My Top Three (slightly bizarre) Christmas Videos

It's so near to Christmas that I can dig out those bizarre YouTube clips that I've been saving for a 'special occasion'.  Here are my top three slightly off-the-wall Christmas videos (with some extra music links for you at the end).



White Christmas

I've shared this numerous times and even though it's so obviously a set-up, this version of White Christmas with Ant & Dec and Robbie Williams still makes me giggle all the way through.





Do They Know It's Christmas

This group sing-a-long  (embedding has been disabled by the person who uploaded it so you'll have to click through to watch it) was shown on Stars in their Eyes in 1992. You've probably never seen it before - or have blanked it out of your memory - but you're unlikely to be able to unsee/unhear it this time.



All I Want For Christmas Is You

I can't choose between the Mariah Carey/Jimmy Fallon version and the Steve Kardynal/Chatroulette version so help me out here.  Tell me in the comments which one is your favourite.


       


Let me know if you've found something more bizarre! You can link to it in the comments along with your "All I Want For Christmas" vote. 

And if you're still wanting more Christmas music ramblings, you can read about my unsung heroes of Christmas, my five favourite festive tunes and my top three Christmas songs that aren't really about Christmas

#StationeryWednesday - 7 Signs I Am A Stationery Addict

*stands up* My name is Nickie and I'm a stationery addict. Here's why:

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1.  I keep a diary.  This is alongside using my Google Calendar for digital reminders. I find the act of writing something down makes it more permanent and memorable. I normally use a Filofax but for 2015 I am going to try using a Marks Storage diary (more on that in a video soon).

2.  I write lists. Lots of lists. Discovering the bullet journal system was a revelation because it meant I had a legitimate reason for writing lists. And the best thing? I actually get to cross things off those lists because I am Getting Things Done.

3.  I buy notebooks. I have to have a nice notebook to write my lists in, obviously! I prefer dot-grid paper but this is a recent appreciation and was discovered through the bullet journalling. Lines don't really do it for me any more.

4.  I love handwriting. My own is fairly neat but doesn't really have a 'flair' to it so I adore seeing other people's handwriting with the different loops and swirls that they use. It fascinates me, considering we all use the same basic method of learning to write and the letters are a specific shape.  I'm made up too when I seeing signatures, especially when written in real ink *be still my beating heart*

5.  I have to use certain pens. I most definitely cannot use the same pen all the time. Each occasion demands a different writing implement. My most favourite at the moment is the J Herbin rollerball which I've been using for a couple of months now with Lierre Sauvage (green) ink. I also love Frixion pens for note taking (you can rub them out) and a fountain pen for special occasions, 

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6.  I discovered washi tape. This is literally a rabbit hole from which I may never return. When you think you have seen it all you find another pattern, colour or use. My most recent batch is all green (I'm sensing a theme here) and from the MT Tape collection so I am constantly browsing the Pinterest "washi tape uses" results - it's definitely not just for decorating my Filofax pages!

7.  I'm a little bit old school. I covet a red Silvine exercise book, I rarely use shaped erasers because I don't want to spoil them (I love the scented ones too), I sometimes dream about getting remarried just so I can pick some wedding stationery, I own a labeller and my desk is super tidy with everything in its place.

Are you a stationery addict? Stand up and declare now! 

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This Quiz Book That I Wrote

Over the past few weeks I've been slaving away over a Word document, attempting to pull together an idea that came to me in a flash of inspiration about four weeks ago. 

You may or may not know that I founded the Friday Twiz (a quiz on Twitter every Friday evening) four-and-a-half years ago. It's a small community of quizzers who come together every Friday evening to battle with their knowledge and their wit for no prize other than kudos.  After running this venture for so long I had amassed a huge bank of questions so thought I'd pull some of them together and publish them in a book.


The book 
is now available to buy on Amazon

(and it's cheaper than a cup of coffee)

You can find out more about the book here.  There are three sections in the book; an interactive quiz section, three picture quizzes and a revision section.  This way, the book will never get boring - at least not until you have memorised all the questions and their answers. 

It's very strange to see an idea come to life so quickly but I wanted to publish now because this book will be perfect for your Christmas party (either at home or at work) or just to swot up to win that round of drinks down the pub. Let me know if you buy a copy (and don't forget to leave me a review).  It's a rather exciting "next stage" down my life path.





Random Thoughts From Today

Why is today's earworm Ed Sheeran's "Sing"?
Has my contact lens gone behind my eye or on the floor? Why can't I find it!!??
How do we go through so much washing powder?
New diary on the way... I must practice my best hand writing
Why does a teenage boy need to use 14 towels per week?
Does anyone ever get an extra follow from a #followfriday mention on Twitter?
Holy shit, it's 11.45. I'd better get dressed. 
IT'S SNOWING... oh, it's stopped.
Am I ever going to catch up with Serial before the final episode?
How the fuck did I fail a 'Can You Speak Lancashire?' test on Buzzfeed (19/22)
Are "keks" trousers or underpants?
Planning. Yes, planning...  oohh distraction techniques...
The best thing about working for myself has to be that I get to watch Minder at lunch time.
What's the point of clearing my email inbox when another deluge of emails drops straight in?
Aaawww Vintage TV 80s tunes.  Awesome.
Vintage TV really does have the most random videos for some of their songs.
AAARRGGHH damaged memory card. *opens eBay* 
I wonder what theme I should create for the FridayTwiz tonight?
X-Factor is really pushing for Fleur to win. 
Plus, why is Andrea singing a different 'winner's song'? 
And why are the 'special guests' just people who have performed on the show in recent weeks?
Should I buy a Christmas jumper?
I should make a list and plan a new radio series.
I want a pair of denim dungarees.  No, no no no, I don't. 
MORE SNOW... oh, it's stopped again.
Today is going really slowly...
How did I just waste half an hour on Pinterest?
And another half an hour on StumbleUpon?
I know, I'll have a little practice on my ukulele.
Bejewelled Blitz? Wow, I haven't played on that for ages.
I'm crap at Bejewelled Blitz.  
What shall we have for tea? Probably take-away.
Why do I have so many websites bookmarked that I never visit any more?
Better not remove them. Might never be able to find them again in the future!


Get Pampered Or Go Home

Rock Pamper Scissors (logo)
Whilst musing on my next hairstyle I discovered ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS and thought they are definitely tuned into the trend for wanting to organise your life online.

Get #pampered or go home...


What Rock Pamper Scissors offers is a local online directory for beauty and hair salons.  Their online recommendation and booking system was created in Leeds (in the UK).  They worked with a small bunch of salons, tweaking and improving their service, with more local salons signing up to be registered in their directory. They are now rolling the directory out to more cities, with Manchester being city number two and more being added in the very near future.

Rock Pamper Scissors (search)

The search system is very simple to use and if there isn't a salon registered in your local area you can join their mailing list to get a notification when there is. If you're a salon owner you can register your salon for inclusion in their directory too.

You'll be able to view service details and prices, read customer reviews and see if there are any promotions or offers available near you.  You currently pay in-salon however there are plans to bring in an online-payment service so you can pay when you book. 

Keep an eye on these guys - this is definitely going to take the strain out of arranging beauty appointments. 

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