Sport Relief 2014

clock Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 03:56PM

Sport Relief 2014 - Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March

Sports Relief really do some incredible work. Every 2 years, they get the nation on their feet and active in order to raise some truly lifesaving cash to help people living both in terrible conditions, both in the UK and abroad. 

Running in alternate years to Comic Relief (Red Nose Day), this year’s Sports Relief reaches it's climax on the weekend of the 21st-23rd of March. With huge events leading up to the big weekend, last year’s they raised over fifty million pounds by the end of broadcasting night!! (£50,447,197 to be precise) 

We believe Sports Relief is a fantastic cause, which is why we’re donating one pound from the sale of every item sold in our ‘Sports Relief’ category. 

Over the years we've seen some amazing fundraisers, David Walliams swam the length of the Thames (140 miles) in 8 days and raised over£1 million, while Eddie Izzard ran a staggering 1,100 miles!! The comedian ran 43 marathons in 51 days, all in aid of Sports Relief. 

This year is no different, there are some incredible fund raisers taking place this year with some huge celebrities taking part.

 Davina McCall

Best known for presenting shows like Big Brother and Million Pound Drop, Davina McCall is well known and loved by all. And it’s no wonder!

This year she’s taking on an epic challenge, fittingly entitled ‘Beyond Breaking Point’. Davina is currently (as of 11th Feb) Cycling, Swimming and Running the 500 mile journey from Edinburgh to London. Truly admirable!

All the very best wishes Mrs McCall!!

Great Sport Relief Bake-Off

Earlier this year, a mini-series of the national success Great British Bake Off hit our screens, with stars like Bonnie Wright, Jason Gardiner, Jamelia, Michael Ball and Alistair McGowan all competing and baking their little socks to impress Mary Berry(<3) and to raise money for Sports Relief.

Little Mix

2014’s Official Sport Relief single is a cover of the classic, Word Up! Originally released by Cameo and famously covered by Korn, all proceeds from the single go straight to Sport Relief. #MixersInMotion

How can you get involved?

Sports Relief would be no-where without public support, and with no donation to small, there’s something everyone can do.

 Sainsburys Sport Relief Games at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Follow in the footsteps of your favourite Olympian and get your chance to compete at the Olympic Stadiums. Chris Hoy, Ellie Simmonds and Jessica Ennis are all joining Sport Relief this year, see below to find out how you can too.

The Mile

With 3 routes mapped, you can either choose to run(paha), walk(more like it), or dance(Deal!) your way around a 1 mile, 3 mile or 6 mile course through the Olympic park on March 23rd. Not near London? Don’t worry. There are runs planned throughout the country, just check here to find your nearest mile.

 The Swimathon

 From 21st-23rd March the Olympic Aquatics Centre will be open for people to swim 1.5km, 3.5km or 5km, or just for a relaxed swim(or doggy paddle in my case). Book your place ahead of time, we’re pretty sure I’ll get busy!

The Cycle

There are cycles planned in London, Manchester and Glasgow on Sunday 23rd of March, again, with a family friends 3 mile cycle, or more challenging 25 or 50 mile routes. Cycling in full fancy dress is bound to get you more sponsorship! Just saying…


Fundraising ideas

Waxing – Get your friends and colleagues to sponsor you to wax a particularly hairy part of your body. Feeling brave? Let them wax you themselves for a fee! £1 a strip!

Office Servent – Become the office slave for the day, fetching coffee, answering phones, doing the lunch run. A shoulder massage wouldnt go amiss

Sponsored Silence – Shut your cake hole! One whole day of silence. Peace at last

Bake sale – Make some baked good to sell at a tuck table at work or school (or buy cakes if needs be. No-one wants egg shell in their fairy cake)

Sports Day – Throw a sports day at work! Raise money by either getting people to bet for the winning teams, or paying to take part. Three legged races down the corridor, tug of war in the car park...

Pub Quiz – Charge an entrance fee, winner take home the prize! Simples.

