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Tidy Savers Update – August 2016

Posted by on: Thursday, Aug. 4th 2016 11:52 AM

As regular players at Tidy Bingo will know, Tidy is under new ownership now and as such, we need to settle the Tidy Savers promotion and ensure you all get your vouchers that you have saved with us up to and including 31st July 2016.

In total you managed to save £550.25 since November 2015, an impressive amount by all accounts!

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Help For Heroes – Tidy Bingo’s 5th Donation

Posted by on: Wednesday, Aug. 3rd 2016 12:18 PM

On July 5th we made our 5th donation to Help for Heroes, taking the total amount donated at that point to an impressive £2,868.90! As is always the case when we make a donation, we received a letter thanking us just a few days later.

The letter thanks us for the donation and tells of his it is put to use supporting wounded soldiers and their families. If you read on, you will see a scanned copy of the letter.

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Tidy Cupboard – Changes Afoot

Posted by on: Friday, Jul. 1st 2016 12:36 AM

As you will all know, for some time now we have seen a drop in the number of players in the Tidy Cupboard. This has continued for a while now and David and I have made a decision to change things around a little.

Rather than lose the room completely, something we don’t want to do, we’re going to try and revive it. How we plan to do that may sound a little odd but there is a method in our madness. However, it does mean that from 1st August 2016 the Cupboard is only to be open on the 1st Tuesday of every month.

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Loyalty Rewarded At Tidy Bingo

Posted by on: Monday, Apr. 4th 2016 2:47 PM

As regulars at Tidy Bingo will know, the network offers a loyalty reward scheme that sees you earn extra bonuses, cash back etc. as you rise through the ranks. As a little something extra, we’re going to introduce a form of loyalty scheme into the Tidy Cupboard too.

As you will have noticed, player numbers have been dropping of late in the Cupboard and as such, it doesn’t remain viable to keep giving away as many loyalty points as we have been whilst player numbers diminish.

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Tidy Bingo Up For Best Jumpman Gaming Bingo Site

Posted by on: Monday, Apr. 4th 2016 1:23 PM

The Which Bingo Award shortlist has been announced today and once again Tidy Bingo has received a nomination. This year there isn’t a Best Boutique Bingo Site, the category we usually find ourselves in. For 2016, we have been nominated as Best Jumpman Gaming Bingo Site and for the first time since we launched, we’re going to put a bit of effort into winning.

It’s not that we don’t want to win, of course it isn’t, but we are always competing with brands we have bigger budgets and more players so it often feels like we are a non-starter. This year however, only five of the brands under the Jumpman Gaming hat have been nominated so our odds of winning are slightly better!

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Catchphrase Competition – March 2016

Posted by on: Thursday, Feb. 25th 2016 1:29 PM

Can you believe it’s nearly March already? It seems like only yesterday that we were running Christmas competitions and rummaging in Santa’s Sack! Anyway, as the year rolls on, it’s time for another Catchphrase competition and your chance to win a selection of Tidy branded goods, maybe some Help For Heroes bits and bobs and even some bonus funds!

This time we’re going to do things a little differently (not much) and will be sending the competition by internal mail, external mail and posting on Facebook. We’re hoping this gets more people involved and who knows, with enough entries – we might even throw in a few extra prizes!

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Ham And Egg Cups

Posted by on: Sunday, Jan. 24th 2016 5:36 PM

As some of you may know, I’m currently with Slimming World trying to shed a few stone. If you’ve never done this diet before then it’s worth knowing that foods are divided into categories and it is actually the only diet that I have done that I have found really easy to stick to. The only thing that I am not completely comfortable with is the weekly meetings, and whilst I know many get a lot from the meetings – they don’t really do it for me. If any of you guys want to slim along with me – feel free. I lost 6.5lbs in my first week….

That said, I have paid for 10 sessions, so I will do those and then probably just continue alone at home. Anyway, I digress, the reason for this blog post was to share one of the recipes that I made today, one that I really enjoyed and takes hardly any time to make. It’s a free food, so you can eat as many of these as you want.

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Free Jackpot Game – The Outcome

Posted by on: Saturday, Jan. 23rd 2016 9:50 PM

I thought that I’d sit in the room and watch our biggest every free game take place tonight, the big £1000 jackpot. I wanted to see who were winners, and of course, report the outcome to all the Tidy Bingo players who were otherwise engaged.

In total there were a whopping 4,437 when the game got underway and I was on tenterhooks (as I am sure the players in the room were too).

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£604 Donated To Help For Heroes

Posted by on: Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2016 3:56 PM

Just before Christmas we made our fourth donation to the Help For Heroes charity thanks to the your continued support of the Tidy and the Troops game.

To date we have now donated £2238.75 with a further £49.25 raised since we last donated to this great cause. As always when we make a donation, Help For Heroes send us a letter and if you continue reading you will find a scan of the letter received.

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Thank You, Thank You And Again, Thank You

Posted by on: Tuesday, Dec. 22nd 2015 7:38 PM

There are many things that I love about Tidy and for those of you that know me, you’ll know that it has always been a dream of mine to run my own bingo site. From player, to host, from host to writer and then writer to site owner, it took me ten years to get here but I did.

