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      20.04.2010 21:03
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      We've always eaten Lidl's chocolate which is around a £1 for a bar around the same size. However, when you go into Sainsburys and see that there's a bar of dark chocolate for 27p you can't well not try it, can you? This is dark chocolate of at least 50% cocoa which I think is pretty reasonable. The stuff you buy in other supermarkets, or at least Lidl, varies from this mark to 60, 70, 80, etc. Probably around 50 - 80 is my favourite amount. We prefer to eat the higher cocoa percentages as it's meant to be healthy or something and it makes you feel less guilty about eating chocolate. 50% isn't particularly high, I guess, as I think 60 or 70 is probably the norm but it does beat some brands like Bournville which I think lies around the 40% mark. Either way, when you eat this it tastes like dark chocolate so I guess you can't ask for a lot more.

      There are three chocolate squares per row and each square of the average size - thicker than the Basics milk chocolate bar though I think. When I first ate this bar I had to say I wasn't overly impressed as it felt quite gritty compared to the smoothness of Lidl's brand chocolate. However, I think it's one of those bars that grow on you, especially if you have been eating other brands of chocolate as now I am absolutely in love with this chocolate. It becomes very creamy when chewed and it melts okay if you are sucking at it. That said, I don't think it is that amazing a melter as you have to use quite small bite size pieces in order to get it to do that as the square itself is quite thick. I think the bar is actually quite addictive now and I am always sneaking in the kitchen for another square.

      I have heard from another of people that this chocolate is no good for melting in the microwave either as apparently it sparks. Frankly, I do find that kind of worrying but I have not tried it myself to prove or disprove the numerous claims as I like my microwave too much. Either way, I have used this in baking a number of times by cutting it up into chocolate chip size pieces and chucking it in to muffins or cookies. I think it works quite well as this although to be honest I didn't like it much when I first did it. I think I prefer milk chocolate in these sort of goods although I thought it worked okay when using half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate.

      Just eating this bar regularly, though, I think it's great. I don't think the taste lasts a long time but then I don't find this with many chocolates around. It's very pleasant to chew on and I think it has a good flavour, far better than the likes of Bourneville and a few over chocolates that I have bought for well over the price in other supermarkets. It's well worth trying for 27p. The milk chocolate is also good so I recommend that as well. Obviously this bar isn't much to look at as it's just the regular white and orange packaging and obviously it's not going to be particularly healthy but I think dark chocolate is one of those things where you can have a square or two, as opposed to milk chocolate where you're practically compelled to eat the whole thing. I recommend giving it a go.

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        20.04.2010 19:30
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        We have about five thousand packets of these downstairs because my brother likes them a lot and for some bizarre reason takes them for lunch. I'm sure that's very healthy. But I guess they're only 30p so it's not something you can really complain about.

        For 30p, I think this is a bargain amount of biscuit you get. I don't know how many are actually in there but the packet is about the same size as most other brands you get. The biscuits themselves also look like regular chocolate digestives though I'd say they are a bit smaller, unless other brands have also got a bit smaller, too. I remember digestives used to be massive. However, my family agrees that it's just a nice size to eat because you still only want one or two. There are about 70 calories per biscuit which I think is pretty reasonable all considering, though there are 4 grams per biscuit and 1.7 grams of saturates which is a bit hefty considering the daily limit for the latter is 20g. That said, why get caught up in it really? I mean obviously it isn't a good thing to eat the whole packet but just to have with a hot drink I think these are very nice.

        However, I don't think these are spectacular dry. I just ate one on their own and I don't think the biscuit tastes of much and the chocolate is hardly in your face. I think this might apply to all chocolate digestives, however, though I haven't eaten any other brand for so long I couldn't truly comment. Besides, the rest of my family enjoys them dry so I might just be a bit weird on this point. The biscuit also sticks to your teeth pretty bad if you are eating it dry which I find quite annoying.

