Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos

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I had been wanting to read Dangerous ever since I first heard about it, unfortunately however it got pulled after I preordered it and I didn’t get my pre-order back in for the second wave.

I did, however, get my hands on the Audiobook so I got to listen to hours of Milo! I actually think that this added something to the book because he’s just so easy to listen to and I could listen to it on the way to and from work.

Now, I know, I know – a lot of people don’t like Milo, so I know this is going to be a controversial book to talk about. I suggest that you give this book a chance, I mean, everyone is entitled to have opinions on things and that’s what this book is basically about – the freedom to express opinions – freedom of speech.

I personally quite like Milo, that’s not to say I agree with everything he says. Of course I don’t, but that’s the thing about Milo, you don’t have to agree with him, he doesn’t want everybody to agree with him. However he’s a provocative person who in my opinion talks a lot of sense and regardless of whether we agree with him or not he’s an important figure in today’s society because he is the embodiment of free speech, he’s not afraid to get out there and say things that will get attention – whether that attention is good or bad.

And that’s how it should be! When did we forget that opposing views were entertaining? When did we stop debating each other and learning from each other? This is healthy and it’s how society works. There is nothing healthy about surrounding yourself with people who hold your opinion and only your opinion. It’s a ridiculous notion that we can make society into one big fluffy safe space and it’s not a world I want to live in.

This isn’t the smallest of books so understandably it covers quite a lot. Despite the book being very well structured in terms of sectioning out the subjects – he does mention his love of Black Men quite often, which is to be expected I mean, it’s Milo – but I think there’s a reason for it. I mean, on the one hand it’s a humorous way to break up some heavy subjects, and on the other hand if you had been called a Nazi you’d also probably want to point out that you’re a Gay Jew-Catholic who loves Black…men. (let’s try to keep it at least somewhat PC huh?)

Throughout the book Milo presents his points on each section such as The Alt-Right and Feminism clearly and concisely whilst exploring the subject in depth. It’s basically like listening to (or reading) one of his talks. You’re going to want an open mind for it, and maybe he’ll surprise you. It’s refreshing to say the least hearing someone talk so honestly about what they think in a day in age where you can be arrested for a tweet.

I don’t want to go in to all the different subjects and my thoughts on them really, because, this isn’t a political blog it’s a book blog and also I’d actually like people to read this book. It would be nice to hear some opinions on it, and if you’d like to discuss it, you’re welcome to get in touch. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think a lot of other people will as well.

In short, be offensive, get offended and laugh at everything. It’s healthy.

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Wedding Review!

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Ok, I’m going to put the whole of the reviews for the wedding down in one day, because I get that not everybody wants to hear about it, and don’t worry! I’m not doing a full, blow by blow description of the whole thing. If you want to know things you’re welcome to ask me in the comments, twitter or facebook but I just wanted to review some key parts which I was really super happy with and really made my day.

So I’ll be covering the following;

The Venues – Kenwood Hall Hotel & Abbeydale Sports Club

The Dress – Celebrating Curves Bridal

The Flowers – PaperDoll

The Cake – Cake and Caboodle

Thank you to all of my readers for being so understanding while the reviews haven’t been flowing. Planning a wedding just seems to soak up all of your spare time.

The Venues

Kenwood

Our day time venue was Kenwood Hall Hotel, which is located in Netheredge, Sheffield. The tree lined streets really set the scene as you approach the Hotel and we chose to have our ceremony in The Terrace Room which overlooks the gardens.

It’s a beautiful room with wide door ways and a high ceiling which is decorated and lots of windows for natural light. The only problem we really had, which wasn’t a big one, was that there are a lot of mirrors in the room so it can be a struggle in terms of Photography not to get reflections.

The Gardens are a beautiful place for Wedding Photos and we had some done of just the two of us around the lake which were just wonderful.

The staff at Kenwood Hall are brilliant, they didn’t actually offer an Afternoon Tea on the literature but I asked for it and that’s what we got. They also prepared a wonderful vegan option for my sister which looked really nice although I was too busy tucking in to my smoked salmon and cakes to bother about how hers tasted! We were really well looked after throughout the whole day and we really enjoyed ourselves. I would absolutely recommend it for Weddings.

Kenwood Hall Hotel Site

Abbeydale

Our night time venue was the Abbeydale Sports Club which came to £955 for the room and food for 100 guests. The staff were fantastic, they helped us get the room set up and they were really pleasant throughout the evening. Ours was a pretty simple set up as we decorated it ourselves between the daytime and the evening events but if you wanted it more dressed up it would be easily done. We actually didn’t have 100 turn up but the room can hold £120 and there was plenty of space for the kids to run around – and if anybody had wanted to, plenty of room to dance. The venue allowed our Cake provider to come early and set up the cake for us too with no issues about what time they could come which just made it really stress free. I would really recommend them for any celebration.
Call: 0114 236 7011

Both of the venues have disabled access.

