Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing

It’s the end of the year and people and animals are starting to look back over what sort of year it has been. I hope for both yourself reading this and all these animals you are about to see that it has been a good year for you, and that you have an even better 2015. The last song of 2014 is about to play, so will you please take your partners…

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing


Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Polar Bears Slow Dancing

10 – Polar Bears

Looking through this list I am sure that most of them are fighting to be honest, but they look like they are dancing like these polar bears. Sometimes its just nice to think of animals all getting along.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing doe and stag Slow Dancing

9 – Doe and Stag

This is often a common sight at Spring, doe and stags fighting, and mating. It seems not even animals get along that nicely in the wild.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Horses Slow Dancing

8 – Horses

Horses are a relatively playful animal most times, but at the end of year dance they are master of the Waltz and glide with each other as if on ice.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Shrimps Slow Dancing

7 – Shrimps

I love that these 2 shrimps are doing whatever dance they are doing, and there is another 2 onlookers waiting to take a turn on the dance floor.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Hares Slow Dancing

6 – Hares

Well it kind of looks like they are dancing even if it is 2 mad-march hares that are locked in battle. But I would rather see them as dancing animals than two hares trying to rip each other to shreds.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Kangaroos Slow Dancing

5 – Kangaroos

Looking more closely at this image it looks like a great boxing match than a ball-room showdown. Is it just me or a kangaroos a really weird-looking animal indeed?!?

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Birds Slow Dancing

4 – Birds

I tried and I tried to find out what bird this was but it was all to no avail. So if you do know please do drop me a comment and I will edit it into the post.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Frogs Slow Dancing

3 – Frogs

Now this is just wrong. I am not the best of fans of frogs as a whole, but frogs dancing is beyond my wildest nightmares! And the worst thing is that they actually do look like they are doing a slow dance!

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 prairie dogs Slow Dancing

2 – Prairie Dogs

You will often see rodents of all breeds being loving towards one another, much like these 2. But I think her partner needs to lower his hand down her back, from what I learned from watching dancing programs on TV.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing 2 Tigers Slow Dancing

1 – Tigers

They are majestic, and magnificent even when they are not doing a lot. But when they are playing like this it is a sight to see. Playing in the snow it seems is the way to end this year off. Have a Happy New Year everyone. The best of wishes to you all.

Top 10 Pictures of Animals Slow Dancing

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online

Can you really make money online? Well the honest answer is yes you can, but it can take time and often a little risk of your own money. There is no magic “click here to start winning money” button, you need to commit to making money online, but I thought I would offer some tips on ten of the best ways to do just that…

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Online surveys

10 – Online surveys

Searching on a laptopAn increasingly popular way for students to make money is to fill out online surveys in their spare time. Research companies are always recruiting new members to answer surveys and test new products. For a few minutes of form filling, you can make a couple of quid which is paid as cash or in rewards. You can make up to £3 for some surveys! A few good ones to try are: Toluna, Pinecone, Vivatic, The OpinionPanel, MySurvey, Valued Opinions, iPoll, SurveyBods, YourWord, Global Test Market, Hiving, PanelBase, Harris Poll, YouGov, New Vista. Also sign up for which rewards you for surveys as well as simply surfing the web, watching videos and playing games.

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Mobile phone recycling

9 – Mobile phone recycling

See how much you can get for your old mobile phone using our in-house mobile phone price comparison tool! Maybe ask your parents if they have any lying around too. You can get some good money and help the environment by recycling mobile phones with certain companies listed on the comparison tool. Most phones are shipped off to Asia to be dismantled and we know of at least one person who received a £250 cheque in return!

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Start your own website

8 – Start your own website

If you’ve ever seen the film “The Social Network” then you’ve most likely had your brain spinning as to what website you can start-up to make you billions. And of course there are lots of stories out there about successful students who have started a site while at university, or even bought a domain name and later sold it for 1000s. In fact, Save the Student is one such example of a website started at university by Owen Burek in his first year, which has since grown into a full-time and successful enterprise.

