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Remember years & years ago, cassette tape mix-tapes were the greatest things ever? I used to get given them by friends to share our favourite songs or by a guy with little messages within the sleeve of the tape. I miss those days! But, now Suck UK has come up with the greatest idea EVER & I’m totally going to buy some of them to give to friends! You can now create your own mix-tape via USB


Create your own unique mix tape
1. ADD YOUR OWN SOUNDS TO THE USB STICK.
2. PLACE THE STICK INSIDE THE TAPE STYLE GIFT PACK.
3. WRITE YOUR OWN MESSAGE AND PLAYLIST.
4. GIVE IT TO SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

It comes with 128MB of memory & works just like a normal USB Flash Drive where you plug it into your PC or Mac and upload your chosen MP3’s (or other files, could be nice to add photos too!). You then write your own title, messages and play list all over the retro gift pack. Costing £12, you can buy it from Suck UK and there are 6 different designs to collect!

I so want one! 😎

Your face will be the reason I smile
But I will not see what I cannot have forever
I’ll always love ya, I hope you feel the same

I love this song by Maxwell, his voice is amazing! I could listen to him all day long <3 [audio=http://www.ananyah.com/audio/maxwell-prettywings.mp3]

I was asked a few weeks ago by FuelMyBlog if I’d be willing to review a customized photo printing company MyPrinting and in return given my choice of product to test & report back on. As many of you know, I love taking photos, I have so many of them (in fact I have over 1GB still to process!) so I jumped at the chance to do this. I opted for the canvas print and had the hard task of picking what photograph to get printed. Since getting our house renovated, I haven’t had the chance of decorating my walls yet so thought that this would be a good start. I finally decided on picking a photo of Doggy Dog wearing sunglasses because the colors matched my bedroom & I have this weird fascination (or OCD?) with color co-ordinating everything LOL

I logged onto their website, took a look around at all the various products that MyPrinting has to offer such as acrylic panels, calendar’s, photo books & of course the canvas prints and set about the ordering process.

To start, you upload the photo that you want to use & a preview screen will appear showing you what your customized item will look like on the wall. I really liked this idea as it gave you an idea of what you would be getting. The website overall is very simplistic & easy to use, all the information you could possibly want is given to you as well as more in-depth knowledge into the various products & how they are made.

However, I did face one problem which I hope MyPrinting will address. While choosing the photo to upload (600×481 pixels), then selecting the size of canvas I wanted, a problem arose. I got a pop-up screen warning me that the quality of my chosen photo is “not sufficient to create a high quality product” and to either choose a smaller sized canvas or upload a larger sized image. MyPrinting do not give you any information on this, which I feel would have been better. For those who upload low quality images, a possible fix on the website would be to tell clients what is the best sizes to upload. This would then let the client know what the best size for the highest quality product would be.

Excluding that small problem I had, I ignored the pop-up screen & thought I would chance it. I choose the 40 x 30 landscape canvas and when my package arrived from Germany a few days later, I was not dissapointed. The quality of the canvas was brillant even with the warning given to me on the website. Wooden pieces were included so that if needed at a later point in time I could tighten the canvas if needed. These instructions however, were in German, and even though there are pictures supporting the written words, it would have been more ideal if they were in English.

I would highly recommend MyPrinting and infact will be ordering another canvas to balance my room off (yes, another OCD I have! I like even numbers LOL). The best bit is, readers of my blog can get a discount if they wish to purchase anything from the MyPrinting website for a limited time.

Until the 30th of April, you lot (yes YOU!) can get 15% off Photo Books, Canvases and Panel Prints (Acrylic, Aluminium, Foam-Core) using the Voucher Code: FMB-RDR-15. Please note that the discount does not include delivery costs

Here are photos of the end product, it looks great & now the hardest part is choosing which wall to hang it up on!




Last Night, I went to a private screening of Kick-Ass before it’s UK Public Release. I’ve never been the hugest fan of Nicolas Cage so didn’t know what to expect before going but from the trailer, it looked hilarious & how could I refuse seeing a comic book movie? *geek*

Created by Glaswegian Mark Millar & Directed by Matthew Vaughn of Stardust fame, Kick-Ass tells the story of Dave Lizewski, a geeky teenage comic book fan who wonders why no one has ever decided to come real life superhero’s. He then creates his alter-ego Kick-Ass donning a green & yellow wetsuit, however, he soon discovers the answer to his question; being a superhero without powers hurts as he realizes when he was beaten & stabbed during his first “mission”.

Kick-Ass doesn’t give up & after healing from his injuries; he becomes a phenomenon after footage of his “mission” is spread all over the Internet & News networks. In the mist of his fame, he soon discovers that he is not the only superhero out there; a crime fighting duo by the names of Big Daddy & Hit Girl have been slowly working on taking down the criminal empire of a local mobster Frank D’Amico who Big Daddy blames as ruining his career & killing his wife.

