#Top5 #Gifts for #Guitarists this #Christmas

  • Sennheiser HD6 Mix Professional Producer Studio Headphones

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  • Gibson Les Paul Classic Plus 50′s Heritage Cherry Sunburst

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  • Boss ME-80 Guitar Multi Effects Pedal

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  • Shure SM58 Microphone

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  • Boss RC-1 Loop Station Pedal

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Laundry Lifesavers #housework #lifehacks #boringbuthelpful

Right, so…laundry.  Not the most exciting of things, but one of those things you can’t avoid, right?

Once you become a parent, you’ll suddenly discover a whole new range of stains that need to be washed out of clothes, blankets, carpets, you name it.

Woman in Washing Machine

Here’s just a few key pointers that can make your new parenting life a lot easier.  Fine, you’ll still always have stains to wash out, but these shortcuts at least give you more time to play with your children or just get on with life. To make this whole laundry business less of a pain, here’s what it helps to know:

Know How to Wash Out Different Stains – Red wine, fruit juice, vomit, blood, poo… the list is endless (believe us, you’ll go through most of them).  Each of these stains actually needs a different approach to removing it.  Did you know blood can only be washed out with cold water (not hot)? Or that ink stains are more easily removed with alcohol or hairspray?  Yeah, it’s like a secret code.  Helpful laundry webpages list the best approach for different stains, and eventually, you’ll start to remember the different solutions. Oh and the cardinal rule is: ALWAYS wash out a stain as quickly as possible.  The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove.  Guaranteed.

Always Read the Garment Care Tags – You know those little annoying tags on the back of your shirts?  Those are actually really helpful. Each garment care tag will tell you how to wash your clothing: what temperature to wash it at, how to dry it, if you should avoid ironing, etc.  Turns out different fabrics need to be treated in different ways – wool sweaters should never be tumble-dried, and don’t even think about washing a new pair of jeans with your white shirts. So yeah, READ those tags.

Red Wine Spill

Have Your Laundry Room Well-Stocked  — Running out of laundry detergent is never a good thing, especially if you have an emergency load you need to wash. This stuff isn’t very fun, but your life will be a lot easier if you have the right laundry products to hand: the various detergents for whites, colored clothing, and delicate fabrics like silk or wool.  A good stain remover is KEY.  You don’t want to be rushing out to the shop at the last minute, once a stain’s already happened.

Set Up a Laundry System and Follow It Don’t put off the laundry for too long, or you’ll find yourself doing those emergency loads at midnight.  Whether you have a kid or not, get a sense of how much clothing you have (how many pairs of socks, underwear, etc) and how often you should be doing laundry so you’ll always have something clean to wear. Work out a schedule like whites and linens on Sunday, dark and colored clothes every other week on Tuesdays… and at least try to stick to it

Know When to Use the Professionals When you’re stumped with a stain or a fabric you can’t handle, it doesn’t hurt to go to the dry cleaners.  If you can afford it, it’s better than permanently ruining an article of clothing.  If the garment care tag says ‘Dry Clean Only’… then yeah, listen to what it says.  Outerwear, evening wear, suits — these aren’t worth destroying because you’re too lazy to go to the cleaners or want to try a DIY project.

So… not the most exciting blog post today, but at least a helpful one.  Hope it makes your laundry a bit easier in the future, so you have time to get on to the fun stuff in life!

@bilambagsuk #manbag #designerbags

Bilam Bags present the future of Men’s Accessories, redefining the contemporary Man Bag.

Having noticed the vast gap in the market for masculine and fashionable male bags, Bilam Bags, a family run business from Cambridgeshire, sought to provide a range of choice comparable to the expansive female market.

The Premier capsule Collection from Bilam is the Maison Range, hand-crafted from durable British leather, with each bespoke Bilam bag available in a choice of 4 incredible colours. The Maison Range is an elegant take on the traditional postman’s bag design, re-imagined with a more stylish, contemporary aesthetic. Each bag has an adjustable strap, for comfort and style, finished with antique style buckles and presented in its own canvas dust bag.