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Write and publish an eBook

7 – Write and publish an eBook

The key to success with eBooks is to create value, and write non-fiction. Simply bundling information you have researched and complied on a common problem (eg. ‘secrets’ to finding a job) and then presenting it in an easy to digest format (an eBook) justifies someone spending a few quid on it. Another big tip is to have a great cover designed so it stands out, and once your book is live on the Kindle store (approval takes less than 48 hours) it’s really important to get some reviews so it shows up higher in results. Encourage readers to leave an honest review at the end of your book.

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Affiliate marketing

6 – Affiliate marketing

If you’ve got a good presence on social media or perhaps you even have a blog or website, you can start bringing in money immediately by promoting all sorts of companies, products, services and offers online. Affiliate Window logo sign up to an affiliate network such as Affiliate Window, check their offers blog or browse the merchant listings to find something you think your friends would be interested in, grab your affiliate link and share it. If someone buys (can be within up to 90 days) using your link you’ll make a nice commission. To take it a step further, set up a website or a topical Facebook page and invite all your friends to join it and post your affiliate offers on there.

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Competitions

5 – Competitions

Entering competitions of course comes with no guarantees, but there is a growing community of so-called ‘compers’ in the UK consistently making up to £50,000 a year through all sorts of competitions. Types of competitions available to enter range from simple registration forms and Facebook page liking to answering questions correctly over the phone to being a TV game show contestant. In fact if you click on the image you will read about someone who quit their day job to become a full-time comper!

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Claim tax back

4 – Claim tax back

Many people work part-time or during the summer months, and others will be on job placements or paid internships. More often than not, if you are a student working during the year, you will be overpaying income tax. Why? Simply because few students reach the personal tax-free income allowance each year but are put on an emergency basic tax-code by their employers meaning tax is being paid when it shouldn’t be.

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Gigs on Fiverr and fivesquids

3 – Gigs on Fiverr and fivesquids

Fiverr is now the world’s largest marketplace for people to make money selling small services (known as ‘gigs’).

What you offer could be absolutely anything, from writing and translating, social media posting, playing pranks and teaching to creating music, voiceovers and short video clips for people all around the world! The default price is $5 (hence the name of the site), but you can attach extra services to gigs for more money. Whilst it might not seem like much, it can quickly add up and there are plenty of examples of people making a really good living from the site. The key is to get a system in place which minimises the time spent on each gig.

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Sell clothes on eBay

2 – Sell clothes on eBay

Everyone’s best friend when it comes to getting rid of junk is eBay. Online auctions are a sure-fire way to turn that sleeveless jacket (which came in and out of fashion in a week) into hard cash. Some eBay sellers look at trends and try to predict what will be big ahead of the market. If you are good and don’t mind taking a risk then you can buy early in bulk and sell on when the craze hits.

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online Betting Gambling Online

1 – Betting/Gambling

For most people, gambling is a fun, recreational activity which they are able to enjoy without

losing control. However for some people gambling can become a serious problem, both for themselves and for their family, friends, and those concerned about them. We provide tools to help you to recognise problem gambling behaviour. Follow the links to try out our quiz and see whether you might have a gambling problem, or use our gambling calculator to see how much you really spend.

So now for today’s question: Have you ever won or made any money online?

Top 10 Ways to Earn or Make Money Online

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014

Much like I did last year, I will do the same this year (See 2013 here: Top 10 Best Installation Art Works 2013) So the big question is: Has it been a good year for art? Well I think the truth is that is has been a very environmental themed year with the planet as a whole being the theme. But that also means there has been some rather impressive big art installations…

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014


Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Sonja Hinrichsen – Snow Drawings

10 – Sonja Hinrichsen

Previous years has seen Sonja Hinrichsen be a lot busier than 2014, but her new 2014 Snow Drawing really shows how complexed and integrated her designs have become. It is like a journey of growing talent and ability through the each year of her art works. The scale of this is simply mind blowing.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Guerrilla creative house – Potholes

9 – Guerrilla creative house

There have been several attempts this year at pothole art. Some people filled them with flowers, others just repaired them themselves, and others made amazing mosaics inside of them. But nothing compares to the sheer hilarity that this Kazakhstan marketing group came up with, insert papier-mache legs with a pair of brightly-coloured socks on them!

