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      11.09.2011 15:15
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      An easy read

      When I first saw this book on amazon, I only looked in to it because of the good reviews. I was confused as the front cover connotates a typical crime/thriller novel, with it's dark colours and scratchy font. However, when I read the blurb, I realised it is more of a chick-lit type.

      After reading this book, I would say I was wrong. This book is NOT chick-lit. It is definitely not a book written purely for women, and although there is some aspect of romance, there is a mix of dark humour and drama also.

      Doug is a 29 year old widower, something he never imagined himself being. Following a tragic plane crash which killed his wife, Doug is left with nothing but self pity, grief, a home in the suburbs and a very rebellious 16 year old step son who is angry at Doug for not adopting him. This novel follows Doug on his path to recovery; from drowning himself in Jack Daniels, to finally realising there is life after Hailey.

      Along the way we get to meet Doug's rather eccentric family, who all expect Doug to have ended his grieving by now; it is 12 months later after all. Doug doesn't feel ready and tries to shut himself off from his family, until Claire turns up at his door and needs a place to live after splitting up from her husband. The relationship between Claire and Doug is both funny and touching, as she tries desperately to get him back on the dating scene again.

      A good chunk of this book is full of moaning and self pity, much of which gives the reader a good insight in to the deep thoughts which go through someone's mind in this situation. Although deeply depressing, it also has very witty and humorous moments. However, the depression continues for almost half the book... About half way through I was beginning to have doubts about whether Doug was ever going to start living life again, and the incessant depressing moaning was beginning to grate. However, there is certainly a turn in the book where I felt that it became a story again, and although some bits were OTT and dramatic, it added to the book nonetheless. For example, a certain encounter with Laney's husband, the married woman Doug had sex with.

      This book is a strange mix of drama, grief and comedy. It was very easy to read and I read it quickly. It played out very much like a film, although I couldn't decide who would be perfect as Doug. I felt that this book could have been longer, as it seemed to cut off at the end, and the last page was just full blown cheesy, which doesn't really suit the rest of the book. It feels as though this book was written with the intention of it being a film, and therefore Tropper kept any sort of depth to a minimum. I did feel huge amounts of empathy for Doug, and fell in love with both Claire and their father, but there is so much room for character development which Tropper just didn't really go in to.

      I really enjoyed this book and will be looking out for further Jonathan Tropper books in the future.

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        11.09.2011 14:35
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        A must have for diabetics who are travelling and need to store their insulin safely!

        The FRIO Insulin wallet is a cleverly designed product which provides cool storage for insulin when travelling. I have been diabetic for 10+ years and have never considered the storage of insulin when going on holiday to be a problem. I normally carry the insulin in my hand luggage in a plastic container until we reach our destination, and then I place it in the fridge. However, on my most recent holiday, the hotel we were staying in did not provide a fridge in the room, but offered to keep it in the restaurant fridge instead. I was concerned with this, as it could easily be discarded or the fridge could be too cold/not cold enough and then the insulin would be damaged. After my dietician suggested the FRIO to me, I decided to invest, and ordered the FRIO duo from medicalshop.co.uk. This website allows you to buy medical products exempt from VAT if you are diabetic.

        The FRIO comes in 5 different sizes -

        *Individual - Holds one insulin pen
        *Small - Holds 5 3ml insulin cartridges or 2 vials of insulin
        *Duo - Holds 2 pens or 1 pen and 2 cartridges
        *Large - Holds 1 pen and 10 3ml insulin cartridges or 2 pens and 5 cartridges or 5 disposable pens or 4 vials of insulin
        *Extra Large - Holds 1 pen and 40 3ml insulin cartridges or 8 disposable pens or 8 vials of insulin

        Prices range from £12.00 - £18.99 (exc VAT).

        My FRIO arrived quickly, and included directions for use and storage. I ordered the red colour, which looks nice. There are two layers, an inside pocket which contains what feels like silicone gel crystals, and an outside "Cambrelle" pocket. To activate the inside pocket, just soak in water for a number of minutes (soaking time varies depending on size of FRIO wallet) until the crystals turn to gel, and then pat down the wet pocket with a towel/paper towel. When the gel has settled, you can place the activated pack inside the cambrelle pocket. Your insulin is then ready to be stored.

