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      06.08.2011 15:32
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      Good for mixing but not on its own.

      I originally put in a review suggestion for Tesco Value lemonade. However that got rejected on the grounds that this product (above) is similar.
      Similar yes. In the way that I as a human, am similar to Brad Pitt. Both are lemonade but one is definitely the 'value range'
      So, this review isn't for the product above, but for the VALUE version in Tesco.

      The price is currently 18p for 2 litres. Yes that's a lot of liquid for your cash, but as with most things in life, there's a reason for that. As a stand alone drink it's really not that nice and its relationship to real lemons is what could be described as 'distant'. I would describe the flavour as vaguely reminiscent of lemons but with a distinctly chemical hint to it. There's no real depth to the flavour which would lead me to describe the it as 'hollow'.
      The way round this is to boost this is to add to it and this is where I think the drink's strengths lie. Don't bother using it on it's own - or maybe give it to children who know no different. Use it as a mixer or to give bubbles to sometihng else. Mix it with ribena for example - whack in some ice and maybe a sprig of mint and you have a nice drink. Perhaps use it in Pimms, thought you may be a purist and need a full-sugar version for that. Something I've been using it for is at parties. Let's face it, people don't really care what mixers go in their drinks at a rowdy party and so this VALUE lemonade is brilliant. There's no point spending plenty of cash on decent lemonade for mixers when it's only going to be mixed with cheap vodka and other stuff that's been lurking in the back of the cupboard.

      Overall. Don't buy it to drink on its own, it's not good. But if you have children who know no different or there's a party coming up, at 18p you can't go wrong.

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      • Goodmans GDB6 / Set Top Box / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        06.08.2011 15:01
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        Cheap and fairly solid, but there are other, better options out there.

        This is a model that is no longer produced but as they are still in operation and being sold second hand, I thought I'd type a few words about my experiences.

        I moved into a new flat, not wanting to shell out for Sky or cable tv but also wanting to have more than the standard five analogue channels. So the option was to buy a freeview set top box as my tv at the time was a rather elderly CRT type without the fancy inbult freeview tuner.

        I knew I was trying to be frugal so I knew I didn't want a totally all signing all dancing model. I didn't need recording facilities etc. And I wasn't all that precious about massively crystal clear picture quality and all that. Just so long as it worked and got freeview. I bought mine for approximately £25 at the time (maybe 4 years ago), which wasn't the cheapest but I did decide there was a line to be drawn. Sometimes buying cheap is buying twice.

        Upon opening the box and taking out the contents you'll notice that it's got all you'll need. So no extra shopping trips to get batteries for the remote control or a scart lead. It also comes with the rf cable (co-ax) required to get your aerial signal from your roof to the box.
        To look at it's fairly non-descript, which is good as I didn't want anything flashy. From above it's about the size of an A4 sheet of paper and silver. It sits about 2 inches tall and nestled happily just below my tv. Across the front of the device you won't find very much at all. Simply a central led light telling you when it's on standby (red) and when it's on (green).

        So, to the set-up. Really, nothing could be much easier. Simply plug the machine into the mains and connect it to the tv using the supplied scart cable and also the aforementioned co-ax cable needs to connect your aerial input (usually in the corner of the room next to the tv) to the set-top box. Now, you're good to go.

        As you're now getting a digital signal rather than analogue, unless your tv automatically senses this new input you'll more than likely have to find the appropriate 'source'. Your tv remote will have a button on it saying 'source' or 'av'. Push it until you get the appropriate channel. Now simply locate the 'menu' button on the remote control and it will give you a list of options. Find 'first-time installation' and it will go through all the channels it can find (at the last count including radio stations and whatnot, there's over 100 on freeview). It will depend on how good your signal strength is but I know my local signal is atrocious, but it still managed to pick up all channels. So I know the tuner is sensitive, which is great in such a cheap model.

        As I said, this model is cheap. Not the cheapest, but one shouldn't be hoping for anything too special in the features department. The remote control itself is small and basic with rubber buttons and aside from the buttons you'd normally be expecting to find on a remote (numbers, volume, programme up and down etc), you also get a 'subtitle' button which fairly obviously turns on subtitles, should the programme you're watching support that. It also has a 'back' button, which I took to assume was the advertised 'previous channel' function - however either I was using it wrongly or it just didn't work.

