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My dad was coming back from working in Oxford one evening and decided he wanted to us to meet him and go out for dinner, despite the fact I had eaten pasta for lunch and last nights dinner I was pretty annoyed that he picked this place but he did tell me it did other stuff too, so in we went. I had low expectations from the beginning which didn't really improve. I think that the menu is fairly large it does pizza, pasta, salad, meat and fish all from around £9-£17 depending on what you order with a range of sides. We also saw another menu that did two courses for £9.95 which was pretty reasonable. For our first course me and my dad ordered ribs which were very moist and came in a tomato BBQ sauce but the presentation could have been a bit better it was just the ribs stuck on a big plate, I know that we were on the budget menu but you would have thought that they could have put a little salad beside it or given us some wipes or a bowl to clean our fingers but they didn't. My boyfriend and mum ordered the pumpkin soup which did look good but again it didn't come with bread or anything which was a little bit of a let down. In terms of our mains I was really sick of eating pasta and didn't really see anything that stuck out for me among the options of braised sausage, Margaretta pizza, smoked salmon pasta or a chicken burger, I ended up just ordering the burger since I couldn't stick anything Italian related at that point. My boy friend and dad got the sausages that came with caramelized onions, parmesan mash and a gravy which did look good it probably was the best thing on the menu. Meanwhile me and mum waited...and waited, eventually the waiter came back with two burgers, but my mum had ordered the smoked salmon pasta and of course she had to wait some more. I had a good look at my burger in the mean time it was a good quality chicken escalope bread crumbed and was moist and tasty but the thing was slathered in mayonnaise which I really am not keen on to begin with which wasn't specified on the menu so put me off a bit so by the time I had scrapped off as much mayo as I could my mum's dinner had arrived, however it wasn't smoked salmon pasta just salmon pasta which was a bit of a disappointment so really considering how late her dinner was and considering it wasn't as described on the menu we really should have gotten in free in my opinion but my mum and dad are really just too nice to complain. I was supposed to have fried potatoes with mine also but it came with french fry style chips equal in quality to what you get at McDonald's so I wasn't really overly impressed and won't go out of my way to go back again. I know that we were ordering from the cheap menu but we should still get what was described on the original menu. We also asked for a jug of water at least twice and it never appeared either though when I asked for ketchup this did arrive which was odd. I didn't have any wine just a coke, though my family ordered 3 jugs of wine altogether and our total bill was £75 which is steep for me as when me and my boyfriend go out we try to stick to a budget of £15 per head but I suppose that is London for you. Tough in saying that the pizzas that were coming by us did look very good so I would say if you do go order a pizza instead they are large and generous with their toppings. The service other than our food being late were very chatty and friendly and they began lots of different conversations with us so they were trying quite hard, the venue including the bathrooms were very clean and the decor was nice and simple tiled flooring and nicely decorated walls but it just isn't for me.
I usually buy my kidney beans from Tesco just the run of the mill Tesco value ones so when I was making chorizo and vegetable chilli at my mum and dads house and found and found Sainsbury's basics kidney beans I only assumed that I would have a similar experience. However I was rather disappointed when I opened the tin it was full to the brim with beans and preservative liquid but when I put them in a colander to drain and rinse them half of them just did not come out and secondly they were all mushy and a lot of them had burst showing their creamy coloured flesh. To make things worse when I added them to my chilli and put up the heat most of them turned to mush leaving to separate substances the fleshy part of the pulse and the skin separate. I didn't even stir it that much with the wooden spoon, since I noticed how fragile they seemed I was very gentle but no luck. I can't say the taste was really all that different from the Tesco version thankfully though with both of the brands averaging at 27p per 400g tin I was expecting a higher quality especially since the Tesco value ones are relatively firm to the touch until they are heated and don't stick to the bottom of the tin as much like the Sainsbury's equivalent that I found I had to bang and shake to get them all out. I think this is because the Sainsbury's ones have already started to break up and the flesh of the kidney bean turns into a nasty sticky red paste at the bottom of the tin. I just think if Tesco can produce a nice clean firm kidney bean for the same price why cant Sainsbury's too especially as it tries to represent itself as a more upmarket company? Either way I am not very impressed and will be advising my parents to shop at Tesco and Aldi to buy their discount products as they just seem to have better quality products and seem to just work out cheaper and better value for what you get. Beans in any format are one of you five a day and by far one of the cheapest you can get and are very versatile in salad and stew recipes so if you had a bad experience with these please do not give up on them just try another brand and you won't regret it as one tin has enough for three or four portions for 7p per portion which is great value if you are on a budget, they keep you full for longer, are low in fat and are full of protein and valuable minerals that the body needs.
