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Any of you tried the new catalogue Abound? If you have then you will no what I am talking about when I say its great! If you haven?t however then you may like to read on. Abound I believe launched its new catalogue this autumn with the autumn/winter book being its first. So how is Abound different to every other catalogue? Well the differences are (being more than one0: 1) Abound is on par with high street prices and I will do a few comparisons later on in the opinion. 2) It only has the interest-free option for 4 months, but this is still a lengthy time considering this is how other mail-order companies make their money, by having higher prices and slipping it onto the interest free option (although they would never admit to it. 3) The other difference obviously there isn?t as much choice as you would get in an average catalogue but the choice there is; is still good as most the clothes are fashionable and of great quality and most important of all, for all age groups and gender. So lets get to the most important thing that we as a customer expect from Abound. Prices well this is where it really does come into it?s own. I noticed that clothes like Levi?s and other brands such as Kickers were up to 25% cheaper such as Levi 525 jeans are £43 in this book but with another leading brand they are £54 so work the difference out there. Then for kickers Abound want £49 for a roll neck sweater but another leading brand expect £63 (!) what (?) So now you are bound to be thinking righto so it?s cheaper I bet you have to pay for postage and packaging? Well this is where the good news comes in. Abound is FREE for all p&p and have all the same rules on those terms as all other competitors. So in brief a short summary of this mail-order company: · High street prices · 900 pages of clothing and household goods. · 4 months interest free credit. · Free del
ivery on everything · Great customer support · In catalogue fashion advice and ideas So if that isn?t enough to even get you the teeniest bit interested then see for yourself by looking up www.aboundonline.com Or ring (0800) 0568 568 to hear for yourself. By the way thank-you for reading ;-)
Ever heard of Marchents? Well if you have then you know exactly how lucky we are to have either encountered or browsed their sumptious catalogue of foods. What can I say to tempt you to look at the various items of high quality local foods and goods they pffer. Well let me start by telling you a little bit about the company. Marchents is a company which brings you traditionally made fine food direct from small farms and craft producers. It supplies foods which are normally found in exclusive shops and foodhalls and that would take weeks of seeking out. In their catalougue all the food is lovingley laid out in such a way it takes away the monotony of everyday food shopping. With items such as (Sorry vegetarians but I loved this one) boneless loin of wild boar and a loin of venison tied together and filled with a stuffing of apple and pistachio, ready for roasting. They do however cater extensively for vegetarians an example being, Vegetable pie with roasted butternut squash with garlic and rosemary and numerous other vegetables which would be far to tedious to list. They have a vast array of home-made traditional steamed puddings, a favourite being Ginger pudding prepared with Australian stem ginger marinated in ginger wine, together with Almonds,Sultanas and Cardaman, with Honey and Ginger dripping over the edges when served. I mean how sumptious is that?! It might be because I am on a diet but it sounds pretty lovely to me. I have however ordered from here and have currently tried the Date and Orange version which was beautiful (hence the diet now). They do a great range of Honeys and Marmalade. truffles and sauces and a fantastic range of chocolates which I believe some say are the finest in the world (given the prices I can see why) and sweeties gallore. Why am I writing about this catalogue I hear some of you shout? Well I have been so impressed with the quality and pure customer thoughtfulness
that I felt I simply HAD to share it with you all. Thye don't just stock foods they do a great range of dinner plates and acessories too. Which are well so *posh* and *expensive* but if I was posh spice or someone then that would be me local co-operative store :-) To order a catalogue then the number is : (01386) 701865 (not freephone although I think it is local-rate? Or visit a Marchents store at Braodway,Gloucestershire. Or to see what I am wittering on about visit them online at www.marchentsbusiness.com The only drawback is it is very expensive, but well worth it as the merchandise is truley extravagant. It will be worth your while visiting especially for those christmas treats. Enjoy!!
