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By the Light of the Moon - Sheridan Cain 22/07/2017

Where to mice sleep at night?

By the Light of the Moon - Sheridan Cain Sometimes when browsing charity shops I pick up books for my little nieces and nephew to read. One such book I came across which I thought looked quite cute is By the Light of the Moon by Sheridan Cain. The large light blue book stood out and the diagram on the front of the mother and baby mouse looked adorable, so paid the 50p and began to read the book before passing it on to my niece. Book Information Author: Sheridan Cain Publisher: Little Tiger Press Published: 2006 Illustrator: Gaby Hansen The Book The moon shone bright in the evening sky as Mother Mouse watched over Little Mouse. High above, a starry blanket twinkled silver bright. Mother Mouse and Little Mouse are ready for bed, and Mother Mouse gently tucks her baby mouse on the leaves of the flowers and uses a big leaf as a blanket. Just as Little Mouse is drifting off to sleep, Mole comes out of the hedge and tells Mother Mouse that she cannot leave her baby there as the farmer is about to plough the field and it's not safe. Worried, Mother Mouse wonders where she can take her baby. Underground perhaps, Mole suggests. But when Little Mouse got underground, he found it was too dark down there and got scared. So with the help of the owl, he helps them get a bed up in a tree. But yet again, the tiny mouse got scared again because it was too high up and the branches were moving, making him feel dizzy. What will become of Little Mouse? Will he be able to find a good bed for the night? Mother Mouse is so worried ...

Narcos Season 1 (DVD) 12/07/2017

So, who was Pablo Escobar?

Narcos Season 1 (DVD) Those of you who are unsure who Pablo Escobar was, he was a drug baron in Columbia from the mid 70's until his demise in 1993. He was so rich from the narcotics trade, that in 1989 Forbes listed him as the 7th most richest man in the world. It is estimated that the Medellin Drug Cartel that he ran supplied 80% of the drugs used in the USA. He was making roughly $70 million a day - yes, a day - on drugs. He had so much money that some was buried in the ground. He used to spend roughly £2500 a month on rubber bands alone to do his money up with. Narcos is a biographical drama exclusive to Netflix on the life of Pablo Escobar. Narcos Information Released 2015 Genre: Biographical, Crime Episodes: 10 Main Cast Wagner Moura - Pablo Escobar Boyd Holbrook - Steve Murphy Pedro Pascal - Javier Pena Diego Catano - Juan Diego 'La Quita' Diaz Raul Mendez - President Gaviria About Series One Narcos begins in the 1970's with the beginning of the Medellin drug cartel and when Escobar takes over as leader. This follows his life from the start of this to his escape from his very own personally built prison. Steve Murphy and Javier Pena are the officers in charge of tracking down Escobar and putting a stop to his drug business. They work for the DEA, which is the Drug Enforcement Administration. There are 10 episodes in this series, with each episode having DEA Steve Murphy talking in parts about what has happened, and what they are about to do. It's generally Steve giving thoughts and ...

The Jesus I Never Knew - Philip Yancey 03/07/2017

Who was Jesus when he was on Earth?

The Jesus I Never Knew - Philip Yancey The test of observance of Christ's teachings is our consciousness of our failure to attain an ideal perfection. The degree to which we draw near this perfection cannot be seen; all we can see is the extent of our deviation. Leo Tolstory When a friend of mine recommended this book to read, I popped on over to Amazon and ordered myself a paperback copy of this book. Book Information Author: Philip Yancey Published: 1995 Genre: Theology/Christian A little bit about the auhor Born in 1949, Philip Yancey is an American Christian author. His books have sold 14 million copies worldwide. To date, he has written 31 books, 2 of won the ECPA's Christian Book of the Year award. About the Book Chapters Part One Whe He Was * The Jesus I Thought I Knew * Birth: The Visited Planet * Background: Jewish Roots and Soil * Temptation: Showdown in the Desert * Profile: What Would I Have Noticed? Part Two Why He Came * Beatitudes: Lucky Are the Unlucky * Message: A Sermon of Offense * Mission: A Revolution of Grace * Miracles: Snapshots of the Supernatural * Death: The Final Week Part Three What He Left Behind * Ascention: A Blank Blue Sky * Kingdom: Wheat Among the Weeds * The Difference He Makes About the Author Sources Everyone has heard of Jesus Christ. And we all have a mental image of what he looks like, thanks to the media and peoples perceptions of what they think he looks like. Of course, no one will ever know what he looks like in this life. But this book looks at the more ...

