12 thing to do in 2013

1. Loony Dook

When: January 1
Where: South Queens ferry, Scotland
Edinburgh’s huge Hogmanay (New Year) shindig suggests the best way to be rid of the festive cobwebs is to throw yourself into the icy waters of the River Forth.
Surprisingly, quite a few people subscribe to this theory and the recently instituted event attracts masochists from around the world, many in fancy dress.
The name, derived from Scots for lunatic (loony) and swim (dook), is entirely apt.
Getting there: South Queens ferry is a 20-minute train, car or bus ride from the Scottish capital Edinburgh; www.theloonydook.co.uk

2. Up Helly Aa

When: January 29
Where: Lerwick, Shetland Isles, Scotland
Winters in Shetland are no picnic. Long, dark and unforgiving, they demand the odd injection of rambunctious levity.
That’s what this flamboyant fire festival delivers. A good humoured and rather boozy way of marking the end of the Yule season, the festival involves a procession of up to a thousand torch-carrying participants in Lerwick.
The procession culminates with torches being thrown into a replica Viking long ship. Then the party begins ...
Getting there: Fly to Lerwick from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen; www.uphellyaa.org

3. Superbowl Sunday

When: February 3
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Manna from heaven for couch-potato sports fans, the epically dimensioned culmination of the gridiron season is perhaps best observed from the comfort of a La-Z Boy with plentiful beer, nachos and friends.
The live experience, however, is never less than memorable and the fact that this year’s instalment takes place during Mardi Gras time in the Super dome adds extra incentive to get off the sofa.
Ticket prices might just put you off though.
Tickets from US$2,118; www.nfl.com

4. St Patrick’s Day

Where: Dublin
When: March 17
It’s the night that millions of people around the world pretend to have Irish lineage in the name of excessive alcohol consumption.
It figures that the annual shindig in Honor of Ireland’s patron saint is best marked in the Irish capital itself.
There are religious aspects to the day -- March 17 commemorates Christianity reaching Ireland -- but you won’t be alone if you choose to toast "Saint Paddy" with several pints of Guinness instead.

5. Yorkshire Pudding Boat Race

When: June 9
Where: Brawby, North Yorkshire, England
To many Brits, the Yorkshire pudding -- a delicious oven-baked treat traditionally used to mop up the gravy from a Sunday roast -- is a near obsession.
That’s the case with Simon Thackeray, who slipped into a flour and egg batter reverie when staring out of the window of his local pub on a Sunday and started imagining people rowing down the river in a giant Yorkshire pudding boat.
His dream has become a yearly reality as competitors row across Bob’s Pond in Brawby in their varnish-coated doughy boats.
Getting there: Brawby is located between York and Scarborough in North Yorkshire. The nearest train station is Malton, eight miles away; www.theshed.co.uk

6. Electric Daisy Carnival

When: June 21-23
Where: Las Vegas
If you like your tribal gatherings small this might not be the best place for you.
The biggest dance music festival in North America is a gargantuan party with attendances reaching around 115,000 in a single night.
What it lacks in intimacy it makes up for in panache, with more than 150 musical acts, 500 theatrical performers and 12 large-scale interactive and flame-wielding art installations, along with nightly pyrotechnics displays.
Getting there: The event takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Tickets go on sale January 9; www.electricdaisycarnival.com

7. Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts

When: June 26-30
Where: Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset, England
As is its wont, the world’s most famous summer music festival has long since sold out.
So established it doesn’t even have to hint at headliners to get fans scrambling for tickets -- The Rolling Stones are strongly tipped to be appearing -- “Glasto” remains preeminent. For good reason.
Despite the ever-present threat of dismal British weather, the all-encompassing lineup ensures everyone is kept happy.
Getting there: Shuttle buses and charter trains transport festival goers to Glastonbury from Britain’s major cities. Tickets cost £205(US$333). There will be a resale of cancelled tickets in April. Register now! www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

7. International Berlin Beer Festival

When: August 2-4
Where: Berlin
Two thousand varieties of beer. For brew lovers, the mile-long Karl Marx Allee at the International Berlin Beer Festival lined with the likes of honey beer made by nuns to crisp Kölsch and pierogies, caters to all tastes.
May your stein be ever overflowing.
More info: isitberlin.de

8. Safari

When: August
Where: Kruger National Park, South Africa
After a day scouting wildlife at Kruger National Park in South Africa, you can lay out in luxury at the Outpost safari lodge.
Poised on stilts overlooking the valley, private villas have three sides without walls, but you can lower electric blinds if the bush hyrax spooks you.
More info: From US$490 in off season (December-September); seasonsinafrica.com

