Month: December 2013

Review of seasonal knitwear from www.sweateronline.com

Today is not just Friday the 13th, it is, apparently, CCChhhhrrristmas Jumper Day! Which is a Save The Children (UK) official fundraising event. A tweet is embedded at the end of this review with the details. We have enjoyed engaging in the theme in the lead up to it. We have had opportunity to see for ourselves knitwear items from this AW13 season, not just from a well known high street chain, but from online retailers that are selling some really good, quality, woollen goods. We have been particularly interested in the company sweateronline.com this manufacturing and web retailing business has especially captured our attention. This factory based business is located in Leicester, UK. Christmas jumpers is just one brand and has its own dedicated website here. Generally sweateronline.com manufacture knitwear items made from traditional patterns synonymous to the craft i.e. cable, fairisle and honeycombe – their sweaters and accessories look, fit, and feel just great, the designs never date, and will help warm you up when wintertime really begins to bite. For men and …

APP REVIEW – Woolly and Tig

Woolly and Tig Developer – Bionic Communications £2.99 • Version: 1.1 • Size: 415 MB • Language: English • Suitable for children of pre-school age Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5 This is a game app available from the App Store and can be used on any Apple Device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) Testing this, the first official iPad app from the hit cbeebies TV show, Woolly and Tig, is Zak (aged 3) and his parents Melissa and Adam ‘the testers’ FIRST IMPRESSION(S) Good. Woolly giggles infectiously. The tasks, to begin with, require concentration to work out logical patterns. The game seemed promising. GAME PLAY Tasks include getting Woolly to undertake daily routines, you can help him clean his teeth and wash his face for example. You are awarded a medal on completion of each section but if you skip out of it straight after finishing, and not listen to woolly chattering, you lose the medal. Tasks have to be repeated to move the medal from silver to …

Book Review – JEEVES AND THE WEDDING BELLS by SEBASTIAN FAULKS

ISBN 978-0-091-95405-5 RRP £12.99 Published by Hutchinson November 2013 Note: ebook available OVERVIEW In the opening chapter there is role reversal to the usual circumstances of the main characters, and the reader is immediately curious to find out why this is. Bertie is performing manservant tasks, and Jeeves is quite at home posing as Lord Etringham. The affairs of more than one heart features, and both men play at match making with the best intentions meant (or so it seems). Jeeves is head planner. He is self informed of all things Bertie, and beyond Bertie. Jeeves is ahead of the game. The reader knows this all along, but not to full extent until the last chapter. Both characters demonstrate much social grace and good manners, through their own interaction, and with others, and it is the language surrounding Bertie ambling through his daily life, and Jeeve’s responses, that is so frequently funny. Bertie fusses and muses over small things, news and wider events like the suffragette movement for instance are mentioned (in passing), but Bertie …

Stage Review – A Christmas Carol

Actor Matthew Ashforde, in this leading role, was to be the only player in the ensemble of thirteen playing just one part. Last night, we came to learn that Ashforde had been indisposed for a second night running, resulting in a cast switch around. I have no updated information on the matter to pass on and am not sure how permanent this situation will be. So, due to these recent events, it has meant that Jo Servi (Ebenezer Scrooge) was unable to deliver the dramatic, flying entrance he had practiced as the spectre Jacob Marley, and we see Marc Akinfolarin taking over that role of Scrooge’s chain bearing, work partner (deceased) – but making his entry with chunking feet set heavy and firmly upon the ground. The other change: Paul Ryan, having already been a man of many parts, now including in his repertoire, those characters passed on by Servi and by Guy Lewis in the reshuffle. Confused? Well, if there were any slip ups and panicky moments it was not apparent. We enjoyed it. …