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      17.08.2012 12:02
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      Okay if you've got nothing else to read.

      Introduction~~~~~~

      I'd like to start off by saying, I'm an avid book fan and I read any chance I can get. So when at work everyone was raving about "Fifty Shades of Grey" I thought I'd give it a go and see what all the fuss was about. I downloaded it for my Kindle and I paid about £2.64 for it (I didn't buy the other two books in case I didn't enjoy it) and I have to admit I was in stitches for most of the book.

      Synopsis~~~~~~~~

      The main plot of the book lies between the somewhat volatile "relationship" of the multi billionaire Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele the naive university student. I suppose in essence it is about Ana becoming a woman and Christian bringing her into a world that is definitely out of her depth. She slowly changes from a shy, awkward 21 year old and into a rather annoying sex addict with her "inner goddess" doing cartwheels most of the time.

      My view~~~~~~~~

      This is one of the funniest books I have ever read in my life (I bet you weren't expecting that?) I fail to believe that a 21 year old woman is that naive about herself and her body. She is just plain annoying and most of the time I just wanted to give her and her "inner goddess" a good slap. She is just whiny and sometimes she came across as desperate and bit her lip an awful lot (You know what that does to Christian).
      I think on that cue we can move onto her second half Mr Grey, now what can I say about him? Well first of all he is just a plain old "psycho" who often "stalks" Ana to the point where you're shaking your head to tell him to get a grip on himself. I find the sex scenes quite hilarious, they are insatiable. It seems after everything they have sex! Oh after breakfast we'll have sex or we're flying a helicopter let's do it! I found myself getting rather bored of all the scenes and the dialogue was just cringe-worthy.

      Overall thoughts~~~~~~~~

      Although it was an entertaining read (perhaps for the wrong reasons) I still found the general writing of the book absolutely terrible and the characters more "slap worthy" than endearing. I mean if Ana said "Oh my" or referred to her "inner goddess" one more time I was going to punch her. I don't think I'll be reading the other two books because I just didn't feel that connected to the characters and I'm not really bothered about what happens to them.

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        25.09.2011 12:19
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        Flying was definitely not my thing.

        My 21st Birthday~~~~~~~
        Ever since I started college and started Art History I'd longed to go to Barcelona to see the La Sagrada familia which is a cathedral they have been building for well over 100 years and it's still no where near finished yet and we'll probably never see it finished, started by Antonio Gaudi in 1882 it was an ambitious project there was only 2 things stopping my dream money and my fear of flying.
        So when I was surprised by an ex boyfriend on my 21st birthday that we would be flying to Barcelona for 4 days I was both excited and terrified all at the same time. When the day came to go to the airport I was literally shaking and I was a nervous wreck walking round the airport looking for things to occupy my time with until the dreaded call to board the plane which was an easy-jet something I'd only ever seen on that program long ago, so far so good.
        I walked up the stairs as slowly as I could and took my seat and thus began a terrible sobbing and wailing like a banshee because I was so scared, needless to say everyone was looking at me in disgust and the air hostess had to come over to try and calm me down because by this time I was absolutely hysterical I have to say she was lovely and gave me a bottle of water while my ex slowly sank deeper and deeper into his seat and thus started to go a shade of beetroot red.
        The plane took off with me clinging so tightly to the seat that I'm sure I left imprints of my fingers when I eventually let go and to make matters worse I wouldn't take my seatbelt off for the entire journey although half way through the 2 and half hour flight I had to crawl to the bathroom.
        As if things couldn't get any worse, oh how wrong could you get when the plane finally landed after I'd all but pulled my hair out the voice of the captain came over the radio saying "I would just like to wish Natalie a very happy 21st birthday" to which I replied "Ee I didn't know anyone else was 21 on here as well" and started clapping along with everyone else.
        Getting off the plane it wasn't until my ex tapped me on the shoulder and said "you do realise he was saying Happy Birthday to you and I'd arranged it" that I began to feel just a tiny weeny bit stupid.

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          24.09.2011 21:09
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          Go buy a bar now!

          Introduction~~~~~~
          As you may know I love cooking especially desserts so in my local Morrisons today I got the sudden urge to do some baking. I decided on my favourite of chocolate cream pie and went off to find some bars of chocolate when I came across Morrisons value milk chocolate for mere 30p for a 100g bar and snatched up two bars to melt for my pie.

          Packaging~~~~~~
          The chocolate comes in a rectangle shaped thick paper covering with thin foil underneath to keep it fresh. It is coloured in a rather gaudy looking yellow and blue which I find quite eye catching but makes it look quite cheap and unappealing so I had to look past the packaging and more at the bargain of a price. Also on the front was the simple words of "Milk Chocolate" with the Morrisons value logo located right next to it. Now was the time for the most important bit.

