How many London museums can you visit in one day?

Well, the short answer is I don't know. Yet!  

Ask me again on March 20th and I'll be much closer to being able to give you an answer. And not a finger-in-the-air answer either, a real and proper one. And that's because some of the lovely Team Honkers (who I teamed up with last year for the Comic Relief Danceathon) are at it again.

This March Team Honk has banished all limits of time, space and geography and challenged people across the world to #passtheproud baton by the power of the internet. So what does that mean - well it can mean anything you want it too.

Photo credit: Team Honk

Photo credit: Team Honk

A day-long London museum dash

Yes, exactly. On Saturday 19 March a group of bloggers - including Nell, Penny and Swazi - will visit as many of the capital's 300+ museums as they can during opening hours. I'm guessing there won't be the time for in-depth visits but they will be getting photographic evidence from each museum or art gallery they visit before heading off to the next one on their route. They'll be using public transport to get about and I'm sure at times they'll be on foot, so if you're in London that day look out for them.

The purpose of this challenge - apart to be a little bit bonkers and have fun - is to raise money for Sport Relief 2016, and if you can add to their fundraising total by sponsoring them that would be great. I'd hoped to take part but will be loading my bike onto the car and heading towards Lincolnshire instead, so I'm putting my money where my mouth is and sponsoring the London museum dash. 

 

Even if you can only spare a pound or two, it all counts and goes towards good causes:

  • £1 could provide a hot meal for a child in the UK living in extreme poverty,

  • £15 could provide life-saving medication for 75 children with malaria in Uganda

  • £25 could provide a young person in the UK who has faced domestic abuse with a one-to-one counselling session to help them overcome their ordeal and

  • £50 could send a disadvantaged young person in the UK on a sports coaching course, giving them the skills they need to find work.

 

 

You can read more about the challenge on Nell's Pigeon Pair and Me blog  - and please sponsor this fun challenge if you can - thank you.

 

Good luck ladies!

 

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Word of the week: Emotional

It's been a funny old week, and one that's been full of emotion - but in a good way and that's why my word this week is emotional.

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The emotions have all been triggered by Comic Relief and the Danceathon which took place on Sunday.  We did it and danced for six hours, and you can see the pictures and read more about that here:  Six hours of dancing at Wembley - we did it!

Beforehand there was:

  • Fear - would I be able to last the six hours, would I show myself up with my lack of coordination and would I find the other Team Honkers or spend the six hours on my own?  Well I danced for the six hours and was no less coordinated than anyone else there, and as you might have guessed the Honkers were easy to find before I got into Wembley!
  • Embarrassment - would I embarrass myself?  Phew, thankfully I didn't. Well I don't think I did!
  • Hope - this was was related to fear, hoping I'd last out and not fall over and make a spectacle of myself. I did ok on this one.
  • Joy - at reaching my £300 sponsorship target and in fact raising 231% of my target.  I'm just £5 off seven hundred pounds, which is amazing.

During 

  • Horror - after the first 90 minutes I thought it was going to be a long afternoon. That was at the end of the 80s Power section which I didn't enjoy as much as I was hoping to, but thankfully I enjoyed most of the other segments (bar the 90s Rave one - which has never been my thing) and the time passed much more quickly than I thought it would.
  • Awe - at the dance instructors on the stage, and if I'm fair to the celebrities as well. Rufus Hound is an absolute legend and my mum (who'd been watching on the Red Button) commented on how much and how long he'd danced for. And I was totally in awe of his outfit too...
  • Excitement - well, I was dancing at Wembley with 2000 other people and raising a huge amount of money for Comic Relief, of course it was exciting!
  • Pleasure - from all the likes and comments on my personal Facebook page while I was dancing, although I must admit I was less keen on the request for pictures of me but in the end I posted a pre-Gangnam style shot and promised there wouldn't be one after that dance!

Immediately after

  • Euphoria - yay, we did it - and I could still walk!
  • Hurt - I thought my knees would be suffering as there was lots of lungeing type movements in the Bashment section.  That's Jamaican Dance Hall if you didn't know and my netballers-knees were struggling.  Thankfully though the next day (and the day after) my knees and my legs operated normally without any aches; I did though have a slightly stiff neck and I've no idea why!
  • Relief - that it was over, c'mon give me that one - six hours is a long time! And then the realisation that I had to drive home, although that was preferable to public transport, so I'm glad I'd thought ahead.

