Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Kids can now recreate scenes from the Ben 10 Cartoon Network TV show, with the Ben 10 articulated omni-enhanced action figures, and Ben suited up in his racing gear is always ready for a bumpy ride! The Transforming Omni-Cycle allows him to drive through any off-road terrain or zip through the skies to fight the bad guys. Collapsing wheels change the Omni-Cycle from cycle to flight mode, enabling kids to play with it in two different modes! 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset
Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Ten year old Ben Tennyson discovers a mysterious alien watch called Omnitrix, after which he attains the power to transform into any of 10 different alien heroes - each one has their own power! BabyN’s recent toy unboxing was a surprise package we recently received in the mail. The box was packaged very well, and so although he started the unboxing himself with the help of a pair of scissors, he still needed a hand for help. His excitement during the process was priceless and soon mummy and BabyN’ were able to finally take out the toy from the box. 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

It’s perfect not just for your own children, but also to giveaway to any child (age 3+) as a birthday present or on any other occasion. Kids nowadays are very sharp and they generally don’t need parents to read instructions and guide them on how to use a toy. I was going to read more information about Ben 10, but even before that, BabyN’ himself figured out what to twist and turn and how to play with it. The Ben 10 figure has moveable hands, feet and even the helmet can go up and down, so the kids are able to make him sit comfortably on the bike ensuring his hands grip the handles of the bike well, so he doesn’t fall down. 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Now talking about the vehicle, it can be used as a bike, but it’s wheels can also be twisted and turned to make it to change to something else. BabyN’ suggested it can also be used on water. 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset can be purchased from Amazon

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A Handful of Podcasts to Help You Get Through the Week



Which podcasts do you listen to religiously each week? As the world of radio declines, podcasts are stepping in to take over. This listening trend is booming, and more people than ever are putting on their headphones or tuning into their home’s smart speaker to get their podcast fix. When surveyed, 7.1 million Britons said that they’d listened to a podcast within the last month. This may seem like a lot, but we had nothing on the respondents from South Korea, who had the highest listening rate of 58%, or the United States, who were fifth with 33%. 

When discussing the power of podcasts, Ian Macrae, Ofcom's Director of Market Intelligence said: “Podcasts are transforming the ways people listen to audio content, just as on-demand video is changing how people watch television. It's fantastic to see how UK radio broadcasters as well as newspapers and other media companies are embracing podcasting and offering more choice about what we listen to than we’ve ever had before.”

The BBC for one, has embraced the power of the podcast — out of all the podcast producers it has been found to have the highest reach. Organisations like the BBC, as well as small independent producers, are constantly pushing out interesting shows covering a wide variety of genres. Whether you’re a big corporation or you’re just starting out, as long as you have ambition, branding and business cards, you can get your name out there. What’s more, there are many genres you can choose from! In a recent survey, Ofcom found that the genre most listened to was ‘entertainment’ (57%), followed by ‘comedy’ (54 percent), ‘discussion’ (53%), ‘current affairs’ (49%), ‘sport’ (41%), ‘science and culture’ (39%), ‘politics’ (39%), ‘hobbies’ (35%), ‘TV and film’ (35%), and science and technology (33%). 

Each of these categories has seen trailblazers, leading the way into 2020. In May of last year, the British Podcast Awards were held to honour those shows that were racing ahead in listenership and interesting content. Paving the way in each genre, here are the podcasts that we were most interested in over the last year: 

Best Arts & Culture Podcast: 
“Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” — George the Poet

Not only did George the Poet’s epic podcast take home the award for ‘Best Arts & Culture Podcast’, but it also took home four gold awards, two silver awards, and the podcast of the year award. Maybe the success of this podcast is that it has something for everyone. Made up from news, poetry, storytelling, and cultural observations, this podcast keeps it fresh and intriguing. 

Best Comedy Podcast: 
“Dear Joan & Jericha” — Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine

Successfully taking the gold for best comedy podcast, Dear Joan and Jericha will have you in stitches. The agony aunt parody is almost two convincing, and the cringe-inducing line that it walks will have you wince one second and laugh out loud the next. Absurd, deranged, and always funny, this podcast has set the comedy standard for 2020.

Best family podcast: 
“Surrogacy: A Family Frontier” — BBC Radio 5 Live 

If you’re looking for a moving podcast that will challenge your perceptions, go and give ‘Surrogacy: A Family Frontier’ a listen. Made up of a collage of personal stories, interviews, and anecdotes, this podcast is thought provoking and artfully executed. 

Best true crime Podcast: 
“Case Notes” — Classic FM

A true crime podcast with a twist, Classic FM’s Case Notes sets out to investigate historic crimes that have some relation to the world of music. Taking a look back through the most infamous and blood thirsty musicians of all time, this podcast shows that we are now looking for a new and unusual angle when it comes to true crime podcasts. 

