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London Dungeon, London 17/10/2017

Educational, Scary, Exciting and Fun.

London Dungeon, London = = = About = = = I have wanted to visit the London Dungeon for a while now, especially after visiting the Blackpool one so when my friend from Australia recently visited, we decided to head here one morning to see what it was like. For those of you who don’t know anything about the London Dungeons it is one of the capital's 'must-see' signature attractions - delighting audiences for almost 40 years. It's a 110-minute journey through 1000 years of London's darkest past. You and your companions walk through the Dungeon, moving from show to show, guided by our professional actors. The shows are based on real London history and legends. You'll get up close and personal with sinister characters including Jack the Ripper and infamous barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd. It's a fully themed experience. That means 360° sets, full on authenticity and theatrical storytelling. On your journey you'll pass through the Whitechapel Labyrinth of misty East London streets, plague-ravaged houses, the fearsome torture chamber and see (and feel!) what could have been if Guy Fawkes had succeeded. With this exciting walkthrough experience you can see, hear, touch, smell and feel. = = = = Location = = = = The attraction is located along the South Bank, just a short walk up from the London Eye and from the Sea Life Centre. From London Waterloo main train station, it’s about a 10min walk to the attraction and it’s easy to find. There are various boats which you can get from various places along ...

Guildford Spectrum - Ten Pin Bowling, Guildford 16/10/2017

A Great Bowling Alley and No Smelly Shoes Included.

Guildford Spectrum - Ten Pin Bowling, Guildford = = = About = = = Guildford Spectrum is located in Guildford, Surrey and there is plenty of parking there as well as a bus service that regularly goes to the leisure complex. There are lots of things to do in the complex including swimming, ice skating, using the gym and you can go bowling as well, which is what this review is based on. There is a total of 32 bowling lanes at the Guildford Spectrum and bowling shoes and bowling balls of different weights are included in the game price. You can have the option whether to have lane bumpers when playing and they have ball ramps for younger or disabled users. The bowling alley is located at the bottom of the leisure complex and it’s accessible via stairs or lift. My friend was over from Australia, so we decided to go for a couple of games of bowling one morning. I hadn’t been bowling for well over a year so I doubt I would play very well but it was only for a bit of fun anyway. I met my friend in the town centre and it took us around 15-20mins to walk to the Spectrum from the main town. On special theme nights, they have effect lighting and they even have special games including Noughts and Crosses, Tic-Tac-Toe and Bowling Poker. They do have a bowling party service, if you want to book a party here. = = = Interior = = = The first thing you notice when you go through the door into the main bowling alley are the arcade and games machines that are around. This obviously adds some fun and it’s entertaining for some children and ...

Schleich Lion Cub Playing 09/10/2017

A Cute Playing Lion Cub.

Schleich Lion Cub Playing = = = = = The Figure = = = = = I am reviewing yet another Schleich figure that my nephews have. This figure is a gorgeous lion cub playing and this goes brilliantly with the other lion cub that my nephews have. Both of the lion cubs go well with the large lioness they have as well. Each Schleich figure is made from plastic and each is hand-painted so that no two figures look exactly the same. This lion cub measures 2.5x7.6x4.6cm so is a nice size, without being too big or too small. This lion cub is a light brown colour; although it does have white areas on it including the inside of the legs and the tummy. The cub is resting on three legs with one of the front legs up with the paw sticking out as though it’s playing. The end of the tail to the cub is black like a real lion cubs tail would be. The lion has lovely big ears and they are detailed with a darker colour on the inside of the ears. The lion has a lovely face with gorgeous eyes that are looking down as though it’s looking at what it is playing with. Even the nose and the mouth on the lion are detailed. There are markings all over the lion which represents the fur on the lion cub. The lion cub stands on its own on any flat surface. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = You can purchase this from Amazon for around £14.72, which is probably a little pricey for the cub. You may be able to find the figure cheaper elsewhere or 2nd hand on Amazon. = = = = = = = = Overall Opinion = = = = = = = = Out of all ...

Taylors Eye Witness Brooklyn Revolving 5 Piece Knife Block 08/10/2017

Maybe Not As Good Quality As We Expected!