          The Taste Test~~~~~~
          Although I was melting it with thick double cream, vanilla and maple syrup I couldn't resist having a cheeky little pinch of a square and I was pleasantly surprised as it was creamy,delicious and sweet but it definitely had the feeling that there was just something missing or that could just have been because I'm more accustomed to cadbury's or nestles.
          I found it was easy to snap apart and didn't leave a mess or crumble when doing so and melting it within the cream was relatively easy although it did clump together for a little bit before nicely separating and blending smoothly to make a lovely thick and dark consistency.
          Pouring it into the pastry case was easy and it spread out nicely across the pastry without leaving any sort of lumps or bumps or sticking to the pan either, it was value chocolate that made a gorgeous cream pie and I'll be having another slice after I finish writing.

          The Final Word~~~~~~~
          As I have said before at 30p this is such a bargain and fantastic for melting and cooking I will certainly be buying this again hopefully to make my own chocolate bags for Christmas, so I would be quick and go buy a bar before I start to stock up and there is none left.
          Lovely and creamy it can certainly rival some of the more expensive brands out there and for the price you cannot go wrong so even if you don't like it you won't of wasted any money.

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          • Kindle 3 / Tablet PC / eBook Reader / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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            23.09.2011 12:59
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            Go on what are you waiting for? Grab one now!

            Introduction~~~~~
            As a self confessed die hard book reader I put off getting an e-reader because I didn't want to lose the experience of turning a page or the smell of the book (yes I know bit strange but hey we all have quirks) and also the added bonus of being able to flick ahead if I cannot wait to see what happens. It wasn't until I realised as my book pile mounted up and I was going through books far too quickly up to 5 books in 2 weeks depending on how good it was that I finally relented and after much research into the different e-readers I decided to ask for an Amazon Kindle for my birthday in August.
            To my surprise I was bought the £111 one as I thought with already having a wi-fi connection at home I didn't need the £152 version with the free built in 3G connection.

            The Converted~~~~~~
            Well what can I say I'm fickle, after tentatively opening the package to find a rather small and thin looking rectangle device I thought to myself is this it? As it was instructed I charged it up before I turned it on and begin looking for my first few books to download.
            So while I waited I browsed through the Amazon website to look for different books, to my surprise there were so many classics that I could download for free (my favourite word) and many that started from about 50p so after much deliberation I got Alice in Wonderland to try out first.
            As the website states it downloaded in mere seconds and I was very impressed as I thought it was going to take ages due to the size of the book, so turning on my kindle which I named Kindle Surprise on my account I found the front menu very easy to navigate and my book had already popped up at the bottom of the list but me being a bit of a neat freak I wanted to have them in different section and managed to create different lists to put my downloads in so they were even easier to find.
            The mini keyboard at the bottom was very easy to use despite its size and I found because the buttons were spaced accordingly that I didn't hit multiple buttons instead of just one when typing. The initial read of the book was daunting as I thought I'd miss turning the pages but to be honest I didn't even think about it because I enjoyed the fact I only needed one hand to hold it and turn the page as well as the arrow button was on the side with the back button above.
            The screen itself was clear as day and there was no glare whatsoever coming from it so even after an hour of reading my eyes didn't hurt or ache one bit, as an added bonus you can change the size of the text by a handy little key on the keyboard which is great for people like me with sight problems. Although I have to admit I didn't enjoy Alice in Wonderland as was a bit heavy reading.

            Memory/Storage~~~~~~
            3,500 books, yes you heard me right all that many books minus the storage space within your home which for me is fantastic as I have all my books in one place and I'll never have to hunt around the house when I finished one because you can just click onto another one.
            As an added feature the books you download are backed up onto your Amazon account so even if you delete them from your kindle you can re download for free.

            Battery Life~~~~~~
            I've have my Kindle since August and the first time I've had to charge it up was yesterday which I think is amazing as some things have a battery life of like 2 minutes and also the fact I read for a couple of hours a day I was surprised it lasted as long as it did.

            The Final Word~~~~~~
            What can I say I have found it extremely hard to find anything bad to say about my kindle as it's light, durable and handy to fit in my bag wherever I go.
            I suppose the only thing is that the covers that you get are quite expensive some costing about £50.00 and I recommend you to buy one as I would hate it if mine got scratched.
            If your only not getting one because of the actual feel of the book believe you me you'll not even think about it when your using your kindle.

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            • Tesco Milk Chocolate / Chocolate / 36 Readings / 34 Ratings
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              22.09.2011 13:18
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              OK but not great.

              Introduction~~~~~~
              I love cooking and my favourite thing to cook is caramel shortbread, normally I use cooking chocolate to spread on the top but one day a crazy lady collared me when I was putting a slab in my basket and said the value range is just as good and to her if you wouldn't eat cooking chocolate why cook with it?
              I thought she had a point and tentatively put the cooking chocolate back and scurried off to the relevant aisle.
              That was where I found what I was looking for and put a bar in my basket, to my surprise and delight it was only 30p for a 100g bar but I was thinking hmm what does it taste like if it's this cheap?

