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      28.10.2009 00:08
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      Buy it, buy it now!

      Tesco Jalepeno and red pepper Houmous is, as the packet states "A Mediterranean style dip made with chickpeas, sesame seed paste, lemon and garlic; blended with jalapeno chillies."

      It's only recently on their shelves, and its good. Very good.

      I'm a big chilli fan, as well as loving houmous for dipping, so i had high hopes when I bought a packet of this.

      It comes in a cardboard sleeve, in a plastic round pot, looking pretty much exactly like every other pot of houmous you'll buy. It's got a slightly pink color, which initially I found slightly offputting, but I can only assume is due to the chillis and red peppers in it.

      I bought this, some carrots, and some pitta bread, with the intention of 'having a quick snack before dinner' and saving some for lunch. Unfortunately, that didn't really work out. Long story short, 1hr later I'd eaten the entire pot and all the pitta bread, it's loooovely.

      It has the sweet spicy tang of jalepeno peppers, and the soft almost gritty texture that any houmous fan will recognise.

      I absolutely adore this dip, and will be stocking up as soon as my loal Tesco get more on the shelves!!

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        22.10.2009 22:26
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        Bit of a flash in the pan

        This is a slightly belated review of a product I used over a month ago now, but certain details stuck in my head about this disposable BBQ so I wanted to pass them on to any unsuspecting buyers.

        Now, it's a pretty decent sized BBQ, but at £4.99, you'd hope to be able to fit a fair few burgers on there. It comfortably took 8 of the homemade burgers we were cooking, and had room round the edges to toast some buns too. For the four people we had, it was plenty big enough.

        It also took a very short time to get going, great! 20 minutes from lighting the corner of the touch paper, it was a nice even heat, and hot enough to take the paint off the wall we sat it on (oops!). It cooked the burgers in about 10-15 minutes, which for that thickness of steak mince, is pretty good going.

        However, it did have a downside. After the burgers were done, so was the BBQ. It didn't last anywhere near the 1hr 30 it was meant to, and was down to a piddly little glow, and not enough heat to cook our sausages - which we then had to fry!

        Overall, it'll do the job, but it's not really worth the £4.99 it'll cost you.

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        • Snickers Bar / Chocolate / 26 Readings / 24 Ratings
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          11.10.2009 19:12
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          Market leading bar from a market leading company

          I couldn't go any longer without writing a review of the humble Snickers. It's a brill chocolate bar, and although it was cooler when it was called Marathon back in the day, it's remained a steadfast favorite of mine and many of my friends throughout :)

          A Snickers Bar is a soft milk chocolate bar with creamy nougat - 14%, and silky caramel centre - 27% with delicious roasted peanuts. It's made by Mars and as you'd expect from a leading brand manufacturer of chocolate, it's a quality product.

          Normally I prefer the taste of Cadbury's chocolate to Mars, but for the Snickers, I'll make an exception. Unlike some, I actually prefer it straight from the fridge, so the nougat and caramel are slightly chewier and the nuts have that crunch. Most prefer it soft at room tempterature, but i find it gets too messy that way.

          Overall I'd rate it a great bar, and if buying in a multipack great value for money. just don't look at the calorie content!

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          • Sissel Dumbbell / Fitness / 20 Readings / 15 Ratings
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            30.09.2009 00:10
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            Good selection of weights

            Sissel make a large variety of dumbells and training equipment. The particular items I'm reviewing today are the TheraGear vinyl coated dumbells. They come in a selection of weights, from the little 1lb, right up to the 20lb and are displayed on a TheraGear specific stand.

            These weights can, as with any professional dumbbell, be used for a variety of exercises, from the standard bicep curl, to more elaborate presses and dips.

            The weights come with a pleasant vinyl coating, which makes them easy to pair up in the instance that you get them jumbled, and also makes them a lot easier on the skin (especially if like me, you have slightly delicate hands).

            The prices range from $1.98 to $34.98 for the dumbells, and the rack will set you back about $400, so it's not a cheap investment. However, they do look particularly good, and are perfect if you're setting up a home gym, or just looking for a bit of style in your weights room.

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              29.09.2009 19:17
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              In all honesty, if you want a decent mp3 player - Buy an iPod

              I bought this mp3 player well over a year ago, as a cheap and cheerful alternative to the iPod I'd broken days before going on holiday. It's only got 512mb of storage on there, but what the hell i thought... It's cheap and I dont need much.

              Upon getting home, with the plan of 'chucking some tunes on it then leaving' I discovered that I had to go through a painstaking process of installing Sony's software (SonicStage) which then has to convert mp3's to it's own format before it will let you put them on your player. This wouldnt be a problem, if it didnt take the best part of 30 seconds per song.

              Once all the music was on there however (and it did store a reasonable amount, I'll admit) it was fine. Music quality was passable (if nothing special), style is nice, it has a load of basic features. My main gripe with it is that it took me about 6 months before i happened across where the playlists are stored. It's not obvious by any means.

