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    • Sony Xperia V / Smartphone / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.07.2014 00:56

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      • "Decent screen"
      • "Good design"
      • "Great camera"
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      • "Can't upgrade to the latest OS"
      • "Below average chipset"
      • "Small screen"
      • "Poor battery"

      Another sony phone but nothing special.

      The Sony Xperia V smartphone is a good phone, offering some nice features. The screen is clear and responsive running with a decent resolution. This resolution is in full HD giving the user a good overall display although phones are already beginning to move onto 2k resolution it really is a let down but it does the job. Sony have given this phone Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset which is coupled with 1Gb of ram which gives this phone a good performance when carrying out normal tasks but when the phone is running multiple apps it may begin to lag. The camera is good offering 13MP which is above average and offers some good features with it. The design and build quality is good offering something everyone will like even though the screen is only 4.3inches which is disappointing for this phone. The battery on the HTC one mini will last you up to 400 hours on standby or around 7 hours of talk time which is quite poor compared to phones like the Nokia lumia 1020 and even the HTC one mini but this is on 3G so if you use 2G or 4G this will vary accordingly but not that much. This phone has a micro sd slot, which means you have the ability to expand your storage capabilities from the base 8Gb a compliment that with a 32Gb SD card. This should be more than enough for nominal use. It's OS is Android which in my opinion is very good but this can only upgrade to 4.3 and not the latest 4.4. All in all a decent phone offering some nice features.

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    • HTC One Mini Smartphone / Smartphone / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      30.07.2014 00:31

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      • "Good battery"
      • "Android OS"
      • "Solid build"
      • "Good design"

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      • "Low resolution but sufficient"
      • "Insuffiscient storage"
      • "No micro SD card"
      • "Disappointing performance"
      • "Poor camera"

      A small phone but a big disappointment!

      The HTC one mini smartphone is a good phone, offering a fair few features but its kind of a disappointment compared to it's normal sized sibling. The screen is clear and responsive running with a decent, 720p resolution. The resolution is disappointing though as the standard resolution on almost all phones is 1080p and considering phones are already beginning to move onto 2k resolution it really is a let down but it doe's the job I guess. HTC have given this phone Snapdragons 400 chipset which is coupled with 1Gb of ram which gives this phone a good performance when executing simple tasks but when the phone is running multiple apps it can get hot and become uncomfortable to hold. The camera is a disappointed only offering 4MP which is top of the range for a phone from years ago but it's totally inadequate in today's market. The design and build quality is good carrying much of it over from the larger HTC one although the smaller phone size means a smaller screen weighing or well sizing in at 4.3inches which is expected from a mini version of any phone. The battery on the HTC one mini will last you up to 692 hours on standby or around 13 hours and 20 minutes of talk time which is better compared to larger phones like the Nokia lumia 1020 but this is on 3G so if you use 2G or 4G this will vary accordingly. This phone has no micro sd slot, which means no storage expansion and that is very disappointing as it only comes with a maximum of 16Gb which is totally insufficient. It's OS is the latest Android which in my opinion is very good but thats down to personal preference as some will like Apple and even some will like Windows. All in all an acceptable phone and I mean phone. I wouldn't be wanting this for heavy use with apps and other features.

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      30.07.2014 00:11

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      • "good quality"
      • light-weight
      • "easy to clean"
      • "easy to use"

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      • "no lid to protect tip when in make-up bag"

      Now I can apply Gel Liner easily using this brush.

      THE PRODUCT: This is the ultimate tool for smooth, precise application or liquid or a cream eyeliner. I actually use gel liner occasionally and am actually using gel liner on my sister when I do her make-up for her wedding and I thought this would be the perfect tool to apply the product with. As the brush tip is made from silicone it means that it doesn't drag or pull at the eyelid when using it, and it also means that it can be cleaned easily. The brush come in plastic packaging clearly stating what the product is and what you can use it for. The brush handle is mainly purple and it clearly states on the side of the brush what this brush is used for. All the purple handled brushes mean that they are for the face and the gold colour handled brushes are for the face. The brush handle does have a black end to it which feels nice and smooth and slightly soft as well. The brush is a good length and around the length you would expect from a fill size make-up brush. The silicone tip to the brush is a white colour.

      PRICE/AVAILABILITY: I purchased the brush from my local Boots store for 5.99.

