Collins “Big Cat” Books and Atlas.

Where would we be without books? I know that personally I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for the Judy Blumes, Ann M Martins and VC Andrews of the world when I started realising just how much I loved reading and the escape that it provided me with. Books continue to provide me with other things and most importantly an education,even now as I embark on a new course at the end of the month.

We all know how important it is to start reading to kids from birth becaue it helps them to develop language/writing skills and kids associate it with comfort and love. I actually started reading to my eldest when she was in the womb as it felt like a nice thing to do and whether or not it is a coincidence, she loves picking up books now and often reads every night either to herelf,or her brother and she has a great imagination when it comes to writing stories at school.



So when we were asked to review some books by “Collins Big Cat”, she was delighted to receive 6 and a full color atlas as well as information for a website with coloring in downloads. Each pack contains 3 fiction and 3 non fiction books all for differen’t levels which will interest all readers whiuch have been used in schools but are now available on the high street. The atlas was a great help due to our recent trip to Canada and we also discussed her homework from last term which put things into perpective re the topic of countries.It’s colorful and clear which makes it easier for kids to grasp and understand as well as visualise which makes learning easy and fun. Also,by following the link,you can win a copy of each as well as a jigsaw puzzle.

From a parents perspective,  I like that they are tailored for differen’t reading levels but with activities to make it fun and we can do this all in the comfort of our own homes without it feeling like work and all of us are able to get involved. We have set aside an hour each night when the TV gets switched off and reading happens. My daughter has read all of the books to her brother and her and I have also done some reading together, She especially loved “The House in the forest”, and liked how the book was illustrated. She was also very proud of herself after going into school and telling her teacher what she learned when reading “Cloud Forest” and she was asked to speak about it to her classmates.

These books make reading fun, and they really are invaluable. My daughter would highly recommend these books, she has picked them up more than once and continues to do so and she likes telling her little brother facts that she has been reading about which as a parent , I couldn’t ask for anything more from a book.

Having the Traditional High-End Gambling Experience at Home

A few years ago, it was quite fashionable for people to host casino themed parties at their place, where card games and roulette would be the heart of entertainment. These casino parties have always been a guaranteed success, however to find a professional casino set for such an event is quite hard and these sets may be expensive as well. Also, if you are hosting such a casino party, is may be easy to lose the casino chips that come with the set. Some people go on to engage casino game rental companies to bring the casino experience home, however this also may come at an exorbitant cost!If you have been playing at a top online casino such as Magical Vegas lately, you have surely noticed the great offerings of Live Casino games from top gaming software provider NetEnt. It is now possible for you to enjoy the traditional high-end gambling experience at home whenever you want with Live Casino games, where you get to communicate with a live dealer through instantaneous streaming of a top of the art live casino studio.

If you are planning to invite your friends at your place for a casino party, the easiest way to do so is to login at Magical Vegas to play live roulette or live blackjack games with your very own personal live dealer that can make you and your friends experience the advanced features of online gambling. This will definitely give you and your guests the real-life gambling look and feeling in the comfort of your home. To organise such a party you may request your guests to bring their own laptops at your place. Next step is to head to Magical Vegas together online, where everyone can get a seat at a similar live roulette or live blackjack table. The experience of playing the same live casino game in the setting of a real casino, along with a professional dealer all for yourselves will be truly exceptional. This will definitely make your party look glamourous and fun, while bringing extra entertainment.

Now, to organise such a house casino party you may get some prior preparations such as deciding if you want it to be a blackjack or roulette night to ensure that your in-house casino party is a real success with your friends. You may ask your guests to wear elegant costumes to match with the theme, and this might be a great ice-breaker which can make the party even more interesting. You may also think about hiring an experienced bartender as this will give you some extra time to spend with your friends. You should remember that a party is also about food, so you may plan to serve dinner “buffet-style”, which is ideal for a casino party and where your guests can choose when and what they want to eat.

Music could be added to make the place merrier, while you may consider giving out small gift hampers with objects such as key-rings in the form of a casino chip, or sweets in the form of a dice to everyone at the end of the night, so that everyone is a winner! It is the little gestures that may blow your guests away, and ensure that your casino party remains memorable.

Who is investing in men’s fashion?

Once dominated by womenswear, the world of men’s fashion is now an almost level playing field; men’s fashion, it seems, is experiencing something of a renaissance and finally enjoying the heady heights of success seen in women’s styling. However, this rise isn’t without its hiccups; many of the major labels have had to seek out investors in order to keep their high street stores open, while advertising has become more competitive than ever before. Just how do men’s fashion labels survive these days? 