Taylors Eye Witness Brooklyn Revolving 5 Piece Knife Block = = = About = = = Me and my boyfriend decided to purchase some new knives for the flat as a lot of ours are fairly old and some of the handles on the knives are breaking. We don’t often buy new products for the home due to us trying to save money and unless the product is broken or worn out then we don’t tend to replace them. We saw these knives in our local TKMaxx store a few months ago when we were browsing in our local store. Taylors Eye Witness isn’t a brand that I have heard of before; how-ever the knives seemed to look and sound very good quality. Taylors Eye Witness have been making knives for over 150 years in its Sheffield Factory and continue to manufacture kitchen knives, scissors and pocket knives in the city of Sheffield, City of Steel. These knives come complete with anti- bacterial hard coated blades and stylish copper plated bolsters. You get 5 knives in total which includes a paring, all purpose, carving, bread and 20cm cooks knife. The knives come in a stand which looks as though it’s made from clear acrylic. The stand rotates with the knives in it which is a nice feature of the stand although isn’t all that necessary. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = Prices for this item do vary depending on where you purchase it from. I think we paid around £25.00 for the knife set from TKMaxx, but you can purchase them Amazon for £31.92 and from various other online shops at around £39.99. = = = = = The Knives = = = = = The knives although look good ...

Schleich Husky Male 07/10/2017

Beautifully Detailed.

Schleich Husky Male = = = = = The Figure = = = = = Both of my nephews absolutely love Husky’s and although they would both like a real husky, they don’t have the room for any kind of dog in their home at the moment. Both of my nephews have this particular husky figure, so that they have one each and don’t argue over it, due to them both loving husky’s so much. This husky is a male husky and measures approximately 2x8.6x8.1cm so is a nice size. The husky is standing up on all four legs and he has his tongue hanging out of his mouth slightly. The husky is mainly black in colour although he does have white areas on him as well including his legs, face, back of his tail and his chest/tummy. The tail to the husky is sticking up at the back and this is quite detailed to give the impression that the tail is quite fluffy. The husky has a lovely face with beautiful detailing. The eyes to the husky are a light blue colour which makes them stand out and surrounding his eyes is a black colour. His face is mainly white although there are some black bits of detailing to the face. The nose has been painted on beautifully with a little white on the nose to make it look shiny as though it’s slightly wet. The husky has his mouth opens which shows some of the teeth which have been painted on very neatly. The tongue to the husky is sticking out slightly from the mouth and this is red in colour. The husky stands up perfectly well on its own, so long as the surface is flat. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = ...

What are your plans this Autumn? 06/10/2017

Loved One's, Family, Friends and a Job!

What are your plans this Autumn? The past few months haven’t been great for me as my job came to an end at the beginning of the year and I was in a temporary job until around a month ago when my contract ended. Therefore, some of the plans I had towards the autumn and this time of the year unfortunately had to change; although some of these changes have worked in my favour and I have been able to spend some extra time with some loved one’s. = = = Family = = = I unfortunately received some bad news at the beginning of last month, in that my Grandad whom was transferred to a care home and then transferred shortly after to the local hospital past away. His funeral was held on the 29th April and it was beautiful. Some lovely, happy memories of him were shared and we were able to take some time out and think about all the memories we had of him at the funeral, which we will all treasure. My other Grandad came out from the local hospital last week and since my Nan passed away he has been very lonely so I have been going to visit him and will be visiting him as much as I can and at least once a week to spend a few hours with him to chat and keep him company as he doesn’t get a lot of company. Due to not working because I don’t currently have a job I have been able to spend some much needed time with my sister and nephews as well. My sister is going through a bad patch with her husband, so me being able to stay at their house once or twice a week has really helped and has taken the pressure off of a few things. ...

Toy Story Of Terror (DVD) 05/10/2017

A Fun Short Film for Children.

