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    • Your Cat / Magazine / Newspaper / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      11.08.2014 16:40
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      • "Helpful content"
      • "Lots of photos"
      • Fun

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      • "A little pricey"
      • "only monthly"

      A fun magazine for cat lovers

      This doesn't seem to be a magazine that is widely stocked, so you're not likely to find it in a small local newsagent, but you should be able to find or order a copy from larger retailers such as WHSmith.
      The magazine costs £3.35 which is a little expensive as it's not that big, but it is monthly and a yearly subscription costs £25 so you can save a bit if you're planning on getting it regularly.


      CONTENT
      Advertising - With most magazines I find advertising annoying, but the adverts in this are relevant and informative. For example advertising people who can "cat proof" your garden or build an outdoor, cat food, toys and equipment which you may be interested in.
      Features - A range of articles on a specific breed or a cat related project. These are well written with a good balance of opinion and factual information so it makes interesting reading rather than reading like a textbook.
      I have a May issue open at the moment as it has a guide to grooming at home including tips and photographs which is something I could really use help with.

      In that issue there's also a helpful guide to picking which breed is for you. I think it's really good as many people opt for the first cute kitten they see and don't realise how breeds can differ in personality. It suggests breeds that would be good for elderly people, those living in flats, cats that don't crave attention and may be suited to people who aren't in the house all day and good family pets.
      There is also a list of breeders which is handy as there are so many around the few listed here you would hope to be reputable and trustworthy.

      They feature rescue and adoption stories and advertise fundraising events and cat shows so it could be handy if you wanted to see what's going on near you.

      Letters & Photos - There are plenty of readers letters and photographs filling the pages, I love to look at these as you see cats of different ages, breeds and get to read some funny stories of what they've been getting up to. They also offer a small prize to readers sharing their own photos and stories.

      Other stuff - There are fictional and real life cat stories, a "catwalk" page showing cat themed clothing and accessories, write ups on cat books, a crossword, competitions and much more!

      I enjoyed reading this magazine, it has a really good balance of photos and written content. I think most cat lovers would find it a good read.
      The competition prizes are a bit naff but that's probably because there's plenty of giveaways to readers for submitting their own pics and stories.
      It's not a magazine I would be rushing out to buy or ordering each month but if I spotted it on the shelf I'd probably pick up a copy to get my kitty fix for the day.

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    • Abandoned (DVD) / DVD / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      02.08.2014 03:16
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      • "Doesn't drag on"
      • "Some good twists and turns"

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      • "Not one everyone will like"
      • "Don't get to know characters well"

      Something to watch when there's not much on!

      Mary (Brittany Murphy) and her boyfriend Kevin (Dean Cain) are on their way to the hospital when the film begins. Kevin is having an operation on his leg and Brittany is going to wait to be a the hospital when he comes out of surgery.
      A nurse comes into the room and tells Mary to return in an hour when the surgery should be over.

      Mary goes to the canteen, makes a few phone call, chats to an old man and then waits in the reception area to be called to visit Kevin. After hours of waiting Mary goes to the desk to see if everything was okay and the receptionist has no record of anyone by Kevin's name in the hospital.
      The doctor who was scheduled to perform the operation is not even at work that day and nobody has seen Kevin.

      Mary returns to the room where she left Kevin to find it empty, the nurses on the ward also have no record of him and have never heard of the nurse Amanda who she left him with. The hospital is relocating so most of it is empty and still nobody can find him.

      Security and hospital management are called as Mary is annoying the staff going around the wards searching for her boyfriend.
      The staff have little sympathy, thinking he has either left her or doesn't exist in the first place.
      When some anti depressants fall out of Marys handbag they all think she is having some kind of breakdown and they call the psychiatrist.

      Will Mary find her boyfriend? Has something bad happened to him? Did he even exist at all? Is she actually crazy?
      I wont spoil the end for you!

      Overall
      I found the film quite enjoyable, I thought there were enough twists and turns and action to keep it interesting throughout.
      There are a few things I didn't like about it. As the viewer had only seen the couple on the way to the hospital you don't feel like you have got to know the characters or relationship at all.
      Mary phones her best friend who has never met Kevin, to tell her he's disappeared and something strange is going on but the friend doesn't even think to go to the hospital to make sure her friend is ok.
      I think these two things which I didn't like were done for a reason, to add to Mary's loneliness and make the viewer think that perhaps she is actually crazy but it's obvious she's not so it was a bit pointless.

