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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

*Olixar, The Affordable Gadgets for Bloggers.

*Olixar, The Affordable Gadgets for Bloggers.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
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Bloggers are known for their essential gadgets; from camera gear like the popular Olympus Pen, great editing software and a good laptop in order to accomplish their goal of creating the best content they can. Individually my most important gadget is a camera, it's the tool that takes the written context of a blog post and takes it to a whole new platform visually. Personally, I won't be the person who puts £300 or more into a camera, I'm quite realistic in that I like to make the most out of the tools I already have, the Lumix camera I do have is a secondhand product which is around 3 years old now and does just the job I'm after. 


Sunday, 13 August 2017

*National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham

*National SEA LIFE Centre, Birmingham
Sunday, 13 August 2017
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Photo Credit: Wikipedia (because my SD card deleted my photo of the outside, pfft.)

When looking for things to do as a couple during the weekends, for when the weather isn't so great outside or just a new experience for you and your family to enjoy, Birmingham's Sea Life Centre should be on your list. The centre is located alongside Birmingham's Canal, with some great restaurants surrounding it should you want to have a bite to eat after your visit. The National Sea Life Centre gives the opportunity to experience the ultimate underwater discovery, housing over 2,000 creatures in more than 60 displays and the added extra of UK's only 360° tunnel.

The centre enables you to get up and close to some of the world's best underwater creatures; the Giant Green Sea Turtle, Lobsters, Sharks, Sting Rays and Otters to name a few. There's also an array of gorgeous colours and vibrancy in their vast variety of fish in all shapes and sizes. Around every corner is a different creature to see and discover about, the fact sheets spread around the sea life centre are great for some knowledge.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Getting Into Character with A Midsummer Night's Dream, Curve Theatre, Leicester.

Getting Into Character with A Midsummer Night's Dream, Curve Theatre, Leicester.
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
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Curve's long awaited community production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream begins this week and is the perfect theatre trip for you to enjoy with the family this summer. This funky, fun and imaginative new production directed by Curve Associate Artist Nick Winston will bring together a cast of 70 local people between the ages of 12 to 63. This exciting new production is a reimagining of one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, and feels like it will be the most exciting one with Curve's Made At Curve stamp on it yet. 

From witnessing some of the costume design templates, some of the make up and hair that is being shown and a sneak peak into the stage design, this vibrant production will not be one to miss.It comes with a real WOW FACTOR! A lot of the creative influences onto the traditional story are modernistic, contemporary and lots of fun. 

‘The course of true love never did run smooth…’

If you don't know the basis of the story then Hermia loves Lysander, Lysander loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius and Demetrius loves Hermia. Under the light of the moon, this lover's quartet become intertwined in magical mishaps in a mysterious forest at the hands of the mischievous fairy sprite Punk. The misuse of magic in the hands of Punk causes chaos amongst the young lovers and fairies alike, wreaking romantic havoc and unfathomable happenings which can only be explained away as nothing more than a surreal dream..

Watching how the young cast collaborate with the make up, hair and costume team to transform into their individual characters. Their is a real feel for a punk styled hair and striking make up. The young people have themselves created the make up and hair looks directed by Verity Pitt, professional theatre wigs and make up artist. Verity explained that she wanted them to experiment with looks and ideas based on ideas from the costume designs. What has been created is delicate, colourful designs around the eye area of the cast. The colours are bright, close to the forest/naturalistic themes but also really align well with the context of the production.








Verity also explained the young people's enthusiasm to play with the ideas she had to create the looks, all is very individual to that person and this translates into their decided hairstyle too. For some whose performance in this production will be their first this shows the atmosphere and support they have received from the team at Curve. I'm really interested to see what the performers look like with their costumes on too. As well as the stage design which is definitely something I hadn't seen before and is very exciting. 

