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All In Good Time(DVD) 21/01/2015

All in Good Time - Really All in Good Time

All In Good Time(DVD) All in Good Time is a 2012 British film which was adapted from a 60s TV play called Honeymoon Postponed. ~*~Plot Summary~*~ A young Indian couple Atul and Vina have just got married and are living in Atul’s parents’ home in Bolton. They have been unable to consummate the marriage partly due to the cramped living conditions and partly due to the fact that the parents are always around and Atul’s father is so over-bearing. This starts to cause a strain on the marriage quite early on and the story focuses on how this affects the couple and those around them. ~*~Analysis~*~ I had never heard of this film before I caught it on TV recently and found myself quite engrossed in the story from early on. Vina is played by Amara Karan and I initially found myself wondering where on earth I’d seen her before until it clicked that I’d seen her in a Doctor Who episode. Karan is delightful as the new bride in the film playing the role with grace, sincerity and shyness that you don’t much see in young Indian women brought up in the UK today. Reece Ritchie plays Atul, the hard done by groom who is getting pressure in all directions to “perform as a man”. It seems his parents, in-laws, neighbours and colleagues all think his manhood rests on his ability to consummate the marriage and what starts out as a depressing issue between the newlyweds becomes common knowledge in the neighbourhood and amongst the family and so the pressure just makes things even more difficult. Atul works in a ...

Comme des Garcons Wonderwood Eau de Parfum 18/01/2015

Commes des Garcons Wonderwood is Wonderful

Comme des Garcons Wonderwood Eau de Parfum My husband is pretty obsessed with good hygiene (which is great for me) and also with smelling nice (which is also good for me until he starts stealing my unisex perfumes). Sometimes I think he makes some rather poor choices but once in a while he picks out a blinder of a scent. He doesn’t buy a new scent lightly, he will test it in store, pick up some samples and try out at home to see how long it lasts and to see if I like it (the latter not always being a factor in his decision making process). One of his better buys in recent times was a purchase of Commes des Garcons Wonderwood. When hubby came home with some samples of this, I was much impressed when he tried it on and felt I had to try it too as the scent was just so overwhelming divine. I absolutely love the smell of sandalwood and this is a very apparent scent in Commes des Garcons Wonderwood. Commes des Garcons Wonderwood is most definitely a very woody fragrance which will appeal to people who like woody fragrances. There is no mistaking the woody aroma of this very masculine scent. The sandalwood is very apparent to my nose and this is my favourite part of the scent. Even though it’s a man fragrance, I keep “borrowing” it and spraying it on myself when I’m at home as I just like it so much. Hubby hasn’t quite noticed that I’ve been doing this but then again, I don’t care, he’s quite happy to steal my unisex perfumes when he feels like it. Commes des Garcons Wonderwood has very good staying power, it lasts a ...

Hardwired (DVD) 06/01/2015

Hardwired - A Future Full of Adverts

Hardwired (DVD) Hardwired is a 2009 futuristic thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr, Val Kilmer and Michael Ironside. ~*~Synopsis~*~ Luke Gibson is in a car crash which claims the life of his wife and unborn baby. Due to suffering from severe brain damage Luke’s life is saved by the Hope Corporation whereby they implant a chip into his brain. Things are not all as they seem as he now has no memory of having a wife or the accident and he is continually seeing adverts in his mind which is a side-effect of the chip implant. With the help of some underground hackers Luke starts to piece together his past and tries to find out more about the Hope Corporation and it’s sinister owner Virgil Kirkhill. Can Luke and the hackers possibly hope to win against such a large corporation? ~*~Analysis~*~ Hardwired is quite a watchable film if you’re into sci-fi thrillers based on what technology can end up doing to us. The premise of having your mind wiped and replaced with constant adverts and instructions telling you what to do is quite bizarre but I’m sure there are companies out there working on doing things just like that. We’re already in an age where we are followed around by adverts be it on the television (available for decades), postal adverts (also decades), email adverts (the last decade or so) and mobile phone (the last few years). How much notice we take of these adverts depends on us as individuals. If, like me, you hate being harassed by random adverts, you might have ad blockers on your PC ...