Halls cough drops were originally produced in Britain in the 1930s, However in the early 2000s they were taken over by the Cadbury corporation though I have a feeling that some standards may have slipped as this flavour of Halls cough sweets just don't seem to stand up to those that my grandad used to give me when I was a kid. Just before my last flight to London I could feel a really horrible cold and sore throat creeping in right before Christmas as per usual I had tried to do too much in a short amount of time and had become run down and sick. In preparations for the flight ahead I filled up on cold sweets and tissues, two small packets of Kleenex balm tissues, a packet of lemon and honey lockets and a packet of soothers raspberry and peach. To be fair I did like the flavour of the soothers better sweet,fruity with a liquid center orangey pink in colour all individually wrapped in little bits of paper within the tube of sweets. The texture of the sweets themselves is very smooth and I have to admit it is hard to resist the temptation to bite down and crunch the drop to release the gooey nectar within. Although they did taste good and smelled very fruity at the end of the day I did find that they were no better medically for my condition than a lemon or fruit drop, as although the soothers promoted saliva in the mouth that reduced my pain a little they did not numb my throat or help the pain in anyway. I also had to take some Ibuprofen that I had brought along with me for extra measure. The lockets on the other hand despite the fact I really did not like the flavour did numb my throat in comparison but I really do like trying other sweets from time to time as I find the menthol in sweets like lockets makes me feel kinda sick and give me an upset stomach if I take too many so it was worth an effort to vary my intake a little however unfortunately I didn't really have any luck. Though for around 50p per packet they work out maybe 10p cheaper than lockets but maybe there is a reason for this since they do not seem to have the same medicinal qualities unfortunately so it loses stars for this indefinitely
I have noticed that other reviewers have not rated this very highly maybe one or two stars but I think it is closer to the 3.5/ mark. Previously I did have a l'occitane dry oil spray that we would spray directly onto our hands before application and in retrospect this was very messy as if you sprayed too much it would dribble through your hands and make an oily mess on your clothes and or bed linen. The difference with the Avon brand apart from the obvious price difference is that it is a "dry" oil spray that you can spray directly onto your skin and massage in, it doesn't leave a slimy or oily mess and it sinks into your skin upon a little messaging, it absorbs fast which is convenient if you are always in a rush and don't have time to let your body dry out. It has a mild sweet but not overly powerful smell which I like as I do still want to be able to breath after numerous squirts, I find it leaves skin very soft without leaving any unpleasant shine associated with oils and most importantly it is very hypoallergenic and did not make my skin break out. Since it is such a light colour I find it also does not stain like other brands also that maybe have pink or green tinges to them should it land on clothing or linen. I feel the price is right too or was whenever it was being manufactured with a maximum price of £4.00 at the time for 150mls in comparison to maybe £16.50 for L'occitane or other big brands it was definitely worth the it for the value of the time and my own mother hoarded it up for her dry elbows. I think that the pump action also allows for easy direction and application of the oil since it is a relatively narrow hole you can estimate where it lands and unlike thicker greasier oil sprays it does not get clogged up. Disadvantages to it however and possibly the reason why it was taken off of the market however was that it did contain alcohol which I found was a little odd as this seems to be more of an ingredient for nail varnish remover and with make up being continually scrutinized for their ingredients and constantly being assessed this was probably a bad move by Avon but I still liked using it every now and again even if it was only used to give back massages after a hard days work.
