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    • Tesco Clubcard / Credit Card / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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      A great reward scheme even for those that don't use it regularly the vouchers last for ages

      We have had some great family days out thanks to Tesco Clubcard!

      ***How Clubcard Works***

      With a Clubcard you get 1 point for every £1 you spend in store, online, petrol and tesco direct. For every 100 points you collect you get £1.00 back. These points are then stored and added to and Tesco send you your vouchers every quarter. You can also earn points if you have a tesco mobile and top up or if you have a Tesco Credit Card. With a Tesco credit card you get 1 point per £4 you spend on your card anywhere or 2 points per £1 if you use your card in Tesco.

      ***How to make the most of clubcard***

      If you shop in Tesco regularly obviously you will get more back especially if you look for the deals that are often on, such as now, double up on points, meaning 2 points for every £1 spent. However, you can still make more points. Here are a couple of ways.

      When shopping look at for the bonus points that are on some products sometimes you will be lucky enough to find them on your regular brand if not sometimes it is worth switching just this once for the points. I don't make loads this way as they are far and few between but I sometimes make some and they all add up!

      When you receive your clubcard statement/vouchers have a look at the the clubcard bonus coupons, these are often aimed at products you purchase regularly or have purchased in the past.

      If you like to do you shopping on the internet search the internet for i-coupons. I have done this quite a bit - it does take some hunting but it can be worth it. Last time I did an internet shop I found a code for 1000 points when you spend over £50 online - so that works out at £10 on top of what I earned from doing my shopping.

      Another way is by yourself and any other members in your household getting their petrol from Tesco every single time you fill up. The amount of petrol myself and husband put in our cars every month has become a nice little point earner for us.

      ***Spending***

      There are a multitude of ways to spend your vouchers when they arrive and how you choose the spend them I always think depends on your personal circumstances.

      You can choose to spend the vouchers by putting them towards your shopping and get money off your shopping. Recently they did a double up so if you had £10 worth of vouchers they would give you £20. Alternatively if these offers are not on you can save up your annual vouchers and put them towards the dreaded Christmas food/Alcohol bill. They can also be spent towards clothing or Tesco Direct.

      The way I choose to spend mine is to use the partner reward schemes. This pays for days out for myself and my family where you can get up to 4 times as much. For example £15 can be turned into £60. They have a wide range of partners available for you to spend them on. You can put them towards Theme Park tickets, magazine subscriptions, annual memberships, hotels and holidays just to name a few.

      Recently I have used mine to take my children out twice during the main summer holidays and to take the whole family out for the day to Thinktank in Birmingham and then out for dinner afterwards, and I still have vouchers left to spend!

      In the current climate I think they are one of the best rewards schemes out there and can save a family an awful lot of money - I know it has us!

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      • ebay.co.uk / Auction / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        02.11.2009 19:57
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        Ebay is great for both used and brand new items! Although not always a bargain

        I am both a Buyer and a Seller on Ebay so will review both sections.

        ***What is Ebay?***

        Ebay.co.uk was launched in October 1999 following its success in a number of different countries.

        It is ultimately an auction site where people sell items that they no longer have any use for. There are too many categories to list but I think it is fair to say that you can find most things, within reason, on Ebay, both Used and Brand New sometimes in box/with tags.

        ***Ebay.co.uk as a buyer***

        There are three types of auctions, also known as listings, that you need to be aware of on Ebay.

        The first is Bid only. This is where the seller puts a starting price for their item and then allows people to decide how much they wish to pay for it. This is a great way of grabbing a bargain, however it is very easy to get caught up in the excitement of bidding especially when bidding against other buyers. I always leave bidding until the last 50 seconds leaving other bidders less chance of bidding against me.

        The other option is Buy It Now. This is exactly what it says, and for those that want something quickly and do not want to risk losing on bids this is great, although a little tip use the 'sort by' box to allow you to see the cheapest items first. You can still grab a bargain using the Buy It Now but often it is Business sellers who are obviously in it to make a profit!

