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I was given this book actually for my Kindle as a present and to be honest I have never liked Ozzy or indeed any of the Osbourne clan and have actively avoided listening to music, watching tv programmes and reading any media reviews about any of them as a consequence. However, I though 'give it a go' and so off I went ploughing into it with some trepidation. Its an autobiography of Ozzys' life from childhood through to adulthood, covering his family upbringing (which was far from easy), his youth (which was troublesome and colourful), his addictions (alcohol & drugs) and life as a musican (in various bands and partnerships). It also includes his family life now with his wife Sharon and also includes such areas as his relatively recent quad bike accident.
I felt that the book covered a wide area of his life with some touching experiences that he describes very well with wit, humour as well as sadness - in fact this is one of the rare books that I have actually sat and read and at times chuckled out loud (much to my husbands amazement!). For me the book was quite addictive and really interesting and in fact I could 'hear' Ozzy recalling all of his 'adventure's as the book is written how he speaks.
Perhaps its not everyones cup of tea, and indeed I never thought it would be mine not just on account of the fact it was him, but also I really am not into autobiographies. I have to say however, his life has been an experience which comes as no real surprise - the biggest surprise being that I am amazed at how Sharon has stuck by him by reading his tales and I have to say I admire the woman immensely as a consequence.
Well done Ozzy - an unexpected delight that I would recommend to anyone!
My husband and I took my mother here yesterday for a meal for Sunday lunch rather than cook. We arrived at 12.30 thinking that without booking it might be busy if we left it to a later time - we were therefore very surprised to see that even then it was almost full up! I haven't eaten in a Harvetser for many many years and had considered it to be very mediocre in quality and service, though I had recalled that there always used to be an excellent salad bar - we not were not disappointed as there it was as we walked in.
Despite being so busy the place was well staffed and within seconds of sitting down we had the menus and drinks orders had been taken. We all had soft drinks but were pleasanatly surprised to find that aside from Mum's pineapple juice, the two drinks my husband and I had were refillable free of charge - now thats a rarity in this day and age!
We placed our orders (main course only as none of us were particularly hungry) which for the most part come with either chips or jacket potato however unlike many other restaurants we were pleased to find that if for instance you ordered a steak and wanted a sauce, they also came as part of the price. Every main meal also came with an unlimited number of trips to the salad bar. We all actually ended up with chicken in various guises and of course had to visit the salad bar to bring back memories of years gone by. I was pleased to see that they had kept their ideas up to date with various leaf dishes, bean salads, beetroot salad mix, etc as well as traditional lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes, however also that there were various dressings including for the more healthy conscious of us, a low fat variety. We duly piled our dishes up and returned to our table only to be sat down for less than a minute and our meals arrived.
The chicken I have to say was very succulent which for a griddled breast was excellent as it so easily could have dried out. The jacket potato that I had though very crispy on the outside was soft and fluffy on the inside and the peas also were cooked to perfection unlike the often overcooked ones many palces serve when catering for the masses.
The waitresses were very attentive stopping by several times to check we had everything, it was ok etc and to clear the table when we finished offering us dessert or coffee. We all declined further food or drink as we were well and truly full up but we asked for the bill which came almost instantly totalling £20.92. We were quite shocked at how low this was as despite the food obviously being of reasonable price, most places usually make up this loss on profit by charging extra for the drinks.
Mediocre service as we had previously though it would be? - no way - it was excellent service, well presented and tasty food and we will definitely be going again!
A pleasant experience and one that I will certainly recommend to others. Not haute cuisine but much better than your average pub grub and a lot more reasonable in price - great for families whom we noticed were well looked after.
My husband and I recently visited Carluccio's at Cabot Circus in Bristol for a special occasion - our first wedding anniversary. We have always liked Antonios receips so we thought we would give it a go.
The restaurant is our view has an American Diner feel about it - contemporary in style but with twists of class and relaxation. The staff we felt were very welcoming on our arrival and certainly very attentive throughout despite it being quite busy. We had booked ahead using the online facility that is offered on the website which we felt was an excellent idea though had we turned up on a had hoc basis I have to say we would have been disappointed as it was packed out.
The food that was being served around us looked very good and so we opted for a starter of just olives and breads followed by a couple of pasta dishes. We also had a couple of vodka & tonics each, and a dessert option each. The whole meal cost us just under £60 which we felt was reasonably priced for what we were served. Our only grumble was that the breads though they were very nice did cost us nearly £7 for a basket for two which given that we had less than half a small loaf between us did seem a bit extortionate. The pasta was excellent and whilst we couldn't manage a dessert from what ew could see they were certainly appetising.
I would definitely go back as the quality of the food and the service were excellent, but I wouldn't have the same 'starter'. A nice relaxing evening in nice surroundings with very attentive staff.
