Making Bagels With Bagleman In Brighton

Disclaimer: Due to Bagelman following me on Instagram-I still have no idea as to why-I pitched to see if I could review their shop. On the day, I was lucky enough to be able to go behind the counter, and see how they make their Bagels. This is what constitutes a PR related post, yet I enjoyed it.

Hello! Good morning-I hope your day is going well so far.

During the first Saturday of March, I was lucky enough to be able to stop by Bagleman, and was taught how to make Bagels with staff members. (Because bloggers just love food!) It was a little bit tricky to navigate my way to the shop in the Lanes, yet I was happy to have done so in the end.

Needless to say, I was very impressed with the sheer size of the menu! Additionally, it was nailed to a wall outside the shop, meaning that anyone passing could have a quick peek. (Albeit I wasn’t surprised at the variety; having visited Downtown Cozies in the US, I just could not wait to see what was in store for me.)

The shop is far bigger inside than I thought it would be, judging from the outside. (Reflecting on this now, I was reminded a little bit of the Tardis, from Doctor Who.) 

Needless to say, it took me a little while to choose what sort of a Bagel I would have liked at the time; in the end though, I chose a plain-ish bagel, with a little bit of a glaze on top, complete with bacon, and ketchup. (It was nine AM-and it was seemingly the most ‘Breakfast-y’ option I could conjure up at a given moment, plus the most imaginative*.)

*As you can see, I do lack imagination early in the mornings-it was early, I needed my fuel!!

I was fascinated to see the preparation.

Simply cut in half, add the toppings, and squeeze together. There are so many options, I really cannot emphasise this enough.

To cook, it took maybe forty seconds-the actual figure alludes me. But behind the counter, there are This ovens-quite small by size-that cook them on the go. There are various different settings, all designed dependent on the combination of Bagels. (And I think that every hungry student should be given one of these things-they are magic!)

 Silver magic! As you can see on the screen, the twenty five seconds has passed, but not for the full summary of the time required. It also looked quite heavy, and something that I would not necessarily be able to handle.

Looks good for a windy day, right? Have you ever been to Bagleman? Leave your comments below-



Revolution Review. 


Disclaimer: this book was sent to me, at my own request, for me to review. What follows constitutes my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe Moss at Carlton Books for sending me this! (I think it also worthwhile to note that I am not a Communist, and do not plan on any revolutionary activities.)

Revolutions are a controversial subject, aren’t they?

There was Mcarthyism, as well as the red scare, meaning that the subject almost could not be publicly addressed. As a form of semi-scaremongering, it was used as an accuse, seemingly. But this book is great for exactly that reason. It ignores the issue of the impact, and analyses whatever Revolution it’s talking about, thus relating it objectively. (For a point of reference, I have yet to finish this book, but I do plan to-eventually.) As somebody who is currently studying history, I find the disdain given to these ideas a little bit illogical, and the fact that they are often taught-as in, passing it down generation to generation-odd, because there is still some contempt. (Rant over, I promise.) But this is why I really admire this book!

Plus, it is beautiful when you pull it out of the casing-almost akin to a newspaper. Just have a look at this:

All the clippings seemingly relate to the contents of the book.

For anyone studying politics, even history, this is such a useful reference guide; virtually any revolution of the last century is covered-some I didn’t even know that existed. (Famous ones are also referred to-Castro and Cuba, for instance.) There’s even photos to illustrate, plus pull out documents-always useful for hands on learning.

My only real feedback is that this book is quite cumbersome; not only for its shape-larger than most books-the depth of details inside means that it is also heavy. (Imagine this at the end of the day: you have all of your textbooks, exercise books, pens, etc. But you have to additionally carry something else; it will get heavy, won’t it?) 

Rate: 10/15

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The 30 Questions Disney Tag (Guest post by Faz Dadabhoy.)

This is a guest post by Faz Dadabhoy, over at Living Like A Parisienne. Be sure to check out her blog by clicking here-and check back soon for my version of this tag.

