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Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

I’ve become obsessed with perfection. Perfectly obsessed about things that are a perfect 10. Perfection is entirely subjective though, isn’t it? Here’s my list.

10. The most perfect woman

In a poll published in The Daily Mail at the beginning of 2015, Kate Moss, Beyonce and Scarlett Johansson were all voted into the top 10 of the most beautiful women ever. None of them would make it into my top 10. I’m not denying they are pretty, of course, but obviously beauty is subjective. What we consider beautiful ourselves is often very different from what someone else would find stunning. What is it that people say? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think that encapsulates what I mean perfectly.

There’s no doubt that Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Simpson, Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner were all beautiful. When I started to think about this blog I was going to mention Bo Derek (who starred in the film ‘10’ and therefore was the original perfect 10 in 1979) and my own personal favourites Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh. However I’m going to cop out. If The Daily Mail can rank Beyonce and Kate Moss and Scarlett Johansson in an ALL TIME top 10 of beautiful women there is something wrong with the criteria. If the best hair stylists and makeup artists, fitness trainers and chefs, photographers, and photo shop were available to every woman, they’d all be a perfect 10 wouldn’t they? So for that reason, I’m giving every woman on the planet a 10.

The Taj Mahal - stunning

The Taj Mahal – stunning

9. The most perfect building

I don’t know a huge amount about architecture. I know what I like and what I don’t like and that’s about it. I’m not a great fan of concrete, glass or high rises, however, there’s something so artificial, temporary, austere and gloomy about such buildings. And they seem temporary. Like from the moment they were built, they are doomed to be demolished. I prefer older buildings that demonstrate some level of craftsmanship – carving, stonemasonry, tiling, inlay etc. So my choice for a building that is a perfect 10 is the Taj Mahal.

The Taj Mahal is located in western Uttar Pradesh, India and was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658) to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The mausoleum is mainly made in white marble, (although inlaid with semi-precious stones) and the translucence of the materials used catches the sun in different ways during the day, meaning the building changes colour and seems to glow. Just … perfect.

8. The most perfect sports-person

Argh! Who to choose? You know I’m a sucker for the rugby but I’m guessing not many rugby players would make a top 10. I’m also partial to a bit of footie, so Pele should definitely be considered thanks to being involved in three World Cups wins for Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970. I did think about Muhammad Ali too – floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee, the heavyweight American boxer was an Olympic gold medallist in 1960 and won all of his bouts – the majority of them by knockouts.

Ayrton Senna is also worthy of consideration given that he achieved three World Championship titles, 41 Grand Prix wins and 65 pole positions over the course of 10 years, ending with his tragic and untimely death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

Usain's racoon mate from the Virgin advert. Perfect 10.

Usain’s racoon mate from the Virgin advert. Perfect 10.

But … given the furore about doping in athletics recently I’ve decided to go for Usain Bolt as my perfect 10 sports person. His three recent gold medal wins at the Beijing World Athletics championships cemented in my mind just what a sensational star he is. Totally drug free, he’s made it to the top on his own merits and the man is a hero to millions of kids the world over, and anyone who emulates him can’t go far wrong in my eyes. Besides he’s just so cute alongside those animal puppets in those Virgin commercials …

Music to make you go ... wow

Music to make you go … wow

7. The most perfect piece of music

You can see what I mean about this list being entirely subjective? So much music, what can I possibly choose? Whatever I choose is going to be so, so wrong for everyone else. But I don’t care, this is my blog. You can always disagree below! I’ve decided the piece of music that is a perfect 10 for me is “While my guitar gently weeps” by George Harrison. If it comes on the radio I tell people to shush. No matter where I am when I hear it, it’s a piece of music that makes me pause. I love the melody, the harmonies, and the words, and I particularly love the ending. I love that it’s about love. What could possibly be wrong with this song?

A good home cooked roast with plenty of pepper! Perfect!

A good home cooked roast with plenty of pepper! Perfect!

6. The most perfect meal

If you were just about to embark on your last meal what would you choose? I know that in the UK, the curry has become the most favoured meal for people, and with good reason – yummy! But I’ve decided that the meal that’s a perfect 10 for me is a good old fashioned home cooked roast.

Carveries are OK if you can’t be bothered to cook and you want to go out and you don’t mind sitting at a sticky table, with stinky loos, among screaming hordes, but smelling the juicy scent of a good sized joint cooking on a Sunday has to be one of my fondest childhood memories. Carvery vegetables do tend to be pretty bland, whereas locally grown vegetables that are cooked with care are delicious. I’m quite into lamb at the moment, but you can’t beat roast beef and gravy with Yorkshire pudding. Scrumptious!

Someone will be along to disturb the display shortly.

Someone will be along to disturb the display shortly.

5. The most perfect stock display

You know that feeling when you’ve just had a new supply of stock in? You’ve been waiting for it, dreaming about how well it will sell. You’re proud of your decision to buy this particular range of goods and you are dying to get started and sell them. First up you create a display and in those moments before your customers get to it, it is the most fantastic feeling ever. Brand new, fully stocked display, immaculate display? Perfect 10.

A Pagani Zonda - in its un-crashed state.

A Pagani Zonda – in its un-crashed state.

4. The most perfect car

Obviously if someone offered me a Porsche or a Lamborghini, I would struggle to turn them down. But maybe, just maybe, a car is a car is a car. They all get you from A to B at the end of the day, and as long as you can get there safely, that’s the main thing, particularly when you have kids.

Did you hear about the guy who cashed his boss’s car? Andy Danso, lost control of the uninsured ultra-rare £1 million Pagani Zonda and ploughed into a fence. He was charged with driving without due care and attention, driving without the correct insurance and using forged insurance details following the incident although he was cleared on the latter charge. The lesson of that little story is that a car is only perfect when it’s insured!

Pristine - before the birds even walk all over it.

Pristine – before the birds even walk all over it.

3. The most perfect weather phenomena

Snow is perfect in many ways. When it falls and it is pristine and unblemished by dog wee or worse, it is the most enchanting spectacle. It’s all ruined the moment we step outside and try and start our cars. In the UK, we compact the snow, it freezes and becomes dangerous and begins to look pretty hideous fairly quickly. But just for the brief moment in time while the world stops and looks at it, there is complete perfection. Added to this the symmetrical beauty of snowflakes, and the knowledge that two snowflakes, like two people, are never ever the same, makes snow a perfect 10.

On the money! Perfect!

On the money! Perfect!

2. The most perfect OCD petrol station experience

You know when you go and fill up your car and you manage to get the cost perfectly rounded up? Perfect 10.

Yay!

Yay!

1. The most perfect wholesale clearance company

In case you were wondering, the most perfect wholesale clearance company in the UK, in Europe, in the northern hemisphere – and probably in the whole world is us – Wholesale Clearance UK. We’re a perfect 10 because we are ten years old this year! Happy birthday to us and thanks to all of you who support us, buy from us, read the blog, or join in on Facebook.

Here’s to the next ten years!

Over to you

This was my list of things that score a perfect 10. Obviously you’re going to disagree about some of them so drop me a line below or come over to Facebook and tell us – what’s the perfect piece of music? What’s your perfect meal? Who is the perfect sports person? See you there for a bit of banter!

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