Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Happy New Year to all our readers


Happy New Year to our readers and to everyone who has helped us to help keep That's Christmas bringing news and stories to the world.

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

You can be over the drink drive limit. Without drinking

Can you ‘eat yourself’ over the drink-drive limit?

It appears that the answer is yes.

Because a special experiment by  CarTakeBack.com found that drivers can you be tipped over the limit by boozy food, if you’ve had just one standard glass of wine!

A spokesman said: "We tipped ourselves over the UK drink-driving limit with a full Christmas meal consisting of entirely supermarket-bought food.

Watch what happened here: https://www.cartakeback.com/blog/in-the-know/christmas-food-shock-cartakeback-finds-you-can-eat-yourself-over-the-drink-drive-limit

Rebecca Ashton, IAM RoadSmart Head of Driver Behaviour, said: “When enjoying a Christmas lunch, remember the alcohol content within your delicious meal.  The brandy within that slice of Christmas cake along with everything else could just put you over the limit. Food containing alcohol needs to be carefully considered if you are planning to get behind the wheel. Ultimately, there is no safe level of alcohol in the blood if you intend to drive.

"The simplest message is none for the road. Plan your night out so you can enjoy yourself and not have any stress about the journey home by pre-booking a taxi. If you have consumed a large amount of alcohol remember you could still be over the limit in the morning so arrange your day carefully.”

Rebecca Currier, spokesperson for CarTakeBack.com, said: “Following our shock survey that found 1 in 5 think it’s OK to drink-drive if they feel unaffected, we wanted to raise awareness about unknowingly drink-driving this Christmas. Most people think all the alcohol is burned off during cooking, but we found that’s clearly not the case. Stay safe over the festive period and pay attention to what you’re eating and drinking before you get behind the wheel.”

Monday, 16 December 2019

Countryfile Live Gift

There's a great gift for the country lover in your life.

Book them a Countryfile Live Festival ticket and they'll receive a fantastic BBC Countryfile Live festive gift wallet, plus the tickets for one of the events next year.

There are two events,  one in Castle Howard, York and the other in Windsor Great Park in August 2020)

To learn more and to make a booking please visit https://www.countryfilelive.com/.



Sunday, 15 December 2019

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Saturday, 14 December 2019

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

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Monday, 9 December 2019

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Foodie Heaven Christmas gift

You can book your foodies on to a New Wild Food Online Cooking Courses from Miles Irving, Forager for The World’s Top Chefs, on Learning with Experts.

Learning with Experts is embracing an anti-consumerism, and ‘back to nature’ sentiment this Christmas, by launching online courses with the world’s top forager and authority on wild foods, Miles Irving. These online courses make the perfect gift for foodies and aspiring chefs and can be gifted from today onward.

Irving has worked with some of the world’s top chefs and restaurants. These include Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck, Rene Redzepi, Magnus Nilsson and the Hix restaurants. He is a pioneer in the Wild Food Renaissance and has extensive knowledge of the unique flavours and stories of wild foods. Irving is also an internationally acclaimed public speaker and the author of ‘The Forager Handbook’ - hailed by many as ‘the forager’s bible’.

Learning with Experts has launched two new online courses taught by Irving. You can gift these courses today for Christmas gifts, and the classes start from March 2020 onwards.

A course at the ‘Expert’ level costs £109, and you will get feedback on your cooking and foraging from Miles and his team.

Foodies will watch videos, chat to classmates, discuss topics with Miles, and get feedback on your assignments (submitted with text, video and photos). For £29 you can still follow the course curriculum, with videos, notes, and compare notes with classmates too as you go through.

Elspeth Briscoe, Learning with Experts CEO, explains: “You’re taught in the Learning with Experts online classroom, with 20 other students. In your online class you’ll watch videos where Miles takes you on a journey of delights of wild foods and foraging.

"During the lessons Irving shares secrets of how top chefs are starting to cook with wild and foraged food, and the tastes and recipes they’re trying. He then sets you assignments for both cooking and foraging, based on what you’ve learnt during your lessons. If you choose the expert version of the course, Miles and his team will personally mark your assignments and give you feedback in the online classroom. A unique opportunity to be taught by a world expert in wild food and foraging, wherever you are in the world. We’re already seeing people gift these courses to their food loving relatives, as well as enthusiasts, aspiring and professional chefs signing up to these courses.”

During the first course, ‘Foraging’ Miles celebrates new yet ancient flavours, rediscovering the nutritional properties of wild plants and reconnecting with the land. Irving explains: “This vital link means we thrive, eating well and working with the wild ecology of places”. The course has four lessons in it with clear learning outcomes for each lesson.

