Month: January 2015

Stage Review – Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Despite all of the clowning around and the hazardous physicality of the performance, it is more than Magical Fairy Dust that turns this confused version of a classic tale into something extremely entertaining. Writers’ Lewis, Sayer and Shields, from the comedy theatre company – Mischief Theatre, have skilfully scripted this piece, but I think their vision for it must have been crystal clear from the start. The talented cast play members of the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, plus its stage manager and assistants, who have put on and are performing an amateur production of Peter Pan. Technical hitches happen and there is much fixing and maintenance going on in the ‘background’. The humour of it is that we are not meant to worry about the accidents. Furniture and scenery randomly collapses and there’s a few mini explosions from faulty electrics. The mishandling and poor function of the props causes pain, distress, and sometimes unconsciousness for the performers; but for art’s sake they struggle to keep the show on course, only to finally abandon their …

Stage Review – Yet Another Evening with Rick Wakeman

In a short set, before the interval and I think deviating from the original plan intended, we had the pleasure to be entertained by Wakeman’s second son, Adam. Adam Wakeman is a songwriter and accomplished pianist and keyboard player; currently on the books of the reformed Black Sabbath. His performance introduced us to the flavour of the night, with relaxed and engaging verbal presentations ahead of lengthier instrumentals on the piano, and, in his case alone, some singing and guitar playing too. A grabbing kind of opportunity for this fine musician, who might otherwise be making music behind the scenes or be studio based, to showcase his own songs and to tell his own story in an acoustic setting. When Wakeman senior takes to the De Monfort Hall stage we immediately get his funny turn of phrase. Like Mozart, he was a boy who started learning the piano from a particularly young age. Unlike Mozart he did not demonstrate any prodigious ability until later on, nor did he start to use the piano to compose …

TSS Business of the Month for January 2015 is Clayre & Eef (wholesale business)

Ahead of the UK’s big wholesale gift and home interior trade event of the season the Spring Fair International, we are profiling one of its many exhibitors Clayre & Eef – a manufacturer and wholesaler of home decoration products, based within the Leudal municipal, south eastern Netherlands. If ever there were a company that was a real family affair this is it. Two Dutch brothers took over the business bearing the family name ‘Van Cleef’ from their parents in 1994; back then it was just textile producing. The Van Cleef brothers, along with other relatives, friends and acquaintances worked to grow the wholesaling business into its present capacity of supplying, to trade, a whole range of home decorating items, fashion accessories, fancy goods and more. In 2005, the constriction of the two first names of the mens’ children (pictured right) was changed to the current corporate and brand name ‘Clayre & Eef’. How nice for the children – now grown up! In the main office in Haelen, the Clayre & Eef artwork is hand-drawn and …

The Dulux MixLab at Homebase – How it works

Since the summer of 2014 Homebase Stores have been replacing the Dulux paint tinting machines with the new Dulux MixLab. The previous incarnate allowed colour matching and specified choices of paint mixing products for the customer. That tried and tested tinting technology is not much different in these new installations. What is different with the Dulux MixLab, is that cut down on the complexity and angst that can sometimes come about when shopping for paint, and the process itself (in store) is much more customer friendly. Dulux MixLab is exclusive to Homebase The Dulux MixLab is designed so you move through 4 steps, from left to right. Steps 1 and 3 can be self accessed, for Step 4 you will still require the services of a trained operator/staff member to mix the paint for you. After Step 4 is complete you will have a packaged paint product – ready to pay for and go, that has been produced to your exact specification Step 1 – COLOUR A long, rectangular panel which has a grid arrangement …

THIS WEEK: MEN’S CLASSIC’S RANGE LAUNCHES AT ALDI

  Featuring Aldi’s Casual Classics: the selected items above are available as part of a larger range and are an Aldi Specialbuy this week. These menswear classics will launch in local stores on 22nd January. As with all Aldi Specialbuys, the selling is calendar led and items fall under a once they’ve gone, they’ve gone, principle. Aldi continues this January 2015 with their Aldi Challenge campaign. The slogan goes like this ‘save more, taste more and live more‘.  The idea behind the Aldi Challenge is to enable consumers to shop for less;  a concerted effort from the company to achieve further gains of the grocery market share. Go to aldichallenge.co.uk for more information or via Twitter use the hashtag #aldichallenge .

