Cosy up for Christmas with these spectacular DVD releases

Cosy up for Christmas with these spectacular DVD releases

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With the cold winter nights now upon us, we have picked three of our favorite DVD warmers.

Starting with the delightful ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ based of course on the life of Freddie Mercury & the band Queen.

Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the band Queen, their music, and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury, who defied convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers ever.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Next up a double bill of British action comedies starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton. ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ (2015) follows Harry Hart (Firth), a top member of a secret spy agency in London, as he notices the potential in young street kid Eggsy (Egerton). Harry devotes his time to proving to his colleagues that the wayward youth has what it takes to be a Kingsman. With decades of experience and tricks of the trade to pass on to his protégé, has Harry got the stamina to teach the former petty criminal how to be a super spy?
In the sequel, ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ (2017), after the Kingsman headquarters in London are destroyed in an explosion, they discover that the organisation behind the attack is the notorious Golden Circle, led by criminal mastermind Poppy (Julianne Moore). As they prepare to travel to America to confront and take down Poppy and her crew, the Kingsmen contact their American counterparts, Statesman, who agree to help them in their quest. Although they have the same agenda – save the world – the Kingsmen and the Statesmen have very different methods and values but they must put these aside and work together if they stand any chance of bringing down the Golden Circle.

Kingsman 2 Movie Collection

Finally, Hugh Jackman leads an all-star cast in this bold and original musical filled with infectious showstopping performances that will bring you to your feet time and time again. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and celebrating the birth of show business, the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. This inspirational film also stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson and Zendaya.

The Greatest Showman

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A DOG IS YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS – WAGGY TALES GALORE

A DOG IS YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS – WAGGY TALES GALORE

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‘How much is that doggie in the Window, the one with the waggly tail’ goes the old song, which is rarely played these days. In fact you will never see a doggie in any shop window in the UK nowadays, as we have thankfully tightened up the rules where window shopping and impulse buying of such a precious animal is concerned.

If you are preparing to buy or rescue a dog for the family for Christmas, how prepared are you? Have you thought it through, as it is a bit like making the changes to your home and lifestyle of having a new baby.

Firstly, depending on the size and breed of the dog, it is advisable to buy loose covers or throws for all of the furniture as you will want to wash them frequently if you are allowing the animal to sleep on the settee or even the bed. If not, then invest in a dog basket or sheep skin for the pet to sleep on.

If you are at work all day then you should think through how often your new pet needs to be taken for a walk, and it is possible to train dogs to stay in a crate for several hours, but this is not advisable until they know you will be coming back.   So arduous work with leaving them from ten minutes at a time over a week or so and then building up to the time you will be out of the house, which should not be more than two or three hours at a time. So it may be wise for you to employ a doggie walker who will come to your house a couple of times a day. This does not come cheap, anything from £7 to £10 a walk for an experienced person who you can trust.

There are also some excellent doggie day care centres now, and will almost certainly be one in your area where you can take your dog when out for long hours. Again these range between £10 and £20 per day, costing more for an overnight stay.

Owning a dog does not come cheap, with their vaccinations, food, day care, deworming and flea treatments it can add up to a hefty £3-£7k per year. Look around for the best health insurance and veterinary surgery. But take out full cover because vets are expensive and you will still need to pay to get your dog neutered and vaccinated.

It is still advisable to go into the animal’s background if you have kids to make sure he or she is safe to have in the home, but the good news is, they are the most therapeutic animals in the World, and have been known to be a healing companion to the elderly or a younger person with a disability.

You should decide the breed of dog you want or if you would like to acquire a dog from your local rescue home. Size is quite irrelevant in the grand scheme of things in terms of care, as all dogs need walking and attention and the same rules apply. Smaller dogs are just easier to carry around, but there are the same restrictions in most restaurants, supermarkets or retail outlets so check out your local dog friendly ones.

Going on holiday is another thing to consider, and you may decide to go to a log cabin in the country where they have fabulous walks or dog friendly hotels or even abroad – and then you will need a doggie passport.

If you are going further afield check out your best kennel, as some are better than others, and most will give you a guided tour, and you can decide for yourself. If you choose one where they receive one to one attention, they will also have a brilliant holiday and some love it so much they won’t want to come home at first. So don’t fret about leaving them in kennels for a couple of weeks if you go away.

 

If after all of this information you still have your heart set on a dog, then you are embarking on a wonderful adventure, and one that will change your life for the better.   But take heed, as they have been known to steal the hardiest of hearts, and they are also famous for never returning it to the owner.

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“GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES, AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD” – MARILYN MONROE

“GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES, AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD” – MARILYN MONROE

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‘GIVE A GIRL THE RIGHT SHOES, AND SHE CAN CONQUER THE WORLD’ – MARILYN MONROE

This famous quote is one of our favourites, and if you consider how shoes have played such a huge part in fairy tales, movies and novels, it is certainly true.

‘One shoe can change your life’ says Cinderella, and we all know why.  But more modern heroines have experienced the power of shoes.

‘I still have my feet on the ground, I just have better shoes’ Oprah Winfrey

‘Shoes must have very high heels and platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal’  Vivienne Westwood

‘How can you live the high life, if you do not wear the high heels’ Sonia Rykiel

So with this in mind, let’s talk shoe shopping this season, here are some of the best buys to suit your style.