Whilst examples used in this course are in Miles’s own food web, a habitat which happens to be in the UK, the principles of this course apply to foraging all over the world. You are encouraged to share your own environments and discussion on wild foods throughout the course, wherever you’re located.

During the second course, ‘Cooking with wild food’, Miles has teamed up with some of his favourite chefs and together they take you through the journey of foraging, cooking and tasting the following wild foods: Stalks and stems, Wild aromatics, Seaweed and Edible flowers

CEO Elspeth Briscoe continued: “The Learning with Experts campaign ‘Gift Learning Not Clutter’ is attracting attention this Christmas, especially for those who value education and experiential gifts over and above the over indulgence of collecting more goods or possessions that many people really don’t need. Miles Irving is known as a pioneer in the chef’s community, and we’re excited to be able to bring his expertise to a global audience through these online courses.”

www.learningwithexperts.com.

This is a video of a presentation by Miles:-

Sunday, 8 December 2019

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Talking Bing the Rabbit and Talking Sula

Bing the little bunny rabbit is a sure fire hit with young children when they see the little chap on BBC TV's CBeebies channel.

Bing is a smartly dressed pre-school bunny rabbit who gets into all sorts of adventures as he learns about the world around him.

And now parents, grandparents, older brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles can really please the little ones this Christmas, because they can buy them their very own talking Bing bunny rabbit.

This cute and cuddly Talking Bing Soft Toy is perfect for hugs as it’s made from super-soft textured fabric.  Talking Bing has over 15 fun phrases to delight and entertain fans such as  ‘Hi, I’m Bing! What’s your name?’  Simply press Bing’s button to hear him talk and giggle.  Bingsters will love to re-create their favourite Bing stories, listen to Bing talk and interact with him.

Bing is available from good toy retailers and from on line retailers, too for about £16.00, RRP.

And you can also buy his cute little friend, Talking Sula, for about the same price, too. She also appears on the programmes with Bing.

It's been noticed that some boys tend to prefer Bing and that some girls tend to prefer Sula.

So, why not buy Bing and Sula at the same time?

Bing and Sula are made by a British company called Golden Bear.

Golden Bear point out where you can buy them and their other products from here:- https://www.goldenbeartoys.com/pages/retailers.

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Nibble your way to a happy Christmas with Nibble Protein Bites

If you like Nibble Protein Bites, you'll absolutely adore their new Nibble Protein Bites seasonal Gingerbread bites.

It's based on a traditional recipe from Sweden and will help you get into the Christmas spirit, but they are more healthy than some other available snacks.

Sprinkled with chopped almonds they are lower in sugar (there's under 1 gram of sugar per nibble, so are a guilt-free treat.

There's a special blend of spices, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Sugar is also included, but 30% less than other standard natural protein bars or balls.

There's 21% protein and less than 100 calories per bag, so they'll make an ideal stocking filler for the people who you are about.

They are made from a whole host of delicious and vital ingredients, including dried plum puree, slow digesting pea protein, spices and almonds.

They are free of gluten and are vegan friendly and cost £1.49 per pack. You can buy them from www.nibbleprotein.co.uk, from independent retailers and Amazon. Other flavours are available.

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Interplay games wins awards

Interplay's new Fuzzi Street range and Orangutwang game have each won a Made for Mums Toy Award!

Fuzzi Street won the Gold award in the prestigious Best Art/Craft Toy category. The range encourages children to decorate their very own Ice Cream Parlour, Pizzeria and Post Office, and each play set comes with a brand new fuzzikin animal to colour in. Like all Fuzzikins they are washable, so each set offers hours of creative fun!

Meanwhile Orangutwang, recently launched as part of the new Interplay Games range, won Silver in the Best Board Game for 3 Years + Category!

Already a hit in the USA, Orangutwang involves hanging fruit and jungle friends on the orangutan, but watch out! Once he's holding too much he'll spring up and send the fruit and friends flying... you just never know when!

Made for Mums Toy Awards

MadeForMums is the UK’s number 1 site for parenting product reviews, with an outstanding reputation for expert, honest review content, so a MadeForMums Toy Award is recognised by parents and retailers – and the national press – as a sign of a toy’s outstanding quality and play potential.

The winners were announced after 8 weeks of home-testing with more than 500 child and parent judges, several judging days involving influencer family judges with a combined YouTube following of 600,000, plus the wisdom of toy industry experts.

To learn about their amazing range of toys and games and to order them, please visit https://interplayuk.com/collections/interplay-games.

Winter Wonderland Set to Return To Manchester This Christmas

The UK’s biggest Christmas indoor Winter Wonderland, will return to Manchester on 6th December.

