Month: September 2014

Ravensburger Puzzle Boards – A Blog Feature

tssreviews have put together a number of editorial pieces featuring Ravensburger jigsaw puzzles, but we haven’t, to date, extended our thoughts to include those additional kinds of considerations that one has to factor in before setting about the task of puzzle compiling. This time we are doing Whether it is subconsciously, or not, we will firstly be considering a few things: the space available for undertaking this type of hobby pursuit the comfort and positioning of the person (people) while doing it and the maneuverability and storage of something that is a largely a Work in Progress until completed Some people have space within their homes which can incorporate physical things based around their interests or hobbies, and some will, willingly, give up precious space that is usually dedicated to mealtimes, in favour of the puzzle making, for the length of time required to get it done Others prefer to use a working base that will transport the puzzle and allow re-positioning of the operation onto the floor, or a different furniture top, or to …

TSS Business of the month for September 2014 is DENMAN® International Limited

We cannot feature Denman International Limited without mentioning The Denroy Group. This group was formed in 1972 by Max Rainey and remains privately owned by the Rainey family. The group’s main headquarters is based in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. The Denroy Group consists of Denroy Plastics Limited – providers of precision plastic injection mouldings, as well as being the manufacturing arm of the famous DENMAN® range of hairbrushes and combs. Our business of the month Denman International Limited, deals solely with the supply, marketing and sales organisation sectors of the group. DENMAN® is one of the most respected names in hairdressing worldwide. It was the late 1930s when Ulster man, John Denman Dean (known as Jack Dean) pictured above, first patented the classic Denman D3 brush. Back then, this well known brush was made from boar’s bristles and natural rubber, but Dean’s work during WWII brought him into contact with a new polymer at the time; a material that was a versatile and durable synthetic called Nylon. After the war Dean established Denman Tools Limited and Denman Products Limited …

A Time and Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War

A Time and Place is a World War One themed live event incorporating uniquely original folk music with both existing and new poetry; so the fantastic storytelling, in other words, is channeled through music and songs. The live projection is the work of Birmingham’s Matt Watkins (Gorillaz – Plastic Beach Tour). In his intro Mercury prize nominee, Sam Lee – folk artist and singer, explained how he and his project collaborators, while down in South West England, had met with some of those who had been close to people who had passed on their firsthand accounts of their own experiences of World War One. The voice of a woman is heard recalling a conversation she held with an ex WW1 soldier. This recollection inspired the first song that is performed called Bideford Bridge. I have seen a few fine examples of this kind of insightful approach taken with the transference of thought and the transformation of traditional pre-existing material being fused with new writing, singing and instrument playing, as well as technical input providing stimulus …

Stage Review – Propaganda Swing

The curtain is already up at the very start and the scene is a radio station with live band. It is Berlin, 1939. It is interesting for writer of this new play, Peter Arnott to pinpoint the positioning of Jazz music for those living and working under Third Reich rule at this time. The jazz scene was by now well established worldwide and Europe was no exception. Jazz, however, was of deep set American origin and had been written, toured and performed by black and Jewish people particularly, so this was something that was always going to be conflicting with the racist ideology of the National Socialist Party. There was little room for sentimentality, in those dark days, when many had to watch their back for fear of recrimination in regard to their positioning in life, and of whom they chose to keep company with; and we are often reminded of this fact in the story line. Another story thread is the fast development of an ‘against all the odds’ love affair between the already …

Review of Ravensburger Puzzle entitled Peony Cottage (1000 pieces)

The Artist You would be hard pushed to find illustrative work that is any more colourful and ‘busier’ than that by Howard Robinson. Robinson sets about drawing and painting using his masterful 2D skills and then he digitally enhances those designs. It is the one off final print that he produces which forms the original artwork. Robinson then licenses his designs for commercial use. Wildlife is what he depicts mostly. But we’ve all seen his work in some shape or form, whether it on stationery items, posters, greetings cards, tea towels, mugs, or jigsaws; Robinson’s sharp, boldly bright art is in all of our consciousnesses. Take a look at a range of designs by Howard Robinson on Pinterest we think you will see what we mean! The Theme British garden birds and insects; full bloomed flowers and fauna, and flower names in Cursive writing frame a large, red brick and tiled cottage, with glass and leaded windows which sits, centrally, within a country garden scene. Scenes like this one have been popular for many, many …

Stage Review – Rudy’s Rare Records

Lenny Henry is a treasured and well respected comedian, presenter, impressionist and a critically acclaimed actor. He is the person who is always bold in including racial issues in his comedy. Working behind the scenes alongside his creative collaborators, he has been co-writer of this project designed to bring the already established Rudy’s Rare Records Radio 4 show to the stage. This production is currently running in The HOUSE at The Rep Birmingham and is a fabulous introduction to the autumn calendar, and a well chosen marker to celebrate one year on from the reopening of the theatre and the iconic library building next to it. So to fit the occasion aptly, we must first recognize that Henry feels very much at home in Birmingham; although this is his first time at the theatre. This fun show provides a real trip back in time for its Birmingham audience. Throughout the 1970s Jamaican reggae was influencing a new generation; and it was wholly resonating in our UK lives at this time. A new fabric of life …

Review of Philips Sonicare EasyClean Whitening Toothbrush

Putting the Philips Sonicare EasyClean Whitening model to the test. What is Sonic Technology in a toothbrush? It is a long time patented technology developed by Phillips Sonicare that is identifiable as the movement and vibration of an electrically charged handle and brush head and a particular kind of whipping and blasting action on the teeth, as well as a certain kind of fluid distribution between the teeth and along the gum line, while cleaning THE PRODUCT – EasyClean Whitening 500 series All Phillips sonicare products Includes the sonic technology as described above. The pack contains: A Sonic Toothbrush handle with built in rechargeable battery A Diamond Clean brush head (Standard) with hygienic cap A charger base   Features include: A Smarttimer /Quadpacer An Easy-Start power (pre-activated) A 28 Day Money Back Guarantee on the original purchase price 2 Year Warranty   THE PROMOTION Clinical trials of this product have proven that the removal of plaque was significantly higher in comparison to using a manual toothbrush. Marketing information and promotional activities reverberate this fact and advertorial …