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      06.11.2010 13:24
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      effective treatment

      I am always puzzled why supermarket's own medicines are so much cheaper. Surely the key ingredients are the same, so are we just paying for a name when we buy Nurofen, etc. It does not stop me buying the more expensive makes, something makes me think they will offer faster pain relief.

      The Tesco Paracetamol Caplets are slightly different to the tablets, in that they do not dissolve and are to be taken as they are. In a pack you will get sixteen caplets and the price is about twenty pence. Tesco do restrict how many you can buy in any one transaction though, which I guess is wise!

      The caplets are just less than an inch in length and can be taken with water or any fluids. The oblong shaped caplets have a smooth surface which means they don't go all cloudy and chalky on the tongue when you have one in the mouth. It is important to swallow whole though, crunching these will produce a foul taste in the mouth and you do not want that.

      Do they actually work though? I have used them before to treat headaches and aching limbs. When I have the odd coldy thing they take the edge off the pain, without completely removing all symptoms. Comparing them to a leading brand, I would say there is not much difference in results. If you respond well to paracetamol than they will obviously be even more effective. I respond quite well so I have had good results from them. A headache can start to be eased within the hour after having these.

      Price wise, superb and results wise also impressive. They are useful to have in the cupboard for the winter season and Tesco always seem to have them well stocked.

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        05.11.2010 21:54
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        splendid figure

        No it isnt't Jar Jar Binks, even though it looks like him. One Jar Jar is quite enough for most people! This endearing fellow is Captain Tarpals, a lesser known character from the newer Star Wars films. Fans will love this figure of course, because he is not seen much and that always draws the collectors in. I like him because he an alien and the aliens are always far more interesting to look at because of their features.

        Captain Tarpals comes presented on the older style packaging with a Darth Maul face in the background. Good packaging on the whole and the figure is separated from the com chip which comes bubble packed next to him.

        The toy is about four to five inches in height and has been made from plastic. Like with all Hasbro figures, you can move the limbs. Tarpals can have his head twisted and you can also move the arms and legs. The best bit of the head, which is like an elephant crossed with a llama! The cute expression has been caught well as has the beige skin. He reminds me a little of Yak Face from Jabba's palace.

        The costume on the figure is deeply layered and extremely well designed. I love the robes and he has a rough look about him, suggesting that he has been through many fierce battles. Subtle colours contrast nicely on the torso and he long fingers are shaped beautifully.

        The toy is supplemented by a commtech chip, which is a neat addition, as there are several of these to collect with this toy line. The joints are all robust so you can give this to kids as a present and not worry about him breaking. A fine and fun figure all round, he retails for about three pounds.

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      • Technics SL 1210 II / Turntable / 20 Readings / 16 Ratings
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        05.11.2010 13:08
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        solid enough deck for all users

        Definitely one of the prize models of decks that I have had the privilege of using in my time. Techincs is often viewed as the creme de la creme of the deejaying industry. They manufacture very high quality products and one often pays a lot more for this too. To invest in a pair of decks of this calibre, you you would be looking at about a grand if you bought two. Not much point in buying one, because then you wouldn't be able to mix, but you could use it as a standalone deck just to play vinyl off.

        A sweet and stylish look to this beat, with a flip top lid protecting the deck from dust and grime. This allows you to prop the lid up and you can still mix with it on. You can remove the lid entirely if you want and the ones I worked with had the lids I think, which means you don't have any obstructions while working.

        A torque system, direct drive enables the deck to power instantly with a superbly soft and quiet mechanism. This allows for a speedy start and slicker mixing. Direct drives are more precise than belt drives so mixing is usually tighter.

        The stop start function button can be accessed at the left corner with ease and this is light weight and precise, with a gentle touch needed to trigger it. The pitch facility offers a generous fader, but only an eight percent variation. Ten percent or more offers more scope for creativity, but the fader is long enough to fine tune the pitch here, which helps with the mixing.

        A strong and sturdy arm which can be rested in the bay and clipped in looks great and the stylus is ultra thin and sits with delicate precision on vinyl. A sturdy base, rigid central piece for the vinyl and a minimal finish make this the choice of many pros, but it would also suit any beginner. While I would perhaps ask for more pitch variation or tempo controls, this is not a bad model.