E-bay is so far the best and most interesting auction site I have encountered. You can literally sell anything from your old clothes that you longer want, to yourself for a date;-) When you first go into E-bay, you can take a tutorial tour which takes you round the site with lots of FAQ (frequently asked questions!) With every question under the sun so you can be sure you won't get stuck. For the seller: If you have products that you want to sell then there is a easy catagory page where things are listed with an easy to find search facility. So if it's clothing you want to sell then the search would be under Everything else>Clothing>Children>Girls (for example) so you can't go wrong. Once on the selling page then E-bay will ask if you want to submit a photo (as this really does help the item to sell if people can see what they are buying), to do this there are some boxes which once clicked on you can drop and drag from your p.c files,such as "my documents" which is the easiest. The first photograph is free of charge and any additional (different shots of item for example) are 10 pence each. E- bay do have a listing fee which is usually a minimum of 10p right up to £1 depending on what you expect for your mimimum bid, but generally for clothing and such like it is 15p per listing but with offers they have on like bold-lettering, etc and high exposure on the site,it can go up. You have a choice of keeping you item up for bid from 7-10 days,for the one price and when/if your item sells E-bay do take a percentageof the price but this is so little that you don't really notice. So how do you pay E-bay then? Well there are several options and the most popular being,keeping your credit card on file (which is encrypted and a very secure site anyway), to getting a monthly invoice via your e-mail. This you can then pay in the same way as a posted letter. So how do the
people who buy off me pay me? This is done by whoever is the highest bidder at the time of auction closing. They then send you payment and when you have the funds clear then you dispatch the goods on. As the seller you can stipulate who pays the postage and packaging fee's, usually it's the buyer which is always included in the item's auction price (additional to the amount you get as a final bid,just added onto the cheque) E-bay do not get involved with the monentry transactions but will step in if there is a dispute that cannot be solved. There is also a system which is known as feedback. This is something that after you have either purchased or sold goods, you leave either positive,neutral or negative feedback about the other person so it helps you/them, by this you can kind of check a person out by seeing there previous records and level of which they have behaved with others in the trade and it helps you decide if you think they are worth doing trade with them or not. Registering. This is is if you have an e-mail address which is not anoynomous eg: Non-hotmail etc, as you could run multiple accounts and fraudently use it against e-bay,the only way round this is to put your credit card on file,then e-bay will let you register under your hotmial etc,account with complete confidence. You need to supply a user-name, a pass word and give your full residential address. So how do I keep track of my bids/auctions? This is made exceptionally easy as E-bay give you what's known as "My E-bay", this function enables you to, see what bids you have made and keeps track of how you are doing,green for winning, red for behind. What items you have for sale and how many bids you have and for all these functions there is atimer so you can see exactly how long each auction has left to run. Also on "My E-bay" you can check on your accounts to see how much you owe E-bay and when your next invoice if pa
ying that way is next due. There is a feedback facility which even lets you know who you have got to respond to after they have left it for you. The "My E-bay" is a ingenius facility that without it I personally do not think E-bay could function as successfully as they do. As with all auctions there is a very high level of seriousness for making and honouring bids and these rules have no exception. Thye do take it very seriousley and if you are to bid you must make sure that you are not going to pull out at a later date. There is however a facility that lets you retract your bids but there *must* be a valid reason for doing so and this will go against your record for the lifetime of memebership. There is a chat facility on e-bay which I have to say I haven't used but it does sound good. the only draw-back that I have found to E-bay is sometimes it can be frustratingly slow but I guess that si teh sheer volume of users that are on it so evenings are best avoided if you can. There isn't much else I can really say about this site, apart from the fact that I wish I had found it years ago! But beware it can be addictive and you could end up bankrupt. But anyway have fun and happy bidding.
Now I have never been one to buy the latest phone and all the gizmos, so to others it would be strange that I am even attempting to write an opinion about one. I bought the nokia 3310 on a contract about 2 months ago after my lovely Panasonic one had died a death and I couldn’t find a battery charger replacement (anyway that is another story!), I went into car phone warehouse and there two VERY helpful salesman introduced this little angel into my life. Now why did I call it a little angel? Well I have to say it has to be the best phone I have got yet. They offered me a choice of three different Nokia phones on the contract system that was suitable and preferential to me and I chose this one. Why? Well initially (and you can call me tight) I got this because it wasn’t going to cost me a penny and I liked it because it is small and diddy and exactly what I required for work. What this phone has: As soon as you get into the menu of this phone you have the following options, Phonebook Messages Chat (haven’t sussed this one out yet, Doh!) Call register Tones Settings Call divert Games Calculator Reminders (ever so handy Clock Profiles Information. So lets start with, Phonebook In your phonebook you can list hold as many as 150 names and numbers so if you need for a business purpose I imagine this could prove to be very handy. You can do a variety of things from sending a birthday card to having a cool little ring for each different person from your address book phoning. Messages I love the messages part of this phone mainly because you can have a dictionary set up to use which can be a godsend to some, or you can if in a hurry use some of the ready made texts that are available, for example, * Please call. I’m at home and many others that save you from typing oit also you can add your o
wn words into it so saves even more time. You can also insert a variation of symbols and smileys, which can be fun if you are at work and know that you cant, really send a written text but these are quick and easy to use. Chat Now I have to confess to being totally ignorant here, but I’ll tell you what I think it is. I think it is where if one of your friends is texting you and you are replying back I presume you can set this chat thing up so that you don’t have to keep texting to and fro, instead just type in something similar to what you would on a p.c. I might be wrong and if I am then please feel free to enlighten me in the comment section ;-) Call register This is the same as any other call register that any mobile phone user is familiar with but with this it is particularly helpful if you are on a contract as it tells you exactly how many minutes you have used and lets you reset the timer when you have either used your free minutes up (with me its 60 minutes) and can also be used for many other things. Tones There are many tones to choose from and when I purchased my mobile they gave me 4 scratch cards to choose some more tones for my mobile, these varied from chart music to whatever takes your fancy. The overall tones set up in the phone are okay and what you would normally expect for a mobile of today and the great thing is you can personalise every tone to each person so you know who is ringing and for what. Settings These are so you can adjust everything you need to make your phone suitable to your individual needs. From call to security settings. Call divert The usual, set up voice calls so if you aren’t available they go straight to your answer phone and other things like that. Games Now these I wasn’t impressed with but then given the games on offer I suppose they are okay if you are REALLY bored, they are very arcade and they remind m
e of games from the 80’s but hey you cant have everything. Calculator Well as you all know a calculator is what it says and this is extremely useful to me at work as I can just use my phone to work out figures instead of hunting round for the calculator, and it means I can text whilst pretending to work something out ;-) Reminders I love this facility, if you need reminding of something this is great and the best thing is that it will not stop reminding you until you have erased your original reminder so you can guarantee you wont forget anything again. Clock This is what I would say a glorified alarm clock, good little feature. Profiles This is the section where you can totally personalise everything in your phone from screensavers to call barring. Information This offers you information on the following sections. Sport. Lifestyles Finance A bit like the news it offers you what has happened in the before category today. So that is oit for what the phone has in the menu. Additional information The phone is lightweight and weighs around 133g (with a standard battery). After charging the battery lasts around 5 days, which is excellent. You have a vibration method on the phone when a call or text message is being received so this invaluable to me as I wouldn’t hear it usually. Full graphics display so great for those picture texts. All in all a great little phone. I am on the orange network and I find this brilliant for my phone and I get a signal almost anywhere so that is a definite thumbs up for me!
