Monday, 28 December 2009

One of the mysteries of life

Why do people go mad for sales? They are basically (on the clothes side) little bits of tat that no one wanted to buy during the year. Soon as a couple of quid is knocked off people queue for hours for them. However I must admit for electrical/jewellery the sales are worth it.

I went around the whole of Bluewater today and braved the mahoosive queues on the road to get in. Completely missed the turning on the A2 cos i didn't think the traffic would be so massive and by the time I saw it it was too late to get in! Bloody motorways would have been okay on a normal road. So I decided to go to Dartford initially instead, didn't know where I was going so that was fun. Then got to Dartford and that was just as jammed so decided to turn around and go back to Bluewater. Went the back way so got there reasonably quickly, well I say quickly but probably faster then it would have been the other way.

Couldn't find a space of course because it was rammed so after 45 mins we parked on a layby in the overflow park. Went around all my usual shops in Bwater and found nothing of interest, only got 2 things a cardi and a star necklace and earring set. Think I'll stay at home next yr!

Friday, 25 December 2009

Ooohh another competition win!

Yesterday on Christmas Eve I received a letter from recorded delivery. Inside were two tickets to Cheltenham race course for New Years day. Quite a nice little competition win I must say but I'm not quite sure if my mum will want to go. Will she wont she? Plus it's a two hour drive, i'm sure i'll let you know if I do potter along to the event!

It's Christmas!

So Christmas time has finally come around and it ISN'T snowing. What a surprise... In fact it is sunny, as I said before we had Christmas weather a week too early. Bah Humbug! For Xmas I got Wii games: Rabiids Go Home, Babysitting Party, Movie studios party and thrillvilles off the rails, make up, jewellery and earring set, Olay smellies from my aunt (who gives the same stuff every year lol), more olay stuff from my mum, a Mr Men t shirt, more smellies, a alarm clock, I did get money for my sat nav so technically that was a xmas pressy too, a DVD, a photo globe, some books and a photo ornament. I also got a scarf from the neighbour, some bangles from my cousins and £20. To be honest I get most things as I go along in the year so there was nothing I really wanted, but alas it is nice to get some little pressies! yesterday I bought myself two new tops and a coat so every week is Christmas for me. Lol.

Merry Christmas all!!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

My trip to Edinburgh

Hello everyone I'm back from my trip to Scottyland!

Having to wake up at 5am was quite a hardship as getting up early really isn't my thing, and I feel that getting up when it's still night outside is just wrong!

Alas I managed it and we left at 6am, having to catch 3 trains before we even got to Heathrow. I don't know if any of you have ever used the Heathrow Express but it costs £60 for a return journey. Can you believe that? They must be making a mint, seriously where do they get off?! Considering a 50 min trip to London Victoria from Chatham costs just £23 for a return on peak that is a hell of a lot of money. Still if you can why not eh?

The plane took off on time and everything was just dandy. The Fraser suites were very nice indeed with a double bed, ensuite bathroom, couch, widescreen tv, nice view of the city, microwave, fridge, toaster, hairdryer, ironing board and iron, storage space, table, ipod dock and alarm clock were included. Also musn't forget the complimentary milk sachets in the fridge :) lol. We also got a free breakfast as part of the deal of the prize my brother won. We had free passes to most of the attractions in Edinburgh and went to the Dungeons, Camera Obscura and the Loch Ness 3D exprience in the first day. The dungeons were cool, but the history seemed a bit basic, did enjoy the torture talk tho! The main part of the Camera Obscuras feature was closed because there was no daylight and the Nessie experience was interesting, the 3D was pretty good too.