Set in the county of Somerset less than 20 miles from Bristol, lies a small village that is typical of many other villages inthe UK with its post office, small local shops and pubs dotted around, however Cheddar is different....follow the brown tourist signs and walk to the gorge and enjoy the views that in my opinion can only be described as spectacular. Formed thousands of years ago by a river carving its way through the rocks, its now a tourist attraction with caves that you can visit, interesting walks that take you to look over the top of the gorge and across the Mendip valley, and crazy golf, tourist shops, pubs and tearooms and other eateries including the cheese shop to tempt your tastebuds. It can get very busy in the summer but there are plenty of places to escape to along the route so its not neccesarily crowded if you find the time to explore thoroughly. The caves of course are the main tourist attraction and are very picturesque inside - children may find them a little disturbing as of course they are very damp, echoey but also quite breathtaking, but they are well worth a visit.
My only criticism is that the prices to enter places like Goughs Cave or to ascend Jacobs Ladder are quite expensive. Tickets are available at £17.80 for adults and £11.50 for children (5-15yrs) and there are variations for family tickets etc. There are 6 things the tickets allow you to do including an open top bus ride and any unused part of the ticket can be used at a later date, however for a family day out which inevitably means food and drink and car parking on top, can be quite pricey in my view.
Recommendation: Drive up to the top of the gorge and back down again to get an initial feel of the place and to find where you want to park - there are a couple of car parks situated by the tourist bus stop at the bottom and by The Riverside pub also at the bottom. Thereafter the next one is after all of the tourist shops and dotted along various places along the gorge until you get right to the top and the road levels out. Once you have parked get a guide map from the tourist information place or the open top bus shop and decide if you want to pay for the attractions - even without going in these it really is a spectacular place to just walk around. There are plenty of places to go even if its raining so don't worry about the weather. I would recommend ending your day or even just to break the day up having a bite to eat in The Wishing Well situation near the bottom of the gorge and having a Somerset cream tea - loads of bread and jam, cakes, pots of tea, scones with jam and clotted cream - and any you can't eat they will give you a box to take it home with you!
I think that its an amazing and lovely place of natural beauty and of course to spend a week in the area rather than just a day means that there are lots of other wonderful places nearby to visit too , but for just a day out I personally think its quite expensive particularly for families. Don't take my word for it though - come and see if you agree - I moved here from Suffolk because I loved it so much - perhaps you will too!?
I treated myself to this book about a month ago through a book club and only paid £8 for it though I think it can vary enormously between booksellers anything from £8 up to £20 appoximately. I am using it regularly to recreate tasty and easy dishes using Philadelphia which take anything from a few minutes to put together up to around 45 minutes. Most of these recipes and many more than be found on their website though I always think its safer to be cooking with a cookbook than my laptop to follow (though of course you can print out recipes from the net)
The start of the books gives you an overview of Philadelphia and how it came into being followed by lots of wonderful clear easy to follow recipes. I have found it to be an excellent book with clear nutritional advice for each compete dish and using lots of varieties of Philadelphia from full fat, to extra light, to chive and basil flavours etc. There are starters, soups, meat dishers, poulty and fish dishes, snacks as well as desserts .Most of the recipes are savoury but there are also some wicked sweet dishes using this soft cheese in unexpected ways. Each recipe has a photgraph to accompany it so you can get an idea of the finishing dish - I always like to compare mine to what its supposed to look like!
Most of the dishes that I have completed have been very quick - for instance Thai Red Chilli prawns with linguine - complete meal in 10 minutes! We have also had some lovely stuffed trout which worked incredibly well. There are of course some recipes which do take much longer and are complex in ingredients but the majority of the recipes use good old standard store cupboard/fridge ingredients.
I have since purchased two copies of the book for friends and family who also are enjoying using it and are finding that Philadelphia (and indeed supermarket own brands) are making a real comeback into their shopping on a regular basis as they are finding the recipes so good, tasty and easy.
I hope you enjoy as much as we are contininuing to - if you like Philly - you will love this!
I have been colouring my hair for the past thirty years now and despite trying all of the newer brands and mixes I keep coming back to L'Oreal Recital above all others - why? I guess for me the colour range is excellent and is the most natural looking that I have experienced.
The product is easy to use, though I admit there are others out there that are far easier and certainly quicker however for reliability, the colour I want and the claims about covering grey for longer are all true for me.
The product comes in a box consisting of a bottle of developing cream, a bottle of colour, a tube of conditioner (which lasts for several washes depending on hair length) and a pair of plastic disposable gloves and instructions. Basically you mix the bottle of colour into the developer ,shake it well and apply to towel dried hair and leave to 'take' for the recommended time. I have to admit it does unfortunately smell quite acrid and you do need to ensure you use an old towel and wear old clothing as it can drip and stain other things - its a shame that L'Oreal don't provide a disposable cape and this is an area that could be improved as I have ruined a few towels.
