Welcome! Log in or Register

2night

2night
  • 2
  • 167
  • 5
  • 703
  • 11246
  • 8648
  • Crowns
  • Premium reviews
  • Express reviews
  • Comments
  • Reviews rated
  • Ratings received

Member since: 02.11.2011

People I trust

User that trust you
  • Sort by:
    • More +
      17.11.2012 13:58
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      25 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      A perfect tipple for a Christmas treat.

      Baileys for me is one of those comfort drinks that I think is perfect for Christmas time.
      This Irish cream liqueur is the number one best selling liqueur in the world. Coming from an Irish family even the smell of this evokes that warm Christmas cozy feeling of Christmases gone by. In fact this drink is actually made in the very part of Dublin that I spent most of my childhood, so the "Dublin 12 Ireland" on the neck of the bottle is really a nice thing to see every Christmas.

      Admittedly this isn't a drink for everyone. Millions love it and and equal amount either despise it or just prefer another drink instead. This also has a bigger female fan base than male. I think this is mainly dew to its creamy thick consistency. It goes against every other Alcoholic drink that men tend to consume, be it beer, larger whisky or any other stereotypical "MAN drink".

      With its lusciousness, this for me isn't a drink I could have glass after glass of. As I said, I think it's perfect for Christmas as its thick, warming and feels luxurious both in its texture and taste. And with its deceptive creaminess comes quite a punch in the alcohol department. This is actually 17% volume and as the glasses that this is supposed to be served in are like cereal bowls, it's unlikely you'll be served a small portion. Baileys themselves sell gift boxes of their liquor with two of these logo embossed glasses in the box which is handy if you don't own them already. Prices of these box sets and just the bottle alone, vary from store to store so it's a good idea to shop around.

      The blurb on the side of the bottle says
      "Baileys Irish cream is crafted with care from fresh Irish cream, the finest spirits and Irish whisky". So when you look at the ingredients in the blurb alone it's no wonder this is 17% vol.

      When it comes to THE most important thing, taste of course, Baileys is smooth, with a distinctive whisky like burn as you swallow, this isn't at all uncomfortable, in fact the total opposite, its a very comforting sensation. This is normally served over ice but I don't like it that way as it tends to get very watery within a few minutes as they ice begins to melt and mix with the drink. The result is quite repulsive (in my opinion) the once thick creamy brown liqueur ends up gray and thin. To avoid this from happening I have a handy trick. I find if you think the whole bottle will be consumed on the night (maybe you're having a party or some family members are joining you in a festive tipple) try putting the bottle in the fridge for a few hours before pouring, this way you get the cool drink with the warm burn and avoid the disgusting melted ice situation.
       
      As you can imagine seeing there are lashings of full fat cream in this drink and it's rather sweet to taste, it's not one of the best choices if you are trying to watch your figure over Christmas (which I am not by the way) This has 227 kcal per 100ml and it tastes like it. Its ice cream like smoothness is quickly followed by a boozy adult taste, for me the perfect Christmas combination. With this in mind I am all for healthy living, but I think Christmas should be for enjoying yourself, most people spend the entire year watching what they eat and drink. I think you should give yourself these few days to let go (within reason) and reward yourself for all your hard work throughout the year, then when the new year comes around, return to, or begin a regime for a healthy new you. That's how I view Christmas anyway.

      Another thing worth mentioning is because of its sugar content once opened, poured and resealed the sugar crystallises around the ridges of the bottle head under the cap and if left untouched for a while this can make the top impossible to remove. So unless TNT is part of your Christmas wish list, simply give the top a wipe with a clean, dry cloth before putting away.

      This can of course be served at room temperature but I find most guests prefer the chilled version. When served warm this does taste very good, in fact the flavour is slightly stronger when not chilled and the creaminess is also somewhat enhanced, however it does call out to be chilled. Come to think of it, that voice only appears after I've had a few of these. 
      Note to self: once the bottle starts talking, it's time to stop ;)

      So, one thing I know for sure, is that a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur will be setting up home in my fridge for Christmas day and St Stephen's day (boxing day) and maybe even a couple of the nameless days that follow and with the Christmas tree twinkling in the darkness, wrapping paper everywhere and the kids happily playing with their toys, lazy old me will have his feet up by the fire with a nice cool glass of warming luxury in his hand.

      Thanks for reading :0) 2night.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
        More Comments
      • More +
        03.04.2012 18:01
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        9 Comments

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Easy to fit, safe to use, hurts like hell ;0)

        You may have noticed I mentioned in my review of the Slendertone system (the review is titled Ouch, Ouch, OUCH!!!!) that the gel pads used to stimulate the muscles will need replacing periodically so I thought it would make sense to review these replacement pads, because if you are considering purchasing any ab belt by Slendertone you will find yourself looking for these pads soon enough after buying the unit.



        What exactly are these pads?

        Well they are basically THE most important thing when it comes to making the Slendertone system work as it's intended to do. The pads themselves are referred to as electrodes (this is dew to the hydro-gel electrodes used within each one) but I think that makes them sound horribly scary like they are from some scene in a horror movie set in a rundown hospital. I simply call them "the muscle stimulation pads" and that's how I will refer to them from this point on. With in these sticky back pads there are three layers of this conductive ingredient to ensure the electrical current is delivered correctly and most importantly to ensure it's delivered safely.


        Within the packaging you will find all the relevant paperwork needed to instruct you hake to apply these muscle stimulation pads and also a list of precautions and warnings. Just in case you haven't read my review of the Slendertone System I will repeat that these units and pads are not to be used by persons with an irregular heat beat, underlying cardiovascular conditions, and by any one with a pacemaker fitted. They also should not be used on any broken or inflamed skin, areas that have moles or growths of any kind, or on any scared area of the skin.


        As with any new diet or exercise regime please consult your doctor or GP  before starting it and in the case of the Slendertone system seek this advise before purchasing. There are three two different sized pads that must be fitted to the belt and three pads in total (The central pad and then two of the side pads one on the right and one on the left). These pads have been put through rigorous testing to ensure their safety. They are come with the CE Mark and are approved as a class 1 electrical device in Europe.


        Fitting the pads couldn't be easier just peel of the old pad and discard then peel off the protective backing from the new muscle stimulation pad and place it sticky side down and rub over to ensure a good adhesion to the belt then you are good to go. These pads can be bought in bulk from the Slendertone website, Slendertone.com or in the store or site that you originally purchased the slender tone system. They come in a single set, or you can buy them in a six month set, or even a twelve month set as with most this the more you buy the less you pay.

        It's worth adding that these pads work on all Slendertone ab based belts not just the one I reviewed. These will work in the Flex belt, Flex Max belt, System Abs belt, and also the System plus range of belts. When ordering or purchasing do make sure that the pads are for an ab system as there are Face, buttock and arm systems available and you wouldn't want to get them mixed up.