        The EPG (electronic programme guide) is ok, but not great. It does the basics is the best thing to say. I did however use the 'reminder' feature fairly often - find sometihng a few hours ahead you want to watch, press 'reminder' and it will turn over to that channel at the appropriate time. However don't try and be clever and set up some reminders for a few days hence, it won't work. Yes you can use the 7-day EPG to see what's on during the week, and yes it will allow you to set a reminder for that episode of Poirot you wanted to catch - but for whatever reason it forgets them. It may be over night or when you put the box into standby - either way, those reminders don't remain.

        Another gripe and one which used to wind me up no end (however clearly not enough to bin it as I used this box for a good 3 years) is the fact that every so often the sound drops out for a second. Personally I wouldn't have said that would be that much of an issue, but seriously, it happens with surprising regularity when you least want it (or perhaps you only notice it when it happens at the worst moment). I lost track of the number of times I turned the air blue after the sound dropped out just as the punchline of a joke was being delivered. The frequency at which this happened changed but I'd say it probably happened once an hour on average. So yes, that's negative point against the box.

        One more negative issue (although one which is less of an irritation and easier to fix than the last one) is that the sound will lag after a while. If you've been watching the same channel for a bit (and I mean several hours), gradually the sound will lag behind the picture. However, this is easily remedied by flicking the channel up and back down again and it's all reset.

        Over all, it served me well. It was cheap and had a better freeview tuner than my current all singing all dancing tv does. Aside from the sound dropping out, causing me to swear at the tv occasionally, I liked this little box.
        Recommended? Yes if it's for a back room or bedroom perhaps, and it's free or very cheap. But other than that, no. There are plenty of other options out there nowadays.

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        24.07.2011 00:06
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        Great drink, good value for money compared to leading competition

        Let's face it Red Bull is expensive stuff. So when there's an opportunity to get a very similar product for much less than half the price, you take it, right? Well I do.

        Now retailing at just over £1 for a litre bottle it represents very good value indeed.
        I don't drink a lot of coffee because I don't particularly enjoy the flavour of it. I do however enjoy/require the effects of caffeine. This drink goes better than coffee because it also contains a decent dump of sugar in too! Red Bull contains marginally more caffeine per hundred ml but I would doubt you'd notice. My bottom line is that it pure and simple works. I do feel energised and frankly ready to go by the time I hit work and that's why I drank the drink in the first place.

        I do have friends who claim to be able to recognise 'fake' Red Bull from the real thing. Now while I don't doubt their ability to do so while drinking it 'neat'. I do think you'd be able to get away with it if it was used as a mixer, particularly with stronger flavoured spirits. Its taste is reminiscent of Red Bull but I will admit to it not being 'quite there'. That said, you can pay £1.30 for a 250ml can of the 'real' stuff, or just over £1 for a litre of the Tesco variety. It's up to you to. To me, Red Bull is simply not four times better than this drink.

        As with every other caffeine and sugar laden energy drink, moderation is key. I did go a bit overboard one morning and spent half an hour waiting until my heart had calmed down. Let that be a lesson.

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        23.07.2011 23:30
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        Was ok to try it, but won't be troubling the leading flavours.

        I've long been a fan of the Crusha milkshakes. In my opinion you really can't beat the old favourites - strawberry, banana etc. However I'm open to new avenues of adventure and so when I saw this flavour on offer at the local supermarket, I decided to give it a shot.

        Now, when new flavours bounce onto the market we have to ask ourselves why they weren't there in the line up in the first place. Moreover why don't we really see much mixing of any citrus with milk. Sure there are a few exceptions but by and large milk takes a detour around the citrus family.

        The bottle I purchased was smaller than the one illustrated above, so I wouldn't have so much to plough through if I decided it wasn't all that good.
        Crusha works in the same way that a normal dilute juice does. That is to say, you add a small amount to a glass then add your chosen milk. So you pour your lime crusha into the glass and wow is it green. But this obviously dies down to a light 'mint' green (or however Dulux would put it) once you add your milk. Make sure the milk is damn cold, damn damn cold. Don't argue, just do so.

