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      03.09.2001 20:58
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      I bought the Moulinex Illico mini-chopper mainly to prepare my youngest son's baby food. For my eldest I used a hand blender. I was attracted to the Illico by its looks more than anything else... aren't I shallow! After all a chopper or a blender... they do the same job but the mini-chopper looked cuter. I have now been using it for almost a year and as far as pureeing the baby food I have no complaint. It purees the food to the jar standard and that is excellent... if your baby eats like a sparrow that is OK but if like mine, your baby eats like a horse that is where the Illico might start to bug you. In the little chopping container you can fit about 200ml of food (which is the equivalent of a medium size jar) if you put a tiny bit more and start chopping, the food overflows and you end up with a very messy kitchen surface. So you can chop but a little bit at a time, for bigger jobs the hand blender is probably more appropriate. Now where I don't like the Illico at all is at bath time. That little machine must have been designed by someone that never thought it would ever need a wash. There are 4 bits to the Illico: the food container, the lid, the blades and the motor which is the top. When the food is being chopped, it always manages to make its way over the lid and into the motor - I wouldn't say it is unsafe though, after a year of use, it still works and I haven't injured myself - but it make a mess and I think if the designer had thought that through it could have been avoided. The blade is also a right pain to clean up: it has got holes and gaps that just makes the cleaning quite awkward and if the machine overall is safe to use, I would say that it is not that safe to clean... the more I have to handle the blades the more risks there is for me to cut my fingers. Therefore at cleaning time a toothbrush is required to get into those tiny little places that unfortunately get messed up. <
      br>Now I must admit that I don't use it that much anymore. The hand blender chops more food in one time and is easier to clean. You can get it in most shops that sells electrical goods, even my local Asda sells it. Any one want to buy my Illico for a tenner?!!!

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      • Wine in general / Wine / 1 Reading / 8 Ratings
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        02.09.2001 04:58
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        ... This is what my gran-ma use to say about woolly jumpers and now that is what my husband says about wine... I am jumping from one crafty family straight to another!!! My friend Jen's husband is a very talented home-wine maker (producer?!) and after a few of his special bottles he totally convinced my husband of the benefits of making your own wine. Off he went to buy a couple of demi-johns (big glass container holding about 6 bottles of chosen wine) some bored corks, some concentrated Dry White grapes, Red Wine Grapes and some concentrated Strawberries - for his first time he didn't really feel brave enough to go and pick his own grapes and fruits... but to be honest concentrated is the same as fresh without the messing about. So there we are all involved in that little project and recycling bottles too - it didn't take very long to get 12 bottles! In home wine making the sterilising part is extremely important and he had to make sure that demi-johns, bottles, tubes, corks, air lock, in fact that anything that comes into contact with the 'juice' is spotlessly clean. Then he could get started with mixing fruits, water and fermentating agents. Once that done he had to wait until the bubbles in the bored cork and air lock stopped bubbling as a sign that fermentation was over and done with, then the 'wine' is ready for the clearing agent. Once it is all clear it can be bottled and enjoyed... and enjoyed it was! It is also good fun to make it and watch it develop, giving it a good shake every day, seing it changing colour from very cloudy to clear, just like the 'real' ones! His first ever bottles were dry white wine and the quality was really impressive. He since made some Red Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, that was tops and now he is getting ready to bottle the strawberry wine, we tried it today and I have to say, even though it won't be ready for another few days, it ta
        stes really really nice indeed. I love wine, white, red, rose and champagne. But I have to say that there is something really special about drinking something that has been home made and especially when it tastes much better that some wine we sometime gets at pubs or restaurants. Though I was never that enthusiastic about my Gran-ma's home-made woolly jumpers! The starter kit with everything you need to make your first six bottles cost about £12. The concentrate costs from £4 upward (6 bottles), although it is more economic to go with 30 bottle kits - other things that you need that are very cheap are sterilising solution, clearing agent, campden tablets and sugar. You can find all this in Wilkinson, Morrison's supermaket or Home Brewe shops (see yellow pages).