It’s official — the standard has been set. As we strive forward int 2020, our ears will demand only the most intriguing, hilarious, or informative podcasts. With more budding producers and presenters every year, we are likely to see many more innovative shows competing for this year’s prestigious awards. 

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What is 36Mb fibre broadband? Is cheap fibre fast enough?

What is 36Mb fibre broadband? Is cheap fibre fast enough?


Having lived in various parts of the UK, I’ve experienced the broadband services provided by lots of different providers operating within the country. There are some known broadband providers across the country that everyone is aware of, but there are also some local providers that are only available in certain areas or towns. In new developments, where those ‘big names’ still haven’t reached, the users are generally facilitated by the local broadband providers. The local ones also happen to provide better speeds at lower rates, but the most important part for me to get services from any brand is customer service, that ensures that customer issues are dealt with priority. 

The entry-level download speed offered by most of the broadband providers averages 35Mbps but this can also go higher or even lower, with some providers. When these providers advertise for speeds, they also mention about what these limits are good for and what type of usage can be made. That’s the reason why the first question the customer service officer asks before recommending a package is the number of users that will be logging on to the internet and what it needs to be used for. For households, the most basic speed limits of even 30 Mbps are sufficient, especially if there are 2-3 users. However, this differs if the service needs to be used by an organisation with more than 10 users. 

36Mpbs is good for browsing the internet, using it for emailing, online banking or even for shopping. Moreover, it can also be easily used to stream videos, for gaming and for connecting up 6-10 devices, when the need arises. 

Answering the question whether 36 Mbps is fast enough or not needs to be determined by the factors mentioned above. However, to conclude, I’d say one needs to keep all requirements and factors in mind before opting for a particular speed limit. Also, you can compare fibre broadband services against prices to ensure you get the best deal for yourself.


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Spiced Lamb Mince & Spinach Pancakes



As you all may know, February 25th is marked as Pancake Day, the day celebrated by consuming pancakes. A pancake is generally a flat, thin or fluffy round cake prepared with a batter containing eggs, milk and butter which is cooked on a frying pan or on a griddle. Therefore, I've come up with the recipe of 'Spiced Lamb Mince & Spinach Pancakes', an easy to cook, yet a flavourful plate of goodness. The recipe is perfect for both adults and children alike and something that provides all the necessary minerals to all ages, because of the meat content added to it. Lamb is one of those ingredients that works perfectly with pancakes, and it isn't just tasty, but it also provides nutritional value to those consuming it. 

The Major Ingredient - The Lamb! 

Lamb is one of the most exciting ingredients that can be used to create lot of different recipes. 

Lamb Try it, Love it

The EU funded Lamb Try it, Love it campaign has enabled people to discover the unique flavours of lamb at their convenience. The protein packed premium lamb produced by European farmers ensures the use of sustainable practices and is a praiseworthy contribution to the local economies. 

Variety of Cuts of Lamb

Being a versatile ingredient, lamb can be used to prepare lots of dishes and the availability of different cuts enables us to create incredible lamb dishes that aren't just quick and easy to prepare, but the health benefits are immense too! 

Health Benefits of Lamb

Lamb contains essential nutrients and proteins as well as 7 vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12 and niacin that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Once you try it, you're definitely going to love it! For more information on the campaign and for interesting new recipes, check out lamb try it, love it.


INGREDIENTS FOR SPICED LAMB MINCE & SPINACH PANCAKES:

For the filling:
2 tbsp oil 
1 medium sliced onion
2 medium chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 green chilli  
250 grams lamb mince
1/2 tsp salt or as required 
1/2 tsp black pepper 
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp dried mixed herbs 
200 grams baby spinach (preferably fresh)

For the pancake batter (Prepares 6 pancakes): 
50 grams, plain flour 
1 large beaten egg
150 ml milk
1/2 tbsp butter 



INSTRUCTIONS:
For the filling:
Add the oil in pot and heat it gently. 
Add onions, and cook until they turn brown.
Add tomatoes, ginger garlic paste, green chilli and cook until they're soft.
Now add lamb mince, salt, black pepper, red chilli powder and dried mixed herbs.
Cook until the meat changes colour.
Add baby spinach leaves, cover the lid and cook for 15 minute or until it's cooked and any water, if present evaporates. 


For pancakes:
Add all the ingredients in a bowl, and mix well until you're happy with the consistency of the batter.
Heat a frying pan, and add some butter or oil.
Pour the batter on the pan, and leave it to cook.
Turn the pancake upside down to ensure the other side is cooked as well.



Assembly:
Place the pancake on a plate.
Add the filling of spiced lamb mice and spinach before serving.
Serve warm for an enjoyable experience.

Pancake Day Recipe

Preparation time: 5 - 10 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4-6 adults

Pancake Day Recipe

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Enjoy a day out with family for £20!


