Thursday, 17 December 2015

Grab the Remote... December - Christmas Day

With just over one week until Christmas (yippee!) last Saturday I felt that it was time to get a pen and mark in the TV guide what to watch on Friday the 25th of December 2015.

Luckily, my parents and I are fond of the same programmes.
On the day we will have to hit the 'record' button on a couple of things as there is the issue of shows overlapping with each other.

I think that there is a praiseworthy selection scheduled to be aired on the telly.
Though, the power switch won't be getting flicked on until 2pm - When our first thing starts.

This bloke continues to make me giggle. He is one of those people that you hope is as nice as he is on-screen away from the cameras. Aside from the humour what keeps me captivated is that there is usually at least one celebrity that I want to see Alan interview, which typically includes them spilling the gossip over a beverage.

Line-up: Catherine Tate's Nan, Keith Lemon, Lorraine Kelly, Emma Willis and Marvin Humes, Gogglebox's Steph and Dom, Samuel L.Jackson, John Bishop, Little Mix and One Direction.
When: Friday 25th December @ 9pm.
Channel: Channel 4.

If you're similar to me and the sight of a cinema advert for a new animation fills you with glee, then you have to make time for this one in particular.

Merida, a young Scottish royal would rather be engaged in her hobby of archery than meeting the three men who will be fighting for her hand in marriage. This leads to an almighty row with her mother. What the teenager decides to do next will have substantial consequences and test the relationship she has with her female parent to the limit.

Here is a film that both adults, children, and every age in between should enjoy.
When: Friday 25th December @ 3:10pm.
Channel: BBC1.

3.) Call the Midwife
Although this is the fifth series, I only began watching this drama that was formed from a book, after seeing the 2014 Christmas special. The cast, which includes the witty Miranda Hart, are exceptional in acting out what it was like for the midwives working in the time of the 1950's.
When: Friday 25th December @ 7:30pm.
Channel: BBC1.

4.) The Queen
To me catching her majesty's speech is compulsory. It is fascinating being reminded of all that has happened throughout this year, bad and good.
When: Friday 25th December @ 3:00pm.
Channel: BBC1.

Half a dozen of contestants and winners from past series take to the dance floor to sashay again. Joining some of the professionals for a twirl include model Abbey Clancy, TV presenters Alison Hammond and Lisa Snowdon, former royal marine medic Cassidy Little, actor Tom Chambers and, wait for it... McFly's Harry Judd! (claps with approval).
When: Friday 25th December @ 6:15pm.
Channel: BBC1.

The one dog that I had was from a rescue centre. I will never understand why on earth some people believe that it is okay to mistreat any animal, so witnessing these furry canines at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home being given a loving family to live with makes me feel elated.
When: Friday 25th December @ 5:00pm.
Channel: ITV1.

What are you planning on watching?

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Bargain Buys... Useful Websites For Freebies

To me, there is nothing more satisfying than coming by an item that is cheap and cheerful, or even better - free. 

As they say "One persons trash is another person's treasure" and I clearly believe this.
There are many of times where I have gone into a shop and they have had a sale on their clothes, the product has been marked down and then I look at the label.
It isn't anywhere near my size.
Well, I wouldn't swap any of my pennies for something that is no use to me.

On the other hand food or pieces of jewellery are two suitable examples that can be given to a relative or friend as a gift if they have been way too good to leave on the shelf.

Most weeks people are dumbfounded by what I have managed to obtain at no-cost - zilch.
And this leads me to the following picture...

Apart from the little decoration on the left, ALL that you can see above was obtained without using my money, but simply by visiting these various websites:

Even though I have subscribed to their daily newsletter I try to go on this website from Monday to Sunday anyhow. They advertise where you can pick up things with no need to exchange money for them. Also publishing offers elsewhere and holding regular competitions are other benefits from them.
Obtained: Make-up and perfume samples, washing and dishwasher tablets and bottles of coca cola.
(Pictured: Nivea Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream 25ml tub / GHOST Girl Perfume 1.5ml bottle / Estee Lauder iMatch foundation 6ml bottle - Redeemed with a voucher at Debenhams)
If you buy The Sun newspaper every day it is really worth knowing that by entering the codes from each copies back page on their website  you can get discounted tickets for UK attractions, free entry to preview cinema screenings, half-price offers, enter competitions. The list goes on...
Obtained: Shrek's Adventure! London tickets. (The P&P cost is all that you had to cover). / x3 children's magazines that were worth £3.00 each.

O2 Priority:
Obviously this is only of use to you if the network provider you are with is O2. As well as being able to book event tickets for O2 venues 48 hours before their general release to the public they hold giveaways, deductions on prices for days out and PLENTY of products free of charge. You have to claim these in the listed store (some may not have a location near you).
Obtained: Skylanders Giants Battle Pack with the RRP price of £19.99 from GAME.
 (Pictured: Disney Star Wars Chupa Chups x10 lollipop bag / Milk chocolate coins 60g net / WHSmith Figgy Puddings, Robins & Trees Charity Christmas Cards - Pack of 30 with envelopes.)

