Halloween Film Guide For Whimps

Not everyone finds being scared poop-less by films a lot of fun but they still want to get into the er, spirit of things.

Ratings: W= Not remotely scary really WW= Has it’s creepy moments WWW= Maybe a few scary moments.

Gremlins (1984)

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Cute, adorable and deadly if you don’t look after him.

Ghostbusters (1984)

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This film is just a massive amount of fun! A group of ghost busting guys in New York city.

Beetlejuice (1988)

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Fantasy horror at it’s craziest. If you happen to find you are dead or your horrible parents buy a haunted house, then you might need the help of crazy-as-a-box-of-frogs Beetlejuice – I say might.

Braindead (1992)

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Zombie babies anyone? I think this film still holds the award for most amount of fake blood used in a film. It’s gory yes, but every seen is played for laughs and it’s too ridiculous to be scary. Directed by Peter Jackson before oddly enough.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

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If witches and fantasy films are your thing you will love this.

Casper (1995)

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Yes, this is a kids film with lots of CGI but it’s also a family drama and unexpectedly romantic.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

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This cult series of three films get progressively darker but the first is the least creepy. How would you help your sister if she were slowly turning into a teenage werewolf? Nothing like Teenwolf I assure you.

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

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So your beautiful best friend has an insidious appetite for men, literally.

Fright Night (2011)

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I loved the original film from 1985 and had a huge crush on the vampire neighbour. It looks quite dated now so I’ve included this remake in the list instead. This feels more like a sexy psycho thriller than a horror film, somehow.

To watch the night before Halloween:
The Crow

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People make the mistake of thinking this is a horror film but it’s actually a beautiful tragic love story. A heartbroken man returns from the grave (the night before Halloween) to avenge his fiancés murder. A poignant, violent, noir-fantasy with dark humour.

Now lets get some popcorn started…

Chrissie xx

Veggie Review: Pizza Express

Veggie Review: Pizza Express

 

 

 

Me and The Bloke are fond of Pizza Express because unlike some other chain restaurants they make the food fresh, are reasonably priced and use quality ingredients, and they have an extensive menu.

Usually it’s easy to find one that’s fairly quiet on a Wednesday but unfortunately we chose the Piccadilly restaurant at around 6.00pm where they had really crammed as many tables in as possible. Silly us!

Best Virgin Bloody Marry I’ve tasted and no celery stick – thank goodness!

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For starters I ordered Melanzanine. The tomato sauce was thick and rich, the cheese stretchy and tasty and the aubergine perfectly cooked, although I would have liked more chunks. I liked the cute little pot it was cooked and presented in.

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My pizza being traditionally hand stretched in their open kitchen.
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Although there are plenty of options to choose giant salads, pasta and calzonies for the maines, this pizza addict always ignores them! I ordered a Leggera Padana and when it arrived my first thought was there’s a lot of lettuce on here with the spinach. I adored the sweet onion pickle but I thought it needed less pickle and more goats cheese to balance out the sweetness. I folded my pizza up and ate it like a calzonne which made the flavour combinations work really well. Clearly, I should try one next time.
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The Honeycomb Cream Slice was the best desert I’ve ever tasted! Salted caramel has been popular for a while now but having never tried it, I was pleased to see it on the desert menu. The plain vanilla ice cream went perfectly with the salted caramel and crunchy biscuit base with the cream adding a luxurious texture.

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How Many Vegetarian Options?
Intros: All veggie
To Share: Non veggie
Starters: All but one are veggie
Sides: All but one are veggie
Salads: 2/6
Al Forno: 2/5
Pizza: 12/36
Desert: All veggie

There is a large range of gluten free options or dishes that can be adapted. This mainly being a pizza joint, don’t expect it to be vegan friendly. Dishes including nut traces are also marked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’d Play You In A Movie #Blogtober14 Day 26

I’d been on IMDb for ages and the only actresses I could find who looked like me were black, just a tad inaccurate then, ha!

