Thursday, 31 December 2020

New Year's Resolution 2021

2021 New Year's Resolutions

I figured that 2020 was doomed to have been a total write off but, checking out last year's post, I actually managed to achieve a couple of my resolutions. I sorted out the front garden, finally, and I made it into first the top 100, then the top 50 on the Tots parenting blog chart.

The others were a dead loss so they're getting recycled, yet again...


☆ #1. Lose Weight ☆ 

One year it will happen!


☆ #2. Blog Like a Boss ☆ 

I want to post every day in 2021 and secure a top 50 position on the Tots blog chart.


☆ #3. Write a Book ☆ 

It can and will happen. Eventually.


☆ #4. Get Out of Debt ☆ 

I got close last year, then it all fell to pieces once more. Fingers crossed for better luck this year.


☆ #5. Finish the Doll House ☆

I finally started putting my 1/12 scale doll house together in 2020. My goal for 2021 is to finish decorating it.


Have you made any resolutions this year? Let me know in the comments! :)

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Winning Wishlist 2021

Winning Wishlist 2021

This will be my third one of these and, though last year was pretty light on wins, it did help focus my mind when it came to what I wanted to enter. So, with fingers firmly crossed, here are ten things I'd love to win in 2021:

☆ Money. Because, well, who doesn't want to win money?

Vouchers. AKA, the next best thing.

 Art and Craft Supplies. What it says on the tin.

☆ Hamper. I never say no to a hamper.

 School / Charity Stuff. In a perfect world I'd have the cold hard cash to donate, in this one if I can win some stuff to be used as raffle prizes, equipment, etc, that would be awesome.

 Phone. Because mine is ancient.

☆ Doll Stuff. I rarely buy any playline besides Barbie but that doesn't mean I don't want it...

☆ Cutlery. I've always wanted a posh canteen of cutlery but I just can't part with that much money for something which our value mish mash does just as well. If I won one though, that's a totally different story!

☆ Flowers. I love having flowers about, but I'm too much of a cheapskate to buy any.

☆ Kids Clothes, Books, Toys, Sundries. Anything for Marianna, really. It's my main reason for comping these days, to get the occasional surprise for M. <3


What are you hoping to win this year? Let me know in the comments. :) 



Comping Year In Review 2020

Last year's review was pretty dismal, but 2020's is a whole new low. I was very unwell for a few months with anxiety/depression and then, later, with coronavirus which meant I didn't do much comping this year.

Still, I did manage to scrape together a few wins:

★ Glitter Colouring Pens
★ Books
★ Nappies
★ Bristan Prism Shower Valve

Total Value: c. £300



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Tuesday, 29 December 2020

End of Year Fandom Meme 2020

End of Year Fandom Meme 2019

Another year, another end of year fandom meme. (If you want to do it yourself I've got easy copy / paste at my masterlist post.)



Which TV shows did you start watching this year?

The Haunting of Bly Manor, The Curse of Oak Island, Craith, In Search Of..., The Fall, In Search of Aliens, Murder Mountain, Diagnosis, Real Detective, Liar, etc, etc, etc.

The Curse of Oak Island



Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't this year? Why?

I cancelled my TV licence so I've had to say goodbye to the BBC at home. I did it with a heavy heart but, given the poor choice of programming, it made better sense for us to subscribe to Disney+ instead and save money.



Which TV show impressed you most this year?

Craith (Hidden). I watched both series of it during the first lockdown and they were amazingly good. S4C has produced some awesome stuff over the years, to be fair, they should make much more of their back catalogue imo.

Craith



Your favourite TV show of the year?

Ancient Aliens. Often dumb but always fun!

Ancient Aliens



Your favourite film you watched this year?

I've been keeping track of my progress on my 33 by 33 Films post. I've been enjoying lots of Disney movies from the vaults, and the Will Ferrell Eurovision film was ridiculously good fun. Overall I think my favourite has to be the new Mulan film - even without any singing!

Mulan



Your main fandom of the year?

I mostly wrote for Detroit: Become Human. The new Reed900 fan film was released in the summer which was great too, like seeing a fanfic brought to the big screen.

Detroit Evolution



Your favourite book read this year?

I've only read non-fiction and kids' books this year!



Favourite male character of the year?

I've been enjoying the Larry and Paul comedy sketches, especially their 'real' government briefings...




Favourite female character of the year?

Hayley Mills. Because she always played basically the same character - wholesome girl who nonetheless gets into trouble. I saw The Moon-Spinners for the first time this year which I think now completes my Mills filmography!

