Month: April 2013

Stage Review of John Buchan’s The 39 Steps

John Buchan’s classic novel The Thirty Nine-Steps is a fast-paced thriller. Playwright, Patrick Barlow has captured the essence of the story, yet, and I do not know quite how he has managed it, has arrived at something much more than a ‘send up’. This comedy stage version is played with seriousness and intensity as if the lives of the hero/heroine are really under threat and that their weird kind of Hollywood style love affair is actually for real. Yet the tone is completely outlandish and airs on the funny side of silly. This dead pan approach to comic performance and the clever use of stage props and light/sound and quick costume changes, are dramatic devices that are time served and are always guaranteed to raise a smile. Of course, we have the unsuspecting, tweed-wearing Richard Hannay (Richard Ede) who gets caught up with spies, which starts with the murder of the mysterious secret agent, Annabella Schmidt (Charlotte Peters) at his home in London’s Portland Place. The mild mannered, spiffed up and wholly handsome Hannay is …

Review of Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash and Microfibre Towel

There is change to the atmosphere in springtime, where light diffuses differently and shows up the dirt. And, as the weather warms up, suburbia, on a Sunday morning, still means grass cutting and car cleaning for many. We have recently come to know about Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash. This is a spray and wipe cleaner and no water is required to be effective. As we learn about this product we are sharing the information as follows: This is a very eco friendly alternative to car washing in areas at home and abroad where water is in short supply. We acknowledge that it can take a great deal of heated water to clean even the smallest vehicle, so swapping the use of hot/warm water for this waterless cleaner or avoiding the fee charging automated car wash outlets is one change to make that would go someway to helping the future of our planet. Detergents and other chemicals are often added to make the car washing water foamy. These pollutants end up down the drain along …

Stage Review of Sons Without Fathers at Belgrade Theatre Coventry

This is a fascinating adaptation by director Helena Kaut-Howson, of Chekhov’s first full length play, Platonov. Cut down to the nail, yet still focusing on the pivotal character, Mikhail (Misha) Platanov played by Jack Laskey (credits include Royal Shakespeare Company). Set in modern day Russia, the storyline remains true, apart from a few changed references. Post Soviet Russia (from 1991) saw major economic downturn resulting in a harsh decline in social welfare, the majority of the people existing in a political landscape where the rich are getting richer and the poor, even poorer; so the context fits. And so what happens? Crime happens. More murders, suicides and accidents happen. Reports of alcohol related illnesses rise as does the death rates. And this band of trapped and hapless individuals, try to escape their predicaments by drinking hard. The crux of the play is the point of Micha. His friends and family seek his approval. He is detached, sharp tongued and opinionated. Everyone loves a rogue they say and his party are all happy to be an …

Book Review – Yeo Valley’s The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook by Sarah Mayor

ISBN 978-1-84949-302-4 RRP £20.00 Note: The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook by Sarah Mayor can be ordered from Amazon Published by Quadrille PUBLISHING, April 2013. Photography by Andrew Montgomery Content just under 100 sweet and savoury recipes of Classic British Farmhouse style dishes including dairy cooking, soups, salads, pies and puddings, breads and preserves. Introduction Author Sarah Mayor is the daughter of Roger and Mary Mead who bought their Yeo Valley farm in 1961. Mayor tells of life growing up on the farm and of being very much hands on in daily tasks, as were her siblings. Mayor acknowledges the expansion of the Yeo Valley business over the next decade or so that followed, and the eventual move into the commercial selling of organic dairy food stuffs, mainly yoghurt. Her appreciation of not just the foresightedness of her father, but her respect for the dairy herd and the work of the growers and producers and for quality, local sourced food, is very honest. Her move to a career in catering and going on to teach cooking …

featuring Lunaling Capri Exercise Pants

Lunaling exercise clothes are available in capri style bottoms, and in shorts and leggings too. Especially designed to raise core/skin temperatures while undertaking a productive workout at the gym or when doing other exercising which involves this same degree of effort i.e. walking, running, etc At development, researchers gauged the physiological responses of women testers, before, during and after a 30-minute exercise session, and concluded that the fabric will respond to the natural body heat of the wearer as they engage in physical activity. These clothes directly target the hip, thigh and tummy areas through heat stimulation. These special fabrics work hard to get women results. Designed in the UK Lunaling exercise clothes are sleek and sporty, surprisingly light-weight, are easy wearing and flattering to the figure. Black with Lunaling label in vibrant pink. Lunaling is suitable for a range of different activities. Wear a pair of Lunaling capri pants each day, for 30 minutes while active and for 7 days consecutively, sharing your experiences daily on Facebook Join in the online community and participate …

Duerr’s Marmalades and Jams – A Review

Duerr’s is a fifth generation Mancunian family business which continues to produce preserves to traditional recipes passed down by its founders. Generally the company makes a range of jam and marmalade containing a sugar content of between 62 – 65% per 100g. The process involves boiling to 104 degrees centigrade for around 20 minutes then being transferred into vacuum-sealed jars. Seville Orange Marmalade 454g The product is fresh tasting, nicely balanced with a jelly like texture and if you are not partial to the presence of thick orange peel, with that truly bitter quality and chewy texture then this Fine Cut version would suffice. It is versatile too, not only spread on toast but as a glaze and a filling in many cake, bun, pudding, and even some savoury recipes. There has been a huge rise in Amateur and Artisan produced marmalade. These small scale producers use open pan methods and have perfected their own, original marmalade recipes. Duerr’s Seville Orange marmalade remains a decent product in comparison and because of its large scale production …