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This is going to be short and sweet:
1 = SPIDERS - the bain of my life they actually stop me doing things i am incapacitated if there is one in the room - they may eat the dirty flies but i would prefer 100 of them than 1 spider. They are just so quick and seem sneaky if i write to much i will start to freak myself out by thinking about them!
2 = close second is VEGETABLES/BAKED BEANS - i am a freaky eater it would be easier to tell you the foods i eat rather than the really long list of things i wont eat - and i dont even like touching them - wierd i know!
3 = DIETING - i am always on a diet but due to my wierd eating habits i tend to eat the same things over and over again really boring and i try really hard to lose only 0.1 lb at the end of the week!
4 = UNFUNNY COMEDIANS/FRIENDS WHO THINK THEY ARE FUNNY - they are just annoying to the max! and my fake smile makes my face hurt!
5 = EXES + REGRET - just please move out of the area or at the very least avoid me please! I dont want to be your friend thats why we broke up lol (luckily havent had this prob for long time been in relationship for 7yrs now) What a waste of 2 years etc (hope this one isnt full of regret lol)
6 = EYE SPASM - that little eye twitch which is annoying and makes you feel like a freak but when you try and show someone they cant even see it - had 1 for 5 days now!!!
7 = WET SOCKS - i cant stand my socks being wet get through about 3-4 pairs a day at the mo resorting to wearing 2 at work just in case!
'Don't sweat the small stuff - and its all small stuff' I love this title; it is a mantra I use quite a lot now to try and calm myself down and put situations into perspective. If you take a second to just breathe and remind yourself of this you can quickly regain perspective and feel less stressed.
I am highly neurotic and have a very nervous disposition with the ability to become highly stressed in a second so when someone recommended this book to me I thought why not give it a go - surely it can only do me some good. I found this on ebay for a mere 99p with £2 postage so it was a bargain. It retails at £7.99 and can be bought on Amazon and Play for less than the retail price.
This book was first published in 1997 and to date over 8 million copies have been sold! The author Richard Carlson has also written other self-help books from the success of this book like don't sweat the small stuff for women, teens, at work etc.
It is laid out into 100 chapters all of them being only a couple of pages long. (Total 248 pages) each chapter has an almost clichéd title (or mantra) which you can remind yourself of at times of stress or practice when you feel the need. Richard then goes onto explain what he means by the title, how to practice it and why it should help your life become more stress free, happy and fulfilled.
'Ask yourself a question - 'will this matter a year from now?''
This is quite self explanatory when a problem arises or you feel angry or upset put it into perspective and ask yourself 'will this matter a year from now?' in most cases it wont and you begin to realise what is really important.
'Do something nice for someone else - and don't tell anyone about it''
A lot of people do something kind so that they can receive approval by telling other people how nice they are if you do something nice for the sake of it you should not expect anything in return but feel all warm and fuzzy to yourself.
'When you die your in basket wont be empty'
This is a wonderful mantra and has made me realise that I don't have to rush around trying to do everything and worrying when I don't if you think abut it when you die there is always going to be things that still need to be done but it wont matter the world still goes on. This has made me slow down, try and appreciate my time and relax more. It really doesn't matter that much after all!
'See the innocence'
If you can look at each person thinking they are innocent of their behaviour you can accept it when they are angry look beyond it and see the innocence they may have had some bad news and are acting irrationally towards other people etc It will make you less bothered about other peoples behaviour if you can see them as innocent.
There are so many great mantras in this book to name but a few but in my opinion this book has actually changed my way of thinking which is very strange as I didn't expect to actually help at all!
I do find this book a little repetitive with some of the ideas and techniques to practice but it is very much a thought-provoking book, which is good enough in it whether it helps, or not at least it has made me think differently about life in general.
I love the small chapters, which you can pick up and put down at any point (as someone said in another review this could definitely be an in the toilet read) and you can dip back into them to internalise the words even more.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone it doesn't even have to be someone who is necessarily stressed it is a great read for all.
Ok this is a little deep for me - am feeling a bit hippy now! ;-)
A few of my '3' stories:-
I changed from PAYG to a contract phone, as it seemed the cheaper alternative. I had always used a variety of different networks on PAYG but never used 3 before however they enticed me with their cheap introductory contracts. Unfortunately I think 3 are the worse! I got hooked by the low £15 a month contract a few years ago.
The customer service via 333 on the mobile is a bit hit and miss and the in store service has been terrible with the staff having a bit of a big chip on their shoulders in my experience.
