- Premium reviews
- Express reviews
- Reviews rated
- Ratings received
1) How old are you?
2) Colour of my eyes?
3) How tall are you?
4) Hair colour?
5) Any brothers or sisters?
3 brothers and 2 sisters.
6) Do you prefer cats or dogs?
I used to love dogs but I'm a bit scared of them now, so cats, although I'm very very allergic to them so I could never have one.
7) What job do you do?
Full-time student. I used to work in traffic management, before that I was a life model for art classes.
8) Do you like your job?
I'm a student in lieu at the moment, so we shall see!
9) Favourite dessert?
Bleurgh, not really a fan of sweet things.
10) Food that I loathe?
Cake is vile! (except fruit cake)
11) Sweet or Savoury?
12) The last 2 films I have watched?
Life is Beautiful (I watched it twice in a row :$) and some really crap film called Dead Silence.
13) Song I can't get out of my head?
The Lisps - I'm sorry.
14) Favourite Programme?
I generally find TV really stressful to watch, but I like the Moomins, Button Moon, Lost, David Attenborough, and The Good Life.
15) Next Holiday?
No idea but we've considered either train through Russia, or cycling in Portugal. Maybe camping in Scotland, who knows?
16) Favourite Country?
Slovenia, it's beautiful. Or Turkey, I love how diverse a country it is (both geographically/culturally).
17) Favourite beach holiday?
Either Olympos in Turkey (have reviewed the place I stayed on here), or this summer when we parked our camper van up on a quiet loch beach on the Isle of Skye, lovely place to wake up.
18) Favourite hobby?
Reading (mostly 19th/20th century literature), pottering round my garden growing fruit and vegetables, knitting, education studies, swimming, riding my bike, piano.
19) The last thing that made me laugh?
My co-tenant wearing a jumper with a huge santa face on it!
20) Favourite cocktail?
I usually drink wine!
WHY I BOUGHT THIS BLENDER
* I make a lot of soup, so I need a blender in the house. We had a food processor but after 3 faithful years it began to send out sparks and funny burning smells, so I quickly went on the search for a new one. As I live near a big Tesco this was naturally the first place I went.
* Tesco Value - ok so it cost a fiver, where can you go wrong? I wasn't expecting much life out of it but I thought for only £5, at least if it inevitably gives up I haven't wasted loads of money.
* It's nice and smart, small enough to go in the drawer or cupboard, unlike some of the more expensive blenders. The other hand blenders looked exactly the same as this and didn't boast any extra tricks, so why bother paying extra?
* Very simple to use - plug it in, press a button, and it blends! No different speeds or pulses, just on or off.
* Easy to clean,.
* Doesn't splatter everywhere once you get the technique right.
NOT SO GOOD
* This blender is in one piece, so you have to be careful not to submerge it when washing. Some dafty did and now we have to use a rubber glove to blend, or suffer mild electric shocks...
* Although it is small enough for a drawer/cupboard, there is no tie for the cord, and it has difficulty standing up on its own, so not the tidiest of kitchen appliances.
This is a really good value for money, yes it electrocutes me now and then (this can be avoided by not submerging it!), but prior to this it has functioned perfectly for 13 months. Not bad for a fiver!
WHY I CHOSE TO BUY THIS COMPUTER
* I bought this computer in 2009 to use at University, for listening to music, watching films, and using Microsoft office programs for work. It was bought from Dell's online shop for £350.
* One thing I really liked about this laptop was that I could choose the colour of the lid, I opted for green. Doesn't seem like much but it's nice to be able to personalise a laptop and also helps to quickly identify which laptop is mine if it gets mixed up with someone else's of the same brand.
* The laptop has a large widescreen display of 15.4" so it is also great for watching films and online television on.
* 720p HD playback, so that I could watch high definition programs on it without loads of buffering.
* The computer also boasts a 'Celeron inside' processer, windows vista, and a DVD writer. The CD/DVD drive has been really useful for uploading music, saving work, and for playing dvds and educational software (some of my friends smaller computers don't have a drive).
