An Evening at the Newly Revamped Marmalade Restaurant at The Rep

The Bloke and I were invited to the newly revamped Marmalade restaurant at The Rep in Birmingham last week.

The Marmalade team have been working closely with local businesses and artisan suppliers to provide customers with an all new dining experience that is inherently Brummie and combined with a new outdoor terrace that is capable of seating up to 200 people overlooking the recently developed Centenary Square, it is perfectly situated for both lazy summer lunches and date nights.

I liked the fact that the menus are environmentally conscious, utilising local suppliers with a focus on low environmental impact, including the use of heat exchange technology to reduce energy consumption and natural wetland systems. Continue reading


Happy Birthday, Alfred!

These are my grandparents – Alfred and Edna – on their wedding day in the 1940’s. Today marks what would have been my grandfather’s 100th birthday. He was a true gentleman – kind, highly intelligent and enormously funny – and while he passed away in 1997 he remains as one of the greatest men I’ve ever known. I think about him regularly, and despite the fact that I have often conflicting spiritual beliefs I take comfort in the idea that he is watching over us all. 

Happy birthday Granddad xx 

Last Call For Entries For The 2019 Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition

Not long left now to submit your entry for the Bloggers Bash Blog Post Competition! The winner will be decided by our judges and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher – it’s only £5 to enter!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

The deadline for entries for this year’s Bloggers Bash Blog Post competition is approaching.

I’ve got my entry in. Have you?

Unfortunately, as a member of the Bloggers Bash committee, my entry can not be entered into the competition. Never mind. I wanted to have a go at the competition which, this year, has the theme of ‘Five‘.

If you’d like to read my entry, click here. Who knows? It may give you some inspiration to put together a winning entry.

You gotta be in it to win it!

Your entry does not need to be fiction. It can be made up of photographs, recipes, reviews, tips, music, books, or anything you enjoy doing and want to share with your readers. Just ensure it has the theme of ‘five’ running through it.

How do I enter the competition?

You can find full details by clicking here.

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That Time The Bloke DIDN’T Propose…

As it’s Valentine’s Day I thought I would share this story again…

Suzie Speaks


Valentine’s Day has never really been a big deal for The Bloke and I. I’m not a particularly romantic person at heart and generally we spoil each other throughout the year, so aside from exchanging cards and the odd gift, February 14th is a day that is no different to any other.

Last year, however, I had been particularly looking forward to it. We’d had the usual discussion a few days before:

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Nominations are Now Open!

The nominations for the 5th Annual Bloggers Bash Awards are now open! You cannot vote for yourself and you can only vote for one blog per category. Who will you vote for?

The Annual Bloggers Bash

Now in its fifth year, the Annual Bloggers Bash returns bigger and better than ever. The venue is booked, the date is set for Saturday 15th June 2019 and the committee is busy working behind the scenes to ensure the day is full of fun, learning opportunities, networking, and, of course, the Blogtastic award ceremony. For more information about events on the day AND TO BUY A TICKET FOR THE EVENT, click here!

The Awards

The Annual Bloggers Bash Awards are open to bloggers from all over the world, and are nominated and voted for by the blogging community and general public.

This year, we have changed a number of the categories and the process in which the nominations happen, so please read the information below carefully.

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What Do You Think Makes a Blog Post Successful?

Some really interesting thoughts from Hugh here… what makes a blog post successful? Please don’t like it comment on my reblog – hop on over to Hugh’s blog and say hello!

Hugh's Views & News  

I’ve recently read lots of the traditional ‘Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018’ posts we see at this time of the year. In fact, I was going to write and publish one myself but was stopped in my tracks when I began to question if the list I was going to publish did truly reflect my top 10 blog posts of 2018.

#top10 #blogging #bloggingtips
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Should it only be about the number of hits a post gets?

Most of the bloggers who have published ‘Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018’ posts, I’ve read, have based their list on the number of hits the blog posts achieved. That had me questioning if that was the right way to go about compiling a list. After all, a blog post may have had thousands of hits, but how many of those readers who landed on the page of the post actually read the…

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Bloggers Bash Tickets are Now on Sale!

Exciting news for the new year! Bloggers Bash tickets are on sale now! With lots of opportunities for networking, talks and a panel discussion from successful bloggers and workshops, this is a brilliant event to meet lots of lovely new people!

The Annual Bloggers Bash

Bash group 2018The tickets are now on sale for the 5th Annual Bloggers Bash event, and what a great way to start the new year!

What is the Bloggers Bash? 

The Bloggers Bash is a social event for bloggers created by Sacha, with the help of her committee who are Geoff, Hugh,Suzie, Helen, Graeme and Adam. Its purpose is to bring together the blogging community and provide an opportunity for everyone to meet the friends they have made online. To see images from some of our previous events, click here to be taken to our gallery!

When is it? 

Saturday 15th June 2019. Start and finish times tbc.

Where is it? 

Grange Wellington Hotel. 71 Vincent Square, Westminster, London SW1P 2PA.

Is it a ticketed event?

Yes, tickets are sold in advance – payment is made through PayPal. We have a tiered system for the event…

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50 Useful Tips to Boost Your Organisation and Productivity

For #ThrowbackThursday I thought I would share a post from earlier in the year – tips for boosting your organisation and productivity!

Suzie Speaks

50 useful tips to boost organisation and productivity This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small amount of money if you make a purchase from any of the Amazon links included

A routine is incredibly important to productivity, motivation and organisation and a morning routine (even if you aren’t a morning person) followed by further preparation in the evening is more likely to encourage a successful day. 

Avoid focusing on the idea of perfection. There’s no such thing. Avoid getting caught up in fussing over the insignificant.

Plan your month in advance. Using a calendar, phone, diary or Bullet Journal, map out your month. I like to see an overview of everything on one page, so I create a linear list in my Bullet Journal for the entire month of dates when I have an appointment, event and a birthday to remember. I duplicate this list onto a single piece of paper…

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49 Days In 1988: Week 42 – End Of An Era

Hugh was kind enough to feature me on his blog the other day so I thought I would share… please done like or comment on my reblog – hop on over to Hugh’s blog and say hello!

Hugh's Views & News  

Click here to read the first week of this feature, and follow the links at the end of each post.


London – October 28th, 1988

When Marty arrived this morning with his belongings, it was a sad day that signalled the end of an era. 

Marcus and Marty were the last two to move out of Grassmere Road. It now stands empty, but with lots of happy memories within its walls. I don’t know why, but I’ve not stopped thinking about the place that was mine and four other guys’ home over the last few years. Reflecting back on it, it’s now all a part of our past lives, but I will continue to look forward to what the future holds.

Marty looked much better than when I last saw him. After dropping off his stuff, he caught a train to Manchester where he’s spending the next three weeks…

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