        Thanks for reading :0) 2night 

        A single set can be purchased online at :
        auravita.com
        for £11.40 + shipping

        A six month supply can be purchased online at :
        Slendertone.com
        For £47.96 this is a set of three pads x six

        And a twelve month supply can also be purchased online at :
        Slendertone.com
        For £95.92 this is a set of three pads x twelve.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          02.04.2012 20:33
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          27 Comments

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          A high tech solution to crunches but it's not for everyone

          As you may have noticed from my recent reviews I  like to stay fit but the problem is I'm a lazy sod.
          I go to the gym but I don't like it.
          I workout at home, but I hate it.
          I unfortunately know a little too much about how damaging an unhealthy lifestyle can be. Every day I'm either listening to someone lecturing me on the horrendous conditions that a human being can suffer from or I have my face in a book researching anatomy. Ignorance is bliss as they say and I wish I was ignorant. The fact that I have to force myself to workout is 100% down to fear of ill health and not for vanity reasons. I am asthmatic and opposite to what you might think exercise makes my breathing better especially a good cardio workout. One of the hardest and most painful areas to target is the abdominal muscles however if you do get them in shape they do look great and are of course the holy grail when it comes to male fitness. And it's these rectus abdominis muscles that this Slendertone ab toning belt targets and targets aggressively.


          But what exactly is a Slendertone Belt?

          Well it is is a wide, black belt that contains electronics and is controlled by a separate remote control unit that connects to the belt. The front and sides of this belt house replaceable sticky back pads (three in total, a central pad and one on the right and left) that stimulate the abdominal muscles into contracting by using the power of EMS (electronic muscle stimulation) The belt is held in place around your abdomen by a good strong Velcro strip.


          The very first time I used this unit, I started off at the lowest setting as recommended in the user guide / manual. There are thirty settings in total when using this belt and on the lowest setting I couldn't really feel it. This would seem to be a result of doing crunches (sit-ups) on a regular basis. Therefore I could progress to a higher setting straight off the bat. The belt is soft and comfortable to wear and fits snugly around my waist


          There are as you may expect quite a few warnings and precautions when it comes to using this device. They don't recommend you use this on areas that have scars, or moles or growths of any kind. This also should not be used by persons that have an irregular heart beat, or underlying cardiovascular problems and those that have a pacemaker fitted.


          The remote control is connected by wire to the belt hand is simple to use, there are very straightforward easy to understand instructions included in the box. But what I like to do with it is just sit there and let it do its work. A twenty minute session using this belt is said to be equivalent of doing one hundred and twenty sit-ups, all while sitting watching the tv.
          Sounds to good to be true, doesn't it?
          Well I can tell you it does make your muscles work and you can feel it. It's a very strange sensation to see your stomach tighten and realise and to feel it tense, tighten and release all without you actually doing it. Now to explain the strange title of my review. When on a high setting and especially on the highest setting this turns into a form of torture (for me any way) and it then turns into a form of hysterical entertainment for anyone that happens to be with you. We both have tears running down our faces for two very different reasons. Mine are a result of the uncontrollable spasms of my abs and their tears are of uncontrollable laughter. My pain is a result of a strong workout their stomachs and sides are aching as a result of laughing at my performance. That is why I consider this to be a toucher device.


          The thing is, I find the sensation hard to acsept. I workout and I workout hard, I'm used to feeling pain, I'm used to feeling pain related to exercise but that comes from movement. I know that is the whole point of the Slendertone abdominal belt system but I can't seem to accept it, it's just puzzling and a very strange sensation. Maybe if you don't work out regularly and don't associate the sensation with movement you could accept the muscle spasms as they are but I just can't. This however has not put me off using the system, quite the opiate in fact, I have used it regularly for years now and I do see results. I use this system in conjunction with my regular abdominal routine and of course with a healthy diet and lifestyle. That is something you must take into consideration when considering purchasing one of these; they are not a miracle worker. You can not sit on the sofa eating the world with this around your waist and expect to stand up with a rippling washboard stomach. If you are carrying a little bit of weight around your trunk you can tighten your abs all you want, and they will be in fantastic condition but they will never be visible unless you loose the weight. So this system MUST be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. If you use this only three times a week for thirty minutes a time (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, then have a brake over the weekend and start again on Monday) and do this for six weeks as part of the "Slendertone Six Week Plan" you should see visible results. My stomach was in good condition when staring the routine so I can not vouch for this time frame based "promise".


          The initial payment won't be the end of it as parts will need replacing as time goes by especially if used regularly, the adhesive backed muscle stimulation pads will eventually begin to loose their strength and the sensation will begin to weaken even on higher settings. When this happens you can purchase replacement pads usually in the same store or online site as you first purchased the unit from. These a very easy to replace and just involve you pulling off  the old pads and sticking on the new ones, SIMPLE. 
          Also the rechargeable AA batteries will eventually loose their punch and will give you less use per charge. So they can be bought in the same place as the unit but if you have trouble they are always available with all the other accessories at Slendertone.com.


          Now the entire unit cost me £120 around three years ago but recently the lead on the remote has become loose where the lead meets the remote. Therefor I had to replace the remote, as bad as that is I was glad that I had the option to do this and I did dent need to replace the entire unit at far more expense than just replacing this one part. The fault with the remote was dew to the fact that I have a tendency to tuck it down the side of the chair and this out strain on the lead and resulted in it becoming loose, this was my fault not the products.


          I hate my Slendertone and it hates me, but I love the results so I'm going to have to grin and bear it, through gritted teeth of course.


          Thanks for reading :0) 2night.


          This can be purchased online at :
          Amazon.co.uk marketplace
          For £94.99 + shipping

          The replacement pads can purchased online at :
          Amazon.co.uk
          For £11.51 with free shipping

          The replacement remote control unit can be purchased online at :
          amazon.co.uk
          For £69.68 with free shipping

          And the painkillers to make this bearable to use can be purchased online at:
          Only kidding ;0)

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
            More Comments
          • More +
            01.04.2012 19:27
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            22 Comments

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            A simple exercise tool, that burns calories fast

            As you may have seen if you have read any of my previous reviews that I do go to the gym on a regular basis and once you do that a gym membership isn't the wast of money most people declare it to be. But it isn't necessary to go to the gym your own home and harden can be the perfect setting for getting fit. For me unfamiliar surrounding with someone pushing me to keep going is the best situation because motivation is what I'm lacking and having some drill sergeant screaming at you doesn't give you the option to stop. I have a ridiculously large amounts of home gym equipment under my bed, in wardrobes, drawers and especially in my attic. There are very few that have avoided the same fate as the others. This skipping rope from the Argos value range is still out and about mainly because my little niece plays with it. I have used it, quite a bit in fact and that's mainly due to the fact that skipping not only works, but it is fun to do. You will be surprised how quickly skipping can get your heart rate going. This fast, almost instant cardio workout means skipping is one of the best forms of heart healthy exercises out there. Every gym will have skipping ropes and every sports shop will have a bamboozling selection to choose from and a lot of the time it is a case of "you get what you pay for."


            But isn't a skipping rope just a skipping rope?