I like to think that we all have a soft spot in our hearts for Disney. It’s such an important part our lives, whether it played a role in our childhood, or it’s something those younger than us are beginning to fall in love with. The magic, the stories, the imagination… Thank you, to Cody for nominating me! I thoroughly enjoyed taking a trip down Disney memory lane and I hope you all will re-discover some of your favourite Disney moments with me.In turn, I would love to tag Lydia, the proud owner of this lovely blog I am guest posting on. It’s only fair you share your Disney moments too!

1. Favourite character? 

I do love Minnie Mouse! I even have a hairband with her ears and little spotted bow. I love her that much!

2. Favourite princess?

Princess Jasmine. This is a princess who refused to marry for anything other than love and her best friend is a tiger. Life. Goals. 

3. Favourite heroine?

Merida. This film resonated with me, and I admire her strength and tomboyish nature.

4. Favourite prince? 

Prince Charming, although perhaps I say this because Chris Pine made one mighty handsome Prince Charming in Into The Woods.

5. Favourite hero?

Simba. He’s essentially Hamlet (my favourite Shakespeare tragedy) and one of the first characters I ever fell in love with.

6. Favourite animal?

Toulouse from The Aristocats is one cute little kitty! I love his name and cheeky nature! Of course, the French setting certainly helps…

7. Favourite sidekick?

Timon & Pumba. Oh, come on, now! You can’t separate these two, can you?

8. Favourite villain?

Maleficent is deliciously evil! And very open about it too! There’s no sneaking around with her, I love how she is blunt about being the bad girl!

9. Favourite original character?

It has to be Mickey Mouse, doesn’t it? He’s just so symbolic of Disney and generally quite a cheeky chap!

10. Favourite love song?

‘Can you Feel the Love Tonight’ is not only one of my favourite Disney songs, but one of the greatest love songs of all time. Snapping up Elton John to write this soundtrack was a stroke of genius.

11. Favourite song?

‘Beauty and the Beast’, as sung by Angela Lansbury. This is the most beautiful song in the world.

12. Favourite villain song?

‘We are Siamese (if you please)’. This song bores me and therefore I consider it villainous. And let’s be real, those Siamese twins certainly aren’t exactly the good guys!

13. Least favourite song?

I honestly had to Google for a list of Disney songs, because I struggled to find one I disliked! Perhaps, ‘Feed the Birds’ from Mary Poppins. It’s just a little too dull for an otherwise glorious musical.

14. Favourite kiss?

Oh, this is a good one! But, it has to be Ellie jumping on Carl on their wedding day in Up. These two are relationship goals.

15. First film you saw?

I believe it was The Lion King. Or at least, that’s what my parents tell me.

16. Favourite classic?

The Parent Trap is one of the best films to ever grace our screens, and Lindsay Lohan was rather fantastic in this, don’t you think? It’s my go-to on a rainy day when I need perking up.

17. Song that always gets stuck in your head?

Everybody wants to be a cat… because the cat’s the only cat, that knows where it’s at…

18. Favourite Pixar film?

The Incredibles. I never get bored no matter how many times I watch it. I love a good superhero film!

19. Least favourite Pixar film?

A Bug’s Life just never impressed me. Maybe it’s my aversion to creepy crawlies…

20. Favourite sequel?

There aren’t many Disney sequels that wowed me, but I have to say that The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride was very true in nature to the original, and the opening sequence was pretty powerful too!

21. Overrated film?

Frozen. I have no shame in saying that. It’s not an awful film, but it’s certainly hyped up far too much.

22. Underrated film?

Hercules! I think there is so much wit that goes unnoticed as a child, but it makes for hilarious viewing when you understand the references.

23. Film that makes you laugh?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s dark, but that Jack Sparrow has got some good lines hasn’t he?

24. Film that makes you cry?

I bawl like a baby at Dumbo. And yes, you know exactly what scene I’m talking about. You know, when Dumbo visits his locked-up Mamma, and she cradles him in her trunk. I’m tearing up just thinking about it!

25. The saddest scene from your favourite film?

Please see below and weep with me.

26.  Saddest death?

If anyone were to answer anything other than Mufasa, I would call them a liar. That death affects us all.

27. Favourite quote?

“I’m a damsel, I’m in distress. I can handle this. Have a nice day.”
Megara proving that even when we’re in trouble, we don’t need a man to save the day!

