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I am not a fan of in-ear headphones. I find that after a few minutes of listening pleasure my ears start to throb and ache. This could very well be due to the fact my ears are an awkward shape or just smaller than average but I do really struggle. Last year my dad bought me a pair of in-ear headphones and I couldn't get on with them. With desperation I started looking for a pair of over the ear headphones. I looked around shops and even tried on a few pairs to get the correct feel. I was very keen on the Skull Candy brand they were stylish, comfortable and sounded good. I managed to buy these from a local music retailer however on looking around afterwards I realised I'd paid a little more than I'd like. I paid £25.99 however they range between £10 and £19.99 on the internet. They are lightweight and due to the padding are very comfortable. I am able to have my I Pod on very loud without the husband complaining as they are muffled with padding. Due to this also he can have whatever he likes on TV, be talking to me or asking me something and I wouldn't know. The noise cancelling feature is amazing. However I sometimes wonder when I see kids crossing the road with these headphones on how they can possibly hear traffic around them...probably not the safest headphones for outdoor use. They do fold up well for travelling but are quite flimsy, I doubt they'd last long in my handbag! They are stylish and I have no problem wearing these in public unlike some of the cheaper brands. They are designed well for the purpose, sound great and are very bassy! Overall a great buy although do shop around. Ebay, Amazon and smaller online retaillers will offer these at the best price.
We have recently just sold our trusty (well until 2007) Ford Focus 1.8. The car itself we cannot fault. The seats are comfortable, it drives very well and there is plenty of boot space for the dog. In 2007 it broke down in the middle of Tesco due to an electrical fault with the key. The RAC came to our 'rescue' and checked the error code then telling us there was nothing we could do and advised us to use the spare key. Being miles from home with no spare key was a little awkward so we were duly towed back home. AT home we found the spare key and used that one up until Autumn 2008 when we lost the spare key so started using the 'broken' key to find it worked brilliantly and even started opening the doors again. We found the spare key and continued to drive with the electronic key and the spare key in the ash tray. A car which dates back to 1999 is bound to 'go wrong' at some point and to start failing MOTs in 2006 was pretty good going. It took us to many a dog show and weekends away, however the expensive faults started in 2007 and seemed to get worse each year. In August 2009 the car created many problems for us. Whilst the husband was off to work the car stopped working, made a dreadful noise and smoke poured out from beneath the bonnet. The car was towed back home but the prognosis was not good, it would cost over £900. The timing belt had gone destroying the engine and other internal parts. We were lucky that my husband knows a mechanic who was willing to do the car for free. It cost us just under £500 for the parts we needed. The car was as good as new and 2 months later we looked forward to the MOT to say the car had passed for the first time in over 3 years, however it cost us a further £400 as a bearing needed replacing, some brushings were worn out and other sections of the car were 'tired' - I know little about cars but new that this well looked after car was costing us too much. The final straw came a few months ago when the catch on the boot failed and kept swinging open and the doors had to be locked separately. Tax was in the higher band and insurance wasn't particularly cheap either. We seemed to be going through a lot more petrol than in recent months so we took the difficult decision to part exchange for a newer (2002) car. Like I said I could not fault the car when it worked it worked a dream, it was quiet and comfortable. We miss or Ford Focus but do not miss the hefty bills it created. Hopefully with a little TLC and money from someone else the car will be ready to serve another family.
I felt compelled to suggest and write this review after our stay at the hotel. Whilst in London visiting a few rehoming centres through our charity we decided to make a stay of it and visit some of the sights of the Big City. We didn't want to spend a great deal and saw the Heathrow Inn was close to transport but also fairly close to Wembley ideal for the late night concert we had booked. It also had a free car park which was our only requirement for the week! The reviews on the booking sites were dreadful and the more we read the more we dreaded our stay. We arrived late but the proprietors were so helpful. They showed us to our rooms, helped us with our bags and served us an ice cold cider...perfect after a long journey! The hotel was dated by suitable and at £30 per room per night we were not complaining. We had a shared facilities room with a continental breakfast. The rooms were airy, bright and clean with a sink provided. We had tea and coffee facilities and fresh bedding daily. The toilets down the corridor were clean, tidy and fresh. The bathroom/shower room was also kept clean. Every room had fresh towels and linen daily. The hotel was quite noisy but this was mainly due to the selfish members who slammed doors and stamped along the hallway. The beds were comfy although an extra pillow would have been nice. The breakfast although basic was very nice, the evening meals (not included) were stunningly wonderful - with very large portions. We had a gorgeous steak with vegetables and potatoes and it was so cheap at £6.45 per person. The owners were very helpful with travel arrangements and advice and more than happy to assist. The hotel was a short 10 minute walk from the station and the bus stops right outside. The town was nice enough although very different to where we live, a little intimidating at times but definitely an experience. The only gripe we had was the late night concert we arrived 10 minutes before the curfew (1am) and cpuldn't get in. 45 minutes of ringing the doorbell, telephone number and banging on the door we finally got in, although were close to sleeping in our car! Overall we really enjoyed our stay and would return. Our 1 week stay went too fast and we cannot wait to go back next year.