        The taste. Well, if 'whelmed' isn't a word then it should be. I was neither over nor under-whelmed. I was a little disappointed to be honest. I'm not sure what I was expecting to be honest or whether I was ever going to like it. But frankly it wasn't so awful I wanted to throw it away, nor was it so good that I wanted another glass of it afterwards. I suppose I'm leaning towards being underwhelmed by the experience.
        There was a lime taste and there was the sweetness from the sheer amount of sugar in this stuff, but it just didn't seem right.
        Individuals can add as much or as little crusha as they like so obviously the 'tang' of the lime will be different for different folks.

        Bottom line is that I just don't think I'm a fan of lime milkshake.
        This flavour milkshake was a limited edition, and currently isn't on offer at the moment. However these things usually come in cycles and will almost certainly make another appearance in the future, whereupon I will probably buy another bottle to figure out if I like it or not.

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        • Philips SHE9501 / Headphones / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          23.07.2011 18:33
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          A great deal for under a tenner

          From the start I shall state that I am no music technician, so this review is very much one for the 'average' person. There's a place for detailed examinations of bass and treble and whatnot, and with these currently retailing at approximately £8.30 online, this isn't it.

          These earphones have been around a few years now and that is reflected in the really rather low price.
          Ever since I can remember I've had problems getting earphones to fit properly. Some would fall out with very little provocation, meaning I had to screw then into my ear canal in order to get them to stay put. This was uncomfortable. Even if I did find some that vaguely fitted, comfort would again be a problem the longer they were used at a time.
          These however are fantastic from a comfort point of view. I had been using previous earphones while at the gym and they eventually rubbed and became uncomfortable so I wondered if these earbuds would help the problem. They really did!
          The earphones come with three different sizes of rubber caps to best fit your lug-hole. Predictably I fitted mine with the biggest (which is probably suggestive of why others wouldn't fit) and they fit wonderfully. At the gym they fit snugly enough so they don't get pulled out easily. What's more is that after an hour or so of sweaty, red faced gym buffoonery they still haven't rubbed or become painful.

          The sound is everything you'd want from an earphone, certainly one in this (under a tenner) price bracket. I listen to a wide and eclectic variety of music through mine and I'm more than happy with its range. Both bass and treble are more than adequately represented - besides if you're that into how good your music sounds, you buy far more expensive, larger headphones and you don't do it while you wonder whether Trevor from accounts should wear longer shorts if you've agreed to be gym buddies.

          The product comes in that sort of hard plastic packaging that is virtually impossible to open, fortunately I had my plasma cutter to hand so I was in! For your £8.30 (current price) you get the earphones themselves with the medium sized caps already fitted. The cable is asymmetric, meaning one earphone cord is longer than the other. The point of this is that you loop the one going to your right ear'ole, around the back of your neck - this means you don't have the dangly cord in front you, or at least not dangling under your chin. I do like this but (again) at the gym I've found that the cable can get a little stuck to a sweaty neck (sorry bit much), this results in the right phone being pulled on. But maybe that's just me.
          The jack itself is your standard size and will plug into whatever has the 3.5mm size aperture, it also is apparently 24k gold plated, I'm not sure whether that makes much difference to anything but just thought I'd say. A nice touch is that the package includes an extension cable (1.2m), not sure why I'd use it, but I like that it's there.
          As mentioned before, there's the choice of rubber caps to fit all sizes ear holes. Then there's a solid plastic case to keep them all nice and clean while you're not using them, plus it helps keep the wires from tangling. Finally there's a little grey pouch to keep it all in. To be honest I've found myself not bothering with the plastic case.

          Now the caveats. I have only been on the receiving end of these phones, so I'm not sure how they rate on sound leakage, nobody has complained yet however so I can draw something from that. I have also heard some accounts of the tiny speakers being a little delicate and giving up after a bit. I, however have yet to have any problems. I will of course update as necessary, as I have only been using these a relatively small amount.

