Month: October 2015

Stage Review of Rooster & Other Works

About Rambert Last night at the theatre was a little out of the ordinary and an enlightening introduction to Rambert. National dance company Rambert, is a registered UK charity, which provides dancers from all over the world with unique opportunities to develop their choreographic talents. Rambert also allows members of the public access to dance education work, classes and rehearsals; behind the scene events, and performances of dance, music and design showcasing in community spaces, as well as venue held stage performances. Rooster & Other Works tour The Rooster show is currently on tour and three out of six contemporary dance works will be performed at each venue. The evening performance of yesterday, under review, consisted of two world premieres namely Alexander Whitley’s Frames and Kim Brandstrup’s Transfigured Night, plus, of course, a performance of Christopher Bruce’s Rooster. Frames South African, Dane Hurst, an award winning dancer, appears first and places small light boxes around the edge of the stage floor and then performs lithesome solo interaction with a length of aluminium strip, he is …

Guest bloggers review new coconut flavoured water enhancers by Stur

Adele S from Surrey tells us ‘I like to relate to the reader so they know I’m being honest‘ so we like it very much when she blog writes for TSS Adele says: ‘After previously trying Stur products before, they have now launched their new Coconut flavoured range. In 3 flavours; Original Coconut, Coconut & Lime and Coconut & Pineapple. While the original coconut was a bit too intense for my taste, I absolutely love them with the hint of lime and pineapple. The taste of the coconut is overcome slightly by the added flavours and it’s a great addition to water! I’ve always loved the concept behind Stur and with 0g sugar and 0 calories, you can’t go wrong! The small bottles are so perfect for popping in your bag, with 20 servings in each bottle, it will keep you going a while! It certainly makes a change from drinking water and you don’t have to feel guilty about it’   Kirstie W from Sheffield tells us her thoughts about Stur’s new coconut flavours in her …

3D puzzle by Ravensburger Big Ben (at Night)

Because of the identical technique involved in puzzle compilation it is sometimes difficult to convey anything new, but these 3D models, complete with display stand and LEDs bring a new dynamic to the table the instructions are clear and are in diagrammatic form over 2 pages The puzzle pieces are plastic, and are numbered on the reverse side. Sort pieces into numeric order. 216 pieces to fit together, altogether. Some of the pieces are pre-bent and hinged to obtain the angled structure The main body consists of 132 pieces The stand is square shaped and plastic, with lid made from heavy card and requires the fitting of 3 x AAA/LR03 batteries (not included) The photograph above was taken when the main body shaft was complete and the camera lens is pointing straight down the channel. Note: There are two lighting settings, this image shows the soft white light setting emanating from the base This image taken at the same stage of completion but tester has switched to the fluctuating colour setting. Colours fluctuate from a …

Stage Review of Anita and Me at Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Rep)

The play is a lesson in life for Meena. I totally get that. I can see why Syal’s book, Anita and Me and the study guides are probably a good resource for teaching GCSE subjects, English Language, recent History and Citizenship particularly. We have the spirited Meena, who, in the beginning anyway, is confused and impressionable, her mischievous behaviour is because she is intent on securing a friendship with young, Anita and she thinks she needs to be naughty to manage it. Meena is liked by everyone in fact; girl, boy, young, old, and no matter what their ethnic background is. Meena tests peoples’ patience and rebels against the traditions upheld within her household from her nuclear family and her extended family members, to the point of upsetting them. She becomes Anita’s best buddy for a time, but when a few nasty ‘getting in with the wrong crowd’ incidents and unsettling events happen, within her locality, and suddenly we see Meena having a life evaluating change of heart, and almost overnight. The set build with …

8 Really Good Reasons why GROHE is TSS Business of the Month for October 2015

Another bathroom manufacturer is our latest Business of the Month. Profiling the mighty GROHE (an industry leader and a powerhouse business) this October, and for a few very good reasons: because Grohe has an overarching brand promise ‘The GROHE brand stands for perfect water delivery “made in Germany”, offering uncompromising comfort, fun and enjoyment of our planet’s most vital resource. Building on a trend-setting premium product range, unique expertise and target group-oriented services, GROHE presents itself as a global leader who points the way forward for the sanitary market’ because Grohe’s great design, engineering capacity and knowledge within the industry is helping reduce the consumption of water and energy. GROHE states that quality and sustainability is a tradition followed, and that resources used are with a ‘good conscience’. GROHE manufactures taps (faucets) and shower products that are highly innovative and well engineered. New technologies introduced are helping to reduce water and energy consumption, they include The GROHE TurboStat® cartridge which reacts to changes in water pressure on hot and cold supplies to maintain a constant temperature …

Are there any towels and facecloths still made in England?

    This posting links to a blog called UK MADE which, like TSS, investigates the manufacturing stories behind a vast array of UK manufactured consumer goods and well known British Brands; then and now. Originally posted in April 2014 the author asks ‘are there any towels and facecloths still made in England?‘ Source: https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/are-there-any-towels-and-facecloths-still-made-in-england/

Review of Handbagged at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Little vignettes happen in chronological order revealing Margaret Thatcher’s and the Queen’s intellectual perceptions and philosophical responses to major events over the lady premier’s three terms in office. What is clever here is that there are two figureheads and two power crazies on stage for almost the whole time. Alongside the older and more reflective versions of Queen and Thatcher, are a younger Liz and Mags, so we have the same pairing but from an earlier era, one that falls within the living memory and I agree with the man in the audience who said ’years have passed and it seems like only yesterday!’ On the political front we get the feeling the Queen is a socialist at heart, and this point is addressed in the second Act with one or two scathing remarks from Maggie about the Queen not tax contributing for a long time, but without giving too much away, there is much more to it than a roller coaster ride through the fast changing political landscape during the eighties. This play explores …

Shoe Heaven (this way)

‘2 &3/4 hours in and this is what I’ve done so far (see pic). Nice quality, pieces handle well, and, as with all jigsaws…a bit addictive, particularly in view of the subject matter! Once a pair of shoes starts to come together, you want to see them finished. Can’t wait to start on the floral DMs! I like the fact there’s no swathes of sky, it’s a nice ‘busy’ picture with plenty of detail to keep you hooked…even N (husband) was drawn in!’   Review by a lover of fashion shoes, Bev of N W Leicestershire   UPDATE RECEIVED 17 OCTOBER 2015: Bev Says ‘Ta Dah! Finished! The work is complete!