      My boyfriend really didn't like this film. HE said "it's for girls" I think he was expecting a bit more action and violence so was disappointed.
      I wouldn't watch this again (I wouldn't watch most films a second time) but it was worth a watch and at only 88 minutes long didn't drag on too much.

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      25.07.2014 16:30
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      • "They seem to love the taste"
      • "Eases the discomfort of hairballs"

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      • Expense

      Say balls to furballs!

      Hairballs or Furballs are horrible little lumps of hair which build up in a cats stomach over time due to them ingesting lots of fur when grooming themselves.
      Now and again a furball will be coughed or vomitted up causing discomfort for the cat.

      My cat is just over a year old and in that year has only had one small hairball, though in the past few months since it has been getting warmer and he's moulting a lot more and fairly often he will be quite miserable. He will sulk off on his own looking fed up, may be a little off his food, drinking lots of water, runny eyes and smelly breath. All of which lead me to believe he's about to have a furball. Each time he's like this it will last a couple of days and then eventually he will vomit and struggle a lot with it. Often it is just bile with a bit of fur in it but I had a feeling there was a lot of fur waiting to come up.

      Royal Canin food can be found in lots of vets and pet shops and is highly recommended as a high quality food...which comes at a higher price than other brands!
      My cat is lucky that my family love to spoil him and a recent Zooplus box arrived containing plenty cat litter and a big 10kg bag of this food.

      Not wanting to leave anyone out, I gave Bobby and the 2 feral visitors a dinner of the Royal Canin Intense Hairball. They all wolfed it down and were looking for more. Even the fussiest of them, one of the ferals, didn't bother to sniff it suspiciously and gobbled it up.

      It states that it's effectiveness is proven within 21 days. About a week after starting to feed this, Bobby had a little furball which came up fairly easily and without as much discomfort as usual. The following week another small one and a couple of weeks later a larger one. Since then he seems to be passing a lot of fur out of the other end so it must be working! I don't think you can ever completely eliminate furballs, but reducing the number, size and discomfort of them is a big help.

      The only negative with this food is the cost. At around £45 for 10kg it is twice the price of the likes of GoCat dry food and much more expensive than value brands.
      A 10kg bag does last a long time so I think it works out that the food only costs around £2 a week per cat so it's not too bad. If you want to try it but can't afford the large bags which prove best value for money, smaller packets are available and you could always alternate between this and a cheaper variety and add wet food to the diet which would reduce the amount of this food needed.
      I will be buying it again!

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      24.07.2014 17:54
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      • "Absorbs scent well"
      • "Easy to clean the tray"
      • Flushes
      • Natural

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      • "More expensive than many brands"

      A wee review about cat litter.

      Cat litter is something I didn't have any intention of spending a lot of money on. I tried supermarket and discount litters, some better than others, until this was recommended to me.
      A bit more research and it seemed every pet product website, breeders, pet forums and anyone who had used it had never gone back to another so I decided to try it.

      The amount of litter you go through depends on how many cats you have, how big your litter tray is and whether your cats solely use the litter tray or also go to the loo outdoors.

      Bob's larger tray is a hooded tray which takes quite a lot of litter. The smaller one doesn't take much at all. Generally I completely empty the trays when the bins are due to go out every fortnight, and scoop out the dirty clumps and top up daily. Obviously if it needs doing more or less often I will do that.
      I live in a flat and the refuse collection isn't great, nor is the wheely bin storage, so I love the fact that the dirty clumps scooped out of the tray can be flushed down the toilet. I was a little sceptical about how well it would flush, especially as the water pressure isn't great here but it flushed really easily. They advise you not to empty a whole tray of litter down the toilet, just a small clump at a time.

      I found it clumps much better than other litters, when they have used the tray any wet patches stay in one area and are easy to remove without soaking into the rest of the litter, resulting in having to throw a lot away each time the tray is used.
      I also find it absorbs smells really well and because it clumps so well, none of the remaining litter in the tray absorbs the smell at all.
      The litter is natural and made from plant fibres, and is gentle on the paws. Unlike some which can be like stones and I'd imagine not very nice to stand on!

