- 30 Nov 06, 01:51 PM
Yo, yo yo, well I’m still getting over the fact that I lost Chinatown on Saturday. If there’s been any challenge that I’ve wanted to win it was that one, and to be honest it was looking like I was going to win in the week, but when it came down to it I didn’t punch as hard as I know I cud have done. Maybe the nerves finally got to me. Don’t think I’ve ever been as gutted.
I thought our guests on Saturday were great, Peter and Katie played along so well and Lil’ Chris was the smoothest dude ever, I reckon he fancied Caroline
Check out these pics from the show;
It’s nearly 1st of December so I hope you’ve got your advent calenders. I have, tidy-pidy. I wonder what my first chocolate will be, I reckon a present or a bell. Speaking of Christmas me, Mark, Ed and Helen have started to write a Christmas song, it’s a good’un.
Ed’s just come back from the sandwich shop, should I be healthy and have a smoothie or dig into a bacon sandwich with Ed??? The answer is smoothie coz Ed didn’t get me a bacon sandwich, idiot! Talking of idiots, if you saw Saturday’s show you will have seen that Helen beat us all in a chilli eating competition. She won but her mouth was SO hot afterwards she could hardly talk. She’s asked me to tell you not to be as stupid as her and keep away from raw chillis! If you want to see what happened click here.
Just heard that Eton Road from The X-Factor will be on the show this Saturday. I can’t wait to find out what they thought of Simon Cowell!!! Dani Harmer (Tracy Beaker) is also on the show so send us your questions and we’ll try to ask them for you. You'll also be able to see McFly's video for their new single for the first time anywhere.
Hope you guys liked our drummer that we found last week, Cameron’s a wicked guy. I’m sure you’ll love our keyboard player that came to visit us today, his name is Scott and he’s very cool, great hair! We did the same sort of thing with him that we did with Cameron, putting him through his rock paces. We also played him our Christmas song, not sure what he thought of that.
- 30 Nov 06, 12:32 PM
Now I’m not just saying this but this week’s show was my absolute favourite for loads of reasons. The main one was because I won the hardest punch Chinatown Challenge which I was over the moon about because nobody including myself was expecting me to win! It's 7-4 now so I think Sam is getting rather annoyed which is making me even happier funnily enough. Thanks for voting for me, it was my best score ever and really helped me I think.
Peter Andre and Katie Price were great guests and really got into the spirit of Sammy Kyle and I even thought Peter Andre’s Swedish accent was bang on too!!! Lil’ Chris is a legend and I hear he wants to come on every week cause he enjoyed himself so much - NICE ONE! By the way, his video is REALLY close to knocking Beyonce off the top of the playlist, so if you like Beyonce or Lil' Chris every vote will count more than ever this week.
Check out some photo's from Saturday;
Been an interesting week in the flat. We've been trying to come up with a great Christmas song and it’s only in the early stages but I think SLADE and WIZARD (ask your Dad) better watch their backs. Had another visitor this week in the form of Scott our new keyboard player for the TMi band! We put him through his paces with a series of rock ‘n’ roll tasks and I must say he passed with flying colours and takes his place with Cameron our drummer as the heart of the band. You can see what he’s like on Saturday's show when we’ll also be joined by Eton Road from The X-Factor and Dani Hrmer, who’s in one of my favourite ever shows, Tracy Beaker.
Check out the the trick we played on Sam in the flat by clicking here.
- 24 Nov 06, 05:54 PM
This week in the flat’s been rather busy actually. Ed has really been getting on my nerves because he thinks I am faking a shoulder injury so I have an excuse if I lose the Chinatown Challenge this week. He won’t let it go! I have one thing to say to him SHUT UP CRAZY FOOL SUCKER!!
We’ve just been doing some more Chinatown Challenge practice and I have to say I’m not at all happy. This week’s challenge is all about who has the hardest punch and already I have been hampered by a shoulder injury (I think I just mentioned that!), which could mean Sam may end his disastrous run of forfeits this week. However, I will be training hard and will try and psyche out the little Barnsley badger before tomorrow's crunch showdown! Let battle commence!! Take a look at these pictures of me and Sam learning how to punch;
Guests this week in the studio are Lil’ Chris, Jordan and Peter Andre who we have already met in the past and all seem to be up for a laugh so hopefully tomorrow’s show should be a cracker, so make sure you’re there to see it!!
