Film Review Friday: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Marsan
IMDb synopsis: Detective Sherlock Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

My verdict: I must admit that before meeting my husband Michael, I hadn’t actually watched any Sherlock Holmes films. He has since introduced me to Robert Stephens’ The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and Christopher Plummer’s Murder by Decree (1979). I loved both of those films so I was really excited to watch Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes film. I’m a big fan of Robert Downey, Jr., ever since I saw him in Weird Science (1985). I loved this version of Sherlock Holmes, and I was pleased to see Eddie Marsan was also in it who I love watching.

I highly recommend it, it’s a great action film 🙂


I can’t believe these songs are 30 years old!

Earlier on, while I was doing some book admin, I was listening to songs from 1984 on iTunes. After a while I realised that the songs I’d been listening to turned 30 years old this year! Below are some of my favourite songs from 1984, a time when I was 5 years old and life was stress-free 😀

George Michael “Careless Whisper”
Nena “99 Red Balloons”
Nik Kershaw “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
Giorgio Moroder & Philip Oakey “Together In Electric Dreams”
Matthew Wilder “Break My Stride”
Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus “We All Stand Together”
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark “Locomotion”
Status Quo “The Wanderer”
Jeffrey Osborne “On The Wings Of Love”
Laura Branigan “Self Control”

You can find out more about 1984 music here:

World AIDS Day on 1st December

What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

Why is World AIDS Day important?
Around 100,000 are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 35 million people have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

There are lots of events taking place around the UK, and not just on 1st December. There are events taking place from now until 16th December. Take a look at this link to find out what’s going on in your area and lend your support to World AIDS Day.

LiveSafe: Mobile App to Report Animal Cruelty

This is such a great idea 🙂

Our Compass

(Animals have voices, we just don’t listen to them.)


LiveSafe is designed to help animals by letting you report abuse and neglect right from your phone. Your animal abuse crime tips will immediately alert your local law enforcement when animals are in need of help—and justice. Join forces with ALDF in protecting animals and stopping animal abusers! Here’s how it works.

Install LiveSafe and Connect to ALDF

First, install LiveSafe. If you are using an iPhone or other Apple device, install from iTunes:


If you are using an Android device, install via the Google Play store:


After installing, connect the app to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. When you open the app for the first time you will be asked if you want to “connect with and submit tips to” LiveSafe. Choose “Change”

and type “Animal Legal Defense Fund” in the following prompt.

That’s it! LiveSafe is now…

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Trove is a really really small leather and elastic reversible wallet that is made in England

Are you looking for a unique gift idea for someone for Christmas? Then check out Trove.

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Trove is a really really small leather and elastic reversible wallet that is made in England (using Italian leather) at the Mowbray Leather Goods factory. Initially funded via Kickstarter, Trove is now available to buy on their website. TROVE also converts into a phone stand if you like and you can use it on your belt as well as putting it in your pocket or bag. Have a look at the videos I have posted below to see how it works –

The Eclipse TROVE.  Made in England. The Eclipse TROVE. Made in England.

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Anthropomorphic Cuteness Part VI: Rectum! Testicle! GUTS!

These were sooooo cute that I just had to share on my blog. I love “Tooth Plush – Flossin’ Ain’t Just For Gangstas”!!!

Cinema Parrot Disco


I WANT THESE! These adorable anthropomorphic organs can be bought from this website: I Heart Guts!🙂

The rectum is quite cute. (Rectum? It nearly killed him!): 😉


But I think I’m partial to this adorable testicle:


Seriously, though – you really need to check out the entire website. It’s hilarious! They have a description of each organ and what it does plus things such as their “likes & dislikes”. (The Rectum, Bringing Up The Rear details are my favorite! Favorite song: Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg. Lol). They also do art, pins & buttons, stationery, clothing, etc. The plush toys are definitely my favorite, though – they look so cuddly! And this Periodic Table Of Your Period looks quite handy…


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Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glass

Christmas is coming, which for me signals the start of the Baileys drinking season. Oh, sweet sweet Baileys. I also love marshmallows. So imagine my joy at finding the below video! I cannot wait to try it 😀

If you try it out, let me know how it goes for you 🙂

Need somewhere to turn tonight in Manchester, Wigan or Leigh?

I saw a tweet by Self Help Services (@SelfHelpService) and I just had to share it. Even though it’s 2014, there are still many people who are trying to deal with their problems alone and just don’t know who to turn to. I have suffered with mental health issues on and off my whole life, and I have always found it beneficial to talk to someone, be it someone professional or simply a friend. Please share.

Self Help Services are “a leading user-led, NW mental health #charity. We support people seeking help with #depression, #anxiety, #selfesteem, #stress and #anger.”

A great way to recycle your Halloween pumpkin

I know that Halloween has long passed now and that Christmas is homing into view, but I figured it was still worth sharing this. I hadn’t really thought about how to recycle my Halloween pumpkin, (though to be fair this year mine went to a cubs, beavers and scouts Halloween party so I’ve no idea where it ended up!) but next year I will definitely recycle it by making it into a bird feeder 🙂