A Pair of New Reads by Bloomsbury Children’s – BOOK GIVEAWAY

A chance to WIN one of two sets of newly published, children’s titles by Bloomsbury. COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED How to Enter Simply complete the contact form with your name and email address via this link In the Drop Down Select Bloomsbury-Giveaway and in the comment box state the UK Town/City in which you reside. COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Competition is open to UK residents only and entrants must be over 18 2. Only one entry per person 3. The Competition will run from Thursday 15 January and will close on 23 January 2015 23.59 4. The prize is a Bloomsbury book pair consisting of 1 x The Curse of the Ice Serpent (part of the Monster Odyssey series) and 1 x Apocalypse Bow Wow (a graphic novel). There are two sets to giveaway. There will be two winners 5. The prize draw will be random 6. Participants must agree to be part of any reasonable promotional activity surrounding the competition on social media outlets. Please note however, that the competition is not connected to Twitter …

The CO-9X FireAngel Carbon Monoxide Detector

The presence of fully functioning Carbon Monoxide Detector(s) within the home can save lives. Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas and so without a detector it is particularly hard to identify that an appliance, generator or boiler may be seeping CO, and so be deemed as being unsafe. CORGI HomePlan is campaigning for every home owner, from a mansion to a mobile home, to get equipped with a carbon monoxide detector. Ideally, it is good safety practice to have a CO detector in any room that has any of the following: an OIL/GAS BOILER a PORTABLE GENERATOR an OIL OR SOLID FUEL COOKER a GAS OR PARAFFIN HEATER a GAS APPLICANCE any FOSSIL BURNING APPLIANCE NOTE: the items listed above are the more common CO sources in the home, there are others; everyday things like lighted cigarettes and barbecues and burning candles made from paraffin wax. Whether you are a private house owner, landlord or letting’s agent, it should be imperative that gas (and electrical) systems and appliances meet specified safety standards and that …

Review: “Taken 3”

Originally posted on Velvet Curtain Reviews:
As is often the case in Hollywood, less is usually more. After spending some time as an air marshal in “Non Stop” and a PI in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”, Liam Neeson returns to the franchise that breathed new life into his acting career. The first “Taken” film was an instant classic about a father trying to find his daughter after she’s abducted in Paris. The regrettable sequel dealt with similar themes as Bryan Mills (Neeson) and his family are once again endangered by the family of the first film’s villains. This time around Mills is on the run in the US after he is framed for the murder of his ex-wife (Famke Janssen). What made the first “Taken” film such a hit was that it was a revenge film where a father is essentially tearing apart Paris to find his daughter and make her captors pay. A man with “a particular set of skills” is going after drug smugglers/human traffickers with a righteous cause the audience can all…

FEATURING A 17TH CENTURY WORLD MAP (BRITISH LIBRARY LICENSED) ON A BOOK/ORGANISER COVER FROM BAGABOOK LTD

    We are featuring the Limited Edition ‘British Library’ Bagabook book cover/carrier, because it was interesting to learn that sales of the product go to support the work of The British Library. The British Library serves business and industry, researchers, academics and students, in the UK and world-wide. It is in two UK locations: at St Pancras and Boston Spa. Among the old and new treasures housed there, the paper collections and bounded books, The British Library http://www.bl.uk also has, in its safe keeping, 4.5 million maps! The four hemisphere map that features on this Bagabook version was published in 1668. It was created by Frederik de Wit; a once renowned cartographer from Amsterdam. The picturesque four corner borders are decorated with scenes from the famous, ancient Greek poem entitled The Iliad. The item, like all the Executives, measures: 22cm Wide x 17.5cm Height x (up to) 5.5 cm Depth. It has a short carry handle, magnetic closure, and a zip fastening back pocket. The inside has an inner support to fit a variety …