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Will you help a stranger in need?

Will you help a stranger in need?

I’d like to ask you to help me do something nice for somebody who’s in need of a little bit of kindness from a bunch of lovely strangers. During my time here in the USA I’ve been getting around in Ubers. Have you heard of that? Uber is an app which you download on your phone and which allows you to connect with drivers in your area. It’s essentially a taxi service and in the last couple of weeks I’ve ridden my fair share of Ubers to get from A to Z and have met some interesting characters along the way! Today my Uber driver was a delightful Texan man by the name of Fred. You know when you meet someone and instantly you realise you’re in the presence of a beautiful soul? Well that’s how I felt as soon as Fred and I started to talk.     Share the... More →
You can still buy all of this!

You can still buy all of this!

First of all, a huge thank you to everyone who came down to Brackley Town Hall today to support my  Yard Sale. I managed to sell the large majority of the items but these lovely things remain and are yours for the taking! If you see anything that you like send me a PM on Facebook (Ceri Davies) to get the price or to ask any questions about an item. I can then reserve it for you and you can pick it up from my house in Brackley at anytime during the day tomorrow, Sunday 12th July. Come anytime between 10am and 10pm. Hope you see something you like! Share the... More →
When Craigy’s family came to tea

When Craigy’s family came to tea

A thought recently struck me, dear Warriors. And that thought is this: That I’ve written many a blog, taken a plethora of videos involving my side of the family but, as yet, I’ve not introduced you to clan Wilson. Which really is rather inexcusable, don’t you think? You may have found yourself wondering if poor Craigy actually had a family to speak of! Well today’s blog will confirm that not only does he have a family to call his very own but he has a LOVELY family to call his very own. Share the... More →
I’m selling everything!!

I’m selling everything!!

I’m lightening my load and selling pretty much everything from my flat! I’m due to complete on the sale in the next couple of weeks and and the large majority of my stuff needs a good home. Below you’ll find individual pictures of most of the items for sale. There are quite a few more but after spending 5 hours photographing and pricing them up I began to lose the will to live. So do expect more on the day! Share the... More →
Beth Blogs: MY FIRST JOB!!

Beth Blogs: MY FIRST JOB!!

Hi Warriors of the World!! I hope you are all doing grrrreat!   Firstly, sorry for taking so long to do another blog. It’s been a busy period you know! I have been keeping out mischief (mostly, not too much) with lots of things like:- School (I’m now in 4th year!) Dance shows (Mania Dance Studio, JJ, Norma and the crew are FAB!) Horse riding (Angus RDA, Eleanor, Joanne & the horses are great!) Arbroath High School winning the Scottish finals and qualifying for the UK Rock Challenge Final at Milton Keynes on 6th July (I’m going to do a separate blog just on this so watch this space!)   Share the... More →
Marriage: I won’t be changing my name

Marriage: I won’t be changing my name

Yesterday I posted the following status on my Facebook page: It is something I had often pondered but had yet to seek out the opinion and thoughts of others. And so very many of you had opinions and thoughts on the subject as I knew you would. I can always count on my Warriors to respond to the random questions I pose and I thank you and love you for it. Share the... More →
I’m going to BritMums Live 2015, baby!

I’m going to BritMums Live 2015, baby!

Am I looking forward to attending BritMums Live for the second time? Aren’t most red heads covered in freckles??? Maybe not all of them but this one is for sure and I am most definitely looking forward to and highly anticipating the weekend of June 19th! This year not only will I be wielding my camera in all directions in an attempt to capture the best bits of BritMums Live 2015 but I will also be taking on the role of butterfly which, I believe, is a role to help newbies and returning attendees feel at home during the blogivities which is just like festivities but at a blogging conference. And I make a solemn promise unto you, fellow bloggers and bloggettes that I will endeavour to be the best darn butterfly I can be! Share the... More →
The best meal EVER!

The best meal EVER!

Now, Warriors, I don’t claim to be a connoisseur of all that is culinary and gastronomical but I have been to some pretty nice eating establishments in my time and can recognise and appreciate fine dining. For our anniversary a couple of years ago, for example, Craigy Boy and I found ourselves on the 28th floor of the London Park Lane Hilton, home to the Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin at Windows. It boasts stunning views of some of our capital’s most iconic buildings and, funnily enough, the food wasn’t too shabby either. Share the... More →
OUR blog is up for an award!!

OUR blog is up for an award!!

Well would you Adam and Eve it, Warriors?? Our little corner on the internet has been shortlisted for a blogging award, in the VIDEO category no less. Which is fabulous, really, since making videos and acting the goat is what I love to do most. I mean, you know how shy and retiring I am… MWAHAHA!! Anyhoo, I would surely love us, and I say us because we’re all in this together, me and my World Wide Warriors, to be one of the FIVE finalists and I’m counting on you lovely folks to help get us there! Question: Do you have 30 seconds right now? Because that is literally how long it will take you. Forget David, bypass Ed, blatantly ignore Nige and go straight for the GW! Share the... More →
A lovely family wedding

A lovely family wedding

Before I get on with today’s blog post in which I regale you all with tales of a delightful family wedding Craigy Boy and I attended this weekend I must tell you, Warriors, that I have been suffering. It’s a little known condition which strikes suddenly and violently and the individual afflicted can do little but allow the virus to take its course. I, The Ginger Warrior, have been in the grips of LAZY BLOGGERITIS which explains why it has been so long since I put electronic pen to paper. But I am happy to report that  I appear to have turned a corner and my mental faculties, zeal and general va va voom are returning to the fore once again!  Share the... More →
I’m selling my house ONLINE with Emoov!

I’m selling my house ONLINE with Emoov!

