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    • Apple Mac mini MA206B/A / Desktop PC / 35 Readings / 37 Ratings
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      An excellent computer that is capable of anything and very quick

      The Mac Mini is a revolutionary computer. It is so small yet so capable. I have had mine for 2 months now and it has performed brilliantly. It is very small at around 16cm x 16cm x 5cm. It has a hole to insert a disc into, so can be used to watch movies, burn CDs, play games and more.

      The new Mac Mini comes with the all new Leopard version. This brings great functions such as 'Stacks' to help clear up your desktop and make it neat and easy to use. There are so many functions that the Mac Mini is capable of that you will just have to find out for yourself.

      It is very easy to work and you will get used to the new feel quickly if you are an ex PC user. This computer is designed for users who choose to buy a mac after having a PC. You can keep your old monitor and hook it up to the Mac Mini even with your old keyboard and mouse by using any of the 4 USB ports the mac mini has. The mac mini even has a built in speaker to support sound, although it is not of excellent quality.

      The Mac Mini is very fast and can support numerous applications opening at once whereas a PC would most probably freeze or crash in comparison. It is also a lot safer to use than other computers with its built in security. By accessing the system preferences, you can customise your mac however you like by choosing everything from the desktop picture to energy saving settings.

      What makes the mac mini so much greater than any other mac is it's size. Despite being so small, it is extremely capable due to the remarkable technology it consists of. The new Mac Mini consists of a Core Duo hard drive at either 1.83Ghz or 2.0Ghz depending on the version you buy. Further upgrades can be chosen from the apple store and they will custom-make your mac to your preferences within a week. Prices start at £399.99.

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      • Snickers Bar / Chocolate / 18 Readings / 18 Ratings
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        A delicious chocolate bar that will bring a lovely blend of flavours to your mouth

        Snickers has been going for a long time, and the chocolate is made by Mars. This is the chocolate bar for those nut lovers out there! This chocolate bar combines the taste of peanuts, chocolate, nougat and toffee to give a mouth-watering taste and substantial energy boost.

        The chocolate bar comes in a brown wrapper with the Snickers logo on the front. In bold outlined letters, the bar stands out on the shelf and is impossible to miss. A standard size bar will cost you around 40p and you can get a king size for around 56p depending on where you shop.

        Opening the chocolate bar, the appearance is somewhat plain with a roughly textured upper surface and flat surfaces everywhere else of milk chocolate. Biting into the bar, the immediate nutty taste fills your mouth. The chocolate is quite chewy and as you begin to chew, the full blend of flavours brings a sensation to your mouth. The toffee binds the chocolate together making it so chewy as the chocolate soothes the taste and makes it so addicting. The nuts add a crunch to the bar and a wonderful taste too.

        If you're not a fan of nuts, then I wouldn't even recommend you try a Snickers as they taste really nutty. If you are a fan of nuts, you'd be nuts not to try this!

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        • Cheddar / Cheese / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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          A great-tasting cheese that has a wide range of uses in cooking and food

          Cheddar cheese is my favourite type of cheese and is very popular around the world. You can purchase different strengths of cheddar cheese from mild to strong and mature. Cheddar cheese has no funny taste to it like other cheeses may have and is a good standard cheese to use as an ingredient for many foods and cooking.

          I personally use cheddar cheese mostly for sandwiches. Cheddar cheese can be bought in slabs or slices, depending on the make. I would recommend 'Cathedral City' cheddar cheese as it has a lovely flavour and is of good quality. You can cut thin slices as it has quite a firm touch. With a bit of cucumber and pickle, you have a perfect cheese sandwich.

          There are many other uses for cheddar cheese. With the lack of mozzarella, I have used cheddar for grating over pasta. It tastes just as good although it may not be so traditional. Like any cheese, cheddar is not cheap. However, being very popular and perhaps the most common, it is widely available and somewhat cheaper than other cheeses. You can buy slabs ranging from £1.50 - £5.00 depending on the make and quantity you are getting.

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          • Coca-Cola / Soft Drink / 21 Readings / 20 Ratings
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            23.08.2008 00:36
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            A great drink served cold with a unique taste and a fizzy texture

            Coca-Cola has been going for many years and I am sure you are rather familiar with the drink, but here's my opinion. It comes in all different sizes from a small 500ml bottle to a 2 litre big bottle. The 500ml bottles cost around 80p but you can get a 2 litre bottle for under £2.00.

