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      04.03.2012 22:36
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      Use this for a perfect soldier dunk machine!

      Hello peoples,

      I mine and my mother's house, for a good five years now, we have had a very nifty little gadget kicking around- and oh do I adore my nifty little gadgets! This little wunderkind is the egg perfect egg timer- this beauty is practically legendary! So I am honoured to be the first to give my opinions on this brilliant piece of kit.



      ::::: The product :::::

      The Egg Perfect egg timer relies on a pretty simple piece of design genius to mean that you get a perfectly boiled egg (whether you like them soft, medium or hard) every time you use it. It features a little colour changing disk in the middle, that takes in to account water temperature and number of eggs to give you consistent results without you having to be constantly guarded about your eggs. It is an egg shaped piece of material that you put into your pan with your eggs. There are indicators engraved on the surface to show you when the coloured disk reaches the point that your eggs will be soft, hard or medium boiled, so there's pretty much nothing you can get wrong with it.



      ::::: The Effect :::::

      Simply put, I really like this gadget. Being very fussy when it comes to eggs (come on, who likes to dip there soldiers into a yoke only to find soggy white bits?) I had avoided cooking them for a long time, until my mother and I came across this one day. Hesitantly, we used it, worried that it might just spoil a good batch of eggs, but to our surprise it worked perfectly, and we were left with six soft boiled eggs without any horrible undercooked bits to enjoy for our family breakfast- what a relief! The product is really intuitive to use- no complaints from me at all.



      ::::: The Price:::::

      I believe we purchased the Egg Perfect timer from a Collectibles home ware store for around £5. Now, these products are pretty difficult to come across, in fact I haven't seen one kicking around in any shops since we purchased that one. It really is worth it weight in gold if you're a fan of your eggs and just as confused by the mechanics of egg boiling as I am.

      A quick internet search tells me these are available off the world wide webs though- so no worries about availability after all.



      ::::: My Opinions :::::

      If you hadn't guessed, I love this. It's just so useful- I can now enjoy eggs to my heart's content without worrying about how they're going to come out- a really top notch gadget that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

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      • Tupperware / Household Product / 30 Readings / 30 Ratings
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        03.03.2012 15:41
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        premium kitchenware at a price

        Hello everyone


        This review is about one of my great loves in life- almighty Tupperware! Now as a man of limited culinary skills, I tend to cook all my meals at the beginning of the week and freeze them if my mother is away so that I have a good hot dinner that I can just reheat in the microwave, so I have been relying on the amazing brand of Tupperware for some time now, after having some disappointing experiences to say the least (including an exploding microwave!) with lesser products. This review is about my ten or so years' experience with the famous products.






        ::::: The product :::::

        Well, as most people know, Tupperware is not just one product, but a whole range of serving, presentation, storage and food preparation products that originated in the mid-20th century. My main experience has been had with their different sized re-sealable containers that are sold in a variety of styles and materials generally used for storing food stuffs. The main source of sales for Tupperware products is still to this day through "Tupperware Parties", where a group of people will gather to see demonstrations of the products and buy what they need. These parties originated in the 1950's and proved a big force behind women's liberation, allowing stay-at-home wives of the 50's the chance to contribute to the household income while still being seen to be "proper". Just another reason me and my mother love the Tupperware brand. I have read before that the gender-specific nature of Tupperware as a brand further domesticizes women, but I think that for women of the fifties this was of the least concern- at least it was a step in the right direction!




        ::::: The Effect :::::

        Around 10 years ago when my mother had to start leaving home for weeks at a time to visit my father who works abroad, I was forced to find a way of feeding myself on my busy schedule. I have a very high pressure job and often work far in to the night, so it has always been useful living at home and having my mother happy to prepare meals for me, but at the times when she goes abroad I have to prepare in advance.

