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    • The Pursuit Of Happyness (DVD) / DVD / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      13.08.2013 13:07
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      A wonderful, inspiring film.

      I think this film is really wonderful - one of my favourites!

      The story centres around a man named Chris, who is struggling to succeed in a modern capitalist society (America), but is really trying his best to look after himself, his wife and their son (who is named Christopher). When Chris's wife leaves him, he is left looking after his son, with very little income.

      Throughout the film the Dad is referred to as 'Chris', and his son 'Christopher', in order to differentiate between the two characters.

      Chris is played by Will Smith. I believe that Will Smith does a truly brilliant job of playing Chris in this film. His portrayal is clever, nuanced, and very believable. I was surprised at how well he plays this character as previously I have only associated Will Smith with his parts in more frivolous films like 'Men in Black'.

      Look out for the scene in the Subway Toilet - the best scene in the film, in my opinion!

      This film is based upon a true story. There is a message on screen at the end of the film that informs you of this.

      The Pursuit of Happyness is a film that is well worth a watch! It is very sad, and could be quite upsetting in parts, although it has a wonderful and uplifting ending. I find this film very inspiring, particularly because it is based on a true story.

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        13.08.2013 12:47
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        Product that is excellent value for money and works well.

        Boots Lemon Balm and Camomile Shampoo is a product that is designed for those with blonde or fair hair.

        I really enjoy using this shampoo. I believe it to be excellent value for money, as it offers the benefits of a product aimed at those with fair hair, for far less than the price of other shampoo products that are aimed at this group of people.

        An example of this price comparison:

        John Frieda Sheer Blonde - Go Blonder Shampoo at £5.89 for 250ml

        Boots Lemon Balm and Camomile Shampoo at £1.29 for 300ml


        Camomile and Lemon Balm are ingredients that have been traditionally used to help slightly lighten, brighten and remove brassy orange undertones from blonde and other types of fair hair.

        When used together, this shampoo and the accompanying conditioner from the range, have a slight brightening effect on my fair hair (my hair is naturally a very pale strawberry blonde colour). The products also make my hair silky, soft and nicely clean.

        The one criticism I have of this product is that you have to use quite a large amount of the product to get a good lather in the hair. I don't feel this matters too much however, as the product is so inexpensive.

        I cannot provide information about how well this product works for those that have dyed hair, as my hair is not dyed.

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        30.08.2012 10:42
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        A really good alternative product to the leading brand

        I am on a bit of a budget now so eating branded foods when they are not really much better than the supermarket own brand doesn't make alot of sense. I however won't eat supermarket own brand food unless it tastes quite nice.

        Supermarket own brand foods can be a bit 'hit and miss' so therefore it is best to try products out and see what they are like. I tried Tesco own brand baked beans because the leading brand (Heinz) has gotten really quite pricey for something as simple as baked beans.

        As I'm sure you probably know, baked beans are haricot beans in a tomato sauce. They are most commonly a canned food which are normally eaten warmed up by heating on the hob or in the microwave. Baked beans are a good source of dietary fibre and protein.

        I purchase the small tins (220g) as I almost always need to prepare food just for myself. It is possible to purchase a large tin (420g) and put half in a covered container in the fridge for next use. The label states that once the tin is opened you need to 'consume within 2 days'. As I don't eat baked beans every two days I find it better to purchase the small tins as I end up throwing half the baked beans away otherwise.

        The large tins are better value at 40 pence for 420g than the small tins at 30 pence for 220g. Either size of Tesco own brand beans are better value than Heinz baked beans at 70 pence for 215g and 50 pence for 200g. (Prices from Tesco website on 30/08/2012)

        I felt that Tesco Baked Beans taste very good. They have a very slightly different taste to Heinz beans. The difference is so small that I feel paying the extra for Heinz beans is not worth the extra money. I have found the actual beans within some own brand baked beans to be very hard however Tesco baked beans are of a good texture (moderately soft).

        Tesco Baked Beans did not used to have a ring pull on the can which means using a fiddly can opener. Tesco Baked Beans do now have a ring pull which I feel is a big improvement and means I am far more likely to purchase them.

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        29.08.2012 21:12
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        Far too yummy for my own good!

        Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut chocolate is a milk chocolate bar with raisins and nuts contained within it.

        I think that Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut is far more enjoyable and satisfying than regular Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate. You not only get the yummy chocolate but also the gooey texture of the raisins and the crunchy texture of the nuts. I think this multi texture experience adds up to a really good chocolate bar.

        Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut is not a premium chocolate bar so if you are after a high cocoa percentage then look elsewhere.

        I think Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut is very good value for money. A medium sized bar of 120g can be currently purchased for only £1.39. Sometimes special offer packs of the same size are available for only 99 pence. That is such a tiny amount for enough chocolate for two people.

        The negative side of Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut is, like any chocolate, it is very high in calories and fat. It's best therefore eaten in moderation. I am personally not very good at this kind of moderation where Cadbury Fruit and Nut is concerned!

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          29.08.2012 20:43

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          A very yummy kind of alcohol!

          Southern Comfort is my favourite alcoholic spirit. I think it tastes like sweeties! It certainly does taste really quite sweet and for those with a sweet tooth (like me!) that is an excellent thing.

          'Southern Comfort is a unique blend of natural fruit, spice and whiskey flavors' (http://www.southerncomfort.com/history.aspx).

          I have found Southern Comfort in three bottle sizes - 35cl (a great size for taking along to house parties as its not too big or bulky to pop in your bag), 70cl and 1 litre (1 litre seems a bit excessive to me). Southern Comfort is also available in a can with lemonade and lime pre-mixed in. You will normally find this pre-mixed can in the chilled alcohol fridge in the supermarket.

          Many people have Southern Comfort mixed with lemonade or cola. Many people have ice in their Southern Comfort. I personally have Southern Comfort on its own with no mixer and definitely no ice. I personally feel ice completely spoils southern comfort, however that is just a personal opinion.

          Drinking Southern Comfort (or SoCo as it is sometimes known) can get very pricey if you are drinking it on a night out. I have found a double SoCo in a bar to be about £5.

          If you have a sweet tooth and you drink alcohol I would recommend you try Southern Comfort if you haven't already because it is very yummy!

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        • Barclays Bank / Bank / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          29.08.2012 20:12
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          Average service for a high street bank

          I have banked with Barclays for a approximately 2 years now. In that time I have not had any major problems with them. I have experienced average service. I opened my account at the Romford branch. A member of staff opened my current account swiftly and without any problems.

          The Barclays online banking service is very useful. I am able to swiftly set up, vary and cancel standing orders as well as make payments, cancel direct debits and move money between my accounts. Another useful aspect of online banking is the ability to open new accounts online. For many basic accounts like Cash Isas (a kind of tax free savings account) and other savings accounts, the account is opened straight away online. Once you have gone through the very easy online account set up process, you are given your account number and sort code on screen there and then.

          One negative aspect of Barclays service is their telephone helpline for customers who do not have much money held in Barclays accounts. When I had only a few hundred pounds held with Barclays the helpline that I was put through to was a foreign call centre. The staff at this call centre were, I found, not as helpful as the Barclays call centre in the UK. When I increased the money I held in my Barclays accounts I was then put through to the UK call centre team who, I found, are much more knowledgeable about Barclays products and more helpful. I have searched this topic on the internet and have found articles that have confirmed that Barclays put customers who have more money held with them through to the UK call centre where I have found the service is better. This seems very unfair to me.

          I find the in-branch service friendly and fairly swift.

          I had one problem when opening a Barclays Flexible Bond online. This was not an account that could be opened straight away online in the way that I mentioned earlier. After I entered the required details on the website a message appeared saying that I would be contacted to finish the account opening process. I received no such contact. Due to this I phoned the helpline and a lady sorted out the problem which turned out to be a technical glitch with the Barclays systems. The lady on the telephone did have to put me on hold whilst she worked out what the problem was and therefore the call cost me a few pounds on my mobile.

          Overall I have found the Barclays service to be average. I have held accounts in the past with Natwest and HSBC. I have found Barclays service to be on par with HSBC. I have found the customer advisors on the Natwest telephone line are more knowlegeable and friendly that those at Barclays however the in-branch service at Barclays is, I feel, on par with Natwest.

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