Don't miss the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Curve Theatre between 10-20 August. You can find more about the production and book your tickets here

thanks for reading,
Monday, 7 August 2017

Meatcure, Hinckley, Leicester

Meatcure, Hinckley, Leicester
Monday, 7 August 2017
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Hinckley in Leicester's Meatcure, an independent burger chain promises 'Good Times Ahead' in order to provide top quality burgers for reasonable prices. I only sampled the Meatcure chain earlier this year, it's been in Leicester's city centre for around a year now and I rated it for it's yummy food and tasty milkshakes! The Hinckley restaurant is new to their outreach, having only opened this year and nestled within the town's Crescent, an area full of restaurants, but definitely has something else to make it stand out. This is the fourth Meatcure to the brand, sadly their fifth in Leamington Spa closed. For this review I took along with me my parents, including my mum who tends to be the person who likes their burgers classic and not with much topping and my dad who likes to try everything, I came with the perfect army of reviewers.


The interior and feel for the restaurant is airy and spacious, there's a lot of seating options available to the customers. The kitchen and service area is open therefore you can see how the chef's create your delicious dishes. I love the industrial interior that Meatcure has and with throwback music playing during our dining experience, I felt relaxed and ready to enjoy some good food. 

Obviously first to order was a milkshake whilst waiting for my food to arrive, for the second time in a row I opted for the Peanut Butter Milkshake. I have to be honest I was quite disappointed with this milkshake, it has an incredibly thick consistency but felt like not all of the peanut butter mixture had been blended. This meant I just didn't enjoy the milkshake as much as I had raved about before and couldn't finish it. 





From the menu I decided to try one of their chicken burgers, opting for the My Cousin Vinny burger. The burger consisted of Breaded Chicken Parmigiana, Serrano Ham, Melted Mozzarella and finished off with a nice helping of Marinara Sauce. Even though it was incredibly difficult to eat without getting everywhere, the flavours were absolutely lovely. The marinara was a nice touch and enabled the chicken not to become dry and tasteless and it can do in a burger. I had a side of the Paprika Fries, I hadn't realised before there was an option to switch up your fries and I obviously embraced the opportunity. The fries had a really nice kick of flavour that the burger didn't so they really worked well with one another.

My mum had a Plain Beef Burger with Bacon whilst my dad opted for the Raging Ball burger, a beef patty based burger complete with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, chorizo, onions and smoked mayo. Both said how soft and full of flavour their beef patty's were, the brioche bun also gave the burgers an added flavour too. The atmosphere and service in the restaurant was next to none, all waiting staff really ensured we had a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience. I will definitely be heading to the Hinckley branch again.

thanks for reading,
*Restaurant Review. Invited to review the Meatcure Restaurant, Hinckley, Leicester. 
All photos and views are my own. 
Saturday, 5 August 2017

Ibis Styles Southwark Rose, London

Ibis Styles Southwark Rose, London
Saturday, 5 August 2017
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Photo Credit: Meetings Booker
London is known for many things; iconic landmarks like the London Eye and Big Ben, it’s many places to eat or shop, depending on your preference. There’s many other things which makes London one of the most popular places in the UK to visit and why so many people love it so much. The one thing that London is most known for is it's incredible and iconic West End theatres. Finding a comfortable, affordable hotel that embraces a night at the theatre is hard to find but at last I found it in London's Ibis Styles London Southwark , making it now my ultimate go to hotel in London.
Thursday, 3 August 2017

Mamma Mia The Musical, Novello Theatre, London

Mamma Mia The Musical, Novello Theatre, London
Thursday, 3 August 2017
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Mamma Mia The Musical 
Novello Theatre, London


London's Novello Theatre has been transformed into a Greek island paradise to host the musical that has seen over 60 million people all around the world fall in love with it's feel-good atmosphere. Mamma Mia is the musical that has characters, the story and the timeless music of ABBA's well intertwined into the structure that gives their audiences an night they'll remember. The story combines love, laughter and friendship in a 2 hr 15 minute performance that demonstrates why it's become a much loved musical for 18 years.
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