The Best Celebrity MasterChef Moments!

1. When Rylan made a buttery biscuit base, and thoughts instantly turned to the legendary rap…

2. When Natalie nearly said a naughty word before the watershed.

3.  When Rylan came out with a classic quote!

4. When Tom made some…interesting mash potato.

 5. Rylan again!

 6. He also made a ‘cheerful meal’ – the copyright-free equivalent of a well-known fast food meal…

These amazing recipes need to be put in a notebook, really.

Sarah's perfect lemon syllabub dessert.

Sarah’s perfect lemon syllabub dessert.

Chesney's artisan dougnuts and chocolate sauce.

Chesney’s artisan dougnuts and chocolate sauce.

...his seabass wasn't bad either.

…his seabass wasn’t bad either.

But one thing I will NOT stand for is this: two pigeon breasts. This isn't art. This is butchery.

But one thing I will NOT stand for is this: two pigeon breasts. This isn’t art. This is butchery.

Feeling inspired? Release your inner MasterChef with a personalised apron from Funky Pigeon!

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The Most Inspirational Teachers from Films!

Mr Miyagi (Karate Kid)

Famed for his role in Karate Kid, Mr Miyagi is the handyman/karate expert/mentor of Daniel LeRusso, whom he teaches some valuable lessons about life together with some pretty kick-ass karate moves. HIIIII-YA!

Famed for his role in Karate Kid, Mr Miyagi is the handyman/karate expert/mentor of Daniel LeRusso, whom he teaches some valuable lessons about life together with some pretty kick-ass karate moves. HIIIII-YA!

John Keating (Dead Poets Society)

In one of Robin Williams' greatest roles, he plays the slightly madcap teacher John Keating, who instead of going for conventional teaching methods instead encourages his students to 'seize the day' in  an eccentric way that only he could capture!

In one of Robin Williams’ greatest roles, he plays the slightly madcap teacher John Keating, who instead of going for conventional teaching methods, encourages his students to ‘seize the day’ in an eccentric way that only he could capture!

Professor Dumbledore (Harry Potter)

Ah, Dumbledore! As the famous headmaster of Hogwarts, he taught a bright young wizard by the name of Harry Potter everything he knows. Ever heard of him? Nah, me neither!

Ah, Dumbledore! As the famous headmaster of Hogwarts, he taught a bright young wizard by the name of Harry Potter everything he knows. Ever heard of him? Nah, me neither!

Charles Xavier (The X-Men)

Charles Xavier/Professor X: mentor of the X-Men who was originally portrayed by Patrick Stewart on the big screen (James McAvoy later played a younger version of Xavier). He both encourages the superheroes to use their powers accordingly whilst also protecting them from the outside world.

Charles Xavier/Professor X: mentor of the X-Men who was originally portrayed by Patrick Stewart on the big screen (James McAvoy later played a younger version of Xavier). He both encourages the superheroes to use their powers accordingly whilst also protecting them from the outside world.

Dr. Henry Walton Jones Sr (Indiana Jones)

His full name may be a bit of a mouthful, but Henry Jones's rollercoaster relationship with his son Indiana nudges him onto this list.  He was played in the 1989 film by Sean Connery, who doesn't seem to have aged a day since!

His full name may be a bit of a mouthful, but Henry Jones’s rollercoaster relationship with his son Indiana nudges him onto this list. He was played in the 1989 film by Sean Connery, who doesn’t seem to have aged a day since!

Sean Maguire (Good Will Hunting)

Another shout-out for Robin Williams here, who was also the therapist of kid genius Will in Good Will Hunting.  There are quite a few tearjerking moments that should leave you feeling pretty inspired here!

Another shout-out for Robin Williams here, who was also the therapist of kid genius Will in Good Will Hunting. There are quite a few tearjerking moments that should leave you feeling pretty inspired here!

Dewey Finn (The School of Rock)

As the unmotivated supply teacher turned rock God in School of Rock, Jack Black's character Dewey Finn didn't only inspire a whole class of students, but also himself to be a much better teacher than before!

As the unmotivated supply teacher turned Rock God in The School of Rock, Jack Black’s character Dewey Finn didn’t only inspire a whole class of students, but also himself to be a much better teacher than before!

Thank your own inspiring teachers with a card from Funky Pigeon – check out our range by clicking below!

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Best Teachers Ever

You might not have thought it at the time, but there are some really cracking teachers out there! Whether it’s going above and beyond to make sure you get the best grades possible, or just so your school day is a little brighter than normal, here are some of the best teachers ever. I salute you!

The ones who came into school in their PJs to protest final year exams being held at 7am.

The best homework-setter ever.

The blackboard artist.

The one who shamed a sleeping student.

