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With the festive season coming soon you might be wandering what to buy for those close to you and where to go where you won’t see the same old chain stores with the generic products you see every year, maybe this year you’re looking for something a little more meaningful and origonal. Sure you can look online but where would you begin with that, and then you have postage costs to pay on top of that from every different place you see.

What if there was a place where you could see a variety of different products, unusual, specialised, more thoughtful? All under one location, and not only that have a good time in a festive themed environment and really get into the xmas spirit?

The festive gift fair in birmingham may be exactly what you are looking for, promising over 325 different exhibits with shops ranging from well known brands to lesser known and varied gifts, festive food stalls to sample and a selection of entertainment and music (which I would presume to be merry jingles, possibly even xmas kareoke which would be fun, but I couldn’t tell you besides music being promised along side other entertainment) There is plenty on offer to entice you to visit, and the best part is you don’t have to pay shipping for your items.

Key Points

  • Entry will vary between £8.50-£9.50 when booked in advance
  • Open between 9:30 and 5pm from the 21st to the 24th of November (ideal to start the xmas season)
  • “wonderful, unusual and affordable presents”
  • Festive theme and entertainment
  • Eat drink and be merry with festive food and drink to sample and purchase
  • Santa will greet you when you arrive, so yes he has taken time off to come to this event because this will be where xmas begins in birmingham.

I have been provided press access to the event so I will be able to provide a much more in depth review showing the highlights and hidden gems of the event, along with photo’s and video’s from the location to give you an idea what is happening at the event, along with my personal favourites and recommendations as to what to visit and special gift idea’s from the merchants of the event.

I personally think birmingham should advertise this event more as it offers a wider selection than the german food market which takes up the streets in the city center, and beyond that is actually festive and will get people in the christmas spirit ready for the spirit, exploring a whole kingdom of festive stalls and would make a great day out for the family, and not only this it will be a great place to escape the high street and to explore new idea’s and gifts you might not have seen or considered.

If you are interested in seeing it all close up yourself I would recommend you purchase a ticket, available now from http://www.festivegiftfair.co.uk/

 

This is my video review of the unboxing of the classic selection of the chocolate tasting club from hotel chocolat, along with my grades for the individual chocolates that you get inside.  You will have to excuse the silly face I appear to be pulling when Im going to turn the video off lol.

A few weeks ago I was sent this product to test and review and to talk about, I filmed this video on the day that I opened it and have been trialing it since then, an updated video will be uploaded soon with a more detailed review, this just tells you what you get in the package if you wished to purchase one and my initial thoughts on the product.  It is designed for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD and also for giving you more energy or combatting the winter blues as they say.  As you can see in the video I am a bit of a sceptic but I will give an unbiased review and my honest opinions, no hype or bull or sales spiel just a clear honest opinion on how it works and whether it does anything for me.

Having watched this series of the apprentice every week I have noticed major fualts with the majority of the candidates chosen this year and I wonder how they made it past the auditioning process.  I feel they may have been chosen more for thier entertainment factor rather than thier business prowess.  Frequently they would either lie or completely make up facts about products in order to get sales, they would badger people and blag thier way through the tasks with no actual management potential.  On an operational level they dont have many problems, but as task leaders they always seem to struggle and some of them even panic like a rabbit caught in the headlights.

Even at the start of todays episode, one of the candidates had a title of “unemployed head of somethingorother” what on earth does that mean, if you were head of some department then thats one thing, you’re either head of that department or you’re unemployed, former head of whatever would be acceptable, and why were you now unemployed were you that poor at the job, how long were you in that job, possibly a day trial knowing the blag factor of these candidates.

I would find it suprising if any of these people would ever make the draft if it wasn’t for this program, selling by any means neccissary including lying and cheating isn’t right wheres thier corporate/business responsibility.  If I was task manager on these candidates I would have had words long ago on the way they act.  And with some of thier idea’s they come up with someone needs to have the courage to point out the ridiculousely useless ones, it doesn’t take a genious to spot how bad some of these are.  You could forgive a week or two of bad idea’s but almost every week things have been poor, okay so some weeks it was obvious which team was going to win with the poor idea and the good idea, but this week I would say both were bad from the outset.  The tagline for the octo-kleen was stupid, I mean because 8 hands are better than 2 what on earth has that got to do with anything, and its completely meaningless bumph, at least the germ o nator had a viral aspect, just the excecution of it was pulled off poorly.  They could have either focused more on the germ destruction aspects of the product, or had a similar video with something like dirt o nator as the name as it would be a cleaning of deeply dirty products, and replace the boy with a weak nerdy student and that would have worked good.

Of course I would have said the octo-Kleen product should have been the losing product personally as its meaningless tagline and alienating the core market should have definately lost the task for them, I guess lord alan believed the main flaw with the other team was that it included a young boy on the product which was against the whole “keep away from children” tag and deemed it dangerous.

