BBQ Seasoning You’ll Love – Try Our Dry Rubs Recipes

BBQ Seasoning Dry Rubs

Let’s talk Dry Rub. If you’ve ever been to the Southern States in America, eaten out at the authentic BBQ shacks, then you’ll understand what I’m talking about here. Mouthwatering, succulent recipes where you get served fall off the bone ribs and meat. Darn, I’m hungry just thinking about this now.

Anyway, we have found some really easy to follow rub recipes here, suitable for all types of meat.

 

Dry Rub For Beef

Simple BBQ Dry Rub Recipe

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons garlic powder

2 tablespoons onion powder

1/4 cup paprika

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

2 teaspoons ancho chili powder

2 tablespoons cumin

3 tablespoons of sea salt

1/4 cup of brown sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all of these dry rub ingredients into a decent sized bowl.
  2. Pat dry the chicken and then rub over chicken directly.

 

– This recipe can be used on pork as well.

 

BBQ Seasoning Dry Rubs

 

Smoked Chicken Rub

BBQ Chicken Dry Rub

 

Ingredients:

 

1 tablespoon white sugar

1 tablespoon celery salt

1 tablespoon of sea salt

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all of these ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Thuroughly rub over chicken. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Reserve remaining rub in a air-tight container. Remember do not let any of the left-over rub come in contact with the chicken as this will contaminate it.

 

 

 

Sweet Pork Dry Rub

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup sea salt

2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients.
  2. Rub mixture all over pork meat. Let sit for at least 15 minutes prior to grilling meat.
  3. If there is leftover rub put it in a sealed container. Make sure that it did not contact the meat as it will contaminate the remaining rub.

 

 

 

Lamb Chops Dry Rub

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs. lamb loin chops

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon crushed dried thyme

½ teaspoon crushed dried basil

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon of sea salt

 

Directions:

 

  1. In medium mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the rub.
  2. Rub mixture over both sides of the chops.
  3. Grill lamb chops directly over medium hot coals. Cook to desired doneness, turning them over once.

 

Grilling Tips:

 

~ Allow 10 to 13 minutes for medium rare (140 degrees), 14-16 minutes for medium (155 degrees).

Dry Rub For Beef

 

 

Simple BBQ Dry Rub

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon sea salt

2 tablespoons ground cumin

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons ground black pepper

3 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl.
  2. Rub generously over piece of meat.

 

– This recipe works well for pork, chicken or beef. It will cover approximately 2 lbs. of meat.

 

If you like meat, then a proper BBQ is a must. If you cannot get across the water to the USA, then bring the taste of Southern BBQ to your kitchen.

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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

How many times have you seen a tv advert for an amazing, mind blowing bbq sauce? Then you rush out to buy it and find it is as tasty as …. Well, you know what I mean. It’s bland, lacks flavour, lacks kick, lacks punch. In fact, it is about as appealing as a kick in the balls.

So, the easiest way is to make your own. At least you know what is actually going in there to start with, plus you can make it as hot as you like.

So Here’s A Great & Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

homemade bbq sauce recipe

Alright folks, the first bbq recipe out of the shoot will actually be an absolutely mouth-watering bbq sauce recipe I have. This decision was based on the fact that almost any slow-smoked beef, pork or chicken dish will benefit from adding a little of this sauce to it. So, just to clarify, this is a finishing sauce (either added right before the meat stops cooking or usually after it is served). It is not a mop sauce which I will cover later.

Now, when making any barbeque sauce recipe it is best to use a “non-reactive” saucepan. These are stainless steel, glass or ceramic materials and you should refrain from using any copper or aluminum saucepans because of the reaction they have to acidic ingredients.

And now, without further ado –

Fat Lads Crazy-Good BBQ Sauce Recipe

In a large non-reactive saucepan, mix together the following:

1 TBS Unsalted Butter

3 cloves (lg.) Garlic – finely chopped

1 Small White Onion – finely diced

1 ½ Cups Sugar

1 TBS Yellow mustard

1 TBS Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

1 tsp. Fresh black pepper

2 TBS BBQ Seasoning – Use McCormick’s Barbecue Seasoning if you can

2 med. Size Lemons – freshly squeezed juice (watch out for seeds)

1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1 ½ Cups Water

Bring the mixture above to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes (stirring frequently)

Then, add the last 3 ingredients

1 small Bottle of ketchup (24 oz.)

