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    • Hoover VHW654 / Washer Dryer / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      23.11.2009 16:06
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      A super washing machine, get a separate dryer of you can!

      It struck me whilst shopping for a new washing machine that I really had no clue what I was doing, my partner didn't either - not a good start! The washing machine the previous owner had left behind had started leaving oil marks on our clothes and sounding worryingly like it was preparing for take-off. After a quick look on the Which? website (www.which.co.uk - £1 trial) and a lot of washing machine debating, off to Curry's we marched to buy the Hoover VHW654D.

      It took a while to even decide that we wanted a washer dryer (the more jobs one machine does, the more parts it has to go wrong) but having limited space meant the Hoover's 52cm depth fitted under our kitchen unit perfectly and meant we were able to have something to dry large items such as bedding which takes up a lot of hanging space in a small flat like ours. It was hard finding a washer dryer that would fit but the Hoovers design means that the drum has a wider diameter and is less deep than its rivals but it still takes a 6kg load (5kg for drying). More than enough for the two of us - possibly too small for larger households though.

      The machine is good to look at with its large viewing window and simple controls, the door is easy to open and close although the shallowness of the drum makes it easier for clothes to fall out when the wash is finished. The dispenser drawer is slightly tricky in that you need to ensure it is pushed firmly when closing it.

      There are many wash settings including washes for cottons, synthetics, quick wash, delicates and wool. The washing machine also has a clever feature which adjusts the length of the wash depending on how much washing you have put in - it shortens the wash time if there is less than the full weight in the machine. All the settings have variable options for temperature - I have found that the 30 degree wash cleans perfectly well. An average cotton wash lasts about one and a half hours. The machine is pretty silent and doesn't shake too much but does make an unusual whistling sound when it's spinning! All our clothes have come out beautifully clean, not too wet and all the washing liquid and fabric conditioner has been used from the dispenser.

      The dry functions are also plentiful but slightly less successful. You can dry to cupboard or iron dry and can choose a low or high heat depending on if there are synthetics or cottons. You can also simply select a time from the electronic display from 30 minutes up to 120 minutes. We tried to dry four towels as we had guests coming the next day and it took three and a half hours. The only thing it has been useful for is those last minute 'everything's in the wash' panics - when you need to put a top or some trousers in it does do the job in around twenty minutes, much easier than the hairdryer! The biggest problem comes when you have to try to get drying out before the time is up, the doors lock whilst drying and getting washing out means a complicated fiddling with the buttons to try to make the machine forget what you were doing. It also seems to take the smell of the fabric conditioner out of the clothes that have been dried in it.

      The Hoover VHW654D is currently available at £479.00 from Curry's - we got ours for around £380 and is also being sold at Dixons.co.uk and some other online retailers for £391.00. It comes with a five year parts warranty and one years labour. I love this machine for washing and think it's great value for money but it lacks in the drying department, hopefully it will continue to wash well and when I get a bigger house I will get a separate dryer!

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      02.12.2008 09:37
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      The best five pounds you will ever spend!

      Luckily I have managed to get through most of my adult life without any major skin problems. The odd small spot here and there, a bit of dryness on my cheeks but no major acne or big noticeable blemishes. Until one horrid day, known from here on out as 'Spotgate'. I woke up, went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and looked up to find that Mount Etna had found its way onto my chin, not on the side of my chin but smack bang in the middle of it. I panicked. I didn't have anything at home to take care of this monstrosity. Savlon was not going to do the job this time. I wondered if I could stay at home until this went away by itself, well it would only be a couple of years. The rational side of my brain came back to life, I would need to deal with this head on or the spot would win.

      I made my way to the local Boots, goodness knows how much YSL Touche Eclat I got through that day and got to the skincare isle. Who knew that there were so many lotions and potions available to combat spots?

      The first thing that caught my eye was the "SOS" on the bright blue packaging, I would have preferred if I could have ordered it from home in Morse code but Boots don't employ professional code-breakers at the moment. I'd never used Garnier products before but the promise of a fast-acting spot treatment was enough for me. I went to the counter and paid the £5 for it, jumped in the car James Bond style and drove home as fast as I could whilst not going over the speed limit. Well, it was only a spot remember?!