* You can choose between 1, 2, or 4GB of RAM. I chose 2GB, to allow plenty of room for my work to be saved, plus a little music. I would have chosen 4GB had it not pushed the price up so much (almost £200).
* Three USB ports and memory card reader which makes uploading photos much easier.
* Can be connected to the telly with a lead and used as a DVD player.
* Speakers are surprisingly good, not 'tinny' at all like some of the other cheaper laptop options.
* Keyboard is responsive and nice to use.
* Trackpad is nice and sensitive, but not so much there is lack of control.
* Had it since 2009 and it is still as fast as ever (no waiting around for anything to open at all really).
* Dropped it on the floor recently (from a height onto a wooden floor - eek) and it survived, so they must be pretty tough!
* Other reviews say it's not great for games, I'm not a huge gamer (at all!) but 'The Sims' and other games I've tried play fine with no jolts or slowness.
* Passwords can be set for logging on.
* Sleep mode.
* Large screen which is good for writing on, editing photos in Photoshop etc.
* I have 3 years of work saved to this computer, plus photos and some music, and there is still surplus space.
* Buttons are a bit clunky.
* No webcam fitted in, not really an issue but most laptops come with them as standard now.
* Bit hard to get the right viewing angle (when watching films, or in the dark/bright light etc).
* The lid flops around a bit, it's a little wobbly in some positions. I never really noticed this until I used someone else's laptop though.
* Battery life leaves a lot to be desired - I never even bother with it now and just leave it plugged in. It can manage maybe up to about 2 hours with normal usage.
* It's not the lightest thing ever - not the heaviest either but I wouldn't carry it around with me unless I was sure I was going to need to use it.
* Overheats easily.
This is my first laptop, I don't regret choosing this one for one second. Sure it hasn't got the all of the most up to scratch features, and the body feels a bit cheap, but it does exactly what I bought it for. It is still performing as it did the day I bought it, 3 years on (after lots of knocks, drops, and boshes), so I would say this is a very reliable machine, and well worth the money if you are looking for a laptop with good performance for everyday use.
Cocorosie is a musical group created by the Cassidy sisters: Bianca (Coco) and Sierra (Rosie).
Their mother, an artist, and their father, a man fascinated by Native American shamanism, encouraged their daughters to learn through travelling around the world, rather than following the traditional route of education. It is through their childhood that the sisters began their relationship with music: Sierra had a growing interest in Classical music, and at the age of 9 Bianca was an accomplished song writer.
Sierra left home at the age of 14 and they lived separate lives for a decade. Sierra became a trained opera singer in Paris and Bianca worked as a poet and artist in Brooklyn.
In 2003 the Cassidy sisters reunited, drawing together Sierra's professional opera singing, and Bianca's childlike hip-hop style. They recorded their first album in Sierra's bathtub. Their third album 'The adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn' was recorded in a barn in the south of France, the distinctive sound and ambiance of the album owing a lot to the background noise of creaking wood and animals.
'The adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn' was produced by Touch and Go records in 2007.
Touch and Go records are an independent record company, based in Chicago, USA.
Other acts signed to this label include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Butthole Surfers, Shellac, and Dirty Three.
Freak Folk/Hip Hop/New Folk
The album artwork was created by the french artist Pierre et Gilles, an artist (like CocoRosie) with recurring themes of sexuality, religion, homo-eroticism and mythology in his work.
The photograph pictures Bianca at Sierra knee, dressed in drag as a soldier, while Sierra is dressed in victorian attire. Bianca regularly dresses in drag and often portrays herself as male in videos.
1) Rainbow Warriors 3:55
2) Promise 3:37
3) Bloody Twins 1:37
4) Japan 5:02
5) Sunshine 2:58
6) Black Poppies 2:37
7) Werewolf 4:50
8) Animals 6:02
9) Houses 2:56
10) Raphael 2:48
11) Girl and the Geese 0:46
12) Miracle 3:35
This album is quite easily one of my favourites, it is experimental, yet every song works perfectly. This album, as their other albums, has a balance of Bianca's childlike spoken word and Sierra's operatic vocals, although less so of the latter than their other albums. Each song has a narrative, telling stories of their father, shared childhood, sexuality, and their magical view of the world.
It is said that the duo found inspiration in their immediate surroundings for the 'sound' of the songs they recorded; from the faint hum of the sound of the night, to the sounds of the animals occupying the barns nearby (if you listen carefully there is a 'miaow' and a 'moo' in there). The eclectic use of instruments, Sierra playing the harp, piano and guitar, and Bianca's electronic influence (from percussion to children's toys), gives the music a really individual sound.
This album has to be listened to in full, as every song is as good as the last. However as a starting point to get a feel for the band, I would recommend either ''Werewolf'' or ''Japan''. I feel like this album is so beautiful, there is a certain innocence about the way that it has been created- from the bizarre recording, to the unprecedented harmony of the two girls voices, the vulnerable lyrics, to the eclectic range of instruments use. I really enter a magical world of dark innocence listening to their music.
Aside from the beautifully bizarre experimentation, this album also manages to contain 12 catchy songs, each as different from each other as the next, yet still flowing and merged as one whole great album.
RECOMMENDED RELATED ACTS
Antony Hegarty, Metallic Falcons.
Thanks for reading!
My partner and I have owned 3 cars together. The first a Lada from 1990, the second a Mk1 Transit from 1974, and the third a Citroen AX. The Citroen was the hardest purchase we made so far as we both love classic cars, so something like this seemed brand new to us! Despite our first doubts, on viewing the car it just felt *right* so we handed over our £300 and off we went.
We opted for the 3 door petrol car, rather than diesel as we know our way around a petrol engine. The diesel is rumoured to do 75mpg, however we've found our little car to not come far off. We recently took a 400 mile trip, and clocked the mpg (mixed - both in town and motorway) at 64mpg!
The interior of the car is very comfortable for us, although our taller friends can't get too comfy in the back seats, there is plenty of leg room in the front considering the cars size (hence the 'mouse car').
The 'extras' are very simple, no power steering here (but the car is so light it isn't a problem), manual windows in the front, sunroof (very 90s), analog clock, mile counter, fan, nice sized boot, heater, and no air-con or air-bags.
Mechanically these cars are really quite easy to work with and we've had a little fiddle about with no problems (changed a suspension mount and adjusted the headlight beam).
We chose the AX as we wanted something which did good MPG, without being a ''bubble'' (cars suddenly went bubble like in the late 90s!) and that's what we got, very pleased and recommend to anyone wanting something cheap, attractive and reliable.
I began studying at Durham University in 2009 on the Foundation year (a pre-degree year taken by mature and international students), taught at Queens Campus.
My experience on the foundation year could not have been better- the campus is modern and a very pleasant place to spend time, the tutors and lecturers were really amazing (most of them were mature students themselves in the past), the teaching was effective and well thought out, the other staff and students were friendly, I even got Christmas cards from the cleaners and caretakers. Very lovely, personal learning and living experience. Stockton leaves a little to be desired for most, but it's only £3 for a taxi to Middlesbrough, the seaside is just a train ride away, and if you wanted to visit Durham there is a free bus for students. Queens Campus is set along a very peaceful riverside and has loads of green grass and benches to sit and do work or just have a chat or appreciate the peace (hard to even find a bench to sit on in Durham).
However, that all changed when I went onto my degree at the Durham Campus. Durham University has a collegiate system, sort of like Oxford and Cambridge, except you are not taught in your colleges (nor really have to have much to do with them). The colleges are meant to be there for helping students out, though I felt like the collegiate system just confused students when serious help was actually needed (although they're right on your back if you step a toe out of line, which is very patronising). The college system seems to breed nastiness, for example one college set up petitions against allowing students who gained their A-levels from comprehensive school to allowed to go to Durham.
In my first year I was unlucky enough to fall ill with stress in my second term of study. I contacted my academic department, who passed me around a few other departments, who passed me to my college, who referred me back to my department. No one seemed to know what to do. Eventually I hassled the college enough that they agreed to help me out - 'take 6 weeks off' they said 'don't worry about the work' [i]and don't ask us about anything else[/i]!