1 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

2 TBS Liquid Smoke

Simmer all of the above for another 45 minutes (again stirring frequently).

Remove from heat and allow the sauce to cool.

Add this sauce to any BBQ meat and you are in for a treat!

Heck, when I’m rushed for time and can’t slow smoke my own brisket or Boston Butt (for pulled pork) – I’ll stop off at my local BBQ joint and just get a pound of meat. Most of the guys there don’t even bother to ask me which sauce I want anymore – they know I’ve got the good stuff waiting back home.

Which reminds me, you can make a batch of this and store in mason jars ahead of time if need be. It will keep well in the fridge and will only need to be heated up when ready to serve.

Enjoy!!

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Top Gun New Movie – Top Gun Maverick

Top Gun 2 – I Feel The Need, The Need For A Sequel

He’s back, Maverick is back on our screens for 2020. Call it what you will; Top Gun 2, Top Gun 2020 or use the official title of Top Gun Maverick

All the years down the line, he’s still in the service, but he’s now an instructor. He’s teaching the best of the best including ( surprise, surprise )  Bradley, the son of his former navigator Goose. He’s reached the rank of captain, where his commanding officer suggests he should be a 2-star admiral, indicating his attitude hasn’t changed much over the 30+ years.

Who can forget the original which showed great flying stunts and the added touch of romance along the way.

Top Gun Maverick Trailer

Long-awaited it’s been released and you can watch this here;

What can we expect to see? Cruise on a motorcycle,  Cruise playing volleyball,  Cruise flying fighter jets and naturally Cruise being his usual ambivalent maverick self.  Those are the definites, the probables will be Cruise leading his squadron into battle to save the rest of the Western world. Ed Harris is his usual solid self as the military top brass and Jennifer Connelly adds the female temptation in the movie. Bradley is played by Miles Teller and although we don’t see the original Goose, we do see IceMan returning, played again by Val Kilmer.

Hey, if you’ve been living under the rock the past third of a century, you can watch the original here on Amazon.

 

Love him or loathe him as an actor ( see the Reacher post here ) Top Gun was an iconic movie which along with Risky Business really got Tom Cruise recognized. This is the movie that suits him, he is who he is, playing this type of role.

Top Gun 2, Top Gun 2020

Top Gun Maverick

 

Top Gun 2020

With a scheduled  26 June 2020 (USA ) release date, this is going to be a popular sequel for sure. The film also reunites Cruise with the director  Joseph Kosinski, who he worked alongside with in Oblivion in 2013. With 3 powerhouse production companies behind this, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media you know this will be an impressive offering.

Will the soundtrack be as good as the original? We’ll find out in 11 months from now.

 

 

Top Gun Maverick Facts

He’s known for doing his own stunts and making the action scenes as real as possible, but this time he’s been grounded. The US military don’t allow civilians to fly in their fast jets, such as the F18. Not matter how much he wanted to do so, he’s not been permitted to do so. None the less, the flying scenes will no doubt be as realistic and as enthralling as the original movie.

Fancy Yourself As Maverick?

Impress the ladies without the need to actually qualify from flight school. This costume comes with Men’s Top Gun Pilot Costume Jumpsuit, Name Tags & Sunglasses, Top Gun. Please note F18 not included!

 

The military green jumpsuit comes complete with decorative patches, the aviator sunglasses complete the ‘ Maverick look ‘. Ideal for fancy dress or parties and available to order here, available in different sizes.

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Amazon Prime Day Don’t Miss It.

Amazon Prime Day 

 

You’ve heard of Black Friday, yeah? The name that was given to the shopping day after Thanksgiving in the USA. More recently they’ve added Cyber Monday where the electronics and electricals are sold cheap. Well, the good news is you can buy plenty of Christmas gifts and birthday presents earlier in the year.

