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    • Sky Plus (Sky+) / TV Channel / 49 Readings / 44 Ratings
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      27.07.2011 22:16
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      I love sky+ - would definitely recommend

      Hundreds of channels and still nothing I want to watch! Anyone else have this problem or is it just me?!?

      I love sky plus, I'm amazed that they didn't invent it sooner really. The brilliant thing about sky+ is that you can record things on your sky box to watch another time. So for the times when you can't find anything to watch, there is the option to watch something you've recorded from another time. It's similar to having a video or DVD recorder which allows you to tape from sky, but with sky+ it only takes the click of one button to set it to record rather than having to mess around with a video recorder. I love this!

      Watching a really great programme? Eastenders characters just about to reveal all? The doorbell rings... No need to panic with sky+! It has the feature to pause or rewind live television. I find this feature so brilliant! If you want to get up to make a cup of tea, or check on dinner all you have to do is press the pause button and you won't miss a thing while you're gone! All you have to do is press play when you return and it carries on from where you got to. If an annoying member of the family is talking through a television show you're trying to watch (perhaps that's just me!) then you can rewind the part you missed. I'm not entirely sure how much recorded television you can fit on the box, I'm told it's 80gb, but I still don't really know how much that is! At the moment I've got a mixture of about 50 TV programmes and films on there and it's nowhere near full.

      There is also a feature called 'Anytime' on the sky box which can be accessed via the 'TV guide' button on the remote and then by scrolling across. This is basically a bank of TV programmes, sport and film that are available for watching at anytime (as the name suggests!) There isn't a huge selection, but it gives you a few more options if you don't know what to watch. The only issue I find with this is that a lot of the programmes are in HD and as I don't have a skyHD box, I can't watch them. Compared to Virgin medias catch up service, this is nowhere near as good.

      Another advantage of sky+ is that you can record 2 programmes at the same time, something you wouldn't have been able to do with a video recorder. However, when you're recording two, you have to then watch one of the things being recorded or something you've already recorded.

      I don't use this feature, but it is also possible to remote record. Which means you can set things to record on your sky box from your iphone or computer.

      A disadvantage I will note with sky in general, and I don't know if others have this issue, is that you have to have a satellite dish installed and during windy or rainy weather we tend to get disruptions to our viewing and sometimes our sky television will cut out altogether which isn't good!

      Overall, I love sky+ and don't know how I coped without it!

      Also on ciao as princessbuttercup.

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      • New Look / Highstreet Shopping / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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        27.07.2011 21:55
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        Would recommend

        I've always got the impression that New Look is more suited for teenagers, purely because of the people I see there when I go shopping. But at 23 years old I'm still able to find clothes there to suit me.

        New Look offers a range of products including casual wear, formal wear, nightwear, shoes, jewellery and other accessories. Some New Look stores also sell men's wear, although my boyfriend always appears disgusted when I ask if he'd like to buy anything from New Look (I think because it's perceived as a women's shop)

        I've shopped in a wide range of New Look stores across the country and find that the staff are always willing to help and knowledgeable about the products on sale. The stores always seem well staffed and queues go down quickly.

        More recently, larger branches of New Look have begun to stock designer ranges in an area of the store. These include apricot and pussycat london which are among my favourites. I think it gives an extra section for you to look around especially if you're searching for something special as these clothes are more expensive. New Look also offers a range of clothing which is called 915 which is for children.

        The shops always seem well stocked and I can usually find things in a size that I want. I'm a size 8/10 so I can't really comment on the availability of other sizes.

        One of the things I found brilliant about New Look during my student days was that they offered 10% discount when a valid student card was shown. Some times they even increased it to a 20% discount which was when I bought most of my clothes!

        The main disadvantage I have found with this store is the durability of the clothing. I often have clothes where the hems come unravelled or bit begin to fall off, this is especially true with cardigans and jumpers as I find the part around my wrists comes undone. Yet I keep going back! I guess that's because the prices are quite cheap really so I don't expect things to last forever.

        Another thing is that sometimes especially during sale periods, the store can get quite messy with clothes hung over rails and spread over the floor but I think this is something you'd expect during the sales anyway.

        Overall, I love New Look and shop there regularly, I'd recommend it. Only 4 stars because of the poor quality of some of the clothing.