Console tournament – Gather your friends for a fight to the death! The online kind. No actual blood should be spilt. 


 Whatever you do. Good luck and happy fundraising!! 

Roald Dahl quotes

clock Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 12:21PM

10 wonderfully magical, and sometimes very funny, Roald Dahl Quotes 


“I’d rather be fried alive and eaten by Mexicans.”

– James and the Giant Peach – Straight, to the point, and utterly bazaar!


“…watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it”


“ I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m going to ignore your advice”

– Fantastic Mr Fox


“It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.” 

- from The Witches


“Two rights don’t make a left”

– The BFG


“ Don’t gobblefunk around with words”

– The BFG


“It is most unlikely. But - here comes the big 'but' - not impossible."

 - From The Witches


"You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

—from The Twits


Fiona has the same glacial beauty of an iceburg, but unlike the iceburg she has absolutely nothing below the surface.” 

- From Matilda (We all know a Fiona)


★★A little magic can take you a long way.” ★★

How to host an 80's party

clock Monday, February 10, 2014 at 04:03PM

How to throw a totally Rad 80’s Party

There’s no denying it. The 80’s were wicked to the max! (yep, we went there) With wonders like Olivia Newton Johns Let’s Get Physical music video, Shoulder Pads and the Mullet, is it any surprise we love to reminisce about the good old days? What better way to do so than to throw an 80’s theme party?

Keep reading for righteous ideas on what to wear to an 80’s do, or for the 411 on how to throw your own.

What to Wear

Under the influence of the likes of Madonna and George Michael, the eighties saw a whole plethora of bold and dramatic trends.

At one end of the spectrum, bright, neon colours and bold shapes, with logo t-shirts like ‘Frankie says relax’ and ‘Choose Life’, fingerless gloves, tutus and legwarmers were all the rage, While at the others, punk rock took over, with an influx of black, leather, tartan and radical bleached or coloured hair.

For her

Chanel your inner punk with any of these looks, from the anarchist with tartan skirt, union jack top, torn fishnets, big bright hair and studded jewellery, to full on Kiss, with a complete black jumpsuit, spiked black hair and dramatic makeup.

Become the one and only Madonna, with a choice of looks from the Wild Child days, complete with leopard print cropped jacket, lacy top, tutu, lace gloves, cropped leggings and the big hair with a bow, to ‘Like a virgin’, Again, with the big hair and bow to match the wedding dress style outfit. Either way, take a holiday from the everyday, lets dress you up. You are a material girl, the spotlight is on you so Express yourself, and have all the guys causing a commotion and asking who’s that girl, who’s that angel?! If you find the right one that’s just crazy for you, cherish him, open your heart and thank your lucky star you chose Madonna! (12 songs in 1 sentence(ish)! *takes a bow*)

Alternatively, go for some every day 80’s attire. With an oversized, off the shoulder top and either a miniskirt, a tutu or some stirrup leggings, paired with some neon leg warmers. Accessories with a big hair bow, some fingerless gloves and some neon jewellery! Makeup wise: Blue Eye shadow for that instant 80s effect.


Rock a side ponytail, held in place with a scrunchy of course.

PERM! Relatively tight curls gently combed out will give you the perfect Madonna/Julia Roberts look.

Crimp it. If you don’t have access to a crimper, the look can be achieved by tying your hair into small braids while its damp, then either sleep with them and let it dry overnight, or take your straighteners to the braid.

Make it big. Back comb your roots, adding generous lashings of hair spray to hold it up.

For him

You can’t touch this! Go as the super dope homeboy from the Oak town *cringe* and become MC Hammer for the night, with his infamous metallic parachute pants. Warning: side effect may include irrepressible urge to do the ‘running man’. 

Ridicule is nothing to be scared of, especially if you opt for an Adam Ant style fancy dress. This Prince Charming embraces the New Romantic (come pirate, come highwayman) look, with the milita

ry-esque jacket and iconic white stripe.

