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      29.01.2015 22:10
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      Quite possibly the BEST ever bar of chocolate!!!

      Oh, my giddy aunt, this was incredible!

      Part of the 'growing ever bigger' CREATION range this bar has been created by their top maitres chocolatiers.

      How the dooyoo hearts did Lindt managed to create a gorgeous mousse chocolate, keep the fluffiness and heavenly chocolate taste and wrapped it in even more chocolate heaven!?

      Out of the best bars of Lindt I've tried, and I'm not ashamed to say there's been quite a few followed by star jumps to work it off, this by a long way is the best of theirs I have ever tasted.
      The calories here are evil, 200! One square a day maybe??

      This is a surprise for me as this is dark chocolate. I'm not a huge fan of dark chocolate only in cooking so to eat this with a milk mousse was surprisingly good.
      The bar is the same weight as their other bars 100g.

      Honestly the bar of chocolate as the other melt quickly so when you bite into this you are literally stunned by the gorgeous milk smooth, fluffiness of the mouse inside the piece of chocolate you bite into.
      This is not a bar to be devoured but throughly enjoyed. I'm always gutted when this bar finishes and thank God that I restrained myself from buying more.

      I would say this is the most unique bars of chocolate I've ever tasted and hats off to Lindt for an amzing bar of chocolate, that quite possibly could cause breakdowns in relationships up and down the land because this bar is not for sharing!


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    • Mamas & Papas Highchair / Highchair / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 22:01
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      • reclines
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      • "awkward to clean"
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      Mamas & Papas pesto highchair.

      After looking round highchairs for my 2nd baby boy, I finally decided on the Mamas & Papas pesto highchair from argos. At the moment it is currently £49.99 reduced from £99.99 in argos, although I wouldn't trust or pay the original price.

      I wanted a high chair that was very comfortable for my baby, reclined in case he fell asleep in his chair, easy to clean, easy to get baby in and out, and folds reasonably flat.

      At first this seemed to tick all the boxes so I went ahead and purchased it. I think the pattern of the seat cover was slightly different to the one on sale now but the rest is exactly the same.

      When first using the chair it seemed great. It has several different heights which is easily adjusted by pushing in the two levers either side of the chair and lifting up or down. I found this brilliant as it meant when I was cooking in the kitchen I could lift the chair to the top height setting and my little boy could see on the worktop and everything that was going on, then when I was sat down eating I could lower him and he was at a similar level to us all.

      The seat folds up very easily, it doesn't go as flat as I would have liked and as some of the cheaper thinner budget ones do but it doesn't take up too much room and I found it ok. The tray slides off and hooks onto the back of the chair when folded up.

      The fabric seat cover easily comes off to wash, however I found after several washes it had a few small tears, was fading and looking very tatty.

      The recline function is very handy, especially for if your baby falls asleep in the highchair, as it stops them from flopping forwards! It also means the chair is suitable from when baby is very young.

      After having the high chair for several months it started to look a bit worse for wear. The mamas and papas signing had worn off, the numbers for the height adjuster had worn off (if this happens you need to make sure both sides are on the same height setting, my little boy was sat wonky on a few occasions!), the seat looked tatty, the catches that hold the tray in place broke easily, and also I found there were lots of small knicks and indentations that were extremely awkward to clean.

      I was hoping I could sell this chair on once my boy had finished with it, however it isn't in good enough condition and has now been thrown out.

      I thought this chair was good, but it started looking tatty very soon even though it was wiped down after every use. I wouldn't buy it again, I would probably go for a simple solid plastic chair as the cracks on this chair was very annoying when trying to clean.

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    • Lindt Sea Salt / Chocolate / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 21:59
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      No, end of

      Oh my goodness, what was this???

      From the 'TOUCH OF EXCELANCE' Range, this freaked me out.

      I genuinely thought this would be lightly salted and, to be honest, curiosity got the better of me and I tried a dark chocolate with salt. It couldn't be that bad?
      This is obviously only my personal taste, the quality of Lindt is faultless and its hurts to award one dooyoo heart, but I have to be honest. This was STRONG!.

      This is made with dark chocolate to compliment the sea salt or otherwise known as on some sites as 'FLUER DE SEL.'