        Also on ciao as princessbuttercup

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          24.07.2011 21:31
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          Wouldn't really recommend, sorry Birds!

          I used to love birds trifle mix, it reminds me of my childhood and making it when I was a little girl. When I saw it in the shop on offer I thought I'd buy it. I made it yesterday though and I have to say I was a bit disappointed for quite a few reasons. The whole jelly making experience was a bit of a disaster to be honest!

          ~~Making it~~

          The trifle has to be made in a different parts. First the custard needs to be made and this is when I encountered my first problem. Now, it could just be my lack of cooking expertise that caused this problem, perhaps someone else could let me know if they've had the same issue. I made the custard exactly as directed on the packet but found that it went very lumpy once it was cooled and was unusable for the trifle. I had to pop out to the shop and buy tinned custard.

          Next to be made is the jelly. Again, I followed the instructions exactly using the correct amount of water and stirred constantly. But, I had a lot of jelly crystals left at the bottom of the jug which just refused to dissolve. I had to sieve the jelly before putting it in the bowl to remove the left over crystals. I used a glass bowl which the packet said would be fine, but found that the jelly wouldn't stick to the bowl which made it quite difficult to add the custard.

          Finally, just before serving the dream topping has to be made. I added the correct amount of milk but found that there wasn't really enough dream topping to cover the whole trifle. A little bit more powder would have been good.

          ~~Eating it~~
          I was disappointed with the dream topping as this didn't taste how I'd remembered it and seemed to have quite an odd after taste. The jelly tasted okay and taking out the left over crystals didn't seem to have affected it. The custard obviously was fine because I'd had to use tinned custard. I didn't taste the one from the mix because it looked horrid!

          ~~In the box~~

          Just for those of you may be interested in buying the product after this review, in the box you get:
          - A packet sponge fingers
          - A sachet of custard powder
          - A sachet of jelly crystals
          - A sachet of dream topping powder
          - A packet of chocolate sprinkles

          It cost me 99p from Morrisons and is around this range in most of the supermarkets.

          All of the issues I've mentioned could of course just be due to my lack of cooking experience and general 'uselessness' in the kitchen. But, I really did follow the instructions exactly!

          The packet states that it serves 6 people, but I wouldn't say it serves that many unless they have very small appetites. I'd say 4 people is a more realistic estimate.

          I think next time, I'd buy the ingredients for the trifle separately and even though this would be more expensive it'd be a lot easier. Based on this use, I don't think I'd recommend this.

          Also on ciao as Princessbuttercup.

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          24.07.2011 21:05
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          I'd recommend this product.

          I'm not usually a huge fan of Jelly beans. I've never liked the hard outer shell and the soft inside of them but when I was given a pot of these as a gift, I thought I'd try them. These jelly beans were different and I really loved them. I found the inside to be chewier than jelly beans that I'd tried before, and the flavours were so much more exciting and delicious than normal jelly beans.

          ~~Products~~
          There are many different varieties available for purchase including the original gourmet variety packet or more fruity varieties like 'berry burst' and 'fruit cocktail'. It is also possible to buy packets of individual flavours if there are certain ones you really like. My personal favourite is the 200g tub with a handy lid to reseal them after you've had enough. These are currently priced in Tesco at £1.83 for 200g. Compared to other jelly beans this could seem quite expensive, so I think it's worth it.

          ~~Ingredients~~

          Just thought I'd list these incase anyone was interested:
          Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Maize Starch, Water, Fruit Juice from Concentrate (Apple, Orange, Pineapple), Acids: Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Fumaric Acid, Glazing Agents: Shellac, Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Flavourings, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Citrate, Colours: Turmeric, Copper Complexes of Chlorophyllins, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Vegetable Carbon, Mixed Carotenes, Lutein, Anthocyanin, Titanium Dioxide, Extract of Spinach and Nettle.

          ~~Nutritional Info~~
          100g of jelly beans contains:
          Energy kCal - 324kCal (not too bad I don't think)
          of which sugars - 58.7g (quite a lot of sugar though!)
          Fat - 0.0g
          of which saturates - 0.0g
          Salt - Trace

          The jelly beans are GMO, gelatine, fat and gluten free. They are also suitable for coeliacs and vegetarians and are created in a nut free environment. I think this is really good because it means more people can enjoy them.

