Friday, 26 February 2016

Fortunate Finds... Mother's Day

Mother's Day could be classed as another commercialised example that takes places once a year, but then I do think that it is important to display your admiration for the female lady who you often turn to in life.

It doesn't have to be your birth mum. Your nan, auntie, cousin or a non-relative may be the one that you want to reward for all that they do.

Now it comes to the uncertainty of what to get as a sign of thanks... Starting the day by serving a traditional breakfast (or her favourite cereal, porridge, toast with a jarred topping) in bed has been known to go down a treat, as has a hot cup of tea or coffee. You could even win extra points for presenting it in her favourite mug - or a brand new one, like this personalised design from Not On The High Street. I also came across a John Lewis duck tray that would appear impressive with all these things on it.
Many mum's regularly say "it's the little things that count" and although this is right, a bunch of carnations or a box of Lindor chocolates are two gifts that mine wouldn't turn down.

Whichever approach you use to celebrate the existence of the person you have in mind overspending doesn't have to come into it. I've found that from January to December Lidl's stock a sublime range of bouquets, (or there is the option of a vase with an artificial bunch inside that are not seen as tacky), and with Easter next month a lot of the big supermarkets like Asda have cut-prices on their chocolate eggs. 

Also speaking of sweet tooth presents, old-fashioned confectionery shops will provide with you with what you need. Until not long ago it was unbeknown to me that there are many places that offer Cream Teas at really affordable prices, such as Dobbies. Then again, you could bake or buy your own scones, jam and cream to hold a little party on the table at home.

Going to the cinema is a satisfying outing whenever, but if you do go on this Sunday 6th of March the film that you book to see will mean something extra to you in the future when you look back. I am aiming to go and watch The Choice. Mum and I really like the author Nicholas Sparks, who's book this film is based on.

If you can't actually be there in person with the other human being gift cards such as love2shop vouchers are ideal, especially this one as there are a large variety of places where you can spend them at.

Just do NOT forget the card, and one that has a sincere message inside.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

I've Got My Ticket... The Bodyguard - The Musical

Although the simple lyrics ‘I will Always Love You’ are predictably known worldwide some listeners may not be aware that this song, under the same title name, is from the meaningful 1992 film, The Bodyguard.

Playing the lead female role alongside the supreme Kevin Costner was the power behind the voice of that global number 1 hit – Whitney Houston.

While we might not confess to it, each of us can probably remember a moment where we either blasted out the soundtrack on full volume miming along, or ‘trying’ to be note-perfect out loud.
Either way this is one of those films that you need to watch at least once.

If you have already seen it and worn out your DVD (or old-school VHS) of this television viewing over the years from too much overplay, no fear as up until May 2016 a live show of The Bodyguard is touring multiple venues around the UK.

 Show Name: The Bodyguard - Musical
Venue: The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Performance Dates: Wednesday 17th – Saturday 27th February 2016
Starring: Carole Stennett, Stuart Reid, Rachel John, Samuel Brown, Alex Andreas
Musical Director: Tom Gearing

Brief Information:   
Singer Rachel Marron is a big-name in pop music, to the extent that her safety is soon questioned when she continues to receive worrying threats from an unknown someone. She needs the best of the best and that is exactly what she is given when Frank Farmer, previously a Secret Service agent, is employed to protect her day and night.

At first the female diva demonstrates scenes of challenging behaviour – that is until she realises how much danger both she and her son are in. Wherever she goes, her security must shadow her and all this time together soon has Frank questioning whether mixing business with pleasure between the star and himself is a mistake.

My Opinion:
In comparison to the minders of Rachel, I was on high alert for anything suspicious going on – even though I knew what incidents were to follow. You also slightly feel partly responsible for her well-being because the storyline is so intense and the cast delineate this effectively. Further suspense is then built when the jealousy that her sister feels is brought to light.

