Questioning the efficiency of capitalism

The stupid manufacturer of our water filter jug has changed the filter shape and discontinued our jug so I need to buy a new jug as the new filters don’t work in it

My £80 trainers (reduced from £130) that I’ve had for just under 5 months randomly wore away the material at the top back and cut up my ankles

We ordered weed suppressing  membrane for the second allotment, 2 sets of 2 m by 10 m, we got 4 packs of 1 m by 14 m

None of this is that big a deal but add them together and I want to shout at someone  – L7 clearly had a the right idea

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Food: Marks and Spencer Florentines

A colleague randomly gives me a small gift at Christmas – it’s suspected they are unwanted gifts that she’s disposing of. However it’s a nice gesture, in particular as each year I totally forget to even remember this happens so never have anything for her!

This year’s gift was a packet of Marks and Spencer’s milk chocolate, pecan and salted caramel Florentines, they are very chewy and nasty: I can quite see why I will forget this gift!

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Nails: turkey!

Christmas has been and you may still be trying to finish off the turkey and other festive trimmings – if so apologies however this turkey was too fun too not share

(Picture from Pinterest)

he’s a very good turkey – I might totally have to try this

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Film: Bright – “like a nuclear weapon that grants wishes”

Netflix is a relatively recent novelty in our house, I tend to prefer films to TVs series simply because I can have a start, middle and end for only a couple of hours of investment – although films are starting to have such long running lengths that I may soon need to reassess this logic

There aren’t many films that I’ve been that taken with on Netflix so I was excited by the trailer for ‘Bright’ which looked like a mismatched buddy cop movie with added fantasy elements such as orcs, elves and magic

It also reunited Will Smith with ‘Suicide Squad’ director David Ayer and in many ways it felt similar – funky ideas and hints of really super things that didn’t make it onscreen

There were dragons in the sky, centaur cops in the background of a couple of scenes as well as references to a Dark Lord and a prophecy – however disappointingly none of these were explored.

Despite that it was a fun enough film, it is essentially a cop film set in a slightly different version of contemporary America – where orcs are the underclass and elves are the distant (and under-explored) upper class.

I really wanted more world building and more detail, however perhaps the sequel will provide some more depth

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Book: The manual for my fridge?!

Ok so it’s a couple of days before Christmas, I’ve just picked up the turkey and a fridge full of festive goodies and then the fridge starts making a scary noise

To be precise it’s a whirring drone that has a fan-like feel to it, this has me seriously on edge

After some fun packed fridge manual studying my darling spouse thinks he’s worked out that it is and has an idea or two about how to stop the noise – preferably whilst not breaking the fridge

However given the time of year and the current monetary value of food currently inside the fridge he isn’t allowed to try any fix until at least Wednesday when the leftovers are largely reduced and I could perhaps cope physiologically if disaster struck

So many fingers are crossed right now that the fridge keeps working – even noisily ,until after the darn festive season and the associated food mountain that it apparently requires

On a more book related note, I was recommended a serial format novella The Queen’s Gambit by Jessie Mihalik, it’s science fiction but not in a bad way and so far I’m really enjoying it – way more so then the fridge manual

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Crafty: Photo onto a Canvas Bag

As a concept putting a photo onto a canvas bag is fairly straightforward and should be pretty easy, the reality can see it go a bit wrong

The materials aren’t complicated – a canvas bag, a photo printed onto paper, some image transfer goop (I used Dylon Image Maker Glue however there are a few options)

In theory you cover the printer photo with the glue stuff pretty thickly and then place it on your bag (glue side down obviously!), if there are any air bubbles then smooth/push those out then leave it to try overnight

Once it is try then use a wet sponge to carefully soak the paper so that it rubs off and leaves the image behind. The aim is to remove all traces of the paper and then when clan & dry add a bit of the glue over the top to hold the image

Then you should be left with a lovely picture on your bag – simple right?

It would have been more simple had I know these minor details before I started:

IRON the canvas bag first – seriously otherwise the creases screw it right up

It’s really easy to rub the image off with the paper so take it slowly, if it doubt leave it and come back later

Removing the paper carefully takes way longer than you’d expect!

But apart from that it was a lovely quick and easy thing to do that didn’t make me swear at all…

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Food: Waitrose Christmas Sausage Rolls

Something was clearly unusual about my childhood (ok maybe several things) and it’s resulted in both my sibling and I having a rather too excited reaction to reduced price food

This has resulted in the trying to many strange things over the years and the most recent one was Waitrose 1 branded Christmas sausage rolls

christmas sausage rolls

A full price of £2.99 gets you four smallish sausage rolls – two pork with smoked bacon & prune and two pork with turkey and stuffing.

The turkey ones are ok – although the falvour could basdically have been anything as far as the taste went

The prune ones were gross, really sweet and sticky – not nice at all

As only half of them were nice it’s just as well that I only paid half price

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