          ~~Flavours~~
          There are 36 different flavours in the packet, so should be one that everyone likes. However the back does state that not every flavour is guaranteed to be in the pack. Just a few of the flavours included are: grape, pomegranate, English blackberry, peachy pie, pear and bubble gum. My favourites are strawberry smoothie and wild cherry but not a big fan of caramel popcorn. On the back of the packet is a useful picture of each flavour, which are quite accurate, to help you identify the beans to help you pick out any flavours you don't like.

          I have quite a sweet tooth and normally find myself easily eating a whole packet of sweets but these jelly beans were quite sweet and after a handful I'd found that I'd had enough. I guess that's quite good for my waist line really!

          These are the kind of product I'd buy once in a while for a treat, not really something I'd buy regularly. I found that because I didn't like some of the flavours I had to keep matching each one to the picture to check it would be one I liked. Quite a lot of effort if you just want something sweet to eat. I guess if you're a daredevil type person who just throws it in, you won't find this an issue though.

          Overall, I really enjoyed eating them and I'd recommend them.

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            17.07.2011 16:26
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            Great show.

            ~~Overview~~
            Hotel Babylon is a BBC TV series based on a book written by Imogen Edward-Jones. I've never read the book but would love to hear from someone who has. The BBC show is set in a luxury 5 star hotel and stories are about the guests who visit the hotel. Exciting story lines include rockstars who won't spend any money in the hotel, prize winners who win a stay at the hotel, staff dating guests and more. The show follows the frantic lives of the main characters working in the hotel including the manager, deputy manager, concierge, receptionists, head of housekeeping and the head barman. The show is narrated by Max Beesley.

            The show finished after its fourth series, this could have been due to the drop in ratings.

            ~~Main Cast~~
            The main cast include:
            Max Beesley who plays Charlie Edwards. He begins as head receptionist, becomes deputy manager in series one and then general manager.
            Dexter Fletcher who plays Tony Casemore, the head concierge.
            Martin Marquez who plays Gino Primirola, the head barman.
            Ray Coulthard who plays James Schofield, the food and beverage manager.
            Michael Obiora who plays Ben Trueman, a receptionist.
            Tamzin Outhwaite who plays Rebecca Mitchell in series 1 and 2, the general manager.
            Natalie Mendoza who plays Jackie Clunes in series 1-3, the head of housekeeping.
            Emma Pierson who plays Anna Thornton-Wilton, the head receptionist.

            There are other cast members who appear regularly throughout the four series, but these are who the show are mainly about during series 1.

            ~~Opinions~~
            I'm a massive fan of Max Beesley and Tamsin Outhwaite and love all shows that they have appeared in, but this is by far my favourite. I love the voice overs by Max and find that the comments made by his character in the narration are a brilliant way to begin and end the show. The show is funny and also contains an element of seriousness, such as an episode in which a guest wants to end his life. I like the fact that the story for each episode is independent to the next, but there is ongoing story lines throughout the series which focus on the staff and their relationships. Definitely worth watching.

            ~~Pricing~~
            The dvd's for this BBC show for series one to four, range from around £9.50 to £13.50 on Amazon currently.
            It's rated 15, so not one for the family.

            The first series can currently be viewed for free on seesaw.com

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              16.07.2011 18:31
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              I'm rating RedHot as 4 stars because the disadvantages mentioned let it down. But the food is 5 star

              The first time I visited Red Hot was on a Thursday evening. I'd heard people at work raving about it and how great the food was, so that evening myself and my partner thought we'd give it a try.

              ~~The atmosphere~~
              Similar to many buffets places the area where you are expected to sit and enjoy your meal is quite cramped. Unfortunately, when we visited we were seated at a table right next to a family with two noisy children. The tables were only a couple of inches apart from each other. On a more positive note, the décor and lighting is nice and the smell from the food is amazing!

