Month: November 2015

The VALSPAR Paint and Coatings Co

The Valspar company provides coatings, paints, (and various combinations of intermediate products) to a wide variety of customers. The brand is American, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Valspar has been manufacturing and trading for over 200 years, established in Boston, MA in 1806 the business now has a presence in 100 countries and employs around 10,000 people. While Valspar is the sixth largest coatings’ company in the world, it is a relatively new retailer to trade and consumer in the UK. Valspar was launched exclusively in B&Q stores this February (2015) COMMERCIAL BUSINESS There is a whole world of science behind the formulas that Valspar have developed, or taken up and where their involvement has never stretched to supplying anything to do with aeronautics, maritime or transport, they have applied similar performance and protection related principles when manufacturing specialty coatings for the building and construction industry, and in the production of factory applied coatings for a variety of industrial customers. The customer base however, is largely the Food, Cosmetic, Automotive and Creative industries: Food Coatings for …

Stage Review – The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The fantasy storybook THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE has been a firm favourite from the Narnia chronicles and has been placed on many a childhood bookcase for over half a century, but does a stage production really work? While acknowledging it has been produced for stage before, it is quite an ambitious undertaking to get the scene setting requirements right. So let’s investigate. Yes, I’d say, in regard to the puppetry on show, it works very well; there are many top moments when the puppets feature. Other positives include a clever set designed to cope with the four main characters moving in between the two worlds, and simple ideas incorporate all what needs to be represented. One or two trick-of-the-eye techniques are used and a large scale stage illusion adds a touch of mystery. There is no doubt that without the live music and the input of the talented musicians this would not make it through. The drum playing really stands out particularly, and adds so much to dramatic scenes. Nevertheless, as is …

Mr Toad At Chatsworth

Chatsworth House is Toad Hall this Christmas! *When The Toad came home! There was panic in the parlours and bowling in the halls,   There was crying in the cow-sheds and shrieking in the stalls. When the Toad— came— home!       When the Toad— came— home! There was smashing in of window and crashing in of door, There was chivvying of weasels that fainted on the floor , When the Toad— came— home! Bang! go the drums! The trumpeters are tooting and the soldiers are saluting And the cannon they are shooting and the motor-cars are hooting, As the— Hero— comes! Shout— Hoo-ray! And let each one of the crowd try and shout it very loud, In honour of an animal of whom you’re justly proud, For it’s Toad’s— great— day!** *words above are TOAD’S LAST LITTLE SONG! written by Kenneth Grahame – author of the classic novel Wind in the Willows Mr Toad and Mole Ratty and Badger are part of the novelty features for Christmas at Chatsworth 2015 This event runs until 3 January …

Asda and The Taste of London event 2015

The Taste of London is in full swing. Asda is the supermarket sponsor for the event and are ready to welcome visitors this weekend to its Extra Special Festive Lodge. The UK’s first sweet and savoury edible Christmas house is the work of food artist, Miss Cakehead, and is big enough for a family to sit inside. The house sits at 3.5m tall and 2m x 2m wide has been constructed with all of Asda supermarket’s Christmas food and drink products, including 1,200 mince pies, 30 lobsters, 75kg Parmesan, 30kg maple smoked salmon and 3,000 sprouts. As well, there is a garden patch created from cabbage and broccoli, and never before seen lobster flowers decorating the outside. There’s a sausage roll wreath hanging above the door, and clouds floating magically above created from award-winning Black Forest Alaskan Bombe desserts, there is also a Prosecco wishing well sitting in the middle of the installation. Miss Cakehead is famous for creating stunts, experiences and campaigns solely out of food, and has worked with Asda’s Extra Special Christmas …

BLOG FEATURE – BATHROOM REFIT

Euphoria 110 Duo consists of Euphoria 110 Duo Shower Spray (2 Sprays), 920 mm Shower riser rail and Silverflex hose 1750 mm both by GROHE before and after #bathroom Bathroom Refit pic.twitter.com/JjlWsYHliM — TSS NEWS (@TSSComms) November 19, 2015 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Labyrinth Board Games

Testing this, the Junior Labyrinth Board Game by Ravensburger is, Adam (aged 8), Abigail (aged 5)  and their parents ‘the testers’. Review written and submitted to TSS by mum, Cheryl   “That looks Epic!” cried Adam when we opened the package that arrived, and with some prompting Abigail said it looked “hard but fun“. The game was played 4 times over 2 days. We liked the instruction, ‘the bravest starts first’. Adam shouted up, and started, with me second, Abigail third, and my husband to be last. I read the instructions and Adam took his turn, but by the time it reached Abigail, we realised that to start with she’d need help, so my husband teamed up with her. She still chose her own moves and gained understanding and more independence as the game went on. By the 4th time we played she set it up, and collected 7 tokens before anyone else had sat down to play, which caused much amusement! Adam understood the game quickly, though he took some time to think through …

Two Winter Tales in Picture Books by Bloomsbury

Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton ISBN 978-1-4088-5614-8 Published by Bloomsbury in Hardcover – Release date 08 October 2015 RRP £10.99 A Children’s Picture Book (Hardback) Overview: the creatures are busy preparing for winter which is nearly upon them. Robin is curious to know what this scary ‘winter’ person/thing is. He grows to like winter, so when the times comes for wintertime to give up to spring Robin is not scared at all, just excited to meet ‘her’ Comment and Guide: the story moves from autumn, through the winter, to the beginning of spring in 24 pages. Lots of verbs in the text to describe the actions of the creatures. The illustrations are collage like, and so show lots of textural qualities but in a 2D form of course. The colours in the woods are a mix of autumnal shades on a white background (mostly). When winter eventually arrives the colour pallet changes to cool shades of blue and grey, but the lovely reds, oranges and browns of the animals adds a contrasting warmth to …