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As I sit writing this I smell quite delightful,I am covered in Vicks Vapour rub,I have a chest infection and although I am on antibiotics I am rattling like a 40 Woodbines a day person !! We have been brought up using Vicks and it has never failed to help us. Vicks can be used in a variety of ways,rubbed directly onto your chest,and a little under your nose,(make sure you dont rub your eyes though !) Make a steam inhaler with it,put a small amount in a bowl of boiling water,pop a towel over your head and inhale the steam,it really helps to clear your airways. Steam is a great way to help you to breathe easier when you are bunged up with cold,adding Vicks to a lovely hot bath is excellent. A small tub of Vicks last years,and it still retains its strength. I thoroughly reccomend using Vicks Vapour rub,add it to your next shopping list,its no illstore. Make sure you read the instructions though,it is not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
We run a small business ,for many years we have had an advert in Yellow Pages,when the rep from YP came to see us in 1999,to sort out the next years advert,they mentioned that we might like to advertise in Talking Pages,we were told that 50 people had called TP in the previous month looking for our trade in our area,this seemed quite impressive,unfortunatly TP charges are quite differently than YP,you pay per area,each area is quite small so we decided to pay for 3 areas,this still did not give us as much coverage as YP,but as we had been told they were getting 50 calls for one area,we thought that by taking 3 areas the return on the costs should be quite good. We were also told by the rep that each month we would be sent a print out of the figures for each area we were covering,this would help us monitor the success of the adverts. The months passed by,not only did we not recieve the promised print out,we did not notice any callers mentioning they got our number from TP,we had kept our YP advert running as well. I decided to ring TP and ask them why we had not recieved the monthly info we had been promised,to their credit they acted very quickly and the figures arrived the next morning...BIG mistake !! I was horrified at what I was reading....bearing in mind we were told 50 people called one area,and we paid for three,I thought we could reasonably expect figures of about 100 per month.....not one of the months figures for the area's we paid for was in double figures ! infact the average was 6 !!!! I phoned TP and told them exactly what I thought of them,I was not impressed at being lied to by a YP rep,they tried to say that they could not guarantee how many calls they would get,I told them I was not stupid and did realise that,but it was mighty strange that the figiures suddenly dropped from 50 to between 0 and 7 in the following months. I demanded a full refund on the grounds that if I had been told the true figures I would
never have agreed to advertise in Talking Pages. Having taken far to long to explain this story I will not go into detail of the upteen letters faxes and telephone calls that followed,but I am delighted to say that last week they credited our account with the full amunt we had paid them. If you are having a battle with a big company,dont give up,hang in there and fight,it has taken me 8 months to get exactly what I wanted. If you or anyone you know advertises with TP,I would strongly advise sending for a print out of call figures,it could be a nasty suprise. If you want to get the best from your advertising budget,stick with YP or Thomsons,but avoid Talking Pages like the plague.
What can I say about the brilliant courageous displays that the British athletes are giving,they are truly outstanding. Each and every athlete has given 200%,many have achieved personal bests,what more can you ask of them than to do that. The improvement in the amount of medals we are winning is fantastic. The years of training and and hard work that they have all put in has been worthwhile,we have Olympic Champions that we can be so proud of and so many other athletes have achieved Silver and bronze medals,and those who did not make the podium can surely be so very proud of themselves. I have to admit that some of the interviews with our athletes have brought a few tears to my eyes,and to see them running around with the Union Jack draped round their shoulders has certainly made me feel very proud. The money being given to sport from the national lottery has certainly made a dramatic improvement for our sportsmen and women. I hope they manage to keep supporting our athletes,it just goes to show what our british sportsmen and women can do if they are allowed to concentrate on training instead of worrying about how they are going to pay for their next meal. British Athletics has been the poor cousin over the last few years,but now things are really picking up,and we are up with the big boys again. We have matched our post war medal total today,and the Games are not finished ! Well done to every member of Team Great Britain.
I went to Homebase to buy some Garden Shades wood colour,I managed to find one of the colours I wanted,but not the other,I was told to go to the order desk and they would try and do a special order for me. There were several people in front of me,so I waited patiently,trust me to pick a saturday afternoon!! when my turn came to be served I was very impressed with the young lady who attended to me,she was extremely helpful,and spent quite a while looking on the computer for the items I wanted,the queue behind me was growing by the minute,but she did not get flustered,she was thorough and very helpful,unable to find exactly what I wanted she offered to give me a list of all the colours they stocked,I thought she was going to print it from the computer,but she proceeded to copy the details onto a piece of paper for me !! I was very pleased with the level of service I recieved,despite not being able to order my goods the lady had taken the time to check thoroughly for me even though there was a queue of people waiting to be served. It would have been quite easy for her to have had a quick peep at the computer and palmed me off with a "sorry madam we cant help you". I am sure you will all be pleased to hear that I nipped down the road to B&Q,they had what I wanted in stock,the price was 52p higher than Homebase,so I asked if they did a price match,they do,and they sold it to me for over a pound less than Homebase...so I got a good result there !!