              The Packaging~~~~~~
              As I bought the plain version it was packaged in a thick plastic and was complete with a large bright red stripe right across the front and along the edges, in bold white writing it simply read "Plain Chocolate". I found the red colour to be very eye catching and the picture of rather tasty looking chocolate slabs behind the stripe gave it a bit more of an expensive look than the price and the value logo in the left hand corner suggested.

              The Taste Test~~~~~
              Opening the package was quite easy and it came apart with no effort, upon inspecting the chocolate I found it to have quite a strong bitter smell and it was cut into rather large squares, I wasn't to bothered about this though as I would be melting it down to spread on top of my shortbread.
              I put it in the microwave for about a minute to melt and it seemed to melt quite nicely without burning which is always a bonus. Having a cheeky little dip with the spoon I found the chocolate to have quite a bitter taste but it was creamy and rich which was lovely although I have to admit I cannot eat a lot of plain chocolate because of the richness, spreading across my shortbread was where my problems began as it didn't spread well and started to become clumping. I had some places that were thicker than others and when it solidified it broke apart and cracked when I was trying to cut it.

              The Final Word~~~~~
              I have to admit I couldn't eat this straight from the packet as it was just to bitter and rich but it was alright for the money I paid for it.
              I also wouldn't be using it again for cooking as it just wasn't suitable for what I wanted it for so I think it's back to the drawing board in that respect.

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              • Barr Irn Bru / Soft Drink / 22 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                21.09.2011 13:36
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                Nice for a treat.

                Introduction~~~~~~
                To be honest I'm not a big fan of fizzy drinks but Irn Bru is one of my down falls, so every once and while I give into temptation and buy a bottle (only a small one though).
                Depending on where you buy it from a 500ml bottle can range from 69p-£1.25 but it also comes in cans, wee 250ml bottles and 1 litre bottles as well. As stated it's phenomenal!

                History~~~~~
                Irn Bru is manufactured by Barr which also makes a whole range of other drinks such as Tizer and Dandelion and Burdock. It was actually started in 1875 by a man named Robert Barr but it wasn't until 1901 that the first bottle of Irn Bru was made and we've been drinking it ever since (wow over 100 years that's impressive).

                Packaging~~~~~~
                As mentioned before the bottle I normally buy is 500ml which comes in a clear plastic and a bright blue screw top lid, round the middle of the bottle is a plastic label in vibrant orange and blue. It is quite distinctive and eye catching you don't even need to look at the writing to know what it is.
                "Irn Bru" itself is in bold white capital letters that stretch from the bottom to top with the red barr label in between, above that is their tag line "Original and Best" in silver.
                The lid is quite easy to open but be careful not to shake it as it would fizz all over the place (speaking from experience) and go quite sticky.

                The Taste Test~~~~~~
                Now this is one of the great mysteries of the world, what is Irn Bru's actual flavour? To this day I still haven't figured that out but when I do drink it, it has a quite fruity after taste and is very sweet as well. I also find it can be gassy and without sounding too crude it can make you burp a lot. It is bright orange in colour so it does make you wonder the amount of sugar and additives they have thrown into the concoction to make it that colour.
                I do enjoy a bottle every once and a while but I wouldn't recommend you to drink it on a regular basis as it gives my teeth a bit of a furry feeling over them.

                Versatile?~~~~~
                It seems Irn Bru is very versatile as it can be found in many alcopops such as wicked and is very good mixed with vodka or so I'm told.

                The Final Word~~~~~~
                Like I said before it is nice to treat yourself once and a while but I wouldn't drink this all the time as you can literally feel the sugar within the drink which is definitely not good for you. I find it to be reasonably priced depending on where you buy it from and the taste is nice and fruity, I think it might be time to treat myself to a bottle.

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                • Room 101 / Discussion / 26 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                  21.09.2011 12:05
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                  My Room 101

                  Introduction~~~~~~
                  I thought theres so many things that I would like to put into room 101, so here I am with a little rant about the things that irk me just a little bit. Shall we get started?

                  Porcelain Dolls~~~~~~
                  Why on earth would anybody ever want one of these, they are terrifying! My Mam once bought me one for Christmas and I was so scared of it that I couldn't sleep unless I put a hat over it's face, it took my Mam a long time to realise I didn't like it before she removed it from my wardrobe. Thinking about it now still gives me shivers, brr.

                  Rude People~~~~~~
                  There is just no need for people to be rude or speak to people like dirt, I work on the phones so I get a lot of angry customers who don't listen and think they can speak to me like I was something they'd just scraped off the bottom of their shoe.

                  Peas~~~~~~~
                  These don't need much of a statement, they are just simply yuck.

                  Chavs~~~~~
                  They just seem to be everywhere screaming after there kids with stupid names, being obnoxious thinking they can intimidate anyone that walks past, letting their kids run wild and then getting abusive when someone has the courage to say something.

                  David Cameron~~~~~~
                  I don't think he needs much introduction he should just be put away in room 101 it then should be locked and the key lost..forever. While they're at it they can shove Nick "as much use as a chocolate teapot" Clegg in there as well.