      Once at home, I took a closer look at the packaging in all its shiny blue glory. The "pen" comes in a 10ml long thin tube with the kind of slanted application end they have on the Juicy Tube lip glosses. The instructions say to apply the solution directly to the affected area every few hours in order to reduce redness and clear your skin up quickly. The active ingredients in this product are Zinc and Clay which both act to dry out the spot, Eucalyptus which acts as an antiseptic and Salicylic acid which is a natural extract used to remove top layer skin cells. I applied the tube directly to the spot as instructed and waited to see if this would bring the promised results.

      The consistency of the product is lovely. It comes out of the tube as a clear gel and dissolves very quickly into the area it has been applied to without the need to rub the product in which is always a benefit if it means not having to touch an icky spot. It smells quite pleasant too, slightly chemically but mainly of Eucalyptus.

      I applied the product four or five times that day and by the time I went to bed most of the swelling and redness had disappeared completely, after two days it was impossible to see that there had been a spot there at all. I had won. Take that spot!

      This is 100% the best product I have ever discovered and will never use anything else to treat a spot again. It works quickly and effectively without any horrible skin irritation that can sometimes be caused by this type of product. It's suitable for sensitive skin and lasts for ages due to the tiny amount you have to apply each time you use it. I would recommend that anyone with any size of spot goes out and buys this product immediately. Viva la spot revolution!

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        01.12.2008 15:57
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        Save your money for a cheaper, more effective, gentler product.

        A few months ago I made the decision that I wanted to splash out on some good quality skincare products which I thought would encourage me to do the 'cleanse, tone and moisturise' routine on an everyday basis (I often favour sleep over a regimented skincare routine). The Clinique three step routine had been recommended to me a few times so had a discussion with the Clinique consultant in John Lewis who went through a skin type test before recommending the Mild Liquid Soap, Clarifying Lotion 2 and a moisturiser.

        I bought the 200ml version of the Clarifying Lotion for around £12 although it is available in larger sizes. It comes in the basic Clinique packaging which consists of a clear plastic bottle and green plastic lid. Looking at the poor quality and not-so-good looks of the packaging you would have thought this would mean that Clinique are so busy developing miracle skincare products that they had blown the budget on expensive scientists and overlooked the packaging side of things. I don't think this is the case. I think that just as much effort has been put into the product as there has been into the packaging - not a lot.

        The product is sold as an "Exfoliating Lotion", the Clinique consultant said to sweep this across my face only once after using the liquid soap (the bottle says two sweeps) which would remove dead skin cells before moisturising.

        After using this product on my face for a few weeks I started to get dry, red skin around my nose. Everytime I put it on my face it stung. I had told the consultant in John Lewis that I had sensitive skin but she assured me this product would be fine to use. My skin had become dryer in general from the lotion and since changing this part of my routine to replace clarifying lotion with a Boots own brand toner my skin has returned to its usual softness, the red marks are gone from my nose and I don't have to endure the acid peel feeling everyday.

        After some lengthy research, trying to find out what exactly is in this product due to lack of information provided on the bottle or by the Clinique website, I turned the bottle upside down (doh!) and found the tiny label - most of it having been printed over, there I found the list of ingredients. The three main ingredients in Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2 are:

        ---Denatured Alcohol - This is the main ingredient in the product, it is used in products as a carrier for other ingredients and for its antibacterial effects but can dry and irritate the skin. If it had been made clear to me in the store that I might as well just be putting pure alcohol on my skin, I certainly wouldn't have purchased the product.

        ---Menthol - An organic compound which comes from mint oils and can be used to stop pain when applied to skin locally. Menthol is known for causing irritation to the skin.

        ---Witch Hazel - Oil extracted from the Witch Hazel tree is known for its anti-septic properties but has a high Ethanol (alcohol) content which can cause skin irritation. The tannin it contains can, after repeated use, cause skin irritation.

        Frankly after reading this list, I'm not surprised I didn't get along with this product. I'm no skincare expert but when something says "Flammable" on the packaging I would hazard a guess that it's probably not the best thing to use on your face. These active ingredients can clearly have a negative impact on a persons skin and would feel extremely sorry for anyone with skin more sensitive than mine who had purchased the Clarifying Lotion.

