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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Halloween Song for Children - Ten Little Monsters (video and lyrics)


One little, two little, three little monsters,
Four little, five little, six little monsters.
Seven little, eight little, nine little monsters,
Ten of them can't scare me! 
Ten little, nine little, eight little monsters, Seven little, six little, five little monsters. 
Four little, three little, two little monsters, 
One of them can't scare me! One little, two little, three little monsters,
Four little, five little, six little monsters.
Seven little, eight little, nine little monsters,
Ten of them can't scare me! 
Ten little, nine little, eight little monsters, 
Seven little, six little, five little monsters. 
Four little, three little, two little monsters, One of them can't scare me! 
None of them can scare me! None of them can scare me!


Sunday, 19 October 2014

5 minute Halloween Craft | Toilet roll bat buddies


This halloween craft for kids couldn’t be any easier !!
The toilet roll bat buddies can be re-created in three simple steps.
  1. Fold in the top of the toilet roll to create the bat ears, glue the fold into position (use kitchen paper tubes if you prefer)
  2. Cut the wings out of black craft paper and glue to the sides of the TP roll
  3. Draw on the goofy facial faetures
That’s it!!
Goofy or spooky the kids can let their marker filled hands decide...
toilet roll bat halloween craft for kids
toilet roll bat halloween craft for kids
The steps again:
toilet roll bat halloween craft for kids
Cut out the wings (print this pic and use to trace if you like)
toilet roll bat halloween craft for kids
Glue to the sides of the toilet roll and get busy with the markers, colouring pencils or crayons
toilet roll bat halloween craft for kids
toilet roll bat halloween craft for kids

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Queen Elizabeth II walks in a sea of poppies: Extraordinary pictures of Her Majesty paying tribute to WWI's fallen at the Tower of London

With almost all of the 888,246 poppies now in place, the Queen was rendered almost invisible as she walked through the sea of ceramic crimson blooms during a tour of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London this morning.
Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, himself a former naval officer, Her Majesty looked sombre as she inspected the display which includes one flower for every British or Commonwealth soldier killed during the First World War.
The Queen was making her first public appearance since returning to London from her summer holiday at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire last month, with much of the last fortnight has been spent completing a series of investitures and meetings at Buckingham Palace.

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Magical: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to the Tower of London's Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation
Magical: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to the Tower of London's Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation
Hidden: The installation, which is almost complete and contains 888,246 poppies, completely surrounded the royal couple
Hidden: The installation, which is almost complete and contains 888,246 poppies, completely surrounded the royal couple
Royal salute: As the royal couple arrived, they were given a salute by Yeoman Warder Jim Duncan who helped them lay a wreath
Royal salute: As the royal couple arrived, they were given a salute by Yeoman Warder Jim Duncan who helped them lay a wreath
Overwhelmed: The Queen looked sombre as she and the Duke of Edinburgh joined Yeoman Warder Jim Duncan at the Tower of London
Overwhelmed: The Queen looked sombre as she and the Duke of Edinburgh joined Yeoman Warder Jim Duncan at the Tower of London
Sprawling: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red includes 888,246 poppies - one for every British and Commonwealth soldier to die
Sprawling: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red includes 888,246 poppies - one for every British and Commonwealth soldier to die
In addition to presenting actress Angelina Jolie with an honorary Damehood last week, Her Majesty spent yesterday meeting Victor Emmanuel Smith, the new Ghanaian High Commissioner, and Meas Kim Heng, the new Cambodian Ambassador, at the Court of St. James's.