On December 17th, 2007 (or thereabouts) I became the proud owner of my very first home. It was a beautiful moment, I tell ya, and Top Foor Flat, 23 Balmoral Road in Northampton has has kept me safe, warm, dry and very happy over the years – the perfect first time buy. To tell you the truth, it was a little bit out of my budget at the time – I had decided that £130,000 was as high as I could go and consequently was only viewing properties in that price bracket. Then Kate, the lovely estate agent from Right Move who was patiently taking me from one flat viewing to the next, said that she knew of a property that had just come up for sale and she urged me to book an appointment to see it, even though it was slightly over my pre-determined budget. “I just have a feeling”, she insisted. Share the... More →
Restaurant Review: Bill’s

Restaurant Review: Bill’s

As you know, Warriors, Mummy and Daddy Ginger Warrior came to visit me a couple of weeks ago. And as you know, since you have doubtlessly read THIS little blog post recounting the few lovely days I was in their company, Sandra and I spent a delightful morning meandering through the charming streets of Oxford. When it came to sourcing an excellent eatery for our ladies lunch my mum slipped down a side street and before I had even realised she had gone (she’s pretty stealthy that one) she was back enthusiastically insisting she had found the perfect establishment.  Share the... More →
When Mum and Dad came to stay

When Mum and Dad came to stay

I don’t get to see Mummy Sandra and Daddy Gordon all that often what with them living in the land of kilts, haggis and Irn Bru and me residing South of the border, so it was jolly lovely to have them stay with me and Craigy Boy for a few days this last week. I must say, however, that it wasn’t entirely a social visit: Gordon, being the wonderful, kind and handy Dad that he always has been and continues to be had come to sort out my back garden, or should I say the overgrown, weed-infested jungle that once was my garden. I bake, I run, I talk (a lot), I blog (less than I ought to!) I but I just don’t do gardens. Nothing green about these freckly fingers! Share the... More →
Exciting!! The newest addition to our family!

Exciting!! The newest addition to our family!

Today’s blog isn’t one for reading, Warriors, it’s one for viewing. And what you’ll find inside is the story of how Craigy and I became the proud and happy parents of a heavenly soft and rather large bed. A bed truly fit for a (super) king! Farewell doubles, adios kingsize –  there is no going back. Oh, and should you find the video won’t play on your device then just click the title in the top left corner. That usually does the trick. Sweet dreamzzzzz…. Share the... More →
An adoption story

An adoption story

I was raised in Dundee, Scotland in a large family and as such I have always loved children. It wasn’t a surprise to family and friends that I became a nursery nurse and filled my days caring for little children. I loved my job! My greatest desire of all was to be a mum: I dreamed of being pregnant and taking care of a big family. I met Mark in a whirlwind romance and found myself married and living in Arizona, USA. We both wanted children immediately and expected that pregnancy would come easily (as it had with all of our brothers and sisters) but that was not the case for us. With every negative test I fell further and further into depression. Every monthly cycle was a cruel reminder of my helpless reality. Share the... More →
Christmas time with BETH BLOGS!

Christmas time with BETH BLOGS!

This is my first blog of 2015 so I hope you all had a fab festive period! I had a great time too and just wanted to give you a wee update of what I got up to over the Christmas period. I was really excited for Christmas as I had been good girl all year – I think! On Christmas morning as usual we sent Dad downstairs to check Santa had been. Guess what? He had! I clearly had been a very good girl as I received lots of presents including a new desk for my room, clothes, make up and lots, lots more. Share the... More →
Happy 1st birthday, Warriors!!

Happy 1st birthday, Warriors!!

Well would you Adam and Eve it?? This very day last year I posted my first ever blog and Planet Warrior was born! In that time I’ve been a regular blogger and then a more infrequent blogger (lazy GW) but one thing has remained constant – my love and appreciation of you, my Warriors of the World! I am so grateful for your support and encouragement and the lovely comments you have left on my blog and on my Facebook page. The highlight of all this blogging malarky is, for sure, the new friendships that have been forged along the way and there have been lots of them. I may have met you whilst travelling, at a blogging conference or you may have simply come into my life via my Facebook page. Whoever you are, wherever you are, consider yourself a Warrior and my friend. Share the... More →
Naughty, naughty little Ginger Warrior!!

Naughty, naughty little Ginger Warrior!!

Look at this picture of me when I was 10 and say the first word that comes into your head! What was it? Was it angelic? Sweet? Innocent? Adorable? I’m going to take a wild stab in the dark and guess that none of those adjectives first sprung to mind upon viewing my freckly and very round face and you’d be right, my Warriors of the World, for I was none of those adjectives. If you opted for naughty, mischievous, wayward or wilful then you were much closer to the mark! Share the... More →
Merry Christmas from me and Craigy Boy

Merry Christmas from me and Craigy Boy

Craigy Boy and I just wanted to wish you a very, very Merry Christmas before the big day arrives and we all succumb to the inevitability that is the food and drink coma. Did you manage to get everything done in time?? I’ve just put the finishing touches to my chocolate log and am relieved it turned out rather well after I had to throw the first attempt in the bin!  Share the... More →
Members of my local community that I love!

Members of my local community that I love!

I first came to Brackley in September 2004 when I accepted a job as a Spanish and French teacher at the local high school, Magdalen College School. Through my activities in the school, the Spanish evening classes I ran and my hot and sweaty Zumba sessions I soon became involved in the local community and it wasn’t long before this Scottish lass looked upon Brackley as home. I adore the town itself – it’s a tranquil, historical market town and, in my opinion, pretty as a picture. But most of all I love the sense of the community and the kind, generous and giving people that come together to create that community. That is why today, in the festive spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving I wanted to recognise some people in the local community. My relationship with most of these individuals began as one of  business in nature – they had a product or service to offer and I was a paying customer. But as the years have passed they have extended the arm of support and encouragement in one way or another and, as such, they are more than simple business associates – they are my friends. Share the... More →
What are your Christmas plans?

What are your Christmas plans?

Today, Warriors of the World, not only am I feeling of the Christmas spirit but I’m feeling rather nosy too! And that is why today I wanted to ask you what your plans are over this season of peace and goodwill to all men (women, children and animals). Now, I would never ask you something that I wouldn’t be prepared to share myself so with that in mind, allow me to tell you what Craigy and are doing over the festivities! It’s a little bit different for us this year in that it’s the first time in our five years together that we’re not spending Christmas Day with my family in Scotland. Craigy Boy’s on duty on Christmas day (THIS is what he does for a living) and so we’re spending our very first Christmas just the two of us. Now everybody say AAAWWWW!! Share the... More →
Beth Blogs: You asked and Beth has answered!!

Beth Blogs: You asked and Beth has answered!!