      I don't find any negatives with this. I have read that some people find a bit of tracking from it but I personally have had no issues with this.
      The Cat's Best litter is a bit more expensive than other litters, but to me it's better value for money as it lasts much longer, at £21 a 40 Litre bag would last months.

      The best deal I can find at the moment is Zooplus - 3 x 5 Litres (15 litres) for £6.98 + 5% off for subscribing the the newsletter and free delivery over £29.
      I can't really fault this litter. I would not go back to another litter.
      I would definitely recommend anyone with cats to fork out a few pounds to get a small bag and give it a try.

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      23.06.2014 23:35
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      • "online backup"
      • "5 year warranty"
      • "ease of use"
      • lightweight
      • Small

      Disadvantages

      • "No cover for USB end "

      A handy little device

      Recently my USB flash drive started deleting contents stored on it so I needed to replace it ASAP! I actually got this one free by converting some.of my reward points on the maximiles website. Normally this costs around a fiver. The first thing I noticed when this arrived was its compact size and lightweight. Both good points but I did wonder about losing it easily. The USB stick has a little hole though, to enable you to attach it to a keychain if you wish. There is no cover to protect this USB stick so I didn''t want to attach it to my bunch of keys and risk it getting damaged but I choose to hang it in the house instead. It is red and black and very small and discreet. Not that it''s a fashion accessory, but if it were it would be suitable for male and females of all ages on looks. 8 GB which according to Amazon holds: 450 photos + 20 mins of video + 500 songs. This size suits my needs fine at the moment. You can also get smaller and larger flash (from 2GB up to 32GB) drives by Sandisk. If you''re not sure if it will be big enough I''d always recommend getting a larger option. After all it''s better to have too much memory and space for more content than running out and needing to buy another anyway. As an added bonus you also get 2GB of online backup space to back up any important files in case you should lose it. You can also password protect some or all files if there are any files you don''t want others to see such as confidential files in case it is lost or stolen. How to use These flash drives are super easy to use, simply plugging into your device without the need for any installation. You will get a pop up screen which asks you to add a password. I mainly use it on my laptop where I will find the folder for it in the "my computer" menu then just drag and drop files from various folders into this one to transfer. It is fast, easy and once I know it''s transferred I can delete files from my laptop. The flashdrive comes with a 5 year warranty which is good. The only thing I would recommend is making sure you safely remove it from your device. It doesn''t take long to do and just pulling these devices out can cause corruption (I suspect that''s the.problem with my old flashdrive. Once your files are on your flashdrive you can plug it in to any device with a USB. I''ve used mine in the XBox to listen to music, saved files from an old desktop to the drive to view on a laptop and plugged it into photo machines to print hard copies of some favourite snaps. I''d definitely recommend this flash drive, it''s good value, easy to use and small and lightweight!

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        27.05.2014 02:24
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        • "Some good actors and stories"

        Disadvantages

        • "Some characters are annoying"
        • "A bit unrealistic"

        A drama based on a school with problem kids!

        Waterloo Road''s a school with lots of interesting characters. The majority of scenes are filmed in the school but occasionally you might find the staff gossiping in the pub or have scenes in the teachers.or.pupils homes.

        The first episodes focus a lot on loves young dream Chlo and Donte, the teens are head over heels and decide to marry. Almost immediately after the wedding things start going belly up.
        Donte wants to do the right thing and sort out a home for him and his new wife. While he''s putting all this effort in, Chlo seems to have forgotten she just got married and has a bit.of a wandering eye (amongst other things).
        Not only is she betraying Donte, but also someone else close to her. She seems to have forgotten that nothing stays a secret for long at Waterloo Road and it isn''t long before the cat''s out of the bag!
        Chlo is not the only one with a secret, her stepdad Tom has a Secret romance which he is trying to hide from Chlo and her sister Mika as he doesn''t know how to tell them as he thinks they''ll be upset that he''s moved on after the death of their mother but of course it comes out in the worst way possible!

        Away from affairs, teen pregnancies and marriage, the school are preparing for a musical production, once the arguing over parts is over the whole production is totally cheesy and not something I findinteresting.
        The school has a lot of troubled teenagers with issues, a trip to a prison arranged by the principle to try and deter the students from getting into trouble is an amusing episode.