I have recatagorised this opinion so all you who think you have read it before then please do not rate it as i would hate to get paid points twice. It's just it was in teh wrong place before. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I have been debating for a long while now whether or not to write what I have now decided to write. Well I have taken the bull by the horns and here goes. Spiritualism what does that word mean to you? To me it used to sound like a load of Gobblegook that my mother used to talk about. But I have now been forced to accept that is my destiny and path to take. Let me start by talking a little about my mother. My mother has always been in others eyes a little ?strange? because she can go up to anyone and immediately tell them about their lives and what relatives they have that have passed over. She does tealeaves and something called Psychometry that to you who don?t know is reading and deciphering the vibrations from an object that is personal to them. From this she usually has a rough sketch of that persons life and nine times out of ten has someone who has passed over with her/them that she has to tell them about, this can be something silly like a message that only they know about to something more severe like the man she had to warn of an accident. Which consequently would have occurred had she not warned him. My mother also has this ability to see. By that I mean spirits/spectres that people like you are not aware of in the room unless you are sensitive to it. She can openly converse with these people and on occasions has been known to have a laugh and a joke with the spirits. My mum has had this ?gift? since childhood and to her she thinks its entirely normal to see people walking down the road who died weeks ago. Mum and her ?tealeaves? well what can I say? This has always been an enigma to me. How can you see into the past or future from a load of old leaves s
itting at the bottom of your cup? Now this I feel is again getting the vibrations from another person rather than seeing shapes etc. But to be fair my mum has always got it right. How that came about is another mystery but one I wont question as I have yet to discover this. Right what am I waffling on about an where do I come into it? Well I see people all the time and it really, really got me down time again after another occurrence where something just had to get my attention yet again. I would be with a friend in work and I would suddenly have to tell her that I had someone called James/Fred or whoever wanted to let her know he was okay and for her to stop feeling guilty, I mean what? What do you do when it happens to you? I would then have to describe the person I was seeing to this person so she didn?t think I was a complete nutter and suddenly gone mad. I can also tell when someone is a bad and evil person don?t ask me how or why, I just don?t know. I see (and its getting funny bordering on hilarious now!) Cats, dogs, and people constantly. Even this morning going to work I see a man who I could see the bloody lamppost through. But I have learnt to just ignore it and get on with whatever I am doing or I think it would drive me more insane than it is doing. I went to a spiritualist?s church recently to try and get rid of this gift I apparently had but all I got was the chairperson trying his best to get me in with them as he could see the spirits around me. You have to laugh don?t you? I would like to add I have never tried to get into this scene, have never done an 'ouija' board (these can be so dangerous) so therefore am not a willing ?pyschic?. I just want to try and help those who are going through anything similar to me and at the same time get some tips from them! Another point I would like to make is I am a level headed woman and not in the slightest insane (w
ell not much anyway, LOL) and that I never try to find them they just find me. If you have read this far then thank-you I just needed to get it down and would appreciate any comments left by youI.