        The one good thing I have to say about this product is that when my boyfriend scuffed his work shoes on the wooden floors at home, this product removed the marks from the floor without any problem. I had tried all the cleaning products under the sun but Clinique's Clarifying Lotion 2 removed all the marks very quickly. So I must say a big thank you to Clinique for providing me with the most expensive floor cleaner know to man.

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        • mysupermarket.co.uk / Internet Site / 72 Readings / 70 Ratings
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          25.11.2008 04:55
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          The best website in the world.......ever

          After watching a 'money saving tips' segment on a BBC1 programme where Mysupermarket.com was mentioned in passing, I decided to give it a go. I was slightly skeptical about it as the purpose of the site hadn't been fully explained on show. I was assuming that having typed in your shopping list a large flashing sign saying "SHOULD'VE GONE TO ALDI" would appear. I couldn't have been more wrong and have found it an easy to use and extremely useful tool for making my pennies stretch that wee bit further.

          Mysupermarket.com is a free to use website allowing consumers to compare grocery prices of the retailers offering online shopping - Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys and Ocado (Waitrose). You go onto the site, choose which shop you would like to buy from and type in your shopping list, like you would do at the online stores themselves. You are able to switch between the shops at anytime and the website will tell you if the new shop you have selected has the product you require.

          As you add more items to your trolley the total is displayed at the top of the page along with the prices the same shopping would cost you in the other stores. The prices for each store are updated everyday so you are always getting the correct prices - instore and online.

          Some very useful functions of the site are:

          **Favourites list**
          Allows you to store your favourite items in the website itself once you have registered and save them. Better still is the function that allows you to import the 'favourites' you have already stored in an individual retailers site (Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys and Ocado only) by entering your username and password for that retailers site into Mysupermarket to save you entering all the information again. This is a super function if you find yourself buying the same items each week as it saves you having to type them in each time you shop.

          **Swapping items**
          The site keeps you updated while you are shopping as to how much money you could save by swapping products, you click the 'swap and save' button and it suggests cheaper alternatives to what you have chosen already. This can be a bit hit and miss as sometimes you get your hopes up that you'll save money and everything you are offered as a swap turns out to be value products (not that there is anything wrong with value products!).
          There is also a 'calories swap' option which works much like the money swap but instead it calculates the calories in a product you have picked and suggests a healthier alternative within the same range.

          **Points Earning**
          You can save up Ipoints by registering at the Ipoints website which can be converted to cash as well as being able to collect your normal supermarket points (Clubcard and Nectar Points for example).

          Once you have finished your shopping and made all your swaps you can either checkout online or print out the list to take to the shops. The online option means that you are transferred to the website of the store you have chosen to shop with to book your delivery slot, put in your card details and pay. The second option prints out the list of your items which the site sorts neatly into the sections of the shop the item would be in - Fruit & Veg, Dairy, Fish and Meat, etc.

          I have used this site three times to organise my shopping and feel it's the best discovery I have ever made. I have been printing out my list to take it to the shops and it saves me so much time when I'm there as everything's sorted into neat categories unlike the usual scribbled mess I take with me.

          The only problem I have had with the site is that I can't find chillis anywhere! It does take quite a long time to type in the list but the results make it well worth it. I have saved around £20 a week on grocery shopping. Another nice thing about the site is that although the assumption is that Asda would always be the cheapest (being that they mention the site in their own advert), I have found that there is usually only a couple of pounds between the Asda and Tesco prices. One week I even found that Sainsburys was cheaper to do my shopping in than Tesco which was a bit of a shock!

          This is a superb website, truly designed to help the consumer make better choices. If you haven't tried it yet, I would highly recommend you do - It will change the way you do your shopping and save you money at the same time, what more could you ask for?!

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            22.11.2008 19:55
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            Still not made my mind up!

            I personally think that marriage is completely up to the individuals involved, I personally sway between thinking it would be the nicest thing ever and thinking that its an outdated load of rubbish!

