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      15.11.2009 23:32
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      Delicious and different

      ***Packaging ***

      This comes in a plastic bottle with a black lid and has a label on it which says "Mayo with a twist of Sweet Chilli." There's a picture of a red chilli with three slices of chilli beside it. The bottle is easy to squeeze but the last bits never come out easily. You have unscrew the entire lid and use a knife to get out the last bits!

      ***Nutritional Information***
      Per 100g:-

      Energy - 1951kj/472kcal
      Protein - 1.2g
      Carbohydrates - 21.4g
      Fat - 42.4g
      Fibre - trace
      Sodium - 0.85g
      Salt equivalent - 2.13g
      Calories- 71\ 4%

      ***Price***
      These are on offer for £1 in Tesco often and that's how I first tried them. They usually cost £1.59 so take advantage.

      ***Branston Serving Suggestion***

      Branston have put a suggestion on the back of the bottle. This is suggesting that you spread the mayo onto unbuttered granary bread with plenty of peeled prawns and crisp lettuce. Yuck. Lol. But it also says "liven up mealtimes" with this and you can certainly do that- this stuff is magic!

      ***Taste***

      This mayonnaise is a pink colour with red flecks of chilli in it. It's very creamy and a lot like normal mayo but with a kick. Some people might find it too spicy but I think it's the perfect consistency and level of spiciness- not too much, not too little, just right.

      ***My Opinion***

      This is delicious! Like normal mayonnaise it goes brilliantly with everything but it goes one step further livening up any bland dish. I ate a plateful of plain pasta with some sweetcorn and generous dollops of this - belissimo! I have to say its addictive- I don't like a lot of foods now unless I have some of this. If you find it spicy initially, you will get used to it and then won't be able to eat bland foods!

      It's fantastic in burgers and even sandwiches. If you like spicy or chilli foods then you will love this. It's incredible and much nicer than Hellmans or Heinz mayonnaise.

      This mayo is also great as a dip served with cooling cucumber and carrots. Let's face it - it goes with anything!

      I first discovered this during a barbeque. It went brilliantly with all of the food- everything from burgers, to salads, the chicken, the steak- absolutely everything you could have at a barbeque will taste better with this. Even a dollop on top of corn on the cob will be livened up with this sweet chilli kick.

      The funny thing is I really love normal mayonnaise - correction, USED to really love it- and put it on everything from jacket potatos, to sandwiches (instead of margarine or butter) and now all of a sudden my passion for Normal Mayo has been replaced by love of it's fiery cousin! Sorry Normal Mayo, I can't help it; I'm in love. Maybe its his hot temper (taste) or smooth, slick attitude (texture), or maybe its because it just fits in soo well with everything elese in my life (plate) but I'm never going back to Normal Mayo again- unless a better mayo comes along. Sorry, but I'm fickle like that.

      ***Other Flavours***

      This comes in three other flavours, I have tried the Lime and Chilli but this one is definitely the best as it has the strongest flavor.

      Lime & Chilli
      Mustard & Onion
      A twist of Lemon and roasted Garlic

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        15.11.2009 20:06
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        Oh no! What was I thinking? Clearly the recession has got to me because I actually went and bought a tin of these cheapie own brand things thinking they would probably be as nice tasting as the Heinz brand. Surely Heinz are just overcharging as they want to cash in on their label and Asda's own brand would be equally delicious without the hefty price tag? Guess again.

        ***My Opinion***

        Sadly, they tasted really -- slimy. The spaghetti "loops" were thin and there was no "bite" to them (think al dente for pasta, then think how pasta tastes when its been overcooked.) Yuck.

        The taste, apart from the odd texture as described above, was not tomatoey as the sauce should be but more of a wierd flavouring that is hard to describe. I think it must be the salt and colourings they put in, I couldnt taste anything that reminded me of food! It was a very watery sauce which would make toast go very soggy very quickly - not want you want.

        The other reason I didnt like these was the colour. I know that sounds silly but if you think that we "eat" with our eyes then you'll know what I mean. The colour should be a healthy looking orange but instead this brand was a strange pale yellow. I disliked them as soon as I saw them. Sadly, the taste affirmed that these were a one time buy - I shall definitely not be buying them again!

        ***Price***

        Piggy-bank breaking 14p

        ***Overall***

        I know these are ideal for kids because they're quick and easy to cook, as well as being cheap, but its basically tinned rubbish you would be feeding them. I can just imagine the Asda Idea Group flexing their imaginative muscles trying to come up with a cheap alternative to real Spaghetti hoops-

        "Hm, we need something cheap..how about old shoelaces?"
        *Nods and murmers of approval*
        "Excellent! Cheap and nasty alternative! Just what our *snigger* Smart Range needs!"
        "But how do we fool people into thikning this is something new and brilliant?"
        "Let's call them.......HOOPS! That'll fool 'em!"