Girls, Girls, Girls (DVD) 27/06/2017

It's all about the girls.

Girls, Girls, Girls (DVD) Film Information Released: 1962 Director: Norman Taurog Producer: Hal B. Wallis Running Time: 1 hr 46 minutes Genre: Musical, Comedy Main Actors Elvis Presley - Ross Carpenter Stella Stevens - Robyn Cantner Laurel Goodwin - Laurel Dodge Jeremy State - Wesley Johnson The Film As a big fan of Elvis Presley, I love listening to his music and watching his films. One film I recently watched on Netflix is Girls! Girls! Girls! Elvis plays the lead roll of Ross Carpenter, a sailor and fishing guide. When he discovers that his boss is retiring, he has to find a way to buy a boat called The Westwind. And, as is typical in most of his movies, he's caught up in a love triangle. There are also plenty of songs in the movie, some are widely known and some less well known. Ross isn't a rich man, and struggles to find the money to buy the boat, which he had helped build. The boat also once belonged to his father. As the film progresses, we see how he falls for nightclub singer, Robyn. But when he has an argument with Robyn it doesn't take much for his ears to perk up when Laurel becomes interested in him. To earn extra money for the boat, he takes up singing in the nightclub, where Robyn sings. This is where Elvis is truly relaxed, I think. Singing was so natural to him and you can see this in his movies. When he's in front of everyone singing, I find this certainly make his movies more watchable. * Girls! Girls! Girls! * I don't Wanna Be Tied * Where Do You Come From * I Don't Want ...

Soft & Gentle Soft and Gentle Wild Rose and Vanilla 25/06/2017

Let's go wild!

Soft & Gentle Soft and Gentle Wild Rose and Vanilla When it comes to deodorant, I'm not loyal to one brand. I like to chop and change and try new things all the time. So when I was in Poundland the other day I was browsing their range of body sprays and picked up a a can of Soft & Gentle body spray. Price and Packaging As I say, I purchased this from Poundland, so paid just £1 for a 150ml cannister of this body spray. I bought the Wild Rose & Vanilla scent. The spray comes in a white and dark pink spray can with the brand name on the front. On the other side is information about the body spray and the contact details. The top is dark pink that is easily removed. The nozzle is easy to press to spray the deodorant onto your skin. The Spray According to the website, they describe the scent as this:- Enhance your day with the tender blend of fresh rose and delicate vanilla on a sweet jasmine base. The spray is easily applied from the nozzle. I like how when you spray it on it does so in strong bursts and you instantly get an aroma of the rose and vanilla on your skin. It doesn't feel cold when you spray it on your skin. I find you get more of the rose aroma once applied, although you can smell the vanilla in it too. With the combination of the sweet jasmine base, I think this adds to the sweet aroma of the rose and vanilla. It's not an overpowering smell, and I like how it smells fresh. On the can it tells you: * 48 hour protection * Anti-white marks * For sensitive skin Although I don't feel it lasts quite as long as 48 ...

The Tree Of Life (DVD) 06/06/2017

A strange, but enchanting film.

The Tree Of Life (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW I love watching films, and always like to watch a variety of different genres of films, and I especially like Brad Pitt. The Tree of Life is a film of the O'Brien family. Film Information Released: 2011 Running time: 139 mins (approx) Director: Terence Malick Producers: Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Brad Pitt, Grant Hll, Dede Gardner Genre: Fantasy, Drama Main Cast Brad Pitt - Mr O'Brien Jessica Chastain - Mrs O'Brien Sean Penn - Jack O'Brien (as an adult) Hunter McCracken - Jack (as a boy) Laramie Eppler - R L O'Brien The Film Where were you when I laid the foundations of the Earth?... When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38:7 The film begins with a Bible quote from the book of Job. The first thing we see is a flame burning, with Mrs O'Brien saying that you must choose the path of grace or the path of nature. The film is really about the O'Brien family, mainly centred around Jack and his upbringing. The story is predominantly focused around Jack and his perspectives on his family life. This film is different though. There is very little dialogue in the film. The majority of the film is told through the actions of the family. What is unique though is how the film shows us the beginnings of earth, and how life is formed. With classical music playing in the background, there is extensive visual images and coverage of the formation of earth for the following 15 minutes or so. The images is amazing to watch. There ...

