Puppy Journals: To Bath and beyond!

We took a family trip to Bath and stayed in Bristol with the dog. Here is what we did:

Day 1:

We set off on an adventure to Bath with little Wedgy. It was a great trip! Here is a round-up of what we did.

We set off early afternoon in the car with little Wedge in the back. We had a six hour journey and it consisted of many stops – mostly to encourage Wedgy to wee. He was too distracted by the cars and the people so could not wee throughout the journey.

We arrived in Bath at 7pm and proceeded to the Boathouse, a pub by the canal, to meet up with family and have tea.

We all took turns to look after Wedgy, who was wining and desperate to get off his lead. We hoped that he would relax after his tea but he didn’t and still no busy busy (wee)!

After the pub we parted ways and went to bed.

Day 2:

The next morning I woke up from a great sleep to find out that when he got to his destination, he had an extra long busy busy (wee). I was also told that he pooed on the carpet! Oops.

We were out and about doing errants and poor Wedge was in the crate most of the day. We returned to the Boathouse for lunch and beers, allowing Wedge to busy busy (wee) and roam a bit.

He was very good in the car. He slept most of the day in the most adorable positions and was no bother.

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Wedgy sleeping

It was a long day for him and he was relieved to be back and able to relax before the long car journey tomorrow. He wasn’t the only one who was ready to get some sleep. We were all knackered!

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Day 3:

It was the same old morning – he had a wee and poo, and a run around orchard.

We set off in the car after a lovely cooked breakfast. On the way back to Newcastle, we made a few detours and made sure to stop for wee breaks. Wedgy was not having it though! He was very quiet on the journey back and was a blessing to take.

We had a lovely trip to Bath with him and he is now becoming a very travelled black lab!

Bye for now 🙂

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Tour Review: Jimmy Carr – Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits in York

I was so excited for this and had been since I booked it in February. It was the end of a long wait and was chuffed about being in the front row!

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What did I think of it?

The tour was very funny and included varying levels of jokes – some more rude and direct than others! He had a great stage presence and interacted with the audience well – a poor man in the front row was heckled throughout the show, with your mum jokes.

The tour consisted of jokes that he has developed and used over the last 25 years so if you have watched video clips, you would probably recognise most of them. Despite this they were still funny and worth the price and travel.

Would I recommend it?

His humour is unique and crosses a few lines, but if you like that, than I would totally recommend the tour! You will have a good laugh!

I was worried that he would pick me out in the front row, but he didn’t! I was lucky.

He is still touring and you can see the dates and locations at http://www.jimmycarr.com/live/ .

 

Concert Review: Cats at Sunderland Empire 

What is it about?
There was no story line but it showed different “egelical” cats from varying backgrounds. In a way,  they were all individual and a bit like humans.

Their differences were expressed through song and dance – some slow and delicate and others fast and loud. Their costumes and make up were all beautiful and varying,  designed to the smallest of details.

What did I think of the plot?

There was not any  plot so it did get boring at times. The second half was a lot better though, with more memorable cat characters like Skimbleshanks, the Railway Cat and  Magic Mr Mystofolies. These were some of my favourite parts as Mr Mystofolies was so glitzy and jazzy and the Skimpleshanks scene was so creative. You could not help but sing along.

What did I enjoy about it the most?

Another part I enjoyed was the series of solos of “Memories” by Elaine Paige. The duo took turns throughout the play to sing parts of the song. Their voices were so different in tone and power but it was breathtaking! By the end, we were blown away by their sheer passion and emotion.

Would I recommend it? 

Despite the slow, if not boring start, I would still recommend the show. Keep watching and wait it out. Soon you will be clapping with the audience and singing along.

For a more in depth review, visit http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_c/cats.htm

Bye for now 🙂

Has the Great British Bake off boiled over?

What news! The movement of the GBBO  from the BBC to Channel 4 has sparked some sadness by millions of fans. Social Media has been swamped with opinions from Bake Off watchers. Most of them can’t belive that it is actually happening and are gutted!

Not only that, but our favourite presenters Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc and our dear judge, Mary Berry are all leaving the Bake Off after this series. Paul Hollywood is staying on but who will be judging and presenting with him?

We just hope that the new presenters and judges can fill in their big boots and make the GBBO as entertaining and exciting as it has always been.

But for now, let’s keep watch and appreciate the cooking perfection and exquisite innuendos.

Bye for now!

Puppy Journals: Wedgy Down!

I have not written an article in two weeks but he is doing fine and still growing!

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Wedgy sleeping

He is now able to reach places he never could, like the stools when they are are on their highest level and the bin. Only yesterday, he invaded the bin and decorated the lawn with rubbish. None of us were pleased. We have to now sellotape the bin lid down (it is broken), to stop him getting in and vandalising the garden!