Murphy's Law Series 2 (DVD) 03/01/2015

Murphy's Law Series 2 - Almost as Great as Series 1

Murphy's Law Series 2 (DVD) Murphy's Law was a BBC crime drama which ran for 5 seasons from 2001 to 2007 with the pilot episode being aired in 2001 and series 1 being aired in 2003. The series starred James Nesbitt as undercover police officer Thomas Murphy. Murphy's is a cop from Belfast whose wife and daughter were held hostage by terrorists who wanted him to drive a bomb into the barracks and potentially kill 200 people. Murphy couldn’t go through with it so the terrorists killed his daughter making his wife watch. Consequently Murphy’s wife blames him for the death of their daughter and the marriage collapses. This all happens prior to the series starting and is referred to several times during the first series and is also a minor running theme in series 2. ~*~Series 2 Episodes~*~ “Jack’s Back” has Murphy going undercover as a homeless drunk in an attempt to find a serial killer who’s targeting women on London’s streets. The case is more personal this time as someone close to Murphy is a victim of the killer too. Murphy and Carter have to find out what connection, in any, there is with the murderer and a West End play about Jack the Ripper. During the investigation Murphy befriends a young homeless Serbian woman Beka who he becomes very protective of. In “Bent Moon On The Rise” Murphy goes undercover as a police officer to find out if a fellow officer who has committed suicide was being bullied and a victim of racism from within his squad. It’s a close knit squad who are clearly grieving ...

Murphy's Law Series 1 (DVD) 03/01/2015

Murphy's Law Season 1 - A Great BBC Crime Drama

Murphy's Law Series 1 (DVD) Murphy's Law was a BBC police drama show starring James Nesbitt as undercover cop Thomas Murphy. Season 1 was originally aired in 2001 (pilot episode) and 2003 (4 feature length episodes). Murphy's back story is that his young daughter was killed by terrorists in Northern Ireland which led to the breakup of his marriage to Karen, a reporter. This back story is mentioned several times during the series. Murphy is charming, funny as well as being a tough cookie. ~*~Summary of Episodes~*~ The pilot episode introduces us to Murphy as he goes undercover within a group of undertakers who also do a bit of diamond stealing on the side. We meet Annie during this episode who later becomes Murphy’s boss and colleague Carter played by Claudia Harrison and Del Synott respectively. “Electric Bill” sees Murphy going undercover in a prison to try to get a suspected serial killer to confess and give up the location of his latest victim who’s still alive. Murphy has to race against the clock to try to get a confession and the location as well as facing all the other thugs inside who are trying to prove who’s in charge. “Manic Munday” Murphy and boss Annie go undercover as private security for an Irish champion snooker player, Micky Munday (played by Adrian Dunbar) whose life is under threat. Complications are added when Murphy’s wife turns up and someone from back home is trying to get the favourites to fix the frame scores in the finals. “Kiss and Tell” has Murphy going ...

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede 29/12/2014

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede - Not Exactly Ultimate

Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede I bought Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede as an impulse buy a few months ago at Superdrug and thought I’d share my views on it with you. When paying £8.99 for a lipstick you don’t know what to expect. It’s not expensive as lipsticks go but it’s definitely not what you’d consider to be cheap either. I think with Rimmel lipsticks you can get one for around £5 still these days but with Revlon £8 or upwards is about average price for their lip products. The packaging for Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede is nothing very exciting. I wouldn’t say it is cheap looking but neither is it something that jumps out at you and says “buy me”. The clear plastic lid is easily removed once you peel off the ingredients list (which incidentally leaves an annoying glue residue) and like most other lipsticks on the market you just twist up the bottom for the lipstick to come out. I’m not sure what I was really expecting with my purchase of Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede but I was sort of expecting it to glide on and feel velvety soft in a way that suede feels when you touch it. This is not quite the effect that this lipstick has when applying. It’s a lipstick that has a fairly matt texture and appearance and even though it glides on easily enough, it seems to need a couple of applications so it doesn’t look like a bland lip balm. Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede is pretty durable. I can apply it in the morning before going to work and find that it’s still mostly there by the home I get home from ...