Well woman are an all round vitamin supplement brought to us by a well-known brand Viabotics. They aim to help maintain health and vitality and have a range of natural products in this product that can help, especially woman, stay fit and healthy. The main products in this are. Evening primrose and Starflower oil. Natural Carotenoids, Antioxidants Vitamins and minerals. Well woman gives nutritional support to the areas of health, which are most interest to woman. THE BREAKDOWN. Skin hair and nails. Natural Catotenoids, Vitamin E and Zinc are necessary to help maintain healthy skin and cell renewal. The Immune System. A wide range of Antioxidant vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoids, to help maintain a healthy immune system. Energy release. Magnesium and Vitamin B complex are required for the release of energy from food. The monthly cycle. Starflower oil with Evening Primrose oil to help maintain healthy hormone balance. Plus Iron for blood formation and Vitamin B6 to help maintain a healthy nervous system. Conception. Vitamin B12, along with 400ug Folic acid which is recommended for a baby’s healthy development when you are trying to conceive and when you are pregnant. Nutritional Information. Starflower Oil. 100mg Evening Primrose oil 100mg Vitamin D 5ug Vitamin E 30mg Vitamin C 60mg Thiamin (vitamin B1) 10mg Riboflavin(vitamin B2) 5mg Niacin (vitamin B3) 36mg Vitamin B6 20mg Folacin (as folic acid) 400ug Vitamin B12 20ug
Biotin 0.05mg Pantothenic Acid 6mg Vitamin K 90ug Natural mixed carotenoids 2mg Iron 12mg Magnesium 100mg Zinc 12mg Maganese 2.5mg Copper 1.5mg Selenium 100ug Chromium 50ug Each capsule also contains: P.A.B.A 30mg Citrus Bioflavonoids Complex 10mg. Measurements. Mg=milligram, ug =microgram R.D.A = Recommended Daily Allowance. I have currently been taking these vitamins for around 3 months and already I have noticed a vast improvement in the strength of my nails and my hair is more shiny and sleeker looking. My irregular periods have also improved (although am not 100% sure if the vitamins). But overall these vitamins are great and have worked for me and many of my friends. You can find them at all good Pharmacists and leading Supermarkets. For further information please write to: Viabotics ltd, 1 Beresford Avenue, Wembley, HAO 1NU, England. Or phone on: (02089) 024455 Or look on there website which is www.viabotics.com which is very helpful and easy to navigate. One word of advice though is always take on a full stomach as can make you nauseous if not heeded. And always seek medical advice from your G.P before taking if pregnant.
In all I think Nationwide are a great building society with all the advantages of a high street bank - Advantages: Great cstmer sport and great deals for their customers. - Disadvantages: Some of their banking tecniques are a little outdated.
Maria Donati is a great Catalogue of clothing and shoes for ladies between sizes 14-34. The catalogue which is jammed packed with all the latest styles in fashion and complimentary clothing consists of 184 pages to peruse at your leisure, with the added bonus that all their clothes are exclusive to them and them only. And you can be assured that the clothes are of excellent standard and quality too. The Maria Donati philosophy is simply to make beautiful clothes for woman size 14-34 to wear and enjoy whilst feeling comfortable with an affordable price too. The designs are anything but standard instead giving unique and flattering styles in everyday living. A little more about this catalogue. They offer an all sizes one price policy so whether you purchase size 14 or 34 the price remains the same as the other. The sections within the catalogue are as follows: Trend 7-29 (pages) This is the section that offers the seasons hottest new looks; you will find everything you need to keep up with this seasons styles. Premier collection. 30-45 For fashion conscious women, who are searching for uncompromising style and achievable glamour. Donati everyday. 46-85 This section combines style with a smart casual look. Figure and colour consultation. 86-89 (this is a great section). Choose the right colours and designs to suit your own individual self and style. Style. 90-103 From office wear to evening classics. This is the section if you are after something a little different and classy. Urban Spirit. 104-115 This is a mix of young fashion for those women making a statement. Leisure. 116-147 Uncomplicated fashion at it’s best. Great for mixing and matching for a casual look. Lingerie. 148-173. A very sensuous, sophisticated and sexy range at some truly great prices! Promenade. 1
74-175 A great range of footwear that is sure to tantalise anyone who loves shoes. (Anyone who knows me will know this is my favourite subject.) Summer wardrobe planner. 176-177 This is mainly for those who love clothes and know what colours they love but have a difficult time putting them together. This is particularly helpful as most of it is done for you with some great pointers and hints. Well that’s it as in the way of contents. But this catalogue is so jam packed with such beautiful clothing, that it would e a shame for anyone to miss out on at least looking at it. So how do you get to look and see for yourself? To do this there is a number to ring and you will receive your free catalogue within 48 hours. So call below on. 0870) 160 0099 or visit their website on www.mariadonati.co.uk. There is the usual no-obligatory service such as 14-day money back guarantee and credit is available subject to status. Please do not miss out on this great catalogue, as it is so worth it.
