Category Archives: Stuff I’ve Won

Prizes I’ve won in online competitions

July, August, September, October, November and December. Competitions Wins

It was a very slow start to July. In fact the first prize to arrive was a bag of HJ Lea Oakes Equerry, Horse and Pony Mix feed. It arrived on the 28th.
On the same day a pair of Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Binoculars also arrived. They went into the big box to be donated to charity.

August Wins:
On the first of the month a PRO KENNEX Kinetic Ki 15 260 Tennis Racket arrived at our door.

Next to arrive was a box containing two toys. One is a Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Zeg and a Blaze and the Monster Machines CGC92 Monster Dome Playset.

Next to arrive was a Mabes of London Daiquiri beach shirt.
September Wins:
I won a Motorola MBP853 Connect Wi-Fi HD Video Baby Monitor. While I don’t have baby, I do have two dogs and I’ll use this to keep an eye on them.

Next to arrive was a signed Team Gb cycling top.

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £6397 (from 1st September 2013).

May and June Competition Wins

My first win of May was a paperback copy of Tiptoe by Kit O’Conor.

Next to arrive in May was a bundle of books which included The Dolocher by Caroline Barry, Somewhere Inside of Happy by Anna McPartlin, A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde, Outstanding by Kathryn Flett, The Moth Catcher (Vera Stanhope) by Ann Cleeves, and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.

A Parcel Force van arrived and the delivery guy handed me a box. I opened it to reveal a Vivid Electronic Cigarette. Also in the box was a small box, it contained a £200 Amazon voucher. An excellent win.

A couple of childrens books arrived in the post. Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor (Author), Jean Jullien (Illustrator), and Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh! by Sean Taylor (Author), Kate Hindley (Illustrator).

June Wins:
A rather random prize of a bottle of Olive Oil, and a small paddling pool arrived in the post. The Olive Oil I will use, but the paddling pool will go in a big box I’m gradually filling for a local charity.

A paperback copy of The Adventures of Alfie Onion by Vivian French, arrived in the post.

A package containing three DVD’s arrived in the post. The House of Magic, Paddington, and Shaun The Sheep – The Movie.

Last win to arrive in the post was some bits and bobs relating to the Robinson Crusoe movie, including face masks, colouring pencils, and some stickers.

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £5820 (from 1st September 2013).

A winning March and April

March Wins:
First to arrive in the post was a paperback copy of Written Off by Paul Carroll.

Next to arrive in the post was a bottle of Serene-Um Drops from VET IQ. They are calming drops for small to medium size dogs.

On the same day a DDP driver arrived with a bundle of children’s musical Peppa Pig toys, which included a ukulele, a pair of maracas, and a tambourine.

A copy of 300+ Mathematical Pattern Puzzles by Chris McMullen, P.H.D. arrived in the post.

Next to arrive in the post was a copy of The Bluffer’s Guide to Social Media by Susie Boniface.

A copy of The Maurice Wood Devils by Dorothy Alexander arrived in the post.

A copy of Yesterday by Mickie B. Ashling arrived in the post.

A cross stitch by Heritage Crafts arrived in the post. Mrs.R was happy because she rather fancied doing it, but then she changed her mind and said she’s give it to our local charity shop.

A copy of I Blame Morrissey by Jamie Jones arrived in the post.

April Wins:
First win of the month was a Baby Comforter from Slumbertag.

This month I also received a message informing me that I had won a £10 Amazon gift voucher. Nice result! I am still deciding what to spend it on.

A copy of Klickitat by Peter Rock arrived in the post.

A blu-ray copy of Trapped, complete season one, arrived in the post.

A hardback copy of Dead Silent by Mark Roberts arrived in the post.

A copy of The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor.

A copy of Small Data by Martin Lindstrom arrived in the post.
Name Your Link
Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £5484 (from 1st September 2013).

January and February Competitions Wins

Today a big parcel arrived at the door.
It contained a case, 12 bottles, of Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, plus two bottles of Light Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
I used the beer in my cooking. A nice result.

A paperback copy of Knightley and Son 3 of a Kind, by Rohan Gavin, arrived in the post.

A Blue-ray copy of Pitch Perfect 2 arrived in the post.

A cool bag packed with Primula cheese products arrived at the door.
We don’t eat overly-processed products, so we gave it to my mother, who shared the cheese with her friends and neighbours.
A hardback copy of These Dark Wings by John Owen Theobald.

