19 Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day at the Cottage

Some movies are just BETTER in the rain. The kind of rain the forces you to stay indoors.
Some of my best memories from my youth were spent at the cottage with my family – and you guessed it- sometimes the rainy days turned out to be the most memorable.
Her is a list of movies I love that are particular best when watched on a rainy day.
Best watched with others and with hot cup of tea.

Best Movies to Watch on a Rainy Day

Master and Commander

The Shawshank Redemption

Dirty Dancy

Groundhog Day


The Godfather Collection


Cast Away

The Karate Kid Series

Dances with Wolves

Gorillas in the Mist

Pitch Perfect

The Prestige

Harry Potter Series

Lord of the Rings Series



Schindler’s List

Minority Report



Janes Bond – Casino Royale

Free VPN Services

Beware of free VPN services whose business model is to turn you into the product being sold.

Free VPN services, like Hola, can and do insert advertising into the application windows or replace the ads on webcpages you visit.
We have become acclimatized to our private daily habits being mined for data and used for profit.

With the help of other tracking techniques cookies JavaScript :tricks”, we have become a valuable commodity for companies that offer a free VPN service provider.
Be cautious when using a free internet service or VPN provider or use a reputable company like Unblock-US. They do offer a free no hassle, no payment or credit required trial to check ouf if you are unsure if a VPN service is for you.

Here is a list if Free VPN Service Providers for Canada

If you can recommend a free VPN service ,please add in comments sections.

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How to Watch BBC iPlayer Outside the UK- Watch in Canada &US !

BBC will be shutting down its Global iPlayer by June 26th, 2015.
This means ex-pats and others living outside the UK who have been able to watch BBC iplayer will no longer have access.
If you want to watch BBC iPlayer outside UK you will need to use a service that blocks the IP address of your computer. The good news is- this takes under 15 minutes to do.

What does this mean and is legal?

Your IP address is like the postal code for your computer, laptop or device. When you are on the internet your location is automatically detected by the website you are visiting. This is for all sites– all the time. This is why you get re-directed to a Canadian site if you try and go on to Sony Germany for example- or why you might see a warning like “This video not available in your Country” when you try to watch a video clip on a US site,

Why Can’t I just watch it from where I live? Why bother blocking me?

Its is expensive to host and stream video and some companies do not want to spend money to service countries that cannot purchase from them or benefit their advertisers. Why advertise to someone who cannot use your services?

Some countries like to control the content in their Country. Canada, for example, has rules about how much Canadian content needs to be on the radio or television.

Many people use a VPN ( Virtual Private Network) that changes the DNS settings on their internet connection.
By changing these settings ( easily found in your wireless router setup) the Internet is “tricked” into thinking you are somewhere else. This is how you can get US Netflix in Canada, UK Netflix in the US or Hulu Plus in Canada when you normally couldn’t.

How to watch BBC iPlayer from Outside the UK- Watch BBC iPlayer in Canada & USA

1) Have internet connection and device to watch.
2) Set up VPN
3) Watch iPLayer from browser here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

1) You can watch on ipad, android tablet, Smart TV, laptop, PC, X-Box Live, PS#, PS4, etc.

2) Set up your VPN – I suggest UnBlock-US
They have a free trial for 7 days and no need to give them a credit card or pay anything to try. This is good if you are unsure if the service is for you or just trying on a whim :-)
UnBlock-US also has a .99 cent promo. Normally it is 4.99 a and month it is only .99 cents right now. I also like because it is a reputable  Canadian company.

Unblock-us.com is reputable and you do get that free 7 day trial if you are nervous.

You are going to have to make changes to your DNS settings on router- they have excellent instructions on the site. It looks a bit scary at first but I promise it is fairly easy.

Setting up the US VPN/ proxy server takes about 5- 10 minutes.
Here are detailed instruction for many router brands and how to change router DNS settings- don’t be intimidated!
Set Up Your Wireless Router Instructions.
Instructions for router brands like linksys, motorola, TP-Link, etc. are on site and even brands not listed still easy-ish. It is just a matter of copying and pasting 2 -3 sets of numbers into the setup of your wireless rrouter..
If your brand not listed- don’t worry- it’s not that hard and you will be able to do with not much effort.

