Month: November 2013

Review of Ravensburger Children’s Puzzles entitled The Snowman and the Snowdog

The Artwork The artwork used is licensed and subject to copyright. Permission received by Ravensburger to produce images in a puzzle format. The Theme Scene is of a snowman party in a snow covered landscape with animated characters: The Snow dog with his cute little mismatched socks for ears, together with The Snowman, The boy and Father Christmas (three characters made famous from being in the original (1982) short film), are at the forefront, smiling and waving. The Product This is a puzzle for children and is available in four sizes from six years upwards. Ravensburger have ensured that as one grows (from early years and up), there is a Ravensburger puzzle to suit all in respect of age, ability and appeal. The Snowman and The Snow Dog is available in the following: 6 years (100 pieces XXL), 7 years (150 pieces XXL), 8 years (200 pieces XXL) and 9 years (300 pieces XXL) – NOTE the image shows Ravensburger puzzle (boxed) for 6+ years – 100 pieces, and, once completed, the size measures 49 …

Review of Dorset Cereals Honey Porridge (10 sachet pack)

REVIEW OF Honey Porridge (10 x 42g – 46g sachets) 420g packs RRP £2.49 It would not be too long before Dorset Cereals produced Honey Porridge; as prestigious food producers they will be well aware that honey and oats always make for great bedfellows. It is a known fact that oats are low in cholesterol and high in fibre, so this is a healthy eat. As with other porridge recipes from the range, ingredients are mainly jumbo/fine cut porridge oats/ and barley flakes. Natural sweetening comes in the form of tiny date pieces, honey flavoured porridge oats, and honey sugar (a mix of light brown soft sugar and honey) which becomes syrupy during cooking. For more information on the New Honey Porridge click here One 42g sachet served with 150g of semi-skimmed milk is approx 221 calories, so for people counting calories this information will be important, and this serving is satisfying enough for the not so big breakfast eater. Double up the amount and you have enough porridge to fill a large bowl that …

Blog Featuring Novelty Knitwear for Women (Christmas 2013 Season) – from BHS

This navy jumper with cute Owl motif is a fine example of casual knitwear by BHS and is appealing for women of all ages. The loose knit gives it a hand knitted quality, and its long shape suggests it better worn in a less figure hugging way; so is more favourable as a relaxed wear and looks especially effective when worn with blue or black denim. Little diamond shaped, antique brass beads around the Owl eyes are a feature and gives a stud- like appearance. Material is 100% Acrylic – Machine Washable. Navy Owl jumper is currently selling in the BHS Womanswear Mainline Collection in stores Nationwide and online Sizes 8 – 22. RRP £28.00 (keep a check on the website for seasonal offers). This Festive Season BHS are selling a range of medium priced novelty knitwear items for women. Below are one or two hand picked items currently available. Get your festive jumper in time for Christmas Jumper Day (Friday 13th December) and the holiday season ahead. The time when fashion is sometimes secondary …

Blog Featuring Reindeer (Rudolf) Jumper by www.crazychristmasjumpers.com

CRAZY Christmas Jumpers selling online at http://www.crazychristmasjumpers.com – ALL JUMPERS £29.99 GBP 100% Acrylic – Machine washable at 40 degrees. Unisex jumpers for adults. Each design is a Traditional Fairisle Pattern, the Acrylic material is of high quality, plump and soft to the skin. Available in three designs: RUDOLF – in Red, White, Blue and Pink (images show Rudolf White) SANTA – in Red, White, Blue and Pink and MERRY CHRISTMAS – in Wine, Green and Blue. PAYMENT DETAILS – order online Paypal accepted and all Major Credit Cards (secure site). DELIVERY is free to UK Mainland (3-7 days) – Will ship abroad. Refer to the website for refund policy. There will be no escaping the craze for Novelty Jumpers – so why not get in on the fad and embrace it – it’s fun! And it is here to stay! Order yours in time for Christmas Jumper Day (Friday 13th December) and for the holiday season ahead. #christmasjumperday http://t.co/2P3ngBDuz1 pic.twitter.com/kOS6uD7Eu5 — TSS NEWS (@TSSComms) December 13, 2013

Review of a Limited Edition Ravensburger Christmas Puzzle 2013 (1000 pieces) entitled The Santa Express

The Artist The illustration is by Ray Thrower, whose bright and colourful artwork has become synonymous to many themed Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles. Because of this you will no doubt recognise Thrower’s unique style. He uses mixed medium to produce evocative scenes, not just of Christmastime, but other themes too. The Theme The legend behind the Santa Express is that little children take that steam train ride, over hills and through valleys, giddy with anticipation, to see Santa Claus himself. And it is their arrival at the station which is depicted in this scene. This illustration has many of the elements presented to us at Christmas time. Traditional imagery of the festive season feature including carol singers, Victorian lanterns and snow capped houses and the trees. Santa is there with the smiling eyes. It is the kind of illustration that sticks in a child’s mind and sparks imagination. The Product The Santa Express is, as stated, a premium product, and has the “softclick” technology – self explanatory by the very name. The manufacture has produced a …

Stage Review – Tartuffe

Tartuffe, by the famous French playwright and actor, Molière is a theatrical comedy written in the 17th Century. Director, Roxana Silbert says in her welcome note this is a “wonderfully fresh, modern, funny and accessible translation” – and she is not wrong… a new translation (French to English), and Chris Campbell has done a great job! Translator, Campbell’s decision not to include the rhyme that Molière wrote originally; was a wise one. Complexities to the English text which would have arisen from doing so; would have meant a very different play. Idiomatic English of the here and now is well phrased, and, at times, is colloquially delivered to the Birmingham audience (lots of Brum references and asides) –the applause received at the play’s end was rapturous in deep appreciation for that reason, and for everything else the production delivers, which, by the way, is much, and it goes like this: Comedy centres on family feuding and the religious hypocrisy of one man, but, the main thing that needs to be addressed is whether or not …

Stage review of THE MOUSETRAP – the Diamond Anniversary Tour

Note: Reviewer, Debra Hall, attended the press night showing of The Mousetrap on Monday 4th November at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in an official capacity on behalf of Remotegoat Stage and can be viewed here I happened to fall upon a friend in The Belgrade’s foyer, while chatting she said her birthday years always matched the anniversaries of this great play. She told me that at the age of 25, she had seen the show, in London, during the year of its Silver Anniversary, and now, in the month in which she will celebrate her 60th and it being The Mousetrap’s Diamond Anniversary year (60 years), she had come to see it once again, this time on its first ever UK tour. Suddenly, the longevity of The Mousetrap run, struck home with me when I thought about it in those terms. So history dictates that The Mousetrap has never faced a decline in popularity and after seeing last night’s performance I can see many reasons why this is so appealing. The first point is its defined …