 

When Is Amazon Prime Day This Year?

 

One way to find out is to ask your friend; “Alexa, when is Prime Day?” Prime Day is the middle of July, so for 2019, these dates fall on 15th & 16th July. What most people don’t understand is there are also offers available beforehand. These Pre-prime deals are also available just for Prime Members. You can even use the search engines, just type in ‘ when is prime day and hopefully the correct answer comes back.

 

How Do You Get These Offers?

Prime Day starts with signing up for AmazonPrime, believe it or not. Yes, it really is that simple. Just sign up!

There are some great savings to be had, some good savings and there are also a few quite average discounts. Keep in mind though, these are being offered with the free delivery, so that is an extra bonus.

 

There are other advantages with Prime, we really enjoy the video and tv services. There’s great viewing with some Prime Original series, which are only available to watch as a Prime customer.

We covered the tv and film aspect here briefly, but there are plenty of great series, shows, and films. Literally, something for all the family to enjoy.

 

Premier League Football On Prime

I bet you weren’t aware of this? Well, you can watch 20 Premier League games live & exclusive on Prime Video this December.  No better way to recover from the Christmas Day festivities, than spend a day watching all the Boxing Day Premiership games. Now might be the time to grab the new TV you’ve been promising yourself and get sat down to enjoy great viewing.

Prime Day Shopping

Try Prime Video

Never experienced this service? Get your Free Trial of Prime Video Here and you can enjoy the following;

Enjoy unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows
Watch anywhere, anytime with unlimited access throughout the UK
Download movies and TV to their mobile or tablet to watch offline
Watch Amazon Originals in HDR on living room devices
Watch exclusive hit TV shows before they air on British TV
Get unlimited, FREE One-Day Delivery on millions of items
Borrow books from a choice of over 500,000 titles from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
Secure unlimited photo storage with anywhere access
Listen to over 2 million songs on Prime Music

 

It’s enough to make The Fat Lad as happy as a pig in muck.

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Women Soccer Vs Naymar

Is Neymar worth more than almost 1700 women?

The combined salaries of the 1,693 women playing in the top seven football leagues add up to $41.6m, slightly less than the $41.7m salary paid to Neymar. This is according to the Economist. The American females who play soccer are the top of their game, so to speak. The Stars and Stripes who are the national team, representing… Yes, you’ve guessed it, the USA. Now they are more successful than their male counterparts in the game of soccer. In fact, they’re the most successful side in the history of women’s football. As we are here in June 2019, they’ve already won the World Cup three times. Not forgetting the Olympic games, where they’ve also claimed Olympic gold four times.  Compare that with the men’s team, whose best result has been third place in the 1930 World Cup. More recent years have seen them struggle in group stages and even to qualify.

 

An interesting article in the WSJ confirmed that the female sport in the States is more popular than the males. Between 2016 and 2018 women’s games generated about $50.8m in revenue. These numbers are based on ticket sales, keep in mind. The men took in about $49.9m, so slightly less. Despite the female sport being more popular, the players are paid considerably less. A research study showed that; If each team were to play 20 friendlies over the course of a year and win them all, the women would receive $99,000 whereas the men would net $263,320 which is a huge difference.

Girls Soccer

There’s nothing more disheartening than having a passion and a natural skill, but not being able to make it pay to be a living wage. Do I think a woman should be earning $50million a year to kick a football around? Not a hope. Do I think a guy should be paid that? Again, not a chance. So was it any real surprise that United States women’s team marked International Women’s Day on March 8th by filing a class-action suit against their employer, the United States Soccer Federation (ussf)?  In a word – NO. The fact the females have been much more successful highlighted how unfair this was. The suit alleged that differences in pay and employment conditions between the women’s and men’s team violate the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

girls soccer

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have any interest in women’s soccer. It’s not for any sexist reason, it’s just of zero interest to me. I’m not even going to go down the avenue of who should/ should not play sport. It doesn’t matter which team, which country or anything like that. IT IS NOT OF INTEREST TO ME.