Once you are set up – you are good to go!

The devices connected to your wireless router will now be able to gop on the internet and have the freedom to watch Us Netflix, Hulu PLus and BBC iPlayer!

To Watch BBC iPLayer:
On PC, iPad, Smartphone, etc
Navigate to the BBC iplayer page here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer in your browser and pick the show you would like to stream on demand or live!

Watch BBC iPLayer on PS3:
Create a FREE UK Playstation account using a UK address and download the iPlayer app from PlayStation Store.

Watch BBC iPLayer on PS4:
Same as PS3, above.

New Shows on NetFlix June 2015

Lots to be excited about new shows on Netflix this June on Netflix. Long awaited season 3 of hugely popular Orange is the New Black (#OITNB) and I for one can’t wait to see the Nina Simone Bio pic with Zoe Saldana.

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New Shows & Movies on Netflix June 2015

Release Date  Series & Movies Genre
 June 1 2015  The Aviator (2004)  Biography Get US Netflix in Canada 
 Hidden Kingdoms (2014) TV
 The High and the Mighty (1954
 La Dictadura Perfecta
 The Magdalene Sisters (2002
 R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It
 R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly (2008) TV
 Sex Ed (2014) Comedy
 June 3   The Best of Me (2014)
 June 5 Sense8 – Season 1
 June 6  On the Road (2012)
 Scandal (Season 4)  TV Get US Netflix in Canada 
 June 7  Words and Pictures (2013)
 June 8  Grace of Monaco (2014)
 June 9  It’s Hard Being Loved by Jerks (2008)
 June 10  Nightcrawler (2014) Drama
 Pretty Little Liars (Season 5)  TV
 Rosewater (2014
 June 11  The Legend Get US Netflix in Canada 
 The Legend 2
 Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2)
 June 12  Champs (2015)
 The Cobbler (2014)
 Life of Crime (2013)
June 13  Antarctica: A Year on Ice (2013)
 Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) Get US Netflix in Canada 
 June 15  Bindi’s Bootcamp (Season 1  TV Adventure
 Danger Mouse (Seasons 1-10
 Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer (2013
 Really Me (Seasons 1 & 2)
 Rodney Carrington: Laughter’s Good (2014)
 Team Toon (Season 1)
 Wizards vs. Aliens (Seasons 1-3)
 June 16  Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of (2015)
 Curious George (2006)
 The Butler  Drama
 Two Days, One Night (2014)
 June 17  Heartland (Season 6)  TV
 Point and Shoot (2014)
 June 19  A Most Wanted Man (2014)
 Some Assembly Required (2012)
 June 20  Cake (2014)
 June 24  Beyond the Lights (2014)
 June 25  Ballet 422 (2014)
 June 26  Dragons: Race to the Edge (Season 2)
 Katy Perry: The Prismatic World Tour (2015)
 What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)
 June 27  The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)


Best Murder Mystery and Crime Dramas Series on Netflix

I am a HUGE fan of crime drama and have a particular love of British crime drama.

Here is a list of outstanding Crime/ Murder Mystery type Series on Netflix right now:

Did you know you can get US Netflix in Canada? Here’s how: Get Us Netflix in Canada Now


Happy Valley


Foyle’s War
The acclaimed detective series returns with more mysteries set in the uncertain days at the beginning of the Cold War. In 1946 London, former DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen, Out of Africa) now employs his unerring investigative skills on behalf of MI5, assisted by his ever-faithful driver, Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks, My Brother Tom).


Appropriate Adult
Appropriate Adult is a haunting psychological thriller based on the true story of the unusual relationship between serial killer Fred West (Dominic West – The Wire) and his “appropriate adult” Janet Leach (Emily Watson – Gosford Park).