          I've kept mentioning the price for a good reason. For what they are, I believe these phones to be a good deal. That said I have looked around and the prices do seem to vary rather wildly.

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          23.07.2011 15:08
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          Good card but only use if you can afford to.

          Ok so the title is a little simplistic, but essentially that's what using the card results in.

          Go to the American Express website and apply for the this credit card. You'll be asked all the same sorts of questions that other credit card issuers ask. However as some of you may be aware American Express are a little less free and easy about giving cards out than the other major players seem to be. And as such you may need a fairly good credit rating before they accept you. If your rating isn't up to their standards (or you don't earn quite as much as they'd like) then they may offer you a card with a reduced credit limit, £700 for example. However, pay this off at regular intervals and even a small credit limit shouldn't be too much of an issue.

          Ok, the benefits. Amex will give you 1 British Airways airmile per £1 spent. These 'airmiles' go to your BA executive club account (don't worry that's free to join too) and you'll steadily amass points as the months progress.

          I must stress that you should only be using this card if you can pay off the full balance. If you allow late payments and interest to kick in, it defeats the object of 'getting something for nothing'. This is not a card that carries months of 0% interest on purchases or balance transfers - so don't prat about with it. Use it, get the points, then pay it off as soon as possible.

          If you use it instead of your debit card for purchases and whatnot then you perhaps might get 800 points a month. Multiply that by 12 and you have nearly 10,000 points in a year. That's just an example, you will be able to amass more by spending more. As a slight aside you can add to these points by actually flying with BA, plus you can purchase more miles to take you to the next level. To give you some idea of the amount of points required - approximately 15000 will get you a return flight to Spain/Italy sort of distance (please see the BA website for more details). As an additional to that, I think you get an introductory bonus of a few thousand points to get you on your way.
          I will say however that after a bit of research that you may want to save up your points for a long haul flight or maybe an upgrade option. The reason being that the free flights you get thanks to amassing the points don't include taxes and surcharges etc. So, once you've taken those into account, you may be able to pick up a cheap budget flight from an airport that's more local to you, for cheaper than your free BA one. Personally I'm saving mine up for a long haul trip.

          Ok those are the extra benefits out of the way. What about the card itself? Shallow stuff out of the way first, it looks great. Striking blue with the famous British Airways logo at the top.
          Using it isn't always trouble free. The issue is that not all establishments accept American Express so it can be frustrating when paying for a decent size purchase (and gaining the points obviously) to be told that they don't take the card. Most places do however so as problems go it's not immense. Having said that, I tried paying my electricity bill lately and they wouldn't accept it either - so it's not just small shops who don't like American Express.

          Customer service, as you'd expect from a company based in America, is excellent.
          I have had emails replied to efficiently and quickly. I have had to phone them on a couple of occasions and every time I have been helped, they've explained situations clearly and resolved the situation quickly. What's more is that they have UK based call centres. They seem to be placed in various areas of the country and it's pot luck which one you get through to. I'm in Leeds so thought they were regional when I called and got through to 'Asif in Leeds' - however the second time I called I got 'Simon in Brighton'.
          Overall very good customer service. Oh and as an addendum - I don't have a landline so don't like being forced to call the 0800/0870/0845 numbers which banks and whatnot seem to prefer you use. Turn the card over and you'll see a number (a normal landline type number) for oversees callers to use. Use that and it gets you through to the same people at a fraction of the cost (that's if you're using a mobile to call in). This works for other companies too.

          Online presence isn't quite as good. It's not awful but I would expect it to be better for a company of this magnitude. Yes it shows what you spent and where but it just doesn't seem to update that quickly. Yes you could say it's the weekend or some other reason, however my other online banks don't have that problem. Again, as problems go, it's not too bad, just irritating and a little frustrating. That said, if it really is an issue for you, you can just call them up and maybe get through to 'Barry in Solihull' who will tell you everything you need to know.

          And as this is the end of the review I'll finish by saying again - IF YOU USE THIS CARD FOR THE BENEFITS, MAKE SURE YOU CAN PAY IT OFF AT THE END OF THE MONTH. Otherwise you'll be being fleeced in charges.