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        • Dyson DC04 / Vacuum Cleaner / 0 Readings / 48 Ratings
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          31.08.2001 23:31
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          • "Dyson doesn't suck big dusts"

          A few months ago, my old vacuum cleaner gave up on me so I decided to go for a Dyson. A few reasons made me go for the Dyson but the main one is that is bagless and another one is that a few of my friends swear by it. As luck would have it Costco were selling the Dyson DC04 (the Pink and Purple one AKA the Anti-Meningitis one) for £148, so I got it there. When I arrived home I couldn't wait any longer, so I unpacked the beast and started wizzing around... no... but... what is going on?... I couldn't wiz around the house with it... The Dyson is soooo heavy that it is just impossible to do anything quickly with it. It is also very bulky and doesn't go under furniture, and I have to be forever switching to the hose. The suction on that machine is so strong that it sucks my lino away in the kitchen, leaving the big dusts behind. On the wooden floors it works wonders with the dust, small dust, because my Dyson, as I already said does not like big dusts. Although I have to say on carpets it works really well and made them look like new again. Another thing that I don't like about that vacuum is that the power lead constantly ends up in the way. I would have thought that automatic winding up wouldn't have been to much to ask for. So overall, I am not too impressed with the Dyson as a cleaning device but as far as body building machine goes it has certainly helped me to improve the look of my arm's upper muscles and I am overjoyed!

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            01.12.2000 22:13
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            When you are out in the car, in town or in the train.... Isn't it painful enough to have a head ache or some pains, without having the aggravation of swallowing a dry bitter tablet that just won't go down because there is no water whatsoever anywhere near by? I find that quite painful but at least now I have a choice. I recently bought some Nurofen Meltlets. They relieve pains like head ache, back ache, period pains, cold and flu symptoms, fever, etc.... and the beauty of them is that to take them there is no need for water. I put one in my mouth under my tongue and it melts, it doesn't even taste bad. It contains 200mg of Ibuprofen so it works but for regular pain, anything stronger like a migraine and I would need something a bit more powerful. I think that they are useful to keep in the car or my hand bag to use when I am on the go just in case, a bit like my mobile phone.

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            • Bazuka Gel / Health Product / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              01.12.2000 21:45
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              When I was about 12 years old I had been blessed by 4 or 5 beautiful verrucas on the bottom of my left foot. Back in those days (early 80's) when you had verrucas the chance of having them removed the painless way was a bit remote, it was more likely that my Doctor would burn them away, and at the thought of that I kept it quiet from my mum... Then over the summer I went on vacation with my mum's cousin (Monique!) and her family, and on the way down to the sea side we stopped at Sainte Anne d'Auray in Brittany where there is a very famous fountain that gives out healing miracle water - people come to this fountain from all over France and the world in the hope that a miracle will make them walk, see or being cured from whatever pain or disease they may have. Well, my verrucas might have not been as bad as some of the fountain's visitors might have thought but I didn't like them, I wanted them out and healing miracle water did sound much better than a Doctor burning my foot... Monique had one on her face too... so both of us went to the fountain full of faith, I put my foot in it and Monique washed her face down with it... The next morning... you might not believe it but Monique's wart had completely gone, as if by magic so I looked at my foot and once again you might not believe it but my 4 or 5 verrucas had gone too! MIRACLE! And respect was due to that wonderful fountain, so we went back and Monique emptied all her Evian bottles and filled them up with Sainte Anne's miracle holy water - she still have some in her fridge 19 years on and it is green, yuk! 19 years on and guess what? I recently had another blooming verruca... now, I am 800 kilometres away from Sainte Anne d'Auray so I thought I would 'Bazuka that verruca' instead. Bazuka can treat warts, corns and calluses as well as verrucas. It comes with full instructions, easy to use gel applicator and an emery board. I had to ap
              ply it on the verruca, preferably after a shower, as the skin had to be soft, and then let it dry into a water resistant barrier like a plaster but much better because it doesn't go off that easily, then remove it with the emery board the next evening and put some more on and carry on for a week or more if need be. Like everything else if it doesn't work after a couple of weeks it is probably best to go and see a Doctor... Anyway, in my case within a week the horrid thing was gone and I haven't seen it since. So Bazuka v. healing miracle water? Well the water was much quicker but bazuka is easier to get hold of!