Neither is men playing cricket. In fact, I have no interest in tennis, cricket, snooker, athletics or the vast majority of sports / so-called sports. The only possible time these would raise an eyebrow is if I was betting on these events.

Women Soccer players should be paid more, especially those in the USA. Looking at the success they have had in the past and no doubt can continue with in the future. The fact that the men’s game is nowhere near as successful as the women soccer teams, nor even as popular, says a lot. me watching these sport on TV, it’ll never happen. The sexist side of me can reveal I don’t even watch womens beach volleyball, nor did I used to watch topless darts or womens wrestling. There’s enough crap on tv as it is, so my viewing time doesn’t need to be cluttered with these less appealing events.

 

Womens World Cup 2019

So it looks like USA play England on July 2nd, Holland play Sweden the day after that. Both semi-finals are played at the Stade de Lyon. The 6th of June is the playoff for the third place and the final will be played on 7th July at the Stade de Lyon. Who will win the competition and lift the trophy? Who cares? As an Englishman, I’d prefer it to be England, but trust me I’m not going to be shedding any tears if England win or lose.

 

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Value Betting – What The Bookies Don’t Want You To Know

Straight from the horses mouth, amazing tips that sting the bookies.

Actually, we are telling a bit of a fib there, after all, horses don’t talk, do they?

I mean come on, if the horse was talking you’d not bother racing it, you’d have it on Britains Got Talent.

What Defines Value Betting?

Getting value for money, moving away from the 1/5 shot in a 4 horse jumps race. Do you really want to put £50 to make £10 profit and hope that one of the other horses doesn’t bring your very short priced favourite down?

Back to the serious stuff though. If the big money is on at Cheltenham for the National Hunt season and at Royal Ascot for the flat, where is the smart money going? Think of the Class 3, 4 & 5 races being held week in, week out at the minor meetings. Tracks that only serious race fans even know how to get to. You know what I’m saying here. This is the real insider info.
ALWAYS BACK WINNERS - HORSE RACING TIPS

I’ll tell you a little story here about getting top quality info straight from the yard or the owners. An example of this was a horse called Dinkum Diamond. I was given the horse on a Friday, told it was running next week at Salisbury. I was advised to lump on this, as soon as the bookies had a price and take the best odds guaranteed price. The word I was given was ‘ this is one of the best horses Henry Candy has ever worked with’.
This horse went out to Salisbury and won easily. It was then revealed to me it was already entered into Group races for the future. I then got a call advising me of the second outing and again to take the best price. Second time out, second win.  You get my drift here?

This is advice from people who know their stuff, make their money from horse racing.

 

 

Value Betting Is Profitable

Value Betting Is Profitable

Anyway, I’ve found this group of people who are former owners and very, very well connected. Last season April – October 2018, to give you an idea of this service,  they achieved just shy of £4000 from around 5 or 6 bets per week. Imagine turning £1k to £10k twice in the last 3 years!

That’s not too shabby as anyone with half a brain would agree. Want more information? Then this is the link for you.

 

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

 

Actually, with these types of returns, forget chicken and go for steak. As I’m writing this at 10am 16th June 2019, I’ve got to show you this;

Poet’s Dawn wins….BOG @ 9/1 at York in the 16.40 Ice Co Supporting Macmillan Handicap race, yesterday. Members on this service were given one piece of advice, 1 tip and that was to get on this horse

Their words were;  “Now a maturing 4yo, he should be competitive again of this mark and the choice of stable jock David Allan.

 

There’s a best 9/1 with Betfair and FOUR PAYING SLOTS this morning.”

 

Now winning by 2 lengths, beating the favourite into third, with a 15/2 starting price isn’t a bad result. Obviously, the early birds who took the 9/1 were even happier.

 

Now, let’s use some common sense here. These are not going to be the horses that win every race, as with all tipping services there will be losers. What we see here is the bigger odds mean that you get a better return. Had you had a £50 win bet and taken the 9/1, just think how many £50 bets at evens or 6/4 you’d need to be placing to get the same profits.