I like to have toast for breakfast, soup with a couple of slices of buttered bread for lunch and maybe a salad or stew with a few slices of bread with my dinner. We as a family eat quite a bit of bread and felt it time we bought a bread machine, whilst browsing for our weekly shop in Tesco we decided to give the Tesco bread maker a try. Being completely new to bread-making we were very grateful for the useful manual enclosed. As well as the typical details on what each section is for it contained details on recipes as well. The machine also comes complete with programmes for your typical white bread and even making sweet dough. The machine is an ideal size to sit on the kitchen worktop and whilst it is placed on the kitchen worktop I am far more likely to use it unlike the other gadgets resigned to the bottom cupboard. I found the machine very useful for making donuts and sweet dough, although the white bread was always easy to do I preferred to do some of the less well known varieties. After a few months I started making dog treats by substituting ingredients for dog friendly ones. We now sell these on behalf of a dog rehoming charity. I think the best part about the Tesco bread maker is the smell part way through, although the taste and texture of cooked bread wasn't what I'd get from the shop. When you by a loaf from the supermarket you miss that gorgeous smell and the smell does make you far more hungry for more. I thought the bread machine was amazing value for money. It cost us £35.99 and has made over £100 for charity as well as the many loaves we have made for ourselves. I'd definitely recommend the machine to all families, regardless of time constraints. The timer function is amazing the only down side is that it doesn't slice my bread.
We have just returned from a trip to London where we visited the London Dungeons. The whole experience was amazing. We went during term-time so the kids were at school; apart from a few European tourists it was quiet. We didn't have to queue at all (it was 10:30am in the morning) so the reviews we had read about waiting times didn't really apply to us. We went straight in and had a posed photo and was handed a slip to claim it at the end. We went through to pay and were shocked at the price £23.50 per person, I was amazed at how they could justify that, I thought it was all part of the shock horror theme!!! Nonetheless we had looked forward to it so paid and entered. On entering we were impressed. The most exciting bit was the labyrinth with loads of carefully arranged mirrors, although if claustrophobic not a great idea. The actors/actresses are amazing and really put on a realistic show, they made the attraction what it is. The boat ride although basic made me scream and the slapstick humour was thrilling. The drop ride at the end seemed to produce the most amazing faces on the photos mainly because it was so unexpected. Unlike a rollercoaster where the camera can be placed so poses are staged the photos at the dungeons really produced excellent reminders of the visit. At £10 for two photos we purchased the entrance photos and the ride photo, a bargain souvenir of our amazing trip. Was it worth the money to enter?? Absolutely definitely yes!
Like the 'mad cat lady' I suppose I could be called the mad camera lady. I currently own 3 cameras, but many more have suffered the car boot sale or have been passed onto family members (usually my mum). Where as most people upgrade their phones every year I upgrade my camera. I desperately want an SLR digital camera but pennies need to be saved and that is one thing I am unable to do, but then I suppose buying cheaper, lower quality cameras regularly does not help that saving process. This camera was my first Kodak and I purchased it after my dad bought a similar camera. At the time I had a cheap Polaroid Digital camera at only 4MP. It did the job Ok my pictures were uploaded to the PC easy enough but I really wanted a camera I could use in the dark at parties, concerts, fireworks displays etc. I had read promising reviews on the M763 so decided that whilst in the sale I'd take advantage of its excellent price. I bought the camera 2 years ago for £45.99 and I believe this is still a good price. The camera itself has several shooting modes designed for action shot, fireworks, night shots, scenery and objects up close. There are many more however I can only confess to using the above. The camera is easy to use with a point and press type of method. The battery never lasts long and I have found rechargeable batteries drain fast. In fact I purchased Duracell batteries and they lasted a good 3-4 days compared to the 2-3 hours I got with rechargeable batteries. I did however notice that this camera drained the power much more than the average camera. The shot are of a very good quality however comparing them now to my current camera the images are not as crisp and defined as I would like them to be. At 7 Megapixels I'd personally expect a lot more from the quality. The camera can take still shots, video clips and the screen on the back is ample enough to view these images and videos. The images can be easily transferred to the PC using the USB cable supplied or by removing the SD card and inserting into a card reader. The typical Kodak software works well and images are easily managed on the screen. I think as with many things you pay for the recognised name but this does not automatically guarantee the best quality. For example my dad has a 6 megapixel camera however the ability to capture amazing action shots and night time events surpasses the capabilities of my Kodak. His 9 Megapixel phone camera also takes nice, crisp defined shots. That said I would definitely buy Kodak again.