        In the beginning, I visited pound stretcher and discovered re-sealable, microwaveable and freezable plastic containers that I thought would be good for storing food stuffs in. I prepared all my main meals at the weekend and stored them in the freezer to be microwaved and enjoyed at a later date. These containers lasted me only one use, as they were flimsy and broke due to the fluctuations in heat I was subjecting them to..... I also found them to absorb the colour of whatever food I stored in them which was much less than appetising.

        On my mother's return, I asked her advice, and she pointed me in the direction of Tupperware. As a party frequenter herself, although mainly for serve-wear, she offered to buy me some containers at her next gathering. I must note, she never hosts these parties, only attends, as she takes her retirement very seriously. Before long I was presented with a rather smart set of "Vent n' serve" containers which were made of a very sturdy plastic. I have had these containers for around 7 years now, and am still using them to this day with no problems. I did have one of the vents break on one occasion, but that was due to my clumsiness rather than any manufacturing fault.





        ::::: The Price:::::

        A full set of Vent n' Serve dishes set me and my mother back around £150 if I remember correctly, but as a long term investment I believe this is really quite good. Tupperware is very expensive in general, but I believe there is no comparison in range, quality and durability anywhere else for cheaper on the market.






        ::::: My Opinions :::::


        I would recommend Tupperware to anybody who takes there food storage seriously, and my mother tells me they have a brilliant range of serve-wear that has lasted her a long time. Never have either of us bought a Tupperware product that we've had to replace- these things are almost indestructible! What's more, when you're buying Tupperware, you're buying a piece of the working woman's history and not much compares to that.

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          02.03.2012 21:49
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          Probably one of my favourite simple little home gadgets ever

          Hello everybody,

          This review is on the Culinare One Touch can opener, which I recently purchased on a whim over the Christmas period. This little alien-pod-esque gadget comes from the One touch range from Culinare. I originally bought it due to my love of sci-fi and the product's space age looking design, but found it to be much more useful than I originally anticipated as I will discuss in this review.



          ::::: The product :::::


          The Culinare One Touch can opener is quite a little magic gadget to have in your house. This little beauty opens cans at the touch of a button without any fuss or mess, so you can just pop the top off and get on with things without worrying about cutting yourself, faffing around with blunt tin openers or getting your fingers all messy trying to fish the inside lid out. The can opener takes two AA batteries and works completely automatically. It comes in a white, sleek, futuristic looking design (a little phallic actually as my mother pointed out!). This means it looks very smart around your kitchen. You just set it at a slight angle on the can you want opened, press the button and watch it go to work. Even if the can opener gets jammed, there's a little winding tool to set it back on track, but I've not had to use this yet and have encountered no problems with batteries like some reviewers on other sites have reported. It really is quite a fun little piece of kit which I'll explain more in depth later in the review.


          ::::: The Effect :::::


          Well, I must say I was quite tickled the first time I saw this little white thing go to work. It just whizzes round your can lid, and even goes back over places that didn't quite open the first time round, then stops ready for you to pull the lid off and get about your business. You may be one of these people, like me, who hates getting there fingers dirty fishing around inside tins of beans trying to pull your freshly opened lid out, but the One Touch has eliminated the need for this, as it actually cuts the whole of the top of the can off rather than just the inside lide, which makes things much tidier and simpler. I am often scared when watching my aging mother open cans that she is going to cut herself, so I was pleased to find that when this can opener has finished, it leaves no sharp edges on your tins. I am much happier leaving my mother alone in the house with this than with conventional can openers qas she can get quite angry and reckless when she can't get things to work- this thing doesn't only open cans, it makes for a calmer family environment in my case!



          ::::: The Price:::::

          I purchased my can opener for £20, although I can't remember where from. I think it may have been a collectables home store. Amazon.com are currently selling this on offer for only £12.98, which really is a bargain as I thought it was good value for £20- it is a really magic piece of gadgetry.



          ::::: My Opinions :::::


          If you hadn't gathered already, I love this! It simple, clean, fun to watch (trust me, you'll giggle!) and looks great. Couldn't really ask for more!