Will And Grace - Series 8 - Complete (DVD) 13/12/2014

Farewell Will & Grace

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (DVD) 15/10/2014

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Show

Trishna (DVD) 22/09/2014

Tess Becomes Trishna

Trishna (DVD) Trishna is a 2011 film set in India. The film stars Freido Pinto in the titular role of Trishna and Riz Ahmed as Jay, the male protagonist. ~*~Plot Summary~*~ Jay is the son of a wealthy British Indian businessman whose father wishes him to run his Indian hotels for him. Jay sees Trishna dancing at a hotel and is immediately smitten with her. Trishna’s father meets with an accident and is unable to support the family so when Jay approaches Trishna with an offer to work at one of his hotels she accepts, especially as the pay is 2,500 Rupees a week. Jay also gives her time of so that she can study for a hotel management course. One night after attending a college friend’s wedding Jay rescues her from some thugs in the street. It is not shown what happens next but she returns to her room crying which indicates that she was raped by Jay. She leaves town and returns home to her father’s dismay as she can’t get another job earning such a high salary working on local farms. She soon finds out she’s pregnant and her parents take her to a doctor for a termination. They then send her away to work with her aunt and uncle where she works hard in their factory all day and waits hand and foot on her aunt and uncle when she’s not at work. Jay tracks her down and asks her to come and live with him in Bombay where he’s now trying his hand at film producing. Trishna’s life changes as she moves to Bombay and as the story progresses we see how her relationship with Jay changes from bad to ...

Belvedere Resort, Crete 08/09/2014

Royal & Imperial Belvedere - Neither Regal nor Imperial Quality!

Belvedere Resort, Crete The Belvedere Resort was built apparently in the late 60s and most of it looks like that, although some areas have been refurbished. The resort is made up of 2 hotels, the Royal Belvedere and the Imperial Belvedere with facilities which are common to both hotels. ~*~Check-In~*~ We stayed at the Royal Belvedere for a week in May 2014. On arrival at around 1pm the check in was a slow and painful process, especially as they claimed they didn’t have our booking. This was despite me having the confirmation email from them printed with the reference number that they had sent me. We were made to wait around for a couple of hours and even then, tired as we were, we were shown 3 rooms to choose from – actually we weren’t even shown the rooms; we were handed the keys and told to see if we liked either of them. We rejected the first 2 room as they both very obviously hadn’t been serviced/cleaned before we were given a satisfactory room well after 5pm. Both rooms that we rejected had dirty ashtrays in them and the beds looked really crumpled. One of them had a balcony which was not at all private as it was on the ground floor and people were continually walking past to go to the restaurant or other parts of the hotel. We didn’t find the receptionist to be at all sympathetic or apologetic about the fact that they didn’t have our booking. ~*~The Room~*~ Our room had a nice enough view across the largest pool and out to sea. The room had a double room, which makes a nice change ...

5 Star Office Crystal Tape 13/08/2014

5 Star Tape is Not Exactly 5 Star Quality

5 Star Office Crystal Tape I’ve used 5 Star Office Crystal Tape on and off over the years. It’s not something I use at home but only in the workplace. This happens when working for a company that chooses to use the most economy stationery items due to such high stationery usage. In other words, I’ve generally only had to use it when working for large firms rather than small to medium ones. I will say up front that I’m not really a fan of 5 Star Office Crystal Tape – I do generally find most 5 Star products to be of very good value and decent quality but sadly, it is not the case with this tape. 5 Star Office Crystal Tape is 19mm in width and 33m in length. 19mm x 33m is fairly standard for tapes of this type and are made this size to they can fit standard tape dispensers. 33m seems to last quite a long time, I’ll explain why in a moment. The tape is somewhat uncooperative when unrolling to use. If you use with a tape dispenser it is awkward in use and difficult to tear. If you try to tear the tape with your teeth (as some people still do, no matter how unhygienic this may be), you will find yourself getting quite frustrated as it’s not easy – this gives the impression that the tape is strong but the lack of real long lasting stickiness kind of defeats the object of the tape being fairly strong. The tape itself looks cheap and has a cheap feel to it. You can tell how cheap it is when you actually use it as I don’t find it to be very reliable in holding down things I want it to hold down, i.e. its ...