The genius test-writer.

The riddler.

The stormtrooper…

…and Vader.

Do you know a teacher just as good? Tell me all about them in my competition and you could win a Thank You Teacher Gift Set!

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Great Places to Watch Wimbledon With the Kids!

Cities up and down the country have installed huge outdoor screens showing the whole of Wimbledon, and as the Championships draw to their exciting conclusion here’s the Funky Pigeon guide to the best places to watch the tennis outdoors – with plenty of child-friendly activities to keep the little ones occupied!

London

Resident in the capital? Lewis Cubitt Square, on the doorstep of Kings Cross, offers 50 free deck chairs, a bar stocked with Pimms, Prosecco and soft drinks, KERB street food and even pop-up tennis events in the afternoon. It's even guaranteed to be sunny everyday*, making it the perfect family outing in the Big Smoke this week. *Don't quote me on that one.

Resident in the capital? Lewis Cubitt Square, on the doorstep of Kings Cross, offers 50 free deck chairs, a bar stocked with Pimms, Prosecco and soft drinks, KERB street food and even pop-up tennis events in the afternoon. It’s even guaranteed to be sunny everyday*, making it the perfect family outing in the Big Smoke this week. *Don’t quote me on that one.

Manchester

In Manchester, MediaCityUK will be transformed into a tennis arena for the two weeks of Wimbledon, once again offering comfy deck chairs, snacks and refreshments from The Shack and mini tennis courts to have some fun on. There's no way I'm gonna try and guarantee sun in Manchester though.

In Manchester, MediaCityUK will be transformed into a tennis arena for the two weeks of Wimbledon, once again offering comfy deck chairs, snacks and refreshments from The Shack and mini tennis courts to have some fun on. There’s no way I’m gonna try and guarantee sunshine in Manchester though – sorry guys.

Bristol

Onto my hometown! If you're lucky enough, you might even catcha  glimpse of me sunning myself in the Bristol weather over at Quakers Friars, with a Pimms truck on board for the whole two weeks to keep tennis fans refreshed. What's more, and it must be something the South West air, but you can even get snacks delivered straight to your deckchair! See you there.

Onto my hometown! If you’re lucky enough, you might even catcha glimpse of me sunning myself in the Bristol weather over at Quakers Friars, with a Pimms truck on board for the whole two weeks to keep tennis fans refreshed. What’s more, and it must be something the South West air, but you can even get snacks delivered straight to your deckchair! See you there.

Leeds

Leeds are going all out in their Wimbledon coverage this year, with a huge outdoor screen in Millennium Square complemented by deck chairs, benches, a fully-stocked bar, strawberries and cream and even ice cream for when that heatwave (hopefully) makes a reappearance.

Leeds are going all out in their Wimbledon coverage this year, with a huge outdoor screen in Millennium Square complemented by deck chairs, benches, a fully-stocked bar, strawberries and cream and even ice cream for when that heatwave (hopefully) makes a reappearance.

Birmingham

YES Birmingham! With more deck chairs than you can swing a leg at, big comfy blankets and the usual array of refreshments, I'm seriously considering journeying up here t catch some of the action. Provided you pesky lot don't order too many personalised cards, that is.

YES Birmingham! With more deck chairs than you can swing a leg at, big comfy blankets and the usual array of refreshments on offer, I’m seriously considering journeying up here to catch some of the action. Provided you pesky lot don’t order too many personalised cards for me to deliver, that is.

Liverpool

The emphasis at Liverpool Central's Tennis Plaza is very much on fun, with an astro-turf tennis court, two Xbox ONE consoles, a tennis photo wall and a spot thr ball competition all adding up to a fun-filled family day out watching the tennis.

The emphasis at Liverpool Central’s Tennis Plaza is very much on fun, with an astro-turf tennis court, two Xbox ONE consoles, a tennis photo wall and a spot the ball competition all adding up to a fun-filled family day out watching the tennis.

Pssst….

Don't forget to bring along the Funky Pigeon Wimbledon Bingo Card, where there are lads of events to cross off your list as they happen. Let me know if you manage a full house!

Don’t forget to bring along the Funky Pigeon Wimbledon Bingo Card, where there are loads of events to cross off your list as they happen. Let me know if you manage a full house!

Watching it at home instead? Throw a party for the occasion with Funky Party’s range of supplies!
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Feel Good Friday: Homeless Man Turns in Lost $2,400!

For this week’s Feel Good Friday news, I’ve a lovely story from Canada to tell you all about.

A homeless man has turned in $2,400 that he found on the street to police – and then rejected thousands more that were raised for him through a crowdfunding campaign.

Constable Alex Bérubé heard of the story and eventually managed to track the man down, but was left amazed when the man requested that the $5,316 raised be donated to local food service providers instead.

