Lily Charmed Charm Necklace Review

lily charmed charm necklaceLily Charmed is a company that offer a wide range of charm bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
I recently was asked to review their products and received a gorgeous charm necklace. This is the Free Spirit charm necklace composing a shell charm with three rice pearls. It represents the adventurous spirit, the go-getters and the people who take action. For me, on a personal level, it represents the side of me I need to cultivate more often.

The first thing I noticed was how lovely the packaging was. Small touches can make a big difference. The ribbon around the box made it have look of being something extra special. The box was well designed so that the necklace and charm were well protected.

lily charmed charm necklace box
The necklace chain is a good length without being to short or to long. although there is the option of a longer chain if desired. The style of the chain also compliments the charms well. I have changed the chain on the majority of necklaces I have bought but I didn’t feel the need to switch the Lily Charmed chain.
The charm necklace itself is divine. It is delicate and very feminine. It looks good in the box, but it is one of those pieces that look even better worn. It has that little bit of class to it.

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The charm necklace can be worn every day but also has enough style and elegance about it to be worn during the evening too. It is worth the price.

The Lily Charmed range is excellent. It is a great website for finding gifts for those people who are difficult to buy for.
The charms are available in Stirling silver with a matt satin or polished finished or vermeil gold. I already have a few charms in mind as future gifts for people,
The shorter length charm necklaces can be warn by children although they should not be left unsupervised. Although my son is still waiting for charm necklace more suited to boys.
They do have charms available of just about every occasion and person. They have more traditional style charms to more unusual ones – it is a fantastic range of charms. There are charms for birthdays, Christmas, graduations, weddings, spiritual charms and hobby related ones.

I am seriously in love with the tea cups and tea pots, but I have several charms in mind as future gifts for people.  If I ever find romantic love – then there are a number of charms my future beloved can buy me if they are reading this.
Lily Charmed is definitely worth checking out if you are looking for a beautiful and unique gift.

Lily Charmed is UK based but do ship internationally.


Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Beethoven wrote Symphony No.5 between 1804 and 1808. Although not everyone can name it, it is one of the most recognised pieces of classical music. especially when it comes  to the first for bars. Since World War II it is also sometimes known as the Victory Symphony, as V is the Roman numeral for five and is used in the phrase, ‘V for Victory.’ It was dedicated to Prince Franz Joseph von Lobkowitz and Count Razumovsky

It was first performed at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria on the 22nd December 1808. The show was directed by Beethoven and featured over four hours of his music. His sixth symphony was also premièred at the same concert.

The performance did not go well, due to the fact that the orchestra had barely rehearsed. At one point Beethoven stopped the Choral Fantasy and started it again as the mistakes were to bad.

The second performance, 18 months later, went better and Beethoven got the following review.

“Radiant beams shoot through this region’s deep night, and we become aware of gigantic shadows which, rocking back and forth, close in on us and destroy everything within us except the pain of endless longing—a longing in which every pleasure that rose up in jubilant tones sinks and succumbs, and only through this pain, which, while consuming but not destroying love, hope, and joy, tries to burst our breasts with full-voiced harmonies of all the passions, we live on and are captivated beholders of the spirits.” E.T.A Hoffman

Beethoven 5th symphony has four movements. According to The famous four notes at the beginning are said to represent fate knocking at the door.

At the time that Beethoven wrote Symphony No.5 he was starting to  suffer deafness and his hearing was steadily declining. He was quoted as saying, “I
 am 
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It is a piece that can conjure a range of imaginary in the mind. It has that rhythm of a dramatic life; the twists and turns that can occur.

 


Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, analysis by Gerard Schwarz (part 1): Watch the full performance here (starting at 10:40)​

Fantasy Book Review: Prophecy of the Kings

DSC06220Fantasy book lovers will love the Prophecy of the Kings. It has everything a good fantasy book should have; from dwarves to dragons , wizards and a big battle. We have the ‘journey,’ and the friendship.

The author acknowledges that he is a fan of fantasy books, especially Lord of the Rings and this does show. There are points in the story where you can clearly see influences from other books. Writing something completely original though is not easy.

The four main characters are Kaplyn, Lars, Vastra and Lomar. They are all interesting, although their characters could be developed further. The four of them have their own distinct personality and they do work well together.

The settings are good and are well described. So it is easy to feel that you have been transported into the fantasy world.

The story is nothing new. A group of people try to save the world from demons. Yet, it is a story line that never grows old. So begins the quest to find Eldric who – hopefully – can the world from being taken over.

The book is quite complex so it may be one of those that you end up loving or hating. It will really depend what sort of reader you are.

There are three books in series which can be best read in their own right but do work best together.

The First Book Legacy of the Eldric The Prophecy of the Kings is a moving story that’s been described as bitter sweet. It follows Kaplyn, an Allund prince, who naively seeks an adventure before the tedium of court destroys him. He is swept into a furious cascade of events that sees his life completely upturned. A sorcerer, Vastra, recruits him to seek an Eldric talisman, but Vastra is greedy and lusts for power. Their journey traces the route the Eldric took hundreds of years ago and ends deep in the heart of a mountain where an ancient power resides. A cataclysm of forces disrupts the very foundation of the worlds and a rent in the fabric of space allows the spirit of a dead emperor to cross the Divide. Not content with destroying one world his ghostly gaze now alights on another. An epic fantasy set in a unique world as dragons, demons and guardian angels are set to clash.

This is a book with hidden depths and a strong storyline. It has clearly been well planned out and all the pieces work well together.