The Duke of Edinburgh has also been enjoying a busy time of late and last week delighted the men of the 7 Air Assault Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers when he joined them in the cockpit of an Apache helicopter.
But, like the Queen, the Duke was sombre during his inspection of the installation, which was created by the artist Paul Cummins, with help from stage designer, Tom Piper.
There had been fears that that recent rains would make it impossible for the 88-year-old monarch and her husband, 92, to traverse the waterlogged moat but both insisted on viewing the instalment in person.
The installation will remain on display until the 1tth November, after which the poppies will be sold off for £25 each to raise funds for military charities, among them Help for Heroes and Combat Stress.
By then all four sides of the ancient dry moat that surrounds the fortress, which was built by William the Conqueror, will be blanketed in a sea of scarlet.
The very next day, the same army of 8,000 volunteers that planted them will begin to uproot each bloom individually, before sending it off to be washed and posted on to its new owner.

Filled: When complete, the installation will completely fill the Tower of London's moat, which was put in place by William the Conqueror


Filled: When complete, the installation will completely fill the Tower of London's moat, which was put in place by William the Conqueror
Sea: The poppy field has so far raised £11.2m for military charities such as the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes
Sea: The poppy field has so far raised £11.2m for military charities such as the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes
Important: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are the fourth and fifth members of the royal family to visit the installation
Important: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are the fourth and fifth members of the royal family to visit the installation
Incredible: The Queen can just about be seen at the foot of the Tower's walls, surrounded by a magnificent sea of ceramic poppies
Incredible: The Queen can just about be seen at the foot of the Tower's walls, surrounded by a magnificent sea of ceramic poppies
Complete: The installation, which is the work of artist Paul Cummins, will be completed in time for Armistice Day on the 11th November
Complete: The installation, which is the work of artist Paul Cummins, will be completed in time for Armistice Day on the 11th November
Tribute: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh helped Yeoman Warder Jim Duncan to lay a wreath among the poppies
Tribute: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh helped Yeoman Warder Jim Duncan to lay a wreath among the poppies
Striking: The visit to the Tower of London is Her Majesty's first public appearance since her return from Balmoral last month
Striking: The visit to the Tower of London is Her Majesty's first public appearance since her return from Balmoral last month
When the Queen and Duke first arrived at the imposing Tower of London they were met by its Constable, General the Lord Dannatt, the former head of the British Army, and Colonel Richard Harrold, Governor of the medieval fortress.
In an ancient ceremony, the two men surrendered their ceremonial keys of office to the Queen and she symbolically touched the objects. Wearing a jade coat and dress with a mint trim by Stewart Parvin and a matching hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, the Queen and the Duke then walked carefully through the poppies and helped Yeoman Warder Jim Duncan lay a wreath.
After viewing the poppies the Queen and her husband were driven in their official Bentley along the cobbles of Water Lane - past the famous Traitors' Gate - escorted by Yeoman Body to visit the Chapel Royal of St Peter-ad-Vincula.
Stepping out of the car in the Broad Walk which was thronged by visitors - most of whom had no idea the Queen was due to visit, the Queen was greeted by the Lieutenant of the Tower, the Bishop of London and Chaplain of the Tower before being escorted into the chapel.
The chapel, which has recently been renovated, is the burial place of three English queens - Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and Jane Grey - as well as Catholic saints Thomas More and Bishop John Fisher.
Overwhelming: The spectacular installation has proved popular with non-royal visitors, with scores of people visiting over the summer
Overwhelming: The spectacular installation has proved popular with non-royal visitors, with scores of people visiting over the summer
Touching: The Queen looked thoughtful as she toured the poppy field, although unlike the Duchess of Cambridge, she didn't shed a tear
Touching: The Queen looked thoughtful as she toured the poppy field, although unlike the Duchess of Cambridge, she didn't shed a tear
Moving: Other royals to visit Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red include Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Moving: Other royals to visit Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red include Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Powerful: The Queen inspects a poppy
Fundraising: After Armistice Day on the 11th November, the poppies will be sold to raise funds for Help for Heroes and otther military charities
Fundraising: After Armistice Day on the 11th November, the poppies will be sold to raise funds for Help for Heroes among other
Beautiful: Following their tour of the poppy field, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited St Peter-ad-Vincula
Beautiful: Following their tour of the poppy field, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visited St Peter-ad-Vincula
As a result, the chapel has become a place of pilgrimage for Catholics, with many visiting the grave of St Thomas More - Henry VIII's Catholic chancellor who was beheaded for refusing to recognise the fledgling Church of England which had Henry, rather than the Pope, as its head.
Although the Queen is the head of the modern version of Henry VIII's Church of England, she and the Duke of Edinburgh took part in a service to remember More and Bishop Fisher - another clergyman executed by Henry VIII for refusing to recognise the new church.
In addition to a renovation of the main crypt, which is used as an administrative space by the chapel choir, the Crypt of St Thomas More has been redecorated and re-ordered to render it more welcoming to visitors.
Next week will see the Queen welcome the President of Singapore and his wife to London, alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are expected to accompany Tony Tan and his wife for the traditional state procession. 
Once at Horse Guard's Parade, Mr Tan and his wife will be formally welcomed to the UK by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh before a second procession returns them to Buckingham Palace ahead of a state dinner. 
Busy: The visit is the Queen's first public appearance since returning from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire last month
Busy: The visit is the Queen's first public appearance since returning from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire last month
Contemplation: The Queen among the poppies
Contemplative: The Queen, who was resplendent in turquoise Stewart Parvin, looked contemplative as she toured the poppies
Fascinating: The Queen, who also led the D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations, has long been a supporter of British military charities
Fascinating: The Queen, who also led the D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations, has long been a supporter of British military charities
Magnificent: Yeoman Warder Duncan stood to attention as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh wandered through the poppy field
Magnificent: Yeoman Warder Duncan stood to attention as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh wandered through the poppy field