                  Political Correctness~~~~~~
                  England has gone mad! changing Christmas to winter celebration and guy fawkes night to colour thief or whatever day because people might be offended. Have you ever heard anybody being offended by Christmas before? I haven't. England needs to grow a backbone and be proud of who we are not try to hide it just in case some people don't like it.

                  Rush Hour~~~~~~
                  I hate being stuck in traffic for hours I wish my car could just fly so I can bypass all the traffic and wave at the people below.

                  Know it alls/Storytellers~~~~~~
                  Some people think they are never wrong, if you've got a black cat theres will be blacker and they what they don't know isn't worth knowing. They have 2 of everything you've got. Just be yourself theres no need to tell stories to big yourself up.

                  Tracy Barlow from Coronation Street~~~~~
                  Need I say more? she just has a face you could punch.

                  Reality TV Stars~~~~~
                  They are just famous well for being famous, they have no talent, they haven't done anything. It's not like the old days (30s, 40s, and 50s) when stars were stars and they worked there way up from nothing to become something special.

                  Phew I've had my little rant and actually I feel a bit better now for it, I don't know whether you'll agree with them all but they definitely go in my room 101 and it's time I locked the door before David Cameron finds a way out.

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                    Great Family Day out!!

                    Introduction~~~~~~
                    Believe it or not the first time I ever went to Beamish was when I was 18 years old but it was only when I went back this year that I was truly able to appreciate it for what it was, a wonderful open air museum that shows you what life was like back in the 1800s and 1900s. For me who is absolutely fascinated with history I found it a lovely family day out.
                    I went with my brother, sister in law and their two children, luckily for us we already had yearly passes so we were able to jump the queue that stretched right out of the door and up the stairs.

                    The Entrance/Tram~~~~~~
                    When coming through the main entrance you are greeted with a long winding pathway that leads to a roadside where trams and old buses run every 20 minutes that will take you to a variety of places throughout Beamish.

                    Pockerley Waggonway/Old Hall~~~~~~~
                    Getting on the tram the first destination you come too is the Old Hall which was apparently already there before Beamish was constructed and showed you what life was like in the 1800s for the house is surrounded by beautiful gardens and was originally built to house the squire, his family and their servants. I found this area a bit boring there wasn't much to do but look about the house and kids did get a bit restless but the items within the house were interesting and I enjoyed looking about, we did not manage to get to go on the train.

                    The Town~~~~~~
                    Next on the map was the town and to be honest this is my favourite place in the whole of Beamish, resembling a mini Edwardian town it is home to a sweet shop (complete with authentic sweets), a dentist, a old style shop, the bank with vault, a pub (which is always important) and places to eat as well, although these are extremely expensive so I find it's better to bring a pack lunch with you and eat it within the park in the town where in the bandstand a band plays.
                    A little farther up for the children is a set of shuggy boats and a carousel that cost £1.50 per person but the kids loved them and we were lucky not to hit a queue when we had a go.

                    Pit Village~~~~~~
                    As we continued our journey we found ourselves within the pit village which showed us what life was like in the early 1900s, the first place we came to was the old school house that had 4 classrooms in that we all loved and showed us how school was years ago which we all had to smile about especially at the old photo hidden in one of the draws.
                    We skipped out the church and headed for the small pitmans cottages across the way that each housed 4 staff and showed us 4 different crafts for the early 1900s that included making bread, and making rugs out of old rags which is the one I found the most interesting.
                    Also in the village was an old style pit which you could actually go down, I found this quite claustrophobic as it was so small I really don't know how people managed to work down there for 12 hours a day! but the guides were informative and give a good insight to pit life, I don't know if I could of lived like that though!

                    Home Farm~~~~~~
                    Across from the pit village was home farm which was a small area complete with a variety of animals including cows, horses, chickens and a random sheep dog that kept popping up once in a while. I was not to fond of this area as the horse were kept in very small pens and looked quite unhappy and everything just seemed so tiny. I didn't stay very long as the smell was a bit overpowering but that might be because it was a hot day.

                    Souvenir Shop~~~~~
                    Back at the entrance you can find a souvenir shop so you can find all the treasures from the day and it's quite reasonably priced as well, I found myself buying more than I intended to.

                    Location~~~~~~~
                    You can find Beamish near Durham and is well sign posted from the A1M Junction 63 but you can get there via a few different methods, you can drive which the postcode is DH9 ORG, there is a bus that goes straight to gates of Beamish (No 8 they run every 30 minutes) and you can catch that from Sunderland Interchange bus station. You can get the train to Newcastle Central Station and from there the No 28/28A (runs every 30 minutes) will take you straight to the gates of Beamish. Also if your coming from Durham city centre the No 128 provides a direct link which again runs every 30 minutes.