To top things off, the unidentified man said that all he really wanted was a job. Check out his written confirmation to police below!

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10 Crazy Hot Dog Creations!

The sun is out and the summer finally feels like it’s here! What better way to mark it than by cooking up some of these amazing Hot Dogs to celebrate…*drum roll*…Hot Dog Month, of course! I can’t believe you didn’t know that. Anyway, without further ado, check out these amazing creations that I’ve found across the web. Enjoy!

Greece is all over the news recently, and it's Hot Dog Month, so these Greek Hot Dogs make complete sense to me. Clicky de piccy for de recipe.

Greece is all over the news recently, and it’s Hot Dog Month, so these Greek Hot Dogs make complete sense to me. Clicky de piccy for de recipe.

It's been said that this heatwave is a sign from God - a sign from the barbecue God that we need to have more barbecues. So don't ignore the big man - get these bacon cheese dawgs on the grill and suddenly the heat makes a lot more sense.

It’s been said that this heatwave is a sign from God – a sign from the barbecue God that we need to have more barbecues. So don’t ignore the big man – get these bacon cheese dawgs on the grill and suddenly the heat will feel more like a blessing than a smiting from above.

Check out this twist on the traditional Hot Dog - chopped up, marinated in a homemade barbecue sauce and sprinkled over rice. Lovely!

Check out this twist on the traditional Hot Dog – chopped up, marinated in a homemade barbecue sauce and sprinkled over rice. Lovely!

If you've ever got leftovers from your hot dogs, it's dead easy to put together these tortilla dogs from the scraps. They look pretty good to me!

If you’ve ever got leftovers from your hot dogs, it’s dead easy to put together these tortilla dogs from the scraps. They look pretty good to me!

These Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog bites are another whacky variation on the theme - thanks to Damn Delicious for this particular beauty.

These Threaded Spaghetti Hot Dog bites are another whacky variation on the theme – thanks to Damn Delicious for this particular beauty.

This is exactly what you probably think it looks like. Yep, some genius has come up with the idea of Hot Dog Soup to take that love of dawgs to a whole new level. Give that cook a medal. And a promotion. And a payrise.

This is exactly what you probably think it looks like. Yep, some genius has come up with the idea of Hot Dog Soup to take that love of dawgs to a whole new level. Give that cook a medal. And a promotion. And a payrise.

I'm sure you, just like me, have been wondering for years why nobody has popularised the hot dog curry. Well wonder no more, because here it is, and it looks absolutely scrumptious. Bon Appetit!

I’m sure you, just like me, have been wondering for years why nobody has popularised the hot dog curry. Well wonder no more, because here it is, and it looks absolutely scrumptious. Bon Appetit!

Why not cover your hot dog with nachos? 'Cause it's nacho dog! Ugh. Sorry for the terrible 'joke', but it was International Joke Day yesterday, so I'm still in that mindframe.

Why not cover your hot dog with nachos? ‘Cause it’s nacho dog! Ugh. Sorry for the terrible ‘joke’, but it was International Joke Day yesterday, so I’m still in that mindframe.

Hotdog hotdog hotdog hotdog hotdog hotdog. If you say that word too many times it stops being a word, doesn't it? Anyway, here's a malai chicken hot dog (sorry) to get your teeth into.

Hot dog hot dog hot dog hot dog hot dog hot dog. If you say that word too many times it stops being a word, doesn’t it? Anyway, here’s a malai chicken hot dog (sorry) to get your teeth into.

After ploughing through all of these hot dogs, you've gotta make sure you leave room for a dessert...of more hot dogs! These aren't your typical frankfurters mind - they're actually delicious vanilla cakes! Crackers!

After ploughing through all of these hot dogs, you’ve gotta make sure you leave room for a dessert…of more hot dogs! These aren’t your typical frankfurters mind – they’re actually delicious vanilla cakes! Crackers!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Minions

Today I continue the countdown to the Minions Movie release on Friday with some trivia! Here’s 10 facts about the minions you might not know.

  1. The funny little language that they speak is actually called ‘Minionese’.
  2. The evil minions are purple because it’s on the opposite end of the colour spectrum to yellow.
  3. When Lucy and Gru are reviewing Paradise Mall shop owners in Despicable Me 2, the owner of Stuff-A-Bear overstuffs a bear and it explodes, making an expectant little boy cry. The boy is the same one that Gru made cry with a popping balloon in the beginning of the first Despicable Me.
  4. Minions can survive in outer space.
  5. There are thousands of minions – but they only have five different haircuts.
  6. Tall minions all have the same hair do.
  7. Gru must have invested in some dental care for the little fellas – did you notice how their teeth were crooked in Despicable Me but perfectly straight in Despicable Me 2? 
  8. The actors are filmed as they read their parts, so their facial and hand expressions are used on screen. Steve Carell’s wife had fun pointing out the expressions in Gru that reminded her of Steve.
  9. The minions only have three fingers.
  10. When Lucy Wilde gives Gru a phone number to reach her, it is clearly visible as 626-584-5723. Calling that number reaches a recording of Kristen Wiig in character, with her outgoing voice mail message.