            One thing to be wary of when opening the bottle is that it may fizz out the top like any other fizzy drink if it has been shaken or dropped by accident. Also, be careful when pouring the drink as the bubbles can quickly fill the glass and go over the top. Once you have poured a nice glass, you won't be able to wait to have a sip. The drink is best served chilled, which makes it all the more refreshing and pleasant to drink.

            The bubbles are good enough themselves - they pop in your mouth and give you a sensation of the admirable taste. The drink itself is very fizzy and has a taste that is hard to describe. It doesn't taste of anything else that can be described other than coke - you have to try it yourself to find out! You can get the normal version or the Zero version with no sugar - this doesn't taste as nice but is much better for your teeth!

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              23.08.2008 00:27
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              A unique beverage, which is too strong and sickening for my liking

              Baileys is an irish cream, which has a unique taste to many other alcohols. You can buy a 1 litre bottle for under £18 at most good supermarkets. It is not my favourite beverage but does make a nice change from other alcoholic drinks.

              It comes in a black bottle, which stands out on the shelf with the large logo on the front. The appearance of the drink itself is a creamy brown colour. Some say it tastes like chocolate ice cream, but I think it tastes horrible. Every time I bring it to my mouth to take a sip, I pretty much gag. The smell is off-putting as it is quite strong.

              The taste is very unique and I can see how many people would like it due to this, however it doesn't appeal to my taste buds. It has a strong taste but is also creamy. The aftertaste is vile in my opinion and is the worst thing about the drink. Some people like to put this beverage over ice cream, which ruins the ice cream but tastes relatively nice.

              There are many things you can mix this with to make it taste a bit better, however there is always the faint taste of baileys in the background, which I really don't like. Pineapple juice and Mango juice are a few of my favourites to mix this drink with.

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              • Walkers Quavers / Snacks / 23 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                22.08.2008 16:36
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                A different kind of cheesy crisps with a twist - literally!

                Quavers have been going for a long time and their goodness has been improved over the years. Each bag has 80% less saturated fat along with other improved ingredients.

                The newly designed pack is yellow with the green Quavers logo. The logo is in such a font to give you a clue about the shape of the crisps. Made by Walkers, they are of good quality. They seem to be slightly cheaper than some other crisps, coming in at around 36p for a standard sized pack.

                Opening them brings out a somewhat unique cheesy aroma. The shape of the crisps is unique in the way they are very curly and all differ in size and shape. These crisps have a very light feel to them when they enter your mouth and they can literally melt on your tongue giving it a prickly sensation if you defeat the urge to crunch them.

                They are not covered in flavouring so aren't the messiest crisps - more ideal for kids in this respect. They have a light aroma and don't leave you with the smelliest breath, which is a plus compared to other crisps. I would recommend you try a pack as they can be very addicting for some!

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                  22.08.2008 16:22
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                  Unique cheesy crisps with an original shape and great flavour

                  Doritos Tangy Cheese is one of my favourite flavours in the Doritos family. Taking into consideration all cheesy crisps, these are by far my favourite. They follow the mexican style, being like tortilla chips. You can buy a single packet for around 38p at most news-agents/corner shops.

                  They come in bright orange packs with the newly designed Doritos logo n the front and the flavour - 'Tangy Cheese' below. The daily guideline amounts are also on the front, which helps you to understand the contents. There is a picture of the triangle-shaped crisp on the front to give you an idea of what to expect.

                  Opening the pack fills your face with a cheesy blast. As you dive in and start eating the crisps, you will notice the strong flavour of them from the flavouring covering the crisps. The taste does bare some resemblance to cheese, but it's not really cheesy. The shape of the crisp is unique but can prove difficult when fathering out how to get them in your mouth. I normally start with a pointy end and shove in the rest.

                  These crisps can leave you with some rather strong and smelly breath, so I would recommend you sort this out before coming face to face with people. Overall, they are great crisps and have a wonderful taste - the best cheesy crisps on the market.

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                  • Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes / Snacks / 19 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                    22.08.2008 16:13
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                    A delicious mini cake that tastes out of this world

                    Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes are the nicest 'biscuit' on the market. They have a really addicting taste and I crave for them all the time. They are unique to all other biscuits and mini cakes, which makes them superior in my eyes.

