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But not everyone is lucky enough to be with their loved ones for whatever reason. If you are one of these people please do not be alone this Christmas. Here are some organisations that are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Christmas. Pick up the phone and talk to them.
And please, if you know of someone in need, pass on the information on this blog post.
By Nickie O'Hara on Saturday, December 24, 2011
Anyway, shopping done, presents wrapped, all Santa-runs completed, wine chilling, take-away arranged for tea. I think it's time to sit back and.... RELAX!
By Nickie O'Hara on Wednesday, December 21, 2011
By Nickie O'Hara on Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Daniel - one of the afore-mentioned PR's - approached me a short while ago to ask if he could post his own cancer-related story and his style of writing is infectious and page turning (if blogs had physical pages). And as this occasional series of personal stories is all abut breaking the taboo of cancer, I'm honoured that Daniel requested that he openly and honestly shares his experience of testicular cancer. As he says at the end of his story, he is open to questions so please feel free to ask in the comments. You may use the "Guest" option if you wish to remain anonymous.
By Nickie O'Hara on Monday, December 19, 2011
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By Nickie O'Hara on Saturday, December 17, 2011
For me, there's only one choice. I can name it from the first note in true "Name That Tune" style and can name every single person, in order, when not watching the video. I received the single (yeah, kids, a 'single', remember those?) as one of my Christmas presents in 1984 and I had the 'behind the scenes' programme (Boy George turning up pissed, an atmosphere you could cut with a knife, Status Quo cutting something else with a knife or a credit card...) on video somewhere but it's long gone. *sad face*
And the lyrics... hastily written but very clever. Maybe it's the nostalgia kicking in but there is no cover that has come close to the quality of the original (not even the version shown on Glee the other night with everyone all happy clappy and cheesy grins - wrong sentiment for the song, in my opinion).
So, what is your ultimate Christmas song?
By Nickie O'Hara on Friday, December 16, 2011
Christmas songs squished up into a 30 second clip.
By Nickie O'Hara on Thursday, December 15, 2011
Anyway, I remembered that Ruth sent me a little dance video last week and I saved it to favourites to cheer me up whenever I was feeling a little down. It is now time to share that with you, dear reader. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do...
By Nickie O'Hara on Monday, December 12, 2011
Now, I know mine wouldn't look like that but I googled "potato cake recipes" and was presented with a whole host of different methods. I scrolled through a few and thought: how hard can it be? I hate following recipes anyway - that's boring! Plus I don't have a food processor or a potato ricer (Huh! A what?) and neither did either of my grandmothers. What was good enough for them is good enough for me so here's my method with some do's and don't's and Top Tips.
- Some potatoes, cooled and mashed
- Just over half a very large onion, grated
- Some cheese, grated
- One egg, lightly beaten
- salt and pepper to own taste
- plain flour for dusting
- a bit of butter for frying
- Mash up the cooled potatoes with a fork and not the potato masher that is neither use nor ornament but still resides in your kitchen drawer for some strange reason.
- Vigorously grate the onion and spend the next 15 minutes dousing your eyes with cold water to try and stem the flow of onion tears. Grate the cheese. You may remember to rinse the grater at this point and prevent another bout of onion tears.
- Add the onion, cheese, salt and pepper to the mashed potatoes and mix thoroughly.
- Pour in the beaten egg. This apparently binds the mixture together. At this point I regress to my Catholic upbringing and sing "Bind Us Together, Lord" as I'm mixing.
- Remind yourself that the idea is to scoop a small amount of the dough in your hand and form into a ball shape, flatten, dust with plain flour and place on a plate ready for frying later.
- Try to create your first potato cake and realise that you may need to use some flour on your hands to stop the dough from sticking.
- Throw some plain flour over your hands and try again. Make a couple more potato cakes and realise that the dough is still a little bit too sticky.
- Remove all jewellery so that you don't get any more dough lodged in any part of your rings.
- Wash your hands thoroughly, don't dry them completely and marvel that the next potato cake you try to make doesn't stick to slightly damp hands.
- Wash hands, repeat the method to make one potato cake, wash hands, repeat the method to make another potato cake, wash hands, repeat the method to make another potato cake, and so on until all dough is used up.
- To cook, melt a bit of butter in your frying pan, gently place the potato cakes into the pan and fry until golden brown, turning once so that both sides cook. Here is where you discover that if your mixture has too much cheese in it the potato cakes will become a little bit sloppy when heated up, making it difficult to flip them over. You can make a mental note to use less cheese next time. Also, don't put too many in the pan at the same time as you'll find it nigh on impossible to scoop up the sloppy potato cakes to flip them over
- When completely cooked through and golden brown on both sides, serve to your hungry family.
- Rescue your jewellery from wherever you left it and scrub it clean with the spare toothbrush from under the sink.
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By Nickie O'Hara on Friday, December 02, 2011
After the mix-up the last time I had a delivery of toys I was very interested in the claims of 'discreet packaging' from Vibrators.co.uk. So, to prove their point they sent me a surprise parcel. Can you guess what is in it? Lets have a look at the video...
By Nickie O'Hara on Thursday, December 01, 2011
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Using Audioboo or YouTube, record yourself singing the song (with or without rehearsal, interruptions from husbands, kids or pets) and post the link in the comments of my Facebook note.
The #ineedakindlesingalong challenge is live!
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