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          05.11.2010 12:19
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          solid toy

          A truly exciting figure for the fans here, as we have Chewbacca in his Cloud City guise. I say guise, the Chewie figure remains much unchanged but there are a few added extras that make the pack all the more interesting. Hasbro have manufactured numerous Chewbacca toys in the action figure range and this one joins the fleet. He is a plastic figure who stands about four to five inches in height, making him in line with the other figures, so you can easily fit him into a Star Wars game.

          The toy comes well packaged on a slightly different card, which makes him stand out from the usual red or green coloured cards. The figure itself is a delightful adaption of the Chewiw from the films. His fur has a textured took to it and you can see the deep layers of his brown fur in good detail from head to foot. The face looks angrier than normal and that is to showcase his outrage. Chewbacca is in the midst of repairing his friend C3PO, who has just been blown to pieces.

          The extra parts are of C3PO and this is a very nice touch to the toy. We have the head and torso of the droid, which Chewie repairs in the film. The golden body of the droid looks superb and the damaged torso really comes to life.

          In addition to the droid Chewbacca also has a stylish blaster which he can grip in either hand. The figure can be posed at the head, arms and legs allowing you to strike new poses. Considering the price tag is only about two pounds, this is a very good figure and a must have for collectors.

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          05.11.2010 12:04
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          effective stuff

          It has been a few years since I suffered with this nasty little thing. I only had it for a week or two, but what a foulsome ailment to have! It really serves little purpose and all it does is make you body conscious. When I did suffer with it, I thought my foot was disintegrating, so I went to the doctor for advice and I was advised just to try some powder. This is one of the treatments that I tried and I am pleased to say that it did work for me.

          The Scholl range was already familiar to me, as I had a pumice stone in my room. The pack was only three pounds, so the price seemed fair at the time. The idea is to apply the powder to the affected area and then leave it to recover. It is not the world's most enjoyable task applying powder to what is essentially a fungal infection, as you have to get into the nitty gritty. Athlete's foot, if I recall can be flaky, itchy and at times rather painful. There is a tendency to want to keep playing with the affected area and this makes it worse and can also cause the infection to spread further.

          It applies like a talc, no real smell to it, which is good and leaves a matte like dust on the area. This dries the foot out and stops excess moisture getting into the area, which will fuel the ailment further. I had to use the powder for about a week then the symptoms begun to dissolve. Not instant or overnight results, but if you can resists the urge to touch then it works quicker. A pack of this powder should see you through the treatment and I found that a light dusting was all that was needed to sort the problem. Messy at first too, so use a tissue or towel to collect the remaining powder as you use it.

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          05.11.2010 11:54
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          nifty idea

          Buying batteries is always going to be a nuisance, so here is one good solution for fans of the Wii Fit Balancing Board. A simple little device that eliminates the need for batteries, by recharging the balance board from within. This effectively sounds you pounds each year on batteries.

          The design of the pack, or pak as it is called is sleek and minimal, so you can simply warp it back up afterwards and store neatly in a cabinet or push under the TV. The supplied wire offers a more than generous stretch so you will have no problems reaching connections with this piece of equipment. I like the fact that it is so light and airy to the touch and this makes it ideal for anyone in the family to get to grips with; no cumbersome lugging around of boxes.

          It fits snugly into the base of the balance board, meaning that you can literally plug in and go. You do need to remove the existing batteries in the balance board to begin with, but once this is done, you can slide this contraption in and commence. When we used this, it offered several hours of use before giving up the ghost. I would estimate about ten hours plus of gameplay with this piece.

          If you plug the device into a USB port then the indicator light will come on and this will start booting up the recharger for you again. It will take a few hours for it to reach its optimum peak, but you could put it in of a morning and be ready to resume probably in the evening. I figured that as it costs about seven pounds, it has paid for itself within a month or so anyway, making it a handy tool to save money on batteries.