 

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Faithless Concert – Nailed It.

 

You Gotta Get To A Faithless Concert

Enemies becoming friends, When bitterness ends, This is my church….

If you don’t know the track, just from those lyrics, you need a kick up the arse.

 

Without a doubt the best live performance I have been to, for the sheer passion and dynamics between performers and audience. I first saw Faithless many moons ago at the Faithless Concert in Manchester in March, 2007. Funky Scottish electro musician, no these aren’t my words, Calvin Harris was supporting and boy what a load of crap that proved to be.

I saw Faithless in Manchester and loved every damn second of the concert. As someone who has bought all their albums ( usually on the day of release ) this was a group I knew I had to see live.

Rollo, Sister Bliss and Maxi Jazz just rock the music world wherever they play. Sales of 15 million+ records and counting is ample proof of the sheer brilliance, of this electronic act.

 

Now it really is a toss up which track I prefer. Insomnia is a popular one with the masses, as it’s one of the most played dance tracks. We Come One is another favourite of mine. Don’t Leave, Salva Mea, Not Going Home,  Mass Destruction, One Step Too Far or Muhammad Ali all are great in their own rights. Want your own copy of Insomnia? Click here for it.

 

 

 

A couple of interesting facts; Felix’s ‘Don’t U Want Me’, was produced by Rollo, selling over 2 1/2 million copies.

Dido is Rollos sister, so he co-wrote and produced Angel and Life for Rent, her first 2 albums. Again these both went on to sell over 12 million copies EACH!

Faithless Concert – Nailed It

So if you ever get the chance to go and see Faithless live, do it. Back in 2007 I enjoyed the passion of Sister Bliss and the energy of Maxi Jazz which made it an unforgettable evening.

 

Unable to make it to a live performance, then you need to check out the latest pricing on the whole range of albums by Faithless.

 

 

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A New Life In The Sun With Dumb & Dumber

” Disaster strikes again as Bill and Betty have 24 guests arriving in 45 minutes and they still have to build the second bedroom”

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind watching a bit of tv from time to time and this is a show that I enjoyed the first series. What seems to have happened now though is the majority of the people in this show couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery.

” With guests arriving tomorrow, Sandra decides to try the shower and sinks in the gite, to ensure the water is connected”. Shock, horror although they have owned the place 8 months, they haven’t bothered to check the water or the electrics work in the gite, they’ve just decorated and built up a new bed from IKEA. No running water, but the curtains look pretty!

A New Life In The Sun The Carry On Film Version

” Claudia has rented this stunning 9 bedroom villa in Southern Spain for a whopping £3k a month on a 24 month lease and wants to open a yoga retreat. She needs this to work as she has tied all her money up in this new venture”

Maybe Claudia should have asked that one, all-important question prior to signing her life away with this 2-year lease. The question being;     ‘Is this property totally legal for me to run a business here’

Clearly asking this would save the heartache and embarrassment of finding you cannot run any business nor use it for any type of business, because it’s an illegal build. Not to worry, instead of charging your £500 a week ( excluding flights ) for your yoga retreat spa breaks, you can go to the market to sell your cheap and cheerful yoga pants instead.

Spain – Andalusia – Marbella

 

Described as – Series following intrepid expats as they chase a dream life in the sun. It’s more like watching Mission Impossible at times. yeah Fat Freddy who has supped 20 pints a week in his local, decides to sell up and move to Benidorm because he wants to open a British themed pub there. He’s never run a pub, nor even worked behind the bar but that’s not stopping him.

Next on the list is Maria, who after getting a divorce has decided to move abroad and set up as a hairdresser in Marbella. She’s going to work from home to save on costs and operate as a mobile hairstylist to the ex-pat community. She’s bringing across her 5 kids and 3 dogs, coming in her trusty 2003 Nissan minibus.