        The other option which tends to be connected with the Buy It Now listings is best offer. It is always worth making an offer on the item rather than paying the Buy It Now price, although don't expect the seller to take an offer well below the original asking price.

        On the Ebay.co.uk buyers need to be aware that it is not only UK sellers in the listings but a lot from Hong Kong and China. If you don't mind perhaps having to wait longer for your item and feel that you are getting a better deal then it may be worth purchasing from them but always check their feedback to see if they are reliable.

        One of the nice things on Ebay is the feedback ratings. This gives buyers the chance to see how previous customers have rated their experience you can then hopefully make an informed choice as to whether you wish to deal with that particular seller. Most people are honest on Ebay and you get a good variety of positives and negatives where necessary.

        Before you bid check which methods of payment the seller accepts as they all differ, and although most take Paypal not all do. Also remember to take into account the postage costs and make you are happy to pay what they are stating.

        Ebay relies on both seller and buyers leaving honest feedback so once you have received your item leave feedback on your experience. Should you have a bad experience it is always advisable to contact the buyer first to see if you can sort out your problem and most sellers are very helpful.
        If you still feel that you need to leave a negative feedback you can do so knowing that the seller cannot retaliate and leave you a negative.

        Ebay can be a great way to shop, however sometimes you do come across the bad but these are few and far between so if you do have a bad experience please do not give up completely.

        If you get yourself a paypal account remember that you are covered in a lot of ways which is handy should any problems arise.

        *** Ebay.co.uk as a Seller***

        I earn my living thanks to Ebay, however, I will review it as a private seller.

        Selling on Ebay can be great but it can also be a pain and make you wonder why you bother!

        On the positives Ebay have made it easy enough to list your items and they have made the gallery photograph free, however, they have changed their fee system so you are not always saving any money due to this. Remember they charge you for your listing. If you decide to sell as Buy It Now it is a set price of 40p otherwise the price is based on what the start price of your item is. Remember that should your item not sell you still have to pay the listing fee.

        Should your item sell you then have to pay Ebay a final value fee. With Bids this is worked out on a percentage of what the item sold for (not including your postage). Sometimes this can work out expensive but on a Used product that was just gathering dust somewhere surely anything is better than nothing?

        The hassle it not necessarily with how Ebay works but more a consequence of Ebay changing its rules. Unfortunately as a seller we are no longer allowed to leave negative feedback for a buyer. This was due to a number of sellers leaving retaliation feedback. Ebay believe that the buyer should be allowed to leave negative feedback without the fear of it being left in return and I go agree. However, thanks to these abusers it means that the Buyers get away with a lot more and as Sellers there is nothing we can do about it. I have found that because it is so easy for them to leave negative they tend to do it more casually than before and it is really hard to get Ebay to retract a feedback.

        I do enjoy selling on Ebay, it is a great way to get rid of any unwanted items and make a little pocket money.

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      • Hasbro Elefun / Electronic Toy / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        02.11.2009 15:25
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        A lovely little game which can be played by younger children aswell as older.

        This game has provided hours of fun for both of my children who are 2 and 5 and also for me 28!

        First the boring bit in the box you will find the Elephant machine, the trunk extender as I like to call it which is approx 5 foot tall maybe more, Four nets and plenty of butterflies that are appear to be made out of sugar paper.

        The idea of the game is too see who can catch the most butterflies in their net.

        To play the game you place all of the butterflies into the Elephant machine, you then screw on the trunk extender and turn the machine on. The fan that is inside the Elephant then blows the butterflies enough for them to travel up the trunk and then out so that they can be caught in the net. They come out at all different angles so a lot of movement is needed for this game.

        The only problems we have found is that the machine needs quite powerful batteries so the cheaper ones don't seem to work but batteries like Duracell seem to be the best. Also to put the trunk extender away you need to fold it, the more you do this the more creases that are created in it, so as time goes on as you play the game some of the butterflies get stuck in the trunk extender. This is not a major problem though as just tap the trunk with one of the nets and it will get any stuck butterflies moving.

        Although it says for 2 to 4 players my children are happy to play it alone so it can be played as a 1 player and we tend to play it so see how many butterflies they can catch and see if they can catch more with each turn.