                    The Final Word~~~~~~
                    This is a wonderful day out for all the family and there is plenty to do because before we knew it, it was almost closing time. It costs about £15.00 for an adult and £10.00 for a child but that is a yearly pass so you do get your money's worth out of the ticket, although having said that it can get boring keep going as once you've seen it there's not much else to do.
                    I would definitely go for a trip though if you haven't been already it's wonderful.

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                    • Pot Noodle / Other Food / 35 Readings / 34 Ratings
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                      Yum Yum Nice one in a while.

                      Introduction~~~~~~
                      I have to admit sometimes I can be a bit lazy when it comes to cooking especially at dinnertime, so I always look for simple things to cook or microwave and to be honest you cannot get more simple than a pot noodle and used to be my favourite food at school (mostly because it was cheap and the shop provided the hot water and fork).
                      You can buy these from any supermarket and they usually range from about £1.00-£1.50 per 90g pot. So the other week I decided to pick up a flavour I had never tried before (southern fried chicken) and give it a whirl.

                      The Packaging~~~~~~
                      All pot noodles come in packaging that everyone can recognise even with their eyes close as it such a well known brand, this particular variety came with a rather rich looking red label encased with white and complete with the trademark foil lid that never seems to come off in one go no matter how hard you try. The logo stretches across most of the pot with the flavour in smaller yellow text underneath. The instructions are conveniently located with fill line and very easy to understand.

                      The Taste Test~~~~~~
                      As I'm already a big fan of the chicken and mushroom, beef and tomato, and chow mien flavours I was really looking forward to trying the southern fried chicken variety. Peeling off the lid I found enclosed a small sachet of tomato sauce and underneath the powdered contents was housed, filling it up to the fill line it looks remarkably the same colour as all pot noodles, it doesn't seem to have any smell so I was a bit skeptical about trying it but squeezing the tomato sauce I was open to idea's.
                      I have to say I was highly disappointed as it had no taste at all, to me it just seemed for lack of a better word well wet and slimy. It wasn't what I was expecting after all the other lovely flavours I've eaten, no hint of chicken, tomato, or spice at all and at 427 per pot it isn't the healthiest thing on the menu.
                      I did feel a bit cheated from this flavour but overall pot noodle is a good product, cheap, quick and easy to prepare but in the future I'll just stick to the ones I know and love.

                      The Final Word~~~~~~
                      Although it isn't that healthy, it's great for food on the go and despite the above flavour is usually quite tasty, I wouldn't eat these all the time but it's a nice treat for me once in a while so go on buy a couple the next time your at the shops.

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                        11.09.2011 11:18
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                        Quick grab a bag now!

                        Introduction~~~~~~
                        I am a self confessed crisp addict and will try any type once or maybe more if I like them but my favourite has to be walkers they just seem to make quality crisps all the time and the best variety they do is the sensations range which if I'm not careful I can munch a whole bag without even thinking twice. Which is not good because they aren't that healthy.
                        I first bought these at my local supermarket when they were on offer for £1.00 a bag which in my opinion is a real bargain but they can range right up to £1.75 a bag, so I tend to wait till they are on offer before I buy a pack, but that's just me being a cheapskate.

                        The Packaging~~~~~~
                        They came in a rather stylish looking black thick foil bag with an abstract print that stretches across the front in a wavy manner and is coloured green and yellow with a few lemons thrown in too, I think this makes it very eye catching and easy to recognise without even looking at the name on the front.
                        Sensations is stretched across the top in bold white lettering and the flavour is near the bottom in much smaller text that is yellow.
                        I think the first thing I noticed was the packaging because it looked so different to others out there, it was easy to open and didn't rip and spill everywhere and it rolled back up nicely if I didn't finish the whole bag (which is very rare).

                        The Taste Test~~~~~~
                        Now this is the most important bit because after opening the bag it had the most aromatic smell and I dived my hand straight in to pick out a fair sized not so round shaped crisp it was covered in flavour and was a golden colour.
                        Popping it into my mouth without sounding too corny the flavour exploded in my mouth, the chicken really came through strong with just an after hint of lemon which was nice as I think if it was more lemony it would be too sickly as you got through the bag although I have to admit the size of the crisps weren't overly big and they only filled half of the bag but I believe that's the same for all walkers crisps.
                        The only downside is that the coating on the crisps does go on to your fingers and makes them all sticky and horrible but hey you can always lick it off again so that's no hardship. Overall I love these and buy a bag when I'm looking for a little treat on a Saturday or with something like fajita's (believe it or not they go remarkably well) as they aren't that healthy at 512 calories per 100g and 26g of fat.

                        The Final Word~~~~~~~
                        These a lovely for a treat once and a while, if your not careful it's very easy to polish off a full bag especially if your dishing it out to others as well. I love these when they are on offer because it a real bargain and I would definitely recommend to all those crisp lovers out there. Even better when they are buy one get one free.

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                      • Hair Express / Hair Dryer / 17 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                        Introduction~~~~~~
                        I had been going to my local branch of hairdressers for years and I loved the experience, I used the same hairdresser every time and the people there were lovely polite and friendly it was a real pleasure going to the salon, then of course everything had to change and Hair Express took over my little cosy salon where everyone got teas and coffee's complete with good banter and magazines to top it off. It was very personalised and I felt they took a real interest in their clients.