Celebrating Curves Bridal

Curves Mission

The Dress, now the dress came from the first Bridal Shop I visited and I wasn’t 100% sure at first that I should go for the first one I liked but I did love it so that was that – nice and simple. I had tried on seven dresses and none of them had the wow factor for me. Each time I came out of the changing room my mum said “that’s nice” and I said “but”.. then Jane suggested a dress we had over looked. It was nothing like I expected to choose, no sleeves, sparkly.. I said “Well I’ll try it on but I don’t like it”. I felt, like a princess in that dress. When I walked out of the changing room my Mum burst into tears. So that was the dress.

Jane is a wonderfully welcoming person and her shop is fantastic! Sparkles everywhere and she doesn’t rush you. Celebrating Curves is a plus size bridal shop, but you don’t have to be plus size to go there. I actually lost a lot of weight since my first appointment to the day I got married and she has had small size customers come to her. The best thing about Celebrating Curves is that no matter what your body type is, you’re going to be able to try on the dresses (if you’re too small she has clamps!), Jane will not rush you to make a descision at all and is more than happy to let you try one on twice if you’re unsure. She also serves tea and biscuits!

Everything about my dress shopping experience was perfect and not only did I get my dress and veil from her, I also got my jewellery from her.

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Celebrating Curves Bridal (Facebook)

The Flowers

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My flowers, the battle of the flowers for weddings is really not something which interests me. I had already seen my friend’s bridesmaid flowers which were artificial and I was thinking “do I really need real flowers?” So for £200 I had all of my wedding flowers handmade by the wonderful Becca at PaperDoll. They were perfect, exactly what I wanted and as long as they didn’t get wet there was nothing to go wrong. I love my bouquet, and it’s a lasting souvenir of the day.

If real flowers aren’t a massively big deal for you, go for paper, it’s so pretty and looks awesome.

Bouquet

Paper Doll Boutique UK (Facebook)

The Cake

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I found a new favourite bakery in my hunt for a Wedding Cake. So many places want to charge the earth. I was actually quoted £500 for a plain white two tier sponge cake.

Then I found Cake and Caboodle, I will admit, I lied. I said I was looking for a birthday cake because I was so sick of such huge price tags. Anyway, needless to say, they worked it out and set up the perfect wedding cake for me. It was a beautiful four tierheart shaped sponge cake, complete with sugared violets and purple ribbon. In the mean time I ordered some birthday cakes and I have never been disappointed with them. The prices are more than fair, my wedding cake was £200 as they wanted to build their wedding cake portfolio and everybody got a proper slice of cake. (by that I mean, not the little 2 inch pieces you usually get given at weddings)

wedding cake

Cake and Caboodle (Facebook)

My Day was absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t swap any of these things, I was so happy with it all and I would recommend all of these suppliers!

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The Faculty (1998) Movie Review

Halloween

 

Happy Halloween! It’s that wonderful time of year once again where ghouls and goblins are at large, the air is fresh and the leaves are crisp. I am aware I’ve been gone for some time, there will be reviews to follow explaining my absence but in the meantime.. here is my Halloween Special.. The Faculty…

 

The Faculty

This Halloween I wanted to do a little time travel, so we’re back in the good old 90’s!

So we’re talking about The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring some familiar faces such as Elijah Wood, Josh Harnett, Usher, Clea DuVall, Robert Patrick and many more.

I actually hadn’t seen this film until very recently and I have a huge appreciation for it, older films just have a charm that newer films don’t. The nice thing about this film is that the effects are used more sparingly and they are done well. I’ve seen some new films which don’t use the effects properly and end up looking worse for it.

The suspense in this film is good whilst maintaining a consistent pace and the acting is believable with none of the actors going over the top in their role, a good mix of talent is fantastic for a film because no matter what your story is like, the actors can make or break it.

The film is set in a School called Herrington High and centres around a group of students who notice that things are not quite right with the teachers after one of the students finds a new species in the school field. As the film progresses and more and more people are affected the story closes in around a small group of students who work out how to fight back.

With an estimated budget of $15,000,000 the film grossed $40,064,955 in the USA in May 1999 and still holds it’s own against newer films.

I would definitely recommend this film if you’re looking for a fun film with a spooky story line.

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The Haunting of Dr Bowen – By CA Verstraete

 

The Haunting of Dr. Bowen is a novel by a fantastic author whose work I have never been disappointed with. C.A. Verstraete has an unstoppable imagination and she does one thing I admire the most. Research.

In this novel, the author explores the life of Dr. Seabury Bowen, a little known real life Doctor who was involved in the Lizzie Borden murder case in the 1800’s. One thing I really enjoyed about this book was the quotes from the court transcripts from the Borden case at the top of each chapter.

