Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle

Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle is a follow-up to the original film which starred the late Robin Williams.  I hadn’t seen the original but you don’t need to have – all you really need to know that the original Jumanji was a board game whereas in this reincarnation, it is a computer game and is set in 1996, about a year after the events of the first film.

Having been given a detention during which they were supposed to be cleaning the school basement, the teenagers Spencer, Bethany, “Fridge” and Martha (played by Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain, and Morgan Turner) find the Jumanji computer game.  Deciding that this is far more interesting than the task they had been given, they set about choosing their avatars.

Avatars chosen, Spencer hits start and they are pulled into the game.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Karen Gillian, Jack Black and Kevin Hart star as the computer game characters that the young students choose.

They find themselves in a jungle and quickly see they are the avatars that they chose.  They also work out that to get back to the real world, they have to complete the game.  Working as a team, they have to deal with obstacles that are put in their way, including the realisation that when they lose all three of their lives, they will die, not only in the game, but also back in the real world.  This adds a sense of danger to the film.

Overall a really enjoyable film and one I would thoroughly recommend.  If you’ve seen this version of the film, what did you think?  Let me know in the comments.

Tea Loaf Recipe

Nom Nom NomThis is by far the easiest tea loaf recipe I have found – you just need to remember to soak the fruit overnight.  I have made it several times and I’ve even given the recipe to my mother-in-law who has also passed it on.

I am not a fan of raisins or currants so I use 225g of sultanas and rather than adding nutmeg, I just put a bit more cinnamon in.  I also do not think it needs the butter or jam – it’s delicious on its own.

Preparation Time: overnight
Cooking Time: 1-2 hours
Serves: 6


  • 75g/2 ¾ oz raisins
  • 75g/2 ¾ oz sultanas
  • 75g/2 ¾ oz currants
  • 300 ml/½ pint tepid Earl Grey Tea
  • 250g/9oz self-raising flour
  • 200g/7oz soft light brown sugar
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Butter for greasing
  • Unsalted butter and apricot jam to serve


  1. Place the dried fruit and tea into a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a clean cloth and leave to soak overnight.
  2. The next day, preheat the oven to 175°C /325°F/Gas 3.
  3. Add the flour, sugar (make sure there are no lumps), beaten egg and spices to the soaked fruit and mix well.
  4. Grease a 22cm x 10cm/9in x 5in loaf tin – I use greaseproof paper to line the tin – easier to get the cake out.  Spoon the mixture into the tin.
  5. Transfer to the oven and bake for one and a quarter hours or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  6. Serve slices of the tea loaf spread with unsalted butter and jam.

It will should last a few days in an airtight container.  Let me know if you make it and if you do – enjoy!

*originally made on BBC 2 show “Something for the Weekend” by Simon Rimmer.

The time that:- I won first prize in a competition

           I’m at the front on the left in the picture above – how cute am I!?

When I was five, I won first prize in a competition.

I had to lay a mat (I think it was a beer mat) nearest to where I thought a parachutist would land.  The prize?  A tour of Bedfordshire in the air in a single engine air craft in late summer 1979.

The jump was arranged by a group called Save Sandy Now Action Group which was opposed to the road improvements that were being proposed for the A1.  The chairman Ken Lynch had arranged the event to raise awareness before the public enquiry.


In the picture on the left, I’m posing in front of the aircraft!  Oh dear!  I can only assume I was told to pose like that (at least I hope I was told to pose like that).   Maybe I should have gone into catalogue modelling.

Loves & Hates – No. 4

It’s been a while since I have written a post on my loves and hates but I have a few this time and I wanted to share them with you before the list got far too long!


The Good Place – Currently there are two seasons of The Good Place on Netflix and a confirmed third season.

Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop who has passed away.  She meets Michael (Ted Danson) in the afterlife who introduces her to The Good Place – a place that he designed to be like Heaven – but she realises that she was sent there by mistake and that in order to keep her place, she needs to try to become a better person.  That’s about all I can tell you without spoiling it for you.  It’s funny and the episodes are only about twenty minutes each so you can binge watch.

The Greatest Showman Soundtrack – If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I am obsessed with this soundtrack ever since I went to see the film at the beginning of the year.  It’s the best soundtrack I have heard in a very long time and I am currently playing it to death and I’m not sick of it yet, although I think my neighbours might be sick of my singing!!

“How To Stop Time” – Matt Haig – I was given an illustrated copy of this for Christmas and I am about quarter of the way through.  It’s about a guy called Tom Hazard who has been alive for a rather long time and whilst he looks 41, he has been around for centuries due to a rare condition that he has.  If anyone finds out his secret, he has to change his identity in order for him to stay alive.  It seems he has done this a few times up to now.

I’m loving it so far – I’ll write a full review once I have finished it.  I haven’t read a “proper book” for a long time as I tend to read them on my Kindle but as this is illustrated, it really needs to be read in book form. The illustrations are by Chris Riddell and really adds to the enjoyment of the book.

Healthy Food Guide – I have subscribed to this magazine since its first issue and I really enjoy reading it.  It’s full of “practical ideas from the experts” but it’s not a gimmicky magazine.  You won’t find any fad diets and the information is presented in a way that you can easily understand.  Their website is also full of useful information.  March issue is out now and includes articles on making every calorie count, food pairings that deliver extra nutrition, fighting fatigue and so much more.

Chris Country Radio – You’ll know if you’ve read my first Loves & Hates that I love country music.  Chris County Radio is all country music!  Bliss!  If I’m not dancing round my kitchen listening to The Greatest Showman, I’m listening to Chris Country.


The Gifted – I tried to like this and hubby & I watched a few episodes, but I just didn’t get the point of it.

What you have been loving and hating recently?  Let me know in the comments.

A House Through Time

A four-part BBC 2 programme written and presented by David Olusoga, “A House Through Time” charts the history of 62 Falkner Street, Liverpool.

Starting from 1840 (where the house was actually numbered 58) and finishing in the present day, we learn about the residents of the 4 storey Georgian house and their lives whilst they were living in Falkner Street.   Their tale is interlaced with events happening in Liverpool at that time, including the effects of cholera, World Wars 1 and 2, The Great Depression, Toxteth Riots and the HIV epidemic.

Each episode deals with a different period in time:-

  • episode 1 – 1840s – 1850s
  • episode 2 – 1850s – 1890s
  • episode 3 – 1891 – 1945 and
  • episode 4 – 1945 to the present day

Using historical documents and, in the last episode, testimony from those that lived there, we end up with a picture of the life of 62 Faulkner Street so far.

David Olusogo presents this series with passion and I really believed he cares about each residents story.  I was completely fascinated by each episode and I do hope there is another series.

If you missed any of the episodes, they are currently on the BBC iPlayer.