            I like the idea of having a wedding day, the dress, rings, saying vows to each other and promising that you will spend the rest of your life with the person you love. I also like the idea that you are with someone you love and care about so much that you don't need a big day and a piece of paper to show each other that you want to be together forever, a nice quiet continuation of the time that you've spent together so far. People say that the older generation got married and stayed together forever because they valued marriage more. I completely disagree with this as my Grandparents married at 25 and stayed married until my Grandad passed away 2 years ago. They couldn't stand each other and lived in separate houses for 20 years and hardly spoke! They just didn't want to get divorced as it was more frowned upon for their generation which I guess means that older people are more likely to stay together, even if they're miserable.

            Unfortunately, as everybody knows, people don't always stick to those promises made on a wedding day and people end up getting divorced. This is a costly exercise. Even with some sort of agreement in place people can end up fighting over kids, money and property and have to go through a separation period before they get divorce which means that it can be a very long time before someone is able to move on properly. The same could be said for an unmarried couple looking with children looking to separate. They would still need to pay for solicitors for property and decide what was happening to anything else they owned but a cleaner break may be possible (what a romantic I am -ha!). In some way though if marriage does convince people to try and work on their relationship more that can only be a good thing but that doesn't seem to be the case if the divorce statistics in this country you read are right.

            I don't know if I'll get married so I've told my boyfriend not to propose to me to give me time to make my mind up - I'm not changing my name though!

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            • Room 101 / Discussion / 37 Readings / 34 Ratings
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              22.11.2008 18:17
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              Banish them, you know you want to! Evil cackle,stroking cat etc

              This is my case for banishing hairdressers into Room 101:

              There is absolutely nothing I hate more than going to get my hair cut, I would rather do the Can-Can on hot coals than go to a salon. Unfortunately sometimes I must and here is why the experience is so terrible.

              You call up to book an appointment for a cut and blowdry, the receptionist offers you appointment slots two weeks away, all in the afternoon after you've specified you can only have morning appointments, she then asks who you want your haircut by. I've never been to the salon before so I ask "who would you recommend", which provokes said receptionist to start reading off a list of job titles followed by the prices with jobs like 'style director' or 'colour coordinator' , which I don't understand the relevance of,followed by the prices. In response to this list, half of which I've not heard I ask "which is the best one", apparently it depends how much you want to pay because they're all very good although if that truly was the case why do they all have different job titles and prices and not just called 'hairdresser'? After confirming your appointment and wasting 15 minutes of oxygen you feel thoroughly exhausted and worry if you've made the right choice. This sometimes leads to a pre-appointment hairdresser upgrade - well, that £10 could mean the difference between having hair like Amy Winehouse or coming out like Angelina.

              The appointment arrives, you turn up just on time and are sat down at reception to wait your turn to look at super exciting hairdressing magazines. Your hairdresser finishes their last appointment 10 minutes late and it is at this point you are offered a drink. Coffee please. After you have had your head 'massaged',ie washed, your drink arrives. I have not yet had anything to drink in the hairdressers. My theory is that they use the same coffee all day and just bring it out to people when the haircut has started knowing all too well that no-one would drink anything while hair is getting cut. They use this cup all day, it also helps them prevent people using the toilet they don't bother providing.

              Hairdressers have got this strange system of measuring, you say you want three inches off the length and they either cut one or five off depending on their mood, I hope someone figures this out one day. They also like to talk to you about where you've been on holiday or what your plans are for that night. They should have a 'silent hairdresser' option when you book your appointment to let me avoid the eye strain I develop during a haircut from trying to stop myself rolling my eyes at the nonsense coming from the stylists mouth. I would also suggest that they provide people with eye masks to wear whilst getting the hair cut. I don't want to look at mine or the hairdressers face for an hour thanks.

              When it is all over they show you the back of your head, why would you need to see the back of your head? It is clearly just the opportunity they are giving you to tell them how nice your hair is, even if it isn't. Most of my friends would rather get upset themselves than actually look into a hairdressers sad, hopeful eyes and tell them they're not happy. They then tell you about all the products you must buy to keep your hair looking nice afterwards. It never does.

              Please join me in hair anarchy and send haidressers into Room 101, I'll cut your hair and I promise I won't speak to you at all!

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                22.11.2008 16:56
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                I'm going to need to get more of this, lucky it's my Birthday soon!