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        • Zoom Q3HD / Camcorder / 25 Readings / 23 Ratings
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          A handy recorder for musicians and amateurs alike

          Hello everyone,


          A very recent purchase of mine in aid of my mother's forays into the musical world of accordion playing was the Zoom Q3. Now, I'm quite a big fan of zoom products in general, and although I already own the Zoom H4N Handy recorder, I was intrigued to find out how the Q3 would compare. Usually, when I make video recordings with sound I have to set up my H4N and video camera separately and sync the video and audio afterwards, but thinking the Q3 would eliminate the need for this tedious exercise I recently purchased one off the wonderful wide webs and gave it a try.....


          ::::: The product :::::

          The Zoom Q3 is the first recording device from the zoom range to feature a built in video recording facility. This really appeals to musical hobbyists like me who wish to record there playing and performances to asses at a later date. Unfortunately, due to an ear injury, I've not been able to indulge my accordion playing whims for some time so I have taken to helping my mother improve her playing instead. The Q3 features a small yet powerful microphone located on the top of the device, in a rather futuristic looking design. On top of this, it takes SD cards, has a headphone slot and also boasts a small LCD screen so you can see how much memory the device has left and what you are recording. It also has the capabilities to perform 2X video zoom. Quite a lot in a very small package!


          ::::: The Effect :::::

          Now, my first test of the product was a quick video of one of my mother's daily practice sessions. I sat opposite her on a chair while she squeezed out some delicate tangos. We then watched the video back, and realised I hadn't checked the levels- so make sure you do test before making a full performance video or you could get caught out! On our second attempt, after a very quick fiddle with the settings to alter the input volume, all was successful. I even attempted a zoom while in operation of the camera, however I recommend if you are to do this then you should be aware that the zoom function is not very smooth while recording.

          We later watched the video back, and my mother was quite embarrassed to see herself playing for the first time- her rapturous expression while pumping her instrument is really something to behold! Anyway, we were pleased with the video, but it isn't of a very high quality, it is probably comparable to video on small lower end flip camcorders. I would also probably recommend setting the device up on a stable surface rather than holding it, as if you suffer from tense and shaking hands like me then the video can come out very shaky. The real benefit of the Q3 is its immense sound quality, which isn't as good as studio or that of its more powerful brother the H4N, but it comes a close second.


          ::::: The Price:::::


          A quick Google tells me you can now purchase the Q3 from £112 on the web, although when I first bought it I believe I paid closer to £170, so prices have really gone down. I'd say this is quite good value for money, but if you already own a higher end Zoom recorder and a decent video camera you may be better served just taking the time to sync your videos and music manually.


          ::::: My Opinions :::::


          All in all, a great little device. Perfect for the amateur musician, or bands who want to quickly and easily upload their videos to YouTube without being too concerned about picture quality.

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          02.03.2012 14:28
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          A good manly scent

          Hello fellows!


          My name is Jasper, and this was my very first review on ciao.


          This review is about my experiences with Joop Nightflight, which I was purchased last week by my mother. If my friends were here they'd tell you that I have quite a way with the ladies. It's a pretty innefectual way on the whole, but you cant fault me for lack of trying! After many unsuccesful experiments with pheremone sprays, male girdles and hair straighteners, I finally decided to cut my losses and go au naturale for a night out last weekend. My mother had been shopping that day, and had bought me this home as a present ( I have been informed she payed the small sum of £22 for this), so I decided to wear this along with my favourite colourful T-shirt and skinny jeans.


          Now, I was quite suprised when I pulled this out of the box, the bottle is most fascinating! I am a huge fan of scifi and was very happy, my fellows, to discover the futuristic design of the bottle- very appealing to a man like me. It fits very well on my dresser, however it would not look aout of place among my Star Wars Memorabilia- very snazzy!