      This is their standard size of 100g and is part f a large range of dark chocolate squares that have been flavoured. This just was too salty and it only contained 0.3% of sea salt. Compared to the 47% of dark cocoa I didn't really think I'd dislike it that much.
      For me sea salt is better than the regular saxa salt, I really believe it enhances the flavour and is of a better quality but it didn't blend well for me in this bar of chocolate. As usual I was the only one who didn't like it, my friends ate the whole two bars that were brought.

      There is a content list online that shows this again has high traces of nuts so if you're allergic avoid this, and vegans as well.
      Maybe this is better for cooking with? I don't really know, but eating it from the packet as a normal chocolate bar, no, it wasn't my thing.

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      29.01.2015 21:47
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      I'll pass thank you

      Having enjoyed the Irish cream chocolate bar and the Cognac I was quietly confident I'd enjoy this orange inspired bar of chocolate from Lindt over fortunately it didn't taste as fabulous as the others but this is more of a personal choice in the taste than the quality of the brand.

      This is a liquid filled bar of chocolate weighing in at a whopping 100g.

      Although the bar states milk chocolate is used it tasted more stronger and bitter than that which I'm not keen on.

      The chocolate, as I always find from Lindt, melts quickly so it;s not best to hang around.
      I could only eat three of these cubes of chocolate because it was strong and the orange flavour I just did not like in alcohol or in this brand anyway.
      By the end, the aftertaste, was way to strong of Cointreau that I couldn't taste the chocolate, and as reviews on previous alcohol inspired bars of chocolate from Lindt the chocolate is what really compliments the drink.
      This is my least favourite of the three chocolate bars with alcohol but definitely has not put me off from trying others in their range.

      A word of warning for those with nuts allergies this does contain traces, sorry:( I know it's a bummer. And this is not good for those that are soya free or vegan.
      The company does provide a good information guide online however they seemed to have missed out the percentage of alcohol in these, although you can't get drunk the strength if erm..strong.Hic


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    • Victim (DVD) / DVD / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      29.01.2015 21:47
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      • "Interesting social document"
      • "Good cast"
      • "Good thriller"

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      • "Not entirely realistic"
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      A good thriller, and a bold statement for its time

      Victim was a bit of a bold film for 1961. It dealt with homosexuality, at a time when gay sex was still illegal in the UK. Perhaps aware that audience sympathies might not necessarily rest easily with gay men, the film hones in on blackmailers who targeted gay victims in order to extort money, painting their victims as more sinned against than sinning.

      As such, it can be said to be a social issue film where the social issue is no longer really relevant. Since the legalisation, instances of blackmail must have plummeted. But the film is still of interest as a social document, and more importantly, is still a very decent thriller with a plot that gallops along nicely.

      Dirk Bogarde plays a successful barrister whose career is threatened when a young man with whom he has had a liaison is blackmailed. Bogarde is drawn deeper and deeper into the world of the blackmailers as he tries to bring them to justice while keeping his marriage and career alive.

      It’s especially brave for Bogarde to have taken on this role (several other actors turned it down) as he was probably gay himself. At least one member of the supporting case, Dennis Price (playing a character modelled on Noel Coward), was also gay. So it must have felt like an important project for them – one worth the risk to their reputations that came from being in it.

      Sylvia Sims is Bogarde’s wife – she is perhaps a bit too idealised as a character, but is very good. The rest of the cast is stuffed with familiar faces, including one of my favourite British supporting actors, Derren Nesbitt, as the scumbag blackmailer.

      It observes the gay London demimonde with a broadly sympathetic eye, and one certainly feels the injustice of the way gay men have to live very keenly. I don’t know if this film helped change anyone’s attitudes to homosexuality at the time – I suspect not – but it’s still an effective piece of work that is well worth a look.

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      29.01.2015 21:44
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      Pi is ok, but nothing special - a bit like Maths.

      Continuing my theme of reviewing my boyfriend's extensive collection of fragrances (I always tend to call it aftershave, but not sure if this is correct of not), I am now going to talk about Givenchy Pi. Of course it doesn't actually say Pi on the bottle. rather it is the mathematical symbol for Pi, and I have to admit I was quite impressed that I remembered this from school, I don't remember much else from Maths!

      My boyfriend has the 100ml bottle which currently sells on Amazon for £37.17 which makes it a fairly expensive fragrance, but not one of the most expensive in the world.