I have never been one for using an upright Hoover but have to say I am now converted. I have owned this Hoover for about 6 months now and would I say it was a good Hoover, going by my above opening line "A pain in the bum"? Well yes I would and why it is a pain will be disclosed further down in the opinion. So what good qualities does this Hoover have? This Hoover has a great advantage over most Hoovers that are currently on today’s market. 1) Being, once bought you never need to change another filter, by opting for a specific one designed for this, there are two choices of filters you can choose from these being either, Micro (w2600) or HEPA lifetime (w2700) the difference being one is lifetime and one has a life span of 12 months (which I think is usual). With a HEPA filter this really is an excellent choice to make especially, for those who are prone to Asthma and other dust related allergies. This type of filter minimises 99.99% of household dust, pollens and allergens down to 0.3, which surely is an advantage if I ever saw one. 2) No bag ever again, as this is vacuum is bag less. Instead sporting a very fancy, flashy 2 litre clear drum that all your household dirt goes straight into. Once filled empty straight into your bin and great start all over again. Does this Hoover suck up as good as others? I would say it’s suction power is better than all other leading brands, due to the ‘Vortex’ power behind it, it would give many a Hoover manufacture a run for their money (and I believe that recently they have). Special features that this Hoover has. >No bags. Easy bin removal (one click and it’s out) >Easy move multi-grip handle and large on-off button (especially helpful to those with Arthritis etc.) >4 tools on board, compactly stored, these being, crevice tool, furniture nozzle, dusting brush an
d extension tubes. >Lightweight ABS plastic extension tubes >25% faster cleaning ‘Big-Foot’ >Reaches under low furniture >Edge to edge cleaning >Crevice tool reaches into awkward places (especially behind radiators) >Easy empty 2-litre bin. All these are very good advantages to have with your Hoover and are what in today’s lifestyles make life so much easier. So why is this Hoover a pain in the bum? Well with all things there has to be some disadvantages. Well with this it’s the annoying fact that every time you go to use the attachments that come with this Hoover you end up having the Hoover fall on top of you whilst you are knee down bum in the air this isn’t funny. On several occasions I have had the Hoover go down on my back whilst I have been using the long nozzle for cleaning floors. I think if the manufacturers of this Hoover could just adjust the length of the pipe that attaches to the Hoover accessories I am sure that this would be a dream Hoover to own. This can be dangerous for children especially any that are crawling nearby (as I have discovered, nearly), so if you are thinking of buying this don’t be put of just be aware beforehand. Overall the points to this Hoover are brilliant and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
This is under magazine titles purely because I couldn't find online-slimming clubs but also because they do send a newsletter so it is kind of a magazine club ;) Right allslimmers.com have you heard of them? No well let me tell you how I came about finding this excellent site. Reading my latest issue of chat, which happens to be a spring special on diet and fitness, they listed a lot of helpful websites to help you shift those pounds of extra weight. Yeah yeah I thought another website introducing a great weight loss scheme and support (?) !! This was questionable because usually these sort of clubs either are very complicated giving ridiculous diets to follow (what do you mean a lettuce leaf isn’t enough?) or expect you to pay the earth in registration fees. So how is this site better? Well firstly and I say firstly because this is surely our main priority and that is it’s FREE, so that is a bonus…Secondly it is easy to understand and navigate (must be for me to get it!) So what happens? You get to this site through the URL: www.realslimmers.com and immediately you will come to a homepage, introducing their selves. These list as following: Meet our slimmers How do I start? The diets Success stories Better eating Message boards Health calcuators Newsletter Meet the experts Advice centre Get active Recipes Slimming news My page So what category does what then? Meet our slimmers. . This is so you can pick out a slimmer say…. Susan 5ft 8in weighs 13 stone wants to lose 2 stone, read her diet and progress. From this it will tell you her diet, calorie count and the success she is having so far. With lots of helpful hints from ‘Susan’ and other members, including the directors of the site. I find this part of the site really helpful because if you are having trouble deciding which di
et is for you then you can easily try to match yourself with another slimmer similar in build and height, weight etc and follow their diet. How do I start? Well to start couldn’t be easier all you have to do is have a look around the site to get a feel for it, then if you like what you see then join up, to join up you will be asked several questions such as weight (you can have metric or imperial) height, chest, bust and hip sizes, and how active are you. This will then come up with a calorie count on a daily basis, and personalise a page for you. I like this because it is set over a period of 12 weeks and all you have to do is (honestly!!) record in your weight and measurements each week. They will do the rest. The diets This is a section where you can get a guide to how many calories you should be eating and what foods have what in also lists a great range of recipe’s to suit your individual diet. Success stories. This has all the great stories where people have achieved their weight loss and maintained their weight after (the hardest thing to do!) and generally tells stories of REAL people. Better eating This gives lots of useful, handy tips and also aids you towards a healthier eating lifestyle in a non lecture way. Will answer any questions That you have in a friendly way. Food tips. >Fat tips >Food labels >Shape up tips >Diet myths >Keeping the weight off >Eating out tips >Stop yo-yoing Message boards. This is the best part of the site! This a forum where you can either advertise for a diet buddy, find a friend or just get some moral support when the craving’s set in. They also have a section amongst the forum where you can leave details about yourself and others can e-mail you with support or whatever you like. In the community, there are the following options. Support bud
dies Cravers 40-somethings Tips 20-somethings Other boards Health Calculators. The calculator ask’s you to put in your weight and height and then comes up with a body mass total and then asks you how much you want to lose, I think it would suggest otherwise too if you were aiming to high or low. Which is helpful without being intrusive. Newsletter. This you can sign up for to receive on a weekly basis through your e-mail account. This is full of helpful hints, new recipes and bundles of moral support. Meet the experts. This part lists whose whom on the site, giving why they are who they are and how they can help you. There is a photo next to each person giving it that less formal approach and more friendly. All the experts are trained dieticians and you can e-mail them at anytime which feels very reassuring when you feel like lapsing. Advice centre. This is the very core of the site where you can ask questions and get advice from almost anyone at anytime. Easy to navigate and very approachable this is a great part of the site. It is very medically minded and if you have any health niggles then this is the place to come. Get active. Well we all know that dieting is okay but without exercise we might as well forget it or (at least some of it). This is the part which goes into great depth on exercise with lots of helpful, easy exercises for a great variation of people, from running and how many calories you burn to gentle yoga and floor exercises. I found this really helpful and again knowing someone would answer any queries I had was really reassuring to me. There is a little box nearby with the following options. Shape up. >Bottom friendly >Shoulder definer (?) >Breasts best friend >Lower back love >Stomach toning Recipes. T
hese are very similar to the diets section although it goes into a lot more depth. So if you want Chicken then there are loads of different fat-free variations as with vegetarian and other foods that take your individual fancy. They list the nutritional content, calories and even hidden ingredients that I sure hadn’t given a thought to. Slimming news. I found this very similar to the newsletter but I suppose it is for those who do not subscribe to it and want to hear what’s going on. This lists what’s new in the community and what’s been happening around the world in the way of diets. Last but not least, My page. This is your own custom designed page where you can record everything about yourself to help you on your diet and record all your measurements on a week-to-week basis. All in all this site is fantastic, for those who either don’t fancy going out to lose weight but still need professional guidance or those who like to lose weight in the privacy of their home without the intense pressure that others can inflict. I think you will all really enjoy this site so get there now and start that diet you keep putting off.