              ~~The Food~~
              So, what you really want to know about is the food. I wasn't expecting a great deal from the food because the buffet places I've visited before have been quite poor. I went in with fairly low expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing! There are many different areas in the buffet as it's a 'world buffet', these included Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Italian and there is a section in the middle which does a mixture of lots of dishes such as roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, curries, rice, potato dishes and loads more that I just can't remember. Each of the stations has a variety of foods from that cuisine, including starter and main dishes. There is also the option to ask for specifically made dishes at the stations for example at the Italian station you can choose a type of pasta and a type of sauce and the chef will make it for you. There is also a salad and sushi bar at dinner times. Something I found very useful was the fact that the dishes all stated if they were gluten free. My mum is gluten intolerant, so I am intending on taking her there in the future.

              For desert, there are a variety of miniature cakes, pastries and mousses as well as a separate ice cream bar which had many different flavours of ice cream. There is also a chocolate fountain and a selection of sweets.

              ~~The service~~
              Sadly, the service let the restaurant down a little. As soon as we arrived we were seated but then the waiter disappeared for about 5-10 minutes before asking us what drinks we wanted. It then took about 10 minutes for our drinks to arrive. Half way through the meal we wanted to order more drinks but we could not catch the attention of a waiter and I ended up going to find one to ask them for more drinks. On the plus side, our plates were cleared very quickly after each visit to the buffet. At the end of the meal, the waiter took a long time to bring us our bill and this was only after we seeked him out to ask for the bill as again we could not get his attention.

              ~~Pricing~~
              The price per person for the evening buffet is £11.99, this was on a Thursday night. On Fridays and Saturdays the price rises to 13.99. More information about pricing can be found on the red hot website. This is very good value in my opinion, especially if you eat a lot! If you have a smaller appetite perhaps visit at lunch time when the price is lower. The only disadvantage for the price is the drinks, we found that the drinks were quite overpriced.

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            • Blackberry Curve 8520 / Smartphone / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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              16.07.2011 18:04
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              Overall, I love this phone!

              Whether wondering around town or visiting my friends and family, everyone seems to have a smart phone. I decided I wanted to follow the crowd and update my phone. I was indecisive for a while about which to get because there are so many options, the list is endless! I knew I didn't really want a fully touch screen phone so I finally decided upon the Blackberry Curve in violet and I think I made the right decision.

              ~~Ease of use~~
              The blackberry curve has a touch sensitive pad which I found difficult to master at first, as the cursor just flew across the screen as soon as I touched it. However, within a day I was used to it and now find it incredibly easy to use. The cursor goes exactly where you want it to, rather than a touch screen phone.
              The phone can be easily locked by holding the 'a' button and unlocked by pressing the button on the top.

              ~~Messaging~~
              Text messaging is simple and with a QWERTY keypad on the Blackberry Curve, I find this incredibly quick to do. All messages sent and received to a contact are kept on the same page so you are easily able to scroll back through to read previous messages. The contact's name and the first few words of a message appear at the bottom of the screen when a new message is received. The text messaging has shortcuts with some words when typing, for example when typing il the phone will change it to I'll. I found this really helpful and my texting was much quicker as soon as I memorised all of the shortcuts.

              There is also the option to use BlackBerry messenger (BBM). This is only used to message other people who have blackberry's. There is a great advantage to using this form of messaging, as it means that you don't eat into your text message allowance, it costs you nothing. The other thing I particularly like about BBM is that next to each message you send you get a D if the message has been delivered and a R if the message has been received. I found this particularly useful as I could easily tell if people were ignoring me or just hadn't received the message yet. (Normally the first option!)

              If you have friends who don't have Blackberry's, I would recommend you download 'Pingchat'. This is simple to do through the BB app world and is also an alternative to text messaging. It has a nice layout and pictures can be easily sent and received through this.

              ~~Internet~~
              Now, I haven't really made a decision about the internet yet. It's able to connect to my home Wi-Fi and I find that the pages load almost as fast as they would on my laptop. However, when using it out and about, it can be rather slow and frustrating. Especially if you want to look something up quickly like a train timetable. One thing that I found particularly useful was that Word documents can be downloaded and viewed in a simple format on the phone, changes cannot be made, but I found that if I wanted to read something on the move like the minutes from a meeting, this was a good feature.