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Studio Roosegaarde – Glow-in-the-dark Bike Path

8 – Studio Roosegaarde

This is not just a glowing bike path, it was beautiful and innovative as well. Made to look like Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting. It is hoped that one day all cycle paths will become glowing works of art, for both safety and beauty.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Os Gemeos – Giants

7 – Os Gemeos

2014 much like any year was full of amazing street art by amazingly talented people. But it is Brazilian graffiti artists Os Gemeos who take my best street art crown away. These murals are 70ft tall towers that would otherwise had been nothing more than a greys blot on the landscape.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Klasse Löbbert – Leuchtturm

6 – Klasse Löbbert

Made by a trio of art students from Klasse Löbbert in Germany is this stunning stained glass electricity pylon! Its just a shame that all pylons can’t look this good.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 State of Play – Lumino City

5 – State of Play

These days there is a very thin line between digital art and Videogames. But this is what made that line almost invisible. This is officially the first handmade videogame made entirely out of paper, card, miniature lights and motors! The game looks amazing for it and was a worth a place in this top 10 for sure.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Tsuyoshi Tane – Light is Time

4 – Tsuyoshi Tane

Without anything else even coming close to the beauty that was “Light is time” means this had to make it onto my top 10 of the year. With words being thrown around by the people who visited it like “Stunning” and “an experience never to be forgotten” I am just annoyed that I didn’t manage to make time to see it myself.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Leandro Erlich – Dalston House

3 – Leandro Erlich

I personally think Dalston House was not only a good for the artist, but good for art as a whole. It reminded people that art is to be enjoyed, talked about about more importantly only as good as the way they see it themselves.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Alex Chinneck – Melting House

2 – Alex Chinneck

If you follow anything about art you had to have been walking around with your head in the sand to have not heard about Alex Chinneck’s amazing art instillation called “A Pound Of Flesh For 50p” all over social media it both amazed people and horrified them. But the sheer amount of discussion about art as a whole it started means it just had to make it into this list.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014 Paul Cummins – Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

1 – Paul Cummins

Not only best artist of the year, but probably man of the year as well! Nothing on this earth was more photographed and talked about than this art installation of almost 1 million ceramic poppies. Heck, even the Queen herself popped down to plant one in the ground! It moved people, made them smile, cry and just about every emotion there was to be got from art. It did it, and it did it in style.

Top 10 Best Installation art Works 2014

Monday, 29 December 2014

Top 10 UK sports moments

Top 10 UK sports moments Top 10 UK sports moments

Few, if any, countries have as rich and diverse a sporting heritage as the UK. The truth is that Great Britain invented many of the world’s most popular games today – including the planet’s favourite sport football. But as far as the country itself is concerned – the fooling events all deserve a place in the all time top ten sporting moments of the last half a century:

Top 10 UK sports moments


Top 10 UK sports moments Wigan’s 8 Challenge Cups in a row

10 – Wigan’s 8 Challenge Cups in a row

Rugby League is a very popular sport in the north of England and in parts of Australia – but few other places. This means it doesn’t always get the media coverage it deserves and it also means that the incredible feats of some of the teams don’t get much media and public  attention. So when Wigan managed the incredible feat of winning eight Challenge Cups (the main knockout competition in the sport in the UK) on the spin starting in 1988 and ending in 1995, it didn’t get the coverage it warranted. But this doesn’t detract from the incredible achievement.

What makes the most famous club in Rugby League’s achievement even more incredible is that they also managed to win the Rugby League Championship seven times during the same period along with a whole host of other honours. Such a feat hasn’t been mirrored in any other mainstream sport in the UK before or since.

Top 10 UK sports moments Botham’s Ashes series

9 – Botham’s Ashes series

During the summer of 1981, England and Australia contested the 51st Ashes Series – the series of matches played every couple of years between the two countries. It was to turn out to be an incredible series and one of the most memorable, if not the most, of all time.

Australia led after the first two tests and looked like they would win the third comfortably. But England’s star player Ian Botham (who had been stripped of the captaincy after the first two tremendously disappointing tests) had other ideas.

Famously, England were 500-1 in the cricket betting to win the third test at one stage – so poorly were they playing. But up stepped “Beefy” Botham knocking up an incredible 149 not out, followed by a remarkable bowling and fielding display to win the test by just 18 runs. England then went on to win the final two tests and clinch what is possibly the most remarkable Ashes series of all time. To this day, it is simply known as “Botham’s Ashes” and fittingly so.