Bilam Bags promises effortless style for any age, the designs and colours are aimed at all men with a passion for sophistication. With the high-standard of craftsmanship and the durability of the hand-picked materials, Bilam Bags truly are a purchase for life. Complete with personal bag-care information, the quality leather is a sustainable textile, built to last.

Ouija Mania: True or False? @NoteBkBlogairy #halloween

Given that I’m a busy man, the fantastic Rochelle has written us something fantastic up for the Halloween Weekend!

 

Remember Charlie in Firestarter? Jack from The Shining? Pinhead from Hellraiser? Poor Mike from 1408? What do all of these movies and characters have in common? They scared the crap out of us just like the Ouija board has been scaring people senseless since the 1800’s when the Fox sisters, spiritualists from New York, began popularizing “talking boards” (another name of Ouija boards).

Humans love to be scared. Americans are no exception. According to Nightmirrors [ http://nightmirrors.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/horror-movies-by-the-numbers/ ] blogger, Raymond, between 1995 and 2001 there was an average of 18 horror movies made each year. By 2002 to 2008, this number practically doubled to 35 scary movies per year. (Raymond’s article alludes to 9/11 being a big contributor to this spike.)

So, the new movie Ouija (released October 24, 2014) should come as no surprise. In this movie, Debbie commits suicide by hanging herself in her home. Debbie’s family doesn’t want to stay there and leave Debbie’s friend Laine to housesit. The friends decide they will try and contact Debbie’s spirit via a Ouija board. Little did they know that Debbie’s death is a direct result of her use of the Ouija board…

Ouija movie trailer from YouTube:

Death, fear, a malicious entity all play a role in the new film, Ouija. It’s a perfect movie for the season. But, is it all just hype? Is there any spiritual mediumship involved in the playing of this ‘game’?

As reported by 99% Invisible [ http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2014/10/29/roman_mars_99_percent_invisible_the_ouija_board_s_strange_history.html ], the original tagline for the game used to be “It’s just a game, isn’t it?” The new tagline is, “Don’t play Ouija if you think it’s just a game.” This is a fundamental shift in marketing and scare value. A quick search on the internet will reveal true stories of people who have ‘played’ Ouija.

You will read accounts of porcelain dolls standing up straight and staring, a players’ social security number being pointed out on the board, questions only known to the querent being answered accurately and tons of other unexplainable accounts. Read here [ http://thoughtcatalog.com/christine-stockton/2014/03/terrifying-true-tales-of-people-messing-around-with-ouija-boards/ ] …if you dare!

Not convinced? Here’s more…

http://paranormal.lovetoknow.com/True_Ouija_Board_Stories

http://www.trueghosttales.com/stories/stacy-ouija-board.php

http://ouijaboardtales.blogspot.com/

http://www.reddit.com/r/nosleep/comments/1t44mh/a_ouija_board_is_not_good_idea_ever/

http://paranormal.about.com/od/ouijaboards/tp/ouijatales.htm

Scared yet??

Rochelle Campbell is the author of Fury From Hell, a paranormal thriller, which does not contain a Ouija Board but does feature fortune-telling cards. Can an atheist cop, who only believes in her gun and badge, find a way to rid herself of a 700 year old demon that feeds on flesh? http://amzn.to/1uf1GFd

You can also chat with Rochelle on her blog The NoteBook Blogairy [ http://thenotebookblogairy.wordpress.com/ ] and follower her on Twitter (@NoteBkBlogairy).

The top 5 things to watch this #Halloween #Horrorfilms #scary

It’s that time of year again where it’s dark outside and the clocks have gone back. In-keeping with the spooky week we’ve had so far I’ve put together some of the best Horror films to watch this Halloween!

So; getting in the Spirit of things… get it? I’ve put together some Halloween favourites that you definitely can’t watch until the kids have gone to bed, unless you can afford therapy in later life… I can’t. My daughter will be tucked away nicely.

1. The Loved Ones

An absolute nutter and her dad take a guy to prom…

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2. The Woman in Black

I’ve seen the show more than twice – but get yourself this on the telly and turn off the lights and turn it up loud. A fine cinema experience if you can find it…

Woman in Black

3. House of 1000 Corpses

Hey, it’s Dwight from the Office (US)… oh… dear God no… make it stop! Also; if you ever get chance to go see Rob Zombie live then go see him, he’s incredible!