Then I remembered a great young actress called Sarah Jeffery who plays Thandie Newtons daughter in the series Rougue. She looks really quite similar to me when I was about 13, same height and build as well.

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As for who I’d really love to play me – given a lot of artistic licence – it would have to be Michelle Rodriguez. Everyone says she picks the type of tough chick roles that I’d be auditioning for if I was an actress and I agree.

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The green contact lenses would be out in force at this point!

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Alt 80’s & 90’s Film & TV Style Icons: The Craft

The Craft

Chrissie xx

A Note To Men

Thank you to the type of men who realise it’s not nagging when a woman is asking what time you will be back or when you are planning to get that thing done.

Thank you for just telling us without a fuss.

Thank you to the type of men who realise we just need to know in order to plan our day or to know when we should start worrying if you are out much later than expected – especially at night.

Thank you on behalf of all women kind to the men who are thoughtful and always do this. You are lovely. xx

#Blogtober Day 21 My Pet Peeves

Clothing manufacturers assuming all size 10 people are Hobbits and all size 18 people are giants.

Checkout assistants who zoom your stuff through quickly, expecting you to pack your stuff and pay them at the same time, then they start serving the person behind you before you’ve finished packing or even put your change in your purse.

When someone on the bus before you has clearly been eating a pasty/sandwich and it’s gone everywhere – yuk.

When people have a conversation by yelling at each other while standing at opposite ends of the street.

Pigeons.

When people leave their bike on the floor so it’s perfectly blocking the shop doorway.

When people are oblivious to where their toddlers are and the fact they are running into peoples legs and only narrowly missing the corner of your hand basket.

When people on the bus think it’s more important their bag gets a seat than your butt.

Ring pull can lids which only open half way and then when you really yank it the contents go all over your kitchen walls.

When people spot a nice place in the park to chill and dump their litter all over it, so it’s now a crap place for other people to chill.

When you fall over in the street and people just stare at you without asking if you are ok.

When someone is wearing giant padded earphones and yet you can still here that they love thrash metal – at 8.00am on a Monday.

When you go shopping and come back with a bag full, only to realise you forgot the main thing you went shopping for in the first place.

Workers who are granted a tiny bit of authority in their job and go on a total ego trip by lording it over everyone.

When people say “I’m not being rude but…” Then don’t.

People who move to a leafy suburb then spend hours a week noise-polluting their neighbours with effing leaf blowers!

Wow, that feels much better!

What are your pet peeves, any of these?

Chrissie xx

Harvey Nichols Are Still Selling Real Fur!

Harvey Nichols Are Still Selling Real Fur!

Harvey Nichols have quietly started stocking items made from real animal fur again, a year after Fashion Director Paula Reed resigned and the company, very publicly, went fur free.

Items which appeared in a search for “real fur” on Harvey Nichols website: Racoon Fur Stole by Lanvin, rabbit and racoon fur hooded parker by Mackage and fur trim leather gloves by Dents.

Peta’s UK senior programmes manager Yvonne Taylor, sent a letter to Harvey Nichols Chief Executive Officer Stacey Cartwright asking them to reconsider their decision.

“I appreciate that it must be a particularly busy time for you in your new post, but please take a few moments to watch this video, narrated by actor Eva Mendes, which highlights the routine cruelty that animals endure at the hands of the immoral fur trade. It is estimated that 85 percent of the world’s fur comes from farms where animals spend their entire lives confined to small, filthy wire cages,”

“The inexplicable actions of Harvey Nichols’ former fashion director, who reneged on the store’s no-fur policy last year, shocked your loyal customers. Knowing now how animals suffer at the hands of the fur trade and that there is no such thing as ‘ethically sourced’ or ‘humanely farmed’ fur, will you please assure Peta and your customers that Harvey Nichols is once again fur-free?”

As consumers we shouldn’t underestimate the influence we have over companies decisions. If we shop with our hearts by spending our money with cruelty free companies then the other unethical companies will have to rethink their policies if they want to keep their profits up.

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