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I got this book from Amazon a couple of years ago and it really made me laugh.
First off I would have to say this is really more of a comic book than a diary. There are spaces for filling in your schedule, memories, commitments but you will only get about 20 words written for any particular day, the remainder of the book is already written as your diary and it plans to rule your life for the year. Telling you what to do and how to do it for each week.
Some of the rules are completely bonkers and you have to wonder if anyone actually reads this and acts upon it.
There are Benrick collective tasks where everyone who is following the diary is supposed to do a certain action on a certain day and only those who are Benrick followers will understand what it happening. A bit like being in a weird unstable version of the masons.
Warm up Week
Gentle tasks which will change your life but only a little:
Save the life of an ant
Gamble £1 on a horse
Sexually harass yourself
Be a pathological liar for a week - Lie your ass off about everything
Mini-prostitution week - sell a small sexual favour - Find out if prostitution is for you start by selling kisses for a £1
And so on:- Gems include
Commit all seven sins this week
Help fix the music charts - everyone rush out and buy a
Fake your own kidnapping
This week go dogging as a Jehovahs witness, approach people standing outside of cars with the opening gambit "Can I talk to you about jesus?" or "Did you know Adam and Eve were the original doggers"
There are helpful hints, tips and graphics to ensure you can carry out the tasks.
A form of this diary is released every year and from what I have read and seen via. the website the authors have built up quite a large cult following.
If you were to follow everything required of you in the book there is a very good chance you will end up arrested but if you just read it and laugh its better.
This diary will change your life and will put a smile on your face as you are reading it.
Uno is a really easy to pick up and play card game that the whole family can play.
You need at least 2 people to play and each game can last between about five minutes and half an hour depending on which way the cards fall.
There are 4 colours - red, yellow, blue and green. Most of the cards have number on from 0 to 9 but there are other cards which cause the play to reverse, skip a turn etc. It's a little like Jack change it.
You start with 7 cards each and then place the remaining cards face down. Turn a card over to start and play in a clockwise direction. If you can't go you need to pick up another card
You can put your card down if the one in the middle is the same colour or number and the aim of the game is to get rid of all your cards first. The whole point being when you get down to one card you shout uno before anyone else can to avoid extra cards.
You can play for points but as my children are quite young we just play a single game or two.
This is an inexpensive quick to learn game that all the family can enjoy. Great for rainy Sunday afternoons. You can normally buy this for about £4.99.
I got this set for my son who was well pleased when he opened it all up. I set up the v-drop, this is like a vertical drop you can hang over a door or something and the cars do a death defying fall before flying off really high.
The track is a 7-foot drop, has an elevator for the car and a pretend flaming ring which you are supposed to get the car to jump through.
Because you can connect different tracks, a really good idea by Hot Wheels we added the criss cross set and v drop together to get really big stunts, most of which didn't work but that was half the fun, the problem was because we had the vdrop track really long and high the track kept falling apart and the cars kept going over the side but when it worked it was really good.
The fact that you can add tracks and change the shapes and cars means this toy will keep kids playing for a really long time. I think having at least two tracks which interchange means the fun will last for a lot longer.
If you can get this working well its great but the higher you put it up the harder it is to keep it one the track.
This is my favourite chocolate bar and I have been eating it for so long I remember it when it was called marathon, still tastes as good but it took me a long time to get used to the new name.
I think what makes this bar stand out from the very many other chocolate bars out there is the nuts in it. Otherwise it would just be a mars I guess.
There is a nice thick chocolate coating under which is a layer of caramel filled with roasted peanuts. The bottom layer is a nougat type whippy substance similar to that in a Mars.
The bar is chewy and sweet with the added taste that the roast peanuts give it. The normal size is very filling but I used to get the king size and I was able to eat the whole thing without feeling sickened. A bar is around 50p - 60p depending on whether you buy it in a supermarket or a local shop.
My wife stopped buying the packets of snack sized ones as they were so small I would eat 2 or 3 at once and apparently that's bad for me!!
This review is on the packets of noodles rather than the tub shown on the picture.