                Every Birthday for the last five years, without fail, I am given an Anna Sui perfume as a gift (no prizes for guessing why!). I have been given Anna Sui Dreams, Dolly Girl, Secret Wish, the original 'Anna Sui', a special edition of Dolly Girl which I can't find the name of anywhere and Flight of Fancy. Luckily I have enjoyed all the fragrances - I may have had to consider a name change if I hadn't but Flight of Fancy is my favourite by far.

                After the initially thinking that I was a bit fed up of getting these perfumes I opened the wrapping to find the beautifully designed box - yellow pearlescent with floral designs and a large silver peacock motif, it was at this point my eyes lit up and desperately wanted to see what was to come. The content of the box did not disappoint. The bottle graduates from pink at the bottom to clear at the top (it looks more yellow at the top when the bottle is full) and there is the gorgeous lid in the shape of a peacocks tail. It looks absolutely stunning on my dressing table.

                The scent is wonderfully summery, I must say that I did find myself using it more during the summer but if I feel I need a little cheering up, a few spritzes of this does the trick just fine. It is slightly florally and fruity without being a sickly sweet smell. Without professing to be any sort of perfumer I will try and describe the smell as best I can. The main tones that come through when you spray the perfume are Rose, Grapefruit and Vanilla. There is sort of a musky background scent which stops the perfume getting to the sickly smelling level. The citrusy notes definitely add a freshness to this perfume. After you have been wearing it for a while during the day it is the more musky and rose notes that remain. I would say that all in all it is a very balanced, fresh and light scent and very wearable for during the day although I prefer something a bit heavier for evening (Armani Code).

                This is a great perfume for using at home but due to the bottles short boxy shape and fan shaped lid it is not particularly handy for taking out in your handbag. It is a great scent and would make a beautiful gift for anyone.

                This perfume is on offer at Debenhams.com just now although I'm not sure when the offer ends.

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                22.11.2008 15:55
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                Does what it says on the tin but Tesco should introduce more choice to this range.

                I went in to Tesco with the view that I was definitely going to buy some Febreze. Unlike the other reviews this was with the sole purpose of stopping the smell of my boyfriends football kit spreading to the rest of the flat in the time between coming home from football and a wash being put on. It's too late when he gets home at 8pm to start the washing machine so I needed something to cover up the smell during that time.

                I went to the detergent isle in Tesco and had a look. Febreze has quite a good selection of fragrances but at about three pounds it was a bit pricey. The Tesco Fabric Freshener looked fairly similar packaging-wise to the Febreze, the packaging is now different to the picture above and has pictures of Daisys (very summery!) and more scrawly writing. At 78p I thought it would be worth a shot.

                The instructions say to spray "evenly until the fabric is damp" about 20cm away from the item but to use more for "difficult odours". I felt the smelly kit constituted a "difficult odour" so used about 20 sprays on the top alone! The instructions tell you to leave the item to dry so I did this and checked it a couple of hours later.

                I did find that the smell had been covered up by the spray which was good for that time between the kit entering the house and a washload being put but would not say that it left the fabric smelling "clean and revitalised" as it advertises on the bottle. I found the smell to be inoffensive but certainly not whollly pleasant as it is slightly more chemically smelling than one would expect for something to be used on clothes. If it had been more of a fabric conditioner scent I would have found it to be much more enjoyable and might be tempted to use it on other things.

                This product cannot be used on Leather or Suede so I avoided using it on the football boots as well in case the product did something to the main part of them. It also states on the bottle that it has not been tested on animals so I would not advise spraying it on smelly dogs!

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              • Ryanair / Airline / 25 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                Don't risk being abandoned when things go wrong!

                I am not someone who has unrealistic expectations so when I booked two cheap flights with Ryanair it was in the knowledge that yes, maybe we will be herded on to the plane, that we would not get any nice complementary refreshments and that our airport would actually be about an hour and a half away from where we were actually going (Brussels = Charleroi Airport) but I expected at the least to go away and come back from our holiday on the dates we had booked.

                I had booked the tickets as a surprise for my boyfriend a couple of Christmases ago along with a nice posh hotel. Here begins the story of why I would never travel with Ryanair again....

                It started with the 6am flight which had been advertised as leaving from Glasgow. At about 4am in the car on our way to Glasgow airport my boyfriend asked me about the flight times and there I saw in tiny writing "(Prestwick)" which is about an hour away from Glasgow. This problem was quite easily solved as we were only about half way to the airport.