House of 1000 Corpses

4. Stephen Kings IT

Absolutely terrified of this as a child. It’s not as scary when you’re mid-20′s.. honest…. seriously though… please don’t put it on…

Pennywise the Clown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. American Horror Story Series 1

Sexy, Twisted, fantastic… but not at all for kids!

American Horror Story

Alan Sugar’s 5 Greatest Quotes #theapprentice #alansugar

  • In honour of my favourite show on the TV here are my favourite Alan Sugar quotes…

 

  • I don’t make enemies, it’s just I’m not afraid to speak my mind, which can sometimes mean people don’t like what I am saying.

 

  • I’m a commercial person, not an academic.

 

  • Youngsters have got to stop thinking about becoming the next Zuckerberg. It’s a trillion-to-one chance. What they need is mater and pater to say, ‘Get a job, son.’

 

  • Why work when you can fill out a few forms and get paid for doing nothing.

 

  • I’ve just got an exceptional memory, if I say so myself.

 

My beautiful baby girl #daddy #daddyblog #babygirl

My beautiful baby girl, I, or should I say we, didn’t find out the sex of our baby and although early on I thought we should it was actually a policeman who advised us not to. I’m also glad I waited, again, we. It kept the most special days of our lives full of wonder, surprise and magic. I’ve also realised that I’m now a feminist, but turns out I was one all along according to my friends. This isn’t to say I don’t appreciate all types of offensive jokes, what kind life would it be without them!?

My baby girl also has ginger hair, so she’ll have to have a good sense of humour, although I keep being informed by my fashionable friends that she is going to be fairly trendy because red is in on girls! Anyway, she’s beautiful and that’s why the blog has been neglected for a little while but I’m going to try and send across a few updates every now and then to keep myself and everyone else happy… oh, and here’s a picture of us…

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Kendalls Bistro #Leeds #French #Bistro

This was somewhere I’d never been before; I’d heard good things but never had the opportunity to visit. Kendall’s Bistro in Leeds, a French restaurant with style and passion oozing from every orifice.

Now, as lovely as an experience as the visit was I did have a couple of issues, in no particular order, there was no option to tip on card and after I’d paid my bill I asked about this and was told that after you’ve paid there’s not much you can do, as it’s done by table. I’m not sure what that means but I am sure that this can’t be that hard to do, other restaurants seem to be doing it and it is 2014, not everyone carries change when you can even use your card at Greggs. I only had a couple of pounds in my wallet and the service deserved more than that.

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My other issue; after we’d ordered our food, my girlfriend said she was having contractions and we both genuinely believed she may be in the early stages of labour. I suggested we leave but she wanted to stay for her main. The issues not with the restaurant but with the unborn child making us rush our evening. Either way, it was fantastic.

So; how was it?

We were met with the cheeky sign censored sign outside and welcomed in by a very friendly front of house. Not only we seated quickly, we were asked if we liked our table, nice touch. There’s no set menu at Kendall’s, always a good sign! They pride themselves on Fresh Food. Now, I think it’s fair to say French wasn’t something I was interested in during my teenage years so I’m not up to scratch so you’ll have to excuse my lazy English descriptions of the dishes that we had.

For starters, my date for the evening ordered scallops and I ordered Black Pudding with Apple Puree. Absolutely divine. Both of them.

For mains we got the Seafood Medley, Scallops, King Prawn, Seabass, squid rings, and although I’m not really a fishy person I have it on good authority that this was delicious and what shall be getting ordered next time. I ordered what was essentially Hanger steak in red wine with mushroom, which again was delicious but I hadn’t decided what I wanted for my main when the waitress came to take our order. Not to say I wouldn’t have it again, but the duck is something I’ll be opting for next time.

Turns out the labour pains were false, but we paid and we were on our way anyway.

Can’t wait to go back, with change in my pocket, and although the Seabass was a little bit on the pricey side everything else seemed perfectly reasonable. Well played Kendalls. Beautiful in interior and soul.