I went through a phase of having really bad dry skin on my face and head during last Summer, it was so bad at times I would unintentionally draw blood from scratching so much and couldn't stop myself it was terrible! and I went pretty much through every tub of cream in my Avon box and I have to say that this was definitely one of the best ones. I know that it says light moisture on the tub but I found that this was actually quite thick and creamy but the misdirection in this case did work out in my benefit. None greasy and like a nice creamy Greek style yogurt that smells of cucumbers and some sort of menthol maybe tea tree or witch hazel it really was a great source of relief to my dry itchy skin. I slapped the stuff liberally all over my face and although probably not recommended also rubbed and brushed it into my scalp as at the time oils just did not seem to be cutting it for me and I have to say in the short term until I found the right type of medicated shampoo for my condition this really worked for me and stopped me scratching my scalp off. Needless to say the stuff is very hypoallergenic and very pure and natural it smells really fresh and it makes your skin feel moisturized and hydrated just the right amount with-ought looking shiny or sweaty like some of the more moisture rich varieties. Although it says that it is light overall I would describe it more as medium perhaps? Not that it is heavy in any way but lighter ones I have tried before are generally watery and don't have as nice a texture as this one seemed too. I also like that it is a tub and not a tube as you can gauge your fingers straight into it and apply nice and liberally whereas I kind of feel with a tube you end up either squirting to little or too much and since it is a screw top instead of a pop up top and has a more secure container you don't have to worry about it accidentally getting squished and making a mess of your hand bag or suit case. I think at full cost it is somewhere around the £3.50 mark but with most Avon products it is quite commonly found at half price or 3 for £5 in the brochure which is pretty good. It also states that it is recommended for normal or oily skin on the Avon website but I think that it is so versatile and refreshing that it can be used for all skin types. Since it is also 100mls it can fit in your hand luggage while flying.
A little while ago maybe a year or so ago Avon actually produced a set of mini face masks including the dead sea variety which I did really like the best, the other two were a green Mediterranean and a pink one which must have been lotus or Japanese in description. After being convinced by the samples I started going ahead and buying the larger tubes which usually vary from £1.50-£3.50 depending on whether or not there is an offer on in the book at a particular time or if it becomes part of package. Unfortunately I do not think they are doing a dead sea mud planet spa range at the moment which is a bit of a shame as the volcanic or Turkish Spa ones that are redish or black in colour just haven't felt refreshing so I hope they bring the Dead Sea range back. The masks at any rate come from a medium sized tube which I like a lot better than the sachets since it is maybe 50p-£1.50 for buying individual sachets in the likes of Boots or Claire's accessories where as you can maybe get 20 out of the tube or maybe more depending how frivolous you are with it which I think works out much better value. You will be happy to know that the contents do not look or smell like like mud. The texture is smooth with no lumps and the colour is a dull grey, it also smells mildly perfumed maybe floral even like the little rolls of sweets you get, the ones similar to the mini parma violets or love hearts which is nice. Though I do not know how authentic that is to more expensive official dead sea products, I do know that it has a slightly salty taste to it also not that I recommend you eat it but being as clumsy as me I ended up accidentally licking it from my lips, so there is some sea salt in there. Upon application I do like to do it in front of the bathroom mirror to ensure that I get an even coat, since the colours of the face masks are so vibrant compared to skin tones and I really would not want to get any of the stuff on clothes or furniture, not that it is not washable but I would be worried that the darker ones may stain. I generally just use my fingers to apply the mask, I squeeze a dollop onto my fore finger and do my nose, forehead and then chin making sure there are no gaps. Do make sure to keep it out of your eyes as with the real dead sea the mask can be a major irritant and try not to get it up your nose as I can guarantee that it is not a pleasant experience. Typically it does not take very long for it to set and since I do not generally want to scare the post man by looking like the monster from the black lagoon I generally just sit tight in the bathroom maybe paint my toe nails or something else until I set. I also keep tabs on how set I am by looking in the mirror, the areas that dry out turn a lighter shade and start to crack or become cake like. I would generally say a maximum of 15 minutes but you can usually judge by the feel of your face once your face starts to feel tight you know that it is started to harden up and become dry. I generally just wash my face off with some water with a soft sponge or face cloth taking it off gently and you will find that your face is lovely and smooth, I found that it really treated my dry skin nicely and left my cheeks with a healthy glow with no irritation and I just kept wanting to rub my cheeks. When I did run out I did try the face mask in the red tube which I just didn't think was as good so I do hope they bring back this one.
