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    • Christmas In Wonderland (DVD) / DVD / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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      One for the kids

      Directed by ? James Orr

      Running time ? 95 Mins

      Classification ? PG

      IMDB Rating ? 4.7/10

      My rating ? 8/10

      The film
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      The film is about a family of three children move from L.A with their dad to Edmonton. As it is getting close to Christmas and his wife been stranded with no available flight to get there, he has to go Christmas present shopping himself.
      He goes to a mall with his children and the children go off on their own, so that he can do the shopping, with the understanding where they will meet back at a certain time.

      There are two crook brothers in the mall, who have a bag full of money, which gets knocked down onto the ice Rink, which is picked up by Mary, who has already asked Santa in the mall for the only resent she wanted, which was one million dollars for her daddy, because he had said he needed it. She shows the money to her brother Danny and they go off with it, the brothers Leo and Sheldon go looking for it after getting into trouble by their boss Ginger. But the pair have disappeared and they can not find them.

      The F.B.I are also in the mall, looking for the counterfeit money, when the money starts turning up around the mall, they are surprised to find out the it has been two children spending this money. But foolishly the kids buy a scooter out of the money and arrange to have it delivered to their home address, unknown to them that the money is counterfeit.

      The F.B.I. Traces this back to their dad Wayne and he is arrested at the mall, which he still has no idea his kids have this money, so he has not got a clue what is going on. While he is been question at the police station, his two children who have the money are been chased by Leo and Sheldon who are trying to get their money back.

      In the end will the police be convinced that Wayne was not involved and go back to the mall to help the children who are in danger, well I can not tell you that much so watch it to find out.

      The cast
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      Patrick Swayze plays Wayne Saunders
      Matthew Knight plays Brian Saunders
      Cameron Bright plays Danny Saunders
      Amy and Zoe schlagel plays Mary Saunders
      Chris Kattan plays Leo Cardoza
      Preston Lacy plays Sheldon Cardoza
      Carmen Electra plays Ginger Peachum

      There was so many good parts played in this film, I do not think that just one or two parts could be picked out of this, as there were several roles that played a big part of the film, and it made this film great to watch. None of the acting could be faulted as they all did a brilliant job.

      My opinion
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      This film is not really how I expected it to be, I expected there to be more adventure in it, and it was not a film I would have thought Patrick Swayze would have been in. but saying that I would not say it was a bad film, I did enjoy watching this with my kids, and it did keep me wondering through the film just what was going to happen next.

      The cast of the film did work really well together, and made the film even better by being so good. My kids loved the film, it is not one that I would watch again, but it is one for the family, and great to watch at Christmas time, as it shows you our real life struggles, that we face each Christmas. I would recommend this to watch as me and my kids did enjoy it, but not one I would watch again.

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    • The Bodyguard (DVD) / DVD / 29 Readings / 29 Ratings
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      24.02.2014 23:11
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      Directed by - Mick Jackson
      Running time - 129 Mins
      Classification - 15
      IMDB Rating - 6/10
      My rating - 10/10

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      The film is based around famous singer Rachel Morran, who to start with unknown to herself, has been getting death threats. Frank is hired who used to work in the secret service, and was a body guard for Ronald Reagan. He came highly recommended, but he was haunted by the fact that he was not there the night Reagan was shot.

      He puts the other bodyguards Tony's nose out of joint just by being there, but eventually they overcome their differences. Farmer as he is more called through the film sets about getting the house safe and well protected for Rachel. But soon realises that he is going to have to take her away from the area, if he has any chance to protect her.

      There are many things that happen in the film, but I will not go through it all, but there will be some things that you will not have expected to happen.

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      Whitney Houston plays Rachel Marron this was the first time I had every seen Whitney in a film, and as she was a singing artist I am not sure how she would do. But as I had heard great things about this film, I gave her a try. I think she found this role easier, as she was doing what she would normally have to do most days of her life. Sing and be a star. But I think she did still do a very good job as she was hounded by stalkers, which she has not yet had to deal with. I did enjoy watching her in this film, and to hear her sing a lot of her songs on this, was a big bonus as I loved her singing.

      Kevin Costner plays Frank Farmer What can I say about Kevin, he is a great actor, and he played this part well, I loved watching him in this film, every scene he did with perfection.

      Gary Kemp plays Sy Spector I found Gary to sort of stand out more than most but not for a good reason, I thought his acting skills were not as good as others, but I think he just managed to pull his part off.