          The smell was very strong, yet not overpwering, warm and flowery. Considering my mother is quite the fan of sweet and sickly smells I was quite dubious about trying this, but was pleasently suprised by it's masculinity- certainly gives the ladies the right impression. I received many compliments that night on my fine aroma, however I must advise against using "smell my Joop" as a chat up line, however famous the brand may be becoming the ladies do not appeciate this.


          I danced quite vigorously that night, and athough (as a "more to love" sort of man) I did perspire quite a lot, the smell of the Joop overcame this and the car ride home was not unpleasent for me or the taxi driver. Unfortunately, I received none of those lovely ladies phone numbers, however I will be trying again very soon armed with my new favourite scent.

          *Also on Ciao as Walowiz

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          • Earfit Earplugs / Other Health Product / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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            02.03.2012 14:24
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            Brilliant for anyone who needs some quiet

            Hello pals!

            I am very surprised to find that nobody has yet reviewed the fabulous Earfit earplugs. Now, I don't use these earplugs for travelling as it states on the packet, but I do have good reason for them as you will come to learn......


            ::::: The product :::::

            Earfit earplugs are a mid-range product designed to block or significantly reduce sound from external sources. I always buy them in packs of 6 pairs, but each pair will last far longer than one use and I go through no more than one pack every six months. The earplugs are an attractive bright yellow colour (so you don't notice any waxy build up on them- eugh!) and come in a white box with pictures on the front. The earplugs are in the classic cylindrical shape, rather than the more common tapered shape you see nowadays. I personally, from a comfort point of view, prefer the tapered earplugs, but you have to get the quality/comfort balance right when choosing aural protection.

            ::::: The Effect :::::

            I usually use these earplugs when my mother plays her accordion (which she does for a few hours a day, it is her retirement hobby much to my dismay). The instrument is quite loud, and gives me a huge headache so I can't complete any of my reports necessary for my job. After finding she had no intention of giving up, I took the "if you can't beat them, join them" approach and took up accordion playing myself. Unfortunately, I began to suffer ear pain and have had to stop for some time now. I honestly miss with all my heart relaxing to play Piazolla's elegant tangos on my squeezebox.... But I believe that is for another review.

            The only option I had, as I work from home, was to find some way of drowning the noise out. The first thing that came to mind was earplugs (after, of course, requesting my mother to stop but alas she tortures me with her musical skills). I came across Earfit earplugs on browsing the internet, finding them at a reasonable price on Amazon.com (which I will cover later). They arrived promptly through the post, and on receiving them I read the instructions and rolled them between my fingers to soften them up before inserting them in to my ears. The effect was immediately noticeable. My mother's playing became nothing more than a distant hum, although I must admit it is quite disconcerting hearing the sounds of your own blood rushing about your head while you have the plugs inserted.

            I have been using the plugs daily ever since, and have never had any complaints, apart from the occasional bought of waxy build up due to overuse.


            ::::: The Price:::::

            I purchased my earplugs for £9.99 from Amazon.com. They are not the cheapest earplugs around, but probably the most effective at this price (especially if they can drown out my mother's constant accordion playing!). As another plus, they last a very long time so it's not as if you will have to keep buying replacement packets.

            ::::: My Opinions :::::

            I would recommend this product to anybody with an overzealous mother, or simply anybody who just needs a bit of peace and quiet. I've tried sleeping with the earplugs in as well, and as they fit snugly in to the ear canal there are not problems or discomfort caused by sleeping on your side. An all-round winner I'd say!


            *Also on Ciao as Walowiz

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          • V7 Standard Keyboard / Keyboard / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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            02.03.2012 01:07
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            A good entry level keyboard

            Hello everyone!

            This review is on my V7 standard keyboard, which is the keyboard I am typing this very review on. I originally bought this keyboard as I was not happy with the one on my Toshiba Satellite Pro laptop, which I also use as a day to day desktop computer.