He’s soon thrown into the world of bullets, blood & killing alongside Big Daddy & Hit Girl taking on Frank’s son, Chris, now reborn as Kick-Ass’s arch enemy, Red Mist staging the set for an ultimate finale between good & evil forcing Kick-Ass to live up to his name.

Before the movie started 30 mins later than schedule, a film crew was inside the theatre, then all of a sudden a guy stood infront of the crowd announcing that Mark Millar himself, Aaron Johnson & Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin!) were there to participate in a Q&A Session, which was amazing! (as well as the free popcorn!) They answered questions from certain members of the audience and dealt with microphone’s that kept cutting out on them LOL

As good as Dave Lizewski (Kick-Ass) is in the movie, telling the story from his perspective making you relate to him; relating to those of an opposite sex at high school, the different social groups & how trying (and becoming) a superhero changed his life, he couldn’t of carried it off without the backup of Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz) who are known as the “real deal superhero’s” complete with all the weapons & gadgets you could ever imagine.

As I said before, I’ve never been the greatest Nicolas Cage fan but he surprised me. He was brillant in the same, often impersonating Adam West from Batman at times, which was genius. The only gripe I could have is that we don’t see Big Daddy enough in the movie.

To me, the main star of the movie was Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz). Sure there has been a lot of negative press about her within the movie because she is a minor and using words like “c*nt”, but her character works on so many levels! She is one actress to watch, it will be interesting to see what she does next. There are so many Kill Bill elements within her character and it shocks you to see her be so violent at times (especially since this is a 15 rating in the UK & she’s too young to actually see it herself) but then you turn around and laugh your head off. Her action scenes are the best by far & she makes Kick-Ass the success that it is.


In certain scenes within the movie, it cuts into animated artwork by John Romita Jr that backs up the Kill Bill elements but as this is a comic book movie, it flows well & just gives you an added experience into the world of comics & who better than Mark Millar. But unlike Kill Bill, during the action scenes, it does not switch to Anime & chooses to stay in live action. The accompanying soundtrack is sometimes bizarre but they work surprisingly and piece together what is happening on screen well.

The movie is non-stop fun from start to finish & everyone laughed at the right bits, jumped at surprise killing scenes & clapped at the end of the movie. At the end, it felt like you watched the characters grow & bonded with them, yearning to see what they’d do next & I’m hoping we will see more of them in the sequel, which is rumoured to be happening.

Kick-Ass has been one of the most anticipated comic book movies this year, which you can tell if you walk down the streets & see the amount of advertising showcased. Did I love it? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. Will I watch it again? Yes. Kick-Ass is funny, action packed & extremely entertaining.

Kick-Ass opens on 26th March in the UK & on April 12th in the US/Canada. I highly recommend you see it, as they say in the movie…

“Just wait till they get a load of this…”

[rating: 4.5]

A new feature here on my blog, I’ll be doing quick techie tips every so often & I’m kicking off with this quick & simple tip on how to intregrate facebook chat with iChat so you do not need to keep any browser windows open (and accidently close the browser mid-conversation!). This only works for those with Apple Mac’s, sorry Windows & PC users 🙂

P.S: Excuse my crappy voice, I was really tired by the time I recorded the screen cast.



I was recently invited to view a private advanced screening of How to Train Your Dragon before the general public release. After viewing the trailer, I couldn’t wait to go see it. I love animations and what better than seeing a Dreamworks creation in 3D.

Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, which is loosely based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The movie tells the story of Hiccup, a teenage Viking who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. However, Hiccup doesn’t exactly fit in with the tribe’s longstanding tradition and instead is disliked by them, and his father who is the tribes chief, for being different.

His life is turned upside down when he tries to prove he has what it takes to be a true Viking and hunts down the dragon he shot with a cannon. Later befriending the dragon, calling it Toothless, he challenges his tribe to see that they do not need to be dragon-slayers.



Reasons why I think How to train your dragon is a must see? The storyline flows beautifully from start to finish showcasing Hiccup’s rise from child to man, slowly building acceptance from his tribe, the friendship with Toothless and winning the girl of his dreams. Even though I loved the storyline (hey I’m a sucker for cartoons!), it was rather predicable at parts (almost clichéd such as winning the heart of the girl of his dreams) but this doesn’t take away from the fact that it is a brilliant animation.

The animations were spectacular from start to finish, particular scenes which make you go WOW, were when Hiccup and Astrid were flying through the air on the back of Toothless floating through the clouds and when the Viking ships were sailing over water, absolutely breathtaking!

My favourite parts? When Hiccup & his friends are at Dragon Training school, the fight scenes & the finale, added with 3D effects leave you in awe of the work it took to achieve this level of brilliance.

Even though a 3D ticket at the cinema is more expensive, it is definitely worth every penny, yet, will still be a great movie to watch in 2D & on DVD when released.

After viewing it, I have to say that this is by far one of the best animations I’ve ever seen & am calling it as THE BEST work from DreamWorks by far. I really hope there will be a sequel in the work as I now can’t get enough of those dragons!

