Monthly Archives: November 2013

Stands-in-shadows

A6T-SjzCQAA2E7q.png largeSorry I’ve not posted in a while; that should be rectified soon.

In the meantime, have this drawing of my Skyrim assassin Stands-in-shadows, drawn by my talented daughter @TheRogueHeart.

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All hail GALAXY, the world champion chocolate bar

galaxy_obsession_boxHurray for common sense at last. In a surprisingly close encounter, supersmooth Galaxy sent the chav pretender Crunchie packing with its honeycomb between its legs. The final score:

Galaxy 43-38 Crunchie

Thanks to everyone who voted – you’re the people that make this fun. So now we’ve had the Biscuit and Chocolate World Cups, what next? A snack competition featuring exciting clashes between Crisps and Mini Cheddars, or maybe a Cheese Championship? I’d love to see Sticky Toffee Cheddar against Bob’s Knob.

Chocolate World Cup SF results and Final Voting

inde indexBlimey, I did NOT expect either semi-final to go the way it did. You lot have really funny tastes, as evidenced by you not voting for salty chocolate back in Round One. Ah well, here are the Semi Final results, followed by the voting for the Final itself. VOTE CAREFULLY.

 

Crunchie 33-24 Flake

Galaxy 30-27 Dairy Milk

 

Twantadors

twanta2For those who asked, here’s a full list of #TWANTA2013 participants. Expect a DM from @twanta2013 with the name & address of your Twantee in a day or two. Remember –

The idea is FUN, not expense. Cheap & cheerful gifts please. It’s fun to stalk your Twantee for a while to find out what they like.

Let the world know when you have sent and received your gifts, using the #twanta2013 hashtag.

When you open it, take a photo to post around Christmas again using the hashtag.

I’ll remind you through @twanta2013 when last posting dates are approaching.

@_inno
@2you2me2you
@37ellie
@addison_crow
@aimee_red
@AlexBrightsmith
@alliterative
@amwii
@ananizapta
@avensarah
@b_wildered
@BadUnderpants
@bella_astre
@Belmsie
@bexagin
@bieredeluxe
@bilbobaggins2k
@breadesign
@ButMadNNW
@ByWordAndStitch
@captain_doodle
@cara_erin
@cha0tic
@chickenprincess
@cobain_10
@davidtims
@dawbes
@dbrereton
@doodledawne
@doodledawne’s Em
@dutch_bitch
@emmadventures
@ericafairs
@FannyIngabout
@fluffy1st
@flylilypad
@gemmajoobjoob
@greythorne
@grumpy_mel
@hols1983
@hugeshark
@hunyock
@IainLJ
@jaxbourne
@judgetread
@kimnmilward
@kirstyhalton
@lardychap
@Leontia2001
@LilianLouvaine
@LittleBit_Bod
@louisehector
@LucieMR
@luggermatt
@MacJude
@mallrat_uk
@matcochr
@monbling
@mrpeterwood
@mrsactive
@mswaichingliu81
@NiColaCubes
@NicolaX
@nomdetwume
@NoYOUCockoff
@nyncompoop
@och23
@owlbird
@PariahSickKid71
@paulmooreesq
@phantom_blonde
@poorlittlenell
@PricklyEmu
@rachamuffin
@SarahHanner
@secretstef
@spiffykates
@starlitwolf
@sundayhandbag
@superblouse
@teddy_red
@TheFlossieTP
@underbundle
@waysidehealer
@whostolemyzen
@witchofscience
@wombat37

Chocolate World Cup SEMI FINALS

Bacon chocolate

Bacon chocolate

The quarter finals went much as expected, didn’t they? But who, at the start of this, would have predicted we’d see Crunchie in the semi final?

Crunchie 38-31 Ripple

Flake 41-27 Snickers

Galaxy 42-26 Twirl

Dairy Milk 38-31 Kit Kat

So here we go – the big semi-finals. I have to admit, the one that intrigues me is Galaxy v Dairy Milk. Who can predict that mighty encounter? Flake’s going to win the other one, of course. Vote below.

Choc World Cup QUARTER FINALS

marmiteRecent games went much as expected, I reckon.

Twirl 15-13 Double Decker
Galaxy 19-11 Milky Way
Kit Kat 17-13 Curly Wurly
Dairy Milk 16-13 Bounty

Here are the quarter finals – it’s getting serious. VOTE NOW!