                        The Experience~~~~~~
                        Well where on earth do I start? First of all they changed the appointment system to a "turn up and wait" type of thing but as I'd had my Christmas appointment booked for months (my hairdresser is very organised) I was told they would honour it which was a nice thing to do as they weren't obliged to do that.
                        Arriving for my appointment the day seemed to be extra cold than usual, I was pleasantly greeted by the staff and took my seat in the waiting room, to my horror the first thing I noticed was the door was wide open! in the middle of December and everyone was sitting there shivering, great start. I quickly queried this and was told the door must stay open to people knew the shop was open, I'm sure people know the shop is open in the middle of the day. So as you can imagine I was a bit reluctant to take off my coat.
                        To top that off I was also told that they were not allowed to offer tea and coffee anymore because that personalised the experience and they had to get the customers out as quickly as possible so they could fit more in. So in essence I was sitting there freezing with no warm drink to hold in my frozen fingers. I felt sorry for the staff who were walking round in short sleeves.

                        The Cut~~~~~~
                        I cannot fault my hairdresser she does a fantastic job every time but I couldn't help feel she was a little distracted this time (possibly due to the sub zero temperatures ). I got my hair coloured purple and blonde and cut about an inch or so just to tidy it up a bit.
                        The finish, cut, and style was gorgeous and I came out looking a million dollars if not slightly blue as well.
                        I paid about £65.00 which is extremely expensive but I always thought it was worth it because of the great atmosphere and everything about my little salon but after my day I was beginning to think otherwise.

                        The Final Word~~~~~~
                        Suffice to say I've never been back since which is a shame because I loved the staff and I have lost a fantastic hairdresser who did my hair wonderfully.
                        I have to say unless you have skin like leather I would avoid like the plague, hopefully in the future they may change the open door policy to maybe a simple open sign on the front?

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                      • General / Discussion / 14 Readings / 12 Ratings
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                        08.09.2011 23:47
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                        Just a little about me.

                        OK this seems like fun so I'll give it a go.

                        1. What is the wallpaper on your computer screen? Why did you choose it?
                        It's a neopets wallpaper set in a library with a snot coloured pet getting a book sticky and another pet looking at it in disgust, I thought it was pretty funny that's why I chose it.

                        2. Mexican food, Chinese food, Italian food, French food or American food?
                        I love chinese especially their gravy, fried rice and chips yum yum! I hate spicy food so I'm not great with Indians so I tend to avoid a lot.

                        3. Do you have any tattoos and piercings?
                        Yes I have a phoenix on my back and I used to have my lip pierced but I took it out.

                        4. Do you have any siblings?
                        Yes I have two older brothers.

                        5. Have you ever broken a bone?
                        No, I have indestructible bones, but I did break my toe once when I ran up the stairs and booted the skirting board so all of them mustn't be indestructible

                        6. Do you believe in superstitious things such as breaking mirrors?
                        Yes I am, very.

                        7. Do you like those 'end of the world' movies?
                        I love all types of movies but sometimes these types of movies can be a little stale and predictable.

                        8. Do you eat more fruits or vegetables? What's your favourite fruit and veggie?
                        I'm more of a savoury person so I love veg, my fave being sprouts, broccoli and turnip.

                        9. Who were you most likely to play during school nativities?
                        Townsperson No 1.

                        10. What's your opinion of the dentist?
                        I'm not a big fan but I'll go when I need to.

                        11. Have you ever had a speech impediment?
                        Yes if you count losing your voice for 3 months.

                        12. If you had to choose, what is the worst movie you've ever seen?
                        Oh wow there is too many to list but the worst was probably The Strangers with Liv Tyler, boy was that bad.

                        13. Do you like meeting new people?
                        Yes but I'm a shy person so I'm quite quiet until I get to know them better and sometimes I just like to blend into the background and not be noticed.

                        14. If you could, which celebrity would you date?
                        Colin Farrell, Colin Farrell and Colin Farrell, I've just seen him in Fright Night and vampire or not I so wouldn't say no.

                        15. Who would you take with you on a deserted island?
                        I wish that said what because I would take a unlimited supply of Chicken Sensations with me, but probably someone fun who can keep me laughing til we get rescued.

                        16. Do you know how wide your hips are in exact inches?
                        37 I think could be wrong though.

                        17. What would you say is the worst part of high school?
                        The whole experience I hated it all. It left me with huge confidence issues and I think some teachers have a lot to answer for as most at my school weren't very supportive and I think they all hated kids.

                        18. How old will you be on your Mother's 68th birthday? Is that 'old' to you?
                        I will be 39 goodness I will be old!

                        19. Ever through you were dying or something you were not even close to having?
                        When I have a seizure (I have epilepsy) I get pretty upset when I come round and sometimes I think whoa where am I, am I dead? Doesn't help when your mam mentions the ambulance is on it's way I totally freak out.