The Second Book Dragon Rider

Armies are gathering but Astalus, the Thracian court wizard, is in a quandary as to who to trust. Shocking news has arrived from an unlikely source. A spy, arrested brazenly entering the city, claims to be a prince from an extinct royal household, a household that was overthrown, the family members murdered over sixty years ago. Intriguingly, the spy’s claim to be from Allund is more than a coincidence, for the army marching against them is also from Allund. Who indeed to trust? The stranger brings with him news of an army from Trosgarth, which can only mean one thing. Drachar’s shade has been summoned and the Prophecy is coming to pass. Old alliances are broken and many monarchs slain. No sign yet exists of the king predicted by the Prophecy, who will save them all. Astalus, normally so certain and confident, is suddenly plummeted into his worst nightmare, for soon Thrace could be threatened by demons and, against them, there is no salvation. In a land fraught with betrayal, fear and death, the shadows are deepening.

Leading on the from the Legacy of the Eldric this continues the story and the action kicks off straight away.
This is a good story but it does drag in places and could maybe do with some editing. Having said that though it is still a compelling read and does draw you in enough to keep you wanting to read on until the end
As the name suggests there are a good amount of dragons in this book. There is also betrayal and friendships tested.

The Third Book Shadow of the Demon

Why should you read The Prophecy of the Kings? It is pure escapism. Find yourself engrossed in a world where good and evil strive in an epic battle for domination. It has fast action, tremendous characterisation and a unique plot. Feel remorse for Kaplyn, the hero, as he is taken to the very brink of despair when his world is plunged into nightmare

Kaplyn seeks an adventure to impress his brothers but instead his life is ripped apart. In a clash of powers his shaol (guardian spirit), is replaced with the spirit of a dead emperor. Shastlan is evil. He has summoned dragons to his world and then fallen under their spell. With their aid he has destroyed his world and his ghost wanders the land in misery, seeking the companionship of others but shunned by his own realisation of dire deeds that cannot be undone.

Kaplyn experiences the horrors of the demon world, and he sees souls damned to eternal horror. And yet, as low as his life has become, Kaplyn is seen as a saviour. He, too, summons a dragon and he fights off a demon attack. But deep down his soul is restless, he senses that dragons are evil, he dare not lead the army, and yet there seems to be no option. The power of the demons and the spirit world far exceeds any defence the people might raise.

Astalus has returned bearing good news. He has found an Eldric spell book and, in particular, a spell to summon dragons. The allies march north to confront the Trosgarth’s growing might, but the people of Trosgarth have been busy. Warrior priests can now communicate across the battlefield using their shaol, death knights have been resurrected, and in the air grakyn are supported by a new threat–a demon/dragon hybrid. To make matters worse, Astalus discovers that the power that Kaplyn and Vastra recovered so long ago can open a permanent gateway to the demon world. Drachar is finally free and he and all his minions will march from the very depths of hell. Astalus knows all of this through a demon that has possessed him.

The army marches to its fate, unaware of the trap awaiting them. Prince Fiad leads them. Will he be the army’s salvation or damnation? The men mutter, uncomfortable in the knowledge that, at the final battle, a king will not lead them against the tides of evil. Drachar is poised, his death knights ready to tear the army apart.

This is a fantastic end to this fantasy book trilogy and is almost definitely the best book out of the three, If you liked the first two books you will love this one.

 

Prophecy of the King Description

A storm of powers has set free the spirit of a dead emperor on a world on the brink of war. Shastlan, usurper and murderer, has destroyed one world and is unleashed on another.

The fate of the world hangs in the balance. The might of Trosgarth is ready to spill forth its armies. The enemy has not been idle and since their defeat in the legendary Krell Wars, new sources of evil have been found. Priests of Ryoch communicate across the battlefield, their shaol (guardian spirits) making them omnipotent warriors. Demons, krell, grakyn and death knights unite to turn the tide of war. In the background Drachar’s shade manipulates both sides, trying to deny the Prophecy from coming to pass.

Into this frenzy, three men, Kaplyn, Vastra and Lars, seek the Eldric. Saviours of the Krell Wars, a race that mysteriously disappeared from the land many years ago; their sorcery was the only power to defeat the demons. Now they are gone and to all effects the people are powerless against the growing threat. And then dragons are discovered. But are they saviours or betrayers? Kaplyn will be taken to the brink of madness in his efforts to save the land, and only then will he understand the full threat that is Shastlan. In a land fraught with betrayal, fear and death, the shadows are deepening.

Caistor, Lincolnshire

Caistor is a quirky little town that can be found on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It has great potential when looking for a setting for a fantasy novel or story.  It has a rich history and is a town which oozes character.

It is a little Roman market town. The name Caistor is derived from the Latin word, ‘castra,’ which means camp.

Caistor is made up of series of squares – Market Place, Buttermarket, Cornhill and Horsemarket. There are fifty seven grade II listed buildings throughout the town. In the centre of the market place there is the town pump which dates to 1897 and commemorated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Under the pump there use to be public toilets although they have now been closed (filed in?)

The Romans settled here, possible attracted to its because of its natural spring, natural defences and the supply of iron ore from Claxby nearby. Coins dating back to AD 69 and the Roman occupation have been found in the area. Parts of the Roman wall can still be seen today. At one time seven and a half miles were encircled by the wall.

In 1086 there were fifty two families living in Caistor according to the Doomsday survey.

Caistor was an early ecclesiastical centre and may have been the sight of a monastery which used the walled centre as its precinct. This would explain the market being to the east outside of the walls. In 1536 the Lincolnshire Uprising and Pilgrimage of the Grace took place. This  lead to the dissolution of the monasteries.

In 1681 Caistor was nearly destroyed by a great fire. Most of the timber framed houses were destroyed and forty five families were made homeless. Several people were killed. It cost £6, 786 to repair the  town and it was rebuilt in the red brick that is still seen today. Caistor also suffered badly during the plague.

In more modern times people would herd their sheep from Caistor over the Wolds to market.

Caistor Church St Peter and St Paul

The Church is a Grade I listed building. It is open daily for prayer and meditation.

