JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN

We love Johnny English, so we were super excited to head into Central London to watch Johnny English Strikes Again the third instalment of the Johnny English comedy series, starring Rowan Atkinson who returns as the much loved accidental secret agent. 


The new adventure begins when there is a cyber-attack in London reveals the identity of all active undercover agents in Britain, except Johnny English who becomes the secret service’s last hope, Johnny English is called out of retirement to take on the mission and find the mastermind hacker, Johnny English then must use all his tactical skills to overcome the challenges of modern technology and make this mission a success.


Johnny English Strikes Again is a must a see movie, a fun lighthearted movie which is suitable for the whole family, its not only hilariously funny but its also highly entertaining on every level, there are some amazingly funny moment of this movie that had me literally crying with laughter, you'll defianly know what I mean when you watch the movie, by far this has to be the funniest movie I have seen in a very long time, if you are looking to be entertained and need a good giggle then you won't be disappointed, I cannot recommend this movie enough.

                     
Johnny English Strikes Again is released in UK cinemas on 5th October 2018



How to Keep Your Cool During a Confrontation


It’s never nice when you’re being confronted. whether it’s on who ate the last cookie, or something far more serious, confrontation can be hard to handle as our instincts tell us to lash out, deny, and defend ourselves; regardless of if we’re in the wrong or not. Top Life Coach, Carole Ann Rice knows how easy it is to stand our grounds when we should really be taking a step back. So, she’s revealing her four ways to keeping your cool when you’re confronted:

1. Don’t make assumptions that they’re out to get you – assess the situation at hand. As the person confronts, they may simply be making an enquiry into something about why x, y, or z happened. In other words, don’t assume that their confrontation of you is negative and out to get you. You’re not backfooted straightaway if you keep level-headed and open-minded.

2. If you have done something wrong, admit to it – transparency is key here. Don’t let guilt or pride consume you; just be upfront about what you did. If you immediately begin to defend yourself, you’re on a losing wicket immediately. Instead of compensating or denying, admit that you’re wrong and explain why you did what you did.

3. Take a very, very, very deep breath – in the heat of the moment, even the simplest things get side-tracked like remembering to breathe properly. Take a deep breath in and count to five to regain your balance. It’ll give you time to respond reasonably rather than react violently.

4. Judge what you want the outcome to be before you respond – do you want it to be a continued row? Or do you want peace and reconciliation? Assess your preferred outcome and know how you can engage with the other party to get said outcome.

Circus 1903 Will Be Visiting The Southbank Centre for its European premiere This Christmas


Circus 1903 is coming to London's Southbank Centre this Christmas to bring their internationally acclaimed family circus spectacular. Circus 1903 will feature daredevil thrills and a host of dangerous acts which will leave you on the edge of your seat along with acrobats, jugglers and high wire performers just to name a few, there will also be life-sized elephants created by award-winning puppeteers.



Circus 1903 comes to the Southbank Centre this Christmas for its European Premiere from 19th December 2018 - 5th  January 2019.


David Williamson an internationally acclaimed comedy magician who was recently awarded Magician of the Year, David will be part of the spectacular show as ringmaster Willy,  I was lucky enough to ask some burning questions and find out more about David and Circus 1903.

How did you get involved in Circus 1903?
Well, I was born under the big top, my mother was a clown! She wasn’t a clown and I wasn’t
born under a big top but my mother was a very funny lady. When I was a kid I loved magic
and when I was 13 I almost ran away with the circus that came to little town in Zinia Ohio,
they had a magician in the show and a very cute trapeze artist. I just wanted to run away with
them and they invited me – they said come with us to the next city - but my mum said no!
But look at me now mum, I am travelling with the circus. I have been doing magic all my life
and the producers of Circus 1903 also produced The Illusionist which was in the West End
three years ago. When they saw that I would fit in the costume, had a loud voice, look good in
a tail coat and top hat they invited me to be the ringmaster for the show and I said yes!

What’s your favourite circus act?
If I tell you then the other circus acts will be jealous! I have many favourites, one of my
favourites, particularly because I like watching the audience during this act, is the
contortionist. She is from Ethiopia and she literally ties herself in pretzel knots and puts her
body in positions it shouldn’t do unless you had rubber bones in it. I watch the audience
cringe, cover their eyes and drop their jaws. That’s one of my favourite moments in the show.

How long have you been an illusionist?
Since I was 7 years old. I looked at my mother when I was 10 and told her that I was going to
be a magician.