9. Bestival 2013

When: September 5-8
Where: Isle of Wight, England
Winner of UK Festival Awards 2012 “Best Major Festival,” Bestival 2013 promises to be equally awesome.
This Isle of Wight boutique music fest features 350 live acts on 20 stages. Although the 2013 lineup wasn't announced as of publication date, the fest has recently hosted Stevie Wonder, Florence and the Machine and The Cure.
More info: Tickets from US$194, children 12 and under free; bestival.net

10. Aruba Caribbean Sea Jazz Music Festival

When: October 4-5
Where: Aruba
Every country has its jazz fests, but Aruba Caribbean Sea Jazz Music Festival offers a taste of its assorted culture. Cool sea breeze flutters your hair as you listen to jazz, Latin, soul and blues before feasting on paste chi and heading for the many after-parties.
More info: Tickets from US$50; caribbeanseajazz.com

11. Tignes skiing

When: December
Where: Tignes, France
After making the most of 2013, it's nice to drink a spiked hot cocoa at a chalet in Tignes and relax.
A Mark Warner ski holiday at Chalet Hotel Hauts de Toviere offers three-course dinners with wine, ski school and daycare for children. Bookings beginning on a Sunday in December get a 15 percent discount.
More info: From US$1,370 all-inclusive; markwarner.co.uk

12. Reykjavik Christmas

When: December
Where: Reykjavik, Iceland
It’s a popular week for holiday travel, but Reykjavik is a worthy place to cap off 2013.
The city teems with Christmas, hosting a Christmas of yesteryear exhibit at the City Museum, ice skating around the Laugardalur Christmas tree, plus the best holiday light display: aurora borealis.

10 Place to go before they are gone.

With global warming and people having the need to cut down the great forests not much is left of our once amazing world sights here a few sorry there not in order.

New glasses

Hi everyone i hope you all had a great Christmas and a even better new year. I know its a bit late to say.
My husband has recently got his eyes tested at Tesco and eventually convinced me to go.
The man asked a lot of questions and kept repeating himself he was doing my head in. When i came out the woman asked my to look at what glasses i wanted it took me a while to choose i am very picky with anything on my face. They have to be in line with the eyebrows and not too far down the cheek, also i have different ears so they have to be comfortable with the ears, i know i am picky but i have to wear them all the time.
What do you think?
Ignore the crazy hair.

Rental Reads

Rental Reads are books i have gotten from the library, as of recently i found out that all the books i request are free (the were£1) so now i am ordering eve more.

Rented from the library: 
The Japanese devil fish girl by Robert Rankin
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
My Daughters Father by Hanna Pool
Chopper 8 by Mark Brandon
Till we have face by C.S Lewis 
The book of blood by Vicki Feaver
World in torment by E.C. Tabb
War of the worlds by H.G Wells
The Outlander by Gil Adamson
Lost in shangri - la by Mitchell Zuckoff
A night to remember by Walter Lord
Arctic Hero by Catherine Johnson

Read at the weekend:
The woman who went to bed for a year by Sue Townsend
Warm bodies by Isaac Marion
The book of blood by Vicki feaver
World in torment by E.C Tubb
War of the worlds by H.G Wells
The Outlander by Gil Adamson

Book Review "Amazing Grace" By Steve Turner

My review: When i read this book back in November on my way to France by train i was so engrossed that i nearly missed my stop, This book is truly a eye opening account of slavery and the effects of a amazing song, it also points out how ignorant people are about claiming things as there own when they are not. You have to read this book to get the full effect it shows how one song can effect so many people lives and countries. 

Description: Top music writer Steve Turner traces the biography of 'Amazing Grace', the world's most recorded song. Versions of this hymn have been performed by artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Lady smith Black Mambazo, Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart and Destiny's Child. The book begins with the dramatic story of John Newton and his participation in the African slave trade through to his writing of 'Amazing Grace' and his campaigning against slavery. The second part of the book - picking up the thread in the years following Newton's death - tells the story of the song itself as it has spread and developed over the past 280 years and its recordings by artists from a wide variety of musical backgrounds. This includes the aftermath of September 11th when the hymn became an international anthem of hope and solidarity.


Hi everyone well as i have said before i will be moving soon so i am going threw my book collection and actually getting rid of the books i have read (there's quiet a few of them).
I am the kind of reader that once i have read a book i have a habit of putting it back on the shelf and letting it get dusty (bad me). 
I am not too keen on taking the books to charity shops because i don't think books get the respect they deserve, i know its recycling and good for the environment
 but i don't like doing it.