Hayley Mills



Your biggest fan anticipations for the coming year?

I'm looking forward to the new Cruella movie. Who knows, we might even be able to see it in a cinema...

Cruella 2021



Your favourite album or song to listen to this year?

Patent Pending. I've listened to them so much this year, especially Punk Rock Songs.




The fandom you haven't tried yet, but want to?

I don't have any - but am open to suggestions. :)



Your biggest squee moment of the year?

The Christopher Robin film is one of the most heartwarming things I've ever seen.

Christopher Robin



Your best new fandom discovery of the year?

The Haunting of Bly Manor was great, and I totally cried like a baby at Dani and Jamie's love story. But Viola as the weird faceless lady of the lake, forever doomed to repeat the same motions over and over again, was creepy perfection.

The Haunting of Bly Manor



Your biggest fandom disappointment of the year?

Marianna's newfound love of the Super Pops. It's not even that terrible, she just insists on watching it over and over and over and over again...



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Sunday, 13 December 2020

This Week: 13/12/2020

Scam Alert



No Deal Brexit is, apparently, just hours away.

There are no words for how angry and disgusted I am with this Westminster govt. I can only hope that history remembers them as the corrupt incompetent fools they are.

It is tempting to say that Wales is about to reap what it sowed for voting leave, but I can't help but still love my country and want the best for it. All we can hope now is that extreme weather and civil unrest do not compound what is going to be a very tough few months. :(



Deal of the Week -

£25 off at easyStorage with referral link / code: https://vrlps.co/rDKHBit/cp



Song of the Week -

Marianna and her class demonstrating their sign language.



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Friday, 11 December 2020

Friday Five: Brexit Prep

Friday Five

Thankfully the extended transition period has resulted in some actual planning as opposed to last year's largely unmitigated chaos but, as Brexit day lurches closer and closer, here are five immediate things to consider...



bottled water

#5. Water

Disruption to water supplies is considered very unlikely as companies have been stockpiling less volatile treatment chemicals for years now, with the risk slightly higher in soft water areas due to potential pressures on sodium hypochlorite supply. Any problems will, in all probability, be localised and short term. 

Verdict: It's always good advice to have a small stash of bottled water to hand. Whether it's Brexit related or simply a bust pipe, being without mains water is no fun for anyone.



power cuts

#4. Energy

You'll be glad to hear there is no imminent risk of a return to the three day week, though in the medium to long term we can expect to see price hikes from the energy companies. In the short term there is potential for localised power outages, particularly if Brexit coincides with snow, but there is little likelihood of widespread problems.

Verdict: Again, it's good practice to keep emergency supplies like a torch or candles available. Some extra batteries and an emergency charger (you can pick up the hand crank type from about £2.50) should be plenty to see you through.



medicine

#3. Medication

There are legitimate worries about shortages of certain medicines, particularly as Brexit stockpiles have been used to shore up supply during the Covid-19 crisis. Some meds are already under SSP (Serious Shortage Protocols), e.g. salazopyrin and fluoxetine, while others are very vulnerable to supply chain disruption. Over the counter meds will likely face the same kind of shortages as we experienced at the beginning of the pandemic, due to panic buying and transport delays. 

Verdict: Sadly there is little that can be done at this late stage about prescription medication, beyond following your doctor's advice. If your first aid kit is understocked, now is the time to make sure you have the basics like painkillers and antiseptic cream. Although overall supplies of non-prescription medication and remedies are fine, there could well be short-term shortages on your local store shelves.



traffic

#2.Transport

Fuel shortages are at the more likely end of the scale of Brexit disasters, largely linked to infrastructure disruption. This is where the deal vs no deal outcome could have a big impact because keeping traffic moving is essential. The worst case scenario, really, is no deal combined with widespread civil unrest and/or extreme weather which will make it very difficult for supplies to reach their destination. 

Implications for travel, both leisure and business, to the EU and Schengen Area have been well documented. Make sure your paperwork is compliant, there is adequate time remaining on your passport, and that you have travel insurance as you'll no longer be covered by the EHIC scheme. Deal or no, also factor in extra time for the inevitable teething problems with new computer systems and arrangements.

Verdict: If you can avoid it - do. If you can't, plan for it as you would regular seasonal disruption and make allowances for the likelihood of delays, road closures, and journey cancellations.



food

#1. Food

All retailers and wholesalers have been stockpiling to tide them over for a few weeks should customs delays and lack of hauliers prove especially serious. The problem, as ever, is that stock in warehouses still isn't stock on shelves. You only have to look at what a few days of panic buying managed to do at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to realise this could quickly become a real issue for consumers.