              ~~Other features~~
              The phone alerts you to everything and if you're a 'social butterfly' who receives lots of texts, emails and social network updates, you can find that it bleeps quite often. If you have friends who try to annoy you purposely by posting repeated messages on social network sites or texting repetitively (I'm sure not everyone has friends as immature as mine!) I have found that the phone tends to freeze and not handle this abuse very well! The bleeping stops and the handset can freeze. This doesn't happen often, only when messages/social network notifications are coming through every couple of seconds.

              Blackberry App world lets you download apps to the phone, this is easy and fairly quick. There are many different things you can download, for example the ping chat I mentioned earlier, lots of games, I also have a tesco clubcard app, so that I can scan my phone when I forget the card.

              ~~Pricing~~
              I decided to purchase the phone outright which cost me £150. (This was about 6 months ago) I then got a Sim only contract from Vodafone which gave me 'unlimited' texts, (the maximum is 2000) 300 minutes and 500mb of internet for £15 per month. This worked out cheaper than getting an 18 month contract and the free phone. Definitely worth shopping around before you settle on a contract because lots of companies are much more expensive.

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            • Only Connect / TV Programme / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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              A fabulous new idea for a quiz show

              Not many people will have heard of this show as it seems to have been hidden away on BBC 4. However, I think it deserves much more coverage and a slot on one of the more watched TV channels. I only found it by accident when it happened to appear on the 'tv highlights' section of BBC iplayer.

              It's a fantasic new concept of a quiz hosted by Victoria Coren and is based around making connections. It's a real test of the brain!

              Two teams compete in 4 rounds altogether. In the first round contestants are shown 4 things and have to make a connection between them. The quicker they guess the more points they get e.g. 3 points if they only see 2 pictures, 1 point if they see all 4. The things can be words, numbers, pictures or sound clips. Sometimes these connections seem completely obscure and impossible to work out.

              In the second round they are allowed to see the first 3 things and have to work out what the 4th picture in the sequence is. The same rules apply to the points.

              In the third round (my favourite part -even though I suck at it) contestants are shown a grid of 16 words. They have to sort the words into groups that have connections. They then have to say what connects each of the groups. The BBC have recently put a selection of these 'walls' on their website (www.bbc.co.uk/onlyconnect) to allow keen viewers the chance to solve. I do have to admit that I only seem to be able to solve one of them!!

              In the final round they are shown words or phrases with the vowels removed and the consonants re-spaced they have to work out what the word or phrase is. This is the part that I seem to be the best at.

              Overall, the quiz is brilliant. Victoria does a great job as quiz master and brings a sense of humour to the show. She doesn't talk too much to the contestants which is good, as some quizzes seem to be full of boring chat!

              Even if I do manage to get only an average of one connection correct in each show it's still a great quiz to watch and a brilliant challenge for the mind.

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              A great day out for all ages.

              --Where is it--

              Folly Farm is in a place called Kilgetty in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is fairly near to Tenby. The postcode is SA68 0XA so if you have a sat nav that'll take you straight there.

              --Pricing--

              Currently, an adult ticket costs £7.50 and a child (age 3-15) is £6.50. Children 2 and under are free. There are also concessions for senior citizens and people with disabilities.

              --What's there--

              Folly Farm is split into several parts:

              The Jolly Barn
              This is my favourite part, inside the barns are many farm yard type animals including goats, sheep, donkeys, pigs and chickens. Many of the animals will let you stroke them. The best bit about the Jolly Barn is that you can bottle feed the baby goats at certain times during the day.

              Pets Centre
              This is my second favourite part, as the name suggests there are many pets in here including hamsters, chincillas, ferrets, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs, tortoises. At certain times of day there are pet handling events where you can get up close with some of the cute animals.

              The Zoo
              As well as farm animals at Folly Farm there is a zoo area to walk around. There are animals such as zebra, ostrich, llamas, camels, meercats, lemars and deers. Also a recent addition to the zoo is giraffes. The paths are good but may not be suitable for disabled users as there are many hills.

              Folly Wood
              Here there is a train that you are able to ride to look at more animals. These include pigs, goats, horses and llamas. Half way round you have the chance to get off to walk around a nature trail.

              Village Funfair
              Inside this area is a funfair area, there are many rides which I thought were quite reasonably priced. I think tickets for the rides were 50p each, and rides seemed to be 1 or 2 tickets. Inside here is also an indoor playarea for children.

