Month: October 2016

Large Scale Wooden Carrom Set – A Product Review

If you grew up in the Eastern world, in India particularly, you will be no stranger to the game Carrom. In the States, well they would match the concept as being very similar to pocket billiards, and to us in the UK and Europe we would think the rules are very much like a game of Pool. When it comes to Carrom we can play singles or doubles too, however, there are no cues, no balls, and ‘strikes’ are made with a flick of the finger on the side of the Striker piece sending a Carrom coin into any one of the four pockets. Under review is the Wooden large scale version of Carrom from Garden Games Disclaimer The board is made from wood of a decent quality and finish (underneath : a wooden framework with pockets made from synthetic material stretched across every corner). Everything is well planed and smooth, no splinters, and with the Carrom design (the striking lines, the flower etc) in black and red it is very pleasing to look at. The …

Stage Review: The Exorcist

I do not need to overview the story as it is a classic in the public psyche. An explicit tale of demon possession and religious dogma. A ‘hell is burning’ binge of a tale! I have never read the bestselling book of 1971 and it has been ages since I saw the iconic film of 1973 based on story, so I am not really comparing this UK premiering play by John Pielmeier with anything that has gone before. I know this much, that this stage setting has not brought about anything which is trans-formative, as is often the case when a novel has been adapted for stage. Yet the story lends itself very well to theatre and though it is such a brave undertaking, this is quite masterfully presented, and one thing, in early scenes, it is seriously creepy. The special effects and the artistry of creatives Ben Hart, Duncan McLean, Adam Cork, and Tim Mitchell, are the reasons why. Plus, a stand-out performance by Clare Louise Connolly as Regan, who gives it her all …

Franchise Partnering Company FOCUS Brands Inc. and its CINNABON Brand

TSS Business of the Month for October 2016 is @Cinnabon of @FOCUSBRANDS in the US #franchise #business #TSSTIMEhttps://t.co/prne40wNlD pic.twitter.com/dD9PHRrdiV — TSS NEWS (@TSSComms) October 25, 2016   Since 2014, TSS has profiled many different types of businesses monthly, from relatively small set-ups to corporate giants. Those operating (or with head quarters) in the UK, the US, and in Europe. Most have been trade companies. In fact, the first business ever to feature was the brand of a franchising company, who, like FOCUS Brands, are responsible for the local manufacture, distribution and sale of product in many countries around the world. Whatever your business is get in touch if you would like to be similarly profiled at tssreviews Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc is a franchiser, operator and developer of global multi-channel food service brands. Their strategy: ‘to develop owned and acquired food service brands through a repeatable operating model that leverages the core franchise business into multiple distribution channels, including licensing, consumer products, and ecommerce’ FOCUS Brands have been operating since 2001 and acquired Cinnabon (whose …

Craft Book Review – Mini Knitted Ocean by author Sachiyo Ishii

Review of Mini Knitted Ocean is by guest reviewer and novice knitter, Kelly A from Pontyclun I’m a fairly novice knitter, most of my accomplishments come in the form of scarves, so it was really nice to have a go at something different with this book. I love the quality of the book, the various projects within and the quirky theme of the ocean. Whenever I start knitting I always forget how to cast on, so I’d hope I’d find simple instructions inside the book (because the projects are aimed at beginner, intermediate and advanced) but there were none so I headed over to youtube for a quick tutorial. I’d opted for a beginner project, the ‘clown fish’, but I wanted to make it spooky (because it’s Halloween!) so I opted for red, black and green wool. Once I’d cast on it didn’t take long for me to gather momentum for the project! I have never really followed a detailed set of knitting instructions before, so it was great to have a reference at the front of the book for all …

Stage Review: Paradise of the Assassins

This project/production is Arts Council England funded and the hand-outs received are actually a complete text in full book format which is unusual. ‘Unusual’ being the operative word for this evening. More about that to come. Firstly, I must be clear about one thing, this old story is fascinating and it will draw you in spite of yourself. Break-neck and full of ferocity. A Muslim story, an ‘anti-parable’ if such a word exists. In a Persian (Arabian) setting at a time when the Mongol Empire was still strong. Hussain (Asif Khan) and his love Zamurrud (Skye Hallam) are on their first Hajj. They’ve been walking for a long time and the mountains are stretching ahead, so they rest and Hussain tends to Zamurrud’s blistered feet. When they disagree on which trail to pick up, Zamurrud reveals her true reasons for coming to the valley. And we are suddenly engaged in her quest for the truth about what had happened to her brother on his past pilgrimage to Mecca. So the story continues and it is …

A return to the Apollo Theatre for Peter Pan Goes Wrong 

Mischief Theatre’s smash-hit Peter Pan Goes Wrong returns to the Apollo Theatre London for a limited festive season.  Recently nominated for Best New Comedy at the 2016 Olivier Awards Theatre, TSS is sharing a review of this fabulous funny show by theatre critic, Debra Hall which was written during its 2015 touring run Hall suggests that you fly on over to read it by clicking on the link below and then recommends that you catch Peter Pan Goes Wrong this festive season Supporting a different cast to those members in the tour but who are deemed to be as equally talented! Peter Pan Goes Wrong is set to run at the West End from October 20th 2016 until January 29th 2017. You can book through Official Theatre Source: Stage Review – Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Twitter Competition to win a pair of tickets to Lennon: Through A Glass Onion at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Attention Live Music fans in the Midlands UK! On 21 and 22 October 2016 Lennon: Through a Glass Onion (a stage production celebrating the legend that is JOHN LENNON) rolls into THE BELGRADE THEATRE in Coventry Inspired by the song “Glass Onion”, which was John Lennon’s postscript to The Beatles, this show peels away the layers of time and myth to offer insight into the life and astonishing talent of one of the world’s most treasured icons Lennon: Through A Glass Onion features Liverpool actor Daniel Taylor in the lead role For a chance to Win a pair of tickets participate in the #freebiefriday competition @TSSComms COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. The free draw is open to UK residents only and entrants must be over 18. By entering you are agreeing to the competition rules 2. To enter the free prize draw, entrants must have a Twitter account and are to Follow @LennonOnStage on Twitter and retweet a competition tweet.  A minimum participation threshold of 20 people participating must be met, if numbers do not match or exceed …