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                01.12.2000 02:18
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                I hate dieting and just the thought that I would have to diet makes me hungry. Therefore I will not diet: I don't think it does achieve much in the long run, unless I starve myself silly for the rest of my life and honestly I just don't want to do that. I love food and I can't give it up. But I could do with losing a few kilos or more! Recently an e-mail pal recommended to me the Rosemary Conley Low Fat Cookbook and I think that is the best cooking book I have seen in a very very long time. The book is presented in 4 parts (excluding the introduction): 1. The secrets of successful slimming Rosemary explains the calories and metabolism, how to create a healthy diet and how to design a personalised diet plan. 2. Cooking the low fat way: There she tells us the equipment we will need - if you already cook a bit (not much, just a bit), you will need nothing extra. She then explains the techniques of low-fat cooking i.e.. bin your margarine pots and oil bottles right NOW! and she goes through the flavours i.e.. spices and herbs, it is worthwhile stocking up on those, because they do make all the difference between tasty healthy food and boring healthy food. Last but not least she shows us how to substitute bad fat for something just as tasty but without any or low fat, i.e. don't put any cream but put some low fat fromage frais instead, it actually tastes just has good and it is much easier to digest... 3. Food facts: In this part she explains meats, vegetables, breads, cheeses, milk, etc. grilling, poaching,etc., calories and fat....and a lot more, in a simple and interesting way . 4. The recipes: From breakfasts to dressings, going through starters, beef, soups, vegetarian dishes, puddings, well there are all sorts to make - eat and enjoy without getting fat. The dishes from this book are extremely simple to do. I have made
                a different dish every evening for over a week now and I haven't spent more than 20 minutes on any of them. They all tasted really nice, even though I did find it strange not to fry i.e. onions in the oil or marge and I did find that dry-fried onions smelt a bit funny at first, but a few days on and I couldn't put any oil with them ever... The one thing I don't really like in this book is that not all the recipes have a photo - yes, I am one of those people that can follow any recipe. But I have to see the end product first... yesterday for example I did a Beef Goulash, I never did one and never ate one before and unfortunately there were no photo with the recipe, well, I almost fainted when half way through the cooking process I took the lid off my pot and the all thing looked completely BLACK... I didn't realised that paprika did that to food! and I wouldn't have had a heart attack if she had put a photo of that dish in her book... On a more physical note, it has now been over a week of total Rosemary cooking and I am glad to report that I fit in my clothes better than I ever did before. I do feel a difference in the way I am and my very dear husband has kindly told me that it was noticeable that I had lost some weight. How much I don't now, I don't own scales. There is still a long way to go to my perfect weight but I find the Rosemary way pretty enjoyable so far. This book makes me cook good healthy, low-fat meals that are very tasty and that don't leave us starving 2 hours later and that is why it is such a success in our house. I was actually so impressed with the first book (£9.99 at Asda at the moment) that I bought the number 2 (£17.99 RPR - I paid £11 in Costco) and it is just as good.

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                  30.11.2000 22:49

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                  I hate dieting and just the thought that I would have to diet makes me hungry. Therefore I will not diet: I don't think it does achieve much in the long run, unless I starve myself silly for the rest of my life and honestly I just don't want to do that. I love food and I can't give it up. But I could do with losing a few kilos or more! Recently an e-mail pal recommended to me the Rosemary Conley Low Fat Cookbook and I think that is the best cooking book I have seen in a very very long time. The book is presented in 4 parts (excluding the introduction): 1. The secrets of successful slimming Rosemary explains the calories and metabolism, how to create a healthy diet and how to design a personalised diet plan. 2. Cooking the low fat way: There she tells us the equipment we will need - if you already cook a bit (not much, just a bit), you will need nothing extra. She then explains the techniques of low-fat cooking i.e.. bin your margarine pots and oil bottles right NOW! and she goes through the flavours i.e.. spices and herbs, it is worthwhile stocking up on those, because they do make all the difference between tasty healthy food and boring healthy food. Last but not least she shows us how to substitute bad fat for something just as tasty but without any or low fat, i.e. don't put any cream but put some low fat fromage frais instead, it actually tastes just has good and it is much easier to digest... 3. Food facts: In this part she explains meats, vegetables, breads, cheeses, milk, etc. grilling, poaching,etc., calories and fat....and a lot more, in a simple and interesting way . 4. The recipes: From breakfasts to dressings, going through starters, beef, soups, vegetarian dishes, puddings, well there are all sorts to make - eat and enjoy without getting fat. The dishes from this book are extremely simple to do. I have made
                  a different dish every evening for over a week now and I haven't spent more than 20 minutes on any of them. They all tasted really nice, even though I did find it strange not to fry i.e. onions in the oil or marge and I did find that dry-fried onions smelt a bit funny at first, but a few days on and I couldn't put any oil with them ever... The one thing I don't really like in this book is that not all the recipes have a photo - yes, I am one of those people that can follow any recipe. But I have to see the end product first... yesterday for example I did a Beef Goulash, I never did one and never ate one before and unfortunately there were no photo with the recipe, well, I almost fainted when half way through the cooking process I took the lid off my pot and the all thing looked completely BLACK... I didn't realised that paprika did that to food! and I wouldn't have had a heart attack if she had put a photo of that dish in her book... On a more physical note, it has now been over a week of total Rosemary cooking and I am glad to report that I fit in my clothes better than I ever did before. I do feel a difference in the way I am and my very dear husband has kindly told me that it was noticeable that I had lost some weight. How much I don't now, I don't own scales. There is still a long way to go to my perfect weight but I find the Rosemary way pretty enjoyable so far. This book makes me cook good healthy, low-fat meals that are very tasty and that don't leave us starving 2 hours later and that is why it is such a success in our house. I was actually so impressed with the first book (£9.99 at Asda at the moment) that I bought the number 2 (£17.99 RPR - I paid £11 in Costco) and it is just as good.