Until last night I was a Virgin Vie, virgin, I never thought that the company ‘Virgin’ would do cosmetics I mean as if? But after being persuaded I reluctantly trundled off to this home party that Virgin Vie apparently did. All I can say is wow! I am going again in fact I am hosting a party this coming Thursday I was so impressed and am thinking of becoming an independent consultant for them. Known as classes, when you book a class, a trained Virgin Vie independent consultant will bring their products direct to your house, this gives you the chance to invite lots of friends bring out the wine and generally have a great time trying out lots of fantastic quality products at reasonable prices in the comfort of your own home. You get advice about the products, a free facial or makeover and some tips to boot. And by hosting a party you receive an incentive in the way of fee products depending on how well your party has gone. This goes as follows: For class sales of £70-£149 you receive £16 in goods £150-£249 you get £27 £250-£349 you get £38 £350+ you get £50 With this gift you have a huge range of products to choose from for whatever amount you achieve so this really is a good way of getting your own make-up collection without paying for nothing more than a few cups of tea and a few nibbles. There is a special hostess bonus if you hold 3 or more classes in one year (including Christmas parties) then you will receive a complimentary gift set worth £27. How to order and get the best from Virgin Vie You used to be able to get Virgin Vie from a limited selection of shops until these classes took off but now all this has changed, as you don’t have to book a class to buy. If you have been to a previous class or get the consultants number (which they offer ;) then at no extra charge you can just purchase your goods if and when you like. Or if you wou
ld prefer you can call the Virgin Vie centre on (0845) 300 80 20 (local rate) this is open from 8am-8pm, 7 days a week. And all major credit cards are accepted. The only draw back to this is they do have a delivery charge of £2.75 for postage and packaging for delivery in 7-10 working days, or £5 for delivery in 4 days, which I personally find a little steep when your consultant can get it in 7 days free of delivery charges. Alternatively you can ring the centre on the above telephone number and they will give you the telephone number of your nearest consultant so that would be the best option. They offer the usual 30 days money back guarantee so that is reassuring if you are a fickle pickle like me! If you haven’t been to a party and have no inclination to do so then there are a list of shops that do stock the products but these are quite limited. But I will be kind and list themJ Churchill Square, Brighton (01273) 207778 Cribs Causeway, Bristol (0117) 950 9485 The Glades, Bromley ( 0208) 460 3004 Liffey Valley, Dublin (003531) 623 9100 Braehead Shopping centre, Glasgow (0141) 885 9330 Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow (0141) 353 0633 Cardigan Fields, Leeds (0113) 224 6632 Eldon Square, Newcastle (0191) 230 4333 Capital way, Preston (01772) 253 700 Meadowhall, Sheffield (0114) 256 8767 Lakeside, Thurrock (01708) 680 601 Deansgate, Manchester (0161) 831 0630 I hope this is helpful to those that have never experienced the products. About the products Virgin has a wide range of merchandise form skin care, hair products to bath body products and my personal favourite, Make-up. No Virgin Vie product has in any way been used for the testing on animals and this is something the company feel very strong about and they promise that all the ingredients used in their goods aren’t either. All their products are suited to a wide range of skin types and colou
rs, which is refreshing to know before you buy the product. With each and every item there is advice on what it’s best to go with and general make-up tips and helpful advice. I could list all the products that they do but I feel I have out stayed my welcome in this opinion as it is so I would like o take the liberty of asking you to obtain a catalogue yourself. This you can do by phoning (0845) 300 80 22. I would like to add that all these products are generally priced and on par with other leading brands financially but the quality of all items exceed greatly. Just one last note, if you are fortunate enough to be flying with Virgin Air this year then you are going to be lucky enough to receive a goody bag from the company which will contain luxurious make-up and smellies, so “Bon Voyage” and enjoy!
