Month: April 2014

Review of Pump Dispenser – A Mira Cleanse Shower Accessory

This item is a quality shower accessory by Mira Showers. Use with the Mira Agile or the Mira Adept only, ALTERNATIVELY the dispenser can be installed as a wall mounted standalone accessory. Fixings included in the box allows for the dispenser to be parked in position next to the mixer valve outlet on the Mira Agile or at the water outlet on the Mira Adept. If the item is to be a wall mount installation you will need the wall plate mounting brackets plus the two wall plugs and screws for fixing as shown in (Figure 1). Instructions to install, which ever way, are included in the pack along with diagrams. Installation and user guide can also be viewed online This is a module item from the Mira Agile Cleanse collection. Link to the website is here It is a soap dispenser, ideal for use in the shower as a shower soap or shampoo dispenser. Care to be taken when cleaning, plated finishes should always be cleaned with a mild washing up detergent and then …

PG tips – Fruit, Herbal and Green Teas

Brands feature on this blog and when it comes down to reviewing a classic British brand such as PG tips; we are, in no way, a slave to the process. For a start the tea products require no introduction and we applaud the company’s quality control having delivered a product of high standard over many years… …yet the PG Tips manufacturer, Unilever can still surprise. When our press pack arrived we had no idea of the amount of new Fruit, Herbal and Green teas now selling. There are currently five flavoured Green Teas: Pure Green, Mandarin Orange, Jasmine, Lemon and Raspberry (fig.1) and five Fruit/Herbal teas: Camomile, Peppermint, Red Berries (Caffeine Free), Red Bush and Vanilla (Caffeine Free), and Spices & Mint (fig 2) The company have also made the move to package tea leaves and the green tea leaves (whichever applies) as well as dried herbs/fruits/berries and dried flower heads (whichever applies), in tagged Pyramid shaped bags which are bleached and not labeled as biodegradable. We see that the flavour can infuse in hot water …

Stage Review – Brassed Off

    Brassed Off is a play, adapted by Paul Allen, from the original screenplay by Mark Herman of the same title. Director, Damian Cruden employs all that is familiar from the 1996 film and the performances are exceptional. The play is based on the true life experiences of the people of Grimethorpe (a mining village in Northern England). It is 1993, and the pit workers in this tale; wives and families too, have been on the road to wrack and ruin since the miner’s strike of 1984-85. They are now preparing themselves for the impending closure of their colliery and are some way in to acknowledging the end of a ‘way of life’ for their shared community. A beacon that shines for the miners is the hope (as members of Grimley Colliery Band) of making it through the preliminary stages of a National Competition. Doing well will mean casting off the constraints of life for a short time, as the possibility of playing at The Royal Albert Hall in the brass band finals beckons. …

Review of Ravensburger Puzzle entitled THE RED BOX (1000 pieces)

The Artist We have come up nice and close to photograph the many compartments which appears in this beautiful illustration by artist, Colin Thompson (born Colin Willment 1942). The impression is that the picture has been hand drawn and painted using pen and watercolour, but it has been produced digitally in fact with some clever editing techniques used; using computer software. Thompson says that he is able to express his creativity just as effectively as he can when drawing in 2D, by combining digital painting and photographic image manipulation techniques. Thompson’s working background in design and print, and in theatre, will explain his keen eye as his detailing is exquisite and his use of colour makes this a top decision by Ravensburger to produce it in a puzzle format. The Theme The picture is made up of lots of red coloured compartments. Within each compartment Thompson has produced a little work of art in itself. Images of the Far East features. A dark silhouette fronts a fiery sky. Designs include China Blue and other oriental …

