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For those who don’t know about #twebrelief lots of us are Ebaying our own items, just like the celebs with the proceeds going to Comic Relief. This is mine.

Anyone who knows me and who reads this blog knows my love for all things vintage and Pin Up. So of course my prize to the winning bidder is a big box of Essential Pin Up goodies. Transform yourself, and this is all you need!

The listing is here

Here are some pictures!



Please do some bidding and lets get this going!

We all know that #twitrelief is auctioning off follows and prizes from celebs with the proceeds are going to Comic Relief and everyone is happy!

But here’s the thing, it needn’t just be for celebs, loads of amazing twitter people out there who aren’t celebs have great things to offer! Amazing crafters, great artists, tech heads, designers, brilliant shops, bakers, bloggers! There is a huge network of people who have great fun things to offer and want to do something for comic relief to raise money why not let this be it?

So here it is, we have our own #plebtwitrelief same as the celebs but with our own prizes, and the proceeds still going to comic relief! So how can you get involved!? Read on!

1. I want to join in but I don’t know what I’m meant to do first?

First of all decide what you want your prize to be, it can be something really small or big or even completely hilarious and random. It is up to you, perhaps pick something you think others might want? Some of our participants are artists so are doing a custom drawing for the winning! Others are giving some posh deli cupcakes, we have mug collections from an amazing store, we even have some New York friends doing a New York care package for the winner of their auction. The prize can be anything, maybe you run an online shop, or have an etsy account, are you a florist, will you clean the winners dog, redesign their webpage, give them an iphone tutorial, do you have a spare ticket to a show? Any prize you want!

2. How does it work?

Well pop on to eBay once you have your prize picked, maybe take a nice photo of it, or if you want to custom make something for your winner, pop some other pictures of things you’ve done onto the page so they get an idea of what you’re offering.

List yourself as a seller, give all the information about the proceeds going to Comic Relief, let your buyers know you’re part of Pleb Twit Relief. Detail what your prize entails for any buyers and click the button indicating that the proceeds are going to charity. Your auction can be however long you want it. Aim for it to finish perhaps just a little before the big Comic Relief night so you can avail of the publicity and people wanting to get involved.

Put your link on your twitter account directly to your ebay auction and let EVERYONE know about it!

3.What do I do once the prize has been bought?

Like any other auction invoice the seller, thank them for buying, collect the prize money and send out the goodies. Once you’re done pop on to the Comic Relief website  source=ppcgpaid_cam_Fundraising_adgrp_Donate

Then send them the money you’ve collected from your auction. I know naysayers out there will be all ‘oh but how can you make sure they give the money’ I trust you all, I think if you’re going to all the trouble to get involved you’re going to be awesome enough to send all your winnings to Comic Relief. If people want to keep the p&p costs it is absolutely up to them.

4.I don’t want to set up an auction, can I still get involved?

Of course you can! You can BID! You’re the most important part, the bidders are generating the awesome monies for Comic Relief!

If you want to be involved but don’t want to set up an auction maybe you can give your prize to another participant and they can auction and send it on ebay for you?

It is up to you.

From pairs of tickets to the movies, driving lessons, a hand knitted scarf, a lovingly made cake, anything goes! Lets raise some money for Comic Relief!

If you don’t want to do it but do want to donate to our effort go here !

c.s lewisI love libraries.

I find them sanctuaries away from the real world. As a child I was brought to my local library and given my very own library ticket. At 6 this was a huge deal. My grandmother and I would go every Saturday afternoon, the library ticket with my name on it clutched in my hand and we would pick books. When you’re 6 the responsibility and the amazement that comes with owning your very own key to free books is huge. I very proudly would hold it whilst I scoured the shelves.

The children’s section was like a vast world apart from anything else I’d known. In reality now its just a corner of the library with some smaller plastic seats, but to me it was everything.

I’d look at the books that we read in school, I’d look for the ones that the kids in my class always hogged, the ones which had a waiting list because they were the funniest. There they were though, on the shelf. Waiting just for me. No waiting list, no worrying about when I would get it. It was in front of me. I could pick it up and take it home then and there.


It escalated from there. The book of the moment Trouble with the Fiend was a comedic book about a friend that was essentially awful. Think the Cramp Twins from the CBBC show and you’re there. But in my class we could not get enough of that book. When the library van came to our school we all clamoured to see if there were more as rumour had it there might be a series of them. Like the books of the time they used to display the first few pages of the next book at the back. But here I was in the town library and in front of me were ALL SIX of the series.

I can tell you right now, I can still recall the glee of that moment. It has been rivalled only by my arrival in Las Vegas, nerdy but true that’s how excited it made me.