        I know there's a recession on but just DONT DO IT! If you eat something that has a low nutritional content i.e bad for you then at lets make up for it in taste!! These spaghetti loops had none!

        Apart from that I love Asda in general so dont be put off trying their other own brand items- this was a one off miss for me.

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        • Alias / TV Programme / 30 Readings / 28 Ratings
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          15.11.2009 19:53
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          A brilliant female Bond in a show that has action, romance and everything you'd want

          ***Plot***

          Jennifer Garner stars as Sydney Bristow, a secret agent working as a double agent for the CIA and a rogue group called SD6. Hiding the truth about being a spy from everyone - including her best friends- Sydney pretends to work for a bank, going on 'business trips' regularly. What her friends don't know is that her business trips are actually reconnaissance missions sometimes to retrieve microchips or rescue fellow spy colleagues.

          ***Characters***
          Sydney- Main character - female spy. She's amazing. She does martial arts, often involved in hand to hand combat, and she kicks butt! She also wears amazing disguises with a variety of coloured wigs - which I loooove! She's a natural brunette but is often a blond or redhead, sometimes a smartly dressed businesswoman at other times a punk or a hippy. It makes for great viewing!

          Arvin Sloane- The evil SD6 boss
          Sloane who lied to Sydney, telling her SD6 was a branch of the CIA. Sydney thought of him as a father until Sloane had her fiancé killed after she told him what she did for a living. That's why she joined the real CIA- partly to destroy SD6 - enemies of the USA- and partly to take down Sloane.

          Dixon- Sydney's partner
          Dixon is a nice guy and is Sydney's partner in SD6. He has no idea he's actually working for the bad guys.

          Vaughan- Sydney's handler in the CIA
          A guy who we quickly like- and who likes Sydney. He gives Sydney her counter-missions and has saved her life on more than one occasion.

          Jack Bristow- Sydney's father
          Sydney describes him as "a man I hardly know" but they soon become closer as Sydney realizes that Jack is also a double agent.

          Francie and Will- Sydney's friends
          They have no idea what their friend is really getting up to, believing that works for a bank (they must be stupid, like Lois Lane, because Sydney goes on more flights than an air hostess!)

          Marshall- The Tech Guy
          The gadgets in this show are fantastic and Bond-style. Marshall takes care of all of these, providing Sydney with sonic-wave emitting earrings, contact lenses with someone else's retinas scanned in- all sorts of wicked technology that is a must-have for a spy.

          The format of the show is that Sydney is given a brief to obtain something or extract someone (spy speak for rescue someone). The Sydney goes off and puts on a fabulous outfit, completes the mission, then comes home. The sub-plot involves her social life and love life. There's a plot surrounding her mother who Sydney believed died in an accident when young. Sydney is also a college student who still has to study - inbetween missions!

          ***My Opinion***
          I love this show. Yes the episodes can be formulaic - breifing, dress up, go on mission, obtain object, come home, but there's a depth to the characters that we gradually see throughout the show. Sydney has to live with her fiance's death and we also see real emotion as she struggles to continue working for a man she hates (Sloane). Amidst all this we see her relationship with her father develop too. There's so much going in this show, there's definitely something for everyone.

          I love watching it, im watching repeats now (as its no longer made) and its still fascinating viewing. The characters are really likeable and the journey Sydney undertakes keeps you coming back to watch the next episode. Another thing that makes this show different to the other spy series is the Rimbaldi storyline - historic prophecies and predictions are entwined with sydney's missions making her work more interesting and important. I would pick alias over James Bond any day!

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          • Gilmore Girls / TV Programme / 34 Readings / 31 Ratings
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            15.11.2009 13:38
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            Addictive tv

            ***What is it?***

            An American drama series which focuses on two ladies- called the Gilmore Girls- a mother and daughter, who live in a small town called Stars Hollow.

            The duo are played by Lauren Graham as Loreli Gilmore, and Alexis Bledel, as Rory Gilmore.

            The series made its debut on American television in October 2000, and ended in May 2007 after seven series. Its still shown on E4 for us UK viewers.

            Although the premise sounds completely boring- a mother and daughter duo who have issues with Loreli's parents, live in a sleepy town and live normal lives...but for some reason this concept really works!