Looking beyond the first month or so of a no deal scenario, we can expect to see significant price rises (5%) and reduced choice available. We've become used to being able to get out of season fruit and veg, along with speciality imports, at consistent prices, but we will have to readjust our expectations as we go forward. There are unlikely to be severe long term shortages on the mainland, but Northern Ireland is at greater risk.

Verdict: Although fresh food supplies will be hit by Brexit, they aren't really feasible to stockpile! When it comes to long life lines, you should expect to see the same pressures as we did earlier in the year. If you can afford to, it would be wise to get in some extra:

  - Toilet roll.
  - Tinned Food.
  - Pasta.
  - Rice. 
  - Oats.
  - Flour / Yeast.
  - UHT Milk.
  - Cooking Oil.
  - Sugar / Salt / Flavourings.

Cooking on a Bootstrap has got a much more comprehensive breakdown. Also, if applicable, definitely try to get in pet food and baby formula milk as supplies have continued to be under pressure throughout the year.



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Sunday, 6 December 2020

This Week: 06/12/2020

Nothing To See Here



Another week, another disaster. This one was the horrid shock of checking my bank account to find I had only been paid less than half my wages. I emailed payroll to ask if they could double check it, as it looked like they had based the clawback of two weeks overpayment on my full wage rather than the senior allowance I was getting pre-AGM for being a committee chair. (AKA a stoppage of over £700 vs £350)

They got back to me and said unfortunately they were right and I just kind of had a bit of a breakdown. Like, ugly crying and rocking type breakdown. I get that it wasn't the end of the world; I've got my overdraft, we weren't going to starve. But it just felt like the final straw on top of a whole year of stress. There was the guilt that I'd decided not to even try for a chairship this time around - in the hope of having some time to focus on getting my head together - thereby bringing this upon myself, and the general despair of finally being out of my overdraft only to face the prospect of a few months more of slowly paying my way free of it.

In the end I got in touch with the council leader (as the closest thing to my supervisor) and asked if he could look into it, and clarify whether or not the two allowances should be treated as one thing. To be fair he was brilliant and by the end of the next working day I'd had apologies from the head of payroll and the promise of an emergency payment. 

It was all a storm in a teacup, really, but it's left me feeling like a wrung out dishrag. It's like I want to be better, feel better, but don't know how. Marianna told me the other week that she is afraid of growing up because then she'll have to worry about money all the time, like me. :( She's five. The most she should know about money is adding up plastic penny pieces when she plays shop or something. Yesterday I had a letter through from the mental health support service to book an appointment for counselling, so I hope that will help. I'm taking 60mg of fluoxetine a day now too. 

In other news, there was full council meeting on Tuesday. On Wednesday we went to switch the Christmas tree lights on in Pontnewydd. We finally got the telescope set up for Marianna, and advent competitions have officially begun - apologies to anybody who follows me on social media! I still haven't managed to find our original Elf on the Shelf, but the new one turned up on Monday and taunts me at every available opportunity...


On the blog I posted a guide to Boyzone dolls. I think I'm going to take a few weeks off from blogging, bar these weekly round-up diaries, and just concentrate on creating content for next year. I'm going to try and make more of a go of it in 2021 so I think every little bit of prep will help!



Deal of the Week -

£15 off Butterfly Twists fashion with referral link / code: https://www.talkable.com/x/o9g62M



Song of the Week -

Para Yok - Murat Boz



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Monday, 30 November 2020

Boyzone Dolls

Boyzone

Boyzone were a five piece boyband from Ireland. They were put together by Louis Walsh in 1993 and soon became a chart staple, churning out hit after hit until they eventually split in 2000. They later got back together and resumed touring, continuing on as a foursome after the untimely death of Stephen Gately in 2009.

Vivid Imaginations released a set of 12" lookalike dolls in 1995. If you collected three tokens from the tops of the doll boxes you could send them off, along with a £1.50 cheque or postal order to cover the postage, you could get a 'free' doll. As far as I can tell this was just sent at random from existing stock.



Boyzone Fashion Dolls

★ Ronan - box front / box back.
★ Shane - box front / box back.
★ Mike - box front / box back.
★ Steve - box front / box back.
★ Keith - box front / box back.

