Middlesbrough vs Leeds – can I bear to watch?

small-football.jpgOh to be a Leeds supporter! It’s funny, one of my friends said the other day that he now knows what it feels like to be a Leeds supporter (he’s a Manchester United supporter), but in all honesty its not funny at all. Leeds really need to start putting together a decent run if they are going to get into the play-offs this season.

Things were looking up a couple of weeks ago after the 5-1 drubbing of Huddersfield and 2-1 win over Yeovil after being behind, but this went back to normal last week with a poor display against Brighton. We all know that Leeds are capable of beating any team in the league, but their inconsistency is a real problem.

We play Middlesbrough in the early kick off today, which I’ll be watching (through my hands probably) and anything less than a win could prove to be a massive problem for getting into the play-offs.

Leeds actually have a good recent record against Middlesbrough in Teesside and have won three out of the last four meetings, although they have not kept a clean sheet in their last 10 games. Hopefully that will change as Jack Butland is expected to make his debut for the club after joining on loan from Stoke this week; Cameron Stewart is also available after missing last week’s defeat to Brighton.

I’m predicting a Leeds win, obviously, but will be watching with baited breathe.

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Doubling the size of your house

I watched a program on 4OD over the weekend called Double Your House for Half the Money and it has given us some great ideas on what we could do to our house.

Space is the main concern with our home, although there is only two of us we seem to have so much stuff that it’s slowly starting to look like a hoarder’s paradise. There isn’t much scope to extend the houses exterior as it is a terraced house with a relatively small garden, but luckily we do have a basement which we could utilise to make some more space.

At the moment the basement is full of, well to be honest junk and non-essential items such as old work files, cycle parts and bags of old clothes. What we could really do with is an office space and the basement would be the perfect space. It would then free up our spare bedroom to either make into a guest room when we have visitors or a dressing room making more space in our master bedroom.

The TV episode had two couples, one who built a big extension on their house and the other who converted their basement to make two more bedrooms. It showed us that there is potential to do something with our basement, so we’re looking into it at the moment.

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My famous chicken noodle soup recipe

Yep, that’s right I do the odd bit of cooking once and a while, and one of my wife’s favourites is my chicken noodle soup. We are having some friends round for dinner at the weekend and my wife asked if I would make the soup for the starter, so I decided to share it on here too.

Ingredients (serves 6-8):

  • Chicken breast 500g
  • 3 carrots
  • 4 sticks of celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 hot chillies
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • ½ pack of medium noodles
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Chilli powder to taste

Cooking

Start by chopping up all of the carrots, celery, onion and chillies whilst gently heating a pan with a tablespoon of oil in it. Put all the vegetables in and let it simmer for around 10 minutes until it softens.

While you’re waiting chop the chicken breast into cubes approximately 1 inch big, once the veg is softened put the chicken breast in and stir quite frequently so that the breast gets nicely seared.

Add approximately 1 litre of boiling water into a suitable jug and add the chicken stock cube, stir until it is fully dissolved.

Pour the chicken stock into the pan and leave to simmer away for approximately 5-8 minutes. Add the noodles to the pan and cook as per the instructions (usually around 4 minutes), you may need to add some more water to the pan.

Add salt and pepper to taste and if it needs a bit of an extra kick add some chilli powder.

Serve immediately or divide up into plastic containers and freeze.

Easy!

Hopefully my friends will like it, I might not put as many chillies in the soup this time as I don’t know how spicy they like it; FYI me and my wife like it hot ;-)

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GTA spoof gives you a taste of the West Country

You know me, anything for a laugh (and to have a bit of a skive), so when my wife tweeted me this funny Grand Theft Auto Cornwall video spoof I just had to share it.

Made by Cornish comedian Colin Leggo, this spoof video combines actual game footage with some West Country voiceovers. Whether it’s Michael searching for pasties, Trevor talking about parking tickets or Franklin buying ice cream, this video will crack you up.

Check it out below:

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A blast from a holiday past!

I came across a news article today about a survey of holiday home guest’s bad behaviour and it got me thinking about the time when me and my friends went on John’s stag do in Portugal.

We had booked a villa for the weekend just outside Lisbon and turned up at the holiday agent’s office to pick up the key. The girl behind the desk said that the villa wasn’t ready as they had had a hen group staying during the week and they had left it in a mess, but there was a team of cleaners cleaning it up as we spoke.

Understandably a bit peeved off that the villa wasn’t ready we decided to head to one of the local watering holes for a quick drink. That drink turned into a 4 hour drinking session until we were able to get the key and we stumbled down the road with our cases in tow to the villa.

No sooner than we had opened the door, the stag (John) decided that he wasn’t feeling too good and was sick on the floor. Not a big deal you say, although he had been drinking Vodka and Red Bull all afternoon and decided to choose a nice looking white rug to be sick on.