In a glass class to the left as you walk into church is the Gad Whip. This was traditionally cracked on Palm Sunday and held above the vicar’s head during the service.

There are also medieval effigies of two knights and a lad which date from the 14th century

The chancel was rebuilt in the 1848 and the church in general was restored in 1863.

Part of the existing Roman wall can be found at the rear of the church. It is marked with a plaque but it is often overgrown.

The warmest and most comfy part of the church is the choir seating.

 

Caistor Grammar School

Caistor Grammar was founded in 1630. The stone of the front of the school is inscribed with a quote from Homer’s ilad which means, ‘Always to Excel,’ which is the school’s motto.

The school’s library is now housed in the former Congregational church which has a graveyard at the rear.

The school is said to be built of the site of a ancient battle site. Think hand to hand sword fighting.

 

Ghosts

No town with a history as long as Caistor can be ghost free. The Grammar School is said to be haunted by a former student who died in the boarding block.

There is also a stone at Fonaby top which use to be a bag of corn.  It belonged to a selfish farmer who refused to share it with a holy man. So the holy man said, ‘Then stone it will be,’ and so it was. Anyone who attempts to move the stone is cursed.

More Information

List of listed Buildings in Caistor

Tintagel, North Cornwall

tintagel cornwallA Place of Magic and Legend

Tintagel is located on the north coast of Cornwall. It is a place which is full of magic and enchantment. It attracts visitors from all over the world. Some are drawn towards it for its quaintness and others for its King Arthur connection, others still for the inspiration it offers painters and writers.  With its wild rugged rocks Tintagel can be a place of tranquillity in good weather and bleak in winter. The hauntingly beautiful coastline

History of Tintagel

The name  Tintagel originally only applied to the island where the castle is located. In modern times it relates to the seven hamlets; Treven, Trevalga, Trethevy, Trevena, Trebarwith, Bossiney, and Tregatta.

Trevena is the hamlet in the main street of Tintagel where the shops are.  Its Cornish name is Tre war Vendyh which means village on a mountain.

It is a place with a rich history that dates back at least to the Roman times.

There are many shops and cafes here, although some may be shut in winter. There are also a number of gift shops.

Tintagel Castle

Tintagel castle is a ruin, and there is not much left of it. It was built in the 12th century.

The legends and magic of Tintagel has stood the test of time far better than the castle itself. It is claimed that it may be the birth of Kind Arthur. You will have to decide for yourself as to if King Arthur’s parents; Uther Pendragon and the Queen of Cornwall met here. There are also the remains of a monastery.

Tintagel castle does have a video room in which you can watch the film, ‘Searching for King Arthur.’

The castle is accessed via a long, steep path. The public are not allowed to drive down here and must either walk or take the land rover service if it is running.

Once at Tintagel castle there are two choices. To the left is a very steep and long set of steps leading up to the castle on the mainland and to the right are the steps leading to the island. It is a good idea to take a bottle of water with you.

It is possible to turn of the path leading down to the castle and access the castle via the coast path. This can be easier as you then will walk down the steep steps rather than up them.

If you step onto Tintagel castle beach you will find two tunnels, The smaller one is man made and leads to the meadow about the cliff. The larger cave is known as Merlin’s cave and is said to be where Merlin once resisted and according to legend still does.

Tintagel castle often runs events so it is worth checking out what is on and planning your visit.

The Old Post Office

The old post office at Tintagel is a fourteenth century building with the craziest topsy turvy slate roof.  Although it is the former post office it started life as a yeoman’s farmhouse. In fact it was only a post office for a short time during the Victorian era, when it was used  as a letter receiving station.

Stepping into this building is like journeying back in time and fuels the imagination as to what life was once like. It is filled with Victorian postal equipment and 16th century furniture.

Tintagel old post office  is now owned by the National Trust and was their first built property in Cornwall.

Outside there is as a Roman milestone which dates back to 250 AD



St Materiana Church

St Materiana is the main church in Tintagel and is set high up on the cliff top. It is believed there has been a church on this site since the 6th century. The current church was built between 1058 and 1150., whilst the tower is late 11th or 12th century.  It has a Grade I listing. It is believed that it started as a sister church to the nearby Minister church at Boscastle.

In the church is a stained glass window and and statue dedicated to Saint Materiana.

There is both a north door and a south door. Both date from around the 14th century, although the north door is probably the older of the two.

Saint Materiana is a little known saint and is patron of three churches. Two of these churches are in Cornwall; Tintagel and is neighbouring village Boscastle, and the third is located in Wales.

She is believed to have been a 5th century princess, and the eldest daughter of  King Votimer the Blessed.

The church also has portraits of Saint George and Saint Piran, There are three modern copies of old master paintings.  It has a peel of six bells which dates from 1735 to 1945.

Outside there is a Roman milestone which bears the name of Emperor Lincinius (d. 324)

King Arthur’s Great Halls

The Great Halls are found at the main junction as you come into the centre of Tintagel. Although the halls were built a long time after King Arthur’s time it is still a gem of a find.  It was built in the 1930s by Frederick Thomas Glasscock who used it as meeting place for Order of the Fellowship of the Knights of the Round Table.

It does contain a round table and a throne, as well as artwork and books themed around King Arthur.

This is a very impressive looking hall and well worth  a visit if you are in Tintagel.

Rocky Valley, Labyrinth

tintagel rocky valleyRocky Valley is jut outside of the main part of Tintagel. It is located in the hamlet of Trethevy close to the lay-by. It is also on the South West Coast Path that leads around Cornwall.

There are two mills in the valley; Trevillet Mill and Trethevy Mill. Trevillet mill is used as private residence (sometimes as a tea garden) and Trethevy mill is a ruin. Trethevy mill was used in the 18th century as to produce woollen products.

