Sunday, June 28, 2009


So I'm at that crossroads again. Just completed another task off my list and not sure which one to focus on next. Looking at my list, there are certain ones that won't be feasible this year for obvious reasons and there are a few which I hope to complete. I'm determined to complete the BBC reads one, as I can then have the freedom of choosing a book to read instead of from a list and I'm currently enjoying 'Gone With The Wind', but what next? Well I figured that some of the other tasks may not be done over night, so I'm currently loading French phrases into my ipod, have started on my script for Dr Who and have a new idea for my directing a video to go onto You Tube, that's better than the last one I had involving sock puppets (no, don't even go there!)
So even though I don't update this blog as often as I should (looks guilty) I am actually doing loads behind the scenes to try and complete more of my tasks, honest! I'll update you more pretty soon.

Friday, June 26, 2009

14) Go To Wimbledon

From a young age, I can always remember watching the Wimbledon championships. I remember adoring Bjorn Borg and then falling in love with the likes of Pat Cash and Andre Agassi. I haven't followed tennis all that closely for a few years, but one place I always wanted to go was the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.

After applying to join the lottery, for tickets for the second year, luck was on my side, as I was granted two centre court tickets for the fourth day of play - now to get down there! If I was organised then I would have booked the train tickets weeks ago, but we will not go there and suffice to say they were booked by phone the day before and cost me just a tad more than the tickets to centre court did!
We left Nottingham on a dull and cool day, wondering if we were appropriately dressed as we drove to the tram stop, caught the tram into Nottingham train station and then caught the train to St Pancras. From there, we caught the tube to Earls Court and then changed to the Overground to Wimbledon Station. Only problem was when we hit Southfields (which was very nicely decked out like a tennis court) everyone and I mean everyone got off! So like sheep, we followed them and it seemed this was the station that you had to disembark to reach the tennis centre.
We then chose the walking route instead of taxi/bus, thinking that we at least could see some of Wimbledon. It was great! Yes you had to put up with people dragging their feet and getting in your way, but every few yards, you were given free stuff - mostly drinks, but you got the odd toy as well (a rather nice mars bouncy ball I was going to give to Mr M's nephew).
After about 10/15 mins when we reached the tennis centre, I was pleasantly surprised that the queues were not longer. We first had to present our tickets and then have our bags searched. Unfortunately I lost the Mars bouncy ball, as it wasn't an official sponsor of Wimbledon and the woman beside me lost her free drinks (Ribena) for the same reason (should have drunk them like me and Mr M did!)
Then we were in and boy was it hot! I mean seriously hot. We grabbed some food from the nearest vendor and sat on Henman Hill next to the big screen, but I could hardly eat it. We had some strawberries and cream between us, but I barely touched them. Being naturally fair, I don't cope well with such intense heat. We managed to have a steady walk round and visited the shop etc and then desperate for some shade we went into centre court and found our seats. Thankfully we were 4 rows from the top, so we were in shade. If we had been on the front, then I wouldn't have coped.
Then all too soon the players were on. First match was Lleyton Hewitt v Juan Martin Del Potro. Lleyton came exclusively with his own fan club, a rowdy bunch of Aussies dressed in yellow that kept us entertained through the match. It was fantastic to watch the velocity of the serves (one registered at 134mph) but on the other hand it was a tad weird. It felt like you were sitting in a library at times, as everyone is so silent when the match is in play. Then when the games ended, it felt like everyone was at a party and you weren't invited. People seemed to know when they could get up and wander round etc.
I think Lleyton is my new Agassi. He showed passion and commitment in wanting to win - poor Del Boy (as the crowd nicknamed him!) didn't stand a chance!
At the end of the match, I was seriously flagging and needed fuel! After we eventually got out of centre court, we headed for the food halls and boy was I hungry. One very nice pizza slice later with choc fudge cake for afterwards and I could feel my tanks refuelling and I was ready to go. We went back in to watch the next match (Caroline Wozniack v Maria Kirilenko) and found that they were already on the second set (I knew we went to get some food but I didn't think it had been that long!). It was interesting to compare the women's game against the men's. The average speed of the serve was 94mph. The women's game has improved over the years, but it's still slower compared to the men's.
Then it was the big one - Andy Murray v Ernests Gulbis. Now we had to leave at 6pm come what may to catch the train back to Nottingham, so we didn't think we would have chance to see him at all. We actually managed to see the first set and have to say, I found him an incredibly boring player. Yes he appears driven and focused, but he lacks any personality.
Then we were done! We scanned our tickets at the gate (they then get resold and the money raised goes to charity) and we started our mammoth journey to get back home. Still picking freebies on the way back to the tube station (more Ribena!)
I was really pleased that I'd gone, but I think the crowds and the heat would prevent me from visiting again. If it had just been a tad cooler than I would have been happier!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Race For Life

Well I managed it!

Thanks to everyone for sponsoring me!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Blog Of The Week: 40 x 40

I'm not sure who started theirs first, but I came across this blog when the author contacted me. Willy The Prince (the author) is a younger, American version of myself and has the advantage of a few more years than I, to complete her list. I find her list uncannily similar to mine, both in the kind of tasks listed and the fact that it's such a diverse mixture of tasks. From taking a charity vacation to dying her hair red, WTP enters each task with enthusiasm and determination. I especially like the fact that I have someone to 'champion' me now. Whenever WTP completes a task off her list, it has the knock on effect of motivating me into completing one as well, so I have a lot to thank her for.
I also love the fact that by looking at lists such as the 40 things one, it gives you an insight into the personality of the author and I'm kicking myself to not including some of WTP's tasks on my own list (although her scanning old photos has inspired me to begin scanning all my family photos). All in all, whenever a new post pops up in my google reader, I look forward to reading about her adventures and I hope you will too!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Mini Update

So I have the six or so tasks in mind that I need to do this year and I'm getting organised. Library books have been ordered off the BBC list, Wimbledon tickets have been received and I've even begun to write my Dr Who script. My book as those of you who read my blog regularly will know, has been written. However, I have decided to take one final look at it before it gets sent off. I've also decided to do more 'writer' orientated things this year, so if you're going to the Lowdham book festival you may see me there or the Marie Claire 'How to get published' roadshow in Leeds, then you may see me there too!
Wimbledon is in two weeks time, so I'm getting super excited about that, especially now I know that it can't be cancelled on Centre Court. So come what may, I will be there, eating my strawberries and cream and sipping my Pimms. It's not a bad old life really, is it?

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Oh dear, has it really been nearly a week since I last posted anything? I really don't know where time goes at the moment. Work is so hectic, I've been busy flying around trying to get all the presents I need for the many birthdays that are coming up this month and have just come back from a couple of days in Buxton. Not that I've not been thinking about my blog, or becoming strangely motivated in order to complete other tasks, you understand. I say strangely, because for one reason or another, I don't feel I've been as focused as I could have been this year and my list hasn't been as high on my list of priorities as it should have been. So I've made myself a mini challenge - I want to reach at least 20 completed tasks off my list at the end of this year, so that means I have to complete another 6 before the end of December.
A rough guesstimate of what they will be:-
1) Go to Wimbledon
2) Write a Dr Who script
3) Read all of the BBC Top 100 books
4) Direct a video to go on to You Tube
5) Learn to play Chess
6) Go Surfing
I will, as always, stay open minded about what I complete, as I may have the opportunity to complete other tasks in the next six months, that don't feature on the above list - I just need to complete six!
So, I guess there is no time like the present to start.....