Monthly Archives: October 2014

This boy’s Lego movie-themed costume might have just won Halloween


Halloween Lego - Blaze03/ Instructables Yes, there is an actual person inside there. (Picture: Blaze03/Instuctables )

As Halloween 2014 costumes go, this particular homemade effort could be hard to top.

It comes courtesy of an anonymous parent – known only by the name Blaze03 – who whipped up the creation for his son after failing to find what he wanted in the shops.

Although we have to admit he’s done such a good job of turning his offspring into The Lego Movie’s Emmett that we would never have imagined the costume was homemade.

Take a look at this detail for example:

Halloween Lego - Blaze03/ Instructables (Picture: Blaze03/ Instuctables )

No, seriously, just LOOK AT IT:

Halloween Lego - Blaze03/ Instructables (Picture: Blaze03/ Instuctables)

Oh and yes, there is a child lurking underneath that big yellow head:

Halloween Lego - Blaze03/ Instructables (Picture: Blaze03/ Instuctables)

And how was it made? Well, the answer might surprise you, with Blaze revealing: ‘The whole body is nothing more than precisely cut junk cardboard…

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Enid Blyton Challenge!


One of our Superstar Guest Stars has agreed to a new challenge based on our chats relating to #LBCPuffins.

Helen was intrigued about our constant references to the various series created by Enid Blyton and decided to set herself the task of reading one a month to see what all the fuss is about!

Can’t wait to read each review as they come!

Thanks Helen!

Helen’s Enid Blyton Challenge

About the Author

Enid Blyton is one of the most-loved authors in children’s publishing. With over 700 titles published, Enid Blyton’s stories remain timeless classics, adored throughout the world. As a young woman Enid was faced with many choices: her father had planned a career in music for her, while she felt drawn to writing. In the end, she became a teacher. In 1922, a collection of poems by Enid was published, it was her first step towards her dream of becoming an author. Aged 27…

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The saga of the Enid Blyton Challenge


I started this last year ‘The Challenge’ but life got in the way and I stopped half way through. And as almost come to the end of another year I am determined to finish it. I have two books left but 6 reviews to do but it will be done.

The two that are left are:


I’ve really enjoyed reading these and I got the chance to go the Seven Stories museum and see the exhibtion. I think everyone should read Enid Blyton, whatever age you are and just switch off from the world once in a while.


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Renee Zellweger’s Bridget Jones future ‘uncertain’ as Reese Witherspoon is tipped to take over role

we’ll never be happy with how people look


Renee Zellweger Renee Zellweger’s change in appearance has shocked people (Picture: AP)

Could Renee Zellweger’s dramatic change in appearance have cost her the chance to play Bridget Jones again?

According to reports the 45-year-old – who packed on the pounds and adopted a plummy British accent to play the infamous singleton in the first two films – could well be replaced in Bridget’s third big screen outing.

And the Daily Star claims that her new look may be to blame – adding that producers are concerned she looks nothing like her most famous alter ego any more.

So who could potentially take over if the rumours turn out to be true?

Well the paper has reported that Reese Witherspoon is in line to replace Renee in the role, with a potential payday of £20m coming her way if she does.

Reese Witherspoon Could Reese Witherspoon take over as Bridget? (Picture: AP)

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The King’s Speech

By now reading my blog you should know I’m a massive fan of Colin Firth. Of course stemmed from his appearance in a famous BBC drama to the present day and The King’s Speech. I didn’t really know much about King George VI before the film came out it was more to see Colin. I also admired Geoffrey Rush, Jennifer Ehle and of course Helena Bonham Carter in the film.

A few years back there was an exhibtion of costumes from TV dramas and I went with my Mum and had a fantastic time. Mum was the one who found the King’s actual desk hidden round a corner while I was busily admiring another of Colin Firth’s costumes. It’s amazing to think a piece of history was just sat there holding so many memories which it couldn’t tell us.

I bought the book mentioned below not long after seeing the film but hadn’t read it until now. I have no idea what amde me pick it up, but it was such a quick read and was one of them books where it just makes you go WOW. Here’s a bit more below.

“The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy

by Mark Logue, Peter Conradi
One man saved the British Royal Family in the first decades of the 20th century – he wasn’t a prime minister or an archbishop of Canterbury. He was an almost unknown, and self-taught, speech therapist named Lionel Logue, whom one newspaper in the 1930s famously dubbed ‘The Quack who saved a King’.