George Gently

The Bletchley Circle

Peaky Blinders

The Fall

Prime Suspect


Midsomer Murders

Inspector Morse

Inspector Lewis



How to Watch Netflix from other Regions?

With your Netflix account you can have access to the Netflix content from other countries ( like US Netflix and UK Netflix) when you have a Netflix account. Your Netflix content is determined by region- where you are located. Netflix servers can tell by your internet connections IP address where you are- so if you are in Canada you get Canadian Netflix, In the States? You can get US Netflix.

Get US Netflix in Canada Now- FREE 7 Day Trial no Credit Card Required

You can get access to pretty every country’s Netflix services and content by changing your IP address. There are several ways to do this. The EASIEST by far is to use a proxy service- a service that takes of changing the IP for you.
One of the more popular services is UnBlockUs, they offer a free 7 day trial ( no credit card or $ required).

Leonardo DiCaprio to Create More New Documentaries with Netflix

After the huge success and Oscar nomination for “Virunga”. DiCaprio was an executive producer on the movie about conservation of Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park.

Known for his environmental activism, DiCaprio was recently named as a U.N. Messenger of Peace
He produced the documentary “11th Hour” and heads The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which works to protect the world’s last wild places and threatened species.

Why Use Netflix?

Netflix is the foundation for distribution of digital media, where you can become a subscriber and have a multitude of television shows, movies, documentaries, sporting events, cartoons and more, at your disposal. The average cost for a Netflix subscription per month is under $10. Your average cable service provider will charge you approximately $60 per month. Satellite users, more than $60. Right? Right.

Let’s use $60 per month spent on cable, and that’s without movies, as our example. If you take 12 months and multiply it by $60, you get $720. If you multiply 12 months by $10 (Netflix subscription), you get $120. Netflix turns out to be 6x cheaper! Cable being 6x more expensive!

Keep in mind all the hassle involved with a cable service provider, and the lack of extra specialty channels for movies and documentaries and the like. Clearly, Netflix makes much more sense than paying $7,200 for cable over the course of 10 years…which you’ve already done once, maybe twice in your entire life. I think I’d rather pay $1,200 over those ten years and invest the rest!

A Netflix subscription opens your eyes to the power of multiplying over what’s realistic, rather than simple. Such as multiply what you spend for any other service maybe, by 12 months, as opposed to monthly. This provides a much more realistic approach. If it is an essential service like a water heater for example or cable tv, then an even more realistic approach would be to multiply by 5 or 10 years. This method gives you some real insight on how to save money in every part of your life.

So start by subscribing to Netflix!

My Favourite Shows on Netflix – Updated Regularly

My tastes tend to lean more towards British Crime Thrillers, Documentaries and hugh quality television shows ( Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, etc) I watch A LOT of Netflix – both US and Canada Netflix and occasionally UK Netflix I use UnblockUS to go back and forth.
If you are looking for something to watch – here is a good selection of what I think are best shows on Netflix right now.

February 2015

List of Shows I Love on Netflix


TV Series


Crime drama series starring Idris Elba as unstable but genius detective.

The Fall
Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) smolders as a British detective summoned to Belfast to solve a high-profile murder.

Mr. Selfridge
Jeremy Piven (Entourage) stars as bluff, driven Harry Selfridge, who arrives in London at the start of the 20th century determined to launch a modern retail empire, promoting the notion of shopping as a pleasure unto itself.



Searching for Sugar Man
The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero.

A group of brave individuals risk their lives to save the last of the world’s mountain gorillas; in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for Congo’s natural resources.

Catch 50 Shades star Jamie Dornan on Netflix with Gillian Anderson on The Fall

There are now 2 full seasons of the beautifully crafted and expertly acted BBC series, The Fall.
This and Broadchurch in my mind are the best shows on Netflix right now.

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Starring Gillian Anderson and a cool , tortured investigator brought i from Scotland Yard to solve a series of murders in Ireland ( serial killer creepily plated by Jamie Dornan)

Jamie Dornan is now starring as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey