I have had multiple Skull Candy earphones and there is a common problem with each pair that I have owned. The quality of the build of the earphones seems to be quite bad as they do not last for a very long time. It always seems like one earphone will stop working and then after a while the other will just stop soon after. These are only cheap earphones but with them being from a brand such as Skull Candy you would expect the quality to be a lot better. If you get lucky and get a pair with good durability then you will have an excellent pair of earphones. The sound quality in my opinion is very good and they are very loud which is the best way to listen to music! You may want to purchase a more expensive reputable brand if you want to have some earphones that you can rely on to not break.
These earphones are probably perfect for someone who only expects to use them a couple of times a year for long car or plane journeys as they wont be getting to much use. but for someone who will be using them every day then I recommend that you purchase a different brand completely as Skull Candy in my opinion don't make long term earphones.
These earphones are comfortable and have good sound quality but the fact that they do not last for very long means that I cannot recommend them to anyone.
This is the definitve game of the last generation of console gaming. The guys and gals over at Rockstar did an outstanding job on this game for many reasons. One reason is the fact that the game is absolutely brilliant. The addition of Grand Theft Auto Online is a brilliant addition to the series. The single player is innovative with the fact that there are 3 different characters that you are able to use. The fact that the characters story lines intertwine is a brilliant idea. The online aspect of the game is probably the best part of the game though. The online system is a much better system than that of Grand Theft Auto 4. Being able to progress through the ranks by completing races death matches and other missions is a good addition. You will be spending countless hours messing around with friends in races or just general shenanigans in free play mode.
Another reason why this game is the definitive game for this generation is the graphical quality that Rockstar have been able to magically pull from the console. There are no games that are comparable to the quality of this game. This does come with its drawbacks though. The loading times to switch between single player and online can take a long time and there is also considerable "pop in" of the in game assets such as buildings and terrain if you are travelling at a fast speed in a car/bike or plane. This is probably the only bad thing about the game and this is only because of the performance of the consoles that is being played on. A must have for any gamer.
John Pilger is an unreconstructed leftie. He is probably one of the few people left who use the word "comrade" without a trace of irony. Journalist, writer and maker of TV documentaries, Pilger has won just about every award going, including an Emmy. He is Australian, but bases himself in London. His abiding theme is of that of modern imperialism, known by some as the global economy. In this book, The New Rulers of the World, Pilger continues this theme and updates it. There is little new material here. The book is, essentially, a bringing-up-to-speed refining of his previous work. At its heart, lies the argument that wealthy nations and global corporations (with the US at their head) wield a modern day imperial power whose greed and rapaciousness is a force in the world far more destructive than that of any terrorist organisation. In fact, his point is that these are the real terrorists.
There are four essays.
The first, "The Model Pupil" deals with Asia and the birth of globalisation. It talks of the bloodbath in Indonesia and the rule of Suharto. It speaks of a million deaths and the carving up of Indonesia's economy by western corporations fully aware and dismissive of those deaths and countless other human rights abuses. The second, "Paying the Price" talks about intervention in Iraq since before Operation Desert Storm but spends most time in an analysis of the effect on Iraqi civilians of the sanction blockade, particularly on the children. It is distressing reading. "The Great Game" talks about the aftermath of 9/11, and the prologue to it, if you like. It exposes western foreign policy's role in the destablisation of entire regions and it exposes more corruption than you could have possibly made up in your own personal conspiracy theory. Finally, in "The Chosen Ones" Pilger returns to his native Australia to discuss the plight of its first people, the Aborigines. This too, is distressing reading.
I don't really want to précis the book here for you any further than I have. What then, would be the point in you reading it, save to acquaint yourselves with the sources and to check the verification of Pilger's facts? Neither do I want to pick out the most sensational of tidbits from the endless record of the suffering of real, normal people. That seems irretrievably tasteless. These are Pilger's themes and I think you need to explore them for yourselves, not through my review. Does that make sense?
Oh, you know, I was brought up with John Pilger. As soon as I was able to read, I read him, there in the Daily Mirror at home, alongside people such as the recently deceased Paul Foot, a man who will be missed terribly. (What a shadow of its former self is that newspaper today). In all those years, I have never had any cause to doubt his sincerity. He is, whether you agree with him or not, a man of integrity. His research is impeccable, his sources open and well-documented. His argument is clear, cogent and very difficult to dismiss. His writing is restrained and accessible and yet his anger at injustice leaps at you from his each and every page. He is a seasoned campaigner and you simply cannot mistake the fact that he is the genuine article. I can say with much truth that this man has been a huge influence on my political thinking throughout my life, although I do not agree with everything he says by any means.
The Rulers of the New World is, I would say, of interest to a broad range of people and not just those in sympathy with the theorists of modern imperialism. For those who do sympathise, he is more accessible and less of an intellectual challenge than such writers as Noam Chomsky and George Monbiot. Pilger is not a rarefied academic and although I like both of these writers, I cannot deny that they are an effort to read. Pilger is also better than either Chomsky or Monbiot at relating his themes to the lives of real, normal people. He is less… well… inyerface than Michael Moore. He does not make jokes and he does not spend half his books self-publicising. Much as I like Moore too, I confess to spending some time reading him thinking, "If you say 'my film, Roger & Me' once more, I will throttle you man"! Pilger sticks to his subjects and does not make his books personal crusades – I think of Moore as a bit of a "willy jouster" and I find this often gets in the way of his points. Pilger is not like this. Whether or not one agrees with his conclusions, one has the inescapable feeling this is a man who wishes to expose what he sees to be the truth, and has no need to squash his ego into the equation.
For those politically neutral, Pilger is happily uninterested in party politics. He provides an accessible point of view refreshingly free from the taint of sponsored think tanks and he is clearly not motivated by self interest. And for those who consider a global economy to be the best hope for all our futures… well… then it is always good to read the enemy when he is as clear and as cogent as this, is it not? A variety of perspectives is invaluable to everyone.
At only two hundred pages, do not be deceived into thinking that The New Rulers of the World will be an easy read, for it is not. It is accessible in style and Pilger does not pitch it above the heads of those of us who do not spend our lives in the circles of politics or the halls of academe. However, its scope is massive, its cast of characters huge and its narration of recent history exhaustive. It will require your concentration. It is, though, an enlightening, angry, crusading read that exposes a view of the powerful that you may find both convincing and shocking.
Just the sort of thing I like then!
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The Daily Mirror is a newspaper I read in print quite often. It's the preferred tabloid of my partner although I find it lacking in a lot of aspects and personally choose to read other publications.
The newspaper tends to carry sensationalist stories as their leading story. They often focus on celebrity stories and scandals. The type of celeb featured is often an actor from a UK soap whom I've never actually heard of.
The newspaper lends it's voice to the Labour party in the UK so it often carries stories about controversial policies introduced by the Conservative party. It also tends to carry rather petty stories which demoralise all of the other political parties in the UK.
I find the gossip and entertainment pages, which usually stretches over two pages, to be frivolous and lacking in any substance. It tends to feature short snippets or one or two lines of personal opinion by the journalists. They tend to read as though they are being addressed to very young children.
Some positive features of the newspaper include the Friday entertainment supplement which gives a round up of new film and music releases. Very often, however, they feature an article about a release in which artists or actors are interviewed and the tone and approach of this will differ from the actual reviews of the music/movies in the same supplement. I find this contradiction rather amusing.
I also like the television guide pages which are set out clearly and which feature a page of reviews. A Saturday magazine supplement supplies listings for the week with in depth articles about upcoming programs. This is quite interesting and helpful and gives some insight into what programs are popular, critically acclaimed or otherwise.
The newspaper has regular health features and a problem page which is answered by Coleen Nolan. I find the advice Nolan gives to be very unprofessional and bordering on being dangerously blasé in particular to the more serious issues she is asked to assist with. The health feature page is very good though with high quality medical advice set out in a way which it's easy to understand and intelligent comment by Dr Miriam Stoppard.
I like the gardening feature much more now since they changed focus towards gardening for wildlife. There is a regular 'jobs for the week' feature which is helpful as well as guides to plants, flowers and trees.
The sport section of the paper is predominantly football related with usually only a few inches reserved for other sports. As a tennis fan I do find it frustrating that even after huge competitions there often isn't even a mention in the sports segment!
I personally don't get a lot of reading the newspaper although it's markedly better quality than several other tabloids on offer. I would recommend it to those who enjoy light stories without too much opinion and investigative work.
The hyacinth I bought was a really nice pastel shade of pink. Overall, I was really pleased with them! I planted 5 bulbs outdoors in late September of 2014. They need to be planted roughly 10cm deep and 15cm apart. I was very pleased to see that these plants flowered very beautifully in March 2015, just in time for my birthday. These flowers lasted for just over a month and added nicely to the range of colors in my garden. I must admit, I didn't water them too much before they flowered so wasn't sure whether they would be very successful this year.
I can confirm that watering them twice a week when there was rain around to help allowed them to flower very well. Of course if there was a particularly dry and sunny week coming I would water them more often. The fact that this plant comes back every year because it is a hardy perennial is really the reason I bought them. The idea of not having to buy more plants for the next year along with no work and extra time of having to actually plant them was a huge bonus for me.
The hyacinths ideally need to be planted in some fertile soil where they will get as much sun as possible. You should definitely avoid dark and shady areas as this will limit their ability to flower along with the length of time of flowering. Some other bonuses to this plant is that it is fairly tall so it stands out and looks very effective. My hyacinths grew to roughly 25cm. One of my absolute favorite things about this plant is that it has a really beautiful, enlightening scent that I would always get a whiff of whenever I'd walk past because it is such a strong scent. On the downside, these flowers are quite pricey as I paid roughly £5 for 5 bulbs. However, the majority of plants are expensive these days!
By and large, I can't recommend this plant enough. It is a great quality, long lasting flower providing both beauty aesthetically as well as in terms of scent. Don't be afraid to give these beauties a try! I'm sure they won't let you down!
I love PC Specialist, ordering from them is so much fun. You get to customise your rig and see where it is in production while you wait. The product is fantastic, though I've had an issue with the windows update system. Fortunately, they have great customer service on their website, so it's not a big deal.
The HMV site now carries the .com ending rather than the .co.uk and it has had some major revamps over the years. It used to be a comprehensive music store selling physical copies of music albums, singles and more. It now only provides digital downloads and also sells a selection of tickets to gigs and music events.
The site is now mostly designed like a music magazine site and in fact I feel it tries too hard to be a 'cool' outlet and it mimics NME in terms of the writing style and who it chooses to be their featured artists.
The digital downloads section features all the latest releases and you can buy whole albums as well as individual tracks. The best thing about the service for me is that you can also pay by Paypal as well as by credit or debit card. I find this a lot handier and safer.
Tracks can be downloaded in MP3 or M4A formats and they appear in your HMV 'locker' until you manually download them. They also download as a zip file.
As well as the download section you can purchase tickets for concerts from the site. This isn't a comprehensive list of gigs but there is a huge choice. You may find that not all venues are listed for a particular artist. I'm not sure why this is but it's slightly confusing if you are looking to buy tickets for a concert you know exists and all of the other dates are listed! You can search through the venues to see if your local venue is featured on the site. However, despite these issues I still enjoy the ease of having tickets available from this site. You can buy tickets for theatre shows and festivals as well as special music events.
HMV Pure is a part of the site that features information on their loyalty scheme. You can earn loyalty points from spending in their high street stores as well as online. It's 1 pence per penny in high street stores and 1 point per 2 pence online. You can then collect points and redeem them for various things including music albums, exclusive music memorabilia and much more. I think it's quite an exciting loyalty program and it's easy to join too. Pick up a card in store or just input your email online.
This is a decent site overall although it is has a different vibe to it's high-street persona. I personally like the digital download section and their loyalty scheme is good enough to make me return to them to make any purchases in the future. I would recommend the site to music lovers.
Whether you're going to fork out and get a proper cover or case for your iPad depends on just how much you're likely to use the device itself and in what circumstances. I would hasten to add at the outset that although there are many cases which allow for usage while it's in it, such as snug fit and access to the buttons, this really is more about a protective carry case that it can slot in and out of.
The majority of the case features a soft protective foam zippable soft fabric cover. Visually, it is ribbed, and the stitching is very professional and of a high standard. This has durability and as a transporting case for your ipad it is something I would highly recommend. One side is covered with the rib design, whereas the other has two leather pads, one on the top and one on the bottom. This adds to the design and makes the product look rather professional.
What we're essentially looking at here though is something more akin to a laptop bag rather than a protective case from which you can still operate the device, which is what most people will be looking for. You can still use it when it's in the case, as the zip allows for nearly full access in this respect, although it's cumbersome and restrictive.
Retailing at around the £20 but often available at a hefty discount, the important thing is to consider what you're actually getting this for. If you're looking for something that allows you to still use the iPad whilst giving it protection, then look elsewhere. If you're looking for a case that allows for safe transportation, then the padded effect of this should give you comfort - it might take up a bit more room, but it's of quality design that rings true to form for Port Design. Recommended, but be careful what you need to use it for.
This is something I don't buy very often due to it being a tad expensive at around £3 per 500 ml. Now if you follow the recommended dilution this will give you around 22 servings so perhaps not too bad after all.
The cordial is quite syrupy when poured into the glass and there is a floral scent of the elderflowers. This scent is much less noticeable after dilution. The taste is slightly sweet but nice and clean. The taste of the elder flowers comes through with no artificial flavours to get in its way. Elderflower is a very individual taste and is hard to describe naturally it is slightly floral with perhaps a citrusy edge to it. It is a bit of an acquired taste and probably more for adults than for children.
Mixing it with water makes a nice change to other squashes but also adding it to sparkling water or if celebrating a tiny amount into a glass of prosecco make a really nice change.
One major plus for me is that this product uses sugar to sweeten it and not those revolting artificial sweeteners in fact there are only four ingredients in the cordial. This may put some people off it but my view is that sugar is natural and as long as you don't over do it it is better for you.
One possible drawback is that it comes in a glass bottle which I know a lot of companies moved away from many years ago. The lid on my latest bottle I feel does not screw back on very well but my other bottles of it and others from the range have done.
I have a slightly longer version of this on ciao.
Now I have seen this on sale for a while and when I saw it on offer in my local co-op I decided to finally give it a go. The regular price is around the £4 mark for a 100g tin.
Please note this is my personal opinion of what this product tastes like - I know some will disagree as we all taste things differently.
The tin is fairly attractive and the ring pull foil closure under the re-sealable plastic lid does make getting into it and closing it again quite easy. On opening it the granules of instant coffee are visible but I cannot see any of the ‘finely ground beans’ they claim are in it. The smell of the granules is similar to that of a mid-price instant and is in no way reminiscent of actual ground coffee. Still I went ahead and made a cup. There was a thin foamy layer on the top which you do get with a barista made coffee but the real coffee smell just wasn’t there. It smelt like what it is – instant coffee which to me always has that slightly artificial undertone to it.
I do drink proper brewed coffee quite regularly and frankly this tasted nothing like the real coffee I buy now or have bought in the past. To me it tasted like it had been made from coffee bean sweepings – all the low quality rejected bit that don’t go into the real ground stuff. Yes it tasted different to a regular instant but not so much better that it justifies the cost when sold at full price. In fact I have tasted cheaper instants which are much better than this. If I didn’t know it was Kenco I would probably have put it down as a shops own brand and had I been served it in a restaurant as ‘filter coffee’ it would have been sent back.
It is reasonably strong in taste but it is not a taste I want to be all that strong. There was an underlying bitterness and perhaps a slightly burnt flavour to it. There was also perhaps a slightly chocolaty taste to it but it did not have the rich coffee taste I was expecting.
When I had finished my cup there was a small – a very small trace of very finely ground coffee dust as the bottom of my mug. Going by this the amount of ground beans in the whole tin would probably not amount to much more than a couple of tea spoons full.
I personally feel that this product is an example of marketing over substance. It is not better than many cheaper instants on sale and I won’t be buying it again whether it is on offer or not.
I have purchased lipsticks from Make-up Academy multiple times now, as I enjoy the colours a lot and they are only a pound. They are fairly easy to apply with a rather creamy constituency without the nasty smell that some cheaper make-up products carry. In addition to the main tube, there is also a balm at the bottom of the container - however this is rather hard to access as it's quite stiff, it's still a rather nifty addition.
They make rather good quality for hard times, and are especially neat for Christmas Stockings or other small gifts, maybe party bags. It comes in more bright and sparkly colours, and it's seemingly more aimed towards younger audiences however it is well pigmented for the price.
The biggest problem I've had with the product is that it's far more melt-able than most lipsticks that I use, even in the cold it falls apart quite easily in my bag. It's probably not something I would take on holiday to warm places with me for this reason. It also doesn't stay for too long, but much longer than most products in the same price-range.