        However, if you dunk this is a hot drink, they are fabulous! You have to hold it in a for a few seconds so that the chocolate melts as well as the biscuit getting soggy. Then you get the full flavour of the biscuit and the chocolate and you can see why people might gorge on the whole packet. I really think you have to have these wet if you want to apprecaite it. When I eat a dry one, by the end I am always holding a chunk of it in my mouth to melt the chocolate that way before chewing. That's kind of sad but it makes it taste a lot better. There is nothing particularly wrong with the dry biscuit but I just think it tastes about a hundred times better when it's dunked.

        If you're buying branded chocolate digestives, I would really recommend these because I did find some own brand ones a while back and ate the two side by side. The Basics ones really outdid the others as they just had a much pleasanter taste. The chocolate doesn't have any tang like some others do but just tastes like chocolate. Also, it's obviously only 30p so you can't really go wrong to give it a go!

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          20.04.2010 18:25
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          yup.

          These taste good. I picked them up one day because I had been fancying yogurt for a while and I don't actually know the difference between fromage frais and yogurt and...it was cheap. So there you go. These come with three flavours which are strawberry, raspberry and apricot and you get 2 of each. I tried the apricot on the first night and it was really good! The strawberry was also good, as was the raspberry. The only problem I have in regards to taste is that I feel like the flavours are quite...artificial, if you know what I mean, particularly in the case of the strawberry. It just tastes too strong to be natural, haha. However, the ingredients do list strawberry puree, raspberry puree, etc, so it is natural flavouring. However, just take note that ingredients are listed in order of highest percentage...and these purees are valued at 5%. Sugar precedes them. I guess this explans the strength of flavour cause it's all just sweetness really.

          The pots are very small so I think they are good for a quick snack but particularly for kids lunchboxes if you have a cooler to keep it in. For myself, I found it quite difficult to even get a spoon in these things because the tubs are so tiny and I ended up using my finger! You don't really get a lot which is why I think these are probably better for kids. However, after all, they are only 35p and you do get 6 so I suppose you could eat quite a few and not be missing too much money. I think they're more of a flavour thing than actually filling you up, though, because you don't really feel like you've eaten anything in terms of how full you are after these. You can taste the fruit for quite a long time afterwards though.

          35p is an absolute bargain for six of these in my opinion. The tubs are good even if they are tiny. I think it's definitely worth a go for the price especially if you're looking for something your child's lunchbox. The tubs are all connected via the top but you just snap off the pot you want quite easily. The yogurt is smooth with no bits so you just sort of gulp it down really which is nice! I do recommend getting a really small spoon for this though. In retrospect I was using a regular spoon whereas I think a teaspoon would be better or one of those very small spoons you can get specifically for things like this.

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          • Rice & Pasta Dishes / Recipe / 13 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            20.04.2010 18:17
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            om nom nom.

            I feel a bit of a loser writing this because everyone else has put up fancy recipes, but I assume there must be other incredibly lazy people like me out there, somewhere. I love baking but when it comes to dinnertime I'm sort of like...nah. I don't do microwave meals but I just sort of cook plain pasta and vegetables and eat that.

            However, this was before I realised the wonders of...tomato ketchup and butter. I don't know what to call this pathetic recipe so I will just call it that, I feel.

            tomato ketchup and butter pasta

            - Firstly, you cook the pasta. I recommend spaghetti because I think it would be awesome for this, though I haven't actually had a chance to use this myself. Short pasta also works well. I myself use fusilli because it absorbs it quite well.
            - When it is done, drain the water and leave it in the saucepan.
            - Get out of a chunk of butter from the tub and dip it in. I then mix it up with the pasta until it has melted. It should melt pretty quickly with the heat of the pasta.
            - Then get your bottle of tomato ketchup and just squirt it all over the buttery pasta and again stir it up. Serve.

            It comes out orange and it just tastes SO GOOD! I used to just eat tomato ketchup and pasta but when you add butter it comes to taste quite creamy as well. I also like the orange colour of the pasta. I usually add vegetables or whatever prior to adding the butter and tomato ketchup because then it will absorb the 'sauce' too. I usually add broccoli and peas, that sort of thing. Tofu also works well (cooked, obviously). Not sure about meat as I am a vegetarian but I assume it would be okay.

            I don't know if everyone already knows how to do this but it was a revelation to me when I just did it randomly one day. I think you could replace the butter with grated cheese if you wanted for some variation. I have not tried this but, lets be honest, cheese goes with everything anyway.

