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    • Birds Eye Potato Waffles / Other Food / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      26.04.2011 22:13

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      Super snack food to cook in the toaster

      These are probably my favourite potato-based side product to accompany my dinner, although they are also perfectly suitable for a snack at any time of the day.

      They are basically reasonably fluffy mashed potato in a crisp shell, and are available in various pack sizes, though even a large pack of 12 waffles won't last all that long. They are in the shape of 'waffles' - a square criss cross design. The last time I purchased them I paid £1 for a pack of 12 on a special offer at a large supermarket chain.

      Although people tend to grill or oven bake them, my ingenious way of cooking them is in the toaster. They take around three repeats of the toasting cycle on a reasonably high setting to defrost, cook, and subsequently brown them to a suitable level - around 6 minutes in total, much quicker than the other cooking methods. No oil or moisture comes out of the waffle whilst cooking, indicating their high quality, and suggesting to me that they are a comparatively healthy potato product. They are not at all salty in taste either.

      They taste fine with tomato or brown sauce, although I feel they are best left as they are 'unsauced'.

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      25.04.2011 17:58

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      Really good theme park, well worth a visit

      (from my review on tripadvisor.co.uk)

      Stayed at the Splash Landings hotel and visited the park for three days in total over the June half term holidays, and wasn't disappointed. Most of the rides were the same as when I visited 4 years previously, with classics such as Nemesis (Note; the single rider queue at the exit is often very short), Obilivion (Don't look down), Hex, Rita Queen of Speed (Not worth using single rider queue), Ripsaw and Air, but the new Thirteen ride had arrived, and there were a few other new rides.

      We didn't really eat much in the park, but did try the pizza buffet near the Runaway Mine Train - this was OK but not great - serving oily pizzas, salad and unlimited fizzy drinks, not great quality, but it did fill us up! The price was around £10 each. There are plenty of snack booths all around the park to fill up; mainly serving fast food.

      My only issue would be that the Thirteen ride kept on breaking down; it was only open on one day of our three (consequently resulting in very large queues), and there were people smoking in the queues for multiple rides, often in front of disinterested staff, and despite signs saying not to.

      Over the June half term I think it was necessary for us to visit for more than one day as had we been limited to one day we wouldn't have been able to get on all of the rides due to queues.

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      25.04.2011 17:51

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      A good day out if you're in the area - probably the best in Devon

      (from my own review on tripadvisor.co.uk)

      I have been to Woodlands on many many occasions and never really been disappointed. OK, it's not really an Alton Towers style theme park but it still is enjoyable, and is the best 'theme park' type attraction in the local area by far. It costs around £13 for an adult to get in, and this includes all attractions except for the mini-golf. If it's a good day you can easily spend all day here - there are plenty of indoor play areas with some small rides, a large petting zoo (some pets can also be purchased here), water chutes (you must go in a pair, and the yellow and green slide can get you VERY wet), a toboggan run, assault course, zip wire, pedal boats and bumper boats, plus several other attractions. I objected to paying the extra money for the golf so can't comment on that. In the summer there are often 'character appearances', and also fireworks on some evenings. The food is fine, all fast food style though, and isn't particularly cheap, but it never is in these places. They also charge 20p for a cup of tap water, which is a bit of a rip off, so bring your own! Overall though a good day out, particularly for 7-13 year olds I'd say.

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      25.04.2011 17:45

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      Fine to go and see the pandas, excellent aquarium, only see the other animals if you really want to

      (from my review on tripadvisor.co.uk)

      I visited both the zoo and aquarium complex, which included the panda enclosure; usually a supplement of £1.50 or so.


      Pandas:

      This enclosure was reasonably modern and the pandas looked well looked after and happy. There were two enclosures, linked to outdoor areas. In the first I could not see any pandas. In the second there was one panda inside and one outside. The pandas looked healthy, although a little sleepy. The one outside was eating bamboo; unfortunately this was bamboo that had been ripped off the trees by the enclosure and thrown into the enclosure by Chinese tourists (a staff member did come over and shout at them, although when he left it continued).

      Other enclosures:

      The other enclosure I visited was the nocturnal animal house and the tigers (outside) enclosure. The nocturnal animal cages were fairly small but then so were the animals, and probably no smaller than those in some of the poorer British zoos. The tiger's outside enclosure was fairly large, although they did look a little thin. My only concern would be a lack of shrubbery -everywhere seemed very dry and brown.

      Aquarium:

      In stark contrast to the majority of the zoo the aquarium was very modern, a large glass building. The ticket to the zoo was only £3, but that for the aquarium was £11 - reflecting the large cost involved in construction I expect. The aquarium was very clean, well looked after, and full of interesting fish species, many of which I hadn't seen before. There were small fish and large fish too (up to the size of sharks).

      You had to buy a zoo ticket to get into the aquarium as the aquarium is located inside the zoo complex.

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      25.04.2011 17:38

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      Good zoo, not the best but still an enjoyable day out

      (From my own review on tripadvisor.co.uk)

      Visited for the first time in several years yesterday and found the zoo to be an enjoyable 6 or so hours. The prices had risen a lot since my last visit around 3 years ago, with an adult and a student costing £20.20 in total (we had a voucher from the Totnes Tourist Information Centre and also chose to NOT give the 10% 'voluntary' contribution).

      The zoo was quite busy on arrival at 10 o'clock, but it is large enough such that the crowds were fairly spread out after leaving the aviary/lions sections. The majority of animals were out in view, and the majority of cages are spacious and well looked after. There were some new animals - Barbary Sheep for example, but we felt there was a decrease in the amount of monkeys. The information signs were good although we felt it was a bit cheeky to charge £2.50 for a map - fortunately we know our way around anyway. We were slightly disappointed by the new crocodile swamp - it seemed a bit of a waste of space for what was in there.

      We had a double beef burger and chips to share for lunch - costing £4.70 which we felt was good value and tasted fine. Later on we had an ice cream costing £1.60 which we weren't so sure about. It was OK but I have had a lot better.

      The shop was good and we felt much improved from our last visit. The one part of the zoo we miss is the aquarium section which used to be really good. I would like Paignton zoo to reinstate this or prioritise this as a new attraction. Overall though we still enjoyed the visit and would go again.

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    • Samsung GT E1170 / Mobile Phone / 6 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      25.04.2011 17:32

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      Good basic phone which should last.

      This mobile phone is fine if you intend to only use it for calls/texts. It comes with a 2 year manufacturer's warranty, and feels pretty solid in the hand, suggesting it will last that long. Call quality is good, and texts are fine too. There is only Super Jewel Quest on the games, and there is no camera, but there are alarms, timers, memos etc. It also has a 'fake call' feature, if you want to get out of a tricky situation! The torch light isn't the best, and screen isn't the easiest to read in the sun. I also think that some of the automatically installed short-cuts are a little annoying as I keep on managing to call my recent contacts - I can't switch some of these automatic features off unfortunately. Overall though it is a good phone for the money, and ideal as a backup, or indeed a phone for someone who doesn't want all the latest gizmos in a phone.

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