Today i am giving you all the chance to have a book! 
There will be a list below of the books that are available. I know some of you are thinking this is too good to be true and there has to be a catch some where, there is no big catch the only thing is you will have to pay is the postage. 
I will not be receiving any money for the books at all you just pay the postage.

This is how it goes:
1: Pick the book
2: Pay postage to me via paypal 
3: I will post and you will enjoy the book.

The book of murder by Guillermo Martinez
Bone in the throat by Anthony Bourdain (new)
I take this man by Valerie Frankel
The last year of being single by Sarah Tucker
The suspicions of Mr whitcher or The murder at road hill house by Kate Summerscale
The chase by Clive Cussler
Mini sugar shoes by Frances McNaughton (new, craft book)
Personally i blame my fairy godmother.... by Claudia Carroll
In bed with by Various Authors 
A certain age by Rebbecca Ray
Ink spell by Cornelia Funke
Animal farm by George Orwell
Vixen by Jillian Larkin (new)
Granny was a buffer girl by Berlie Doherty
Ink death by Cornelia Funke
Before playing romeo by Jane Weir (poetry)
The edge of the world by John Gordan
Minstrels Kiss by Laurell k Hamilton (new)
Beowulf by Anonymous 
The sexual life of Catherine M by Catherine Millet
Twitch hiker by Paul Smith
The assassination of Marilyn Monroe
The secret diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
Make your own jewellery by Annika Larsson (craft book)
Stencils and stencilling by Paul and peter Knott
Ink exchange by Melissa Marr
The secret history by Donna Tartt
The island of the day before by Umberto Eco

Attention: Please remember these book are not brand new and have been read many times by me and others, I give my books the love and respect they deserve while in my possession  No refunds or Returns just keep the book. Also some of these books are posted on another site called http://www.greenmetropolis.com/ and can be removed at anytime if one is sold. Please leave a message or email me at kaysclothes@hotmail.co.uk.

Book Review "The woman who went to bed for a year"

The day the twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she's wanted to yell at the world, "STOP! I want to get off" Finally she has a chance.

My Review: This book is so funny i sided with this woman for most of the book i thought her action where normal and she was so funny. Then i got the end of the book and i got very bored she went from funny to actually trying to kill her self with starvation then the book just stopped. Very disappointing ending.
My husband wants to read this book now as well but i did warn him about the bad ending and the abrupt stop. 

Today's Book Haul

Today i went book Shopping at 

Harlings Book Shop

26 Crellin StBarrow-In-FurnessCumbriaLA14 1DU

The book shop has been going since 1965 it has had 2 owners, the current owner is very nice lady she kept some books behind for me when i went in the other day then i went in today and bought them with a few more here they are, They also do a exchange thingy which goes summat like this if you buy a book from the shop and finish reading it then you can take it back and you get some money off the next books you buy from them.

All these books cast me £7 from the shop.
C. S Lewis Books:
The Silver Chair
The Voyager of the Dawn treader
The Last Battle
The Magician's Nephew

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
The Linguist by Mark Urban
I, Alex Cross by James Patterson

From Green Metropolis :
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli £2.75
The woman who went to bed for a year by Sue Townsend £2.75
Behind the Symbol by Tim Collins £2.75
Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan £2.25

Rental reads

Today's rentals

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury - Read
Till we have faces by C. S Lewis
Chopper 8 by Mark Brandon
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - Read
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Read
The war of the worlds by H. G. Wells
As i lay dying by William Faulkner 

DIY: JEANS RE - FASHION'd TO SHORTS (studs and diamante)

I know its not really the weather for shorts but i have to post these.

What you need:

How to:
1: Cut the jean into shorts
2: Sew the diamante one (i sewed them on one at a time)
3: Place the studs on as well

DIY Carrie Bradshaw: Skirt Re - Fashion

I am going to make this skirt same kind of style but different colour. 
I've had a few more steaks than Mrs Parker AKA Carrie Bradshaw 
but i can rock it just as good :)

How to:
1: Measure the length (mine is just below the knee) cut off the excess but remember leave some for the double hem
2: Pin it all in place
3: Sew either by hand or with a sewing machine (i sew by hand)

DIY: Bag re - fashion Studded bag

What you need:
How to:
1: Get something pointy and pierce a small hole in the bottom of the bag.
2: Press the screw part (the bottom) threw the bag and screw the top spike on 
3: Get a screwdriver and tighter all the spikes.
(Mine still needs a few more spikes i am just waiting for them to arrive)