Boyzone Fashion Dolls



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Sunday, 29 November 2020

This Week - 29/11/2020

Become Who You Are



This week has just been super stressful. We had the interview process for the new headteacher for Maendy Primary School, plus an emergency school closure due to coronavirus - nothing helps you remain calm and professional for long virtual meetings like a five year old poking you in the ribs and hissing 'MUM' every 10 seconds - and a bunch of other meetings on various topics. The main problem is that my anxiety has been through the roof, magnifying everything into a major crisis.

I had a telephone appointment with the doctor mid-week, so they upped my medication to the maximum dose. Hopefully it will help.

We put the Christmas tree up yesterday and today I promised Marianna her elf on the shelf would be arriving. So of course I can't find it. I've turned the spare room upside down to no avail so we've had to use the 'stuck in the TV' trick and order a new one on Amazon while Santa attempts to free him... (Anthony went in every shop in town but no joy.) 

At least the school is open again tomorrow. 

On the blog I posted a guide to Yaboom's Westlife dolls, Anthony's Christmas Gift Guide, a Friday Five looking at the Shroud of Turin, and a Mini Mart review. The new Tots100 scores came out and I fell from #40 to #129. It seems symbolic of this entire week to be honest!



Deal of the Week -

50% off Gousto food box using referral link code: JESSI19856522



Song of the Week -

What The Hell - Avril Lavigne



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Saturday, 28 November 2020

Mini Mart: Karen Baby 8

karenbaby8 1/12 scale Miniatures

Supplier: KarenBaby8
Website: Etsy Store

Products:

1/12 scale miniature household goods, including packaged food, cleaning products, and Christmas decorations. They are really well made and look super realistic. Just check out the little roll of bin liners.

karenbaby8 miniatures

Post and Packing:  Starts from £1.80 within the UK. 



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Friday, 27 November 2020

Friday Five: The Shroud of Turin

Friday Five

This week I've been mostly reading about the Shroud of Turin. There was a documentary about it on Blaze which made me realise that though I'd heard of it, I didn't really know anything about it. So here we are a pile of books later with five important points to remember...



Shroud of Turin in Case

#5. What is it?

The Shroud of Turin is, well, a shroud that is kept at Turin Cathedral. It is a rectangle of fine three-to-one herringbone weave linen, measuring 4.4 by 1.1 metres - aka 8 by 2 Assyrian cubits, the measurements that would have been used in first century marketplaces. The same kind of marketplaces Joseph of Arimathea presumably bought his shroud from.

When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away.
Matthew 27:57-60 

Because the more notable thing about this shroud is that it is stained with blood and the mysteriously imprinted image of a crucified man. Perhaps, even, a very famous crucified man...



Shroud of Turin Negative

#4. Why All The Fuss?

Holy relics, while maybe not ten a penny, were certainly, er, well represented in the medieval church. As John Calvin once commented, if all the church's relics were brought together "it would be made manifest that every Apostle has more than four bodies, and every Saint two or three." Pope Clement VII himself seems to have decreed in 1390 that this shroud was not to be venerated as a relic, but could be presented as a representation of the actual holy shroud. It continued to have its supporters, even so, and Turin Cathedral held public exhibitions of it to mark notable occasions from the 16th century onwards.

What really changed the status of the Shroud of Turin was the 400th anniversary of Turin Cathedral in 1898. King Umberto I of Italy agreed to a public exhibition of the Shroud, and to Secondo Pia taking a few photographs to help publicise it. When Pia went to develop the plates he is said to have almost dropped them in shock - the negative plate revealed the full face of a man which had been all but hidden to the naked eye.

Sindonology, the scientific study of the Shroud of Turin, was born.



Image of Edessa

#3. Medieval or Not?

The history of the shroud can only be traced with any kind of certainty to 1354 when French knight Geoffroi de Charny put it on display at a Lirey church, perhaps to offer the populace hope during an outbreak of plague. From there it was entrusted to the custodianship of Humbert, Count de La Roche, whose widow - ignoring the pleas of the canons at Lirey - sold it to the Duchess of Savoy in exchange for a castle. 

The Savoys took it to various European cities before placing it in Turin Cathedral in 1578. They eventually gifted the shroud to the Holy See in 1983.

But. There is a school of thought that links the Shroud with the Image of Edessa - aka 'Mandylion' - which disappeared from Constantinople during a sacking by European crusaders in 1204. The legends of the Image claim it was originally sent to King Abgar of Edessa, via one of the disciples, after he wrote to Jesus asking for a cure. Of course, the Image is just a portrait of Jesus, while the shroud depicts the entire body.

