Bring on the winter, whoop whoop!

I was talking to a friend over Facebook earlier and I started to get really excited about the fact that we are now the right side of the August Bank Holiday. By “right side” I mean heading towards Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and getting to wear thick tights again, which thrilled me more than anything! I think it’s because I was born in November that makes me hate the summer with such a passion.

–  You can’t sleep because it’s too hot
– If you have your bedroom windows open as wide as possible, all manor of unidentifiable flying buzzing insects take it that your house is now open for visitors
– If you try and eat ‘al fresco’, then you end up with protein you didn’t ask for (insects again…)
– As soon as you get out of the shower, you feel so sweaty that you mightn’t have bothered

I think this BuzzFeed article pretty much sums it up for me, with moving pictures too!
http://www.buzzfeed.com/katieheaney/what-every-summer-is-like-for-people-who-hate-it

BMI calculator

In line with trying to organise my diet and eating healthy, I have been taking a look at my BMI (as scary as that is!). I have found a useful BMI calculator which also advises what calorie range you should be eating in.

Opening screen
Height and weight
Exercise
Results

Now, I will admit that I don’t do any exercise at all, and I live in a bungalow so I get even less exercise at home than people with stairs!

I like how it’s given me the “recommended daily calorie intake” and as I lose weight and re-calculate my BMI, the calorie range changes, so I can keep an eye out that I’m not going over or under my calories. It’s clever!

You can find the BMI calculator here:
http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx

Dizzy Egg

When I was younger (back in the mid 1990s), I bought a secondhand Spectrum ZX 128K. It was an amazing console, even though you had to wait an AGE for the game to load… Me and my younger brother would set the cassette up and slowly creep out of the bedroom, believing that floor vibrations were responsible for past times when it had crashed. We’d leave it for 10 minutes and slowly peep around the bedroom door to find it had crashed, yet again. Sometimes, it worked fine. It was during these times when it worked fine that I would play Dizzy Egg.

There was more than one Dizzy Egg game, and I had to trawl through YouTube video walkthroughs to find the one I used to play, which appears to be the original Dizzy Egg game. The video below shows the game I used to play:

I hadn’t realised (until I beginning doing my research for this blog post), that the game was designed by two British brothers, Philip and Andrew Oliver. Apparently in 1986 an estimated 7% of all UK games sales were linked to Philip and Andrew Oliver, which is impressive when they were only 18 years old at the time.

It would be great if you could play Dizzy Egg on a modern console, like you can with Super Mario, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed that one day this happens! 🙂

National Vinyl Record Day

Today (12th August) is National Vinyl Record Day!

I am old enough to remember vinyl being the format for singles and albums, and not CDs. The first vinyl record I remember owning was “Kylie” by Kylie Minogue. The album was released in July 1988, and I received my copy for my 10th birthday in the November of that year.

Listening to songs with that little crackle noise was a thing of magic, and I loved how you could stack up a load of records and after each one had finished playing, the next record would drop down and start playing.

Singles I also owned around this time were:
Mike Reid – The Ugly Duckling (1975)
The Jungle Book Soundtrack – That’s What Friends Are For (The Vulture Song) (1967)
The Mary Poppins Soundtrack – Chim Chim Cher-ee (1964)
The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack (1964)

Quite an eclectic mix for a 10 year old! I think because my mum didn’t have much money, most of my singles were purchased at church jumble sales and car boot sales. I have such happy memories of listening to vinyl, and I don’t get the same whimsical feeling when I listen to crystal clear CDs.

I know that vinyl is still out there. I did a quick Google search and the below websites came up:

http://www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/Vinyl/
https://www.vinyltap.co.uk/
http://www.vinylexchange.co.uk/

and I even found a website called The Vinyl Factory that “is an independent British company that collaborates with musicians and artists to create ultra-premium handmade limited editions and accompanying exhibitions.”

I think I’m going to add ‘record player’ to my “lottery win list” because vinyl is still out there and I’d love to start buying vinyl again.

Did you have any favourite vinyl records? Do you still listen to vinyl. Let me know! 🙂

Play In The Sand Day


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Today (11th August) is “Play In The Sand Day“! So if you live near a beach, today is the day to grab your bucket and spade, and maybe take a picnic and get on down to the beach 😀

The last time I went to the beach was to see Antony Gormley’s sculptures, “Another Place” at Crosby Beach, which is when the above pic was taken 🙂

Hanson

I know I’m a bit behind the times here, but just when did the Hanson boys grow up?!! One minute they’re singing MMMBop (admittedly in 1997…) and the next, they have eleven children between them!




(Top to bottom: Taylor, Isaac and Zac)

Lead singer Taylor has five children, older brother Isaac has three children and younger brother Zac has three children.

I hadn’t realised that Hanson were still together and that their 2013 album Anthem was in fact their tenth studio album. I always liked MMMBop so I’m looking forward to listening to more from them 🙂