Double Bubble Slot

The beauty of playing any Microgaming designed video slot game is that you will find each one has lots of unique stand out qualities that makes them highly playable slot games. Take the Double Bubble Slot for example, this slot comes with a medieval type of them which extends from the back drop of the game right through to its many unique and exclusive reel symbols.

The slot offers a very straight forward type of playing structure on which you will find five video reels and you will have the ability of putting into play up to 20 paylines per spin. Coin values and the number of coins you can activate are also fully configurable so you can play the slot for tiny stakes or for some much higher stake levels.

The Chain Mail slot has a high paying set of reel symbols displayed on its pay table and it does return a higher than average payout percentage. One thing you will be hoping to do when playing this slot game is to spin in three of the bonus symbols for that will mark the arrival of its unique multi stage and often high paying pick to win bonus game.

Chain Mail Wild Symbol – You will usually find a wild symbol on most video slot games and when you choose to play the Chain Mail slot game you will find a special one in play on all five reels. The Chain Mail logo wild symbol stands in for all of the standard reel symbol but not the scatter or bonus symbols and as soon as it helps to form a winning combination it will double the payout of that winning combination or combination!

6000 Coin Jackpot – The Chain Mail slot game has a 6000 coin jackpot on offer which can be won via the base game. Five Wild Stamp symbols spinning in on an activated payline will award you with that 6000 coin jackpot. Be aware that each additional coin that you wager on the paylines will increase the jackpot on offer on this Chain Mail slot by another 6000 coins!

Pick to Win Bonus Game – On reels one, three and five of the Chain Mail slot game you can spin in a special Bonus reel symbol, and you have to get all three of those symbols spinning in together from a single base game spin to get to play off the main bonus game attached to this slot.

When you do spin in all three Bonus symbols the pick to win bonus game screen will be displayed on the slot game screen. You then have to pick off an item from the lowest row of the grid and you will then be awarded with a cash prize or all cash prize on that row and can then move up to the next level. As long as you avoid the game over symbol when picking off an item on each row you can then progress up the grid, the higher you get the more you will win!

Long Term RTP – You are always going to want to stick to playing slot games which have the very highest payout percentages, and that is something you will always benefit from when you choose to play Microgaming designed slots.

The long term expected RTP of their Double Bubble slot really is set very high and the payout percentage you should be achieving over your long term play on this slot is a high 96.44% which means plenty of wining opportunities will be coming your way whenever you play it!

Starburst Slots

NetEntertainment has been known to deliver exceptional themes in their slot games. Right from the graphics, design, planning and execution, NetEnt games are filled with lots of features and innovativeness.

Therefore, it is no surprise that the company has created yet another power-packed game for slot game lovers – Starburst!

This unique game has been anticipated since quite some time now and all NetEnt fans are delighted to finally see the game into action. NetEnt has done excellent publicity and advertising for this game and therefore, a lot of slot game players started playing this game as soon as it was released in late 2012.

The Stunning Theme of Starburst Slot

As the name goes, you would expect to find lot of cosmic elements on your screen when you think about Starburst. However, the game is more about gems and sparkling graphics that enlighten your screen and take you on an adventure ride.

The background resonates a dark night filled with stars that you can clearly see shining in the sky. The gems include different shapes and sizes like rectangles, squares and hexagons. The colours are vibrant and inviting like blue, orange and purple and each of them have a sparkle that glitters on your screens.

There are also the usual slot game symbols like Sevens and Bars, adorned with sparkles.

The Interesting Features of Starburst Slot

This is a five reel video slot game with 10 pay lines. It is a non-progressive jackpot with a maximum coins jackpot of 2,500 and maximum jackpot in cash of $2,500.

The maximum coins that you can wager are 100-meaning 10 per pay line. This game has a mix of features like wild symbols, scatter symbols and a bonus game. It does however, lack free spins and multipliers.

The betting range is from $0.01 to $100 and the coin bet range is from $0.01 to $1. This kind of wide bet range is a great way to increase the number of players since different kinds of players can enjoy the game with different paying abilities.

The payout is also quite generous and ensures that players go home happy with the money they make on the game. Starburst is a two-way paying slot game so you can enjoy win both ways, therefore, giving you one more reason to indulge in this gaming experience.

Starburst Logo-The Wild Symbol

Starburst wild symbol appears on reels two, three and four only. When it appears, it expands on the entire reels as well to create winning combinations.

You can also get a re-spin when wild symbol appears and a maximum five re-spins. The overall experience of playing with the wilds and the bonuses are quite rewarding since the sounds and graphics change and make you feel like you are part of a cosmic extravaganza!

The Final Verdict

This game is a good addition to NetEnt’s portfolio and it is surely worth a try. While some may enjoy the simplicity, some may miss additional features in the game.

Overall, it does reward you in many ways and will take you on a starry experience!

Catalan Cooking Class

Rachel McCormack is originally from Scotland but spent most of her twenties living in Spain, mostly Barcelona. While she was there she caught the Catalan obsession with food and learned how to cook from eating in restaurants, talking to women in the markets, watching her friends fight over which was the correct recipe from a certain village and also watching their Mothers in their kitchens.

In the classes at Bea’s of Bloomsbury Rachel tries to re-create the kind of meal that she has at her friends’ houses in Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia. It’s an informal gathering where you eat good ham, cheese and olives while everyone helps to prepare food and has a big discussion about the provenance of the food that is being made as well how to solve all the world’s problems. In the class solving the world’s problems is optional.

The classes will concentrate on a different theme depending on
the season and the  produce available.

The maximum size of the class is 8 so it is a real interactive class with everyone making and everyone helping. We eat the aperativos while we do the rest of the cooking and then we sit down together and eat the other two courses and share the Catalan wine.

At the end of the class you will have eaten a lot of good food learned about what you are making and will have taken away a lot of ideas that you can then easily replicate at meals for friends and families.
Please come in comfortable clothing and shoes, with your hair tied back if necessary . Aprons etc will be provided.
The class starts at 6.30 for 7pm prompt start and costs £60 for the tuition, food and wine.


Spanish food, like Italian is very regional. You would notice the difference having dinner in a Catalan’s house or an Andaluz’s as with Italians in a Ligurian’s house and a Sardinian’s. Rachel’s experience of Spain was, apart from a year in Santander, in the Catalan capital Barcelona so her knowledge and style of cooking is Catalan. The classes are Spanish cooking classes but looking at the region of Catalonia in particular, hence the name. Who are the cooking classes and events suitable for? Anyone who likes to eat, is interested in food and who wants to have a good time. Catalan food is not just about Ferran Adria and complicated molecular gastronomy.

There is a strong tradition of really high quality domestic cooking that has been an excellent spring board for chefs such as Adria, Joan Roca and Carme Ruscellada among others. Rachel’s classes are about showing you how simple it can be to create delicious Catalan dishes and serve them to your friends and family while enjoying what you do, whether you are an accomplished cook or a kitchen disaster.

What if I can’t get to the cooking  classes but want to learn? You can cook at the cook a longs on twitter from anywhere with internet access and a kitchen, or you can read the blog. If you would like to organise a class in your area then please contact All the events and classes are above and the blog contains all kinds of information and recipes on Catalan and Spanish food. Click on the title of each class or event to find more about the contents  or email me at for more information.