      USING THE BRUSH:The silicone tip on the end of the brush is quite flexible but at the same time is also slightly stiff. The brush is very lightweight and easy to hold and I found the eyeliner very easy to apply to the lid. The brush doesn’t drag along the eyelids and it ensures you can apply the product easily without making a mess. As the silicone tip is thing it means you can create a nice thin line close to the last line but you can also thicken this up using the side of the brush. The brush picks up a good amount of product so you may find that you don’t need to keep dipping it into the pot of gel liner in order to apply some more. I found the brush easy to use on my sister and it was also easy to use on myself as well to apply the product to my eyes. As the brush is made from silicone it does mean that it can be wiped easily with a facial cleansing wipe to ensure it’s nice and clean ready for when you use it next time

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    • Roberts R 250 CL / Portable Radio / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      30.07.2014 00:04
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      Classic

      So I wanted a new radio for the kitchen that I could play whilst cooking to keep me entertained, so that I can dance and sing a long! It makes cooking that little bit more fun!

      I did not have any particular radio in mind, so I thought I would check them all out in person when I actually visit an electronic store.

      After some browsing in the store I saw this beauty on display and immediately fell in love with it. I love anything that is vintage or antique and this fits that retro look I love and am always looking for. I really liked this one because it is not too big and bulky like many other, more modern radios that you tend to see. It is the perfect size that can easily be placed on a shelf or somewhere without looking out of place or taking up too much space.

      The actual sound of the radio is fantastic! There is nothing retro about that as it is such good quality. It is also very easy to use and there is no fussing about with it.

      You can get this in many different colours to suit the look you already have or are going for.

      It is a little bit on the expensive side this cost me around one hundred pounds. This may seem like a lot, because it is, but the product you are getting is of very high value and you are definitely getting your moneys worth with this.

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    • print24 online printing / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 23:54

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      Great quality

      I'm satisfied with the print24 service and products. It's very fast, cheap and high quality.

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      29.07.2014 23:43
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      I do not really use hair dryers regularly due to the fact that I like to let my hair air dry because my hair tends to get very dry very quickly, so I like to protect it as much as I can by not applying heat to them.

      So I got this hair dryer quite recently because it is always good to have one lying around - I did already have one but it was not that amazing!

      I got a Tresemme hair dryer because they specialise in this sort of hair stuff so I thought that this would most likely be a good product! I purchased this from Boots for under £25 which is fairly reasonable considering that hair dryers do not seem to break that easily and last a long time.

      Compared to my last hair dryer this one is probably a thousand times better! My hair dries far more quicker which is great because I do not have to give up half way and have wet hair when I am supposed to be going out, in winter! There are plenty of settings to choose from to please everyone!

      This comes with a little diffuser, which I tried the other day for the first time. For every hair dryer I have had I have never used the diffuser so I thought it was about time that I give this one a go. Overall I liked it, it adds a nice wavy look to your hair without it becoming frizzy, which my hair is extremely prone to doing.

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      29.07.2014 23:28
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      I have not really used an electric toothbrush in a long time so I thought I would give it ago!

      I do not have a reason for purchasing this particular make, I just did! I had not done any research into this toothbrush beforehand but I thought Philips is quite a big and trusted brand so I did not think that I could go wrong with this to be honest.

      I purchased this from Boots for only £44.99 which was a bargain. It would have cost me £89.99 but it was on offer, so I can not complain. Also, if you have a Boots Advantage card, use it and, you get so many points!

      So, the toothbrush comes with some travel wash bags, which is always handy. And because it has a rechargeable battery it means it can last up to 3 weeks, so you can even take it on holiday without it being too bulky.

      The toothbrush as the cool feature of having a two minute timer. This ensures that you are brushing your teeth for the recommend amount of time AND it automatically turns off when you are done.

      I really like this toothbrush because you can feel the effects of it, it leaves your teeth squeaky clean and feeling super fresh! It is easy to use and basic so even if you are not that technologically savvy you will be fine! Also, it has a great battery life that lasts a very long time which means you do not have to continuously charge it.

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    • Fujifilm X-M1 Kit XC 16-50mm / Digital Camera / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 23:26

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      • "Affordable "
      • "Focuses fast"

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      Excellent beginners camera!

