, I have been yearning for a new place to live because my familydon't allow any privacy and are very controlling. Just need my own space away from them. I would definitely allow my friends to move in with me, it would be amazing to have people around me that I can stand to love with... (Sorry Dersley you don't fit that bill I'm afraid I would have to kill you before you drive us all insane ;) )

The final thing I would do with my money is go to all the places I have previously mentioned in 'Dream Holidays' post. Whether it's by myself or with friends, I do intend to visit all the places on that list by the time I die.

Just one final note, if you haven't got me on Facebook or Twitter - I have finally left my job at Iceland after 6 years and 3 months, I start my new job tomorrow as a Scheduling Co-ordinator of RST. Wish me luck! Thanks for everyone's support (:

Saturday, 17 August 2013

My Premier League 2013/14 Preview

In 4 days, the 2013/14 Premier League season commences. This could be the most unpredictable season to date with so many continuing factors, that may shift the fortunes of each team. With the unknown stories of transfer sagas, new managers, new signings and teams, anything is possible - which is why the Premier League is the best football league in the world.
In this blog post, I will cover who I think will be the title contenders, the surprise packages, key transfers, what I think of the newly-promoted clubs and my predicted table for the season. Enoy!

Title Contenders

Despite all the factors to be considered, I still believe there will be only 3 contenders for this seasons trophy.

Manchester United
This season will be somewhat "unknown territory" for the Champions as it's the first season without Sir Alex Ferguson at the healm at Old Trafford, David Moyes has alot to live up to, let's face it there will never be another Fergie again, but I think with a young side and the star quality within the team - United will do well this season. However, I am concerned that they haven't signed a big-time player so far in this summer transfer window compared to their rivals.
As United couldn't take No for an answer with Cesc Fabregas, the lingering is Ronaldo returning or not?, there has been no real hints for the fans of United to reassure them that they are going to buy someone by September 2nd. They may suffer the same fate as City did the previous season if they fail to do so, I don't see United doing any better than 3rd if this is the case. However, if they do make a big impact signing then I don't see why they can't make a claim for the trophy again.

Manchester City
Apart from last season, City have done what they usually do which is spend, spend, spend. Not going to lie though, they have invested in good quality players in Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Negredo & Jovetic - but the question is always the same: Can the new additions gel into the City team and can the team work together as a cohesive unit to win back the premier league crown.
I honestly think the new players may impress, but the constant rotation of forwards and teams will be unsettling and in my opinion, it won't work and City will suffer in the title race for it.

Chelsea
The special one has returned!
And once again Mourinho's influence on the team has proven well currently in pre-season and has attracted interest from many players looking to leave their clubs to join up with Mourinho & Chelsea. However, they did miss out on Cavani & Falcao who went to Monaco & PSG for the money which is a big mistake in my opinion - and the Rooney transfer saga continuing, we won't know until September 2nd if their pursuit will continue. One problem with Chelsea is their strike force in my opinion - the addition Schuurle is an interesting buy and I can't wait to see how fits into the midfield hotly contested by Lampard, Mata, Oscar & Hazard. However, Torres needs to be sold - Chelsea will be making a loss but to win the title they need a big-impact striker to partner with Lukaku & Ba.

Once again 4th place will be hotly contested by Spurs (If they keep Bale), Arsenal (If they loosen the grip on their wallets), Liverpool (If they keep a reluctant Suarez) & possibly Everton.

Surprise Packages

In my opinion, considering the signings made by these teams, I believe these 2 teams will be a surprise to us all this season.
Norwich
The addition of Gary Hooper and Van Wolfswinkel will be a strong attacking force with their current team, I wouldn't be surprised if they finish in the top 10.

Swansea
After an impressive season last year with their main striker Michu and now the addition of their record signing Wilfred Bony - they should finish in the top 10 depending on stamina as I believe they will have a strong european run this season.

Key Transfers

Luis Suarez  - I think it's out of order on Liverpool's part to not meet the promises made by the club to the striker so he can leave, I'm guessing only until a team pays an extortionate price for the striker that they won't sell him. This will cost Liverpool dearly if this is a repeat of the Tevez fiasco.

Arsenal - They have only made 1 transfer of the unknown French player Samongo and unfortunately, without spending more money I don't see how Arsenal will possibly put up a good fight for the top 4 this season with teams getting more and more competitive.

Tottenham - It's the ever-growing question ~ Will Gareth Bale leave Spurs for Real Madrid for £85 million. If they do,decide to seel Bale, Spurs will struggle without the winger - however, unlike Arsenal they have purchased two star quality players in Soldado for a club record fee & Brazillian star Paulinho with rumours going round of Anzhi forward Willian taking an interest in joining the club.

Promoted Sides

This season, the three new clubs main objective should be - survival.
Cardiff City - Only decent signing - Caulker from Spurs
Crystal Palace - No Zaha, no hope
Hull City - Tom Huddlestone signing

The new teams will find it very difficult to survive or to make any impact with the lack of star quality signings during this transfer window, the welsh derby will be one to watch this season - money differences with the other teams will set them apart from the rest.