What is your favourite illusion?
The illusion that I know what I am doing! I walk into any room with confidence but really on
the inside I’m a quivering baby. I am very fearful of life. The best trick I ever saw, was years
ago when I saw a man put two breadcrumbs into an empty tea cup and he took the third
bread crumb, ball of dough that he had rolled up and threw them over his shoulder. When he
turned over the tea cup, there were three breadcrumbs in there and then he did again and
again and again. He name was Rene Lavand and he only had one arm and he was the
greatest sleight of hand magician I had ever met.

How does it feel to be awarded Magician of The Year?
It’s quite an honour, I have been doing magic for such a long time so to have received an
award like the Magician of the Year was truly wonderful.

What are your future plans?
Well, Circus 1903 will be coming to London’s Southbank Centre this Christmas, from 19th
December - that’s in the future!

London Shuffle Club: Shuffle Brunch


Shuffle Brunch is London’s unique bottomless brunch, London Shuffle Club opened in July, and has welcomed thousands of people to its open-air shuffleboard terrace. The contemporary venue offers an exciting day or night out and features 6 indoor alley-style lanes with 2 outdoor lanes on the sun terrace.


But now, the next chapter is here Shuffle Brunch, The Shuffle Brunch ticket price includes two hours of bottomless drinks and pizza made by the legendary Luca and his fab team, with four varieties of pizza include vegetarian and vegan options, with gluten free bases on request, plus an all new English Breakfast pizza as well as the much-loved spiced Cajun chicken option. Tickets include at least 30 minutes shuffleboarding time so you can give the hottest new game in town a really good go, as well as your own private table for you and your pals.


You’ll also get to enjoy cool music while you play and relax, as there's a DJ on hand to play an array of handpicked tracks. London Shuffle Club is a fab unique way to spend your afternoon. Tickets range from £20 to £32.50. Sessions are strictly ticketed and run from midday to 2pm, and 2:30pm to 4:30pm with some lanes reserved for walk-ins. London Shuffle Club has become one of the most fun, addictive and socially competitive ways to spend your days and nights in this city and the Shuffle Brunch is an exciting addition to its offer. Find out more at http://www.londonshuffle.com/


World Mental Health Day: Stress In The Workplace


With world Mental Health day just weeks away, Anna Williamson TV presenter, counsellor and best-selling author has shared her top five tips on how to deal with stress in the workplace.

1 – Take a lunch break – so many of us are guilty of grabbing lunch on the go or snatching just a few minutes break for lunch. It’s proven that taking a proper lunch break away from your desk makes for a more productive afternoon, so everyone wins – you, your boss and your health!

2 - Talk to your boss – your boss has a duty of care for your wellbeing at work. Sure, some bosses can be a little unapproachable, but have think about how you could communicate more effectively with your boss (or HR department) about how you’re feeling and any issues or challenges you may be facing. Perhaps an email is the first port of call, but try not to let any stressful feelings simmer.

3 – Set realistic expectations/deadlines – don’t over commit to work deadlines or projects. Be careful not to over promise or try to people please your boss or colleagues if taking on too much is going to leave you feeling pressured or stressed. Have the confidence to set clear boundaries of what you can/can’t do from the outset and update your colleagues along the way so you don’t feel the pressure of them chasing you.

4 – Explore flexible working – if family life is demanding and work pressures are getting too much, have a think about enquiring with your workplace about flexible working. It might be that working from home for a day or so could reduce stress and benefit your mental health - you’ve got nothing to lose by asking the question.

5 – Take your holiday Entitlement – it’s unhealthy for your mental and physical health if you’re taking less than three weeks of annual leave a year. You don’t need to go abroad, a stay-cation is just as effective, but make sure you allow yourself that time away from work to recharge and focus on you.

Anna Williamson is the author of the hugely successful #1 selling book on Amazon ‘Breaking Mad’, and the follow-up book ‘Breaking Mum and Dad’ launched in March. Anna found fame on big hitting children’s television shows on networks including CITV and Disney Channel, but after secretly battling an anxiety disorder, realised there was a huge stigma attached to mental health issues and became an official ambassador of the charity Mind. She is now a qualified counsellor, life coach and Master NLP Practitioner. Anna currently runs her own private coaching practice alongside being the resident agony aunt and psychology expert on TV shows including ITV’s Good Morning Britain and BBC’s Inside Out.

National Eczema Week


It's National Eczema Week and I know some of the difficulties parents face having a child with eczema, no one like to see someone they love in discomfort, but hopefully, by following some of these tips you can help alleviate some of those symptoms. Thankfully my sons eczema has always been quite mild which meant we were able to self-care for him at home, I have always used Oilatum as it always worked really well for us, and it has done wonders for my son's skin when used regularly. Now my son is much older he has now learnt to take care of his skin himself.


