X Factor Bingo

The X Factor is back on our tellies tonight. Why not play along with my bingo card and see how you score?

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FGF: Cecil the Lion’s Cubs Are Alive and Well

Feel Good Friday

According to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, all of Cecil the Lion’s family are alive and well. The seven healthy cubs were spotted lying next to their three mothers by cameraman Brent Staplekamp.

David MacDonald said: “Even with our satellite tracking gear and an intimate knowledge of the area, finding lions in the bush can be a bit like finding the proverbial needle in haystack. We have been careful to provide up-dates on the well-being of Cecil’s pride only when we had visual contact with them.

“Today, the field team found the lions and Brent Staplekamp secured some video through his camera viewfinder of all three lionesses and the seven cubs. All is well.”

Check out the amazing video footage below! (Courtesy of WildCRU)

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Funky’s Top 5 Beatles Songs!

I’m celebrating International Beatle Week this week with a whole host of Beatle-themed goodness! (If you’ve not checked out my competition to win £50 prepay yet, then I strongly recommend you do so). Here’s a rundown of my top 5 Beatles songs – let me know if you agree or disagree in the comments below.

P.S. I might be a teeny bit biased towards my furry friends.

5. Birthday

4. Free As A Bird

3. Norweigan Wood (This Bird Has Flown)

2. And Your Bird Can Sing

1. Blackbird

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Buy One Get One for £1

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This week’s special offer is a cracker! Until midnight on Monday 31st August it’s buy one get one for £1 on ALL cards using the promo code 1FOR1.

Remember, if you have one birthday around the corner and another a few months’ away, it’s easy as pie to edit the despatch date for each card. That way, you can be super organised AND save yourself some dosh! Can’t say fairer than that.

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Personalised Canvas Competition Winner

It may be raining and miserable here, and Black Monday in China, but if your name is Richard then things are brightening up – because you’re the lucky winner of a personalised Funky Pigeon canvas! So it’s time to check your inboxes Richards, ’cause you’ve got up to £50 to spend on bringing your fave photos to life.

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Sunday Recipes: Oreos Oreos Oreos!

Banish those Sunday night blues with the start of my new Sunday Recipes series! Every Sunday evening I’ll be posting up a bunch of amazing dishes for you to have a crack at, starting with this selection of weird and wonderful Oreo desserts. Read on for Oreo milkshakes, cupcakes, truffles, brownies and everything in between. Just please don’t try and eat them all at once – I’ve a feeling that won’t end well.

Oreo Cheesecake

Oreo Cheesecake

Let’s dive straight into this world of Oreo dessert madess. This Philadelphia Oreo Cheesecake is the stuff that Oreo Dreams (yes, they ARE a thing) are made of – but you can make them a reality by following the recipe in the link in the title.

Oreo Cupcakes

Oreo Cupcakes

With just 17 minutes baking time, these Oreo Cupcakes are perfect for the time-pressed amateur bakers out there. That’s if you don’t fancy a microwave mug cake, anyway. Hint hint.

Oreo Milkshake

Oreo Milkshake

You can make this unbelievably good-looking Oreo Milkshake with just TWO ingredients. TWO INGREDIENTS, PEOPLE! Oreos – obviously – and vanilla ice cream are all you need to pop in a blender for a minute. You can’t say fairer (or easier) than that.

Oreo Truffles

Oreo Truffles

Are you ever unsatisifed with your box of chocolates, secretly wishing that you could instead have a box of Oreo truffles? No? Me neither. But after snaffling these truffles, you might change your mind. In fact, you definitely will.

Oreo Brownies

Oreo Brownies

Now we’re talking. There’s nothing I love more than a tray of freshly-baked brownies, and if you add some Oreos into the mix I’ll pretty much lose my mind. However, admittedly I’m no baker, so you’re gonna have to take the hit for me and make these yourselves. Sound good? Good. Good good good.

Oreo Birthday Cake

Oreo Birthday Cake

Now you’ve finished personalising a birthday card from Funky Pigeon, you’re probbaly gonna need a cake to go with it. And this rundown of Oreo-inspired desserts wouldn’t be complete without an incredibly irresistible/sickly Oreo Birthday Cake – depending on which side of the fence you’re on. I’m very much the former.

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FGF: Courthouse Dogs

Courthouse Dogs are actually a thing.

A US-based company – called none other than Courthouse Dogs – campaign to use dogs in the justice process. It might sound like a crazy idea, but bear with me.

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Picture: courthousedogs.com

The dogs are used to put witnesses at ease in the courtroom, often when giving evidence about traumatic experiences.

Don’t be completely taken in by their cuteness though; these dogs come off the back of an intensive two-year training schedule before they’re put in a courtroom. So they’re professional pups and basically immune to high-pressure situations.