Rocky Valley has the Cornish name Glynn Duwy. It a steep valley on the river Duwy. Duwy means, ‘dark river.’

This is a little utopia for nature lovers and is home to a range of plants, flowers and 161 different types of moss.

What Rocky Valley is really famous for is the labyrinth carvings which are believed to date from the Bronze Age ( 1800 – 1400 BC). Modern scholars disagree with this and argue that they were made with metal tools and less than three hundred.

In 2005 it was claimed that there was a third fainter labyrinth and the two modern labyrinths are a copy of them. This has not be confirmed.

It is owned by the National Trust, also its free to access.

St Nectan’s Glen

St Nectan’s Glen is further up the river from Rocky Valley (although there are accessed from different points).

Although the entire woody area is known as St Nectan’s Glen the waterfall is the main attraction.

Here you will also find the hermitage of St Nectan’s where you can light a candle or say a prayer. There is also a cafe where you can have a cup of tea or a scone.

The waterfall is known as St Nectan’s Kieve. It is 60ft high and falls through into a basin. It almost looks as it is man made but the flow of water have carved this waterfall out naturally.

When Saint Nectan lived here he rang a silver bell when there was stormy weather to warn boats there were nearing the cliff. It is said that the bell can still be heard.

According to legend there is also some ‘treasure,’ hidden under the stream. In the past people tried to dig here and find the treasure but a voice told them the child who could claim the treasure had not yet be born.

Legend also claims King Arthur and his knights came here to be blessed.

In recent times it has been adorned with spiritual offerings. So there are many ribbons, crystal, candles, photos and other items left here. Please always treat place in nature with respect and remember that thousands of people visit such sites and one offering can soon multiply.

It is been classed as a site of Special Scientific Interest.

Access  to the glen is free, but the waterfall and hermitage is a commercial business. There is also a cafe there where you

 

Condolden Barrow

Condolden barrow is hard to miss as you look towards the hillside of Tintagel. The sheer size of this burial site indicates that an important lies here. According to legend it is the gave of Lady Isolde.  Historians think it may be Cador, the 6th century King of Cornwall. Cador also makes an appearance as one of King Arthur’s knight.

Other Places Nearby

Further afield from Tintagel although keeping on the King Arthur theme 15 miles away on Bodmin moor is Dozymary Pool where Lady of the Lake is said to have lived.  Nearby Camelford may have been Camelot and Slaughterbridge is believed to be the place of King Arthur’s death.

Fantasy Books Based on Tintagel

Mists of Avalon

Morgaine, gifted with the Sight and fated with her brother-lover’s doom, recounts the glorious tragedy of Camelot’s brief flowering – not as a tale of knightly deeds, but as a woman’s rounded view of society in the crucible of change.


Through the lives of pious Guinevere, ambitious Morgouse, austere Viviane and her successor as Lady of the Lake, Morgaine herself, this rich and haunting epic reveals a greater threat to the idyll than the Saxons. For the spread of patriarchal Roman ways and a narrow Christianity seem likely to alienate the Old People, and drive the ancient worship of the Mother forever into the mists…

Amazon UK: The Mists of Avalon

Amazon UK: The Mists of Avalon: Avalon Book 1

Tales of Tintagel Dragon
Why is the roof of Tintagel’s Old Post Office so curvy?
Why is there a hole in the waterfall at St Nectan’s Glen?
What caused the plane crash in Tintagel in 1979?
How did a small boy survive being swept out to sea at Trebarwith Strand in 1973?
How did a father and son survive a similar accident at Bossiney in 1998?
The answer to all these questions is: The Tintagel Dragon did it!
If you like dragons, you will love the Tintagel Dragon.
He is young and lonely.
He needs a friend.
Dragons have chosen to become invisible because, for many centuries, only stories of evil dragons were told. But not all dragons are bad. Now Jill Lamede reveals the childhood of a friendly creature, The Tintagel Dragon, and tells his side of the truth.

Amazon USA: Tales of The Tintagel Dragon
Amazon UK: Tales of the Tintagel Dragon

Blackpool: Attractions for Everyone

blackpoolBlackpool is a place that tries to cater for everyone. It appeals to families, bird watchers, ballroom dancers, older people, stag do and hen parties. There are the beaches to play on, the shows to watch and a long list of attractions to visit. Whoever you are Blackpool tries to find a way to keep you entertained.

Pleasure Beach

The Pleasure Beach is a theme park which caters for families and thrill seekers.

Alice in Wonderland takes you on a magical journey where is there chance to meet many of the characters and become a part of the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Play dodgems or weave round the winding paths of the Chinese Puzzle Maze. There is also the chance to fly through the air in a flying machine or scare yourself silly in the Ghost Train or whizz around in a teacup. If you think you are a wearing The Wrong Trousers then go on a tour with Wallace and Gromit.

The Impossible takes you on a hands-on interactive journey. Then sail through the River Caves and journey to prehistoric lands and get close to dinosaurs. Then when you are fed up of walking around the park hitch a ride on the Pleasure Beach Express or if you want to go faster then hop aboard the Nickelodeon Streak

Nickelodeon Land is the place to be if you want to be a pirate; a wooden leg and parrot is not compulsory. Go for a ride through the coral of Bikini Bottom or visit the Krusty Krab or squirt the Jelly Fish and save the day.

Here you will also find a roller-coaster designed for children, so there is no feeling of missing out on the excitement. If that is not enough then you can help save endangered animals with Diego’s Rescue Pack. Then journey around the world with Dora and learn to say hello in other languages.Cosmo and Wanda will then take you for a spin inside their fairy world, before Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica and the other Rugrats lead you on a quest. Then finish off on the Wonder Pets Big Circus.

