Monthly Archives: September 2013


MasterCard® / Mega Jackpot
MasterCard® Office: 2000 Purchase Street Purchase, NY 10577 U.S.A.
TICKET NUMBER: 08 16 20 24 25 40
AMOUNT WON: $2,500,000.00
Dear Winner,
With utmost felicitation, I am pleased to announce to you the official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes Organized by MasterCard in conjunction with Microsoft International MasterCard® Credit Card Jackpot of September 23rd, 2013 where you (through an electronic email database random selection) emerged as one of the lucky twenty (20) winners. You have therefore been approved by MasterCard® / Visa Card International to receive $2,500,000.00 (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) in credit card, credited to MasterCard No. 5283 0421 0025 3621 and With Reg. No. MCIMJ: 5148/4178.
Be also informed that your prize (MasterCard No 5283 0421 0025 3621) has been insured and credited with the total sum won and ready for pay out and delivery to your designated house address which you are to provide to your claim administrator. You will be able to make withdrawal at any ATM point or credit card facility in your country.
Furthermore, your winning prize delivery logistics will be superintended by our regional representative office in Benin Republic as was indicated in your winning coupon slip.
To process your winning prize delivery, please contact your claim administator electronically by neatly filling the verification details below:
1. Full Name:……………………
2. Nationality:…………………….
3. Age:…………………………
4. Occupation:………………………….
5. Mobile Phone:……………………
7. MasterCard No: 5283 0421 0025 3621
Send verification details to:
Raghu Malhotra
President, Middle East & North Africa MasterCard Executive Board.
Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of MasterCard International.
Ajay Banga,
President and Chief Executive Officer,
MasterCard® International.
©2013 MasterCard® International.
MasterCard Sweepstakes in Retrospect:

Jamie Oliver – Classic Lamb Shank Tagine

This gorgeous lamb tagine recipe produced melt-in-your-mouth results every time. Jamie takes some classic Moroccan flavours and techniques the shows you every step of the way plus how to finish it off beautifully. And the best thing about tagine cooking is there is minimal washing up – brilliant.

Devoured DVD

Many years ago I was an avid comper, and I won a truck load of fantastic prizes.
Then I moved to France, and retired from comping.
Now that I’m living back in England I’ve decided to take it up again.
This DVD is my first win, the horror film Devoured.
Review of Devoured:
This is a very slow burner horror/suspense movie. The slow pace of the movie was not a problem for me. What I did take issue with was the cocktail of camera work, and filming direction. It looked like it was filmed and directed by students straight out of film school who wanted to incorporate every technique that they had learnt.
I gave up watching it after 30 minutes. 1/10

By Richard Randall

Total prize value to date: £8  (from 1st September 2013).

Magnetic Water Conditioner Limescale Remover

Do Magnetic Water Conditioner limescale removers work?
For a start their name is a little misleading because they do not remove limescale, they supposedly prevent it from forming.
In theory they do work. The science behind them is sound.
I think the only real issue is the fact that a lot of the magnets are not powerful enough for the job.
These ones I recently purchased seem quite powerful, and I have high(ish) hopes.
I attached two magnets to the main water inlet, and one to the inlet pipe of the electric shower, and another one to the inlet pipe of the washing machine.
It will be a couple of months before I can tell if they have made any real difference, but for a few £££ It’s worth a try. Fingers crossed.


By Richard Randall

Google Lottery = Scam

Google UK Ltd
Belgrave House
176 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 9TQ
United Kingdom.

Ref No: GFSP/ 7248/782/2013
Batch: GFSP/ 965/GPWIN/UK

It is obvious that this notification will come to you as a surprise but please find time to read it carefully as we congratulate you over your success in the following official publication of results of the E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes Organized by Google, in conjunction with the foundation for the Promotion of Software Products, (F.P.S.) held here in London UK. Google earns its profit mainly from advertising using their very own Google search engine, Gmail, Gala, Sify, e-mail service Google Maps, Google Apps, Orkut social networking and You Tube video sharing, which are all offered to the public for free.

We wish to congratulate you once again, for being among the Twelve (12) selected winners in the ongoing E-mail Electronic Online Sweepstakes. Hence we do believe with your prize, you will continue to be active in your patronage to Google and its Products. A Bank Draft of ?950,000.00 GBP{Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great British Pounds} will be issued in your name by our Foreign Payment Bureau and also a certificate of prize claim will be sent alongside your Bank Draft.

You are advised to contact our Foreign Payment Bureau with the following details below for the Processing of your Claims:

(1) Your Full Names:
(2) Your Contact Address:
(3) Your Telephone/Mobile Number:
(4) Occupation:
(5) Age/Gender:
(6) Marital Status:
(7) Private Email Address:
(Cool Ever Won An Online Lottery?
(9) How Do You Feel As A Winner?