        The product relies on evaporation to work correctly. As the water is evaporated from the crystals, the contents of the pocket are cooled. Because of this, the FRIO wallet cannot be kept in an airtight container, but instead it must be in contact with the air. As a suggestion, I read somewhere that an ideal place to keep your FRIO wallet containing insulin is in a mesh pocket on a handbag/rucksack. I kept mine in my hand luggage, right at the top, with the zip open, and it seemed to work perfectly. I was concerned there may be issues when going through airport security, as the FRIO gel is of course a liquid. However, I mentioned I had insulin and a gel cooler and there were no further questions asked.

        At first, whilst on the plane, I was shocked and impressed by how cool the insulin was kept. It also remained very cool whilst in the room, with the air con on. However, I used the pocket to keep my insulin pen in, and when out and about in the hot air in Spain where temperatures were about 35C, it didn't do as good a job. Although the insulin did not become hot as it may have without the wallet, it didn't actually feel cold, just mildly cool.

        The instructions say that after a few days, as soon as the gel begins to crystallise, the pocket needs to be re-soaked. This happened after approx 4 days, and re-soaking was easy and reactivated the wallet immediately. It is also handy to know that the FRIO is reusable time and time again, as long as it is dried out and stored correctly after use. I'll definitely be using mine every time I travel in future.

        To summarise, a product well worth the money, as it worked the majority of the time (just not as well in long periods of hot weather), and definitely kept my insulin cooler than it would have been without the FRIO.

        A must have for diabetics who are travelling and need to store their insulin safely!

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        01.09.2011 14:40
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        A healthy tomato soup for those who are calorie counting

        I really enjoy soup, as I feel it's a guilt free, healthier option for lunch than a sandwich or anything too "carby". If I don't have time to make my own, I often opt for the fresh soup available in the supermarket fridges, such as the Covent Garden range etc. However, these brands can often be expensive, and so I have lately been trying out some tinned soups.

        I am always horrified at the amount of sugar and fat in tomato soup, especially as I always automatically assume all soup is healthy. For example, in a tin of Heinz cream of tomato soup, there is 59cals, 5g of sugar, and 3g of fat, per 100g. These tins come in 300 or 400g sizes, so that's about 200cals and a massive 9-12g of sugar in a tin. Despite the weight watchers soup also being manufactured by Heinz, the nutritional value is much different. The tins are a smaller 295g size, and are 29cals, 2.8g sugar, and 0.5g fat per 100g. That equals 76calories a tin - pretty guilt free. I always find that the larger tins are often a bit too much, especially tomato soup, as it can often be quite rich, and so I appreciate these smaller tins as they are more manageable.

        As there is such a difference in nutritional value, I was concerned that they had compromised on taste. However, I was very much surprised. The WW tomato soup is not as rich and sickly as the Heinz classic variety, and still offers that strong tomato flavour. The soup is smooth but also quite thick in consistency, and so it fills you up easily. It is also very easy to make, either on the hob, or stick in the microwave for 1 ½ mins, followed by a further 1 minute. This soup is free from artificial flavours and preservatives, and suitable for vegetarians.

        Since trying this soup, I am definitely converted. I always have a few tins in the cupboard, to eat when I like. I find that they are much cheaper than the fresh soups I usually go for, and whereas I usually only eat half a carton of the fresh and end up wasting the rest, these are the perfect size. I found that they do tend to be quite expensive when compared with the other tins, at about 70p per tin. Larger supermarkets now also stock multi packs of this soup, at about £2.50 if I remember correctly. Definitely worth stocking up!

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        01.09.2011 00:07
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        One of the cheaper 5* hotels in Vegas, an amazing stay

        My boyfriend and I stayed at the Mirage in April 2011 for 5 nights. It was my first time in Vegas (boyfriend's 2nd time), so didn't really know what to expect. We arrived late afternoon, and there were no nightmare check in queues that we had expected after hearing many stories about this problem in Vegas. Check in was very straight forward and the girl at the desk was very friendly. I asked if the room included a fridge, as I am diabetic and need somewhere to store my medication. She explained that there wasn't but she would send one up. I was very impressed with this.
        We were given a room number and the woman drew us a diagram of how to get to our room. There are four sets of elevators, so was initially quite confusing, and you have to drag your luggage through the casino, but from what I've read that is pretty much standard in every hotel in Vegas.