I contacted lots of insurance companies when we were looking for cover for my sons Renault 19 16v,he first bought the car he was 22,so the fact that he was under 25,and driving a high performance car meant that finding him cover at a reasonable rate was going to be a problem, some would not even quote a price,some were sky high premiums,however Admiral were very reasonable,so we decided to go with them,he was able to pay the premium monthly, via a direct debit from his bank account,although there is an additional charge for this. Each year we checked around,but Admiral still came out cheapest,after about 3 years,he was involved in an accident,a stupid woman ran into the back of him,he was parked at the time,with his engine off!!mind you,the fact that she was eating a macdonalds and drinking a milkshake as well as driving probably did not help her attention span !! Bearing in mind that a Renault 19 16v is a big heavy car,she managed to write it off,the back caved in,and the driving seat collapsed,3 years later he still suffers from back pain,and we are still fighting for compensation. Admiral were very quick in getting a loss adjuster out ,when he declared it a write off,they came up with a ridiculous settlement figure,which we turned down,they came back with another equally ridiculous amount,and that was also rejected,we were told that they were going by the book value of the car,taking into consideration its age and the mileage,there was no way on earth that we could find another car in the same condition for the money they were offering. I am sure they must have been sick to the back teeth of us,but I was not going to accept less than the cost for us to replace the car,I sent them copies of adverts for similar cars,to show what it was going to cost to but another one,I also told them not to pay us any money,just find a replacement car,the same year and with the same sort of mileage,and deliver it to us!! After several weeks of
argueing the point, they finally came up with a very reasonable offer,so we accepted it,and a couple of weeks later he found another car and after he had paid for it he still had £300 left from the insurance payout. Despite all that,I cannot fault Admiral,I am sure it is the policy of all insurance companies to pay book price,but thats so unfair to the policy holder,especially in a no fault claim,so if you are unlucky enough to have to make a claim,dont settle unless you are satisfied that you can buy a replacement car with the offer they make to you.
Since I started using Gator a few months ago I have found filling in the numerous web forms us compers come across everyday has become a breeze. When I enter a password on a new site,,Gator pops up and asks if I want to remember the password, this makes it really easy next time I go to the site,no more looking the password up in my little black book !! Filling in names and addresses is a tedious business,Gator makes it a doddle,you just complete the "my info" section on Gator for each person,you can enter name,address,email,tel number,fax number and credit card info,although Gator can be protected (with a password) I do not leave my card details on my 'puter.When you need the details you just click on the Gator logo and up he pops to do all the hard work. At the top of the box,next to "Hello" will be the name of someone who's details you have entered,,if this is not the name of the person who's details you want,you just click on the arrow next to the name and select the person you want. Very often Gator pops up when a form appears and you can just click the fill form button,but sometimes the auto fill in feature does not work,unfortunatly it seems to happen quite a lot,then I use the drag and drop method. Gator is a wonderfully useful and free utility and I am sure you will be delighted with it.
Superdrug is a brilliant store,I alway seem to pick up loads of bargains,the buy one get one free (B.O.G.O.F. syndrome is alive and well in Superdrug. I buy lots of the bargain B.O.G.O.F. items when I see them,saving heaps of money with each purchase,after all,buying 24 shampoos @ £1.99 each when they are on B.O.G.O.F. saves £24.00. and lets face it,shampoo is no ill store,it will always be used. Superdrugs own brand handwash in the dispenser is lovely,the coconut one is our favorite. I buy all our medicines from Superdrug,and as often as possible I get their own brand ones,many tests have been carried out,and it has been shown that Superdrug own brand medicines are just as effective as the branded ones,and considerably cheaper as well. Branded goods are very competitivly priced.the fragrance counter,which stocks lots of the big names in perfume and aftershave,has some real bargains. All in all I thoroughly recommend shopping at Superdrug.
Waitrose is definatly the most expensive of the so called High Street supermarkets,the quality of the goods on sale is excellent,but the price puts me off,I find I can buy goods of equally high quality from Tesco's,and pay far less for them. I would never consider doing our weekly shop at Waitrose. I have picked up some real bargains though,if you pick the right time,you can buy a whole range of meat,including hubby's favorite, Aberdeen Angus steak,bread,cakes and many other items at a fraction of the normal cost.Sunday lunchtime is usually a good time,our Waitrose is not open on a monday,so they sell all the perishables off at bargain prices. Being part of the John Lewis chain,Waitrose pride themselves on quality,there is no doubt that the products are of the highest quality,the salad bar is wonderful,fresh fruit of all descriptions can also be found there,you just pick up a container and fill it with a selection from the delicious dishes displayed before you. The fruit and vegetables are well laid out and always look fresh and appealing. Bread and pastries are also always really fresh. The household goods section is not nearly as comprehensively stocked at most of the other supermarkets but, as most of the Waitrose stores are nowhere near as big as the likes of Tesco and Sainsburys,its hardly suprising. If you want a few things for dinner then I recommend Waitrose,but if its the family shop you are doing,and you are looking for value for money,then I would say shop at Tesco.