For both style and comfort – V by Very Dixie studded mid heel point court shoe £35.00

If you fancy a little bit of ‘Strictly’ this season – Freed Nancy Ballroom and Latin shoe – £62.50

Elegant and sassy – perfect for parties and flaunting the new outfit – but practise at home first as these are killer heels – Moda in Pelle Llari Rose Gold Metallic Lizard effect Leather – £129.95

If you are going for classic and comfort and need a slightly wider fitting,  this is a shoe that will never date, this M and S wide fit stiletto heel platform court shoe is perfect and at only £25.00.

If you want a really ‘cool’ image and are still rocking those DMs, then you will find these stylish boots irresistible – All Saints Dayna Boots – £148.00

 

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MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – IT DOESN’T HELP TO BE GINGER – OR DOES IT?

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS – IT DOESN’T HELP TO BE GINGER – OR DOES IT?

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I think most of us by now will have seen the hilarious video posted on YouTube for World Mental Health Day with Prince Harry and and Ed Sheeran faking a misunderstanding about being ginger.  A brilliant introduction into the very serious issues surrounding us today around mental health.

As more and more famous people come out to tell their story of dealing with anxiety and depression and with the shocking suicide of stars like Robin Williams through mental health, it has now become apparent that we need to tackle mental health issues head on and not sweep them under the carpet.

Don’t hide anxiety and depression away, discuss it openly, take measures to combat it and even if it does not disappear completely you will have it under control, and most importantly of all – know that you are not alone.

As cliché as it sounds, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is a wise old saying but very true in this case, as it has been a stigma for so many years to discuss our individual mental health issues almost as if we will be excluded if we do.  Perhaps it is inherited memory of a time when that was the case, but far from true today.

The pressures are such that it is almost unthinkable not to have the latest iphone or laptop or to be constantly on social media, so much so that we are forced onto a hamster wheel of ‘success’ and ‘achievement’, with some of the old values of human interaction being thrown out with the bath water.   But it is good to talk.

The key to dealing with the ‘demon’ of our society is to listen to each other without judgement, and listen also to ourselves.  There may be no apparent reason why many of us are suffering, some of the most anxious and depressed people appear to have everything, a beautiful family, friends, successful career and some are extremely wealthy.  There is no rhyme or reason and Mental illness does not discriminate.

Another wonderful video put together by both Royals and Celebrities is EVERY MIND MATTERS, which is a new online initiative to help all of us deal with our individual mental health concerns and help us make a plan to manage them so that we know we are in this together.

 

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DEBBIE ARNOLD – MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

DEBBIE ARNOLD – MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

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Debbie has enjoyed a successful career as an actress in television, film and theatre. She has the dubious honour of being the only actress in the UK who has appeared in every major TV soap in the last 30 years as a regular character! And recently returned to ‘Coronation Street’ as yet another character – Carole Evans, landlady of the Weatherfield Arms.

 

Debbie is now playing another very important role, as Mother of the Bride to her eldest daughter Ciara.  As the Wedding approaches, Debbie takes action into ensuring she looks and feels her very best on this very important day.

“Well as the big day approached the things that started worrying me about my body were my décolletage, which now was looking very crepey and my baby ‘flap’- Those of you who’ve had caesareans in the past – or any gyne ops – will know this one! It’s when your skin suddenly ‘flaps’ over your scar and your previously flat lower tummy looks quite horrendous!! It’s invisible in clothes and bikinis but its there……and it’s really unsightly. So obviously I’m not looking at a tummy tuck – but this has come with age and gravity and I wanted to see what if anything could be done.

With these 2 issues I went to see my lovely friend of many years the fabulous Lesley Reynolds at the Harley Street Skin Clinic. Lesley really is a magician – she knows everything there is about skin treatments – without a doubt she’s the UKs top beauty guru! She told me yes both were possible in my 3 month time frame before the wedding and ushered me quickly to see Dr Aamer who prescribed miso and light therapy for my décolletage and Onda for my tummy.

I’m not posting any pictures of my chest or tummy in this post because I’ve been told that I need to wait for another 6 weeks till the true results are visible but let me tell you already I’m thrilled!

The décolletage treatment is mesotherapy which is a technique that uses injections of vitamins, enzymes, hormones, and plant extracts to rejuvenate and tighten skin. I love it on my face but never had it on my chest. Some people have numbing cream but I chose not to then afterwards you have light therapy. All this works together for astounding results!

Then Onda… what can I tell you – it’s a magic wand that the practitioner runs over your wobbly bits – it goes hot then cold. It’s not at all invasive or vaguely uncomfortable which is why I’m so impressed with the results. Works brilliantly with cellulite and tightens skin but it’s almost made my baby flap disappear! Will post pics in 6 weeks. I’m still astonished! Maybe I’ll try the cellulite Onda treatment next!”

4 x Sessions of Onda Coolwave on the lower abdomen for skin tightening.
harleystreetskinclinic.com/en/treatment/onda/

4 x sessions of Mesotherapy for the décolletage area for skin rejuvenation
https://www.harleystreetskinclinic.com/en/treatment/mesotherapy/

This is how I looked on my daughter’s wedding day – such brilliant treatments!

Check out the full range of treatments available www.harleystreetskinclinic.com

Check out Debbie’s website here https://debbiearnold.com

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