The rise of men’s fashion investors


The world of men’s fashion is a highly competitive one. It is no longer enough to have the best designs or to have a larger, more unique, part of the market cornered; now designers and fashion houses are expected to understand their competition inside out, to be able to advertise themselves, and to have the business acumen to carry through every idea, as well as being able to fund their plans – no wonder more and more labels are turning to investors for their money, support and guidance in order to succeed and, in some cases, to simply survive. Luckily, for small and large design houses alike, more investors than ever before are turning to the fashion market.


Succeeding in men’s fashion


Investing in fashion can be hugely rewarding, even for those who may have previously held no interest in the heady world of men’s fashion. It would seem that the potential earnings, and prestige, brought about by making an investment in the emerging world of men’s fashion is too tempting for some, and this injection of funds is sending the markets soaring; some are even referring to this period as a “menaissance” as companies flourish, designs rage, and shares shoot through the roof. This investment is bringing about a win-win situation for those working in men’s fashion as they are then provided with the business knowhow and funds to expand, work on new ideas, and advertise themselves on a whole new stage; as business tactics go, accepting the help of an investor has to be one of the smartest.


One such investor in men’s fashion is M1 Group, a Middle Eastern investment holdings firm founded by Azmi Mikati and his family. Having previously invested in air travel, telecommunications, real estate and fuel, the Mikati family chose to invest in fashion brands All Saints and Façonnable – many are heralding the group’s investments for securing the companies’ future, while those following the Mikatis’ example will surely open the fashion industry to a wider financial market and cause a positive snowballing effect. It certainly does pay to invest, and to accept investments, from outside of your comfort zone sometimes as it creates incredible opportunities and further chances for marketing yourself more widely.


Investing in men’s fashion can be incredibly lucrative for those who choose to place their money within the industry. Using your combined business acumen, the expertise of both design house and investor, and a lot of hard graft, yours is certain to be a match made in fashion and investors’ heaven.

Pontins  Southport: Health Hazard

My friends experience today…

Booked in here today and it’s absolutely disgusting. 

1. Floor filthy and full of crumbs, dirt and mess on our arrival.

2. Toilet full of faeces and stains. 

3. Shower with pubic hair

4. Pungent smell in room, found to be coming from mouldy fridge. 

5. Windows steamed up and unable to open initially.

6. Dirty underwear under bed.

7. Used condom in cupboard.

8. Swimming pool filthy and smelly 

9. Changing rooms in swimming littered with dirt, used toilet paper & sanitary items.

10. Outside area littered with rubbish, food & general mess.

11. Sofa bed in room disgusting,stained & smelly.

12. Sofa bed collapsed when my daughter sat on it. She sustained a significant head injury when she bumped it on the wall. 
I went to reception twice to complain about the dirty room & the pungent smell from the fridge and both matters were dealt with appropriately.

However, while waiting in the staff arriving, I spent 30 minutes cleaning it and £8 in cleaning materials. 

The collapsed bed was “repaired” immediately, however i waited 30 minutes in the room for a manager who failed to turn up. After seeking him out in reception, he didn’t even have the decency to apologise for not turning up to discuss my issues & was frankly unhelpful, advising that he could not refund me or move our room. He actually seemed to find the whip situation amusing. 

I expect a full refund and monetary compensation for this awful experience.  

Due to concerns for my health of my family I cannot stay here here any longer as i fear my health and the health of my family. 

Incidentally, my daughter has an auto immune disorder which makes her susceptible to infection and this makes this situation even more horrific. 

I look forward to your immediate reply.

Sainsburys Homophobic ?

I shop in Sainsburys, frequently tweet with them, bring my kids into their supermarket – we even purchased my daughters teachers end of year gift.

Today, I was browsing through Facebook and I saw this picture and headline. With so much homophobia and racism in the world, was I shocked? No , not really but more disappointed and sad that such a trustworthy and family orientated “brand”, woul make a decision such as this.

Why do you think that it’s ok to showcase magazines with headlines that stereotype women and men and our gender roles but try to “cover up”, and insinuate or shame, the gay /transgender etc, community? Do you not know that you are adding to and making it an issue by doing this and not letting people live their lives and be who they are?

Who are you to decide what is acceptable and what is not? You sold the Sun Newspaper which had a naked woman in it for the world to see. It showed women as sexual objects and you helped to contribute to an existing and continuous problem which is commercial sexual exploitation. Yet you think it’s you’re right to make a decision not to show a natural, normal, magazine because you think it may offend? 

I think I’ll be shopping elsewhere and I’d like to say how proud I am that places such as WH Smith, have displayed these magazines as they should be and without question. 

I think we should go into our local stores and see if all have covered up Attitude magazine,take pictures and boycott! 

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