It was a funny old week in the myfiftypluslife household last week. For a start, I left my job after 11 years. It was surreal to say the least and I would never had left if my hearing wasn’t so crap. It was very emotional too, leaving all my friends. Extremes of emotion are quite draining and by the end of Masterchef on Friday I was exhausted. Talking of Masterchef, this celebrity series has been excellent and has a well deserved place in my end of September favourites.
Related post: Why I had to quit the job I love.
I didn’t know how celebrities were chosen for this version of the show until today. John Partridge was on Loose Women and he said that he’d phoned his agent to say he’d love to do the show. I’m glad he did as John Partridge was one of the reasons I kept on tuning in. He was so honest and open about his past problems and put a professional spin on old favourites like cheese and onion pie and hot pot – the food his mother used to make him. All the contestants deserved to win as the dishes they produced looked amazing.
I can’t let another week go by without mentioning Bake Off. I freaking love this show and sorry to say, although I love Mary Berry, I haven’t missed her or Mel & Sue at all. We have the usual mix of (mad) contestants, Prue Leith ‘Mmm-ing’, Sandi Toksvig being witty and Noel Fielding being the surprise star of the show. Who knew? A brilliant bit of ‘casting’. The cakes look fab too and I cannot watch an episode without snacking on something – it makes my mouth water.
I get my broadband and calls from BT. I have been a loyal customer of theirs since Adam was a lad mainly because they have always offered me the best deals and great customer service. Yes really. So, a few weeks ago I logged into my account as it looked as though my direct debit had increased and I thought it was too much. I looked into all my bills actually and decided to shake it up a little.
I’ve heard on the news recently about how loyal customers are penalised by companies such as broadband firms, insurers and even banks and discounts and offers seem to be limited to new customers only. It seems we loyal ones are potentially paying over £4 billion too much for these services annually.
First I cancelled Sky. I found, rather like Ross from Friends trying to quit the gym, quitting Sky is nigh on impossible. It seems Sky won’t let you go unless it knows what colour underwear you have on and only then will it let you out of it’s clutches.
Then I braced myself for BT. Does anyone else use their landline so rarely these days? I figured my calling plan was irrelevant now and wanted to just to pay for the calls I make. BT were far more helpful (as I wasn’t trying to leave I suppose) and I ended up having a new mobile sim, a new pay as you go calling plan, broadband and BTTV! This came in at £40 a month less than I was paying before. Result!
Smaller than a Sky box
The new box for BTTV was duly delivered and Chris had it set up in a flash. Chris enjoyed scrolling through all the channels and was especially pleased to find 3 new BT Sports channels.
I, on the other hand, was not.
Out for Tea
I’m not a fan of cooking, but I am a massive fan of eating out. As I left work on Friday I’d planned for us to go out for tea. A cheap and cheerful meal for just the 4 of us. We went to a place we hadn’t been to for about 10 years and spent all the time there wondering why not! The food was delicious. Chris and I had the carvery and our plates were groaning. The pub was reasonably quiet, moderately priced and we were served very quickly.
‘Rip It Up’ in Rhyl
Brilliant seats! (This chap’s head didn’t figure as prominently when the lights went down.)
My most favourite part of the week was last night. (Ok, Sunday is the start of a new week but I couldn’t wait to tell you about it!) My dear friend treated me to a ticket to see this show. I’d seen it last year and when my friend found out it was on again, she knew I would love to go. First we went for a delicious meal to Prezzo in Broughton. Oh my life, it was divine! I wish I had taken a photo but I was so hungry the thought didn’t enter my head.
Heading on to Rhyl Pavilion, we just about had time to get a drink from the bar and take our seats. Our seats were amazing. Fuelled by the glasses of wine, we clapped and foot tapped along to the most brilliant music and fantastic dancing. I can just about muster up a step-ball-change if the wind’s in the right direction but these people were something else. With little cameos from Tony Blackburn and (a nasal) Lulu on screen, the whole show was polished and professional. The Rhyl Pavilion has been refurbished in the last couple of years and has a very modern, cozy foyer and bar area. The theatre itself also has an intimate feel, although it’s not small by any stretch.
We loved the whole thing and the show whizzed by in the blink of an eye.
Until next time…