For those of you who are older than try the Avalanche; the bob-sleigh coaster, the Big Dipper, Revolution, the Grand National or the tallest and fastest roller-coaster in the UK; The Big One. If you find these rides are to bright then venture into the darkness of the Valhalla as you experience the four elements. If you fancy something a little more traditional than try one of world’s last remaining wooden Wild Mouse ride.

If you have ever had the feeling that your life is full of ups and down they venture on the Ice Blast where things have never gone down so quickly.

Discover what it is like to be in a horse race as you race around on the Steeplechase.
Buy tickets here

Blackpool Tower Circus

If you are looking for a laugh then go visit the clowns Mooky and Mr Boo with acrobats and dare devil stunts.  Its fun and exciting; it will be loved by young and old alike.
Buy tickets here

 

Madame Tussauds

Maybe you want to meet some celebrities. or take a walk on Coronation Street. OK these are not the most chatty and don’t sign many autographs, but there are a whole host of famous faces here.

Meet singing sensation Susan Boyle or pop singer Cheryl Cole. Star in your favourite TV show and impress the judges or be a judge yourself.

Pose with Bruce Fosyth as you try to look glamorous enough for Strictly Come Dancing. Think you are brainy then Chris Tarrant question you on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.

When you need to relax and have a laugh try the comedy section with Alan Carr and the legendary 2 Ronnies.

Need to make changes to your life then talk to Jamie Oliver, Gok Wan or Alan Titchmarsh.

Meet legendary actors David Jason, Helen Mirren, and John Thaw and brush up on your detective skills. Or get closer to nature with Bear Gryllis, Ben Fogle and David Attenborough.

If football is your thing then go meet David Beckham, Wayne Rooney or Alan Shearer, as you listen to Gary Linekar commentate. At pole position you will find Lewis Hamilton, whilst in the red corner is Ricky Hatten.
Buy tickets here

 

Blackpool Tower Dungeons

Ever wondered what it is like to be in a dungeon? Then take a walk through Blackpool dungeon. The actors are brilliant and will treat you to ten amazing shows.

These shows are based on actual history and legend of Lancashire.
Buy tickets here

 

Blackpool Tower Eye

Experience Blackpool’s first ever 4D cinema with sight, sound and smells as you follow a four year old boy around the town.

Then journey to the top of the tower and view the magnificent views as you walk across the glass floor.
Buy tickets here

Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Feeling elegant? Then take a twirl in the ballroom; as seen on Strictly Come Dancing. The ballroom was built in 1864 and it is like stepping into a different world.

Dance away to the sound of the Wurlitzer organ or take an afternoon tea.
Buy tickets here

 

Make Great Savings

Visting all the attractions in the Tower? Then take buy this money saving ticket Blackpool Tower Combo

If you are planning to visit a combination of places then buy this ticket will admits you to eight attractions. The Big Ticket
You can buy both tickets from Attractiontix

 

Other Attractions in Blackpool

Blackpool is famous for it illuminations and there is also a chance visit Illuminasia at the Winter Gardens; the inside illuminations that are out of this world.

The Model Village and Gardens offer everything in miniature but the fun that can be had.

If watery fun is you thing then head to the Sandcastle Water Park.

There are three piers in Blackpool; the North, the South and the Central pier, each one offering something different.

Take a journey on a tram or play golf at Stanley Park. There are mant shows to choose from and if you are feeling cultured then try the Opera House.

Blackpool offers a host of fun for all the family so why not plan your visit today.

 

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The Dark Mountain Saga: Return Of The Necromancers

dark mountain sagaThe Dark Mountain Saga: Return of the Necromancers is set in the fictional world of Danovian, The action sets in as a be;; ringer is killed. It is a dramatic start..  It seems as though the whole village of Sparevene has been slaughtered .All that is left is Eniiorac and her horse Axel. But all is not what it seems …
It is certainly an action packed start and we soon have a whole range of elves , vampires, zombies. ghosts, ghouls. and Necromancers to keep us entertained. It has enough going for it to get you wanting to read more.

The Characters

Enilorac is a horse riding girl who we first meet as she discovers her parents murdered, and an elf who claims he tried to help her mother but he was attacked. It is clear that she trusts elves and never doubts that they are trustworthy.

We learn her mother was human but her father was half human and half elf . We also discover she works with her horse as partners not by using force and she has a big heart.

Yet, she is also a warrior and is brave. She is prepared to do what is right. She has a certain inner strength which is admirable.

Her character flaw seems to be that she hides her emotions a little to much. She isn’t emotionless but her emotions seem a little controlled at times.

Enilorac is an interesting character and it is hard to dislike her, but she also seems to lack that something needed to make her a great character.

Then we come to Alatli, Queen of the Necromancers. She claims that once her people controlled everything to there were no wars and there was always enough food.  Then the Dark Lord Stelau  and his Dark Lady Uindara decided to break all the rules, They were killed and his children banished but his children vowed revenge.

She is a fascinating character who could hold her own within her own book. There seems to be a hidden depth to her and is capable of having a book of her own

The Elves area a fascinating community. As Enilorac’s home has been destroyed it is good to have that sense of community.

Then we have the bad guys; the vampires. The are just as good vampires should be – completely blood thirsty.  What more could you want?

 

Writing Style

The dialogue is far stronger than the narrative. There is a lot of back story which can be difficult to get your head around. There is a whole book or two  worth of backstory.It also means there is too much telling and not showing

This book is suited to teens or maybe younger, although it is still fun for the older reader to.

 

Overall Verdict on The Dark Mountain Saga: Return of the Necromancers

The premise of this book is good and it is a good storyline .  It does still need some work to it but it has all the elements that make a good story.

The characters are good and many of the characters are capable of carrying the story on their own.  The book though is not quote up to standard and still needs some work on it.

It is also a bit on the long side, especially when considering this book will appeal to the younger audience. Although it is broken into chapters some of them are quite long making it difficult to just dip in and out of as many book readers do.

