It's that fantastic time of year again, an opportunity to scare the hell out of people and get away with it!
Quiz night went well this week, despite the amount of educated guesses we finished 8th out of a massive 17 teams! Roasties were the order of the night this time. Highlights of the quizzing knowledge include The Shard, Stephanie Powers, Norfolk, Farepack, Shipbuilding, Natalie Wood, Louise Woodward and Miss Marple. Despite coming 8th we were satisfied as there were a few educated guesses which proved to be correct. Although worried about Paul and his inane outbursts and hysterics, he made it through to the end of the night, and we hope he is in a more lucid state next week.
Halloween kicked off with a bit of fun in the office, the odd severed limb in the biscuit tin, filing cabinet, kitchen cupboard etc. As in previous years I was a halloween grump at home and refused to open the door to halloweeners, although I do love it when Nat makes them sing the whole 'Sky is Blue' song before giving them a thing. Further scares lie ahead on Saturday at Joe's birthday party, after all which 3 year old doesn't love illuminated skeletons or killer scarecrows.......
Speaking of Halloween, a cracking website opens its gates to you again tonight. It's definitely worth a check out at www.popcornpictures.co.uk, it contains hundreds of movie reviews, mainly of the horror genre. Well worth a view!
Still not got a walk settled on for the weekend, but I'm hoping to get out on Sunday for a few hours, to finally test my new gear!
So I had all my gear ready like a kid at Christmas! Everything was in the bedroom set up - clothes to walk in, as well as my new socks, shoes and hydration pack. I got out of the shower and dressed, ready for church. I was under the assumption that once you had wore one pair of shoes you were more or less used to any kind, obviously not....I put my new walking boots on upstairs and then proceeded to fall down the stairs and walk into a wall. It was almost like a scene from Wallace & Gromit! Determined to put this incident behind me I tried to fill my camel pack up, resulting in orange juice being spilt all over the kitchen. All in all, an unsuccessful morning - at least I remembered about putting the clock back!
Anyway, the planned walking today never quite went according to the plan....following a parish hall cake stall visit, a gathering of Halloween props, a Sunday afternoon dash round Tesco and a free lunch in The Fairfield with Mam, Dad & Isaac I decided today wasn't meant to be for walking. I also realised that there was some sort of film on the soles of my shoes which needed to be 'walked in' before I done a decent walk, as it was quite slippery in the wet weather.
So it has not quite been the day I had planned but I've enjoyed it. Just settling down now to watch The Godfather before I go to bed, hoping to wake up next to Nat and not a horses head!
Come here and there's more, I say that in true Jimmy Cricket style as I have just looked down and realised my new socks actually have an 'L' and an 'R' on for the dedicated feet! Top class, and to think I just put them on any foot this morning (and guessed right!).
It's been a few weeks since I have been out and about walking, mainly due to the fact my shoes fell apart. I did manage to get a few miles in for my tenner's worth though!
Anyway, a massive thanks to Chris who has very kindly kitted me out, and after a little break I am now able to get 'back on it'. I'll feel like a right dandy man about town with my new Scarpa Goretex boots, Hillmaster anti-blister socks and 2 litre hydration backpack! Hoping to head off on a journey tomorrow so will let you know how it goes!
It's finally happening! I can announce the full line up, date and venue for my first Charity Chuckle.
It will be held on Thursday, April 4th 2013 at the Swan Hotel in Billingham.
Headlining the show is Pat Monahan, winner of Show Me The Funny - he is a class act, when he was on at the club it was the longest show we had, and even after that he made sure everyone got a photo - and a hug!
MC for the night is Andrew Ryan, an Irish comic who has an instant likeability about him - we've seen him several times and never tire. He will ease everyone into the night, and get to know a bit more about some of you.
Dan Bland is a great deadpan comedian, guaranteed to have everyone smiling on the night, except himself, of course.
Brennan Reece is the only act I have not seen but comes with great recommendation and is sure to complete what promises to be a great night of comedy....perhaps the funniest night ever?
Particular thanks to Neil at http://www.hilaritybites.co.uk/ for helping make this happen.