THE ROYAL FORTRESS THAT LOOMS LARGE IN BRITISH HISTORY: INSIDE THE MIGHTY TOWER OF LONDON 

A prison, a palace and a place of safety, the Tower has long loomed large over London, playing a crucial role in nearly every major upheaval to afflict the capital since it was begun by William the Conqueror in 1066.
The donjon castle he built, the White Tower, was designed for defence but also functioned as a royal palace, with every subsequent Norman king processing from the Tower to their coronation at Westminster Abbey.
That tradition persisted well into the 17th century, with Henry VIII, Edward I and Elizabeth I among the monarchs to spend a night there ahead of their coronations.
But it is as a place of execution and imprisonment that the Tower is most famous, with the very name of its chapel - St Peter in Chains - offering a clue to its use.
Although used as a prison from 1100 onwards, the first notable execution to take place at the Tower was that of William Wallace, a Scottish rebel whose death warrant was signed by Edward I 'The Hammer of the Scots' in 1305.
But Wallace was by no means the only one. He was followed into death at the Tower by England's 'nine day queen' Lady Jane Grey, Henry VIII's wives Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard and Queen Elizabeth I's favourite, Robert Devereaux, Earl of Essex, as well as many others.
The Bloody Tower was also the scene of one of the most enduring mysteries in British history: the disappearance of Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, who are better known as the Princes in the Tower.
Precisely what happened to the two boys, who were aged 12 and nine years old at the time, has never been established, although many suspect that the children were murdered - either by their uncle Richard III or the incoming Tudor king, Henry VII.
But while the deaths that took place during the Tudor and mediaeval periods are the most famous, the tradition of executing criminals at the Tower continued into the 20th century with a group of suspected spies despatched by firing squad on Tower Green during World War One.
Unsurprisingly, later prisoners, among them a group of German prisoners of war held at the Tower during World War Two and the Kray twins, are said to have found the experience of being held at the Tower terrifying.
As a result of the executions, the Tower is also thought to be haunted with the tragic ghost of Anne Boleyn said to appear each year, wandering around the White Tower and carrying her head under her arm, on the anniversary of her execution on the 19th May 1536.
The Tower is also the subject of several legends, including one about a prophecy that says 'if the ravens leave the Tower, then England will fall'.
A nervous Charles II, clearly mindful of the fate of his father, insisted that the ravens be encouraged to remain. The current six have special quarters in the Tower and have one wing clipped to ensure they can't fly off.
Nevertheless, some do still go missing while others have had to be sacked. Raven George was dismissed for eating television aerials, while another, Raven Grog, was last seen outside an East End pub.
Passionate: The Duke of Edinburgh, who served in the Royal Navy during WW2, is also a long-standing supporter of military charities
Passionate: The Duke of Edinburgh, who served in the Royal Navy during WW2, is also a long-standing supporter of military charities
Home from home: The Tower, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1066, remains, in theory, the property of the Royal Family
Home from home: The Tower, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1066, remains, in theory, the property of the Royal Family
Big arrival: The Queen was greeted by the Constable of the Tower, General the Lord Dannatt, as she arrived at the fortress