If you have mild eczema visit your pharmacist for advice on emollients, but if you have moderate or severe eczema you will need to talk to a GP
  • Visit your GP who will work with you to establish what might trigger the eczema flare-ups and offer advice on the best course of action
  • Use emollients (moisturisers) every day to stop the skin from becoming dry
  • Avoid scratching as it damages the skin
  • If your skin is itchy try gently rubbing or tapping your skin with your fingers
  • If your baby has eczema use anti-scratch mittens to stop them scratching their skin
  • Keep nails short and clean to minimise damage 
  • Keep your skin covered with light clothing this will prevent direct scratching on the skin
  • Often some fabrics can irritate your skin, avoid wearing these and stick to soft natural materials like cotton
  • Keep rooms especially bedrooms cool as often heat can aggravate eczema
  • Avoid using scented soaps and scented detergents
  • Keep house dust to a minimum 
  • Your GP may advise that you or your child change and adapt your diet as some dairy products like egg and cows milk can trigger eczema

Remember always talk to your local pharmacist or visit your GP for help and advice on moderate or severe eczema related issues.

Rise Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


We headed into London to an exciting destination Skate Park Baysixty6, which has been turned into an immersive Turtle Lair to celebrate of the Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which is coming to Nicktoons & channel 5 from 22nd September 2018.


The amazing experience was produced by Nickelodeon with an exclusive screening of the new episodes and plenty of fun themed activities.

 

We had the most amazing time and cannot wait to watch Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Check out www.nicktoons.co.uk/rise-of-the-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles where you can meet the turtles and watch a cool teaser trailer.


Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated action comedy series follows the four brothers Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey as they discover their cool new powers which they will need to save the city from the mutant villains. Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is coming to Nicktoons and channel 5 from 22nd September 2018

FIVE TIPS FOR DEALING WITH COMPULSIVE LIARS


Top life coach Carole Ann Rice from Real Coaching Co is one of the UK’s leading life coaches and personal development experts reveals her five tips for dealing with compulsive liars.

Roxanne Pallet’s wild time in the Celebrity Big Brother House has been the centre of attention after she alleged abuse from her housemate Ryan Thomas. Whether or not she lied about the incident, it’s important to realise that lying can have very serious implications for all.

1. Know that we all lie (to a certain extent) – “Does my bum look good in this?” your friend asks. Even if it looks saggier than a rotten tomato, you lie and say it looks great. But newsflash – we all do it! Whether if it’s to protect someone’s feelings or because you’re embarrassed, knowing that we all lie will help keep you grounded and not become too preachy on the matter.

2. Call out on damaging, harmful lies – but be careful. Gauge the lie they’re telling. If it’s simply, “I had an amazing holiday!” when you know for a fact they didn’t, you should probably leave it alone as it’s not harming anyone. They may lie out of loneliness or to look good. But if they lie about where they are to avoid situations, this can be hurtful to others and should be called out.

3. Gauge how hurtful the lies are, and if they deserve a second chance – you’ve called out your friend for their lie. They said they were at work, so they couldn’t make your party. But, they were actually out for drinks with Jessica, avoiding you. Although you might be hurt, decide if they deserve a second chance or not. Are they worth it? Give them three strikes, at least before you wave goodbye.

4. Enlist a witness – ask a mutual friend if they’ve noticed them lying recently. An impartial judge could correspond with what you’ve said and give you support if you confront the liar in question. Though, between the two (or more) of you, don’t be too confrontational. Be calm and neutral with the intervention, give the liar a chance to explain their actions.

5. If the confrontation isn’t worth it, know to move away – toxicity in any friendship can remove any sense of stability. If they’re constantly telling unsolicited lies about other people, or even lies about you, don’t stick around.


Find out more about Carole Ann Rice check out www.realcoachingco.com

BACKYARD CINEMA’S THE SNOWMAN EXPERIENCE LANDS AT HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ beloved picture book, The Snowman, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland has teamed up with themed cinema experts, Backyard Cinema, and Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House)  bring a world exclusive immersive adventure where the UK’s best-loved family films will be brought to life, guests will have the opportunity to explore the multi-roomed, multi-sensory cinematic adventure and explore the magical world of The Snowman.

The Snowman experience will transport audiences of all ages into a magical festive world, just one of many exciting new, exclusive and returning favourite attractions to the country’s most popular Christmas event, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland.  Due to its popularity don’t forget to book in advance.

Tickets for The Snowman™ Experience are priced from £9.95 for an adult ticket, £6.95 for a child and £27.80 for a family ticket (subject to a booking fee) and can be purchased from http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com. Sessions are every 20 minutes from 10.00 - 21.20.