Greetings Warriors of the World! I’m back and this time I’m answering the questions that you asked me at the end of last month’s blog. There were so many great questions and I’ve tried my best to answer them all. Thanks to my Dad for helping me with them. Please let me know if I have missed anything out that you’d like to know! Share the... More →
Three cakes for Winnie

Three cakes for Winnie

There are just some people in this world that make your heart happy when you are in their company. For me, one such person is Winifred Clifton. Winnie was my neighbour when I lived in Northampton and a few years ago we struck up a friendship over conversations of cakes and baking. We both love to don our aprons and fill our kitchen with the heavenly aroma of home baked goods. Winnie’s specialities are rock cakes, jam tarts and her deliciously moist and plump fruit cake.  Good, old-fashioned baking that literally comforts the soul which, incidentally, is exactly what Winnie does herself. Share the... More →
BBC Good Food Show. YUUUUM!!

BBC Good Food Show. YUUUUM!!

On Thursday Craigy Boy and I headed to the same venue in order to explore our different passions. That man of mine had a ticket for Motorcycle Live at the NEC in Birmingham whilst I, the GW, had something more calorific in store: the BBC Good Food Show. The only thing better than going to the BBC Good Food Show and sampling a wide array of goodies  is going to the BBC Good Food Show and sampling a wide array of goodies for FREEEE! For I had a press pass: Share the... More →
What I did for my birthday

What I did for my birthday

This past Saturday, 15th November I celebrated the beginning of my 37th year here on Planet Earth! Thirty six years of age, how did that happen?? With a mental age of barely sixteen only my increasing number of fine lines and wrinkles attest to the passage of time. I’ve never been much of a big birthday reveller if the truth be told. I generally mark the occasion with a low key celebration and this year was no exception.This year Craigy Boy and I took a little overnight trip to London the weekend before my actual birthday. We stayed at the Doubletree Hilton in Islington and were delighted to be greeted by freshly baked, warm and gooey cookies. Share the... More →
Mia Tui pink bag GIVEAWAY!

Mia Tui pink bag GIVEAWAY!

It’s always hard to see the weekend go by and then wake up to another Monday morning. And that is exactly why I thought I would attempt to bring some Monday morning cheer by launching my very next giveaway! If you read THIS review about the Mia Tui bag range then you will know I’m a fan. A very big fan. And I want to give YOU the chance to also become a die hard fan. They’re pretty, stylish, practical and this shocking pink Lottie model is up for grabs! Share the... More →
Another fabulous instalment of BETH BLOGS!

Another fabulous instalment of BETH BLOGS!

Greetings Warriors of the World! My Auntie Ceri has said that demand has been high for a third instalment of “Beth Blogs”.  Wow! I am pleased that my first two have been liked so much and wanted to thank you all again for continuing to read them and comment on them. I have thought about what my next blog would be about and have decided to do it about my favourite thing… my Dad! Only joking. My favourite thing is… Share the... More →
Meditate, don’t medicate: achieving mental peace

Meditate, don’t medicate: achieving mental peace

There are two things that unite every single living being on this planet (and, I’ll wager, in all the other solar systems out there). Forget ideologies, fashions, culture, the World Cup, Strictly and One Direction because I’m talking about something far more fundamental, primal and very, very simple. Ready? Okay, here they are: everybody wants to be happy and everybody wants to be free from pain. There you go. That’s it. In a nutshell. Everything everybody has ever done in the entire history of the world had these motivations at the heart of their ambitions. Share the... More →
Zombie Evacuation Race!

Zombie Evacuation Race!

There is only one way to kick off any Halloween Celebrations and that is to take part in the Zombie Evacuation Race where you: Run for your life through a 5km course dodging the UNDEAD and navigating a multitude of challenging obstacles designed specifically to slow down your escape from relentless ZOMBIE hordes who are hungry for fresh brains! Share the... More →
And the winner of the Samsung microwave is…

And the winner of the Samsung microwave is…

Warriors of the World, I am pleased to announce that the lucky winner of the brand new Samsung microwave is… HOLLY HEATHER! Congratulations, Holly!! This is Holly and her lovely family who will no doubt all benefit from welcoming Sally the Samsung microwave into their home! Holly, I’ll be in touch to arrange delivery. I’m so pleased for you!   Share the... More →
Are you going to grow old gracefully?

Are you going to grow old gracefully?

Pictures of actress Renee Zellwegger have been doing the rounds in the press and on various social media platforms and apparently people can’t believe what they are seeing. “Why does her face look so different?” asks The Telegraph. Her “face is unrecognisable” says The Daily Mail. The assumption is that she has gone under the knife in order to remain as fresh faced and youthful as possible in an industry in which you’re expected to remain as fresh faced and youthful as possible! Imagine that. Whether or not Renee has resorted to cosmetic surgery to hold back the hands of time is irrelevant –  the pressure to pursue the fountain of youth is real and is keenly felt by most who find themselves in the inescapable glare of the media spotlight. Share the... More →
Review: Amelie Travel Bag by Mia Tui

Review: Amelie Travel Bag by Mia Tui

What I’m holding in my freckly hands, Warriors of the World, is the most recent addition to my bag collection and my current favourite. I love, love, LOVE it!! It was given to me by the lovely Charlotte and Claire over at Mia Tui, a company set up by Charlotte in 2010. As a mother of two young girls she was desperate to find a bag that would meet the needs of her busy and varied lifestyle, one that was both stylish and practical. After searching high and low and failing to find the ideal bag she did the only thing she could – she designed her own range. And what a beauuuutiful range it is! Everything from travel bags to work bags to gym bags to changing bags. All designed to the highest spec and available in a variety of different colours. Share the... More →
Win a SAMSUNG MICROWAVE with Birds Eye!

Win a SAMSUNG MICROWAVE with Birds Eye!