      The bottle is clear, so you can see that the perfume is a golden colour rather than being clear. The bottle is a nice shape, with an unusual shaped gold spray nozzle on top.

      Amazon describes this as having top notes of Rosemary, Mandarin Orange, Tarragon, Basil, middle notes of Neroli, Geranium, Lily-of-the-Valley, Anise and finally Base notes of Tonka Bean, Almond, Benzoin, Vanilla, Sugar." I don't know what any of these notes mean where perfume is concerned. I can definitely make out the vanilla amd orange scents though, but possibly only because I'm looking out for them.

      Although this is a man's fragrance, I don;t think it would be that out of place on a woman - it's not a desperately masculine scent in my opinion.

      I think this is an ok fragrance and I don't mind when my boyfriend wears it, but I don't think it's anything special, so would only give it 3 out of 5 stars.

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    • HappyLand Country Station / Baby Toy / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 21:43
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      only good for kids with good imagination

      Ok so I really went over the top with buying happyland things a few months ago. I have a 4 year old boy and a 1 year old boy. As my 4 year old has all sorts there is very little that I can ever think of to buy my 1 year old. I decided they didn't have a lot of 'small world' type toys, so after researching and reading reviews on sites such as mumsnet I bought a bit of happyland, the school and the farm. I then got hooked (I did, not the kids!) and started buying loads more.

      We ended up with a HUGE bundle of happyland things, included loads of train and car track. Part of the bundle was this happyland station. To be honest I think it is extremely over rated. The figures are great, nice and chunky and kids seem to love them. But the little extras such as this station seem pointless, well at least as far as my kids are concerned. When all set up together they look great, but my boys aren't really interested in bits such as this station, they prefer to just play with the figures, vehicles, and bigger buildings such as the large farm. I think for children to be interested in the station they have to have a good imagination and be really into the small world role playing type of toys, otherwise it will just get ignored in favour of the figures and vehicles.

      We ended up putting all the extra bits such as this station away as they never got played with.

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      29.01.2015 21:38
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      Cognac chocoalate anyone?

      The rage against the calorie and PC machine goes on. I, you'd be surprised to know, am not much of a drinker, prefer tea, boring but true. This is as crazy with the alcohol as I get and I'm proud of it.

      This is a milk chocolate bar from Lindt having tried Cognac and not really enjoying it I was not as trigger happy as my friends to try this but blended with the chocolate this really levels and complements the flavour very well.

      Again this bar is 100g but they never put how many calories on the packaging so in my head that means there are none.
      The milk chocolate from Lindt I always find melts quite easy, which is fine with me because it doesn't last long away however the small issue here, is that within these cubes of chocolate there is a liquid filling so it is your duty to eat this straight away or it could be cognac carnage all over your carpet.

      This is well designed, a more mature outlook than its kid-friendly looking sweets they normally aim for, these can't be sold to anyone under 16 years old which is good but there is no alcohol guideline that I can see on the packaging.

      This contains a high percentage of nut traces and not good for vegans or those who like soya free products. They do have a good ingredient list for those who needs just no alcohol content percentage.

      I have gone on to use this Cognac bar of chocolate for dinner parties where they make a lovely addition after dinner or before!

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      29.01.2015 21:33
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      brill

      ahhhh, I absolutely loved this washer dryer! sadly I have had to replace it now, I bought a new candy washer dryer and I really wish I had my hotpoint ultima back

      this washer dryer is great. it is really easy and simple to use, it holds a very large amount of washing / drying, and has lots of different functions to set it on the perfect wash.

      it has an led function, and the most useful thing that I really miss with my new washer dryer is the fact that this hotpoint beeps when it has finished, to let you know, not continuously but enough times to alert you. I found this really handy, as I would just hear the beep, know my washing was done, and get it out straight away rather than leaving wet washing sat in the washing machine.

      the only reason that we know longer have this hotpoint washer dryer is because things kept going wrong with it. first it was something to do with the heating element, then the stone on the bottom of it crumbled away. we had a few repairs done to it but the last time it broke it was too costly to repair so it made more sense to just buy a new one.

      even though the washer dryer had a number of problems and only lasted a couple of years, I really loved it and I would say it is the best washer dryer I have used, it is just a shame it didn't last very long. having said that, I do use my washers heavily, we are a family of 4 and do 1 sometimes 2 wash loads a day, which could explain why it didn't last very long.

