Arsenal top! Man city at home thrashing, Chelsea boring and Suarez goal scoring. It has been enjoyable and I have had more ups then downs supporting Liverpool. So have my predictions changed - YES. Why, well this is because the league has never been closer at the top and with the top five separated by six points; Man United and Spurs only two points behind and over 50 points left to play for this will be an amazing end to the league.
So initially I had tipped Chelsea to win the league and that was mainly due to Mourinho. As with before, Chelsea and Mourinho know how to grind out results and it hasn't been pretty but they sit only two points off the pace and are bound to get better. But their lack of a striker I think will cost them and they will slip to second.
My new tip for the title is the obvious choice of Man City. They clearly have the best squad and the way things have been going they seem to be getting stronger. The beatings of Spurs and Arsenal show that they can score whenever they want. The only reason they seem to lose is because of their arrogance and complacency. The result against Fulham now shows me that they are ready to win away from home and therefore the league.
Arsenal have done really well and will also push these two close but unfortunately their February blip will come back to haunt them. In a few weeks they will be out of the Champions league and the league. 3rd for them then.
The fight for fourth will be between four teams. Everton, Liverpool, Man united and Spurs. I hope that Liverpool can do it and we have most of the big games at home so fingers crossed. The January transfer window will be important and if Liverpool can get a few additional quality players then I will be very happy.
Roll on 2014 and an exciting race for the title.
This be the season to be jolly and eat shed loads of food. Put the gym and all diets off until the new year. 2013 has been hard so celebrate the fact that it is ending and enjoy the last two weeks. A good way to do this is to eat lots and lots and I did this last night by going to the Wolseley and then off to LeCoq Restaurant. What a day!
The food I had all day was: Bacon and Egg Roll, A Sushi box (6 rolls, 5 nigiri), Seared scallops, Steak and Treacle Tart and finally, Ham Hock Terrine with salad, Roast chicken with Veg and Tiramisu ice cream. I was so stuffed I couldn't fit into the door. A good day is when you are pleasantly stuffed full of all your favourite foods, you have been with friends and loved ones and you just want to sleep after.
The Pictures, above and below are form LeCoq near Highbury & Islington station. a relatively new restaurant with a relatively simple set menu. Starts, Roast Chicken or Pork and Desert. I had read and heard about this place via twitter and the Hot Dinners website (Thanks Oran), so it was on my list and thanks for Oran he booked it for a special Christmas special edition of the Curry Club. No curry but the same guys including the partners. The menu sounded very appealing and to eat I had Ham Hock Terrine to start, Roast Chicken as a main course with amazing roast potatoes and "dangerous sprouts" and the Tiramisu ice cream to finish.
Each element was really good and left me in a food daze or food coma as I couldn't move or breathe. One issue we had was that when the chicken came out it was cold, yet tasty. Thankfully they took it back and served us some hot and tasty chicken. The chicken was cooked really well, nice and juicy and it felt like a nice place to have a roast dinner. With drinks too, the meal came up to over £40 a head so I am not sure if I will go back in any rush but I did enjoy the food. Another strange occurrence was that we were nto expecting the Tiramisu, in the previous menu we were told of a panettone ice cream but we didn't get this because it "wasn't good". Usually waiters/waitresses would not say that their food is not good or that something else was better- at least they were being honest.
Writing about all this food is making me hungry. Have a great Christmas
This place is an example of great local food, which is generous in its portions and reasonably priced too.
I have been going to the restaurant and getting takeaway from here for many years and thankfully throughout this time the prices have stayed the same as has the quality.
Situated on Muswell Hill Broadway, you enter and you see the large pizza ovens and the workers busy making pizzas for the customers. On a Friday or Saturday the place gets very busy but thankfully on this chilly Wednesday night, I was able to choose my table and just relax. When it comes to food and places I like I stick to what I know and as always I went for the garlic pizza bread and the Calzone.
The garlic pizza bread is a real treat, simple but packed full of flavour with tomato sauce, oregano and garlic on top of a thin pizza base. Light, crispy and soft and is excellent alongside a pizza or as a starter. The Calzone, as my main course was really good. Packed full of ham, salami, mozzarella and mushrooms. these lovely toppings in the folded pizza topped with rich tomato sauce that was on the garlic bread always leave me absolutely stuffed and happy. The portion size is quite incredible and I was struggling with only 2/3 completed. the best thing from this is that I was able to have it again the next day. The gift that keeps on giving.
A meal for two with drinks and deserts; all under £40 and with bellies reaching out a foot in front of is a must for all.
So movember has finished and my company raised over £350, so thank you to all for supporting. I sponsored myself which may sound strange to some but I was doing it for a good cause, so I supported it. With this came a lot of people saying that they would sponsor me when they had already sponsored others doing the same thing. I said to them not to bother as the money was going to the same cause and unless they really wanted to give then they didn't need to feel obliged to give to "my page". Nowadays social media has helped increase awareness of people fundraising and sites such as justgiving allow people a platform to donate.
This blog post came about due to the rewards I was given from donating for Movember. I was treated from Byron burger to a free burger and from Gillette to a free shave. These companies are increasing their profile by supporting charities and these partnerships are important. This in itself shows the increase in people fundraising not for causes but to either look good or be social. In some instances people are using the cause to benefits themselves and do things they would not have done themselves; such as skydiving or climbing across the world. I would be interested to know how much Movember benefitted from Byron and whether the Partnership was deemed a success. Also, what does success look like.
Where am I going with this waffle? Well a study a few years ago showed that in the game The Sims those that were altruistic and gave money to philanthropic causes were the ones who were most successful. Charities and businesses are realising this too and understand the busy nature of people by organising fundraising into people's daily lives and schedules. I think for longer/committed giving we need partnerships with companies and unfortunately to somehow benefit the donors. The problem then goes to some of the less known charities and the causes which are not so popular as they may not then get the partnerships. Companies would therefore only select the "popular causes" and this may mean certain charities miss out.
Continue to support charities and the more you can make it work for yourself, then the more likelier you are to give. I think charities should think about this and use this to create a 'feel-good' factor for those that are donating.