        It is lovely watching the children playing with this toy especially the younger one as he thinks it so funny when the butterflies start to come out of the trunk - it always brings a smile to my face watching him have so much fun.

        This toy is not only fun but I think it helps them focus and also helps their aim as they try to capture the flying butterflies.

        There are cheaper versions on the market but I cannot comment on those although I cannot see how much different they can be.

        All in all a great fun game which can be played by all the family.

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        • Graco 6 in 1 Playset / Doll / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          An awful. product even for the price.

          'Set includes travel stroller, travel system, swing/high chair and travel seat' as take off the Argos website. This is the only information supplied by Argos so I think that the picture is very important in the promotion of this item as well as the limited information given.

          By looking at the picture and reading the description given I believed that the items in the box would be, the stroller pushchair and car seat - which together make up a travel system, a high chair which could also be a swing and then a travel cot. Although this is kind of what I got it was not made clear that the car seat also made up the seat unit for the high chair and the swing. This means that when your child wants to play you have to move everything around. Fine except we all know how bored children get playing with one thing and how quickly they want the next. This meant that I was forever changing it all around so my daughter could play with the item how she wished.

          The size of this product was also an issue for us. The car seat was that small that unless your child has a tiny doll then you will find that it is no good as a lot of dolls are far too big for this item. My daughter has a baby Annabel and another bog standard doll and unfortunately neither of these fit in the seat very well. If the doll is just slightly heavy then the car seat just falls back which really frustrated my daughter, we also found that it did the same when used as a swing as the seat is connected to the frame by two fabric straps which do not hold the seat unit well and as a result can take no weight.

          The best item in this whole set and the only thing that ended up getting played with was the stroller and the travel cot, so all in all an expensive gift for those two items alone.

          The quality of the items are OK - nothing special but not bad for the price, Graco just need to take into account the sizing of things for it all being able to work properly and be cost effective for the purchaser. Alternatively they need to make the measurements of the items clear so that if necessary a suitable doll can be purchased, although it your child already has plenty of dolls this could be seen as an unnecessary outgoing. I think they also need to make it clearer what is actually in the set and how it works as otherwise it can mean you are disappointed.

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        • Scattergories / Board Game / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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          With Christmas coming this is ideal as an after dinner game!

          I love this game and with Christmas coming up I would really recommend it as a fun way to spend some time after dinner with the family.

          We tend to play this when there are about 6 of us and it can sometimes have us in hysterics laughing, although it can be played with less.

          Each person gets a folder that contains a pad where they write their answers and then a number of cards with a number of catergories on it. Before play can commence all the players need to agree upon which category is going to be played. Once this has been decided (and no arguing people as there are plenty of categories to play!) then the fun can begin and you can begin earning points to try and win!

          One player rolls a 20 sided die and whichever letter it lands on is the letter that will be used for the list decided upon. The timer is then turned for play to begin - the timer is for 3 minutes.

          The aim of the game is to list one thing for each category and write in on the pad provided. The word need to begin with the letter that shows on the die. Sound easy?

          Yeah right - under pressure and seeing everyone else writing can give you a mind block. Depending on the category and the letter given then yes some are easy but others aren't - the more the time runs out the sillier your answers can become.

          Once the timer has run out everyone reads their answers out - if anyone else has the same answer then noone earns a point. Only the words that are individual earn points! Again hard under pressure to think of something that you think no one else will get.

          I would really really recommend this game if you want a way to spend time together as a family.

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            01.11.2009 19:44
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            A great fun little game.

            If you have read any of my other reviews then you will know that my daughter is a massive Disney Princess fan so this game was an obvious choice for her.

            I am so glad that we purchased it as it is such a nice game and has proved very popular.

            There are 4 Cinderellas each one represents a different colour.

            The aim of the game is to turn over all of your cards so that Cinderella turns from rags to riches the first to do this is the winner. You move along the board trying to land on one the of the cards that you are yet to turn over. If you land on any of the fairy godmother spaces then you get the press the glass slipper which is situated in the middle of the round board. If it twinkles and plays music then you get to turn over a card which you need.