Even that doesn't necessarily discredit the claim. The shroud was clearly kept folded for long periods of time - the triangular marks were made by melted silver burning through the folds in a 1532 church fire - and it is contended that the Image of Edessa was simply the shroud folded over so as to only show the face.



Shroud of Turin 3d Reconstruction
3D reconstruction by Prof. Giulio Fanti

#2. But Wasn't It Debunked Already?

The shroud has been subject to various bouts of scientific analysis over the years, perhaps most famously the radiocarbon dating of the linen in 1989. A swatch was taken from one corner of the shroud, from which the University of Oxford, the University of Arizona, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology concluded with 95% confidence that the material was made in the thirteenth or fourteenth century.

Believers argue, however, that the swatch taken was not representative of the entire shroud. The most convincing arguments contends that the area in question was subject to medieval 'reweaving', perhaps unraveling the cloth and splicing in dyed cotton threads for an almost invisible patch, either to restore damage or to allow people to take souvenirs from the cloth without it being obvious. Other contaminants that could have thrown off the radiocarbon date include smoke, carbon monoxide, bacteria, or the unknown energy source which potentially created the image. 

The best way to clear up the controversy would be to send swatches from various parts of the shroud for radiocarbon testing. The downsides to such a move are, well, cutting bits out of an irreplaceable relic. I guess as science advances further testing will one day become a possibility.



The Holy Shroud by Giovanni Battista Della Rovere
The Holy Shroud - Giovanni Battista della Rovere

#1. How Was The Image Made?

This is the real question and why the shroud remains such an enduring mystery. Because whether it's a genuine impression of Jesus or a medieval forgery, we still don't know how the image got onto the cloth. Science has concluded that it's not paint or dust-transfer or bas-relief or acid pigmentation. It was possibly created by a high intensity energy source or radiation - so high intensity we have so far been unable to recreate it on a full size replica.

The theory that has most intrigued me is by microbiologist Dr. Stephen Mattingly. His 2015 book, How Skin Bacteria Created the Image on the Shroud of Turin (available on Kindle Unlimited), explains how the crucifixion process could have created the perfect conditions for Staphylococcus epidermidis to create a biofilm on the skin which then transferred to the shroud. Mattingly used his own hand and face to demonstrate how it works, and the results are certainly intriguing.

Conclusive? No. But then it would no longer be a mystery, would it...



What do you think? Let me know in the comments! :)



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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Anthony's Gift Guide For Men

Anthony's Gift Guide For Men

"Never knowing what to get for the men in her life, Jessica has asked me to put together this list of top picks for the set to put a smile on the face of any man..."

(AKA the post where Anthony lays out how disappointed he is likely to be on Christmas morning!)



Christmas Gift Guide Ideas

ENTERTAINMENT

Future Perfect- Vintage Futuristic Graphics- Taschen : I've recently been getting reading some classic Doctor Who Comics from the 60's and I love the visions of the future from 60 years ago, its all flying cars, curved skyscrapers, and high walkways in pastel colours. 

Buy it here.

The Stepford Wives- Ira Levin: A Sci-Fi classic where men can literally create their perfect woman, what could possibly go wrong in this vintage staple of science fiction literature? 

Buy it here.

The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps: An Atlas not of the world as you know it, but an atlas as the world was thought to be, with made up mountain ranges, non existent islands and populations that never were. 

Buy it here.

The Complete Flash Gordon Library: On the Planet Mongo Volume 1- Alex Raymond: The collected Sunday Comic Strips that brought the pulp hero to the page back in the 1930's collected here are Flash's early adventures taken from the Planet Earth to the far reaches of Mongo into the devilish hands of Ming the Merciless. 

Buy it here.

The Hairy Bikers: Meat Feasts: What is Christmas without portions of food so large that you spend the next 12 months working them off?  Well that is what the Hairy Bikers deliver by the plateful, filled with over 120 recipes to set the mouth watering and the stomach churning furiously in hunger. 

Buy it here.

The Doctor Who Annual 2021: its one of those traditions, getting an annual at Christmas, a Beano of a Dandy or a Match of the Day. Well this year, to round off my collection, I'm recommending the 2021 Doctor Who Annual 

Buy it here.

Mel Brooks DVD Box Set: Collecting together some of the comedy great's earlier and lesser known works this box set provides a some rip roaring laughs that by this point in 2020 we could all use. 

Buy it here.

The Addams Family Complete Series DVD Box Set: See the Creepy and Kooky Addams Family in their earliest adventures featuring madcap mayhem from TV's freakiest family. 