            I have given this four stars because it's not really a genius recipe (is it even a recipe?). But I think it's really handy if you want something nice but you're too lazy to whip something proper up.

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            • Kinder Surprise / Chocolate / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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              20.04.2010 17:57
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              nah.

              I used to looove Kinder Surprise. Pretty much the highlight of my life to get my hands on one. My dog also used to play with the shell inside occasionally so I decided to buy to see if he still would.

              I was so disappointed with what these Kinder Surprises are like now! Seriously! They used to be so good and now they are about 65p for something that is so tiny and not at all worth that kind of money. I suppose you might say, ah, yes, but it has a toy within it. Well, frankly, the toy sucks. The toys at least used to be interesting but now I think they are pretty pathetic and I'm sure you could buy a proper small toy for around the same price. The toys are so ridiculously small I don't see how they could entertain anyone and sometimes you don't even have to put anything together - well...what's the point in that? And when you do have to put the stuff together, it just ends up being something stupid like a dog or whatever. And it goes in the bin because no one cares.

              The chocolate itself is so thin now I don't se the point in it at all. I mean, it is fairly nice but...come on. You could probably eat the whole egg in 2 bites if you had a big gob and then you're over. And that's sixty pence gone. Might as well just buy two cheapo chocolate bars - one milk, one white and there you go. You get about the equivalent of fifteen kinder surprises for the same price. I do think it's nice but I also think it has gone downhill as my brother, for example, is a chocaholic to the extreme and he used to like kinder surprises but now was really disappointed with them also. They just don't taste the same. I think it's mostly because the chocolate is so thin it's hardly worth bothering with. I like the combination of milk/white chocolate which is a fantastic taste but gosh, you could have a bit more of it because it's not exactly an original idea and you could just follow the alternative as suggested. Or just make some cookies and throw in chocolate and white chocolate chips.

              I do still like shell. I think it's pretty cool. Unfortunately, my dog won't play with it anymore so I won't be buying any more Kinder Surprises, that's for sure. I can't believe anything could be such a waste of money as this. It's like trying to sell a flump for fifty pence - you just don't do it. However, I will admit that it might just be because I'm no longer a kid and maybe if I was then the eggs would still hold some novelty.

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              • Primark / Highstreet Shopping / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                19.04.2010 14:35
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                Go for it.

                I'd never really been in Primark before for some bizarre reason. There's a massive store in town and I just avoided it and went everywhere else when searching for items. However, one day I ended up going as my friend had said they had cheapo Uggs and my feet were cold. They did indeed have these. I have to say that they were a bargain price, too, and about £4 and they lasted me over the winter. I think this is a thing you'll find quite often throughout the store as every time I go in I am stunned at the prices. Sometimes you find things on offer for a pound - seriously, one pound, really nice clothes too. I have looked both in the womens' section and in the kids' section because I am a midget and I have to say that the clothes they have for women is very, very impressive. They have such a great range and I think this would be my first stop if I was a little taller. They have practically everything you could want and in my opinion it is all very fashionable and the prices are so impressive. I don't think I've ever come across anything above a tenner yet. Maybe not even that high. Maybe just a fiver. So if you're into shopping sprees then this is probably the place to go cause you'll get double the amount than if you had went to Marks and Spencers or New Look, etc.

                What I have bought from here has been of a high quality. I bought a pair of pyjamas which lasted quite well. I abused them a bit and a hole did appear but I'm not sure if Primark quality is really to blame because this also happened before with a Sainsburys' pair, but the Primark pair was significantly cheaper. My brother has bought a few t-shirts here and what he likes about them is that you can get designs on the front without paying more for it. In other stores like Peacocks I noticed if you buy a t shirt with some design on the front then you jump up quite a few pound over the plain counterpart. Here you can just get anything for about half the price. They have so much variety here. They have practically every time of clothing and we have never really had a problem with any of it. The only problem with the items themselves is that they are so cheap that sometimes you buy things you don't really want. I bought a hoody a while back just because it was £2 and when I got back home I was just wondering...er, why did I buy that? I haven't worn it yet.