28. Favourite theme park?

I have only ever been to Disneyland Paris, so I suppose that sways my decision a bit. Having said that, their Fantasy Land is marvellous.

29. Favourite theme park attraction?

Big Thunder Mountain is so underrated! It’s fast, it’s dark, it’s all over the place!

30. Favourite theme park show?

I think it’s only fitting to end this tag on that parade I watched when I was eighteen, and Prince Charming blew a kiss at me…

Gail Crowther Interview; On Her New Book, Sylvia Plath, And Other Projects…

If you’re a regularly reader, you’ll know that I live to investigate Sylvia Plath; the confessional poet has been of great importance to me since I read The Bell Jar at thirteen. Recently, Doctor Gail Crowther has written the book, The Haunted Reader And Sylvia Plath;I spoke to her to find out more about it. 

Hello Gail, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

My pleasure.

 You have recently written a new book, The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath. What inspired you to write this book?

 I suppose the interest came from my own personal attachment to Plath which I formed when I was 13. I love so many writers, but my reading relationship with Plath feels quite unique and I increasingly noticed this seemed to be the case with other people too. I grew more curious about what was going on at that convergence between reader and writer, and the subsequent nature of the relationship that developed. So I decided to try and find out a bit more about it. This involved carrying out primary research over a number of years, using a method I called creative autobiography, to discover what sort of attachments readers had with Plath. I was especially interested in those who formed strong attachments, and the results of that research are The Haunted Reader and Sylvia Plath.

 What do you think is the relevance of Freud when analysing people such as Plath?

 Well my book does not actually analyse Plath, but rather her readers. I was so resistant to using Freud at first because, as a feminist, I really struggle to get beyond some of the problematic gender politics in his work. I explored other psychoanalytic theorists and other concepts such as projection and introjection. I also looked more generally at theories of reading and fandom. But as soon as I read ‘Identification’ by Freud as well as ‘Mourning and Melancholia’ and Narcissism’, I realised that constructing a framework from his theories was going to best help me explore what was going on.

 Did your impressions of Plath change at all?

 Not really, though I was really pleased to discover just how powerful and positive a role she plays in peoples’ lives. She is a real constant, and despite the often stereotypical depiction of Plath in popular culture as a suicidal misery, readers who become attached to her see a very different Plath – they see a vibrant, funny, insightful Plath…which of course she was.

copyright Kevin Cummins, 2016

 What do you think about the seemingly mythologised fandom round Plath? 

 I think Plath herself and those who read her and become attached to her, have had a very rough time indeed. The fact that the expression the ‘Cult of Plath’ is used says it all really. I do think in recent years a revision is taking place and hopefully Plath will emerge from this as a more rounded cultural figure. Certainly the publication of her Letters over the next year or so will make a massive difference to how she is understood. Her voices in those letters are astonishing – multiple, playful, serious, anguished, hilarious, teasing, passionate, stroppy. Once Plath becomes fully recognised for the woman she was, I think (hope) this positivity will transfer to her readers too.

 Do you have any other projects in the works?

 Yes. I have one more Plath piece to research and write which will be an essay for a forthcoming book, Sylvia Plath in Context (edited by Tracy Brain). This will explore Plath and religion, an area that is surprisingly under-researched I think , given all that imagery in her poems. Then hopefully around May a book I co-wrote with Peter K. Steinberg will be released, called These Ghostly Archives, sharing our archival experiences and delights. When books get published in quick succession it seems like they must be speedy projects, but The Haunted Reader took almost ten years to research and publish, and These Ghostly Archives is the product of eight years of research – so these things take time before they actually appear in print.

 Then I have a couple of non-Plath projects bubbling away, but I also hope to give my writing brain a little bit of a rest. Though not for very long.

 Random: what do you prefer-heels or flats?

 In my head, heels. In reality, flats.

Thank you very much to Gail for answering my questions. Be sure to visit her website by clicking here, and to buy a copy of the book by clicking here.

Blogging Myths Debunked.