What better way to finish up the week than with a cheeky little giveaway! A Samsung microwave nonetheless! I just wish I could enter myself because me and Craigy Boy are genuinely in need of a new microwave. My sole regret is that this competition is only open to those of you based in the UK. Sorry my most beloved Warriors elsewhere in the world but I shudder to think how much I’d be charged for posting a microwave internationally!! So let me now explain why I ended up with a microwave to give away (not off the back of a lorry, promise) and what you need to do to ensure I send it to YOU! Share the... More →
My cousin the Ironman

My cousin the Ironman

My cousin Garry is an inspiration to me and the rest of our family. A few years ago he took up triathlons for fun (who does that??) and he soon found that he had a natural talent. Since then he has gone from strength to strength having recently returned from the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. Yup, he really is that good!  Today I have put Garry “The Ginger Whippet” Whyte (my special name for him!) in the GW Hot Seat for a good grilling because I want to know how it all bega Share the... More →
Five of my favourite YouTube videos!

Five of my favourite YouTube videos!

What on earth did we do before YouTube?? It informs, entertains, educates and keeps us from doing all the other tasks and jobs that should probably be occupying our time. But we just can’t help ourselves – it’s free, easily accessible and you can find a video on just about any topic imaginable!  Some YouTube statistics for you: More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month Over 6 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube—that’s almost an hour for every person on Earth 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute Millions of subscriptions happen each day Share the... More →
Ebola: scared or skeptical?

Ebola: scared or skeptical?

Back in 1994, when I was 16, I read a book called “The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston. It’s a non-fiction thriller which explores the origins of the Ebola and Marburg viruses. It also describes in grim and gory detail the devastating effect these filoviruses have on the humans they invade. I read the book in awe accompanied by a healthy dose of fear. I remember thinking that I could not possibly imagine a more terrifying disease to contract.  “A slate wiper”, I seem to recall was the turn of phrase used by some of the characters when referring to Ebola. Share the... More →
Fragile X Syndrome: have you heard of it?

Fragile X Syndrome: have you heard of it?

Hello! My name is Becky and I used to be a student of the GW, who has kindly let me hijack her blog today! I want to tell you about a condition that directly affects around 15,000 people in the UK. It is the most common inherited cause of learning disability and the leading single gene cause of autism. Yet surprisingly few people have heard of it. The condition is called Fragile X Syndrome. Have you heard of it? If not, let me fill you in. Share the... More →
Guess the celebrity babies! There’s a prize!!

Guess the celebrity babies! There’s a prize!!

Ok, so today I’m meant to be giving you and all singing and all dancing review of a fabulously stylish overnight bag and that review is still very much on the cards!  But you know what? I woke up today with a thick, fuzzy throat, puffy red eyes, a big snotty nose and head like mush – the kind of head that is not conducive to writing the eloquent, rave review that the bag deserves.  So I’m going to save it for next week and instead present you with a little bit of celebrity nonsense. Because whether we like to admit it or not we all like a little celebrity nonsense now and again! Harmless, mind-numbing fun. That’s what we’ll call it! Share the... More →
Your Love Stories: Part Two!

Your Love Stories: Part Two!

Now is the time to showcase the rest of the wonderful stories sent into me by my lovestruck Warriors of the World! Apologies it has taken so long – I had planned on posting them the week after the debut of Love Stories: Part One but life and travels got in the way as they often do. But you know what they say – absence makes the heart grow fonder and I’m sure these next set of love stories will tug at your heart strings and make you go all warm and gooey inside, like a nice chocolate brownie straight out of the oven. Share the... More →
Radio 2 live in Hyde Park 2014!!

Radio 2 live in Hyde Park 2014!!

We celebrated Craigy Boy’s birthday a couple of days early by heading into London Town for the Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, baby! You can see from the ad above which acts appeared on stage. I liked them all. I really did. But I was there for the headlining act, the one and only EL frickin’ O!!  Share the... More →
Happy Birthday, Craigy Boy!!

Happy Birthday, Craigy Boy!!

Look who’s celebrating his 22 x 2 +1 birthday today… To celebrate his special day we went to Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park on Sunday and that will be the subject of Thursday’s blog post so make sure to tune in! But for now let’s focus on the main event that IS this handsome (old) man of mine! Share the... More →
YOUR love stories: Part One!

YOUR love stories: Part One!

Last Monday I asked you, my Warriors of the World, to send in the stories of how you and your other half met and fell in love. And send in your stories you did! And may I say how much I enjoyed reading them? They brought a smile to my cynical face and made my tummy go all warm and fuzzy!  Share the... More →
Beth Blogs: Why I love Riding for the Disabled

Beth Blogs: Why I love Riding for the Disabled

Hello Warriors of the World, I’m back! Firstly I’d like to thank you all for your views and nice comments about THIS, my first blog/vlog last month. I was very surprised how many people viewed my video. WOW!! Today I am going to tell you about one of my favourite pastime – horse riding. I go to Angus Riding for the Disabled at Inverarity, near Forfar. I have been going since the age of 5 so that means I’ve been going a long, long time! Share the... More →
Our next GIVEAWAY! Come and get it!

Our next GIVEAWAY! Come and get it!

It’s about darn time we did our next giveaway, Warriors of the World so let me tell you what’s on offer today in Planet Warrior! If you’ve been keeping up with my blog – and I know you all have. You read every single one, don’t you? 😉 – then you’ll be aware that last Thursday I was in the nation’s capital at a launch for Noom’s Body Confidence challenge. Don’t have a scooby what I’m talking about?  Then click HERE for a quick reminder. Share the... More →
How did you meet your significant other??

How did you meet your significant other??

A couple of days ago I was in the car with Hezza my Bezza and we got talking about how she had met her partner, John. I love me a cheeky little how-we-met-story and insisted Hezza share in detail. She was a Scot living in England and working as an office manager in London and John was a freelance graphic designer, a Brummie, who happened to be freelancing in Heather’s office. (And no, that’s not a euphemism.) Share the... More →
Beth Blogs: Welcome to my first ever blog!

Beth Blogs: Welcome to my first ever blog!

Hello Warriors of the World! My name is Beth and Ceri, a.k.a. The Ginger Warrior is my mum’s cousin. I was 14 on the 6th August and I have Down syndrome. Today I am going to tell you about my holiday at Duchally. It’s a country estate in Scotland near Gleneagles. I went with my family  for my birthday.     Share the... More →
Happy Birthday to someone very special

Happy Birthday to someone very special

Today, Warriors, I’m taking a break from my American Adventures to introduce you to someone very, very important. There are many reasons why Miss Beth Ann Greig is a person of great importance and significance to me but here are the current top 3: 1) she’s my cousin 2) as you can see she turns 14 today 3) you’re going to be seeing a lot more of this gorgeous gal in the future! (I’ll explain in greater detail further on) Share the... More →
Happy Birthday Warriors of the World!