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          04.11.2010 21:25
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          fun toy

          The fearless Cringer, otherwise known as Battlecat, was a character from the show 'He Man.' The cat was the creature whom He Man rode on when he went into battle. When Battle Cat was his normal self he was a cowardly cat called Cringer, who was scared of everything. Mattel made a toy version of this cat in the eighties. It was one of the very first toys to come out from the show. You can still buy the toys to this day, but most are loose online and very few will be found in exceptional condition.

          The cat is about the length of a large ruler and stands a few inches tall, making him a big piece to play with. He comes in a fixed pose and has been made from plastic. I was always annoyed that you could not move his legs as this would have made the toy far more enjoyable. What you can do with though is strap on his head gear and a seat onto his back. This fastens with a buckle under his body. A figure can them be seated on the cat and can ride him. The armour is rubbery plastic and can be moved more readily than the actual cat.

          The figure has a strong and bright colour scheme and some glorious teeth that poke out, giving him a fierce abode. I love the stripes on his body and the way he is in a prowling pose. If you want to buy this toy, a loose one will cost about three to four pounds. A complete figure with all the armour can command over ten pounds though. A must have for collectors and a fine chunky toy to play with too.

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          04.11.2010 12:59
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          Yuck, yuck and double yuck! Having a cough is not fun, infact it is a blooming nuisance, so the one thing you don't want is a cough mixture that makes you feel worse. Okay I might be going over the top, but when I last had Covonia, I felt extremely sickly afterwards. The taste of this stuff really is not very pleasant!

          You can buy it in the bottle and it retails for about five to six pounds. A bottle usually lasts for the duration of said cough. To be honest, cough mixtures don't really work do they? They simply line the throat in some syrup and help you ease the coughing for a few minutes or hours.

          Covonia has a mixture of liquorice and menthol, which sound like a nice enough combination of ingredients. I like liquorice as a rule, but in this it does not taste of liquorice, it just tastes bizarre. The menthol adds a breezier element to the mix and gives the product a fresh feeling when you swallow it. It does help to clear out the nasal passages too when you consume it.

          The taste is a bit grotty, the liquid is murky and not fun to have. The results...well it managed to ease some of the cough symptoms for about an hour before they returned. I would say that it took off about thirty percent of the cough problems before they came back. This is not really that impressive. I reckon you could achieve a similar effect by drinking honey and lemon at home and this would also be a good sight cheaper.

          Covonia might help a little in easing the pain but I think it just masks the problems for a short spell, so buying the stuff does not really speed up recovery. I remain unmoved by Covonia.

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          04.11.2010 12:37
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          sort of works

          It's been a while since I used these, but goodness this takes me back! I had quite forgotten that I used to spend my hard earned money on brightening my eyes. Did anyone ever comment on how different my eyes looked? Of course they didn't!

          I used to buy the Tesco own version before dabbling with these. My dad swears by anything Optrex, so I figured they might be worth trying. I bought them purely for vanity purposes. My eyes were fine, I just wanted to look dewy eyed and sexy. The tube of drops cost me about four pounds at the time, but this was a while ago, so prices have probably crept up since. The idea of the product is to moisten tired eyes and restore the whites in the eyes and give them a newer fresher look. This all seemed great to me, I had visions (excuse pun) of looking like some Hollywood megastar.

          Applying them is not easy. Most of my first attempt when down my chin and onto my top. Luckily the drops don't stain, so that was alright! Second go, craning neck right back I got some into the eyes. You need about two drops per eye. The little tube does allow for precise application but you do need to balance it above the eye correctly. he drops emerge and then need a small squeeze to coax them into the eyes. No stinging, but a quick flash of 'aghh I have water in my eye!'

          Any immediate results then? No. Any results after a few applications. I think the whites did get slightly whiter, but I might have been imagining this. Nobody remarked how alert I looked, so I was dismayed. On the plus side, the moisture they delivered was good. I have to work in dry studios a lot of the time and they did help with this and all that air con. I think a couple of quid would be a fairer price, otherwise, not a bad product.