              In hindsight, I wish i'd shelled out for an iPod, but for a cheap throwaway player, it's lastest me a good long time.

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                27.09.2009 16:39
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                Good basic processor unit, if cooking for more than 2 or 3 though, consider a larger model.

                I bought my Kenwood FP126 only a few weeks ago, so this review is based very much on my recent experience with it. Unfortunatly I can't comment on reliability, although it hasnt blown up yet!!

                It's a nifty little chrome plated looking thing, with very simple controls and a single 'mixing bowl'. In short, it's a very basic food processor. Weighing in at around 2-2.5 kg, it's not particularly heavy which is useful if like me you store it in a cupboard till you need to use it.

                It comes with a selection of attachments, and does the standard kind of thing (it chops, it whisks, it slices etc), but it does all of these very very well. I've mainly used it for making pasta sauces and tomato base for pizzas, but it's performed admirably in both of these endevours.

                My only grip with it would be that the bowl is slightly small for making anything on a large scale, as it only takes about 1litre of liquid before it's overflowing. But still, for the price it's certainly a minor issue.

                Kenwood are a very reliable manufacturer, and i've only ever had to send one Kenwood product back thankfully. but they were swift in returning a fully functional one as it was under warrenty still. If by some chance this did break, I don't see getting it fixed being a problem.

                I would recommend this to anyone looking for a cheap and basic food processor for 1/2 person meals that does all it needs to do.

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              • Nescafe Alta Rica / Coffee / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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                27.09.2009 16:20
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                Full bodied and flavorsome coffee with a rich aroma, only for the serious coffee drinker

                I drink coffee daily, unfortunately I'm only able to drink a single cup a day (issues with caffiene tolerance) so I'm of the opinion that it needs to be a good one! I've been through a number of the Nescafe coffee lines recently, and this is definately my favorite so far.

                It has a very deep flavor, and a really full bodied taste, although not unpleasantly so. I find it has quite a fruity aroma too, so if you prefer the bland 'coffee smell' you normally get with instant coffee, I'd steer clear.

                It's quite a 'strong' coffee, and with one level teaspoon in my mug I found that it was about perfect for me (your milage may vary). The smell tends to fade the longer you keep the jar, but unlike other instant coffees this one retains its strong flavor quite well.

                It might be a step to far for some of the coffee drinkers used to Nescafe original and the like, but once I'd adjusted to the stronger flavor I found it pleasant, warming, and a great way to start my day!

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                • Ross Noble - Sonic Waffle (DVD) / DVD / 12 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                  26.09.2009 00:02
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                  Great standup comedian, great DVD.

                  Sonic waffle is the second of Ross Noble's DVD releases, and as a huge fan of his standup, I can honestly say I wasn't disappointed with my purchase of this DVD.

                  Ross is a geordie comedian with (as he so kindly puts it) 'big frizzy hair'. He has an unerving ability to shoot off on tangents while telling a joke, and later on jump back to where he left off, leaving the audience guessing.

                  One of the big appeals about Ross Nobles standup is the level of interaction with the audience that he has. I've seen a few other standups respond to heckles and the like, but Ross makes them part of his act!! God help the people that turn up late !

                  This DVD is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a comedian of Ross's caliber. Big laughs, incredibly clever jokes, and a fantastic insight into the world of one of the surrealest men i've ever laid eyes on throughout.

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                    25.09.2009 23:56

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                    Outstanding work of genius, go and buy it.

                    What to say about this timeless classic? However I write it, it's not going to do the series justice, it's without a doubt one of the best written, and most groundbreaking novels in this genre.

                    The plot centres on a group of 'folk' called hobbits, or little folk (note: Not midgets, I was slightly disappointed too :( ). They are sent on a quest to destroy a artifact of ancient evil power (in this case a ring), and go through hell and back to do so.

                    The charectar development present in Tolkiens writing is second to none. He builds characters up from nothing in to living breathing entitys that you can't help but identify with. The wise old wizard, the bumbling but well meaning friend, the noble warrior, and the scheme traitor, you'll find them all here, and written better than you'll find anywhere else.

                    If you're a fan of the fantasy genre, and somehow havent yet read LotR I dont know which cave you've been living in, but I suggest taking a day out from it, and reading this asap.

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                    25.09.2009 02:36

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                    good sequel, doesn't stand up so well on its own.

                    Shadow's Edge is the second book in the Night Angel trilogy, and it lives up to all my expectations after reading the first one. The story focuses on Kylars desicion to walk away from being wetboy, and the various power struggles within the various nations/factions.

                    The story is gripping, and the plot spirals out of control from the very start. We begin with Kylar best friend, and his mentor both dead and him having walked away from the life of a wetboy to try and live with the woman he loves.

                    In all honesty, this isnt as good as the first or the third book in the series, but it's still an awesome read. It has the unexpected plot twists, the love affair, the fantastically written action scenes. However it lacks the 'grit' of the first book, and doesn't spend as long as I'd have liked on fleshing out some of the previous under developed characters.