            Well yes, but the quality of the materials used can make a huge difference in the longevity of the product. There are also weighted skipping ropes that require more strength from the user to ensure the fluid movement that we are all familiar with. Skipping doesn't only work out your lower body through the step / hop like movement but it also works out your upper body, mainly your arms and shoulders but as always there are simple techniques you can implement to ensure your body gets a better, harder workout. Simply aiming your chest every so slightly to the right or left with target your abs, tensing and realising these muscles as you do will also help target the area. This next instruction is become a running theme in my recent reviews but it works, tensing (pulling in) the Glutes (Gluteus Maximus muscles your bottom cheeks) and realising will help lift and tone these most commonly viewed and highly appreciated mussels.


            When it comes to the quality of materials used this isn't a high end product but it's not sold as one, it is part of their value range after all. But when it comes to value for money this is a good product. It cost me only £2.99 from Argos of course, that's amazing value when you think how much good you can do with it. Another thing worth adding is that I have used this both inside and outside (my back yard, don't worry I'm not skipping down the middle of the road with cars beeping behind me) and this rope has stood the test of time.


            One thing I like about it, is that it has soft, grey, foam covered handles instead of the hard plastic or wooden handles that can come on more expensive models. When someone is really working out they will of course begin to sweat (as disgusting as that sounds it's all part of the process) and if the handles are made of a non porous shiny material, keeping grip of the rope can become awkward. There are of course gloves available, but what's the point of buying a skipping rope for £2.99 only to have to take out a second mortgage to buy these over priced exercise gloves. That's why I was pleased to see these foam covered handles. They are super soft and have a nice bounce to them meaning they mould (somewhat) to the contours of your hand. I thought the foam would be the first thing to go on this rope but so far they are in good nick. I have this almost two years and it's still going strong and throw in the fact that this is getting man handled by my niece on a weekly basis really says something.


            For under £3 (only just) this is a great piece of kit to have lying around the house for those moments when you get a burst of energy or if you want to take it slow, you can. In turn you will increase your energy levels by boosting your immune system simply by partaking in gentle exercise. Or like me you can use it once in a blue moon and the rest of the time some child with far more energy can play with it.


            Thanks for reading :0) 2night.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
              More Comments
            • More +
              31.03.2012 20:56
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              22 Comments

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              It costs nothing and it's good for you, there's not many things you can say that about.

              We have all heard the saying "walking is the best exercise". I wouldn't go that far, but it is definitely one of the easiest to do exercises. The fact that you can be having a gentle workout that's beneficial to not only your heart health but your overall good health while seeing the sights or even shopping means this form of exercise is assessable for most people (some people with underlying conditions may find walking, even gentle walking to be strenuous, uncomfortable and even painful arthritis of the knee and hip for example) and you can take it at your own pace and increase your speed and the incline as needed depending on your location. Why spend money on a gym only to be stood there staring into space on a treadmill when you can simply pop on a coat and some suitable footwear and have a comfortable stroll around your town, village or city. If you want to track your progress pedometers are an affordable way to do this. They will record how many steps you have taken and how many calories you have burnt all in a wrist watch like device.


              The great thing about walking over other forms of exercise is it can be a very social experience compared to the solitary existence of exercising at home or on your own at the gym. To increase the effectiveness of walking wrist weights can be worn and tensing and then realising your abdominals and your glutes over and over again will not only help you burn more fat but it will also increase your heart rate and improve your cardiovascular health all the while toning your tummy and lifting your butt (to use a charming American term).


              Take your walk to the hills or even to the mountains and it becomes a serious workout. The incline will really increase the severity of an otherwise light form of exercise. Before you begin this extreme form of walking / hiking or in fact any new exercise routine you must first consult your GP to ensure you are in good health and up to this new, healthy, active chapter in your life.


              When hiking the fresh air fills your lungs and you can't help but feel alive, the higher you go the more stunning the views will become and you will feel a great sense of achievement when you reach your destination. It doesn't have to be the very top, just set yourself a goal and aim for it.


              As with all forms of exercise it is important to stay hydrated and take a drink along with you, a good electrolyte based drink should do the job. If it is going to be a strenuous trek remember to warm up first and never set off on a trail alone, travel in pairs or more for safety health wise and also for your own personal safety.


              We are so prone to driving everywhere nowadays, if we could drive to the kitchen we would. This sedentary lifestyle can only be detrimental to our health. Walking can be as gentle or as hard as you like, it's free, it's good for your heart, your lungs, your muscles and even your mind. The fact that you are getting out and seeing the world, having a chat as you go, can only be a good thing. So next time you reach for the car keys think twice, after all the good summer weather is on its way.


              Thanks for reading :0) 2night

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
                More Comments
              • Nike / Sports Equipment / 124 Readings / 121 Ratings
                More +
                31.03.2012 18:00
                Very helpful
                (Rating)
                20 Comments

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                Quality products that last

                My obsession with all things Nike started at the young age of eleven years old. This was when I lived permanently in Dublin and it was my first year of secondary school, in fact this story is about my very first day of secondary school. This was an awkward age for me as it is for most. I had just made my confirmation in the summer and my mother had bought me my new uniform that was just a larger sized version of my primary school one. This just had a different badge on the jumper and the only thing that you could wear that wasn't controlled by the rules of the school, was your shoes.


                I was dreading having to leave my friends (some of which had moved on to different schools) and mix with a new bunch of kids. I am very sociable now but back then I couldn't have been more shy. Also secondary school was the first time I would be sharing a class with girls, GIRLS! AHHHHHH!


                As I said this was an awkward age and stage, it was the time that a care free child suddenly became very self conscious, insecure and eager to please. Throw in the fact that I resembled a badly drawn caricature rather than a human being, didn't make things any easier. Looking back at photos of this time, my arms seemed to be around two years ahead in terms of growth when compared to the rest of my body. I also had a rather fetching Tom Selleck lookalike moustache (I'll save you the trouble of looking back up to the top of the review to double check my age, yes I said eleven, I had a Tash at eleven years old) the fact that I have very dark hair made it all the more noticeable. This was a result of the fact that the "puberty postman" came knocking quite early for me.


                But what has all of this got to do with Nike, well here we go...

                Remember I said you could choose your own shoes to go with your uniform?
                Well I walk up to the open door of the classroom, seat after seat full of unfamiliar, judgemental, moustache free children. Nervously I stand there and then to my horror I look down to see they are all wearing runners / trainers. Now pan down to look at what I was wearing, and you are greeted with the stunning sight, of highly polished Daniel O'Donnell inspired shoes. The silence in the room was defining, I wish they had all burst out laughing because the class room had a hard stone floor and as I left the carpeted doorway and began to walk towards my chair it sounded like Fred Astaire had just brushed passed Daniel and entered the room, click, click, click-ade-click! As I tottered across the room.


                Then they finally decided to laugh, but it was too late, I was already the colour of lava. I wanted the ground to open up and eat me, so I would never have to go back to that school again. If I owned a monkey I would definitely have sent him in dressed as me and I don't think they would have noticed. Of course I can laugh about it now but at the time it was horrible.

                Wanting to fit in I explained the situation to my parents, my father thought it was hilarious seeing it was my mother who had dressed me up in this way. He took me straight out in the car into town and spent more money than he could afford in order to guarantee I had the best runners possible and undo the embarrassment of my first day. We didn't go to O'Connell Street (the main street in Dublin) We went instead to Grafton Street the Poshest and most expensive street in Dublin when it comes to retail. He then said to the salesman one of the best sentences I have ever heard him say and it made me feel very loved, my dad isn't one for showing his feelings but this told me more than he could ever say "give my boy the best pair of runners you have, money's no object". We didn't have much money then but he wanted to make me happy, I'll always remember that.