                        20. Have you ever wanted to be a doctor?
                        No but I did used to want to be a Vet.

                        21. If you were dying who would you say goodbye to first?
                        My family.

                        22. Do you like to babysit children?
                        Yeah I love looking after my nieces and I volunteer at a school so yeah I enjoy it.

                        23. Do you often forget where you put things?
                        Yes, I'd forget my heead if it wasn't screwed on.

                        24. Do you go on a lot of holidays?
                        No, I'm terrified of flying so I find it hard.

                        25. Have you ever met someone with the same 'biggest fear' as you?
                        My biggest fear is porcelain dolls so I guess I've never met anybody with that fear before. I blame Child's Play.

                        26. Would you rather write with a pen or pencil? Why?
                        Pencil because it looks neater and I can rub it out if I make a mistake which is most likely.

                        25. What is your favourite number and why?
                        18 because that's the age it all happens.

                        26. Are you afraid of being kidnapped when you go outside at night time?
                        No the dark doesn't frighten I enjoy walking my dog at night and I live on a quiet estate.

                        27. Where was the best school trip you ever went on?
                        Well it was college when I went to London, it was brilliant!

                        28. Are you a controversial person?
                        I am very opinionated and I like to have my say and I always have to have the last word, I'm terrible.

                        29. What would you say your average word per minute count is on a keyboard?
                        I don't know, I can be quite fast.

                        30. What was your favourite and least favourite subject in school?
                        Favourite was Art because I love being creative and least was Maths because I found it hard.

                        31. Do you bite your finger nails?
                        No I never have.

                        32. When is the next time you'll go to the library?
                        Probably when I need to get some college work done and I need some quiet.


                        33. Do you like fiction or non-fiction books more?
                        Both, I read anything I can get my hands on I love reading.

                        34. Do you treat other's as you'd like to be treated?
                        Yes I do.

                        35. What type of child were you?
                        Very shy, always getting bumps and scraps, very clumsy and always getting dirty and climbing trees.

                        36. Are you someone who likes to get into arguments and fights a lot?
                        No, I don't like violence so I tend to avoid confrontation.

                        37. Do you swear a lot?
                        Only when the occasion calls for it.

                        38. If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be of and where would you have it?
                        Something that was traditional japanese and on my back for all to see.

                        39. What's your favourite TV show?
                        Supernatural and I'm loving Sanctuary at the minute too.

                        40. Does personality weigh out the sense of 'good looks'?
                        In friendship: Yes because you want someone you can rely on and have fun with too.
                        In relationships: They do have to have a good personality but a certain degree of physical attraction as well.

                        41. What is your favourite thing in your bedroom?
                        My bed, and my telly.

                        42. If you could change 1 thing about you, what would it be?
                        My eyes so I didn't have to wear glasses and contacts, and I wouldn't have double vision anymore.

                        43. Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?
                        Just one my ex but that's in the past, you learn then you move on no point in dwelling on it.

                        44. What colour hair do you have?
                        Bright Red.

                        45. What colour eyes do you have?
                        Bright Blue.

                        46. Favourite Sound?
                        Pan Pipes.

                        47. Favourite Quote?
                        "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it"- Mae West.

                        "I want to go quietly like my Grandad, not screaming like the passengers in his car"- Anon.

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                      • Asda Tomato Ketchup / Sauces / Soups / 34 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                        05.09.2011 11:36
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                        Nice change from the norm

                        Introduction~~~~~~
                        Much to my mam's annoyance my saving money quest stumbles on, so on my weekly shop I had my eyes out for more bargains and compromises and it was when I spotted this bottle of tomato ketchup at 62p for 340g I instantly grabbed it from the shelf and popped it in the trolley to which my mam was not a happy bunny insisting on a bottle of heinz ketchup instead.
                        After a near bust up in the sauce aisle I finally got my way to at least give it a try on the understanding that if we didn't like it we go back to heinz and never try it ever again, seemed like a fair deal.

                        The Packaging~~~~~~
                        The bottle I purchased is very different from the one pictured above. It comes in a thick glass bottle with a rather thick neck and a white screw lid that was quite easy to remove. The label on the front was a deep red that to me was quite eye catching and warm above in a black strip the asda logo with the chosen by you and underneath it simply reads tomato ketchup complete with a rather lonely looking shiny tomato below that. The label gives it a more expensive look than it actually is and I didn't feel embarrassed picking it up and putting it in my trolley.

                        The Taste Test~~~~~~
                        Now what better way to test out tomato ketchup than with a couple of giant hot dogs complete with onions. Opening the bottle after giving it a good shake I noticed the smell was very tangy and strong but not overpowering but when I poured it out it was very runny and I almost drown my hot dogs in the sauce although it did have a nice consistency to it when it was out of the bottle.
                        The actual taste was again tangy but sweet and it was quite nice, no heinz but tasty none the less and it didn't make me screw my face up in disgust, I have to say as well even my mam enjoyed it after the initial turn of her nose she relented.
                        Also as a plus side there was no stray sauce down the side of the bottle that normally solidifies and goes yuck and the lid was easily put back on with no stickiness, on a plus side I've used half a bottle already and I only bought it on friday. I cannot really find a bad word to say about it and I don't see any downsides to the product apart from it's a bit runny.