                    Personally, I felt it was a worthy successor to the first in the series, but doesn't quite live up to expectations.

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                    25.09.2009 00:34
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                    Great book, great author, great buy.

                    Whatever I say here, will fall short of the mark. I've read a huge number of books, especially in the fantasy genre, and this ranks up there with the best of them. I'd rate it on a par with the like of Terry Brooks and George RR Martin in terms of scope. It's a brilliant read, and I couldnt put it down.

                    The plot revolves around a 'guild rat' named Azoth, who wants to get out of the life he is trapped in in the slums, so apprentices himself to a Wetboy, 'Durzo Blint'. As Durzo puts it 'Assassins have targets, Wetboys have Deaders... you know why? Because a wetboy never misses.'

                    It comes with the familiar plot twists and turns you expect from this genre of book, but then there are some that just come at you out of nowhere, and hit you for six. The book leaves you desperate to read the next in the series, but at the same time wraps up reasonably well as a solo read. I found myself finishing it as the sun came up, after going to bed thinking 'i'll just read a chapter then sleep'.

                    Great book, great author, great buy.

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                    25.09.2009 00:14
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                    Sticky, sweet lube that will have you coming back for more.

                    This is a lube sold by Durex on the premise of it having 'a pleasant flavor' that enchances the taste of whatever you're using it on. In laymans terms, it's meant to make stuff taste good, while being nice and 'slidey'.

                    Like the other durex lubricants, it does very well on the lubricant front. Its slidey, but not greasey, although slightly sticky, and has a pleasant odour. It's water soluble, non-toxic (thank god) and surprisingly sugar free.

                    Personally I found it far far too sweet for me, but i also dislike cherry, which definately doesnt help as it's got a very strong flavor. My partner however loved it, and is more than happy to use it as often as possible :)

                    I would suggest going for one of the many other options if you're not keen on cherries, but overall, this is a great product and one that I'd heartily recommend.

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                    23.09.2009 00:37
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                    Good value for money game

                    Grand Theft Auto is 8th release in the GTA series, produced by rockstar games. It stars CJ, a gang member, returning home after learning of his mothers murder and the plot takes you through not only his desire for revenge, but also his building of a criminal empire.

                    As with previous 3D versions of this game, you view the action from a 3rd person perspective, which allows greater range of movement and increased mobility of the character. Personally i'm not a big fan of the shooting style in this game, but thankfully there's a lot more to it than just blowing everyone away.

                    The plot has all the expected twists and turns, and the additional features such as vehicle customisation add a nice twist to a sequal that does everything you'd expect from the latest in the Grand Theft Auto series.

                    I couldn't put it down once I'd picked it up, and i'd definately recommend it to anyone. One word of warning though... NOT a game for the younger kids.

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                    • Benq G2220HD / LCD Monitor / 7 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                      22.09.2009 21:48
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                      Budget secondary monitor, reliable, functional, stylish - what more do you want?

                      I've used this monitor as a secondary screen with my desktop PC setup for the past 10 months, alongside another Benq as primary. Benq are a relatively low budget manufacturer, and although they make fairly reliable products, are not really in the same ball park as names like Samsung, LG, or Panasonic.

                      That being said, in terms of value for money, this has been one of the best purchases I've made. It cost around £150 when I bought it, and after 10 months, is still going strong. The response time of ~5ms is pretty good for a budget monitor, and the field of view is quite expansive too. Colour can at times appear over-saturated, but in general I've had no complaints with regards image quality.

                      Recently the cable connection to the monitor itself has started to 'go', and the connection seems a bit loose, which results in some blurring on screen at times, but I feel this is probably more due to me having it pulled taut for 10 months due to poor monitor/desk position.

                      Overall, this has been a very reliable monitor, and at this price is great for a secondary screen. If looking for a primary monitor to game on or do intensive graphics work, I would suggest investing slightly more though.

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                    • Vans / Discussion / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                      22.09.2009 21:44
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                      I'd buy em, infact I plan to buy another pair.

                      I have a pair of Vans trainers in black and white, and I can honestly say I've never been happier with a pair of trainers in my life. My girlfriend hates them, my housemates hate them, bouncers in clubs hate them, I however love them. It's like having two comfy sofa's on the end on my legs!

                      They've been pretty much the sole trainer I've worn for the past year, and ok, admittedly they're pretty worn now but they're still as comfy as ever. They look good, and you can generally get away with wearing them into 'no shoes - no entry' type clubs as they're mostly black, with black laces.

                      I've put them through the wash a few times, and they've taken the abuse well, still holding together, although they have faded slightly to a very dark blue-grey colour now. Like most skate trainers they are a bit warm in the summer months, but who wears trainers then?! Buy some flip flops instead!

                      I would recommend these 110% for anyone looking for a comfy skate style trainer. They're big, they're not the prettiest, but man are they comfortable on my feet! Get some today, you wont regret it!

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