      I am a beginner photographer who has been very pleased wth this camera, especially for the price I payed for it. Bargain! As a beginner I'm not sure if my reviews will be as critical as a more experienced photographer , but here goes anyway ...

      I couldn't believe the Amazon price last week which for me, makes this wonderful camera the bargain of the year. I have an X100 and love Fuji colours so with the rebate and the Amazon promotional voucher it was a no brainier to order the XM1. It is a cracker, and whilst it doesn't have the build quality and heft of the X100, it is a beautifully made camera and looks superb. The lack of a viewfinder could be a problem for some but the LCD screen is razor sharp and as it tilts up and down, it makes the camera very easy to use.

      The image quality using the kit lens is stunning, focusing is fast and accurate and the WiFi has linked to my IMac and Ipad without problem. The ability to use geotagging is a real bonus. Metering is accurate and the low light performance is excellent. The XM1 and the 16-50mm kit lens give a very wide angle for landscapes and a useful zoom. It is sharp at all focal lengths.

      I read the reviews, noted the concerns of some regarding the plastic body construction and the lack of a viewfinder and went ahead and bought a truly exceptional camera at a 'be daft not too' price. Simply superb.

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    • 24: Series 1 and 2 (DVD) / DVD / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 23:26

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      • "The season finale far surpasses any other tv series"
      • "The characters have really come into their own in this series"
      • "Even better than the first series"

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      • "The clock ticking gets a little irritating"
      • " so at times it can be a little far fetched"
      • "Had to outdo the first series"
      • "A little cliche at times"

      The action continues to please in this follow up series. The season finale answers a

      24 Season 2

      *N.B. This Review May Contain Spoilers. DO NOT read if you do not wish to know what has happened.

      This item can be found at its cheapest on Amazon for £9.75.

      The show gets even better as the stakes have gotten way higher. The first series of 24 was one of the most action packed suspenseful shows I have ever seen and the second instalment does not disappoint. This series the stakes have gotten higher, the twist and turns even more shocking and the characters have really come into their own.

      Below is a synopsis of the series, episode by episode.

      Episode 1: 8:00 AM-9:00 AM
      In the first episode of this second series we pick things up one year after Teri’s death. Jack has left CTU but it isn’t long before his services are once more required. Action packed and fast paced from the very first second.

      Episode 2: 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
      Jack has to prove his dependability by delivering a suspect package. But can he save face with Wald.
      A dubious journalist causes Palmer some serious hitches and Kim tries to protect Megan’s whereabouts.

      Episode 3: 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
      After receiving some distressing news, Kate must keep her cool. A new lead detours Mason's plans, whilst Jack tips off the target about impending danger.

      Episode 4: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
      Jack covers ground with Wald whilst Mason must make some tough decisions in order to retrieve some information that is vital to the case.

      Episode 5: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM
      The President warns Jack of even more alarming news. Mason is under orders to interrogate a former opponent.

      Episode 6: 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
      The President is instructed that some of his previous orders have been retracted. Nina tries to take charge of the interrogation, stepping on Jack’s toes. Reza is in desperate need of a lawyer to get him out of trouble.

      Episode 7: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
      The President’s Chief of Staff is ordered to probe into Sherry's charge and Jack and Nina realise that brute force is not getting them anywhere, if they want answers they need to be shrewder with their actions.

      Episode 8: 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
      During transit of the bomb, there are orders to have it halted. Sherry proposes taking care of the apprehended journalist, but Stanton is troubled over his being there. Tony overhears a revelation from Warner that is truly alarming.

      Episode 9: 4:00 PM-5:00 PM
      CTU studies the basis of the plane's glitches; The President IDs someone who he suspects is working against him as Kate is interrogated over her father's files. Mason changes tactics over his approach with Reza and Warner.

      Episode 10: 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
      Evidence about who brought the aeroplane down is uncovered as the President deals with the backlash over Weiland's findings. Miguel stumbles upon a plot which will postpone his and Kim's return.

      Episode 11: 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
      The President orders the cross-examination of Stanton as Kate gets closer in tracking down Ali. Sherry begins to feel excluded from proceedings when Marie is given more responsibility in their assignment.

      Episode 12: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM
      Lynne explores uncertainties over Sherry whilst Warner sheds some light on Marie. The action heats up as Jack gets to work on a prime suspect.