Towards the end of the month a cheque for £100 arrived in the post.
A nice cash win via What’s On T.V. online magazine.
I’d appreciate more money dropping through my letterbox Universe, thank you very much in advance.
A copy of The Street Food Cook Book by Kate Eddison arrived in the post.
Another good win, but I don’t think I’ll be eating any of my cooking in the street, it’s way too cold here for that.

February Wins:
A hardback copy of Zero Day by Jan Gangsei arrived in the post.

Next to arrive in the post, was a can of Crosse & Blackwell soup, and a plastic cup.
A china mug would have been better, but the plastic cup isn’t going to waste, I’m using it as a scoop for dishing up food for my dogs.

Next in the post was a papaer back copy of Zero-G by Rob Boffard.

Next to arrive was a hardback copy of The Promise by Robert Crais.

The 26th of February was a bumper prize day.
Two books, and £150 worth of Shell fuel vouchers arrived by post.
A copy of Killing Ways by Alex Barclay.

A copy of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt.

The £150 worth of fuel vouchers for Shell are much appreciated. They should last me a decent while.
Next to arrive was a packet of VitaVet SuperDog supplement tablets.
I’ve been giving them to my two rescue dogs – when I remember. If they improved memory I’d take them too.

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £5228 (from 1st September 2013).

November and December – Winning Moments

November Wins:
A shopping bag, keyring, and some magnetic words, all promoting the movie The Longest Ride.


A bundle of items including: the soundtrack to Rio2, the soundtrack to The Longest Ride, a DVD copy of the movie Rio, and a book of Carnival Art from Rio 1 and Rio 2 by Tara Bennett . IMG_3826

A paperback copy of Point of Control by L.J. SELLERS arrived.


A big box arrived. It contained a £1,000 worth of Barbour clothing. I’ve written a full blogpost about the goodies: Barbour – Mens Land Rover Collection  DSC_0004

Next to arrive was a copy of Steps to Ascension: A Path to Inner Awareness by Sydney Francis. I’m sure it is something Mrs.R will enjoy reading.


A CD copy of Live Fink Funk by Dave Formula and The Finks arrived. IMG_3851

A Highlander Wave 3 Watt Cree Sensor Headlamp arrived. This will be very useful indeed when I’m walking the dogs at night.


A DVD copy of Mad Men – Complete Final Season arrived. It is not a series either of us have watched, so it will go it to a box for donating to the animal rescue charity StrayAid. IMG_3854

December Wins:
A paperback copy of The Rainbow Option by Michael McCarthy arrived in the post.


A copy of True Blue Tucker by Campbell Jefferys arrived in the post. IMG_3890


A paperback copy of The Ill Fortune To Be Dark In The Eyes by Berlin Gunning arrived in the post. IMG_3892


A copy of the The Relic Guild by Edward Cox arrived in the post. IMG_3893 A paperback copy of The Cathedral of Known Things Kindle Edition by Edward Cox arrived in the post. IMG_3891 A Hotel Chocolat White Snowflakes arrived in the post. IMG_3895
A bar of Elizabeth Shaw 70% Cocoa Crisp arrived in the post.
IMG_3898 A copy of The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan arrived in the post. IMG_3906

A small bottle of nail varnish arrived in the post.

While November was my best ever month for winning competitions, with a massive win of a £1,000 worth of Barbour clothing, December was my worst ever month.
Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £4892 (from 1st September 2013).

Barbour – Mens Land Rover Collection

The other week I received an email from Mat G at Barbour to say that I had won £1000 worth of Barbour clothing, from the Land Rover range.
This is a great win!
I spent a little time browsing the range of items available on the Barbour website, deciding what I wanted, before emailing him back with the details of my choices.
Barbour - Mens Land Rover CollectionJust over a week later a box of goodies arrived at my door. DSC_0004On Sunday we decided to go down to Crimdon Beach with Barley and Porter for a mini photoshoot. It was freezing cold, which made me happy that I had won some warm clothing and not shorts and a t-shirts. Hahaha!
Barbour - Mens Land Rover CollectionI think Porter our rescue Rottweiler was a little miffed that there was not a dog coat included in the win for him. I’m sure Barley our rescue Lurcher would also have liked a nice new coat, but he was too busy eyeballing dogs further along the beach to show his disappointment. The items I chose from the Barbour Land Rover collection included, The Barbour Driving Coat (£599): This is a heavyweight Oban waxed cotton coat with a detachable collar, and jacquard and wool lining. It is now my default winter coat. It is well made, will withstand the elements here in County Durham, and more importantly withstand the dogs lively antics.

