Thursday, 15 October 2020

The crappy Christmas films guide

We all love Christmas films and watch the classics. Here's my list & brief review of crappy Christmas films. I haven't included the animated children films but love Arthur Christmas and I haven't included Love Actually as it's my ultimate favourite & no way crappy at all. I could actually watch it in the summer.


Christmas Eve with Patrick Stewart (2015)


Absolutely awful! Not Christmasy at all & quite boring. 6 different groups of New Yorkers stuck in elevators following a power cut.

Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck (2005)

Good cast, Christmas lights, music but just didn't work for me. The plot is so unrealistic wealthy man pays random family for Christmas - so money can buy happiness? The last half hour was a bit better.

Christmas with the Coopers (2015) with Diane Keaton & John Goodman




I liked the idea, staging, music, modern feel but back story of the characters was weak so you don't really care. Also really disliked the narrator voice I don't think the tone/sentiment or something worked. Did have a tear at one point though so it wasn't too bad. P.s the decorations in the hospital are better than some houses!

Christmas Around the Corner (2018)

Features a bookshop called Fortenbury in Vermont, snow and decorations - heaven for a bookworm like me. Cheesily good.

Mrs Miracle (2009) with James Van Der Beek

Widowed dad of twin boys hires a nanny 'Mrs Miracle' who fixes everything naturally. Cute cheesy Christmas film although showing it's age.

Nativity 1, 2 and 3 (2009, 2012 and 2014)




Paul, a primary school teacher, is asked to produce the year's nativity play helped by Mr Poppy.  I'm sorry I know some people love these but my god the plot, acting and OTTness just makes my toes curl & I like Christmas films.

A Christmas to Remember (2016)


TV chef Jennifer crashes & wakes with amnesia in snowy Colorado. Obviously a kindly widower takes her in & they transform each others lives. Classic cheesy American goodness.

Christmas in Evergreen - Tidings of Joy (2019)




Evergreen the most Christmasy town around is searching for it's rumoured time capsule and a skeptical writer has come to town for a break and to get the story on the town's Christmas cheer. I actually loved this & want to visit! They always seem to be Vermont & Colorado. Do they really look like this at Christmas or will I be bitterly disappointed?

A Heavenly Christmas with Kirstin Davis (2016)

Eve Morgan a workaholic has an untimely death & is recruited to heaven. Guardian angel Pearl shows her the ropes and Eve is  assigned the case of Max. Watched this a while ago & remember the coffee shop scenes but can't remember how it ends. Will have to rewatch this year.

Miss Christmas (2017)


The tree finder for Chicago's famous Radcliffe Tree needs to find the perfect tree in 10 days. A letter from a boy promising his tree is perfect sends her to a small town but his dad is less than happy. Cutesy, Christmas loveliness. Who wouldn't want a job looking for the perfect Christmas tree in Christmas card perfect towns?

The Holiday (2006)

Two women from the UK/US swap homes for the holidays to get away from their relationship issues. However, their lives change when they meet and fall in love with two local guys. Full star cast. I haven't actually watched this for years & can't really remember it.

The Holiday Calendar (2018)

Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries who is a talented photographer stuck in a crap job receives a magical advent calendar that predicts the future.

Deck The Halls (2006)

I love this & watch it every year although it always seem to be on bad lists. A feud between Matthew Broderick and; new neighbour, Danny DeVito over Christmas lights.

The Christmas Chronicles (2019)


Kurt Russell plays an uber modern Santa & ends up on an adventure with Kate & Teddy Pierce on Christmas eve. A Netflix original that is getting a sequel. Yay!




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Goodbye

Right after much deliberation I've decided to call time on Life in the NN Lane. 

I first started the blog as a creative outlet as I worked with data in an office. I no longer do that job and now work more hours.

Since my blog began more & more people are doing the same/similar things & I don't really feel like my ideas/posts/pictures etc are needed anymore.