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          04.11.2010 12:20
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          pleasing enough toy

          The Master is a character from the show 'Doctor Who' and has been portrayed onscreen by several different actors. The latest incarnation is John Simm. Personally I prefer the older bearded Master from the Pertwee era, who was far more menacing. The new Master is almost too goodlooking to be a proper bad guy, even if he is still sinister and bent on destruction.

          You can buy numerous figures of this guy, including the five inch figures and also a larger version in a twelve inch guise. If you canot quite afford the big ones, then the option is there to get the slimmed down version. The Micro Universe is a set of tiny figures, all about an inch in height. They are pocket money toys and can be bought in packs or individually if you scour online auctions. My advise is to buy them on their own then you pay about a pound a piece.

          The Master figure is small and sweet. The face of Simm has been handled well and the blank expression of The Master has been captured on the face. The skin is well toned and the hair colour offers a good match too. The figure is scaled well and his costume is accurate, though the costume of The Master does not get me hot under the collar. I find his newer outfit lacks and sense of threat. This is not a fault of the toy, but more of the show's producers. As a result, he is a rather bland figure and given the choice, I would plump for a monster or Dalek above The Master.

          He comes mounted on a small stand for support and while fans might lap this figure up, I feel he could be a trifle more exciting.

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          03.11.2010 13:06
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          very good value

          I was introduced to Logitech several years ago when I had a Logitech webcam. The make lasted me years before it gave up the ghost and I think it instilled much faith in the Logitech brand. As well as a good selection of products, there is also a very good Logitech support network online, so if something goes wrong with one of your products you can ask someone questions. This might not be needed for a basic mouse, but it is good to know you can still get guidance if you need it.

          This mouse we had a while ago and I think he might be in a drawer now or maybe a loft! The price has stayed consistent though and you can still purchase the model for around five to eight pounds. Better bargains appear online and you can shave a few pounds off if you shop around.

          The basic design of the mouse means that is is easy for anyone to use. The standard two click buttons are large and responsive and supplemented with a scroller which in turn moves with ease and allows for quick navigation of web pages. It is very similar to the cordless version, which I am actually using as I type. The cord simply plugs in the USB and then you can start using it. I love the fact that there are no software updates or irritating packages to go through before using it, meaning you can plug and unplug as and when you want and not have to worry about screwing up your PC!

          The tracking system was good on this model, with a very flat base, it glides with ease on mouse pads and really does an efficient job. On the downside, the little grips on the bottom can get smears on them and I used to have to wipe mine with a dry cloth every few weeks to keep it clean. On the whole though, a good price and very good results make this a practical buy for anyone.

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          03.11.2010 10:03
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          super stuff

          You cannot not like Rennies. A medicine that I actually look forward to taking because they taste so fine. Unfortunately, it is not recommended to snack on them, so you have to wait for feelings of indigestion to arrive. Of course you can deliberately eat a big meal to give you the excuse to have one, but that would quite mad.

          A pack of 72 tablets will cost between three and four pounds. They are designed to be taken when you have tummy pains, heartburn, excess gas and bloated feelings. Basically, anything to do with the tummy and not feeling right. They come in a range of flavours, which means you can pick the right ones for you. I like them all, especially these Spearmint Rennies.

          The taste is subtle enough to make them taste pleasant and it is rather like having a light mint. The taste is akin to a spearmint polo or a soft mint, less abrasive and very unassuming. When you chew on a Rennie you will notice a cloud texture to begin with, but the cloudy feel is not yucky. It is not dusty and is again more like eating a sweet. You are supposed to take a couple of these when feelings of upset tummies kick in.

          When we went on holiday this year, I had one nearly every night. When your body start consuming three course meals each night your system cannot handle it, so I was getting bloated every night. Though I didn't feel sick, I would still have some of these to to take the edge off the pain and each time they brought relief. The relief arrives within half an hour and the initial heartburn dies down. It has to be noted that a glass of water aids the consumption as well. Fast working, good taste and good price, I recommend them!

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            03.11.2010 01:41
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            quite a good buy

            The idea of being able to get a radio and CD player combined for under twenty quid must surely appeal. I am a biggie on sound quality but I am also a biggie on price, so weighing up you have to consider what you are getting and whether it represents value for money. I think what we have here is a solid product for the price and there aren't many players you can get for such a good price, that have a radio too.

