Monthly Archives: September 2017

Must-Have Winter Warmers

Whether you like it or not it’s only a matter of time until the nights draw in earlier and it gets even colder… Fight those post-holiday blues and get yourself set up for a cosy winter with this list of must-haves that are guaranteed to keep you nice and snug on those unbearable winter nights!

So, you’ve battled the traffic and the driving rain during your trip home from work or school and you just want to get all cosy and forget about all of the day’s shenanigans. Whack the heating up high and chow down on your favourite soup out of this HUGE Heinz mug and spoon!

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This Heinz Tomato Soup Giant Mug and Spoon – £13.50 accommodates the perfect amount of soup to give you the ultimate warm and fuzzy feeling! It also makes a pretty cool Christmas gift too!

Now you’re full of warm soupy goodness, you just need some ambience to make you feel that little bit cosier!

Take a look at these delightful Donut Tea Lights – £12.99 from Firebox.com – they really do look good enough to eat…

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Now that the candles are lit and the heating is turned up, it’s time to change into something a bit warmer just to ensure ultimate cosiness. It’s common knowledge that slippers, comfy loungewear pants, and a snug dressing gown are a must-have! Check out this awesome

It’s common knowledge that slippers, comfy loungewear pants, and a snug dressing gown are a must-have!

Check out this awesome Guardian of the Galaxy Groot Dressing Gown – £31.95 and these super cute Pusheen Plush Mule Slippers – £24.99.

What has Pusheen the Cat got to do with Groot, you say? Well aside from Cats liking trees, absolutely nothing, but we think you’ll agree that both of these premium products are sure to keep you snug as a bug in a rug!

Okay, so you’re all set for your wonderfully lazy evening, totally forgetting that you’ve already watched that last episode on Netflix and you’re going to have to wait at least a year for the next season, what a disgrace!

Well don’t fret, we’ve scoured the internet and found this gem that is sure to keep you occupied. This Game of Thrones Monopoly Board – £34.99 allows you to trade, buy and sell your way to the Iron Throne. This epic take on the traditional Monopoly is guaranteed to get all fanatics of the astounding Game of Thrones intrigued! After all, winter is coming…

So, there you have it, a super quick guide that will have you or a loved one all set for the ultimate cosy winter season!

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Who Is Winning The Comic Book War?

The recent movie based on the Wonder Woman tale, starring Gal Gadot, has been extremely successful. As of 4 September 2017, it was the fifth highest-grossing superhero film in North America with $409.1m (£312.4m) in takings at the US box office, surpassed only by The Avengers ($623m), The Dark Knight ($534m), Avengers: Age of Ultron ($459) and The Dark Knight Rises ($448m).

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The Dark Knight films, which are part of the Batman franchise, demonstrate the enduring popularity of this dual-personality, crime-fighting superstar. According to Forbes, Time Warner/Warner Bros was triumphant in the battle of the summer box office, with a winning streak that could continue until the end of the year.

As The Avengers is part of Marvel Universe, the list of top-grossing superhero films indicates that Marvel is enjoying cinematic success to rival or even trump that of DC. Both comic book companies are around the same age and their rivalry goes back many decades.

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Marvel Comics was established in the US in 1939. Founded in New York City, the publishing house is still based there today. Some of the comic book world’s best-loved creations come from Marvel, including Spider-Man, Hulk and Iron Man. These have all been translated into characters that feature in big-budget Hollywood movies.

Preceding Marvel, DC Comics was established in 1934 in Burbank, California. Now part of the Warner Bros and Time Warner empire, DC is home to some of the world’s most iconic superheroes, such as Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

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A report on the comic book industry suggests that Marvel is the dominant force when it comes to movies; however, it also suggests that all is not well within the editorial division. Fans are apparently unhappy that Marvel has made decisions to replace revered characters with younger figures. The company has made other moves that fans are not thrilled about, such as changing Captain America’s role and making him a Hydra agent.