These were the days before Amazon, ok there was a local book shop that I would frequent every week with my pocket money when I was 10 and 11 and they would order me things that they didn’t stock, but this was before that.

Books were the most enthralling things to me. As a kid I used to drag about my box set of Beatrix Potter, or my current instalment of Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree.  Being able to read by myself introduced me to worlds I’d never known before. The wonder of being able to pick up a book and go on an adventure, or learn something that you didn’t know before, to me it just seemed amazing.

So throughout my years I travelled to the lands at the top of the tree with Moonface and Silky, I went through Wonderland with Alice, stole crops with Peter Rabbit and into Narnia with Aslan. I went on all these journeys  just with a book in my hand and it’s stayed with me all my life.

My fondness (read obsession) with Alice in Wonderland and so many of my childhood favourites, is when I pick them up again I get all of the excitement that I had the first time I read them. Maybe I’m old, maybe I snuck in before the prevalence of video games. But my Sega Megadrive and my Game Boy never matched the books that I had. Over the years and many degrees later I don’t get much time to read fiction. Years of writing a PhD thesis have taught me speed reading and how to cut through a density of text, oh and exactly how much I can take before I have a stonking headache. These days reading for me is work, it’s trying to work out exactly what a long dead philosopher meant when they were talking about their own made up concept. It is trying to desperately tear through books at as fast a pace as possible to glean their information so I can move through the pile staring at me in unread smugness and try to work out if I’ve left anything out in my bibliography.

The enjoyment for me has been put on hold. But when I step inside a town library it all comes soaring back. The children’s corner, the little stacks, the quiet and the potential. Always the potential for knowledge and learning. It heartens me. When I’m blue that’s usually where I can be found, sitting scaring the children on the plastic seats.

Libraries present the best things in life. They’re full of stories and wonder, potential and relative calm, it makes you feel like nothing bad could ever happen here. (Doctor Who fans may point out the Vashna Nerada, but I haven’t seen them recently.) They’re like little calm portals away from the hectic outside world and I love them.

Now I may need to move as this pink plastic chair is cutting off circulation to my hips.

This has been a busy weekend, I’ve assembled some pictures which haven’t all been this weekend but some from last too.

I know your eyes are not deceiving you, that is indeed a full body picture of me. Possibly the first one since 2005 (‘ not even kidding) so erm yes quite a big deal and a decent indicator of 1. how much champagne I’d had. 2. How much I like the dress.


Lots of shopping at the fantabulous Soap and Glory, pots of tea, bunches of tulips, Wonderwoman pants, dog walking, dinners out and baby pictures.

It has been a lot of fun, I especially loved getting all dressed up for drinking and dancing to Rhi Rhi in The Washington with Gary and Claire. I hadn’t been there really before but it was pretty cool. The bar clears out a lot downstairs as everyone moves upstairs to dance, lovely. Easy to get a drink and then be able to shoot upstairs for a dance whilst the boys have a natter downstairs. Great night. And it gave me an excellent excuse to wear my lace dress.

I’m tired just thinking about it.


My twitter followers know that recently I got the all clear from cancer. At some point I will no doubt do a post on it, but right now I’m just not in a place where I want to talk about it and dig it all up. But that’s another conversation.

What I do want to do is give them back even a quarter of what they did for me. The amazing staff and consultants saved my life and for that I am massively grateful. So I will be doing the Race for Life this May.

This is fine in theory but I don’t really run, I tend to look ridiculous when I try it, I’m also massively unfit. So I shall be working my arse off (quite literally) to get fit and do my 5k in a blaze of pink and not too much huffing and puffing!

If you would like to, and if you could spare a couple of quid you can go here

and give me some money. That would be totally bitchin of you and you can also point and laugh at me looking knackered and have a Mars bar for me.

Thank you


I had great fun this weekend, I got to bake for one of my favourite comedians Phill Jupitus. We’d been friends on Twitter for well over a year and when I heard he was promoting his book locally I asked if he’d like some cake. He accepted.

So I nipped down to Waterstones with a little mini box and 3 cupcakes. 2 double chocolate oreo cupcakes and one vanilla shortbread. Noms! I had opted not to wear my slanket of justice which he had requested but went for a badge to the same effect. I grabbed a glass of wine and had a nice wee chat to Phill, who was seriously kind and asked if I wanted to come down to his improv show at the Opera House that night as he’d leave me some tickets. What a gent. I did go down and it was hilarious. For those fans of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ you would have loved this, Stephen and Josie were both there performing.Really good!

He sent me a lovely message asking if I’d enjoyed the show, and about how he was enjoying the cupcakes. Good to know! Lovely bloke, proper gent and very funny. Bring him cake to all his signings.