Top 10 UK sports moments Jack Walker’s Blackburn Rovers Premier League win

8 – Jack Walker’s Blackburn Rovers Premier League win

In the 1994-945 season, Alan Shearer helped fire Blackburn Rovers to their one and only Premier League title – with Kenny Dalglish at the helm as manager. All this had been made possible by their wealthy benefactor, steel magnate Jack Walker who had bankrolled Rovers’ title push. It went right down to the wire against Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United.

On the last day of the season, Blackburn lost at home to Liverpool whilst Man United also lost away at West Ham and the title went to the Rovers – and a tearfully proud “uncle” Jack Walker.

Top 10 UK sports moments Arsenal’s invincibles season

7 – Arsenal’s invincibles season

Under the leadership of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal had started to play some of the most attractive football seen anywhere in the world around the turn of the century. But it was the 2003–04 season when The Gunners were really to come into their own.

In short, Wenger’s team “the invincibles” went the whole season without losing a single league game. They’d won the title the year before, and retained it with consummate ease. From the 38 Premier League games played, The Gunners won 26 wins, drew 12 and lost none.

But Arsenal had come very close to losing the sixth match of the season against fierce rivals Manchester United. United’s star frontman Ruud van Nistelrooy failed to score a  penalty in injury time that would surely have won the game. Instead, he missed and it ended 0–0.

And to make the league victory sweeter still, Arsenal clinched the title courtesy of  draw against near neighbours and rivals Tottenham Hotspur in April.

Top 10 UK sports moments Desert Orchid’s Cheltenham Gold Cup win

6 – Desert Orchid’s Cheltenham Gold Cup win

Desert Orchid was the UK’s favourite jumper in the world of National Hunt racing in the late 80s and early 90s. The grey showed tremendous heart winning many big races including the King George VI Chase on four separate occasions. But the biggest prize of all, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, run over 3 miles 2 furlongs was thought to be beyond Desert Orchid. The race was too far for his liking and its undulating track a tremendous test of stamina. What’s more – Cheltenham is a left-handed course, which wasn’t to “Dessie’s” liking.

To make matters worse for the 1989 race, rain and snow made the going heavy. These weren’t great for the horse either, but he battled on gamely and managed to get his head in front of Yahoo who loved the going. He went on to win by one and a half lengths in an incredibly gutsy performance – and brought the house down in front of 58,000 spectators as he did so.

Top 10 UK sports moments Man United’s 1999 Champions League win

5 – Man United’s 1999 Champions League win

In the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Bayern Munich were the better side and looked to be heading for a deserved 1-0 win. But Sir Alex Ferguson was famous for encouraging his Man United side to keep playing to the final whistle – and this was something they always did. But it was never as important as the injury time in 1999 in this the most important game in world club football.

United had already completed a domestic double, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in May. But it looked like they were failing at the final moments to make it an historic treble. But the in injury time, United were awarded a corner just when the 4th official held his sign up saying there’d be three minutes of added time.

United’s keeper, Peter Schmeichel, came up for the corner, which was taken by David Beckham. The ball went over Schmeichel’s head, landed at the feet of Dwight Yorke who put the ball in the crowded box. A partial clearance saw the ball go to Ryan Giggs who miscued, sending the ball to Teddy Sheringham, who swept it home.

After play resumed at 1-1 and extra time beckoned, United won another corner. Beckham took this one as well, and found the head of Sheringham. He headed the ball down across the goal for Ole Gunnar Solskjær to poke it home and for United to complete an incredible victory and an incredibly impressive treble – surely their finest ever moment.

Top 10 UK sports moments Red Rum’s third Grand National win

4 – Red Rum’s third Grand National win

Red Rum is the most famous Grand National horse of all time – and possibly the most famous racehorse the world has ever seen. Red Rum won back-to-back Grand Nationals in 1973 and 74, and was runner-up under heavy weights in both of the following two years. This was an impossibly good record in a race, which is seen as the toughest steeplechase in the world to win. The fact that the race is a handicap usually means that most horses only get one decent crack at it – so Red Rum was very special indeed.

