Saturday, 27 October 2012

HALLOWEEN - Witches, Devils and Jedi`s

Archie lumbers up to meet  the Darth Vader
Archie the Jedi takes on the Darth Vader!

Ruby does her zombie walk

My brother Kevin scares the kids with his Phantom Outfit

Cute little witch

Robbie Williams to Switch on Christmas Lights


I love London I really do but pay to stand in Oxford Street to see the Christmas Lights switched on takes the biscuit.

Robbie Williams is switching on the lights great I like him as much as most people. He will plug his new Christmas song and Album fine no problem with that.

The lights will be switched on by him and there will be a bit more music from other people. Great all good for London and the shops.


Why then are we expected to pay for tickets to stand in the cold in Oxford Street to watch this event. 

I really resent this I am a bit of a planner and booked Travelodge rooms months ago to take some of the family to London to see the lights switched on.  I had not planned to have to pay to stand in Oxford street.

I am sure plenty of people will pay but I find the whole principle of it wrong.

Halloween Fun

My eight year old neice was with me earlier talking about her Halloween costume that she is wearing to a party tonight.

She then says aunty Chris can I borrow your laptop please I want to google some spells for tonight!

The modern witch I persume.  It did make me laugh .

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Chocolate Ghost Train

Ghost Train
Chocolate Ghost Train

I am not very good a baking cakes but I wanted to create a chocolate ghost train for Halloween so this is my practice run.

I have used two chocolate swiss rolls (2 for £2 )  some small mini rolls for wheels and sweets for decorations. The ghost at the front is from a pack of glow in the dark stickers that I have from last year. It looks a little busy so I will add another chocolate swiss roll for Halloween and spread the sweets out more. I also think I will use white chocolate buttons for the wheels as these mini rolls don`t look right. 

If you have young children you could make a ghost train by covering cheap swiss rolls in chocolate. The small spoons from ice cream tubs covered in white chocolate would make great ghosts. 

Table setting

I have added fairy lights to my broomstick behind the table. There is also a little witch who lives in the broomstick this is a permanent fixture in my home. I hung a witches hat up to cover a picture on the wall and hey presto I will be ready to decorate the table.

Table decorations

Friday, 19 October 2012

Britians Legal System - The law is still an Ass

I am an MP and a pretty important one at that and that bobby had the nerve to give me grief.

Well I said to him you are a pleb I mean how dare these lower class police question me. I am from the elite class so there!! No it was not a Boris bike it was my very own bike.

Am I arrested? No. Am I thrown in the stocks? No. Made to brush the street? No. Fined? No Lost my job? No. Should I have any of these punishment? No. Told to apology and a day standing guard on a gate doing that policeman's job  is what I would have ordered. Then a history lesson on what happened in the French Revolution due to a class system.

Update - The Chief whip has now resigned

I am young and showing off on fb to look big with my friends. I write some pretty awful things. Am I arrested? Yes. Do I go to prison Yes. Will it affect my job prospects Yes for the rest of my life. Is it expensive to keep me in prison? Yes.

Should I have gone to prison No. There are other punishments like brushing the streets, a fine, a caution, a warning, or no action at all.

I wore a horrible tee-shirt that was offensive and hurtful. Should I go to prison? No. The people in the area really wanted some action though? People may want action but they may also want a lynching but the law is above  emotion (really?) it should be. Again plenty of other options without resorting to a prison sentence.

I hit my girlfriend and was controlling and abusive to her. Did I go to jail? No. I got to brush the street but then hitting someone is not as important as words on fb or a tee-shirt is it! I mean its only some bird.  (link) to womens aid

Makes no sense does it? fb and tee-shirts words = prison

Abusing a woman = community service

`Why are women still not safe when there in their homes`

Song written and sung by Tracy Chapman

Article 3 Human rights Act

You have the absolute right not to be tortured or subjected to
treatment or punishment which is inhuman or degrading.

Old Bailey London (flickr)

Be fair dear be fair

I am a young marine and I filmed a bad decision on my mobile. I am in a war situation and someone is killed. A year later five of us are charged with murder. Is this right?  Yes unfortunately it is although we don`t wish them to be found guilty. Campaign `Free the 5` is gaining strength of fb. 

Magna Carta via flickr

Our laws were based on a belief in equality
but it needs people to administer the law equally

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Halloween have a `Crackle` - Pumpkins

take one pumpkin


Flesh Eating Pumpkin

Carving the pumpkin was the hardest part of this so I did get a little help. The skeleton came from £1 shop and you get two skeletons in the pack.  Spiders and white hair also in packet from £1 shop.  The skeletons insides are those sweet laces you can buy for about 50p.  The pumpkin was £1.50 and has a tea light inside.  Black material is from a witches cloak costume I already have and the pumpkin is resting on a vase for the photo.