        We paid for a standard room through Expedia, and had considered asking for a strip view, but decided that we would rather spend our money during the week than on the view. So glad that we did this, as we discovered that when we opened our door to our room, in front of us was the Venetian. Perfect! We could look down a lot of the strip from our window, and we also had a pretty good view of the Volcano. Our room was of good size, with a large double bed, and huge windows covering the one wall, which really gave the room lots of light. The bathroom was an OK size - although I have heard reports that the Mirage has some of the smallest bathrooms in Vegas.
        The only thing I disliked about our room, but didn't bother me a huge amount, was the fact that it was SO far down the corridor from the elevator. Seriously like a five minute walk which could be a bit too far after a few too many complimentary drinks in the casino.

        The Mirage casino is of a large size. It has an immense variety of games, from slots to roulette to craps, from 1cent slots to the high roller lounge (which I didn't visit unsurprisingly). The bars, as in most places in Vegas, have machines on the bar tables, so you can drink and play. Or there are waitresses serving drinks at tables, so you can play and drink. There is a large sports book, which shows all sorts of sports games all at the same time, or tables with individual screens. I'd never seen anything like it! Outlining the large casino, are a number of restaurants. These include a nice Chinese restaurant called "Fin" that we went to one night. The food was lovely, but the portions were enormous! They offered us the leftovers in a takeaway box, but we were heading out to a show and politely declined. There is also a very gorgeous looking Japanese restaurant named "Japonais" although it looked far too posh for us. We also ate at a more casual restaurant named California Pizza Kitchen which was just at the end of the casino. However, it didn't really live up to our expectations and is one to avoid in my opinion. Every morning we ate at the Cravings buffet, which is $15.99 and is served until 11am. It offered a vast amount of food, nice and fresh every morning. However, we did also visit the buffet at the Wynn instead one morning, which was head and torso above the Mirage buffet, but was also (understandably) more expensive.

        There are a number of options when it comes to nightlife in the Mirage. There is a very large nightclub, Jet, which we didn't visit, as we arrived on the Monday, and were too tired to party. Monday is Jet's busiest night. There is also the Revolution bar, which is themed after the Beatles Love show which is based at the Mirage. Rhumbar, a Caribbean themed bar on the edge of the hotel, always seemed quite lively, too.

        Mirage also has an adult pool, named "Bare", where cocktails are served all day whilst you lie on your sun beds, presumably topless. However, paying $10 (and $20-40 for men!!) to lie half naked around a pool did not take my fancy, so we didn't visit. However, some very cool sounding music could be heard as we visited the Secret Garden. The Mirage's Secret Garden is your chance to see some dolphins, tigers, lions, and other wild cats. However, we visited at 5.30pm, and felt really rushed, after paying $15 to get in, as it was closing shortly and we hadn't known!

        The location of the Mirage is fantastic. It is on the strip, surrounded by the better hotels in Las Vegas. Right next door to Caesars Palace, just down from the Wynn, and across the road from Venetian and Palazzo, this hotel is definitely in the middle of it all. There is also a free tram ride to Treasure Island, which actually stops inside the T.I hotel - very convenient. It is also directly across the road from Harrahs, an older hotel which has an abundance of charm, and this is the casino of our choice, where we spent many an hour playing roulette and drinking from plastic cups. We found that the staff in Harrahs were very friendly and down to earth, whereas in other establishments such as the new trendy Cosmopolitan can often be quite intimidating.

        Vegas itself is for everybody. There is so much to do. It is a city of indulgence, whatever your vice, be it sunbathing, pampering, shopping, gambling, drinking, exploring, sightseeing, and the Mirage hotel is an excellent base.

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          31.08.2011 22:55
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          A easy to use Sat Nav with a few helpful features

          I was bought the TomTom XL 2 as a Christmas present. I have not been driving long, having only passed my test for a year. As my uni course involves me travelling to and from different placements, I felt that a sat nav would be necessary.