Toy Story Of Terror (DVD) = = = About = = = Toy Story of Terror! is a 21-minute Halloween television special, based on the Disney Pixar Toy Story movies. It is set shortly after the events of Toy Story 3 and Toy Story Toons, and premiered on the American television network ABC on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. It was written and directed by Angus MacLane, produced by Galyn Susman. The special follows the toys on their road trip, when a flat tire leads Bonnie and her mother to spend the night in a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head goes missing, the others begin to search for him, but they find themselves caught up in a mysterious, monstrous, and terrifying sequence of events that lead them to a big conspiracy. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = You can purchase this on DVD from Amazon for around £3.58 and you can watch this on Amazon if you are an Amazon Prime member for £3.99. = = Cast = = • Tom Hanks as Sheriff Woody the cowboy • Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear, the space ranger • Joan Cusack as Jessie, the cowgirl • Carl Weathers as Combat Carl and Combat Carl Jr. • Stephen Tobolowsky as Ron the Motel Manager • Timothy Dalton as Mr. Pricklepants the Hedgehog • Wallace Shawn as Rex the T-Rex • Don Rickles as Mr. Potato Head • Kristen Schaal as Trixie the Triceratops • Kate McKinnon as PEZ Cat • Lori Alan as Bonnie's Mom • Peter Sohn as Transitron • Emily Hahn as Bonnie Anderson • Dawnn Lewis as Delivery Lady • Jason Topolski as Vampire / Tow Truck Guy • Ken Marino as ...

Sarsen Stones, Farnborough 04/10/2017

Despite the Appearance the Food Was Nice.

Sarsen Stones, Farnborough = = = About = = = The Sarsen Stones in Farnborough is a modern pub with a mystical, prehistoric connection. They are located on a site where 500 of the same kind of stones used to build Stonehenge once stood. You’ll find a tasteful, laid-back pub and restaurant where friends and families share delicious food and drink. They do wonderfully succulent, flame-roasted rotisserie chicken dishes that quite literally melt in the mouth. Plus, a perfect balance of traditional and modern pub classics, every day from lunchtime onwards. When it comes to pub drinks, they believe that more is more. Choose from superbly smooth cask ales, craft beers, world wines, fizz, spirits, signature cocktails, zingy thirst-quenchers, fresh coffee, and loose-leaf tea. Me and my boyfriend live in Farnborough so the pub is a fairly short drive from where we live. = = = = = = = Exterior/Interior = = = = = = = The pub has plenty of parking outside, including disabled spaces. The exterior of the pub looks nice and it was free of litter. There is a play area for children to the side along with some seating in this area as well so that you can have a drink whilst watching your children play. There are additional seating areas outside, towards the front of the pub, which looks out onto the main road. The inside of the pub is very clean and well lit. There are seating areas to either the left or right-hand side of the entrance. You can choose whether you want to sit in the bar area or whether you want table ...

Schleich Lying Dwarf Lop 03/10/2017

A Cute Little Rabbit.

Schleich Lying Dwarf Lop = = = = = The Figure = = = = = This little Dwarf Lop Rabbits is made by Schleich and is another figure that my nephews have from the Schleich range. Bothe of my nephew’s love rabbits and they have two pet rabbits; although these are not lop eared like this figure. The figure measures approximately 3.6x6.6x2cm in size, so isn’t the biggest of animal figures; how-ever it’s still a nice size. The rabbit is a cream colour with brown patches on it and there are markings engraved into the rabbit to represent the look of fur on the figure. The rabbit is laying down and its back feet and out towards the back and ate detailed showing the pads on the bottom of the rabbit’s feet. The front feet of the rabbit are out to the front as well and the head of the rabbit looks as though it is almost resting on the front feet. The rabbit has very cute long ears which are also cream and white as well. The rabbit has lovely painted eyes and a cute little nose. Although the rabbit is fairly detailed, I don’t personally think this looks much like a lop-eared rabbit. Out of all the figures that my nephews have, I would say that this is probably one of the least favourite one’s that I like. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = You can purchase this from Amazon for around £6.99, which I think is reasonable. = = = = = = = Overall Opinion = = = = = = = This figure is lovely for anyone whom likes rabbits; although I do think that there are nicer rabbit figures in the Schleich range ...

Schleich Lion Cub Lying 02/10/2017

A Playful Lion Cub.