Big arrival: The Queen was greeted by the Constable of the Tower, General the Lord Dannatt, as she arrived at the fortress
Important: The Tower looms large in British history, both as a palace and as a place of execution - the latter continuing until WW1
Important: The Tower looms large in British history, both as a palace and as a place of execution - the latter continuing until WW1
The (British) Red Sea: The spectacular tide of poppies that has filled the Tower's moat in tribute to the fallen of World War One
The brainchild of artist Paul Cummins, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red has so far raised an incredible £11.2m for military charities, among them Cobseo, Combat Street, Coming Home, Help for Heroes, SSAFA and the Royal British Legion.
With 888,246 poppies set to be planted in the Tower of London's moat by the 11th November, the installation pays tribute to each and every one of the British and Commonwealth soldiers to die during World War One.
The first flower was planted on 17 July by one of the Tower's Yeoman Warders and planting has continued ever since, with an army of 8,000 volunteers providing most of the elbow grease.
Poppies have long been the symbol of military sacrifice in Britain, with the first poppy memorials coming after the First World War, when a poem from the time recalled the bright-red flower growing in the fields of Flanders.
After the Armistice Day commemorations next month, each of the poppies will be pulled up and dispatched to their new owners, each of whom has paid £25 for their poppies.
Although the majority have now been sold, some of the handmade poppies are still in search of new owners and can be purchased online from the Tower of London website.
The striking installation, which has seen potters in Cummins' Derbyshire studio work around the clock making poppies for the piece, has also seen other royal visitors in its midst, among them Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The latter's visit, on the 5th August, was her final public appearance ahead of the announcement of her second pregnancy, which was revealed by Kensington Palace on the 8th September.
Impressive: The enormous sea of poppies has almost entirely filled the Tower of London's mediaeval moat 
Impressive: The enormous sea of poppies has almost entirely filled the Tower of London's mediaeval moat 
Contemplation: Beautiful though the installation is, each represents the loss of a British or Commonwealth soldier's life during WW1
Contemplation: Beautiful though the installation is, each represents the loss of a British or Commonwealth soldier's life during WW1
Solemn: The Queen, who paid a personal tribute to World War One's fallen during a service at Balmoral in August, looked solemn
Solemn: The Queen, who paid a personal tribute to World War One's fallen during a service at Balmoral in August, looked solemn
Touched: After touring the installation, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh joined a Thanksgiving service in the Tower chapel
Touched: After touring the installation, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh joined a Thanksgiving service in the Tower chapel
Impressive: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red will remain in place until Armistice Day - the 11th November
Impressive: Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red will remain in place until Armistice Day - the 11th November


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2795372/the-queen-s-tribute-dead-world-war-one-majesty-joined-prince-phillip-visit-tower-s-poppy-memorial.html#ixzz3GJguMxL7

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Find out how to make some super-easy and fun Halloween snacks - Video and transcript

Are you doing anything for Halloween this year? Do you like cooking for friends? Find out how to make some super-easy and fun Halloween snacks! 



