When I was 11 I went through a phase of winning things. At 11 when you win things it’s a great feeling, although, when you win anything at any age it’s a great feeling.

I used to listen to the radio a LOT when I was younger. I was also constantly attached to the phone at that age. One day when doing both things simultaneously, the radio DJ announced a competition. If you could recognise a song by just the first four notes then you could win a Christmas gift basket full of chocolates, cakes, coffees etc. I immediately said to my friend “I have to go, I’m going to enter that competition”

The song was jingle bells. How the other person couldn’t get it was beyond me! And I won. I screamed and jumped about the house. Told my parents who were pleased I’d won but angry at the fact if called the show so many times that i’d probably racked up a huge phone bill.

Then it was Valentines Day. My friend asked me to go to a Valentines Teen party (there would be cute boys!) so I agreed and my aunts friend did my hair and make up. I wore a white trouser suit cause I didn’t “do” dresses. I must admit I looked pretty good, especially when the cute boys noticed me. So much that I was voted the Valentines Queen!

Then it was just after my 12th birthday, when the radio show held another composition. This time a weekend trip to Havana Cuba. I can’t remember what we had to do, but I won. I was ecstatic until my dad pointed out that I was 12 and wouldn’t be going on my own with my 12 year old best friend to Cuba….

He called the radio show and told them my age. However they couldn’t take my prize away as they’d not stipulated an age limit on the competition. So as long as I had a chaperone over 18 then I could go.

So I went to Cuba. Stayed in a 5 star hotel (Where Leo DiCaprio stayed too) and had a great time!

Then I didn’t win anything else. For the last 15 years I have won only 1 other thing, and that was a giraffe cookbook.

I wish my winning streak would pick up. I’m thinking I’ll buy a lottery ticket this week. You never know, I could win!