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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People by Toby YoungI recently saw the film How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, and whilst I thought it was pretty funny, especially if you’re interested in the journalism industry, I’ve since been told that it’s not a patch on the original book it was adapted from. The story in the film follows Sidney Young, who makes the move from small time journalism in London to join Sharps magazine where he gets into all sorts of scrapes including hiring a strip-a-gram on bring your daughter to work day in the office and taking a rather large amount of cocaine whilst at a photo shoot.

In actuality the book is written by Toby, not Sidney Young, and the American magazine was Vanity Fair, and not the fictitious Sharps. I suspect the romantic sub-plot between Sidney and his colleague Alison has also been exaggerated in the film, because after all it is Hollywood.

So if you fancy finding out the real story behind the film you can get How To Lose Friends and Alienate People from Amazon for £5.99, which is cheaper than going to the cinema!

Lost in Austen

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Lost in AustenITV debuted its new period inspired drama last night, Lost In Austen. The plot revolves around city girl Amanda being transported into the world of corsets, dances and chaperones from her favourite book Pride and Prejudice through her bathroom door, and swapping places with Elizabeth Bennet (played by new Bond girl Gemma Arterton).

Despite sounding decidedly cheesy and a bit naff, the show was very funny, particularly the struggle Amanda endured attempting to speak ‘proper’ English, and surviving without modern comforts (like a toothbrush). No doubt it will have ruffled a few Austen purists’ feathers, but taken with a pinch of salt this is a light-hearted twist on a literary classic.

Next week Mr Bingley declares his love for Amanda, who attempts to rebuff his advances by telling him she’s a lesbian, and more characters from the famous novel are introduced.

Catch it at 9pm on Wednesday on ITV1.

Bake your own Cupcakes!

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Susannah Tee Cupcake BookI love baking, especially cupcakes, and I’m always on the lookout for new recipe books. I recently got The Cupcake Book by Susannah Tee, and after some rigorous testing (and much cake eating) I can confirm that Susannah’s recipes are delicious.

The book is split into three sections, including one dedicated entirely to chocolate. There are also some healthier recipes, including delicious Banana and Honey cupcakes and Blueberry Muffins. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite there are some beautiful cupcake pictures in the book, as well as hints and tips on cooking equipment and decorating.

The recipes are easy to follow but be warned – they make big cupcakes! You need to use muffin cases rather than fairy cake size cases, and most of the recipes make one and half dozen. Luckily though they also work perfectly fine when halved.

Pick up a copy for only £5.46 from Amazon and get baking!

Celebrity documentary series Exposed tomorrow on Living

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Charlotte Church autobiographyFor those of us hooked on the shenanigans of showbiz folks, Living brings us a new series that looks beyond the celebrity gloss into the lives of our favourite famous faces. Adding a novel dimension to the conventional ‘through the keyhole’ format, Exposed takes its cue from a well-known and defining image of the featured star and questions how accurate that is. Each week a new celebrity will be featured with the inside gossip coming courtesy of those that have worked with, written about, photographed and studied the star in question.

Names slated to appear include actors such as Tom Cruise, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, supermodel Kate Moss, pop star Britney Spears and those famous for being famous such as Paris Hilton and the all-conquering Victoria Beckham. The series starts tomorrow night (8pm) with a look at Welsh darling Charlotte Church and will surely look at her early rise to fame, high-profile romance with rugby star Gavin Henson and new journey into motherhood.

To learn about the private life of Miss Church away from the headlines, catch Exposed: Charlotte Church tomorrow night or pick up her autobiography Keep Smiling from play.com.

New series of How To Look Good Naked tonight

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Gok WanAll women seem to love Gok Wan. The outrageous presenter of Channel 4′s How to Look Good Naked has a cheeky side and infectious enthusiasm that has made him a small screen icon and fan favourite with ladies up and down the country. Tonight Gok returns with a new series of HTLGN (8pm) in which he once again helps insecure, body-conscious women embrace their naked form. It’s not about changing what you have (hello 10 Years Younger) or feeling bad for your faults, but learning to accept those wobbly bits you don’t like and happily showing off those bits you do.

In tonight’s show Gok tackles 29-year-old identical twins Suzy and Jeannie who have made very different life choices. Will Gok work his magic on this pair? To read up on the eccentric style guru, grab a copy of his book from £5.99 at Amazon.co.uk and for programme news, visit the Channel 4 website.