                The following day I repeated the walk down the corridor towards the class, looking at the open door as I approached. My heart beating hard in my chest, my palms sweating down by my ankles, but when I walked into the class I was transformed from the laughing stock of the school into the envy of the school (well the class at least)
                "wear geh geah dem?" now translated from inner city Dublin into English "where did you get them?" I literally felt like a superstar, a long armed, premature moustache wearing superstar. And that is where my love affair with all things Nike began.


                Since then almost every pair of runners I have ever bought have been Nike. The fact that they not only look great and come in so many styles to suit most tastes but they are also super comfortable and depending on the design they are also durable (some high end designs are more for fashion than durability). Nike's are not the cheapest of casual sports footwear but they are well made and for that little extra you will get a pair that will last you ten times longer and feel ten times more comfortable than a cheap pair from the market. They have designs to cater for your needs, walking, running, basketball, track, hiking, tennis you name it they can cater for it. I always stock up whenever I visit New York as the price of footwear is so much more affordable there than it is at home. Sketchers are also a very good brand and a half the price in Manhattan.


                I have never had a pair of Nike's that let in, by this I mean a pair that leaked. The only problem I have had is some scuff very easily but they tend to be the high end ones I mentioned earlier that are not made of the most practical of materials and are meant for rap stars that just get out of their limo onto a red carpet (these designs do look great though).


                Anyway we've come to the end of my therapy session. It felt good to get that off my chest. Since those awkward days my arms and body have grown into proportion, I have aged enough for a moustache to look normal and my crippling shyness has been replaced with an outgoing, almost annoying confidence and a sarcastic wit. Plus I can now carry off Daniel O'Donnell shoes without anyone laughing.


                Thanks for reading :0) 2night

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
                  More Comments
                • Step Machines / Sports Equipment / 119 Readings / 115 Ratings
                  More +
                  30.03.2012 16:14
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)
                  8 Comments

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  A simple basic piece of exercise equipment

                  Studying all things health related for the last three years has made me appreciate good health.
                  I "try" and eat well.
                  I "try" and get a good nights sleep.
                  I don't smoke and I rarely drink, may be twice a year.


                  The one thing I do, do that's good for my health is exercise, ever since I was a teenager when all of a sudden my body wanted to become rounder I began playing sports. I now go to the gym regularly but I must admit I do have quite a few of those exercise machines that are advertised at all hours of the night flaming they can turn me in to a rippling model in no time at all. One of the first things I purchased off the TV at four in the morning around eight years ago was a step machine, it got used for around five days, sat out in my bedroom for the remainder of the month and was then imprisoned in it's tomb alone with all its TV related exercise fad equipment up in to the attic where it has remained for nearly a decade.


                  I'm not proud of this but it's the truth. The problem I had with the stepper was that it was boring. Most steppers are the same, just two large peddles that work in a seesaw fashion to mimic waking up an endless staircase. The resistance can be adjusted on most models but what I found during the short period of time I gave this a go, was that if the resistance is too loose the peddles just bang down on to the pads sending shock waves up your ankle, this is increased if the padding (which normally consists of a flimsy square of foam) isn't of the best quality or thickness. In the case of the model I had the padding was ridiculous, if I had sellotaped a marshmallow to it it would have been of more use. On the other end of the scale, if I then tightened the resistance knob too much, it became like trying to treed through trickle (try saying that three times). The fact also that these in the most part only work out your legs is a bit of a downer. Plus once you have finished on it at full pace for fifteen minutes your legs will feel like jelly (well at the beginning anyway, the jelly leg syndrome will soon pass the more you use it).


                  You can lift hand weights while using the stepper but if you lose your balance you can end up going for a hop quite easily and this is made all the more dangerous if you are holding a dumb bell in each hand. There are modles available that come with resistance bands and their are also ones that have a weight high frame like a Zimmer Frame attached to the front. These blend the look of a treadmill and a stepper together but just like on a treadmill if you use the support rails you will be burning less calories that you would without. There are little tricks to making you burn fat and work muscles that the stepper otherwise wouldn't target, squeezing in and tightening your ab muscles will help target that area, also doing the same with your Gluteus Maximus (your bum cheeks pardon my French) will help tighten and lift that area too. You really can feel it begin to burn almost instantly once you squeeze you chosen area. The ironic thing is my stepper that I sent good money on is sleeping soundly up in the attic while I have an affair with it's fancy, flash, all lights and whistles, sexy twin at the gym. But the thing is, I find I WILL exercise when I'm at the gym, at home it doesn't take much to distract me, sweet wrapper blowing by, one of the cats walking into the room, my nose being itchy, absolutely anything will make me stop exercising and of course I then don't continue where I left off and return to my routine, while at the gym this won't happen. If I was given a chicken every time I started exercising then stopped because the wind changed I would have chickens cling out the chimney.


                  Seeing I still use the gym's version of a stepper means I do think they do some good, but for the basic home versions, safety can be a problem as it is very easy to loose your balance.


                  Thanks for reading :0) 2night


                  Depending on the make and style these can cost anything from £20 for the basic model up into the hundreds for the fancy ones.

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    30.03.2012 14:03
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)
                    19 Comments

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    A light, fresh, citrus and floral fragrance

                    When it comes to packaging you can't get much more original or unusual than this bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle Terrible. The outer packaging is very strange and resembles a tin of beans without the label. It is a strong, black, tall tin with blood red print. It is a very masculine style of packaging when compared to other male fragrances on the market and it's strangeness is something I quite like.


                    But it's the bottle that I thick is it's crowning glory. Firstly is a vivid blue with White stripes but it is it's shape that makes this one of the most interesting bottles in my bathroom. It's the shape of a perfectly proportioned male torso and hips. The TV advertising campaign for this fragrance has a male model in the distinctive sailor top that the bottle replicates. The shape of the bottle is very tactile and the curve of the waist makes this a very comfortable bottle to hold. The glass used is nice and strong and feels of good quality. The fragrance comes out in an even, light mist when I push gently down on the pump style top. And it's refreshingly cool upon application.


                    Great looks aside, this is a fragrance (I have to keep stopping myself from saying aftershave) so what about the all important scent?


                    Well, it is lighter than most male fragrances and although it does smell somewhat masculine it isn't overly so. The notes are described as being of vanilla, grapefruit, pink pepper, vetiver, lavender and amber. So as you can imagine from that list this isn't a bottle of Brut it is a little too feminine for my liking. More floral than you would expect, light and summery but just not manly enough for me. Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani is fresh, light and perfect for summer but it still has a masculine heart. This also smells strongly of citrus fruits which must be the grapefruit coming through. Like all fragrances it changes with time as it adjusts to your body temperature. The first blast of flowers and fruit becomes more subtle and subdued and the scent takes on an ever so slightly warmer hint. Unfortunately this is too weak to overpower the other aspects of the fragrance and the floral, citrus, notes win out.