Premier League Table Prediction

1. Chelsea
2. Manchester United
3. Manchester City
4. Spurs
5. Arsenal
6. Liverpool
7. Everton
8. Swansea
9. West Bromwich Albion
10. Norwich City
11. Newcastle United
12. West Ham United
13. Sunderland
14. Southampton
15. Fulham
16. Stoke City
17. Aston Villa
18. Cardiff City
19. Crystal Palace
20. Hull City

Do you agree with the table? Share your opinions & predicted table on comments sectioon below (:

Let the season begin!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

My Celebrity List

Hello readers,
I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer so far. This is another post similar to the "If I Had 3 Wishes.." read. Everyone (That I know of!) has in their mind a list of celebrities, whether they're single or in a relaionship/ married,that if they could they would ask out. People differ from five, ten and twenty. My list consists of ten female celebrities:

10. Jessica Ennis (Olympic Heptathlete)

9. Pixie Lott (Singer)

8. Katy Perry (Singer)

7. Zooey Deschanel (Actress/ Singer)

6. Scarlett Johansson (Actress)

5. Taylor Jardine (Singer/ We Are The In Crowd)

4. Kaley Cuocu (Penny - "Big Bang Theory")

3. Jennifer Lawrence (Actress)

2. Emma Watson (Actress)

1. Ashley Tisdale (Actress/ Singer)

A new blog post will be up by tomorrow night! Hope you continue to read.

Take care x

Saturday, 3 August 2013

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22!

Before we start, NO this is not about Taylor Swift.
Earlier this year, I was asked by my University best friend Stacey if I could help organise her Hen Do. I was very honoured to do so and accepted it with great positivity... and straight away, organisation-mode kicked in. 

FRIDAY:


Celebrating in style
Many months of preparation went into making the weekend memorable for the Wiggster. Friday afternoon, we arrived at Norwich train station with a car full of luggage & alcohol for the weekend ahead. When we arrived at the MJB apartments we were kind of shocked that we looked like we were spending the weekend in a shed. The four main hens for the weekend: Stacey (THE Hen), Lisa (Mother of the bride), Imogen (Boat Cuz) & Myself (Chief Cock).
Unfortunately, we couldnt get into our place as we weren't sent our code so we spent half hour outside waiting for someone having a glace of champers discussing what the plan was for the weekend (Without Stacey knowing what her surprise was)


The hen, her hens.....and one voluntary hen!
We did decide against having a stripper after considering it cost too much just for four people (including a guy) we knew we would have fun with or without a stripper this weekend (:
Once we finally got into the apartment/ shed we settled in to our humble abode and were over the moon for the bunk beds although there was hardly anything in the apartment. So the drinking began..
 
 
Boat Cousins
 
As the caption says, we started off with the boat cousins favourite game "On The Boat". Stacey had bought some shooters that fit around her waist so we used them to take shots if we lost the game. I was soon told to join in, and as I hadn't eaten much at all during the day - I got tipsy quite easily. We were soon mixing Messer Schmitt (Tesco's Jagermeister), Cherry sours and Vodka into our shots to make things interesting. And soon, the Hen was on the floor getting quite drunk. We then started playing truth or dare, but the mother of the bride did have to leave for some of them ha. Afte being cooped up inside for ages with the sun still shining, we decided to go out into the city.



Friday late afternoon - Hen already on the floor!
 
After getting a bite to eat from KFC to help sober us up, we headed to the Waterfront as there was an 80's night occurring. We arrived with our party hats on (or more, cowboy hats) - and it was dead. We treated ourselves to some "Marvel" cocktails - The Hulk & The Iron Man and by george, they were delicious. It soon got humid inside, so we popped out back to chat away.
Drunk & tired Stacey stayed out for a bit longer so I stayed with her and we were talking about the wedding, what the future holds for the soon to be Barnes' & I opened up to her about a bunch of things. We soon rejoined Lisa & Imogen for a dance, before Stacey was too tired to carry on and I went with her to go home at about Midnight.
After all, we had a big day ahead of us on Saturday..

80's night at The Waterfront

SATURDAY:

Today, Stacey finally found out what her surprise was - we arrived at the Holiday Inn in Norwich for a surprise spa day at the Spirit Health club. Before any treatments started, we had to treat ourselves to an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast which cost about £11!!
Soon after signing in, we sent Stacey off for her Massage and Facial, while I visit a gym for the first time in years and Lisa & Imogen enjoy the jacuzzi. I soon enjoyed a swim ( I did about 2 lengths.... in about 6 hours :|) I'm not the most gifted of swimmers as I haven't swam since year 5. We were soon joined by a fully relaxed and sleepy Stacey after her treatments and sent her mother and Imogen in next.
Soon after, Stacey's aunt had arrived and we all got into the pool and jacuzzi and chatting away, until it was my time for a treatment. Once all the treatments were done, we went outside the hotel and had drinks in the lovely sunshine and had a sunbath.

