Sooooo there are 12 days to Christmas – oh Lordy!! And there are many smug people on Facebook and Twitter who are regaling how ready they are. ‘All I have to do is stuff a mushroom and I am ready for the big day’. Well you know what ‘bite me!’ because my little tuppence, halfpenny farthings I ain’t one of them and so, if you, like me, still have a fair old bit to do, I thought that I would, very magnanimously, rustle up a little blogette, with some ideas for you to go all lastminute.com on Christmas’ arsehole.
For the kiddiestinkers:
My kids can’t get enough of Ice Age!
The world’s most beloved prehistoric herd is back and this time they’re setting off on a hilarious high seas adventure! ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT sails into stores this Christmas available in Triple Play, Blu-ray 3D & DVD on 10 December from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
This all-new chapter in the beloved ICE AGE franchise reconnects families with herd favourites Manny, Sid, and Diego. Joining familiar friends of the Ice Age world on their latest journey is Sid’s long-lost and side-splittingly funny Granny plus a band of pirates led by the fearsome orangutan Captain Gutt. And no ICE AGE film would be complete without celebrated icon Scrat, whose existence revolves around the elusive acorn. Scrat once again returns with his very own exploits; however this time his pursuits result in world-changing consequences.
The regular creative voices of Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond) as Manny, Denis Leary (The Amazing Spiderman) as Diego, John Leguizamo (Romeo + Juliet) as Sid, Queen Latifah (Chicago) as Ellie, Seann William Scott (American Pie) as Crash, Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead)as Buck and director Chris Wedge as Scrat all return. This time they are joined by new cast members Jennifer Lopez (Made In Manhattan) as Shira, Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as Captain Gutt, Nicki Minaj (New Year’s Eve) as Steffie, and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Paul), as Flynn.
Loaded with a treasure trove of pirate-themed special features, ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT is the coolest animated Blu-ray this Xmas. Adding an extra layer of enjoyment, the Triple Play and Blu-ray 3D offers families the opportunity to watch the film in “PARTY WITH A PIRATE!” mode. Here, the Pirate SQUINT will guide viewers through the Blu-ray menus and even ride along for some added swashbuckling entertainment.
In addition, kids can get their groove on with the “Shimmy Shake Music Section,” a feature consisting of four fun-filled music videos to get you singing and dancing along with the herd. Adding to the ICE AGE fun is the Ice Age Village app, available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad & Android smartphones and tablets. This mobile social game boasts over 30 million installs worldwide. Consumers purchasing the ICE AGE 4: CONTINENTAL DRIFT Triple Play or DVD will receive 10,000 free coins (in-game currency), an exclusive species and a chance to win an additional 10,000,000 free coins!
Available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD December 10th! Pre-order now here: http://amzn.to/TU7Nhu
Official Facebook Page – http://www.facebook.com/IceAge4UK
Pillow Pets Ladybird
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This little bug is buzzing with cheer, thanks to her huge smile, fun antennas and bright red and black plush fur. An ideal naptime companion – not to mention a comforting partner on a road trip, aeroplane, or when watching tv. Close the velcro fastener across the belly and you have a comforting toy, open the strap and the toy becomes a comfortable pillow, a snuggly transformation in seconds. A pillow and a pet all in one, ideal as a companion. This is an 18? Pillow Pet folding plush. Suitable for ages 3+
Poppin Hoppins Game
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The game for girls and boys that keeps players on the move grabbing Hoppies as they jump! Which Hoppie will pop next? Can you catch it first? Will you catch the Hoppie you want? To win, be the first to catch 6 Poppin Hoppies and create a complete character!
And then two random gift ideas to keep you on your toes
Eco Candles – Fig Milk
Candles produced with Eco-Friendly Vegetable wax made with Recycled Cooking Oil. Offered in sustainable tin cans that were uniquely designed and decorated to create a wonderful collection.
The special wax of the candles is obtained with Oil2wax patent pending technology that transforms used cooking oils into clean and odor free vegetable wax. This wax is gently mixed with non toxic special fragrances to create the wax of The Greatest Candle. Because the candles are vegetable, they last long and are carbon neutral. We use wicks made of cotton, creating a wonderful flame that releases no dangerous smoke for health or environment.
This candle uses laboratory processed fragrances that substitute essential oils. They don’t use only essential oils in their candles because getting them from nature is difficult, expensive and most of the times unsustainable. The producers believe in the advantages of sustainable, responsible and safe chemical engineering.