        There''s also the more serious issues of bullying, a boy with an embarrassing medical condition, paedophilia and a teacher struggling to admit his sexuality to his mother all in this series.
        The season ends with a shocking revelation about the headteacher (shocking to the staff and students but not to the viewer who''s known a while by this stage and is waiting impatiently for it to come out).
        There is an explosive disaster in the school in the final episode and a cliffhanger ending wondering who has made it out.
        I like Waterloo Road but it isn''t among my favourite programmes, its something I''ve got into the habit of watching when there''s nothing on.
        Some of the storylines and episodes are entertaining but parts are irritatingly unrealistic. The students get away with everything! Apart from being sent to "the cooler" a room they sit in to calm down before getting a telling off from the teachers, they rarely get more severe punishment.
        The staff are also a bit unrealistic, unprofessional and some don''t have a clue what they are doing. The rest are just sleeping with each other. It''s also one of those programmes where you will recognise a lot ofactors from other programmes!
        It''s not a bad series and I''ve continued to watch it into the 4th season.

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        • Lidl Coshida Premium Pate / Cat Food / 8 Readings / 5 Ratings
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          27.05.2014 01:56
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            18.05.2014 20:53
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            • "Smells great"
            • "Very cheap"
            • "Can be used on lots of surfaces"

            Disadvantages

            • "Not great on stubborn grease"
            • "Not antibacterial"

            A lovely smelling cleaner

            I really hate cleaning! I know not many people like it but I totally hate it! I usually do a thorough cleaning every few weeks and just hoover around and use antibacterial wipes in between cleans to keep on top of things when I can.

            I find a lot of branded cleaning expensive, even though they last a long time I find most of them to be no better than cheaper, own brand cleaners so I do try to look for cheap alternatives where possible.
            Tesco Everyday Value All Purpose Cleaner comes in a 1 litre bottle, I can''t remember the exact price but it was around 20p!!!!!!!

            The bottle is white with some purple images of items you could clean with this product such as a sink, toilet, bathtub, cooker tops and taps.
            The instructions advise you to use the liquid neat on tough dirt or cooker tops. You can also use it diluted by putting 2 caps of liquid into 5 litres of water.
            I mainly use this to mops the floors. It''s not bad on tough stains but I prefer to use products with antibacterial qualities to clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces, which is something this cleaner is missing.

            I was really pleasantly surprised by the smell of this cleaner. One of the things I really hate about cleaning is the smell of cleaning products (especially bleach) so I was glad that this had a lemony citrus clean scent. It''s not like some cleaners where you can detect a citrus smell but it doesn''t disguise the cleaning product smell well, this doesn''t smell like a cleaner at all to me! I actually like the smell. The rooms smell really nice after cleaning the floors with this cleaner.
            After cleaning the cat''s litter tray out with bleach I often let it soak in this cleaner and water and then I can smell this rather than bleach!
            It is strong enough even when diluted to clean floors and other surfaces although they do warn not to use on polished surfaces or fabrics. I find it does its job and surfaces look and smell nice and clean when finished. I like that it is all purpose and can be used for most things, but I do think you would need other products for lots of grease or grime.

            I''m happy with this cleaner and would definitely buy it again even just to wipe over everything once clean to get that nice scent.
            I would recommend this for most cleaning tasks.

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          • Hermes (Delivery Service) / Transport / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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            24.04.2014 13:12

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            • "Choice of home collection or drop off points"
            • "Competitive pricing"

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            Terrible customer service - not good enough

            I recently had to arrange delivery of a fairly large parcel for a relative who has just started up a small business.
            They had been using Hermes as it is competitively priced and there is a collection point locally.

            It is fairly easy to arrange your delivery online, deciding whether the parcel is to be collected from your home or the slightly cheaper option of dropping it off at a collection point, which in my case is a Londis a couple of minutes away. This was the best option in my case as there isn''t always someone home to wait for collection of the parcel.
            You then pay and enter delivery details, print off a label for your parcel and drop it off.

            The first few parcels sent in that manner arrived at their destination within a couple of days although trying to track the parcel online wasn''t very good as it showed as being collected and then no more information was given until after it had been delivered.