So I took my grace period, and consistently asked them about what would happen about my missed work? What about exams? Would I get a concession, or any help? 'Lets just see what happens' they told me.
I waited, and upon returning I was bombarded with imminent deadlines for missed assignments (why they didn't assign me them with long extensions when I was signed off I don't know) and was told I would have to catch up for the exams and just hope I passed. Great.
I studied BSc Natural Sciences at Durham, which is a course like a combined degree only half has to be from the Sciences. Naturally, I studied a wide range of subjects from different departments in my time there. In my first year: Earth Science, Biology, and Archaeology. Second year: Biology and Education.
However, with exception to Archaeology (I can't fault the department, they were very enthusiastic and really quite good overall), all of the departments had major faults.
Biology was taught by lecturers (bar one, who was amazing) who blatantly felt they were far too important to be teaching. One even would stress that we should never bother contacting him if we had problems with the course material as he 'had far better things to do than sit answering silly phone calls and emails all day'.
Earth Science - meant to be one of the best departments in the country - obviously this has gone to their head and they have stopped bothering to try. All attempted contact with teaching staff was through two awful sneering cows on reception, really awful women and terrible at their job. Once the lecturer lost all of the summative assignments and they tried to cover it up by sending nasty letters to us all accusing 'non-submission'.
Durham as a town - ok for a one off visit (castle, cathedral, palace green, botanical gardens). Otherwise it is covered in vomit, surrounded by poverty with only the very rich living in the center, lots of nice dog poo to stand in, litter everywhere, big posh loud morons everywhere. Overall a really sociologically weird environment with very bold social class difference in your face everyday. The town is suffocated by the university and is far too overpopulated for its size.
Overall my studying at Durham University has had it's ups and downs, I would highly recommend the Foundation year at Queens Campus for anyone looking for entry into Higher Education. However, I sadly cannot recommend studying at Durham City due to the claustrophobic atmosphere, the social weirdness, the pompous staff, and the lack of support from the collegiate system.
Bear in mind that around 70% of Durham undergraduates are from private school, Queens Campus is where they make up their numbers for 'widening participation' i.e. where they let in (hide!) the mature students, international students, people from 'normal' schools, but at the end of the day that's what makes it 100% better than the Durham City Campus!
Clipper do a range of organic and non-organic teas. Their teabags tend to be unbleached (really good idea you wouldn't think theres any need to bleach a tea bag, strange that so many companies do). Although it is a little more expensive than some other green teas it does taste a lot better. Prices range from £1-£2 at supermarkets, usually a little more at health food stores. These tea bags are also fairtrade (although there is much debate over what this actually means).
I would highly recommend clipper teas, they have an offer on at the moment where you can get 30p off with a voucher usually found in magazines or on the back of existing packets.
I first came across clipper teas by signing up to their free testing list, I recommend. They send you packets of 10 teabags every so often. I recieved everyday organic fairtrade tea and it was lovely too.
I always end up back at this place.
Bayrams is the best, there is the choice of sleeping in an air conditioned little chalet type thing or in a tree house (which are so comfy!) they have giant hens running around the place whom they get the eggs off which might wake you up in the morning but its the best way to wake up. Also a common sight are tortoises plodding out from under your room. The rooms are set in a lemon orchard which when in season is beautiful. The whole place is gorgeous, quite a hippy sort of place though (which is not to some tastes but it is to mine). Very chilled out, they have bonfires on a night and there are little platforms scattered under the trees with cushions on to sit on in the shade and chill. Food is provided for breakfast (feta cheese (from the goats down the road), omelate (from their hens), fresh tomatoes and cucumber, olives, fresh bread, fresh fruit (picked by the old ladies) and yoghurt) and dinner (consists of various turkish dishes every night- always a vegetarian option available). On arriving there we were 4 hours late due to delays and the guys had the chef make us up a giant feast on arrival free of charge. Lovely lovely guys. The chefs a legend too.
Beach is 5 minute walk away through roman ruins.
Prices start at £9.49 including both meals and accomodation.