For my hair because it doesn't grow very quickly the result lasts 2-3 months before needing a further application - this will vary from person to person though. Also despite the claims that it doesn't fade, I am sorry to say that it does - well at least for me. As a consequence I usually colour it a shade darker than I really want or leave it on for about 5 mins longer.
I think that this is a good value for money brand which I would certainly recommend as it gives good colour coverage and a healthy shine - my only real advice would be to perhaps get someone to help you the first time with your application to ensure you get even coverage as with any hair colouring kit, thats the hardest thing to achieve on your own.
What can I say? I love my Kindle.
This third generation kindle with 3G and wI-fI was bought as a Christmas present for me and initially I thought that it would never be able to replace my beloved books but how wrong I was! Please don't get me wrong - I love my books too and there is nothing like the feel and smell of a book to enhance the experience of reading good content but this is a different experience altogether and one that should be tried or at least considered fully before passing comment negatively.
The 'plus' features in my view are simple: -
1.you can carry hundreds of books around without worrying about the weight of doing so.
2.You can bookmark as often as you like without worrying about it falling out.
3. You can annotate books very easily if you choose to do so and rub them out easily too without leaqving marks on the page
4. You can download new books almost instantly at a few pushes of buttons anywhere in the world
5. Kindle books are in many cases much cheaper than their paper counterparts and I have found many free ones too
6. The kindle will read to you if you choose this facility - I love the fact you can choose male or female voice to do this!
7. You have a built in (albeit experimental feature) MP3 facility - I like reading with music in the background (and it doesn't have to be listened to by everyone else as I can put my headphones in too)
8. With the 3G version Amazon pay the connection and download costs (Not the book cost)
9. Its not backlit so unlike other electronic devices, in the sun I found it as easy to read as a normal paper book and idneed I found it easier as the sun doesn't reflect on the white page.
10. You can change the font size etc to make it easier for you to read if you have eyesight difficulties and need large print - there are a limited range of large print books available in shops nowadays but the Kindle enlarges all books. I found this invaluable when on holiday as I forgot to take my reading glasses with me.
11. You can have your daily newspaper delivered to it (though I personally feel this is very limited at the present time as you can only get a few UK papers)
12. You can access your email on it
13. Battery life is up to a month (so I think thats far better than many similar devices on the market)
I agree with many sceptics that its not the same as reading a normal book - of course it isn't and will never be, however I think its another experience and for heavy readers like myself its certainly considerably easier and cheaper than proper paper books. I do flit between normal books and ebooks however the novelty factor is still with me and the fact I could recently take over 100 books on holiday with me without worrying about my weight allowance at the airport still outweighs the disadvantages in my opinion. I think particularly for students its a great plus as from experience I know reference books can be very heavy particularly and if they are not yours you can't annotate them whereas on the Kindle you can. I have found Kindle books also to be less than 50% of the cost of traditional books in many instances so this has to be a plus for me.
Minus points? er......apart from the experimental features which are exactly that and not as fully functional as I would like - nothing!
I am sitting dipping into my splendip as I type....1.7g of fat/148 calories only in this snack for just over a £1 so a great little inbetween meal low fat filler when on a diet. The nutritional values are per pot rather than 100g which means you know what you are getting.
What you get is a pot with three sections in it for rice crackers, Philly soft cheese and the dipping sauce.
In my opinion the dip is just perfect - not too hot, not too sweet and the Philly is soft and creamy and sublime. The crackers offer a textural crunch which in combination with the cheese and the dip is a nice combination and certainly one which I enjoy. From my point of view its the perfect savoury snack to get you through to the next meal and there are also other flavours to choose from to ring the changes in both taste and textures.
The lid can be a little difficult to get off sometimes but if nothing else it does keep it fresh. The rice cakes on their own are bland but I do think that the combination of dip and soft cheese works very well with these.
Weight loss with just dieting has always been difficult for me - or more to the point unmotivating due to the slow speed and ever induring boring foods that I have to eat. Alli has changed my life over the past couple of years and I would recommend that you give it a try;
Firstly on purchasing it over the counter I found that you have to complete a medical questionnaire - be honest and truthful when completing it especially if you have other conditions that you take medication for as you don't want them conflicting with Alli. A pharmacist will then probably have a chat with you and discuss the pros and cons for you. Please don't try and bypass this stage as it is important and I found it useful to actually have a pharmacist who knows about the product talking about the pros and cons, rather than just relying on an advert that is just trying to sell a product. You can of course buy these online though I don't know whether you still have to complete a questionnaire. There is a warning though that people with a normal BMI should NOT take these. The tablets are however not cheap but in my mind are worth it.