I have been with 3 for over 2 years now and I think the worst mistake I have made was renewing my last contract however I was influenced by the early upgrade offer and the idea of a brand new sparkly phone for Christmas so once again they lured me in. I received my new phone a week before Christmas and I was not impressed to look at it was the exact same phone as my previous one - I had been conned! I was fed up I never have good signal if any and they constantly annoy me with their customer survey phone calls this was the last straw I phoned customer services which is free from my mobile (as it should be) luckily this time I had a very pleasant representative who basically told me they had sent me the upgrade to my last phone which was really no better she advised me on a few good phones that she would swap for and apologised sincerely and gave me and my partner 1000 free 3 to 3 mins per month. I was happy. The return of the old phone and receipt of the new one was an easy transaction and I was pleased with my new pink u900. At £20 a month for 150 mins and unlimited texts is great for me and much cheaper than PAYG with a free phone. So I am now stuck with them for another 18 months - oh no I had done it again!
I have complained a few times about the poor network coverage over the phone and in person in store only to be asked my postcode and told that I do have coverage in my home as their computer says so - I am sure I know if I am telling the truth or not they made me feel stupid and that was their answer also concluding thy have the best coverage! I don't think so!
I signed up to their mobile internet about a year ago as they were offering it me half price as a loyalty bonus so £7.50 for 5G £10 for 10G and £15 for unlimited (which is limited to 15G?!) I thought this was a great idea as I wanted the Internet but BT wanted £120 connection fee and line rental far too expensive for me. Once again I was lured in with price! I have used customer services, which are free from 3 mobile on 555, and they were very helpful but to be fair if it worked, as it should then I wouldn't need to use this service! The network is just as bad as the phone service and is very slow. I have to stick the dongle to the window just to get 2 bars and it is not very mobile if I move I lose connection!
Another problem I encountered was when I originally signed up to the contract they illegally took money out of my bank for insurance they had added without my consent. When questioned about the money they had taken from my bank they apologised and explained it was for insurance that I hadn't asked for or even been told about in store they refunded me as a goodwill gesture however I think it was goodwill on my part that I didn't take it further.
I have 3 contracts with 3 which I will be terminating as soon as I am able to do so as I feel the service is poor and the network coverage is terrible me and my partner have to go outside the house to make a phone call which defeats the object of a mobile. I find that they phone far too much for surveys and updates which totally annoys me. With good competition on the market I will be looking elsewhere as my loyalty doesn't seem to count for much!
I do NOT recommend poor coverage and customer service does not make for happy customers!!!
Crank 2 starts with the ending of Crank where Chev Chelios (Jason Statham) has fell out of a helicopter to land smack face down on the floor presumably dead until his eye flickers - he is then scooped from the ground by a bunch of Triads and taken to a home made operation room where you see them extract his heart and replace it with a mechanical one you use whilst waiting for a transplant whilst he is awake!
Not only has he fell from an enormous height and survived he has now had his heart removed from some amateurs and we are expected to believe he lives this is a sign of things to come in this film - do not expect this film to have any boundaries that actually resemble real life - we know it couldn't happen just watch the action and try not to dribble as your brain falls out of your ear.
So this film like its predecessor revolves around watching Chev Chelios try and survive whilst on the run finding the people who did this to him but this time the heart requires electric shocks to keep pumping - as you can now imagine all sorts of ways that he has to keep his heart going whilst on the run some include getting jump started whilst clipping them to his tongue and nipple and when he needs friction a long and public sex session with Eve (Amy Smart) on the horses race track!
So why have they taken his heart? Will he get it back? Will he survive the entire film? You will have to watch it to find out but be warned it contains enormous amounts of strong violence, language and nudity throughout the film which fits it 18 rating and more so. I think I have a strong stomach but I had to look away in some parts of this film.
Recommended? Ok this is a hard one as I was personally disappointed after watching Crank to see this miss mash of violence with hardly any story line and unbelievable feats that Chev goes through unharmed - however I did enjoy the mind numbingness of it all and the action with humour run through out. I thing the directors/producers are actually have a laugh almost making this a parody of Crank and taking the piss themselves with how farfetched they can make a film! So if you read all this and still want to watch it go ahead - take my advice though rent it - do not buy it as you will never want to watch it again and will have wasted your hard earned pennies.
Runs for 92 mins and can be rented from Blockbuster exclusively for a while (offer is 4 for £10).
Overall a film full of pure action, sex and violence one more for the lads but I wouldn't bother rushing out to get it - not impressed!