          The initial set up is very easy. So easy that I didn't need instructions - just literally switch on, enter post code, and you're good to go. There was minimal battery when I switched on, so it needed to charge. This is my biggest concern with the Tom Tom. Trying to put the little USB in to the impractically placed space on the device is consistently a problem. You have to really wriggle it about until it eventually fits in to the correct position and space. I'm always concerned that I'm going to damage the connection one day. I thought it may get easier, however, after 8 months of use, I still find it difficult.

          Actually using the device is very easy, you can choose a number of languages, a number of accents, a male or female voice, and whether you want street names or not. I originally chose to have street names read out to me, but found it got rather annoying after a while and switched to the man who wouldn't tell me the name of every single street we passed!

          There is a function on the device which alerts the driver to any speed cameras, which I find very helpful, but also at the same time quite a nuisance as some are very outdated, so it alerts me even if there is no longer a camera there. I have not yet plugged in my tomtom to update it, so don't know if it would then remove the old alerts or not. I also like that it clearly shows you which lanes to be in when coming off at junctions, and alerts you way in advance. I often get confused when it says to take a left or right after "300 yards" for example, and think it may help if there was a sort of measure that shows you how far away from the turning you are, like other sat navs I have seen do.

          When entering a post code, it also gives you the option to choose different routes (e.g. avoiding motorways, fastest route, and shortest route) which I find helpful.

          Overall this is a good product which is very simple to use. Also very easy to get from A to B. I haven't personally used the point of interest feature, so couldn't comment on that, but it gets me from A to B easily - does the job!

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          • Philips HR1364 / Blender / 14 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            31.08.2011 22:28
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            A great kitchen utensil, perfect for whisking, blending and chopping.

            I was given this handheld blender as a Christmas present last year. It comes with a number of accessories, meaning it has a number of different uses, rather than just blending. The accessories include a whisk attachment and a chopper feature. Also included is a 1L beaker for storing your shakes and smoothies.

            One of the things I really hate when cooking is chopping up onions, and find it really difficult when a recipe requires things to be "finely chopped". This problem is totally resolved with the Philips HR1364 blender, as you need to just quarter an onion, stick it in the "chopper", attach the blender on top and hit the on button. There are two options - the normal speed, or a turbo boost button, which can be used for tougher ingredients, or just quicker results. This is definitely my favourite and most used accessory.

            The whisk can be used to thicken up cream or whisk up egg whites, and can be used by hand, or simply slotted on to the electric hand blender - very easy to do.

            A quick search of the Philips HR1364 online shows this product to be approx £27-30 which is not a bad price for this quality of product. It is powerful, and feels quite sturdy in your hands, and Philips is a very reliable name for electricals.

            The Philips HR1364 makes soup and smoothie making so, so easy. The only thing that could perhaps be better is the capacity in the chopper bowl, as you can only cut up small amounts of an ingredient at a time.

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            31.08.2011 21:45
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            An easy to use oven cleaner which leaves your oven looking as good as new

            I have recently moved in to a new house, and when doing so vowed that I would try and maintain the oven's cleanliness as much as I could. I know how bad ovens can be for building up grease and grime.

            I have NO knowledge of cleaning products, so this was a bit of a random buy. I picked it up from Waitrose at about £3.50, but have seen elsewhere in some of the cheaper supermarkets for about £2.50. Reading the instructions made me quite scared of the product, lots of warnings highlighting how dangerous the product is, how it can damage surrounding areas etc. etc. As I said, I have zero knowledge of cleaning products, so this may just be normal.

            I turned off the electrical supply to the oven, as instructed, and fiddled around with the lid, eventually removing it. The product is definitely child proof! I covered the floor with old magazines, as the floor is brand new and didn't want to risk ruining it. I ensured my arms were covered with rubber gloves, & removed the oven shelves and sprayed the inside of the oven and the glass door, leaving a layer of froth inside the oven. As you spray the product, it really gets in your mouth and nose, and you can almost feel it in your chest. This stuff is very strong! The next time I used it, I held my breath and made sure windows were open. I made sure not to spray any of the trim or source of heat, as instructed. The instructions say that the product should not be left for longer than 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, I opened the oven door and used a damp cloth and some kitchen roll to wipe over the surfaces. The dirt and grease just came away SO easily. I had no idea so much dirt was in my oven, but I used tonnes of kitchen roll, each time I wiped it was black. After wiping away all the grease, I then used a wet sponge just to make sure all dirt was gone. The oven cleaner left my oven sparkling!