One of our more sober friends started to clean the mess up, but it soon became apparent that the Red Bull wasn’t going to go in a hurry. The next day we headed to the hypermarket and along with a healthy supply of alcohol and snacks we also bought some cleaning products, Marigold’s and some scrubbers.

Again we tried to remove the now dry Red Bull from the rug to no avail. We even made it into a drinking game where whoever lost had to scrub the rug for 5 minutes (as well as having a penalty drink).

The weekend came and went, and it was time to check out. We admitted that we’d stained the rug to the receptionist and headed home. We didn’t think anything of it for a month or so until the best man (James) got a bill for a new rug in the post. €80 wasn’t too bad between seven of us and we still laugh about that holiday today; John however, has not touched a drop of Red Bull since, lol.

All this talk about holidays has got me thinking about this years; we’re heading to the US to drive Route 66.

Have you got any funny holiday stories? Tell us below.

Vodka and Red Bull

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Get ready for Titanfall

Rarely do I get super excited about an upcoming game, argh who am I kidding I love it and the next must have game (for me anyway) has to be Titanfall. It is released in just over a month and is one of the most anticipated games of the year since it was unveiled at E3 last year.

This could well be a big console seller for Microsoft as it looks to close the gap on Sony’s PlayStation 4. I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with my Xbox One so far, Forza looks amazing and Battlefield 4 has dramatically improved since the latest patch, although I do hope that Titanfall really pushes the boundaries of the system and provides us with a top game.

Titanfall is scheduled for release on March 14th and I’ll write an in-depth review once I’ve had a decent play with it.

Check out the video below:


Titanfall Closed Alpha Gameplay – Shotgun by xjumper

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What the F**k is going on at Leeds?

small-football.jpgIt’s never a dull moment at Leeds, to be honest most Leeds fan now except nothing ever goes smoothly nor how the fans want it to go. And as ever confusion is covering the club like a big dark cloud. That being said we had a storming game on Saturday thank god. My Friday splutter over my cupper when a nice little headline popped up on my phone, stating McDermott had been sacked. For me that seemed out of the blue, yes we had been having a bad run, but nothing we can’t come back from and notably not that bad that a manager should be sacked, considering what he has to work with.

I like Brian, he seems a good manager and by all accounts the team do too, including McCormack who stayed at the club, despite interest for him during the transfer window because of his respect for the manager who he wanted to continue working with. No doubt it was rather shocking news for him on Friday perhaps that was what spurned his hat-trick against Huddersfield? And two great goals from Kebe and Mowatt. Saturday’s game was under the watchful eye of Assistant manager Nigel Gibbs who had taken over after the so called departure of McDermott.

The game showed us how much support McDermott has at the club, probably one of our favourite managers in a long time. Elland Road fans chanting their support for McDermott throughout, apparently. I wish I had gone to that game now, once these problems settle down, I think I will get a season ticket well depending on the outcome. The problems at the end of last week seem to stem from Massimo Cellino who ‘unofficially’ is the new majority owner of Leeds. Cellino has a bit of a reputation, on Friday he tried to mix it up a bit at the club, from the BBC:

  • Tried to put compatriot Gianluca Festa on the Leeds bench for Tuesday’s game against Ipswich.
  • Sacked Brian McDermott on Friday because the popular manager had “done everything to get fired”.
  • Pleaded with McDermott to return on Saturday.

Apparently he has completed a deal to buy 75% of Leeds on Friday lunchtime pending an answer from the Football League on whether he is a “fit and proper person” to own the club. Going by information in the internet, I’m not 100% sure he is someone we want buying our club, there seems to be a lot of similarities to Bates, from the arrogance and bullish behaviour. He has quite a reputation at Cagliari Calcio the ‘other’ club he owns. Apparently he is one of the most colourful, controversial and charismatic owners in Italian football.

However the Championship, is not like Italian leagues. We play proper British style football, we don’t have the same humungous investment and we are fighters. Could he help us get into the Premier League, possibly, with plenty of cash (doesn’t seem on the table though) however sacking one of the best managers we have had in a while doesn’t bode well. As a club we need to stay out of the habit of rash sackings which we have seen in recent years.

That being said, this morning, McDermott has reported for duty at the training ground as normal, with the club issuing a statement stating, Brian McDermott ‘remains’ as manager they said: “The club would like to make it clear that Brian McDermott remains our first-team manager. He has not been dismissed from his post as has been suggested. We look forward to him continuing in his role with us in taking Leeds forward.”

Revelling on the win on Saturday, Gibbs said: “The team was prepared by Brian. It’s his team, his performance and his victory. It’s been unusual to say the least.”

It was a good win and long may it continue and we can put the sorry state of affairs behind us. Leeds really need stability we had it for a while, but like anything at the moment it does not last. On the plus side, this weekend I was wife free which meant there was plenty of time for me to spend doing what I wanted to do without nagging. Which included; getting a fish and chips for lunch, takeaway for tea, drinking as early as I wanted and playing video games and watching man stuff on TV.

Leeds Utd Logo Res Hippy

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