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                • Laminate Flooring / Discussion / 1 Reading / 24 Ratings
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                  20.11.2000 21:58
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                  When we bought our first home the builder offered us a free carpet throughout the house, which was a good deal because we wouldn't have been able to afford to do it ourselves. Over the months that poor carpet was getting rather grubby, and when we had our first baby we started thinking that carpet was definitely not the most hygienic thing for our little lad to crawl around on, apart from this baby stain thing for various reasons and carpet is no exception. So we decided to change that horrible carpet from the Lounge/Dining area and Entrance Hall and switched it for some laminated wood effect flooring. My Dad offered to install it for us. It took him a couple of days to do it and even though he is very clued up with all DIY stuff he reckons that with the right material, anyone can do it themselves. The material you need to do this is the laminated floor panel packs, some glue, insulation foam sheets, an electric saw would be handy, but my Dad managed allright without one, and you can purchase a laminated flooring installation kit with very useful little tools that makes the whole job easier from most DIY shops. Basically the laminated flooring is a floating floor that can be laid on top of most floors - the types of floor vary considerably in price and quality. The floor doesn't really need to be perfectly flat, and it can be installed straight onto the hard floor by just using the foam pad underneath (if placing on concrete floor this one has to have a moisture barrier paint on it). The laminated panels are glued to each other and form one big sheet of flooring at the end. To finish it nicely we put some matching wooden strip that cover the gap between the floor and the skirting board. Once installed you can walk on it straight away and the result is absolutely stunning. The cost of it very much depends on the quality you want. The cheapest one might not be as strong as a more expensive one,
                  I think it is worth paying a bit more to get a better quality product, heavy domestic use is probably best, especially when it is a big job like replacing floors. There are a lot of advantages in having a laminated floor, hygiene is on the top of my list. It is easy to keep clean though the dust is more visible on it than on the carpet - I clean it with warm water and Pledge Soapy Wood Cleaner (it smells very nice). Beware however, when cleaning under sofas. I have found out from experience that the floor must be completely dry before putting furniture back on top of it eg. sofas as it does not like moisture or wetness, this can cause the laminate to raise slightly if it stays wet for too long. No more dust mites in sight, and the floor reduces the risks of asthma for my little ones (and big ones too). Despite what people say it is not cold - it is as cold or as hot as the temperature in the room. The only down side I can think of is that when toys or remote controls fall, they make much more noise on hard floors. Since then, we have moved house and have had laminated flooring installed again throughout our downstairs. On this occasion we chose Floor Master 900 (suitable for heavy domestic use). We cannot fault it so far. There is no way we would ever go back to carpet in main living area.