            This board game is a lovely quick and easy game. It is a great way to spend a little time as a family without getting frustrated with the children as this is so easy for little ones to understand.

            I would recommend this game to anyone who has a Princess fan and to anyone whjo has a child who enjoys board games.

            I was worried for the price that this game would be cheaply made, however it is not. Infact it is well made and the glass slipper does not appear easily broken.

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            01.11.2009 19:33
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            Great value for money

            I purchased this for my children 5 and 2 one rainy day to keep them occupied.

            I am sure that everyone knows what play doh is so I do not need to tell you but just in case you don't it is a soft dough that is coloured and can be used to make a number of things and it is reusable.

            What I like about this set is that everything is their that is needed for your child to be able to play and at the price it is great value for money!

            The tubs are only miniature tubs but they have enough play doh in them to make a couple of things per tub, and it means that storage is easy, although the box that the play doh comes in is great for storing all the tubs and accessories away in.

            It comes with a vast array of colours some of which you would not think they would make - such as gold and silver but they do and they are great additions to the normal colours that you find! What I do like about having so many smaller tubs is really they do not need to be opened all at the same time so they tend to last longer from drying out but there are still enough tubs for my 2 children to play with without falling out with each other.

            One of my favourite things about this set is because of the colour range the children can use their imagination a lot more and create more things which they cannot tend to do with the larger limited colour tubs.

            The accessories that come with this range from different shape cutters, rolling pin, 3D presses - we had a teddy bear one and another one and some other bits that make patterns, spaghetti dough and other things.

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            01.11.2009 19:32

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            With Christmas coming this is great for as a stocking filler

            We purchased this for my son last Christmas when he was almost 2 as a stocking filler as it is ideal for this.

            It proved very popular. For children who like Jigsaw puzzles this is a great alternative.

            When you take all the pieces apart the idea is then to put them all back to make Thomas which can then be played with as the wheels turn. Just like a Jigsaw you can not put the pieces in the wrong place as the magnets will not allow you too.

            My son has had hours of play with this item - he loves to build it then take it apart and build it again. When he first had it he did find it frustrating that some of the pieces would not go where he thought they should go as he did not understand the magnet behind it - he now knows where everything should go.

            For the price this is great value for money as it is really made well and it is a nice size.

            The only downside is all the pieces that are with it so it is ideal to keep the box otherwise it all tends to get lost.

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          • next.co.uk / Online Shop / 4 Readings / 2 Ratings
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            Any next fans have a look on next.co.uk

            I use Next.co.uk from a directory point of view.

            I do find trawling through it a little bit difficult. Unlike other internet shops nothing is laid out in categories like tops, trousers etc, everything is all mixed together under what I can only describe as 'Next' Trends. If I am looking for a top for going out in I do not want to trawl through everything else to find what I am looking for. The only thing I find easy to find it items suitable for working. The only positive I can see from the layout of the site is that a lot of things are put on people so you can idea of what things look like and what goes with what.

            The Next.co.uk site is ok if you have a directory to use and then type in the code of the item otherwise it is a nightmare.

            The children's section is similar to the adults but much easier to look through as there is not as much as the adults.

            Delivery is reasonable on the website and I have found it much better value for money than a lot of websites I have used, also the items are packaged up really nicely.

            One major disadvantage and a real bug bear of mine is when you see something that you like it does not always say out of stock or sold out next to your size which means that it only tells you when in the basket.

            You can also Sale shop online but to be honest because some of the Next Account holders get VIP slots before the sales you very rarely manage to find anything - you tend to end up with what everyone else did not want. Although you sometimes can find some nice things but things like Shoes and suits sell out really quickly.

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            31.10.2009 21:09
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            This is a true day out shop with so many shops to choose from.

            Birmingham is a great day out for shopping.

            There are so many shops to suit everyone at Birmingham.

            Starting with the bullring. It is massive and like most indoor shopping centres has all your usual suspect of shops only most of them are bigger than in smaller shopping centres.

