Friday, 25 April 2014

Slots of Fun? Millionaire Genie - Review -

I have never gambled online except for a few games of bingo a couple of years ago. So when an opportunity came up to try the new game 'Millionaire Genie' on I was accepted and gave it a try.

Now I don't claim to be a hustler or have the foggiest when it comes to online gaming so it is all a bit baffling for me to be honest.
I had a £5 prepaid balance to play with and I clicked the link.

Now the first thing for me to understand was how much each 'spin' cost me and the bet is 15p you can use the auto spin feature which enables you to go off and perhaps play bingo or another slot game whilst the computer spins for you. I didn't use this feature as I wanted to watch it play.

Each spin gives you three rows of different symbols which roll just like a fruit machine every time you have a go. If you are lucky enough to have a winning line it lights up in gold and shows you which line or 'row' you had won with. That is where I was completely lost. I looked at the 'pay table' which explains which symbols you need in order to win but after playing for some time I was still completely unaware of how you actually win on the 'win lines' - maybe a beginners guide is needed?

There is a huge amount of money to be won with this game and it is a random pick so you could find yourself winning millions. My biggest wins came with the scatter feature - 3 of the genie appearing which then opens up the Genie using his abacus to decide how many free spins you get.

This is then an accumulative win streak. The most I won with this was £4.57 but I did get the feature a total of 4 times so it all added up. In fact it took me ages to spend the £5!

then I got the scatter feature for the 4th time and the game froze! I was completely panicked so I went to the home screen and found help which gives you multiple options of how to contact 888Ladies and included 24/7 live chat which is brilliant!
I clicked on the button and had to wait 16 seconds for help. I was dubious about the advice given but it worked after a reboot the game came back exactly where I left it so no loss of winnings!

my final win streak came in at £1.65

I only got the bonus feature once in all the play and won around £1 so no huge jackpot for me.

If I understood it better I think I would have enjoyed it more but as it goes I probably wouldn't go back as I just don't 'get it' - if you are a fan of slots online and you know what you are doing I imagine this is huge fun. I miss holds though like on a real fruit machine. If I could have held the symbols I would have absolutely loved it!

Overall it is a well produced game with great graphics and ways to win but for me I need a dummies guide to slots online!

You can currently vote for your favourite games whether it be bingo, Millionaire Genie or any that you just can't get enough of! Just nip on over to this URL and vote! Voting closes on May 2nd!

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This is a sponsored post and I was given a balance of £5 to play with. This is my honest opinion and payment did not influence this post.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

ABC of Murder - Review - The Alphabet Killer DVD (Spoiler Free)

I love being out of the loop, I love finding a book or a movie that I really like that I know nothing about. No puff, no hype, no spin; just pure unexpected entertainment.

Just for those reasons, I haven't nor will I ever read 50 Shades or see the movie, for those same reasons I didn't enjoy Silence of the Lambs, well Sir Anthony was awesome but for me Jodie Foster was just an awful Starling - played far more believably by Julianne Moore.

Anyhoo I am digressing!

I answered a PR request for book reviews but it turned out all were too young for my son so instead I was sent a few DVDs and all of which I knew nothing.

Last night I was in a mood for a good thriller and so I chose

"The Alphabet Killer"

A movie I have no preconceived ideas about, had never read a press release or watched a trailer for.

Immediately I was thrilled as the leading lady turned out to be one of my favourite all time (and very underrated) actresses - Eliza Dushku. You may now her as Faith from Buffy/Angel, Dollhouse, Bring it on, Wrong Turn and the sadly cancelled Tru Calling (of which I am still reeling over never knowing what happened!!)

The cast is strong with roles from Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, Secret Window) Cary Elwes (Liar Liar, Saw, X-Files) and even a small part filled by the incredible Michael Ironside (Highlander 2, ER)

Based on the true Alphabet Murders in 1977-79 (Also known as the double initial murders) this film has a strong plot but with a very important sub-theme. Mental Illness.

Without giving too much away and I promise to keep this spoiler free, it follows the story of Dushku as Megan Paige a Homocide detective working on the triple abductions and subsequent murders of three little girls, whilst coping with an obsessional involvement.

Paige suffers a schizophrenic adult break and has to try and overcome the prejudice of her co-workers within the police department.
Fighting to stay in the job and hold it together, Eliza plays the role to perfection and creates a tense, thrill seeking atmosphere forcing the watcher to scream at the film, just to get people to LISTEN to her and not just hear.

Direction is suspense a minute, with eerie shots from peculiar angles, creating the impression she is being watched and you are never sure if she is or not! Excellent work from Director, Rob Schmidt.

Mental health is a very difficult subject to carry off well especially within a completely different story line but the film dealt with it in a very realistic and sympathetic way, following daily struggle and the fight to be believed. I would love to know if Eliza researched, and how.

I looked up the film today after watching it and I was so shocked to see it was made in 2008! I love a good horror/thriller/drama so just have no idea how I missed it!