                I don't think the kids' stuff is of such a high quality as the adult sections, but I think this is the same in most stores, even M & S. So I don't think you can really complain. They do have a lot of nice stuff there still, a nice selection of tops, trousers, pyjamas, etc. Again good prices.

                The other problem is that the prices attract pretty much everyone. Every time I go in the store is so, so packed you practically have to push past. Even at opening there are people queued outside. This means that though you can pick up a lot of items quite quickly you'll be queuing for double the duration, which is quite annoying. However, I suppose it is worth it in the end as in my experience you will spend that time just searching for something in any other store!

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                  19.04.2010 13:17
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                  If you're eating quick cook porridge then you don't know what you're missing

                  I tried quick cook sachet type microwave porridge before as I was convinced porridge was all the same. I put it a bowl and it was absolutely foul. It was really just way too smooth and it felt like you were eating really, really bland soup. I couldn't even finish off the bowl and it put me off the idea of porridge for a while. However, one day I saw my dad with a bowl of porridge that looked very differently to say the least. I did a bowl for myself the next day.

                  What I like about this as that it actually tastes and has the texture of the porridge I always imagined. You can actually see the oats that made it and it doesn't just slip down your throat like the gross microwave stuff. It has a nice pleasantly bumpy texture. It isn't altogether bland in my opinion either, so it's something you can easily eat plain. However, I add a handful of raisins to mind which is absolutely epic as the porridge itself is actually quite chewy in a way so then you get both flavours in one.

                  You can add either milk or water to this. I just do water and it tastes delicious to me though I suspect milk would be rather more filling. It uses quite a lot of liquid, though, around 240 ml for one serving so it depends on how much you want to use. You could always use a mixture of half water/half milk. I don't think it really matters, although I haven't tried the milk option to say for sure. When this comes out of the microwave it is absoutely boiling so unfortunately I have to leave it for a few minutes! If you're used to drinking hot coffee or tea I'm sure it will be fine as my dad can gobble his up straight away. I have to keep blowing at my spoonfuls and waiting forever and ever.

                  I didn't think porridge would be so pleasant since it has a reputation of being bland. To give you an idea of how nice I find this, I ate it for lunch after eating it for breakfast, and I did so for the next two weeks or so instead of any sandwich or a packet of crisps! It's really good.

                  This is a really cheap option for porridge as well at around 40 p which I think is pretty reasonable for how much you get out of it. A great breakfast option.

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                    19.04.2010 13:10
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                    ... nom nom nom

                    I wrote a review before of the raisin version of this, which is ridiculously addictive. One day I accidentally picked up the tropical version and I felt very stupid. However, after eating, I have realised that this version is perhaps five thousand times better, although they are both, admittedly, delicious.

                    This is essentially a packet of honey baked oats. What I like about it is that the oats are very, very crunchy so you can saturate your bowl with milk but the flakes don't go soggy like cornflakes or whatever. They're still really firm and you can still taste the sweetness of the honey. I don't think this packet is as good to eat dry from the packet as the raisin though, for some reason. I think it is because you don't get as much fruit as in the raisin version, which is my one complaint actually. I was really disappointed with the amount of fruit as there is hardly anything but banana chips. I really love pineapple in such cereal but I felt spoiled when I had one per bowl and as I got down to the bottom of the packet, I had no pineapple at all. In fact, I had no fruit at all except the dreaded banana chips. I don't really have anything against banana chips but...come on. I wanted some melon or pineapple at least. One piece of either is all I ask for but you got neither. I think that's pretty disappointing as if you eat Jordans Tropical Muesli for example there is loooads of pineapple, papaya, melon, etc. so in comparison this is very sparse indeed.

                    However, it is very good and I think it would probably be even better if you had some fruit on hand which you could add yourself. It's perfectly fine to eat this without any fruit as the oats itself is absolutely gorgeous. I know it's probably not very healthy as this is quite high in sugar due to the honey but...eh. It's good. The serving size of 50g, however, I feel is quite small. It fills about a quarter of a bowl or even less which I think is quite disappointing but I try to stick to it anyway. It has around 230 calories in this amount with the milk as well, which is quite reasonable but it comes with a lot of carbs understandably. I do think it makes a good start to the day though as it's one of those breakfasts that you quite look forward to. I have gone back to muesli for the moment and I really miss the crunch of this as in comparison muesli is very soft and, when you put in the same amount of milk, soggy.