            There is no need to really scrub away, as the dirt comes away so easily when using this product. It makes cleaning your oven really, really easy!

            You must make sure you air the oven out afterwards, as I can imagine the smell of the cleaner will stick around if you were to use the oven straight away, contaminating any foods cooked.

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            31.08.2011 20:48
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            Air freshener which stays noticeable as the scents regularly change

            It seems that every time I go to the supermarket and do a "trolly shop", I have to eye up the latest air fresheners, and see what's on offer. The offers on air fresheners always change, and I tend to just buy the ones which look best value for money. However, by the time I return to the shop to buy refills, they are back to their regular price. That's the problem with refillable air fresheners - I buy the dispenser at a cheap price, and then next time I buy, I buy another dispenser, as it's cheaper.

            I bought the ambi pur 3volution at a reasonable price and decided to give it a go. It came with a refill already, a fragrance named "Vanilla treat". I am partial to a bit of either Vanilla or Lavender around the house, so thought this would do. The ambi pur 3volution claims to last 90 days if set on minimum setting for 12hours a day. Unfortunately, I never remember to turn mine off, so it's always on. I do however, leave it on the minimum setting. The air freshener is easy to set up, just click in the refill and plug in, remembering to set it on low, medium or high on the side of the plug. On the first day of setting this up and plugging it in, I set the fragrance to medium. However, it was far, far too over powering. On the minimum setting, the air freshener provides a subtle constant fragrance, which doesn't offend or over power at all. However, unfortunately, there is one scent which I'm not too keen on. The other two scents are sweet and fresh, whereas the third is rather like a strong perfume.

            A good thing about this air freshener is it really does stay noticeable, and after approx two months, has not ran out yet. I have managed to pick up further refills too whilst they were on offer so they should last me a while. As they last so long, I would probably fork out the £5.50 - £6.00 for a refill, although this is expensive.

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            31.08.2011 19:43
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            A simple guide to the anatomy and physiology of the human body

            This book is now on it's 11th edition. I ordered it from Amazon for £26.55, although I now believe it may have gone up in price. On arrival, my initial thought was that this text book does not look worth £27.00 - although text books are always generally expensive.

            This book, in its most recent edition, is clear and colourful, and offers a straightforward way of learning anatomy and physiology of the human body. The textbook comes with a code which is revealed when you scratch off a panel on the front page (The book cannot be returned once the panel is scratched off). Once you redeem the code, visiting rossandwilson.com will give you access to the book on a computer screen, more diagrams, and tests and quizzes on each section of the book. The tests and quizzes are excellent, and I found them invaluable when recently revising for exams. There is also access to videos online - for example, a video of the urinary system and the nephron, make it simple to understand.

            I started my course in midwifery with barely no knowledge of anatomy. The last time I had studied science was four years previously. This was very daunting and I knew I needed a good, clear textbook. Ross and Wilson guides you around the anatomy and physiology of the body in a very easy way. The diagrams are well detailed and easy to understand.

            This text book must be good, as I gained 86% in my exam!! Not bad for someone who hasn't studied biology in almost half a decade. I would recommend this book for anyone who is starting a university degree in health care. However, if you are familiar with anatomy and physiology of the body, perhaps a more advanced book may be more appropriate.

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            31.08.2011 19:22
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            A midwifery text book that every student should own. Covers a vast amount of topics.

            I purchased this book in preparation for starting my midwifery course. I heard that it is the 'bible' for midwifery students, and now in hindsight, I must agree.

            I have the fifteenth edition which has a whopping 1121 pages - a bit daunting! I originally just started reading this book from the first page, as I hadn't started the course yet and was just trying to gain a bit of initial background knowledge. Without even starting the course, reading this textbook made sense. Of course, some chapters are much more difficult and advanced than others.