                    They come in packs of 12 but you can also buy mini Jaffa Cakes, which are just as nice but more of a snack size! They come in a bright clue box with the vivid orange 'Jaffa Cakes' logo on the front. Made by Mc Vities, you can expect the cakes to be of good quality and better than all other 'fake' Jaffa Cakes that may me made by Tesco and other brands.

                    The taste is out of this world. They are coated in chocolate on the top with an orange flavouring just beneath. The bottom is like a firm sponge and this helps fuse together the flavours leaving you with the ultimate sensation. There are many ways to eat them, but I love just diving in and munching them all to bits as I get increasingly addicted when I open a pack - the one danger from buying these (you may get terribly fat).

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                    • Pot Noodle / Other Food / 55 Readings / 52 Ratings
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                      Good snacks to make when in a rush for lunch that are very tasty and quick/easy to make!

                      Pot Noodle is a really delicious snack that has been going for ages now. They are basic snacks that you can have for lunch. They are easy to make, tasty and very available in a range of flavours with chicken and mushroom being the favourite. They aren´t exactly good for you and I wouldn´t recommend having these on a regular basis!

                      They are available in loads of flavours. Here are a few:

                      Chicken and mushroom
                      Original Curry
                      Chicken Satay
                      Beef and Tomato
                      Lamb Hot Pot

                      There are more flavours too and they are all quite easy to buy. You can buy standard pots for around 99p as well as King pots and Mini pots. They are very easy to make. You simply add boiling water to the pot, leave it for a few minutes before stirring it. You then leave it a bit longer and it´s ready to eat.

                      They are always boiling hot from the hot water and they literally cook just with hot water and excess liquid is given off as steam. They taste great and I personally like the chicken and mushroom flavour the most. They take a short amount of time to eat and are quite filling. The king size pots can fill you up a good deal.

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                        02.05.2008 00:32
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                        A really tasty chewing gum that cleans your teeth and leaves you with fresh breath

                        This has to be my favourite chewing gum of all time. I adore the texture and the taste of this chewing gum and it seems to do a good job for my teeth too. It is tricky to buy in some shops but when you do find it, it will cost you around 45p for 8 pieces. They come in pieces/tablets, NOT sticks.

                        They come in a small rectangular cardboard box that is open at either end. This enables the foil packaging to slide out. This packaging is rather like what you get drugs in - a silver packaging with plastic capsules containing the gum.

                        Getting a piece of gum out is easy. You simply press down underneath and the gum pops out the top. Popping one in my mouth, I immediately feel the rough texture with my tongue. The intensity of the flavour begins as you take your first bite. The tablets are a good size, and larger than Wrigley´s spearmint/peppermint pieces you get in the small packets.

                        They have a minty taste to them (obviously) but it is a really nice flavour. It doesn´t taste like any other chewing gum. The texture is lovely too and you can feel small granules crackling in-between your teeth. They seem to give your teeth a really good clean and leave you with fresh breath and a clean mouth.

                        Overall, it is a great chewing gum and I would recommend you try it out. They taste quite unique and have a lovely flavour. The pieces are a good size but not too large and they come in a stylish packaging. They do seem to give your teeth a bit of a clean and leave you with fresh minty breath.

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                          01.05.2008 23:50
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                          One of the best toasters you can buy, which is reliable and easy to use for rushed mornings

                          I have had this toaster for ages and it is of excellent quality. Made by Dualit, it is from a leading producer of kitchen-ware that is reliable and well-built. This toaster has lasted me a couple of years now and I am sure it will keep toasting that bread for years to come!

                          At around £170, it isn´t exactly cheap. However, it is very reliable, very well built and accurate in timing too. It is simple to use but does a really good job. It looks quite simple. It has 4 slots in the top for the bread to go in. The Dualit logo is on the front and on one side. The toaster seems to be made out of aluminum or some shiny metal.

                          Just on the bottom of the front is the handle for the toast. You pull this down to eject each and every toast and you push it upwards to drop the bread down. It is directly linked to all four slots and works reliably. On the right is a timer. It is black with white numbers indicating the number of minutes and an arrow shows the recommended time of around 2 minutes. I normally set it to this arrow and it toasts bread perfectly.

                          The bottom of the toaster has good grip with several parts to stop it slipping. The only problem I have had with this toaster is the way the metal outside seems to rust and get brown marks on it. This may be due to getting splashed when too close to the sink, so keep it away. However, it is nice and shiny when new and should stay like that for a good few months. It is hard to clean as it gets marked quite easily even by the cleaning material. It is best to use J Cloths on it and a proper metal cleaning material. If not, I find window cleaner works better than anything else on it.

