The Chase – Series Seven Auditions

This isn’t something i’ve necessarily been keeping a secret, but it is something that not everybody knows about.  Today I went to audition for the game show, The Chase.

For those of you not up on daytime TV (because you have a job or a life, for example), The Chase is an individual and team based general knowledge game show where you answer some questions in a set time, and every question you get right is worth £1000.  Then, the ‘Chaser’, a professional quizzer, comes in,  They offer you more money, but you get take a metaphorical step closer to them, or less money to take that step further away.  Next, you answer questions with three options in a race against the Chaser, where you try not to get questions wrong and therefore giving them chances to catch up.  If they don’t catch up to you, the money goes  into the communal pot and you get to play in the final round.  Each player in the team of four does this with varying degrees of success, until the final round, where you answer as many questions right between you to get as many steps as you can.  The Chaser than tries to catch up with you by answering questions too.  If they don’t, you win.

I went to Birmingham Mailbox for my audition.  There’s not much I can really disclose about it without giving away the questions to future auditionees (which I had to say I would not do!), but I can confirm I did not get through.  I think this was mostly down to giving a COMPLETELY inappropriate example of an Enid Blyton book, but our team did great in the example end chase, getting 27  steps.  In the recorded show, 20 is good!  A woman from my team got through, and the other seven of us didn’t.  One woman on my team had been on another show and was on the waiting list for Deal Or No Deal.  There’s a waiting list :O

It was a lovely sunny day, and I met a nice friend.  It would have been better if I had got through, but I didn’t.  But it was an experience.

Thankyou to @godlesssmeghead , if he hadn’t said he was auditioning, I would have missed out on the opportunity to try.




Review – Elegant Touch Limited Edition Union Jack Nails – Funky Betty

Here’s my nails from last Wednesday –


I can’t wear a whole set of false nails.  It makes my nails feel like they are being pulled off upwards.  It doesn’t matter how they are put on, what brand, glue, sticky tabs, anything, they all feel slightly painful to wear.  They are also a bit of a novelty for me, as I was a horrible, compulsive, persistent nail biter until some time last year.  I still bite my nails, but between stretches of non – biting.  I tend to put one on, having never worn a whole set for longer than half an hour.  It’s a bit different…

So, I spotted these false nails in my local Discount UK (as ever… did you expect it to be Boots?), I thought 99p wasn’t too much to splash out on them.


These Elegant Touch false nails are meant to be a limited edition range of Union Jack designs, this one being called Funky Betty.  The exact design can be purchased from Paint Nails for £3.03, down from £7.10.  The original Union Jack design can be purchased from Boots for £6.45.  Ninety nine pence.  Not bad, eh?  The box comes with 24 nails, of nine different sizes, and a tube of ‘pink gel glue’.  It just smelt like normal nail glue.  Supergluey.  The pink was a tint more than anything.  According to their length guide, which consists of five different sizes, these are the second shortest ones, ‘short’ length nails.

I put one on Tuesday evening.  The photo above was Wednesday morning on the way to college.  I’d managed to keep it on overnight!  The varnish i’m wearing with it is Rimmel Lasting Finish No. 500, Disco Ball.  I like clear glitter varnish, it doesn’t show the chips quite as badly.

I kept the nail on until Thursday night, when after going to band practice, the pub, and carrying a bass to and from Birmingham on public transport, it weakened at the sides and started to make crackly noises.  I took it off to replace it later.  The glue had held well, I think.  I don’t know how long these things are meant to last, but I think it did good.

I did put another one on, but I don’t think I used enough glue.  It fell off within a day.  I think I need to get the knack of it.

I love them.  I think I need to buy a few more, because this could become a fun new obsession! I’m not sure if I would spend £7 on them, but for a few quid spare change, they are well worth it. People at college even noticed!

Consolidated #Eurovision 2013 Live Tweets

Consolidated tweets from Eurovision night!  Woo!


Aileen Quigley (@Aileen_Quigley) tweeted at 8:06 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
.@Nigel_Farage Are you watching this? #Eurovision #justasking


MUXX-SPARKLE Erika (@MUXX_SPARKLE) tweeted at 8:04 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
So excited for #Eurovision final! eeeek have pushed my #RedButton and am now on #singalong mode! I do realise I should get out more! LOL X



Lucy Gittins (@misslucycherie) tweeted at 8:11 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Aww that catapiller was so cute on #Eurovision2013

Lucy forgot it is about the MUSIC.


Mrs Kipperchops (@GiddyKipperUK) tweeted at 8:16 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Can’t believe how much that French woman looks like Courtney Love. Don’t like the song. #Eurovision2013


Mrs Kipperchops (@GiddyKipperUK) tweeted at 8:20 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
One shoe is called Spain?! #lithuania


Spencer (@ADadCalledSpen) tweeted at 8:16 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
The French Eurovision entry. I feel a bit dirty now. #Eurovision2013


Dan Wainwright (@danwainwright) tweeted at 8:24 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
She is dressed as a singing trifle #eurovision2013


Spencer (@ADadCalledSpen) tweeted at 8:27 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
What the ding dong is this? #Eurovision


Idris George (@IdrisGeorge) tweeted at 8:31 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Married to Alonso? She must be blind.


haylii wall (@hayliiw) tweeted at 8:34 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Spain feels a bit like an end of term school talent show from a pretty sixth former. She’s having a go, but no sorry bab. #Eurovision


Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) tweeted at 8:37 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Eurovision. The place where the largest amount of people who cannot sing and dance gather outside of Basildon.


