Michelle Shocked…

She most certainly did… especially as she looks like such a dyke.

I’d kick her out of bed for that sort of outburst though.

Hello? Where is the love?

19 Mar 2013 / 0 notes

OMG, another never in the same room

Amy Ray | amazing singer songwriter, Lee Briers | Warrington Wolves rugby player…

Is it only me that can see it?

15 Jul 2012 / 1 note

jesca hoop

Two weeks ago, I heard a great song on 6music, no idea who it was, the dj’s didn’t say. So off to the internet to check the playlist. Result : Jesca Hoop. Couple of clicks later and I’ve got a free download from her website of the song I’d just heard. Then I see that she’s playing about 15miles from here in two weeks time, tickets bought, feeling good.

Day before the concert and I’ve been blown away by my free download, it’s such a good track, so I tweet her and say, ‘You gave me Born To, I don’t make music, but I do make great sourdough bread, so there’ll be a loaf waiting for you tomorrow at LEAF’.

In the afternoon before the gig she was interviewed on local radio and mentioned how someone was making her some bread as a gift.

The loaf I made was a good one - it turned out light flavoured and really light. I hope she and her band enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the concert and my free track…

1 Jul 2012 / 1 note

It looks like Frankie Howerd has taken posession of Wayne Rooney’s hair. Just waiting for an ‘oo err missus’ to complete the take over.

26 Jun 2012 / 1 note

Summer in GB. Not had one of these since 1977. Bring it on

Summer in GB. Not had one of these since 1977. Bring it on

24 May 2012 / 0 notes

Giant Uncle | Paul Weller

Never in the same room…

15 May 2012 / 0 notes

Never in the same room….

Karen Matthews and Rebekah Brooks. Both crims - apparently..

11 May 2012 / 0 notes

traditional egg custard made today because we had a stack of eggs from one of our friends chickens…

traditional egg custard made today because we had a stack of eggs from one of our friends chickens…

2 May 2012 / 3 notes

Been itching to make one of these cakes for ages…

1 May 2012 / 0 notes

Sea Odyssey
Liverpool April 2012

and another few pictures…

25 Apr 2012 / 0 notes

Sea Odyssey Liverpool April 2012
Heard about this at the last minute and so, so pleased we went along to take a look. The scale is hard to believe, a 50ft diver, a 30ft little girl and her pet dog - all marionettes operated on a massive scale by two whole bus loads of people. The human effort for each step the diver took was huge. A whole team of men in pairs grabbing a rope and jumping off the scaffolding, then back for the next foot… they travelled over 23 miles around the city. That’s a lot of work.
The story was really touching and for three days, these giants roamed the streets of Liverpool looking for eachother - they met at the close of day two. We saw them the next day as they woke up and took to the streets then to a boat and sailed out of Liverpool.
An amazing thing and what a fantastic way to spend the last of the 2008 European Capital of Culture money.
Bravo Liverpool. It was awesome.

Sea Odyssey
Liverpool April 2012

Heard about this at the last minute and so, so pleased we went along to take a look. The scale is hard to believe, a 50ft diver, a 30ft little girl and her pet dog - all marionettes operated on a massive scale by two whole bus loads of people. The human effort for each step the diver took was huge. A whole team of men in pairs grabbing a rope and jumping off the scaffolding, then back for the next foot… they travelled over 23 miles around the city. That’s a lot of work.

The story was really touching and for three days, these giants roamed the streets of Liverpool looking for eachother - they met at the close of day two. We saw them the next day as they woke up and took to the streets then to a boat and sailed out of Liverpool.

An amazing thing and what a fantastic way to spend the last of the 2008 European Capital of Culture money.

Bravo Liverpool. It was awesome.

25 Apr 2012 / 2 notes

You really can’t trust the French…

I invest time, masses of ideas, effort, enthusiasm and money into a business where the owner really hasn’t got a clue.

On day two, he suggests that whatever I make and sell, I take all the money for. I say I should pay some overhead as I’m using 10% of his stuff to do what I do, He says ‘no, no, you’re enhancing my business and what I’m able to offer the customer, you’re helping me with what I’m doing, I’m happy with that’. OK.

Then he wants me to work with him and develop the business, go into business with him. I see the opportunity, but also his staggering ignorance of basic business sense. So, I’m like whoa, lets just slow this all down. So, we agree to give it three months and then see where we’re at.

All fine by me. He gets a helping hand so he can go to markets with increased volume of products that we’ve made, and I’m fully responsible for my own income. Upshot for his is that it doesn’t cost him a thing apart from a few ingredients.

Fast forward 4 weeks…  I’ve completely turned his business around, introduced new and very successful ideas, new profitable products, turnover has increased by at least 65%. Having me around has indeed had a very positive impact. At the end of the weekend, it comes to splitting the cash as agreed and he pulls a big face and then goes on about his overheads. The overheads? I’d been asking him to clarify these since day one, but he has no idea of what they are, or even what each of his products cost to produce.

Turns out he’d taken my advice, calculated what they actually are and not slept since.

The next week, week five, he witholds the money I’m due for my weekends sales, saying it’s late, we’re exhausted, we need to just go home. True and I agree.

At the end of the following weekend and now holding two weeks of my cash he changes the terms of our agreement and applies it retrospectively to what he’s got of mine. He now takes 50% of whatever I take. I suggest that If I’m taking a 50% hit, I want 50% control of what those costs are. At the same time, he’s talking about getting me a set of keys to the business and I go along with it because we agreed 3 months…

Two days later I get an email ‘It’s not working, I can’t afford to go on, I can’t afford to pay me let alone you, I might have to close the business’.

Pay me? HELLO? I pay you, remember, you took half of my money?

Now I have to drive an 82 mile round trip to collect all my stuff from his premises, where he then pays me half of what I’m due and I can do nothing.

Four days later March 10, I see he’s posting on-line that ‘business is going from strength to strength’ he’s implemented and planning to implement more of my ideas, he now makes and sells the products I introduced, and lo and behold, he’s informally referring to his business as the pet name I came up with. Le Coq!

In the three weeks before he pulled this stunt, he’d been nagging me for my recipes firstly, under the guise of ingredients, then cost, and then the final desperate plea ‘what if you’re ill and I have to do what you’re doing’. He never got my recipes. I’m trusting – not stupid.

In true Prince2 Practitioner style I have a list of lessons learned.

Eric Laot you’re deceitful and greedy. You lack honesty and integrity and that’s no way to conduct yourself or do business.

20 Mar 2012 / 0 notes

New Cat Collars
Both cats now have funky new cat collars complete with bells, and they look lovely.
Thing is, it sounds like a troupe of Morris Dancers are doing the wild thang around the house.
Not sure I’m gonna get used to it!

New Cat Collars

Both cats now have funky new cat collars complete with bells, and they look lovely.

Thing is, it sounds like a troupe of Morris Dancers are doing the wild thang around the house.

Not sure I’m gonna get used to it!

4 Mar 2012 / 0 notes

Another two not seen in the same room…

Florence (Florence and the Machine) and Noel Fielding.

21 Jan 2012 / 126 notes

Women…

21 January 2012

I was in a shop earlier today. It’s getting busy at the checkouts and a male voice comes over the tannoy “Can someone come to the checkouts please”…

Someone? I don’t think it could have been any more ambiguous if he’d have tried.

Five seconds later a female voice comes on “Michelle to the checkout please”.

Just sayin’ it takes a woman to get the job done properly.

21 Jan 2012 / 13 notes