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The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour

This day has finally arrived and I was able to visit the The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour. It is based just outside London, in Watford Junction, just 20 minutes by train from Euston Station. I got an invitation for this tour as a Christmas gift but have been waiting for a sunny weather to go because a part of the exhibition is outdoors (turned out to be a small portion of the experience but still it is nicer to travel without dark clouds and rain!). I think it is an ultimate day out for entire family. Both kids and adults find the exhibition interesting. In the end of the day we all love Harry Potter books and movies.

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The tour started with where  we kick off the Harry Potter story – 4 Private Drive and Harry’s little room under the stairs.

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After watching the introductory movie featuring three main characters, we were taken to Hogwarts’ Great Hall.

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Harry Potter costumes

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There were many rooms that were original sets of the movie, including Gryffindor common room and Snape’s potion room.

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Snapes potions room

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We were also able to admire the interiors of the Burrow, the Weasley’s family home as well as the spells the Mom was using for chopping and doing the dishes!! Wish I knew them myself!

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We were then exploring the interiors of the Ministry of Magic. The set included the main scuplture with the infamous slogan “Magic is Might” as well as Dolores Umbridge’s office and pink outfits.

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Walking our way through the Ministry of Magic we could see Voldemort’s and his Death Eaters’ outfits used in the movies.

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There even was Thomas Riddle’s grave.

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To protect yourself from the black magic you could attend the class and learn a few useful spells and moves.

Harry Potter wand class

The exhibition allowed us to understand the production behind all of the Harry Potter movies. We were shown not only the different digital effects that had been used but also more old fashioned make up and design techniques.

Harry Potter masks

Here is by far my favourite creature from all the HP movies, the plant called Mandrake or Mandragora. The plant has a root that looks like a baby human. According to book when mature, its cry can be fatal to any person!

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Another highlight of the exhibition was the the real size Diagon Alley. In the book this wizarding alley and shopping area was located in London behind a pub called the Leaky Cauldron. Inside the alley there was an assortment of restaurants, shops, and other sights. All items on the Hogwarts supply list could be bought at Diagon Alley. The alley was completely hidden from the Muggle world but fortunately now we can admire it on the exhibition!

Diagon Alley Twins shop

Beside’s Twin’s Shop with magical sweets and other crazy things, we could explore the inside of the Olivanders Wand Shop.

Harry Potter wands

The tour finished with a model of Hogwarts and its grounds, which was pretty impressive but sadly not a real size.

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Hogwarts grounds

How Frequently Should You Change Your Hairstyle?

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If you’re a fan of the alternative aesthetic, you’ll no doubt have noticed that the hairstyles in it are often very changeable indeed. One of the reasons ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS was founded is to help you explore all these options, but there’s one thing that you’re going to have to decide for yourself – how often should you change your hairstyle? To help you make a decision, we’ve broken it down into a few lists of things to consider.

Keeping The Same Style For Years

  • Encourages you to learn how to do new things with your hair – try new colours, explore new ways of styling it
  • Can start to seem a little boring, and might make you feel like your look has stagnated
  • Means that you can experiment with finding the cut that really does work best for you and stick with it – removing the risk of a disastrous cut
  • Doesn’t give you a lot of room for maneuver, and means that if something goes wrong with your hair you won’t be very well equipped to deal with it

Chopping And Changing Your Style A Lot

  • Gives you the chance to play with things and work out what you enjoy and what suits you
  • Puts you in pretty high danger of ending up with a bad cut, getting stuck for a while with a style you hate, or significantly damaging your hair
  • Means that you can have a huge amount of fun with the creative expression of your style through your hair
  • Is likely to cost quite a lot of money in cuts, dyes and treatments

The Bottom Line

…is that there are no right or wrong answers here. Whether you like to try something new every time you visit a hairdressing salon or you’d much rather stick to an old faithful style that you know you love, ROCK PAMPER SCISSORS in Leeds, exists to help you find the right salon for you. We specialise in matching people with salons, and no matter how alternative your style might be we’ll find you somewhere that will understand and embrace that.

History of gambling

Throughout history there has been some interesting milestones in gaming.The evolution is both exciting and fascinating. One of history’s most enigmatic general’s, Napoleon, loved the game of Blackjack, while fiction’s most commercial commodity, James Bond, has often been associated with Baccarat. It is informative and artistically appealing whilst it traces the important dates in the progression of one of mankind’s oldest , fun and at times very enriching past times.

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A Walk Down Portobello Road

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A walk along Notting Hill’s famous Portobello Road can be like a trip through some of the best-loved works of fiction. For example, it was the stamping ground of a certain Paddington Bear from Darkest Peru, not to mention Paolo Coelho’s Athena, or ‘The Witch of Portobello’, and it is the setting for the romantic comedy film, ‘Notting Hill’.

However, the road hasn’t become famous because of its popularity in fiction; it has been included in fiction because it is so famous. The popular thoroughfare is most well-known for the shops which line much of its length, particularly those which sell antiques or second-hand and vintage goods. On Saturdays, there is also a temporary market which has a reputation as a great place to buy antiques, books and vintage clothing.

Portobello Road isn’t just a row of shops, though. Visitors can break up their bargain hunting with some refreshments at one of the many friendly bars, cafés and restaurants, such as the popular Portobello Star bar or the cosy Earl of Lonsdale pub. Being at the heart of a bustling area and close to a number of attractions, including museums and art galleries, cinemas and, of course, the famous Notting Hill Carnival, it’s a great place to use as a base for sightseeing.