                          The other useful thing about this toaster is the crumb-tray that simply slides out underneath the toaster. There is a little handle just below the large handle, which you pull outwards to take the crumb-tray out. You simply empty it in the bin, can give it a wash and slide it back underneath to collect the crumbs. The crumbs cannot go anywhere else and mess up the toaster, so this tray is effective in collecting all the crumbs.

                          As for the toast - what can I say? Toast is toast, but this toaster makes great toast! The timing is very accurate and the recommended time on the timer gives you a perfect slice of toast. I have never had any of those classic problems that you get with toasters with this one such as smoke coming out, bread getting burnt into black ash or anything else. It is extremely reliable and safe too. I would highly recommend this toaster if you are looking for a long-lasting and good quality toaster.

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                          • The Apprentice / TV Programme / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                            A great show to watch, which may teach you a few things about business and Sir Alan

                            Currently, a new series of the Apprentice has begun. It is on every Wednesday night at 9pm GMT on BBC One. It is a show in which 16 apprentices are all going through an interview from hell in order to get a job working with Sir Alan Sugar, to be earning a 6 figure salary. Each week, the 16 contestants will face one challenge. They are in two groups and the winners get rewarded in one way or another such as a luxury dinner that evening. On the losing team, one person will get fired. By the end of the show, Sir Alan Sugar would have found his apprentice.

                            It is a really interesting show to watch as the people on there are all from different backgrounds but have succeeded in their lives. Some of the contestants have left well-paid jobs in order to fight to become Sir Alan´s apprentice. The contestants consist of 8 women and 8 men. They must live in a lovely house together that Sir Alan has for them. They must work together but at the same time, prove themselves better than everyone else. However, Sir Alan is the one who makes the decisions.

                            It is a really interesting show to watch. There are always fights between the contestants when it comes to the board room and one of them is going to get fired. It can be quite brutal sometimes and Sir Alan has a great personality and I love the way he thinks and acts.

                            Tasks can range from taking photographs in a Bluewaters shopping centre and selling the photos printed out and on mugs, keyrings and all the rest to delivering laundry service to as many people as possible to get the most profit. Sir Alan Sugar himself started out from scratch, so he likes setting some tasks as it is what he had to do himself many years ago. Now, he is a multi-millionaire having been the Chairmen of Tottenham and the owner of Amstrad - the computer company.

                            It is a very interesting show to watch and I would recommend it!

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                            • Apple iPod touch 16 GB / MP3 Player / 25 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                              A great little gadget that can do many things with its touch screen and built in wifi

                              Quite recently, I bought an iPod touch from amazon.co.uk with a gift voucher and some money of my own. It cost me £245.99 for the upgraded version, which means there are more applications to make use of. It really is a fine gadget that was well-worth buying. You can do so much on it and it is very small to easily fit in your pocket. I decided to get the 16GB version so I can hold plenty of songs on top of videos, photos and all the rest!

                              It is very fun to use and easy too. Although there are no instruction manuals that come with the iPod touch, you can figure it out for yourself. When using the iPod touch, it is quite self-explanatory as you can see all the different options in the menus and you simply tap around to progress through the menus.

                              The applications that are on the iPod touch are very useful. Some of the features make it even nicer to use such as the sense of gravity in the gadget. If you turn your iPod touch on one side, it will recognize this and flip the screen appropriately. Sometimes, the visuals change when you do this so you can flick through your album artwork instead of going through a list of songs. You can do this when using the Safari web browser too, as some internet pages are easier displayed in the widescreen mode.

                              Safari is a the official web browser made by Apple. It is very quick, simple and easy to use. You can visit any site but flash does not work on the iPod touch to this date. However, you can use the application of Youtube to watch Youtube videos on your very own iPod! You watch them in widescreen and can surf Youtube looking for videos as well as viewing the featured videos and top 10s, which is useful too. There is also a calculator, which can do simple sums, which I have made use of in the supermarket.

                              There are detailed settings that you can view and change to your liking. Also, there is a Clock section that features much more than previous iPods. You can set an alarm that can actually be heard without earphones from the in built speaker. However, you cannot do this with music or videos - only the alarm clock. You can add cities from searching so you can see the live time when out and about. You can do a similar thing with the Weather application. This one is only available with the upgraded version. You can add cities and check up on the latest weather, supported by Yahoo. It seems to be extremely accurate and useful to use if you are wondering what to wear the next day for example.

