Month: February 2015

Stage Review – The King’s Speech

It’s a chicken and egg thing. Which came first? The Play or The Film? The story was in the mind of writer, David Seidler for a long, long time. It was written as a play first and it was out there. It was when Bedlam Productions got hold of a copy of the script they decided that it would make a ‘rather good film’. Reflecting back on the film of 2010, brilliant as it was, the play’s Director, Roxana Silbert brings something new; so she is rather brilliant too. Based on the true story of King George VI (Bertie) and his speech therapist Lionel Logue, during three or four years of unprecedented, turbulent world (and British Royal Family) events of the 1930s, we learn, early in, that radio media presentations and public speaking are causing Bertie much angst; being a known stutterer. So he begins attending speech therapy with Lionel, who injects a great sense of sensibility and informality into his life. Donovan presents the humanistic complexity of Lionel. We are allowed through all open …

Cormar Carpets and Taylor Made Flooring – TSS Business(es) of the Month for February

Carpet has been a real focus this month and as it has proved difficult to make distinctions in terms of communication and service received from two carpet businesses the decision has been made to introduce both companies to our readers. Cormar Carpets is an independent carpet manufacturing business based in Lancashire. There are two mills based in the county producing over nine million sq metres of carpet every year. Established in 1956 by the late, Neville Cormar OBE (a pioneer of the tufted carpet production), the company now enjoys a strong and elevated position in what is a tough market. Cormar Carpets has received many industry rewards. The customer service to trade is fast and efficient.                       Taylor Made Flooring is a supplier and installer of flooring to both the commercial and residential markets in and around Derby. Owner and Director, Matthew Taylor has secured for his company some heritage type floor restoration work of late; so now has a further string to his bow. …

Review of Patch Leather Handbag by Compass at Aldi Stores UK

THE PRODUCT Leather/synthetic long-handled Handbag/Shoulder bag : The main body is made from leather, the base, the handle and trims are made from synthetic material Colour: Black Measures: 12 x 14 x 4 inches approx (H 30 x W 33 x D 10 cm) Design: is patchwork with black stitching detail Decoration: gold coloured zips and a single gold coloured button to the front with symbol etching Interior: two large divided pockets, one small (pockets are zipped) Bag is lightweight, sturdy and fully lined THE PLACE Aldi Stores Nationwide this March THE PRICE £7.99 THE PROMOTION This is a Mother’s Day Aldi Special Buy item available in store This is a classic fashion item which allows a woman to get creative with the accessorizing of her outfits. Just because this bag is discount retailing it is not one to be sniffed at by the fashion police. The styling is not old fashioned. There are two large compartments within that are big enough to incorporate a tablet, an e-reader or notepad or small laptop. There is …

Stage Review – HARVEY

Elwood P Dowd is mild-mannered and charming. James Dreyfus is such a good vehicle for this character as the actor’s signature performance, in such a variety of roles, has involved a certain kind of speech, expression and gesture. Dreyfus is expertly cast as Elwood, his exaggerated hand and arm motions, his expressive face and the softly patient vocals is such a tight fit for the role it is hard to imagine that anyone could match the ability he has to give time, space and consideration to an invisible presence quite so endearingly. If it is possible at all to ignore the comedy manifested in the six-foot imaginary rabbit and think for a moment how better the world would be if we all had our own Harvey to consider; what light and lift it would bring to our lives. This play reminds of the values of life and the blinkered way we move through each day. It is, by its own standing, not meant to be a tale of insanity or of mental breakdown. A gentle …

Stage Review – Twelve Angry Men

Jury members are ushered into a room through a single doorway, which, once through it, the door is shut and a guard locks it from the outside. No matter, there will be little time for the claustrophobia to hit, as deliberating the evidence is not going to take all day. In the minds of the majority here, the thing is pretty much settled. The defendant, a boy of sixteen must have knifed his father in the chest during a heated argument. The prosecution case against him is much too strong. Or is it? And this turns out to be the sixty-four-thousand-dollar question. Not only is this play a fascinating insight to the seriousness and responsibility of a 12-strong jury in a court of justice, but a window into the independent thoughts and responses of a mixed bag of individuals. Once in the jury room, while disputing with one another, some jurors expose their own insecurities and indecisiveness and others a certain kind of ignorance. Prejudices surface. Being reminded of the flaws of personality beholden to …

Aldi Workshop and Workwear #AldiSpecialBuys

This week (February 5th 2015) sees Aldi launching their Workshop and Workwear #AldiSpecialBuys and we have guest blogger, Dean W from Skegness communicating his feelings and findings in regard to the men’s workwear items. Dean says: ‘With everything you need for work and even stuff to do the DIY at home all under one roof there’s no need to go traipsing round a thousand different shops now Aldi have their Workshop #AldiSpecialBuys in store. Being on my feet all day 6 days a week as you can imagine my footwear gets quite a battering so it’s great to know I can grab some new Safety Boots for just £19.99 and at just £3.49 their Thermo socks are definitely going to be worth stocking up on. As well as the great value footwear I’ll also be grabbing some work trousers and a couple of fleeces for the colder weather. You can also get hold of jackets, gilets and basewear for as little as £7.99. And to keep the wife happy I’ll be purchasing some new DIY …

What have Nintendo ever done for us? – Reader’s Feature

Originally posted on Metro:
Where would gaming be without Nintendo? A reader tries to list all of Nintendo’s hardware innovations over the years, as he charts their influence over the whole of console gaming. In the comments section the other day someone wrote, and I paraphrase here: “It doesn’t matter what Nintendo have done, someone else would have done it’. This belittles the entire point of having a history and I feel it is something that anyone with a passing interest in our hobby should be aware of. I wrote a list of what Nintendo actually have done but I didn’t post it, I thought it might actually be worth remembering what Nintendo have actually done for us in a Reader’s Feature, so I present to you what Nintendo should be credited for. ? Nintendo saved the American gaming industry They saved the American games industry after the crash of 1983, where the games market became oversaturated. The Nintendo seal of quality gave consumers the belief that games would be better and by 1987 the…