This is not a long book, it’s not a difficult read but it’s written in such a way that it absorbs the reader into the turmoil that is Dr. Bowen’s mind. Throughout the story we follow Dr. Bowen as he tries to uncover the mystery of what is haunting him and survive the nightmarish memories of what he found in the Borden House.

There are scenes in the book which some readers may find disturbing. Verstraete is not a stranger to horror and the imagery in this book is brilliant, and.. creepy!

I would definitely recommend this book, and suggest reading other titles by Verstraete including her book Lizzie Borden – Zombie-Hunter, which focuses on the Borden murders and the trial, but it’s not all she writes about. Also check out her earlier works such as Girl Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie.

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C.A. Verstraete’s Website

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1984 by George Orwell

1984 is terrifyingly relevant and a gripping book. The story walks you through life as a Party Member, trying to survive under the control of the government (aka big brother) and avoid the Thought Police.

The scary thing about this book is that it really feels like it could happen. What with political correctness reaching the levels it is, and the banning of Islamophobia in some areas (let me say right now I don’t think hate is good anywhere, but these laws take it to the extreme where simply disagreeing can be a crime), it really gives food for thought. In the age of “man-spreading” and “man-splaining” and “womyn” this does seem like the next step society will take.

This is an extremely well written book which has stood the test of time and is still very, very popular. I would love to see the film, although I’m unsure if it could be as good or better than reading it for myself, it would just be nice to see what they have done with it.

I would absolutely recommend this book, it is quite political, but I think even the people who don’t want to think it’s relevant will struggle to not link any of it to the present day.

I won’t dwell too much on it, because I want you to read it and quite frankly, I’ve struggled to write this review. To put a book like this in to words is just really difficult. I may revisit this book later to try to explain a bit more about the feeling invoked by it and the relevance of it, but for now, suffice to say it’s scarily relevant and an absolute honor to English Literature.

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The Red Cobra by Rob Sinclair

The first of three books in the Enemy Series, The Red Cobra sets the tone for a relentless, bloody roller coaster.

Throughout this story there is blood, and lots of it. It’s tough, it’s gritty and it’s certainly not for the sensitive reader.

Mr Sinclair has clearly put a lot of passion into creating his characters as each one has a personality all of their own. Each character has a back story and his/her own traits which is one thing I found gripping throughout. I found that even the characters I didn’t like, I was concerned for when things were going from bad to worse.

The level of description in this book was fantastic, I could imagine each scene and situation the characters found themselves in and that adds a lot to a story. The author did this without me feeling like I was reading ridiculous amounts of description, I’ve read some books where I’ve almost started skipping through descriptions. I was so immersed that I read half the book in one sitting!

I think you can tell whether a writer has really enjoyed creating a story when you read it. I couldn’t find fault with this story and there were answers to every question. He even managed to surprise me with a little twist at the end.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next books in this series to see what happens to the Characters next, this one was left on a bit of a cliff hanger so I’ll be pleased to find out what is next on the agenda.

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Bukharah Healthy Indian Cuisine – Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Bukharah

During my trip to Glasgow, I found this hidden gem. Bukhara Healthy Indian Cuisine, situated on the ground floor of the Lorne Hotel. Eating here was a no brainer for me and my colleague because guests get 20% off their meal by showing their room key.

To start, we had a couple of popadoms with a pickle tray, but this had a difference, along with the usual mint yogurt and mango chutney there was a spicy onion dish which was amazing, I think I ate most of that alone! I’ve had the chopped onions before but they’ve never been in a sauce and that really made a difference to the flavour.

My main course was Chicken Tikka Hariyali, which is chicken marinated in spices such as coriander, mint and garlic, then cooked in the tandoor and served alongside pilau rice, salad and a thick sauce. This was very tasty as it had lots of flavours and wasn’t at all greasy like a lot of indian food can be.

Chicken Hariyali

My Colleague, Kayleigh, opted for a veggie option, now we’re unsure of exactly what went into this because she simply asked the staff what they’d suggest but apparently it’s similar to a bhuna. The vegetables in this were cooked really nicely and the sauce really complemented them.

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We were very full after these dishes but still wanted to sample more of the menu, so we decided to go for it and have a desert. I chose a Chocolate Fondant Pudding which I thought would be quite sickly but it was just the right size and was more chocolatey than sweet so it finished off the meal quite nicely.

Choc Fondant

Kayleigh opted for the Strawberry Cheesecake which was lovely but quite heavy and the Strawberry sauce which topped it was just a little bit too much for her.

Strawberry Cheesecake

The staff were all wonderful and the restaurant was spotless, just the right thing for an evening when you’ve spent five hours on a train! I would definitely eat here again given the opportunity and I’d suggest it to all visitors to Glasgow, along with a huge recommendation for the Hotel.

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