Solihull Police (@SolihullPolice) tweeted at 8:29 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Bought a Bonnie Tyler Sat Nav for our police car. Big mistake – it kept telling us to ‘turn around’ and every now and then it fell apart…


Hayley Woodham (@HayleyWoodham) tweeted at 8:43 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Reminds me of Holly Valance – Kiss Kiss! #belarus #eurovision


Dan Wainwright (@danwainwright) tweeted at 8:45 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Such a trooper. Still singing after her dress was put through the office shredder #eurovision


Mrs Kipperchops (@GiddyKipperUK) tweeted at 8:46 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
“Don’t worry, you haven’t missed Bonnie Tyler” Dammit! #Eurovision2013


Sarah Lowe (@Sarymclary) tweeted at 8:48 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Sing the Train song ‘Hey Soul Sister’ in your head while this #malta song is playing #eurovision Yup, they’re the same!


Idris George (@IdrisGeorge) tweeted at 8:58 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:


Sarah Lowe (@Sarymclary) tweeted at 9:00 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
need an ejector button on the stage we can operate from our PC – the guy on the left is wearing double-denim NO! #Armenia jus NO #eurovision


Sarah Lowe (@Sarymclary) tweeted at 9:04 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Is this woman taking the piss out of the UK, or Sweden? I’m not sure….. #confused #eurovision


Dave Wyllie (@journodave) tweeted at 9:06 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Netherlands is a definite bathroom/cup of tea/insulin/alcohol break song #eurovision


Love Miss Daisy (@LMDvintage) tweeted at 9:10 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Eurovision bringing the lols as always. Hope the psycho bride-to-be wins. Hilarious. #eurovision2013


Nick Frost (@nickjfrost) tweeted at 9:12 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Wasn’t Corben Dallas listening to this on Flostan Paradise when the Monduchiwans attacked?


Sarah Lowe (@Sarymclary) tweeted at 9:22 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
I’m not a gossip, but methinks Mr Sweden over-indulged in the make-up dept., where Ms UK over-indulged in the drinks cabinet #eurovision


Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) tweeted at 9:28 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Disappointing that Hermione dropped out of school for this.


Mrs Kipperchops (@GiddyKipperUK) tweeted at 9:32 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Thought this was a definite death metal number. Disappointed Iceland. #Eurovision2013


TheRealYamYamBloke (@RealYamYamBloke) tweeted at 9:35 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Azabyzarn: If ee falls off that box doe cum runnin ta me


Hayley Woodham (@HayleyWoodham) tweeted at 9:36 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
He’s like one of those weird cats that they grow in jars in Japan #azerbaijan #eurovision


Melissa Smith (@AnimeEnchanter) tweeted at 9:42 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Screw romania i want greece to win, that was mint #eurovision2013


Carolyn at CeeGee (@CeeGeeJewellery) tweeted at 9:44 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
I can see why she was carried onto the stage. I couldn’t walk in that dress either. #eurovision


Dan Wainwright (@danwainwright) tweeted at 9:52 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
By the way, the BBC spends about £300000 each year on #eurovision so we can ritually humiliate ourselves in front of the world


Nathan Constable (@NathanConstable) tweeted at 9:53 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
If Ireland don’t sing “My Lovely Horse” I want a refund


Daniel Hardcastle (@DanNerdCubed) tweeted at 9:53 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
While the cheerleader from Heroes is singing watch the context for my last joke.


Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) tweeted at 10:08 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
We always assume that “you cannot vote for the UK” message is just for us, but it’s actually shown in every country. #eurovision


Diana Evans (@RoseGardenAcs) tweeted at 10:20 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
RT @_vickypollard_ #eurovision_2013 now it’s time to vote for the country that controls your gas supply


Melissa Smith (@AnimeEnchanter) tweeted at 10:29 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Sweden should of done this for their eurovision song, its hilarious #eurovision2013


Idris George (@IdrisGeorge) tweeted at 10:36 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
That’s the first time i’ve ever looked at an adult and considered myself too old for them!


Melissa Smith (@AnimeEnchanter) tweeted at 10:48 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Holy shit its sideshow bob


Silver Birch Crafts (@SilverBrchCraft) tweeted at 11:22 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Over run as usual! #Eurovision


Sarah Lowe (@Sarymclary) tweeted at 11:32 PM on Sat, May 18, 2013:
Well, I’ve had a lovely time Jim, but the UK entry was shoite, and a bird without shoes won, so I’ll take the money & go. #eurovision2013