                              Another new application on the updated version is Maps. This is identical to Google Maps and you can plan your very own route. You can view the map in satellite, hybrid or just viewing the road names. It plans your route with internet connection nearby (wirelessly) and the good thing is, you can get in the car and still use it without internet. It saves each turning point so you can see on the map where you turn. As well as this, there are detailed directions that tell you where to go. When you reach a checkpoint, you press the arrow and move on. You can also use Stocks, which isn´t very useful for everyone but still works well. Last but not least is the Mail application. This can be assigned to several mail account such as Google Mail, Yahoo Mail and AOL. You can view your mail on this special application from the main menu or the desktop if you like. You can even check your mail without wireless connection as it will load the old ones previously loaded, however it cannot load new ones without a wireless internet connection nearby.

                              You can even visit the iTunes store on your iPod! You can search and listen to a 30 second preview of any song on the iTunes store and believe me - they pretty much have every song you can think of! You can also link your iTunes account to here and directly download music and videos to your iPod after purchasing them, which is great to do whilst you are out on about. If you need to leave yourself a note, then you can use the Notes application on the main menu to type a note. The keyboard is easy to use and you get used to it after a while. I find that tapping at where I think is a little to the left of the letters, manages to hit them directly.

                              Many places out and about have wireless connections, so you can pretty much do anything you want with the iPod wherever you are. The sound quality is great and the widescreen is ideal for movies. You can watch them on the train to work, the bus or even a plane journey. It really feels great to use too. The way you can just slide your finger across the screen to flick through photos, music and more is fantastic. You can also use a pinching motion to zoom in and out on pictures and internet pages as well as double tapping to do similar things. It is very easy and quick to use, and the touch screen is pure pleasure - not a hassle at all.

                              The design is very good too. It looks great with a black surrounding of the screen, which brings out the beauty of the widescreen. It has a shiny back, which can be used as a mirror. The only problem with the iPod is that finger prints easily make the screen look dirty and the back look terrible. The back is a kind of metal and can easily get scratched, but i protect mine with a good case made by Belkin that can also be bought on amazon. The touch screen however is very well made. You cannot scratch it with keys or anything in your pocket. It can only get finger prints on it, and these can be wiped with the soft cloth that comes with the iPod. As well as this, you get a charger, earphones and a doc for the iPod to rest on whilst charging on a desk. There is also a quick start guide for the applications new to the iPod.

                              Overall, it is an excellent gadget and well-worth buying if you are into your music and videos. It has loads of potential for future updates that may even include flash for the internet, which would give access to many more possibilities. It looks fantastic and feels great to use. It is very easy to use once switched on. It does take around 10 seconds to switch on, which can be seen as a pain but in reality isn´t all that bad.

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                              • General / Discussion / 61 Readings / 55 Ratings
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                                The day began like any other; an ordinary day at school. Later that day, I entered my next lesson to be faced with a difficult task. Each and every student was asked to write on a piece of paper what they thought were the Seven Wonders of the World. As the teacher instructed us to begin thinking, my mind was confused and I didn't know what to write. As the teacher approached me after seeing I hadn't finished my list, she asked me 'Are you having trouble with your list?'
                                I looked up, deep into her eyes and replied 'Yes a little. I can't quite make up my mind because there are so many'.
                                The teacher understood my feelings and said 'Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help'. She walked with me to the front of the class and my hands began to shake. After a slight hesitation, I began to speak.
                                'I think the Seven Wonders of the World are...'

                                To see - the ability to observe tropical fish, unique animals and famous landmarks. Throughout my life, I have travelled across the world only to set my eyes on the most fabulous sights that one may ever see. Enormous craters that reach miles beneath the earth's surface, waterfalls that come gushing down from extreme heights and buildings that reach high into the skies above us - just a few of the many sights to perceive in life. Distant places bring us sights of vibrant tropical creatures, contrasting with the close proximity of our family and friends - the ones who love us.

                                To hear - the ability to perceive sound in all its forms from the strident crash of thunder to the beautiful resonance of a skilful singer. I have been to countless concerts, at which I have the gift to listen to lovely music created by the talent of those with a desire to perform. The day slowly approaches when I will hear the first cry of my own baby. I hear anger and happiness from the voices around me, nevertheless I am ever so grateful for my ability to hear.