            Loreli's relationship with her parents is quite difficult as she ran away to live in Stars Hollow, having become pregnant at 16 and refusing to marry Christopher, which is what her parents wanted. Thanks to Rory, Loreli's parents become a bigger part in their lives when they start funding Rory's education at an expensive preparatory school called Chilton.

            ***Cast***

            Lauren Graham plays Loreli Gilmore . Her parents are Richard and Emily Gilmore, very rich people of high status. After Loreli moves out of her parent's house the show then focuses on her trying to make it on her own with her child.

            Alexis Bledel plays Rory Gilmore (starred recently in the film Sin City). Born to Loreli and Christopher, she and her mother have a great relationship and are more like sisters or friends than mother and daughter. Their unusually close relationship is what most people like the most about this show.

            Scott Patterson plays Luke Danes. He's the diner owner that Rory and Loreli frequent and supplies them with endless cups of coffee which they are addicted to. When I say addicted, I mean SERIOUSLY addicted- maybe it explains their hyper conversation! After 7 series Alex Bledel became so fed up of drinking coffee that the producers had to use coke to make it look like coffee!

            Kelly Bishop plays Emily Gilmore. Loreli's Mother and Rory's Grandmother, she played baby's mother in the film Dirty Dancing.

            Edward Herrmann plays Richard Gilmore. Emily's husband and father and grandfather of Loreli and Rory.

            Keiko Agena plays Lane Kim, Rory's best friend.

            Yanic Truesdale plays hilarious character Michel Gerard. An eccentric French employee at the Independence Inn (where Loreli originally worked)..

            Melissa McCarthy plays Sookie St. James, Loreli's best friend and co-owner of the Inn that Loreli runs in later series, as well as the Chef.

            ***My opinion***

            This show is different to other shows because of, amongst other things, the incredibly fast dialogue. Every conversation is filled with witty puns and such a speedy delivery of information that if you stop listening for a second you'll have missed half the action.

            The storylines involve love, action, dramatic tension, positive relationship between mother and daughter (Loreli and Rory) and a heart-breaking relationship between mother and daughter (Loreli and Emily).

            There is social commentary (as the show focuses on a pregnant 16 year old whose parents disapprove of her) but who raises a very successful daughter, basically on her own).

            The show is addictive! It's funny and dramatic and you just have to watch episode after episode to see what happens next! There's something for everyone as the lives of the young Rory and older Loreli are explored. I love it and watched nearly every episode. Sometime sit was unrealistic, such as the way Rory's life is a little too perfect and she gets everything she wants every time, but other than that it's a very watchable and entertaining show.

            Its also a feel-good nice show- no gritty storylines, no murder or other harsh issues are dealt with- just a fun family show!

            Look out for Sookie who is hilarious- especially the episode where she rips her work tunic and explains what happened...

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              14.11.2009 22:22
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              Lovely place for a short break, recommend you go in the summer

              We have just been to Maderia for a short break and stayed at this totally fantastic hotel for three nights.

              The distinctive facade makes it easy to spot when you're first looking for it. The interior has been modernised to a good standard and retains an air of the granduer of the original building. We were greeted on arrival by very friendly reception staff who all spoke very good English and were very pleasant and polite during the entire trip.

              ***Pros***
              It was really good value for money, very clean without feeling clinical, The hotel is central to almost everything we wanted to see and do and the amenities (bathroom particularly) are excellent.

              It was a very comfortable room with an adjustable bed. A real treat is the spa bath after a hard day of walking around sight seeing in Barcelona

              Did I mention that the staff were fantastic- some of the most helpful staff we had ever encountered- and we've been to a few hotels in our time and been served by rubbish staff.

              ***Cons***
              I was surprised to find that the hotel could not cash our travellers cheques which was irritating, and like a lot of Americanised hotels in the area they could only change American dollars

              They dont let you leave the hotel with your room key in case your bag gets stolen and the key is lost (why not just charge for lost keys like other hotels?)

              ***Facilities***
              50 rooms

              Satellite tv (but nothing decent on- because "satellite tv" meant a few channels showing rubbish!)

              The hotel also has a small terrace where you can relax in the sun.
              There is a laundry service at the hotel and on-site parking which costs 19 euros.

              Room service is available from 12:00 until 23:00.

              Wait for it - the weirdest thing about the Hotel Monte Carlo is that it has no restaurant but for us this didn't matter as we were keen to explore the lovely looking restaurants near by. These were all excellent and gave us a variety to choose from. The hotel does have a breakfast room where there is a buffet breakfast for 14 euros served every morning.
              We were in walking distance of the amphitheatre of Funchal and the hotel's views were therefore stunning.

