Yule Book Haul

December 25, 2007 at 11:58 am (Books and Authors, Life gets in the way...) (, , )

Dreaming books

I look forward to the festive season each year with great excitement, because, without fail, I can expect a lovely haul of books beautifully wrapped and presented as gifts. Some folks might complain that they can predict their gifts, but I love that I get a mountain of books each year that will take me through to the end of January at the very least.

This year, Santa must have decided I’d been a VERY good girl, because I got an impressive stack of no fewer than twelve books, all of which are tickling away at those braincells reserved for reading (i.e. ALL of them!):

  1. Exit Strategy by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Scottish Folk Tales (Lamond Books)
  3. Scottish Myths and Legends by Judy Hamilton
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling (adult hardback)
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling (adult hardback)
  6. The Wit and Wisdom of the Discworld by Terry Pratchett
  7. How to do just about everything (Collins eHow)
  8. The Lost Barkscrolls by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
  9. Making Money by Terry Pratchett
  10. Peony in Love by Lisa See
  11. Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre
  12. The Generals by Simon Scarrow

The two Harry Potter books are to replace the children’s cover paperback versions I already have, as I originally bought the first four in paperback, as I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like them (numpty!) and then bought the last three books in the series, as they were released, in hardback with the beautiful adult covers, so I decided to replace the earlier ones so they would all match up. In the case of the Pratchetts, the Armstrong, the Brookmyre and the Scarrow, I get all their books are they are released, but I had been banned from buying them for myself, so had to wait till now to have them. The Lost Barkscrolls will complete my set of The Edge Chronicles. I recently read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See and instantly knew I wanted whatever she next wrote, so that one was in the bag. The others were complete surprises and very welcome ones at that!

So, I now have a dozen extra books to add to Mount To-Be-Read, and a massive smile on my face to boot!

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Cirque de Celebrité II – Grande Finalé

December 10, 2007 at 6:30 pm (Music, Film and Television) (, )

The finalists

The finalists – Luke Bailey, Stacey Cadman and Kyal Marsh

Well, the judges said they wanted perfection for the finale performances – and that’s exactly what they got! What a show! With the eliminated contestants also returning to give performances, it was a show truly worthy of the circus! Here’s my run-down of everything that happened from start to finish (the returning eliminated contestants are shown in blue):

Luke opened the show with a stunning performance on the Aerial Straps, culminating in a Bolivian one-armed bungee roll which dropped him from 30 feet above the ring! His performance was exciting and technically superb, leaving the judges (and audience!) almost breathless with his fantastic finish.
Score: 27

Ritchie and Tamara returned to give a beautiful paired routine on the silks – the transitions were smooth and the pair was incredibly sexy with great interaction. If they’d performed like that throughout the competition, neither one of them would have been eliminated!

Hannah, Dean, Shane and Antonia then stepped into the ring to give a dazzling display with the Fire Poi, while Isabella performed above them on the Aerial Hoop. There wasn’t really any interaction between any of these performers, though, with each going all-out to impress the audience with their own skills.

Stacey then did what she does best – took to the air on the Aerial Straps partnered by Valari (a professional Russian circus performer). Their routine was sensual with very passionate interaction. They were, in fact, so good, that they received a standing ovation from the judges and Gabby Roslin was actually caught with a tear or two in her eyes!
Score: 30 (perfect score!)

Kyal graced the ring with a wonderful (topless!) performance on the Silks, showing immense power and fluidity; climbing the silks with ease and grace, and performing so smoothly you’d think he’d been doing it all his life. His death-defying spinning drop at the last moment was jaw-dropping!
Score: 27

Dwayne and Emily were the next returning contestants with a lovely routine on the Aerial Straps – and Dwayne showed off his muscles going topless and getting the audience hot under the collar. They had some nice interaction going on and received a great round of applause.

Last of the returnees were the two last-minute substitute hopefuls who stepped into the breach when Shane left due to injuries – Rebecca and Liam, also on the Aerial Straps. Unfortunately due to an ad break, only the last part of their routine was shown, which is a shame, as it looked like they did really well working together.