Happy Birthday Warriors of the World!

Back in November of last year I decided to start a blog. It’s not as if I had been contemplating the notion over a long period of time, on the contrary, the thought came into my mind one day as I was loading the dishwasher and right there and then it was a done deal. I’m not one to waste precious time when a light bulb moment occurs thus the very next day I called a guy called Jamie Clocherty, a local lad and fellow Scot whom I had bumped into a few months previous at a local business gathering in Brackley. He was there promoting his graphic design and website company and from the sample material on show I knew this guy a) had some serious skillz and b) was the man to bring the Ginger Warrior to life! I only had one request of Jamie: “Make me a cartoon”. Share the... More →
Anyone flying Stateside this summer?

Anyone flying Stateside this summer?

Anyone flying stateside this summer?  I am.  And up until 2 week ago, despite my well-documented fear of flying, I was viewing my transatlantic flight in an almost positive frame of mind.  After all, I flew to New York in March and the bottle of valium that has become my constant travel companion over the last few years returned unopened. It was a triumphant moment for the GW and one that gave me a much needed boost of courage. Then, one morning, my new found pluck and determination took an almighty nose dive. It was a Thursday if I remember rightly, around 7am. I was upstairs straightening my hair and Craigy Boy was eating his breakfast whilst watching the news as he does every day – he’s a creature of habit that man of mine. I was barely listening to the news as the GHDs glided through my silky red locks when two words suddenly jolted me out of my reverie: 1) terrorists 2) planes. I called down to Craig and asked him to turn up the t.v. He ignored me for as long as he could (bless, he was only trying to protect me) until the tone and volume of my voice became unignorable. I put down my straighteners and gave the BBC my undivided attention.  Share the... More →
Yesterday was my last day of school

Yesterday was my last day of school

I left school yesterday after 10 years of moulding the minds of the future.  I had been building up to this day ever since handing in my notice in November (my Head of Department said my mind had been gone for quite sometime but my body was loitering..) and expected to feel jubilant, exultant and triumphant.  But I didn’t. It all felt rather strange and surreal: I was neither happy nor sad, I was neither excited nor nervous. I wouldn’t even describe it as indifference. To be honest I don’t think I was allowing myself to “feel” because sometimes it’s easier to deal with big changes in that way, to try and keep emotion and sentiment out of it otherwise it can all become very messy. What I do have are very strong feelings about are the reasons why I made the decision to leave the teaching profession but that is another potentially very long and lengthy blog post and one which I shall save for another time.  Share the... More →
Film review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

Film review: How To Train Your Dragon 2

It was with excitement and trepidation that Craigy Boy and I donned our 3D glasses last night to watch the latest animated offering from Dreamworks, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Excitement? Because the first instalment blew us away. Trepidation? For the very same reason. When it comes to Hollywood blockbusters and their sequels ’tis rare indeed that lightening strikes twice and as such we were bracing ourselves for some dragon sized disappointment. Share the... More →
The kindness of strangers

The kindness of strangers

Which character attribute do you prize most in the people with whom you associate?Honesty? Loyalty? Compassion? Patience? Generosity? All worthy candidates, beyond a shadow of a doubt. But for me, one character trait stands heads and shoulders above the rest: KINDNESS. Pure, simple, unadulterated kindness. The effects of even the smallest act of kindness can be significant and far-reaching. Think back to the last time that you were the recipient of a selfless act. Seriously, take a few seconds right here, right now. How were you feeling before and how did you feel after? Chances are that small act of kindness changed the very course of your day.     Share the... More →
Are you a hoarder or a chucker outer??

Are you a hoarder or a chucker outer??

Now there’s a question I bet you didn’t think you be asked on a Friday morning or any other morning for that matter! But it’s a question I’ve been meaning to ask you over the last couple of weeks since I, the Ginger Warrior, have been faced with the keep/dispose of dilemma in both my professional and personal life. As you know, this summer (in 11 days time to be exact – not that I’m counting…) I leave behind the crazy, exhausting and oft times rewarding world of teaching after 10 years of moulding the minds of the future. In the course of a decade of education you tend to accumulate one almighty giant mass of paper and a couple of weeks ago, when it came time to clear out my life’s work I was, quite frankly, overwhelmed. Where to start? What to preserve? What to throw away? What if I dispose of something and then 6 months down the line regret the rashness of my judgement? I was getting nowhere fast, paralysed by indecisio Share the... More →
The Ginger Warrior learns a valuable lesson

The Ginger Warrior learns a valuable lesson

Recently, as part of my clean eating health kick (still going strong. WOO HOO!!) I’ve been planning my meals in advance. I’m using the MyFitness Pal app to track my calories and last night, for breakfast, I decided that scrambled eggs would be my Monday morning breakfast of choice. Two eggs scrambled, on multi grain ryvita, slices of creamy hass avocado on the side and a cheeky drizzle of my all time fave – sweet chilli sauce. It was 10 hours away and I was already anticipating my breakfast with the utmost glee. Then Craigy Boy had to go and ruin it all by informing me that we were eggless – he’d eaten the last two for his breakfast that morning. By this point it was 9.30pm on a Sunday evening. Tesco and Waitrose had closed at 4pm, the co-op at 9pm. My dreams of an eggtastic start to the week were slipping away before my very eyes… Share the... More →
How I met Craigy Boy and why I love him so

How I met Craigy Boy and why I love him so

Recently in my blog posts I’ve been highlighting some of the important men in my life. First was this post dedicated to my Dad for Father’s Day and then on Wednesday I made you all cringe and perhaps even vomit with this poetic offering to Colin Evans, my first significant crush.  There is another very important man in my life and most of you have “met” him by now – he has featured in previous blog posts, he frequently pops up on my Facebook page and he has appeared in several of my videos, proving himself to be quite the on screen natural! I mean, who could forget this impromptu tap-dancing routine?? Share the... More →
A love poem for my first crush.