Starring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Craig Ferguson. The film is scheduled to be released on March 26th in the United States and March 31st in the United Kingdom.

View the trailer below:

[rating: 5]

Just because I felt like it which is as good a reason as any 😉

1. What are your best friends’ name?

I have a gang of best friends; Jumana, Marzouq, Aisha, Yousef, Farah, Sandi and Sarah <3 2. What color underwear wearing now?

Black

3. What are you listening to right now?

My Chick Bad by Ludacris feat Nicki Minaj

4. Whats your favorite number?

I don’t think I have one really :S

5. What was the last thing you ate?

A chocolate biscuit <3 6. If you were a crayon what color would you be?

Blue

7. How is the weather right now?

Cloudy & cold, is Scotland ever any different?!

8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

My brother Andrew

9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?

Eyes & Eyelashes, it’s all about them for me 😀

10. Do you have a significant other?

No, pfffft!

11. Favorite series?

Tough choice between NCIS, Criminal Minds, Cold Case & CSI

12. Siblings?

An older brother who is 32

13. Height?

5’7

14. Hair color?

Browny Reddy

15. Eye Color?

Bluey Grey

16. Do you wear contacts?

Yes, would be lost without them!

17. Favorite Holiday?

Christmas <3 18. Month?

April, it’s when you know Spring is truely here plus it starts off with my birthday 😀

19. Have you ever cried for no reason?

Yes, I’m pretty weak like that!

20. What was the last movie you watched?

Oh god, I sit & watch crappy TV movies all the time since I’m not working yet lol

21. Favorite Day of the Year?

April 1st, my birthday or December 25th, Christmas, so I can eat all day long hahaha 😛

22. Are you too shy to ask someone out?

Yes but there may come a time when I do just that!

23. Can you do a headstand (not using the wall)?

No, my boobs topple me over!

24. Hugs or Kisses?

aaaah tough choice! can’t you have both?!

25. Chocolate or Vanilla?

Vanilla everytime!

26. Do you want your friends to respond to this?

Yes, if they have blogs they should copy this, ya heard?!

27. Who is most likely to respond?

Whoever I beat into submission!

28. Who is least likely to respond?

The pope?

29. What books are you reading?

None at the moment, give me some suggestions!

30. Piercings?

Just my ears

31. Favorite movies?

Anything with Denzel Washington & Morgan Freeman in it

32. Favorite football Team?

Celtic & France

33. what are u doing after this?

Tweet & Stalkerbook

34. Butter, Plain or Salted popcorn?

Salted and butter, THE best!

37. Dogs or cats?

Dogs, do you even need to ask?!

38. Favorite flower?

Pink & Red Roses

39. Been caught doing something you weren’t supposed to do?

Talking to guys on the phone when I was younger & not allowed too 😛

40. Do you have a best friend of the opposite sex?

Yes, sometimes they are the best!

41. Have you ever loved someone?

Yes & it was great at the time

42. Who would you like to see right now?

My best friends 😀

43. Are you still friends with people from kindergarten?

No, but I am from when I was 8

44. Have you ever fired a gun?

No & don’t have the urge too

45. Do you like to travel by plane?

Yes, I love it!

46. Right-handed or Left-handed?

Right-handed, we’re smarter!

47. How many pillows do you sleep with?

2, sometimes 3

48. Are you missing someone?

Yeah & it sucks!

49. Do you have a Tattoo?

No, I detest them!

50. Anybody on facebook or twitter that you’d go on a date with?

Yes & I’m not saying who, that would be telling, they know who they are 😛

It’s been a LONG time since I’ve blogged a post of my favourite music of the moment, so now’s a better time than any! As always, it’s 50 of my favourite R&B and Hip-Hop tracks at the moment, with artists ranging from Timbaland, Young Money, DJ Khaled to Boyz II Men, Donell Jones and Robin Thicke.

Make sure you download both Part 1 and Part 2 & enjoy 😀

While out shopping the other day, I spotted this shop selling an iPood tshirt which cracked me up so much I couldn’t resist taking a photo! Guess Apple is one step closer to ruling the world alongside Google! Now, I really want a Google tshirt! I’d wear it with pride! <3

It’s been just over a week since I’ve been back to blogging, I’ve missed it like crazy & slowly catching up with everything I want to talk about, it’s gonna take a while but I’ll get there!

I’ve been trying out a new visitor statistic software called Get Clicky & have fallen in love with it. I can see exactly who is visiting my site, when, what they look at, who refers them & where they exit. It will take a while to get my usual visitor number back up to where it used to be, but within the past week I’ve had just over 1970 unique visitors which is pretty good, just wish you would all start commenting now grrrr 😡 The only huge difference is now that the majority of my visitors are within the UK & USA rather than Kuwait or UAE which was the case for the past 6 years.

But, it’s not just from these places where I get visitors from, I get them from all over the world

& I quite like that 😀