            A couple of parcels have arrived slightly later than expected and when they do show on tracking as "out for delivery" no time frame is given so the recipient is expected to wait all day for the parcel, sometimes up until 8pm.

            The most recent parcel was a disaster, due to be delivered last Wednesday it did finally turn up yesterday (a week late) but not without a lot of terrible communication with the Hermes customer service.
            Their website claimed they delivered on Saturdays and also on Good Friday and Easter Monday, their customer service representative said no they dont it depends on the individual courier as they''re not contracted to do so.

            Three different delivery dates later and still no delivery they decided to open an investigation and would be in contact within 48 hours. The next contact was to say they had no idea where the parcel is! This was a personalised package which a lot of time and effort went into and couldn''t easily be replaced.

            I dont mind mistakes, slip ups happen and you can get over them and put it down to a one off. What I do mind is having to speak to several different people regarding the same issue and each saying something different. Some of them telling blatant lies.
            As a small business starting up, reputation is everything and a lot of sales are generated by word of mouth. The poor service this customer got due to Hermes couriers would definitely be enough to put this individual off ordering again or recommending the product to others.
            Thankfully she was very understanding, especially when she realised who the couriers were, as she had had issues with them herself.

            Hindsight is a wonderful thing, if I had looked at reviews and the complaints on their Facebook page I would''ve advised them not to use Hermes, which they wont be doing again!

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            12.04.2014 21:39
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            • "Lots of missions"
            • "Sound effects"
            • "Lasts ages"

            Disadvantages

            • "Graphics are poor compared to new games"
            • "No multiplayer"

            A good game

            Grand Theft Auto (GTA) Vice City was produced by Rockstar games in 2002. To save the game requires an 8mb memory card with 500k of free space. The age rating on this game is over 18's. The game is single player only and cannot be played online.
            In the box is a large Vice City map with a poster on the reverse and a Vice City tour guide which is a manual set out to look like a tourist guide book.

            Story
            It's 1986 in Vice City and Tommy Vencetti is being released from doing a long stretch in prison for crimes committed when working for gang boss Sonny Forelli.
            Sonny "helps Tommy out" by giving him a job when he gets out. His first job is a drug deal which doesn't go to plan and he ends up fleeing from a shootout with no drugs and no money! Sonny is not happy, so Tommy get started trying to get Tommy's money back.
            Jobs
            Tommy earns money by doing jobs and missions all over Vice City. The missions are marked on the on screen radar by the initial of the contact who has set the mission. There are many types of mission including driving missions, stealing and killing targets. Some of the missions have specific criteria, such as killing someone but making sure it looks like a car accident. Other missions may be timed. It's not very easy to get the jobs done with the police and rival gang members always after Tommy. Trying to get through them without being killed or arrested can be quite tough!

            Weapons
            Weapons such as screwdrivers and hammers can be bought in the hardware store, guns can be bought in 'Ammunation'. Some weapons are also dotted around the city to pick up, if you kill someone who is armed you can then pick up their weapon or ammunition.
            If you get busted by the police or wake up in the hospital, your weapons will be taken from you so you will have to acquire new ones. If you're stuck for a weapon you can punch enemies or knock them down driving a vehicle.
            Vehicles
            There are a few ways to get around in Vice City including driving a car or boat, riding a motorcycle and flying a plane. The driving experience is quite good and realistic. For a small fee you can also hop in a taxi when you come out of hospital which will take you back to the previous mission mark on your radar which is really handy if you are repeatedly getting killed in the same mission.
            You can also get around on foot, but it is much better for short distances only as you can't run for long and it does seem to take ages if you have far to go.

            Home
            Your home to start with is a hotel, this is where you can save your game at any time apart from in the middle of a mission. As you progress through the game, properties will become available for you to buy, making it much faster and easier to save as you get more and more property you will have less far to travel to a save spot.
            Health
            Your health is shown on screen as a number next to a heart. 100 is the maximum health. Picking up body armour will add another 100 protection. Hearts can be found around the city to restore your health to maximum.

