Saturday, 2 September 2017

Sunday, 16 July 2017

That's Books and Entertainment: Zed and Dez 005 Secret Service Agents

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Sunday, 2 July 2017

That's Books and Entertainment: It's Not All Rosey

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Mathmos Neo. The latest word in lava lamps

Stress and mental health issues are written about and published throughout the world.

Each one mentioning the value of relaxation and the importance of a good night's sleep. Anyone who has actually tried to make themselves go to sleep and relax will be aware that it is not an easy accomplishment.

However, have been producing a possible solution to stress and insomnia for over 50 years.

In the preceding half century there have been many fashions and fads that have gone into history never to be repeated. There have been many opportunities for innovation and design, have kept themselves at the cutting edge of lighting by using the services of top designers and deploying innovative ideas.

The lava lamp was invented by Founder Edward Craven Walker back in 1963 and has been modified and developed to keep pace with the changing needs and expectations of today's generation. have created one of the best ways to relax by using distraction and have become living proof that some of the best things in life originate in the United Kingdom. In today's noisy world it is good to learn that something silent and safe can be obtained for a reasonable price and has the potential to enhance the life of everyone from children to great grandparents.  One such creation has held our researchers and writers in awe.

Neo is designed by lighting designer Jonathan Coles Studio and is the only lava lamp in the world that has been completely tested and verified for customers of all ages. Every detail has been designed
with safety and quality in mind.

Neo is made from precision cast metal and is low voltage; powered by long lasting halogen capsules for extended use. Its internal diffuser ensures that the heat and light are directed into the bottle ensuring the best view of Mathmos’ unique lava lamp formulation. The shatterproof bottle is made in Britain and filled in the Mathmos’ factory in Pool,e Dorset.

Within half an hour of the Neo sending up its Lava  it created a relaxing and unique ambience, safe in the knowledge that it was securely fixed, stable and safe without the risk of a burn we all relaxed and enjoyed the experience so much we dozed off. The Neo is safe for kids, the elderly and pets when it is secured and the simple instructions are followed.

Please visit to learn more.

The Simplex handmade tea kettle

It has been said that nostalgia has no place in the present and certainly there is no future in it!

How wrong this is!

We made this discovery when we took delivery of a Simplex Tea kettle made to the exact specifications and pattern as they were in 1903

The Simplex  Tea Kettle It is truly a work of art in every way, it is beautiful to look at and to hear. It has a sweet sounding gentle whistle that alerts when the water has boiled. inside the spout there is a rattle that will transport anyone back to the days of childhood when all high quality kettles had this touch.of mystery. Simplex Tea Kettles are individually hand made in Birmingham each one is unique and of outstanding quality and design.

Any one with a love of nostalgia will appreciate the Newey and Bloomer Buckingham No 1 kettle made of polished copper with brass trimmings and a tin lining inside. These solid copper kettles have
travelled all around the world and have gained a tremendous reputation for quality and expertise.

Newey and Bloomer was founded back in 1850 and have produced all kinds of objects. Some of the original barbershop fittings and bar tops can still be seen in their original positions and still in use today. The craft and skill is vibrantly displayed and demonstrated in Birmingham by a family owned firm that is passionate about quality and outstanding customer service.

The Simplex  Tea kettles come in an assortment of designs and finishes but all have a hand turned beechwood handle and a special whistle through the lid that makes for added safety. The Buckingham range all have coil bases and come in a choice of natural copper, silver plated or chrome plated.  The chrome plated kettle is outstanding  with a shiny sparking appearance which will grace a modern or futuristic style kitchen for many years to come.

The natural copper finish arrives bright and shines with a warm glow.  It does dull over time and will require polishing from time to time.  The natural copper finish has got the edge for anyone with a country style kitchen or a love of anything vintage.

Newey and Bloomer have developed the ordinary into a work of art that is timeless and absolutely stunning. Birmingham is once again on the map for outstanding craftsmanship.