Take care, love
Mark ‘HAMMERHANDS’ Rhodes x x x x x
- 24 Nov 06, 05:43 PM
Today’s ‘Surely They Can’t Make A Game Out Of That’ got very messy. It involves mash potato, so you can guess what we did with it, that’s right throw it all over the flat. Other props included some over-sized jumpers, spades, rubber gloves and rubber rings. As always though we’ve come up with a beauty and it’s all connected to James Bond which we love.
Me and Mark have also had two visitors in to help us with this week’s ChinaTown ‘hardest punch' Challenge today. We’re punching a punchball not each other of course, so I had a boxer called Derek to show me how to punch properly. He was like the BFG (big friendly giant). He’s helped me a lot actually and I tell thee somethin', I could have done with his help on the skipping challenge. He told me he skips for 45 minutes very day, that’s just crazy!!!
I have to say I’m really happy with my efforts on this week’s challenge. I think when we were told what the challenge was Mark thought he had it in the bag, but I’ve given him a run for his money, I reckon he’s running scared and Ed has not been helping, he’s been winding Mark up good and proper and Mark’s not been very happy. I’ve got to stay focused though but if I don’t win this one it's going to be highly embarrassing because I'll be 7-4 down and will have lost 4 weeks in a row, very badd'un.
Looking forward to tomorrow as we’ve got Jordan and Peter Andre in the studio. I’m sure they will get into the spirit of things. Also Lil’ Chris is in too, so I’m sure he’ll give us some good advice on Cameron our new drummer. I’m also excited to say that the Sammy Kyle show is back. So far the Sammy Kyle show has been my favourite moment of the series, FACT.
Anyway gunna get back to training for the challenge and I'll see you on tomorrow.
Tidy Pidy xxxxxxxxxx
- 23 Nov 06, 05:04 PM
Great show this week guys, really enjoyed myself, however I don’t think the people of Leicester Square are ready for Mark the Busker! Richard Fleeshman or ‘The Fleesh’ as we have affectionately called him was a right laugh and seemed to get in the spirit of TMi and I must admit I am digging the new permed hair of his (very Justin Timberlake N SYNC days). Delighted we found another winner for Loot Machine because we love giving away prizes I can tell ya! Must admit last week’s Chinatown Challenge was pretty easy for me, probably because I’ve usually got a lot of wind in me so Sam bless him had no chance. Check out some pics;
We’ve just been doing our ‘Surely They Can’t Make A Game Out Of That’ game and I reckon this week is gonna be a cracker and I am not just saying it but it’s probably the best ever. Last week’s was a disaster so I think we need to up our game and I think we have cracked it.
A few weeks ago you may remember that we were asking you to get in touch if you wanted to be in TMi’s rock band. Well, this week the first member of the band visited us in the flat. His name is Cameron and he’s an amazing drummer. We will be bringing in the rest of the band in one by one in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled, they are gonna be brill if Cameron is the standard!
- 23 Nov 06, 03:25 PM
I have to say Saturday’s show was my favourite so far. We all watched it back on Monday night in the TMi flat, we always do this, me, Mark, Ed and Helen. Richard Fleeshman was a great guest, really nice guy too. One of my favourite parts of the show had to be when Mark was busking out in Leicester Square, that made me chuckle. I also loved our ‘Rug or Real’ game that we played with the contestants from ‘Keep Ya Hair On’. How great was that show? And it raised lots of money for Children in Need. I reckon you’ll all agree that I made a cracking Christmas fairy. Eh not long now til the 25th now!!!
On Tuesday Ed made fresh soup for everyone and I made fresh bread, how good are we? It was carrot and coriander but Helen doesn’t like coriander coz it makes her mouth swell up. I still reckon we should give her some anyway for comedy value. Oh no, we’ve just found some rotten fruit in one of our kitchen cupboards, bad ‘un!!
