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A Winning Year – Competitions Won

It has been a very slow year for winning online competitions for me. February and March were dire months, with only a couple of very small wins. April was much better, and I did win some useful stuff.
I won a bottle of Villa Maria Riesling white wine. Not a big win, but one which will not go to waste.
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Over the last two months I’ve won 2 DVD’s both of which are the same film. What are the chances of that I wonder? The DVD’s are of Night Train to Lisbon, starring Jeremy Irons.
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I have also one a few books including:
Foot Sex of the Mind by Ian M Pindar.
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Another book I won is OTMA 82-THE FIRST DAY: TRIAL AND RESURRECTION by Serge Jusyp.
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Also to arrive was Proteus by Simon Hawkins.
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Then a copy of The Oxford Illustrated History of the First World War by Hew Strachan arrived in the post.
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A good result came on the 20th of April. A £150 giftcard for Primark. While it is not a shop that I’ve ever been to before, it is still a good win, and I got a lot of clothing which will be good for when I’m out walking the dog.
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On the 22nd of April a DVD copy of Get On Up, The James Brown Story arrived in the post.
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On the last day of April a copy of From Birmingham to Bombay by Alan Coxon arrived in the post.
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Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £2930 (from 1st September 2013).

Primark, Sunderland – A Shopping Adventure

On Monday afternoon the postman delivered a nice surprise, an envelope containing 2 Primark gift cards. Happy Days!
I think I won the shopping vouchers via a competition on a Bauer Media site, but there was no comp slip/covering note enclosed with the vouchers, so I’m not a 100% certain.
primark gift cardOn Tuesday morning we, Mrs.R came along too, drove to the nearest Primark, which is about 20 minutes up the road in Sunderland.
We decided to go early to avoid the traffic. I parked in the The Bridges Shopping Centre carpark, so it was only a short walk from the car before I started browsing the rails in Primark.
I had only planned to be in Primark for about 30 minutes, I’m usually a very quick shopper, but £150 goes a really long way in Primark.
Thirty minutes in, and one basket full of clothes, and I’d hardly made a dent in my £150 budget. By the time we’d finished shopping, we had two of their large baskets overflowing with various items, and ended up spending about 90 minutes shopping.
IMG_3282As I shopped I kept a running total of the spend. It was a long process to reach the £150 mark, but eventually I managed to get to the target – £151. Along the way some amazing bargains ended up in the shopping baskets. For example, I got five pairs of navy chinos for for a mere £1 a pair. Yes, you read that correctly – one pound per pair.
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My total Primark haul was: 1 jacket, 2 pairs of shoes, 2 t-shirts, pair of sunglasses, a belt, 3 pairs of jeans, 6 pairs of chinos, 2 long sleeve tops, 5 shirts, 2 zip up tops, 1 pair of shorts.

The shopping experience itself was fine, apart from the fact that there were no changing rooms in the mens department, you had to go down the escalator to the floor below. Thankfully everything I took into the changing room fitted me, but if any of the items hadn’t fitted, I wouldn’t have enjoyed having to traipse up and down the escalator multiple times to get smaller/larger sizes.

Blog post by Richard Randall