Chocolate world cup round 2

Erm...Sorry about the delay, there. I tried to post this from my tablet then found that I couldn’t include polls. Noob Wombat. Anyhow, back on the laptop now so on we go –

Previous results:

Ripple 31-28 Twix

Crunchie 39 – 19 Toffee Crisp

Flake 47 – 9 Milka

Snickers 30 – 27 Toblerone

A couple of close matches there. Ripple now meet Crunchie in the quarter finals, while Flake meet Snickers in a clash of Titans. Vote below in the remaining round 2 matches.

Twantionary

A perfect EPISTLETOEHaving trouble separating your twanta from your twantee? Completed your trifecta yet? Got no bloody idea what I’m talking about? Then this blog post will save you from social embarrassment akin to leaving the Ladies with your skirt tucked into the back of your knickers.

Gift with a bow  TWANTA – this word has two meanings. Firstly it is the all-encompassing name for the whole cosy event itself, although usually with the relevant year attached to its tail. Secondly, the Twanta is the person sending a gift. It is the Twanta’s own choice whether or not to remain secret.

Gift with a bow  TWANTEE – the person receiving said gift, with a smile and a song.

Gift with a bow TWANTADOR – general term for anyone taking part.

Gift with a bow TRIFECTA – the magic three milestones achieved by a Twantador who has sent a gift, learned that it has arrived, and received their own.

Gift with a bow TWUMBUG – a dirty rapscallion who fails to send a gift as promised (see last year).

Gift with a bow TWAT – see TWUMBUG.

Gift with a bow FAIRY – a good-hearted TWANTADOR who volunteers to step in and provide a gift at short notice for anyone who falls victim to a TWUMBUG.

Gift with a bow TWANTAVERSE – every bloody thing to do with Twanta. Constantly expanding.

Gift with a bow EPISTLETOE – a hand-written letter included with the gift (see above) to add a virtual Christmas kiss and a personal touch. Not to be confused with Camel Toe, which is something else completely.

Participants in #TWANTA2013

If you’re not listed here and you think you should be, let me know sharpish. Also tell me if for some reason @twanta2013 is not following you back. DM me your address if you haven’t already.

@_inno
@2you2me2you
@addison_crow
@aimee_red
@AlexBrightsmith
@alliterative
@amwii
@ananizapta
@avensarah
@BadUnderpants
@bella_astre
@Belmsie
@bexagin
@bilbobaggins2k
@breadesign
@ButMadNNW
@ByWordAndStitch
@captain_doodle
@cara_erin
@chickenprincess
@cobain_10
@davidtims
@dawbes
@dbrereton
@doodledawne
@doodledawne’s Em
@dutch_bitch
@emmadventures
@ericafairs
@FannyIngabout
@fluffy1st
@flylilypad
@gemmajoobjoob
@greythorne
@grumpy_mel
@hols1983
@hugeshark
@IainLJ
@jaxbourne
@judgetread
@kimnmilward
@kirstyhalton
@lardychap
@LilianLouvaine
@LittleBit_Bod
@louisehector
@LucieMR
@luggermatt
@MacJude
@mallrat_uk
@matcochr
@monbling
@mrpeterwood
@mrsactive
@mswaichingliu81
@NiColaCubes
@nyncompoop
@och23
@owlbird
@PariahSickKid71
@phantom_blonde
@poorlittlenell
@rachamuffin
@SarahHanner
@secretstef
@spiffykates
@starlitwolf
@sundayhandbag
@superblouse
@teddy_red
@TheFlossieTP
@underbundle
@waysidehealer
@witchofscience

Chocolate World Cup Round 2

Yes, Kit Kat Cheese - wonder if @captain_doodle has tried this?

Yes, Kit Kat Cheese – wonder if @captain_doodle has tried this?

In the final Round 1 matches, Kit Kat beat Fudge (boo!), Dairy Milk trounced Wispa as expected, and quite ridiculously Bounty beat the divine Drifter. Stupid Bounty lovers.

I thought the fourth match, Mars v Curly Wurly, was going to go to extra time, but against the run of play Curly Wurly scored in the fifth minute of injury time to go through.

We now know the full line-up for the second round, and here they are with tips from WomBet, ‘the bookmaker with form’. You can vote on the first four matches at the foot of this post.

Ripple v Twix Poncy posh chocolate against workaday snack. Twix to win.

Crunchie v Toffee Crisp Friday tooth-rotter versus hopeless wannabe. Easy Crunchie win.

Milka v Flake A walkover for Flake, cos of the oral sex connotations.

Snickers v Toblerone A mighty tussle between two titans. Toblerone might just edge it.

Twirl v Double Decker Kids’ lunchbox favourite takes on weird layered crap. A Twirl win.

Galaxy v Milky Way The Stoke v Middlesbrough of the chocolate world. YAWN.