This is going to be an excellent night a month or so before the Coast to Coast to help boost the final fundraising total, so get your tickets early, I think it might just sell out...
Oh and pass it on! If you want a poster to put up at work let me know.
I think it's a week since my last post. In that time I haven't really gotten up to much to be honest. No walking at the weekend and probably none this weekend until I get another pair of walking boots. Obviously the walk and charity has been on my mind though, and am pleased to announce I will be hosting a charity chuckle on April 4th 2013. The night promises to be one of the greatest ever with Pat Monahan headlining! It also features Andrew Ryan as MC and spots from Brennan Reece and Dan Bland. Tickets will be on sale shortly at £8 and I hope to have the venue finalised next week. I will have more info on that in a couple of blogs.
Quiz was another good one last night, despite being down to three - a gallant effort with such answers as Estée Lauder, Hugh Scully and Dusty Springfield, but ultimately we came joint last. We struggled in the tie break section - to name what ingredients they put in their sarnies! I suppose you can't grumble, they're free!
Just a fleeting visit this time, I will hopefully enlighten you more when something actually happens!
Monday night brought around the quiz night again, and we were a team of three. What better way to get the brain working by, you guessed it, walking there! Only three of us tonight and we set off on the 5.1 mile journey. Through Ingleby and past the Fox Covert, the time soon passed, especially with the quiz questions being thrown between us. We established, quite rightly, that Paolo Maldini was the best left back ever - yes, including Graeme le Saux and Justin Edinburgh! The last mile of the walk however, was a grueller. It was, or at least it seemed to be, a slight uphill all of the way, and pitch black along the country road, only illuminated by the passing of headlights.
The quiz was another good 'un. We managed to sneak into the money again, fourth place, adding a fiver to our pot. Things we learnt this week include California being the third largest state, Col somehow knowing Memphis shared its name with an old Egyptian city, Paul flexing his knowledge of Brokeback Mountain and African colonies, and everyone now knows the date of birth for Boris Johnson is 19/06/1964. Oh and Bob Hope has hosted the most Oscar Award Ceremonies.
The half time grub was served up and I almost fell for the culinary disguise trick. That egg mayonnaise sarnie I was about to tuck into was a sneaky coronation chicken one trying to look like egg mayo. Fortunately (for me) Paul beat me to it and had to suffer the consequences, although he seemed to enjoy it. The night was topped off when Nat picked us up and was the first i had seen of her since she left for Blackpool on Friday.
Some great news came through about a potential fundraising night but I will blog about that when confirmations are definite.
Tuesday involved a walk to work and an exciting cup tie on the night for Hartlepool. The only problem was that the game was terrible and we got beat on a penalty shoot out, so the less said about that the better!
And finally a brief mention of my walking shoes. I had them less than two months (I think) and they have given up on me already, well what do I expect at a tenner a pair!
Dan 1 - Walking Shoes 0
Yesterday was one of them days when I just done nothing, and it was brilliant!
I managed to have a lie in, and a few phone calls aside, had no contact with civilisation. As I had already had my football bets on from Friday, I could enjoy Jeff on the TV followed by the ESPN match and finishing off with a movie marathon from 9pm - 3am. Carlsberg don't do Saturdays.....
OK I did do quite a bit of stuff around the house being a domestic God and all that and it flashed through my mind whether to go to Redcar races (walk of course) and/or the casino on the night, but ultimately, staying in won the toss up, much to the delight of my wallet!
There was, however, a little bit more planned for Sunday. It began with church and then I walked out with dad along the barrage and back up the wilderness road. I have done this before but I wanted to try and up the pace a bit. We managed to do 5.6 miles at a pace of 3.1mph which I was quite happy about. I'm also pleased as it felt easy, I am getting quite comfortable with 5-8 miles with no problems at all. I can concentrate on trying to speed up my times web doing these distances.
It was a nice day so there was plenty of people about. You cross the people walking back from work, the joggers who look in agony, the dog walkers, and the fellow ramblers who vary in sociability, from the unsure whether to engage in pleasantries to the enthusiastic 'morning', even though it is mid-afternoon!