                    I really recommend this but I do think the price is a bit extortionate at around £2 with an ever smaller packet size - mine is 750g. It's alright if you're going to stick to the 50g serving size but if you plan on filling your bowl right up then breakfast is going to pretty expensive! But it is most certainly delicious. I would recommend trying this and the raisin and almond one. The raisin and almond one is a good one for snacking as it tastes good both wet and dry.

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                    18.04.2010 22:24
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                    If you're in M&S, might as well pop in and try

                    We don't go to Marks and Spencer very often but when we do we always stop in the cafe for a little break. They have a nice variety of stuff to choose from but we always stick with the sweet options which you are confronted with when first entering. They have stuff like scones, croissants, iced cake, apple turnover - a real nice variety. However, you don't usually get all these things at once. Usually you'll just find a few options and then next time you go there'll be a few different ones. I guess I quite like this as there is a very small element of...surprise when entering. It just sucks when you've been looking forward to something only to find that it is not there. However, there is alway something nice to choose in my experience.

                    I really recommend choosing anything. The scones are absolutely delicious and you can choose either butter or sunflower margarine to go with it. I really recommend the margarine in particular. It is really flavourful and adds a great taste to whatever you put it on. The teacake is very popular with people and I can see why this is. The teacake is massive and the staff will toast it for you if you like. I don't really like it toasted though because by the time you get back to your seat it has gone cold anyway. However, it is really is a filling option. The only bad experience we have had is with the apple turnover which hardly had any apple in its whatsoever and was just generally unpleasant since it was practically all sugary pastry.

                    The bad thing about the cafe is that you almost always have to queue for ages. You will literally be standing for about five, ten minutes before you get to your seat especially if you go at any point during the afternoon - not sure about the morning. I don't know if it's REALLY worth the wait but having a bite to eat in the cafe is a nice break from shopping. The items are relatively inexpensive as a treat. Scones about £1.20 I think and the rest are around the same. They are all quite a reasonable size and you don't feel like you've been cheated. The staff are quite friendly and it's easy to get a glass of water here. However, some cafes seem to put ice in it while others do not. It's not particularly pleasant to drink warm water.

                    The atmosphere is generally quite nice. There are some cushioned seats which are nice to get on but the regular chairs are sufficiently comfortable. There is usually a huge amount of people in the cafe but it's not too bad. You don't feel cramped in or anything. The staff are quite efficient in clearing up tables so new people can get in. All in all, I think it's quite a pleasant experience to eat here. The only problem is that it seems too many people are aware of this so it is always full! I've only eaten the sweet options as mentioned but, quite frankly, the other options like the jacket potato and sandwiches look and smell delicious. I'd recommend trying anything here as it seems everything is of high quality.

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                    • New Look / Highstreet Shopping / 11 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                      I've never really thought much of New Look because I thought the clothes were a bit too fancy for me as I'm into baggy hoodies and jeans as the best I can offer the world. But I was desperate for a new pair of jeans and I had been into all the shops everywhere had been unable to find a pair that fit. The problem is I have short, fat legs. And I didn't want a pair of skinny jeans which seems to be all that other shops offer you. So I had been around almost every shop in the town and had ben unable to fnd a pair. I then decided to give New Look a go because I hadn't been in there for ages but I recalled buying a pair of jeans there before.

                      I found a pair of jeans really quickly here. I buy from the kids' section because my legs are sooo short but they had a couple of really nice pairs of straight-leg and boyfriend jeans alongside the usual skinny stuff. They fit perfect and they had a really design. I was also impressed with the rest of the clothes in store as they weren't like other stores with OTT colours but they had very nice designs which were just right for clothes you just want to wear out and about. I had a look in the womens' section as well and I was impressed with this. What I really liked was how they sold their jeans. Other shops tend to sell them in size 6, size 8, size 10 so when you move up a size to get them to fit in width then you'd end p with a pair that was too long - I know, I found this out the hard way. However, in New Look they sell them via inside leg length which I thought was seriously awesome! You then get the right length straight off - using the most accurate measurement of it - and then the jeans are sub divided into dress sizes, 6, 8, 10... which means that you've got the length right straight away and then you can decide what will fit your your legs/hips. This is the most efficient way of selling jeans I've ever seen and I was really impressed.