Miss Austen Regrets coming soon to BBC1

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Miss Austen Regrets picFor those of us who dream of meeting our very own Mr. Darcy, would love to swish about in empire-line gowns and bonnets and “take a turn” around a room, the literature of Jane Austen remains forever close to our hearts. And so news of a new Austen-related BBC drama get us very excited and in need of a little lie down. This new programme is Miss Austen Regrets, a one-off feature-length drama that examines the final years of the writer’s life and asks why such a staunch romantic never took her happy stroll down the aisle.

The Sixth Sense’s Olivia Williams stars as our heroine and is joined by period drama regular Hugh Bonneville and comedy star Adrian Edmondson. Penned by Gwyneth Hughes (Five Days) and produced by Anne Pivcevic who brought us this year’s Sense and Sensibility, Miss Austen Regrets is due to be screened later in the year. For more information, visit the BBC website.

The Black Book of Hollywood Secrets

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

blackbookofhollywood.jpgNot that many of us ladies need help looking gorgeous, but just in case you were after some a-list beauty tricks of the trade I thought I would let you know about this new bible I have found.

It’s written by Kym Douglas who is a host of the upcoming Lifetime makeover show Queen and celebrity journalist Cindy Pearlman. These ladies had always wanted to know how the A-list stars looked so, well, A-list. It turns out that even the most carefully guarded stars were more than happy to tell all. This jam-packed inside look at the surprising beauty rituals of A-list stars serves as a funny yet fascinating wake-up call to the harsh reality of celebrity self-maintenance.

Just some of the juicy secrets you are likely to find out include Angelina Jolie creating her high-volume hair by applying baby powder to her hair, roots-to-ends, then blow drying it in, Cameron Diaz being so resourceful by using her lipstick of the evening for blush touch ups and would you believe that glamour girls such as Jessica Simpson spray hairspray to their roots and apply matching eye shadow to cover up the outgrown colour!!

So to get your hands on true beauty secrets just click on to www.amazon.co.uk where all your prayers could be answered for a mere £6.74.

Russell Brand’s My Booky Wook

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Russell Brand’s My Booky WookThose of you who know Russell Brand will know he is a comedy genius but did you know how he got to where he is now? After conquering journalism, television and radio it seems a book is now the right way to go.

Oh the wonders of the biography, the truth behind the lives of the stars we all admire. Well Russell Brand certainly provides that juicy gossip we thrive upon, I mean after the scandal we all hear in the weeklies, could we anticipate it more? From detailed descriptions of his child hood in Essex, to growing up and living with addictions to sex, drugs and drinks, it is a story of salvation as well as being entertaining read.

Get yourself copy from Amazon costing £9.49.

Christmas Gift Guide

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Christmas Gifts

Check out these great gift ideas from Life & Style Magazine, there’s something for everyone on these two pages alone. The world will be going mad on Christmas Shopping sprees but I seriously can’t be bothered with the hassle and prefer to do everything on line.

Christmas Gift Guide

Have you seen the Argos advert? that is exactly how I imagine shopping centres will look!! So browse around and see what you can find on the net, and you can start off with the great ideas above.

Sex, Lies and Online Dating

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Sex, Lies and Online DatingI’m not a huge fan of books, in fact its a rare occasion if you see me engrossed in a good novel unless I’m sunbathing on the beach or relaxing by the pool. However my fiance recently bought me a selection of Little Black Dress Books and I have been absolutely hooked. The first one I read was called The Batchalorette Party, a romantic comedy about a bride to be who has one or two secrets that all spill out on her drunken hen night. A great read for any girl who fancies a few chuckles to herself.

I have just finished my second novel in the collection entitled Sex, Lies and Online Dating. After reading the first few chapters a month or so ago I can’t say it really grabbed me but after reading the third chapter I could not put it down. The book follows two lives, a mystery writer called Lucy and an undercover detective named Quinn. They meet online and decide to set up a date, Lucy needs inspiration for her latest book and Quinn has a murder case to solve that the police think Lucy is linked to due to the relationship between her stories and the actual murders.

This novel isn’t half as funny as The Batchelorette Party but is such a fantastic read. You are right there as their relationship develops into much more than just a coffee date and you will be guessing who the murderer is the whole way through. I guessed who it was about 3/4 of the way through!

Sex, Lies and Online Dating is written by Rachel Gibson and is available at Amazon for the bargain price of £3.49 – a perfect stocking filler!