Luke returned to the ring to give his final performance on The Wheel of Death. Starting inside the wheel, and travelling at 20 mph, he held several positions as well as walking within the wheel during the revolutions. Then, he climbed onto the outside of the wheel and walked his way to the top, showing great control and concentration. His interaction with the audience (to the Mission Impossible theme tune) was fantastic and he got an uproarious cheer.
Score: 26

Petite Stacey was next to brave the Wheel of Death. Being so small, she had been worried that her diminutive stature might have her at a disadvantage, but her performance was fantastic from start to finish. Inside the wheel, she did a forwards roll and held several poses, all in time to the Bond Theme music. Then, climbing onto the outside of the wheel, she walked her way to the top and did the splits at the pinnacle of her ascent.
Score: 27

Everyone was expecting great things from Kyal on the Wheel of Death and he didn’t disappoint. Mounting the inside of the ring to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme tune, he made it look easy as he strolled around inside the wheel, holding poses and turning somersaults. Then, on the outside of the ring, one he reached the top, he did a handstand. Not to leave it at that, he then hand-walked on the wheel as it descended and glided gracefully to the ground! A standing ovation from the judges – Louis was actually speechless!
Score: 30 (perfect score!)

Total Scores:
Kyal: 57
Stacey: 57
Luke: 53

The Winner:
Kyal
!

From early on in the competition, Kyal was way out front in terms of skills in almost every discipline. It was commented by Philip Gandey that he’d never seen such a well-rounded performer and also that he would love to have both Stacey and Kyal perform in any of his circuses. I sincerely hope they take him up on that offer, because they were excellent (not that Luke wasn’t great too – he was – but Kyal and Stacey were absolutely awesome!).

The whole season has been excellent viewing and I honestly can’t see how they’ll be able to top it if they go for a third season. However, I would love to see them try!

 

~***~

WEEKLY BREAKDOWN OF HOW THE SHOW PROGRESSED:

Viewing Times:
Sunday @ 7:30pm on Sky One (LIVE!)
Saturday @ 4:30pm on Sky One (repeat)

The Host:
Jenni Falconer

The Judges:

Louie Spence
Phillip Gandey
Gabby Roslin

The Contestants:
Dwain Chambers
Hannah Waterman
Princess Tamara
Emily Scott
Ritchie Neville
Shane Lynch
Dean Holdsworth
Luke Bailey
Antonia Okonma
Stacey Cadman
Kyal Marsh
Lady Isabella Hervey
Liam McGough
Rebecca Loos

Week 1 – Fire Poi, Corde Lisse and Static Trapese
Bottom two
: Dean Holdsworth and Princess Taqmara
Eliminated
: Dean Holdsworth was eliminated, but there was a problem with the phone voting, so he was brought back – nobody had to leave the first week.

Week 2 – Bunjee, Double Trapese and Roller Roller
Bottom two: Dwain Chambers and Lady Isabella Hervey
Eliminated: Dwain Chambers was eliminated.

Week 3 – Bunjee, Unicycle, Aerial Hoop and Floor Cube
Bottom two: Luke Bailey and Hannah Waterman
Eliminated:Hannah Waterman
Injuries: Ritchie Neville was unable to perform this week and was therefore exempt from voting and safe from elimination

Week 4 – Foot Juggling, Cloud Swing and Floor / Aerial Perch
Bottom three: Lady Isabella, Princess Tamara and Emily Scott
Eliminated: Princess Tamara and Emily Scott
Surprises: A double elimination was announced, much to the shock of the contenders!

Week 5 – Swinging Trapeze and Silks
Bottom two: Antonia Okonma and Ritchie Neville
Eliminated: Ritchie Neville
Injuries: Shane Lynch was unable to perform this week and was therefore exempt from voting and safe from elimination

Week 6 – Russian Swing and Aerial Cube
Bottom two: Dean Holdsworth and and Kyal Marsh
Eliminated: Dean Holdsworth
Injuries: Shane Lynch also left the show due to injury (2 consecutive weeks off due to injury means automatic disqualification)
Surprises: Liam McGough, an ex-Big Brother housemate, and Rebecca Loos joined the show (performing on the Corde Lisse) due to Shane Lynch quitting . The public will vote to see if they want Liam or Rebecca back in week 7. This was the first week that the judges scored the performances.
Scores given by judges:
Luke – 27
Isabella – 26
Antonia – 21
Stacey – 19
Kyal – 18
Dean – 16

Week 7 – Advanced Corde Lisse and Aerial Straps
Bottom two: Liam McGough and Lady Isabella
Eliminated:Liam
Injuries:Luke injured his hand and leg, but performed anyway.
Surprises: Liam beat Rebecca in the public vote to join the circus.
Scores given by judges:
Kyal – 30
Stacey – 25
Antonia – 23
Isabella – 20
Luke – 19
Liam – 16

QUARTER FINAL
Week 8 – High Wire, Russian Bar, Fire Poi and Aerial Hoop
Bottom two:Luke Bailey and Lady Isabella Hervey
Eliminated:Isabella
Surprises: Each contestant had to perform two disciplines – one new (High Wire or Russian Bar) and one an advanced routine on a formerly shown discipline (Fire Poi and Aerial Hoop), although not necessarily one they’d already performed.
Scores given by judges:
Kyal – 29 + 28 = 57
Stacey – 17 + 28 = 45
Antonia – 21 + 22 = 43
Luke – 18 + 24 = 42
Isabella – 16 + 12 = 28

SEMI FINAL
Week 9 – Spring Board, Blinfolded Highwire, Cloud Swing and Static Trapese
Bottom two: Luke Bailey and Antonia Okonma
Eliminated: Antonia
Injuries: Antonia injured her knee and Stacey injured her ankle. Both performed despite their injuries, although Antonia had to change her discipline because of hers.
Scores given by judges:
Kyal – 25 + 30 = 55
Stacey – 22 + 24 = 46
Luke – 20 + 26 = 46
Antonia – 11 + 25 = 36

GRAND FINAL
Week 10 – Wheel of Death and Aerial Straps or Silks
Scores given by judges:
Kyal – 27 + 30 = 57
Stacey – 30 + 27 = 57
Luke – 27 + 26 = 53
Winner: Kyal Marsh

 

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The Power of Positive Thought

December 9, 2007 at 4:53 pm (Life gets in the way...) (, , )

Think Positive

After having a tough time of late, what with one thing or another. Whether you’re here in Scotland or over on the other side of The Pond in the USA, you may well have heard of all the broo-ha-ha kicked up by the press over Donald Trump’s proposal to  build a golf course and hundreds of holiday homes in a conservation area in Aberdeenshire being turned down. As I work in the Chief Executive’s Office, we’ve been hit by the full force of everything there and the last week or so has, as a result, been even busier than usual as we’ve been dealing with the hundreds of letters (both for and against the decision that was made) and emails that have come pouring into the Council.

Me  being me, however, I decided this would be the perfect time to try a little experiment on the power of positive thought. Every Monday I receive an email from a man who calls himself “Very Happy Phil”, it’s only a brief message, but it’s always a very positive one and relates a little story of how positive thought has helped him and how it can help other people. This week I decided to put his theories to the test and see if I could actually will myself to have a good week despite all the extra stress we were expecting.

Monday:
I actually had Monday as a Flexi Day, and so I had an easy start to the week. All I had to do was, when I got  up in the morning, was to declare, out loud, “today is a wonderful day”. As it happened, I had an appointment to get my hair cut at 9-o-clock in the morning, which meant getting up at around 6-o-clock to get breakfast, get ready and get out the door. I had planned on getting the bus, but as I reached the end of the road, I saw my bus pulling away. Rather than get cross about it, I thought to myself,  “it’s a lovely morning – a walk will do me a power of good!” I put my earphones in and listened to a few chapters of my audio book on my iPod as I walked, and found that I arrived at the salon in plenty of time for my appointment.

The last time I got my hair cut was my birthday back at the end of September,  so I had a lovely chat with Nelly while she cut my hair, and we got all caught up. I also had a head and shoulder massage and a hand massage, which was wonderfully relaxing. By the time I was finished an hour later, I was feeling wonderful, and the fact that the whole thing cost £5 more than I was expecting didn’t phase me at all, instead I thought, “Nelly has progressed to the next level of seniority in the salon – she deserves it!”. I left with a smile on my face.

I decided to pop in past my sister’s work with her favourite coffee from Starbucks, but when I got there, I found they weren’t open yet, so I walked along the road to The Works, were an old homeless man sits with his dog and gave the steaming coffee to him instead.

I then had to pick out a few more Christmas gifts for Dale, as well as a one for my Dad’s birthday, so I thought to myself, “Today I will find the perfect gifts,” and what do you know? I did! I got home (walking back rather than getting the bus) around lunch time laden with shopping and ready to wrap everything. Dale was also home (having finished his shift) and I was able to spend a little time with him before he went to bed for a few hours.