When I’ve been chatting to a few Friends, there has been a few misconceptions-and they largely revolve around my blog. So, for this post, I thought I would debunk a few blogging myths.

  • I get paid for blogging.

Nope, not at all. I do not get paid for any of the posts I wrote-and I largely consider brand samples to be a sufficient payment at the moment. Whilst I would love to monetise my blog-as in, get paid-I haven’t yet been able to. I’m not enough of an influencer to be considered for this. And besides, though a possible source of income, it wouldn’t necessarily account for a real wage. 

  • I meet a lot of famous people.

The interviews you sometimes read are with semi-famous people; because, after all, fame is something incredibly subjective. However, I have only carried out one interview face to face-and that wasn’t even for is website! So, I don’t really meet a lot of famous people. I do however get to go to concerts, etc, thus seeing them live and in action. (I meet the occasional person-yet this is not really notable.)

  • I don’t spend a lot of time writing.

This is the one that frustrates me the most; I put a lot of time and effort into my posts, and I also post every day. A lot of time is spent creating content-so, photography, words, guest posts, etc.

  • That I am obsessed with social media.

Social media, whilst useful for any blogger, in order to promote their posts, I actually find quite cumbersome in reality. For me, it is quite hard to operate-and I’m not always aware of invisible social codes. Twitter is one of the easiest, yet I get bored of trolls very easily; and why be bitchy, any way? Technology could be used for something higher-ratherthan being   trivialised, and used to be nasty.

What blogging myths have you recently come across?



Little Known Box Unboxing And Review.


Disclaimer: this post contains a PR sample. However, I did request to review this subscription box (it’s March at the time of writing). What follows is my honest opinion. Thank you to Louise at Little Known Box.

Put it this way; at the end of a long day, I love to come home, a find a semi surprise of a package for me-and as love seeing what they contain. (Put it this way; it was a Wednesday, meaning I was in college from 8:30 AM- 6:00PM.) And it’s times like this that I sometimes like to indulge in a little bit of luxury-this was a really tiring day. Let’s have a look inside this Little Known Box.

Little Known Box sells itself as being a luxury beauty subscription box, as well as being without cruelty in their products. Sounds quite ambitious, right? But look at what’s inside! The box is quite clean, sleek, and simple in design-because simplicity is elegant. (Apple fan here!)  The note on top also adds a personal touch-always lovely.

I’m already impressed.

This is what’s inside, and you can see my personal note to the right. There’s a voucher, and a phamlet detailing what’s inside. (I was too curious, and put it aside for later, to dive right in.) But because it’s only just coming into spring at the time of writing, the idea of compiling this box was to be able to have a pampering night in.

What’s inside?

  • Miss Patisserie Bath Melt.

(A relative laughed at ‘melt’.) I’ve never really heard of a ‘Melt’ before-and I’m not a big fan of Lush bath bombs. But let’s see how this goes! (I’m willing to try this-and besides, it smells quite nice.)

  • Friendly Soap.

Hygiene is always a good thing to promote! 😁 And Lavender and Geranium…..hmmmmm..

  • Monuskin recovery Balm.

Sometimes, and I’ll try not to be too graphic, but I sometimes suffer from dry skin. (Anyone reading this who is the same: it’s horrible, right?!) This is a saviour for us! I put some on a semi-sore elbow when I received this-and it really works. Plus it has a lovely cream texture, which is also cooling in texture. (Put it in your handbag-I promise it works!)

  • Witch lash mascara.

Firstly, this is a cruelty free mascara-and you can see this tiny detail on the packaging. But as somebody with glasses, eye make up is often a problem for me-and is quite taxing and tedious to put on. This mascara wand bands, meaning that I can reach any eyelash, and all without stabbing myself in the eye! And although it does clump a little bit, this is quite easily rectified.

  • Mango lip balm.

Because who doesn’t love a new lip product?!

  • Eco care organic facial wipes.

I’ve been looking for some facial wipes that are not clinical in their smell-I just loathe the overwhelming medical smell that envelopes your face. These smell so good! They also don’t sting your skin-they have a soothing feel, even calming. They are lovely when you wake up.

What do you think-would you subscribe to this box? Rate: 14/15

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