Buy it here.

Addams Family 


Christmas Gift Guide 2020

FOOD & KITCHEN

Mucha Liga Tequila Blanco: Anything that comes served in the head of luchador is worth a look, but this may actually be the only drinkable tequila that I have ever discovered. 

Buy it here.

Berry Bros and Rudd- Good Ordinary Claret: A wonderful red wine that's both full bodied and flavourful with no notes of pretentiousness about it. 

Buy it here.

World of Zing- Mini Craft Cocktail Collection: A perfect way to beat back the holiday blues with this set of mini craft cocktails from The World of Zing 

Buy it here.

Thorntons Turkish Delight Chocolate Box: My absolute favourite chocolate, however I now no longer have a local branch of Thornton's so have to make do with ordering online. 

Buy it here.

Jack Link's Beef Jerky Selection Box: I'm pretty new to the whole jerky thing. I'm not really one for sweet snacks or crisps so when I discovered Jerky it was like a revelation to my snacking sensibilities. 

Buy it here.

Snowdonia Cheese Company- Best Sellers Selection: Lots of different cheese from one of the best cheese companies that I've ever tasted. 

Buy it here.

Tefal Blendforce Blender: A must have for any cocktail or smoothie enthusiast with a glass jug and stainless steel blades, makes blending a dream and cleaning even easier. 

Buy it here.

Pyrex Oval Pie Dish: I've been getting into baking pies this year, as meals go they're pretty easy to make and overall pretty filling. But for a good pie you need the right equipment. Pyrex is a trusted brand for cookware, and something that Jessica swears by, and if she wants me to continue with all the cooking in this house, Santa better buy me a pie dish. 

Buy it here.

VonShef Cocktail making kit: Perfect for any home bar or for getting you through a Christmas party. For making that Christmas play bearable, to help make your in laws tolerable or just to give you that final nudge to sleep after Christmas Dinner, the Von Shef Cocktail kit is perfect for any occasion. 

Buy it here.

Vonshef Cocktail Set 


Christmas Gifts For Men

CLOTHING & GROOMING

Samuel Windsor- Padstow Summer Blazer: This stylish light weight blazer is perfect for those stuffy Christmas parties, can be worn on the more formal side of things or as a smart casual ensemble. 

Buy it here.

Satin Pyjamas- There is nothing as cozy as snuggling under a blanket in a pair of these bad boys. Until lockdown kicked in I wasn't sold on the whole pyjama's during the day scene. But I'm sold. 

Buy a pair here.

Charles Tyrwhitt- Silk Scarf: Silk Scarves are an elegant way to add a dash of colour to your winter wardrobe. Working with a suit or any sort of casual winterwear. 

Buy this stylish piece here.

The Double O- James Bond Socks- By The London Sock Exchange: What sums up Christmas presents better than a pair of socks? And with these James Bond themed socks from the London Sock Exchange you can emulate the very epitome of masculine style from head to toe. 

Buy it here.

Gunn and Moore Cricket Sweater: A winter warmer in a classic British style. 

Buy it here.

Unisex Swatch MONO BLACK Watch SUOB720- A stunning piece that can bridge the gap between sport, work or formal. 

Buy it here.

House of Commons Gold and Silver Portcullis Cufflinks: I like a nice pair of cufflinks, they aren't something that men wear much anymore, but when they do, they really add a little touch of flair to any occasion. 

Buy these here.

Floris London No.89 Eau de Toilette: A floral cologne from one of the premier perfumeries of the UK. 

Buy it here.

The Ritual of Samurai Gift Set: Lets face it I could have put any bath or shower gift on this list and as long as it wasn't Lynx Africa it'd probably look ok. 

Isner Mile Beard Grooming Kit for Men: To quote the Australian band, The Beard's "if your dad doesn't have a beard, you've got two mums" But that's no reason not to take pride and care in your facial follicles.  The Isner Mile kit is one of the most comprehensive for all your beard care needs. 

Buy it here.


Isner Mile Beard Grooming Kit 



OTHER

Lock Cowboy 30-Piece Lock Picking Set: I've always fancied that I could have become a great gentleman cat burglar, a sort of raffles for the 21st century, and following an incident that left Jessica locked out in the cold lock picking is a skill that one day might come in handy in our household. It'll certainly come in handy as a party trick if I can get the hang of it. 

Buy it here 

Yes Cymru Car Sticker- Show your support for the cause here

YesCymru for Welsh Independence



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