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            23.07.2011 14:11
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            Great little gadget to get rid of unwanted hair. Cheap and it works, can't ask for more.

            A few years ago my girlfriend of the time bought me a nose hair trimmer. However it was a cheap bit of tat which served better as an instrument of torture than as a gadget to improve one's personal hygiene. In hindsight, perhaps it was a none too subtle hint from the ex that the relationship wasn't going swimmingly. On the rare occasions I did rustle up the courage to use it, it would snag on the hairs, hurting lots. As Pavlovian conditioning goes, it worked wonders as I wouldn't even consider using or buying another nasal hair trimmer for years.
            However as the years progressed I realised my nose was producing more hair then a quick, haphazard trim once every so often could cope with. For too long I had battled with the nail scissors. No longer did I want to run the gauntlet of potentially impaling my delicate nostrils upon them; so I looked through the options on a well known online site and found this, the Remington NE3350 Angled Hygienic Trimmer.
            The price was right, very right. I was actually rather surprised how cheap it was. Just £8.17 will get you this little wonder - plus it comes with batteries! And with free delivery (currently), it becomes an even better buy.
            Ok so the price is good, but it's only good if the thing actually works. And I'm happy to report that it does! Very well indeed - certainly for £8. But let's start from the top.
            It comes in a box a bit less than A5 size so you think you're getting something substantial - but fear not, it's not some unwieldy monster. Dismantle the interior cardboard packaging and what you have is the machine itself, some batteries and a few accessories. These accessories are for those of us who are more afflicted by unwanted facial hair than others. Got hairy ears or eyebrows Denis Healy would have been proud of? Then these 'add-ons' are for you.
            Anyway, the machine itself is a simple, sleek design with a nicely sturdy feel which is comforting for something that cost the thin end of £8. The business end takes the form of a rotary cutter and the aforementioned accessories slot onto the top of it. I have to admit to not using the eyebrow tamers but I have clicked them into place onto the machine and in that way I see no issues with them. The photo of the product shows it with the accessories attached, the 'angled' part is removed for nasal operation.
            Operating the machine couldn't be easier. The body is in two parts and twists both ways. Twist the bottom to the left and it pulls apart revealing the battery compartment. Fill it with the (included) batteries and you're good to go. You can now twist the base to the right to get it buzzing! And that's how simple it is. On/off/open. Great. The only minor gripe about this is that you can easily turn the base the wrong way without thinking. However this is little more than me trying to find issue, as this really doesn't result in anything other than you immediately turning it the correct way. Costing you all of about 1 second in wasted time.
            Operationally it's great. Put the thing into your offending (offensive?) nostrils and you'll hear the reassuring noise of it cutting something. You may need to delve and poke in order to get the trickier hairs but again, is that really too much to do? The results are wonderful for the time spent and risk avoided. A quick 30 second blitz will clear everything you needed to be cleared and you will no longer upset people with your nasal abomination.
            Want more? Sure you do. This thing can apparently be used in the shower! I have to say I haven't done this yet so can't report back. But I have rinsed it under the tap a few times after usage and I have had no ill effects whatsoever. A point linked to that is that I have heard reports of the cutting end getting jammed if not cleaned. A decent rule of thumb seems to be to avoid it getting gunked up with general nasal junk, rinse after each use. It's what I've done and I've experienced neither clogging nor electrocution.
            Battery usage seems to be absolutely fine. I bought mine 5 months ago and I'm still using the batteries Remington supplied. It's the sort of gadget you don't use for hours at a time. So unless you're afflicted with incredibly fast growing nasal hair, you can expect the battery life to be very good.
            Would I recommend to others? Damn right I would. Cheap, easy to work, does the job, reliable - what's not to like?

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            16.07.2011 10:05
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            A great bar taken before its time

            As far as the KitKat brand goes, I've always been a fan of 'keeping it simple'. My favourite is the 4 finger classic - or it was.
            It was an exciting day when I decided to try a normal chunky KitKat so you can imagine the trepidation that was around when I set eyes upon the peanut butter chunky version!

