Alan Hooper

  • Basilico Gosforth High Street

    Basilico Gosforth

    Gosforth High Street has lots of restaurants, but one has been shrouded in mystery and we’d always passed it by. I only know two people that have been to Basilico and I felt it was time to give it a try. Basilico Gosforth High Street Basilico is located at the Town moor end of the […]

  • Jojo siwa microphone and bodacious bow

    JoJo Siwa Microphone and Bodacious Bow

    Not long now until Christmas and finding the right gifts is getting harder and harder. Abigail is insisting on a Dog or a Dog! So I’m sure anything less than canine, will not do, but since we started reviewing toys on The Hoopsters youtube channel we’ve found a collection of toys that seem to stick! […]

  • Cheated out of my ancestral home

    Many years ago my Dad started to tell me a story about how he should have been living in a manor. Apparently, he had “proof” of how he’d lost his ancestral home. Information about hidden graves of children who had no nameplates or plaques. A tomb behind a secretly blocked up crypt. Buried workmen crushed […]

  • Things to do in Skegness

    8 Things to do in Skegness

    We were looking for things to do in Skegness, that wasn’t Butlins. Don’t get me wrong we love staying and playing in Butlins, but there has to be more to the area. So, on our Halloween week break, we left the safety of the chalets to find what else there is to do in Skegness. […]

  • Sunderland Illuminations 2017

    Disney Themed Sunderland Illuminations 2017

    As a young Little Alan, I recall visiting Sunderland Illuminations on the way home from visiting my Auntie in Seaham. My dad would drive along the sea front and we’d gaze out at the strings of bulbs hanging across the roads. Something similar to Blackpool’s Illuminations but in a smaller scale. Turns out that Sunderland […]

  • Experimake Scent-Sational Spa review

    Making Bath bombs with EXPERImake Scent-Sational Spa

    We’ve tried all different DIY science experiments and so far we’ve not had a lot of success. Our biggest repeat failure is slime production. So until we know exactly what we’re doing, Science kits are the way forward. This week the Nickelodeon EXPERImake Scent-sational Spa kit landed at our door for review. WOW! Make your own Bath […]

  • A Cheeky Zapatista

    A Cheeky Zapatista!

    We’d been invited to the Basketball Game as guests of Zapatista this Friday. For the past 39 years I really thought I didn’t like sports, but after watching 4 games with Newcastle Eagles, I think I’ve been converted. With tip off at 7:30pm we had a tight schedule with sorting out a meal. So, we […]

  • DIsney on Ice Passport to Adventure

    Passport to Adventure : Disney on Ice

    I probably start all Disney based posts with this line… As huge Disney fans we couldn’t resist the chance to go and see Disney on Ice’s current touring show, Passport to Adventure. Last year we went to see Frozen on Ice and loved it. This show was to Feature 4 classic Disney stories and lots of […]

  • Norfolk Broads

    Crashing a boat on the Norfolk Broads

    Every other year we head down to our friends The Speeds at Great Yarmouth. Every other year we looks to do something different. We’ve done the beaches and pleasure parks, so what’s the plan this year? I suggested going on the broads in a boat. Ideally stopping on one over night, but apparently that isn’t […]