Barbour Clearwell Knitted Blazer (£199). IMG_3847

Barbour Richardson Half Zip (£119).
IMG_3846Barbour Land Rover Lambswool Scarf (£44.95).  

The scarf is a very timely result. Previous to winning this Barbour scarf, the scarf I usually wear, which I purchased in Sarajevo, Bosnia is now looking a bit thin and worn, but it has done me proud, and I’m sure my new one will last for a long time too.IMG_3848

Barbour Land Rover Wax Sports Cap (£34.95).DSC_0009We tried our best to get some decent shots of my lovely new clobber, but with two mental dogs and arctic conditions, it wasn’t an easy task. The dogs didn’t want to wait around while the photos were being shot, they wanted to run, and not just for fun but to get warm too. At least I was nice and warm in my new jumper, coat, scarf, and hat – Thank You very much Barbour!

J Barbour & Sons Ltd,
South Shields,
Tyne and Wear,
NE34 9PD

Blog post by Richard Randall

A Winning September and October

On the first day of September a Dear Lizzy paper crimper arrived in the post, which I’d won on Craft Beautiful?. I’m sure it will make a good gift for one of our crafting friends.
In the second week of September a copy of A Culinary Photo Journal: A Decade of Traveling for Food, Cooking and Culture by Nathan Gray arrived in the post.
IMG_3746 In the middle of September a number of books turned up within a few days of each other. The first book to arrive was The Path of the Ninja by Martin Faulks. IMG_3754

The next book to arrive was a copy of Kasmah Forma by S. Vagus.
IMG_3755 Then on the 22nd of September a copy of Guinness World Records 2015, along with a copy of Guinness World Records: Celebrating 60 Years, and a t-shirt arrived.IMG_3753

October started very well.
On the first of the month a big box of goodies arrived. It was packed full of Clipper teas, coffee, Whole Earth drinks, Whole Earth peanut butter, Whole Earth Organic cornflakes, and various Kallo products; rice cakes, stock cubes.
I don’t think we will need to be buying tea anytime soon.
IMG_3782 During the second week of October a number of prizes arrived in the post. First to arrive was a copy of Journey: Secretagentman by Mykl Walsh and Richard Saunders. IMG_3787

The next book to arrive was a copy of The Book of Colors, a novel by Raymond Barfield.
IMG_3790 The next book to arrive was Agatha Raisin: Dishing the Dirt by M.C. Beaton. IMG_3789

Then a copy of Beasts Royal Twelve Tales of Adventure by Patrick O’Brian arrived.
IMG_3791 Last but not least to arrive in the second week of October was a DVD copy of The Forger starring John Travolta. IMG_3788

During the third week of October a copy of Belonging by Umi Sinha arrived in the post.
IMG_3805 Next to arrive in the post was a bundle of DVD’s that I won from the BFI. The films are, Man Up staring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell, Breathless staring Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo, Far From The Madding Crowd staring Julie Christie and Terrance Stamp, and Vicky Cristina Barcelona staring Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Scarlett Johansson. IMG_3809

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £3684 (from 1st September 2013).

Winning July and August

On the 4th of July a Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish 50ml Pump with Muslin Cloth arrived in the post.
Mrs. R was very happy because she loves Liz Earle products.
IMG_3575 On the 9th of July a DVD copy of Project Almanac staring Jonny Weston and Sofia Black-D’Elia arrived in the post. I haven’t watched it yet, so can’t comment further.IMG_3602

On the 13th of July a Hardback copy The Raj At War by Yasmin Khan arrived. I’m sure it will make an interesting read.
IMG_3601 On the 20th of July a Handy Seal by JML arrived. I’m sure I’ll find some use for it.IMG_3642

On the 7th of August two large boxes packed full of tins and jars of food arrived. In one of the boxes the food was also packed inside a wicker hamper, which will be handy for storing the dogs toys.
IMG_3691 On Monday the 17th of August 6 boxes of Bio-Kult infantis, one of box of Bio-Kult Advanced Multi-Strain Formula, and an Apple 2GB iPod Shuffle – Space Grey arrived. I won the bundle via a Protexin competition on the Netmums website. IMG_3722

At the end of August a copy of miffy’s birthday by dick bruna arrived in the post.

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £3472 (from 1st September 2013).