                        The Final Word~~~~~~
                        Like I said it's no heinz but it's a good alternative when the need is there, I would definately recommend it as a bit of a change and I'm going to be buying another bottle when this one runs out, it also goes great with vegetarian chicken nuggets.

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                        Contains Milk, but suitable for vegetarians.

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                      • Asda Smartprice Crumpets / Snacks / 12 Readings / 11 Ratings
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                        05.09.2011 10:24
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                        It's a lovely bit of crumpet.

                        Introduction~~~~~~
                        I'm a bit of a crumpet monster as I love crumpets and I'll chomp any that's put down in front of me or at least give them a try.
                        Now with myself being on a mission to save money on my weekly shopping my beady little eye caught a lonely packet sitting at the back of the shelf next to the more expensive products so I thought ooh I'll give them a go and at 37p for a packet of 6 it would be no hardship if I didn't like them, I was to be pleasantly surprised and have since bought another 2 packets to chomp on.

                        The Packaging~~~~~~
                        As with all smart price product they take the no fuss no frills approach very seriously and this is no exception, the crumpets are packaged in a rather dull and bland plastic see through "bag" with the trademark green and white colours on a small square on the front that simply reads "6 Crumpets" with the asda logo above.
                        The plastic covering is quite thin but easy to open although you do have to be careful when you open them as the crumpets have potential to fly all over the place.

                        The Taste Test~~~~~~
                        After opening the pack the first thing I noticed was that the product was a bit thinner than other crumpets but that didn't put me off. I put them under the grill for a couple of minutes on either side and they went a lovely golden brown colour and smelt delicious, I popped a bit of margarine on the top and watched it melt into the crumpet and surprisingly it didn't make it go all soggy like other brands it kept it's crispiness which is how I like my crumpets and also the marg didn't seep out of it either it stayed contained within.
                        So I took the plunge and took a bite and boy were they delicious they had a lovely subtle taste and the margarine complemented them perfectly, I had no trouble scoffing two and was just a bit disappointed by the time I came to get another one they were all gone! and at 129 calories per 2 crumpets I didn't feel one bit guilty at chomping on them.

                        The Final Word~~~~~~
                        I have to say these were just simply gorgeous I loved every bit of them and I personally couldn't find any fault perhaps save they could of been a bit bigger. At 37p for 6 my advice would be stock up as they seem to go quickly because every time I've went for a pack there's never many left, so they must be quite popular and the best thing of all my niece loved them too so I supposed that's the real verdict.

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                        Great for a little treat every now and again.

                        *please note I have reviewed the white peach variety here as there wasn't a place for it.
                        Introduction~~~~~~
                        I like nothing better than a long soak in the bath with a few candles lit complete with peace and quiet, so what completes than experience is a good bath/shower gel to go with it. My brother works at Marks and Spencers so one day picking him up from work I was a little bit early so I stalked off to the smelly section of the store to look at all the expensive bath things.
                        I was actually pleasantly surprised with the prices and I got my beady little eye on the White peach and almond variety which at £1.00 for a 250ml bottle I thought it was a steal!

                        The Packaging~~~~~~
                        It comes in a see through plastic bottle with a rectangle shaped label stuck on the front. It has a rather bland picture of a peach on the front with the words White peach and Almond in white above encased in a light orange colour and below it reads 250ml. I found this packaging quite simple but effective as the colours caught my eye straight away and made me pick it up and take a closer look. Inside the bottle the gel was a refreshing orange colour that complemented the sticky label well.

                        The Product~~~~~~
                        I love trying new shower gel and creams but I'm always a little reserved as well because I have such sensitive skin, the lid was a clip one that opened relatively easy. The first thing I noticed was the smell it was absolutely divine, it was subtly strong but soft and refreshing, to be honest it made me smile. I was pretty dissapointed squeezing it onto my sponge as it was quite runny and before I knew I had squeezed almost half a bottle away.
                        It lathered up nicely on my sponge (but it should of the amount I put on!) and using it on my skin was lovely as the smell reached my nose and it made my skin feeling soft, refreshed and clean. I enjoyed using it but as it was so runny in consistency it didn't last very long so I was out buying another bottle in no time and I even bought the bubble bath to go with it as well because I loved it so much.

                        The Final Word~~~~~~
                        I absolutely loved this product and at £1.00 it's such a bargain. I think you should buy it and hide it so no one else can use it! Quick go on.
                        The only thing I would say about it was that because it hasn't got a very thick consistency you do find yourself buying it a little more often than more expensive brands but it great for a treat once in a while and it's fabulous teamed with body lotion as well.

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