I always have a couple of packets of Batchelor's Super Noodles in the cupboard as they are a quick, easy, filling snack. You can have them with your main meal but I prefer them on their own as a snack.
They are quite often on offer and my last visit to the local Spar got me three packets for £1.00. Cheaper and more filling than three chocolate bars. I have tried the cheaper brands but they just don't have the same amount of flavour and the packaging looks very cheap.
After opening the packet you get a block of noodles and a little packet of curry flavouring. Boil the kettle and add ½ pint water to a saucepan then break the block of noodles into it when it starts boiling. Add the curry flavour from the sachet and wait 4 minutes until cooked then empty it out into a bowl.
I find if you put slightly more than ½ pint of water in the pot is easier to clean as there is less sticking and you get more juice when you pour the noodles out.
There is a good strong curry smell and taste and the noodles are soft and you can choose to eat them with either a fork or spoon.
These go down well with the kids who love the taste and trying to wind the noodles onto their fork.
They do leave a yellow stain on the bowl but this washes off really easily.
I would definitely say that when it comes to noodles these are one of the best makes around.
I must admit I wouldn't put these on a babies bottom just in case they would cause a reaction. I know they are probably not much different to the wipes at twice the price, but I guess I don't want people talking about me.
I do buy these and I always like to have a pack in the Living Room, and in the bathroom. They are great as a quick wipe. Orange juice or jam on the leather settee, snatch a wipe out of the pack, clean up and throw it away. Tomato sauce dripped onto the Dining Room floor, its not worth getting the mop out so snatch a wipe and clean it.
In the bathroom easy clean up for toothpaste in the sink etc.
The package itself looks really cheap, blue and white plastic with a clear pull back strip as opposed to the more expensive heavy plastic closable lids. After a while the sticky strip isn't as sticky as it was and you may find that the wipes dry up but at around 50p a pack you don't mind throwing a few out, and you do get 80 in there.
They are also handy to have around the car, for dripping ice-cream stains etc. They would be as big as a normal wipe but only half the price. They are not exactly dripping with product and do dry out if not sealed but for quick easy clean ups they can't be beaten. Just don't let anybody see them you'll look like a cheapskate.
I try to use mouthwash at least once a day as it's a good way to reduce plaque and bacteria and keep your breath fresh. I was pleased when I noticed a new citrus flavour mouthwash from Listerine as it is a good brand and I had high hopes of the citrus taste being an improvement as I've found that the minty mouthwashes can be a bit too strong. The clear bottle showed a nice orange coloured liquid and I expected a light orangey flavour.
I measured out quite a good amount into the lid as it was a mild version and emptied it into my mouth. It didn't taste particularly fruity a little antiseptic perhaps but was pleasant enough. However after only about 5 seconds the strength seemed to keep increasing, I really felt like it was burning the inside of my mouth. Normally I have a good swirl for upto 30 seconds but I just couldn't last that long. This was stronger than any other mouthwash I have tried. I couldn't wait to spit it out and had several drinks afterwards to try to calm my mouth down.
The aftertaste felt more like I needed to use a mouthwash than that I had just used one. I would recommend you use a mouthwash but not this one. Didn't they get anyone to try this in the Office before they commissioned it for distribution.
This is quite a new game for the wii and you can buy it from play.com for only £12.99. Any game at that price has got to be worth getting.
To start you have to make a new mii. I have no idea why as we haven't had to do that for any other game of this type.
There are six games
Volleyball - Quite good you move your arms to hit the ball to your partner or over the net. You can play against someone or against the wii. 2 out of 5
American Football - You throw with the wii mote in your hand. 3 out of 5.
Cricket - You can choose to bat or bowl and the motion is quite fun. 4 out of 5.
Boules - Simply throw like you are throwing in the real game. You can also throw harder to knock your opponents balls out of the way. 4 out of 5.