Great care is taken in the presentation of. The Newey and Bloomer Simplex Tea Kettles, each one arrives beautifully packed in a cotton bag with the unique number of the kettle on the warranty card. The date of manufacture is stamped on the spout and each kettle has its own identification number that can be registered to validate the warranty.  Customer service is second to none at Newey and Bloomer.

For something made to exact specifications and  so aesthetically pleasing the price is extremely reasonable and worth the initial outlay.  Water boiled in a Simplex Tea Kettle tastes far superior to water boiled in plastic or aluminium kettles.

Good quality tea tastes outstanding and coffee truly refreshing. The Simplex tea kettle does everything Newey and Bloomer say it does and is absolutely 'quintessentially English'.

To learn more about this amazing kettle please visit

Monday, 24 April 2017

Winter's Leap

In Winter's Leap, a book by Timothy Raine, with some charming illustrations by Haleema Karim, we meet Tommy.

Tommy has a mild form of cerebral palsy and the reader is given the opportunity to take a peek into Tommy's life and the problems and trials that he finds himself having to face and to deal with.

Winter's Leap takes a snapshot of his life on one significant day, Christmas Day.

He explores what Christmas means to him and also he contemplates the meaning of "family."

The tale that Timothy Raine weaves is a naturalistic one as it sees glimpses of human frailty, sadness and joy as we see what life means for Tommy.

It is an important and compelling book as not only does it make a good read it also looks at important concepts such as joy, identity and empathy.

It's a story with some sadness, yet also hope, too. It will make people think, which is all to the good.

It's ideal for everyone from young teenagers to adults it is published by The Book Guild at £6.99 and can be bought at the that's Books Bookshop which you will find here:-

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Mathmos Lava Lamps. Original and best for 54 years.

Britain has seen enormous changes in the last 54 years especially in technology and fashion.

Many have said that quality has been lost and that British manufacturing is not what it used to be.

However British firm has proven that things only get better over time. Everyone has experienced that moment when a youngster says "what was it like when you were my age?"

It is often difficult to explain but thankfully has solved that for us too. When asked we can now say "'I'll show you!"

If you were around in the '60s and '70s  you will know what a Lava Lamp is but there are not many millennials that do!

There is always someone ready to copy a great idea and the original Lava Lamps have been copied but never beaten in their unique British design. Mathmos Lava Lamps are as good if not better than when Mr. Edward Craven-Walker made the first one in 1963, under the Crestworth brand, latterly changed to Mathmos.

Mathmos have been producing to the same quality in Britain ever since 1963 using the unique formula that keeps the lamps clear, bright and absolutely captivating.

The swinging sixties was a time of mystery and legend to today's youngsters. The '70s were colourful, vibrant years and defiantly an amazing experience.

The Mathmos Astro says the 1960s all over again, it was designed in 1963 and 54 years later spare parts and replacement bottles are available from The Astro Baby lamp is slightly slimmer and has remained in popular demand. The Telstar design was inspired by the space race fever of the 1960s.

The Telstar is an absolute design classic. The legs are made of Zinc and are polished to an incredible shine together with the bottle cover on the top it looks as though it is ready to launch into space!

After turning the lamp on and allowing it to warm up, it has the ability to convince an observer that they have indeed been launched into some mysterious environment. Bubbles gyrate, twist and turn as they rise upwards defying gravity and gently slide downwards in a truly mesmerising display of fluidity.

Nothing can equal the clarity, colours and especially the wide range of designs that have on offer. No matter what design is chosen each part of it is individually inspected and tested here in the United Kingdom.

Replacement parts can be obtained from for Crestworth lamps purchased from
the 1960s. are based in Poole and are able to produce individual designed lamps to a customers specifications. Mathmos Monster Lava Lamps are becoming very popular for individuals and companies that wish to maintain their individuality and remain loyal to British engineering and manufacturing. have Lava Lamps that are powered by Tea Lights.

They even some specially commissioned lamps taller than a human.

That in itself should be enough to convince youngsters that Britain was 'Great' before their time and will continue to be Great into the future.

Take a look at, they are out of this world!  Launched in a Telstar!