Over the years I have watched most of the Cook Reports,they have been really interesting,Roger Cook goes after the criminals,and although he often puts himself in danger,he does his best to get to the bottom of the investigation. I think the cameramen and sound crew deserve a word of praise as well,they are very often assaulted. Roger Cook has had several death threats made against him,to me that just shows he is getting to the crux of some scams and upsetting a few people !!! The Cook report warns us of scams to beware of,he exposes the criminals who are trying to rip the public off. Very often they will have an update on a case where the person at the centre of the investigation has surfaced under another business name,and is up to their old tricks again. We need programmes like this to show us exactly what sort of scams are out there,and how they are working,we are far to trusting a nation,we send money off to P O Box address's in the hope of making money,with little or no realistic hope of getting anything back. Salesmen come into our houses and force us to sign for things we don't want. Some people advertise as repairmen and charge vast amounts of money to repair appliances that a genuine engineer would mend for a fraction of the cost. The people who rip off the elderly by saying the roof needs mending and then charge them thousands to replace a couple of tiles are just rotten to the core,the Cook report has exposed many of them. The programmes where they "plant" a fault on an otherwise perfect washing machine,and then call several so called engineers out to mend them, are very enlightening. You would think that if someone advertises in the Yellow Pages,they are genuine,but as the Cook report has shown in many of their programmes,that is definatly not the case. Just goes to show that if these people feel that paying the high cost of advertising in the Yellow Pages is worthwhile,they must b
e making a mint. I was disturbed a while back to read newspaper reports that the Cook report programmes were "set up"...I do not believe that for a minute.
I enjoy watching Police Camera Action,none of the clips are staged,its exciting high speed police chase action,with a very serious side to it. I like Michael Burke,his voice is very easy to listen to,some commentators really grate on me. I would like to think that watching this type of programme would have send a message to the maniac drivers of this world,but I don't think they are really bothered about the consequences of their actions. Sometimes its hard to believe that people can be such stupid drivers,how on earth some of the drivers shown on this programme manage not to mow down and kill innocent people is beyond me,its just a miracle. I wonder what goes through their mind ( if they have one !) when they know they are being chased by the police,and a helicopter is flying above and more than likely filming everything. With the evidence that is provided by both the helicopter and the camera onboard police cars,I cannot under the courts do not throw the book at some of these morons,the penalties for some driving offences are a joke.
I love the whole range of Imperial Leather products,the smell is wonderful. Hubby and I both use Cussons Imperial Leather anti-persperant deodorant. There are several fragrances,I prefer "original",the can says you get 24 hour freshness, having not stayed up for 24 hours on the trot,and certainly never going 24 hours without washing and respraying my deodorant, I cannot vouch for that claim. I can say though that it has never let me down,I always feel confident that I do not have a problem with the dreaded "B.O.". I have had occasional problems with the white powder syndrome that seems to affect so many spray deodorants,it just seems that every so often a can decides to play up,I have used a whole range of differant anti-persperants,and they all seem to have had the "white powder" problem at times.
I have to congratulate the News of the World on the very brave descision to "name and shame" convicted paedophiles.They have begun to compile the biggest public record of child sex offenders ever seen in this country and they pledge that they will not stop until all 110,000 are named and shamed.Mori conducted a poll regarding the naming and shaming of these disgusting,filthy excuses for human beings,84% of people said they agreed with naming and shaming, and 12% were against it.88 per cent said local people should be told if a child-sex offender is living in their area. Only 8 per cent were against it.57 per cent believe it is NOT possible to cure paedophiles. 19 per cent think it is possible and 25 per cent do not know. Another fact I did not know was that DNA samples are destroyed if a charge is dropped or the "suspect" is cleared of a crime,we all know that when a charge is dropped,it may not mean that the person suspected of the crime is "Not Guilty".What is wrong in keeping these DNA samples? I would have thought that the only people to complain about this would be people who have something to hide...after all,DNA today is so precise that it can clear you as well as convict you of a variety crimes. The NOTW consulted senior judges and the police before taking this action,and they say "It is absolutely NOT a charter for vigilantes." Paedophiles are the scum of the earth,dirty,filthy and disgusting creeps who prey on innocent little children,they deserve to be named and shamed.I also believe that a life sentence for these crimes should be given,with life meaning nothing less than life,they should never ever be free to prey on children again. www.newsoftheworld.co.uk has an excellent page on this,the perverts are all named on the site,and there is a map which you can click on and see who is living in your area,it also has several links where you can get help and advice... You can contact the right organisations if you are worried about the behaviour of someone in your area and you are not sure what to do.If someone in your family has been a victim of sexual or physical abuse and you are not sure who to contact or if you know of a website showing illegal or paedophile material and you want it shut down for help. I could go on and on about this subject,but I wont,suffice to say that I suffered the trauma of abuse and the legacy of it has totally and utterly ruined my life,I do not say that to be dramatic,it is simply the truth...I have missed out on so much due to the mental scars of one cruel and disgusting beasts actions when I was a child...if this naming and shaming saves just one child the anguish and pain that I suffered then believe me,it will be worth it....