Omron HJ321-E Walking Style One 2.1 Pedometer

I am becoming more and more interested in knowing the benefits that low intensity exercise can bring, so I’ve been wearing an OMRON Walking Style One 2.1 Step Counter on my more active days when I’ll go out for a 40 minute brisk walk, and on my inactive days when I sit at the desk working and so doing much less stepping out in comparison. This is a slim line device with a secure clip that will fit on your waistband which measures the intensity of a walking activity and then can calculate the approximate amount of calories burned over 24 hours. Example: Active Day – 8000 steps – 1.6 miles walked – 166 calories burned In Active Day – 1696 steps – 0.3 miles walked – 1 calorie burned Results revealed the days of inactivity (working at the computer) I am burning so few calories that I could only maintain or lose weight by reducing my calorie intake, if my aim was to lose weight. Whereas I would only need to include three Active …

Review of Kitchen/Bathroom Matt Emulsion by Crown Paints

THE PRODUCT Crown Paint’s Kitchen & Bathroom emulsions are available in two finishes (Mid Sheen and Matt) and seven colour groups: Reds/Pinks, Blues, Whites, Greens, Yellows, Creams, and Greys All paints from Kitchen & Bathroom collections are steam proof and stain resistant Pack sizes : 40 ml, 2.5L, 40 ml Under review are two Matt Emulsions 2.5 litres – Olive Press and Pure Brilliant White – Price £25.49 PERFORMANCE This was a repainting project. The surfaces for decoration were a window wall (Olive Press) and ceiling (Pure Brilliant White) of a small guest bathroom. In the pre prep floors and furnishings were covered, the window blind removed, and tiles and skirting boards protected with masking tape. The window was opened for ventilation. Paint was applied with a roller, ‘cutting in’ undertaken with a small paintbrush. Paint was poured from the plastic pots into a painting tray and this was the vessel used for application. The emulsion had a high viscosity, and no separation had occurred in the pot. The odour was fairly minimal. The first …

Book Review – Contemporary American Playwrights (a Methuen Drama Guide)

ISBN 978-1-4081-3479-5 Text: Christopher Innes, Martin Middeke, Matthew C. Roundane, Peter Paul Schnierer Published by Bloomsbury December 2013 £19.99 __________________________________________________________________________________ CONTENT Paperback 479 pages RANGE OF INFORMATION The in depth introduction is 15 pages long and explains the structure of the book and how the book surveys 25 American playwrights with emphasis on plays of those who appeared in the 1970s or later, with Arthur Miller’s and Edward Albee’s post-1970 work the only exception. With this recent time being a starting point, there is a scholarly reassessment made, of how American dramatists have progressed in significance since and how their work had been received, not just as rhetoric for a Nation, but symbolically speaking. A team of scholars have, as contributors, explored reasons why contemporary plays have become important, artistically, in the US. Social trends have been overviewed and wider contrasts and comparisons have been made. A bibliography of published plays and a select list of critical works are included 10/10 QUALITY OF INFORMATION This book provides an authoritative interpretation of over 5 (or more) …

Book Review – Modern British Playwriting 2000-2009 by Bloomsbury

ISBN 978-1-4081-2956-2 Text: Dan Rebellato, Jacqueline Bolton, Michael Pearce, Nadine Holdsworth , Lynette Goddard and Andrew Haydon for Chapter 1 Published by Bloomsbury Oct 2013 __________________________________________________________________________________ CONTENT Paperback 340 pages RANGE OF INFORMATION Being one of a series of six volumes, this book relates to theatre from 2000 – 2009. In the preface the series editors Richard Boon and Philip Roberts explain how the book fits with others from the series in reassessing theatre for a specific decade; and this is followed by acknowledgements by editor, Dan Rebellato. In Rebellato’s introduction his overview of life in Britain in the 2000s comes in six categories: Domestic Life, Society, Culture, Media, Science and technology and Political events. Each category follows a chronological order of events. Chapter 1 reflects on verbatim responses to the political happenings of the decade, the impact of technological advances (growth of multi-media productions) on theatrical pieces; topics also include, site specific theatre; and the growing influences over this time in regard to the staging of new work including the popularity of ‘Scratch Nights’. …