I found Scarlet magazine in the women's monthly glossy magazine section and as it was new (at least to me) I picked it up and had a browse and quickly realised that this wasn't like the 'normal' glossies and not one to browse at leisurely in front of the whole store so intrigued I bought it and have been a regular buyer ever since.
Why is it so different I hear you ask - well rather than focussing on celebrities, losing weight, fashion etc it was focussing on sex and it was very liberating and accepting of all types, fantasies, sex toys etc. I wont lie this is a female soft porn magazine it includes articles from readers, sex toy reviews, relationship information and advice etc with a little bit of your everyday stuff thrown in as well.
The main feature in every mag is an individual magazine called Cliterature, which can be pulled, out of the middle which includes a few 'porno' (erotic fiction) stories aimed at turning women on!
This magazine is informative and entertaining and can definitely bring back that sexual spark great for single girls and couples alike.
It has a lot of adverts through out for erotic items with many giving discounts for Scarlet readers, which is great. My favourite site is lovehoney.co.uk which has free delivery on everything with no minimum spend!
Available in newsagents at £2.95 per issue monthly or you can subscribe for 12 months for £24.99 (£2.10 per issue) or £17.99 for the digital magazine.
More info go to scarletmagazine.co.uk
Definitely recommended but only for the open minded - warning contains very explicit sexual content - enjoy!
I regularly shop at Tesco and have been recently trying to down grade by using the 'Value range' as much as possible sometimes they are really good value and sometimes it is false economy so when I saw these Jaffa Cakes at 50p for 24 I found no reason not to try them out they were nearly half the price of the premium brand with double the contents! (with a step child who will eat almost anything that's 'junk' I knew these would not be wasted even if they failed the taste test!)
So at approx 2p each biscuit/cake I wasn't expecting too much on first inspection they look and smell like Mcvities Jaffa Cakes to me so it was a good start. Now the deal breaker what do they taste like? To be honest they do taste like a lower costing Jaffa Cakes there seems to be a thinner layer of chocolate and a little less of the yummy orange jelly filling but the only real difference which I could honestly tell them apart is the spongy base which is a lot firmer/crunchier than the Mcvities almost a slightly stale texture in comparison but which tasted fine however in a comparison test that is how I would have to explain the texture. These have been enjoyed by the whole family with no moaning. At only 42 kcals each I have been able to have a couple even on my diet (I would normally each the whole pack) I would advise them being put in an airtight container to keep them fresh as I can only see the base getting harder if left out.
Overall I would definitely recommend these a great price and not too much of a compromise on taste - these will be replacing the higher priced brands from now on in my basket!
4/5 aint bad - Loses 1 star for the base.
What is it?
To me it seems like a regular Flake which has had 3 of its sides (not the top) dipped in a mixture of gorgeous Cadburys chocolate and tiny little hazelnut pieces. It gives the Flake a knobbly shape with only the top resembling the Flake we all know and love!
It taste like a Flake which has been encased in a layer of chocolate and nuts - the chocolate is ever so creamy a little bit crumbly with a thick outer casing tasting like praline with cute little crunchy hazelnuts. It is ever so hard to describe but it tastes that good that my partner was laughing at me whilst I was eating this as I was pulling ever so funny faces with my eyes closed whilst extremely enjoying and savouring this.
Now for the not so good stuff -
205 kcals (not too bad and totally worth it)
19g sugar (a huge amount - nearly 4 teaspoons!)
6.7g saturated fat (unbelievable amount with nearly 35% of daily recommended)
Therefore this is a treat that should not be consumed too often if you want to stay healthy and fat free however on that special occasion you must savour every bite of this luxurious bar of yumminess!!
Suitable for vegetarians
Allergy advice: contains milk and nuts may contain wheat
Available in most shops - costing approx 60p (I got mine 3 for £1.20 at local outdoor)
Completely and utterly recommended to everyone except if you can't eat nuts then try the Flake dipped, which seems to be half way between the flake and the praline.
These weight watchers crisps have recently been stocked in my local poundland so I thought I would give them a go as 6 packs for £1 is reasonable however in most supermarkets they cost nearly double that at £1.89 in Morison's - a price I would never pay no matter how nice they were.
The other reason I decided to give these a go was because of late I have put on some weight and in dire need of losing a few pounds before I emotionally break down!! With only 71 kcals and less than 0.1g sat fat (which equates to 1 WW point) in a pack these seem like just the treat I need on my diet (basic calorie counting) - although the lower content may be due to the fact there is only 20g in a pack they still satisfy my cravings.