All in all, it's definitely not my first pick however if I was in a place where I couldn't afford to spend so much on make-up, I'd probably find myself going for it. It's a fairly mediocre product and the price is really the best thing going for it. Who can resist a £1 lipstick? No one I know, at least.
I have always taken pride my teeth being clean. I visit my dentist every nine months as she says my teeth are very good for an almost thirty eight year old.
I dread the dentist as I have a jaw disorder called 'TMJ' causing nerve pains in the face.
Comes in a silver box and it tells us that it is Aquafresh extreme clean.
There is the Aquafresh trade mark at the top of the box showing the red white and blue colours. Content of the paste is 100ml.
For further information regarding this product, visit their website: www.aquafresh.co.uk
This tooth paste has different colour stripes that are red white and blue; each having different uses within the paste.
I use just over a pea size amount on my tooth brush and it tastes of spear mint, leaves my mouth smelling fresh and clean for hours after use. I use this paste twice daily, both morning and night.
I purchased this at tesco and was on offer for the bargain price of 95p.
I've already reviewed Stargazer nail varnishes, which were the ones I liked as a teenager due to the wide range of colours, from brights to unusual colours to metallics. But now I'm a bit older and in uni sometimes at interviews etc I feel like I can't really wear crazy colours anymore. I feel like I'm growing up! But when I want a more mature look to my nails, I go for these Rimmel ones, as they're around the same price as the Stargazer ones (thoguh usually stocked at different shops...) and still have a wide range of more neutral, pretty, feminine colours.
This nail varnishes big gimmick is drying in 60 seconds, and I actually find that for once this is true, but it isn't great sometimes when it dries a bit too quick and gets kind of random lumps in it... But that's the price you pay, I guess.
I usually do 2-3 coats and then a topcoat of clear varnish over them as I don't paint my nails that often (maybe 1 or 2 times a month). These kind of have chips in sometimes, which is disappointing, but overall, they do not. So I am a very happy chappy in that regard.
There are a lot of people who pay more than a five pound note for nail polishes... I am not one of those people, and though Rimmel varnishes have drawbacks, such as not a greater range as they could have (crazy colours etc) and sometimes chips or flake, they are good for the price and I will continue buying them.
I've used these nail varnishes for it feels like forever. When I was younger these were the only kind stocked in a shop I liked. So I have used them for many years and tried out a lot of the colours in the range.
*The GOOD part*
This might be a bit critical a review (from me, anyway, lol) but the one thing I really really like about Stargazer is the colour range they do. They have metallics, pastels, rainbow colours, every colour you can imagine (though I also think this depends where you shop or if you get them off the website and so on). I've tried a lot of colours in this range and I've found colours that compliment dresses or outfits or my general moods at the time. So that's a definite plus.
*The BAD part*
These are cheap. I don't mena in a good way. They are about £2-£3, depending on where you buy them, which is fair (I think) for a nail polish and I would never pay more than a fiver personally. But they are also cheaply made. I once used these for an art project when I was younger and I was really surprised how low quality these varnsihes were - thin, flaky, watery, etc. And I realised I'd known that for a long time and that's why I'd been using so many layers of vanish on my nails for years. This means they run out in more time, and so on. Just generally not good stuff.
A shame, as I really do like them, and they have some of my favourite, hard ro find colours in the range (metallic green!) but they are just a little bit cheap.
I use a lot of products from Weleda and though they might be a little bit more expensive than other products, I usually find that they are worth the cost as they are good quality and they suit me. Weleda make a gorgeous shampoo with Lemon Balm and I bought mine online wit Amazon vouchers for £8.50. It sounds like a lot of money but actually it works out really cost effective, as you don’t need to use a lot of this shampoo.
Hubby told me he had problems in getting a decent lather with this but I actually found the opposite was true. It lathered well on my hair and the smell alone is enough to make you want to go out and buy more once this has all gone.
It has a lovely fresh citrus lemon smell to it and this smell lasts for ages on your hair long after it has been washed and dried and styled. I also use the accompanying conditioner. I have none of this particular shampoo left now as I waiting for more vouchers to treat myself to another bottle but one bottle lasts me around four months – and that is with very regular ruse.
My hair looks and feels so healthy and strong and shiny and full of volume whenever I use this shampoo. I really think that if you want to give your hair a lemony treat thane you should try this – you will not be disappointed - I promise you !
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