            To its credit the USA has many types of treat which combine chocolate and peanut butter. We on this side of the Atlantic are not quite so lucky. So when ones comes around, it is my opinion that it should be grasped firmly with both hands (just not for too long as they'll melt).
            The pack was a yellow colour with the familiar 'KitKat' branding on the front but the special part was what was inside. To look at it's nothing special, it could pass as its 'down-at-heel' original KitKat brother - it is however when you allow it to travel across your taste buds that the difference becomes very evident. Those of you who, like me, love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter will already be salivating at the thought. For those who you who haven't sampled this combination yet - it's the sweetness of the chocolate, mixed with the saltiness of the peanut butter and then the crunch of the wafer that has led to this chocolate bar holding such high esteem in the minds of chocoholics. The next decision to make is whether to let it chill and harden in the fridge prior to consumption - I do but plenty say the perfect flavour comes when the product is at room temperature. As ever it's a texture/flavour trade off - although in my estimation you're not losing a whole heap of flavour by chilling it.

            Now, to the sad news. You'll notice I have been mentioning the product in the past tense. That is because (at least in the UK) it is no more. It was discontinued sometime in 2009 to the howls and wails of many people. The bar had amassed a small but loyal following due to the fact it was delicious and that there was no competition.
            I actually emailed Nestle to get an answer as to what was going to happen to my favourite treat. They replied - alas it wasn't a temporary withdrawal, furthermore they gave me an explanation. Apparently the peanut butter KitKat was relatively expensive to produce, this combined with what I can only assume was sluggish sales (due to the narrow minded UK chocolate bar buyers) resulted in them removing the bar from our shelves. To add to the injury, they insulted us with the caramel KitKat.

            I was distraught, you should be too. If we all stand up and be counted, make a noise, let Nestle know the error of their ways and maybe, just maybe they'll rethink their sad decision.

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            • Dr Pepper / Soft Drink / 10 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              A great fizzy drink and a nice alternative to the competition

              Ok so Mr and Mrs Pepper were delighted when their son in the military burst onto the scene in the late 1960's with his lonely hearts club band - we did indeed enjoy the show. However his fame was fleeting as some no-marks called The Beatles stole his thunder. All the while their other son, the medic was hatching a plan to ensure the family name would live on in the form of an oddly flavoured fizzy beverage.
              Ok so my time-lines may have got a little skewed but the fact still remains - Dr Pepper's beverage is indeed oddly flavoured.
              The livery has changed relatively little over the years, a deep rich red with the words 'Dr Pepper' in white cutting through the richness.
              It's in the same price bracket as the leading colas and the product inside is the same colour of a cola but as soon as you 'pfffft' open the bottle or can and get a whiff of the rising sweet, fruity vapour - you know it's not a cola.
              So, the taste. Clearly it's something that has puzzled many. A look on the back shows that apparently it is 'fruit flavoured'. No-one really knows which fruits are involved, nor their required quantities. That said the result is a fizzy (not sparkling) drink who some have stated tastes a bit like our very own Dandelion and Burdock but I'm not so sure. It's less of a flowery nasal taste than that, but I do find it a more complex taste than 'full-fat' Coca-Cola. I've come to the shaky decision that I think it may be verging on an almond type flavour and if you like a Bakewell tart then you'll enjoy the almond hint of this drink.
              Obviously this is the 'full-fat' version of the drink and as such be prepared for a boat load of sugar to be contained in each glassful - although as long as moderation is in your vocabulary, an occasional can of pop won't be a problem. Moderation should also be important if you're keeping a check on your caffeine intake. This is stuff has more caffeine in it than Coke does! A wolf in sheeps clothing to be sure - so don't go drinking pints of this just before bedtime. That said, it doesn't come close to the levels of stimulants in the true 'energy' drinks, so also don't expect it to energise you like they do.
              As with all fizzy drinks it's best drunk ice cold over plenty of ice. Wonderfully fruity? Almondy? Who knows? Just tasty and refreshing. Go out and try it!