                Once we had got to the airport we experienced no delays and thankfully had not gone over our miniscule baggage allowance which some disgruntled customer in front of us had done and was in the process of emptying some of the contents of their suitcase into their hand-luggage - how which bag people distribute their packing into makes a difference to the weight on the plane I will never know.

                After three days spent in beautiful Brussels it was time to go home. We made our way to the train station and had just missed the train that would have got us there so went to find out how much a taxi would cost. We then decided that we would just wait for the next train to avoid the 80 euro taxi fare offered to us by the shifty looking cab driver outside.

                We got to the airport about 10 minutes late for check-in but were told we could still check in so into the waiting lounge we went. After about an hour of waiting, announcements started to be made. Three flights cancelled, not ours though, they kept saying ours was delayed. Two hours after waiting to board, the announcement came that the flight back to Prestwick had been cancelled due to poor visibility. I thought this was fairly strange as we had seen planes landing while waiting, but then what do I know about flying a plane?!

                We went to collect our luggage to return to the main entrance of the airport. Chaos quickly ensued. As all the flights were cancelled there were about 600 people who had had their flights cancelled waiting for somebody to tell them what was going to happen - Ryanair had five information desks with one member of staff manning each desk. Children were getting lost, people were shouting at others for jumping queues which did not exist, complete mayhem. I decided that getting angry would not be the best solution to the problem so waited my turn to reach the desk. While I was waiting in the queue a Ryanair staff member walked past, "excuse me", I said, "can you please tell me if there will be any extra staff coming to help these people soon", the response I received was, "I'm on my break".

                Eight hours after joining the queue, with no refreshments offered by Ryanair I reached the front. I was given four options:

                1. They will pay for a hotel for one night and will receive no flight.
                2. I could get my flight refunded (fat lot of good £70 was going to be to get two of us home)
                3. I could get a flight anywhere in Europe (hey, what happened to no flights going out??!)
                4. I could be put on a waiting list for a flight back to Prestwick leaving six days later but since I had been at the back of the queue nothing was guaranteed.


                None of these options seemed hugely appealing to me or my partner so I stood for 40 minutes, refusing to leave until they had arranged for me to get to my place of departure the next day. Thankfully this worked and was given a flight to Dublin leaving the next day and a flight from Dublin to Prestwick. They did try to charge me for part of the return flight but I think they had realised by that stage that I wasn't leaving until I got my own way.

                Ryanair customer service was appalling that day, there was no structure, service or proper systems in place to get things sorted out quickly when cancellations or delays happen so since then, I have not flown Ryanair and never would again.
                I'd rather pay a bit more to be looked after properly if I ever got stuck in another country!

                One final note - You may have read this review and thought what a silly sausage I was for not calling my insurance company straight away. I did but unfortunately as I was booking my flight I also paid for Ryanairs own travel insurance which only covers your outbound flight and not your return - so if you do decide to fly with Ryanair, GET YOUR OWN INSURANCE!!!

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                19.11.2008 02:52
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                A natural product that works with your body to aid sleep and actually works!

                Melatonin is a natural chemical produced in the brain and helps make people feel sleepy when its dark and wakeful when its light. It is available over the counter in the US as a remedy for sleeplessness and jet lag, but is only available by prescription in the UK.

                I was prescribed Melatonin about two weeks ago, having been to my doctor on a fairly regular basis for the past two years about my lack of sleep. Basically I was not sleeping at night and then not catching up during the day so ended up getting around 3 hours sleep a day.

                I have been given sleeping pills (Zopiclone usually) which gave me a sore head and left me feeling dizzy which to me was worse than the feeling of tiredness I had been used to, been told to try reading a book or doing a jigsaw to make me sleep - this just made me forget about sleeping altogether so when my GP suggested Melatonin I nodded and agreed to this whilst in the back of my mind feeling entirely skeptical that anything they were going to prescribe to me would make a difference.

