Month: March 2017

Endometriosis – is a debilitating, chronic medical condition. The pain for the female sufferer is severe!

(Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler)Finally, women’s complaints about how their endometriosis has been handled by doctors has been vindicated. ‘Sexist’ advert showing old man and young woman will be taken down after backlash Women aren’t exaggerating their pain. They’re not overreacting. Their pain is real and doctors aren’t doing enough to help them with it. BBC… via Women with endometriosis aren’t being diagnosed quickly enough or receiving adequate treatment — Metro Advertisements

Book Review: Stitching with Beatrix Potter

ISBN 978-1-61745-610—7 Author:  Michele Hill Publisher: C&T Publishing (2 Feb. 2017) RRP £16.99 Content – 10 sewing and stitching projects based on stories and characters of Beatrix Potter. A couple of craft projects relate to Potter’s home at ‘Hill Top’ and the surrounding farmland in The Lake District, UK (now a National Trust property) Introduction Australian Author, Michele Hill talks of being bowled over by the gallery displays of both William Morris and Beatrix Potter inspired quilts at the 2016 Tokyo Quilt Festival. Already conversant and somewhat obsessed with the life and work of William Morris, Hill made connections of these two famous people and began to research Beatrix Potter. Being an award winning quilter, Hill had in mind to write a Beatrix Potter book. Hill had the help and encouragement of history buffs who she names and credits in her welcome message and who also contributed background information, and photographic images from the archives shown in the Life of Beatrix Potter that is presented on pages 7 and 8. Range of information 8/10 skills: machine applique …

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Book Review – A Dangerous Crossing

A Dangerous Crossing Author Rachel Rhys Published by Doubleday Release date 23 March 2017 RRP 12.99 (Hardback) An Adult Fictional Book – Crime Thriller OVERVIEW Set in 1939, just before the outbreak of WWII, and young, Lily Shepherd takes an ocean liner journey from England to Australia. Compelled to get away from the dark shadows of near past events, her plan is to live in Sydney working in domestic service for a couple of years. Once aboard the good ship Orontes Lily makes her friendships and acquaintances with a small band of people almost straightaway. As a single woman, travelling alone, Lily is thrown into new experiences. Early in the voyage she suffers a bout of sickness, and is home sick at times, especially as news filters through of Germany’s growing aggression. Lily is cliquey with certain people. Her attentions go to a couple from the first-class deck to whom there is much gossip and scandal attached. The pair load luxury upon her. In the meantime, she is having flashbacks, she’s trying to cope with …

Stage Review : Betrayal (A Derby Theatre Production)

The story of Jerry, Emma and Robert is told in a kind of reverse chronology of events as to how the trio’s love lives were once intertwined. Betrayal is a memory play. Jerry and Emma meet in a bar in the opening scene. Conversation is polite and a little awkward. They haven’t seen one another for a long time, nevertheless, they are old friends who met many years previous through association with Emma’s husband, Robert. Actually, we learn that the two men, Jerry and Robert, have remained in regular contact. They still meet for lunches on occasion as they both work in publishing. So, Jerry and Emma’s café catch-up is similar to when someone meets up with a Facebook friend. They appear interested to hear news about each other’s spouses and of the well-being of both sets of children, but as Robert remains a ‘mutual friend’ the pair are already, to some degree, aware of what has been occurring in each other’s lives. It’s that kind of conversation. As the talk progresses however, and tongues …

Victoria Beckham says London 2012 was enough of a Spice Girl Reunion

The Spice Girls reunited for the London Olympics in 2012 (Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)Victoria Beckham thinks the Spice Girls performing at the London 2012 Olympics was enough of a reunion. Victoria reunited with bandmates Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Mel… via Victoria Beckham says she’ll ‘always be Posh Spice’ as she dismisses the Spice Girls reunion — Metro

Stage Review of ‘What the Butler Saw’

What the Butler Saw All scenes take place in a clinic room. Doors off lead to and from the garden, a backroom, and to other parts of the larger building. The opening scene begins quite sedately with Dr Prentice conducting an interview for a secretarial position. Interviewee, Geraldine is soon stripping from behind the curtains at the request of the doctor. This she does unwittingly and without question. In the meantime, the doctor’s sex starved wife enters unexpectedly and she is wearing only underwear under her coat. Another medical ‘professional’ Dr Rance comes along and provides a madcap diagnosis of the couple’s marital problems. Later a black mailing bell boy, accused of sexual harassment, enters. Finally a policeman and we think the whole thing will settle down. Of course, it doesn’t settle down, the six make their entrances and exits at different times. The two doctors are the only two characters who remain in their day clothes/white coats throughout. The two youngsters swap identities and therefore their genders too. The policeman is drugged and bloodied …

Review of CALEB’S CAB – An Illustrated Storybook for Children

CALEB’S CAB Author Sally Chomet Illustrated by Sylvain Chomet Published by Walker Books in Hardback Release date 03 November 2016 RRP 12.99 A Children’s Fictional Book – for 8 years + Overview: Caleb’s Dad has vanished. Caleb has one clue of his Dad’s last movements and so he tries to solve the mystery. The Money Mongers might snatch him but Caleb is determined to solve the mystery of his Dad’s disappearance. Comment and Guide: A French tale but in some ways it feels British, yet, it is a neither nor kind of place. The text containing colloquial speak from a time long gone will be unfamiliar to young children or to their parent reader even i.e. ‘Mongers” ‘Greasy comb overs’; trestle table; camphor, Spam, canteen, bingo halls. In most cases, it is not always wise for a children’s author to even try to be authentic in writing their story of the past using language and referencing things using old terminology, as there can be a real possibility of ending up with something irrelevant and unappealing …

Photography by Greg Shepherd for Ravensburger Puzzles

Greg Shepherd is a Devon UK based photographer who takes shots of various collections of unique items that are theme based. The images he then sells for commercial uses. The image above has been commissioned by Ravensburger and is No 8 from their Perplexing Puzzle range. The puzzle is called ‘Glittering Gemstones’ and, like all from the range, it is a difficult and challenging puzzle to tackle. The product has achieved 100% 5 star awards for published reviews on Amazon Click on the following link to read our full artist profile of Greg when tss reviewed the ‘Cooking up a Feast’ jigsaw in Jan 2016 Source: Blogging 101 #4 a Review of the Cooking up a Feast jigsaw puzzle