Things never grew as I'd hoped and I no longer have the time or desire to move it forward.

I know coronavirus has exasperated this as I don't really feel I have much to say anymore. I'm feeling quite negative about coronavirus now & the limitations this is putting on our lifestyles. The rules no longer make sense to me. I work in a room with 28 people but can't have more than 2 people in my house as we are a family of 4! I don't want to pass this frustration or worry or negativity on so I'm constantly censoring myself. I actually wrote a poem back in April I never shared & it still rings true (I have been debating this decision for a while).

I feel I have nothing to say.

No contribution to make.

I have no words of comfort.

I do not wish to share my worries.

So many questions.

So few answers.

My voice is getting quieter each day.

The world is of it's centre.

We are drifting in the sea.

We watch.

We wait.

We sit.

We listen.

We stay.

I'm not sure there's anything to say.

I've also disliked social media more since coronavirus began & as a blogger I need this for information and sharing my posts so a but of an awkward catch 22. I hate twitter, can take or leave Facebook & love Instagram but would prefer to have it private.

I'm obviously no longer visiting as many places due to covid and as my children are getting older park trips are decreasing.

However, I'm immensely proud of my park guide & the blog will remain for a while. I've already deleted Twitter and Pinterest and the rest will follow.

As a parting gesture I would love it if you could all sign the lido petition. Tell your friends, kids football team, brownies, scouts, school mums etc and sign & share some more. I really do believe it would be a positive for the town. The petition will remain as it's in my real name & not the blog. This is something I'd love to happen at some point in the future blog or no blog.

http://chng.it/gkWtNM7sCr

P.s remember to sign the petition!!!

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Saturday, 19 September 2020

Fireworks Guide for Northamptonshire 2020

Sadly due to Covid most fireworks events are not happening this year so this fireworks guide for Northamptonshire 2020 will be a short.  I have included cancelled events for information purposes as you may not know.  My old faithful is amongst the cancelled list!

Fireworks Northamptonshire 2020


Parklands Community Centre - No longer going ahead and likely not to return due to funding, volunteers etc

Wootton Community Centre - Cancelled

Grange Park - Friday 6th November cancelled

West Lodge - Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th November 4.30 to 6.30pm.  Ticket numbers greatly reduced due to covid. £5 per person, under 2's free. No fireworks but bonfire, sparklers, pig race, outdoor floodlit play area, barrel rides and cuddle corner is open.

Hollowell Bonfire Party - Cancelled

Santapod Fireworks Frenzy - Saturday 7th November 2020.  Main event 4 to 7pm.  Tickets not yet in sale.

Boughton - Cancelled due to covid.

Finedon Dolben Cricket Club - Friday 6th November 7pm 3rd year music, food and bar.

Rushden Hall Park - Saturday 7th November from 6.30pm. £5 adult, £3 child ad under 3's free advanced ticket price.  £1 more on the night. On sale at Nene Valley Scout Group and several outlets. **Cancelled updated 22nd Sept**

Barnwell Bonfire and Fireworks - Cancelled but planning a grand event for Sunday 7th November 2021.

Yardley Gobion Sports & Social Club - Confirmed no event this year.

Daventry Fireworks Display - Cancelled

Flore Brodie Lodge - Cancelled. Already booked for Sunday 7th November 2021.

Billing Aquadrome - Confirmed not going ahead due to covid 

Wicksteed - Confirmed not going ahead due to covid.

Further afield

Market Harborough Fireworks (socially distanced)

Thursday 5th November 5pm at the Showground. Limited capacity call 0116 233 7035 for tickets.  £9 adult, £6 child under 4's free family ticket £25.

Loughborough RFC Fireworks

Friday 6th November from 5.30pm.  2 displays one at 7pm and one at 8pm.  Capped capacity for social distancing.  £5 child, £8 adult, under 4's free family ticket £25.  Call 0116 233 7035 for tickets.

**Please note more may get cancelled depending on guidelines so check before travelling**

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