It must have been a while ago when I first started dating my current boyfriend possibly 2010 when I gave him a general Avon pack for either valentines or part of his Christmas present as at the time he was living with a pack of students who seemed to use up and steal everything he had from shampoo to his plug in electric heater. It was this point I said to him you have to keep your room locked and thanks to this his moisturiser lasted for almost the entire year due to him using it sparingly. The packaging as such I am pretty sure has changed slightly these days but the contents are still pretty much the same and he does seem to like the stuff since it has virtually no smell at all and he does not wear after shave or smelly things. It is a large bottle now 750mls at the time of my last purchase I think at full price it was £3 but Avon always does have offers on and I got it for around £1 which is pretty decent considering the quality. As with a lot of Avon products now though as the packaging has changed so has the price, it is now the same weight but is now available with a pump and has gone up in price by £1 at full price while we still have some of last years remaining or maybe from the year before. The consistency I will warn you is more like a lotion than a cream, it is white and slightly watery it isn't the richest, I think it is more suitable for people who want a top up for your hands or anywhere on your body really and who have normal to oily skin if you need something for dry skin or similar I would look more specifically at the Solutions or Planet Spa range that are richer and are more specialised at helping people with different skin types. In saying that it isn't the strongest I still found it a better texture than the simple equivalent and it does average out costing less than the big brands for a general lotion. I also break out if there are any strange ingredients in a beauty product and at times have used it on my back and legs and have seen no irritation which is great for me as some products have led to me breaking out in large red welts or really dry flaky skin which really is not pleasant. So overall if you are after something that is really thick, colourful and smelly this may not be for you and you would be better with something from the planet Spa range, however if you are after something simple, delicate, unscented, unisex that you can use on a budget for multipurpose then this is pretty good stuff, it also lasts ages.
The Avon Men's range has taken a bit of a transformation over the last few years. Initially when I started using and purchasing Avon the colour scheme was very much silver and blue and the shaving foam was available in two forms. Either in the form of a canister tin or a broad tube, though it was repetitively noted that if you squeezed the canister in the wrong way or even clasped it a little too fiercely that it would explode (not in a dangerous fashion) leaving the bathroom like some scene from a Christmas movie or the end scene from Ghost busters where there is foam everywhere and the initial user is unrecognizable. I digress however as with the new colour scheme and packaging of the containers from silver and blue to black and orange this problem seems to have been fixed in the canister, though I have noted that the initial price for the same amount has went up in price from £3.60 to £4.00. However in saying this the men's range does regularly have offers on such as "half price", "buy one get one free" or 3 for £5 which I can't say is bad really since both my dad and boyfriend use it around once a week or so. The contents within is a relatively thick smooth gel that lathers up nicely in wet hands, when my boyfriend uses it I have noticed that it is much like that of a meringue before you put it in the oven and can be applied to the face really nicely, the bubbles in it are really small and he has a successful shave almost 100% of the time. It leaves his face smooth and clean too and it even smells nice like a mild after shave effect and the men's scents I find smell so much nicer than the women's also so this is a definite plus for me kind of musky and fresh. I definitely think that the canister now after they have fixed the exploding problem lasts longer than the tube though and I think the canister has better lather to it, though the tube is possibly a little more hydrating and moisturizing for the skin so maybe it would be best to take the 3 for £5 offer and try them both out to see which is best for your skin type. Either way the Avon shave gel will always get a place on our bathroom shelf.
