All posts by abbiosbiston

Hi, I’m Abbi. I grew up in South Africa and moved to London in 2004 because I didn't have anything better to do. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I live in Essex with my long-suffering British husband, Mr O and our smaller human, Little O. I divide up my life between my day job as a Digital Product Owner, trying to get my head around mummery, experimenting in the kitchen, reviewing random crap and spending too much time on Instagram.

TV REVIEW: Shrill – Season 1

Overweight Annie Easton (Aidy Bryant) is an aspiring journalist who works at a Buzzfeed-style online journal owned and managed by, Gabe Parrish (John Cameron Mitchell). She lives with her best friend, lesbian Fran (Lolly Adefope) and spends too much of her time sneaking out of the back of her sort of boyfriend, Ryan’s (Luka Jones) house.

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MOVIE REVIEW: 1917 (2019)

Mr O and I don’t get to see loads of films in the cinema but after seeing a trailer for 1917 and reading all the hype surrounding it, we decided it was worth drumming up some babysitting. Mr O is a bit of a war buff and it is a genre we both enjoy so it seemed like a good choice.

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TV REVIEW: The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance – Season 1

It wasn’t until fairly recently that I watched the original Dark Crystal movie and fell a bit in love with it. It made me both excited and apprehensive for the Netflix prequel series. Would it stay true to the original in all its mad, puppet glory? Would the story be as touching and engaging? Would it be as immersive? The film is so special so the series had a very big shoes to fill.

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TV REVIEW: Tales of the City – Limited Series

Regular readers of this blog will know that I watched and reviewed three previous mini-series based on the Tales of he City novels by Armistead Maupin. All of that was kicked off by seeing this series come up on Netflix. I started watching it and realised I had missed too much in between reading the first book and this follow up to the original series and wasn’t entirely sure what was going on or who everyone was.

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TV REVIEW: Doctor Foster – Season 1

Dr Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones) has a seemingly perfect life. She’s happily married to successful property developer, Simon (Bertie Carvel), she’s the head doctor at her medical practice, she has a good relationship with her son, Tom (Tom Taylor) and a bustling social life. But when she finds a blonde hair on Simon’s scarf she starts to suspect he may be cheating on her and the whole foundation her life is built on starts to crumble.

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TV REVIEW: Don't F**k With Cats – Limited Series

When a disturbing video of a man torturing cats is published online a group of Internet investigators attempt to track him down sending them down a rabbit hole they were not prepared for.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Skin (2018)

Skin follows the story of Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell), a skinhead who tries to escape his fascist gang with the help of a black Antifa member. Having met Julie (Danielle MacDonald), a single mum who herself has escaped the white supremacist lifestyle, Bryon dreams of a new life but his “family” is not going to let him go so easily and he finds himself trapped and fearing for his life.

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TV REVIEW: Marcella – Season 2

It’s been some time since the events from season one and Marcella’s (Anna Friel) life has changed. Jason (Nicholas Pinnock) has moved in with a new partner. Tim (Jamie Bamber) has taken over the department and she’s more disconnected from her children than ever. What hasn’t changed is that she’s still having blackouts… and people are still getting murdered.

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TV REVIEW: His Dark Materials – Season 1

Many years ago I read the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman and got really sucked into his alternative universes/religious dogma narrative. I was super excited to see that the BBC/HBO had decided to make this into a TV series after the less than stellar film adaptation so I dived straight in and watched it as it was released one episode as a time.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2019)

It has been some time since I took Little O to the cinema. A few months ago I look him to see a film (I forget which) and they played a Lion King trailer. It scared the absolute bejesus out of him. Since then we’ve gotten as far as purchasing tickets and getting to the entrance of the theatre and then he’s refused point blank to go in. Recently I discovered that our local cinema does cheap family tickets early on weekend mornings so we decided to give it another go and at least not spend a fortune if he refused again. I picked A A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon because it is aimed at the littlest of humans and hopefully devoid of any scary bits. And it was a winner

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MOVIE REVIEW: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

And onto the final film in our Avengers marathon…

It’s been five years since the snap when Thanos (Josh Brolin) disappeared half of all living creatures out of existence and for most of The Avengers and the world things are not looking great. Some are vigilante-ing, some are drinking, some are healing and some are trying very hard to move on. That is until Scott Lang/Ant-Man reappears from the Quantum Realm where his suit retreated for safe-keeping and suggests time travel might be a viable proposition.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ant-Man and The Wasp (2018)

Onto the second film in our Avengers marathon!

When inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and his daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) become aware that Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) – Hank’s wife and Hope’s mother – may be trapped in the quantum realm, they have no choice but to turn to Scott Lang (Paul Rudd).

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MOVIE REVIEW: Captain Marvel (2019)

Back in the day before Little O arrived Mr O and I used to do New Year’s Eve movie marathons since going out on New Year’s Eve was never really our jam. Since we had Little O it has been a bit harder to get into a marathon but this year as New Year’s Eve fell on one of his nursery days and he now sleeps better we decided to close down the Avengers series, starting with Captain Marvel.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Mr O and I were lucky to have one day over the Christmas break with no family commitments and where Little O’s nursery was open so we decided to sneak off and see the latest Star Wars film.

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2019 in pictures

For a few years now, I’ve done a little annual round-up using a collage of images from each month. So here we go again!

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An Osbiston Christmas in pictures 2019

As we float through the haze of the days between Christmas and New Year… here are some highlights from our family’s Christmas season.

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TV REVIEW: The End of the F***ing World – Season 1

James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden) are weirdos. James believes he is a psychopath and has disturbing fantasies about killing people. Alyssa feels displaced by her mother’s new family and has absolutely no filter or sense of self preservation.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Strange (2016)

Dr Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is a brilliant neurosurgeon. He is also a bit of an arrogant dickhead. After a terrible car crash he loses the use of his hands and plunges into a dark depression, until he hears about a man who was healed from near total paralysis. Dr Strange decides to travel to Kamar-Taj to meet with a group of mystics who may be able to help him.

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TV REVIEW: The Crown – Season 3

Season 3 of Netflix’s iconic series about the British monarchy starts with the election of Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) as Prime Minister and spans to Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee. This time the key events are the Aberfan disaster, the Apollo 11 moon landing, Prince Charles’ investiture and the death of the Duke of Windsor.

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Little O's half year update – December 2019

Age: 3 1/2
I like: jacket potatoes, chocolate, boobs, Toy Story, Ghostbusters, my scooter, reading stories, jigsaw puzzles, matching games

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