Mode Of Prize Remittance:
(1) Cash Pick-Up (You as the Beneficiary coming Down to UK to receive your Award personally).
(2) Courier Delivery Of your Certified Winning Cheque in your Name and other Winning Documents safely to you.

Send all response to:
Contact Person: David C. Drummond
Google Senior V/P, Corporate Dev. & Chief Legal Officer.

NOTE!!! For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims are processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some unscrupulous elements. Please be WARNED!!!!

Congratulations from the Staffs & Members of Google Board Commission.

MD Matt Brittin,
Chairman of the Board and Managing Director,
Google United Kingdom.
Google Corporation 2013

Easington Breakfast

This is a classic Easington breakfast, or it soon will be, at least in our house.

Step one: Poach some aubergine, and chopped fresh ginger, in cider until soft and cooked.
Step two: Place the cooked aubergine, and some raw mushrooms on the base of a grilling tray. Put the wire grilling rack on top, lay rashers of bacon, and fresh tomatoes on it. 
Put the grill tray under a medium grill until the bacon and tomatoes are cooked.

Step three: Once cooked, remove the bacon and tomatoes, and replace the tray with the aubergine and mushrooms back under the grill and turn up high.
Step four: Add water to the cider and ginger residue. Bring to a boil and poach eggs in it.
Step Five: Serve. Bon Appetite!
By Richard Randall

Elena = Scam

How are you today? My name is Elena. I am very interested to know some more about you and your life, your character and interests.
Now a little more about me. Like i told you i’m Elena, 27 years old now, my birthday is 23.10.1985,live in Russia, Sankt Petersburg city. Live with my mom and work in my hometown. Work in small boutique and sell cosmetics for women, and sometimes for
men too 🙂 I dont smoke and havent bad habits. Like fitness, pilates, swim and try to follow a healthy lifestyle.
How told my friends I am funny, honest, creative, smart, energetic, kindly, open for dialogue girl.
One day i decided to try to meet someone from another country…and use dating site.
This is new experience for me, I do not know exactly how it works but I want to try.
So if you like my person and and you’re looking for SERIOUS relationship, you can write to me and do not forget to attach your photo. I promise write to you back.
I know English, so do not worry about language barrier.
Waiting for your answer…


BICE WalkyGuard, a Barley Guard

We have adopted a Lurcher from Stray Aid, and while we had planned on adopting a dog, the speed at which it happened took us a bit by surprise. We had nothing in place for Barley’s arrival into our family.
On the drive home from 
Stray Aid Barley was on the back seat with Mrs.R holding him. This was not an ideal, or safe way for the dog to travel in the car, but we didn’t have any other options.
The next day we drove to ‘Pets at Home’ in Stockton-on-Tees to purchase some essentials for our new dog. It was an hour roundtrip, once again with Mrs.R keeping Barley under control in the back seat of the car, because we didn’t want to leave him at home on his own, and also thought he may enjoy the pet shop, which he did.
We managed to buy almost everything we needed for Barley; a bed, lots of food, several toys, a new lead, shampoo, and a brush etc. The only thing we couldn’t buy was a dog guard for the car. Barley didn’t seem to mind though, he was more than happy and clearly enjoyed being in the car with us, which was good.

Having bought lots of goodies at the pet shop, the only thing that we still needed, rather urgently, was a dog guard for our Citroen C5 Tourer. I went online and had a look at a lot of options. There were rigid bolt in dog guards, but these were both expensive and inconvenient, because we wanted to be able to remove the dog guard quickly and easily for when the rear of the car was not being used to ferry Barley to exotic doggie destinations. So, after reading lots of reviews, and weighing up the Pro’s and Con’s, I decided on the BICE WalkyGuard. It was a good price and promised to be quick and easy to fit.
I placed the order, and the BICE WalkyGuard arrived a few days later.
Mrs.R fitted the new dog guard in the rear of our 2010 Citroen C5 Tourer without much effort, it was as the box said, quick and easy to install. Now Barley can travel in the car safely. Job done!
Barley the Lurcher
By Richard Randall

Wormery. From Waste to Taste

I’m planning on starting a small kitchen garden in our backyard next Spring, so decided I would start a wormery this Autumn, so that come Spring I’ll have a good supply of plant food.
The WormCity wormery I’d ordered arrived this morning, and I got straight on with setting it up. It was very straight forward. I soaked the coir block in warm water until is became almost like a wet powder, a sludge, and then lined a tray with it.
Then I added the worms, and some worm food, and them covered with damp newspaper.
The wormery is now assembled, and in place, so now all I have to do is wait for a couple of weeks before I can start adding kitchen vegetable waste to it which will then get converted in to compost for later use.
It will be good seeing the waste recycled back into food, and not just being thrown into the rubbish bin.

Roll on the middle of next year, when hopefully we’ll be eating our own homegrown foods.
By Richard Randall