Not to be gruesome about it but when I hit puberty in school my periods were all over the place and unlike if you are at home or at work you can't just go to the bathroom, you had to ask! Some teachers not being the kindest about it saying "you should have went at your break" or "wait until after school " despite the fact that you did and your hormones are just severely unpredictable. It seemed difficult to try to rationalise your needs to a middle aged male PE or history teacher especially in front of a class full of judgmental teenagers. The extra surface area on winged always definitely helped me from having unnecessary embarrassment since I could wait for a little longer due to the extra absorption ability, unfortunately some of my female friends were not as lucky to discover these as I was. On non-winged ultra pads I would have to run to the bathroom every 3 periods/classes which would be roughly every hour and a half whereas the winged alternatives allowed me to hold on until the designated class breaks most of of time apart from when my periods were really bad or during PE or Game sessions but due to the changing rooms having bathroom facilities this wasn't as bad. Other than the great absorption power I also found that the pads are very secure and they don't slid around during times of large physical activity such as PE or running to get the bus or a lift or going out to the cinema with friends. In comparison to alternative brands I also think that Always products in general are very slim and invisible under your clothes and they make relatively little noise at all I found at the time which was great since so much bullying goes on in schools as it is. At the time I was trying different brands but these did seem to be the best especially since my local chemist only charged £1 per pack and still does almost all the time as it was either these or the Lidl versions for the same price which I thought were really noisy and almost like cotton wool in consistency which didn't do much for their consistency. Now however my periods have settled down but due to the good experience I have had with Always I now use their regular pads on a monthly basis as I really do think they are one of the best on the market.
My personal experience of bullying started at primary school, I was undergoing treatment for my first case of leukemia and lost all of my hair at this point due to chemo and radiotherapy. Thankfully it was only three children that started up on me calling me a "baldy bap" or a "baby" though the other kids in class and school stood up for me and said "what do you think you are doing" pretty much as there were at least three occasions where the whole class saw me throw up and thankfully for them I did make it to a sink or bin each of these times. All I could think of for the reason for this was because I maybe got to leave school early sometimes to go to the hospital or just go home because I just wasn't well and I got more attention than they did but it wasn't as if I wanted it or maybe there was some other reason. Though what I could not understand was that during a maths lesson maybe in P5 where we were drawing circles and learning about circumferences one of the same girls thought it would be a great idea to stab me in the head with a mathematical compass for what reason I have no idea. Though due to the trauma now apparently I have a big raised bit of bone that looks like a little horn on my head. I wasn't permanently harmed in anyway but I could have been. I do wonder recently if that girl regrets doing it now that she is grown up or even remembers it, she did add me on Facebook last year but I don't think I would be petty enough to ask "hey do you remember the time you could have caused me permanent brain damage?" Just think I am a bit bigger than that and I think its important not to dwell on the past. Secondary school was a lot worse for bullying I found as teachers weren't willing to intervene as much and whenever they did it just seemed to make things much worse. Though I did learn who my real friends were and it pretty much led me to a whole new group of people who liked me for who I was and I am still friends with them today so although it was really difficult and I deliberately missed school as I was really miserable whenever I stuck it out and approached my bullies in front of the rest of the class I realised that they weren't worth my time even if some of them had been my friends in primary school. Once I got over the fear of them I just started talking to new people and life became a lot better. Though at the beginning I became so stressed that I couldn't even sleep for the dread of the next morning so much so that I had to go see a sleep therapist, that was how bad it got, not that I had been a great sleeper to begin with. I know that this isn't easy to do but you can't run forever, I found in my case though that the boys in my class would always be friends with me even if the girls wouldn't in first and second year which maybe infuriated them even more but at this point I didn't care they could go stuff themselves as far as I cared and then I met the girls that they hung out with which were much nicer than the girlie girl groups. Then by fifth years all of my bullies had either dropped out of school or couldn't get back in anyway if they had have spent more time studying than making other people feel bad about themselves then it would have worked out better for everyone but again who knows what they were thinking when they were putting thumb tacks on my chair or throwing balls of paper at me. Maybe they were jealous that I was adaptable despite my illness and they remained the same petty people they were in primary school. I don't know but I don't feel any sympathy towards them now or even care what happened to them. They can't effect me anymore and probably don't have as good a life as I do now. I just don't understand why girls have to be so two faced about things though even in adulthood, why are some women so two faced? How does playing games benefit anyone?