My rating:  6/10

 

Product Description
Step into a fantasy world that is original!
The world known as Danovian, where Necromancers rule is under threat!
Vampires, zombies, ghosts, and ghouls are hiding in the shadows. They rule their world from the Necromancer Realm, watched over by Danovians Guardians. Some say those who rule the dead must be evil. There can be no good from raising the dead. Can there be?

Danovian’s human race do not totally understand all this, and fear it has something to do with the dark days of the Great Necro War. When Lord Stelau, an air Necromancer, turned evil, the entire world of Danovian became chaotic.
When young warrior girl Enilorac’s village is attacked by vampires and her parents left for dead it becomes her quest, given to her by Alatli, Queen of the Necromancers, to go to Dark Mountain and fulfil her destiny. The Elder Necromancers only hope of regaining control, and bringing back balance to Danovian, lies with the royal children.
Follow Enilorac and archer boy Rovert on the start of their new magical quest in the first book in the Dark Mountain Saga, Return Of The Necromancers.

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Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: C. Staff; 2 edition (15 April 2014)
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Language: English
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Uprising The Dolan Prophecies Series Review

uprising book review

Setting the Scene

Uprising is set in the future when the world has been taken to the brink of destruction by nuclear war. Humans have been enslaved by fairies . who probably figure humans can’t be trusted with a planet. Fianna and her younger brother Eirnin live in a rebellion city where fairies are highly likely to be instantly killed, Their parents are believed to be dead and Fianna is now in charge of the city.

The Beginning of Uprising

Chapter one begins with a kitsune stuck up a tree in a compound of fae hating humans.  This is not a good place for any type of fae to be.

The kitsune named Flint  seems war of  humans, and he possibly has good reason to be. Yet, he also has a  dislike of his own people. From his treetop he can give a good description of what happens in the city below him which sets the scene quite nicely

We learn about Fianna as Flint sees her and she is instantly likeable.

 

Fianna

Fianna takes over as narrator in chapter two. Strangely, I found I connected to her better when Flint was narrating then when she was.  After awhile though she does become a strong character who many people will relate to. She is caring and yet brave. She thinks things through and does not simple make rash decisions.

She is stubborn and strong minded, and she has to deal with more than anyone her age should.   Her love for her family shimmers it is so strong. Many of her flaws are due to her young age, but it is good to have a flawed character. It will be interesting to see how she grows.

Her brother makes a good side kick, they balance each other out well. There does seem a lack of females in her life, her mother is dead, she has no sisters and no real female friends. This seems to add a different dimension to things as she appears as though she feels emotionally lost, but is trying to put on a brave face.

Fianna has quite a sweet and innocent side to her. She is maybe to trusting at times which means the reader is always wondering if she is really making the derision.  As a reader it is not always a bad thing to be wanting to give to a character advice.

Flint

Flint is a great character. He is a type of fairy known as a kitsun but also seems quite human in many of his ways. He is lovable and a strong character. He has a fae sense of mischievousness.

He is a gutsy faerie, after all going into a place where you are  likely to be killed before you can speak is not the wisest decision

 

Eirnin

Eirnin is Fiann’a brother and in some ways the side kick of the piece. Despite this  he is a character who is more than capable of holding his own. He is fiercely protective to his sister and has an undying loyalty.

There is something quite adorable to Eirnin and he is the type of character that could gain a fan club of his own.

 

The Future

Uprising is set in the future. Despite this the future seems surprisingly like the present. If the same disasters had happened tomorrow the book would read pretty much the same.  The advantages of the year that it is set though does work well in the sense that none of us know the future so cannot think that never.

Despite it being set in the future it also has something primeval about it. There is sense that the earth has gone full circle to some degree.

Writing Style

Flint , Fianna, Eirinn and Lumi take turns to narrator chapters. This does mean there is a lot of head jumping that makes it hard to follow..   Although it is written as a first person narrative it didn’t make full use of this to show emotions and thought, This book may benefit to be re-written as a omnipresent third person narrator.

The story at times did not seem to move forward.  Having said that though the story is good and very interesting.  It is one of those books where you can spend more time reading it then you planned too.

Overall Thoughts on Uprising

This is a good book. There are a few parts of the book that do not quite work.  Yet,this book does have a certain magic to it that capturates.  The characters feel like friends and the sort of people who you want to be know more about.

The story is strong, and it is one of those books that you cannot figure out how it is going to end,  In part it is because Fiannna and Flint trust each other to easily. They are sworn enemies and for good reason Yet, it is also this moment that shows that Uprising is about who you can trust and if who you can trust is so easy to decide.

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Dolan Prophecies Series

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Uprising The Dolan Prophecies Series Review

Product Description
The year 2102–the world as it was no longer exists. Ravaged by nuclear war and polluted almost to the point of no return, Earth was dying. When the faeries came and brought their healing magic, humanity was grateful at first. Centuries of damage repaired in just five years, and during the course of that rehabilitation, they invaded. Quietly overthrown, the human race is now enslaved. The majority doesn’t even realize they have no free will. Branded, herded and kept only to further the agendas of the Fae Courts, humanity could be facing extinction.

But a resistance is coming…

Fianna Dolan has spent her entire young life preparing herself for an uprising against the Fae. One scorching summer night Fi’s parents leave and never return. Thrust into a position of power she never expected, Fi struggles with her new position and the responsibility it entails. When a secretive fae man known only as Flint breaches the city’s defenses claiming he can help, Fi begins to doubt everything she’s ever considered truth. As betrayals and deception come to light, will Fi want the answers she’s been seeking, or will trusting Flint lead to her destruction?

