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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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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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X Factor Weekend – Second Double Elimination

Tuesday, Nov. 10th 2015 12:15 AM

The theme was reinvention for the contestants this weekend and the jury is out as to how well this was achieved by all of the acts. The judges themselves seemed to be a bit confused about what the theme meant so we saw some very different interpretations. Before I look at those I have to mention Caroline Flack (again). I would love to know who dresses her as her outfits, particularly Sundays, are awful. She continued to talk over Ollie when he was presenting, squinted constantly for her badly delivered lines and her interviewing skills, whether it is the contestants or the acts on the show are cringeworthy.

This week Simon looked plain bored which was rather amusing, Grimmy looked like he had overdone the botox and a bit like a rabbit caught in the showbiz headlights for most of the show. Rita and Cheryl, however, looked fantastic. I am starting to look forward to what they will wear, which hairstyle will be worn and, of course, their fab make up. I still think Cheryl is winning the “fash-off” but Rita did a much better job this weekend so the battle is well and truly on. We also had 2 outside acts on the show. One was last year’s runner-up Fleur East and omg didn’t she blow the roof off the place. I didn’t watch the show last year and was seeing her for the 1st time; I thought she was awesome. We also had CeeLo Green on and umm why was he covered in flowers? It was the weirdest outfit I have ever seen and all I could think was that he must be very hot. Not my cup of tea at all.

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X Factor First Live Show Weekend

Monday, Nov. 2nd 2015 12:15 AM

This weekend saw the very first live show for our contestants and two of the acts were sent home on Sunday in a shock double vote off. Simon was back to his old dapper self this week and we said goodbye to the Cowell “Shabby Chic” beard. Cheryl looked stunning in two very classy outfits and Rita looked like she had forgotten to put half her clothes on when she showed up Sunday! Nick Grimshaw still annoys the life out of me – I just want Louis Walsh back.

The Saturday Live Show gave the contestants a chance to showcase who they were and most acts did a pretty good job of this. Lauren kicked the show off with a confident and fun performance and her made over hair looked great. Max followed with a strange reggae Adele song, which didn’t work for me but did for most of the judges. I did like Alien Uncovered but at the time I thought they just weren’t the sort of thing Saturday night viewers would get. Kiera came next and looked like a young Beyoncé, stunning. Her performance wasn’t quite as stunning however, it was all a little safe and predictable.

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Tidy Factor 2015 – Player Allocations

Friday, Oct. 30th 2015 6:07 PM

Firstly, apologies for the delay in getting the player allocations for Tidy Factor live. The twelve finalists and one wild card were announced on 25th October 2015 but unfortunately, this was whilst I was away in Ireland. Anyway, we are here now and we have the groups, girls, boys and over categories that could see you and several other players take a share of £250 in bonus funds on offer.

All players who had made deposits totalling £30 between 29th August and 25th October 2015 are now part of this promotion and have been allocated to the following acts. If you want to find your name and the act you have been allocated use CTRL + F and then type in your username.

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X Factor – The Final 12

Tuesday, Oct. 27th 2015 12:15 AM

This weekend we saw the judges houses competitions and, for the first time, the final 12 for X Factor announced live on TV. Despite Caroline Flacks dreadful autocue skills and her habit of talking over Olly Murs’ lines the shows were packed with drama and exciting to watch. Most of the favourites got through but there were a couple of surprises to keep things controversial.

First to go were Cheryl and the groups. There was some strong competition in this set of acts and it was no surprise that they all performed really well. What was surprising was the fact Cheryl had changed every single bands name? I can understand that there may have been a band called Alien before but BEKLN – surely not. We saw the newly named 4th Impact and Alien Uncovered fly through with fantastic performances for Cheryl and her right hand at the, Jess Glynne. There was no doubt both of these groups deserved their place in the final 12 but Cheryls 3rd choice certainly raised a few eyebrows. All the way through the shows we have seen BEKLYN and Silvertones battling it off (they share a sister and a brother between them) so the money was on one of them taking the 3rd spot. Both sang fantastically and you couldn’t pick between them. So Cheryl chose not too. Instead she put through the bouncy and energetic Reggie n Bollie who will definitely bring plenty of smiles to the proceedings.

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X Factor Six Chair Challenge – The Overs

Monday, Oct. 19th 2015 12:15 AM

This was the final Sunday of six-chair challenge X Factor shows and firstly we wrapped up the last seats for the groups. Bands BEKLN and Silver Tones sang for their spots, and despite neither performing as well as on previous shows, were both given chairs in place of the two rather lacklustre girl bands – Mon Amie and Rumour Has It. Cheryl does have a good bunch of bands this year but whether they will beat the girls is a tough one to call.

Once the groups were settled it became the Simon Cowell show with him starting the proceedings by moaning “I can’t believe I’ve been stuck with this category. Why am I hating this category even more now?” despite having just apologised to the singers for his lack of enthusiasm. This set the tone of the show for Simon, he told Max Stone he looked half dead before the poor man had a chance to sing a note and muttered “Oh god, I hate this guy” when it was Zen Blythe’s turn to take the stage. Twitter was alive with comments and complaints about his behaviour, prompting one tweet of “Is Simon on his period tonight?” Many viewers did apparently welcome the return of the old Simon Cowell with his mean comments and straight talk – it’s probably what the show needs right now.

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X Factor Six Chair Challenge – The Boys/Groups

Monday, Oct. 12th 2015 12:43 PM

This Sunday we saw the Boys six chair challenge and part of the Groups X Factor competition as well. Once, again the scheduling seems a little odd and the programme ended before we knew who the final six were for the groups. Not quite the exciting cliffhanger the producers would like to think. We wait with not quite bated breath for the last two groups to sing next week, alongside the Overs who will be competing to grab a chair.

Desperate to increase the ratings for the X Factor we saw a very confusing, flare up between arrogant rapper Mason Noise and Simon Cowell. The wannabe Kanye not only brought on a fellow rapper whilst singing his audition (despite not in the groups section), he stopped proceedings and strangely asked the crowd to film him on their phones whilst he told some truths. The singer seemed to be upset that he had only received 47 seconds of air time for his original audition whilst others received up to 10 minutes, leading to Simon asking him to leave whilst defending the editing team.

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X Factor Six Chair Challenge – The Girls

Tuesday, Oct. 6th 2015 12:15 AM

Sunday saw the start of the 6 chair challenge stage of the competition with the remaining girls having to sing for a place at the judges house and stay in the competition. At the start of the show, we saw the judges being allocated their group of acts. Rita was the luckiest judge and was given the girls to mentor. Simon Cowell, complete with scruffy beard, was furious to have been yet again named as the Overs group to judge. A few expletives needed to be beeped out as he stormed up to Caroline and Olly and asked to check the results. He has since apologised to the audience and his group of contestants on Twitter, but it was a classic TV moment.

The 2 hour show focussed on the final 14 ladies battling it out for just 6 seats and even if you were given a seat early on in the proceedings you could easily lose it for a better performance later. The first shock of the night came in the form of Katie Colemans lacklustre performance. It seemed the nerves got the better of this talented singer and she didn’t even make to a seat despite shining in earlier shows. Another shocker was the exit of 17-year-old Charli Beard who had been highly rated in the press and earmarked as a potential winner. She lost her seat to Havva Rebke, who in many people’s view, was nowhere near as good. Despite the crowd chanting “bring her back” Rita left the young singer out, something she may regret later on in the show.

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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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