Marvel Studios falls within the remit of the powerful Disney Studios. While this studio can provide massive support for the right projects, disputes with rival studio Fox – which lays claim to the Fantastic Four and X-Men – mean that Disney is allegedly putting its energy into its own exclusive projects.

There is grumbling from the Marvel editorial team, which says it is underpaid and overworked and that fans do not want the changes that executives are imposing. While Marvel is doing well in cinemas, alienating long-time fans will erode this success over time.

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Meanwhile, DC embarked on a ‘rebirth’ just over a year ago, which has been acclaimed for reinvigorating some of its classic superheroes. Popular characters have made a return, loose ends have been dealt with, and the fans have indicated their appreciation. By giving established characters new and compelling stories, DC is paving the way for more cinematic blockbusters in the future. DC movies also has the backing of the giant Warner Bros behemoth; therefore, it will be an interesting fight to see who is on the top in a few years’ time.

Start Your Christmas Shopping Early With These Great Gift Ideas

Christmas might seem like a distant speck on the horizon, but it’s never too early to start finding the perfect gifts for family, friends or colleagues. Choosing wisely now means there’s no last-minute panic buying of presents nobody really wants. Here are some great gift ideas to put on your shopping list.

Paddington Bear Plush Toy

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With a new Paddington Bear film set for release this November, kids will be craving all things Paddington this Christmas. A plush toy Paddington Bear that talks will go down a particular treat this Yuletide, and will be adored by kids of all ages.

Virtual Reality Headset

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Gadget gifts always go down well, but if you’re looking for one gadget that’s sure to top anyone’s wish list, it’s a virtual reality headset. VR technology is bang on trend at the moment, and the Polaroid virtual reality headset, for use with smartphones, is one item that will get a resounding thumbs up.

Desk Pad

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Buying gifts for colleagues can be tricky. Practical items are useful, but injecting a sense of fun or interest means gifts don’t stray into the boring category. Desk pads are a good bet, but why not go for a vintage Ladybird desk pad to add a sense of nostalgia when making notes or writing down ideas?

Fun Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Do you need to buy gifts for any foodie friends who have a great sense of humour? If so, Despicable Me 3 salt and pepper shakers are just the job. Incredibly practical, they also feature loveable Minion characters that are sure to make meal times a real delight.

Knitted Beanie Hat

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When it’s cold outside this Christmas, friends or family will always greatly receive the gift of a hat. For those with a penchant for whisky, a Jack Daniel’s knitted beanie hat is sure to bring a smile to the face and warmth to the head.

Unicorn Necklace

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If you weren’t already aware, unicorns are the latest love for all little girls. You’ll melt the heart of any young lady this Christmas by giving a unicorn themed gift. In particular, a sterling silver unicorn pendant necklace will become a much-treasured present.

Star Wars

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The popularity of Star Wars knows no limits, so for young or old enthusiasts alike, there are plenty of themed gifts to choose from this Christmas. If you’re looking for something practical, a Star Wars bag, watch or t-shirt will always please, but Star Wars earrings, necklaces or cuff links will also gain approval from any fan.

Colourful Tie

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Do you have a work mate who likes to wear loud colours? Ditch the drab presents this Christmas and give them something that will brighten up the office. A retro rainbow skinny tie will tick all the right boxes.

Photo String Lights

 

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Looking for an original gift that stands out from the crowd? If so, turn your attention to Polaroid string lights. This brilliant gift lets you add 10 photos to light up pegs, with the option of including your own message. Ideal for friends, family or colleagues, this gift offers the personal touch and will look eye-catching strung up in any home.

The Rise of the Subscription Box

What could be better than getting a box full of epic goodies delivered to your door every month as a treat from you to you?! There’s no denying that subscription boxes have really taken off, with various types available from every corner of the internet! From self-help & beauty, film & TV merchandise and even gardening, there is literally a box to suit everyone out there… Continue reading The Rise of the Subscription Box