                      They also had a huge varietyof jeans that most other stores didn't. They had skinny, boyfriend, straight leg, boot cut and they had plenty of variety within each section. I thought this was fab as within other stores ALL I had been able to find is skinny jeans which, let's face it, only look good if you HAVE skinny legs.

                      All in all I now think New Look is a fab store and I would recommend it to anyone, especially for jeans. The jeans I bought were £16 which I didn't think was exactly cheap considering it was from the teen section (Peacocks had a pair for £8) but I also preferred the design here and they fit a thousand times better. Definitely recommended.

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                    • McVities Penguin / Snacks / 12 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                      probably better to go for the cheaper alternatives

                      I agree with other reviewers that these used to be a lot bigger. I also bought these at Tesco on special offer recently and I was quite looking forward to them. But when you get them out of the packet, they are awfully small. They are so small that you can finish in about three bites which is quite ridiculous. However, I guess these are more of a kiddy snack so I imagine it is perfect for lunchboxes. I remember I used to take these to school with me every day.

                      These still taste as good as they used to with a layer of chocolate in between a biscuit sandwich type thing. What I don't like about these is that they really stick to your teeth due to the biscuit layer and that's obviously not good for the teeth. For this reason I don't think that they are good in-between meal snack as they'll just ruin your teeth unless you brush them straight after (and if you do that then what's the point of eating it...) Guess this is a bit by-the-by though.

                      The jokes are alright. I remember they used to be quite alright when I was younger, anyway, but now they are so predictable that I can guess the answer before I look. I'm not sure if this is because I am older or because the jokes now suck or because they reuse the same jokes over and over. Probably a little of all. However, I think this is again good for little kids cause it's always nice to have a little something aside from teh chocolate - probably the attraction of kinder surprises really with the toy. It gives you something to look at before tearing open the wrapper.

                      I do like the taste of these but it's definitely not worth the price. In my opinion it's better to buy the cheapo supermarket version than buying the McVities version. It's really not worth the price different because they all taste the same anyway - it's such a simple recipe it would be hard to screw up. It's all chocolate anyway. And as such, thsi is obviously quite unhealthy. I guess that's why these are again good for small kids over teens/adults because one will probably do them. Pretty much everyone in my family talked about how they could eat two or three of these now that they are so small. That said, there are only about 100 calories per bar which I think is pretty reasonable. You could fit this into your diet if you're on one if you put aside the fat content. It's a nice treat to stick in with an otherwise healthy lunch (hopefully).

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                      • Dead Poets Society (DVD) / DVD / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                        Recommend it to everyone.

                        This was a fantastic film. It was really engaging despite its length. You really felt for all the characters and they actually felt 'real'. Robin William performance is very constraned considering his usual parts but he was an absolutely briliant choice for the teacher. I'm a student and when I was watching him, you just felt that yeah, I wish I had a teacher like that. I wish the education system allowed such teachers to exist. The film focuses on the students and their life within quite a strict school which their new English teacher loosens up a little.

                        Unfortunately, I hadn't known that this was a sad film. I was really expecting an optimistic ending. I think it surpises you in this way. Apparently most people already know that this isn't a 'happy' film but I feel I should warn future viewers that the ending is a bit dismal. That's a total understatement. It's a heart-wrenching film at its core and any view should be prepared for that. However, it is worth it because it's a film I'll never forget and I'll most certainly watch again. It takes you on a real adventure. I didn't think films set within schools could actually be any good as I thought they'd be all sort of be high school dramas, you know, with girls with boy trouble and the local football team or something. This was totally different as it focused on a different set of dynamics within the school system. It is a film that is at different points or sometimes simultaneously tearful, uplifting, funny. The teacher Robin Williams plays engages the viewer as well as the students and I feel that it awakens in us as the audience the same sense of possibility, the same motivation to improve ourselves and suceed, as he sets out to awaken in his classroom.