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Love From Heaven by Lorna Bryne

Do We Have a Guardian Angel

love from heaven lorna bryneLove From Heaven is a book by Lorna Byrne. Lorna Bryne describes herself as being an Irish mystic who has seen angels around people all of her life. She is noted from her book Angels In My Hair, but has written several other angel books. Love From Heaven is her fourth book and it describes how the majority of people have shut themselves of from love, and how opening your heart to love, both for yourself and others can transform your life. Whether you believe in angels or not, few people would disagree that the world needs more compassion in the world. Lorna shows up that with the help and guidance from angels that we can learn to feel love in our lives.
In this book Lorna Byrne explains how she sees love as a physical force but then people lock this love away behind, ‘ a transparent iron bar, ‘ but how the love insides never dies and can be released.
She sees angels as physical beings, in the same way you and I see other people. These angels have been teaching her since she was born just how important love is.
Lorna Bryne describes her own personal experiences of witnessing the energy of love in action and of it being locked away after some hurt. She explains it in such a way that even those of us that cannot physically see such energy can understand what she means and most of will have sensed the energy she is referring to.
Love From Heaven is a interesting book not only from the spiritual side of seeing angels but also from the more human side of how our interactions with others have an influence.

 

 

Love Is Powerful

love from heaven loran bryne Everyone needs love. The more love there is in the world the more peaceful the world is. Love from Heaven shows us how love can bring us happiness, and stop us for feeling lost and without direction.
Yet, Lorna Bryne also shows us how so many people in the world have cut themselves of from love. They do not love themselves or others. It is true when we look around the world there is a lot of sadness, angry and hate – all the things that a lack of love produce, too many people are greedy, selfish and care about nothing but money.
In Love From Heaven she says that we are all born with unconditional love but that almost immediately we are affected by the lack of love within the world. We close ourselves of from love in order to stop heartache and pain. We do these because we cannot face being hurt again. It also shows us when we start to love ourselves that we have the ability to heal the past and the times in our lives when we did not receive love.
This book shows us what we should already know that when we love ourselves we stop finding faults with ourselves. We know that we are beautiful both physically and emotionally. There is no such thing as an ugly person or a person who is not good enough; everyone who is born is perfect just the way they are.
Healing the past is never easy but according the Love From Heaven the angels want us to express out thoughts and feelings about these events in whatever way we feel safe to do so.

Working with Angels

love from heaven lora bryne Although Lorna Bryne works with many angels there are three that she has a particularly affinity to. These are angel Michael, Angel Horus and her personal guardian angel. She gives little detail about these angels and it is not clear if Angel Michael refers to the archangel or to just an ‘ordinary,’ angel. I get the feeling both Michael and Horus are just ‘ordinary,,’ angels if such things can exist. The angels though all appear to be wise, and full of love.
She claims that all of us have angels by our side who constantly whisper in our eyes and try to guide us. We may not see them but then angels are always there. They offer us unconditional love even when we cannot love ourselves or we are surrounded by people who have shut themselves off from love.

Being Kind to Others

Love From Heaven is a book that shows us how even the smallest gestures can make a difference in other people’s lives. When we show love to others we give them the confidence to allow some of their own love to enter into the world. This is a principle that is true regardless of if you do not believe in angels.
There is always something we can do. It may be something simple like smiling at a stranger, or saying thank you, or it may be something more like buying a gift for someone.
This book encourages us all to open our hearts to others and to try and make a difference in the world. When we show kindness to others we are not judgemental, nor to we expect anything in return. However, when we are kind to others we often find that it is this energy that comes back to us. When you are kind to others people are more likely to be kinder to you, and then love flows more freely.

What is Love

love from heaven lorna bryneLove can take many forms. When people talk of love they often think of the romantic love. Yet, there is also the love between a parent and a child, or the love we feel for our friends. Many people find their love when they connect with animals. Even those who have closed themselves of from love often find that they have a heartfelt connection with animals even when they have closed their love off from other people. Animals seem to be able to touch the hearts of people who have lost the ability to love themselves.
Love From Heaven explains that when we love ourselves, we see the good in life and we stop worrying about things, we stop trying to bring others down and have fewer negative emotions such as jealously, greed, and selfishness.
This is a beautiful ideal, and although it is an impossible ideal, at least in the current world, but there even making small steps towards this dream can have a remarkable positive change in the world and in individual lives.
The book also tells us that when there is love we have the capability to become the people that we were meant to be. Far to many of us fail to life up to our destiny.
People often fail to show their emotions ,they hide them away. They can no longer feel anything. They do not feel happiness or excitement, They no longer find any enjoyment within life. People cannot find happiness when they live without love in their lives.

 

My Thoughts of Love From Heaven by Lorna Bryne

love from heaven lorna bryneThis is a well written book and I get the feeling that Lorna Bryne would be a fascinating person to meet and to listen to her speak about what she feels and sees. Although it is a book on angels it is not written in such a way that it says little in a lot of words. It gets to the point fairly quick and is easy to read.
Regardless of your own personal belief in guardian angels this book does have lot of good advice. Love is without boundaries. Love is bigger then any religion, and regardless of if guardian angels do or do not exist love is essential part of everyone’s life. I do not think you have to be spiritual or believe in guardian angels in order to enjoy this book.
The words in Love are deeply healing, and for those that are struggling to overcome some problem within their lives I am sure that they will find this book uplifting and healing. It is a beautiful book to read when you are trying to heal the past.
I would recommend reading this book and the other books that Lorna Bryne has written. She is a a delightful author to read and its nice to have an upbeat message from a book. It is sure to put a smile onto your face.

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Love From Heaven by Lorna Bryne – Five Ways to Learn to Love Yourself More

Love From Heaven by Lorne Bryne

Love from Heaven will transform the way you think about love; it will stir up the love that is within you, making you more compassionate, happier and will change your life and the lives of the people around you.