              Outdoor Play
              There are also a few outdoor play areas, including a boat shaped one. There are also pedal tractors, a go cart track and digging with mini diggers.

              Shows and Events
              There is a new theatre recently been built at Folly Farm inside the funfair area. I haven't seen any of the shows personally, but have been told they are good. There is the K9 Capers agility show there. As I have already mentioned there are also bottlefeeding times, and pet handling. There are also several keeper talks.

              --Final Opinions--

              There is so much to do here, and more animals to see than I can list here. It is such a great day out and could easily last for a whole day, especially if you have children who will enjoy playing in the play areas.

              I don't think its just for children though, I'm 21 and I love visiting here everytime I go to Wales.

              Overall would definitely recommend to everyone.

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              • Cadbury Clusters / Chocolate / 20 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                Lovely chocolates would recommend

                Yummy :)

                I saw the small packets of these in the shop at work, I had to have some as I'm a complete chocoholic and they looked lovely. I must say I wasn't disappointed, they were lovely!

                They are basically chocolate cornflake cakes with raisins in. This seems like a simple concept but they are very nice.

                --Taste--

                The usual deliciousness of Cadbury chocolate mixed with cornflakes and juicy raisins. These taste lovely. But don't just take my word for it, buy a packet and try them for yourself.

                --Amount--

                As seems to be the case with most chocolates these days the packet is fairly large but only about 3/4 full. In the packet I think there's about 20-30 chocolates in the larger pack. There is quite a size difference in some of the chocolates, which in a way is good because if you're sharing you can give them all of the smaller ones! I think you get a sufficient amount in the packet.

                --Price--

                The only disadvantage that I can find is the price, a multipack of these cost me £1.87 from Sainsburys. The smaller packets cost around 60p. I think for fancy chocolate cornflake cakes they are slightly over priced. Especially when you compare them to other products that you could buy for this price. I suppose when you think of the ingredients you'd need to make them and the time it'd take they might be worth it. I think that as a treat occasionally, these are worth the money.

                --Packaging--

                The chocolates come in a red bag with a purple banner. I think the packaging is very appealing and colourful. They certainly stand out on the shelf. The bag also has a nice texture (weird comment I know- not exactly important when what's inside is so yummy)

                --Overall--

                I think these are delicious, easily my favourite chocolate at the moment. I would definitely recommend them, maybe not as an everyday sugar fix but as a occasional treat.

                This review is also on Ciao uk on the member princessbuttercup

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                • Hell's Kitchen (PC) / PC Game / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                  Good game would recommend

                  --Background--

                  Just like the TV programme, Gordon Ramsey watches your every move. He'll shout if you're not doing well, (no swearing involved here though!) praise if you're doing good and shut down the kitchen if it all gets too much for you.

                  There are two screens within the game; the first is the restaurant floor. Here you must seat the guests and instruct the waiter to take the food to them. The other is the kitchen, here you must cook the food (obviously!) By clicking on the bowl of food it is chopped and then you can put it in the correct pan. Each pan has a timing, you must ensure the pans all finish at the same time.

                  For each level you get a score between 1 to 5 stars. As you progress the things you have to cook get harder and you have more guests so it's harder to get a 5*.

                  As you progress through the games you unlock Gordon Ramsey recipes.

                  --Pricing--

                  The game can be downloaded from Big Fish Games for a free 60 minute trial and purchased for as little as $6.99 if you buy other games as well. This can be changed into many currencies.

                  --Controls--

                  The game is controlled with the mouse which is used for clicking and dragging the food and ingredients. It's a bit tricky to play with a touch pad mouse like I did, you have to do things quite fast so it'd be easier with a standard mouse.

                  --Opinions--

                  I really enjoyed this game, I loved the programme so thought I'd give the game a go. I enjoyed seeing what Gordon had to say about my food and getting a taste of how the contestants in the show felt.

                  The game isn't really a cooking game, you don't get to do any cutting or mixing or anything like that. It's more about time management than cooking as you cook many different recipes at the same time and serve too.

                  The game was fairly easy to control but would have been better with a real
                  mouse.

                  The game was fairly challenging as you could get between 1 to 5 stars for each level you complete. 5 being the best. This means that you can try to get as many 5* as you can.