A love poem for my first crush.

If you know me well, you’ll know that I’ve never been much of a dater. I can count on one and a half hands how many guys have sparked my interest over the years. I can only imagine my mum’s relief when, at the age of 30, I met Craigy Boy and decided it was time to make my dating debut. What can I say, Warriors? I’m a late bloomer. I did, however, have one almighty and massive crush at the age of 13. His name was Colin Evans and he was a swimmer. We met through a mutual friend and boy (yes, he was a boy) I was smitten! The first time I laid my eyes upon him and his speedos my heart skipped a beat, my breath caught in my throat and I could have sworn a chorus of heavenly angels surround his being. This is it, I thought. This is what they call being in love. Share the... More →
BritMums Live 2014: What a weekend, Warriors!

BritMums Live 2014: What a weekend, Warriors!

This weekend wasn’t good, it wasn’t very good, it wasn’t even excellent. This weekend was bloody marvellous!  Excuse my choice of words, Warriors, ’tis not often that I curse, yet there are just some moments in life that call for the employment of an expletive, albeit a mild one, and this weekend constitutes one of those moments. I, The Ginger Warrior, attended my first ever blogging conference, BritMumsLive 2014. I’m not a Mum but I’m a Brit and I’m (a)Live so I felt that I just about made the cut. I even e-mailed in advance to make extra sure that me and my vacant womb qualified Share the... More →
I have a problem with the World Cup

I have a problem with the World Cup

I do not wish to be party pooper but it’s true – I have a problem with the World Cup and it seems that I’m not alone. Thousands of angry Brazilians took to the streets on Monday in protest against the inordinate amount of money that has been spent on preparing the country to host the tournament, money that 60% of Brazilians feel could have been more wisely spent on improving infrastructure and public services.   Share the... More →
This is my Dad and I love him

This is my Dad and I love him

See the handsome fella in the picture above?  That’s my Dad, Gordon, and I’m his number one fan.  He’s my number one fan too.  Well, other than Craigy Boy perhaps, who is obliged to love me a lot. My Dad worked in the North sea on the oil rigs as I was growing up and he was away two weeks out of every month. On the day he was due home I would anxiously await the moment he walked through the kitchen door and I would squeal with delight and throw myself upon him, not letting go until he prised my arms from around his waist. And then, on the day he was leaving to go back to the rigs, I would be up and hanging out of mum and dad’s bedroom window at 6am screaming “Bye, Daddy, I love you!”, over and over again until I lost sight of him as he turned the corner of Kinghorne Street. This was our fortnightly ritual and we were perfectly content with the arrangement. Even if the neighbours were less than content. Share the... More →
D-day: let us remember and give thanks

D-day: let us remember and give thanks

Seventy years ago today the largest seaborne invasion in history took place. The Normandy landings, or D-Day, was a massive and daring military operation which undoubtedly contributed to the eventual triumph of the Allied forces but which saw thousands of troops pay the ultimate price. Today is therefore, primarily, a day of celebration and thanksgiving. We celebrate the precious freedom we take for granted and the immense bravery and selflessness of the almost one million troops from thirty-nine Allied divisions who participated in the Battle of Normandy. And we give thanks not only to those in the Armed Forces but the millions of other men and women in the Allied countries involved in the preparations for D-Day.   Share the... More →
These people make me happy

These people make me happy

In the summer of 2010 I was on holiday in Utah and I was staying with my dear friend Dena.  I call Dena “Mama Bailey” because with her red hair, freckles and feisty personality I sometimes think I came directly from her womb.  This is me and Dena in 2006. And here I am with Dena and her family in 2012.  She’s blond in this pic and she’s rocking it. Not sure I could pull it off. I’m not even going to try: Share the... More →
Restaurant review: The Muddy Duck

Restaurant review: The Muddy Duck

For months I had been listening to friends rave about The Muddy Duck, a country style pub nestled in the idyllic and tranquil village of Hethe. “Out of this world”, “top notch”, “flawless”  – the positive reviews came thick and fast. Now, I don’t know about you, my Warrior friends, but for me EATING is believing and I was intrigued to discover for myself whether or not The Muddy Duck was deserving of such lofty praise. This afternoon, following a most pleasant and sunny country walk with Craigy Boy and Sapphie Whippet we pulled up in front of the pub, eager to put our tastebuds to the taste. Share the... More →
Prince Charles: a royal pain in the ***?

Prince Charles: a royal pain in the ***?

Poor Charlie. He went and put his foot in it and now the whole world and his wife are breathing down his neck. In case you haven’t caught the news this is what happened. Charles and Camilla were paying a visit to the Canadian Immigration Museum in Halifax and Charles got chatting to Marianne Ferguson, a volunteer at said museum. Marianne told the Prince how she fled from Poland to Canada in 1939 and how her family had perished in the Nazi concentration camps.  Charles’ response? “And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler”. Or something along those lines. I say something along those lines because there are several versions of the words he apparently spoke depending upon which newspaper you read. Share the... More →
My First Kiss

My First Kiss

I’ve just finished watching “My Girl” with Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky and I’ve just finished mopping the tears from my puffy, red eyes. Thomas J., why, oh why did you have to go back for the ring and get stung by dozens of hornets and then die from an allergic reaction??  (You’ve all seen this film already, right?)  That’s what you get for being kind and selfless. You die. Let that be a lesson to us all!  I’m kidding of course, I know my Warriors are out there right now doing good for the world and that is how it should be. Share the... More →
Introduce yourself in 60 seconds!

Introduce yourself in 60 seconds!