      I would still recommend this to others and wish I would have bought another of the same one instead of trying a different brand. it is just so easy to use and has some really good little features.

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      29.01.2015 21:28
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      Wowsers.. from the bar to the bar of chocolate!

      This is a fantastic attempt to turn a well-loved drink [hic] into a bar of chocolate, whoever thought it would make a good idea, deserves a medal!

      I can't review this without eating one just for reviewing purposes only and my goodness, my local supermarket must think I have issues!.
      For me, Bella Italia is the only place I have had the BEST Irish coffee drink ever made and this bar is actually as close as it gets for me in terms of taste.

      Now this is strange because you can get two different versions of this bar, obviously I tried both, reviewing purposes only mind you.
      One has a cream filling, the other liquid. I am reviewing the liquid one here as shown in the picture.
      This is 100g grams of sheer naughtiness and I was surprised at the strength of the Irish cream! Delicious!.

      The filling is whiskey and coffee combined and the coffee is made with Arabica beans which is the standard you can taste. The liquid filling is supported by milk chocolate and everything works so well together and blends very well. Nothing is too overwhelming not even the whiskey. [Alcohol percentage not shown on packaging but is strongish]

      I would say you have to eat the whole bar in one sitting, mainly because it is so moreish but if you intend to break the bar into the cubes it does tend to melt quickly.
      I always eat these with a coffee to compliment it further, not that it needs to but if you're going to treat yourself, you might as well go crazy but don't tell the calorie police.

      I purchased this from a supermarket for £2.50 and it was the best £2.50 I've ever spent. x

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      29.01.2015 21:25
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      Simply Amazing

      great institute

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 20:45

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      brilliant all round

      i was very impressed with the website and the way it allowed you to customise your pc, the speed in which they build it and had it delivery and finally the quality of the product at their prices

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 20:38

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      • "quick building process"
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      quick, easy and cheap

      brilliant and easy to use website, it allows you to fully customise your computer to the specs that you want and will tell you if the parts are compatible together. the whole process only took around 8 days before it was at my door

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      29.01.2015 20:36

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      • "Great servie and tracking from order to delivery"
      • "All in one saves space and removes all those wires"
      • "Looks great"
      • "Super fast"
      • "Great wide screen"

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      • "The USB ports are a little awkward to access"

      Product, service and price are all excellent

      I bought an All-In-One pc from these guys and it could not have gone better. Choosing components was a breeze, and the information through the manufacturing/testing/dispatch process was great. The was GPS tracked to the minute with updates available on my phone. It looks great, everything worked straight out of the box and most importantly the wife loves the PC. I couldn't be happier. I will not hesitate to use them again.

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      29.01.2015 20:22
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      Scotland at its best

      We've visited Plockton a few times and never tire of going back.
      It is slightly off the beaten track and requires a detour off the A roads, but it is well worth seeking out. Travelers can also arrive by boat, by train on the picturesque Kyle of Lochalsh Line, or if lucky enough to have a light aircraft, at the nearby aerodrome.
      The village is looks out across the a bay, with palm trees looking a bit out of place, to say the least, as this is North West Scotland! The explanation is the Gulf Stream and the palms add to the charm of this unique village. The natural harbour attracts a lot of small pleasure craft and there's even a small island to get stranded on during high tides. Accommodation, while plentiful, will get booked up during high season and ranges from a couple of hotels, through guest houses, bed and breakfast accommodation and self-catering cottages. It's not a centre of shopping, with just a couple of small stores stocking the essentials nor of nightlife, which consists of live music in the hotels and occasional ceilidhs in the village hall: but that is a large part of the attraction.
      Plockton also makes an ideal base to explore the surrounding Highlands, whether by making a day trip over to the Isle of Skye, or northwards to the Applecross peninsula over the dramatic Pass of the Cattle, which climbs over hairpin bends to rise from sea level up to 2000ft and back to sea level over the course of 14 miles.
      Having visited most of Scotland's North West over the past 30 years, I think Plockton is up there with the very best locations for scenery, accommodation and activities.
      All I need now is the excuse to go back.

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