Tuesday:
Again, on waking up, I said, “Today is an excellent day!” I got myself ready for work and walked to the office. When I got there, I found I was the first one in and was able to get myself all set up and settled  before my colleagues arrived. They immediately told me what an awful day they’d had the day before, to which I replied, “Ah, but today is a different day and it’s all going to go smoothly! In fact, I’ve already started dealing with the internet enquiries, so you don’t have to bother with them!” Throughout the day, I amused myself in little ways, deciding that the cup of tea I had at breaktime would be the best ever (and it was particularly good too!) and by the end of the day, I found that I had managed to catch up on everything that I had missed being off the day before!

Wendy and I then had to go to our evening class. Up until now, I had been thinking of Tuesdays as being very long, spending a whole day in the office and then going straight to college to grab a quick bite to eat and then go into class for several hours), but tonight, I decided that the class was going to be a good one and that everything would go smoothly. I pulled out a few practice sheets I’d made up and found that I actually remembered a lot of what we’d learned the week before, and during the class that night, I found that everything was falling into place. When I got home, Dale was still up and about, so we watched an episode of NCIS together before I had a nice, relaxing bath and went to bed.

Wednesday:
The previous week, I had been dreading Wednesday, because it would be the first night that Dale would work night shift and so, because I also had a night out (with the Posh Club), I wouldn’t get to see him at all that evening, as he would be asleep when I got home to get ready. However, after leaving work at 4-o-clock (and having an excellent day, I might add!), I got home to find Dale up and about, and running a bath for me. I was able to take my time getting ready to go out and felt all the better for having spent at least a little time with Dale before he went to work. I had an excellent meal and a wonderful Indian restaurant (Jewel in the Crown in Aberdeen) with great company, and came home, having just missed Dale who left about 15 minutes before I got in to get the bus. No matter, I decided I would read a couple of chapters of my latest book, and I could do so without feeling that I was neglecting Dale by being engrossed in my novel. I didn’t get much sleep that night, as I’m not used to sleeping alone, but I had a pleasant enough evening.

Thursday:
After only a few hours of sleep, you might expect me to be feeling cranky, but once again, I decided to have a great day and by the time I got to work,  I was already feeling very good about how the day would go. Over the previous couple of days, I had been aware of my colleagues being a little annoyed by my chirpiness, but today, it seemed to start rubbing off on others, and many of my colleagues seeemed to be feeling a lot better throughout the course of the day. At one point, I was happily humming a tune to myself and then realised that several  others had actually joined in! Dale was still asleep when I got home, so I did the dishes and put a load of washing into the washing machine and made a lasagne from scratch – something I don’t usually have time to do for a “normal” dinner time, but as we would be eating at 8-o-clock, I had an extra couple of hours to cook something a little more time consuming. After watching an epsiode of NCIS with Dale, I packed him off to work and then soaked in the bath with my book, safe in the knowledge that I could take as long as I wanted, as Dale wasn’t waiting to use the bathroom.

Friday:
Again, not much sleep (still not used to sleeping alone), but I still determined to have a great day. When I got into the office, I greeted anyone who asked “How are you?” with, “I’m fantastic! How are you?” It got a smile from everyone, as they were expecting the usual “not bad” response that everyone gives (why do we say, “not bad”? Why not just say, “good”? It means the same thing and has more positive connotations!). One of the office Xmas meals was that evening, so those who were going were in higher spirits. Despite the fact that I wasn’t going (I have WAY too many events to attend and one or two had to be ditched!), I joined in the general light-hearted atmosphere and, once again, had a wonderful day! I was the only one in the office from 4-o-clock onwards, but I was pleased to find that once again I had caught up on everything I needed to do and could start fresh on Monday! Once I was home, I was able to potter around and read a little before waking Dale and having dinner (I decided to give myself a break and bring home fish and chips from our very good chip shop around the corner, as a treat for Dale – we hadn’t had fish and chips in ages). Once more, we spent a couple of hours together before he headed off to work and I relaxed in the tub with a drink and lit candles in the bathroom.