                  The graphics were good and I also liked the music.

                  --Recommendations--

                  A good game would recommend to pretty much anyone, you don't have to be interested in Gordon Ramsey or cooking it's just a good time management game.

                  I think it's suitable for male and female, most ages. Not suitable for younger children because it might be a bit tricky for them. I'm 21 and I really enjoyed it so I think it's suitable for adults too.

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                  • FishCo (PC) / PC Game / 14 Readings / 13 Ratings
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                    08.06.2009 19:39
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                    Overall a good game - would recommend

                    --Background--

                    In this downloadable PC game you play the owner of a fish shop. The task is to complete certain goals that you are set, for example to sell 10 fantails and make $100. You buy the fish as eggs and feed the fish in order to make them grow. Once they are fully grown you can sell them in order to reach the goal.

                    As with a real fish tank you also have to clean the tank and scrub the sides to keep algae away. You can buy filters and certain fish which help you with this.

                    As you progress you unlock a breeding tank, this means that you don't have to buy the fish as eggs you can breed them and then sell them in your other sale tank. This means you can make more money as you don't have the intial outlay.

                    There is also the option to buy plants which can help to keep the tank cleaner and make the fish happier.

                    When purchasing eggs to place in your tank you have to ensure that the fish are compatible, some fish eat other fish, some fish eat other males. It is therefore important to keep an eye on the fish and find out which ones get
                    along.

                    There is the option to play on action mode where you have a certain amount of time to complete the level. Or alternatively you can play at your own pace.

                    After each level you get rewarded with an item or a fish for your fish tank. It's called your sandbox, you can customise what you want to do with this by adding fish, plants, filters, and ornaments.

                    --Pricing--

                    This game can be purchased as a PC download on bigfishgames.com for as little as $6.99. The site is American however the pricing can be changed into
                    pounds and many other currencies.

                    Alternatively, if you sign up to iwin games you can download the complete game for free. The only condition is that you get adverts every 10 or so minutes during the game.

                    --Controls--

                    The game is played using the mouse to drag and click on items. For example dragging the food into the tank and moving the fish. The game can be easily played with a touch pad mouse as this is what I have.

                    --Opinions--

                    I really enjoyed this game. After each level you get a new fish or plant to use in the next level. This means each level is different with different fish and goals.

                    I liked the fact that when you passed the level within a certain time you could get the expert goal so this gave me something to aim for. It meant once I had completed the game I could go back to try and get the expert goal. There is still one level I can't do!

                    The game wasn't too difficult but provided enough challenge as it was fairly hard to reach some of the expert goals.

                    There was a small amount of repetitiveness to the game as the tasks you had to do on each level were the same e.g. feeding the fish, cleaning the tank. There are differences on each level like the type of fish and the goals get harder as you progress.

                    --Recommendations--

                    I would definitely recommend this game as I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would say it is suitable for older children and teenagers. I'm 21 and I enjoyed it so I would also say it is suitable for adults too.

                    It is suitable for both boys and girls, and although you play a female in the game this doesn't actually get mentioned very often and doesn't affect the game.

                    --Tips--

                    - Play the free 60 minute trial on big fish games before buying to make sure you enjoy it before purchasing. Or download the full version (with adverts) on iwin games.

                    - Fill the tanks to their capacity as it means you will be able to make more money when you sell them.

                    - Make sure you remove the babies when breeding of certain fish because they will eat their babies if they get hungry.

                    - The number of plants, cleanliness of the tank and amount of food they have will affect how much your fish sell for.

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                    08.06.2009 00:18
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                    A very good razor would recommend for men and women.

                    I haven't written a review for a product like this and it's not exactly something to get excited about right? It's just a razor? But this product has inspired me to write a review.

                    You can't see it very well from the picture but it is a different shape to a normal razor, it has a longer arm part so the blade is easier to control. The blade is designed so that it bends slightly. Kings of shave describe this as a 'reflex hinge'. It allows the head of the razor to bend and flex this makes it really easy to shave with.

                    My boyfriend and I both have these razors. I use mine to shave my legs and as I have back problems have found that the design makes it easier to reach my ankles and much easier to shave. Rather than with normal razors where I have to stretch. Obviously I can't comment on shaving for men but my boyfriend says this razor is good as it has soft rubber piece which lifts the hairs and does not allow you to press too hard which results in cuts.