Hostel Lika is situated in Zagreb, Croatia within walking distance of the coach and train station, and spitting distance from the tram line. Its easy to get to, but only if you look down. We made the mistake of not doing this and ended up walking around for ages. This is cause there are footprints painted onto the floor from the tram line to the hostel doors- once we realised this it was really helpful to find again and again.
Although there isn't a great deal to do in Zagreb (especially by night as the bars/pubs/clubs etc have to close at 10pm due to licensing laws over there) the hostel offered lots of good advice and tips on where to go etc. They also have a big common room with videos, computers, sofas, board games, books and the like. Theres also an outside communal area which is a good place to meet people, the two guys (well woman and man- who are both lovely) who own the place have BBQs there and every night you get a free beer to start the ball rolling.
As the hostel was opened in 2008 the hostel is so sparkling clean (also due to the lady who owns the place who busts her arse everyday cleaning top to bottom) i said when i was there that i'd eat my tea off the floor it was so clean.
Theres plenty of bathrooms (not often found this way in most hostels) with i think 2 toilets per floor and a bathroom with a bath!
The decor is really bright and funky with maps of all different places all over the walls. You can tell they made an effort in decorating the place.
Rooms start at £10
Lonely Planet magazine is an offshoot from the travel guides. At a price of £1 for the first six episodes I thought there was no problem in signing up just to see what it was like.
I was wrong. Since lonely planet have been bought out by the BBC they seem to have lost their backpacker vibe. The magazine was advertised as for the budget traveller (like myself) but when I recieved it there was no indication of this in the articles inside.
What was wrong with it?
- There are ''budget travel guides'' advertising ''cheap'' rooms at £30+ a night which in my experience is really rather expensive when travelling on a shoestring. These were in places which I know from experience you can get a nice private room for around £4.
- I can't help but feel like the magazine exploits places a little. I mean yeah its great to be told about the newest undiscovered places, but when thats being done by a huge company there is going to be less and less of these in existance. Be better to do what they used to in the books, suggest a country/place and leave subtle hints theres a little more to it so you do the exploring yourself.
- After being unimpressed 3 issues in i rang up to cancel my order (absolute nightmare as there were no numbers anywhere on the bbc magazines website) only to be told it would not be cancelled until i had paid a years subscription in full.
- £1 is extremely cheap. If you try it and like it (or have bought it in the shops before and like it) then its worth doing.
- Pull out city guides are featured in every episode. These include places in the UK which is nice for just a weekend away!
- Articles by writers talking about their experiences are featured every issue, my favourite bit. They tend to be quite nice and interesting.
- Season guide telling the best times to go where.
- Every month there is a featured country with a load of information (usually accompanied by a writers story!) good to keep for future reference.
So all in all, no it isn't a bad magazine. I just feel it is portrayed to be marketed to a better off audience rather than the budget traveller, which can be a little misleading.
After have a henry-esq hoover for far too long we went back to dyson, as every body knows dysons are probably the most loved (as much as a hoover can be loved) household vacuum cleaners so naturally I was faced with high expectation. We bought the hoover in the argos sale for £170 and otherwise would have probably never even tried it as it seems to be a bit of a *fad* item if you haven't tried one. The first thing I noticed when using the dyson ball is that unlike the other dyson models this is extremely light weight and manoverable. The ball thing takes a bit of getting used to, at first I felt like i was wiggling a slinkly at arms length, but once mastered it makes the hoovering a hell of a lot quicker as theres no lugging it back and forth to get the 'hard bits' and to be honest the getting used to part is actually really fun.
Its got all the usual bits and bobs such as the 'sucky pipe' thing with different nozzles to go on top which helps with hoovering the stairs, although as its so light I've started to just use the main hoover and carry it up with me.
Another thing, as with other dysons is that you don't have to shell out loads of money (well it adds up!) on hoover bags as the dirt goes into a built in catcher which is really easy and mess free to empty.
The only thing I can complain about is the fact that the ball is quite bulky which makes it a bit difficult to get under the bed to clean.
St Tropez is a well known company specialising in sun-less tanning products which is popular amongst celebrities and working class alike.