I have read some online reviews and have to say I disagree with most of them.

It was a really good watch and I did not find it predictable in fact I guessed the killer at about 85% through which is very late for me!
I also like the fact that the viewer watches Megan's struggle from the outside, not trying to confuse the viewer with what is or what is not reality. It shows a true understanding of a desperate woman trying to stay herself and coping with the stress of a demanding and unsympathetic job.

8/10 Lemons

and I'd like a sequel PLEASE!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Good Enough to Eat - Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Juvenate

I smell awesome...REALLY...I do, every time I move or wave an arm about I get a waft of gorgeous aromas and it is coming from me!

I'm not being odder than usual, honest! I have been extremely lucky and was nominated by my very lovely friend; Jo over at the Adequate Parent. Thank you so very much & for your lovely words Jo! x

Jo was reviewing an item from the Cocoa Juvenate range by Hotel Chocolat & was asked to nominate somebody to receive their item of choice.
I was the lucky recipient and I chose the body butter which is beautiful! It smells amazing in the pot, glides on effortlessly, soaks in without any residue and leaves you smelling just plain yummy!

Top notes of creamy cocoa butter laced with lime, tones of bergamot but the outstanding scent is of the warming sandalwood which lingers for hours; giving heady, aromatherapy to your senses!
I absolutely love it and recommend it just for a luxurious treat or if like me you suffer from dry skin, a perfect nourishing moisturiser!

I didn't realise Hotel Chocolat manufactured a skin range and I am so happy they do! Other products in the range include bath oil and a luxury hand cream (I haven't eaten it honest!) “Made with handpicked premium ingredients including: Organic West Indian cocoa butter & Moroccan argan oil to help nourish, soften and smooth the skin.”

You may have noticed I am a little late with this post for Mother's Day. Due to a delivery problem with Royal Mail I received the product too late but I am still allowed to nominate a blogger to receive a treat fit for a Queen and as Mothers should be celebrated every day why not indeed!

So my nomination goes to my very best friend and I wrote a poem......

 I sat in the interview nervous, head in a book
nobody looked up or gave a second look.
I glanced around and saw her sat there
all pretty and reading with flowing red hair
"You look like Gabby from Neighbours"
I blurted without thinking; aloud for all to hear
"Thank you - I think as I have no idea
of who she is" she replied and gave me a grin
I waffle when I'm nervy and easily could down a gin
or 3 when things get to tough
and after the interview I'd had enough!
But we both got the job
& travelled real far
& met in the hotel and propped up the bar
and trained for 5 days
& did bonding techniques
if this was the job; the outlook was bleak
I did get very hammered
snogged my boss to be
She gave me a talking to
and made me black coffee!
So we worked in the store
selling a new fangled invention
a 'mobile phone' with no wires for connection!
20 years ago that was now
life has passed on at speed
boyfriends, husbands, births & deaths
she is the only friend I ever need
If you could choose a sister
to be there on your course
then she would be my number one
and I'd never have remorse
So Sonya please take this poem
and accept this gift from me.
as to me you are my shining light
& without you I can't be....

Miss Cisco (Sonya) blogs at

So go on head on over to Hotel Chocolat and indulge yourself inside & out!


I was not paid for this review but I did receive the product for free, this did not influence this review.

Monday, 7 April 2014

No Recent Experience

Up until Ev was 6 months old I had always worked.

When I left school I went straight in to a factory job until I found something I wanted to do which I eventually did. I then went on to work in Animal Welfare for years, then a private kennels and finally on to college to qualify as a groomer.
In those days there was no minimum wage and at one point I was on 75p an hour and good pay was £10 per day!
It was a definite vocation.

I went in to retail for better money after I returned from backpacking and in 1995 went to Uni and completed a 2yr HND in Design Communications at Southampton Institute (Now Solent Uni).

I went back in to retail after graduating and finally ended up in financial admin as a settlements clerk for Amex and then I was head hunted for a special project at Barclays.

That takes me right up to Ev being 6 months old and after the Barclays contract ended I didn't go back to work. I found it too hard to leave him and even though he was well looked after at nursery he really was not the happy baby I knew he could be.

The summer after he turned 4, I started caring for my Mum and then did that until last October. As being a carer is not classed as 'working' I officially have not had a job for 11 years!

I can see why on paper I am a risk, but I am ABLE to work, WILLING to work  and NEED to work! I am looking everyday and apply for at least 2/3 daily but I get nothing, very rarely a No even!

I have not sat on my backside over the 11 years. I am a volunteer for TV/Film conventions where I can be selling tickets one minute to being a PA for an actor the next. I chaired the PTA, organised and helped run events for funding. Organise events within my community. I helped run toddlers group, started a blog - and even use that to help up and coming business' to grow an online identity.

I am good at a lot of things, I love learning and I am great at using initiative. If I can organise, promote or even perform public speaking; then I am in my element. I just need somebody to take a chance on me ....queue Abba... or not!