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Really gets my goat. Turtle Bay Caribbean Social, Cardiff – restaurant review

tssreviews have been intending on reviewing a restaurant from the Turtle Bay chain for a while. Seeing that Soliciting Flavours on WordPress has just published this full review of the Turtle Bay Caribbean Social in Cardiff we’re sharing the information, because it is another engaging read from a favourite restaurant critic from the blogging community. Click on over! Source: Really gets my goat. Turtle Bay Caribbean Social, Cardiff – restaurant review

a few favourites of 2015 (in pictures)  

Review: “Jurassic World”

Originally posted on Velvet Curtain Reviews:
There is a limited number of films in existence capable of captivating an entire audience and imprinting the moment on each person’s psyche. Movies like “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars,” “Back to the Future,” and, of course, “Jurassic Park” come to mind. So when a new installment of these franchises is announced, there are two competing thoughts that race into one’s head: 1) This is amazing news! and 2) They are definitely going to ruin a film that I love. In the case of “Jurassic World,” the filmmakers decided it best to go with a popular note among studio executives: make it the same, but different. Instead of bringing back Sam Neil and his trademark hat and neck scarf, director Colin Trevorrow (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) and writing team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver basically rehash the original film’s premise, this time with a park that has been successfully running for 2 decades rather than a small dress rehearsal with scientists. With the incident from the 1993 film in the past, Jurassic World…

“ConArtists” – Showcasing the artworks of Julio Cesar Osorio and Louie McManus

Originally posted on artistscribbles:
Knowing how hard Julio has worked to get this project off the ground for over half a year – from finding a venue, to raising the funds – it is wonderful that the opening day is almost upon us!  I would urge everyone to visit this show, which serves to highlight how art can heal, provide solace and rehabilitate – and if you cannot be there, please help spread the word.  -beck @artistscribbles ============= Showcasing the artworks of Julio Cesar Osorio and Louie McManus “ConArtists” Selected works by former prisoners in the heart of London’s Law District: 11th June – 5th July 2015 Introducing Julio Cesar and Louie McManus – two former prisoners who learned their trade serving five and eleven year prison sentences in some of Britain’s most notorious jails.  The exhibited paintings portray a range of feelings: “internal conflicts, emotions and desires; all of which were experienced through incarceration.” “It wasn’t until I’d reached the depths of despair that art entered my life and gave me the salvation I needed.” Julio Cesar Osorio “Tree of Life” by Julio Cesar Osorio…

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…

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…

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…

Check out the cover of the first fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Originally posted on Metro:
It’s been nearly a decade since the final Harry Potter book was released, but JK Rowling’s series is still as popular as ever. An illustrated version of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, is to be released in October and Bloomsbury Publishing have just given fans a sneak peak of the cover. The new edition was illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay, who previously said he was terrified about the prospect of taking on the Harry Potter world. The fully illustrated edition is out in October (Picture: Bloomsbury) All seven books from the series will be published in full-colour editions over the next few years. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, renamed as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US, was first released back in 1997. There have of course been several editions of the novels since then, but this is the first fully illustrated version. The original cover of the first Harry Potter book (Picture: Bloomsbury) [metro-link url=”” title=”It’s Uptown Funk: the Harry Potter edition…