A close friend of ours, and his lycra-clad brothers, are cycling 60 miles this sunday through the kent borders and along the sussex coast to raise money for 'Victory for Autism' in aid of The National Autistic Society. Their six year old son was diagnosed with autism in 2008. This is a photo of him showing them how it's done.
Go team G and don't forget your vaseline!x
If you would like to donate to this wonderful charity then just click the link below (Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this) JUST CLICK ON 'MAKE A DONATION' virgin money giving - national autistic society
The National Autistic Society is the UKs leading charity for people affected by Autism. Over half a million people in the UK have autism. Together with their families they make up over two million people whose lives are touched by autism every single day. Despite this, autism is still relatively unknown and misunderstood. Which means that many of these two million people get nothing like the level of help, support and understanding they need. Together, we are going to change this.
What can I say? After a proper tasty curry and a pint of lager it was time for our brand new team to sit poised with biro at the ready to take on the seasoned pub-quizzers.
We had decided on the 'Lambettes' after much debate (we had toyed with 'Barlow's Bitches' (Gary NOT Ken), 'The Tenna Ladies', 'The Silence of the Lamb' and 'Is-it-hot-in-here-or-is-it-just-me'). However, we should have called ourselves 'The Sopping Wets' after accidently spilling 2 glasses of wine and a pint of lager over ourselves (Mrs Littler had to go home and change as she couldn't sit in wet pants)! Eeeeee what an evening. The picture round was by far the hardest I've ever come across (see evidence above). Bands from the 90's. What the f***! We gave it our best shot and even managed to name Chumbawumba and Hanson (plucked from nowhere). We handed our shredded, booze-soaked answers to the smug team behind us and sat and giggled like a bunch of teenagers high on Wikked! We came a very respectful 6th (out of 8), andwe beat the smugs next door by 2 points (ha ha). So next month we'll be better prepared and don our pac-a-macs and behave like the sensible middle-aged mothers that we are...........yeah right!
In the last few weeks my family and I have been on the front cover of the autumn newsletter for The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted and taken part in a photo shoot for the Saracens Rugby team as they're trying to raise £100,000 for the Hospice (to be shown on the big screen at all Saracen's games).
The Saracens in drag for Dame for a Laugh
However, today's little brush with fame has made me really laugh.
I had an appointment in Mount Vernon as part of my ongoing sign off for my masectomies this afternoon. As I walked towards the little outbuilding for my appointment I saw tv cameras through the window. Oh b****r I said out loud as the automatic doors slid open and there I am standing like a numpty watching Joe Swash (of celebrity bug eating fame) present an old man called Len a truck full of plants as a surprise for all the hard work he'd done for the hospital and hospice. There was no getting away from the situation. I was trapped! So whatever Mr Swash was filming, I apologise for the loud sliding door, my fat gawping chops, the squeaky door on the loo (where I tried to escape to) and lastly for walking into you continuity shot outside the main door as I left...........oops!
For it's Autumn/Winter collection Liberty have teamed up with wonderful musicians and artists to create a collection of music-inspired designs. Musicians such as Graham Coxon (Blur), Florence Welch and Edwyn Collins and artists with links to music such as Storm Thorgerson and Mark Mawston have produced a fantastic selection of beautiful fabrics.
I personally think it's funny and it appeals to my sense of humour. Following chemotherapy and radiotherapy, I'm going through the process of having a double masectomy and to be honest this doesn't offend me.
I have to say if it draws attention to this charity and all the good it does for women (and men) suffering with this terrible disease then surely that's a good thing.
I completely understand that this t-shirt will offend some but maybe if you don't want to buy it then just donate the price of it to this worthy charity.