Botany Bay Kent
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I’ve spent 4 beautiful years of my life in Kent, the Garden of England which also happens to have some of the most amazing beaches in the country. Being a local, I got a chance to explore various beaches within the county but my favourite has always been the Botany Bay in Broadstairs.
Botany Bay Kent

It’s always relaxing to listen to the sound of the waves, and watching the water splash on the shore just makes one forget all worries and pains. It isn’t just soothing to the eye, but it’s also a brilliant day out with kids and family or with friends both in terms of being a budget friendly destination and keeping everyone entertained. 
Botany Bay Kent

Since beaches are free to visit we can spend as much time as we want, the only cost that needs to be incurred is the cost of the food and entertainment at the beach. If we talk about staying within the £20 budget, the first thing to do, is head to any of the pound shops to grab some sand toys for kids, a hat and sunblock are essential too. The next thing is to get the food and snacks for both adults and little ones. Sandwiches are generally mess free, quick and easy to make, and everyone loves them. I generally also add a packet of crisps, some soft drinks or juices and some brownies for everyone to enjoy. Generally, we all have a picnic mat at home, so we just take that. A football is also one of our favourite things to take, for everyone to play with at the beach. 
Botany Bay Kent

Some beaches offer free parking, some don’t. However, all day parking near Botany Bay in summertime can cost £5. Breaking down the cost of visiting the beach, you can use £10 for food & drinks, £5 for parking and £5 for buying other essentials such as toys or sunblock, if required. That’s your day out with the family for £20, definitely one of the best pocket friendly fun activity for all. 
Botany Bay Kent

As you know the new £20 note goes into circulation in the UK this month. To celebrate this Morses Club, who offer cash loans (Representative 466.37% APR) have made this interesting infographic. Detailing everything new with note and how it has changed over the years.





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Restaurant Review: Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou in Ealing, London


Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Sidi Bou, a family run Tunisian restaurant located in Ealing (London), also being the UK's only Tunisian restaurant aims to showcase the authentic flavour and culture of Tunisia. As mentioned by Hatem at Sidi Bou, the restaurant uses fresh and organic high quality produce from local suppliers and ingredients from Tunisia to ensure they provide a unique taste and experience to its customers. Moreover, the restaurant also has a shop that sells Tunisian products including serving dishes and dinnerware. 


Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

We started the meal with Mezze a la Tunisenne, a sharing platter suitable for vegetarians that included Salad Mechweya, Ommik Houreya, Tunisian Salad & Houmous. The platter was served with bread. Being well aware of the flavour of the hummus, it was wipe cleaned from the platter within minutes. The Tunisian salad was similar to the kachumber salad I make very frequently at home. However, it was my first time trying out the Tunisian Salad Mechweya, a simple grilled vegetable salad drizzled with olive oil. Also, the Ommik Houreya, mainly a carrot salad is very popular in Tunisia, and as the owner of Sidi Bou speaks, 'its more popular among the Tunisian kids than a chocolate bar!' The texture of the salad was similar to Carrot Halwa minus the sugar. However, the sweetness of the carrots did add a bit of a very light sugary taste to it. I prefer my Halwa very sweet, so for me, it wasn't exactly like eating a spoonful of carrot halwa, and I could easily consider it a healthy starter. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Our next starter was Breek A L'oeuf, again a vegetarian dish prepared with a filling of potato, parsley, capers & cheese as well as an egg in a delicate filo pastry. This is a very light starter, so if you're not too hungry then you can order this as a starter as it's not very filling and you'll still have ample space to enjoy the mains.  

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Another starter at Sidi Bou, a Tunisian favourite called Merguez that we tried is basically a traditional lamb sausage. The sausages tasted different than the regular ones, so you can give it a go if you'd like to try the Tunisian version of sausages. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

For the mains, we tried Jibana as per the recommendation. It's a traditional slow cooked stew that was served with bread and the main ingredients in the dish we were served included peas and chicken. The Tunisians eat Jibana with bread using spoon and it can be prepared with different spice levels. We opted for the mild, and although it was enjoyable, it was still slightly spicy compared to the level of spice we eat everyday at home. Eating Jibana gave a very homely feeling, as it was something similar to an Indian curry. Also, the summer fruit smoothie was chilled, and very refreshing and helped us in enjoying the spicy dish. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

For dessert, we tried the traditional Tunisian sweet pastry called Makroud that is generally filled with dates and nuts or almond paste, is cut in a diamond shape and the dough is prepared with semolina and flour. The pastry is a bit hard, and the texture is slightly chewy too, so its best to bite it rather than cutting it with a fork. 
Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

Since its a  cosy, small dining area at the restaurant decorated keeping the Tunisian vibes in mind, it's advisable to make a booking prior to the visit. The restaurant is child friendly, however, baby changing station isn't available for infants and toddlers. Also, nearby street parking is available and it's free on weekends. If you're taking kids, then I'd recommend grabbing a few magazines from he counter and telling them a bit about Tunisia, showing the map and any other amazing facts about the African country. 

Tunisian Food at Sidi Bou London

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