Kit Kat v Curly Wurly Tough to call, a fascinating match-up. Kit Kat has the backing though.

Dairy Milk v Bounty WomBet are no fans of Dairy Milk, but we hope they stuff sickly Bounty.

 

How to do #TWANTA

A-upOnLCQAAj3_f.jpg largeJingly balls, jingly balls, jingly all the way. It’s time for #TWANTA2013 to hitch up the reindeer to the jingly sleigh and decorate his shiny balls. Here’s a reminder of how it all works.

Star You must have specifically asked me, and I must have confirmed that you’re taking part if you are to join in. This is an attempt to avoid the slight wobble that happened a couple of years ago for two of our lovely twantadors. There is a list of confirmed twantadors at the foot of this post. (There’ll be a glossary post later, don’t worry).

widget53 Thank you #twant2012 !! @twanta2012 Happy Christmas!!!Here is my very Japanese #TWANTA2012 gift. Thanks to the sender, and to you for organising! x Star Make sure to DM your address to @twanta2013 so that I can pass it on to your own Secret Twanta. I do remember some of your addresses from last year, but obviously I deleted all the addresses of those who asked me so to do. If the Twitter Unfollow Bug has caused @twanta2013 to unfollow you, let me know so that I can correct that.

Star Tell me if there’s anyone in the list below that you want to avoid. I don’t want to be responsible for any “INCIDENTS”.

waywardlou My #twanta2012 gift with a note that read “Merry Christmas & happy wedding planning”. Thank v much, it’s gorgeous xxxStar Once I have everyone’s address, I’ll DM you to let you know for whom you are buying a gift (grammar), together with their address. You might want to spend a little while researching their timeline to find out a little bit about them. Yes, that’s a bit stalkery, but you’ll be able to make your gift a bit more personalised.

Star Buy a pressie for your twantee (as the recipients have somehow come to be known) and send it to them. Mark the envelope #TWANTA so they know what it is. Let @twanta2013 know that you’ve posted it (so I can keep track in case anything goes missing). It’s entirely up to you whether to remain anonymous or declare yourself.

smiler1313 my wonderful prezzie thank you mwahhhhStar Do NOT buy hugely expensive pressies (unless you’re buying for me, obv). Small, fun and imaginative is the rule of thumb, but don’t send an actual thumb. That would be hideous. I recommend spending no more than a fiver, though that of course is up to you. The photographs accompanying this post are of some of last year’s gifts, should you need inspiration.

Star When you receive your #TWANTA pressie, again let @twanta2013 know. Challenge yourself to wait until Christmas Eve or Day to open the thing. Harness your willpower, grasshopper.

theflossietp Modesty prevents me from quoting, but my #twanta2012 not only sent a gift, but a riddle too! Thanks, 'twas ACE!Star When your willpower fails, take a photo ready to post at Christmas. I’ll collect all pics that use the hashtag #TWANTA2013 into a glorious blog post celebrating how wonderful you lot are, and revealing (unless you tell me otherwise) who sent you your gift.

If it all goes tits up, remember that it was originally all the idea of that @captain_doodle, and castigate him mercilessly. Here’s a list of all those confirmed to take part. (It’s in four columns, phone users, so scroll across). If you want to play and your name’s not here, let me know faster than sugar off a shovel.

 

Confirmed Twantadors for 2013

Let me know NOW if you also want to take part.

@_inno
@2you2me2you
@aimee_red
@AlexBrightsmith
@amwii
@ananizapta
@avensarah
@BadUnderpants
@bella_astre
@Belmsie
@bexagin
@bilbobaggins2k
@breadesign
@ButMadNNW
@ByWordAndStitch
@captain_doodle
@cara_erin
@chickenprincess
@cobain_10
@davidtims
@dawbes
@dbrereton
@doodledawne
@doodledawne’s Em
@dutch_bitch
@emmadventures
@ericafairs
@FannyIngabout
@flylilypad
@gemmajoobjoob
@greythorne
@grumpy_mel
@hols1983
@hugeshark
@IainLJ
@jaxbourne
@kirstyhalton
@lardychap
@LilianLouvaine
@LittleBit_Bod
@louisehector
@LucieMR
@luggermatt
@MacJude
@mallrat_uk
@matcochr
@monbling
@mrsactive
@mswaichingliu81
@NiColaCubes
@nyncompoop
@och23
@owlbird
@PariahSickKid71
@phantom_blonde
@rachamuffin
@SarahHanner
@secretstef
@starlitwolf
@sundayhandbag
@superblouse
@teddy_red
@TheFlossieTP
@underbundle
@waysidehealer
@witchofscience

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