Schleich Lion Cub Lying = = = = = The Figure = = = = = I am reviewing this gorgeous lion cub which is laying down. Ciao do actually have the wrong picture under the name of the product, so you can see the figure in the picture that I have included with this review. This figure is very cute and a nice size measuring approximately 6x2x5cm. The lion cub lays on its back as though it is playing with another cub or rolling around on the ground. The lion cub is a light brown colour; how-ever it does look very white with the belly being white and the underside of the arms, legs and paws also being white. Although the belly of the cub is white, it does have some lighter brown coloured spots in this area as well. The lion cubs back legs are fairly wide apart and the tail sits between them coming out to the side. The tail is a reasonable length for the size of the cub and this has great detail on the end of the tail. The pads on the bottom of the paws have been very carefully painted on as well as markings to show the toes and claws on the cub. One of the front legs to the calf it out to the side supporting the lion to lay down and the other one is out to the right and is going up more towards the sky/ceiling. This arm also has a slight bend in it as well. I wouldn’t have said that the face on this cub is particularly cute but the details of the face have been painted on very well. The eyes to the lion cub are big and they are look directly towards you, if you look at the lion cub from side on facing you. The ...

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (DVD) 01/10/2017

"Magic Never Ends" - (Robin Williams)

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (DVD) = = = About = = = As some of you know from reading my reviews, I have been watching The Night at The Museum films and this is the last film in the set to review, which I watched recently when I stayed at my sister’s house. This film is the sequel to the 2006 film Night at the Museum and the 2009 film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The film once again stars Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and it also stars Dan Stevens and Ben Kingsley. It is the third and final installment of the Night at the Museum trilogy. In Secret of the Tomb, security guard Larry Daley must travel to London to return the tablet of Ahkmenrah, an Egyptian artifact which causes the exhibits to come to life, before the magic disappears. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = You can purchase this on DVD for £3.00 or on Blu-ray for £4.99. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can rent the film for £3.49 or buy the film for £5.99 = = = Cast = = = • Ben Stiller as Larry Daley • Ben Stiller also plays Laaa • Robin Williams as Theodore Roosevelt • Owen Wilson as Jedediah • Steve Coogan as Octavius • Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee • Rachael Harris as Madeline Phelps • Dan Stevens as Sir Lancelot • Rebel Wilson as Tilly • Skyler Gisondo as Nick Daley • Rami Malek as Ahkmenrah • Patrick Gallagher as Attila the Hun • Mizuo Peck as Sacagawea • Ben Kingsley as Merenkahre • Dick Van Dyke as Cecil "C.J." Fredericks • Percy Hynes White plays the younger Cecil "C.J." ...

Schleich Lioness, lying 30/09/2017

A Beautiful Lioness.

Schleich Lioness, lying = = = About = = = The company, founded in 1935, is one of the largest toy manufacturers in Germany and is an international leading supplier of figures. The famous figures and games from Schleich are sold in more than 50 countries and can be found in children’s rooms around the world. In the 1980’s, the company started to manufacture their own high-quality, realistic and hand-painted animal figures, which are the heart of the company to this day. Today the portfolio takes the needs of children in various developmental stages into consideration: along with the realistic animal themes in Farm World and Wild Life for children between three and eight years, dinosaurs and the horse club cover the need for role play for children from five to twelve years. And those who like to play with fantasy subjects and mystical worlds will have plenty of room for imagination with toys such as bayala and Eldrador. Licensed products from movies and TV round off the selection and are a treat for grownup fans and collectors as well. I am reviewing the Laying Lioness, which my nephews have had for quite a while now. They tend to share their Schleich animal figures, so this isn’t anyone’s in particular. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = I have only seen this available to purchase on Amazon for the price of £44.15, which is an extortionate price for this figure. You may however be able to purchase it cheaper from eBay, second hand. = = = = = The Figure = = = = = This Lioness ...

Night At The Museum 2 - Escape From The Smithsonian (DVD) 29/09/2017

This Wasn't As Good As The First One.