                    If for example a female friend of mine was wearing this I wouldn't blink an eye I would just accept this as being a perfume. Ck one by Calvin Klein on the other hand is suitable for both sexes and has found that very hard to find happy medium.

                    This is sold as a masculine fragrance but I don't feel it is. This fragrances predecessor was the very popular Le Mâle and I like that one much more than this. And if you are going to buy a Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance may I recommend you try that one before buying this. Or even better go for one of the two I mentioned above.

                    Thanks for reading :0) 2night

                    This can be purchased online at :
                    Amazon.co.uk marketplace
                    For £28.95 + shipping

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                      More Comments
                    • Flymo Mini Trim / Trimmer / 100 Readings / 98 Ratings
                      More +
                      29.03.2012 20:34
                      Very helpful
                      (Rating)
                      13 Comments

                      Advantages

                      Disadvantages

                      Small, useful and affordable

                      The majority of our yard is paved, but we do have a section that if left to its own devices can quickly turn into something resembling the amazon rain forest which is fine because when I'm not shaved I do resemble a gorilla but when I am clean shaved an unkempt garden offends me. Seeing the area that needs tending to is quite small it's not worth my while getting the large lawn mower out of the shed, setting it up all for this stamp sized patch of grass so that's why we use this Mini Trim Trimmer by the well know name of Flymo. We also use this for the edges around the pathway and any other,  hard to get at, fiddly area.


                      This garden tool can packed in a surprisingly compact box and the trimmer itself was in only two parts, so getting started was a very fast and simple procedure. The is of course an instruction booklet with easy to understand assembly instruction and precautions you MUST follow as this may be a mini trimmer but it can still be dangerous if used incorrectly or left unattended. Once the two sections are attached to each other there is the all important guard is attached this slips easily over the front of the unit and clips in to place with an easy to hear CLICK! You are ready to go.


                      These trimmers are not really designed to cut an entire lawn and if you did use it for that use it would take you far longer than necessary and it would be a much harder mess to clean up than it need be. However if like me your garden has tiny areas that sprout grass this is a good compact option. The lead on this trimmer is surprisingly short when compared to our large lawnmower. It has a 6m lead and seeing that our garden is rather long and we don't have one of those handy out door plug sockets we do need to use an extension lead to reach the problem area. The entire unit is in the very familiar, very understated (I'm being sarcastic of course) shade of orange that Flymo favours. It's that wonderful, almost pulsating, "I'm surprised it's not luminous" easyjet shade of orange. To cut the grass it uses a thin 1.5mm line of hard plastic, it doesn't really cut it, it whips it, slicing the blades of grass like a machete (although a mini plastic one). This line can and does snap but you just pull and replace it, and when it runs out completely, a replacement spool is easily found in most hard wear stores or online and is quick and simple to replace. Instructions for doing this are of course included in the strimmers box and the spool costs around £5.


                      When it comes to using the strimmer it's just a case of holding it at an angle and pressing the large trigger like button located at the top of the unit. It surprised me how loud this strimmer actually is. It's as loud if not louder than most large sized lawnmowers. Most lawnmowers nowadays are very quiet and just glide over the grass. This gets louder as it whips it's way through the grass, and the thicker the grass the louder the trimmer.
                      The guard does a good enough job at containing the flying, blades of grass as it cuts but of course it doesn't contain it all and some will end escaping, so the further you stand away from it the better to ensure clean shoes. And also it doesn't collect the cuttings like a lawnmower so you will need to rake them up once you complete the job.


                      Cleaning the head is easy enough once you're finished. First of all make sure you unplug the unit before cleaning. Then just tip it upwards so the handle is down at the ground and remove the guard, this will be where most of the mess will be. This can be wiped clean using a cloth or just run it under the tap or hose it down. The cutting line area should only be wiped clean.


                      This unit stores away easily if it's not put back into it's box. I have it standing upright in the shed so it's easy to grab and go. But it is easily dissembled and repacked if you do wish.


                      I'm very happy with my Flymo Mini Trim, it suits my needs perfectly but do remember it will not replace your lawnmower if you have anything other than a small patch of grass.

                      Thanks for reading :0) 2night


                      This can be purchased online at :
                      Amazon.co.uk marketplace 
                      For £18.99 + £5 shipping

                      The replacement spool can be purchased on line at :
                      Amazon.co.uk
                      For £6.69 + shipping

                      Comments

                      Login or register to add comments
                        More Comments
                      • Revolution BBQ Burger Grill / BBQ / 97 Readings / 95 Ratings
                        More +
                        28.03.2012 21:43
                        Very helpful
                        (Rating)
                        9 Comments

                        Advantages

                        Disadvantages

                        Great idea but hard to keep

                        I enjoy a good BBQ and the minute the sun pops out from behind the clouds I either dust off our large outdoor model or grab a couple of those handy disposable barbecues (I have just reviewed one of the many brands I've tried). This very clever device is such a time saver when it comes to cooking on a large BBQ. We bought this in our local, small, family run DIY store for £8.99. The whole idea behind this gadget is very simple. It consists of two large, sturdy, mesh like grill plates. These two plates are connected to a long handle and have a hinge in the middle meaning the burger grill can open like a large metal mouth and you can rest your uncooked food on to the bottom grate and the close it down locking it shut with a simple to use wire latch.


                        Then the whole idea is you can now place this down on to the BBQ and let the food begin to cook, then instead of having to individually flip each item of food you just lift the BBQ Burger Grill and flip it over to the other side. The latch does a good job at containing the food within the mesh like grate, but if it is loosely packed with a minuscule portion the latch can be a bit loose and some food may slip out the sides as you try and flip it. I have found that the more food the better when it cones to this cooking tool as it makes the upper and lower try separate and tighten the latch. Even though it is called a burger grill you will not be arrested if you put other food into it. We have used this for all kinds of yummies chicken breasts, sausages, pork chops, stakes, we have even cooked screwed kebabs in it (super lazy of me I know, but why not?)


                        The handle on this is nice and long so you are not too near the heat of the BBQ when you are flipping the tray. The end of the handle is easy to hold as it is shaped especially for a good secure grip. This is important because depending on the food you fill it with, it can be quite heavy to flip. There is also a handy little hole in the handle for hanging it up once you are finished using it but we use our BBQ so little that this just gets put away with all the skewers, spatulas, smokers and everything else BBQ related until the next sunny day or until the following year if it's the end of summer.


                        Cleaning this burger grill is easy enough, I just give it a good wash in warm soapy water but it is very important to make sure that it is dried well after washing. The reason for this is my brother bought one the same day as we did and his has rusted up like an old gate. This can be easily avoided by keeping it indoors and as I said making sure that it is dried off properly. I find this needs to be washed before use as well because the one time we didn't do this there was a strange taste off the food, a metallic taste. The materials used don't seem to age well and I stopped using this after that unsettling residue was left on our food. My neighbour was the one who suggested washing it before and after use and said it was nothing to worry about but I still didn't like the idea that the materials could affect the taste of the food cooked within it so that was enough for me.


                        The idea behind this devise is great and it's super easy to use but I just wish it was less prone to tarnishing and rusting so for that reason I unfortunately can not fully recommend it.