            The textbook has a clear and easy to use contents page, which shows the seven sections within the book, each having numerous chapters.

            Section 1. Midwifery - includes a description of the role of the midwife, social context, ethics, amongst other things

            Section 2. Human anatomy and reproduction - This section includes chapters on the pelvis and reproductive system, female urinary tract, hormonal cycles, placenta, and fetus. Each of these topics are well described and include diagrams.

            Section 3. Pregnancy. - A large section of the book which focuses on pregnancy right from the beginning; conception, antenatal care, adaptation, abnormalities in pregnancy, and multiple pregnancy.

            Section 4. Labour - First, Second & Third stages of labour, management of the third stage, abnormal labour, assisted births, obstetric emergencies.

            Section 5. Puerperium - Basically the postnatal period. Phsyiology and care, problems and complications, contraception, bereavement and loss

            Section 6. The Newborn Baby - Baby at birth, normal baby, feeding, low birthweight, ill baby, trauma during birth, congenital abnormalities

            Section 7. The Context of Midwifery Practice - Pharmacology and childbirth, complementary therapies, community services, midwifery supervision, risk management, international midwifery

            There are also detailed pictures of a number of issues discussed in the textbook, for example, a picture of correct breastfeeding positioning and attachment and a picture showing congenital talipes, as well as many others.

            This book is excellent for any stage of training, be it as preparation for interview for the course, during clinical placement, or as use as a reference for essay writing. The book will give perspective students an idea of what is needed to be a midwife, and especially reading section 1 will help with interview questions.

            I recommend this textbook to every student midwife, as it includes all aspects of midwifery. Of course, it won't be the only book you'll ever need - although it covers all areas, it doesn't go in to any amount of depth as there are certainly not enough pages, but is helpful to gain background knowledge.

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            31.08.2011 18:58
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            Multi layered girly read, about love, betrayal, and success.

            It has been a while since I read any "chick-lit" and find that it can be very hit and miss. I ordered this book half heartedly from Amazon, as nothing more than a beach read, something that would last me all week on holiday. I certainly was not expecting the book to be so big! At 544 pages, it's a pretty big read.

            The story centres on Nicolo, Johnny, and Logan, three friends who share the same dream of being rich and successful. We follow the three boys, as they decide how they are going to make it - by owning a chain of luxury hotels. However, they need the money to start up, and Nicolo reveals he can help them. With the chain of hotels emerging in to a successful brand and Maryanne on his arm, Nicolo has the world at his feet. That is, until he introduces Maryanne to his best friend, Logan, who instantly fall for each other. From that moment, Nicolo is out for one thing only. Revenge.

            This story has numerous layers to it. It's a story of love, revenge, betrayal, failure, success, and ridiculous wealth. It is escapism at its best, as we delve in to the life of the extreme rich. Ruston has an immense talent to really draw the reader in and become emotionally attached to the characters. There were many times when I couldn't decide who I wanted to come out winning, or who I felt deserved the revenge they had coming for them. We don't just hear from Nicolo, Johnny, and Logan, we also get to know Logan's daughter, Logan's wife, Johnny and Logan's business partner, and many others. At times, I thought this could become TOO multi-stranded and may risk causing confusion and the reader "losing" the characters. However, I felt that introducing more characters actually enriched the story.

            This is a real guilty pleasure, and an absolute page turner. I actually couldn't drag myself away and read the book in less than four days, leaving me without a book for the rest of the holiday! It's more than the typical superficial chick lit novel, but doesn't require too many brain cells to read - just determination to get you through the 544 pages! Although it was a long book, I actually felt that it could have been longer - I wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters just yet! Uncharacteristically and against my expectations, this story has more to it than love, lust and sex. It shows us that money doesn't always make you happy.

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            My top ten most visited websites


            1). Facebook.com
            No shock here really. As most people all over the world, my most visited website is undoubtedly face book. Since buying an iPhone last year, I never seem to be logged out. I love face book for all of it's stalking possibilities. I love spying on 'friends' who I haven't seen in years, and love catching up with those I haven't spoke to for a while. I also love looking at pictures of past nights out, past holidays etc. I am also very addicted to bejewelled2, so when I'm not stalking, I'm playing.