Finally, in this episode we drop into the French countryside to check out the new B&B operation run by Michael and his husband also called Michael. They both left high flying corporate jobs and have opened this business under a new name, after buying it as a going concern from the previous owners. Despite both Micheals never running any form of hotel or B&B, neither being a chef, never worked in hospitality and neither speaking a word of French, they decided to move to France for a new way of life. As funds are tight, they have decided not to employ staff but do all the jobs themselves and also rely on Google translate.

 

As they’ve no bookings they have decided to have an open day and invite all the locals round to visit their new business. Luckily one of their new neighbours speaks a little English and has offered to help promote the event. This will give the boys a chance to show off their culinary skills, by laying out some cold meat, cheese, pieces of cut up bread, a couple of dishes of nibbles and of course copious amounts of wine.

 

Now don’t get me wrong, I love new ideas, I love that people want to leave dull, boring jobs in the grey, cold and wet of the UK. Yes, it’s fucking fantastic to be sat outdoors at 7am, enjoying the sunshine, enjoying the freshly squeezed orange juice and having a coffee for 9 months of the year. If you have a trade under your belt, such as a plumber then go for it. The ex-pat areas are always looking for jobs doing, repairs to their homes. Hey, it’s easier to deal with a guy who speaks the same lingo as you, rather than risk getting lost in translation.

What I’d say though is use your common sense. Why try to open a British Bar in the middle of Benidorm, to compete with the other 100 down the same street. They all offer Sky tv for sport, Boddingtons on draught and a full English fry up. All you’re doing here is competing on price. Ever ask yourself why these bars are easy and cheap to buy? Because the previous 10 tenants have lost a fortune, found it too hard and packed up and gone. Do something different!

 

What Is Different?

Run a B&B in France or in Spain but add value. If you’re in the middle of a cycling or motorbiking tourist route, then cater for these people. If you have a large enough plot, look at running a campsite or caravan pitches. If fishing is your thing, buy a place with a lake and offer fishing holiday. People want more than a square box shaped room, so a nice French Gite or a rustic Spanish Cortijo is a better choice to buy. If you’re able to offer something more, then this gives you additional revenue streams. Cooking classes, pottery making, glass blowing, cycling holidays, bird watching or the fishing lake setting.

 

Take inspiration and ideas from the show, but please do your homework first. Remember it’s fine going to Lloret de Mar each year for 2 weeks of laying in the sun, drinking 5 pints every night and doing sweet FA for your time there. Life’s much different living and more importantly working in the sun. 40 degrees during the day in July and August is energy sapping. learn about different places in Spain, take time to visit them. It’s even worth taking a month off and doing a rental in the area you’re interested in or doing a 3 week road trip, visiting several different resorts or areas and getting a feel for the places. Same applies to France, check out the different areas and regions by researching, then go and visit them.

 

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Vehicle Hire Upgrade

You book a van rental online, 10 months in advance because you are a very well prepared person. In this instance, you’ve gone for the smallest size van, because you need to move a dozen or so boxes and a few other pieces. It’s easy as anything, so you’d think.

Fast forward all these months and the day before you are picking up said van, you get a phone call. The purpose of this call is to double check, you still want the van. Answer is positive. You almost hear the groan on the other end of the phone. “good news, we have given you a complimentary upgrade, to a Ford Transit” Is the next line of conversation.

 

That Is Not An Upgrade

Actually, it is a fob off. They screwed up, they have no little vans available. Despite booking 10 months earlier, they have screwed up the booking, so instead are offering a bigger van. This is no good to man nor beast. The idea of the tiny van, was to be able to zip into the town centre, park and go to a couple of shops and a bank, then pop int a supermarket. Parking a car sized van is fine, you don’t need to worry about height restrictions on car parks etc. Trying to get a Transit into most town centre car parks isn’t going to work. Same with multi-stores where these vans are too tall.

Are the bigger vans more fuel efficient? No they aren’t. Had we wanted a Transit sized van, guess what sweetcheeks; We’d have hired one. You have not given us a complimentary upgrade, you have fobbed us off with something not really fit for purpose, but something we didn’t ask for.

 

Complimentary Upgrades Defined.