Logue wasn’t a British aristocrat or even an Englishman – he was a commoner and an Australian to boot. Nevertheless it was the outgoing, amiable Logue who single-handedly turned the nervous, tongue-tied Duke of York into one of Britain’s greatest kings after his brother, Edward VIII, abdicated in 1936 over his love of Mrs Simpson.

This is the previously untold story of the remarkable relationship between Logue and the haunted future King George VI, written with Logue’s grandson and drawing exclusively from his grandfather Lionel’s diaries and archive. It throws an extraordinary light on the intimacy of the two men, and the vital role the King’s wife, the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, played in bringing them together to save her husband’s reputation and reign.

‘The King’s Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy’ is an astonishing insight into a private world. Logue’s diaries also reveal, for the first time, the torment the future King suffered at the hands of his father George V because of his stammer. Never before has there been such a personal portrait of the British monarchy – at a time of its greatest crisis – seen through the eyes of an Australian commoner who was proud to serve, and save, his King.” Goodreads

King George VI
King George VI

Original Speech HERE

My review
I’ve been left speechless by this book and almost crying by the end of it. It’s been on my shelf for months, I bought it because of the film and it just sat there, then something triggered me off yesterday and I picked it up. It has been the quickest read of the year so far and I don’t think I’ll be able to read again for a few days. The film is amazing and shows the friendship of the two men, but what it doesn’t show is the time inbetween, the health scares, the reality of both statuses. This book is only one part of that and what a book. I recommend if you have seen the film, read this, you’ll have a much better understanding how The King overcame his stammer.

Pecker Pig: These biscuits are definitely not suitable for children


A little rude? (Picture: George Hughes) A little rude? (Picture: George Hughes)

With a drooping pink nose and huge beaming smile, Peppa Pig is a favourite of children everywhere.

So it is understandable that businesses want to cash in on the franchise.

That’s what one bakery was thinking with these Peppa Pig biscuits – but they didn’t turn out quite right…

The X-rated Peppa Pig biscuits come just one day after Tesco found itself in hot water for its unfortunate genitalia-shaped buttermilk logo.

George Hughes, a 21-year-old trainee accountant from London, snapped the picture and posted the result on his Facebook page.

‘So I found these “Peppa pig” cookies in a bakery… They make me feel uncomfortable,’ he wrote.

Mr Hughes said he took the picture while on holiday in Yorkshire.

Sadly he couldn’t remember the name of the shop – but Metro can confirm it definitely wasn’t a Tesco bakery.

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Iceland’s ‘minge pies’ are a perfect example of why typography is important


Every year the supermarkets try to bring a little something different to our table for Christmas, but this year you might not be too pleased to see what’s on offer.

Some very poor font choice on Iceland mince pies seems to have given them a much ruder name, apparently.

According to Iceland the image has been doctored, and if you look at the box featured on the supermarket’s website it seems pretty obvious that this was a Yuletide photoshop prank that got way out of hand.

A spokesperson said: ‘The picture has most definitely been altered. As you can see from the genuine pack shot, the font does not appeared as the Photoshopped version would suggest.’

Not to everyone's taste (Picture: Iceland) The website shows the real box, which looks slightly more like the word ‘mince’ (Picture: Iceland)

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This time last year

I started a session of cognitive behavioural therapy. I recently went back through those notes as I felt I was falling apart again because I was surrounded by negative people. I really have an affliction against it now. One job I had a few people were constantly moaning and one kept blaming me for their mistakes when I wasn’t even there.

I’ve found some notes I made then and have seen that I have actually achieved the goals we set.

* To increase social contact (continuous)

* To tolerate silence – it to feel acceptable – not to feel sense of loneliness (at the time 4/10)

* To manage the dread of Monday mornings – not wanting to go in and face a barrage of phone calls about what was wrong or not been done – to find the place untidy etc

* To continue confronting people, to feel heard, assertively

Obviously my tactfulness comes into it somewhere and my approach was looked at. I think the main issue was to get people to listen instead of having there hackles up the minute I tried to speak to them

I can’t say I’ve perfected them, but I definetly see the signs now as they happen and sometimes can control them. So next time you feel things getting too much, write it down, throw it away, go for a walk, clear your head, anything because you are strong and everyone has blips, we’re only human after all.

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass… It’s about learning to dance in the rain.