              We are both agreed that we will go back there when we return to Maderia and I highly recommend this lovely hotel

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                14.11.2009 21:48
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                Yummy yummy chicken, I can never have too much!

                Dixy chicken is one of my favourite places to eat. The food is delicious and the variety is great.

                ***The Menu***
                Some of the tasty fried (and ok unhealthy) treats you can choose from are:-

                - a tower burger. This is made with two chicken breasts snadwiched between two buns- incredibly filling, I must admit I can't even open my mouth wide enough to bite into it from top to bottom (I bite into it from the side).

                - Or choose a wings meal which comes with six wings (nice and spicy coating), fries and a drink.

                - Chicken wraps -chicken breast with lettuce and mayo in a tortilla wrap, which is especially easy to eat on the go.

                - Chicken pieces - including choice of legs, breast and thigh as well as wings so you can pick your favourite part!

                The drinks include Pepsi, Coke, Sprite and Diet Pepsi but there's also a drink called Marinda. This comes from Pakistan and its an orangey-tasting fizzy drink which goes lovely with the food.

                ***Price***
                Compared to KFC, Dixy is cheaper and overall everything is reasonably priced. It's the ultimate convenience food - or "fast food".

                ***My opinion***
                The coating on the chicken is spice but not too spicy- its perfect. More than just the chicken being good is the coating and that's what keeps me coming back for more!

                The chicken is always really well cooked and especially the chicken breast is always soft and tasty. If you have it once, you feel like having it all the time. My old favourite used to be chicken legs- moist and delicious with a milder coating than the spicy wings.

                One benefit is that Dixys is always open until late, some branches are open until 2 or 3 in the morning - late night cravings can therefore be satisfied! That's probably why they branches are open so late - they probably put cocaine in the chicken coating, making it addictive and making people come back for more!

                The branches are located nationwide - London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester - oh and some rubbishy little towns that you guys probably live in (LOL kidding).

                The best thing about Dixy is the chilli sauce- seriously- no where else has such good tasting sauce. Although Dixy is a franchise they always have the same yummy chilli sauce in every branch. The menu is also the same in every branch.

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                  14.11.2009 21:37
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                  Lovely product, really good value for what you're getting

                  Luxury is the first word that comes to mind when using this product.
                  Surprisingly its very affordable but despite this it's a great quality product. I already use Palmolive's milk and honey handwash which I really love so I thought I would try the range of shower gels.

                  ***Packaging***
                  The shower milk comes in a bottle with a flip-top lid. This makes it easy to open and close in the shower- you don't have to worry about unscrewing lids which fall off and rolls around!

                  The shower milk is white in colour and a nice consistency - being neither too runny nor too thick. It lathers up really well and as I found with the last Palmolive shower milk I used, the lather feels incredibly creamy and luxurious against the skin - you certainly wouldn't think it was cheap.

                  ***This product is for sensitive skin***
                  This is great for me and is very gentle for anyone's skin. The almond and milk make it moisturizing which is useful and after my shower I can feel skin is softer.

                  ***My opinion***
                  The fragrance is lovely - a nice sweet smell which is yummy!

                  After using this, my skin feels soft and clean, and doesn't feel dried out. The sweet sickly scent doesn't linger on the skin which for me personally is a good thing. It didn't irritate my eczema either, so its claims to be suitable for sensitive skin were true in my case.

                  A 250ml bottle of this shower milk costs just £1 from Asda- what a fabulous bargain! I think that its really good value for money - a lovely big bottle which is filled with sweet and silky shower cream of a good quality.

                  So overall, it feels luxurious to use, is economical and leaves skin soft and smelling good. If you're looking for a bargain during the recession then it's definitely one worth trying.

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                    14.11.2009 21:27
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                    Very tasty and really quite different from other crisps

                    Doritos Chilli Heatwave are my snack of choice! They taste so good and spicy! They're better than normal boring crisps.

                    Whenever I want some crisps that are really full of flavor I choose these. I actually buy the really big bags (made for sharing except I don't hahaha) and they work out better value for money.

                    If you're going to buy these I recommend you put the leftovers in a seal tub because I once began eating a whole bag to myself - greedy I know but you do have those days now and again! - and I couldn't finish them. When I went back to the bag- even though I had rolled them up sooo nicely - they were 'wet' and had lost their crunch!

                    ***Packaging***

                    The crisps come in a 30g bag, a bright red colour. They pop out at you on the shelf!