            ::::: The product :::::

            The V7 is a keyboard that requires no software installation. You just have to plug it in at a USB point and set it to work. It features curved, ergonomically designed keys which fit very nicely under the fingers. It only comes in one colour, black, but this is very smart and I believe no other colour would be necessary. The build is pretty plasticy and light, but as a lower end keyboard this is to be expected. It also comes with small flip out feet at the back, to raise it up.

            ::::: The Effect :::::

            On receiving this keyboard, all I needed to do was plug it in, hammer a key and it worked just as it was meant to. It's nothing flashy, but it does exactly what it says on the box- it's a keyboard. The only problems I have had with this keyboard have been the little flippy feet at the back, which didn't really raise the keyboard high enough for my liking. On trying to alter these, one of them snapped, which annoyed me a lot, but now the keyboard rests on a makeshift raising platform I've made out of leaflets which seems to work fine.

            ::::: The Price:::::
            The keyboard is available for around £4 from Amazon.com, which is where I purchased it from. I don't think you can really complain much at this price with free delivery...... If you want flashy features out of your hardware then you're going to have to pay flashy prices.


            ::::: My Opinions :::::

            I would recommend this product to anybody who wants a budget keyboard that does its job- not much to complain about here!

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              01.03.2012 18:06
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              My favourite toothy treat

              This is a review on Aquafresh Fresh and Minty toothpaste, which has been my toothpaste of choice for some 10 years now.

              ::::: The product :::::

              The product claims to not only clean teeth, but to also strengthen them and actively fight plaque. They call this their "triple protection formula" - sounds like something out of a spy movie, never mind from toothpaste! Hmmmm, but if this toothpaste can protect my teeth as well as our MI5 protects our country, then I'm certainly up for giving it a try. It is packaged in a bright blue box which gives you information about use, ingredients and company information- all pretty standard! The box is quite flashy though, with some interesting holographic effects on it. Definitely eye-catching. They do not recommend you use this toothpaste if you take fluoride supplements, as I believe it contains a concentration of around 1440ppm of fluoride in itself.



              ::::: The Effect :::::

              Well, all I can say is that I've never had any major dental work done in my life, and I assume that is in no small part due to a frequent brushing regime with this toothpaste. I like the way it makes my breath smell, however it does make food taste funny if you eat it too soon afterwards. I am always complimented by my dentists on the state of my teeth, and as I only brush twice daily (as opposed to after every meal like my mother does) it must be due to the dental hygiene products I employ. I'll be sticking with this toothpaste for some time to come I think.


              ::::: The Price:::::

              I usually pay around £1 for this toothpaste in a 100ml tube.... You can pay a few pence over or under this mark if you shop around, but it's really not worth it unless you're seriously counting the pennies. I believe this is excellent value for a product that lasts about two months on bi-daily usage and has such great benefits for your oral health. I really couldn't ask for more


              ::::: My Opinions :::::

              I would recommend, without hesitation, this toothpaste to anybody. I am not sure how useful it would be for individuals who suffer from sensitive teeth, as I have never had to combat this. However, for anybody looking for a good, inexpensive toothpaste to maintain good oral hygiene I think they couldn't lose out giving this little wonder product a go.

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              really not sure if these had any effect

              Hello fellows!

              This review is going to be about the Tesco Multivitamins that my mother insists I take on a daily basis.


              ::::: The product :::::

              Tesco Complete Multivitamins claim to provide 25 essential vitamins and minerals for optimal health, and unlike many other vitamin supplements are suitable for vegetarians. They are to be swallowed whole, and are free from wheat, eggs, gluten; fish, milk and salt so will be suitable for people with a wide range of allergies, which is useful for me as I often have trouble finding things that won't bring me out in a rash. The vitamins and minerals included are:

              Vitamin A

              Vitamin D

              Vitamin E

              Vitamin C

              Vitamin B1

              Vitamin B2

              Vitamin B6

              Vitamin B12

              Folic Acid

              Biotin

              Pantothenic Acid

              Now that list doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me beyond Vitamin C, but it sure does seem like a whole load of chemicals to be putting in to your body- surely you can just get all of these from a healthy diet?!