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                07.07.2011 04:54
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                Cheap but you do need to add to it

                I'm a fan of giving the value range of most products at least a shot before I decide to dismiss them as cheap tat. Some things pass the test (peanut and cashew nuts for two), somethings don't - I'm still on the fence with this curry sauce however.
                It's cheap as heck (I forget the current price as it seems to vary each week and by store - usually it's somewhere between 10p and 20p a tin) and will be sitting either with the beans and whatnot or in the 'ethnic' section of the supermarket and is dressed in the usual Tesco Value livery.
                The taste? Underwhelming. A look at the ingredients reveals a list of things you'd genuinely find in a bog standard curry sauce - although it seems it not very large quantities. The style of flavour of this curry sauce is quite a fruity one,it has sultanas in it and is in no way spicy. The flavour needs a considerable kick up the backside.
                I do have a tin of this on standby in the cupboard for if times really do get bad, so in that way I don't want to really slag it off. However to make it something you'll vaguely enjoy eating, you're going to have to add many things to it. I find myself adding cooked chicken (remember this is just a sauce), salt, a spoon or 2 of curry paste out of the fridge and anything else I can find in my cupboard - namely chilli to give it some sort of heat. Basically after adding all that, I do wonder why I didn't just buy one which had some real flavour to it in the first place.
                So yes, buy it by all means but you've really got to manage those expectations.

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              • Tesco Value Salted Peanuts / Snacks / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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                Recommended - cheap and taste the same

                You fancy a high protein, high salt snack. Nuts are the answer.
                But there are so many different types. At the moment and these times of enforced austerity it's necessary to look at the money one spends on items one doesn't really need. These Tesco Value peanut are wonderful in that respect - at about 30p a bag.
                Why are they so much cheaper than KP and the other cometition? Well basically it's down to how good looking thenuts are. The more expensive ones are whole and classic looking - the Elle MacPherson of the nut world if you will. These Value ones are the nuts who didn't make that particular grade. They're halves of nuts but get this - they taste the same! Sure they don't look as pleasing to the eye as other brands, but then who of us can honestly say they sprinkle peanuts into the palm of their hand and then examine the shape and form of each one? Not many people.
                They taste the same, crunch the same and make you as thirsty as every other salted peanuts out there - but they're 30p a bag! So I never choose anything else now.

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                07.07.2011 04:11

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                You get what you pay for

                You stroll down the household aisle of the local Tesco aiming to buy things you don't really want to, but hell you've got to it you want to avoid living in squalor. Bin bags - surely just something to put all those pizza boxes and left over kebab meat in right? Wrong, well sort of. Yes, they are just bags you buy to ultimately throw away, but there's loads of different types, Ones with flaps to tie, ones with ties to tie, ones with no ties, thicker ones, flimsy ones etc.
                These Tesco Value ones can consider themselves to be sitting firmly in the bracket of cheap, thin and flimsy. At 66p for 30 and around 2p a bag, you can't really complain. This 'you can't really complain' comment seems to be the mantra of anyone who buys their value range of anything.
                The they do manage to contain what you put in them but don't get carried away. Over fill, or just fill too much and as you're tieing it shut, the sides will split. Do watch out for corners too as they'll pop through the sides - so those pizza boxes are a nightmare.
                The remedy? Just double bag surely? Well that would negate the effect of buying the value range. You could have simply bought a more substanial bag in the first place.
                End of the day, its a bin bag and you get what you pay for.
                I use them now but realise after writing this that I'll probably not in the future.

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              • Yamaha DVD S 530 / DVD Player / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                06.07.2011 20:11
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                Ok but not recommended

                I bought this machine ages ago now, but I still use it so thought I'd at least make this page worthwhile rather than it sitting here redundant.

                To look at it's a nice thing. An elegant brushed silver slab with a single dvd drawer, plus a clear display and the requisite buttons (play, stop, eject etc) on the front.

                As far as playback is concerned it's more than fine. I will be honest and say I don't have a trained eye for things like that, or indeed the sound quality. I know however when something is bad, and neither the picture or sound can come under that heading in the slightest.

                You have all the buttons and gizmos you'd expect from a decent dvd player on the remote control. You can alter the speed at which you forward or rewind a film in increments. You can change the picture settings, subtitle settings etc etc. And the 'resume' feature I've found very handy on occasion. It basically remembers where you were on the DVD when you stopped it or turned it off - one press of the button and you're back where you were. So no having to remember the time you stopped it.