                    ***Price***

                    I always buy a six pack multi-pack of these crisps in Asda which costs me the princely sum of £1.30.

                    ***Nutritional Information***

                    A 30g bag contains:
                    Energy 175Kcal
                    Protein: 3g
                    Carbohydrate: 21g
                    of which sugars: 1.4g
                    Fat: 9.0g
                    of which saturates: 0.8g

                    ***Chilli Heatwave Crisps***

                    As soon as you open the bag of Doritos you are hit with a strong chilli scent. It reminds me of Jalapenos! They're basically normal plain Doritos Mexican brothers! They have some red dust on them like chilli powder or paprika.

                    The crisps are the usual Dorito triangular tortilla shape and have the usual taste of Doritos underneath.

                    Taste wise the Chilli Heatwave are delicious. As soon as you put the crisp in your mouth you are met with a strong, spicy, chilli taste. I could lick the flavor off the crisps and not bother eating the crisps themselves! Very crispy with a nice crunch to them. Sometimes my mouth is slightly burning- depends on how hot you like your food I guess! But its worth it!

                    ***Overall***

                    These are by far my favourite crisps. The crisps are very crunchy and delicious and nothing else is out on the market that matches these. Try them with a cooling dip or raita YUM!

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                      14.11.2009 21:09
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                      overall not bad

                      I have been wearing Contact Lenses for 10 years now- wow im old! I started on monthly soft lenses and have been using them until very recently.

                      If you wear lenses take this advice from someone who knows- your eyes are the most important thing in the world and believe me you wanna take care of them! The daily lenses mean your eyes are under less straing- the lenses are fresh and comfortable. There's also less chance of getting an infection with daily lenses.

                      Daily disposables are obviously much easier and more comfortable in general as you don't need solution (unless you need to rinse your lense during the say but think of the savings!). I decided on acuvue moist because I was getting very dry eyes and my optician recommended them.

                      I am especially bad as I wear my lenses almost 14 hours a day and that's awful for your eyes. The lenses only allow a certain amount of oxygen into your eyes and that means your eyes are suffocating if you wear the lenses all day like me! Don't do it! Put on glasses in the evenings at least!

                      ***What I use now***

                      The Acuvue lens are made by Johnson and Johnson. They are more expensive than monthly lenses but as I said above, think of the savings when you don't need to buy solution and the health benefits outweigh the cost.

                      ***Price***
                      These cost between £20 to £30 depending where you buy them from and you get a box of thirty. The price is actually around 15% more expensive than other brands.

                      ***Packaging***
                      Acuvue Moist Lens come in a box in little pouches of fluid. On each pouch are the prescription-make sure you have the right ones!- and expiry date.

                      They are much thinner than normal lens and quite hard to put into your eye but once you get the hang of them its fine. Once in, you don't really notice them at all. I find them very comfortable and they also have a UV blocking protection.

                      I would recommend these contact lens. They are expensive, like all dailies, but as I said above your health is the most important thing! I wear my lenses so much during the day that I need ones that will stop my eyes drying out and ones that feel comfortable (like they're not even there) is ideal for me.

                      You can buy similar style lenses but different brands.

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                      • Braceface / TV Programme / 23 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                        Braceface is a Canadian animated series. It is produced by actress Alicia Silverstone who originally did the voice for the lead character.

                        ***Plot***
                        The show is set in Elkford and is based around pre-teen Sharon Spitz, who is an eighth (later ninth) grader. The show revolves around her life in high school, her family and friends.

                        Sharon likes a boy at school called Alden Jones and finally he notices her. Life is suddenly going great! - until - she has to wear braces! For most kids this is bad enough but Sharon's braces cause no end of havoc for her, sometimes electroucting objects, reversing walk-talkies and activating speaker systems without her knowing.

                        In the first season she is enrolled at Mary Pickford Junior High.

                        ***Characters**
                        Dr. Helen Spitz- Sharon's mother.
                        Sharon describes her this way: "Means well, love her dearly, doesn't get it". She's a professional psychologist and as a single mum raising three kids, is a great example of a hard-working and supportive mother.

                        Richard Spitz- father of Sharon
                        A musician - drummer - in a band. as he and Sharon's mother are divorced we don't see him too often. You can see where Sharon got her hair from though!

                        Adam Spitz- Adam is Sharon's older brother. He loves wrestling and is huuuuge! He's always teasing Sharon but is a good older brother.

                        Josh Spitz -Sharon's younger brother
                        He's often seen in episodes playing the piano and is a virtuoso. He's intelligent and sweet and annoys Sharon on occasion the way younger brothers do!