              ::::: The Effect :::::

              To be perfectly honest, after taking one of these daily for a few months now on the request of my mother I haven't really noticed and great deal of difference. I am possibly a little sprightlier, but this could be put down to a decrease in stress and work. So with little obvious external effects I am left to wonder if the tablets are doing me any good on the inside. They are certainly not unpleasant to take, being not to big to swallow whole and having no discernible taste. I'm just wondering if really all I'm paying for is a recipe for mineral filled poo?? It does make one wonder...


              ::::: The Pric e:::::

              My mother informed me she paid £7.30 from Tesco's for a packet of 180..... This seems very steep to me. Okay, so they will last one person half a year but it is still 4 pence a tablet, wich I dare say could be put to better use. Maybe I'm just a bit cynical.


              ::::: My Opinions :::::

              If you haven't noticed already, I'm not a great fan of this product or vitamins and minerals in general. If you have a healthy, balanced diet I see no need to supplement it with extras..... What's the point? Maybe these would be useful for vegetarians or vegans for whom it is harder to have a balanced diet, but I see no reason for a healthy adult to have to pay £7.30 for the inconvenience of taking one of these tablets every day.


              *also on Ciao as Walowiz

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              01.03.2012 16:21
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              My skin saviour!

              Hello fellow peoples!

              ::::My history::::

              I have long been a sufferer of dry skin, which is an unfortunate side effect of my many allergies. For a good number of years I searched in vain for a product that would relieve me of my pains, and having experiences skin-thinning hydrocortisones and ineffective emollients I was left for many years with cracked, bleeding skin on my arms and face. It was so bad my skin stretched tight, and one lady even asked me if I'd been in a fire accident- not my best times I have to say.

              ::::Price and discovery:::::

              It was on a whim that I decided to purchase Aveeno lotion. I had read a few good reviews on the internet, and this coincided with my mother reading that Amanda Holden used it in one of her ladies magazines. I was unemployed at the time, suffering a great dip in confidence from my outward appearance, so I managed to get the lotion free on prescription from my GP. I believe the lotion can be purchased for around £10 for a 400ml bottle from cosmetics stores as well- a price I would have been more than happy to pay and you will understand when I tell you about the results.


              ::::Results::::::

              Within 2 days of applying the cream, I began to notice a difference. The dead, dry skin began to flake off and the redness reduced dramatically. Now I was applying the cream liberally, from 3-4 times a day in order keep my skin hydrated. This is not in any way an unpleasant experience, as the cream is cold and soothing when it is applied and has a light, pleasant smell of milky porridge. Over the course of two weeks, my dry skin had reduced to a level that was only noticeable to me.


              ::::final thoughts::::::

              To this day, I still apply Aveeno as often as needed (usually about twice a day) and have had very few problems with my eczema. I would recommend this product to anybody who suffers from dry skin, even if they've tried all the strong medical hydrocortisones as this may just be the one thing that works for you!



              *Also posted on Ciao as Walowiz

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                Good for machine lovers!

                Hello chaps!

                (......and chapettes of course!)

                I recently visited Diggerland in Durham so I have taken up the challenge to review it myself, as a lover of diggers and all things big and machine-y.


                The Experience:

                For my birthday last July my mother treated me to a day at Diggerland, Durham. I know, I know I'm technically too old for that sort of thing, but I am such a digger enthusiast..... Sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and enjoy things! The website does state "It's not just for kids-n adults can have the time of their life too!" and I have to agree, I had a brilliant day. My mother also had lots of fun but had to sit with a nice cup of tea after taking a bit of a turn on the "Spin dizzy" ride..... it didn't leave me feeling to chipper either- don't go on this one unless you have a strong stomach!!