On the second day we explored the Winter Wonderland but I sadly couldn't find Santa's reindeers which would have been quite fun. Walked past the huge tower where you could see the whole of the city but with 279 steps it seemed like too much hard work. So off we went to Dynamic Earth which was closed... bit of a cheek when it didn't even say that in the guide book. Next we tried the Butterfly and creepy crawlies centre, that was open and it was nice to see a few of them. Then we went back to the city, had a Maccy D's, and went on a tour of the most haunted underground vaults in the UK. It was interesting how they were found as a student in the 70s only discovered them when he noticed a hollow spot on his wall. He knocked it through and found these huge tunnels. The tour guide was either very jumpy or putting it on, i wasn't quite sure but she often seemed to hear noises and stuff. One room scared a load of wiccans off as they sensed a evil spirit, and another had a rather gruesome story. Back in the 1800's living on the streets was made illegal so all those without a home came underground to live in the vaults. They chose this one particular room because it was so large and one day there was a fire above on the streets. They thought they'd be safe down there because stone doesn't burn but what they didn't quite realise was Limestone was a great conductor of heat and so they slowly roasted to death. They say now there was this poltergiest that lived in this room, caused by the fear and emotions of these paupers who couldn't get out because the heat sealed the door shut. It apparantly doesn't like women so women are put in the safer corner where the spirit is weaker and the men on the other side. It's also supposed to intefere with electrical equipment but I left my phone on and it didn't do anything so who knows! lol.

It was a interesting experience though. Later we went for our three course complimentary meal at the Wee Restaurant. Unfortunately it was out of town and cost loads on taxi fares but the meal was nice enough. The next morning we woke up to a ton of snow. Pretty typical for the day you're flying home eh? We got to the airport and the plane was delayed, the time slowly pushed back till 5 hours later we finally boarded the plane and left. Saying that however I wasn't too bored as I read through two newspapers and started on finishing my book. It really is amazing how the UK can collapse with a bit of snow when countries like Siberia and parts of America who gets tons of it just get on with it! Madness.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Woohoo i'm off to Scottyland

Hi ho hi ho it's off to Scottyland I go!

My bro won a trip to Edinburgh a couple of months back and we're finally off to Edinburgh for our 2 night stay in a 5 star Fraser Suite hotel with a complimentary 3 course meal and free entry to all attractions in the city. Not bad for a competition prize eh?

I'm sure I'll post a few pics when i'm back.!

In the meantime do keep reading x

Friday, 18 December 2009

Our White Christmas came one week too early!

I posted recently about hoping for a White Christmas, I think it heard me but got its dates wrong... Now the weather forecast is claiming that the weather will warm up by Christmas day.. in just a week! Bah humbug! Bloody useless weather !

Anywho in South East Kent we have quite a bit of snow and as usual it brings the country to a standstill (everyone agree with me to say pathetic?) anyway there are flurrys up to your knees and this little blizzard caused a hell amount of disruption to the roads last night.

I myself took a trip up to Sittingbourne when there wasn't a flake on the road, four hours later and the world was coated in a blanket of white. Having only driven for three weeks this was my first experience of driving on the snow and yes it was fun. Sittingbourne's roads were absloutely amazing compared to the M2 which in my opinion is bloody disgusting! How useless are our gritters? they knew it was going to snow and do they grit it? nooooooooooo! So I had to sit on the M2 for half hour while a load of twits dug out a lorry or something. But the snow wasn't even thick at that point so I don't quite understand why they had to do that? During that time my car started to overheat and the red STOP sign kept flashing. Not what I wanted to see really!

We did start moving eventually and I drove home at 20mph the rest of the way.. lol. It was quite surreal with the rules of the road forgotten as everyone drove in single file, feet apart to avoid smashing into each other. At times your car did a bit of skiing which was a bit hairy but I got through it lol.

Just as I was coming to the roundabout not far from my home some idiot had stopped by the entrance of the roundabout and my car chose that moment to slide, I stopped just inches from them. Wouldn't have caused much damage but still.

What should have taken 20 mins took about 1 hour 45 mins, ooh don't you love driving in the snowww! lol.

Monday, 14 December 2009

White Christmas?

Gosh its so cold this year... maybe we'll get snow at Christmas who knows, the temperatures are low enough. The notion of snow at Christmas is a funny one though as back in the day the calendars were completely different to how they are now. So what was 'December' then was actually February 'hence the snow.' However it is every child or grown childs dream to have a white Christmas, who knows?!

I bet the bookies are already putting odds on.

On a side note, my car is so retarded during winter it sucks. Got out of work today, tried to start my car and it did... nothing. GRRR!!