Cocoon / Cocoon The Return (DVD) 28/05/2017

It's double trouble

Cocoon / Cocoon The Return (DVD) I've seen Cocoon a few times over the years, but have never seen Cocoon: The Return. So I popped onto Amazon and decided to buy the double DVD of both films. Film Information Cocoon Released: 1985 Director: Ron Howard Producer: David Brown, Richard D. Zanuck Running time: 1 hour 57 mins Genre: Sci-Fi Main Cast Wilfred Brumley - Ben Luckett Maureen Stapleton - Mary Luckett Don Ameche - Art Selwyn Hume Cronyn - Joe Finley Jessica Tandy - Alma Finley Jack Gilford - Bernie Leftkowitz Herta Ware - Rose Leftkowtz Brian Dennehy - Walter Barret Oliver - David 10,000 years ago aliens from the planet Antarea set up an outpost on Earth. They planted this outpost on an island called Atlantis. When the island sank, 20 of these of these aliens were left behind. Now in the present day, some of these Antariens have returned to planet Earth in human form to retrieve them from the bottom of the ocean. Meanwhile, residents from an old peoples home break into a nearby empty house so they can start swimming in the indoor pool. When they discover large, cocoon shaped rocks in the bottom of the pool, they are naturally confused as to what they are. Little do they know that the Antariens are using the pool to deposit the cocoons in until they can take them back to their planet. When the old people start to feel younger, energized and revitalized, they wonder what is going on, but take full advantage of this and go to the swimming pool more and more. It's like they've got a new lease of life and ...

Piatnik Giant Sized playing cards - single deck 16/05/2017

I'm playing my cards right.

Piatnik Giant Sized playing cards - single deck When it comes to playing cards, I tend to find it a little bit more difficult seeing the print on the cards. So after reading a review that Sellerleygirl wrote about Piatnik Giant Sized Playing Cards I decided to hop on over to Amazon to buy myself a pack! I know that my eyesight has got worse since I've got older and am finding it more difficult to read things, so these I though would be perfect for me! A little bit about the company Piatnik is an Austrian company that makes puzzles and cards. The company was founded in 1824 by Ferdinand Piatnik. According to their website their products are available in 72 countries. With the website being in German, you can use Google Translate to translate it into English. Price and Availability At the time of writing this review, the playing cards are available to buy on Amazon for £4.17 for a new pack and from £3.39 for a used pack. The Playing Cards The playing cards come in a sturdy, red coloured cardboard box. On the front of the packet is says Superb Bridge Sized Piatnik Giant Index. There's also a small picture of the playing cards on the box. On the other side of the box is a picture of one of the playing cards so you can see how large the print is on the card. Inside the box the playing cards are neatly packed in a cellophane wrapper. Once opened the cards are thin, cardboard, and quite bendy. There are 2 wild cards in the pack - jokers as we Brits more commonly refer to them. There is also 1 card that tells you a bit about ...

Molly And Me (DVD) 12/05/2017

How to act as a Housekeeper.

Molly And Me (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW Film Information Released: 1945 Running Time: 76 minutes (approx) Genre: Musical, Comedy Director: Lewis Seiler Producer: Robert Bassler Main Cast Gracie Fields - Molly Barry Monty Woolley - John Graham Roddy McDowall - Jimmy Graham Reginald Gardiner - Harry Phillips/Peabody Natalie Gardiner - Kitty Edith Barrett - Julie The Film Molly Barry is a struggling actress who is finding it difficult to get work. Eventually, to make ends meet, she decides to apply for a job as a Housekeeper. She is interviewed by Peabody who asks for references. When she doesn't have any housekeeping references she turns to Kitty, who is an ex-exotic dancer for help. She asks Kitty to act as her reference. But Peabody, who himself was an actor, knows Kitty and realising eventually who Molly is, is reluctant to have another theatrical person in the house. Molly then takes him to the pub where he gets drunk. The following day she tells John Graham, the owner of the house, that she has got the job. Not remembering much of the previous night, there's not a lot Peabody can do. Peabody's name as an actor was Harry Phillips. So, Molly gets the job as Housekeeper for the retired Politician, John Graham. He is divorced and doesn't have much to do with his son, Jimmy. Jimmy is played by a very young Roddy McDowall. Living alone in such a large house with housekeepers and servants, he isn't the easiest man in the world to get on with. As the film progresses, we see the difficulties Jimmy ...