Once you have the tablets which incidentally come in a pot with instructions and also a handy three tablet carry case (which I found very helpful to take to work and out during the day), if you are able, register on their website alli.co.uk as I think there are lots of useful tips and hints and also the opportunity to register your weight loss/gain so that you can see how you are doing on a regular basis. I also found the low fat recipes very useful and a far cry from the usual dietary foods. Then the important bit starts, follow the instructions of eating very low fat meals for one week before you start taking the Alli - if you don't, be warned!! The side effects are not pleasant and if it is your intention to bypass this, you may have very loose stools with very little warning and stomach pains - at least ensure you have plenty of Andrex (or similar) in store!
In my opinion Alli are great as if you follow the instructions fully, and I found that there was a very quick weight loss from the word go for me. I know its not good news to lose weight quickly however it does give you the immediate encouragement to continue.
Eat low fat, reduce calorific intake, and wait and see the results. Easier said than done? Start looking at food labels a bit more - I found it quite amazing how much fat there was in what I thought was a healthy chicken sandwich. I personally tried to stay below 7g of fat per 100g however the recommendation is a bit higher.
I lost one and a half stones in about 6 weeks ready for my wedding nearly two years ago resulting in 4 alterations of my dress with my seamstress pleading with me two weeks before the wedding to stop taking the tablets as she didnt have time to make further alterations.
Now I am taking them again as due to eating the wrong foods and failing to exercise again the weight has returned, but in two weeks I have lost eight pounds again . I won't take these for more than a couple of weeks more and I will keep exercising (even though its only walking and using my Wii Fit three times a week) and this will give me the basis to continue without the tablets.
I think they are great for specific 'event' loss and as a motivational starter for a diet. They are of course chemical based and long term side effects obviously have been tested but my personal opinion is that its better to reduce food intake and watch the types of food you eat coupled with exercise. For me, I am using them as a kick start only, and with the lighter evenings coming the exercise will be easier when I can go out for bike rides, more walks and even perhaps swimming - I don't do aerobics or gym but anything has to help.
Good luck - everyone that I have recommended them to personally have found them to be excellent - I hope you will too!
Once the site of Clarks (the shoe people) production, its now a factory outlet shopping centre. Clarks Village in my view is one of the nicer outlet centres I personally have been to nestling next to the actual shopping high street of the town Street. Parking generally is relatively easy though during the summer months it is a destination for coach trips and tourists to the area.
There are all manner of shops there from clothing to electricals to kitchen items, to craft goods to books to jewellery to handbags.....in fact aside from foodstuffs (other than chocolate from Cadburys & Thorntons) you can buy pretty much anything there. There are also ample coffee shops, a food court and snack bars if you need refreshments whilst there.
I enjoy going to Street and Clarks periodically and am usually able to find some bargains from favourite shops like M&S, Coast, Next, Whittards, Monsoon etc. and recommend it for a day out shopping in a relaxing atmosphere. The only time I have found it to be frenetic has really been towards Christmas. Most of the prices tend to be at least 30% off RRP with many up to 70%
A small pay area is also availble for children to play in and there are also a few pay per go roundabouts and rides for those who want a little more excitement!
A day here is all you need - its easy to walk around and indeed you can hire mobiklity scooters for the less mobile and its easy to get around with most of it being on one level and easy access. Plenty of toilets dotted around too.
I can't possibly list all of the shops as there are so many and often are changing however there is a web site pertaining to Clarks Village at http://www.clarksvillage.co.uk/ which tells you more about it and how to get there - again depends where you are coming from but generally: From the M5, exit J 23 and follow the A39 to Street/Clarks Village. From the A303, exit the Podimore roundabout and follow the B3151 to Street/Clarks Village. Brown signage directs you to the centre from both routes.
As a long term fan of Goks work with overweight and unconfident women, I was intrugued to learn more about this man who is so at ease with women and who can make such amazing changes to others' lives.....
Its a story of triumph in the face of adversity and is so touching whilst keeping a real sense of the humour we know Gok has today.
Gok is honest throughout about the problems he had with his confidence, his weight, his eating disorder, his sexuality and indeed confusion that he experienced from his early years onwards. Written without any self pity, factual and a clear message about his family who are the most important people in his life. Its really also does show that despite being a celebrity he has had issues that many of us have to contend with in our lives.Indeed I felt it made him more human and real.
I feel it is one of the most honest and touching books I have read in a very long while and was one that I could not put down. Gok opens up with his feelings and you really feel like you know him by the end of the book. I found it compulsive reading and read the whole book in less than 24 hours I loved it that much
Not everyones cup of tea I guess but a book that I think you will either love or hate and know very quickly where you are going to stand on it.