I have just discovered this new cream well I say cream but it is actually a combination of a mousse/gel which blends when rubbed in hands into a lovely non-sticky solution. About this product. It is designed to give thin straggly hair ( I have the Worzel Gummage variety) a brand neew lease of life. And boy does it! Now normally I don't buy these posh products as i always think they are a con and are all nice packaging but nothing inside but this really is different. A 'heat activated cream' that 'melts' apon application this wonder stuff instantly, moisturises,conditions,thickens and creates volume. By penentrating (O'er missus) the hair shaft (gets ruder..) it creates expansion and body leaving you with beautiful looking hair (well kind of, nearly). So that's the science part anyway. The practical side of things..Money. For a whole 100ml you can expect to pay a grand sum of £12.25 which at first made me gasp out loud considereing I'd just paid bloody £32 for hair cut but I was assured that it really would last ages and indeed it has, 8 months and still going strong! The design of the product is a little basic but then the company is very plain in it's designs in anycase so having a nice Navy bottle is to be expected I guess? SO IS IT REALLY GOOD FOR ALL TYPES OF HAIR? EVEN STRAW TYPES? Yes I can vouch it is it really does wonders and after I would say a couple of goes you really notice the difference. You can buy this product from most good salons (try the trendy types) or try their website @ www.TIGI.com but don't be surprised to find the prices are still as dear. Oh well enjoy it because you'reworth it. Oops wrong advert (wasn't that L'oreal?)
Half-price or less have you heard of them? Well let me explain if you haven’t, Half-price or less is an online service that supplies goods at exactly half price or less. Set up in Blackpool (I believe?) and getting hugely successful it was decided to extend on to online ordering as business was doing so well. And thank-goodness they did. Half-price or less is a fantastic find and although like everything has some tacky items, the majority is good, honest items that we use everyday at bargain prices! I took the time out to write down some of the prices in each categories but as there are a substantial amount of items for each categories and consequent sub categories I have listed a few that I thought were a good bargain today. When first entering the site you will be slightly amused (or at least I was ;) to be greeted by the cyber manager (whose name I forget but it was there) who will gladly assist you through some automatic doors which lead onto the nine main categories of items which lead onto other sub categories. In each categories (think I’m using this word much,lol) there is a very nice assistant to greet you and walk you through to each aisle you require. Below is what I wrote down on my latest visit it being this morning. Some items may still be there and were correct at time of visit but due to huge demand disappointment may be encountered ;) Through the double doors and hers what you see. SPECIAL OFFERS Indeed they were. As it’s approaching Easter they had ‘Disney’ Easter eggs a pack of 6 for £8.94 RRP @ £17.94. ‘Winnie The pooh’ desk telephone, £19.99 RRP £39.99. Orginal Source Body Mousses 99p RRP £2.75. The Jungle Book Story 49p RRP £1.99. Childrens Story Collection pack of six books, £2.94 RRP £8.94. HEALTH AND BEAUTY Here is a great selection of goods and the only one that I have gone
into great detail for items abnd sub-categories listed, as it seemed such a good one. HAIR CARE: ‘Aussie’ Mango Shampoo 99p RRP £2.99. BATH TIME: ‘Dove’ Shower Crème 99p RRP £1.99 SUN CARE: ‘Nivea’ childs sun lotion £2.99 RRP £9.49 BODY CARE: ‘Nivea’ Visage 2 creams £2.99 RRP £8.34 DENTAL CARE: ‘Aqu Fresh’ whitening pump £1.79 RRP £3.65 FINE FRAGRENCES: ‘D& G ‘ Perfume £16.99 RRP £40.00 HEALTH & MED: ‘Mates’ Condoms £2.99 RRP £6.85 First Aid Pack £1.99 RRP £5.39. Home Preg Test Kit, £1.99 RRP£4.99 MENS TOILETRIES: ‘Mach 3’Grooming set £6.99 RRP £14.99 BABY CARE: ‘Baby Spere’ Pram, £99.00 RRP £389.00 TOYS AND BOOKS Within this there are a range of; SOFT TOYS BOYS TOYS GIRLS TOYS BABY TOYS TODDLER TOYS ARTS AND CRAFTS OUTDOOR TOYS GAMES CD’S ,BOOKS AND VIDEO’S. FOOD AND DRINK Within this there are; FOOD AND GROCERIES SWEETS DRINKS FASHION AND CLOTHING MENS CLOTHING WOMANS CLOTHING CHILDRENS CLOTHING BABIES CLOTHING SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR WATCHES SUNGLASSES HOME AND GARDEN ELECTRICAL KITCHEN BEDROOM BATHROOM LIVINGROOM GARDEN AND D.I.Y GIFTS AND STATIONERY GIFT SETS WATCHES SUNGLASSES MENS GIFTS WOMANS GIFTS CHILDREN & BABIES GIFTS STATIONERY SPORTS AND LEISURE SPORTS CLOTHING SPORTS EQUIPMENT TRAVEL AND LUGGAGE CAMERA AND FILM PETS AND LEISURE Pets corner which is shown around by Doris is broke into three parts these being.