If you are expecting these to taste like hula hoops you will be mistaken but that is not necessarily a bad thing - they do look similar to hula hoops in shape and size however as they are baked they have a completely different taste it is quite dry but very crunchy and satisfying all the same. The salt and vinegar taste is not too strong which is good for me as it is my least favourite flavour - they seem more like ready salted with a hint of vinegar. (However if you like a strong taste these will not be for you)
I think if you don't try to compare them to traditional hula-hoops you will be pleasantly surprised. Recommended - but I wouldn't pay more than £1 for them!
4/5 for taste and low kcals - price is downfall!
I absolutely love my intuition razor - since moving into a flat which doesn't have a bath I always had the problem of cutting my legs a lot whilst shaving especially when its cold and I get goose bumps - I would manage to cut myself practically every shave! I nearly gave up and decided I would have to live with hairy beast legs until I came across this razor.
I initially bought it after seeing it for half price in my local Wilkos (approx £3) and as I had seen lots of advertising for it and it was at a reduced price I decided why not.
Intuition is a reusable razor in which you just have to buy replacement heads (the cost nearly £6 for a pack of 3 but can be regularly found on offer - also each head usually lasts me about 2 - 3 weeks which is quite good value)
The razor is quite chunky with the handle specifically shaped for a more comfortable hold it is simple to interchange the heads by simply pressing the sides the old head falls off and can be replaced by simply pressing the razor into the back of the head it is then secure.
The intuitive part of the product is all in the head - it is basically a blade encompassed in a block of soap. The head is flexible and it moves to the contours of your leg (or other areas) and the soap protects the skin and moisturises at the same time.
Since using this razor my accidents have dramatically reduced to very rarely when I leave the soap to break down too low and I am really impressed with this razor.
The soap means you don't need to use shaving foam if you don't want to but it doesn't lather up much so I usually just wash with shower gel leaving the foam on my legs and shaving over the lather. (however its not required and I have shaved my underarms in the morning quickly just using a little water with no problems)
The only problem I really have with this razor is that it is not very good in more intricate areas such as the knees and bikini as the razor and blade are so chunky - I generally use my Wilkinson Quattro for those areas.
The razor comes in 3 styles (green, pink and cream coloured) - I have only used the green and pink and have found them to be the same I think the colour refers to the scent of the soap.
I would highly recommend this razor and have been using it religiously for the last 3 years to my partner's glee he doesn't have to put up with a hairy monster.
I think it is quite good value although it seems expensive it seems to last a good while.
Definitely highly recommended
4/5 - loses one star for chunkiness!
Packaged in the basic Tesco Value blue and white packet contains 125g of shortbread fingers (10 fingers at 12.5g) for 19p (as of the 12/7/09). Each finger contains 65 kcals and 3.3g fat (1.9g saturates) for all you calorie counters out there (me being one of them).
They look like most other shortbread fingers about 6cm long and 1.5cm wide (that is a guesstimation) with holes dotted on the top. Has a fair amount of sugar coating each one probably more than I am used to.
Quite plain at first then a hint of sugary buttery shortbread. They are more 'solid' than other shortbread I have tried being quite hard to bite down on. On first taste they are a mediocre biscuit that resemble shortbread but I am not that impressed. There is nothing actually wrong with these they are just a bit plain for me and I would prefer to waste the 65 kcals on something a bit more tasty.
The next brand up which I usually buy in Tesco are 39p for the same amount so I will be sticking to those, as they are much sweeter and more palatable. At nearly half price these are ok value but at only 20p saving per pack I will stick to my normal brand.
They are worth 19p of anyone's money but expect a blander version of more premium shortbread.
Allergies: contains milk, wheat and gluten - no nuts (but cannot be guaranteed)
These are my top 5 jokes that come to mind when someone asks me for a joke - they are all cr*p overused ones but I can never remember any good ones and I cant tell jokes to save my life it's a running joke between me and my friends. As soon as I start to tell a joke someone else has told me I either a) start laughing or b)stumble over the words - either way it never comes out right and is almost always not funny (they may laugh at me but not the joke) However these 5 I can pretty much tell in 5 seconds so no problems there - as I always say KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID.
You just said it
A horse walks into a bar
Bartender says why the long face
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get to the other side
(ha ha ha)
Even as an adult the toilet jokes still get a snigger - lol.
Poundland is one of the shops thriving due to the credit crunch with everyone looking at alternative ways to save money and spend less. I however have been using this shop for what feels like forever. I work next door to a poundland so more often than not I visit the store everyday.
