Food: Waitrose Seriously Colombian Coffee Ice Cream Stick – Worth the effort of going to Waitrose

On paper I should have easy access to Waitrose, I work and live within a mile of two different stores. However the reality is both stores have stupid road systems in the way so I very rarely go – I usually only go in order to pick up the free monthly magazine for mum.

However then I tried their ownbrand Seriously Colombian Coffee Ice Cream Sticks and I may have to try a little harder to make it there!

colombian coffee ice creams

The chocolate coating is decent chocolate and has coffee pieces embedded in it, the ice cream is creamy and a decent flavour without being too strong.

I haven’t dared look at the nutritional content of these but they are very nice – and I don’t even like coffee!

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Music: King 810 – Hard to miss

Channel Hopping found me the video for King 810’s ‘Fat Around the Heart’, I vaguely recognised the name (they used to just be called King) and the video was interesting in a thuggish sort of way – people with hoods and bandannas running amok in an urban environment.

Musically it wasn’t anything overly original but the vocals on the chorus made me laugh.

At which point I wondered what else King 810 had done and where they came from – I was aware that they are currently signed to Roadrunner Records. Given Roadrunner’s track record this generally means the band are going to get massively screwed – or they may be one of the lucky (?) ones who the label keeps churning out the same sound for ever.

king 810 arrested

(Photo from RockSound)

Possibly the most interesting thing about King 810 is the lack of official background currently available on the internet. The videos make it clear that King 810 consider Flint, Michigan to be home, which could be seen as telling given the crime rate, economic melt down and general anarchy that has plagued the area since the mid 2000s, the seed was which was sown by General Motors closing down pretty much everything in the 1980s.

Typing “king 810” into a search engine tends to get results along the lines of assault, bad behaviour and the word “hater” being used way too much by the bands ‘fans’. The more vocal internet-using fans seem pretty offputting to the point where I am going to refrain from commenting further.

However as King 810 have recently been announced as touring with Slipknot they will probably only get more vocal and hard to avoid.

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Nails: Cowboys nails – Taking you for a ride

There are a lot of cowboys in this world, I am using the British definition of the word so think less big hats, old fashioned values and horses, but more dishonesty, scams and lying.

I won’t get into the gory details but it was amusing enough (in an ironic sort of way) that looking at cowboy themed nail art seemed a nice touch to my week!

However I forgot that the internet is fickle, when I looked for “cowboy nails” I was thinking big hats and horses… maybe guns… but instead I got American football.

I have no idea if the Dallas Cowboys are any good, but these nails are sort of inoffensive I suppose

cowboy nails

(Photo from Pinterest)

In particular when contrasted with these:

cowboy nails with coors

(Photo from Pinterest)

Personally, and this is purely a personal opinion, having alcohol related nails might be a sign that you have a problem – seriously.

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Food: Propercorn – Nom, nom, fire?

It’s Tuesday so should be a film post – however popcorn counts as you eat with a movie.

Propercorn prides itself on being “popcorn done properly”… which seems to mean small portions, funky sounding flavours and high prices.

There happened to be an introductory offer which was good enough to tempt me into buying the ‘Sweet Coconut and Vanilla’ flavour and the ‘ Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato’ flavour.

The sweet flavour was very nice, although it was slightly odd having a mild salt taste under the sweet!

proper corn

The fiery flavour really was fiery! I use chilli in stir fries and have been known to crave crispy chilli beef from the local Chinese but I did find this popcorn a little too strong to eat without a glass of milk handy!

propercorn fiery

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Food: The Food Doctor’s Apple, Elderberry & Blackberry granola – What are your medical qualifications exactly?

It’s a Monday, this should be a book post, but as I feel that eating a book would be preferable to eating this granola I think it counts.

I can’t remember why I started eating granola, it was probably some dodgy recommendation from the guy at the gym. Either way my granola of choice is an expensive brand so I am always up for trying another brand if it is on offer.

food doctor granola

This is how I ended up trying The Food Doctor’s Apple, Elderberry & Blackberry granola and this is why my open-door trying policy is officially ending.

It tastes like indifferent granola was soaked in cheap squash and then chucked in a packet with some random seeds.

I tried it on two separate mornings and the rest of the packet is going in the bin, I never bin food but this is too rubbish to eat.

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Food: Marleys Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey – “Why should I have to be the one to not say what’s on my mind?”

I won’t lie, I’ve been in a very angry place this past week, a combination of disruption to my gym schedule by paperpushers trying to save pennies, two overly aggressive male cyclists being utter dicks, a massively passive aggressive prat at work being such a gutless coward and the Foo Fighters being on every single time I stick on a music channel.

So I eagerly embraced trying Marleys Mellow Mood Green Tea with Honey which promised that “The natural botanical ingredients in this product have been specially blended to mellow your mood.”

marley's mellow mood

That may well be the case but I nearly spat out my first mouthful as it taste of overly sweet stale cold tea. I probably should have seen this coming given the ingredients are decaffeinated green and black tea extracts, herbal extracts and honey, but the desire to chill out overrode my common sense.

My fabulous spouse drank the rest of the failed experiment with a look of  resignation whilst I frantically scrabbled to think of a way to ditch the massive reserve of bubbling anger that I still had.

I should probably have tried to mediate, but 1,000 calories of chocolate, a bottle of pre-mixed vodka and Five Finger Death Punch have made me feel pretty good so we will call that a win.