                        Thanks for reading :0) 2night

                        Comments

                        Login or register to add comments
                        • More +
                          28.03.2012 14:11
                          Very helpful
                          (Rating)
                          7 Comments

                          Advantages

                          Disadvantages

                          Quick, simple and convenient.

                          Like a lot of people I have a standard barbecue be it a large or small model. The reason for this is we all live in the hope that we will have a good enough summer to enjoy those fun days where the family all congregate in the garden to enjoy a few drinks and the tasty food that a barbecue can provide. The fact that most men (myself included) love nothing more than standing over a flaming grill scorching foods of different varieties to the stage that they are totally unrecognisable and more times than not totally inedible makes barbecue's a must have for most families. My girlfriend finds it laughable that most men never enter the kitchen let alone cook anything for their families but light up a glorified fire pit / volcano in the garden and we all become food connoisseurs (sweeping statement I know but it is true for some). There is something about the smell of food cooking on a barbecue that just screams summer. Even if a neighbour is cooking on a barbecue and the summer air carries the delectable flavour through the air it's enough to make my mouth water. 

                          Unfortunately we don't get the weather that most BBQ using countries do. We are lucky if we get a few weeks of hot sun a year. Even if the sun is splitting the trees (to use my mother's expression) ten minutes after lighting up the BBQ the heavens can open and quite literally put dampener on everything. For that reason these disposable BBQ's by Sainsbury's are a good option. Instead of lighting up the big boy, you can instead use one or two of these little fellas. Another couple of things that works in their favour, is they cost no where near the price of a fancy BBQ grill and of course they take up far less room. Instead of having a huge BBQ standing covered in the garden or in the shed from one end of the year to the next these compact options can be stored away until needed.

                          When it comes to the design of these disposable BBQs they don't differ much from brand to brand, most come with a thin cardboard lid that covers a mesh that in turn covers the coals and all of this sits within a tin try. Looks aside the quality of the materials used can and in most cases do differ from brand to brand and it is not always a case of "you get what you pay for". I have bought cheap disposable BBQ's, and ones that cost two to three pounds more, only to find that the cheaper option used better materials.


                          These Sainsbury's Party Disposable BBQ's are made of a good strong tin base. The underside of the thin cardboard sheet covering, has all the directions and safety precautions needed to use this potentially dangerous tool. Once the card is removed you will be greeted with the strange sight of an off gray paper covering looking up at you from beneath the metal mesh. This is a accelerant soaked sheet to help in the lighting of the BBQ and it also keeps any small pieces of coal and it's dust locked inside.


                          Where you place these disposable BBQs is the main worry I have with them. Most people would be tempted to place them flat on their garden furniture as it's the perfect Hight, but this is a very bad idea. Once the paper is lit and the coals begin to heat, the bottom of this try becomes incredibly hot and will scorch and eventually burn any surface it is placed upon. We use an old, yet decorative paving slab to lay on the garden table and this works as a great buffer between the grill and the otherwise combustible material of our wooden garden furniture.


                          The coals should be given at least half a hour to heat up sufficiently and evenly enough to begin cooking.
                          Even though these can cook food completely I would rather not end up with food poisoning so we always have our food either partly cooked or completely cooked inside the house then just finish it off on the grill to give it that smoky taste and flavour. This is especially necessary I find when cooking sausages. The fact that the heat is not controllable means the outside of the sausage will cook and even burn well before the middle, and may encourage you to remove it earlier than necessary and in turn put your own health and the health of your family and guests in jeopardy. Food poisoning should not be taken lightly.


                          These BBQ keep the heat going very well for quite some time. The length of time will of course depend on the setting, weather conditions (wind, rain, temperature) and so forth. But on average one can stay hot for two hours or more, just give the smouldering coals a shake every now and then, just like you would a fire. For health reasons and also for any vegetarians and vegans attending we always cook our meat and vegetables on different BBQs and use separate cooking and serving utensils (not included). We also cook any Halal meat on another BBQ to prevent any cross contamination. This is very easy to do and because they are so affordable it really is no extra fuss and the gesture means every one can enjoy their meal.

                          We have a large garden dwelling BBQ but when it's just a little get together or an impromptu feast these are very handy to just grab and go. One very important thing to add is that you must allow these to cool completely before placing in the bin. We let them cool off a bit then pour water in to the try and over the coals to insure they are completely safe to dispose of, as smouldering coals that feel cold can ignite at any moment especially if disposed of with potentially flammable material. So do keep that in mind if using one of these.


                          Any disposable BBQ won't really take the place of the impressive spectacle that is a full sized barbecue, but if you don't have a large enough garden or just don't want a large appliance standing in your yard, these are a great alternative and deliver similar results for nowhere near the price.


                          Thanks for reading :0) 2night


                          The last time I bought these they were £2.99 each but they are regularly on special offer and they also come in multi packs, so do look in store for the most up to date and best price available. 

                          There is also a family sized one that costs £5.99 each and is a little less than double the size of the standard option.

                          Comments

                          Login or register to add comments
                          • More +
                            25.03.2012 20:51
                            Very helpful
                            (Rating)
                            13 Comments

                            Advantages

                            Disadvantages

                            A fun way to exercise

                            First and foremost what is a Powerball? The best way I can describe it is a mix between a piece of exercise kit / equipment and a very fun toy. This tennis ball sized electronic gadget is a fantastic tool when it comes to strengthening and toning your biceps, lower arms, wrists, hands and shoulders. It looks more like a child's high-tech toy rather than something you would use for exercise but believe me this can be hard work, especially at the beginning.


                            How does it work, I'm sure you are wondering. Well you're not alone as I wondered the same thing at the beginning. Well the magic lies within. First of all you must rest the Powerball in the palm of your hand with its little screen facing upwards then wrap your fingers around it and hold on tight (you don't want the ball flying out of your hand and through the window once you begin your exercise). Inside this hard plastic ball there is a gyroscope that you must trigger by pulling on a small cord. Once the gyroscope is activated the premise of the Powerball becomes clear. You must quickly find a technique to keep the gyroscope moving at all times (this mechanism is visible through the clear top of the unit). This can be achieved by swivelling, or dipping, or rotating the Powerball, or like me you can do all of these at the same time. These moves alone will make you use muscles in your hand, wrist and arm that otherwise would not see the light of day.
                             

                            The little screen on the ball will register and display your progress the faster you make the internal gyroscope spin. The ball will also make sounds and flash lights the better you do. This sounds annoying but it is actually encouraging and does help you know that you are doing good and if the gyroscope stops moving all these noises and lights stop informing you that you have failed. The fact that you can't see the little screen if you are concentrating on the movement needed to keep it going means the lights and sounds tell you, you are improving.


                            There really is a technique to this exercise and a lot of people that have tried it out in my home find it annoying that they can't find the rhythm needed to keep it flashing and making sounds and that can result in them giving up before they have even given it a chance. When they do find their rhythm the noises and lights turn this into a fun game especially if you start competing with each other to beat each others time and speed rating.
                             

