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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Musings on Eurovision 2016

Last week was all about Eurovision 2016 and I was fortunate enough to watch both semi-finals as well as the final on Saturday night. As always there was much tweeting after wine and I was delighted to see so many fellow bloggers joining in with the mayhem (you know who you are!). Even the cat joined in, adding her own unique point of view on the chaos that is... Eurovision.

The distinct lack of cheese and eccentricity was more than compensated for by presenters, Petra Mede and Måns Zelmerlöw. I wasn't fussed on several of the entries that made it through to the final, but could quite happily have watched the presenters all evening.

It was this absolute gem from the second semi-final that almost made me choke on my wine...
Caution: contains nudity.



My overall favourite song was Belgium as it reminded me of an early 1980s disco track and therefore perfect for Eurovision. Our boys, Joe and Jake came in at an unimpressive 24th place despite giving it their best shot.



I was slightly amused by the thought of the US seeing Eurovision live for the first time and kept wondering what they thought of it. Justin Timberlake performed during the interval and I wondered if the US crew were taking notes and will be invited to enter next year? If they join, I'm guessing the rest of us won't stand a chance as they will want to win.

Despite Australia being in the lead after votes from the professional juries, there was a surprise overall win by Ukraine once all the viewer votes were added. For the record, I have no idea how this happened.

As always, Eurovision was a slightly crazy way to spend a Saturday evening in May, but life's serious enough as it is and sometimes it's good to let your hair down and escape for a spot of harmless, hilarious fun. I can only imagine how many people in Stockholm woke with up with hangovers on Sunday morning.

Here's to Eurovision 2017 and tweeting after wine all over again.


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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

The Week That Was... 9th May 2016


Daisies, Blue SkyAfter another busy week, we were treated to some rare, but welcome warm weather at the weekend. I'm hoping that this is just the start of a fabulous summer ahead. It was lovely to see so many people out basking in the sunshine and taking the opportunity to explore the great British countryside. The evenings were heavy with the scent of last-minute barbecues and here, the first Pimms of the season was enjoyed in the garden. Today, the rain has returned with a vengeance. Here's hoping it won't be too long until the clouds disappear and we can get on with making the most of summer.

This was my week...

Sudeley Castle
As the weather was glorious, we chose to ignore the mountain of monotonous tasks requiring our attention last weekend and ventured out to visit Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds instead.

Sudeley Castle, the Cotswolds


The castle was built in the 15th century, possibly on the site of a 12th century castle and is surrounded by ten beautifully laid-out gardens. The chapel, St Mary's, is the burial place of Queen Katherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII.

Queen Katherine Parr, Tomb, St Mary's, Sudeley


It's a fascinating place to visit and comes highly recommended.

Reading
The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright. This was a gift from my daughter and looks promising so far. It's perceptive and features lots of amusing observations about a family in crisis. I can't wait to see how it ends.

Daughters
Both daughters are working hard on dissertations and final pieces of work for university. Parcels filled with treats were dispatched recently - containing sweets from their favourite sweet shop in town, sachets of hot chocolate for windswept beach walks and cold evenings spent camping at a rowing event. Plus cookies and breakfast biscuity things perfect for pulling all-nighters in the library. Final letters from home featuring nonsensical news and motivational words were posted yesterday.

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of my daughters.

How did the last 3 years at university go so quickly I wonder?

Holiday 2016
And finally, the holiday is booked... after much trawling through the internet last weekend in search of the perfect vacation for 3, (yes, you did read that correctly). Sophia's going to work for Camp America again this summer, so we offered to take Olivia along. It's been a while since we've taken a holiday with either daughter, but I'm looking forward to spending time with my eldest. We settled on a week in Sorrento at a hotel that's right in the centre of town.

Today, it's 63 days and counting. Not that I'm keeping tabs.

The Week Ahead...
I'm looking forward to Music Night on Friday and Eurovision on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For Eurovision 2016, I'm hoping for lots of cheesy, eccentric entries and will probably be tweeting live throughout. I hope to see a few of you on Twitter on Saturday night. You know the rule about not tweeting after wine? Well this goes out of the window for Eurovision as I suspect that everyone's having a party on there.

It's amused me that the US will get to see Eurovision broadcast live for the first time this year. I can't wait to see what they make of it.


Well that's about it for this week. Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead whatever you're up to.


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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Let there be gin...