Looking spooky

This is the same pumpkin photographed from a different angle and minus the skeleton.  I have moved the white hair around and placed the spiders to look like they are coming out of the pumpkins head.  I think this one looks quite spooky.

Angry Pumpkin

I wanted this one to look like he had just knocked everything off the table as he swung his cape around.  I should have painted his face to make him look like the Phantom of the Opera that would have looked much better. 

Witchy Pumpkin

One that won`t scare the kids to much but again I should have used some face paint to liven the face up a bit.

Just for fun

I got lots of ideas from pinterest including a similar idea for a very happy flasher. He is made from a butternut squash, a pomegranate, some well placed cherry tomatoes and a little sage. All very organic ha ha. This one will scare the kids but may give the grown ups a laugh.


Ha Ha

This photo is my entry into a twitter competition for scary pumpkins it might give them a ` crackle`.

Now if only I had worn a witches outfit but then with my hair and gob I probably don`t need it. `crackle` `crackle`

I intend to take a few different photos over the weekend outdoors so will add them to this post in a few days. Happy pumpkin carving. London is going slightly crazy this year with `zombies` walking around the city and lots of Halloween themed events about. 

Enjoy the fun

Friday, 12 October 2012

Phantom of the Opera - a review

Phantom of the Opera celebrated its 26th anniversary on October 10th and has recently been given an update. As I had seen the show years ago I wanted to see what, if anything had changed.  Andrew Lloyd-Webber's multi award-winning musical is a  captivating  love story with astounding music that gets into your soul. At least that is how I remembered it. I looked forward to a refresher in romance, tragedy and love and was not disappointed.  (link)

I went on 11th October to His Majesty`s Theatre Theatre Haymarket for the matinee performance at 2.30 pm.  I had paid £21 for my ticket with taking advantage of the offer of no booking fee. The seat was in the Grand Circle and had a slightly restricted view. I was able to move to a better seat within the Grand Circle during the interval as a third of these seats were empty.  I am sure this wouldn`t be the case during an evening performance. 

The cast are astounding  (link)

with Marcus Lovett as the Phantom the show is already guaranteed to impress but the whole cast is spectacular and Sofia Escobar as ‘Christine’ is magnificent.  (link)

Her Majesty`s Theatre
The stage setting are impressive and dramatic and I loved the Masquerade's ball. The costume colours are bright and jewel like and I like the cloaks that seem to float around half the stage.

It is the chandelier that captures the drama of the opening scene as it shuffles and moves and rises high over the audience. I think this is a major improvement of the earlier performance as it brings the phantom immediately into the play. The chandelier has a further role during the play and the height of the stage is put to good use for ghostly frights.

The stage sets are mind blowing how they can creates such effects on a stage is wonderful. The candles parting like the biblical parting of the waves as the boat carrying Christine and the Phantom drifts down the misty lake would take a lot of beating.

His Majesty`s Theatre  (link)
The orchestra spilling out haunting music as fingers fly over violins is special and the mists circling the actors creates an entrancing setting. It is a beautiful musical that everyone should see.

We all stood to appauld the actors when the `Music of the Night` stopped.

This is my 100th post on my blog and it is fitting it should be Phantom of the Opera that fills this place.  It is my favourite musical and I could watch it daily and not get bored with it.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Pumpkins fight back

Halloween is on the way and being a comper  that means lots of competitions. I decided to start practising and get a few ready for photos.

Fired up by the amazing pumpkin art that you find on google I made up a pinterest board.  (link)

Then decided to start with these as they looked easy.

evil pumpkins from

Five small pumpkins later I have a pan of soup, a plaster on my finger and a broken dish that skidded off the table but no carved pumpkins. I wouldn`t dare try carving a large one with power tools as people suggest as I would no doubt loose a limb.

Think I  am going to practise with some oranges and if that goes wrong I am going to play the little helpless lady and call in the sons! I knew I was married once for a reason.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Dressed in Autumn Colours

Betsw-y-Coed North Wales

Hyde Park London

Hyde Park London

Time to out and see the trees in their autumn suits stamp through the leaves and collect the last conkers

Yew trees  Bodnant Gardens North Wales

garden in Glengariff County Cork

St Albans Park Herts


Denbighshire Wales after the recent flooding