Saturday:
I had made plans to meet up with Suzie and Amy for coffee at 11-o-clock, so I headed into town in a jolly mood, despite the fact that over the last three days I’d avereaged about 3 hours sleep per night,  and took their Chritmas cards and gifts with me, determined to spread good cheer. I explained to them about how well my week had been going, despite having extra work to deal with (due to the whole Trump thing) and how determined I was to get enjoyment out of each day. They laughed and said I must have really annoyed my colleagues. I said that, yes, in the begining I had, but people had also  made very positive comments about how cheerful I was and how it seems to rub off on others after a little while. Afterwards, I went about town to complete a few errands and headed home. Dale was finished work and in bed, so I watched a film (Miss Congeniality – he doesn’t like it, but I love this feel-good film!) before waking him up and making dinner.

Sunday (today):
Despite being woken up by our noisy neighbours at a very early time this morning, I had thought ahead and defrosted some bacon overnight, so I made it a happy morning by bringing bacon butties and hot coffee into the bedroom and we had breakfast in bed. Despite the rainy weather, I took a refreshing walk to the shop around the corner to buy more milk and have watched a film this afternoon that, although isn’t ever going to top any “best ever” lists, amused me and left me smiling. Now I’m at my computer (while Dale is at his) and planning what to make for dinner tonight while looking forward to the Grand Final of Cirque de Celebrite.

So, as you can see, I’ve had a lovely week, and so I’m determined to repeat the experiment next week too!

What have I learnd from this week?

1. When asked “How are you?” don’t reply “Not bad,” as it has negative connotations (it mentions “bad” for a start!) Instead, try replying that you’re “good”, or better yet, “fantastic”.

2. Turn negatives into positives: It might be cold outside, but decide that instead it’s bracing and that a walk will make you feel great! You might have a lot of work to do, but think how satisfied you’ll feel when you’re finished!

3. Smile at yourself in the mirror. We all know smiles are infectious, so start by infecting yourself with a smile first thing in the morning!

4. Don’t let other people’s negative attitudes get you down – instead, try to let your positive attitude rub off on them! Tell them their new shirt looks really good on them, or that the colour really suits them – a compliment will usually cheer them up no end, and you’ll find them smiling for a while afterwards!

5. Tell people you appreciate them  (and what they do for you) and, more often than not, they will reciprocate. Not only that, but they will very likely do the same to someone else andit will spread! Please and thank you also helps, so make sure you make them a regular part of your vocabulary!

6. Decide that you ARE HAVING a wonderful day (don’t put it off by saying “I will have a great day today – that implies that it hasn’t yet started!) and you are more likely to face the day with a smile. Thinking that everything is going to go wrong and that you’ll be miserable is a sure-fire way to make it happen! Self-fulfilling prophesies work both ways, so make sure it’s a positive one!

7. Accept that not everything will be perfect, but you can make things pretty near to it and that’s good enough!

8. If you say you can do it, then you’ll find you can do it. If you say you can’t, you’ll prove yourself right!

I am now more detirmined than ever to have a more positive outlook on life and to will myself into being sunny and cheerful, even when there are clouds on the horizon – after all, just imagine how stunning it looks when the sun breaks through!

And I would like to set a challenge to anyone who read this. When you wake up tomorrow morning, decide that it’s a wonderful day and you will have a great time. Follow it through by looking on the brighter side and smiling at people. Do it for the whole week and then look back and see how your week has been. I am positive it will make a wonderful impact! Go on – try it! And have a very happy and positive week!

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Books Galore!

December 3, 2007 at 2:48 pm (Books and Authors, Life gets in the way...) (, )

Hurray!

Call me lucky, but it seems that when it comes to things going my way, they always seem to come in batches of three. For example, over the last week or so, I have received notification of three books that I will be receiving free of charge – two from competitions and one for review from Library Thing – all three by authors who are completely new to me.

The first competition was at Have a Hoot – I won a copy of Legend by David Gemmell, which looks to be an interesting fantasy. The second comeptition was at The Book Club Forum – I won a copy of E11even Terrible Months by R. L. Royle; a dark, supernatural thriller which should be exactly my sort of thing. The third book is an Early Review book from Library ThingBoy A by Jonathan Trigell, which is now a major feature film, about a troubled youth.

All three books are very different from one another, but I shall enjoy them all the more because I wasn’t expecting to receive any of them!