                    The handle is light and has very good grip so even when wet if you are in the bath or shower it is easy to keep hold of.

                    I bought mine from Tesco for £4.88. It comes in either black or white with 3 cartridges. When you run out the extra cartridges cost £4.88 for 4. In the packet with the razor you also get a £1 off voucher for your next purchase of cartridges.

                    According to the Kings of shave website the Mail on Sunday give this razor 5 stars and so do I. A brilliant shave!

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                  • Tonight's the Night / TV Programme / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                    07.06.2009 21:50
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                    Fairly good, but not good enough for prime time Saturday tv

                    --Background--

                    This programme is a variety show hosted by John Barrowman. The shows sees members of the public live their dreams by singing or dancing with guests from shows or music acts. The first week of the show aired on the 18 April 2009 and included Katherine Jenkins, the cast of Hairspray and Mcfly. A young band of boys were able to sing with mcfly and a lady was able to sing with the cast of hairspray.

                    Other guests throughout the series included Ronan Keating, Zac Efron, Russell Watson and Alesha Dixon.

                    At the beginning and end of each episode John sings a song. This is often too flashy and showy and doesn't show off his talents enough.

                    --Opinions--

                    I love John Barrowman, and I think he was great in Doctor who and Torchwood. However, this show was not good. It seemed that he was trying to hard, the whole thing had a 'corny-ness' about it. After watching him in more series programmes I just don't think this is his thing.

                    The idea of fulfilling peoples dreams is good and some of it was entertaining, but some of it was just boring.

                    Overall, the programme was slightly entertaining but just not enough for a Saturday evening prime time show.

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                    • No Angels / TV Programme / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                      07.06.2009 21:28
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                      I hope my review has persuaded you to watch this show - its great

                      --Background--

                      There are three series of this programmes. It follows the lives of 4 nurses working in Leeds. It is based inside the hospital watching the nurses relationships with the doctors and patients and also follows their lives outside of the hospital. It deals with stories such as sex, death and relationships. The 4 main characters who live together are:

                      Lia Costoya - a single mum, whose daughter Emma lives with her Dad in the first 2 series but moves in with her mum in the 3rd. She is a nurse but later she becomes the ward sister at the hospital. She is often described as a great ward sister but a rubbish mum. She has a relationship with the doctor Jamie which blossoms in the 3rd series.

                      Kate Oakley - the ward sister at the hospital and a complete push over. She will often do as her friends and doctors say but this changes later in the series. She has a few relationships with the doctors and in the third series leaves her fiancee at the alter!

                      Anji Mittel - a health care assistant at the hospital. She is known for her one night stands. In the first series she has an arranged marriage to Adjesh who leaves her for someone else before they get married. She goes travelling to Australia and returns heavily pregnant. In the 3rd series she finally ends up with Callum, one of the doctors.

                      Beth Nichols - is a nurse at the hospital and a golddigger. She goes in search of eligable doctors which lots of money. She has a relationship with a senior manager but this ends when he decides to go back to his wife! In series 3 she ends up with a plumber!

                      --Cast--

                      Beth Nicholls played by Jo Joyner
                      Kate Oakley played by Kaye Wragg
                      Lia Costoya played by Louise Delamere
                      Anji Mittel played by Sunetra Sarker
                      Emma played by Charlotte Leach Dr.
                      Jamie Petterson played by Derek Riddell
                      Callum played by James Frost
                      Stella played by Lynn Ferguson

                      --Opinions--

                      This is my absolute favourite programme, I have all three series on dvd and watch them over and over. It is very funny and the relationships between the characters are brilliant. Watching the relationships between the characters blossom especially Lia and Jamie are fantastic.

                      The storylines covered in the show are really good, this programe is definetely not for children.

                      --Where to watch it--

                      This is programme is a couple of years old so its not on prime time. However it is on at 1.30 on Saturday mornings on channel 4! If you download 4OD (4 on demand) for free which is the channel 4 equivalent to bbc iplayer you can watch the show whenever you want.

                      Alternatively, it can be purchased on DVD from HMV or Amazon.

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