Football - Use the wii mote to shoot and pass. 3 out of 5
Disc Golf - Golf with a Frisbee really. You have to get the Frisbee into a metal basket, some of the holes are quite long and you need to go round corners. 3 out of 5
This is a simple pick up and play game good to play with your friends or for kids. We have had this for over a month now and are still playing every couple of nights for an hour or so. I don't think it will be one you will play constantly but it is a bit of fun.
We have solid and laminate wood floors in our home and would spend an amazing amount of time having to rub marks off it with a cloth\ baby wipe and a couple of times a week with a mop.
We originally had one of those stringy mops where all the little bits of materials splay out but it was a real chore filling the bucket, adding whatever was under the sink, never sure whether it was all that suitable for wooden floors etc. If the mop was left curled up and stuck back in the garage it tended to get pretty smelly pretty quickly.
My wife ordered this steam mop online and it arrived within a few days. It took less than a minute to put it together and you simply placed the mop on top of the microfibre cloth which had little Velcro type pads on it and put water in it.
Steam generates very quickly and after about 20 seconds you are able to start cleaning.
This is easier to use than a water based mop as you don't need to lean so heavily, a particularly heavy stain say a scuff mark from a black shoe may take two or three sweeps over it to completely remove it.
The mop moves easily and it takes very little effort to get the dirt of the floor, you can go pretty much upto the edge of the cupboards but the steam doesn't seem to get into that very last millimetre of the edge.
When you are finished you throw the cloth into the washing machine. The floor will be dried in only a couple of minutes as no water actually touches the floor.
This mop can also be used on carpets if you add the plastic plate and I have seen it demonstrated where this can actually lift hardened chewing gum of the floor.
After the suggestion by Nar I went to find the glide plate to try the mop on carpet but it has disappeared, my wife bins everything that isn't in constant use. We didn't buy this for carpets so unfortunately cannot comment on its ability without still having the glide plate, we have used it without the plate to spotclean what looked like a chewed fruit pastille on my sons bedroom carpet and it did come out. I would imagine though that it would not be as easy to move across a carpeted floor as a wooden floor.
This unit is light and easy to carry and use with one hand and it comes supplied with one microfibre cloth. You can buy an extra three stick on cloths for about £12.99.
There is a bit of a hissing noise as the steam generates but it is nowhere near the noise of a vacuum and wouldn't annoy anyone trying to watch TV, although you walking in front of them with a mop might.
Advantages of a steam mop over a mop and bucket
Less manual work
Doesn't need a cleaning agent
Leaves floors sanatised and deoderised
Takes up less room
Leaves floors drier
Works on carpets (with the plate)
It is available at around £49.99.
After a lot of begging and nagging from the kids last Christmas Santa was kind enough to drop a wii down the chimney. Excited little faces unwrapped it and Dad was called on to put it together. Not to bad to do just a couple of wires into the TV and wii and finding the right place to put the sensor bar. The wii itself is a neat little package and smaller than the PS2. The sensor bar is a thin strip which senses how the wii remote is moving to allow you to return the ball in tennis or hit the ball in baseball.
It came along with one game wii sports, one controller and a nunchuck. You need 2 AA batteries for the remote. You can get a recharging stand for your controllers but I looked at reviews of these stands and there seems to have been a number of problems so we have stuck to using batteries.
To move around the screen you simply point your wii mote at the screen and providing the sensor bar is placed correctly the arrow will move around as you do and you press A to select.
You start by making a wii Mii for each person who wants to play and can add more later. The wii miis are little animations and you can choose your hair length and colour etc.
With the wii you can set up a wireless connection which allows you to play against others online.
There are plenty of extras you can buy like a golf club, gun etc. but you can play any of the games with your wii mote and nunchuck. The nunchuck fits into the wii remote to allow you to use both hands at once like in boxing.
The remote works in different ways. In Bowling you swing as if you were really bowling only with the remote in your hand, in golf you hold it like a club.
The graphics are not as good as say the xbox or playstation 3 but you can pretty much get the same games as they are normally released across all platforms.
I would recommend this for families, kids or those who like getting their mates round. For those who are more serious about their gaming you would probably prefer an Xbox or PS3