            MY OPINION
            I enjoyed this game, not as much as some other GTA's, but it is better than a lot of games for the Playstation 2 console.
            I particularly like the extra little jobs dotted around the city such as collecting hidden packages and rampages (killing a set number of people in a time limit of a couple of minutes).
            The graphics aren't great but I do like some of the effects such as the realism of the sun shining in your eyes when driving and rain drops on your screen. The graphics are very poor in comparison to newer games, but not terrible for a 12 year old game.
            The sound effects are good, there is plenty of dialect, interesting cut scenes and a choice of radio stations when in a vehicle.
            There are plenty of missions and lots to keep you occupied so it's not a game you are going to complete or get bored of in a few hours.

            The game isn't really suitable for young gamers as it has a lot of violence, strong language and criminal activity.
            Whilst I'd much rather play GTA San Andreas (superb game) or one of the newer releases in the series, I don't mind playing this now and again for a change. Not bad at all!

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            03.03.2014 01:48
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            An enjoyable read

            The Diamond Girls was published in 2004. Written by Jacqueline Wilson and illustrated by Nick Sharatt, it has a RRP £10.99.


            The Diamond Girls gets its title from the name of the family the story is about. The book is written in the first person through as Dexie Diamond. Dexie lives with her 3 older sisters Jude, Rochelle and Martine. The girls all live on a bad estate with their single mother who is pregnant with her first boy! She is excited about the new baby and decides they have to move away from their dingy flat into a house with a garden.
            They quickly get a council transfer to the Planet Estate, aside from the eldest of the Diamond girl's, 16 year old Martine, the others don't seem to mind moving. Martine would much rather stay near her neighbour and boyfriend though, but agrees to help them move before coming back to their estate.

            The move happens very quickly, and is a huge disappointment to them all, with the house not resembling the lovely house in the pictures one bit! The area seems even worse than where they were in the first place and the house is very run down needing everything cleaning or repaired, this is left mainly down to the girls, and Dexie's dad friend Bruce who was sent with his van to help them move, but ended up doing a lot more as their mum Sure goes into labour almost immediately after arriving at the new house!
            Dexie just gets on with things, not complaining and helping where she can. She goes exploring in the garden and meets a new friend Mary, who lives in a nearby estate. Mary seems to have the perfect life, a mum and dad who live together, nice toys and clothes, a pretty garden with a swing....everything Dexie would like. Dexie isn't jealous though, and is just glad to have a friend other than her stuffed bird, Bluebell. It isn't long before Dexie realises that Mary's life isn't as perfect as it may seem. She is torn between keeping a secret of Mary's or telling someone.
            When Dexie's mum arrives home from hospital it soon becomes apparent that she is hiding a secret of her own. It seems Dexie soon has the weight of the world on her small shoulders with all the secrets, but all is soon revealed.

            I really enjoyed this book. I thought the characters were good and there was just the right amount of description and detail about each character that you can feel like you know them without being bogged down with too much detail.
            There is quite a bit happening between meeting new characters, the sisters making friends, getting in fights, running away and the new baby so the book moves at a good pace and doesn't every seem to be slow or boring in places.
            There are a few twists and turns and I think this would be a good book for the young readers it's aimed at. This book covers some serious issues in a light hearted way which is good for kids.

            The only criticism I have isn't really aimed at this book in particular, but as I've read a few of Wilson's recently I find them quite similar (single mums whose kids seem to do their own thing) and I'm kind of sick of the same thing.
            I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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            A good multi purpose spray

            Daisy is a budget brand which supplies a variety of products for Tesco.
            I have previously used a few of their products such as washing up liquid and fabric conditioner and have found them better than the usual supermarket own brands and a good substitute for more expensive branded products.

            I normally but antibacterial spray on offer or in shops like Poundland, but when I spotted this costing only 79p for a 500ml spray bottle that claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria I thought it was worth a try.
            The spray bottle is clear, as is the liquid inside so its easy to see how much you have left.
            The spray is an antibacterial cleaner and although it works perfectly when using for a quick wipe around it isn't really tough enough to clean grease or thick dirt. I wouldn't really expect such a spray to do this so it wasn't a disappointment to me.
            Depending on what I am cleaning, I find that in most circumstances for tougher marks, cleaning with soapy water and then a quick wipe with this spray when dry is sufficient.
            What I really like about this spray and those of its kind is that it has many uses all over the house. I use it to wipe down kitchen appliances such as the mystery marks that appear on the fridge, to clean my worktops of small tea and food spillages, on placemats, on radiators, window frames, doors, bathroom sink and lots of surfaces that just need a quick clean and freshen up.
            I also use it on the windows when I haven't got time to give them a decent clean but they have milk splashes up them from feline visitors coming for milk then shaking their heads around. It doesn't leave the windows shiny and gleaming, but it does clean them without leaving a streaky mess behind.