                                To touch - the ability to hug your friends and family and gently touch the lips of the one you love. Those cute fluffy cats and dogs are there for a reason, and want to be hugged and loved. From the soft feel of your pet dog to the uneven texture of the walls around you - the gift to touch is one that we must not take for granted. There are tempting times when you want nothing more than to dip your hand in the tank at the zoo and touch the fishes that swim by. There are those times when you are sad, scared, and want nothing more than to keep your hands to yourself.

                                To taste - the ability to indulge yourself in delectable delicacies. Flavours from across the world can fill your mouth with sensation, as your tongue picks up each and every flavour. There are oriental dishes, full of herbs and spices that fuse together to bring thrilling tastes to your sense. Then we have your mum's very own roast dinner, which seems to taste improved every time she makes it. There is also that confectionary chocolate bar that you love, which brings pleasure following your mouth-watering sensation.

                                To feel - the ability to wrap your arms around the newly born and feel happiness. Both physically and emotionally, the gift to feel is a great one. From the pain we feel when a loved one has departed this world, to the pain we feel when we trip up and fall down. We also feel happiness at the best times, when we receive the pleasing news that we have long-awaited.

                                To laugh - whether we be laughing at an original joke or crying with laughter. Laughter brings joy amongst people and is one of the most common ways that we will communicate amongst our friends - by bringing laughter into everyday conversations. This gift is a unique one and taken for granted, however it is very common in modern day conversations. I laugh at my friend's jokes, as do I laugh when people make hilarious comments or provide humour out of their actions.

                                To Love - The special person that gives us utmost comfort and security, that you wish to spend the rest of your life with them. Love is a very powerful gift that you receive, and you need to give it with caution. At one stage in our life, we will all meet that individual, when at first sight, love was imminent. The loving of family and friends is important in life and love will take us through the toughest times. The ultimate love will come when marriage is upon oneself, for they have found someone very special who would give anything to be with them.

                                And so I finished speaking, and a tear left my eye. I was given the gift to be here today on this wonderful earth. Life is full of ups and downs, but we must live life to the full and not miss an opportunity worth taking. We have all been given the gift of life - the greatest gift that anyone could ever receive. I held my list by my side and walked back to my seat, and a smile filled my face with contentment.

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                                  29.03.2008 20:34
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                                  A very nutritional option for breakfast but time consuming to make!

                                  In 1957, this brand of porridge originally launched as instant porridge. In 1969, it launched as a hot cereal. In June 1990, the Weetabix company purchased the brand and they have sold it ever since. It is best served warm as I cannot express how vile it would be if served cold! There are actually three types of Ready Brek being the original flavour, the chocolate one and also a 'seriously oaty' flavour. I used to hate this as a child but over years I have become to love it. It has quite a unique flavour despite looking so sickening and it is lovely on a cold winter's day. It is also very good for you and contains many nutritional benefits for your body.

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                                  Appearance
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                                  The box itself is available in a variety of sizes: 250g, 500g and 750g. Don't confuse them with the sachets, which come in a 150g box as these are different! Instead, they come in one large packet, which is soft plastic and easily opened. There is one problem with this though, which is the mess it can cause when pouring out the oats. The box itself has the Ready Brek logo contained within a white surrounding that gives it a somewhat godly appearance like it's a halo. The rest of the box is orange/yellow/blue and very simple. It isn't crammed full of stuff at all, but simply highlights the benefits and main points about the product. Some of the newer boxes show a boy and girl in white shirts and blue bottoms running through a field of crops, where the oats would have originated from. This cereal is mostly consumed by younger children and students as it is ideal for them. The front of the newer box states the following about this product:

                                  * Finely milled porridge oats
                                  * Rich in calcium
                                  * No added sugar or salt
                                  * Fortified with vitamins and minerals

                                  Sounds good right? It definitely is as it contains a load of healthy ingredients, making it great for children and older people too! Weetabix also state that Ready Brek gives a slow release of energy, which is efficient in keeping the little ones full until lunchtime! As with all the nutritional ingredients, the appearance brings back the idea that this is a good choice for children's breakfast.

