Bonfire Night

Exploding Fireworkds

Bonfire Night: “Remember, remember, the fifth of November. Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason, why gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot.”

Guy Fawkes related bonfires actually began the same year as the failed coup in the night between 4th & 5th of November 1605. Londoners, who knew little more than their King had been saved, joyfully lit bonfires.

In time celebrations became more elaborate with people making a dummy of Guy Fawkes generally called a “Guy”. Children would walk the streets shouting “penny for the Guy”, the money collected would be spent on fireworks for the evening’s festivities. On the night itself the Guy would be placed on top of the bonfire and set alight.

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Vanadinite Magnetite: Halloween Crystal Therapy

Vanadinite
Vanadinite

Are you a compulsive worrier? Do you overthink everything? Then Vanadinite crystal is for you… This stone will help to calm you and stop the internal chatter that goes on whenever you are quiet. Ruminating about situations that you have little control over can be a waste of energy and very tiring, let the crystal harmonise your thoughts and bring peace to your mind.

Self Belief

Equally, if you keep starting projects but never get to an end, then this crystal can help. It assists by bringing out your self-belief and inner-wisdom, allowing you to find the right dream to pursue, giving you the motivation and energy to see the task all the way to an end result. This crystal is especially good if projects you embark on are often abandoned due to negative thoughts and a general loss of interest when the going gets tough.

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Bond: No Time to Die

Bond - No Time To Die

At the start of the film, James Bond is not actually in service. He is no longer working for Her Majesty’s Service, and is in fact living in the Caribbean. Jamaica is seen as Bond’s spiritual home, where his journey started.

The Story

“His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”

Director

The making of this film has not been without its problems. In fact, filming wrapped on the very day it should have originally been showing in cinemas. Problems go back as far as August 2018 when Danny Boyle quit as Director. He was eventually replaced by Cary Joji Fukunaga, whom you might know from Maniac – a Netflix series and for his work on TV show True Detective where he scooped an Emmy.

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Romantic Partners: Zodiac Signs

Romantic Zodiac

What kind of romantic partner do you make, and are you looking for? Have you wondered how much of what you want and need is impacted by the zodiac sign you were born under? We delve into each star sign, to see just what kind of romance you can expect…

Aries

Aries make for an interesting contrast; they are by nature very independent. When in a relationship they would encourage their partners to also be independent and to have friends and activities outside of the relationship. But that said – they do want very close contact, and would expect daily communications and to be consulted on plans. They would hate to be thought of as needy, however that may be how they come across to some, as they can be quite demanding and dependant on a romantic loved one.

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Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra

There are seven chakras, and the Heart Chakra is the fourth. It is also known by its Sanskrit name – Anahata, which translates as either unhurt or unbeaten. It is the place where compassion, love and empathy are stored, but can also be a storage locker of past hurt and pain.

Decision Making

This chakra is concerned with our ability to make decisions, of course, these sometimes relate to romance and matters of the heart. But, also in regards to wider family relationships and particularly unconditional love for ourselves and others. Plus, love is shown for the universe and spirituality, not just for people.

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Pensions: Are you all clued up?

Pensions

Are you like the proverbial ostrich, burying its head in the sand? Then you are not alone. It is thought a staggering 65% of women don’t have a handle on pensions, and generally lag behind men in this area. But the information is important for all; so, if terms like annuity, draw-down, defined benefit mean nothing to you – then read on!

A good place to start…

For many of us, the state pension will be the bedrock to our retirement planning. So, it is a good idea to check what level of National Insurance contributions you have built up so far. You can also check your planned retirement age, whether you have been contracted-out for any period and look at any gaps you have in your record.

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Things to do in the garden this Spring!

Garden
  • Prepare any gardenflower beds you have. Remove weeds and have a good dig over the area. Then work in some fresh soil, possibly some manure or fertiliser, depending on what you are going to plant.
  • Start planting summer-flower bulbs like Ranunculi’s and Dahlias. Roses should also be planted, so they have time to establish.
  • Bedding plants will be in the garden-centres now, and will provide some early spring colour. Deadhead for a longer flowering season.
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Health – Thriving in Lockdown by Bryony

Health

The current environment that we are all having to endure is impacting on our lives hugely. Adjusting to being around family and emotional partners more than we are used to, having children around us more and so on, can be seriously stressful. All of this can impact on our mental health and physical wellbeing, perhaps even more than we realise. This can lead to anxiety, stress and let’s not leave out feelings of frustration!

Many people are finding themselves reverting to bad eating habits through this testing time. Consuming huge amounts of comfort food that are high in sugar and the wrong fats. You may find yourself becoming easily addicted to these foods, even though they often leave you feeling lethargic, uncomfortable and uninspired to keep moving forward with life.

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Paranormal, by Monique – PIN: 2321

Paranormal

The paranormal literally meaning ‘beyond normal’ is, for some people, a frightening realm filled with ghosts, poltergeists and all things spooky. However, most paranormal experiences are far from scary and actually once understood can bring comfort and reassurance. 

Knowledge is Understanding

Firstly, having knowledge of the paranormal can give us the understanding of what these encounters could mean. We all see in the movies the typical ghost being something morbid and designed to frighten us, in my experience seeing or feeling a spirit entity can be quite comforting.

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Blithe Spirit – Sky Cinema/NOW TV

Blithe Spirit

STUDIOCANAL

If you were a fan of Downton Abbey, then you will recognise Dan Stevens who played Mathew Crawley. Blithe Spirit would have been released in May of 2020, but due to the pandemic it was rescheduled to Boxing Day, and then again to 15th Jan 21.  Where it will now have a simultaneous release in cinemas, on Sky Cinema and NOW TV.

Starring Roles

The film is a new depiction of a classic Noel Coward comedy. If fact, it has been put on the screen before, but the cast alone make this a worthy outing. Isla Fisher (our cover star), Leslie Mann and Dame Judi Dench to name a few.

Blithe Spirit Synopsis

Dan Stevens plays Charles Condomine, he is somewhat of a playboy with a career as a crime novelist. However, he starts to struggle under a looming deadline, and a severe case of writers’ block. His second wife, Ruth, played by Isla Fisher has designs on heading to Hollywood, and as such she wants to keep him focussed and writing.

Charles’ search for inspiration continues, and in a desperate attempt to get the writing juices flowing, he invites a medium to his home to perform a séance. The medium is called Madame Arcati and is played by none other than Dame Judi Dench. In fact, Dench is no stranger to Noel Coward roles, but this is her first time playing the medium.

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