I was thinking about you all last night and the fact that while I know many of you having either grown up with you, worked with you, went to university with you, crossed paths with you whilst living/travelling abroad e.t.c, e.t.c, there are so many of my Worldwide Warriors with whom I’m not well acquainted and I don’t like that, not one bit! Share the... More →
Rest in peace, Stephen Sutton

Rest in peace, Stephen Sutton

Some people are born to be living angels.  Their time upon this earth is often fleeting yet this doesn’t stop them from leaving behind a legacy of hope, positivity and inspiration. If you have been following his incredibly heart-warming, heart-rendering and heart-breaking story via social media then you will know that Stephen Sutton was one such person. Share the... More →
Eurovision 2014: Polish porn and bearded ladies

Eurovision 2014: Polish porn and bearded ladies

After a self-imposed hiatus of more than a decade I felt ready, on Saturday evening, for a night of over the top costumes, dubiously talented performances, pyrotechnics and awkward host banter. I got all of the above and so much more: Eurovision 2014 didn’t disappoint! For any of my worldwide Warriors who may not be familiar with the annual singing spectacle that is the Eurovision song contest let me bring you up to speed. It is, in a nutshell, a singing competition held between a number of European nations which has been broadcast annually since it’s inauguration in 1956. This makes it one of the longest running t.v. programmes in the world as well as, according to Wikipedia, one of the most watched non-sporting events on the planet. So despite it’s reputation for all that is camp and kitsch it has, over the years, garnered what could only be described as cult status and pulls in hundreds of millions of viewers from all around the globe. Share the... More →
Win a £50 gift voucher of YOUR choice!

Win a £50 gift voucher of YOUR choice!

Last week we hit our first important milestone together – over 1000 Warrior blog subscribers.  WOO HOOOO and a massive THANK YOU!! In order to celebrate this momentous occasion I am GIVING AWAY a £50 gift voucher, exclusive to blog subscribers! And it goes without saying that all my fabulous INTERNATIONAL warriors are included! You will receive the equivalent of £50 in your own, local currency. Not sure how much £50 is in your money?  Just click HERE to convert! Share the... More →
The £10 in 10 minutes in Poundworld Challenge!

The £10 in 10 minutes in Poundworld Challenge!

I love me a little shopping expedition to Poundworld and I’m not afraid to admit it.  There’s something utterly thrilling and decidedly satisfying about grabbing yourself a cheeky bargain! I often frequent aforementioned store for cheap and cheerful baking supplies such as piping bags and cupcake boxes and the large majority of my toiletries and household goods are also Poundworld purchases – branded goods I know I can get for less.   Share the... More →
My FAVE FILMS of all time!

My FAVE FILMS of all time!

Everybody loves a good movie.  For me it’s the ultimate form of escapism, a chance to step into an imaginary world and put reality on hold for a couple of hours.  It’s also a form, albeit a socially acceptable one, of voyeurism.  You observe people from different walks of life in different situations, you share in their hopes, dreams, tears and triumphs thus becoming emotionally invested in the story and images in front of you. It’s also the one guaranteed way of getting a very hyper Ginger Warrior to sit still for longer than five minutes. Share the... More →
Do you know your road signs?

Do you know your road signs?

You know that every now and again I like to throw in some random stuff and nonsense for our mutual entertainment.  My feeling is that there’s enough doom and gloom to be found out there so in here, in Warrior Land, I like to keep it as bright, airy and light-hearted as possible. From time to time we may need to touch upon subjects of a more serious nature, but not today. Share the... More →
And the TWO LUCKY Easter Giveaway winners are..

And the TWO LUCKY Easter Giveaway winners are..

So many of you participated by “liking” my Ginger Warrior Facebook page and by sharing the instructional video.  Thank you, thank you and THANK YOU!!  The Facebook post was viewed by almost 33,000 people all over the world.  Isn’t that insane and amazing? That’s the power of social media for you! Share the... More →
I like talking to strangers

I like talking to strangers

Stranger danger – an alien concept to me.  Rather than proceed with caution I throw caution to the wind and view strangers as an exciting prospect, another person with whom to converse, a potential new best friend. Share the... More →
I need to pick your brain!

I need to pick your brain!

“Pick your brain”.  That phrase makes me chuckle! Imagine trying to explain what it means to someone from another country.  If you translated it literally they’d run a mile!  Excuse me Mr/Mrs Foreigner I’d really love to pick your brain. Mwahaha! Share the... More →
It’s our Easter giveaway!

It’s our Easter giveaway!

Ooooh, isn’t it EGGciting!  I’m feeling EGGhilarated! Don’t you think that today is EGGtra special?? And it is a special day because it marks the very first of our many FREE and marvellous giveaways!! Share the... More →
The Day Hulk Hogan Broke My Heart

The Day Hulk Hogan Broke My Heart

Tuesday 1st April 2014 will henceforth and forever be etched on my mind as.. THE DAY HULK HOGAN BROKE MY HEART How did the Hulk crush and devastate the Ginger Warrior in the space of a few seconds? Watch this video to find out. My heart is still aching. Share the... More →
Aye have a dream

Aye have a dream

The GW has asked me to write a piece about the current hot topic north of the border. No, not who Andy Murray’s new coach is gonna be (!), but that other wee thing – Scottish independence. Or as we know it in the social mediasphere: #indyref. Share the... More →
Tears, tantrums but no tiaras

Tears, tantrums but no tiaras

Do you know what you are always going to find on my blog, Warriors?  Honesty.  Pure, 100% unadulterated honesty.  You can count on it, as sure eggs is eggs. And here is some GW honesty for you right now.  Brace yourselves… Share the... More →
Introducing your guest bloggers!

Introducing your guest bloggers!

This coming Friday will see “Ceri and Craigy Boy’s trip to New York Take Two”. If you have only just joined us here in Ginger Warrior Land then let me fill you in.  We were meant to be in the Big Apple back in February but postponed due to the very unpleasant weather they were experiencing.  Imagine my sheer delight (said in the most sarcastic tone I can muster) when I read THIS today.  Oh well, what will be will be because this time we’re getting on the plane come hell, high water, hailstones, hurricane or any other weather/natural disaster related words beginning with H! Share the... More →
Did you Dare to Bare?

Did you Dare to Bare?

As images of brave, bare-faced women from all walks of life began to bombard the internet yesterday I found myself resistant to respond to the almost dozen nominations I received. Not because I don’t wholeheartedly support the battle against Cancer (I, like you, know too many wonderful people affected either directly or indirectly) Share the... More →
ROADSIDE RESCUE AND RECOVERY!

ROADSIDE RESCUE AND RECOVERY!