                        I recommend this film to students, teachers; actually, I might just recommend it to anyone who has ever sat through a boring lesson in school which is pretty much everyone. What a great film.

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                        18.04.2010 21:28
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                        Maybe the film is better.

                        I was really disappointed by this book. I had been looking forward for a long time. However, the premise I found actually quite disappointing when it was put into action. Yes, this about a relationship between a Nazi and a young boy, but it's post-war - I seriously didn't know this, I was convinced that it was during the war so I was ignoring all evidence to the contrary until it was explicitly made clear - and it all just flashes by so quickly. The novel is divided into three parts and one second you're reading about their little love affair and the next moment you're reading about the trial. The transition is very abrupt and I don't think you are really given a chance to engage with the characters. In addition, I don't think the author really understood his own cahracters and I think he is using them more as tools to discuss the question of the German guilt. I seriously didn't understand how or why the whole love affair began because it just...began. And then it was over. And then we are seeing the trial.

                        This was very easy to read but I don't think that's really a benefit. I had finhed two parts just reading for two hours or so. This wasn't because I was enraptured or anything. It was just because the language was so simple and dispassionate. It just doesn't really involve you. I didn't really appreciate the whole point Schlink was trying to make. I did feel a little for the character at the end but to be honest this is just one of those books that you open and close. I wanted it to be a book that you'd want to discuss for hours and hours as it should have been, but the book just left me feeling a little meh. I was seriously disappointed as I had been looking forward to the book for ages.

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                        18.04.2010 21:21

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                        i don't recommend it

                        I really didn't enjoy this. I always thought rice puddintg sounded like a nice idea but I tipped this out and it just looked...like porridge really. Grey porridge. I cooked it and I got it out and it didn't really taste of anything. It tasted sweet but sweetness without flavour doesn't exactly do much for anyone. I tried to add jam to it as my dad had always used to rave about this combination. It just made it worse. I couldn't even finish my serving of this so I chucked it away. It was kind of nauseating because it just tasted of nothing. I've never eaten rice pudding before so maybe I just don't like rice pudding. That said, if you look it up on google, the stuff that comes out of the tin is absolutely nothing like the images that appear. They look nice. This was just gross. You stick it in the microwave or a saucepan so it is easy enough to cook. It is also very cheap. However, I don't recommend it because I don't think the taste is worth it, at all. I'm not sure if this is uniform of tinned rice pudding. If you eat all the fancy stuff like Ambrosia or whatever I do recommend trying this as it is about a hundred times cheaper and probably just as nice. I compared ingredients and this has exactly the same proportion as the top brands.

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                        18.04.2010 21:16
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                        great

                        I've never really used conditioner because it's seems like a waste of time. Why bother. But I picked up some of this the other day with the shampoo that comes with it and I have to say that, wow, it really is different. I have mega thick hair and it's always really frizzy and stupid but I thought that it was inevitable, and that no shampoo/conditioner combo would change this. I was really, really wrong.

                        When you squeeze this out it's sort of like a paste. I've never seen conditioner before (haha) but I expect they all look like this. It's a yellowey bronze colour like the shampoo bottle itself. You just apply it to damp hair then wash it out. I use it after I've washed my hair with the partner shampoo which I think is probably the best combination to use. Prior to using this, as I say, my hair has been a mess. But after using this, even in the shower you could feel the difference because my hair actually felt really smooth. It was such a change.

                        When it dried it stayed much the same. It felt really soft. What surprised me most is that it really did put a stop to frizz. I didn't wash my hair again for two days but all that time it kept my hair really...neat. It didn't tangle up or anything. Even when I was too lazy to brush it as I wasn't going out, my hair actually looked...neat, I say!

                        I really recommend this for people with messy and/or thick hair like me. It makes your hair super manageable and just nice looking in my opinion. I'll definitely be sticking with this in the future. It is a bit expensive at around £2.50 but I think it's worth it because you don't have to use a lot and I don't think you would have to use it every time you wash your hair.

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