A Day in the life of Tara…

6 01 2010

Sometimes I do sit back and think how random my life is, and yesterday was no exception as I got to meet a hero of mine… the Barclays Premiership Trophy.

A Birmingham businessman won the chance to have the trophy for the day, so he teamed up with Harvey Nichols to raise money for St Basils by displaying it in the designer store’s menswear department for the day.

I went to have a gander at the trophy and it was as beautiful as I though. If only I’d taken a bag big enough to swipe it…


Who said footballers weren’t smart…?

23 11 2009

… It definitely wasn’t me, as I’m a big fan of football and the boys who get paid a lot of money to play it. They often get a lot of stick for their wage packets, and it is understandable in a recession when the UK has over 2 million looking for work, but the Wigan Athletic boys have made up for it with this smart bit of PR.

Don’t think I’m completely naive here, I am aware that it is very probably a smart PR person (like my good self) that has advised them to do this, but I like the sentiment either way.

Image Credit: Joe Giddens/The Times

Yesterday the Wigan team left fans in pieces after a massive 9-1 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur. Today the players have come out in force to apologise in the form of money… and we all love a bit of that. They have vowed to refund the 400-odd supporters that had to witness the nightmarish 90 minutes; coughing up something close to £10k.

In an article by The Times, Mario Melchiot, the captain, was quoted as saying:

“We feel that as a group of players we badly let down our supporters yesterday, and this is a gesture we have to make and pay them back for their tremendous loyalty.”

“There is not a lot else to say, just that as a group of professionals we were embarrassed by the way we performed, we feel it was below our standards and this is something we feel we owe to the fans. Now we have to draw a line under the game, focus completely on training this week and bounce back on Saturday [against Sunderland],” he added.

In my opinion, this is a brilliant bit of PR… put your money where your feet clearly weren’t and show fans that you appreciate their support. Well done Wigan!

If you randomly happen to be one of these fans (unlikely to be reading my blog I know, but just in case), you are entitled to a full refund and should contact the ticket office, who will post the money to your home address. Refunds must be claimed by December 4 though so get your skates on!

Girls will be boys…

17 02 2009


Now, just before I write this post I want to clarify three things:
1) I’m not a crazed, bra-burning feminist
2) I don’t like soppy men
3) I don’t like ladies football… men in shorts works a lot better for me.

I have often been a fan of the metrosexual male; as someone who is close to having self-diagnosed OCD (I like to call it ‘paying attention to detail’), I think that a man taking pride in his appearance and not being afraid to be himself, is a wonderful thing. But following the launch of the Metrosexual blog, and several conversations with male friends, I thought I should restore the faith in women – we are not all emotional/clingy/needy/hard-to-understand. I met a guy a few weeks ago and as we started talking he said, “Oh my god, you’re not normal… you think like a boy!” I took this as a compliment (!) as I think he was referring to the following statements made by me:

  • I love football – and not just for boys in shorts, although Frank Lampard does make sitting down for 90 minutes a lot more bearable! Likewise, if you tell me that my Saturday will be spent at the football rather than shopping, I will probably love you a little bit more for it!
  • I can’t handle having to spend every waking minute with the boyfriend… I do have a life as well you know!
  • If I ask my boyfriend to come over and he has already said he’d go out with the boys, I’d prefer him to stick to his word and not dump his friends for me (see point 2)… friends are more important at the end of the day!
  • I mean what I say – if you ask me “do you want a present for Valentine’s Day?” and I say ‘no’, I really do mean it and I won’t hold it against you for a week!
  • I love Vinnie Jones and Ray Winstone
  • My ideal Sunday would be spent hungover, in a pub, watching football (see point. 1)
  • I love nights in as much as nights out
  • My favourite film of all time is ‘Snatch’
  • I’m not hormonal, nor do I nag! I am a bit of a control freak so chances are, I probably won’t ask you to do the washing up because I’d rather do it myself
  • I don’t spend my life crying
  • After being together for two weeks, I do not expect any “I love you’s” nor do I want to marry you and have lots of babies in a year’s time!… unless you’re Frank Lampard perhaps!

That said, I do love shopping, make-up, weddings, chick flicks (sometimes) and drinking cocktails, and of course, my 2nd favourite film of all time is ‘Sex and The City’. After all, I am only human!

And for those of you who don’t think like me, check out: www.moanaboutmen.com