                It took two days after handing in my prescription for it to be ready for pick up- apparently most chemists do not keep it in stock so have to order it in. At around 9pm that night, after eating, I looked at the tablet with suspicion before swallowing it with some milk. To my great surprise, about an hour later I was feeling drowsy and ready for bed so into bed I jumped (it was more of a sit than a jump really!). Usually this is the part where I spend an hour trying to get comfy and get annoyed at myself for not sleeping but not that night. That night I lay on my bed, put my head onto the pillow and felt like I was in the comfiest, softest place in the world and drifted into a lovely gentle sleep - not the crashing thud I was used to with the sleeping pills. I woke up the next morning feeling refreshed and awake without the fuzzy head and bleary eyes I was used to with the sleeping tablets. I was completely shocked, I thought sleep like this was a myth!

                Two weeks later and I have had no side effects from the tablets apart from eating less due to actually having the energy I need when I've woken up.

                I must add that as well as taking these tablets I am going through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in order to deal with the emotional reasons which affect sleep. I think this is really important for people who don't sleep due to stress or anxiety as the tablets can't change these things, they can just help the sleep itself - although since taking Mirtazapine I am feeling much better in every area of my life. What a difference a good nights sleep makes!

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                  18.11.2008 18:39
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                  Does what it says on the tin.

                  I bought this MP3 player about two years ago from Amazon Marketplace for about £70 and still absolutely love it, I bought an Apple Ipod classic a few months ago but sold it and went back to the Sony. It has everything you need in an mp3 player - ease of use, huge storage capactiy and good looks. It comes with SonicStage software which is really simple to use. The sound quality is great but you can end up listening too loud due to the volume not being limited. I prefer this to the Ipod as I find it much easier to use, this mp3 player has never crashed on me - unlike the Ipod, I never have to worry about using it in public and getting mugged as it doesn't have the 'rob me' headphones which make the Ipod so obvious and it doesn't get scratched as easily as there are no reflective surfaces. I know they are hard to get hold of but there are still some floating about on Amazon and i'd recommend you get your hands on one - quickly!

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                    18.11.2008 17:52
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                    The best thing you could buy for your teeth.

                    This is the first electric toothbrush I have ever owned and would never use a manual toothbrush after buying this one around a year ago. The recommended price of around £140 was a bit steep for me so was delighted when I managed to get hold of mine from Amazon for £60! It cleans your teeth beautifully and the handy monitor tells you when to change the area you are brushing, when you need to replace the head, if you are brushing too hard and how long to brush for. It sounds strange but it really makes brushing your teeth in the morning a delight as you might be half asleep and the monitor is doing all the thinking for you! The only downside is the cost of the replacement heads but they are often on special offer in Boots or Superdrug, even the supermarkets, so I just bought as many as I could when they were cheap to avoid the hefty RRP.

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                      Not worth the money to buy it or the petrol used bringing it home.

                      We bought this hoover from Asda having just moved into our first flat and regretted it straight away. Firsly, you have to put it together yourself which took quite a long time and was, I thought, quite un-necessary. As soon as we switched it on the vents at the front started blowing the dust we were trying to hoover up away from the hoover (we have wooden floors). The only way to counter this was to invent a new manouvere whereby you have the cleaner facing the other way from the dust and you turn around quickly to get it. A dust ambush! It seems a little strange that this hoover has been branded a "Pet Lover" as I would imagine pet hair is just as likely to be blown about the place by this useless cleaner as dust is, unless they mean that your pet would love having its hair everywhere? They forgot to put that part on the box. I would suggest buying a £25 Sainsburys own brand vacuum cleaner as we now have unless you want to spend the rest of your life hoovering.

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                      18.11.2008 17:28
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                      A great perfume for any sophisticated gal!

                      Deciding I was fed up with my old perfumes I had been wearing for years, I went for a look/sniffing trip around a large department store. A few sneezing fits later and funny faces pulled, I came across Armani Code. This is the nicest scent I have had for ages and am now completely addicted and could not leave the house without a few spritzes.
                      First of all the packaging is absolutely gorgeous and matches what is contained in the bottle to perfection. The scent is slightly musky with notes of blackcurrant and vanilla - definitely a good buy if you dont like the syrupy, sickly sweet smells on the market at the moment. This is a classic in the making - very sexy and sophisticated. It is a bit pricy, around £50 for the 70ml bottle, but would pay this for it anyday and would be even more delighted to receive it as a gift - Boyfriends take note!

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