Later that day it was back to the studio, I met the presenting team and was taken to my dressing room until I was needed for a rehearsal of the tests. After the rehearsal it was time for me to be mic’d up and go through things with the translator ahead of the final rehearsal.
Even though some might not like to admit it, Christmas is well and truly on it’s way! Whether you’re a lover of everything festive or a bit of a scrooge, there’s no escaping it so you may as well try and enjoy it! Why not escape the busy shopping centres and packed out department stores by shopping at a Christmas Market this year? They’re full of one off goodies and you’ll be helping many small businesses whilst enjoying a nice cup of mulled wine and maybe a cheeky mince pie! We have compiled a list of the best Christmas markets in the UK to get you in the festive spirit!
There are plenty of Christmas markets to choose from in London but Winter Wonderland is definitely the best! Admission is free and it’s open from Thursday 22nd of November to 6th January (exc. 25th December) 10am - 10pm so there is loads of time to visit! There are plenty of stalls, rides and you can even go ice skating and visit the ice bar but make sure to book any activities as they fill up quickly!
This Christmas market takes place at East Prince St Gardens and will run from 17th November - 5th January 10am - 10pm (exc. 25th December). Described as a ‘traditional and romantic christmas market’ you are offered a unique shopping experience with stalls selling crafts, art and yummy food! There is also a big wheel, Helter Skelter and other attractions, so it’s great to take the kids!
Soak up the festive atmosphere at this beautiful christmas market set in the grounds of Blenheim Palace, running from 23rd November - 16th December in the Great Court. It’s the perfect place to start your Christmas shopping with stalls selling ceramics, home ware, leather goods, jewellery, toys, bags and much more!
Soak up York’s medieval charm and enjoy a cup of mulled wine at the St Nicholas fair. Running from 15th November - 23rd December, opening times vary please see website for details. We’d recommend heading for some ice skating fun at the Ice Factor and watching some playful panto fun in the stalls!
Boasting the largest outdoor Christmas market in the UK, this isn’t one to be missed! Running from November 15th - December 23rd you have plenty of time to wander! The market takes place in Victoria Square and along New Street and will feature a whole host of stalls selling everything from Chrsitmas decorations to a traditional bratwurst sausage. On December 9th there will be a range of 1 day discounts to celebrate the annual Family Day.
That’s our round up of the 5 best Christmas Markets in the UK, so wherever you live you can enjoy the magic of Christmas!
This weekend my wife and I attended the Cake & Bake Show in London. My wife is a keen baker and we went to the show to see what inspiration we could find.
The show was enormous filled with every type of cake, chocolate, bread imaginable.
One of the first things we did at the show was visit the cake walk, an impressive display of cakes made by some very talented people.
The theme for the cakes was based on travel and they we’re mindbogglingly impressive both creative and intricately detailed.
There were two cakes that impressed me more than the others the first being a globe on top of which sat a cake version of the author Jules Verne, famous for writing - Around The World In 80 Days. The detail on his face was beyond the capabilities of most bakers.
The other cake that caught my attention was a monsterously tall sculpture of flowers from around the world, each one of them painstakingly hand carved and detailed beyond belief.
The flowers alone must have taken this baker a crazy amount of hours to make then to careful attach each one. I don’t think I’d have the skill or patience to attempt something a quarter of the size of this cake.
The show also featured celebrity guests and a large proportion of the show was based around allergies and intolerance to ingredients as well as vegetarian and vegan diets. We watched Rosemary Shrager make a vegan carrot cake on the main stage and she was both funny and interesting to watch.
However it was at one of the individual stands that I saw the most unique thing at the show Charcoal Cheese! I was very skeptical when I first saw it, with my intial thoughts being how can they make cheese with Carbon? This is what we make our underwear with!!!
I tried a small piece and quickly went in for a second piece. It was unbelievably creamy and delicious. So much so that I ended up buying some for home. If you’re brave enough to give it a try you can find it here from the clever people at Black’s Cheeses.
Most of the cheese went last night at supper but I’ll certainly be re-stocking soon!
We have seen a lot of talk recently about how if you keep a fart in it will eventually come out of your mouth?! We have decided this needs researching further so here goes!
Firstly, there are two processes that lead the body to produce flatulence. When food moves into the intestines the digestion causes a build up of gas that need to exit your body. Gas also occurs when we are chewing and eating food and gas is swallowed. Some foods like dairy products, beans, whole grains are more likely to cause gas.
When you hold in a fart the air doesn’t just disappear, it travels back into your body to find another way out. This consequently means often it comes out of the mouth. It’s not quite as gross as it sounds but still pretty weird!
So if you are somebody who often holds in their flatulence we would recommend getting a pair of Shreddies and learning to fart with confidence!
Whenever I'm asked what I do for a living it's always a great conversation starter.
I recently attended a wedding and the inevitable question popped up during day and I had to explain what Shreddies do several times.
A wedding always brings people together from a wide range of professions from Royal Marines, to Detectives to people selling livestock feed, but my job always seems to generate the most interest and questions.
I'd be a rich man if I had a pound for every time I had to answer -
Do they really work?
How do they work?
Who came up with the idea?
Who tests them?