The Brave One (DVD) 10/08/2014

The Brave One Needed to be Brave

The Brave One (DVD) The Brave One is a Jodie Foster psychological thriller starrer released in 2007. ~PLOT~ Erica Bain (Foster) is a radio show host madly in love with her doctor fiancé David and excited about planning their wedding. Whilst walking their dog in the park the dogs runs off and is grabbed by some thugs. When David and Erica request the quite obviously stoned and drunk thugs to return their dog, things get out of hand and they are both severely beaten up. David dies and Erica takes weeks to recover in hospital. Erica is completely grief stricken and terrified to go out. She decides to get a gun for protection but can’t bear to wait the 30 days needed to get a licence so buys an illegal gun and some ammunition. Erica carries her gun with her for her own safety but soon starts to witness violent crimes taking place whilst out and about shopping or on the subway and starts to use her gun to save other people or herself from potential attack. Her ultimate motive is to track down the thugs who beat her half to death and killed her fiancé. She becomes friendly with a Detective Mercer who’s investigating what seems to be vigilante killings, under the guise of interviewing him for her radio show. Will Erica get caught or will she be able to track down the men who ruined her life? ~MY OPINON~ I always find Jodie Foster very watchable. I’ve admired her work since the days of Taxi Driver and Bugsy Malone through The Accused, Silence of the Lambs and even Panic Room and Flight Plan in ...

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm 21/07/2014

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm - Read All About It!

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm I recently purchased a Revlon Colorburst Crayon Lacquer Balm in a red shade. I was attracted initially by the colours on display in the range especially the bright red one which I opted for as my first choice. I’d not seen this range before and had not done any research but with a 2 for £10 offer on with a single purchase of this crayon by itself being £5.99 I was happy to go for it without doing any research. I understand this range was released early in 2014 so it’s a fairly new addition to the Revlon lip range. As a long term user of Revlon products I thought I’d give this a try as I really liked the look of the colour of the “chubby” crayon that I picked up – the vibrant red shade was calling out to me “ Buy me, buy me NOW!” ~*~The Good~*~ On getting home I was very eager to try out my shiny new lippy so removed my existing lipstick and carefully applied my brand spanking new Revlon Colorburst Crayon Lacquer Balm. It glides on very smoothly indeed and I liked the way the crayon gave me good definition despite being quite a thick point. The colour looked as great as I imagine it would although to get the real bright vibrant red I wanted I had to apply several coats. With just one coat you get almost a lip gloss effect, you need to apply several layers to get the dazzling look that I was after. I also loved that you don’t have to go on the hunt for a pencil sharpener big enough to accommodate this rather thick crayon/pencil type product as it has a twisty feature ...

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love DVD 03/07/2014

A Tale of Love? More a Tale of Lust and Revenge!

5 Star Subject Divider 30/05/2014

5 Star Subject Divider - 100% Fit for Purpose

5 Star Subject Divider I’ve been using 5 Star Subject Dividers for more years than I care to remember both in the workplace and at home. These dividers come in a variety of packs to suit your individual and department needs. The dividers are made of fairly sturdy 230 micron board and are available as follows: * 5 part blank tabs multi-colour * 10 part blank tabs multi-colour * 12 part blank tabs multi-colour * 15 part blank tabs multi-colour * 10 part white card numbered 1-10 with index page * 10 part white card blank multi-colour tabs extra wide with index page and various others including alphabetical tabs. 230 micron basically means the card is 2.3mm thick as 1000 microns = 1 mm. This can also be described by weight gsm (grammes per square meter) and 230 microns is roughly 170-180 gsm. Some 5 Star dividers are available in 160 gsm but it’s not a whole lot of difference at the end of the day. The dividers also have more than enough holes punched in them to use with pretty much all type of files/folders to suit all needs and to date I’ve never had the need to have to punch further holes in the dividers. Over a period of time you might find that the holes start to tear out so either replace them or use those hole punch reinforcement thingies you can get really cheap (something like 500 for 50p). The first 4 dividers listed above have tabs which are easy to write on with pencil or pen. Obviously if you use pencil you can re-use at a later stage and even when using pen, I’ve managed to save ...
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