Last night I went to conflusions and when I got back Mark, Ed and Helen were all in my bed then Ed farted, what an idiot.
Don’t know if you remember but us lot at TMi are in the middle of putting together a TMi band. This week we met our drummer, his name is Cameron, he’s 11 and plays the drums like a GENIUS.
Me and Mark were putting him through his paces and teaching him how to become a rock star. He did well but tune in on Saturday to find out what happened.
- 15 Nov 06, 07:22 PM
Had some very exciting guests pop into the flat today, the lovely Fearne Cotton and Pudsey bear came around to raise some money for Children in Need and I have got to say she got us to do some very dodgy things. Firstly she got Sam to dress up as her and go to our local café and ask for a coffee (EMBARRASING). Then she sprayed our hair different colours (not good ‘cos we are vain). Then we were asked to eat the most disgusting sandwich EVER!!
SAM: WHITE BREAD, CHOCOLATE SPREAD, PEANUT BUTTER, SWEETCORN
ME: WHITE BREAD, MAPLE SYRUP, MUSTARD, MACKEREL, MUSHROOMS (aaaaaaaggghhh)
So as you could imagine we were not well for a while!!
Then to finish me off she made me get in a bath of cold beans and they were absolutely freezing and we didn’t have enough beans left over for tea on the night! (GUTTED).
This week’s Chinatown is a little bit different because it’s a test of mine and Sam’ lung power. We have to see who can blow the longest note on some musical instruments (tuba, trombone, trumpet) with one continuous breath. We have just had a visit from a little dude called Peter who gave us some tips on how to play it properly and to be honest I think he thought I was better so let battle commence!
Ed has had his toes waxed aswell. Click here to see him squirm!!
So hopefully it’s gonna be a good one but don’t take my word for it check it out Saturday you know by now!!
Loads of love x x Mark”power lungs” Rhodes
- 15 Nov 06, 07:05 PM
One of our best friends, Fearne Cotton, came to visit the flat with Pudsey this afternoon as it’s Children In Need on Friday. We had to do loads of challenges in order to have money donated to Children In Need. You won’t be surprised to hear that things got very messy and ended up with Mark being covered in beans. It was lovely to see Fearne, we worked with her for 2 years on CBBC and she taught us a lot.
This week’s challenge is to see who can hold the longest note on a musical instrument. Now with mine and Mark's singing background we both know how to control our breathing which helps. We got some help when a TMi viewer called Peter came to the flat on Monday night to give us some tips. He’s been playing the trumpet for years so he really knew what he was talking about. His 3 tips for us were;
1: stay relaxed
2: breath in through your tummy
3: can't remember (probably going to lose)
Have a look at a new ritual in the TMi flat, we call it 'Toasty Treat'. Click here to see how it works.
Looking forward to Saturday – we’ve got Richard Fleeshman in the studio. On Friday he’s doing Children In Need so he can give us all the gossip from the show, should be a good one. Don’t forget to watch me and Mark on Ready Steady Cook on Friday on BBC 2, it’s a Children In Need special, did I mention I’ve got an NVQ in catering? xx
- 14 Nov 06, 06:26 PM
Yo Yo Yo, how’s it goin’? Well Saturday’s show was a busy one. How wicked was Lemar & Lemark? My favourite part of the show had to be the Sammy Kyle Show, love that guy. I reckon Caroline was well surprised by her birthday cake which Mark and I spent ages icing, honest!!!
Have a look at these photo's from Saturday's Show;
Oh, and I just thought I’d let you know that on Sunday I went to the Good Food Show and saw Gordon Ramsey. Did I mention I’ve got an NVQ in catering?
Me and Ed have been playing practical jokes on Helen all week, actually it’s the same joke but it gets her every time. Helen tried to get us back by putting cereal in our shoes and jean pockets. If you ask me that’s a bit rubbish, she’s going to have to do a lot better than that to beat the TT (toasty treat) brothers.
My hair is massive today, I really need to get a trim. I think I will, no in fact I know I will.
