The last week or so has had an abundance of games on for football fans to watch, all of which were qualifiers for the World Cup 2018, set to take place in Russia next year. Despite their poor performances (dear me it they were painful to watch at times!) England finished top of their group and are now guaranteed a spot in the tournament. I’m not sure quite how long they will last against some of the big boys, but they need to sharpen the squad up a bit to have any real…Czytaj dalej …
Suits You Sir!

Suits You Sir!

For some unknown reason, two sets of very good friends have decided to get married at the end of this month (weddings in late October? Really?), so I decided now was a good time to treat myself to a new suit. I’ve always been quite traditional when it comes to my formal wear, generally opting for a pair of standard dark trousers and matching jacket, with a snazzy yellow or purple tie underneath. I’m not sure why, but it always seems to do the trick. 
However, this time I decided to be a…Czytaj dalej …
Stranded!

Stranded!

Anyone who’s been following the news over the last few weeks will no doubt be aware of the terrible predicament Ryanair and its customers are in. With numerous flights cancelled, thousands of passengers have been left in dire straights and the situation looks extremely messy. The whole thing got me thinking about some of the times I’ve been stuck in airports and to be honest they are (closely followed by dentist’s waiting rooms) some of the worst places in the world to be sat in. I remember spending one night in an airport…Czytaj dalej …
A Good Deed For The Day

A Good Deed For The Day

Here’s a simple question for you all out there: When was the last time you made somebody smile? 
I’m not talking about friends, or a joke you’ve told, but the last time you’ve done a good deed for someone. The reason I ask, is this week I stopped into my usual cafe on the way to work and sat down with a cup of tea to read the paper. As I went to leave and pay my tab, I found out that it had already been paid for by an anonymous person who…Czytaj dalej …
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Whilst sat round the dinner table two weeks ago, somebody asked me the meaning of my name and I was embarrassed to tell them I had no idea. Of course, one quick visit to google and I had my answer. With Ango-Saxon origins, the name ‘Sibbald’ can be broken down into two parts and there are two theories behind its meaning. The first theory is that it is made up of the two words for ‘sea’ (‘Si’) and ‘bold’ or ‘bravery’ (‘bald’). The second, is that it comprises of the words ‘Sige’ (for…Czytaj dalej …
Booking a Flight!

Booking a Flight!

Next week sees me jetting off on my summer holidays to Tenerife. Can’t wait! But amongst all the excitement comes that huge problem that always arises when going anywhere for any length of time - which books to take? As someone who doesn’t own a kindle, getting it right first time is essential and here’s the three on my shortlist: 1. ‘Is That Mic Off?’ - Phil Mason & Matthew Parris. A quirky book which offers readers the chance to see some of the many gaffes and slips muttered by politicians. Quite a…Czytaj dalej …
The Gender Gap

The Gender Gap

The Gender Gap There have been plenty of reports in the British media over the last few months about the astronomical differences in salaries between males and their female counterparts. The issue hit a high in July, after the BBC announced that TV personality and presenter Chris Even took home the most money, whilst the highest-paid female earned four (yes four!) times less. This is of course an extreme example, but there were plenty more examples concerning everyday jobs and managerial positions. While equal opportunity groups have been battling since time began to…Czytaj dalej …
Picking a Pet

Picking a Pet

Last weekend whilst carrying out my monthly stint of baby sitting duties, my youngest niece asked me if I could buy her a pet. The question caught me slightly off-guard and I had to fend of the nagging until we got home. After all, I would need to check with my sister and brother-in-law first. But after being given the green light, I am now left with the task of buying her a furry creature - something which will keep her amused and not just be a passing novelty. When I was a…Czytaj dalej …
Beside the Seaside

Beside the Seaside

Świnoujście, Łeba, Kołobrzeg, Darłowo and Gdynia. What do they all have in common? Well, apart from being incredibly difficult for foreigners to pronounce, they are of course all locations on the Polish coast. And great locations for a summer jaunt. Given the time of year, I’m currently visiting a couple of seaside cities and having an absolute whale of a time. I’ve been to plenty of resorts during my time here in Poland but this is the first opportunity I have had to visit Hel - and what a fantastic place it is.…Czytaj dalej …
Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria

The UK’s history is as bright and colourful as any nation’s and a huge part of it involves the British Empire. Between 1815 - 1914, the Empire covered an amazing 14 million square miles and included an estimated 450 million people worldwide. Of course, for a large part of this time, Queen Victoria was head of the throne and it is one of the most fascinating periods of the country’s history. If ever a song summed up both Queen Victoria and the Empire, then this little ditty by The Kinks is it. The…Czytaj dalej …