So I kept trying for ages and still nothing, connected up this battery thing that usually kick starts it and.. nothing. So I sat there for about half hour freezing my tits off, occasionally turning the key to no response etc. I had phoned my dad by this time and he was coming to help out, so I decided to get out the car and voila, the key fob worked. Got back in and it started. Why is technology such as a bastard!?

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Prize winner!

Today I received another prize through the post. Yet another Daniel O'Donnell pice of merchanise. Oh what joy! Still the CD album sold for almost £9 so a DVD of his tour will be sure to sell for more?! lol.

I wonder when the decent prizes will start flooding in? On a side note my freebie bid has got off to a decent start with a reply from Greggs, enclosing £2 worth of vouchers. How very kind of them!

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The BlueBell hill ghost!

Having witnessed what appeared to be a accident on my way home this evening (lots of traffic building up, sirens everywhere) I did a search for accidents on Bluebell hill. I didn't find anything, as it turns out the accident was on a West Malling road (i believe so anyway) but it did bring up the case of the Bluebell hill ghost.

It is a interesting story that consists of phantom hitchhikers and small children that run out into the road and then disappear. Apparantly it all started mainly with the November 1965 car crash involving a lady on the eve of her wedding and three friends. It also stems back to historical times when the road didn't exist and it is the ghosts of the soldiers that you see.

I find it all very interesting and I'm just wondering do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one? Comments welcome!

Bored outa my skull!!

So we're onto Week 2 of the new job and today I was given nothing to do by my managers. They were in meetings all day and I did as much email checking and sorting as I could possibly do. I checked their calendars and tried .. and failed to keep myself busy.

Such a boring day. You'd think having nothing to do would be great but it's not. Also having your own office has many downsides such as little social contact. Oh well! :(

Got some tasks to do tomorrow so I'm praying a new day a new chance to keep busy and feel important!

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Kathy's tip for the day

Ideas on how to get freebies you really want

If you are like me and love getting free stuff you could always try writing to the companies whose products you really love. This way rather then applying for freebies you see online of which may have run out by the time you enter you are freewinging it - congratulating someone for providing a service or product of which you found useful and getting something in return. By writing to companies first you are almost guaranteed a response - especially by mail, (less so by email a lot of the time) to congratulate you for your custom. You may receieve a full size product or vouchers towards money off etc.

It's the perfect way to get a freebie you actually like!

Alternatively it always pay to complain too - companies fear losing your business and offer to replace the item or replace the item and give you money off vouchers too. Try it - but make sure your item is really broken first!

Just as a side note I was writing a couple of thank you letters the other night and I found it extremely difficult to get the postal addresses of many make up brands, especially Max Factor. I found this very strange and a bit odd.

Another competition win

The other day I received a email saying I had won another prize! This time it was a dinner jacket from the designer site Brook Tavener click to see what I won. With both the jacket and the suit trousers it comes to the combined total of £185 woop!

Now as soon as I get it I will be taking a visit to Ebay... I really hope it sells well, it's definitely worth the money!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Tims' in the limelight!

In my determination to give my cat the exposure he deserves he finally got featured in the December Newsletter of Sixtyplusurfers. Seeing as he is 11 years old he fits in well here. Check it out!


And so the working life begins...

So I've been at my new job a couple of days now and I have to say it's not too bad. These last two days I've been mostly shown the ropes, introduced to people and sat in on meetings. I've had to do minutes too which I have never done before so that's a bit of a experience. I don't know what she thinks of the minutes I've typed up yet but I'm sure I'll find out soon enough!

I've only met one of the managers I'll be managing the diary of so still got one to come, but she seems nice enough. Everyone seems friendly but there's not really anyone my own age which has been pretty much the same whereever I go. The staff room also appears to be pretty dead at times as hardly anyone talks. Oh well. There's not much point driving to the town because all the faffing around with the car parks means your lunch break will be over before you know it and walking takes half hour there and back so you might as well stay! Plus I usually get boxed in anyway lol.

Going to a conference tomorrow, gets me out of the office, should be interesting.. lol
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