Ed’s making some teas and coffees at the mo, he says pink for tea, green for coffee. Helen's just walked into the room and I got her with my practical jokes, ha ha ha ha ha ha!!
We were going to watch Saturday’s show last night but the video wasn’t working. TMi doesn’t provide us with DVDs.
The props for 'Surely You Can’t Make A Game Out Of That' are atrocious, I really don’t think were going to come up with anything. We’ll keep trying though….
- 14 Nov 06, 06:14 PM
Mad show this week! Was probably the most surreal and frightening ‘Surely’ game ever with Ed dressing up as the bad baby (TV gold). Was great to see Mark and Kirsten from SMart popping in, however I was not impressed with Kirsten when she spat fizzy drink all over my favourite yellow shirt. I still haven’t got the stain out!! Lemar was on fine form in the studio but I was a little bit worried how he would react when I dressed up as his body double ‘Lemark’ and sang in front of loads of people in Leicester square but he really seemed to like it (so watch out there’s a new soul man around and he’s from Wolverhampton).
Check out these pics of Lemar's visit to the studio;
Oh dear! It’s been prank city in the flat toady and finally Helen is starting to get her own back on Ed and Sam after a whole week of them scaring and teasing her. Helen put cereal in their shoes and the pockets of their trousers (it’s not exactly rocket science but it made me giggle). However Sam should become a detective because he finds out what she is up to all the time and it’s very annoying!
It’s finally happened! We have failed to come up with an idea for the ‘Surely’ game! I think we have done really well so far with the horrendous props we have been given in the past but I don’t think anyone could come up with a game from a potato, flip flop, c.d, plug and a place mat -IMPOSSIBLE!!
- 9 Nov 06, 04:08 PM
This week's ‘Surely’ game is quite difficult. It’s a bit of a baby theme, but as always we’ve come up with something funny for Saturday morning TV. Make sure you keep sending your suggestions in. If you do you could even end up playing the game.
Mark woke up this morning feeling a little under the weather so he’s not been doing much training for this week’s Chinatown Challenge which is a cycling race. Is he really unwell? Does he think he’s got this week's challenge in the bag? Is he going to use the cold as an excuse? Am I being paranoid? You decide. I must admit the tasks that we have done in training this week have been very close, I reckon on Saturday it will be a very close challenge. Thanks to everyone who’s voted for me, you know that I’m the best!
Looking forward to Saturday as we’ve got Mark and Kirsten from SMart on the show, they are both wicked. We’ve also got Lemar in the studio who is the nicest guy. Should be full of fun, and don’t forget to keep sending in your fairly odd pictures. Ed and Helen would be over the moon if you guys sent in some pictures of them.
Ha, ha!! We played a trick on Mark in the TMi flat. Check it out by clicking here.
Remember when McFly popped round? They did a couple of songs for us and it was so good I wanted to share it with you guys. Watch them perform by clicking here.
Anyway going to go and have a really hot bath to sooth my aching thighs after all that cycling. See you Saturday!! xxxxxx
- 9 Nov 06, 03:39 PM
Our ‘Surely’ game we’ve just come up with is a corker (if slightly mad). It involves a pram, dummies (and I don’t mean Sam and Ed), footy socks, braces and a potty. If that doesn’t make you want to watch on Saturday I don’t know what will. keep your suggestions coming in and you could end up playing the game on Saturday morning and winning some great prizes
Chinatown Challenge this week is all about strength and stamina. It’s cycling and because it’s a physical one I feel I’ve got the edge over Sam but it’s gonna be close. I really want to win so badly and I have set myself a target of winning at least 12 out of the 20 challenges and really rub that smug badgers face in it. So let’s hope this Saturday is the start of that winning sequence!!
Me, Ed and Helen played a trick on Sam, you can see what happened if you click here. Whatever you do, do NOT try this at home. We are trained pranksters!
You can also see an extra special performance by McFly in the TMi studio by clicking here.