When you check into a flight and are told we’ve upgraded you to Business Class – That is an upgrade.

When you arrive at your hotel to be informed, your double room booking has been upgraded to a suite –  Yes, that is an upgrade.

Collect your hire car and are told the Audi A3 you booked has been upgraded to an A5 then that is an upgrade too.

You get the drift here, these are nice surprises, they put a smile on your face and make you feel happy.

Being told the small van you booked isn’t available, so instead here are the keys to your bigger Ford Transit – NOT AN UPGRADE!

 

Sort Your Shit Out Hertz.

If I wanted to hire a 16 seater minibus, to drive mates to an event or the airport, booked it months in advance and at the time of collection I’m told, sorry we only have a 52 seater coach available – What use is that?

The idea of booking in advance is to get a good price, but more importantly to ensure you have booked what you need, for the dates you need. You pay there and then, so the hire company have your funds, so they are responsible for delivering the ordered product.

This is not the first time this has happened when we have hired and prepaid for van hire. This is not good enough, especially on bookings made in advance like this. Let’s get this straight – You did not upgrade us, you fobbed us off with something not what we wanted because you screwed up and couldn’t supply what we had paid for.

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UEFA Champions League Winners 2019

After what can only be described as one of the all-time comebacks in the semi-final against the mighty Barcelona, Liverpool were in their second Champions League final on the bounce. After they were outplayed and outclassed last season by the impressive Real Madrid, it was fate that this final would be played in Madrid, but between 2 English clubs.

Spurs had managed their own magical semi-final night against Ajax, just 24 hours after the heroics of Liverpool at Anfield. Along with Arsenal and Chelsea fighting out the Europa League final the week before, history was made as all 4 finalists in these two competitions, came from the same country.

Liverpool were looking to make up for the disappointment of going unbeaten except for the one defeat in the Premiership, but still only coming second. This was the opportunity to get some silverware back to Anfield. The kings of Europe for a sixth time would appease fans, who had thought the premier title as theirs this time around.

Interesting Fact;  Trent Alexander-Arnold (20 years 237 days), the Liverpool right back, is the first ever player aged under 21 to start in consecutive Champions League finals.

Without doubt, the bookies favourites were Liverpool who finished the Premiership on 97 points ( Spurs who were 4th, managed 71 ) and an impressive goal difference of 67 goals. This was second only to Manchester City.

 

What proved to be an eventful start saw a penalty awarded to Liverpool for hand ball in the box. Mo Salah scored from the spot, his goal times at 1 minute 48 seconds. The only faster goal was when Paolo Maldini scored in under a minute (00:50) for AC Milan versus Liverpool in 2005.

From here on the game was rather drab, Liverpool uncharacteristically looking nervous and out of sorts. Both teams were guilty of conceding possession. Shaky clearances and bad passes were aplenty by both teams.

The game rolled on, Spurs with 65% of the possession were unable to make use of this. They managed 16 shots all game with just half on target. Liverpool mustered 14 shots, but a poor return of 3 being on target said plenty about this fixture. Neither team looked dominant enough to make this a one way event. Liverpool were unsettled and the single goal margin left them open to the counter-attack possibility.

What was reassuring though was the investment in the best goalkeeper and also the best centreback in the Premiership in the shapes of Alisson in goal and Virgil van Dijk in the defence, gave Liverpool fans that bit of extra confidence in the outcome. Alisson was called into action several times later on in the second half. With Spurs bringing on semi-final hero Lucas Moura the pressure against the Reds stepped up. Finally in the 87th minute though, Divock Origi scored from a corner to put the game to bed and ease the nerves around the ground.

 

Interesting Fact;  This was the first ever Champions League final without a single card shown.

It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t sexy but it was an important win for Jurgen Klopp and the team

 

With the 2020 final being held 30 May at the Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadı, Istanbul could we see Liverpool making their 3rd consecutive appearance? Who can forget the last time they played in a Champions League Final in Instanbul? Before that though, the reality is a Liverpool vs Chelsea Super Cup also played in Istanbul

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