I Will Find You – Book Release

I Will Find You was released in April this year for #LesbianVisibilityDay. It wasn’t available to everyone, so I’m fixing that. Here it is:

We can’t deny the horrors that the world has bestowed upon minorities over the past millennia. Every community is scarred by them. But, no matter how many times we make mistakes – humanity never learns from them.

In January 2019, it was announced that at least forty gay men and women have been detained for being homosexual in Chechnya. This has been viewed as a purge of homosexuals by many. It can’t be denied. We must fight. We can’t afford not to.

I Will Find You is Book Two of the Dehumanisation Series and the story of the LGBT+ Purge.

Warning: Some content may be distressing to some readers. Trigger Warnings will be placed on certain chapters. Book contains strong language.

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Just Another One – Book Release

I released Just Another Number three years ago! But it’s not been fully accessibly to everyone. So, if you want to read it – here it is!

In a world blinded by ignorance and living blissfully, Agatha Gomez has to survive the terrors of the twenty-first-century concentration camps.
They said it wouldn’t happen again, but it did.
And no one is batting an eye.

Just Another Number is Book One of the Dehumanisation Series and the precursor to the LGBT+ Purge.

Warning: Some content may be distressing to some readers. Trigger Warnings will be placed on certain chapters. Book contains strong language.

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To the Person in My Attic – Chapter One

I’ve been wanting to write something that can be released straight to you, without having to wait for the entire book to be finished, for quite a while; and I think this is the one. A new chapter will be added on 22/12/19, I hope you enjoy it.

Book Title:
To The Person in My Attic

To the Person in My Attic is a piece of general fiction based on the truth of hidden occupancy – a rising situation where desperate people hide in strangers’ houses in order to keep a roof over their head.

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“How can we abandon desperate people in their time of need?” #T3ddyTalk #ImReading #ToThePersonInMyAttic

Close to the Sun – Review

While flipping through the games Nintendo had for the switch on their marketplace we found this game. Looking at the screenshots, it gives off a Bioshock feel as this game takes place in the 19th century. First impressions were quite good since, in this game, they’re not afraid to put you in tense situations without a means of defending yourself.

What we have here is a game of paradoxes wrapped up in horrific time fixing monsters. In this world, Nikola Tesla gathers all of the brightest minds around to one ship where they create many fantastical devices. The only problem is that in their pursuit of knowledge they managed to play with time to the point that it started to fight back. As you go through the story you find notes left by the player but from the future. It’s implied that at the end of the game that we can go back and fix past events and change how the story ends but we don’t get to do such a thing yet unless there is a DLC in the works.

With great atmosphere and some genuine moments of concern on whether or not your safety is in question, this game can give you a couple of hours of fun gameplay. This game is much better played on a tv than just the switch as the downscaled graphics for the switch tend to get fuzzy. Other than a few chase scenes that will make you pull your hair out, you will be running  through this game and have a merry old time getting into the story. However, this game doesn’t feel like it’s worth $30. Maybe more along the lines of $20 but we still enjoyed it.

Maybe give it a try when it’s on sale?

With another review done, I’m signing off.

Have an awesome day, everyone!

Sigrid’s Sucker Punch Tour – Live at the O2 Academy Leeds

I’m a big fan of music – it’s something that I enjoy greatly, even if it’s hard to hear now due to slight deafness.

I’ve never been lucky enough to go to many concerts. My first official concert was back in 2012 for Kerrang, but this is the first main concert for me. Sigrid is a fantastic singer, her voice is booming and her songs echo in my head. So, I decided to go see her in Leeds.

I went with a friend, Suzi, and this is my review of the entire experience.

Here’s the verdict:

Here’s how I got to the decision.

The ticket prices from Ticketmaster were £27.20 each, including the booking fee. Which I felt was reasonable! So, happy days.

The prices at the venue on the other hand were a little out there.

For two Pepsi Max’s that were extremely flat, it cost us £6, meaning they were £3 each… Not really worth it, they tasted poor.

Onto the review of the concert, IDER was the supporting act of the night and they were swell. Their music is similar to the style of Sigrid, so it was a good choice having them as the supporting act. Although, I didn’t know any of their songs at the time, I’m now aware of their music and have been listening to their new, Emotional Education, album on Spotify.