                        Maria Wong- Sharon's best friend
                        The opposite of girly Sharon, Maria is a tomboy rarely seen in dresses or skirts. She helps Sharon stay grounded when she's off on another boy-chase or getting into other trouble. Maria loves sports and plays several including hockey and basketball. Her mother is Italian and father is Chinese. The cultural fusion is excellent and gives this show depth - more a microcosm of society than other kids shows.

                        Connor McKenzie- Sharon's other best friend
                        Allergic to everything and constantly sneezing. Connor plays the stereotypical geek- glasses, loves science, allergies, hypochondriac and unnaturally pasty skin! He's knicknamed 'the walking sneeze' at school.

                        Alden Jones -Sharon's crush and later boyfriend
                        Alden plays in a band with his best friend (see below) called Mangled Metal. The music is actually really good!!

                        Brock Leighton- Alden's best friend
                        The class clown and joker of the group. Brock plays in Mangled Metal and is co-founder of the band. He's the kind of guy who's always trying to get attention.

                        Nina Harper- Sharon's enemy
                        Flame-headed and controlling witch Nina is often seen bullying and tormenting Sharon. Once best friends Nina split up with Sharon, hating her because she thought Sharon ripped the heads off her dollies. Holding that grudge for years Nina is constantly laughing at Sharon and always calls her Braceface.

                        Alison Malitski- Nina's best friend
                        The evil leader always has a wimpy sidekick who laughs at their evil jokes and assists in, well, being evil! Alison is Nina's wimpy sidekick!

                        ***The actors/actresses who do the voices***

                        * Alicia Silverstone....Sharon Spitz (Seasons 1-2)
                        * Stacey DePass.... Sharon Spitz (Season 3)
                        * Mariana Ximenes (Brazilian dubbing)....Sharon Spitz
                        * Dan Petronijevic....Adam Spitz
                        * Daniel DeSanto....Brock Leighton
                        * Katie Griffin....Nina Harper
                        * Marnie McPhail....Maria Wong
                        * Michael Cera....Josh Spitz
                        * Peter Oldring....Conner Mackenzie
                        * Tamara Bernier....Helen Spitz (Mom)
                        * Vince Corazza....Alden Jones
                        * Emily Hampshire....Alison Malitski

                        ***My Opinion***
                        I loooooove this cartoon! This is a great animated series and its such a shame that it isnt made any more! The storylines deal with most issues teenagers face including relationships breaking up, divorce, smoking, skipping school and bullying.

                        Sharon becomes a vegetarian and loves animals, hoping to become a vet. The show also deals with animal rights issues including banning fur. Every episode has a positive message but its never delivered in a preachy way. Instead, the show is funny and entertaining.

                        The first series was the best and sadly it definitely went downhill after that. Alicia Silverston stopped doing the voice of Sharon - and the new girl just wasn't the same!

                        Overall, a lovely cartoon series that I wouldnt my (future) pre-teens watching and learning from!

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                      • The Proposal (DVD) / DVD / 32 Readings / 28 Ratings
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                        This is a subdued Rom-Com; you won't be falling off your seat laughing

                        The Proposal is - you guessed it- yet another Rom-Com. *sigh* But I never get bored of wanting to watch them! I enjoy the feel good factor, the comedy, the (always) happy endings. But this film lacked something in all three departments.

                        ***Plot***
                        Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a successful but mean- think Cruella DeVille!- editor, who is being deported from the US due to lack of visa.

                        She figures the only way she can stay is to marry her assistant, Andrew (Ryan Reynolds). Andrew hates her but agrees in order to boost his career- bargaining with her that she must promote him to editor in return.

                        Easy peasy right? Wrong. The Visa people smell a rat and the pair must get to know one another in order to answer a gazillion questions the officials will ask in an interview to establish if the marriage is a scam.

                        They have three days to do this- but its Andrew's "Gammy's" 90th birthday and the couple have to go to Alaska for the weekend. Playing the "happy couple" in front of Andrew's family is tougher than they imagined and things start to go horribly wrong. Que dancing in the woods with crazy Gammy and eagles flying off with dogs and mobile phones.

                        ***My Opinion***
                        The trailers for The Proposal made it seem like a funny film and I've always liked Sandra Bullock. Having watched the film I was disappointed.

                        Ryan Reynolds seemed to reprise his Berg-esque acting style, (from his role in Two Guys And A Girl), but Bullock played a new style of character- instead of the sweetheart she played the mean boss, and well. It reminded me of The Devil Wears Prada.