                            Sounds like fun doesn't it? Well it is but the one thing haven't mentioned so far is that the faster you make the gyroscope spin the more force is generated and the heavier the Powerball becomes and the more grip and strength you must apply to keep it in your hand and keep it spinning. Very soon you will feel every muscle in your arm, shoulder, wrist, hand and fingers screaming for you to stop. But the fact that it is competitive even on your own (I always want to beat my previous score) means that you don't give up as easily or quickly as you would with a boring, standard form of exercise. The joke I made earlier about smashing a window is actually quite possible with this, so luckily they provide you with a wrist strap to ensure this doesn't happen and they recommend you use it at all times.


                            The best thing about the Powerball and there are lots of different models and designs but they all have the one brilliant thing in common is the fact that unlike most exercise equipment you will not need to upgrade to a more advanced model once you begin to improve. This is all down to the internal gyroscope because IT is always working against YOU. By this I mean the better you become at making it spin and making it go faster and faster the harder the exercise becomes. This in turn means the Powerball grows with you as you improve and as your level increases so does the resistance applied by the gyroscope. This means you are always being challenged by the Powerball to go faster and faster and for longer and longer periods of time.


                            This won't result in huge biceps, bad news for most guys but good news for most most women. What it will result in is stronger arms and toned muscles, both in feeling and in appearance. One of my female friends says this is the answer to her "bingo wing" problem (I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about) she explained that she especially loves how this has tightened and toned her upper arms.


                            The Powerball can be incorporated into your daily exercise routine as well, just pop in your favourite CD and off you go. You can do lunges, squats, step aerobics all the while trying to keep this crazy ball spinning. Just remember to change hands, in fact that's something worth noting, if you are right handed this will of course be more difficult when you are using it in your left hand as your muscles will be weaker on that arm and visa versa. prepare yourself for the dreaded "dead arm syndrome" as I call it, this ball will result in that sensation sooner rather than later especially at the beginning. But it's so much fun and very enjoyable to use, how often can you say that about exercise?

                            Thanks for reading :0) 2night

                            This can be purchased online at :
                            Amazon.co.uk marketplace
                            For £15.16 + shipping

                            Comments

                            Login or register to add comments
                              More Comments
                            • Squash Balls / Sports Equipment / 104 Readings / 101 Ratings
                              More +
                              25.03.2012 12:53
                              Very helpful
                              (Rating)
                              6 Comments

                              Advantages

                              Disadvantages

                              A great ball for a great sport

                              Squash, not the drink, the sport, is something I have enjoyed for years, when I was in my teens back in Ireland every weekend my friends and I would go to the local sports club where they had a great squash court. We always only played in pairs never doubles as that would just end up in a mangled mess on the floor.


                              Squash is played in a hard four walled court, it is not a slow paced game, quite the opposite in fact. If it is played with gusto it can be an adrenaline fueled, heart pumping workout. The balls used in squash are far softer than tennis balls and for good reason. If you were to get hit by a tennis ball at the speed one of these balls ricochets off the wall you would not enjoy it, believe me. Squash balls are hollow and made from rubber, this design is perfect for the required bounce necessary for the speed of the game to be guaranteed.


                              Not all squash balls are the same however. The thickness of the rubber used can vary and there are slow balls available that are used by more experienced players. The slow ball design is actually harder to play with in my experience. It doesn't bounce back as well and more effort is required. The colour dot used on the balls will inform the player or buyer of the balls bounciness.


                              A ball with a blue dote is perfect for beginners and that is exactly who it is aimed at.


                              A ball featuring a red dot will have a good bounce and medium speed and is suitable for when you start to become comfortable with the sport.


                              A White dotted ball is a mid range ball with medium bounce and speed, if you were to start by using this ball you may find it harder than it need be.


                              A green dot on the ball is pretty much the same as the White really with medium bounce and speed. I can see no difference between the two.


                              This ball like the one pictured above, has a single yellow dot and that means it has a low bounce and is slow. This is the stage I got to before we all went our separate ways. This single yellow dotted ball is hard work as it bounces off the wall but you need to go towards the wall once you hit to ensure contact as the bounce will not send it flying directly back to you like it would with the blue or the red dot ball for example.


                              A double yellow doted ball is slow, some consider it average speed, but not me I would consider White to be the mid range ball. But as I said I never progressed to the two dot yellow stage and it's around six years since I played.


                              An orange dot on a squash ball is the top of the pack, it is the black belt stage if you look at it that way (as your performance improves you move up the ranks by changing balls and climb the colour coded ladder of success).


                              I played with this orange ball the very first day I tried squash at the age of sixteen and it was exhausting. It was like hitting a bowling ball around the court. It is extremely slow and the strength needed to play with this ball was too much for me. Of course this was a practical joke being played on the novice teenagers by the older guys at the gym but we thought this was what it would feel like to try and play a game. Thankfully it wasn't and when we did get our hands on the beginner ball it was like hitting a marshmallow around the court when compared to the orange.


                              Squash balls are well made with a soft, durable finish and a vivid dot that is easy to see from a far. They have a quality feel to them and most importantly a good controlled bounce. But the quality can depend on the brand purchased. As with most things there are inferior products available that wouldn't last ten minutes but cost a lot less. Squash balls do tend to split and can suffer quickly from wear and tare but as I said this isn't a gentle, slow paced game however this will not happen as quickly if the ball is well made. Squash balls are put under a lot stress and abuse and this is especially the case if they are communal balls supplied by a gym like it was in my case. On the one occasion that my parents did buy me a pack / tube of these balls there was twelve in it and ten of them must be still sitting up in my attic along with my racket wondering where that energetic young man has gone.


                              Writing this review has made me reminisce about the good old days. But I think I will leave this sport in the past where it belongs. I fear if I was to get back in the court I would be obliterated by my teenage opponent and have to go back to my baby blue beginner ball. So to avoid that "tail between the legs situation" I will continue to get my daily workout here writing reviews.

                              Thanks for reading :0) 2night

                              The price of squash balls varies from store to store, so do shop around.
                              Argos is selling a pack of three double yellow dotted balls for £5 but there are packs of twelve for £20 so as with most things the more you buy the less you pay.

                              Comments

                              Login or register to add comments
                              • More +
                                24.03.2012 10:53
                                Very helpful
                                (Rating)
                                5 Comments

                                Advantages

                                Disadvantages

                                Quality and style in one

                                Fender is an amazing brand when it comes to all things guitar. The name is synonymous with quality and reliability. This plectrum or pick as they are known doesn't disappoint. I own the style depicted above. I love it's look, it isn't as flash or garish as a lot of the "trendy" picks on the market (of which I own plenty) It's tortoise shell look may be considered a bit sedate or even boring by some, but for me this is a classy understated look, that oozes sophistication and old school charm. However this won't be to everyones taste, if this design is a bit fuddy duddy for your liking this pick does come in a wide range of colours and designs more suited to blend in with the more modern style of pick. For me, I love this look and I don't own any of the bright cheerful designs of this pick but I do own plenty of this classic Fender design.