Picture: courthousedogs.com

Picture: courthousedogs.com

OK – I’m gonna be taken in by their cuteness for just one second – just check out that uniform they wear!

Picture: courthousedogs.com

Picture: courthousedogs.com

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The Great British Bake Off: Episode 3 Preview

The government are set to announce plans to change the official name of Wednesday to Bakeoffday, if this report from Funky Pigeon is to be believed (it shouldn’t). So, today being Bakeoffday, here are some things to look out for tonight.

1. BREAD

This week is bread week, which means Paul Hollywood will be in his element – but more on him later. The bakers have to make quick breads in the Signature challenge, baguettes in the Technical and – wait for it – 3D Bread Sculptures for the Showstopper. I wonder if they’re allowed 3D printers for that one?

2. Paul Hollywood’s grin

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Last year, Paul was unbelievably happy that it was his speciality week. Expect plenty more where this came from tonight.

3. The curse of the star baker

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In week one, Marie stormed to the coveted title of star baker. Her jaw responded to this by swiftly dropping to the floor, and who could blame her? But it all went pear-shaped for her in week two, as some tricky biscuit bakes led to her downfall and elimination from the show. It was the first time since series 2 that a contestant has gone from star baker one week to leaving the show next. Could lightning strike twice this week? Who knows, but if I was Ian then I would be getting just a little worried.

4. The vultures are circling

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After a disastrous Black Forest Gateaux in week one, and frog cutter-gate in week two, Dorret just about managed to scrape through to week three by the skin of her teeth. But history is kind to Dorret; in past seasons, bakers who have had two or more bad weeks tend to get their act together and even win the whole darned thing – just ask Nancy, who scraped through weeks 8 and 9 last year before storming to victory in the final. So not all hope is lost for her just yet, just maybe stay away from frog cookie cutters next time.

5. Paul Hollywood’s grin II

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Just because there will be plenty of this, and you need to be prepared.

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The Best Microwave Mug Cake Recipes

Time is at a premium nowadays. We all spend so long personalising our greetings cards at a popular online retailer like – oh I don’t know – www.funkypigeon.com, that you just don’t have the time to appreciate the finer things in life. Until now. Microwave mug cakes are beautifully simple: all you have to do is hoist all the ingredients into a mug, pop it in the microwave, and five minutes later a glorious microwave cake in a mug has appeared. This, folks, is your first step on the way to winning The Great British Bake Off.

Classic chocolate microwave mug cake

Milk Chocolate

Recipe: The Telegraph

Let’s start with a classic. This’ll go from a pile of ingredients to a scrumptious chocolate mug cake in less than five minutes. That’s something I could get used to. Click above to check the full recipe.

Microwave mug carrot cake recipe

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Recipe: Chocolate Covered Katie

If chocolate is a little too unhealthy for ya, check out this healthy carrot cake recipe instead. In fact, it’s so healthy that you can eat it all in one sitting: totally guilt-free!

Microwave mug cheesecake recipe

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Recipe: Kirbie Cravings

Did you know that according to a recent survey*, 99% of people everywhere love cheesecake? I’m gonna take a punt and guess that you’re part of that 99% who do, and leave this cheesecake recipe riiiiiiiight here for you to enjoy.

*survey does not exist and results are not real.

Microwave mug banana cake

Recipe: Love Swah

Recipe: Love Swah

Minions love singing about bananas, but I personally prefer just eating the darn things. They’re made 10x better when part of a cake, and 100x better when part of a mug cake like this one. Don’t believe me? Just click.

Microwave sponge cake recipe

Recipe: lifehacker

Recipe: lifehacker

This ‘surprisingly moist’ (not my words) sponge cake recipe claims to overcome the occasional problem of microwave cakes being, well, not surprisingly moist. The results are pretty impressive. Check it out by clicking above.

Oreo chocolate mug cake

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Recipe: The Telegraph

Admit it: you were hooked at ‘Oreo’, weren’t you? I know I’ve already given you one amazing chocolate mug cake recipe, but I didn’t think it was quite enough. As usual, this little beauty will be done in less than five minutes. I know what I’ll be doing for the next 300 seconds, at least.

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FGF: Kitty Survives Blaze

Everyone loves cats, right? They do rule the internet, after all, so today’s Feel Good Friday is an extra special one if you’re a fellow cat lover.

American couple Debi and Jeff Brusatori were evacuating a fire in their California home when their Calico Tabby named Ruthie Rosemary jumped from their car and had to be left behind.

They returned five days later to find that their property was left badly burned by a forest fire – and they didn’t hold out much hope for poor Ruthie making it.

However, upon their return they heard the cat meowing from underneath a fire-damaged truck. Although the scale of the fire had destroyed the truck and melted its aliminium, Ruthie Rosemary miraculously only came away from the blaze with burnt whiskers! Check out some of the images from the news story – courtesy of Lost Coast Output – below.

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