Rogue River (DVD) 06/05/2017

A lesson in how to be wicked.

Rogue River (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW When I was flicking through the TV channels the other night, I stopped on the Horror channel to watch Rogue River. Since there wasn't much else on I decided to keep it on and watch it. It''s not a film I've seen or heard of before anyway. Film Information Released: 2012 Running time: 1 hour and 21 minutes Genre: Thriller, Horro Director: Jourdan McClure Main Cast Michelle Page - Mara Bill Moseley - Jon Lucinda Jenney - Lea The Film At the very start of the film we see Mara standing by the side of the river where she's pointing a gun to her own head. Will she or won't she? Roll back to where the story begins and we see her crouching by the side of the river ready to scatter her late fathers ashes in the river. It's where they used to go when she was little so she has fond memories of Rogue River. Before she gets the chance to scatter them she is approached by Jon who tells her she's not allowed to scatter them in the river. When she goes back to get in her car, she finds that it has mysteriously disappeared - but Jons car is still there. So he offers her a place to sleep for the night in his cabin. Reluctantly she agrees and travels back with him to his home. When they arrive, he introduces her to Lea, whom he says is .his sister, whom is terminally ill. It's not too long before she realises she's made a big mistake going back to his place. When Mara accidentally gashes her hand on a plate, Lea leaves the room. A few minutes later she returns and says ...

The Conjuring 2 (DVD) 05/05/2017

I think there's a spook in the house!

The Conjuring 2 (DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW Film Information Running time: 2 hours 14 minutes Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery Director: James Wan Producers: Peter Safran, Rob Cowan, James Wan Main Cast Madison Wolfe - Janet Hodgson Francis O'Connor - Peggy Hodgson Lauren Esposito - Margaret Hodgson Benjimin Haigh - Billy Hodgson Patrick McAuley - Johnny Hodgson Simon McBurney - Maurice Grosse Patrick Wilson - Ed Warren Vera Farmiga - Lorraine Warren The Film The Conjuring 2 - The Enfield Case is loosely based on the real life events of the Enfield Poltergeist which happened in 1977/78. Ed and Lorraine Warren are American Paranormal Investigators. At the start of the film you see them taking part in a seance. The following year they are asked to help with a poltegeist which is causing havoc in a council house in Enfield, London. Lorraine doesn't really want to go as she has been having visions of Ed dying and visions of a demonic Nun in his study. When they arrive in Enfield, they find Maurice Grosse and Anita Gregory there. Incidentally, Maurice and Anita are Paranormal Investigators in real life, and Maurice spent the best part of a year at the house getting evidence and helping the family with the poltergeist. The Hodgson family consists of Peggy Hodgson and her 4 children, Janet, Maraget, Billy and Johnny. Although, quite obviously, the whole family suffer at the hands of the poltergeist, it is Janet who really takes the full brunt of it. As I say, this is very loosely based on the real story. ...

Fantastic Mr Fox , The(DVD) 28/04/2017

This is how to be a fantastic foxie.

Fantastic Mr Fox , The(DVD) FILM ONLY REVIEW Film Information Released: 2009 Running time: 1 hr 27 minutes Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Animation Director: Wes Anderson Producers: Allison Abbate, Scott Ruddin, Jeremy Dawson, Wes Anderson Main Cast George Clooney - Mr Fox Meryl Streep - Mrs Fox Bill Murray - Badger Michael Gambon - Franklin Bean Eric Chase Anderson - Kristofferson Wallace Wolodarsky - Kylie Jason Schwatzman - Ash The Film Boggis and Bunce and Bean, One fat, one short, one lean. These horrible crooks, so different in looks. Were nonetheless equally mean. Fantastic Mr Fox is based on the book by Roald Dahl. When they become trapped in a fox trap one time when raiding a farm, Felicity Fox persuades Mr Fox to get a safer job. Mrs Fox is pregnant, you see, and now she has a cub to worry about. Roll on 2 years and Mr Fox is now a Newspaper Editor and whilst reading the newspaper one morning, he muses whether people actually read his column. Probably not, he thought. He complains about being poor, but as Mrs Fox reminds him, that they are happy. But with a growing family now they have their son, Ash, they decide to move to a bigger home which is the base of a tree. This they do even though their accountant tells them it's in a dangerous place. Mr Fox, however, is missing his days of stealing, and decides to go back to stealing from the 3 farms owned by Boggis, Bunce and Bean. But in going back to his old ways, he breaks a promise me made to his wife and put not only himself in danger, but ...

Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB 18/04/2017

May be basic, but is easy to use.

Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB When I recently needed a new external hard drive, I browsed through the array of hard drives on Amazon to see what they had available. The one I finally opted for was the Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics USB 3.0 Hard Drive. Price and Packaging I paid £47.93 for this. If you are Amazon Prime you get free delivery. At the time of writing this review, there is a used one for £3 cheaper, but I opted for the new one. The hard drive comes in a light green box with the Toshiba brand name in red, bold letters. There is a picture of the hard drive on the front of the box with basic instructions on the back of the box. The hard drive itself is well packaged inside the box inside plastic wrappering. The USB plug that comes with the hard drive is also securely done up. The USB lead is 3.0. The Hard Drive The hard drive is small enough and light enough to fit in your pocket or bag. It is quite thin too. It is light in weight too. According to the technical specifications on Amazon it says it weighs in at 231g. I did purchase a case with this too to keep it extra secure which holds the hard drive and the USB plug. There is no installation needed with this. Plugging one end into the hard drive and the other end into your PC or laptop USB port will bring up the Toshiba menu. I didn't have any problems when I first plugged mine into the computer. When you get in the menu there is a PDF file which you can open which has the Toshiba Canvio Basics instructions and user guide. This is quite useful ...

Have a Little Faith - Mitch Albom 11/04/2017

A little bit of faith is all you need

Have a Little Faith - Mitch Albom I shall give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove you from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. EZEKIEL 36:26 Mitch Albom is an American author and journalist. Although he is more known as a sports writer, he is also well-known for writing books and his extensive charity work. Published in 2009, Have a Little Faith is the true story of an 8 year journey he has with the Rabbi who used to teach him when he was a young man. On the other side of the spectrum, he meets Henry Covington, then the Pastor at I Am My Brother's Keeper Church in Detroit, USA. Rabbi Albert Lewis dedicated his whole life to the Jewish faith and to his synagogue. The Book The Story The book begins with 82 year old Albert Lewis going to one of Mitch's talks. Afterwards Albert approaches him, much to Mitch's surprise as he wasn't expecting to see him there. When Albert asks him if he will read his eulogy, Mitch looks at him with surprise and asks him if he's dying. His reply was no, he was not dying, but he wanted to be prepared. So, from this initial meeting, this takes Mitch on an 8 year journey of learning about his childhood Rabbi, self discovery, and learning all about the man who he has respected all his life. Mitch tells Albert he wants to get to know him as a man, rather than just a Rabbi, so starts visiting him at home. Over the course of the years that follow, he learns a lot about his childhood Rabbi and learns a lot about his faith, why he does what he ...

The Parent Trap (DVD) 04/04/2017

Two for the price of one.

The Parent Trap (DVD) Film Only Review When The Parent Trap was recently on television, it's not a film I had ever considered watching. I didn't think it was the sort of film I would enjoy. But, since there wasn't anything else I fancied watching, I decided to leave it on and watch it. I am quietly surprised that I rather enjoyed this film. Hayley Mills played in the original film made in 1961. Film Information Released: 1998 Director: Nancy Meyers Producer: Chales Shyer Running Time: 2 hours 8 mins (approx) Genre: Comedy, Action, Adventure Main Cast Lindsay Lohan - Hallie Parker/Annie James Dennis Quaid - Nick Parker Elaine Hendrix - Meredith Black Natasha Richardson - Elizabeth James The Film Nick and Elizabeth are a married couple who, soon after having twin girls, end up getting a divorce. They decide to raise their girls separately - Elizabeth raises Annie in London and Nick raises Hallie in the USA. As the girls grow up, the parents don't tell them of each other, so neither of them know they are related. When, 11 years later, Annie and Hallie are coincidentally enrolled in the same summer camp in Maine, they eventually learn through a sequence of events that they are, in fact, twins! After the summer camp has ended, the girls decide to switch places so they can get to know the parent they never knew. Annie, who takes the place of Hallie, goes to stay with her father. When she realises that Meredith, her father's girlfriend, is only after his money, she schemes with her sister to try and ...
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