            The only drawback for some people is how busy it is but for me that just adds to the experience. As someone who used to live in London I miss shopping down the busy Oxford Street and this is the closest I get.

            There are so many fashion shops to choose from in the Bullring including Selfridges which is an experience in itself with a massive foodhall with some great restaurants. It also has the most fab sweet section so whatever you do - do not take the kids in here if you don't want to break the bank!

            Outside of the bullring there is New Street. This is just a long street with many more shops on. Some usual highstreet shops such as Jane Norman and Oasis and then some designed shops such as Ted Baker. They then have some boutiques which are lovely to go into. There are also a number of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and fast food joints if you get peckish whilst shopping.

            There is also a Primark here and I have never seen one so big, however it is always busy and the queues are massive!

            It is easy to get to Birmingham and I personally recommend going on the train as New Street Station is right outside the bullring and New Street shopping. However, if you do choose to drive there are plenty of cheapish parking places - £5 for a day for example and lets be honest if you are shopping big style which is hard not to do in Birmingham it is nice to have the car to load everything into it rather than taking it all on a train.

            Outside of Birmingham there is also the Jewellery Quarter. I have only been here once but WOW! There are the more upmarket shops which are more like boutiques - most of which are independant and they have some lovely pieces at reasonable prices.

            You then have the cheaper stores which to me is what the Jewellery Quarter is about. There are so many shops and some do the same thing. They all have a great variety of Jewellery from everyday necklaces, bracelets and rings to something a little more special - Diamonds galore!! If you are thinking of getting engaged pop here to have a look and the best thing is you can barter them down but if you don't fancy that then pop into the boutiques for something a little different.

            Wedding rings are another good reason to go here as they have so many to choose from and for a good price. I did not know about this place when I got married 7 years ago but I wish I had as I found my exact ring (I purchased for a ridiculous amount of money) for half the price.

            I am trying to convince my husband that I need even more jewellery so that he can take me here - although I fear that I will still spend a fortune!

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            31.10.2009 20:40
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            Think I may avoid this place until it has been redone.

            I have travelled to this station for the first time in years with my husband and 2 children (2 and 5).

            What can I say - it was fine when we arrived and we had no problems.

            On the return journey it was a different matter.

            Our train was cancelled and I could not believe that other than on the platforms once you have gone through the ticket check point there are no seats to sit on. The only thing you can do is go to a platform and then have no idea where your train is leaving from, sit on the floor or go into one of the pubs or cafes, or go back out. With 2 children we had to go back out to try and find seats but none were free outside. I was gobsmacked that a station this big cannot accomodate people.

            When our train was cancelled the staff were really unhelpful and gave us no information at all and could not tell us if the next one would definately arrive. Really helpful!

            I then had a 5 year old desperate for the toilet - we I was amazed to find that they wanted 30p for the luxury of using the toilet - I am not sure if that is each or just for my daughter. As it happened I had not change so I had to go back out into the Bullring to find a toilet - unbelieveable, and not what you would expect!

            The other bug bear is the difficulty to get down to platforms with a pushchair and sleeping child. There are no lifts and no escalators only stairs. So myself and husband had to carry the pushchair down the busy stair way whilst holding onto our 5 year old - while everyone else just pushed passed us - almost knocking my daughter over a number of times. Not very safe really and I have not got any idea what happens if you have mobility issues or a wheelchair.

            I know that they are rebuilding it but even so you would think that they would have modernised it before now to make it more friendly for people.

            Not a pleasant experience and puts me off going back especially with young children.

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              31.10.2009 20:30
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              Does not encourage me to use public transport - I would have been better driving.

              This is the first time I have travelled on a train in a couple of years after being a regular commutor.

              I travelled to Birmingham from Wellington (return) with my husband, 5 year old and 2 year old.

              The outward journey was great, the train was on time, clean and not very busy. We were able to sit comfortably and not worry about the children - especially the younger one annoying people.

              When we arrived at Birmingham we checked the timetable to see what time the trains ran home so we would not be hanging around too long at Birmingham with 2 young children.