Transcript: 

Hi, guys. So today’s video is a Halloween snack video, so I have five different treats that I’m going to show you how to make. They’re also super easy and super fun and they’d be great for a Halloween party, or if you just feel like making some Halloween snacks then these are awesome, and they’re all super easy like I said, so let’s go ahead and get started.
The first thing you’re going to need for the first snack is some wax paper so I just laid mine out into a big sheet that is big enough to fit some star-shaped pretzel spider webs on. Then you’re going to take some pretzel sticks, and you’re just going to lay them out in the shape of a star on the wax paper like that. Next I took some white chocolate chips, and put them into a bowl, then I put them in the microwave to melt them, and I just kept my eye on them and put them in like for thirty seconds, and then I’d stir them around just to make sure I didn’t burn them.
Once you have your melted white chocolate, you’re going to put it into a baggie like this, and once you have it all in the baggie then what I did was just try to get all of the chocolate into one corner like this. Then you just twist it, and then I took some scissors and I just cut off the end of the baggie. Then what I did was I just drizzled the chocolate around the pretzels like this, into a circle shape, and I did about three circles, so that it looks like a spider web and this is so cute and so adorable, and it literally looks just like a spider web except a lot cuter. So just go ahead and do that to all of the pretzels.
Next we’re going to take some milk chocolate and we’re going to just melt it in the microwave, just like we did with the white chocolate. So put the chocolate in a baggie like we did for the white chocolate, then you’re going to just cut off the tip and I accidentally cut off the tip too big. As you can see, a lot of chocolate was coming out at once. It was supposed to be a lot smaller so I could make this chocolate look like the legs of a spider and then you just put a chocolate chip in the middle to look like the body of a spider but it kind of ended up looking like a blobby spider because I cut the hole in my baggie too big, so be careful with that, make sure that you cut it really small. But then you stick those in the freezer for like ten minutes and then they are finished.
For snack number two, you need cookies and marshmallows and red frosting. So I just have the Chips Ahoy original cookies, and you’re going to be cutting these in half, so if you wanted to get the soft version of these cookies, you could do that but I like the original ones better so I just went with those, even though they were a little bit harder to cut in half.
So then I just took some red icing, and I’m going to spread this all over the cookies, so I just put it on every single one, and then spread it out with a knife. Then what you do is you take your marshmallows, and you’re just going to place them around the border of the cookie, and then you put another cookie on top of that, so it turns into a monster mouth.
So, there you have your little monster cookie mouth, so they’re so cute, but moving onto the next snack, I just took some glazed doughnuts and some vampire teeth that I got at Walmart. Then you’re just going to take the vampire teeth and put them into the centre of the doughnut so it turns into a cute little doughnut monster. So once you’ve done that, if you want to add some eyes, what I did was I just took some chocolate chips and I placed them where eyes would be on the doughnut monster. So these are super easy, and they literally take two seconds and they’re so cute and they taste really good.
So the next snack is also super-easy. It’s just little orange pumpkins. So I just took some oranges and I peeled them, and then I took some celery, and all you do is cut off little pieces of the celery to be used as the stem of a pumpkin, and if you wanted to get the little “cutey” oranges that are smaller, then those would be a lot cuter, but they actually didn’t have those at the grocery store that I went to so I just got normal size oranges, but the really small ones would be super cute. So all you do is take your little pieces of celery and stick those in the top of your orange so that it looks like a pumpkin. These are super-cute and also super-easy, and so is the next one and its little banana ghosts. So, I just took some bananas, and all you do is you just cut them in half and peel them.
For the eyes of your banana ghost you’re just going to take mini chocolate chips and place these where the eyes would go. Then for the mouth, I just took normal size chocolate chips and put them underneath the eyes.
So those are all of the Halloween-inspired snacks that I decided to make and I got a lot of these ideas from Pinterest, so you guys should definitely check out Pinterest if you are looking for more Halloween-inspired snacks. But these are the ones that I chose to make, so if you guys recreate any of these, be sure to tweet me a picture and I will check it out. So hopefully you guys enjoyed this video and I will talk to you guys later.