                                This pick I'm glad to say isn't a case of style over substance, it's well made, sturdy, yet flexible (the flexibility of the tip increases the thinner the pick you choose) This pick comes in a verity of thickness / strengths  as always. All come with the Fender signiture on them and the thickness written underneath. Of the various thicknesses, I find the thickest pick available to be useful for hard string playing, by this I mean where the player requires more volume and drama when using an acoustic guitar. I used this pick during a recording session where a Spanish flamenco inspired middle eight was suitable for a clients composition some months back. The rounded edged tip is flexible while the body is wide, strong and rigid, and was perfect for that track.


                                The thinnest pick is great for the plucking style of play where short notes are played in quick succession. And it also suits gentle, light strumming better than most picks on the market. The mid range 351 plectrum is my pick of choice as it features the best of both worlds, not too thick, not too thin, just right. It's a comfortable pick to use and shows no wear and tear even though I use it quite regularly. The thinner pick will show some wear if played aggressively over time, but that happens to all thin picks if "abused".


                                These quality picks are no more expensive than the inferior, poor quality, brittle picks available that won't even last you a gig. They cost around 65p a piece but as always prices vary, especially online. 

                                If you are only buying the one pick, I would strongly suggest going for the mid range 351, it is well made, it looks great, it works great, and most of all, it's a Fender, what more could you ask for? 

                                Thanks for reading :0) 2night

                                This can be purchased online at :
                                Amazon.co.uk marketplace
                                For 43p each + shipping

                                Comments

                                Login or register to add comments
                                • More +
                                  18.03.2012 19:57
                                  Very helpful
                                  (Rating)
                                  12 Comments

                                  Advantages

                                  Disadvantages

                                  A novelty toothbrush that kids love but very overpriced

                                  Good oral health starts at a young age, the younger the better. But trying to get your kids to brush their teeth twice a day can mean having an outright battle twice a day and in some cases there can even be tears and lots of "but I don't want to" and if you are very luckily you might even get the corker that is "you're a meanie". This is made all the more difficult when you are not the child's father or mother and are quite down the ranks when it comes to a figure of authority. What's even worse is I'm the "fun uncle" so it's almost impossible to get them to do anything they don't want to do.


                                  That's were these novelty toothbrushes come in. Using a standard soft bristle manual toothbrush isn't that exciting when it comes to tooth brushing time. In fact they can become symbols of total hate and even fear. Sounds ridiculous I know but you don't want to give your child a complex or an outright phobia of brushing their teeth. The reason I say this is because my youngest nieces' little eyes would lock on to her brush the very second she would walk in to the bathroom. Staring at it like it was about to attack her. Change that brush for a fun novelty brush, bright and cheerful with their favourite cartoon character depicted on it and the story changes completely. 


                                  This review is of the battery powered spiderman toothbrush that my six year old nephew uses. He was terrible when it would come to bed time. Screaming, crying, and not resembling the cheerful little boy that was full of giggles and joy just five minutes earlier before the words "it's bedtime" was nervously uttered by yours truly. My nephew Jake and he is an absolute sweetheart but come bed time it becomes a case of Jekyll and Hyde or should I say Jakeyll and Hyde. But once I bought him this new "cool" spiderman toothbrush Mr Hyde has been nowhere to be seen. This is the very same toothbrush spiderman uses and it uses spidey sense batteries don't you know. Paired along with some onesie spiderman pyjamas he couldn't be happier. "it's fun to go to bed" now that's a sentence I never thought I would hear him say.
                                   

                                  Obviously I don't put it all down to the power of the toothbrush, but that along with the fun jim jams and playing along with the story as he runs and jumps into his little bed like a clumsy superhero, all makes the dreaded night routine just that little bit easier. The fact that he stays over one night a week (normally the weekends, he's sound asleep upstairs as I write this review) means that the novelty never gets old. I don't think this toothbrush is going to replace those "how to raise your children" shows on TV but it definitely makes my life and little Jake's life easier.


                                  I have two little nephews and three little nieces that stay over quite regularly and they are very young in age, the youngest is just under four years old and the eldest is seven and a half. They all have their very own special, fun toothbrush courtesy of their favourite uncle. By the time they are teenagers I will be declaring bankruptcy from the expense of purchasing novelty toothbrushes alone.


                                  This particular one comes packaged in thin cardboard backed packaging with a clear plastic see-through cover. For its £20 price tag I was surprised to see how cheap the packaging was, it was no better than a £1 toothbrush from a supermarket. Unlike the packaging the toothbrush itself is quite well made. This one is very much aimed at boys I feel as the body of the brush is predominantly blue with the only splash of colour coming from spiderman's costume. Only his red mask and shoulders are visible but that is more than enough for the little ones to enjoy.


                                  It comes with the batteries included which is a nice touch I thought, as most things don't nowadays. The fact that it takes batteries rather than being rechargeable nearly put me off buying it in the first place. I was worried that the already overpriced toothbrush would end up costing far more in the long run as it would require replacement batteries every two minutes. But the batteries last a long time and I have only had to replace them once, but then again it is only used twice a week, last thing at night and the first thing in the morning. However if it is used twice a day every day the batteries may end up becoming an irritating expense.
                                   

                                  When the batteries are fitted the brush thankfully isn't too heavy. It is well balanced and has an easy grip surface. The brush head itself has one rotating, circular, soft bristle section and one stationary section that resembles half the head of a standard bristled brush. It has one large easy to press blue button positioned right above spiderman's head meaning it is very simple and easy for the little ones to turn on and off by themselves. It does make a light buzzing sound but this sound lessons once it's placed against the teeth. It also has a very slight, light vibration in the hand but not irritatingly so, the kids just describe it as ticklish.


                                  Now for the bad news. The head of this £20 brush is not replaceable meaning once the bristles begin to wear and flare outwards the entire brush becomes useless. Unlike an adult rechargeable electric toothbrush you can NOT simply remove it, pop out to your local boots and buy replacement heads. This makes no sense at all, the brush is made by Colgate so you would expect them to manufacture them like the adult electric toothbrushes but no they don't. The fact that sooner rather than later I am going to have to throw this brush in the bin galls me beyond belief and then I am going to have to go and buy another one in order to not upset my little nephew and that will gall me even more. This isn't because I begrudge him the brush not at all, it is more a case that I begrudge throwing something away that works perfectly well and could easily be made far better buy a simple design tweak. So it's for that reason alone that I will be deducting two stars because after all it isn't as affordable as a regular, manual, £1 toothbrush yet they expect you to dispose of it as if it were.


                                  I will be on the look out for one that has replaceable heads and will change to that one if and when it becomes available but until then my little buddy loves his spiderman toothbrush and £20 or not I will continue to buy these for him as it makes him happy and that's all I want.

                                  Thanks for reading :0) 2night.


                                  These can be purchased online at :
                                  Amazon.co.uk for £14.99 reduced from £20 with free shipping.* BUT DO NOT BUY IT THERE LIKE I DID*

                                  Instead you can find the very same brush For only £4.98 online at Tesco.com.
                                  Or if like me you will be buying more than one boots.com are selling them for £5.45 each slightly more expensive but they are part of their three for two deal promotion so you get one free. If only I had know this before buying mine for £20 but you live and learn.

                                  Comments

                                  Login or register to add comments
                                    More Comments
                                  1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 12