Last Chance to Win

Today is your last chance to enter the competition to win vouchers for Mambo’s Wine and Dine.  All you have to do is donate £2 to the Charlie Cookson Foundation at then guess how many pairs of shoes I own.  I already said it’s somewhere between 10 and 200 but I thought I’d give you a clue by posting a picture of some of my shoes.

Shoes - cropped

I’ve cropped the picture so don’t think you can just count them to get the right answer but I will post the full picture when I announce the winner so you can see that I haven’t cheated.

A lot of people have also told me they would like to enter but couldn’t use the vouchers so here’s the deal.  If you enter but can’t genuinely can’t use the vouchers then I will give you the face value (£15) of the vouchers in cash or swap you for a Boots Gift Card of at least the equivalent value.

So come on everyone take a chance, use your skill and get your entry in before 5pm today.


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Anyone for Cocktails

There can be few greater pleasures than enjoying a cocktail on a warm summer evening though in my opinion two or three can increase the pleaser.  The thing that makes cocktails so special is that they are all so different.  They can be sweet, sour, sparkly, milky or even spicy but they are rarely boring.  In South Shields we don’t get that many warm summer evenings so it’s just as well that a cocktail on a cold, wet, rainy, windy or snowy evening (or afternoon for that matter) is just as good.

My favourite is a Hot Shot Mojito at Mambo Wine and Dine.  This is a delicious mixture of Kraken Spiced Rum Old J Spiced Rum, Fresh Lime Juice, Fresh Mint, Sugar Syrup and Ginger Beer with a secret ingredient added to spice it up.  All very good except I don’t really like mint in my cocktails so I have it without.

Hot Shot Mojito time

Hot Shot Mojito time

Oh and I like it a bit spicier than most so I double up on the secret ingredient.  I love the fact that the staff at the newest (and in my opinion best) cocktail bar in town don’t hesitate to make sure your drink is mixed just the way you like it.  I also love the excellent food and table service in the bar.

Donate to Win

By now you might be thinking I have shares in the place – unfortunately I haven’t.  But when the owners heard about my 5iftyby5ifty challenge and that I wanted to raise £5,000 for charity they gave me £15 worth of vouchers to help get the ball rolling.  I thought about auctioning them but wasn’t sure I would raise that much.  Then I thought I would raffle them until I found out I would need a licence to do that online which left me with a bit of a problem.

What could I do with these vouchers to raise some money?   My first instinct was to donate the money and keep the vouchers for myself but that didn’t really seem very fair.  So I’ve come up with a competition that involves another of my greatest passion – shoes.  And you will need a great deal of skill to win.  So here’s the rules:

  1. Leave a comment guessing how many pairs of shoes I have (it’s somewhere between 10 and 200);
  2. Donate a minimum of £2 at (that’s the smallest donation allowed on the site)

The vouchers must be used by 5 September so the competition will close at 5pm on Friday 28 August so make sure you get your entry in as quickly as possible.  As it’s such a short competition my aim is to raise £30.

And the winner will be able to enjoy a cocktail in the sun (or rain) this Bank Holiday weekend.

Good luck everyone


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Kind Deeds – Week 1

Challenge 38 was to perform a kind deed at least once a week before being asked. They don’t have to be anything big just something unexpected that will make someone feel better, appreciated or happy.  After just one attempt I can tell you it’s not as easy as you’d think even though I was determined to get started straight away.

Week 1: The first week started with my Birthday on 5 August and I decided that was the perfect time for a random kind deed.  I was going out for a meal with family and friends and decided that the perfect thing to do after all the effort everyone had put in to making my birthday special was to pay for the meal.  Mambo Wine and Dine in South Shields has been one of my favourite places to go for a drink since it opened but I’d never had a meal there so wasn’t sure what to expect but I have to say the meal was fantastic.

Mambo cocktails

As I hadn’t told anyone I was planning on paying everyone happily ordered whatever they wanted with choices ranging from pasta and pizza to steak and lobster.  We also had a bottle of my favourite Prosecco as well as cocktails and other drinks so when the bill arrived I have to say I was a little nervous about what I had planned but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised (I think £25 a head including drinks was very reasonable).  So as everyone started to get out their money I told them to put it away as I was paying. From the reaction I got you would think I’d just said we should all run off without paying the bill at all.  It took me a good 10 minutes to persuade everyone that I should pay and they only agreed when in the end I suggested they all give the money they would have spent to the charity I will be supporting (to be announced in the next few days) so that will be a good start towards the £5,000 I want to raise.  Then when I was telling the waiter why I was paying on my Birthday he asked if they could help.  Of course I said yes and he came back a few minutes later with some vouchers to be used in the bar or restaurant for me to raffle for charity.  My first kind deed brought a smile to everyone’s face, raised money for charity and made meet feel very good.  The saying One Good Turn Deserves Another was never more appropriate.

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