      Episode 13: 8:00 PM-9:00 PM
      A power struggle spells serious trouble for CU whilst insider knowledge reveals that the bomb is safeguarded far more than previously suspected.

      Episode 14: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM
      Sherry finally confides her troubles to the President. Elsewhere a new arrival at CTU sparks conflict for Michelle, whilst Kate must assist in the grilling of two new suspects.

      Episode 15: 10:00 PM-11:00 PM
      Evidence about the source of the bomb is uncovered through Ali's efforts and as the detonation time is finally scheduled, the President takes a courageous step in order to get the public back on side.

      Episode 16: 11:00 PM-12:00 AM
      The President responds to those who are behind the explosives. Jack and Tony are at odds after yet more intense outbursts at CTU. Michelle's questioning of Ali is condemned.

      Episode 17: 12 Midnight-1:00 AM
      After having apprehension for some time over the President’s capability, the Vice President finally expresses his concerns. Jack meets the remaining member of Coral Snake, and a shocking ally enlightens him of the intentions regarding the bomb.

      Episode 18: 1:00 AM-2:00 AM
      The President faces pressure over his retaliatory strategies and as such takes steps to halt the turbulence on the East Coast. As Michelle takes some serious consequences for Jack, Kim is forced to confess to police.

      Episode 19: 2:00 AM-3:00 AM
      Whilst an advisor’s allegiance to the President is put to the test, Jack's resolve is also pushed to the limit in his attempts to keep his plan intact.

      Episode 20: 3:00 AM-4:00 AM
      The President is faced with trouble as some of his adviser’s start to falter over his orders and the Vice President continues to be unavailable. When Tony violates strict commands it is up to Carrie to intervene.

      Episode 21: 4:00 AM-5:00 AM
      Kim returns to the scene of a major crime as more information regarding the bomb comes to light.

      Episode 22: 5:00 AM-6:00 AM
      Jack's mission is terminated by CTU after major upheaval in Washington. There is more distrust in camp, with some serious consequences.

      Episode 23: 6:00 AM-7:00 AM
      With time running out, Jack pushes for resolution between conspirators. Tony is questioned over Chappelle’s unavailability and Michelle finds herself in an awkward position.

      Episode 24: 7:00 AM-8:00 AM
      Shocking new evidence regarding Kingsley comes to light in this gripping season finale.


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    • print24 online printing / Online Shop / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 23:15

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      Great quality

      I'm very happy for the print24 service and product. It's fast, cheap and professional service. I can recommend it!

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      29.07.2014 23:05
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      I wouldn't hesitate to recommend L&C

      Excellent advice and service. I was unsure of which product would best suit my needs and Daniel Popham, after asking a few questions was able to give me the information I needed to make the right choice for my circumstances. He then found an excellent product for me and all the administration has gone through very smoothly. I have already recommended him to my friend. I will definitely use L&C again. M1719844

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      29.07.2014 22:52
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      • Reliable
      • "Great for the whole family"
      • "Brill App Store "
      • "Easy to use"
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      • None!!!!!

      Brilliant all round tablet

      For anything from gaming to writing to just searching the iPad mini. As a smaller and less expensive version of the iPad it compares in every way. It works just as we'll does the same things all in a more portable size and for a lot less money. If you can't carry around a laptop and need something bigger than a smartphone this is the perfect gadget for you. The App Store like on its full sized counterpart and the iPhone leaves little to be desired for and even on the 16GB version there is plenty of storage for your favourite music, games and photos.
      The iPad is extremely light and thin even with a protective case it could fit into a normal sized handbag no trouble. There is also the app for amazon kindle on the App Store which allows you to read on your iPad this means you don't have to have the kindle and the iPad but can combine the two which is very handy.
      The new iOS system is very quick and easy to use making the iPad easy to use for any age from grandparents to toddler and everything in between. I have an iPad and am a student, my Mum has an iPad and is in full time employment and my grandparents are about to buy one just to use for things like Skype and google. This shows they are perfect for all ages.
      I would highly recommend an iPad to anyone and everyone it is the perfect all round gadget

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    • opinionsite.com / Internet Site / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 22:46
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      I can't think of an easier way to earn some extra cash and fast. I get a 3-4 surveys per week that pay at least a $1.