Okay so the tv series the prisoner was repeated on tv recently, and as a result there was a coach trip to visit port meirion the home of the prisoner (affectionately known as the village), where the tv series was based and filmed… okay, so you pay the coach fare through malvernian tours, which is supposed to include entry, but when you get there you have to pay an additional entry fee (which was also widely disputed, the coach driver states x ammount, which you can pay to him directly, or get off the coach and pay the toll keeper, we chose to pay the toll keeper rather than wait for the coach driver wasting time.. of course the toll keeper knows nothing and tries to charge about 3 times the cost of what the driver quoted… so we talk, he goes off talks to a manager, then uses special concession rates which were noted on a different sign hidden in the office (which obviousely is the normal rate when they arent expecting coaches) this was still double the cost, so we had to dispute even further until eventually he gave in and gave us the advertised rate…

Okay so now youre inside, you would expect that having paid to get in that they would have made some effort to preserve the scene or at least make it look themed to the prisoner, but no Im afraid apart from the prisoner shop selling branded merchendise at a very ripoff price you would be hard found to find much that you could recognise from the program. The houses all have names, where in the series they were simply numbered, there is no identifiable house to say which belonged to number 6 in the tv series, you cannot go into any inside area that would have been fun to see like the command center or number 2′s office, I mean if youve had to pay to get in surely keeping these in situe would have been a clever marketing ploy, and giving tours, but no none of that, no effort at all made to preserve the features of the show, even the cafe from the show is gone, there is however a different cafe elsewhere but its far too modern and looks nothing like in the program. So charging to get in somewhat defeats the purpose in my view, and is a big waste of money.

But what can you do youve paid to get on a coach and youve been taken to the place its either pay to get in or wander the wilderness of nothingness that surrounds the village. Even though it was supposed to be included in the price paid previousely. I just cant see what charging an entry fee to such a small place with now seemingly no reasonable reason to charge does for the place, no wonder they charge such extortionate rates for the memorabilia inside, because customers cant get in to buy unless theyve paid large entry fee’s. I felt sorry for the young girls working in the stores, they must’ve felt like prisoners themselves, and they mustve been shocked to see someone as young as me in the town as mostly it was very old people on the tour and Im sure its like that most days, I swear one of them was giving me the eye… had I been on my own mightve been worth trying it on.. but alas lol…

Anyway I wouldnt go again, nowhere near what I expected of the place, I at least expected there to be some remenents and recognisable parts of the show you could see, and to be able to go look inside buildings like number 6′s house, number 2′s and the command center, but there was nothing of the sorts. The most interesting thing there was an out of place golden budda. Why people would want to pay to stay in the hotel at the place is beyond me, we were only there a few hours and did and saw everything there was to see there, its a village in the middle of knowhere, what could you do other than sit inside and watch tv all day?

Specifically at circus casino hurst street, birmingham city center.

All you have to do is wait for someone to sit at the table, place your chips in front of them so that youve “taken” that position. then once theyve purchased thier chips theyll think especially if youve sat right on the end that if you place your chips first on the spot infront of you thats your spot right? Wrong even if youve placed your chips, and the dealer saw you and didnt say a thing, and the other person places thier chips on top of yours, win or lose its thier box and nothing you can do about it, even if its obvious that it should be your box from where youre sat, the casino dont care in the slightest.

Soooo feel free to steal whoevers chips you like in the casino. They wont care and will do nothing to put things right.

Okay first trip to a proper official casino, at the entrance desk, they play music like on rpg games so its like youre entering a game world rather than an official place to gamble.

On the food side of the casino, as its in the chinatown part of birmingham its clever that they decided to make chinese food the full menu. The food was a little overpriced, but still good. The rice comes on a plate with enough to share with 2 people, of course every other circus casino has different foods. I would have rather ate at one of the other casinos as chinese food doesnt really fill me up well.

Another downside is that they had a set menu 3 courses for £10 but they wouldnt allow me to order off that even though they gave me that menu to choose from, and had a single course with rice for £10. No explaination was given as to why I wasnt allowed to order, would have been nice to have been told why.

Remember at all times only ever gamble with what you can afford to lose, as the games are already in the houses favour before other people are allowed to steal from you with no recourse.

After a day out on the spygames experience at the northampton raceway, here is a video of my lap of the advanced driving techniques, unfortunately my camera person wasnt the best at keeping track of the location of the car, so Ive edited it from several laps to show my lap (but all the videos are of me driving, and it shows basically a whole lap of what we did.)The rest of the day included j turns, axe throwing, rifle shooting, hand to hand combat techniques, as well as handgun techniques, which included bodyguard scenarios unfortunately the videos for these are missing, as the camera was full before then… note to self next time take a bigger memory card and spare batteries.

Of course the website I purchased the experience from stated there was bomb disarming in there during the day but this did not happen which was disappointing, this would have been a fun part of the day also.I would recommend it, it was a fun day out, and I would definately do something like this again. It deserves a *