Cinderella the Ballet – St Helens

Vienna Festival Ballet Cinderella

Cinderella the Ballet

On Sunday evening Grand Dad Al and I went to watch the Vienna Festival Ballet perform Cinderella at the Theatre Royal in St Helens.  It was, as always, a magical evening watching the troupe perform. Continue reading »

Are You A Phone Addict?

Are You A Phone Addict?

Granddad Al has never had a smartphone, he’s quite happy with his £9.99 analogue phone, you should see him typing never mind texting! I get random letters when he texts as he often hits the send button before he’s actually wrote anything legible. He would not answer yes to any in the list below. Continue reading »

Today 17th August 2014 is National Charity Shop Day

I’ve decided to honour National Day’s Not Saints days or but all the odd, weird, funny National Days we hear about on the web.

So today is #NationalDay of the  Charity Shop

National Charity Shop Day

National Charity Shop Day

Charity Shop are all over our high streets & raise valuable money for national, local charities.  Some are better than others for bargain hunting or value. But if you are living on a tight budget then they are invaluable.

We use them regularly, especially for the children’s books.  Why pay five or six pounds for a book for toddlers when you can get a handful for a pound. As much as we teach our little ones to respect books accidents happen after all they are children, but if it only cost 20p then it’s not a major disaster if a page it written on & ripped.

One of the earliest charity shops was set up by the Wolverhampton Society for the Blind (now called the Beacon Centre for the Blind) in 1899 to sell goods made by blind people to raise money for the Society. During WWI, various fund-raising activities occurred, such as a shop in Shepherd Market, London, which made £50,000 for the Red Cross. But it was during WWII that they really took off, probably due to clothes rationing.

The Red Cross opened it’s first shop in Bond St London in 1941, over 200 “permanent Red Cross gift shops & 150 temporary ones opened. A condition set down by the Board of Trade for the shop license was that everything in the shop that was for sale must have been a gift to the shop.  Purchasing & then reselling was strictly forbidden.  The entire income of the shop had to be handed over to the Duke of Glouster’s Red Cross or the St John Fund.  Most premises where given to the charities rent free & some owners even paid for the lighting & heating.

Oxfam has the largest number of charity shops in the UK with over 700 stores. 

What do you buy in charity shops? Have you ever found a fantastic bargain? What is your opinion of charity shops?

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Strictly Come Dancing or The XFactor?

Strictly Come Dancing or The XFactor










Are you a fan of Strictly Come Dancing or XFactor, I’ll start by saying Strictly.  I’ve watched it religiously from the first series & love the show on BBC2 during the week.

We watched X Factor when the kids where still at home & they had a big influence over what was on the TV, but I will say I was never a big fan, but sometimes you just get wrapped up in the programme & the people involved, once they left home we haven’t watched it really just the odd episodes or clips on YouTube.

But the programmes are set to clash by ten minutes once again this year so I can hear, thank goodness for Sky Plus I hear parents everywhere saying.  Why the guys who set the programmes ( It has to be a single guy for so many football & man like programmes as no parent would ever do something that causes even more arguments) don’t just set the second one to start as the first one finishes is beyond me! But there is the mystery of the TV scheduling.

The popular BBC One dance show began for the first time in almost a year this weekend and drew a whopping audience of 8.4 million, but The XFactor followed closely behind with 8.3 million viewers.  What I’d love to know is how many watched them both but I can’t seem to find the statistic anywhere.

The judges on both show will be sharpening their talons, with the usual judges on Strictly consisting of  Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood with the XFactor change bringing the return of music aficionado Sharon Osborne, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow & the stunning Nicole Scherzinger.  I just hope they realise that the show could go ahead without them & their egos as sometimes I feel they think they are the show, that goes for both programmes.

So what will you & your family be watching over the next few weeks?

Nanna Jane