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The Sellotaped bin

We are trying to train him to stop jumping up… sometimes saying “down” and giving “the look” works but when he is really jumpy and bitey, its useless. He will get better though and be one well behaved, chilled out pooch. Hopefully no more holey leggings and cardigans!

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A hole in my favourite cardigan!

More gossip later! Bye for now 🙂

 

 

 

 

Rio Paralympics 2016: What a success!

What a fantastic Paralympics in Rio this year! Finishing on a high with 147 medals – 64 of which were golds. A record breaking year with the most gold medals by a British team since 1988.

Our Paralympians smashed the London 2012 total of 120 medals and proved that whatever your disability, you can still succeed.

I feel inspired by their success and hope that you all are too!

Congratulations to all the Paralympians and Olympians.

You did GB proud!

For more information and gossip, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37402105.

Film Review: Bridget Jones’s Baby (Spoiler Alert!)

Bridget Jones’s Baby was released on the 16th September in all good cinemas.

What is it about?

The film is 12 years on from the original Bridget Jones’s Dairy. The plot includes some of regular (but partly older) characters such as  Renee Zellweger (Bridget Jones) and Colin Firth (Mark Darcey) with a new man in Marks way ( Patrick Dempsey as Jack Qwant). Her memorable friends are also there to help advise Bridget as she faces her life struggles. 

Since her previous film, Bridget has moved on and was doing well in her television career. 5 years have passed since her break up from Mark Darcey. It all seems good but Bridget always faces a few challenges (a bit like all of us)!

She was still single and many things happened. When all was going well, a hiccup occurred and she was left with a difficult dilemma.

With all her ups and downs though, she always gets her man… this movie was no different. As you’d expect, she was faced with two jealous and equally georgous men fighting over her. But who won in the end? #DefinitelyJack or #DefinitelyMark?

What did I think of the plot?

The plot was representative to what some women have gone through. I’m sure that they will find this relatable and understand the dilemma that Bridget experienced.

Even though I was not in that situation and watching her on a screen, I felt everything she felt and was moved by her emotion. I left the cinema uplifted and proud that Bridget eventually had everything that she wanted. If Bridget can, so can we!

Would I recommend the movie?

I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes comedy and loves Bridget Jones. There were many scenes in the film that were so laugh out loud funny that I would watch them again and again! I’m sure that anyone who sees this film will agree with me 🙂

For more information about the film and to watch the trailer, you can visit http://gb.imdb.com/title/tt1473832/

Bye for now 🙂

Paralympics Medal Progress

What a great four days in Rio and we are not even half way yet!

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With 44 medals so far, behind China with 75, our athletes are really embracing their sports and following on from a fantastic Rio Olympics a few weeks ago.

I watch the Paralympics and think about all the hard work that goes into their success. Despite their struggles, they are exceeding all our expectations and facing their goals face on. What a food for thought?

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To check out all the medals so far, visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37318504 .

Bye for now 🙂

 

Film Review: Anthropoid

This is a short review of the film. It should not contain any spoilers but if you want to watch it with little knowledge, do not read.

This film was chosen for me and at I had never heard of it. At my first impression, it sounded like an alien movie. How wrong I was!

The film plot was actually based on a true story in WW2. Operation Anthropoid aimed to assassinate General Reinhard Heydrich and was carried out by a group of very brave men, including Jan Kubis (acted by Jamie Dornan). I’m not into history nor their documentaries, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film.

It was loud with guns and bombs – much like what you would expect in those days. Following moments of silence, I occasionally jumped in my seat after unexpected attacks (but that’s because I can get scared easily).

But overall, it is a film that I would recommend. It was so gripping and I felt like I was there with them and feeling what they felt. At the end of the film, I felt a sense of pride and walked out pleasantly surprised.

To watch the trailer and find out more, visit http://gb.imdb.com/title/tt4190530/. If you see the film or have seen it, and would like to comment, please do 🙂

Bye for now 🙂

Puppy Journals: It’s only a cardboard box

I have not posted about Wedgy’s progress for a while as I have been away. But while I was away, he grew so much and it was very noticeable when I got back.

He is not my “little Wedge” anymore, more like a medium Wedge.

We were sent flowers and in the process received a massive cardboard box. He loved it and we threw treats in it, creating a brand new exciting game!

With a wooden floor,  he has very little grip. It’s so entertaining to see him play as he always runs after his toys so frantically, often resulting in him slipping or skidding.

There is not much to say, just that the box did not last long!

I will let you know about anything else later on!

Bye for now 🙂