If you,or someone in your family is ill,and unable to eat very much,a few scoops of Marvel,the dried milk powder,is a wonderful source of vitamins.We were advised to give this to mum,she has two tumours in her liver,due to the spread of breast cancer,she is very poorly and does not feel like eating great amounts.Marvel provides her with all the vitamins she needs.Her consultant told her to mix as many scoops of Marvel as she can (without sending the food to sweet or thick)into soup,custard,rice puddings,instant whip, infact anything milky,you can also add a few scoops to ordinary milk,for use in tea and coffee and on cereals.Another great souce of protien is a banana,mash it up and add lots of sugar and some milk (with added marvel)this will do you a power of good.Mums consultant believes in the benefits of Marvel and banana's so much that he gives them to his own daughter who is quite poorly,if its good enough for the daughter of one of the leading consultants in our area,then its good enough for us. This is an inexpensive way of ensuring a healthy intake of vitamins. There are also several drinks that your doctor can prescribe,Fortijuice (which comes in a variety of flavours,lemon and lime,peach,summer fruits,pineapple) and Fortisip (which is more milk based I think) are a couple of them,and as the names suggest,they are fortified drinks,they come in cartons about the same size as a childs carton of ribena. each contains about 300 calories,so if you drank four a day you would consume 1200 calories,which is about the average daily intake that a woman needs. These are a couple of excellent ways of making up for lost vitamins,protiens and calories during the times when eating a healthy balanced diet is not possible.
Weighing about 136g and being quite small the Nokia 6110 is an excellent mobile phone.It may not be the most modern phone,and there are certainly phones much smaller,but the display is clear and very easy to read,the keys are well spaced out. There are loads of different ring tones,you should have no problem finding one that suits. You can store about 50 numbers in the memory.and it also does SMS text messaging. Sim cards are simple to insert,The battery takes about 4 hours to fully charge and lasts around 4 days on a full charge,depending on how much you use it of course. The 6110 only works on the BT Cellnet and Vodafone networks,which is the reason I aquired mine,it originally belonged to my song,he changed to Orange,and reluctantly had to change his phone,he gave me his Nokia 6110,and threw my old one in the draw,singing the praises of the 6110,having used it now for 3 months,I can see why. You can see who's calling you when it rings,so you have control over wether or not you want to take the call,of course if the caller witholds their number,you will not be able to see who's calling. There are loads of other features as well..an alarm clock which has a snooze function,so you can have another few minutes sleep if you want.A calender so you can store lots of appointments and it will remind you of them via an alarm ring,it also remembers the date of the more recent calls, as well as what time they were made. There is a currency convertor and calculator.there are some games as well,but I am not into playing games on my phone,so I cannot tell you what they are like,I expect they are much like the games that come with other phones. All in all its a brilliant mobile phone. .
I would never dream of doing my main shopping at the Co-op,I use it for bits and bobs that I might run out of,and for the competition entry forms they may have. Prices in the Co-op are no better than any of the other supermarkets and shopping there is not an experience I relish,it just has a grotty feel to it. The fresh fruit and vegetable selection is unbelievably bad,nothing ever looks fresh ,I look at the goods and am amazed that anyone could consider offering them to the public to buy,let alone consume. The drinks department is always very well stocked,with just about every type of drink you can think of,a sign of the times perhaps,they probably think that the majority of the people who shop there are more concerned about buying a good supply of alcohol than feeding the kids ! This is certainly the case where one of our Co-ops is situated !! The deli counter is definatly a no go for me,I just would not consider offering items from there to my family to eat,the food just looks dried up and past its best. Tinned goods,toiletries and cereals are well stocked,as are the freezers. I think the Co-op is in a time warp,they need a kick up the rear and someone who can drag them kicking and screaming them into the 21st century. Shoppers know what they want from supermarkets,and I am sorry to say that the Co-op is not,by any stretch of the imagination,what this shopper wants.