MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS – STRAWBERRY BELLINI FUDGE FROM BUTTERMILK

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Cornwall’s much-loved family confectioner Buttermilk has launched Strawberry Bellini fudge – the perfect treat for Mothers’ Day.

The new handmade sweet treat is inspired by everyone’s favourite cocktail. Its unique fizzy and crumbly texture combines a strawberry and prosecco fudge topped with white chocolate and popping candy.

Gorgeously creamy, these buttery, crumbly chunks of loveliness are studded with sweet-yet-sharp freeze-dried strawberries, flavoured with white chocolate and a little dash of Prosecco, and give your taste buds a surprising tingle.

All in all, it’s a sumptuous, fruity, fizzy treat that’s perfect as a gift or for nibbling alongside a glass of prosecco and a strawberry or two.

If you eat the packet before you’ve handed it over to the one you love, then don’t worry. Buttermilk is also launching a fabulous Strawberry Bellini Easter Egg alongside its two luxury Easter eggs; Caramel Sea Salt Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate and Honeycomb Easter Egg.  The Strawberry Bellini Easter Egg is infused with freeze-dried strawberry pieces and a little popping surprise. Inside, you’ll find a further helping of Buttermilk’s new Strawberry Bellini Fudge.

The 100g Strawberry Bellini Fudge box is available at selected outlets including Lakeland and at www.buttermilk.co.uk priced at £2.99. A 150g box priced at £3.99 is available at Waitrose.

Some mothers do ‘ave ’em LIVE

A few weeks ago, I took small son to what I thought was a birthday party.  When we saw a succession of princesses and Batmans heading in, I realised it was fancy dress.  I’m not sure how I missed it, but was delighted by this exchange I heard as we went in.

“What’s your costume?”

Without missing a beat. “I’m Frank Spencer!”

So how I could I not take him to see the live show starring Joe Pasquale? A national tour takes in the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon from the 21st to 24th February and we are so excited that we’ve put our top Frank moments here (as you know, Michael Crawford did all of his own stunts!)

    Betty’s awful mother is in the kitchen bemoaning Frank and his mother while he listens from the top of the stairs. The hoover attacks him and he doesn’t just fall down the stairs but wipes them out completely, while wrapping himself in carpet and stair-rods.     

 

2.  Frank and Betty’s second honeymoon gets off to a bad start when Frank nearly misses the train but gets worse when Frank trashes the room leaving them no option but to escape through a hole in the floor. 

3. Frank taking driving lessons. Say no more….

4. When Frank gets his foot stuck in a rope and gets propelled upside down to the top of a building 

5. Even after several hundred viewings I still can’t cope with the tension when Frank is dangling off the exhaust pipe of a car over a cliff. 

6.  As preparation for the school nativity last Christmas, small son and I watched the episode of Frank as the Angel Gabriel. I think he was a bit disappointed that he didn’t shoot through the roof at the end.  

7. It goes on for ages, but the whole Demon King scene, complete with the crashing through the window bit straight into the arms of the police is a masterclass in 70s comedy.  We just love the way he bikes into and out of the sea and the way he flies into the room and ends up with a giant map on his head. Whenever small son drops something he says: “Mr Hunt, I’ve wet my waterproofs”  

8. Last but not least, no list would be complete without the roller skating scene:

Wonder if any of these will be in the show – we’ll let you know how we get on, assuming we don’t accidentally cause an explosion in the theatre. 

https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-some-mothers-do-ave-em-swindon-2018

 

Gerald Seymour talks to Jon Stock about A Damned Serious Business at the Croft Hall, Hungerford

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The audience that gathered at the Croft Hall, Hungerford, to hear Gerald Seymour speak on his latest book A Damned Serious Business, would have been greeted that same morning by one broadsheet newspaper’s front page claiming, “Russian cyber-attack could kill thousands.”

Such topicality is to be expected of Gerald Seymour, a former journalist who has written more than 30 successful thrillers.

His first, Harry’s Game – apparently written in just three weeks – was hailed as a modern classic. Since then he has published a novel almost every year – all with different main characters; strong, yet vulnerable lone wolves who are interesting, flawed and realistic.

His latest novel, published just weeks ago, A Damned Serious Business, is a contemporary thriller on the impact of Russian hackers and cyber-attacks, set in Narva on the border between Russia and Estonia.

“Learning about inner workings of cyber-attacks was an amazing learning curve” he laughed.

Prior to publishing Harry’s Game in 1975, Seymour was best known as an ITN reporter and the interview provided some fantastic anecdotes and a window onto Seymour’s disciplined writing routine; who knew that Yasser Arafat and an occasional sniff of Tippex had both had a hand in his prodigious output?

This fascinating interview flew by thanks to Seymour’s thoughtful and eloquent stories as well as Jon Stock’s skilful and well-researched questioning thanks to his own background in the genre.

This was a remarkable evening on serious topics yet presented with humour and modesty. A Damned Serious Business by Gerald Seymour and Find Me by Jon Stock, writing as JS Monroe, are both available at Hungerford Bookshop, who organised the event.