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                    I am sorry to have to admit that I have been sucked once again into misleading advertisement. Mr Muscle Shower Shine... he cleans your shower for you... yeah right... I bought that cleaning product a few months back when I was a rather large pregnant woman, I couldn't really enter the shower cubicle anymore (thanks to the House designer more than my actual size though!) and I had to use the shower in the other bathroom, anyway, I couldn't go into the cubicle and therefore I couldn't clean it. Though, my husband could still have his shower in there and could still NOT clean after himself (I can hear him now saying 'I do Honey, I rinse it every time'). Well we all know that rinsing is not enough, and I thought that Mr Muscle would give my husband a hand for me. The only thing that I understand we have got to do with this product is spray it and leave it after each shower, and that is what was done for a few months and with a few bottles of the stuff too. When I was finally able to get back into the shower cubicle again I couldn't believe the state of the place, it certainly didn't shine... but to be fair to Mr Muscle, he was on his own for a good while. So it was time to help the poor guy, and I started scrubbing until the cubicle was back to his old white and shiny self. The place looked spotless,what achievement... ...And I gave Mr Muscle another chance, but used it myself aswell this time, then I noticed that you have to spray so much of the stuff that the bottle hardly last 2 weeks and that when it comes down to it, it leaves horrible greasy dripping marks all over the walls and windows, YUK! Basically it is a awful product that just gives you the impression that you've done some 'cleaning' when you've not really don't anything at all, and that is probably because it leaves a nice smell in the place - just like some kind of negative aroma-therapy... I
                    have tried different manufacturers and unfortunately they are all as bad as each other.

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                    • Baby Food Hints/Tips / Parenting Issue / 0 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                      I started weaning my first son, when he was around 3 months old and I was determined not to buy any jars, I have nothing against them but they can be a bit pricey and I can do just has well for a fraction of their price. So here I went full of good intentions, shopping every week buying all sorts of fruit and veg for my little angel, then spending hours peeling and cooking... getting my fingers all damaged by the peeling, cutting, washing of all those beautiful potatoes, carrots, courgettes, parsnips, turnips, you name it and I cut it... then I boiled them, mixed them, pureed them into lovely little pots and in the fridge for baby to enjoy at dinner time. Over the months I cooked a lot of vegetables but on the down side I put a lot of them in the bin too, I either bought too many or they just didn't look right anymore. I felt like I was binning as much as I was buying and let's face it, it is not a nice feeling to put stuff in the bin, especially when it is food and it doesn't come that cheap. I obviously had to find a different way of doing things, and guess what... I found it: I just don't buy fresh vegetables anymore... I buy them frozen, they are as good if not better, they keep all their goodness, I don't have to peel them, cut them, wash them, and there is a wider choice of frozen vegetable than there is of fresh ones. I can now prepare his dinner on a daily basis (or for a few days as long as it is kept in the fridge it is fine), all I have to do is bang a couple of spinach balls, a few ready cut carrots and swedes, with some pre-sliced leeks in a pan of boiling water and 15 minutes later: Master is served! Honestly, it tastes really nice, he gets a wider range of flavours, it is much much easier to prepare, it is cheaper and I don't bin anything anymore because I just use what I need and leave the rest in the freezer for the next time. Unfortunately I still get the odd banana or
                      apple going south... I thoroughly recommend the frozen way of cooking for the kiddies.

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                      • ELC Easy Painter / Art / Craft / 3 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                        Mrs Picasso must have not had it easy when her little Pablo started painting with such enthusiasm - the cleaning that poor woman must have had to do....! Well, I surely count my lucky stars that I can find products like the bright Easy Painters at the Early Learning Centre. This morning my very own little Pablo unscrewed for the first time the lids of his 4 new bottles of Easy Painters - I wish I could have painted his smile! He played and painted with them for over 30 minutes (he is not 3 yet) and not a stain, smudge or drop of paint in sight, everything went on his canvass! Brilliant! This would not happen with finger paint (for obvious reasons) and with brush paint (too much water involved). These paints are presented in firm plastic bottles and a sponge tips to let the paint out. The mixture is ready to use in the bottle so there is no need for extra water. The child can apply the paint by pressing on the bottle and letting the paint go through the sponge tip. Assuming the bottle is not squeezed too hard, the paint won't leak and therefore no cleaning will be required. They are easy to grab and use. The paint won't dry out if the lids are well screwed back on. The colour choice is not enormous, he has the bright pink, orange, yellow and green. I think there is a choice of 2 boxes with 4 different colours so far. You can also get bigger size bottles individually.