5fdp five finger death punch

(Five Finger Death Punch)

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Knee VS Brooks Addiction – Seriously addicted to avoiding knee pain

I may have officially found a brand of trainers that my knee doesn’t hate.

Given I am 92% sure that it was a pair of Nikes that finally helped me REALLY screw up my knee I am avoiding that brand like the plague forever more.

Skechers are ok for walking around shoes but lack the support and structure for me to use as serious workout shoes.

addiction

However I am now on my second pair of Brooks – both of which have been sale purchases, and I do like them – although I am wondering if getting a whole size bigger wouldn’t have been smarter than a mere half size… however I will try to remember that for next time.

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Nails: Bare nails – The internet can’t spell

My nails are looking pretty long and still good at the moment, perhaps the flax seeds that I am choking down at breakfast are almost worth the effort.

The longer they get the trickier I find it to shape them nicely in order to minimise the breakage risk! I would like a non pointed and only slightly curved appearance so I decided to look on the internet to see if there ere some nice pictures of bare nails which might inspire me – or at least prevent me screwing up!

Somehow looking on the internet for “bare nails” got me cookies:

bear claw cookies

(Photo from Pinterest)

I like cookies and these look fun cookies, but these are seriously not going to help me shape my nails.

This wasn’t one rogue spelling mishap, there were a lot of BEAR nail results… some of which were only slightly sinister

panda bear nails

(Photo from Pinterest)

These are some very confused pandas, which is perfect as I am very confused how I got pandas as a result to my internet search!

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Film: ‘Jawbreaker’ – “Okay? There’s nothing kinky about “okay”, now is there?”

I’ve been listening to Marilyn Manson for the past hour and I can safely say that this is the only thing I have taken away from watching ‘Jawbreaker’

The film is a cheap version of ‘Heathers’ with a 90s dress code, it relies on the same clique mindset (pronounced ‘klik’ for those who are blissfully unaware) and also starts with an accidental death. However it misses the part of ‘Heathers’ that made it work – namely Christian Slater.

jawbreaker manson

(Marilyn Mason as the best thing in ‘Jawbreaker’)

None of the ladies in ‘Jawbreaker’ have anything going for them to make them a compelling lead or even supporting cast member – Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz, and Judy Greer aren’t exactly household names at the best of times and certainly not for their acting abilities.

jawbreaker poster

Which means that the most memorable part of the film is Marilyn Manson’s brief cameo as the patsy having sex on a dead girl’s bed whilst her lifeless body has been stashed underneath is by her heartless ‘friend’.

The combination of Manson’s sleazy appearance soundtracked by Scorpions ‘Rock You Like a Hurricane’ works concerning well and is the only reason I would even slightly consider keeping this film, however that would be REALLY hard to explain to the spouse…

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Books: Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series – “Stand in the middle of a forest under a full moon with a raw steak tied to your face, holding a sign that says, ‘Eat me; I’m stupid’?”

There are so far 12 books in Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series. The main driver for the plotlines is that Kitty is a werewolf and has a radioshow; events are set in motion by the first book and then everything follows on from them – normally the events of the previous book fuel the fire of the big bad in the next book.

This works pretty well for a surprisingly well for the first four books – ‘Kitty and the Midnight Hour’, ‘Kitty Goes to Washington’, ‘Kitty Takes a Holiday’ and ‘Kitty and the Silver Bullet’. These books link nicely into a story arch that ends with Kitty almost being comfortable in both her skins.

I didn’t get on so much with ‘Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand’ as Kitty’s adventures in Las Vegas felt too close to Anita Blake’s shenanigans in ‘Skin Trade’ – there was really very little in common apart from it being supernatural beings in Las Vegas but that was enough for me to feel jaded.

kitty and the midnight hour

‘Kitty Raises Hell’ was ok but fundamentally required you to care about what had happened in Vegas… oops.

‘Kitty’s House of Horrors’ was an interesting take on reality TV, but nothing has hasn’t been covered by a variety of slasher flicks, although the book has less promiscuous nudity and more emotional depth.

‘Kitty Goes to War’ felt like it contained elements of social commentary on the nature of war, which is why I give this book more credit than the plot deserves on its own. This is the last book in the series that I still own.

‘Kitty’s Big Trouble’ felt like a homage (or rip off depending how generous you feel) of ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ and started bringing the subplot of ‘The Long Game’ into the unavoidable forefront of the series. ‘The Long Game’ is a vampire conspiracy/political battle and promises to be REALLY dull, let’s be honest vampires live for a long time so it would be like playing chess in very slow motion, which isn’t what I look for in a book.

low midnight

‘Kitty Steals the Show’ and ‘Kitty Rocks The House’ were dull as ditchwater, more vampire politics and petty little games, I also started getting very bored of Cormac by this point, he was rather interesting originally and a hookup between the two could have been interesting… however that isn’t going to happen and Ben is too straight-laced to be interesting enough to balance out the sheer boredom of vamp politics.

The last three books have ended up at the charity shop.

I haven’t read the most recent book, ‘Kitty in the Underworld’ but I am assured that Kitty spends two-thirds of the book in a cave with no intelligent conversation, which sounds pretty darn dull. I am interested to see where the series ends but it won’t be having any more of my money or bookshelf space.

The next book in the series is actually a spin off featuring Cormac – unfortunately it is post-prison Cormac so he has baggage (literally), so ‘Low Midnight’ is not on my list of things to read. Which is somewhat of shame as Carrie Vaughn wrote some rather entertaining to start with and I’d still recommend the first four books.

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