Then, we have Sigrid. She got the crowd singing along with her in the intro song and it didn’t stop through, she even acknowledged the fact her fan base in our area is a mix of ages and genders.

The music was a mix, not just of the Sucker Punch album but also of the Raw single. It was fantastic! There was a little bit for everyone – for the people that liked her for her new music and for the people that liked her for her early music.

Luckily, I remembered which songs – so, I decided to put them in a playlist for those who wanted to listen:

The night was great, and we enjoyed it so much. The music was fantastic, the venue was easy to get to and the tickets were a great price. The issue with it, is the venue prices – especially for sub-par items.

But, overall, it was a great night and I can’t wait to go see Sigrid again!

IT: Chapter Two Review

A long awaited horror film, and easily one of my favourites of 2019 – not my number one, but certainly in the top five! Let’s get onto the verdict!

So, the overall film was great – the choice in actors held strong and the film kept the plot well. Obviously, there are parts of the book that didn’t make it to the film – but for those whose only reference is the original mini-series, the plot held true.

The differences between the film and the show is easily the actors. The mini-series was good but let’s be honest, Tim Curry carried the entire thing. The actors were good
but not made for their parts. Unlike our new cast – Bill Hader was MADE to play Richie! Bill Skarsgård is the more horrific Pennywise we may ever get without CGI (for normal scenes – because he obviously can’t unhinge his jaw), and James Ransome for Eddie just brought that character to life for me. They’re exactly as they should be, exactly how I thought they’d be after reading the book.

Another difference is the relationship between Richie and Eddie. It seems like the pair were romantically intimate at some point or another, which Richie’s fear being outed as Gay – which is announced by Pennywise during his token finding. Richie’s feelings for Eddie are later confirmed, over Eddie’s dead body when he refuses to leave him in the cave where Pennywise lives.
The kills in the film were executed well – the CGI wasn’t terribly done, so it was a good experience. Something that I think didn’t end too well was the ending of Pennywise – I feel like there should’ve been a bit more fighting to it.

Another thing that I would like to jest on is a Chapter Three. If a third film isn’t on the table at all, then maybe it shouldn’t’ve been called Chapter Two. However, with the splendid overall ending of Pennywise dying and the Loser Club losing two members and being
reunited, I would suggest not bringing either back. Instead of doing Chapter Three as a follow up, it should be a pre-sequel! Show us more about Pennywise’s
centuries of hunting and devouring Derry Residents.

So, would I want a sequel? Yes.
Do I want more of the Loser Club? No.

The team successfully killed Pennywise, we don’t need their success to mean nothing. That has to be the ending.

Vegan Chocolate Taste Test

I’m Dairy Intolerant, so I’m always looking for new chocolate to try. However, when it’s dairy free, it’s usually listed as vegan, often gluten free, and nut free, too!

And buying speciality items with special dietary requirements is expensive. So, although I will be writing about taste – I will also tell you the prices. All the facts, not just what our tastebuds say.

To make it a level playing field, we’re going to be tasting Honeycomb Toffee Chocolate.
Honeycomb Toffee is made by heating up sugar, syrup, butter, and bicarbonate of soda. It’s called Honeycomb because of its texture and hardened state resembling a Honeycomb. However, it’s also called Cinder Toffee or Honeycomb Toffee due its slightly burnt aftertaste and extremely sweet chewy texture.

Here we go!

Our test subjects for these delicious chocolates are: Teddy (me) and Skylar.

Let’s start with the cheapest of the three chocolates we tasted:

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Fabulous FreeFrom Factory’s Dairy Free Chocovered Crunchee Bites.

Resembling the family favourite, Crunchie, these pieces of honeycomb, covered in chocolate are a very sweet treat. The packaging is right! It’s Crispy and Crackly. They have a good crunch, the toffee leaves you with the typical Cinder Toffee after taste and it even states in the ingredients that they are using Honeycomb Toffee rather than just honeycomb – which typically suggests created by bees and containing honey.

The chocolate has a dark chocolate taste, smooth but with a slight bitter edge. However, something that we all disliked about this chocolate was the incredible amount of sugar.

This chocolate has the highest amount of sugar per 100g – 68.4g. It’s so sweet that it will leave someone with sensitive teeth in toothache if you chew your chocolate.

