Winning Monopoly Stickers… 2016

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It’s that time of year again. Just as the Sun begins to shine for Spring – that glorious Creme Egg Mcflurry appears under the Golden Arches. As per normal, this co-insides with the annual Monopoly promotion.

This year they’ve called it Prize Choice Monopoly. Each year the prizes get less and less exciting and this year is no exception. But none-the-less, if you win something you want to know about it. So it’s handy to have a quick reference to the rare stickers… and here they are. For my reference and yours:

  • Brown – Old Kent Road
  • Light Blue – Euston Road
  • Pink – Northumberland Avenue
  • Orange – Marlborough Street
  • Red – Strand
  • Yellow – Coventry Street
  • Green – Bond Street
  • Dark Blue – Mayfair (obviously)
  • Stations – Liverpool Street

There you have it. Happy hunting!

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Batman vs Superman vs Iron Man vs Captain America

banner-bvs-cwOh 2016 is going to be an incredible year for superhero films. Aside from the frustrating Fox-Marvel films that refuse to play ball wit the rest of the Marvel universe (in 2016 including Gambit and XMen Apocalypse – seriously, guys. Fantastic Four reboot much?) we have Civil War, Doctor Strange and Sinister Six from the Marvel Universe along with a healthy helping of Batman vs Superman and Suicide Squad from the DC Universe. All in all – this is going to be a good year to get a Cineworld card!

Although the others will be incredible, I think the most publicised will undoubtedly be Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad and Civil War. Each compiling several key characters into one film. The two most ovbious box-office head to heads being BvS and CW.

With this in mind I wanted to portray my respects to the deserving super-heroes that will headline their respective teams in cinematic battle in the year to come. I haven’t seen either film, I have seen all the trailers and I have read the Civil War comics. So, where I think there are potential spoilers – I’ll let you know in good time. So you can read on in safety :) Continue reading

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Free Money

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Online shoppers? This is for you. Let me be honest for a second here. I’m really not a fan of the success talks and increased wealth seminars. Look, I realise it works for some people, but for me, it’s just not up my street. The way I see it – there is one bit of advice when it comes to business that trumps it all. And it’s one that is casually overlooked. You can’t get money for doing nothing. Fact. And when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. The casual appearance of get-rich-quick schemes skip over the bit where you will need to work overtime to do it. These schemes also overlook the fact that you are basically entering a long line of pyramid selling that will essentially leave you very little credibility.

But occasionally there is gold out there. And I’ve recently found a few tips that have helped me. Bluntly, I don’t have a massive portfolio of investments (two, in fact. 1 Share in Facebook worth £20 and a few in Sainsburys worth £50 – I’m obviously the wolf of Wallstreet). I have credit cards and a student loan. I’m no genius when it comes to saving money away, but I do like to hunt down the deals for saving money on a day-to-day basis. This may take a bit of getting used to – but these deals have saved us quite a bit of cash over the last few months… Continue reading

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Two weeks for thirty.

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I’ve reached 30! Crazy thought, that. I’ve never been one for keeping a note of my age, but it’s easier to do on round numbers. This birthday, as with all of mine over the last ten years or so, I took two weeks off work.

I have always appreciated birthdays. I know some people don’t appreciate the necessity to celebrate them, while others celebrate massively at extravagant parties. I don’t like parties much, but I really do like to make the most of birthdays. And that’s why, for my family we take two weeks out of our busy schedules and focus on celebrating with each other for each others birthdays.

It seems foreign to some. Ridiculous to others. But it’s a tradition that I started just before leaving my previous job at Sainsburys. They didn’t understand it then, much like many people don’t understand it today. Both me and Becky are now self employed, so we don’t get holiday pay and as a result, it does cost to celebrate in this style. But we still see beyond the financial side of it.

But let me explain the rhyme and reason behind my madness. Continue reading

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A farewell nod to Dippy

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My Thirtieth Birthday. I wasn’t entirely sure how to spend it. There were a few options, a few suggestions (none of which were a part, those who know me won’t be surprised to hear). But the final choice came at a last-minute suggestion.

Just over a year ago, the media reported the London Natural History Museum’s plans to remove the Diplodocus skeleton display from the great hall. Not only to be demoted from the main entrance but to be taken from the museum altogether. To be replaced by a Blue Whale skeleton. From that moment, I made a resolution. I needed my child to see this, the way that I did when I was a toddler. The busy year of 2015 didn’t facilitate this opportunity, but as the chance to do it in early 2016 arose – I jumped at the chance… Continue reading

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I don’t keep a diary

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Actually I do keep a diary. The title isn’t about me. For me, gone are the days of keeping a hidden book under my pillow. My diary is either my public musings, collected on my blog or on my phone as a practical reminder of upcoming events and meetings.

No, this is the story of a man who threw logic to the wind as he went against everything you would expect of him. This is the story of the tradesman with no diary. Yup, this post is a little bit of a humorous rant that takes place not too long ago rather than a helpful debate about whether to keep a diary or not. Sorry to disappoint. But without further ado, I present ‘The man with no diary’. Continue reading

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