                Would I buy one again or recommend it? Frankly no.
                Firstly, while this wasn't a very expensive purchase, it wasn't cheap either. So I didn't like the fact that some DVDs seemed to 'catch' as they were playing. Like a 'tick-tick' sound as the DVD was being watched. Not all did it, but I didn't like that any did it.
                Secondly and more irritatingly it occasionally simply refused to play discs. Usually this could be remedied by a good clean of the dvd but even then you could sense that the machine was just itching to stop playing it and spit it out.
                I took mine back to get it repaired. I brought it back and practically nothing had changed. It's still a bit tricky today and still sometimes has a fit (usually at the 'menu' part of the dvd) and won't play it. This isn't with dodgy copied dvds that have been lying around. This can happen with brand new ones straight out of the box.
                That said, it hasn't resulted in me drop kicking it through the nearest window so perhaps the issue wasn't that bad. However for a non-budget range I still feel it unacceptable to have either of the above problems.

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              • Adidas Ghost Rider / Sports Shoes / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                06.07.2011 18:49
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                A good solid trainer, a bit bling, but not too much.

                Ok, so as I was slipping my trusty trainers on the other day I figured that they had somehow been missed off my 'favourite things I ought to review' list. So I filled in the suggestion box and even gave them a stock photo of the trainers - but for whatever reason they decided they didn't like that one and instead put up one of the first image that comes out of a search engine.
                Seemingly the photo is of the female version - I will be talking about the male version.

                I got these a few years ago and I'll be honest, they were a bit of a departure for me. As far as footwear goes I like stylish, nothing too in your face etc. But these just sat there, shining like a beacon atop the shelf in the shop. Totally bright white apart from the three stripes on the sides which aren't as obvious as the normal adidas three stripes - and the sole and cushioning of the trainer, which is black.

                I have to say that while the size on the shoe did say my size and the majority of the shoe fitted well straight from the start, I was a little wary of the heel end. It felt a bit tight at the time but as you wear them it stopped being a real issue almost immediately. I even bouht them with this concern still in my mind - mainly due to the looks of the trainers.

                So, the looks. I've already said that I bought the right white variety, there were however black ones available too. Both however had the wonderful cushioning system. Similar to the Nike shox system, but less tacky I like to think. Basically the main body of the trainer sits ontop of cushioning segments and 'springs' for want of a better word. As with the Nike Shox you can see 'through' the cushioning to the other side due to its physical design. The ones in the heel are obviously largest and many people have commented how they like the aerated sole design, and the cushioning tapers as it gets towards the toe.
                The upper is leather with a few nice texture touches along the side and heel area. These textured areas can pick up the dirt quicker but that can easily be sorted if you actually bother to clean them!

                Comfort? Yes. As trainers should be. As I say, they were a bit tight in the heel but very soon it wasn't an issue., the cushioning works a treat. I only wish I could tell you what they're like to do running or gym work in. But I can't so I'll say that for traipsing round foreign cities on holiday they're very comfortable.

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                04.07.2011 01:02
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                Masculine smelling aftershave comes in a masculine and stylish blue bottle

                As with other reviewers I have been using Davidoff Coolwater since it gushed onto the scene sometime in the 90's.
                I first sampled the scent thanks to one of those smelly pages in the posher magazines. I immediately loved the fresh, zingy type aroma. The image linking to the ocean was very apt indeed.

                Reading around some of the other reviews I can see that perhaps we have a split in the opinions as to whether it's a 'nice' fragrance. However subjects such as these are utterly (errrr) subjective and as such it's obvious that not everyone will like it.

                That said, I have never had anyone saying anything other than compliments when I'm wearing it. During my University years I knew it as a firm favourite with the females. While that might sound a little on the shallow side, let's face it, that's what the University attending gentleman wants from his aftershave.

                It's a distinctly masculine and fresh smelling aftershave, one that you will recognise if someone else is wearing it nearby.

                I'm not one of these people who religiously get the same aftershave time after time, I like to experiment. So it's important to note that this appears without fail, on my Christmas present list each year.

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