We crossed the Diana bridge today which Princess Di opened in 1992 and the infinity bridge, which was opened in 2009 and dad tells me he crossed it on the day it opened. We also crossed the Newport bridge, which is a vertical lift bridge and was last raised in 1990 before its mechanical decommissioning. I am no bridge expert by the way, just thought I would 'Wikipedia' that out of curiousity!
The thought of dinner at the end of the walk was enough incentive to keep up the pace and we went to the Beckfields for lunch - always a safe bet.
The late night must have caught up with me as the last thing I remember was being sat on the sofa at about 5pm and then waking up again at 8! Refreshed I planned my movie night which included Misery and Saw II, yeah it's one of them nights!
A walk to work in the morning and a walk to the Falcon will make a total fri-mon distance of about 24 miles.
If you haven't already, can you like the group www.facebook.com/C2C4BRT and ask your friends to do the same? Ta.
Anyway, I'm off to revise every Oscar winner from 1929 in time for tomorrow's quiz....
So today I am all Macaulay Culkin as Nat has gone to Blackpool for the weekend. Not wanting to waste an opportunity I asked if she could drop me at Darlington on the way, and she did! And I was to walk home.
It was a new route but a pretty boring one. Plenty of road walking with no path so dodging on and off the verge way. I did stumble on my first local nature reserve though, although as I walked down it, followed by a man with a dog, I felt I was filming a crimewatch reconstruction! The weather was nice, although the previous days had left the ground marshy, which, of course, proved to me my shoes were not waterproof. Nevermind, you live and you learn!
I powered on alone this morning, actually maintaining 3mph which is better than my normal. Walking along the back of Teesside Airport (yes, I know!) there were plane spotters sat in their cars with binoculars, at least I assume they were plane spotters! There was one or two low flyers overhead and I managed to get a picture.
After trekking the 7 miles into Yarm I saw a sign for 'Flounders House'. I could have sworn Flounders lived in the other direction!
I sat by the river and Yarm and waited for the Teesside Princess to whisk me away to Stockton. It never came. So instead, with a yearning for alternative transport, I walked to Eaglescliffe and in true Michael Portillo fashion, got a train! I saw two actual trainspotters as well! Anyway I managed to get back in Thornaby at about 1pm. Time to have a chill out and a soak in bath before games night at the club. I hope to recapture my domino form of last season!
Back to the Coast to Coast and a few more acknowledgments. Showcase cinema are donating a couple of movie posters to raffle, Chiquitos have donated a £35 meal voucher and the Arc have donated tickets to a show. Thanks a bundle!
After being in touch with Hartlepool United they very kindly offered a signed ball as a raffle prize. It's a gem of a prize as I reckon they will be in the Champion's League by 2020. I arranged to collect it before last nights match and thought, despite Sheff Utd being well fancied for promotion, we get something out of the match.
The weather conditions were pretty terrible, and as our season tickets are for the only area off the ground which not under a roof, we got pretty soaked! As always with League One games it was a bit of kick and rush stuff, and some dodgy reffing decisions, but quite an enjoyable match. Yes, we got beat 2-1 (an 89th minute sickener) but we, in my unbiased opinion, were by far the better team! All we need is a playmaker and a goalscorer - surely not too much to ask.
Anyway, after the disappointment of a lack of walking action on Saturday and Sunday, I am trying to make amends this week. Hopefully I can do something like this:
Friday - Darlington-Yarm-Thornaby
Saturday - Hamsterley Forest
Sunday - Undecided
Monday - Thornaby-Hilton
That's the plan
The quiz goliaths have finally landed! Or something like that!
It's taken all of 3 weeks but we have finally got into the money at our new quiz night.
It was a full team line up tonight and despite a sub standard start, we started picking up the points and finished a respectable joint fourth, picking up a fiver on the way.
The team pulled out some corkers tonight like knowing what operation Barbarossa was and knowing Alvin Stardusts real name. Unlucky not to win a spot prize too - being only 23 miles out with distance from London to Lisbon only for someone to be only 5 miles out and pip us.
Nevermind, another good night out at The Falcon and there's even talk of walking there next week.
Who knows, maybe even Ex Pats v Eggheads one day!