                        The worst thing about the film - closely related to the best thing about it- was the lack of comedy. There were moments were I literally burst out laughing - look out for "take the dog! take it!" and dancing to a PHAAAT hip-hop track in the woods! But there just wasn't enough. Can it truly be classed as a Rom-Com if the "Com" element is so limited?

                        It wasn't realistic - these kinds movies rarely are!- but even for rom-com world it was unrealistic as they would never overcome their differences so quickly in real life. This is particularly as Bullock's character showed such a swift change of direciton without focusing on how or showing a realistic development from mean to serene.

                        For those of you who havent seen it, I would recommend you watch it if it came on tv but don't bother watching it on DVD. Now I'm glad I didnt go to the cinema to see this- what a waste of time and money that would have been!

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                          14.07.2009 01:11
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                          Dont buy it. Trust me.

                          Hellmann's Extra Light Mayonnaise is SUPPOSEDLY the healthier alternative. But I have a theory which will disprove the sneaky marketing campaign that claims to save your waistline whilst allowing you to enjoy the deliciousness that is Hellmanns.

                          Let's look at the facts:

                          This version of the deliciousness known as Hellmann's mayonnaise contains half the fat (only 3%) of the original Hellmanns. It also contains only half the calories. But what they DON'T tell you is that is that they have excluded one of the VITAL ingredients. The delicious taste. That's right- where's the taste?

                          This version is thin and there's SOMETHING WRONG WITH IT! Read other reviews on here and was shocked- true mayo lovers do not be fooled by what they say, it isn't true! Hellmann's Extra Light is not as tasty and delicious as the original.

                          The consistency of it is poorer, the colour is more transparent and it has a weird sweetness that is sickening. The fact that free range hens laid the eggs that went into making this, is poor consolation. I'm sure the hens would have hated to know that they were allowed to roam free and have a nice life, laid a few eggs- and the eggs were used in something so gross. I tried this stuff from two jars just to be sure it wasn't one bad batch. It wasn't.

                          I love mayonnaise and I put on sandwiches and eat it with chips...jacket potatoes and roast chicken...or fried chicken...*drools* oh yeah, that's the stuff! But how can I enjoy those things when they are covered in THIS? I tried the Light with all of the above and nothing tasted as good.

                          Aside from the horrible texture and weird sweetness its nothing like mayonnaise ought to be.

                          They SAY it will save your waistline - and I thought I would save my waistline by trying a lighter version - after having a jar of this I always resort to DOUBLE the amount of normal mayonnaise just to remove the awful taste of the light!

                          A 400g jar cost me £1.80 - well, there's £1.80 I'll never see again. The original may be calorie-laden, sure, but at least its WORTH the calories.

                          If you don't believe me- and let's face it, why would you, I sound like a crazy person, then you can buy this from most supermarkets.

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                          • facebook.com / Internet Site / 91 Readings / 87 Ratings
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                            04.07.2009 11:51
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                            Stalkers, too much info on you online, its not the real world!

                            Facebook is the most subscribed to social networking site and has beaten MySpace, bebo, Hi5 and all the other ones to the top spot. Nearly everyone I know has a Facebook profile.

                            ***Pros***

                            You can get in touch with old friends and brag about what you're doing now - went skiing in the Alps or climbed Everest etc.

                            Your information can be made private so that only people you add as a friend can see the information. Its a useful way to get in touch with old friends, work colleagues and family and keep them updated with your life.

                            Another feature of Facebook is all of the applications: a series of games and widgets that you can add to your profile and amuse yourself with.

                            This includes superpoke pets. I have a cute little monkey as my pet- but boy, is he high maintenance! I log back in and he's dirty again! and dreaming of playtime! Its a bit like those tamagotchi virtual pets. You choose a pet and feed and clean it regularly. Everytime you clean it etc you gain coins which you can spend in the virtual "store". You can buy things for your pet like accessories, food and even a change of habitat. Then your pet progresses from one level to the next getting bigger.

                            You can invite your friends to get a pet too and then have playdates with your pet. Aww.

                            ***Cons***

                            How much time do we as a nation spend online as it is? Playing superpoke Pets and watching inane videos and uploading pictures- is that any way to enjoy life?

                            The stories you hear about people who put things on their profiles which their boss/spouse/relative saw and were shocked by...I read somewhere a woman found out her partner was cheating because the girl he was cheating with put a half naked picture of herself on his wall!