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    • The Paperboy (DVD) / DVD / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      29.07.2014 22:03
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      • "Quite explicit material"

      Not What You'd Expect....

      Film Only Review:
      This 2012 release movie really surprised me as I chose to watch it after seeing a promotional trailer which was a bit misleading in how it chooses to portray this material. I was expecting something mainstream and tailored to the Oscar crowd but instead what I find is a strange, dark and dirty independent that surely only appeals to a small percentage of movie aficionados.
      The movie stars a host of big names and was of particular interest because of Zach Efron's participation. This is definitely a huge leap away from his clean cut High School Muscial image and it really showcases Efron's skills as an adult actor. Joining him are Nicole Kidman in a surprising role as a sex-crazed, dopey blonde. I do get the sense that she might have been attempting to show off her range here and she really seems to sink her teeth into the part although I do feel like I can see the cogwheels of an actress at work during much of the film. John Cusack takes on another dark role as a prisoner and is almost unrecognisable from his heart-throb leading man days. David Oyelowo is the most impressive of the cast and gives a natural, authentic and full-bodied performance. He is definitely a talent to watch out for in any future projects. Matthew McConaughey also acts well although the portrayal of his character feels similar to some of his other recent performances.
      The movie surprised me because it is very racy and gritty and not at all what I expected it to be. There is a lot of weird, off-putting, hard-core sexual scenes in this movie and lots of sexual innuendo that makes the DVD certification of 15 seem far too low an age limit. I personally find some of the sexual acts in the film to be repulsive, creepy and depressing rather than interesting, amusing or exciting.
      I also think the storyline begins to degrade in quality about halfway through the movie. It's as though the movie changes from something that starts out quite clever and unique to something that is incoherent, unrealistic and pointless. I was very disappointed by the ending and it is impossible to care about any of the characters after a certain point.
      Although this movie features a stellar cast list it's not something that could be enjoyed by everyone. In fact it's more likely to appeal to a very small percentage of movie fans and even fans of the actors involved may find this film tough to watch. The DVD is available on Amazon UK and is currently priced at GBP6.50.

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      29.07.2014 21:24
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      Premium Drinking

      Veuve Cliquot was founded in 1772, by Madam Cliquot she dispatched bottles of this champagne all over the world, buying the best vineyards, perfecting champagne and giving this drink the quality that it has today. The motto of this house is 'only one quality, the finest' and right it is as this label is renowned for being one of the more expensive and classic champagne brands. It has an air of prestige about it and when I was deciding between this or Tattinger, I opted for Veuve Cliquot due to the description of the taste and felt for me this one was right and I'm glad I did.

      Veuve Cliquot is made from the Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grape varieties. Before opening this champagne, I kept it in the fridge to chill for a while to make sure it was at that lovely crisp but cool temperature. Once ready to open, the champagne was easy to open and serve, right away the faint hint of fruity hints and it is described on the label as being a balance of fruit and toasty notes. The description continues to say that it has initial fruity flavours of white fruits and raisins which then develop into notes of brioche and vanilla with age.

      The description seemed perfect to me and upon sipping this it really is very crisp, it is so easy to drink and I could pick up on the hint of fruit but with a subtlety that I enjoyed. It wasn't too dry and was very smooth which I liked, it also wasn't too sweet and seemed to have that perfect balance. As silly as it sounds from drinking prosecco and other sparkling drinks, I could definitely taste the difference with this and it did feel a lot more special and had that quality taste. I found this went down too easily and from a full bottle I managed to get 5 full flutes of this out of it which was great.

      I really would happily recommend Veuve Cliquot to any fan of bubbles, it has a quality and premium taste and I couldn't fault it at all. Other champagnes like Lanson can be quite dry but with this it didn't seem like that at all as it was so smooth and easy to drink. It wasn't overpowering and was lovely for a special occasion for a toast or even to drink in the evening after a long day or out in the sun. It is the perfect drink to make anyone feel special and I definitely want to buy it again as it is a reasonable price for the taste. It is usually discounted at certain times of the year.

      Currently, you can buy this from Tesco where they are selling a 75cl bottle for £36.99 which seems to be the standard price for it which is still good.

      The official Veuve Cliquot website is http://www.veuve-clicquot.com/.

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