            The spray is easy to use and lasts a while, even though I use it daily. I'm now on my second bottle and would definitely continue to buy it as I find it as good as any of the more expensive branded sprays.
            I normally just wipe around with the spray and a cloth without gloves and haven't had any skin reaction but I would definitely advise anyone who is prone to skin reactions to wear protective gloves.

            Definitely recommended.

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            A Disney favourite

            This 1989 Disney film was a favourite of mine growing up and seems to have remained popular up to this day. More 'Little Mermaid' films have been released since and I watched these recently on TV.
            This film, and the others, are being shown on Sky Movies Disney over the Christmas period, they are also available on Anytime and On Demand. I do think it is a film worth buying for a child as they will probably want to watch it again and again.


            16 year old Ariel is a mermaid who dreams of a life on land as a human. She spends her time under the sea swimming around with her best friend, a cute little fish called Flounder.
            Ariel's dad is King Titan, ruler of the sea, he is very strict and thinks humans are bad people who just want to harm the sea creatures. He gets extremely angry when he finds out that Ariel has been swimming to the surface and asks his little crab servant Sebastian to follow Ariel and make sure she stays under the see where she belongs.

            Ariel can't resist sneaking back up to the shore in search of Prince Eric, a human she saw and fell in love with when she was secretly watching a party on a boat.
            When she swims back up, she finds the prince in trouble and saves him. When he is unconscious she wakes him with a beautiful song but quickly jumps back into the water before he sees her.
            The prince can't get the sound of this girl's amazing voice out of his head and is determined to track down and marry this girl.

            Ariel knows there is no way her father will let her go to land and marry a human and thinks there is no chance of her being with her dream man. ....... Until she gets an offer she can't refuse from a horrible sea witch called Ursula.
            Ursula is prepared to turn Ariel's fins into legs to walk and live on land for 3 days. If she can get the prince to kiss her by sunset on the third day, she will remain a human forever. Nothing is straightforward with Ursula though, the catch is that she has taken Ariel's voice. How is the prince going to know that she is the mystery woman he's been searching for if he can't hear that song again? Will Ariel get her prince?

            MY OPINION
            Based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, this story is really magical. It is great for all the family and packed full of excellent songs that you can't help singing along to no matter how old you are. The characters are entertaining and fun. It definitely gets a big thumbs up from me I'd definitely recommend it to everyone, but especially for little girls!

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            Enjoyable

            RRP £6.99
            ISBN 0-7472-5539-3
            Pubished 1997
            Pages 663

            I first read one of Martina Cole's books a few years ago, I read another couple and although each one was good, after 2 or 3 I found them all to be too similar and felt like I had read it all before. I think this is all down to personal opinion though, as my boyfriend has read many of her books and doesn't seem to get sick of them.
            The Runaway was a book I bought for him a while back and decided to read myself, hoping that as it's quite a while since I read one of her books it wouldn't seem as "samey" as others.

            The book starts in London in 1960 with children Cathy (7) and Eamonn (10) being brought up in a house full of problems. Eamonn's dad, Eamonn senior is dating Cathy's prostitute mother Madge and the two moved in with Cathy and Madge. Both Eamonn senior and Madge drink too much and there is a lot of domestic violence. Life isn't going to be easy for the two children.

            When Cathy is 13, Eamonn senior finds a new girlfriend and moves out, taking his son Eamonn with him. Madge has plenty of male friends around who keep sneaking into Cathy's bedroom trying to take advantage of the young girl, but despite her small size, Cathy is no pushover. She shouts and asks her mother to get the men out of the house but she is ignored most of the time.
            It seems her mother plans for Cathy to go down the same route she did herself, and is now getting old enough to use her body to make money,
            Eamonn isn't having a much better time, living with his dad and new step mother, who has made it clear to him that she doesn't like him and will only be pleasant for his dads sake.
            Eamonn and Cathy meet regularly and seek comfort in one another which soon develops into a romantic relationship.