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                        • Infacol / Pain Relief / 1 Reading / 15 Ratings
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                          14.11.2000 14:46
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                          2 Anti-Colic pain potions and 2 different results. My eldest son didn't really have much problem with colic but when on the odd occasion he did, I used to give him Infacol and it seems to make him feel better very quickly. When my youngest son started to have colic pains, I rushed to the shop to get more Infacol and gave him some... but nothing happened, the poor little lad was still very sore and the Infacol didn't help him at all. I kept giving him some more for a little while, the Health Visitor said that it can take a while to get into his system, (I didn't realise that it had too, especially after my previous experience with the stuff...), so I did, but still nothing. At my next shopping trip I spotted a bottle of Dentinox with COLIC DROPS written on it... I took it and tried it on my boy at his next bottle and: magic! it worked! Basically they both work, it all depends on the baby. Infacol has a dropper so it is easier to use, and it smells nice. All you have to do is put the dropper in the baby's mouth and that's it. Dentinox has no dropper and it stinks, but if the lad likes it, the lad will have it! You just have to put the drops in his milk bottle. I cleaned and old Infacol bottle out and put the Dentinox in it - the dropper made it much easier to use.

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                          • Proline 1000 DVD / DVD Player / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                            13.11.2000 17:01
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                            We bought this DVD player on recommendation... actually we only had to read Reciful's opinion, that did it, we went the next day and bought the thing. I am not going to talk technicality here, I am clueless at all of that, if you want technical details, I would advise you to go and read Reciful's opinion. The main reason why I wanted a DVD player is for the language facilities. I am French and I am raising my two little boys to be bilingual. The DVD player allows me to buy DVD CDs in England that will play films, ie. Disney ones, in different languages, including French. With the PAL video player, when I played the French SECAM tapes they were viewed in Black and White, which was not very appealing for my little ones... So we bought it and a few disk with it, and about £200 later including the disks, what do we think of it...? Well it is absolutely brilliant, the picture quality is amazing. It does make you wonder how much better the picture can get? And the sound is not bad either. My boys can see things like Hercules, The Little Mairmaid (that's 'La Petite Sirene' in French, bet you glad you know that now!), Winnie the Pooh..... all in French, my husband can have it subtitled too(!) and I am happy that I can just stop talking French for 89 minutes in a row! Though I would say I am not impressed with the remote control. It is very temperamenatal but does the job in the end. We are only buying kiddies disks but we rented one over the week end and I don't think we will want to rent a video ever again, the picture quality is so good that it is like watching real life through a window - that the best I can describe it. The pity is that the disks are still quite expensive to buy and the choice to rent is very limited, but I am sure it won't be long before the DVD takes over the Tapes. I don't regret that expence at all.

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                            11.11.2000 21:39
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                            A nurse friend, who has 2 children, recommended me Medised when my eldest son was teething. That was enough for me to go and get some for him. Medised comes for infant and for toddler, sugar free or not. It is a cold relief sirop but is also great to ease the teething pains and to drop fever down. I used it for all the above reasons and have been calling it the Magic Potion ever since. It does the job, gets the pain away and makes the baby sleep. Though, Ican go a buy 10 bottles of Calpol in one go and nobody behind the counter will bat an eyelid, but each and every time I go and get some Medised I get the same comment which is: 'do you realise that this make the baby drowsy?' - 'well yes and...? Big deal, the kid is in pain? What else would he want to do but sleep? What does any adult want to do when they are not feeling well? Sleep? Well, that's probably the best thing they can do.' Medised is part Paracetamol and part Diphenhydramine which amonst other things makes the baby sleepy. And that is why you shouldn't let your infant operate heavy machinery once he had some Medised. Just read the instructions!

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                            • M&S Baby Sleeping Bags / Baby Bedding / 0 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                              07.11.2000 23:08
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                              At a recent visit to Marks and Spencer in Manchester I was pleasantly surprised to see that Babies's Sleeping Bags have finally made an appearance on the high street - I was starting to think that maybe it is illegal to use sleeping bags for babies in this country and the only way to get one was via mail order or online. The choice is not big. There are two different styles: a christening gown style and a white and green one with cute little bugs - that's the one I chose. I am so pleased with it. It looks very cute It is very soft, made with 100% cotton. The fastening is very well done: there are 2 poppers at the shoulder straps and a zip that opens all down one side and the bottom, which makes nappy changing very easy, as the baby doesn't have to get out of the bag at all. I washed it twice already and found that it washes easily and dries pretty fast too. At £24 it doesn't make it any cheaper or more expensive than any other place on the Internet or a catalogue and at least you can see what you are getting. Of course if you want cheaper you can always get one when you go down to Calais for a booze cruise (that's what I usually do). They are half the price on the other side of the channel. But it costs you a lot more in booze... I have used sleeping bags on my eldest son ever since he was 6 weeks old and still do and I am doing the same with my new baby and I wouldn't go without them. They are a blessing.

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