              So we were at the station in plenty of time to catch the train - however it was cancelled. To be honest I know these things happen but it was the lack of information as to why and what we were meant to do. This was very frustrating especially with 2 children and that the next train to Wellington was not displayed which meant we did not know which platform. Once you have gone through the ticket check at New Street there is no where to sit other than on the platforms - really inconvenient with 2 children and with me with bad back trouble. Yes ok there are cafe's pubs to sit in but obvioulsy you need to buy something - not cheap when there are 4 of you and you just want to sit down. My 5 year old then announces she needs the toilet - obviously and hour and then the journey time home was too long for her to wait so off we went to the toilets.The charge 30p to use this facility - great but I had no change on me so that meant we had to go back out into Birmingham to find toilets.

              Anyway once the train arrived due to the previous one being cancelled this one was totally packed with people standing/squished in the aisle. I do not see how/why they are allowed to do this as I cannot see how it is safe should be unfortunate enough to have an accident. Luckily we got a seat with our children on ours laps but had I not the amount I paid for the ticket - which worked at the same price as driving and parking to Birmingham I would not have been too happy. I felt sorry for some people in particular though - there were so many young people on seats leaving all the elderly to stand. I would have offered my seat but there was no way I was standing with a child although I did make a point of asking a younger person to give up their seat.

              This train was full up until the last stop with people standing the whole way despite people getting off at many stops - more people just seemed to pile on.

              They encourage us to use public transport etc. but to be honest experiences like this do not give you faith.

              If the previous train had not been cancelled then it would have meant we would have travelled back before the majority of the shoppers had finished, as it happened we travelled back at 5pm which after this I think is perhaps the worse time.

              I will use the trains another try but only for a short distance and mostly because my children enjoyed the adventure. I will definately avoid travelling past 5pm.

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                31.10.2009 20:07

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                Do not go here for a romantic night out - any other time great.

                We had a late lunch at Bella Pasta today in Birmingham today thanks to converting my Tesco Clubcard vouchers.

                When we arrived we were meeting very quickly and although it appeared busy we were found a table for four of us. There was myself, husband, 5 year old and 2 year old.

                We were quickly brought menus and an activity sheet and crayons for the children and the drinks order taken very quickly which was an added bonus, however as soon as the drinks were brought to us (within 5 minutes) we were asked if we were ready to order.

                I have to say we were really made to feel as though they wanted us out quickly the turn the table over - I suppose unsurprising for a Saturday but even still.

                The menu is pretty extensive with something for everyone on and at reasonable prices.

                We ordered off the childrens menu for the 2 little ones. This was £4.95 and consisted of a choice of about 6 main courses, a drink and a dessert. For ourselves with ordered off the main menu.

                I had a pasta dish of chicken and vegetables in a white wine sauce that was finished off baked in the oven, my husband had a burger with chips, 5 year old had spaghetti bolognese and son had fish fingers and chips (he is not keen on Italian). We all had a side order of garlic bread.

                We waited around 10 minutes for the food to be bought to us. When it arrived I could not believe the size of the childrens portions. There food must have been good as my very fussy children ate incredibly well.

                Mine was lovely and really tasty but to be honest for the price it was tiny - very clever though as I had plenty of room for a dessert. My husband had no complaints about his either.

                The garlic bread it not for those that do not like it overly garlic as it is smothered in oil and garlic - lovely though if you do like garlic like me as it meant that you could dip the bread into this to add more flavour.

                Desserts were ok but to be honest let the meal down.

                The kids had a simple icecream. My husband had an adult ice cream with 3 different flavours. Not much choice on flavours - strawberry, chocolate, vanilla and toffee. His ice cream for the price as no different than the childrens other than having a couple more scoops - yet he paid £3.95 for this luxury - only £1.00 cheaper than the childrens full dinner with drinks!!

                My dessert was a warm chocolate sponge with melting chocolate topped with mascapone. It was just microwaved and tasted as such as a result it was very dry - the best bit was the mascapone - I paid £4.95 for this luxury and wish now I had not of bothered and had a started instead!