Spirit Health Club, Norwich

While waiting for a taxi back to our humble shed/ apartment - we got a phone call from the stripper that we cancelled the previous night saying that he was at the apartment waiting to be let in (All kinds of awkward sauce!) so we waited a while after that to avoid a confrontation with the rejected stripper. An hour later, our taxi eventually turned up and we were glad to see there was no stripper waiting at the door.
As we had returned, we got ready for the big night ahead with more drinking games and pre-drinks. We continued truth or dare, but got everyone involved this time to make it easier on Stacey, bless her.We also introduced a new game that I bought for the weekend "Hen Secrets REVEALED". Basically, had to answer questions on Stacey based on how well we know her, somehow I won beating her cousin, aunty and mum!

 
Well & truly pampered
 
For my birthday one year, a friend bought me a miniature vodka bottle with a scorpion ion side, for years I had been saying I will have it but never did it, but this weekend I decided to bring it as a dare with the hen to share the disgusting dare. Imogen had the pincers and head, Stacey had the tail & I had the crunchy middle - safe to say, one of the most disgusting experiences I've ever had in my life. Soon had to drown the taste with shots and Cider.

Scorpion Challenge
 
Just ate a scorpion!

We headed on our way towards town to grab a bite to eat before we continue drinking, as we ordered some quick food at CHIQUITOS! We were surprised by the arrival of Stacey's work friends from Currys - one in particular, that came with a horse between her legs (No pun!) which was amazing! I was glad to see I weren't the only one with chaps and waistcoat for the Cow-boy themed night out. Stacey was uber-keen to head out to meet her friends at Spoons so we quickly ate our food - while Imogen suffered after drinking alot so early in the evening ha.

Yeehaw!

We said our goodbyes to Julie before she headed to the train station, as Me and Stacey headed towards spoons to meet up with the Currys crew. As we all got to re-acquainting and exchanging pleasantries, we soon headed off to Revs... then we realised we lost Imogen and Lisa - we soon did find them, they were watching the fireworks for a carnival that was happening that weekend.
 
The Currys cavalry arrives..


 
Proud Mum & Proud Boat Cuz

We eventually arrived at Revs - only to discover they gave away our table which we had booked. We had booked a VIP table in which we had a personal bartender so we didnt have to get to the bar, beer bucket, 2 wristbands for the hen and a karaoke machine. We were left outside for about 20 minutes waiting on a table which turned out to be one small square table with 3 or 4 stools around it when there was a dozen of us. We were not happy whatsoever!
Anyway, when we finally got in we started playing a new game - basically we all got 1 dare card each that we scratched off (obviously Stacey got more than us!) and had to go out and complete the dare. We also had lots of fun with bubbles!!!
 
Tony, Luke & Robyn
 
The night went on into the early hours of the morning, the drink flowed & the hens partied their cowboy/ cowgirl hats off! As the Curry work crew had to work the next day they left at about 2am. The weekend hens soon decided to leave at about half 2 as we grew tired, and we stumbled home to our shed.

SUNDAY:

The drawback of having a heavy night of drinking, was the fact that we had to checkout of our shed by 10am -.- Stacey, Imogen and Lisa tidied up the majority of the shed before waking me up rudely with water pistols (I will have my revenge you two!) We headed towards this little cafe called "The Last Brasserie" for a final breakfast talking about plans for the day and about the weekend in total. We soon said goodbyes to Lisa and Imogen as they went off to shop in the city centre, as Stacey took me to the train station before she headed home to sleep off the weekend.











Overall, I think I accomplished what I had to do - embarrass, get drunk, entertain and make one Stacey Wigg a very happy hen (: Despite some setbacks, I was happy to see that Stace was smiling and having a good laugh throughout the entire weekend. She loved her surprise pamper day, I personally enjoyed every minute of it spending time with some quality people & making new friends.

I would like to thank everyone from Currys, Lisa - Imogen and Julie for coming out during the weekend to make the hen weekend that much more special for Stacey.

On a personal note, I could not be happier for Stacey & Cassy. They have the perfect life set up right now - careers are all started, they have their first house, they get married at the end of this month, a honeymoon in a tropical paradise, Stacey graduates with her awesome Uni friends in October and I'm sure they have plenty of exciting future plans in the works. I'm absolutely jealous of them, but at the same time - I don't think there are 2 people that I know that deserve this more than them - both amazing people, and deserve a lifetime of happiness together.
I've known Stacey for 3 years and she has been an absolute pleasure to get to know and be around - she is one of a handful of friends in my life right now that I can trust, she's been there for me during the ups and downs and I've been there for her, I'm so happy for her to find the girl of her dreams, find that amazing job and to graduate alongside her will be an honour. I can happily say she is one of my best friends.

I cannot wait for the big day on the 31st August (:

x