From Mark’ thunder thighs’ Rhodes x x x
- 7 Nov 06, 05:26 PM
Loved this week’s show for so many reasons but the main one was because everything went really well. Simon Webbe and Chantelle were on to form and provided lots of funny moments, the best being when Simon blatantly trying to chat up Caroline. She didn’t just go red with embarrassment, she went purple and very giggly!! Very, very happy I won the Chinatown Challenge last week because my confidence was way down after I lost the last two weeks, but now I’m on a role and the plan is to win every single Chinatown till the end of the series, its ambitious I know but I love beating that Barnsley badger! Please, please, please, please vote for me so I can stop him giving me that smug smile on Saturday morning.
Been a busy week in the flat this week as always. Sam and I have been busy musically, writing ground-breaking songs that will electrify the charts (well maybe not but we like it). The one we came up with this afternoon is an 80’s power ballad all about the Bird of Decision and hopefully will be used on the show sometime. It goes something like this:
THE BIRD NEEDED TO GET AWAY IT'S IRRELEVANT WHAT YOU SAY
DON’T ANGER HIM CAUSE HE WILL TEAR YOU LIMB FROM LIMB
HE'S GOT A LOT OF THINGS ON HIS MIND DON’T ANNOY HIM ELSE YOU WILL FIND
HIS BEAK IN YOUR FACE HIS FEATHERS IN A PLACE
THAT CANT BE EXPLAINED!!
THE BIRD OF DECISION IS HIS NAME
DON’T ANGER HIM CAUSE HE WON’T LIKE YOUR GAME X2
This morning Sam and I were told to go to the conflushional and were told that we had 24 hours to prepare a dance to impress Emma Bunton and her dance partner from Strictly Come Dancing! and even better than that, whoever did the best performance would get to dance with her. she obviously fancied me in my James bond suit, Sam could not cope with the Rhodes rhythm and I was declared the TMi flat ballroom champion of the world! She bought us both lovely gifts; two Pudsey bears which we can add to our collection for ‘Fill Our Flat’. Emma wants me to remind you that you can vote for her ‘Children In Need’ song on the TMi picklist this week. It’s called ‘Downtown’ and we’ve been playing it all week in the flat.
- 7 Nov 06, 05:03 PM
Well I have to say I think Saturday’s show was my favourite, I don’t know why but thought it was great, come to think of it they’re all great that’s coz TMi is wicked and a lot better than Saturday Kitchen! Check out some photos from the show;
I’m still recovering from the freezing cold water that was thrown on me at the end of the show, but I must admit it was a very funny forfeit. Our guests Chantelle and Simon Webbe were wicked, they really got into the spirit of things and I think Simon may have a crush on Caroline!!!
In the flat today we played with the tricycle that we used on Saturday’s ‘Surely’ game. Me and Mark can do some proper cool skids. Ed’s just got his dressing gown caught in the wheels, very funny. Can’t believe how early it gets dark now, that means that it’s nearly Christmas and I love Christmas, not long now……
I cooked a pizza from scratch for lunch. You should try it. I called it the pizza challenge! You can get other Sam Nixon recipes on Ceefax page 247, or on my DVD which will be out at Christmas, only kiddin’, its Ceefax page 248, ha ha ha ha ha ha , I’m funny.
Guess what happened this afternoon? Emma Bunton and her dance partner, Darren from Strictly Come Dancing came and visited the flat. Me and Mark had to learn a dance routine and then perform it to Emma and Darren. They both judged us and the winner got to dance with the gorgeous Strictly Come Dancing contestant, whilst Emma watched ha ha ha ha ha, only kidding the winner got to dance with Emma. I’ll not spoil it 4 you but Mark won.
- 2 Nov 06, 04:42 PM
Today’s ‘Surely’ props were the hardest yet, they were great props but when you put them together, well surely we couldn’t make a game out of that! I’m sure we’ll think of something before Saturday.
I have to say I’ve not been doing very well in training for this week’s Chinatown Challenge. It’s a test of steady hands. I really want to win because that will put me 5-3 in front. I suppose we’ll have to wait until Saturday.
Saturday should be good because we’ve got Chantelle from Big Brother in the studio as well as Simon Webbe. Both are lovely people, so it should be a laugh and I’m looking forward to seeing Flackster as she’s been so busy this week doing a radio show, she hasn’t been able to come round and see us.