 

Legend by David GemmellE11ven Terrible MonthsBoy A by Jonathan Trigell

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Cirque de Celebrité II – Semi Final

December 2, 2007 at 10:44 pm (Music, Film and Television) (, )

Cirque de Celebrité II

The live performance this evening was the penultimate show – the Semi Final – and what a show it was! Once more, the contestants were each tackling two disciplines, performing either the Spring Board or the High Wire (blindfolded!), and the Cloud Swing or Static Trapeze. The latter two are disciplines previously performed, but were advanced routines.

The new disciplines:
Stacey opened the show on the High Wire – her first time on this discipline. Her first crossing was a straight walk, which was confident and steady. For her return journey she was blindfolded and made it halfway across the wire before relying on the safety lunge to keep her upright. All in all, a very strong performance.
Score = 22

Kyal was next, performing on the Spring Board, a Russian discipline where the performer is catapulted into the air on a giant seesaw contraption by two performers jumping onto the other end. Kyal gave an excellent single back somersault (with an almost perfect landing), followed by a double back pike and finishing with a single back somersault into a chair perched on top of a pole. His daring routine was warmly received by the audience!
Score = 25

Antonia had originally been working on a routine for the Spring Board, but suffered a knee injury in rehearsals and had two days to try and tackle the High Wire which had almost defeated her last week. Unfortunately, her nerves and injury got the better of her and she didn’t make it across the wire even once – she fell and was saved by the safety lunge.
Score = 11

Luke followed on the High Wire – his first time on this discipline – making a very confident progress across the wire, even pausing briefly to give a one-leg balance. Blindfolded for his return journey, he made it half-way across before losing his balance and falling, being saved by the safety lunge.
Score = 20

The old disciplines:
Kyal was the first contestant to return to the ring, this time on the Static Trapeze. His routine was packed with stunts – a front and reverse stag, an inverted crucifix, a forward roll into a heel hang, an ankle drop, a meat hook, a front support and a final, daring, half turn into an ankle drop! His perfect timing and wonderful execution had the audience and judges awestruck!
Score = 30 (his second perfect score!)

Stacey followed on the Cloud Swing, giving a complex routine that involved a back balance and a scary-looking forward roll into a 2-knee catch, finishing with a terrifying reverse death drop!
Score = 24

Antonia was determined to claw her way back into the competition her performance on the Static Trapeze, showing beautiful lines through a high bird’s nest, an ankle drop, a knee hock (double and single), a backward roll to get back onto the trapeze, a flag, a gazelle and a half-twist arabesque, finishing with a stunning half-twist into an ankle drop. The final drop was a little clunky, but it was still a visually stunning routine.
Score = 25

Luke gave his second performance, this time on the Cloud Swing, giving a crucifix and a wince-inducing sideways straddle balance, a single knee catch and a death drop. His moves were smooth and very well executed to give a great overall performance.
Score = 25

Total scores:
Kyal = 55
Stacey = 46
Luke = 46
Antonia = 36

The bottom two and elimination:
The voting was incredibly tight, with only 300 votes between the top- and bottom-rated contestant. Ultimately, though, it was Luke and Antonia who had to face the judges for the final showdown and Luke was saved. Antonia was eliminated and will not be in next week’s final.

Predictions:
Stacey, being very petite, may struggle as the three contestants face their final challenge next week – The Wheel of Death, but then again, her agility may help her give a top notch performance. however, I get the feeling it’s going to be a battle between the boys – Luke and Kyal – to see who wins out, and I think Kyal may well come out on top. We shall have to wait till next week’s final to see!

 

~***~

HOW THE SHOW HAS GONE SO FAR

Viewing Times:
Sunday @ 7:30pm on Sky One (LIVE!)
Saturday @ 4:30pm on Sky One (repeat)

The Host:
Jenni Falconer

The Judges:

Louie Spence
Phillip Gandey
Gabby Roslin

The Contestants:
Dwain Chambers
Hannah Waterman
Princess Tamara
Emily Scott
Ritchie Neville
Shane Lynch
Dean Holdsworth
Luke Bailey
Antonia Okonma
Stacey Cadman
Kyal Marsh
Lady Isabella Hervey
Liam McGough
Rebecca Loos

Week 1 – Fire Poi, Corde Lisse and Static Trapese

Bottom two: Dean Holdsworth and Princess Taqmara
Eliminated: Dean Holdsworth was eliminated, but there was a problem with the phone voting, so he was brought back – nobody had to leave the first week.