Carole Stennett who plays the part of Rachel has the rare ability of producing such natural vocals, but I soon found out that talent runs in the family when her on-stage sister Nicki, demonstrated some spellbinding note changes also.

What did you like?
From the very first ten minutes I, myself, felt a strong connection with the characters on stage. While the teary-eyed moments were accompanied by a sensational ballad, such as ‘I Have Nothing’, the urge to get up and dance called when ‘I’m Every Woman’ and further chipper songs were performed.

A surprise medley of classic Whitney songs that aren't in the actual film, clever slow-motion scenes and some nifty dance moves from Rachel's son Fletcher, gave me more reasons to state that I enjoyed the show more the second time around than when I saw it in the West End a couple of years back.

What would you change? 
A couple of loud bangs at the very beginning - Simply for making me jump out of my skin! 

My rating out of five:

Find out more about The Bodyguard – The Musical, including ticket prices and performance times:
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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Grab the Remote... For Valentine's Day

Well right now I may be unpartnered, however this doesn't mean that I can't offer my opinion on how to pull off an idealistic evening on the most lovey-dovey day of the year. 


Ditch the fold-away cinema chairs for plumpped-up cushions on the settee at home to enjoy a movie this Valentine's Day.

Whether it is picked out of your own DVD collection, borrowed from a rental store or purchased from a shops display counter, make sure you are wise about your final decision.

Even though the 14th of February is about showing some appreciation for your other half it doesn't have to be expensive. Places such as CEX can be really handy on grabbing a bargain flick, as can websites like Netflix where you can download something from their ever expanding choice.

When you do make your mind up opt for something you will both want to watch.
Still stuck?
Here is a short list of nine releases that I have nothing but good words for...
Lady and the Tramp (Puppy love)
Cinderella (Prince Charming)
Aladdin (Different upbringings)
Classic Feel-Goods:
Dirty Dancing (Holiday bonds)
Greece (High school flirtation)
Pretty Woman (Opposites attract)
Romantic Comedies:
Bridget Jones Diary (Two admirers)
Monster In Law (Clashing with their mother-to-be)
What Happens In Vegas (Making a relationship work)
Now all that's left for you to do is order a takeaway or stop off at your local supermarket for some popcorn, pick and mix, or a family size bar of chocolate.
Then make a pot of tea or pour out a glass of wine.
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Thursday, 4 February 2016

5 Facts About Me... Continued

Following up from where I stopped off at in my first ever post, here are some further points I'd like to add about myself.

As promised.

1.) If I had to decide on what to have as my last ever meal it would be...
Spaghetti Bolognese. But not just one ordered from a restaurant - It has to be made by mum. And come with a side order of garlic bread (I am not fussy, honestly!)

 2.) Puzzle Mad.
Every morning, without failure, I sit down to eat my breakfast and fill out the sudoku from the newspaper. They keep my mind active and I have got through four books (900 pages) in total so far. I hate to admit it, but when I am really stuck I tend to take a peek at the solutions in the back.

3.) The Fairytale Cottage.
If I could afford a property of my very own my first choice would be one of these quirky buildings. From their renowned front doors, to each thick-framed window I can literally imagine myself huddling close to an open fireplace within one of them engrossed in a quality book.

4.) Disney Channel...
Was constantly on my television when I was growing up (right until I turned sixteen - When we switched to Freeview). That's So Raven scores top of the best programmes that were shown, but Lizzie McGuire, The Suite Life of Zac and Cody,  Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place and Sonny With a Chance I was glued to also. Oh, and remember Recess? Yep. There was great listings all day.

5.) Being Fearless.
This is just one of the valuable life lessons I have learned from Miss Taylor Swift through her songs and from interviews with her that I've seen. Even before she became majorly famous in the UK I was a fan. It was April 2009 when I caught her performance of 'Love Story' on ITV and I have since bought all of her albums and been lucky enough to see her live in concert three times. (The photo above was snapped by me on her 'Speak Now' tour. It is an evening I would like to relive again).
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