Month: May 2015

TSS Business of the Month – May 2015 is Fussell Farms/Fussels’ Fine Foods

It’s that time of year again when we see the farmers’ fields full of the yellow rapeseed flowers making the checkerboard patterns interspersing with the greenery across the wider landscape, and so choosing Fussell Farms as our Business of the Month for May is significant. This now hugely popular (break) crop may be just past its full flowering stage, but we can report that down in Frome, Somerset, where the Fussell owned fields are worked, that the winter wheat and barley is a rich green and the spring barley is also growing well. As for the oilseed rape it will be ready for harvesting in July. Managing Director of Fussell Farms and Fussels’ Fine Foods is Andrew (Andy) Fussell. Andy farms 142ha of arable land on the A36 near Frome , village of Rode  and also has a shared farm of a further 70ha, namely Whitechapel Farm at Oldford. Andy has also owned and managed a haulage company. After investing in an Alvan Blanch rapeseed crushing machine, farmer, Andy, began producing high quality rapeseed cooking …

Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Originally posted on Love Nellie daily dose:
Last week I popped on thermals, made sure I had waterproof shoes on and headed to Chelsea Flower Show. I made a school girl error and left my umbrella on the hall table but thankfully went with kind friends who were happy to offer shelter when the heavens opened (numerous times) ! Despite the rubbish weather it was a great day and the show gardens were amazing, my personal favorite was ‘The Time in Between’  Garden by Husqvarna and Gardena which had such a special message behind it too. Stunning colours and lots of Alliums.For me though it was not just a chance to look at flowers and plants but a chance to be inspired by what the designers had added to their garden to make them individual. Last year when I went, I wrote my blog about how I was inspired to use my garden as an extension of the house. It spurred me on to create and outdoor living room but this year the thing that inspired me…

Stage Review – The Pyramid Texts

The whole monologue is the recording of a video message. Boxing club trainer, Ray feels compelled to tell the truth for once. He was going to put everything down in a letter to son ‘Bomber (the ex-boxer), but he believes the sincerity of the true confessions will show in his face and that seeing his facial expressions as he speaks the words will do it more tangibly. What is it that Ray has in common with his lad? Nothing and everything it seems, because whether you care anything about boxing, or not, this will move you. I cried. The beauty of The Pyramid Texts is that the story, on the surface, is of boxing and what that means for someone who experiences the draw of the sport in philosophical ways, more than the physical. Ray’s autobiographical account of his personal involvement with it, the lessons he learned; telling of the nurturing approach he took with his young gym members and how the boxing elite inspired him. He is relaying these stories to his son digitally …

Stage Review – COUGAR THE MUSICAL

We get a real sniff of writer ambition here. Donna Moore sets out a sufficiently bold and intelligent show on the ‘Cougar ‘subject, and for those who have not come across the slang term before, it’s a term for the woman who dates a younger man (men). I banished from my mind, early in, any preconceived ideas that this is purely a case of women behaving badly. This is an exploration piece, largely in musical terms, of three very different women and each one’s response to acquiring a youthful lover(s). There is some logic meant and it is life affirming for the sisterhood in many ways. If there is going to be any stereo typifying characterisation, then the closest to it is Cougar club owner, Mary-Marie (Suanne Braun – pictured above middle). Then there’s the serious and independent minded, Clarity (Dawn Hope pictured top left), and the recently divorced, Child Entertainer, Lily (Pippa Winslow pictured top right). All are mothers, and all throw their usual considerations and cautioned approaches into a shared portal of love and …

Stage Review – The Rise and Fall of LITTLE VOICE

This Jim Cartwright play is very popular, not everyone’s cup of tea but a fine example of a classic style British comedy. It’s the early 90s and widow, Mari (Vicky Entwistle) resides with daughter, LV, a reclusive young woman played by Nancy Sullivan. LV withdraws to her bedroom at any opportunity to play her late father’s vinyl records of diva performers popular in earlier decades. LV plays songs from her treasured collection with the volume up high, mostly to drown out Mari as she is loud mouthed, brash and often drunk. Mari’s affections go out to her new man, Ray Say (Chris Gascoyne) half heartedly to only friend, Sadie (Joanna Brookes) and even less so to LV. Hard up and sour puss, Mari prefers the booze and takeaways over the taking up of any responsibility of the domestic or maternal kind. Mari and LV are both the sight and sound of this play in equal measures but for very different reasons. What LV lacks in the talking her mother more than makes up for. LV’s …

Wall to “Berlin” wall food – eating out in Berlin

Originally posted on Soliciting Flavours:
Very occasionally my work takes me abroad, with trips to Europe mainly. Most people think this is quite glamorous – it isn’t. Long working days and then solo nights in chain hotels is not really much fun especially if there is no time/you are too tired for sight seeing. Also most chain hotel restaurants are dire. Getting out and about for dinner is one of the ways I make it a bit less dreary My latest trip was my first to Berlin. I have always found Berlin fascinating due to having grown up when the Cold War was in full swing, with Berlin and the Wall being the frontier between East and West. The wall particularly resonates as I remember it when it stood as an imposing symbol of the Cold War and when its fall heralding the end of it. Berlin, to me, is a funny old place without what I would regard as a recognisable centre (no doubt due to the partitioning). If there is one I didn’t…

The Townhouse Kettle by SWAN – a product review

The Product 1.7 litre capacity Cordless Kettle by Swan Model SK34010REDN Input voltage – 220-240V Frequency 50Hz UK 13 socket system (if using outside the UK use the correct plug adaptor) Power Consumption 2520-3000 Watts Finish – Red Metallic with stainless steel and a soft touch handle 360 degree base Concealed element Water Gauge 2 year Guarantee Note: The Townhouse kettle weighs just over a kilo (unfilled)     The Place http://www.swan-brand.co.uk The Price RRP £59.99 The Selling and Promotion Find out all you should know about the Swan brand here Townhouse collection is a new kettle and toaster range from Swan. Both appliances in the range come in three different colour options, metallic red, traditional cream and sleek black. The kettles are cordless and are pyramid shaped; a design which fits with both a contemporary and a traditional style kitchen TSS says: The item required little effort to set it up ready for use for the first time. Once the outer and inner packaging is removed from the kettle and its base, it is …

Review: “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Originally posted on Velvet Curtain Reviews:
In the summer of 2008, Marvel began a journey with “Iron Man” that culminated in 2012’s first team-up with the star-studded Avengers. Since then we’ve added more solo outings for Iron Man, Captain America and Thor, as well as the mostly irrelevant (but downright entertaining) “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Now that we’ve come back around to another outing with the Avengers, the question is: Can the sequel live up to its predecessor’s expectations? The short answer is “no,” but that’s not such a bad thing. “Age of Ultron” picks up with the full team rushing to defeat Baron von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann), a leader of Hydra, who possesses Loki’s scepter from the previous film. Though the villain is foiled rather easily, his work lives on in superhuman twins Pietro (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) Maximoff. When Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers that the scepter holds the key to artificial intelligence, he decides to create Ultron (James Spader), an AI system that can theoretically police the world through an army of…