The logo for poundland is that everything is a pound (obviously) however they also have offers like BOGOF, 2 for a £1, 3 for £2 or 4 for a £1 (this applies to the individual cans, crisps and choc bars which you can mix and match 4 for £1 - one of my regular buys as my shop charges 78p for a can).
Generally the aisles are separated well into different departments where they sell
1. Cleaning products + household
2. Baby products
4. Body care + toiletries
7. Pet stuff
8. Tools + car stuff
9. Home wares
12. Food items
14. Seasonal (at present this is garden)
As you can see there is a long list of products which can be bought from poundland the more interesting point is that they are generally high quality and often have brand names such as fairy, Colgate, spongebob etc
In my opinion the section I usually stay away from is the toy section which do generally seem to be low quality however they do have branded items from time to time - I bought some underground Ernie talking trains from poundland which are usually about a fiver.
The food section has packs of crisps including walkers, weight watchers, McCoy's and other brands, tins which are usually 2 for £1 and sometimes the 4pks of beans and spaghetti - a good range of products.
They have recently introduced the book section, which seems to hold a good selection of hardback and paperbacks saving you a fortune. I have bought a few autobiographies including Pete Doherty from here!
The stationary section is great especially for ebayers where you an buy all the padded envelopes and postage items you could need (I get a pack of 8 small, 6 medium or 4 large for £1 and they are all a great quality the cheapest I have found too!)
Also I find the store clean and tidy and usually full and faced up and the staff are always pleasant however that can change from store to store obviously (my review is on the Solihull branch)
There is just too much to mention everything that I buy from poundland so take my recommendation and give it a go - the only problem will be spending too much on all the bargains in there!!!
I am a very fussy eater and am very weary of what I put in my mouth that is until we come to try anything sweet or chocolately then I am game for anything. I generally come across new products either through TV advertising or in store promotions, as I am a sucker for a bargain, so when I saw the end of aisle half price penguin promotions in Tesco I picked these up. They cost 60p for a pack of 9 bars which I thought was good value (I would presume they RRP at £1.20 as this was a half price promo).
Each wafer is individually wrapped in the traditional blue and red packaging each one with a penguin on the front and a joke on the back (I can never resist reading these). They are about as long as a penguin (8cm) but about half the width (2cm).
After first bite I realised I had tried something similar to these before - The Blue Riband. It is similar in taste to the blue riband with a smooth chocolate cream sandwiched between wafers and then covered in chocolate. I have never been a fan of the blue riband as it is quite a dry boring biscuit however I found this product to be much creamier with only a hint of the wafer inside. I must say that it was an enjoyable experience and personally more favourable than the blue riband. At first look I thought the bars seemed quite small but after eating one I realised it was just enough as I think if I had anymore I would start feeling a bit sick from the chocolate overload!
Each bar contains only 93 kcals but that is because it is only 17.2g. It also has a massive 5.5g of fat! However they claim to have added calcium, which means they must be good for you - right?!
Allergy Info - contains milk, Soya and gluten and is produced in a factory handling nuts.
I would recommend these bars especially if they were on offer. Would I buy them at full price? Probably not.
Overall a nice bite sized snack oozing chocolate creaminess and under 100kcals. A creamier premium Blue Riband.
3/5 for me tasty but not my favourite and too expensive for me personally at full price.
As seen in picture (no need to describe it) it contains 600ml, which is usable for 3 months after opening.
Use 15ml twice daily after brushing for up to 60 seconds then spit out. Note I have found that 10ml is more than sufficient and I probably couldn't fit any more in my mouth. You can measure out 10ml/15ml/20ml and 30ml from the lid. At 10ml twice a day this would last 30 days (a month ish)
I paid £1 for it on offer in Tesco, which is in line with what I usually pay for the lower brands. It retails at around £3 (have seen it on amazon for £3.19)
It has a very strong taste, which I compare to a mixture of Pernod (aniseed liqueur) and TCP (antiseptic solution) with a hint of mint. This sounds like an odd combination, which it is, but if you like aniseed (which I do) it is quite a good mixture, which literally 'blows your head off'. It made my tongue tingle (and burn a little) as it was so 'hot' so not one for the children but in my case the stronger the better.
Does it last?
The extreme strong taste and tingling lasts about 5 minutes with the underlying minty freshness lasting well over 15 minutes (which I think is quite a long time compared to other mouth washes I have used).
I love the taste and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a really strong flavoured mouthwash particularly if you like aniseed. It makes your whole mouth feel intensely clean and fresh. I would use this regularly if it were within my budget however I will just have to have it when it is on offer from now on.
4/5 due to the price being out of my range unless on offer !
More details see www.aquafresh.co.uk