            We had one of these in the kitchen a while back. You want something in the kitchen to listen to while preparing food, but you don't want the most expensive hi fi that is going to get covered in oil and grease. This is one of those products where it doesn't really matter if it gets dirty, because it's so cheap.

            A neat design with a stylish look, silver throughout and a couple of speakers at the front, delivering enough volume for even the larger sized rooms. It would also work well as a lounge or dining room device, or maybe to warm up dinner parties with.

            The CD feature is easy to work with the basis stop and start and skip and pause features there and these allow quick and easy use, though we did notice occasionally the skip button would get stuck if the discs were much older.

            The radio side is pretty good and though the tuning is not one hundred percent precise you can can a decent enough signal and pick up most major stations and use the aerial to enhance the signal. You can turn the radio on and off with a switch and flick between modes easily too. As for the sound quality, okay it isn't amazing, but it does just fine for quiet levels and the unit is sturdy enough to withstand a few knocks here and there. It runs off the mains with a generous cable. A good buy and handy for portable use too.

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              02.11.2010 22:10
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              Pah! That's what I say to these. The Luminous Glazes are some of the most hideous products that John Frieda have ever invented. I love their Sheer Blonde range and have always enjoyed their deep conditioners too, so where did they go badly wrong with the glazes?

              First off, what is this product? It is like a glossing agent that you use after a shampoo or condition to give the hair an extra sheen. This will supposedly transform your looks and make you look radiant and extra shiny. For the privilege of looking shiny you will part with around five pounds. The glazes can be bought from supermarkets and there are several different ones to plump for. The Clear glaze is designed for most hair types and no one specific colour.

              When I tried it, I was dead excited, thinking it was going to bring out something truly magical in the hair from within. I was very wrong! The product was a pain to unwrap. It came in an awkward tube thing which really was not needed, so already it loses points. When it came to applying the stuff, it was tricky as well to judge how much you needed, especially as I was new to the product, so a guide would have been helpful here. You massage it into the hair and leave for a few minutes before rinsing.

              When I rubbed it in it felt sickly and greasy and the smell was not even impressive. Oh dear, I hope it looks good I thought. Once it was rinsed off (and it needed a good old rinse to get rid of the residue) my hair felt clogged down and lank. There was no more gloss or shine after the blowdry and the hair just felt weighed down and lifeless. The colour had not brightened and there was nothing I liked about it. I do not usually write scathing reviews for hair products but this was just a waste of money and did nothing for me.

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              • Pineapple Dumbell Set / Fitness / 6 Readings / 5 Ratings
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                02.11.2010 21:52
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                ideal for developing fitness regimes

                My mum uses these as part of her fitness programme, that she is supposed to perform at home. Whether or not she sticks to this regime is questionable though! I think most of our family have a set of weights of some sort, so we have varying sizes and weights to pick from. These offer the weightage of 2.5kg, which is more suited to someone just starting out with a programme or for someone to use to ease them into a regime.

                It could be argued that they are exclusively for girls, this is not true. The only indication that the weights are for women comes down to the colour choice, but if you go to a gym, the studio room often houses many bright colour choices of dumbells. So why do I like these then? Well, if you have been ill or out of shape then they are ideal for getting the body back into the swing of things. Launching into a routine with too heavier a weight will only strain the body. I used these just to aid simple exercises. I used them in either hand while performing crunches, just to add that depth of variety to the routine. They are also great for aiding stretches at the beginning and end of a session.

                If one stands and stretches with these, they help realise that stretch and test the body that bit more. With the rubbery surface they absorb sweat and allow you to grip comfortable for longer periods. While the weights would not give you much muscle development, they would help tone the biceps and triceps if you use them as part of a bigger programme. Another alternative that I have tried with them is to use them in either hand while practising yoga poses. Again this helps balance the body and will allow the arms a workout while the core exercise is something else. Eight pounds will buy you a set of these, which is a good price for a well made set of dumbells. You just need to be creative to get the most from the lighter weight.

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