Curious: Yoga Spider Halloween napkins

I rarely pay full price for silly napkins, however these were too weird not to:

waitrose halloween spider napkin

The spider seems to be in a yoga style pose whilst surrounded by body parts. Which is just scary.

I need to go back to Waitrose post-Halloween to try to find some more in the sale!

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Food: Berry White – Not as funny a name as they think it is

Recently was given a free sample of a Berry White drink, apparently its Unique Selling Point is that it is an organic soft drink.

berry white

It is ok, the strongest taste is of peach even though peach puree makes up around 1% of it, that is probably because the grape flavour just gets mentally filed under “refreshing”.

The bottle is very chunky and would probably squash anything that it was packed with – so not great for packed lunches or picnics!

I wouldn’t bother buying it, but it was a nice thing to try free!

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Nails: Day of the Dead – “I’m not wasting no more time, Don’t think I could believe you”

Technically it is too early for Day of the Dead, Día de Muertos, however I’ve had the Robin Schulz remix of Lilly Wood and the Prick’s ‘Prayer in C’ stuck solidly in my head for the past week, also thinking about the prospect of having a proper garden has made me remember how much I like marigolds

day of the dead nails

(Photo from Pinterest)

My understanding is that my grandmother is still in a Tupperware in my uncle’s garage, either way not wasting any food offers or flowers on her, I wonder if I can borrow some else’s dead grandmother…

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Film: ‘Rollerball’ (2002) – “And the other rules, well, the other rules are Russian and complicated.”

Remakes aren’t always dire, but remakes that miss the entire point of the original and bring nothing new to the table are a travesty.

The 1970s version of ‘Rollerball’ had a point, it had some interesting social-political messages and it was a decent vision of a worryingly plausible dystopian future.

rollerball

The 2002 film is aimed at young teen males at the point where nu-metal’s popularity had waned enough that Pink could be stuck on big screens a couple of times and it only seem mostly ridiculous to be in the same film as Slipknot. That and the Rob Zombie tracks that cropped up twice during the film were cr&p enough to date the film badly.

There are silly sound effects, very faux-injuries, bad acting and random female breasts. In short this film has no point, no deeper message or even any real sense of where it is going for the mere 90 minutes running time.

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Book: Laurell K Hamilton’s ‘Guilty Pleasures’ (Anita Blake 1) – “An atheist waving a cross at a vampire was a truly pitiful sight”

It’s been ages since I read any of the Anita Blake series, I am not even completely up to date as I’ve only read up to book 20, ‘Kiss the Dead’, I actually read it twice as I completely forgot that I had done so – the plot was *that* good.

I own books 1 to 9 and I am going to reread them back to back to see if a) my memory blocked out certain aspects of the books and b) the future books leak through and cause inadvertent amusement.

guilt pleasures

For those who wonder, the book titles some from a location used in the book, the following may also contain spoilers – although the main spoiler that I could possibly impart about this series is that Anita doesn’t start shagging everything that moves until book 10 onwards.

‘Guilty Pleasures’ is the first book in the series; I really hadn’t consciously known that it was published in 1993 and I haven’t remembered that we were in a vampire strip club by page 14. I’d forgotten about poor Phillip the blood whore and perpetual victim, that whole plot line is a little disturbing on rereading!

Plotwise there aren’t as many zombies as you’d expect from a book where the main character’s day job is a zombie animator; it more police procedure with some minor supernatural elements – mostly vampires as Anita gets uncomfortably close to Jean-Claude… uncomfortable for her that is. However at this stage Anita is very aware of being a good Christian and feels that vampires are monsters.

I don’t feel that “the sisterhood” binds all women automatically purely based on gender, but it isn’t a fab sign when someone female seems to have massive issues with other women with little reason – although Anita tries to justify it in this book under the banner of disliking anyone who sells out humans to the monsters.

On the plus side we get to meet Edward – aka Death. Edward is less fun that I remembered in this book, but still fantastically scary.

To sum up it is an OK book but fundamentally acts as light scene setting for the other books – it mostly acts to reinforce that these vampires don’t sparkle or want to be your friend. Overall the book featured more inappropriate sexual situations than I remembered so I don’t feel comfortable giving it to anyone I know.

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Food: Coldpress Raspberry, Pear & Apple Smoothie – Not meant to be green…

Until the other day Coldpress smoothies had been one of the more successful random juices that I’ve bought as part of the juice experiment – specifically the Coldpress Raspberry, Pear & Apple Smoothie.

It is 65% Apple Juice, 20% Pear Puree and 15% Raspberry Puree, they are also not pasteurised in the traditional sense (i.e. using heat) instead they use a process called High Pressure Processing (HPP), which is a cold pasteurization technique.

coldpress smoothie

It was all very tasty at first and I was cheerfully drinking the stuff for several weeks working on the assumption that it was healthier than ‘normal’ juice.

Then I opened a bottle to find the inside of the lid covered in mould and the juice completely off – I rashly tried some and nearly threw up. I didn’t bother complaining to the manufacturer as nothing they could say would repair that kind of broken trust, I am going to call the juice experiment over – from here on out it is back to the major brands who can cope with proper pasteurisation techniques and longer term I’m getting a proper juicer.

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Food: Black Forest Trifle is essential?!

In these times of austerity most supermarkets have expanded their own brand ranges to lure shoppers into spending less but buying more.

However some of these basic essentials are a little odd, specifically Waitrose who have a Black Forest Trifle in their essential range.

black forest trifle

I hadn’t ever considered a Black Forest Trifle existing, let alone being essential.

It was however on sale, which is why I bought it and it was pretty good – in a custardy sort of way. But now I really want to see what other weird stuff is considered essential! What an excuse to go shopping!

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