I have often fantasised that one day I would bring traffic to a complete standstill and on Thursday morning I did just that.  Nope, didn’t have anything to do with the floaty, black and white, perhaps slightly cleavage-revealing dress I was wearing. Share the... More →
My first time

My first time

I did it for the very first time on Saturday. Went to a rugby match that is. I imagine that the rugby aficionados amongst you are recoiling in horror and disgust at the fact it took me almost 36 years but you just don’t understand. As a young lass growing up in Scotland I was subjected to football or rugby every single Sunday on the TV – Share the... More →
Three simple ways to avoid a meltdown

Three simple ways to avoid a meltdown

On Tuesday I had a meltdown.  Nothing of epic proportions: no four letter words escaped my lips and no objects were launched across the room. I suppose a more apt description would be a mini meltdown. In any case, tears were involved and I found myself falling headfirst into the self-deprecating pit of despair, the very one I admonished you all to avert in this post last week. Hypocrite. Share the... More →
A paw print on my heart

A paw print on my heart

I never had a pet growing up.  Well, unless you take into account three goldfish called Bold, Ariel and Persil, none of whom tarried long upon this earth. Three days after bringing them home I found them all floating on the surface. I thought they had just come up for some air. Share the... More →
Cherish the ones you love

Cherish the ones you love

I had a very specific post in mind for this morning and last night, as I was searching for a picture related to my chosen subject, I came across the one above, quite unexpectedly. I didn’t even realise I had this photograph in my possession – it was stored away in a folder, within a folder within another folder. Upon seeing it the very breath caught in my throat since Grainne, the beautiful brunette by my side, passed away very suddenly on December 9th, 2013.  She was only 36. Share the... More →
I wrote this poem when I was 12

I wrote this poem when I was 12

Picture it, Warriors.  The year is 1991, I’m 12 years old and in my first year at Arbroath High School. Mrs Gardiner, our English teacher and one of my all time favourite educators, issues us with a challenge and the challenge is this: to re-create a classic fairy tale but with a modern day twist… and in rhyme. Share the... More →
Simple Saturday with Craigy Boy

Simple Saturday with Craigy Boy

Have you ever read the “Anne of Green Gables” series by Lucy Maud Montgomery? They recount the adventures of a feisty and precocious red-headed orphan who is taken in by siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. She has a vivid imagination, an eagerness to please and drives people to distraction with her incessant chatter.  We are kindred spirits Anne Shirley and I. In the second book of the series, Anne of Avonlea, a slightly more mature Anne contemplates: Share the... More →
The Myth of Free Will

The Myth of Free Will

Free Will – do you have it? Did you answer in the affirmative? If you did, you’re mistaken.  Sorry. It’s quite a claim that I’m making here, as are the implications concerning morality and accountability. But I’ll have a go at backing it up. Share the... More →
Overcoming Infertility: Danielle’s story

Overcoming Infertility: Danielle’s story

I have been asked by a lovely friend to do a guest post on her blog. I’m honored, especially since I don’t feel like I’m a great writer or have any profound or eloquent insight to life. I’m just honest about my feelings and hope that my experiences can help others in my situation so that they may not feel so alone. Everyone has a story to tell and this is mine… Share the... More →
Is customer service dead?

Is customer service dead?

Sometimes my mind is awash with ideas and creativity and then at other times it seems that all services are suspended. The latter was frustratingly the case this week as I racked my brain to come up with a topic sufficiently worthy for Thought-Provoking Thursday. I scoured the internet, sought inspiration from work colleagues, flicked through some newspapers as I stood in line at Tesco but alas, my stupor of thought continued.  I wasn’t worried, I had a feeling that it would come to me in a blinding flash of inspiration when I least expected it and lo and behold, last night, it did. Share the... More →
If the shoe fits. And they do. All 80 pairs.

If the shoe fits. And they do. All 80 pairs.

We’re all in need of some physical and emotional lifting from time to time and if all it takes is buying a pair of shoes then hell, I’m all for it!  Cheaper than the average hourly rate for a psychiatrist and you have something to show for your money. Share the... More →
I must leave you for now my Warriors..

I must leave you for now my Warriors..

Craigy Boy and I are taking a cheeky little trip to.. NEW YORK BABY! YEEEEHAH!!! We’re flying out on Valentine’s Day so if we do plummet 37,000 ft into the Atlantic look on the bright side – it couldn’t have happened on a more romantic day. Share the... More →
Who inspires you?

Who inspires you?

Inspire, inspiring, inspirational: these words are thrown around on a daily basis but what do they actually mean? No, let me rephrase that: what do they actually mean to YOU?  Even more to the point: WHO inspires you and WHY? Share the... More →
Old friends are the best friends

Old friends are the best friends

There is an adage that old friends are the best friends.  I’ve never been entirely sure how to interpret this: does it mean that the attachments you’ve had for the longest are the greatest or is it referring to the affinity you have with people of a certain, more senior age?  It could probably mean either but for me, and for the purpose of today’s post,  I’m going with the latter. Share the... More →
My biological clock is broken

My biological clock is broken

I’m in the car, on the M25 to be specific, and Craigy Boy and I are returning home after a long overdue, and perfectly wonderful visit with Olivia and Charlotte, two of my dearest friends from university.  Charlotte is mother to three beautiful children: Chloe 4, William 2 and 4 months old Millie.  Olivia has one year old Ella, wide-eyed and cute as a button.  I, on the other hand, have yet to spawn a future heir and you know what?  I’m not entirely sure that I want to. Share the... More →
Mi casa es su casa – come on in!

Mi casa es su casa – come on in!

December 19th, 2007 marks the date when I feel that I officially became an adult: I was 29 years of age and had just purchased my first home.  It truly was a momentous occasion in the life of the Ginger Warrior and one that gave rise to a whole host of emotions: Share the... More →
GREETINGS WARRIORS OF THE WORLD..IT’S MONDAY!!!

GREETINGS WARRIORS OF THE WORLD..IT’S MONDAY!!!

It’s Monday, my warrior friends, which, in and of itself, can be a most depressing thought.  Let’s face it: as soon as Monday begins we’re already counting down the days until the weekend and if you don’t do that you’re either lying, retired or one of the fortunate few in this world who truly does love their job.  Now, if the latter is the case then I both salute and envy you! Share the... More →

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