Teenagers can safely bid on any of these online auctions if they have enough points for that specific object. And if not, there are many ways of having fun through collecting them by clicking on the 'EARN' tab. You will soon be able to use these and start placing your number quantity, plus you can also get more on your score by listing your own unwanted possessions to sell.
Obtained: CD albums by The Vamps, One Direction and Little Mix / Top of the Pop's magazines.

Super Savvy Me:
I am sure that just by heading over to the homepage, you will find something that appeals to you.
Aside from the advantages of supplying money-off coupons, they have prizes to win and the opportunity to test out newly-released products.
Obtained: Full size bottles of popular branded shampoo and conditioner.

Disney Movie Rewards:
DVDs for free? Yep! Every time you purchase a Disney film, CD or game there should be a promotional flyer inside the case that will have a website printed on it. Sign up there for free, enter your unique code that is also on your included piece of paper and follow the instructions. Each code is worth points and once you start building them up you can begin ordering some new products without spending a thing.
Obtained: A dozen DVDs.
(Pictured: Disneys Cinderella DVD).

Hopefully I have succeeded in keeping you interested and taught you how to save without having to wait and rely on just the sales. 

Remember if what you have bagged is no help to you, it may be for another human being that you know. It is so easy to make a gift hamper with food, drink, lotions etc by placing them in a decorated plastic punnet or shoebox. The best bit is that these work as Christmas, Birthday, Easter and Thank-you presents.

Is there anything else you would like to add? 
Have you ever got something for nothing?
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Thursday, 3 December 2015

I've Got My Ticket... Snow White the Pantomime

When I was a little girl and Christmas was either on its way or it had not long passed the one thing unfailingly noted down on the calendar was the yearly Pantomime.  


On every occasion my family and I visited the same place - The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury.
It is an exceedingly hospitable place to go to and I can remember precisely the usher directing the way to our seats, being treated to an ice-cream and taking home a copy of the programme on that specific production.
Show Name: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Venue: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Performance Dates: Friday 27th November 2015 - Sunday 10th January 2016
Starring: Rita Simons, Phil Gallagher, Lloyd Hollett, Ben Roddy, Katie Monks, Ben Carruthers
Produced by: Paul Hendy and Emily Wood

Brief Information: 
Whether it is by reading the fictional book or through seeing one of the multiple films that have been made this is an outright representative for a fairytale story.

“Mirror! Mirror on the wall! Who is the fairest of them all?” are the famous words spoken by the pitiless Queen of the Kingdom to her wall reflection. She was more than happy to hear repeatedly that she was the ruling beauty, until the moment came when its response was with another name - Snow White.

Defined by her rouge lips, pale soft complexion and bouncy hairstyle, Snow White was her majesty's only competition and she wanted get rid of her step-daughter. Believing that her rival was no longer alive, her highness continued with her life. 

The vital characters of the seven dwarfs soon discovered Snow by the quaint cottage that they resided at. She took gratification in caring for each of her new friends and they vowed that she would always have a home with them.

It was not long before the Queen was informed that there was still someone prettier than her close by. She took a ruby red apple and in disguise tempted Snow to take a bite of the poisonous fruit, which then sent the unfortunate young soul into a deep sleep.

"And they lived happily ever after" is what we all await the line of, and this was what happened for Snow when she was awoken with a kiss from Prince Charming.

My Opinion: 

This staging comprised of laughter, dancing, singing, plus an assemblage of quirky costumes.
Cbeebies Phil Gallagher, comedian Lloyd Hollett and panto-expert Ben Roddy individually achieved keeping me distracted, just like they did last year. As for Eastenders' actress Rita Simons, she also seemed right at home playing the villain.

All of the cast, including those in the background managed to pull off more than two and a half hours of utter amusement. There were some slight alterations to the initial story, such as a change of name for the dwarfs and an appealing 'We Are the Seven' replacing their song 'Heigh-Ho'. These however didn't take away any of the fun that you would expect to have and could actually be considered as improvements.

Hold your breath scenes that aren't in your conventional panto were an extra, one was the use of 3D-glasses in the second half.

What did you like?
The artistic layout on stage, the funky cover songs and video footage of recognized television faces all impressed me (and my family, counting my niece). I was in hysterics at the comedy that Ben Roddy's role of Nurse Nellie brought forward. He seemed to have a significant influence on other members of the audience too when the cackles of elder attendees could be heard over the top of the giggling children many had as their company.

What would you change?
If I had to be picky it would be swapping one of the tracks played with another. That's it!

My star rating out of five:
Find out more about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the pantomime, including ticket prices and performance times:
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