Make your own candles
Powder to create several vegetable candles at home with Recycled (or virgin) Cooking Oil. Offered in sustainable tin cans that were uniquely designed and decorated to create a wonderful collection. The special wax of the candles made at home is obtained with Oil2wax patent pending technology that transforms used cooking oils into clean and odor free vegetable wax. This special powder introduces non toxic special fragrances to create the wax of The Greatest Candle. Because the candles are vegetable, they last long and are carbon neutral. Six wicks made of cotton are included to create a wonderful flame that releases no dangerous smoke for health or environment.
This powder uses laboratory processed fragrances that substitute essential oils. The producers don’t use only essential oils in their candles because getting them from nature is difficult, expensive and most of the times unsustainable. We believe in the advantages of sustainable, responsible and safe chemical engineering.
To buy the candles click here
Re-live London 2012
London 2012 Olympic Games – double DVD box set
To buy on Amazon
‘We lit the flame, and we lit up the world’ Lord Coe
It was the Olympic Games we will never forget; an extraordinary event in Britain’s history with intense drama, sporting brilliance and heart-wrenching emotion. Capturing the key moments of the Games, including a specially-edited version of the entire Opening Ceremony from Director Danny Boyle, over seven hours of sporting highlights and the full Closing Ceremony, these day-by-day highlights relive the triumphs, moving stories and memories that will live on forever.
Experience once again the magnificent performances from outstanding athletes such as Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Chris Hoy and Jessica Ennis. Marvel at the many amazing achievements, including Mo Farah’s double gold, Oscar Pistorius’ Olympic Games debut and Nicola Adams’ gold in the boxing ring. Relive Team GB’s 29 gold medal triumphs and recapture the moments which made these Olympic Games so special; from the electrifying atmosphere in the stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ to judo’s Gemma Gibbons’ tearful dedication and the pure emotion of swimmer Chad le Clos’ father.
5 DISC BOX SET INCLUDES:
The Opening Ceremony: Part One
The spectacular Opening Ceremony was an unforgettable start to the London 2012 Olympic Games. In this exclusive director’s cut by Danny Boyle, we relive the entire ceremony in all its splendour. This is also accompanied by a fascinating audio commentary by Danny Boyle and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce where they reveal for the first time, in detail, how they orchestrated this spectacular event, providing a unique insight into the journey through British history.
The Opening Ceremony: Part Two
Sporting Highlights (Days 1 – 6)
Team GB’s first medal from Lizzie Armitstead
The first gold from rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
The imperious time trial by Bradley Wiggins
Michael Phelps’ record 19th Olympic medal
Clare Balding’s emotional interview with Bert le Clos
Important Note: There is some very brief picture break-up in a few scenes on this disc, caused during the recording of the live events. The scenes were not able to be fixed and it was felt that to remove the shots would have impaired the coverage more than by retaining them.
Sporting Highlights (Days 7 – 10)
Katherine Grainger’s long awaited gold
Victoria Pendleton wins stunning gold
Andy Murray’s emotional victory
Ben Ainslie wins historic 4th gold
Beth Tweddle wins bronze on the bars
Usain Bolt successfully defends his 100m Olympic title
The electric atmosphere in the stadium on ‘Super Saturday’ when Ennis, Farah and Rutherford all win gold
Sporting Highlights (Days 11 – 16)
The Brownlee brothers’ triathlon glory
Usain Bolt completes his historic Olympic treble
Hoy’s record 6th gold medal
Nicola Adams punches her way to the first women’s boxing gold
The incredible tension at Greenwich Park for Team GB’s dressage victory
The world record-breaking US sprint relay
Tom Daley celebrates a sensational bronze
Sam Murray secures the 65th and final medal for Team GB.
Exclusive Opening Ceremony Extras:
Isles of Wonder Deconstructed
The Thames is “liquid history”. Discover how the visual effects team created a thrilling animated journey up the river from its source, to the Olympic stadium itself – passing sights real and imaginary.
The sound of the shipping forecast and billowing blue sheets transform our meadow into “an isle of wonder”, to the stirring sound of Elgar’s Nimrod, as played by the London Symphony Orchestra’s On Track project.
Frank Turner in the Green and Pleasant Land
Frank Turner’s acoustic songs performed in the stadium perfectly captured the atmosphere of a long summer evening.
Thanks Tim Projection House
This ambitious section celebrates the amazing technology that makes us dance, helps us communicate, commute, remember, and dream and most of all fall in love.
The London 2012 Olympic Games ended in style with a celebration of music and sporting achievement, created by Kim Gavin. It marked the end of an amazing chapter in London’s life and featured an array of British artists from the last 50 years including Eric Idle, The Kinks, The Spice Girls and Jessie J.