Snooker and the winter gardens 2016

The Winter Garden’s turns into the studio for snooker coverage. There is a table on set. Between tv coverage members of public get to play. Once I got to see darts player Wayne Mardle play on the table. I have seen presenters Hazel Irvine and John Parrot on the table in Winter Gardens.

I last saw snooker 2years ago. While I was watching snooker on table in Winter gardens someone said they had to leave afternoon session to catch a train, so they gave me their tickets. I saw the end of Baird vs Selby.

Earlier that year in the tournament on the day saw darts player Wayne Mardle saw, Ricky Walton vs snooker player Robbie William’s.

I saw the first of the herd of elephants during the 2016 tournament. It arrived ahead of the rest of the herd because it was snooker themed.

At the same time the swing ‘thing’ was in town. I was a little obsessed by it and took lots of pictures of it from all over town.

For more Sheffield pictures including pictures from the transformation, this year into snooker city, see Steel City Static blog. The post below shows a presenter in winter gardens; presumably between shooting and not when live on tv!

35 before 35 progress

Inspired by 34 Before 34 | Is That You Darling

A couple I have already done and some I have booked already! Scoring a Turkey I have never done; can it be done before November? 

1. Dye hair blue

Did in December.

2. Read a Stephen King book

This was a new year resolution. I have bought Insomnia.

3. Do a park run

Need to practice.

4. Go to Amsterdam


5. Climb Arther’s seat in Edinburgh

6. See 2 more gold post boxes
Saw one in Hull need to seek another.

7. Go in a hot air ballon

8. See Bob Dylan


9. See Greenday


10. Score a Turkey at bowling.
11. Watch love actually again

🙂 Looking Coward to

12. Watch love actually sequlae

Looking forward to.

13. Watch 8 films at the cinema


La La Land

Manchester by Sea


50 shades

Trainspotting 2

3 more to watch! Last year only about 3 in whole year.

14. Watch Bridge of spies

15. Watch Cara Emerald 


16. Do a ramblers 15mile walk

17. Get 100 total likes on blog

Got 50 so far.

18. Try a spin class

19. Publish prompts for whole of lent about homelessness.

20. Try a yoga class

22. Go to ten belly dancing classes.
Been to three so far.

23. Go to the new gelato on west st.

24. Go to the light cinema when it opens.

25. Go to the lakes.

26. Get shed for garden

27. Once have shed tidy cellar 

28. Buy football ground jigsaw to do with colleagues

29. Go to one of Shef’s Oct festivals: comedy, beer or off shelf

30. Go to Peddlers market

31. Pass ski lesson 2.

32. Swim outside

33. Go on folk train

34. Go wine tasting

35. Go climbing

The mini Elephant Herd

The mini herd were all designed by schools and I  believe were all returned to the school that designed them.

My favourite was Betty Buttons, so called because she had buttons all over which made it very colourful and an interesting texture.

Lizzie provided comprehensive information about the original Lizzie that inspired the elephant theme.

It was endearing to see the elephants with children’s handprinuts, drawings or writing about their hobbies.








I saw all the big and mini Sheffield elephants; but where are they now????


2016: top 5 sport smile prompts ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️🏆🚗

Starting with what still makes me smile most.

1. Seeing Scunthorpe score 6 on Easter Monday and concede none which was more than the rest of league 1, put together scored that afternoon. So grateful to see that after not expecting to, having started the day in Berlin. But thanks to a shortcut by EasyJet piolet and speeding through passport control, I was there!

2. Rosberg winning championship.
3. Supporting Belgium 🇧🇪 in Euros.
4. Leicester winning premier league – after so few teams have achieved that.
5. Beating Sheffield United on the last day of a season, due to other results, not going our way it was not enough to go into play offs but at least we did our part and had a exciting rollercoaster afternoon. It was a match had been looking forward to, for a longtime as it wa my nephew’s first away match. But it was only a week before we suddenly had chance of a play off position after taking the whole season to crawl that far up the table from the relegation zone at the beginning of the season.  The potintial of a trip to Wembley meant we were joined by 3000 Scunthorpe fans at Bramall lane, creating a fantastic atmosphere. The first cheering was for  Wigan’s goal in the first 5 minutes that put us in 6th place (final playoff position). Barnsley equalizer sending us back to 7th. Then cheering our first goal, which put us back in 6th. Then Barnsley scoring twice more. Then our second goal meaning we had another 3 to score or Wignan needed to score 2 to get us back to 6th.. Then Barnsley fourth goal which sealed us in 7th place.