Going to go and have a bacon sarnie now and a shower, not at the same time. See you Saturday for more fun and mayhem `xxxxx
- 2 Nov 06, 03:57 PM
We’ve just been given some really hard props for the ‘Surely’ game. I don’t know how you involve a bandage and a keyboard in a game but I think we might have done it and the game will astound you on Saturday I'm telling you!
Sam, Ed & me have now gone a record 36 hours without being horrible to Helen. No burps, no farts, no spiders, no nothing. It just doesn’t seem right though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she has an outburst before the end of the night. I’m her favourite at the moment though so it won’t be me who ruins everything.
Chinatown this week is a strong one for me. It involves keeping a very steady hand and only one of us has got nerves of steel! In order to practise we’ve been icing cakes, playing games and even did an egg & spoon race around the house. Sam comes across as a gibbering wreck and every task we have been given in the flat all week I have destroyed him. So I hope that Barnsley ape is worried cause the Wolverhampton express is gonna roll his big hair all over the studio (slightly harsh but I am 4-3 down after all).
So another week another blog, make sure you catch TMI on Saturday because it’s gonna be a good one and with Simon Webbe & Chantelle in the studio you better have a good excuse for not joining in!
Love ya!! Mark “Steady Eddie” Rhodes x x x x x x x
- 1 Nov 06, 04:36 PM
Well, what can I say? How rubbish were we at last week's Chinatown Challenge? I know I won so don’t get me wrong, I’m over the moon, it’s just a shame it took me 5 hours to complete. Another thing I’m over the moon about is winning call yourself a friend against Dougie and Danny from McFly. I’m sorry but they sucked! Oh yes, me and Mark are back. I must admit I did feel really bad when I saw Helen’s reaction to the spider, I still hold all responsibility to ED and if you read anywhere that Mark is her favourite then take no notice!
We had a visit this afternoon from our neighbours Karl and Susan Kennedy from Neighbours, if you see what I mean (just 4 the record they’re not our actual neighbours). They gave us an audition to be in Neighbours, the reason I’m writing ‘neighbours’ a lot is because I’ve just found out how to spell it. They were the nicest people, but I'll not spoil anything 4 you, just make sure you tune in on Saturday. It's going to be mint. In the meantime, you can see some pictures of their visit in Mark's blog.
Ed and Mark just came up with a lovely ‘smoothie’ song today (we like our smoothies in the TMi flat) and I made apple crumbles for everybody. I tell you summat, make yourself a crumble, it’s quick and easy and the results are amazing. Make one and give it to your ‘neighbours’!!!
- 1 Nov 06, 04:09 PM
I would say what a brilliant time I had on Saturday but it was ruined by the fact that I had to dress up as STUPID cheerleader! The McFly lads dropped in which is always fun though I must admit they must have put something in their tea because they went bonkers in the studio. ‘Worst Players Ever To Play Call Yourself A Friend Trophy’ must go to Dougie and Danny from McFly. I could not believe how badly they knew each other and Sam and I were delighted to have wiped the floor with them. Absolutely gutted at how badly I was at the Chinatown Challenge this week. I have got to learn to have a bit more bottle in those pressure situations and I hate to say it but Sam was the better man last week!
Been another mad week in the flat this week. Me and Ed wrote a lovely song about smoothies after lunch today, it goes something like this:
I LOVE SMOOTHIES IM NOT A LOONEY
SOMETIMES WITH STRAWBERRIES BANANA AND KIWI
DRINK IT TOO FAST AND YOU MAY NEED A WEE WEE
BUT DON’T WORRY YOURSELF COS I KNOW TAI CHI
We’ve had some brilliant surprise guests in the flat today, non other than Karl and Susan Kennedy from Neighbours! Me and Sam could not believe our eyes and to make it better they were the nicest people in the world. They gave us a neighbours acting class and helped us with our Australian accents, which to be honest were absolutely rubbish but the costumes we wore were brill! I became a surfer dude and Sam got the short straw and became a fat mechanic!!! Check out the pics;