Leeds v Millwall, we really need a win!

small-football.jpgLeeds have had a torid time of late, no win in their last six games and three defeats on the trot isn’t the type of form you want to see when trying to get into the playoffs. It doesn’t help that there is also massive doubt whether Massimo Cellino’s takeover will be successful or not after he was found guilty of failing to pay import duty on a yacht.

Whether the Cellino takeover would be good or bad for the football club will remain to be seen, but this uncertainty can’t help the players.

Saturday sees struggling Millwall come to Elland Road in a game that both teams must win; Leeds to have any chance of making the play-offs (which is looking increasingly unlikely) and Millwall to give them a lifeline in the league.

Unfortunately I can’t affect the result tomorrow, although I do think that Leeds will get back to winning ways, but at least I can have a laugh at Manure’s expense.

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Helping my wife with her new venture

We’re quite lucky that we can spend our days doing whatever we like now that I’ve made my money and got out of the rat race. I like to learn new thing and like the hands on approach so spend many a day in my workshop building and restoring random projects from furniture to motorbikes.

My wife on the other hand like to be in the kitchen and is a great cook. She loves making jam and always gives jar of it away to her friends and family, and sells it at the local fates. She’s decided that she wants to take it to the next level and has got herself a market stall in the local town, thing is she needs a bit of a guiding hand to make things look more professional, so I’ve decided to help.

We’ve already found a supplier for the glass jars, fabric covers and ties, and now just need some labels printed. Luckily I know a place through a friend called Data Label who specialise in all sorts of labels from barcodes to car window stickers, so have requested a quote for some custom printed labels.

Once we get the quote back and finish the design for our printed Labels from datalabel we can get an ideal of the finished product and work out how much each jar costs to make and how much we will charge.

I’ll probably get roped in to help once everything is up and running, but you know me I love talking to people, as long as it isn’t about how badly Leeds United are doing.

Jam, Yummy!

Jam, Yummy!

Picture: Matti Mattila

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Golfing holiday with some old work colleagues

Not many people know this, but back when I worked in London I used to play a lot of golf (yes London has golf courses too!), we mainly used it as an excuse to get out of the office and entertain our clients, but I actually got quite good at it.

A few of my old work colleagues are heading to Portugal in June for a golfing getaway and have asked if I’d like to go. To be honest I haven’t played for a while, but my clubs are tucked away neatly in the attic for safe keeping.

Jeff, who is organising the trip, said that instead of paying the ludicrous prices the airline charges for taking golf clubs abroad, that we should use Send My Bag instead. Send My Bag transports your luggage from your door to your destination and is specially designed to take heavy or large items such as golf clubs, skiing equipment and musical instruments that would usually cost a fortune to take on the plane with you.

I think this is a great idea as all you need to take with you is your hand luggage, meaning that we don’t have to hire numerous taxis to get us to our hotel just to fit our golf clubs in. Prices are really reasonable too, costing just £30 for items up to 25Kgs. You can also send multiple bags and items making it perfect for holiday groups like ours.

The only thing I have to do now is dig out my golfs clubs and hit the local course because I don’t want to be shown up do I.

 

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My new favourite drink – the Old Fashioned

I like my bourbon and usually drink it on the rock or with a little dash of coke, but recently I’ve been watching a lot of Mad Men on Netflix and came across my new favourite drink the Old Fashioned.

This drink takes a normal bourbon and gives it a sweet injection with sugar, orange peel and a maraschino cherry, and it’s fast becoming my favourite drink (especially at home).

Here is the recipe if you fancy trying it yourself:

  • 50ml bourbon
  • 1tsp sugar syrup (alternatively you can use normal sugar)
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 2-3 drops of angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes as necessary
  • slice of orange peel (optional)

Preparation

  1. Take the orange peel and squeeze it through your fingers to release the scent, rub the peel around the inside of the tumbler and place into the glass.
  2. Add the sugar syrup (or sugar), cherry and bitters along with some ice and stir for approximately 10 seconds.
  3. Add the bourbon and stir for another 10 seconds.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Old Fashioned

Picture: Sam Howzit

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DLC’s for video games – good or bad?

Today Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella announced that Titanfall is getting a season pass and the comments section lit up like a light bulb. The general consensus was that people don’t want DLC’s and would rather have a finished game with all the content added, this got me thinking.

DLC’s have been a popular way for developers to produce new content for a game after its release for a while now, and it’s obviously making them money, so I doubt it will stop any time soon. I personally think that if you want the extra content then you should pay for it (at a reduced price of course), but people are so selfish that they want everything for free.

Take for instance Battlefield 1942, the original game was great and packed full of content, but they still released expansion packs (which you had to buy) to provide players with new content. These expansion packs not only bolstered the amount of content in the game but also served as a stop gap until the next game was released.

Personally I’m happy that developers are producing new content for their games as well as providing ongoing tech support for bugs and so on; it would be easy for them to ship a game then just start on a sequel and not really bother with fixing glitches etc. DLC’s provide longevity for a game, hell I was still playing Battlefield 3 until Battlefield 4 was released and that was two years later!

At the end of the day if people feel like a DLC isn’t worth it then don’t buy it, but I’m all for it as long as the price is right and the content is the same quality as the original game.

What do you think? Are DLC’s a good or bad thing, leave your comments below:

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Three does it again with #SingItKitty advert

Mobile phone network Three has revealed their latest advert and it’s great. A follow up to the award winning #DancePonyDance advert of last year, the #SingItKitty advert has a girl on a bike with a cat both singing the Starship’s 1985 hit ‘We Built this City’.

I actually paused the TV and called me wife into watch it when I first saw it, check it out below:

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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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