HYDE PARK WINTER WONDERLAND OPENING TIMES

Opens: Thursday 22 November 4pm – 10pm
Then: 23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019 10am – 10pm every day
Closed on Christmas Day

Cumin Potato Cake Recipe


This delicious vegan-friendly Cumin Potato Cake recipe is the perfect starter or main meal accompaniment, this recipe is filled with a selection of authentic Indian spices and has been specially curated by Sopwell House’s Executive Head Chef, Gopi Chandran. If you re-create this recipe at home why not tag #SopwellHouseRecipes.

Cumin Potato Cake Recipe
Serves 2

Ingredients
2 large potatoes, peeled
4 sprigs spring onion, finely chopped
150g of tinned chickpeas, drained
1 tbsp of cumin seeds
1 tsp garam masala
½ bunch of coriander, chopped
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 pinch of salt

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Boil or steam the potatoes for 10-12 minutes or until cooked. In a large bowl crush the potatoes to your preferred consistency.

Add the chickpeas, spring onion, cumin seeds, garam masala, chopped coriander and salt, gently mix together until well combined. Shape into small discs and refrigerate for half an hour.

Heat a non-stick pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the potato cakes and press down gently so they brown evenly; this is best done with a spatula. Flip the potato cakes over and do the same for the other side, until both sides are evenly browned.

Brush both sides of the potato cakes with olive oil and place in the oven for 5 minutes to finish cooking. Once cooked, leave to stand for another 5 minutes before serving with tomato salsa, spinach and rice crisps.


This recipe is courtesy of Sopwell House a stunning 18th Century Georgian house located in the city of St. Albans within the Hertfordshire countryside. Located only 20 minutes from London St Pancras, the hotel is the idyllic getaway just outside of the hustle and bustle of the capital.

House Of Horror


This exciting new 4D House of Horror experience will recreate classic film scenes, launching on Friday 28th September and running until Wednesday 31st October in Brentwood, Essex, is a House of Horror experience so scary you have to sign a waiver to take part.

The House of Horror is a groundbreaking 4D immersive experience featuring a full cast of highly-trained actors ready to twist and turn you through film-grade sets designed by the best, to do their worst. Decaying in the depths of Brentwood, a blood-soaked path draws you towards a vast, abandoned house. Once inside spirits are awoken and nightmares will begin as you embark on your battle through 12 rooms of sheer torture, where your darkest fears will become a reality, so prepare to take centre stage in scenes reminiscent of Hollywood's most terrifying films where you become the victim… but the question is are you brave enough to step inside?


Fight your way through each zone of terror as the house throws up a chilling array of physical and psychological challenges. You'll find yourself exorcising a demon as you witness a possessed girl’s head twist 360 degrees and if you take a wrong turn in the 'Macabre Maze', you'll meet a sinister fate.

With areas including Sci-Fi-Die, Krow Killers, and Medical Madness, you'll join forces with up to 10 friends to see who can make it out alive! Should you survive the ordeal, you will have the choice to enter the mysterious Room 13, a room so intense, visitors are required to sign a waiver before entering because of the torture endured inside.


Visitors also have the option of receiving a video of the whole experience filmed on a GoPro, have photos taken in a specially themed booth complete with gory props as well as visit the weird and wonderful gift shop. Guests can also revel in the fright of others by spectating live on Fright Vision, while plenty of street food and refreshments will be available to help them level their nerves and bring adrenaline levels back down to normal.


This is the most complete and crazy, unforgettable and unique spooktacular experience in the country... dare you enter the House of Horrors.

Tickets: Tickets start at £25 and are on sale at www.houseofhorror.co.uk
DATES: Friday 28th September - Wednesday 31st October
GROUPS: Groups of 10 max, Group packages including food, drink and merchandise will be available.
TICKETS: Early bird - £25, General admission - £35, 10 person group ticket - £300
(all above prices incl. booking fee)
FOOD & DRINK; Street food and drink refreshments available on site.
There are also Corporate packages available for larger groups and full venue take-overs can be arranged.
LOCATION: House of Horror, Warley Gap, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3DP (Follow the trail!)

Check out House Of Horrors @HouseOfHorrorUK


Fuzzikins


Fuzzikins travelling adventure campervan allows your kids to be imaginative and creative all in one cool toy, featuring two cute Fuzzikin cats which can be decorated with the washable pens, giving your creative kids the opportunity to wash and redecorate over and over to create their our own cool cat designs,


Inside you also get a selection of fun stickers that you can colour and then use to customise the campervan.


Inside the campervan, there is plenty of space for the cats sit and enjoy a meal or have a quick nap, as the campervan had its very own pull-down bed and a removable surfboard for the Fuzzikins cat's adventures.


This imaginative craft set is absolutely amazing and kids will love it, all neatly contained in a handy carry case for on the go fun.



The Fuzzikins Campervan Carry Case is only £19.99 rrp, the perfect gift for children aged 4 and over.