St Tropez tanning system consists of three products which help create the most even, long lasting tan. These are part of a three step scheme which should be followed for optimum results.
First is St Tropez Body Polisher:
This should be used prior to applying the fake tan. The exfoliant contains round beads so as to not rip or tear the skin. It gently removes any dry patches of skin which would suck up all the tanning lotion and create blotchy parts if left. Remember to pay extra attention to elbows, knees and feet.
Second is St Tropez Body Moisturiser:
The moisturiser is to again avoid any blotchy patches when applied to dry areas it soaks in nicely and contains aloe vera base which replenishes skin. The moisturiser can also be used on tanning beds to accelerate tanning, along with the self tan to create a lighter shade or as a general moisturiser.
Third is Whipped Bronze Mousse:
This is where the tanning comes in, St Tropez instead of a dye or stain contains dihydroxyacetone which reacts with the amino acids on the skins surface causing it to brown. I've found this means a streakless, longer lasting tan. The tan lasts around 4 days before fading totally.
St Tropez is available from their website but its best to buy the pack from ebay as it can be found for anything between £15-£20 as opposed to the hefty £29.99 in shops.
The Body Shop is known for is support for a wide range of issues around the world including community fair trade. The Body Shop are against testing on animals and all of their products follow this rule.
The Cranberry Body Polish was launched christmas 2008 as part of the cranberry range, also available is body butter and bubble bath. I first tried this as my partners mum got me it for christmas- first time I haven't been disappointed in presents from boyfriends mums!
The cranberry body polish contains cranberry seeds and crushed walnut shell for exfoliating and gently scrubbing away dead and dull skin cells. I found the seeds and shell were a nicer alternative to the usual gritty exfoliators as they were a lot gentler on the skin allowing this scrub to be part of a daily routine, however if you are wanting a deep scrubbing I would recommend something more gritty. The product itself is a jelly type consistancy which is easy to lather up without it running away before you get chance to rub it in as a lot of exfoliators do. The smell is so nice. Its christmassy and rich but really juicy at the same time plus the smell lasts on your body after you get out of the shower.
Cranberry Body Polish comes in a squeezy upside-down 200ml tube for £8.80.
First off no it isn't made from other peoples scabby old toothbrushes.
Preserve* are a company I came across when shopping at Sainsburys. I was in need of a new toothbrush and scanning the shelves for one I came across the preserve toothbrush. The toothbrush comes in a see through travel packet (the kind you buy to put your toothbrush in when travelling abroad to keep it clean) which was a great idea for me as I am away from home a lot of the time and is available in a range of bright colours, there is also the choice of Medium, Soft or Ultrasoft bristles.
The toothbrush was designed by a group of dentists and eco-peeps to make sure the toothbrush was not only suitable and effective to clean teeth but also eco-friendly. The handle is curved 45 degrees which apparantly gives you the right angle to clean your teeth.
The brush handle is manufactured from recycled yogurt pots, the bristles are soft virgin nylon placed in tri-level with softer outer rows to protect gums and tooth enamel.
Just as good as any fancy toothbrush, really soft but hardwearing bristles.
The packet also works as advertisement with the company name on it so spreads the message when left on peoples sinks.
The foot lotion I bought is slightly different from the picture above, although (I have checked) the exact same product. My foot lotion is packaged in a squeezy tube shaped like a foot with toes on the end.
Christy make a range of foot products from lotions to masks and scrubs.
The item I am reviewing is the jojoba and spearmint deoderising moisture lotion. I have always hated foot creams, they are usually greasy and slippy making your feet feel gross after putting it on, then half comes off on the carpet as they don't absorb well, then at the end of all that they usually don't even make a difference.
Christy foot lotion is one I can bear, it soaks in quickly and is a lot less greasy than most other foot creams. The smell is nice and light not overpowering. It made my feet feel noticably softer than before using and my dry skin seemed a lot less rough to touch. The spearmint refreshes and tired feet and makes them smell nice where as jojoba is rich in vitamins E and A and resembles the skins own sebum making it an effective moisturiser.