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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: 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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MOVIE REVIEW: Four Christmases (2008)

Kate (Reese Witherspoon) and Brad (Vince Vaughan) have focused their whole relationship on fun. They don’t have heavy conversations, marriage and kids are off the table and they avoid their dysfunctional families at Christmas at all costs. But when the two are spotted on TV trapped in San Francisco after a spate of flight cancellations they are forced to reconsider. Now they’ll have to fit in four different Christmases with their divorced parents and hope their relationship survives the day.

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Adventures in Dubai

It’s been a little quiet around here because the O’s spent last week in Dubai. My brother, Mr V lives in nearby Abu Dhabi so we decided to have a family holiday together and catch some winter sun.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bad Santa 2 (2016)

Thirteen years have passed since the happenings of Bad Santa but Willie Soke’s (Billy Bob Thornton) behaviour and outlook on life have in no way changed. He’s still the same miserable drunk and any semblance of personal improvement has long ago vanished. When his former sidekick, Marcus (Tony Cox) approaches him, full of apparent remorse and with a new scheme, he accepts reluctantly even though it means getting back into the Santa suit.

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TV REVIEW: Further Tales of the City – Miniseries

Watching the third instalment of the Tales of the City series was a bit tricky since it’s not available on any streaming service I subscribe to or any of the free apps. The other two were on All4 but I couldn’t find this one anywhere but YouTube… which meant I could not download it for commute watching. I am not entirely sure I should have bothered.

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MOVIE REVIEW: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby (2019)

I have this horrible obsession with finishing things I started. Possibly because every personality test I have taken says that it should be something I struggle with. I can only blame this obsession for the reason I decided to watch the third Christmas Prince film on Netflix as part of Mr O and my third annual Christmas watchathon.

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TV REVIEW: Marcella – Season 1

Former detective, Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) returns to work after an eleven year old cold case suddenly seems revived. It’s not the best time though as her husband, Jason (Nicholas Pinnock) has just left her and she’s been having weird unexplained blackouts. Now she’ll have to navigate a team that isn’t sure if they can trust her uncanny gut instincts and her act now think later approach alongside the implosion of her personal life.

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FILM REVIEW: Boy Erased (2018)

Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges) is the son of a conservative Bapist preacher (Russell Crowe) and his compliant Southern wife (Nicole Kidman). When an assault leads to his parents becoming aware of his sexuality, Jared is sent to a gay conversion camp called Love in Action. Here his initial desire to change turns to horror and anger as he is faced with the brutal and questionable methods employed by the camp’s leader, Victor Sykes (Joel Edgerton) and his “counsellors”.

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