I really love getting the secret fantasy perfumes for my girlie friends around Christmas for stocking fillers or an extra little thing for their birthday present along with a make up or nail set from the Avon catalog especially since it quite frequently goes for around £6 or half price and smells and looks just as nice as Britney Spears or Beyonce's fragrance if not better in my opinion. This particular range also comes in secret fantasy which is the original ans is slightly milder and pink in colour than the kiss version and it is quite powerful and it does stay with you for the entire evening with only a couple of pumps. Though I definitely think that it is a younger persons perfume as my granny had a go with it and she really did not like it. She described it as too overpowering and asked if Avon could bring back the Bond girl one instead, so in future I think I will offer her a milder scent like the more musky Far Away. The Kiss version is really fruity and zesty with sweet and tropical accords so I do generally like it as was previously a big fan of zesty raspberry body spray and most of my girlie friends are bubbly people who like to wear a lot of red and black so the design of the bottle seems to match their fashion style and personality too especially since some of them are the life of the party. According to Avon the full list of scents in this particular perfume are blackberry, green apple and mango; middle notes are rose petals, magnolia and violet; base notes are sandalwood, amber and moss. Though I don't think I picked them all up I generally did detect a very vibrant fruit variety but am not sure if the floral scents are so easily picked up. I think Avon does a really lovely job with the packaging each perfume comes in a little glossy cardboard box red or pink in colour depending on which of the two secret fantasy you purchase to match the bottles. I find I really like the shape of the bottles and the font that they use too it just looks really professional and the spherical bottle just seems really easy to hold while applying it whereas I kind of find square or rectangular shapes can some times slip out of my hand in a steamy bathroom due to condensation which isn't great. The little charm on the top of the bottle is a lovely little touch also. Overall I do rate these pretty highly considering similar high street perfumes cost up to and including £28 which is way over budget considering they all contain similar ingredients and some of the ladies high street brands smell absolutely vile to begin with. I do hope Avon continues to make these as they are a great we product which are great for wee gifts and stocking fillers and great for secret Santa.
My circumstances are a little odd since my cancer treatment has left me with ought very much hair but the great folks of Macmillan cancer care supply me with a new real human hair wig every year. The hair was originally black and Asian of origin and have been treated rather severely through various dyeing methods to now be a mixture of brunette, auburn and blond so I really do need to take care of it since I cannot regrow a new head of hair like everyone else should I make a mess or wash all the colour out of my wig and I have to say thanks to this my original real hair wig which is now maybe 6 years old at this stage still looks amazing! For best results I combine the shampoo and conditioner from this selection. I wet the hair thoroughly before applying the shampoo and massage in gently for even distribution before rinsing really thoroughly making sure all of the suds are removed. Next I towel dry the hair and massage in the conditioner liberally and leave in for maybe 10-15 minutes, At this point I like to take a broad toothed comb and brush through the conditioner to reduce the likelihood of tats and tangles and to make sure the conditioner gets evenly distributed. Then again rinse thoroughly and then I brush it again to avoid tangles. It is suggested that you condition twice if you feel the need but my wig is of medium length and I think that one application does plenty. The liquids themselves are almost the same colour as the bottle and of quite a thick consistency not watery at all. I actually have a pump attached to the tops of my bottles which I got from the hair dressers so that I don't end up squeezing too much out of the bottles and since it isn't the cheapest of products it reduces wastage. The shampoo and conditioner also smells heavenly! It is kind of a mild sweet floral very aromatic and relaxing maybe like cherry blossoms or another very delicate scent and the scent fills the whole bathroom for maybe the entire day. It does linger but it isn't in the slightest unpleasant. The scent remains on your hair for a day maybe two but I love it while it lasts! The big bottles cost from £15-£25 each so you are maybe looking at £30-£50 for the complete package but what is life with ought a bit of luxury? And it really does make your hair super soft and shiny and the effects last a while so you could maybe treat yourself to this when you have a new colour in and use slightly less expensive products in between. It is definitely a great product for giving your hair a new lease on life though and I love it!