The following days:

  • Happiness - by simply dancing (although there was very little that was simple about it) we'd raised a huge amount of money and will help make lasting change happen here in the UK and across Africa.
  • Passion - I've been surprised at how much the fund raising efforts of Team Honk have meant to me, and when we topped £30,000 earlier in the week there were a few tears over here. The total is now over £31,000 - cue more tears!
  • Love - for my fellow Team Honkers, they are truly an amazing bunch of 100 (mostly) ladies who pulled together and made an amazing thing happen. And the chocolate brownies at the end were definitely worth it.
  • Pride - at being part of Team Honk and for the amount of sponsorship received so far.

And not forgetting

  • Gratitude - to everyone who's sponsored me, friends, family, bloggers and of course Betfair. Plus to Penny, Tanya and Annie for once again making sure Team Honk was at its Honking best.

So there's been lots of emotion flying about, and that's before the Comic Relief programme this evening which I always find emotional on so many levels. It's been lovely to see all the pictures of kids making their faces funny for money today, these are the fundraisers of the future so it's great to see such enthusiasm from an early age.

I've met people in the last few days who've said they keep meaning to sponsor me but haven't yet, so in the hope that you did mean it I'm including my sponsorship link again. I learnt today that my page will stay open for a while yet so if you're able to please sponsor me, you'll make this Honker very happy.

Sponsor me here - thank you!

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6 hours dancing at Wembley - we did it!

So as I write this post sitting on the sofa with my legs up I have the Comic Relief Danceathon from the Red Button recording playing on the TV.  And I'm reliving the fantastic experience that it was. Yes, I'm tired. Yes, I'm emotional. But would I do it again - you bet I would.

So far the Team Honk total stands at just over £29k - that's an amazing amount, but you can help get it higher. My personal fundraising amount is at £675 and 225% of my target amount. Thank you to everyone who's supported us so far!

We started off with 70s Disco and that was always going to be popular with me and then it was the unknown Swag, which it turned out was all about having attitude.  I think I managed to pull that one off and before we knew it the first hour was already done. The next session of 80s Power was much harder and although the instructor's gold leggings (and thighs) were amazing I didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped I would, and I started to worry that it might be a long afternoon after all.

However the Musical Theatre session restored my confidence, despite the Bollywood content. This was another session led by a fantastic instructor and I think having a sing-shout along to Any dream will do from Joseph was a real highlight for me. Perhaps not for the people around me though...

The 90s Rave section was never going to be my favourite - I found it a bit bright and loud if I'm honest, but I got through it - my main move for this half hour was big fish, little fish, cardboard box. I think at some point I should have been banging my drums too, but never mind.  After the rave it was the Michael Jackson moves section which was one of the highlights of the day, where we learnt to dance to Thriller. 

    Next up and was some Funk and I picked up some new moves here, I'll be trying those out next time on the dance floor! Although my legs are tired they're not too bad or as bad as I thought they might be anyway.  Bizarrely it's the back of my neck, in-between my shoulders that's sore.  I'm not sure why, perhaps I snuck in my own head-banging section without realising.

    The Dancing Divas section was led by a guy in a suit and the amount of energy he had was amazing, so unsurprisingly it was quite a tiring session, so when the Bashment slot started slower it was very welcome. Basement is suited to Jamaican music and although it speeded up it was OK, my knees felt it in this session but we survived and anyway I was looking forward to the Pop section so I wasn't about to have a rest. The pop music gave me some much needed spring in my step but I knew there was still an hour to go.

    The penultimate section was led by Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe from Strictly. I'm pretty sure that Ian started the session offering us a warm-up and as we'd been going for five hours by now we thought we were already pretty much warmed up! It was a great thirty minutes though and fab to experience the Strictly dancing, although I wouldn't fancy my chances in front of Craig much!

    Somehow that meant we were onto the last thirty minutes of 60s Soul and this wasn't the Twist and such like, thankfully as if I'd got down I'm not sure I'd've made it up again! And then before we knew it some of the cast from the Commitments were on stage as a special treat and it was all over.  Where did the time go?

    Some Team Honkers

    Some Team Honkers

    Me mid-Danceathon

    Me mid-Danceathon

    The best shoe-sock-shorts combo I saw

    The best shoe-sock-shorts combo I saw

    Bloggers photographing each other as that's what we do!

    Bloggers photographing each other as that's what we do!

    (Some of) The Wonderful Team Honk 

    (Some of) The Wonderful Team Honk 

    So all in all a fabulous day, and I feel honoured to have been part of this fabulous team. And knowing that the money we raise goes towards so many good causes makes it all worthwhile, and it's makes me emotional every time I think about it.  Goodness knows what I'll be like during the programme on Friday evening.

    If you could spare some money - it doesn't need to be much - to support me and Team Honk we'd be very grateful.

    And I'm pretty sure I went to sleep last night repeating "single, single, double" to myself...