So? How many did you know?

Thanks to BuzzFeed, IMDB and Cineworld for the facts!
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Everything We Know About the Minions Movie So Far!

With the release of the Minions Movie just five days away, now seems like the perfect time to recap everything we know about it so far. It’s all part of Minions Week on both Funky Pigeon and Funky Party, where I’ll be counting downs the days till release with loadsa Minions-themed fun.

  1. The film takes place before the events of ‘Despicable Me’ and before they met their evil master Gru.
  2. However, that wasn’t their first master. The teasers so far have showed that they have failed a long list of masters including the T-Rex, Napoleon and even Dracula!
  3. This means the movie will be very much an origins story – so you’ll finally get to know where the adorable little things came from.
  4. The film finds the Minions in a depressed state with no leader to follow – meaning Kevin, Stuart and Bob must hatch a plan to find a new evil master. This journey takes them to the Villain-Con – which is a convention for villains to meet their minions and vice versa. Say what? You’ve never been to one!?
  5. Although the cast of voices for the film is long and star-studded – Sandra Bullock, Michael Keaton, Jon Hamm, Steve Coogan and Jennifer Saunders included – just two people voice the Minions: creators Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin.
  6. It was originally due to be released in December 2014, but was pushed back to June 2015 after the huge success that Despicable Me had with the same release slot. The cynics amongst you would say it’s just in time for the school holidays too, but not me, oh no…
  7. The end of Despicable Me 2 strongly hinted at a Minions Movie – for those of you who hung around during the credits. They held their own auditions and everything…
  8.  If you’re worried that this is going to be the last you’ll see of the Minions…then worry not! The third installment of Despicable Me has already been confirmed, with a current release date of summer 2017 to mark in the diary.
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

This Father’s Day at Funky Pigeon the team have added loadsa new products to the shelves that I hope you’ll love as much as I do! In this blog I’ve split my gift suggestions up into two categories: less than £10 and £10 – £30. So whether you’re on a budget or looking to splash out on your old man, here at Funky Pigeon we’ve got you covered.

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First up, you can easily browse our sub-£10 gifts by checking out the Pinterest board above. We’ve got mugs, tote bags, notebooks, posters and way more – all fully customisable as is par for the course here! They’re perfect if you’re not looking to push the boat out too much but still want to make Father’s Day a special one for yer Dad.

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Next up is my pick of gifts that are priced between £10 and £30. I’ve been busy behind-the-scenes these last few months scouting out the perfect products for you, and I think you’ll be happy at what I came up with! There’s personalised ale, cider, lager and stout; aprons, t-shirts, bears, phone cases, tablet cases, canvases and photobooks. Phew!

I’m a particular fan of the personalised alcohol. I wrote a great big blog about it right here, which has all the info you need about the full range and tastes available.

Happy shopping!

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Father’s Day Card Ideas

If you’re stuck for what to get the old man this Father’s Day then don’t worry about it, because I’m here to help! On this blog I’ll be passing on a load of suggestions for which personalised cards you can pick from, whilst next week I’ll be posting a similar blog about our top Father’s Day gifts under a tenner – so keep your eyes peeled for that one too!

Our Mrs Brown’s Boys personalised cards are always a hit with you lot, and this best-selling Father’s Day card is no exception! Click above to check it out.

Everybody loves the Minions, right? They’ve got their own movie coming out at the end of the month, but before that you can get your Minions fix with one of these cracking Father’s Day cards.

Since they were added to the site these hilarious Emotional Rescue cards have proved dead popular! Here’s my pick of the personalised Father’s Day choices…

I can’t get enough of these Violent Veg cards – they’re full of pun-tastic Dad jokes that are bound to get Dad chuckling on Father’s Day!

Your young ‘uns can even get in on the act on June 21st thanks to our specially-designed personalised cards – click on the one above to see it for yourself.

If a personalised Father’s Day card from the kids is what you’re after, then look no further than this Lil’ Monkeys number.

If there’s a little one on the way then even he or she can get involved with this card! A baby still in the womb sending out personalised Father’s Day cards – modern technology, eh?

Father’s Day is every bit as much for the Grandads out there as it is the Dads – and to honour that I’ve got a selection of cards to choose from – just like this Gromit one!

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