            2). news.bbc.co.uk
            I always enjoy looking at local news. After browsing the news front page, I quickly go to the news in Wales and see what's going on around me. I regularly check for any news on NHS and any midwifery related news as I like to know what's going on in my future profession.

            3). Twitter.com
            I have been a member of Twitter since early last year, but I feel that it is only in the last six months or so that Twitter has really taken off. It seems that every celebrity under the sun has a twitter account these days, and it's great fun reading of their whereabouts. My favourite tweeters are Rob Brydon, David Mitchell and Russell Brand.

            4). ASOS.com
            Amazing online retailer which I have actually bought very little from. Despite my lack of purchases I really love browsing through all the clothes and fabulous shoes I can't afford.

            5). Topshop.com
            Much for the same reasons as ASOS.com

            6). Tripadvisor.co.uk
            This website, alongside last minute.com is an absolute must when looking to book a holiday or short break. I love to see honest reviews and candid photographs of the hotels I am interested in. Since using this website, I haven't gone wrong. I also like to look at really posh hotels, just to see what I can't afford.

            7).
            I admit it, I love Perez. He has many people who hate his guts but still read his website. I love celebrity gossip but find I spend far too much money on magazines, so using sites like Perez Hilton are a good alternative.

            8). Digitalspy.co.uk
            I enjoy Digital spy as I have an interest in everything tv/media related. I also regularly view the forums (and sometimes post). I have a big interest in people's opinions on certain things, I like to see if they agree with me or not. The forums are really good for everything, not just TV. They have Showbiz, Films, Cult shows, Books, Discussion & Advice, Gaming, Fashion, and lots more.

            9). Dooyoo.co,uk
            I have only been a member of dooyoo for just under a week but already I log on every day and try and write as much as I can. I like to read other peoples reviews of things I have considered buying. It's so helpful to read honest reviews before you buy. I hope my interest in dooyoo continues

            10). Amazon.co.uk
            Amazon.co.uk is a brilliant online shopping haven which I use regularly when buying books. I find that it is the cheapest place to buy books for the majority of the time. It is also brilliant as it offers free delivery. I also look for dvds and stationary on amazon as it tends to be the cheapest for those too.

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              My dream life.

              Winning the lottery is a recurring day dream I have when stressed at work, or slogging it at the gym. Many a time have I looked at my bank account and cringed. How wonderful it would be to never have to look at your bank account again.

              Winning the lottery jackpot (or Euromillions please!!) would make me very happy indeed! I think I would start my spending spree by buying a house. A nice big house for my boyfriend and I, with a huge drive to park all the cars on that I am about to buy.

              I would also buy my sister a house/car.

              I would put a lot of money away to save, to make sure I never have to work again.

              I would give my mum and dad a huge amount of money to ensure they never have to worry again. I would also buy them a villa in Majorca, as I think they have always wanted that.

              Pretty soon after buying a house, I would book 'the dream' holiday my boyfriend & I want to do. This is Las Vegas, New York and Florida. We have tried planning this on a budget and even then we cannot afford it. How amazing it would be to visit each of these locations with no budget whatsoever! I would also like to take a road trip across USA.

              I would love to do some charity work in India as for some reason I have a little bit of an attraction to the country and watch so many programmes on the slums of India and I think spending some of my lotto winnings on helping a few people would be a wonderful thing to do.

              If I had any money left, I would buy lots of houses all around the world, as going on holiday is my most favourite thing to do ever and I would like to live my life on a permanent holiday J

              Now all I have to do is win. If I played the lottery it would be a start...

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                A brilliant body scrub to use when skin is feeling a little tired.

                I have been using Soap & Glory products for about a year and a half but had not seen Flake Away before until I sampled it as part of a gift box I received for Christmas. It was packaged in a little 50ml tub. I do not use many exfoliators so do not have much to compare the Flake Away to - but I know that this product is amazing!