Happy, Smiles, Cartoon, FacesIt's been a quiet week in the Anderton house and I'm guessing it will pretty much stay that way until daughter, Sophia comes home again at the beginning of June.

I've agreed to cover extra hours at work during the next 2-3 months and also had to turn down a couple of offers of work. This last week has been all about getting organised for the weeks ahead and by Friday night I was fast asleep on the sofa by 9pm. I am enjoying both jobs so much that I don't want to have to choose between either of them.

This was my week...
 
The randomness of Twitter
Twitter in all its nonsensical brilliance made me smile on Tuesday. In one tweet a famous author and philosopher liked a tweet I'd posted about his latest book release, in the next I was tweeting a pug from across the pond. It's impossible to make these things happen, but when it does, I am reminded of just how much I love social media, (especially Twitter) and all its eccentricities.

Let there be cake, gin, chocolate and flowers
My gorgeous mother-in-law was 87 on Monday. As always her gifts included gin, tonic, flowers and chocolate. They are the only things she truly loves to receive. Hence, this is what I buy for her each and every year.

Let there be gin

On Saturday
We woke up to find it was snowing heavily; fortunately it didn't stick around for long! In the evening, we had guests over for dinner. For once I made the effort and cooked everything from scratch. I made teryaki salmon and rosemary pan-fried potatoes with broccoli and carrots for main course, followed by tiramisu and buttermilk cupcakes for dessert. I am one very messy cook. Fortunately there are no photos to prove this.

Shopping
I haven't been shopping in ages. But I did order a new suitcase for daughter, Sophia this week in anticipation of her trip to the US in the summer. After much deliberation, we found one in her signature colour, red. I'm hoping this one will last longer than the one we bought last year which came back trashed!

Olivia
At 7:10am on Monday, I received a call from my eldest daughter. She was working at a newspaper last week to get some journalism experience ahead of leaving university. There had been a thunderstorm on Sunday evening, this had caused a disruption to the power supply, as a result her alarm didn't go off the following morning and each of the clocks in the house read a different time. By some miracle she made the 7:50am train and arrived at work with minutes to spare. You can guess who rang her each morning for the rest of the week?! 

Favourite blog post
My favourite post for this week comes from Sarah over at Mum of Three World with her bittersweet post about children growing up and no longer wanting to spend time with their parents. I was reminded of the phase with my own children and can remember feeling like an unwanted toy. You can read Sarah's brilliant post here: School holidays are crap.

Motherhood, illustration
 

Well that's about it for this week. Have a great week whatever you're up to x

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Eurovision 2016 and why it's OK to tweet after wine

Mans Zelmerlow, Sweden, Winner, Eurovision 2015Utter the words Eurovision Song Contest and you'll hear a lot of different opinions. It's possibly the television equivalent of Marmite as people either seem to love, or loathe the contest in equal measure.

Amid the usual hype and party atmosphere, the Grand Final of Eurovision 2016 takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th May. It will be presented by Petra Mede and 2015 winner, Måns Zelmerlöw, and feature performances from 26 finalists who have made it through the semi-finals being held on 10th and 12th May.

Long overdue changes to the voting system should mean that it's less likely for any country to go home with the dreaded 'nul points.' In previous years, each country's public and jury votes have been added together and announced at the same time. From this year however, the jury votes will be announced first, with votes from viewers in all countries added and announced afterwards. It's hoped that this will create a nail-biting finale to the competition, as the winner will only be known right at the end.

The UK entry is yet to be decided. Six acts have been shortlisted for Eurovision: You Decide which is to be screened live on BBC Four on Friday 26th February. This is to be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and will feature performances from previous Eurovision winners, Måns Zelmerlöw and Katrina Leskenich from Katrina and the Waves.

I have to confess to being a huge Eurovision fan. It's the one and only night of the year where I break the first rule of tweeting and happily tweet after wine throughout the entire contest. There's often a party atmosphere on Twitter and it's fun to join in with like-minded Eurovision fanatics sharing increasingly hilarious thoughts as the night progresses.

This year I'm hoping for more cheesy entries after a fairly subdued batch last year. I'm also hopeful that the competition will be less about politics and more about celebrating Eurovision's reputation for quirkiness,  eccentricity and sense of humour.

Isn't that what Eurovision's meant to be?

I hope to see you on Twitter. #Eurovision2016


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