It’s easy to organise car hire in London, so visitors can arrive by train or plane and still have great access to one of the most instantly recognisable areas in the capital.

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New Year in Hawaii: Events, Attractions and Activities to Watch Out For!

A fresh start is just around the corner, and what better place to ring in the New Year than Hawaii? I always wanted to celebrate New Year in one of the liveliest places in the world, surrounded by amazing scenery and Hawaii seems like an obvious choice!

Fireworks at Honolulu

Fireworks at Honolulu

Home to the largest New Year’s Eve firework display in Hawaii, join in the explosive excitement at Waikiki, Aloha Tower or Ko’Olina for a spectacular night to remember! It all kicks off at five minutes before midnight, a firework will be set off every minute during the build-up before a ten minute grand finale closes the celebrations. You can also view the displays via the internet, if nightlife isn’t for you.

Ali’i Drive

In the village of Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island, fireworks are a big hit for New Year’s Eve, and the best spot on the island to experience the show is Ali’I Drive. The whole town lines the strip waiting for the main event at midnight, shot from a barge over the ocean in an incredible show that sets the village back tens of thousands of dollars.

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Parties

Hawaiian nightlife is great all year round, but it’s particularly special on New Year’s Eve and this is the perfect time to experience it. LUX and TRUMP both hold a Black Tie Masquerade party from 8:30pm-1:30am while the Rumfire at the Waikiki Sheraton host the Avenge 2013 event between 8.30pm-2.30am. This superhero event attracts partygoers from all over the world, and it’s one of the closest clubs to Waikiki Beach.

Aloha Tower Marketplace New Year’s Block Party

If fireworks aren’t your thing, try the Aloha Tower Marketplace! They’ll be ringing in the New Year with their famous Honolulu Block Party, and this giant celebration will boast eight stages with over fifty performers. Kicking off at 10pm, there will be DJs, dance crews, magicians and plenty of food and drinks to help you see in 2014 in style.

Midnight Cruise

New Year’s Eve in Hawaii isn’t just about wild parties and club nights! Enjoy a more sophisticated NYE experience with one of the most exclusive experiences available – a midnight dinner cruise off the shores of Maui! These cruises really do offer a one of a kind experience, and offer unrivalled views of the firework displays! One of the most popular cruises is the Pride of Maui, which serves up appetisers and desserts, live music, a premium open bar and a midnight champagne toast to allow you to see in 2014 in luxury. They might be slightly on the pricier side, but when you’ve saved money on your air travel by using the Cheapflights comparison site, it makes sense to splash out!

Wet ‘N’ Wild

If you can’t find a babysitter (or just want to celebrate NYE with the kids), Wet ‘n’ Wild is the place to be! As well as the 25 water park rides, the park will also be holding a fireworks display and family celebration where there’ll be live music and fun for kids and adults of all ages!

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Christmas Jumpers overload!

I’ve been trying to decide on which Christmas jumper to buy this year. I could not find what I like last year but this year round seems like there is loads of those festive jumpers on the markets. And this year I cannot decide which one to get! Here are some of the jumpers available online I really like! Help me decide!

Christmas jumpers from Primark

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Christmas jumpers from Play.com

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Christmas jumpers from BooHoo.com

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Christmas jumpers from ASOS

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Hustle free reading with Zinio

I’ve recently subscribed to a couple of magazines online via Zinio. I must admit I’m not a big fan of Kindle and reading from the electronic devices. Despite the fact I work in digital, I’ve always stayed faithful to an old-fashioned  book. I also had some magazine subscriptions in the past, and I received them in hard copy to my door, which was great at the beginning. However, since I have no space on my shelves to store all my magazines (I won’t throw them away because I love collecting books and press!!!), I’ve decided to go with the flow and embrace the digital age. I’ve subscribed to Vogue UK and Frame, which is a leading interior design publication. All you have to do is to log in to your Zinio account and you can access all the magazines you’ve subscribed to.

Starting with Vogue, I am sure all the fans of fashion magazines agree if I say that I never read anything when flicking through the pages I just look at the images!

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Changing the pages of the issue is really easy with the straightforward navigation at the bottom of the page. I’ve done it on my PC but I’m sure tablet is even easier as you can do it with your finger tips.

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What I was really impressed with was the quality of the images, and what I really liked is the fact that you didn’t have the dividing gap between the two pages, instead you could appreciate and enjoy the full ad image in a full screen.

I also enjoyed reading the Frame and I think Zinio software is particularly good for design magazines, where it is important to see the full high quality image.

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By clicking the grid button on the navigation you’ll go to one place where you find all the pages of the issue. You can click on any of them if you wish to come back to some earlier content without flicking through all the pages on the way. Really cool option!

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I must say I’m getting used to reading online through Zinio. I can see how I enhanced the experience of looking at the fashion and interior design with the high quality images of the pages of each issue that Zinio presents.

Get fit get happy!

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It is not easy for me to wake up early in the morning and exercise for an hour. It takes a lot of determination to exercise at least 4 times a week, especially with such a busy schedule and workload everyone face in those crazy chasing for money times! Here are some things which motivate me to get on with it and maintain the healthy lifestyle. Special thanks to my boyfriend, who is trying to wake me up in the mornings as he is leaving for his gym session. x

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