                Dippy Ducks was probably the most inventive ride- who would have thought you'd ever be able to play that old carnival favourite from INSIDE A DIGGER! Lots of fun! My favourite ride, however, was without doubt the JCB drive- a brilliant experience for a digger enthusiast. The power you feel when you're in command of one of those machines is just indescribable.


                Price:

                The price is quite steep; it worked out at £17 for me and £8.50 for my 66 year old mother. However, Diggerland does cater to a very niche audience (youngsters and big kids like me) so you're paying for one of the only places in the world where you can have this sort of experience with big diggers! All rides were included in the price, apart from some smaller diggers near the entrance and bumper cars- there's so much else to choose from though that you won't need to worry about this. I have noticed, from a brief check on the website that Diggerland are currently offering £2 off the adult price tickets and £1 off concessions if you book online and in advance- that's more like it!


                Final Thoughts:

                I would recommend Diggerland to adults who have the same love of awesome man made machines that I do. I saw lots of families there that day, and for children of around 6 there seemed to be a lot to do, but maybe not so much for very young children as the staff can be quite strict on age limits with rides. All in all a wonderful experience with some amazing machines!


                *also posted on Ciao as Walowiz

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                  A geek treat not just for geeks!

                  Hello Dooyoo,

                  Today I received the Big Bang Theory Season 3 through the post off EBay (a bargain at a mere £5!!), so I was inspired to write a review about one of my favourite shows. This review will concern the season 2 DVD, which I have watched too many times to count! I'm one of those annoying people who can recite the lines before the characters even say them- for me this show really is one of the best. It's also amusing to watch my cat Mr Spock look around whenever they say his name on the show..... A real geek treat.

                  Show and DVD overview:

                  Some of the more keen eyed of you may have noticed that my username here on Ciao borrows from the show. My favourite character Howard Walowitz (a non-so-smooth engineer) uses Walowizard as his screen name. Howard Walowitz is one of my idols- if a man like him can get a date then I certainly can! I have to say though; I do love his sense of fashion (brightly coloured polo necks and skinny jeans).
                  Season 2 of the show expands on long standing jokes from season 1, which is a real treat for serious fans. There are also plenty of new jokes, and the storyline is simple enough that you needn't have had to watch the first series to be able to understand it.

                  The character development in the show is amazing, and the audience gets a real sense as the series progresses (even though this is in its essence just a fun comedy) that the characters have really grown and learnt from each other... "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis" episode is a great example of this.
                  The DVD runs for approximately 461 minutes and features all 23 episodes from the series. It is rated 15 as it has "strong sex references". I have to disagree with this rating, as although the show does rely heavily on sexual innuendo, it is never offensive.

                  The Features:

                  The DVD is fairly light on features, but those it does provide are long, in-depth and insightful. The features consist of:

                  "Physicist to the starts" which is an entertaining look at the consulting relationship UCLA professor David Saltzberg has with the show. Many interesting facts here and a few inside jokes.

                  "Testing the infinite hilarity hypothesis in relation to the Big Bang Theory" which gives an interesting overview of the unique characteristics of each character in the show and the actor's approaches to them.

                  "Gag Reel" Which does just what is says on the tin- always one of my favourite bits of features on DVDs and this one does not disappoint! Some really funny moments.

                  Price:
                  The DVD has come down a lot in price since it was first released. I believe I purchased it for around £5 from Play.com over the Christmas period when it was on special offer. A quick Google search tells me the offer is no longer on and the DVD is priced at £8.79, which I still believe is excellent value for this modern classic comedy.

                  Final Thoughts:
                  If you haven't watched this before- watch it! If you have watched it- watch it again! Such fun and innocent laughs with a real connection to modern scientific current affairs, a real treat for science geeks and..... In fact, everyone! I cannot commend this show highly enough, I just hope they continue making it for many more series to come!

                  *Also posted on Ciao as Walowiz

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