Lorna Byrne, the Irish mystic who sees angels as clearly as she sees people, reveals for the first time that she also sees love as a physical force. This gives her a unique insight into love.

We are all born as pure love but Lorna sees 90% of all adults with what looks like a transparent iron band around the body at heart level locking away most of this love. We can’t destroy or diminish this love though and Lorna, in this book, teaches us how we can release more of this love and love ourselves and others more.

‘The Angels have told me that love is the most powerful force in the world. It’s love that helps to steer us in the right direction and drives us forward. It’s love that makes living worthwhile.’ Lorna Byrne
About the Author
Lorna Byrne has been seeing and talking to angels since she was a baby. Now that her family is raised she talks openly about what she has learned. She lives quietly in rural Ireland. She is the author of the international bestsellers Angels in My Hair, Stairways to Heaven and a Message of Hope From the Angels. Love From Heaven is her fourth book. For more information, visit www.lornabyrne.com or follow Lorna on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lornabyrneangels

 

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Portmeirion, North Wales

A Folly of a Village

Portmeirion is a Welsh village that was created by Sir Clough William-Ellis between 1925 and 1977. It is built mainly in an Italian village style, although there are other influences too. William Ellis named it as Portmeirion as. ‘port’ relates to its coastal position and. ‘meirion.’ is derived from the county of Merioneth (Meirionydd) where it is. Currently is is run by a charitable trust and is a top tourist attraction within North Wales. It became famous during the 1960s when it starred as ‘The Village,’ in the cult TV show, ‘The Prisoner.’ Sir William

If you go as a day visitor there is a small admittance charge, which is cheaper if bought in advanced online. There is also an option to book into the hotel or stay in one of the rooms within the village which are used both as hotel rooms and for self catering holidays. In the village you will also find shops, a cafe, restaurant, ice cream parlour and beauty spa. There are also woods to explore in you are feeling energetic and if you are not that you can also hop aboard the forest train. Ever since the beginning the mermaid has been used as the symbol of Portmeirion.

The Building of the Village

portmeirionSir William Clough-Ellis designed and built Portmeirion. It was his tribute to the Mediterranean village. Many people claim he based it on the Italian village Portofino, but whilst Clough-Ellis confessed that he loved Portfino he disputes the fact that he designed his village based upon it He had purchased a house and the land for £5,000. The previous tenant had died but she too had been an eccentric who had let the ground become very overgrown, but despite this it was still possible to see that this was a magical place. The buildings within the village had been inspired or in some places moved from many different places. The main hotel, and the cottages, ‘White Horses,’ ‘Mermaid,’ and, ‘Salutation,’ were already on the site and had previously been part of a private estate known as, ‘Aber la,’ (Welsh for Ice Estuary) and built about 1950s when there was a boatyard there.

Clough William Ellis

portmeirion walesClough William-Ellis was born in 1883 and was the son of a Anglican priest. He was the fourth of the six boys his parents had. He went to a Oundle; fee-paying school, and later studied at Trinity College, Cambridge but left before he had completed his course. He also fought in World War I and inherited his family estate. He often wore bright yellow stockings, bold waistcoats and bow ties. Yet, it is also said that he had a simple humour and conservative tastes in art. He was married to Amabel Strachey from London and they stayed united together until his death. They had a son and two daughters together. They both believed that nature needed to be protected and were interested in conservation, between them producing several books and pamphlets. He believed in protecting the essence of Wales. .

Castle Deudraeth

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Castle Deudraeth is actually just outside of Portmeirion it is named after the ruined medieval castle located in the woods nearby. Clough-Ellis bought this Victorian crenellated mansion from his uncle Sir Osmond Williams Bt. At the time he bought it was meant to be incorporate it into the village as it the a highly impressive looking building.but due to several problems including there being a war it has always remained slightly outside of the village. In 2001 with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Regional Development Fund and Wales Tourist Board it was opened as a 11 bedroomed hotel and restaurant. It lies in the grounds of a garden which was started by George Henry Caton Haigh who was a world authority on Himalayan Flowering trees and exotic plants.It would come as no surprise then to find that Castle Deudraeth’s garden contains an excellent collection of rhododendrons and other exotic plants you would not expect to find in North Wales He was a unique man who invented a unique village.He was an eccentric is many ways, but without his vision the world would have missed out on something special.   portmeirion wales

Portmeirion On TV

portmeirion prisoner shop

Wolfgang Sauber

Portmeirion first appeared on TV in 1960 in an episode of the British TV show, ‘Danger Man,’ episode, ‘A View from the Villa,’ starred Patrick McGoohan as John Drake. Later other episodes of the same show were filmed there. McGoohan then went on to launch, ‘The Prisoner,’ which ran between 1967 and 1968. The Prisoner was based a secret agent who resigned from his job, only to be kidnapped and held prisoner in, ‘The Village.’ ‘The Village was of course Portmeirion. The Prisoner Appreciation Society – Six of One – still hold their annual conventions at Portmeirion The Prisoner is not the only time Portmeirion has been used for filming. It was used for Ingrid’s Bergman’s, ‘ Inn of the Sixth Happiness,’ in 1958; a production that donated a Buddha statue to the village, Dr Who, ‘ The Masque of Mandragora in 1976, Brideshead Revisited (1981) and the final episode of Cold Feet in 2002.

Visiting Portmeirion

portmeirion walesPortmeirion is open all year round. During the summer months it can become busy and the hotel is more expensive. If you want to stay at Portmeirion there are some good offers during the autumn and winter months. It is also worth following their official Facebook or Twitter page to see what offers are on. The weather is typical of Wales, but even out of season it is OK and it is possible to enjoy your visit without perfect weather. No dogs are allowed into the village itself.

Jools Holland goes to Portmeirion

Portmeirion Central Plaza

portmeirion central plaza

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Visit the official Portmeirion website Here