The London Marathon 2014!

clock Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 08:36PM

There is only one day of the year where running through the streets of London dressed as the Sugar Puff Monster is acceptable.  This year see’s the 34th anniversary of the London Marathon, 26 miles and 364 yards of blood, sweat and tears. 

Whether competitors are competing for a medal, for a bit of self-appreciation, or for the sake of a charity, there is no denying the satisfaction one would feel when crossing the finish line.

Launched by Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981, The London Marathon had 34,631 competitors last year alone and in 2012 had the most competitors of any Marathon globally. Briton, Paula Radcliffe currently holds the women’s record time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. Most of us probably couldn’t make our way around London on the underground in that time, let alone running at a steady pace. 

Pounding of trainers onto the harsh concrete will be heard this year on April the 12th, an imaginably hot and sweaty day! But what could possibly make things any worse for the runners; on this occasion it is fancy dress!
Despite not bringing all the comfort in the world for those who chose to dress up, fancy dress certainly makes things a lot more fun! At www.allfancydress.com, we have selected the top five costumes we would love to see cross the finish year this year on April the 12th!

5.  Angry Bird Costume

Taking a break from destroying structures and being fired across vast distances, seeing an angry bird cross the finish line is a level which not many gamers can reach!

4. Lets Get Physical Work Out Costume.

Instead of shooting down to your local sports wear shop and splashing the cash on the latest Nike gear, this costume can give you all you need and a bit more! Head turning and figure hugging for all those keen athletes.



3. Sumo Wrestler Costume.

There is probably no better way to put the opposition off their tracks than a super large sumo gracefully running past them!



2. Champagne Bottle Costume.

Remind fellow runners of the light at the end of the tunnel and kick off celebrations early with this champagne bottle costume!


1.Homer Simpson Costume.

TV’s laziest man will be the last person that spectators expect to see cross the finish line, put the donuts down and get running!

 

Watch the London Marathon on April 12th on BBC1!


St Patricks Day - Kiss Me I'm Irish

clock Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:31AM

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Kiss me, I’m Irish!

Everybody knows the slogan, and thousands choose to wear clothes clad with the saying not only on Saint Patrick’s Day, but all year round.

But where did it come from?

It’s thought to be a reference to the tradition of kissing the Irish Blarney Stone, which brings ‘the gift of the gab’ and luck to whoever kisses it. Thousands, if not millions of people have kissed the stone (kind of unhygienic if you ask me), but to people who can’t get to the stone, Irish people are the next best thing!

http://cdn.frontpagemag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/churchillDM0302_468x542.jpgPeople come from all over the world to kiss the stone at Blarney http://www.onthedash.com/pics4docs/Jagger/Jagger1977Autavia.jpgCastle, with a plethora of celebrities and historical figures making the visit, from Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger and comic legends Laurel and Hardy, to Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister who led us to victory against Germany in WW2.

Even The Simpsons have paid their tribute in the episode ‘The Name of the Grandfather’, where Homer and Grandpa go to Ireland, visiting famous land marks like Blarney Castle, Giants Causeway and of course, The Guinness Brewery.

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The Story behind the Stone

The Blarney Stone is a bluestone built into the castles parapet (Blarney Castle, roughly 80km from Cork).

Irish folk law has it that Cormac Laidir MacCarthy was http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_gj00Jg3jls/TWPTK4dqDsI/AAAAAAAAHyE/l-lY-LLgC90/s1600/ireland%2B001-3.jpginvolved in a lawsuit and asked Cliodhna (Goddess of love and beauty, and Queen of the Banshees of The Tuatha) for help. She told him to kiss the first stone he saw on his way to court on the morning of the hearing. Following her advice, he kissed the first stone he saw and surely enough, pleaded his case with great eloquence having been granted the gift of gab, thus winning the case.

He then used the stone when constructing Blarney Castle, using it in the parapet.

The Method

To reach the Blarney Stone, you’ll need to climb to the parapet at the very top of the castle (entry is £12 for Adults, £5 for children and includes access to the gardens).

Once there, you’ll need to lean backwards over the parapets edge, holding onto the guard rails (often with an assistant holding your body too, just in case)

Then simply touch your lips to the stone!


Wear a Hat Day – 28th March 2014

clock Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 04:08PM

28th March 2014 sees the fifth annual National Wear a Hat Day in the UK, where Brain Tumour Awareness are encouraging us all to grace our heads with the presence of a hat for the day. The bigger, bolder and brighter, the better!

As it stands, Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer among children and adults under 40, yet research into brain tumours receives less than 1% of the government funding given for cancer research (0.7% to be precise). And thats where Wear a Hat day comes in.

Events like Red Nose Day, which raises money for Comic Relief, raises tens of millions of pounds every year to fight poverty. Brain tumour research have mapped out a five year mission plan, where with upwards of just £7 million per year, they could provide long-term, sustainable funds to seven research centres, all dedicated to brain tumour research, which would in turn accelerate progress and hopefully, improve the outcome for brain tumour patients.

£7 million is a realistic target as long as we give the supoprt the cause so desrves. 

Fundraising

Fundraising packs are available on the Wear a Hat Day website, but the rules a quite simple. Wear a hat, take a picture, save a life. 

Whether it’s paying a pound to wear a hat in school or at work, or taking part in fundraising events like a cake sale or fashion show, every penny raised will be granted to not only support brain tumour research and fund equipment, but to help set up support groups and helplines for brain tumour patients, as well as providing essential financial aid.

Every individual or group who raise at least £2,740 even get the opportunity to sponsor a day of research. The day will be marked with a tile on the Wall of Hope calendar, which is based in the Brain Tumour Research Centre of Excellence at the University of Portsmouth.

Celebrity Support

Brain Tumour Research are supported by some fantastic famous faces, American Actress Gillian Anderson (known mainly for her role as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files) has pledged her support after losing her brother to a brain tumour in 2011, along with the likes of BAFTA nominated actor Nigel Havers, Property Developer and TV presenter Sarah Beeny, Top Gear co-host Richard Hammond, Hairy Biker Dave Myers, Prime minister David Cameron, and Vic Reeves & Nancy Sorrell.

 

We’d love to see all of your beautiful noggins topped with a hat, and so would the Brain Tumour Research team. So please do send your pictures to them on their Twitter or Facebook or to us at our Twitter or Facebook

Funding the fight in a hat-tastic way.