                All in all it was a lovely lunch, very family friendly and plenty of atmosphere. Not somewhere to go if you want a quiet dinner though as it was very noisy and the tables are very close to each other - suppose there way of making more money.

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                31.10.2009 19:53
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                Definately worth going but don't expect too much if going with really young children.

                I have just returned from a day out at Thinktank Birmingham.

                I went with my husband, Daughter (5) and Son (2).

                A great day was had by all of us. We were worried that it would be very busy but it was not which made it even more pleasant.

                Before we went round thinktank we went to the Planetarium and that was really good. My daughter is really into her Stars so this talk was perfect for her and was really imformative - even my 2 year old was happy to watch the shooting stars etc. You do have to pay extra for the planetarium but it is is not overly expensive but I would not have done it had my daughter not already been interested.

                We then went around the thinktank museum. My children loved the specialist section for Children and had great fun. I thought that this was very clever using thing from everyday life to actively help your child understand science although it was our responsibility to explain it to them. The childrens section is like a little town and starts off with a Hospital, Doctors room and Dentist (it even has a pretend ambulance). The children have the chance to dress up as a midwife, Dr, Surgeon, Dentist etc, great way to encourage your child with their roll play. There were also a reception area with a phone that actually worked and you could call the different places around the town. So funny when the phone rang watching my 2 year old in particular answering it and trying to have a conversation.

                Adults sit in the the Dentist chair it actually smells like a room at the Dentists!

                The next section was a little cafe where you could sit whilst your children brought you 'lunch'. The cafe was so realistic with a little chiller cabinet, microwave, oven etc. again dressing up clothes were available.

                There was then a Car garage that did MOTs - this was a little less interesting although my son enjoyed playing with the cars. There was also plenty of other little things to do around the town and ways to teach your child road safety etc.

                There was then a water feature that could be played in that showed you different ways to use water etc. Our children loved this and did not want to leave it.

                The rest of Thinktank was great for us adults but some of it went over the childrens heads. I did not expect it to be aimed at the 2 year old but I did think that the 5 year old may have got more out of it.

                Each floor is sectioned off - The Past, The City, The Present and The Future.

                The future was really interesting and although hands on it wa too complex for our daughter so we did not spend much time there as she really was not interested.

                The Present was probably the best section and we were able to talk to her about alot of the things such as the body, modern technology, animal life and recycling and she was able to see what happens to things when they are recycled. The body part was complex in parts so again too old for her.

                The Past was nice to have a walk around as it had old forms of transport which the children found really interesting, especially the old steam train which we were amazed at the size of.

                I do believe that this is great for children of all ages as things are aimed at different ages. I would think that it would probably be most interesting for children aged 8+ who are able to discuss things with you properly. Even so I am glad we took the children and we will definately go again next year.

                We converted our Tesco vouchers for this day out so it worked out really cheap - so that was even better for us.

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              • The Jeremy Kyle Show / TV Programme / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                30.10.2009 18:18
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                Makes your own life and problems seem like nothing

                Why on earth would anyone want to air their dirty laundry on National TV??

                I do often wonder if this is a little Jerry Springer and set up and none of these people are real - I mean where on earth do they find some of them?

                More than anything else I do wonder whether appearing on TV for some of these people is more important than sorting their lives out and if nothing a little part of me does hope that this will help them sort their lives out.

                For those that do not know Jeremy Kyle is a talk show where the majority of the programs are guests appearing to have lie detectors taken, fix problems in relationships, problems with children - I am sure you get the picture.

                I don't tend to watch it very often but the lie detector results can be funny to watch especially when they are not telling the truth - why do these people lie to a lie detector - I mean the a bit obvious what it is for! Sometimes when they have failed all the questions and still say that teh detector was wrong is so funny.

                One good thing about this programme is Jeremy Kyle. He really does say what he thinks and if he believe someone is in the wrong he tells them and not always nicely! For some reason when he is being really tough on people he can come across as quite attractive. He is a good host but instead of watching this trashy telly I now listen to him on the radio instead!

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