But when he came back for a fifth attempt in 1977 aged 12, it seemed like one too many. But no – Rummy achieved the impossible winning for a third time.

It is surely the most incredible moment in the history of hose racing and Rummy is fittingly buried adjacent to the Aintree winning post today.

Top 10 UK sports moments The 2003 Rugby Union World Cup

3 – The 2003 Rugby Union World Cup

England were favourites to win this World Cup hosted by Australia. But when the hosts beat traditional Rugby Union powerhouses New Zealand in the semis, it looked a daunting task for England.

But the combination of a great try by former Wigan Rugby League player Jason Robinson, and four penalties from Jonny Wilkinson – followed by a drop-goal in extra time by the same player – meant England won 20–17. In doing so, England managed to become the first ever side from the northern hemisphere win a World Cup – and it couldn’t have happened in more dramatic last-minute style.

Top 10 UK sports moments The 2012 London Olympics

2 – The 2012 London Olympics

In 2012, London hosted what will surely go down in history as one of the greatest summer Olympic Games of all time. And the host nation came an incredible third in the final medal table, being beaten only by the USA and China, countries with far larger populations.

Top 10 UK sports moments The 1966 World Cup

1 – The 1966 World Cup

Top of the tree for most sports fans in the English part of the UK, though, has to be the victory in the 1966 World Cup final over Germany (4-2 after extra time). This is a feat that may never be repeated – who knows? But it’s still the single most iconic moment ever in English sport.

So now for today’s question: What is your favourite sporting event?

Top 10 UK sports moments

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans)

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans)

We here in the UK (and indeed many other places in the world) love our baked beans. There are thousands of brand names of them out there but one brand stands out from the rest. I am talking about Heinz. But the company is not British, in fact it is an American food processing company with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. So I hope it is not just UK people who will enjoy these gift ideas…

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans)


Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Heinz Beans T-Shirt

10 – Beans and Proud

As it says in the title this post won’t include beans, but it does include merchandise inspired by the beans themselves. So why not show your love for the tasty toast snack and go out wearing this!

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Heinz Baked Beans Security Can

9 – Seal Away

Why not keep those valuables safe with these rather handy safe-storage beans cans.Just hide away whatever you need to keep safe and stick it into the cupboard!

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Heinz Baked Beans pedal bin

8 – Bin Em

First seen in my post about “Top 10 Office Bins” is this rather cool, if not officially licensed pedal bin for the kitchen. But I bet you  can’t get much rubbish in a tin of beans! Sadly I can’t seem to find any site that sells these on the web, so keep a look out in your travels.

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Heinz Baked Beans Mug

7 – Don’t Be a Mug

There is nothing better than a cup of baked beans on a cold winters day. So why not get the office thing and get this mug! Even I would love this as a gift idea.

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Heinz Baked Beans Blow Up Can Character

6 – Blow Em

This was a give-away gift when you collected 10 tins of beans (well the labels anyway) but now these old plastic blow up Heinz Baked Beans can characters can be found all over Ebay.

Heinz beans egg cup and spoon Heinz beans egg cup and spoon

5 – Egg Cup and Spoon

Much like the one you just read about (Number 6) this is also a collectors item. So are there really collectors of beans related merchandise? If you are asking that question  you haven’t met the King of Baked beans himself Captain Beany >> See Him Here <<

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Handmade Baked Beans Can Bracelet

4 – Bracelet

If you have some fond memories of eating beans maybe wearing a braclet expressing those happy memories is a good gift idea for you. Or maybe you just love eating beans!

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Heinz Beanz Saucepan

3 – On the Hob

What better gift to give a baked bean fan than a handy Heinz Beanz saucepan to cook them in! And as a added bonus with this gift pack you also get a wooden Heniz spoon to stir them with.

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Heinz Baked Beans microwave

2 – The Beanzawave

This is going to be released soon, but not available just yet. Inspired by their Snap, Heat, Eat range of simple bean snack pots comes this USB Microwave. I definitely need one of these in my life!

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans) Handmade Baked Beans Jumper

1 – Wear Em

You are just not a true Baked Bean fan unless you own this Jumper. Just remember to start running if you see a group of people chasing you with toast in their hands.

Top 10 Heinz Baked Beans Gift Ideas (Not including Beans)