                                  By this, I mean the porridge is very easy to swallow and doesn't even require teeth! It has a texture similar to baby food really. It has an off-white creamy colour with a hint of light yellow. Yes, it does look rather sickly (literally), but don't be put off! Once I indulged myself in the porridge, my mind was thinking differently already. Depending on how much milk you do use with the oats, you can create a consistency you like - I like mine lumpy! The normal consistency is smooth but not too lumpy or runny. The oats themselves look pretty white when in the box but there are hints of darker, brown bits, which are full of goodness!

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                                  Making Your Porridge
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                                  You can either microwave your porridge or do it the old fashioned way on the hob. I prefer the hob to heat the milk as I have always had problems when boiling or heating anything aqueous or liquid in the microwave! There are good guidelines on the side of the packet saying how much porridge to pour for a proportional amount of milk. However, I say you should just boil however much you want to get the consistency you like.

                                  First thing's first - pouring the porridge. This is where my problem comes in. When pouring the porridge out the packet into a bowl, it runs pretty smoothly but when I put the box down upright on the surface again... *POOF* and the oats fly out the top! Because they are so light, the simple force of putting the box down makes some oats fly out the top, which is really annoying. It can be prevented by placing the box down carefully rather than slamming it down or you may find your oats all over the floor!

                                  Ok, so you have poured your porridge. Heat up enough milk (sometimes it's a good idea to measure some in a bowl first - the excess can be drunk anyway). I do mine on the hob and it doesn't take long but you shouldn't boil the milk - just bring it UP TO THE BOIL. Add it to your porridge but not too much as once it's in; you can't get it out without the oats coming out as well! Ease in the milk until you have the amount you want for your favourite consistency. To flavour mine as its pretty plain, I like to add some sweetener to it such as Canderell or even some honey or jam!

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                                  Taste
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                                  This is the bit that isn't so nice. I don't mind the original taste without flavouring it, but I used to detest it! It tastes quite plain and oaty - pretty much like a bunch of oats in some milk really. It's a plain and off-putting taste, but you have to just think of the goodness in there! I love to flavour mine with some Candarell (sweetening granules like sugar) and you can use sugar itself but its bad for you. You can also use honey, which is pretty nice but too much makes it sickly. Jam is a lovely option as it brings great flavour to the porridge. The texture is quite smooth but there is always the odd lump unless you have stirred it very well. The smell is pretty bland too and just smells of warm milk with oats.

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                                  Nutritional Information
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                                  Nutrition (per 30g serving):

                                  Energy: 455kj / 108kcal
                                  Protein: 3.5g
                                  Carbohydrate: 17.6g
                                  Fat: 2.6g
                                  Fibre: 2.4g

                                  VITAMINS:

                                  Pantothenic Acid (B5): 1.5mg
                                  Thiamin (B1): 0.46mg
                                  Niacin: 4.6mg
                                  Vitamin B6: 0.5mg
                                  Riboflavin (B2): 0.4mg
                                  Folic Acid: 51 micrograms
                                  Vitamin B12: 0.3 micrograms

                                  MINERALS:

                                  Iron: 3.6mg
                                  Calcium: 400mg

                                  Some of the nutritional vitamins are of such tiny quantities, that they are rather insignificant however they are very good for you at the same time. The nutrition of this porridge is aimed at giving a steady release of energy and keeping you full up until lunchtime. It is very warming to have on a winter's day.

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                                  Ingredients
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                                  Wholegrain Rolled Oats (60%), Wholegrain Oat Flour, Calcium, Niacin, Iron, Pantothenic Acid (B5), Vitamin B6, Riboflavin (B2), Thiamin (B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin B12.

                                  Nuts: NO
                                  Lactose: NO
                                  Egg: NO
                                  Sesame seed and oil: NO

                                  Suitable for vegetarians
                                  NOT suitable for vegans
                                  NOT kosher

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                                  Price
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                                  These prices are guidelines but may differ from place to place:

                                  250g: £1.79
                                  500g: £2.49
                                  750g: £3.19

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                                  Conclusion
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                                  Ready Brek is a very healthy option for breakfast. It is lovely to have on a winter's day as it is warming and comforting. The taste isn't excellent but can be helped with the use of some sugar, honey or jam. Raisons are also a good ingredient to add to the porridge. They are full of goodness and really do keep you going until lunchtime. The prices aren't that cheap but most cereals are just as expensive. It can be rather time consuming to make, which is a draw back for those rushed mornings; however it is well-worth it for the pleasure of eating it! Try it out and see if you like it, or try it on the kids!

                                  Thanks for reading,

                                  - Recon -

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