It’s that late September lull. Work is back in full swing, university is due to start in a week or two and the heating has been switched back on. The nights are drawing in and the weekends seem shorter, and as much as I love winter, I can help but want to drag out that exciting, adventurous part of me that summer brings. So, I’ve been planning and I’ve decided that I need to visit Liverpool in the very near future. There are so many things to do and I’ve narrowed them down to my top five reasons to visit this glorious city.
- TukTuk Tour
What better way to see the city then in a tuktuk?! And bonus, they’ll show you the sights and tell you all the important facts about the place. City TukTuks Tours have a whole bunch of tours and you can even choose a Selfie Tour or add a glass of bubbly on.
- The Cavern
As an iconic part of music history, The Cavern is a must-see for any visitor to Liverpool. Having had famous musicians like Gerry & The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and, of course, The Beatles making their début there, need I say more?
- The Beatles Story
You can not visit Liverpool without learning about The Beatles. It’s just not allowed. As one of the most famous bands in the world, it’s only right that we visit the sights and learn about their history.
- Central Perk
You may think I’ve mistyped or mixed Liverpool up with New York but I have not. A wonderful person has created a replica of the famous Friends’ coffee shop and opened it up in Liverpool. With everything from open mic nights to Gunther’s birthday coffees to the notorious orange sofa, this is heaven for any Friends’ fan.
- Mersey Ferry
I’m a sucker for a river cruise and sailing down the Mersey would be a great way to end a fun-filled weekend in Liverpool.
There you have it! My five reasons to visit Liverpool. It’s a wonderful city and I really hope that (ok, I know it won’t be this weekend but…) someday soon I’ll be visiting and ticking these top five off my itinerary.
Hump day is no longer the mid-week lull in Britain. Thanks to the return of the Great British Bake Off, for the past few weeks millions have sat down on Wednesday evenings to criticise people’s baking skills, flavour combinations and the sogginess of their bottoms (FYI to those who are from outside of Britain, soggy bottoms isn’t a sexual term but a one coined to describe damp/mushy pastry underneath baked goods). Thursday morning gossip has gone from discussing plans for the weekend to how Ian won Star Baker again. And we all love it.
To people who have never seen the program, shame on you! Only joking (I think). It’s basically a competition to find the best amateur baker in the United Kingdom. It’s sounds quite dull to be honest but it’s addictive and once you watch one episode, you’ll be hooked. There are many aspects that make the program great and that made it pull in an average of 9.3 million viewers during the first episode of this series. The hosting duo Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins are hilarious and full of puns while the judging duo Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood play good cop-bad cop, respectively. Add in the stress of the three rounds (signature bake, technical bake and show stopper) and the polite, British competitive nature of the contestants then you have the Great British Bake Off. It’s a recipe for brilliance (pun totally intended).
Some people don’t always realise the drama that can go on during the Bake Off, for example the great Custard Theft of 2013. The most noted was Alaska Gate. Last year when Iain’s Baked Alaska was taken out of the freezer by Diana and consequently melted, Britain went crazy. It took over Facebook, Twitter and the news. It even went as far as someone changing Diana’s occupation on Wikipedia! We take the Bake Off deadly serious.
This year’s contestants are brilliant and I have a couple of favourites who I’d love to win – Mat, Paul, Tamal and Flora to be specific. Tonight’s episode is only a few hours away so the countdown is on. Bring on the Bake Off!!
As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I didn’t meet the love of my life at speed dating. To be honest though, I didn’t really expect to. Both my friend and I went into the evening with a positive and open mind but not believing we’d find the one.
Let’s rewind and I’ll tell you all about my experience from the start! My friend and I began the evening in a bar with a bottle of wine (bit of dutch courage and all that!) before heading over the restaurant where the speed dating was taking place. When we arrived, we signed in with the Fastlove representative and were given a name badge, a table number and a scorecard and pen. He briefly went over the set up, letting us know that we had three minutes to talk to each bachelor and score them before the next one appeared.
As people started to arrive and mingle, we headed back to the bar, grabbed a cocktail and went to find our tables. Then, it began! Fifteen guys rotated around the room and fifteen women sat twirling their straws in their drinks.
Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. You all just want to know about the guys I met and whether I had any matches. Well, I met a real mix of men. Some were chatty and quite funny but were definitely more friend material than boyfriend material. A couple were good looking but the personality was just lacking (I mean, one of them didn’t like live shows and gigs! That’s just a big no-no for me). One of the guys was just creepy and a total a****** asking lewd and inappropriate questions. Then a few were just plain weird – one guy spent the three minutes talking about his cat and it’s facial expressions, and another rambled on about different beards and their pros and cons for the whole time. I know everyone will have been nervous but come one, cats and beards as conversation topics?!
I didn’t get any matches. Big shock, I know. When I received my email with the results, they did let me know that a few of the guys did tick that they were interested in me. While flattering, I doubt I’ll be perusing any of them.
It was definitely an interesting experience and I’m really glad I did it. Would I do it again? Hmm, I’m not sure. I didn’t exactly meet anyone who I thought I like-liked but realistically, it might be on the second or third try that I would. For now though, I’m hanging up my speed dating shoes and going about finding a man the old fashioned way. Through a cheesy chat up line in a bar!
This isn’t some young hopeful with a wonderful voice and a heartfelt tale. This is one man who has wowed the people of Leeds over the summer. He plays the keyboard on one of the main streets in the centre of the city and attracts massive crowds. Now, when I say that the busker in question wears a horse mask you may think I mis-typed but I can assure you I didn’t. He actually does wear a horse mask as he plays so no one really knows who he is but many love him.
The horse-busker has a whole repertoire of music he plays and on occasion, a little tambourine on his shoe to accompany himself. Some of the highlights of his performance are the little neighs and whines, as well as slamming his horsey head on the keyboard! Even as I’m writing it sounds so strange but it’s something you just have to see. I guarantee you’ll laugh and love him just as much as I do.
He was the highlight of any visit to Leeds and I’m gonna miss him when he returns to school/work/life of some sort. If you’re in the city over the next few weeks, head over to Briggate and see if he’s out serenading the people.
See him play (credit to Windy Kippers) -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSO_mkmBbws