After purchasing other own brands from Lidl I was a little put off by buying shop own brands in terms of feminine products, due to them largely being very bulky and even noisy when you walk which doesn't really do much for your confidence. Though Tesco's product left me pleasantly surprised. Firstly the value, they are £1 for 28 not bad at all considering some of the other big name brands can cost up to £3 for the same amount if you don't catch them on offer. Furthermore Tesco regularly has these on offer at buy 2 and get 1 free. Though I did not want to commit to this offer until I had tried them out first. In terms of appearance I have to say they are very slim line. They do not have individual packaging in this case but I doubt this effects the product in anyway I usually end up just chucking out a lot of the individual packaging at any rate and if it saves some money and the environment in the long run then all the better. They are white in colour with a cotton absorbancy layer with a synthetic layer over the top. I liked them in particular because they don't turn to fluff like some of the other cheaper alternatives, they aren't noisy or noticeable to wear and they are good for small to medium amounts of discharge which suite me well I find. They have a sticky back to secure them to your underwear though I found that they secure perfectly, they do not move or slide off and they do not leave a sticky residue either. My only complaint or improvement would be that they maybe do not stay as fresh as some of the alternative big brand names such as always however for daily use they are pretty ideal in the long run and are generally a good purchase.
With the new release of the WiiU for Christmas it only seemed appropriate Nintendo's mascot to make an appearance. This is the third super Mario game now available on the WiiU and very much like its predecessors on the Wii it is bright, bold, imaginative and a joy for all of the senses. Instead of Bowser or King Koopa capturing the princess this time he has captured 7 rainbow plumbing fairies which you have to rescue one per world. Every time you rescue one they build you a new pipe to another world which is pretty fun. Who says that women can't do plumbing too lol! Although you get through the fairy based worlds relatively quickly they do open up a super difficult new map which some may have to take on, on a solo basis. The game play is very much like that of the Super Mario Galaxy games on the Wii you pick your character and navigate a 3D map made up of different themed worlds such as a grassy meadow or a water world. What is nice though is that you can dander off the path to hunt down hidden 1UPs or extra lives and toad houses where you can accumulate a little hoard of suits which can be used as power ups in the levels. In terms of the power ups you do have the usual fire flower, boomerang brother suit and tanooki or racoon suit what is new is the cat suit and I have to say it is the boss of suits not only is it super cute but it is by far the best and most powerful power up of the game. Like Furball from the Nes Tinytoon Adventures game you can now climb up walls and cliff faces as well as pouncing and scratching enemies with greatest of ease, initially I really did think that Nintendo were running out of ideas and it would be really naff to play Mario or Peach as a cat but I was so proven wrong the game play as a cat is super smooth and efficient. Other time limited items also include the starman which makes you temporarily invincible to all enemies and a giant red and yellow mushroom that makes you a giant much like how the big hunks of meat make Bowser giant in the side quest of the second paper Mario game on the Gamecube which is great fun especially in multilayer mode but the screen does get a little crowded. If you are the character controlling the main WiiU tablet you can also stop things from falling or attaching temporarily by tapping them on the smaller screen which is pretty cool but is a technique which is optimized better with the WiiU Rayman Legends game in the form of Murfy the little frog fairy thing. Though maybe its function will be used further in future Mario games. The games difficulty level does increase on a gradual scale while you can have four players on the screen at the same time providing you have enough remotes You will find that by the time you get to maybe the 6th or 7th world arguments will start to erupt especially if you are playing with siblings or family members or in my case my boyfriend with accusations of "that was your fault you killed me!" As the speed of the levels increases and there is a strange occurrence when characters get too far behind. For instance if one player runs ahead they can turn into a bubble and get dragged back to the