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Birdman (DVD) 25/01/2015

Big Bird has gone bad.

The Monuments Men (DVD) 11/01/2015

Not altogether monumentally flawed..

The Grand Budapest Hotel (DVD) 30/10/2014

No reservations here.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (DVD) “When you’re young, it’s all fillet steak but as you get older, you have to move on to the cheaper cuts.” Monsieur Gustave H. Gustave is concierge at the titular spa hotel between the wars. He keeps the wealthy female guests happy from the glitzy lobby to their bedrooms. When one of his favourite guests, octogenarian Countess Celine Villeneuve Desgoffe und Taxis (Mrs D) is bumped off after changing her will in his favour, he becomes prime murder suspect. If that storyline sounds unimpressive, don't worry, this is a Wes Anderson film and they are rarely that simple. There are more murders, a prison breakout and a stolen Renaissance painting. There is also a love interest for the new lobby boy, a young orphan called Zero who has been taken under the wing of M. Gustave. While this has all the silliness of Anderson's earlier film The Life Aquatic, there also quite dark undertones. Set in a fictional Eastern European country called Zubrowska, fascist and communist regimes both consider it ripe for invading. Anderson's microcosm has its own language, currency, even diseases! How to describe the storyline is more difficult though. Before we reach Gustave and Zero we are shown various timelines. the film opens with a young girl paying tribute at the statue of Zubrowska's favourite author. We then flip back to 1985 to hear the author talking about his masterpiece, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Further back in time we go to 1968 to see the young author meeting his unlikely muse; an ...

The Butler 10/02/2014

All the Butler's men.

Lanolips 101 Ointment 05/12/2013

My lips are sealed.

Love And Death On Long Island (DVD) 16/11/2013

Meet the Chattertons, old and new.

Skullcandy Ink'd 2.0 20/10/2013

My pink ink's.

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Belgian dark chocolate coated stem ginger cookies 07/10/2013

For the chew-sy chocolate lover.

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Belgian dark chocolate coated stem ginger cookies If I'm an average consumer, then biscuit manufacturers must have to tread a fine line. Too chocolatey, or gooey, and I would rather opt for a bar of chocolate, which I prefer. Too little and I'll avoid buying. I've bought these so often, I can't remember why I first chose them. Perhaps the fact that they are boxed rather than in the usual standard film based plastic wrapping suggested they might be rather special, like all the biscuit assortments that only seem to be on sale around Christmas time (in which case I'm far too biddable, but I struck gold. Or stem ginger). Or perhaps it's because they aren't designed to appeal strictly to children, which a lot of chocolate seems geared towards. Anyway, I parted with £1.65 and I'm still very partial to them. Once inside the box, the eight cookies are arranged in a plastic tray, but to get to them you have to open some flimsy plastic wrapping. The wrapping may not be recyclable, but at least it does seem to keep these cookies fresh and - together with the plastic tray - undamaged. First impressions are very good. I find the rich chocolatey smell hits me as soon as I open these. The dark chocolate certainly hasn't been scrimped on, these are neither pale or insipid looking. The chocolate and ginger (Sainsbury's use candied ginger from Australia for these) is plentiful - these cookies are really thick - far more substantial and better to bite into than say a McVities chocolate digestive. The texture is rippled and slightly uneven ...

Johnson & Johnson 1 Day Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism Contact Lenses 26/09/2013

There isn't a dry eye in the house.

Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Shampoo 01/09/2013

The bee's knees from Bumble and Bumble.

All Saints Church, Burnham Thorpe 26/08/2013

In war and peace.

DKNY Watch NY4796 Ladies 12/08/2013

My Donna Karan New York watch.

L'Occitane Lavender Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap 01/08/2013

This beats the rest.

The Brudenell, Aldeburgh 21/07/2013

A Suffolk gem.

Ambre Solaire Light & Silky Medium Protection Milk SPF 20 10/06/2013

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes.

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