Following last year’s hugely successful event which saw over 85,000 people visit the Christmas festivities, Santa’s little helpers have worked with the event organisers to launch this year’s Winter Wonderland, promising it to be the best yet!

Winter Wonderland 2019 will see five amazing festive attractions including: A massive real ice rink, a wondrous Christmas circus, an incredible panto, a vast indoor funfair and of course, Santa Claus, too!

As well as all these attractions there will be plenty of food and drink available, catering for a wide range of requirements including vegan, vegetarian, gluten and lactose free options. Refreshments will also be available to get visitors into the festive spirit.

For parents of young children, there will be plenty of space to park any prams as well as a quiet breastfeeding area and baby changing facilities throughout the venue

Winter Funland event director, Andy Windmill, said: “Last years event was a phenomenal success and this year promises to be bigger, brighter and full of even more festive fun. We have pulled out all of the stops to ease queues for Santa, quicker service for food and of course, brought in even more exciting funfair rides.”

Families who have children who are on the Autism Spectrum will be pleased to learn the organisers have created a  special autism-friendly sensory experience as part of the Winter Funland which will be available exclusively for autistic children and their family to enjoy on Monday 9th December.

The Winter Funland will be closed to the general public on that day and transformed, making it a welcoming and exciting space for young people affected by autism. Not only will there will be fewer crowds around, but the volume of the attractions will be lowered, the lighting and flickering lights reduced and a special space to chill out if any aspect gets too overwhelming will also be available.

Last year’s event gave over £100,000 worth of tickets to local charities & underprivileged families and they'll do the same again in 2019!

Winter Funland is taking place at EventCity, opposite intu Trafford Centre and there are over 3,000 free car parking spaces. 

The doors will officially open to the public on 6th December and will remain open until 4th January 2020 with tickets available right now,

All-inclusive admission tickets are £23.50 per person and under 3’s go FREE. Fastpass tickets to visit Father Christmas at Santa’s Ghrotto are also available from the website here www.winterfunland.com.

This Christmas the mischievous Elves Behavin’ Badly are back and naughtier than ever

Pick up your Elves Behavin’ Badly this December and have some fun!

The countdown to Christmas is now well underway. It’s time to think about decorating the Christmas tree, hanging the mistletoe and decorating the house.

But! There’s just one (or rather several) small things that you simply must do in order to get in the true Christmas spirit, pick up the striped legs of a pair of elves from the Elves Behavin’ Badly gang and get mischievous!

This December the iconic elves are back and they’re behavin’ even more disgracefully than ever before!. Dismissed from Elftoria and given their P45s, they are looking for revenge.

In light of this the team behind Elves Behavin’ Badly, PMS International, are making a public call to tell people ‘Don’t Bring Your Elves to Work…but they might just invite themselves!’ That’s right, this very naughty pair of elves are hoping consumers will purchase them to help Elfie and Elvie, the troublesome pair at the centre of the chaos, cause mayhem in workplaces and homes all over the UK.

This year the elves aren’t alone in their mischief, Joey Essex is getting a slice of the naughty and ‘salty’ Christmas action. In a mischievous film, Joey is seen falling victim to the elves’ pranks, and now wants consumers all over the UK to pick some up and play some pranks of their own. From leaving an elf poking out of the drawer of your colleague’s desk, to putting the elves in a risqué position as your mates come over for dinner - get creative, get naughty and have some fun, after all, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

It seems that this Christmas it’s not all about making the nice list, the naughty list is double the trouble and double the fun. These cheeky characters make the perfect secret Santa gift, stocking filler or even for yourself. Look out for the red and white striped legs of Elfie and Elvie in most major retailers and online from November where they’re looking to cause pre-Christmas pandemonium.

There is an exciting range of products with the Elves having an RRP of around £3.99 and accessories starting at RRP of £1.00. The huge range of accessories includes a sleigh, dress-up outfits for the dolls and a fake CCTV camera which appears to spy on the kids and report back to Santa.

Keep an eye on social media too for hilarious footage of Joey and the elves as well as a series of daily December dares prompting pranks and chaos!

For more information visit: https://www.elvesbehavinbadly.com.

Their social media tags are:-

@Elvesbehavinbadly

#NoElfControl

Elves Behavin’ Badly is owned by PMS International, the UK's leading manufacturer, importer and distributor of a wide range of consumer products; including Plush Toys, Dolls and Christmas Decorations. Elves Behavin’ Badly has grown considerably over the past few years and what started out as a bit of fun has now become a nationwide Christmas ritual. Since bursting onto the scene, parents all over the country have started experiencing the fun to be had with Elves Behavin’ Badly - the brand has become popular with adults and children alike.

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Sunday, 1 December 2019

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