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Monday, 16th January, 2017

Money Monster For Film Night

As you know for Christmas I got a load of Blu rays, lots of which I’ve wanted to watch for a while. The first one on the list to watch was Money Monster. I wanted to watch an edgy, thriller kind of film, and that’s exactly what this is!

I saw the trailers for this ages ago (when the film was released last year) and I thought that George Clooney played the bad guy, he actually doesn’t. Since it’s a thriller, I don’t want to give too much of the film away, but I will give a bit of an overview.

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a financial expert who is an energetic and animated and presents his TV show which is based on financials including stock and trading tips. One of his shows is interrupted by Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell), who has a gun and vest packed with a bomb, storms in and takes over, getting Lee to put on the vest. It turns out he lost his life savings from an investment which went bad which Lee recommended as a safe investment. Lee tries to calm down Kyle with the help of his director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts), and the film goes from there.

I think it’s a really good thriller, it met my expectations and was a really good watch, so I can say that if you’ve not seen this and you like the idea of the film, you should see it if you haven’t already. You also get to see George Clooney do some comedy dancing, which is hilarious! :mrgreen:

George Clooney dancing in Money Monster


Saturday, 14th January, 2017

Reyka Vodka From Iceland

Reyka Vodka Review

I finally got myself some Reyka vodka!

When I was in Iceland I only actually had 1 vodka, it was pretty expensive, especially when you’re mixing it with Redbull, it’s expensive here in Newcastle in bars, so you can imagine the prices in Reykjavik. I’ve seen it in the shops for a long time, and always not bothered getting it, but as it was Christmas I decided that I’d go ahead and get a bottle.

It’s not the cheapest vodka, with the bigger, more well known brands like Smirnoff and Absolut much more affordable, but I do like vodkas and have owned so many over the years, from Beluga to F:Fashion Vodka, Roberto Cavalli, Danzka, Wyborowa Exquisite and the others. In the vodka price range it sits around the premium price level, similar to Grey Goose, Ciroc and Belvedere, and cost me around £26.

They say it’s a small batch vodka hand crafted in Iceland, made from Arctic spring water with lava rock filtration. Iceland certainly has the natural resources available like no other, so how does it translate into a vodka?

It’s a really nice premium vodka, smooth and goes down well. It is very clean and crisp, which is something you’d expect when you talk about Iceland and their water. You can tell the difference from this premium vodka to a cheaper alternative, and know where the extra money goes. Where cheap vodka is sharp and uncomfortable to drink, Reyka is strong without being overbearing and easy to drink.

If you are looking for a premium vodka and want to try something a little different to the more commercialised options, I can recommend Rekya vodka.

Having A Reyka Vodka From Iceland With Redbull


Wednesday, 11th January, 2017

Did Someone Say Hygge?! Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Hungarian Goose Down Duvet

Did Someone Say Hygge?! 😉

For so long now I have needed to buy a new duvet for my bed, and I wanted to buy a good one. For the past year or two I have talked myself out of getting a new one, my (now old) feather and down duvet was still pretty OK, but had lost it’s “fluffiness” and was quite flat. I had to decide not only which duvet I wanted to get, but also what tog rating I wanted. The TOG rating is pretty simple to understand, the bigger the number the more warm it’s supposed to be; So 4.5 for the summer, and 13+ for the Winter. The fill is also important, there’s natural fill like feathers and down, and synthetic too.

I wanted to get a natural filling one again, so that took one of the options out of the equation. But then it goes further; There’s different qualities of natural fillings too. These are such things like standard goose feather & down, Hungarian, Canadian, Siberian…All different qualities and all at different price points of course. Since this is somewhat of an investment (I don’t buy quits everyday!), I decided to go for something a bit expensive, and got myself a Hungarian Goose Down Duvet.

I could not remember what the tog rating was on my original duvet, I think 13.5, and I was torn between a 10.5 and 13.5 version, than I found a 4.5+9 tog duvet, which is actually two duvets you can clip together to make one. The good points is that it is supposed to keep you warm in the Winter, then in the summer you can put the heavier one away and use the lighter one; It’s like 3 in 1! But you do pay more money for this pleasure, this cost £190 which is pretty expensive, a similar standard goose feather & down only costs £68 for the same 4.5+9 tog set.

I have to say though…This duvet is so warm! It’s been really cold in the past couple of nights, and it’s kept me really toasty. It’s pretty lightweight, but the quality of the fill means it keeps you warm while being light.

The two quilts are easy to put together, and are fixed using 12 clips. Once the duvet is in a cover, it does not move around at all, which is something I was worried would happen.

Overall I am happy with this, and look forward to the hot summer and using the thinner one when we get our amazing hot Summer of course 😉

9+4.5 Tog Close Up Hungarian Goose Down

The two duvets clip together at the corners and all around the edges of the duvet like this.

Hungarian Goose Down Review


Tuesday, 3rd January, 2017

What TV I’m Looking Forward To Watching In 2017

I think that last year we saw so much good TV. I have always loved watching TV shows, I do enjoy watching a film every now and then, but TV shows have always played a far bigger role in my life. In 2016 there were so many great shows, some were new, others new to me and more classics which I’ve loved. Plenty are back for 2017, here’s what I am looking forward to on the telly this year.

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Sunday, 1st January, 2017

Goodbye 2016 – Hello 2017!

What a year 2016 was!

For me personally, 2016 was a great year, it did feel like it at least. We did have a lot of sadness with so many celebrity deaths, lots of controversy and bad things going on in the world which just seems to be the norm now, everyone in the country got political with the UK leaving the EU and Brexit, then everyone in the world got political when Donald Trump won the U.S. election. For one reason or another, it was memorable, but I look back on a couple of the highlights positively and think it was a good year for me.

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Wednesday, 28th December, 2016

Christmas 2016

Hey guys!

I hope you are all well and had a great Christmas! I had a couple of days off social media and the blog which was pretty good, and now I am getting back into the swing of things 😉

It was a good Christmas, here’s a couple of the things I got. A lot of style and grooming things, as well as a few bits and pieces of clothing, money for the sales and of course plenty of chocolate and things like that. Check out what I got.

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Saturday, 24th December, 2016

Fenwick Christmas Window Newcastle 2016

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It’s tradition in Newcastle to go and see Fenwick Christmas Window, they’ve been decorating it and dressing it for years. I’ve featured it on the blog for a number of years, and it’s been Alice In Wonderland, a traditional Christmas scene, fairy tale forest and a whole lot more. This year the window theme is 150 years of Beatrix Potter, and takes inspiration from the classic books and characters within them. The window includes The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, MRS Tiggy Winkle, Two Bad Mice, Kitty In Boots, Jeremy Fisher, Samuel Whiskers and The Tailor Of Gloucester.

Check out the images below, and you can also find the previous Fenwick Windows which I have covered here on the blog 🙂

Fenwick Christmas Window Through The Years

2015 | 2014 |  2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010

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