There have been ups and downs, as our blog readers know, but one of the biggest ups happened this week. Quietly beavering away in my office, the doorbell rings with a delivery…..

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Christmas Game From Coff

Tuesday, Dec. 22nd 2015 5:28 PM

Often when the presents have been opened and the turkey eaten we’ll settle down in front of the TV for the Queen’s speech or a film or two. It can always seem like a bit of an anti-climax if we’re honest, but Coff has given us a little food for thought with a special Christmas game.

What you need us two packs playing cards & variety of gifts (preferably a variety of different types; some good, some rubbish and some just downright silly). Wrap all of the gifts, disguise as best you can e.g a sponge from £1 shop in a box with a bell or a few beads to make noise when shaken, junk from Xmas Crackers put in a jam jar etc.

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TV And The Cupboard

Thursday, Dec. 3rd 2015 12:01 AM

The long awaited Come Dine With Me episode starring Nickie and Austen is finally due to air tonight and our chat room has been full of giggles lately regarding TV. All of us cannot wait for the show but also chat has been full of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and Snooze (East) enders – X Factor, or as the “Cubbiers” call it Fix Factor, has lost its shine to us, so I thought I’d do a quick blog about what has been happening in the other 2 shows.

Firstly lets look at I’m A Celeb again. This has to be one of the best ones ever with the mesmerizingly wicked Lady C. Her insults just keep on coming and, in her own words, she is relentless when taking someone down a peg or 2. She no longer calls Duncan anything other than “goat” or if he is lucky “old goat”, her disdain for tubby Tony seeps through every pore of her body and her absolute belief that she is the only one with a valid point on ANY subject is brilliant.

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I’m A Celebrity – Thoughts So Far

Friday, Nov. 27th 2015 12:15 AM

We have had a few conversations in the Cupboard recently about I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here so I thought I would do a little review about what has been happening. Let’s start with to Lady C or not to Lady C – because that is definitely the question! I have been both appalled and it fits about this so-called “Lady”‘s behaviour. Using a knife and fork to eat testicles and bugs in the first bush tucker trial was bordering on genius and I am sure many people around the country were warming to her despite her airs and graces. However, her absolutely shocking name calling and “saying it as it is” attitude has definitely rubbed many camp mates up the wrong way, and it seems many of the viewers too. Her nasty words to Brian made for jaw-dropping but hilarious TV. She truly is on another planet if she thinks you can speak to people that way without any comeback, but I do like the way she is intimidated by no-one and will not allow Tony or Duncan to belittle her in any way.

Speaking of Tony and Duncan, thanks to their many disagreements with Lady C, they are coming across as pompous, sexist old fools and certainly not the alpha males they’d think they are. Tony particularly seems very patronising. I cannot believe that grown men would stoop to shouting “lalalalala” over anyone whilst they were speaking even if it was the loud mouth Lady herself. Chris and Kieron, in their chivalrous (if misguided) protection of the scathing socialite, have come across as gentlemanly and thoughtful men. I know if I had sons I would like them to behave like these boys rather than Tone and Dunc. The others chaps on the camp – Brian and George are also not coming across all that well in my humble view. Brian is definitely a diva and used to controlling any situation and I think sympathies for him are fast waning with the viewing public, he certainly likes his point to be heard. George, as sweet as he is, is really rather pointless apart from eye candy for younger viewers at the moment. Maybe he will come into his own soon.

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X Factor – Two More Contestants Eliminated

Tuesday, Nov. 17th 2015 12:15 AM

This weekend saw yet another two contestants sent home in a, not quite so much of a shock double elimination, with the theme being “Movie Night”. Comments are rife on social media that the show really is fixed after Olly Murs’ blooper moment, declaring Monica was going home before deadlock had been announced and the voting revealed. The shine really is being taken off the show this year with moments like this and I do wonder if we will see X Factor return next year.

Caroline Flack continued with her campaign to be named the worst TV presenter of the year despite Olly’s mishap and on Saturday was sporting a red string shopping bag with lace frills for an outfit and what looked like a bleach fail as her hair was scraped back into a messy ponytail which didn’t quite hide some nasty orange streaks. She had repaired the hair by Sunday, but her awful fashion sense was still in evidence. Monica Michael also caused controversy after elimination by shouting “Class of 2015 X Factor! BANG BANG BANG!” whilst pretend to fire a gun with her hands. Not the most appropriate gesture in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Paris Friday evening. My thoughts go out to the French and all involved.

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Couples Come Dine With Me

Monday, Nov. 16th 2015 2:15 PM

As most of our regulars are aware, a few months ago now my husband and I recorded our Couples Come Dine With Me. Last week received notification from Channel 4 that our episode is to air on Thursday, December 3rd at 5 pm!