                            I also read people are getting into "status wars" where they'll go to extreme lengths to do the wackiest things just so they can put it on their facebook page. For example, John Smith is drinking a milkshake in a dumpster while holding a goldfish (and actually going it because they dont want to be caught out as liers)

                            Some of the applications are POINTLESS. For example, "Which film character are you?" Who cares? What a compplete waste of time! I ignore these silly requests to fill in a silly questionnaire in order to provide a silly set of answers that have no bearing on reality - and let's face it, even in Facebook Land my friends dont REALLY care if Im most like Carrie or Samantha.

                            Overall: a good way to keep in touch with friends, the best aspect being the privacy levels are quite high so you can hide pictures and information from prying eyes. Just be careful who you add as a friend!

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                            • Dr Pepper / Soft Drink / 74 Readings / 71 Ratings
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                              03.07.2009 22:13
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                              Try it- whats the worst that can happen?

                              No, its not coke but it looks like it! It's a soft drink that's been around since 1885 and is distinct due to its cinnamon taste (imagine coke with a lot of cinnamon thrown in!)

                              I rarely drink it as I rarely drink any fizzy drinks. When I do Sprite ior 7Up are the ones I usually go for. However, it does taste good if you like a spicy twist to your drink. How people drink it in such large quantities is beyond me though.

                              The thing that makes Dr Pepper stand out so much for me are the tv adverts with the catchy slogan What's the Worst that Can Happen? The drink itself is ok but the ads have bumped up the star rating for me.

                              Lately, they've been showing the following advert: probably not accurate as I'm doing this from memory but you'll get the gist!):-

                              Schoolboy is waiting to see the nurse and so gets a Dr Pepper from the vending machine. He says to himself "what's the worst that can happen?"
                              The school nurse calls him in -"Johnson!" - and when he goes into her room he's busy opening the drink which bubbles up all over the table. The nurse tries to clean it up and in doing so a accidentally turns the tannoy on. The whole school hears the following conversation:-

                              "I hurt my little friend."

                              "Yes its swollen!"

                              "I got it stuck in a keyhole."

                              "You need a band-aid but I don't think I have one small enough". He leaves
                              the office and the nurse mutters:

                              "That boy should be careful where he puts that thing!"

                              The poor guy comes out of the nurse's office and comes face to face with a school full of laughing students!

                              He was talking about his pinky finger, by the way.

                              The drink itself is fairly generic ) except for the distinctive taste compared to coke and pepsi). The packaging consists of a red label with the logo across the middle.

                              The product is available in several sizes: 250ml, 330ml, 500ml, 1.5 litre and 2 litre.

                              Dr Pepper has a high calorie content and as with most fizzy drinks should be enjoyed responsibly lol. There are 103 calories and 25.3g of sugar per 250ml serving

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                                Low fat yoghurts- not your normal basic yoghurt, but one with a difference. This yoghurt is a two in one- a smooth yoghurt and a crunchy corner.

                                ***What is it?***

                                In one corner of the tub there is a separate triangular section with little chocolate and vanilla balls probably about 30 at a guess! They are tiny little balls that can be eaten on their own or you can mix with the yoghurt and eat them together. The balls are made from puffed rice and covered with chocolate. The smooth yoghurt and the crunchy balls make a nice contrast and compliment each other.

                                ***Price***

                                Around 60p each for a 150g pot but most major supermarkets have offers on for these with Tesco regularly doing 8 for £2.

                                ***Nutritional Information***

                                Per 100g (150g in each yoghurt)
                                149 calories
                                Protein 4.1g
                                Carbohydrate 20.2g
                                (of which sugars) 18.2g
                                Fat 5.5g
                                (of which saturates) 3.4g
                                Calcium 128mg

                                These yoghurts contain:

                                24% of your recommended daily amount of calcium - great for kids but not the sugar element!
                                No artificial colours or preservatives
                                No artificial sweeteners

                                ***My Opinion***

                                The yoghurt is creamy and smooth and very tasty on its own. The corner is yummy and chocolatey and also tastes good on its own!

                                I think one of the attractions is the novelty element of having two parts to it. Also "playing" with the yoghurt. Do you double-dip your spoon into the yoghurt then the corner? Do you tip all of your corner into the main yoghurt and mix it all up? Or do you spoon the contents of the corner into the yoghurt a little at a time? Maybe you eat the yoghurt first and save the corner for last? Finally, you could be one of those freaks who eats the whole corner and then the yoghurt! The possibilities are endless!

                                Other yoghurts in the Muller range are less tasty on their own and rely on the corner to make them taste good! Sometimes the corner consists of fruit others crunchy biscuit things but this yoghurt is flavoursome on it's own.

                                I like these and get them regularly when they're on offer. They make a sweet lunchtime snack and taste great.

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