The pinnacle of 80s fashion was bought to you by the one and only Wham, With George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley introducing us to the much loved Slogan t-shirt in their Wake Me Up Before You Go Go video. Grab your ‘Choose life’ T-shirt (preferably one size too big), roll up the sleeves and tuck it in to some white trousers (also with the cuff rolled up to show a little mankle) for the simple but effective Wham look.

Who could forget the Shell Suit?  Garish, noisy and guaranteed to give an electric shock at everydoor handle, the tracksuit was a sure

favourite in the 80’s.


I have one word for you: Mullet.

Business in the front, party in the back, it’s the look of the 80’s.

Or if you’re not feeling it, you could always go for the infamous Flock of Seagulls look…

Other 80’s fancy dress

Marty McFly (Michael J Fox in Back to the Future) – Acid wash jeans and a faded red bomber jacket make for a simple but effective movie icon.

Ghost Busters – Put on your overalls and grab your proton pack to save the city from the likes of the Stay Puff marshmallow man!

Robocop – Part man, Part Machine, All cop! Become the future of law enforcement.

Top Gun - I feel the need, the need for speed. Enter the danger zone and become a to gun fighter pilot for the night.

Dirty Dancing – Perfect for couples, bring back Johnny and Baby.

Indiana Jones – Whip and fedora at the ready!

Flash Dance – What a feeling! Dance the night away in a long off the shoulder top over a leotard (or swimming costume would do). Accessorise with legwarmers and big hair.

Starwars – A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Take your pick of Starwars characters from Anakin and Leia, to Yoda or Darth Vader.

Banana Man – Raid 29 Acacia Road and borrow Eric’s Bananaman outfit for the evening.

Baywatch – Slow motion run across the dance floor in your unmistakable red swimsuit or trunks, Float in hand.

Rubix cube – The most frustrating factor of the 80’s, Rubix cubes are annoying thousands even to this day.


What to Drink

The main component of any good 80’s cocktail? Decorations, and lots of them! Whatever you’re serving, make sure the glass if filled with miniature umbrellas, sparklers, stirrers and straws with little 3D paper fruits on them!

With a taste for a sexily names cocktails in particular, check out a few of the most popular cocktails of the 80’s.


Sex on the Beach

1 ½ oz. Vodka

½ oz. Peach Schnapps

2oz. Cranberry Juice

2oz. Orange juice

Pour Schnapps and vodka over ice, add cranberry juice and orange juice. If you’re looking for a fading gradient effect from red to orange, pour  gently and don’t stir.

Pina Colada

1 ½ oz. light rum

2oz. cream of coconut

2oz. pineapple juice

1 cup of crushed ice

Blend all ingredients in a mixer and serve topped with pineapple if desired.

Slippery Nipple (shot)

½ oz. Butterscotch Schnapps½ oz. Bailey’s Irish cream

Pour schnapps first, then top with Baileys.

Long island iced tea

1 part vodka

1 part tequila

1 part rum

1 part gin

1 part triple sec

Top up with cola

Simply mix all spirits and stir, then top off with Cola.

What to eat

To feed your guests, think finger food.

With Sausage Rolls, Cocktail sausages on sticks, vol au vents and those cheese and pineapple hedgehogs!

And for desert, why not try a sweets table, with old favourites like flying saucers, sherbet fountains, dip dabs and space dust for a mega sugar rush.


Make your guests feel as if they’ve stepped back in time. Lavish your venue with posters of 80’s stars and slogans like “Frankie Says Relax”, “Choose Life” and “I Love the 80’s”.

You can go wrong with an abundance of glow sticks scattered around the room, and inflatable guitars will encourage people to grace the dance floor with their air guitar skills!

Whatever decorations you use, aim to be bold and bright with your colours or print. Neon colours against black background have a great effect.

You could even try your hand at making a Rubix cube style table top using some coloured paper cut into squares and some black tape.

A games corner with a twister mat could be fun as the night goes on too!

Good luck dude and we hope you and your guests all have a totally awesome time!!