Night At The Museum 2 - Escape From The Smithsonian (DVD) = = = About = = = Night at the Museum 2 ( Battle of the Smithsonian) is a 2009 American adventure fantasy comedy film written by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, produced (with Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan) and directed by Shawn Levy, and once again stars Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Robin Williams and other favorite characters from the first film. This film is the second installment in the Night at the Museum trilogy, and a sequel to the 2006 film Night at the Museum. The film was released on May 22, 2009. I had previously watched Night at The Museum with my nephews which I really enjoyed and I now wanted to see the second and third films as like the first one I think I have only ever seen parts of it and have never seen the film all the way through. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = If you are a member of Amazon Prime you can rent this movie for £3.49 or you can buy it for £5.99. This film is also available to purchase on DVD for £3.19 or on Blu ray for £4.60. = = = = = = = = = = Main Cast (Humans) = = = = = = = = = = • Ben Stiller as Larry Daley • Jake Cherry as Nick Daley • Ricky Gervais as Dr. McPhee • Amy Adams as Tess = = = = = = = Cast (Exhibits = = = = = = = Rather than list all the people whom play the exhibits, as there is a very long list which would take up the majority of the review some of the favourite exhibits from the first film such as Robin Williams, Patrick Gallagher, Rami Malek, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and more appear ...

Ripper Street Season 3 (DVD) 28/09/2017

Some Great Twists In This Series That I Didn't See Coming.

Ripper Street Season 3 (DVD) = = = About = = = As some of you know I recently started watching the Ripper Street series and I did have a bit of a break in between watching them but I have now finished Series 3. Set in 1894, H Division's Detective Inspector Edmund Reid aided by the hard-boiled Sergeant Bennett Drake and American forensics expert Captain Homer Jackson, investigates more murders in Whitechapel including a serious train accident that claimed the lives of 55 civilians. Meanwhile there is information regarding Reid's long-lost daughter Matilda who was previously believed to have drowned. This series was aired in 2014. = = = = = = = = Price/Availability = = = = = = = = You can purchase this on DVD £6.48 or on Blu Ray for £10.03; how-ever I have Amazon Prime, so was able to watch this free through there. = = = = = Main Cast = = = = = • Matthew Macfadyen as Detective Inspector Edmund Reid • Jerome Flynn as Detective Inspector, Bennet Drake • Adam Rothenberg as Captain Homer Jackson • MyAnna Buring as "Long" Susan Hart/Caitlin Swift Judge • Charlene McKenna as Rose Erskine • Damien Molony as Detective Constable Albert Flight • Joseph Mawle as Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine • Leanne Best as Jane Cobden • Alicia Gerrard as Charity • Frank Harper as Silas Duggan • John Heffernan as Ronald Capshaw • Louise Brealey as Dr Amelia Frayn • Lydia Wilson as Hermione "Mimi" Morton • Josh O'Connor as Police Constable Bobby Grace • Anna Burnett as Mathilda Reid = = = = = The Series = = = = ...

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun 26/09/2017

Refreshing, Soothing and Cooling.

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun = = = About = = = This review is a little late in the year as we haven’t had a good bout of sun for a good few weeks now, but it might prove useful for those whom may be lucky enough to go on holiday this year. When it comes to sun protection products, I do normally always choose the same brand (Nivea); how-ever the Hawaiian Tropic Hydration Sun Lotion came out as one of the top products this year, so I purchased it and also purchased the Hydrating After Sun to go with it. This After Sun is a hydrating lotion with Aloe Gel ribbons entwined, that will moisture skin for 24hrs and help preserve your tan. The lotion is infused with Mango and Shea Butters for continuous moisture, whilst the cooling Aloe soothes. The product has a delicious Coconut and Papaya fragrance. = = = = = Packaging = = = = = The lotion comes in a plastic bottle which stands on its lid. The bottle is slightly squeezy so that you can squeeze the lotion out from the bottle. On the front, it clearly states what the product is and that it gives your skin 24h moisturisation. On the back of the bottle it tells you a little about the product and also lists the ingredients. The plastic bottle is clear but you can see the product through the bottle. The colour of the product looks a blue/green colour and you can see the Aloe Gel ribbons in between the ribbons of the lotion. The lid to the bottle is a dark brown and this flips back to reveal a small hole in which the product can be dispensed from. = = = = = = = = ...
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