PETS CORNER: Flea collar £1.39 RRP £2.85 HOUSEHOLD & CLEANER : ‘Dyson’ Filters £1.99 RRP £6.99 BATTERIES Right this is where my tour of Half-price or less ends but believe me what I wrote down is reallya drop in the ocean for the items on sale there. Go and have a look it really will be worth your while. Delivery is a fixed sum of £3.59 despite location and size of the order and it is quick prompt delivery too. They have even been known to drop a few freebies in too, which is a lovely surprise to receive for nothing. The site is secure and accepts all leading credit and Visa cards. So what are you waiting for get there and enjoy!
Bullying. Well I have read a few of them on DooYoo and doubt that my opinion on the subject will even come close to the dispair some people have endured and suffered. However I would like to start by saying that bullying in a child or an adults environment is probably the worst thing someone has to go through in their life EVER. MY STORY....... I was bullied, do you know why? Because I am profoundly deaf and as a result of this very nervous. Through school I was constantly picked on and jeered at,my crime. Going to a NORMAL school where in their eyes I obviousley didn't belong. The thing was though it wasn;'t just the pupils who took the mick it was the teachers too. If I didn't lipread them correctly they would really emphasise their words really slowley so I would get the drift and this of course was hillarius to the other pupils. Added to being deaf I was also blonde,well being blonde and pretty ( I was when I was younger;-) this meant I got girls taking the ride calling me,ready for this it really is great. "Deaf and dumb Blonde!" I used to shrug and tell them at least I could live with my disability,could they live with their ugly personalities? Anyway through school I was pretty lonely but knuckled down in my studies as I wanted to prove the teaches wrong,incidently I was shoved in all the bottom class groups because they thought I couldn't understand anything more complex than the "Dummies" (their words,not mine) group. So I left school at 16 with 8 G.C.S.E's above 'C' and boy did I rub their noses in it. Now I dont want to sound bitter and twisted because certainly I am not. I just want people to know that bullying can get better for some people but at the same time I understand what those poor people are going through and they must never ever,blame themselves. I was never physically pushed around at school, although I ha
d my hearing-aid throwm across the room on several ocassions which was quite amusing because the darn thing whistled so loud that people jumped a foot in the air. I consider myself to be a strong person and really do feel for those who are of a nervous disposition anyway as this is terrifying enough. I was also bullied after I left school by the same people who obviousley still hadn't got much of a life and still maturely thought it a good gag to poke fun at others. On one occassion they thought they would set light to my hair in the pub but all they succeeded in doing was make themselves look really silly which somehow I don't think they set out to do this. I would like to add,please if you are being bullied or treated in a way that is causing you manya fretful night then please do get help,don't stand up to a big group alone (it can get worse,depends on situation). And one last point,if any of you out there are doing the bullying then please stop and think about what you are doing. Maybe you dont realise the effect those words in jest/or nastiness are having on others. Just remember bullies what goes around comes around x10.
The Green mile is by far the best film I have sat down to watch in a Very long time. Directed by Frank Darabont (and subsequently he is also the screenwriter) this by far has to be one of the best film’s to bring us into Feb 2000. The film starts with the present day where a very old Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) starts to tell his story of life as an officer on death row. The film is about a man who is accused of raping and killing two young girls in the year of 1935, South America. This man is John Coffey (the same as coffee but spelt the same, you’ll see what I mean after watching the film) who acted by Clarke Duncan, he is one hulk of a man standing over eight feet tall so you can imagine how easy it is for the officers, people and even us the viewers (at first) to find him immediately guilty. Bogged down with a urinary infection Edgecombe befriends this unusual man when he cures him of it by placing his hands on his privates (which incidentally made me really laugh) and then goes on to saving a mouse but that can wait. Coffey has ‘healing hands’ and after time Edgecombe, discovers what a gentle giant Coffey is (but is he?) and finds that Coffey has many advantages to himself which he does willingly to help others. In the film there are other wonderful people each ambiguous and a little strange but hey this is death row not a holiday camp. The centre of this film for a while is a pet mouse which another prisoner Del befriends teaching him party tricks and training him Up until he is tame. There is a despicable prison officer called Percy Wetmore and believe me he lives up to his name on more than one occasion. This Percy is an obnoxious, cruel and evil person who takes the mouse which is now called Mr.Jingles and squashes him flat but this is where Coffey gets to show the other prison guards that he can work his magic by bringing him back to life, thus gettin
g them to trust in him as a person and see him for what he really is? The whole time the thought of ‘Ol’e Sparky’ (the electric chair) is hanging over Block E, death row and this makes for depressing viewing especially when you have decided who is guilty and who isn’t and this is a bitter pill to swallow. There are lots of other wonderful things happen in this film and to say them would give away the excellent suspense that keeps you enthralled all the way through. The interesting parts have to be new inmates coming in, this I found really lightened the film and the humour was hilarious bordering on insanity. There is an amazing twist to this film but I will leave you in suspense there as it really would ruin an amazing film but trust me when I say it will surprise you. Just one thing I would like to mention and that is look out for a character that Edgecomb visits who is the lawyer of Coffey he has appeared in two films with Hanks already but I wont say what or who just keep your eye’s peeled. Well if you haven’t already seen this film then please do and if you don’t shed a little tear then you have a heart of stone!