I was considering opening the Tidy Cupboard as the show aired but have decided against that. What we are looking to do though is change the opening times on a Wednesday and Thursday to 6 pm until midnight. If that happens, then on Thursday 3rd December, I’ll go all celebrity on you and be in the room for a Q&A session hahaha

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I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2015

Friday, Nov. 13th 2015 12:15 AM

Sundays are going to be super again with the start of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here this weekend. I know quite a few of you are fans so I thought I’d have a little look at who is going to be on the show this year and let you know a few of my favourite bits from contestants past. I must admit I am a little sad the rumours of Karl Pilkington ( An Idiot Abroad and The Moaning Of Life) being on the show proved to be false. I think he would have been hilarious but maybe we will see him in the future. This year’s bunch of “junglers” look set to make it a very interesting and entertaining show and I wonder who will crack first.

The full line up as of today is: Jorgie Porter (Theresa in Hollyoaks), George Shelley (X Factors Union J), Chris Eubank (Boxer), Duncan Bannatyne (Dragon’s Den), Brian Friedman (ex-creative director and choreographer X Factor), Susannah Constantine (What Not To Wear), Kieron Dyer (former England and Newcastle United footballer), Yvette Fielding (ex Blue Peter and Most Haunted presenter), Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet) and Lady Colin Campbell (“famous” for a book about Princess Diana’s affair with James Hewitt).

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Our Heart Is No Longer Heavy..

Thursday, Nov. 12th 2015 5:58 PM

It’s not often that I am really excited to be writing a retraction of content that I have previously posted but today I am over the moon! David and I have just been on a conference call with Ben and Alex of the 15 Network and are pleased to announce that we have been able to reach a compromise that all parties are happy with.

First and foremost this means that Tidy will be staying exactly how it is – all the exclusives, the Cupboard, CM Blondie – it will all remain – if you’ll still have us?

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X Factor Boot Camp Part Two

Tuesday, Sep. 29th 2015 12:15 AM

Last week we saw 180 wannabes reduced to a slightly more manageable 93 and this Sunday the plan was to whittle them down to approximately 60 ready for the 6 chair challenge next week. As the tension mounted we saw many of the favourites flounder with nerves getting the better of many of the acts. It won’t be long now until we have our final 12 and all you Tidyers being allocated with a hopeful to support.

Moment of the week for me was the very weird Papasidero, resplendent in a new outfit of jet black feather wings and a slightly revealing black wizardesque jumpsuit, suffer a hilarious wardrobe malfunction. At the peak of his song he removed his wings and was meant to rip the black robes off his body to reveal an all-white outfit complete with a cheesy message. Sadly for him, but hilariously for us, he struggled to do this and finished his song rather forlornly still clad in black. The singing was out of tune as well so it was a bad day at the office for Davide. However, at the end of the show we saw him being put through to next week – very surprising.

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X Factor Auditions And Bootcamp Begins

Tuesday, Sep. 22nd 2015 12:15 AM

This weekend saw the final round of X Factor auditions along with the start of boot camp where the judges began the slow process of removing the wheat from the chaff. After struggling with rating so far, this was the weekend where the wow was meant to be put back into proceedings. However, the show hit another ratings dip, losing another 500k viewers on Saturday compared to the previous week. Worrying times for this Saturday night stalwart show.

Saturdays audition show brought us the usual bunch of bonkers wannabes with the odd shining star to make it all worthwhile. The lowest point was the dreadful boy band DTour, who had the mad manager from hell. When the team gave a unanimous no to the out of tune, badly prepared group their manager came on and sang, yes sang, a begging request for the judges to give them another chance. The judges jaws literally hit the floor and let the band sing again – they were even worse. They got 4 no’s again and let’s just say Mrs Manager was not too happy, claiming she would have the last laugh when they were superstars.

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X Factor Auditions – Weekend Three

Tuesday, Sep. 15th 2015 12:15 AM

This weekend saw the 3rd bunch of X Factor auditions and for me they were much better than weekend two. However, viewing figures have been very low compared to previous years and with even Strictly Come Dancing on a break this weekend the ratings are still nearly a million down on last year. Word on the street is that Simon Cowell has been given two weeks to improve things or the show faces the axe. Apparently Caroline Flack has been sent to a weeks detox camp in Portugal, Cheryl Fernadez-Versini has been told to sexy up her outfits and Mr Fluttery Eyes, Nick Grimshaw has been made to tone down his big hair (maybe he should lay off the mascara too). Personally, I don’t think the judges and presenters changing their image will help much – the show so far has been too predictable and staged and that I think is the real problem. Bring back Louis Walsh I say!

Saturday started with the fabulous Davide Papasidero who turned up with enormous white wings. Yes it was gimmicky but his voice was angelic and he made it through, whether he will be able to fly without those wings though is debatable. We saw the very rude “Rock and Rose2 who were far too cool for school and refused to smile or reply to questions from the judges. They were fantastic to listen too but I would never vote for them. We also saw the battle of the gospel choirs with 2 acts hailing from the London Community Gospel Choir. The girl group, the Silvertones, fluffed their 1st song and, surprise surprise, were asked to sing again. Amazingly they managed to put together another piece (and new outfits) within the afternoon. Of course it was brilliant and they were put through but once more the show let itself down as once again it all seemed set up. The male choir, BEKLYN, however, were incredible. Soulful, cool and amazingly tuneful they made me smile and gave me goose bumps. They are in my pick for the final 12 for sure.

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