            Soon a sequence of events in each of their lives means these two teenagers are going to have to grow up, and fast.
            Eamonn doesn't want to end up a drunken dock worker like his dad, and decides the only way to gain respect is to earn it within London's gangland. Cathy doesn't agree at all with some of Eamonn's actions, but when she finds herself getting into trouble with one of her mothers clients it's as if she feels she can't really express her disappointment in Eamonn's lifestyle when she has done something wrong herself.
            At times it seems the two are drifting apart, but they feel they are the only ones who understand each other and have a bond which can't be broken. No matter what the other does, they will always have a love for one another. As the pair grow into adults, they have new lives, friendships, families and relationships away from each other, but throughout the book you always wonder if they will be reunited again.

            The book contains a lot of violence and sexual references so would not be suitable for younger readers. It has a bit of everything in it and is enjoyable. One negative was that I found it slightly too long. I think this is due to the fact that it is following the two main characters from childhood so a lot happens over the years. I do think some parts dragged a little, it included lots of characters, some of them adding nothing at all to the storyline except a few more pages we could do without.
            Overall I really liked this book, I felt like I really knew a few of the main characters and was left wanting more when I had finished the book.
            A book which is full of prostitutes, drugs, sex and gang violence is not one I would not the kind of book I would be drawn to so I was quite surprised that I enjoyed Martina Cole books so if it's not "your kind of thing" it might still be worth trying to borrow one, you might surprise yourself and enjoy it too.

            A drama based on this book was on tv a couple of years back, and although it was good, had nothing on the book.

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              Good, especially for big cats

              Since our cat came on the scene he has been using a small open tray to do his business. As he was so tiny at only 3 weeks old, he couldn't climb more than a couple of inches so this was perfect.

              Now he is getting big and has outgrown his tray, it is also a bit messy as the litter ends up all over the floor surrounding the tray as he digs in it. Also it can get quite smelly with an open tray so I find myself constantly cleaning the tray.
              So I decided it was time to upgrade and get a deeper, covered tray with an odour filter.
              I chose this CatIt box, which cost around £16. They are available in a good few shops online, all being similar in price. Depending on what you're ordering you could get free delivery too.

              This comes in a couple of different colours. Mine is grey on the bottom and white on the top with pink locks at the side, a pink lid and handle. There is enough pink to please my cat who is well in touch with his feminine side, but not too much that it would look silly or stand out too much.
              The tray comes in 2 pieces, the hood and the base, so is extremely easy to assemble, the only thing you need to do is take the odour filter out of its plastic wrapper and put the top onto the base, you don't need to do anything with the flap door or handle. You can remove the door if required or just leave it open as I will demonstrate in photographs.

              The flap on the front is clear and easy to go in and out of and luckily it didn't take long at all for my cat to get used to using this door rather than an open tray. There is an odour filter on the top which is black. Replacement filters are easy to buy and not too expensive.
              The tray is far bigger than I expected so should suit any size of cat, which is better than buying one they're going to grow out of. One needs space to do ones business.
              As they are so big they can take a lot of litter which could lead to using more than you normally would but I actually put the old open tray inside this one so he knew what this new box was for so I am using the same amount for now.
              If your cat is fully grown and is not that big, I'd probably suggest you go for something smaller, but if you're not sure how big your cat is going to be this is a good option.

              The only negative I have found with this tray is the locks on the sides. There is one on each side which slide along to keep the top and bottom of the tray locked together so you can pick up and move the tray using the handle on top of the hood.
              These locks are really stiff and tricky to get in place. Only last night did I pick up the tray to have the bottom fall out of it. Sometimes it feels like the hood is pushed down onto the base properly and sounds and feels like it has locked when the hood is actually sat on top of the base. So if you are planning on lifting the whole lot check and double check that it is locked in place on both sides before moving it.
              The handle is comfortable to lift and the tray is lightweight considering its size, but obviously the weight will depend on how much litter is inside it.

              It is really easy to clean and I find I can't smell any of my cats business from the tray which is great.
              As I've only had this tray a couple of weeks I can't really comment on how it will stand the test of time, The only thing I could imagine being a problem is perhaps the locks would loosen over time but so far so good and I will update if I experience any issues.

              This tray suits my cats need perfectly so I would recommend this.

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