                As soon as you open the pot, you get the gorgeous classic Soap & Glory fragrance. Naturally, rubbing this scrub on to your skin results in you smelling of Soap and Glory for a while... lovely! I can't quite put my finger on the scent of Soap and Glory. Although it is said to have aromas of "leafy greens, bergamot and mandarin, with floral and fruity middle notes, and a soft, sexy, musk, oakmoss, amber and woody dry down" I can only describe it as a 'sugary' scent. The product is quite firm and is packed with 'grains'. I use this product with exfoliating gloves which I purchased from Boots. Using a big dollop of Flake Away in circular motions on my upper arms and legs really makes a difference to how my skin feels. It does not feel too rough on your skin unlike other body scrubs. After showering I use a moisturiser to really maximise how smooth my skin feels.

                I started using this religiously before applying fake tan or going for a spray tan. It is absolutely ideal for pre-tan because it makes your skin so smooth that the tan develops streak free.

                The 50ml pot did not last very long at all, and so I have since then purchased the 300ml pot for £6.50 (Boots). I prefer how this pot looks to other exfoliators I have used in tubes. However, I started to experience a problem with the pot - when using in the bath, my wet hands going in and out of it, a little 'puddle' formed in the pot...ew. After realising this happens I always turn the pot upside down after to remove water after every use. Another thing I have noticed is that the grains are so tiny that I often step out of the shower thinking I'm clean but find I have a sticky residue left on my skin and often grains on my arms etc. Because of this, I make sure I wash again after exfoliating. Other than these two minor issues, this product is excellent. It really smooths my arms when they are feeling a little bumpy and is brilliant when tanning!

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                My boyfriend and I stayed here at the beginning of March 2010 for our birthdays. We booked through lastminute.com's "top secret hotel" offer and got the hotel for £100 a night which was pretty impressive for a 5* in London. We had never heard of the Grange hotels before so weren't sure what to expect.

                The nearest tube station to the hotel is Blackfriars which we later found out is literally a two minute walk from the hotel. However, Blackfriars is currently closed so we took the tube to Mansion House. We don't know London at all, so took about 20 minutes walking around until eventually we found Godliman Street. After we had found it once we had no trouble finding it again - we just were not expecting our hotel to be tucked in to a side street as it looks so big on the website. It is a big hotel, and although it is in a side street, we had a fabulous view of St Pauls Cathedral.

                Check in was easy, although I didn't feel very comfortable after the hotel took £100 out of my boyfriend's bank account just in case we had any room service or anything. We made sure we did not touch the mini bar because of this reason. Everything went smoothly and the £100 was transferred back in to his account three days later.

                The hotel itself is very modern and new. There are two bars and the breakfast area/restaurant looked nice although breakfast was very expensive and not included in our package so we ate at Cafe Rouge instead which was two seconds walk away. I really liked that we were greeted by a porter who took my luggage to check in and then carried it to the lift afterwards.

                Our room was located on the fourth floor. It was a very nice size - a lot of room. The most noticable thing about the room was the floor to ceiling window that covered the whole wall facing towards St Pauls. Although this also faced an office block so had to keep closing the curtains when getting changed. There was a flat screen TV and iPod dock, mini bar, huge wardrobe with plenty of space, a dressing table and chair, and a hairdryer. The huge double bed looked so comfy with all the cushions on, but these were taken off before bed by the maids to make life easier. The beds were soft and absoloutely massive. The curtains were black out curtains, and so we couldn't believe it when we rolled over to find it was 9.45! oops! I was also surprised at how quiet it was. We have stayed in hotels in London before and they were always rather noisy but at the Grange we didn't hear a thing.

                The bathroom was gorgeous and very modern with a nice big shower and bath, and best of all Molton Brown toiletries which I took home with me :). During our stay we also visited the pool & spa area which had just opened. Although we didn't have any treatments we did enjoy the sauna steam and jacuzzi along with the lovely pool. There was only us and another couple for the whole time we were in there, and they play lovely music to make you feel even more relaxed.

                I have no complaints about this hotel whatsoever, and would return in a flash if I could ensure I would get it at £100 a night, but unfortunately I think that is very unlikely - the price on the Grange website is much higher. However, it is a very classy modern hotel which I would reccommend for both business and pleasure, couples and families.

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