However, if you like dark chocolate, extreme amounts of sugar, and something that you’ll really need to chew – this is your treat! A bag of 65g will set you back £1.69, making it the cheapest option as it’s only £2.60 for 100g!

So, here’s our verdict:

6 out of 10. It’s a good alternative to a Crunchie and extremely cheap for a vegan candy/chocolate, but full of sugar and the chocolate is quite bitter.

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Onto our next cheapest, the Moo Free Mini Moos Bunnycomb Chocolate Bar. This was the first ever chocolate bar that I’d tried after being diagnosed with dairy intolerance. It’s smooth, tastes like milk chocolate, and has small, crunchy pieces of honeycomb littered within it.

A brand, once again, listing Honeycomb Toffee in their ingredients and rightly so. With a bold taste of cinder toffee, but without the burnt after taste – this chocolate is designed for children – or at least to make it easier on them. Unlike the Chocovered Crunchee Bites which were too hard and full of sugar, then covered in a bitter dark chocolate. This is a lot friendlier on price, too.

The amount of sugar is a lot less, too. With 25g less sugar than the Chocovered Crunchee Bites, it’s a lot better for sensitive teeth. With only 43.3g of sugar per 100g.

For the price, a single bar will put you back 69p, which works out at £3.00 per 100g.

Also, not a bad price for vegan chocolate, and a lot more readily available with it being available in a lot more stores nation wide!

So, here’s the verdict:

9 out of 10! It’s a fantastic tasting chocolate, with small pieces of honeycomb toffee that don’t get stuck to your teeth. It’s less sugar, and overall better portioned! Along with a much better price than some! However, with them being individual bars – they use a lot of plastic. So, not a perfect score – but good.

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And finally, Push Honeycomb Chocolate.

This chocolate comes in a plastic-free pouch, which is fantastic! There’s nothing more annoying than a company saying they care about the environment, then contributing to the plastic pollution that is damaging our oceans.

Onto the chocolate, the taste of it is a combination of dark and milk, it’s a good in between with slight bitter tones but nothing too harsh. The honeycomb is slightly soft, which makes it a lot easier to eat, but keeps its toffee taste.

Unlike the others, this honeycomb is listed as just that – honeycomb. Not Honeycomb Toffee as is listed by so many other companies, which I feel has left some people confused about the ingredients. That would possibly be my single suggestion on the aspect of packaging.

Another difference from the other chocolate is that this one is a lot less sugar, and it’s one of the main marketing points. Per 100g, it only has 24.9g of sugar – which is, as their site suggests, 50% less sugar than mainstream chocolate buttons – but it’s also over 50% less than Chocovered Crunchee Bites, and almost half the sugar content of Moo Free Mini Moos Bunnycomb Chocolate Bars.

Their online store has only been open for a year, so I’m not surprised that their prices are higher than the other brands that we tried. However, with the plastic-free packaging, it makes sense for it to be a little higher in price. After all, plastic packaging is the cheap alternative to eco-friendly packaging. The price for 100g is £5. £2 more than Mini Moos, and £2.40 more than Fabulous FreeFrom Factory. The price is a slight downfall – especially for those who don’t have the money to buy it. However, if I could choose to have a pouch of Push Chocolate once a month over a Mini Moos bar once a week, I think I’d go with Push.

So, here’s the verdict:

We went with 9 out of 10 – the chocolate is smooth and flavourful. The Honeycomb Toffee is soft and easy to eat. The plastic-free packaging and low sugar content means that you can eat them without having to worry. The main thing I’d want to see, in order to give it a 10, is a decrease on price – it’ll take time, but if it can make healthier sweet treats more available to everyone – it would be the best!

And that’s it! Overall, it totally depends on what you enjoy in chocolate and honeycomb.

Like big crunches and sugar? Try Chocovered Crunchee Bites.

Want to share some milky, dairy free chocolate with your kids but still have a little but of a crunch? Try Moo Free Mini Moos Bunnycomb Chocolate Bar.

Do you want to help the environment by reducing plastic consumption while consuming some low sugar, naturally sweet chocolate? Try Push Honeycomb Chocolate.

What ever you choose, we hope you enjoy!