When got our dog last year we knew we wanted photos to keep as memories for years. Dogs are the perfect companion but sadly do not live forever and the early months/years are always full of mischief. We knew a camera could be easily destroyed on walks, dog shows, on the beach etc so purchased a few disposable Cameras from Boots. We took many photos around the house, down the park, on the beach and many other places. The flash was easy to use and as far as cameras go it was a very user-friendly camera. We managed to go through 4 cameras each with 29 photos on. We got these developed at Boots but were so sad to see that the photos were blurred, over exposed and very dark. Pictures taken on a sunny day appeared as if it were night and the quality was very grainy. I'd always used disposable cameras with brilliant results (ok so not as good as the average digital camera but not bad for the money!) We had wasted money on the prints, the camera and obviously missed out on some great opportunities and lovely memories. If you really want to capture a moment you cant beat your average digital camera.
The recession caused some stress for many. The quest to find work, often up against strong competition. Losing my job last year was awful, I lost all confidence in myself and struggled to get back on my feet. I had always been a fan of Bach Rescue Remedy drops, I had used then on driving lessons, doctors appointments, even for getting the dog to the vet! Just a couple of months ago I was invited to attend an interview the first for 10 months and it meant an awful lot! I didn't want o be dropping 'rescue remedy' on my tongue for a start they smell like booze and arriving at an interview with boozy breath is never a good start. I noticed in Wilkinsons next to the checkout a little tin of sweets offering the same support as the Bach Rescue Remedy drops. With two flavours on offer orange and elderflower or blackcurrant I couldn't chose so bought both. The orange and elderflower were quite unpleasant but the blackcurrant pastilles were lovely. The small nifty tin was ideal for my pocket or handbag and they were more discreet than a dropper. They do instil a real sense of calm and tranquillity. The pastilles contain a cocktail of ingredients for... Rock Rose - for terror and panic, Star of Bethlehem - for shock, Impatiens - for irritation and impatience, Clematis - for inattentiveness and to counteract faintness and Cherry Plum - for irrational thoughts and lack of self control I passed the typing test and excelled at the interview. The pastilles have come out a few times for smear tests and public speaking they really are a great help. Its hard to believe such a small tin of sweets can be so magic!
Isn't it funny you spend years worrying about getting pregnant and then you grow up and spend an equal amount of time worrying about not getting pregnant. I suppose I can take comfort in the knowledge that I am not alone. I like many others worried that I was not physically able and spent months peeing on a stick to see if I was ovulating. I found the One step ovulation test easy to use but the constant negative or 'inconclusive' results frustrating. I suppose the fact that I have used these correctly and still not got a positive ovulation test or pregnancy test for that matter shows that these strips do not work for me. Unlike the pregnancy test the guidelines suggest you test afternoon urine as this is when the hormone is stringer. After 18 months I still couldn't work out which line was meant to be up here down there! I have used these strips for a good 18 months and it's only recently I have started to keep a basal body temperature diary and monitor other changes to my body. I still cannot say I have that positive and feel annoyed I wasted months relying solely on the strips. I speak as I find and at only £5 on Ebay for 150 strips I cannot complain. It was a private sale and so I had nothing to worry about. I will continue to use them just not as my only method.
Owww I shouted as I woke up...Ow ow ow! I had been walking the dog down the park and the little devil had been a little too eager to chase squirrels and my shoulder was suffering. It was the weekend and the doctor surgery was closed, a quick trip to the local pharmacy pointed me in the direction of the Voltarol gel. It wasn't cheap (£7.25) and the box was tiny. I couldn't see how a box that small would cover my shoulder and provide the soothing sensation the adverts promised but Pain vs Price was an argument I wasn't willing to have. I got home and rubbed the cream into my aching joint. I sulked around for most of the day, doing not a lot and to my suprise when I got up out of the sofa I was shocked to be able to put weigh on my arm and not feel shooting pains in my shoulder...curiously I swung my arm in a circular motion feeling quite satisfied that my arm was 'fixed' I proceeded to rub in a final dollop before bed to make sure. Now if I find myself aching after a days work or if the dog is particularly lively the Voltarol makes its saintly appearance. The box although tiny packs a punch and is a welcome addition to my first aid kit. The gel which contains diclofenac is not suitable to people with skin complaints or a sensitivity to diclofenac. :-) Doctors can prescribe this so if like me you have a pre-pay certificate get your moneys worth by asking the doctor to write a script for it!