Monthly Archives: September 2014

Book: Asterix

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Outside Today my book recommendation is actually a comic… don’t worry I will eventually recommend a proper novel but being back at school limits my reading time, so for the next few weeks I’ll be recommending more comics and graphic novels.

So today’s is Asterix. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the French comic book series but in case you aren’t; the books are a series of comics written by René Goscinny and later Albert Uderzo after his death. I assume they still continue as Jean-Yves Ferri has been writing them since 2013.

The comics follow the activities of a village of Gauls as they struggle to resist Roman occupation. In doing this they follow the protagonists of Asterix and Obelix in their personal adventures. A full summary can be found on Wikipedia: ‘The series follows the exploits of a village of indomitable Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid called Getafix in the English translations, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. Tinsidehe protagonist, the titular character Asterix, along with his friend Obelix, have various adventures. Many of the stories have them travel to foreign countries, though others are set in and around their village. For much of the history of the series (Volumes 4 through 29), settings in Gaul and abroad alternated, with even-numbered volumes set abroad and odd-numbered volumes set in Gaul, mostly in the village.

I remember growing up watching the cartoons of Asterix and the film. I found it funny and I know it’s a favourite of my Dads. I hope you’ll enjoy the characters and the stories as much as me.

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Disclaimer: I found additional information on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix

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Beauty: Flexitol Hand Balm

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DSC07778Do you have dry, cracked hands? Have you tried every hand lotion under the sun and yet nothing is working? Have you given up or are you determined not to take a trip to the doctors? I may have the answer because once, fair follower, I was like you.

I often struggle with dry hands due to a multitude of reasons from washing my hands too much, genetics and changes in the weather. I got to a point where my hands were in an awful state. They were horrifically dry, red and sore and uncomfortable. The longer it went on I realised it wasn’t being affected by the weather anymore but rather was caused by the fact I couldn’t find a decent hand lotion and I didn’t apply hand lotion enough.

This was all changed when I found Flexitol Hand Balm as a recommendation my mum got from her friend. This hand lotion is brilliant. It is relatively cheap at approximately £5 and only needs to be used sparingly. All you need is a small ‘blob’ of the lotion and then rub it into your hands. It manages to cover all of your hands, doesn’t have an awful sticky or nasty residue and works surprisingly fast. Within a day you do notice a difference as long as your apply the lotion regularly.

I really do recommend this product, it has worked so well for me and I still use it from time to time to prevent my hands from reaching the stage they once did.

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Quote: Marilyn Monroe

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‘I’m selfish, impatient, and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I’m out of control, and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best’.

marilyn-monroe-quotes-4‘Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring’.

‘Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you’.

‘We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle’.

‘Fear is stupid. So are regrets’.

‘Love is rare. Life is strange. Nothing lasts and people change’.

‘We should all start to live before we get too old’.

‘A woman knows by intuition, or instinct, what is best for herself’.

‘One of the best things that ever happened to me is that I’m a woman. That is the way all females should feel’.

‘A man is more frank and sincere with his emotions than a woman. We girls, I’m afraid, have a tendency to hide our feelings’.

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 Disclaimer – I do not own the photo, it is from: http://www.snappypixels.com/quotes/thoughtful-quotes-from-marilyn-monroe/

Film and TV: Black Books

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Black BooksToday I want to recommend a TV series. Black Books aired between 2000 and 2004, it starred Dylan Moran (Shaun of the Dead, Comedian), Bill Bailey (Hustle, Doctor Who, Nanny McPhee) and Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Doctor Who, Shaun of the Dead) and lasted three series. Not only did Moran star in it, he created and wrote the show too. I used to watch this programme a few years ago when it was shown on the channel Dave and I recently bought all three series on DVD. Like ‘After You’ve Gone’ that I reviewed perhaps a month ago, it isn’t a serious programme and it provides light entertainment. It’s the type of show where, again like After You’ve Gone, you can get attached to the characters while leaving it on in the background as each new episode is a new story rather than a continuous arc. I tend to watch this programme at night before I go to sleep. It’s just a nice way to end the day.

I found a brief synopsis of the show on the imdb website, it was written by P.H. Moo: ‘Bernard Black runs his own bookshop even though he doesn’t much like people who buy books and hates having customers. Next door to Bernard’s shop is the Nifty Gifty gift shop run by Fran, probably Bernard’s only friend in the world. When Bernard’s accountant goes on the run Bernard employs stress victim, Manny to help in his shop. This leads to a series of surreal adventures around the shop.’

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Disclaimer – I do not own the picture, it is from: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0262150/

Food: Mini Beanies

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 Mini Beanies PacketToday’s food recommendation is Mini Beanies. These are adorable little biscuits that look a little like pizzas or even mini chocolate pizzas. I found these while shopping in the popular supermarket Asda. They’re super delicious and are made up of about four layers, from the bottom up: Layer 1 is the biscuit base, Mini Beanieslayer 2 is the milk flavoured creamy filling, layer 3 is milk chocolate and the final layer is the crunchy ‘choccie’ beans. The only downside to these biscuits is that they are very very unhealthy (I’ll let you see the ratings when you buy them) but for a lovely indulgent snack, which we all need from time to time, I totally recommend them.

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Music: Top 5

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This week I’m giving you another Top 5…

Linkin Park – Guilty All The Same

Billie Piper – Day and Night

Chris Cornell – You Know My Name

EofE – Kiss Me Like You Mean It

Maroon 5 – Little Time of Your Life

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Youtube: Sonia’s Travels

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headshotSoniastravels is Sonia Gil’s YouTube channel. She updates weekly with travel tips like what equipment you should buy to travel with such as bags and suitcases, to take when you travel such as outfits and shoes or electronic goods. But if it’s not a tip video, it’ll be a video recommending a country or a city or just Sonia taking you around and showing you the things you can do in that place.

I’ve found these videos interesting and well, informative.  It’s definitely made me want to travel to more places and has told me a lot about the different cultures across the world.

Sonia’s about page says this; ‘Travel around the globe with Sonia Gil! From Milan to Miami, Sonia cracks the secret codes of the world’s coolest cities in this award-winning series. Learn new travel tips and tricks, and share your own, in Sonia’s vlog. New shows every Thursday!’

Now for some examples:

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Disclaimer – I do not own the above photo, it is from: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sonia-gil/