characters behind or the ones behind get dragged ahead which can unintentionally end up with some one falling into lava which is probably my only complaint with the game. Though you can turn yourself into a bubble and you automatically get caught up so if you are playing as a team this skill needs to be mastered. As well as trying to finish each level by reaching the goal in a given time scale there are also hidden stars and stamps in each level. Typically like previous Mario games there are three stars that you need to collect per level to unlock more levels and castles down the line. Though the stamps are something totally new and much harder to find in the levels. The WiiU has created something very much like their own form of Facebook where if you are connected to the internet can post screen shots, hints or questions onto a sort of forum system. Each stamp contains a different little sticker or picture so after the completion of each level you can read other peoples posts and pictures or post your own which can really be quite helpful if you are missing a star or stamp or just want to see some other players art work. As usual the graphics are really colourful and beautiful, the sound track is also very catchy and memorable and contains new music as well as from games one by so there is a feeling of nostalgia while keeping the game new, fresh and suitable for all age groups. My favourite level has to be invading one of Bowser's many houses which is themed like an old fashioned traditional Japanese household with huge roof levels and sliding doors in which you have to use the touch screen on the WiiU tablet I think that it properly optimizes all the features of the new console visually and technologically. Though I haven't reached all the way to the end yet it is getting significantly more difficult I may have a new favourite further down the line.
It was around July during that horrible heat wave that my brother and his new girl friend were coming to visit and to thank us for letting them stay they decided to make us a big barbeque dinner as thanks for letting them stay when we came home from work. However although my brother seems to swear by the Tesco brand BBQ sauce I really wasn't that taken by it. Firstly it seemed really runny in comparison to the HP BBQ sauce that I usually like to get. You can see little brown dots in the semi-transparent brown liquid which doesn't look all that attractive. To be honest it has a consistency more of syrup than it does barbeque sauce. As nasty as this sounds I like barbeque sauce that is super sticky almost to the point that if you poured some into a boil and held it above you head it would stay it he bowl and sadly for this I wouldn't even put it on a plate for fear of it running away. In terms of flavour it is sweet and maybe a tiny bit smokey but there is no heat to it, it seems to be really lacking paprika, tomato and a consistency as could be described as a sauce. It seems to taste more like a sweet chilli sauce without the chilli and stickiness with some artificial brown liquid inserted so not for me no where near enough flavour or texture to it and because of this it doesn't remain very much on your burger or sausage but instead gets absorbed by the bap or bread surrounding your meat which isn't great. Though it would still be fine as a dipping sauce for potato wedges or chicken dippers but not for barbequed burgers as suggested by the packaging. In its defense though it doesn't seem to separate when left in the fridge and the upside down squeezy bottle means there is less wastage and it is easier to aim in your desired direction. Though as I have found with other Tesco brand sauces the plastic hinge on the lid is very weak and breaks off quite easily which leads to you either losing it or precariously replacing it each time its used to avoid making a mess of your fridge. Though for £1.25 for 480g it is still not too bad if its for your kids chicken dippers and chips or for someone who likes plain food but for me who adds at least one birds eye chilli to almost everything I cook it was just a bit weak and bland for me unfortunately. Though it is relatively low in fat and suitable for vegetarians. Ingredients include Tomato Puree,Glucose-Fructose Syrup ,Spirit Vinegar ,Black Treacle ,Dijon Mustard ,Soy Sauce ,Modified Maize Starch ,Roasted Barley Malt Extract ,Spices ,Flavouring ,Salt ,Onion Powder ,Garlic Powder ,Sweetener (Sucralose) ,Celery Extract ,Dijon Mustard contains: Water ,Mustard Seed ,Spirit Vinegar ,Salt ,Soy Sauce contains: Water ,Soya Bean ,Wheat ,Salt Allergy Information Contains: Wheat, Gluten, Soya, Mustard & Celery Other Allergen Info: Recipe: No nuts.Ingredients: Cannot guarantee nut free.Factory: Product made in a nut free area, but nuts used elsewhere.