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: 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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MOVIE REVIEW: Justice League (2017)

I feel like I need to take responsibility that it was my idea to watch this film. Mr O and I don’t get loads of time to watch films and we are offered really exhausted in the evenings and not willing to commit to a whole film. On New Years Eve day (not that that is actually a thing) we actually got a day to ourselves. Little O was at nursery from 10 – 3, I was off work and we had no plans so we decided to sit down to a film. I thought Justice League would be fun. I was very wrong.

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Universal Yums: Holiday Box 2018

As per tradition the December Universal Yums box was focused on food typically eaten at various holidays around the world. There were some pretty tasty items in the box… and some pretty weird ones that I did not love. Check out what we tasted.

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TV REVIEW: American Horror Story – Roanoke

In some ways it is quite hard to describe the fifth season of American Horror Story and it took me a good few episodes to even orientate myself. It starts off as a paranormal documentary portraying the allegedly true experiences of a couple, Shelby (Lily Rabe/Sarah Paulson) and Matt Miller (Andre Holland/Cuba Gooding Jr) who buy a house in a remote farmstead in North Carolina.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dumplin’ (2018)

Dolly Parton obsessed Willowdean Dixon (Danielle Macdonald) comes from a small pagent obsessed town in Texas. And no one is more obsessed than Willowdean’s mother, Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) a former Miss Bluebonnet and current pagent director. Willowdean and Rosie have never quite gotten each other. Willowdean thinks pageants are pointless and Rosie feels disconnected from her overweight daughter.

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