TV REVIEW: The Sinner – Season 1

One beautiful summer’s day on the beach, young mum, Cora Tannetti (Jessica Biel) snaps and murders a man withย seemingly no provocation. Cora pleads guilty but detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) is convinced there is more to the attack than what is immediately obvious and sets to uncover the truth.

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MOVIE REVIEW: How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World (2019)

If you had told me before I had children that the majority of my cinema trips would be to see animated films, I would have scoffed. Now that Little O is old enough to go to the cinema though, taking him to see something he might enjoy is a lot of fun. Although he doesn’t really get a lot of movie etiquette it’s worth him shouting “this is amazing” at the top of his lungsย and letting himย eat all my popcorn to see his excitement. Our latest watch was How to Train Your Dragon – The Hidden World… or in Little O’s words “Dragon Movie”.

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TV REVIEW: You – Season 1

From the moment aspiring writer, Beck (Elizabeth Lail) walks into the bookshop Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley) is obsessed with her. From his inner monologue we discover he’s decided it’s love at first sight. He quietly believes he already knows everything about her and what is missing from her life is him.

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RECIPE: Chocolate chip banana loaf

Little O regularly eats half a banana and abandons the rest or declares a brown banana too “dirty” to eat, leaving us with a lot of random banana bits. I love banana in things but not raw banana on its own so I’ve been making banana bread to use up the bits. This chocolate chip one is by far the nicest I’ve ever tasted.

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TV Review: Luther – Season 2

Season 2 sees Luther (Idris Elba) struggling to cope with his wife’s murder and considering leaving the police force. Of course starting a new life is not as easy as it looks, especially when there are killers on the loose.

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Universal Yums: January 2019 – Germany

This month’s snacks came from Germany. I have actually been to Germany a few times in my previous job. We had offices in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin and Dusseldorf… although I never actually went to the Dusseldorf office. I always enjoyed the food in Germany. I have a particular soft spot for currywurst. I never got to eat many snacks though, so I was excited to try this box.

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TV Review: Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

I quite enjoy a bit of true crime and when people started talking about the Ted Bundy tapes on Netflix I found it irresistibly intriguing. For those who don’t know, Ted Bundy is an American serial killer who was executed in 1989 after being convicted of the murder of over 30 women.

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TV REVIEW: Outlander – Season 4

Season 4 of Outlander sees Claire (Catriona Balfe) and Jamie (Sam Heughan) attempting to start a life in colonial America. As always things are not easy. They lose all their money to a robbery by a pirate called Stephen Bonnet (Edward Speelers), face serious moral questions when it comes to slavery, are forced to choose sides between the ruling redcoats and the rebellious regulators and have to negotiate with the indigenous locals.

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TV REVIEW: American Crime Story – The People vs OJ Simpson

A friend of mine who is really into true crime series recommended this to me knowing that I am a fan of American Horror Story. American Crime Story shares the same producers and follows a similar anthology format, although this time each season dramatises and particular very public criminal case. In this case, the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.

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EXPERIENCE: ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

I didn’t discover that I liked rollercoasters until Mr O insisted that we go to an amusement park for his birthday when I was already in my 30s. My parents were not fans of any of that kind of daredevil adventures and my dad certainly wasn’t a fan of spending money on anything he considering frivolous so it just wasn’t something I experienced as a child. Since that visit though I have been a little hooked on adrenaline boosting adventures and Mr O knows this, which is why I was ecstatic when he booked us a ride down the ArcelorMittal Orbit slide as one of my Christmas presents.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Contraband (2012)

John Bryce (Mark Wahlberg) used to be a very successful smuggler but he’s turned over a new leaf and is now a security consultant and family man. Unfortunately his brother-in-law, Andy (Caleb Landry Jones) has been carrying on the family business behind John’s back and has crossed, Briggs (Giovanni Ribsi), who is more than a bit of a shit.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fyre (2019)

I have heard the word “clusterfuck” used to describe things that have gone wrong on numerous occasions but I don’t believe there has ever been any event that quite captures it the way that Fyre Festival did.

Prior to watching this documentary I had never heard of Fyre Festival. Maybe I was living under a rock or maybe it’s because I’m not the target market for a luxury, island festival but I think in many ways my unfamiliarity with this absolute dumpster fire of a project enhanced my viewing.

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What I wore to work this week #44

I had another week of travelling this week. This time I was in Leeds for workshops so once again most of my photos are from my hotel room. It has been very cold this week but I have been lucky not to have to wrap up too much since my new coat is basically a giant duvet.

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RECIPE: Brownie crinkle cookies

Since I made the Boy Who Bakes ultimate chocolate chip cookies I have been a bit obsessed with his recipes. One of his most popular recipes if for brownie crinkle cookies, which are halfway between a brownie and a cookie. It sounded like a dream to me so I decided to give them a go. I can tell you that they deliver 100% on flavour and texture.

The recipe is very specific on timings and I would stress sticking to these to get the best results.

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TV REVIEW: Luther – Season 1

This is another highly acclaimed BBC drama where I am a bit late to the party. I have heard of Luther before but never got around to watching it until loads of my friends started raving about the new season. I decided I had better catch up and see what all the fuss was about.

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What I wore to work this week #43

This week I was on the move, travelling for work so that I could attend some meetings. That means I spent a night in the Hatfield Travelodge… which was not glamorous but when you are the mother of a co-sleeping toddler, any night in a bed on your own is quite exciting! Because of the travels, some of pictures are from my hotel room rather than my usual bathroom.

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Views from the Top of the BT Tower

My job sometimes lands me with some random perks. On Monday I got to visit the top of the BT Tower and take some photos. For those who don’t know, the BT Tower is one of the features of the London skyline and has variously been known as the GPO Tower, The Post Office Tower and the Telecom Tower.

It was built in 1965 and until 1980 was the tallest building in London and has a revolving restaurant at the top. It used to be open to the public but this ended in 1981 after various security concerns. It still acts as a major communications hub.

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What I wore to work this week #42

This week felt like a long week for me, not only because it was my first full week back at work after the Christmas break but also because Little O had a stinking cold and slept very badly, which meant that I too slept very badly and felt like a bit of a zombie all week. Hopefully I don’t look too rough in my pictures!

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Cult

The seventh season of American Horror Story is a very different beast from its predecessors. For the first time the focus is not on humans interacting with supernatural elements but rather the monstrous things we do to each other when we are afraid.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Greatest Showman (2017)

I am a bit late to the party with this one but since everyone I follow on Instagram seems to be obsessed with it, I decided I should give it a go. Prior to this viewing I had absolutely no idea what the film was actually about, apart from the circus (?) based on the poster. I also had no idea that Michelle Williams or Zac Efron were in it. Sometimes being a mum of a small child really is like living under a rock.

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