Week 2 – Bunjee, Double Trapese and Roller Roller
Bottom two: Dwain Chambers and Lady Isabella Hervey
Eliminated: Dwain Chambers was eliminated.

Week 3 – Bunjee, Unicycle, Aerial Hoop and Floor Cube
Bottom two: Luke Bailey and Hannah Waterman
Eliminated:Hannah Waterman
Injuries: Ritchie Neville was unable to perform this week and was therefore exempt from voting and safe from elimination

Week 4 – Foot Juggling, Cloud Swing and Floor / Aerial Perch
Bottom three: Lady Isabella, Princess Tamara and Emily Scott
Eliminated: Princess Tamara and Emily Scott
Surprises: A double elimination was announced, much to the shock of the contenders!

Week 5 – Swinging Trapeze and Silks
Bottom two: Antonia Okonma and Ritchie Neville
Eliminated: Ritchie Neville
Injuries: Shane Lynch was unable to perform this week and was therefore exempt from voting and safe from elimination

Week 6 – Russian Swing and Aerial Cube
Bottom two: Dean Holdsworth and and Kyal Marsh
Eliminated: Dean Holdsworth
Injuries: Shane Lynch also left the show due to injury (2 consecutive weeks off due to injury means automatic disqualification)
Surprises: Liam McGough, an ex-Big Brother housemate, and Rebecca Loos joined the show (performing on the Corde Lisse) due to Shane Lynch quitting . The public will vote to see if they want Liam or Rebecca back in week 7. This was the first week that the judges scored the performances.
Scores given by judges:
Luke – 27
Isabella – 26
Antonia – 21
Stacey – 19
Kyal – 18
Dean – 16

Week 7 – Advanced Corde Lisse and Aerial Straps
Bottom two: Liam McGough and Lady Isabella
Eliminated:Liam
Injuries:Luke injured his hand and leg, but performed anyway.
Surprises: Liam beat Rebecca in the public vote to join the circus.
Scores given by judges:
Kyal – 30
Stacey – 25
Antonia – 23
Isabella – 20
Luke – 19
Liam – 16

QUARTER FINAL
Week 8 – High Wire, Russian Bar, Fire Poi and Aerial Hoop
Bottom two:Luke Bailey and Lady Isabella Hervey
Eliminated:Isabella
Surprises: Each contestant had to perform two disciplines – one new (High Wire or Russian Bar) and one an advanced routine on a formerly shown discipline (Fire Poi and Aerial Hoop), although not necessarily one they’d already performed.
Scores given by judges:
Kyal – 29 + 28 = 57
Stacey – 17 + 28 = 45
Antonia – 21 + 22 = 43
Luke – 18 + 24 = 42
Isabella – 16 + 12 = 28

SEMI FINAL
Week 9 – Spring Board, Blinfolded Highwire, Cloud Swing and Static Trapese
Bottom two: Luke Bailey and Antonia Okonma
Eliminated: Antonia
Injuries: Antonia injured her knee and Stacey injured her ankle. Both performed despite their injuries, although Antonia had to change her discipline because of hers.
Scores given by judges:
Kyal – 25 + 30 = 55
Stacey – 22 + 24 = 46
Luke – 20 + 26 = 46
Antonia – 11 + 25 = 36

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All wrapped up!

December 1, 2007 at 2:22 pm (Life gets in the way...) (, , )

Gifts

Well, after blogging that I was all in a panic trying to get all my seasonal shopping finished before the Big Day, I have actually done rather well. Today I finished buying all the gifts I needed to get for friends and family for the festive season, except for a few for my hubby, Dale, which I need to order online.

Now all I have to do is wrap this final batch of prezzies  and then decorate all my packages with ribbons and bows.

This year I have gone for  some very classy wrapping paper in shades that tone in together – gold, bronze and cream – all very rich-looking – with metallic effect and swirley designs of snowflakes and trees. Everything is going to look GORGEOUS under the tree (which I’m hoping Dale will put up and decorate while I’m down South in a couple of weeks time!).

So, now that I’ve finished my shopping and have had a well-earned cup  of coffee with a hint of cinnamon, I am going to wrap those gifts and then write my cards, ready for sending them out from next weekend.

Ah! It pays to be organised!

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