      Bills Cobbs plays Devaney I loved him in this film, he played such a great part and put all his passion into it, I would love to see him in several other films.

      Mike Starr plays Tony who is the security guy before Frank is hired so he plays a jealous guy at first but I think he did do this well and I loved his part and he only got better further on in the film.

      Michele Lamar Richards Plays Nicki she plays Rachels sister, I mean I can not say she is really bad, but she certainly is not one of the best actresses I have seen, she played her part fine, but it could have been better.

      My opinion
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      I really enjoyed watching this film, most of the acting was great, with some downsides. But to me this did not spoil the film at all. You will love this if you are a Whitney fan. I mean to be fair it will not be a film to please everyone, but the film says 15 I would easily say this could be a family film, I have watched this with my kids and they love it.

      I have seen this film a few times now, and I would highly recommend it to watch, you will not be disappointed.

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        14.02.2014 16:18
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        Directed by - Todd Strauss-schulson
        Running time - 90 Mins
        Classification - 18
        IMDB Rating - 6.3/10
        My rating - 8/10

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        I have heard of Harold and Kumar before, but for some reason watching them had never really appeared to me, but because it was on the sky 3D channel I recorded it, as there is never enough films on there and I like to watch 3D films.

        I did not really know what the film would be about, apart from that it was to do with Christmas. But a package is sent to Kumar s house which is for Harold, so even though he has not seen Harold for ages, as Harold is all settled down with a partner and big new house. Harold has the job of trying to impress his girlfriends father. Which he is finding quite a hard task as nothing is ever good enough for his little girl. After he has brought his own grown tree for miles for his daughter Maria, they leave Harold in charge of the house, and the job of decorating and looking after the tree.

        Harold knows when Kumar turns up that something always goes wrong. Against his better judgement, he lets him in his house, so he can open the resent sent to Kumar s house. Which contains a big fat joint. But Harold is not interested in this as he does not touch the stuff no more. But Kumar is very interested and lights it up, Harold goes mad as there is no smoking in the house and he chucks it out of the window. But a freak gust of wind blows it back in and sets the tree on fire.

        The tree is totally ruined and Harold panics as Maria's dad had been growing that years before bringing it to their house. So he has to go out and try to find a tree that looked just like that one, they pass many adventures on the way and get into some mischief but I will not tell you as it will then spoil the film, but will they manage to replace the tree, so that he is not in Maria's dads bad books.

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        Kal Penn plays Kumar and I thought he did a good job playing his character but to be fair they have done a few films already so they are used to acting with each other, but still I do think that he played his part well.

        John Cho plays Harold and he yet again plays his art really well, the two actors do seem to work really well together, and I think it made the film that little bit better.

        There was a few other actors in the film, but these are the main two in it, but they all did really well as a team and made the film better because they acted great.

        My opinion
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        Well this was not the sort of film I expected, although I am not sure what I did expect. I will say now that the 3D on this film was really great, I mean when they were smoking it was just like you was in the room with them, with a cloud of smoke round you. So they did brilliantly with the 3D side.

        I did enjoy the storyline of the film, it was based a lot round drugs, which I did not know to start so some people might not like this sort of film, but they made it funny and it made me want to keep watching it. I never thought I would laugh about some of the stuff that was on that film but I did. I would recommend this to anyone for at least a watch, but be warned some scenes some may find disturbing. But overall I found it a good film to watch.

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          13.02.2014 12:26
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          My boyfriend bought these for me from Argos for £119.99, yes they were very expensive for some curlers, but when I saw them in an advert I loved the look of them and how they worked. So he bought me them for Christmas, I am quite an impatient person though and I got them early lol.

          After buying these, I could not wait to get them home and try them out. So after my bath, I dried my hair, which is best way before you try to use the curlers, and then I set about reading the instructions on just how to use them. The instructions seemed pretty straight forward and easy to understand, so I felt confident in been able to use these.

          The first thing to do is unravel the lead, and plug the plug in and turn it on. I was quite surprised at how long the lead was, and there was more than enough for me to be able to move in front of a mirror quite freely. I would recommend using a mirror when you are doing your own hair, as this will make it a lot easier and you will see better should U miss any bits of hair.

          Too turn the curlers on there is a switch you push up, this does have a one, and a two on this. This is the heat setting. I have never used this on the number one setting, I have always opted for the higher heat, as I do have quite thick hair. Then you need to decide what setting you want your curls on, there is 3 different settings for this, which are also numbered. But they are numbered six, eight and twelve. It is numbered like this as they are how many seconds it will take for each curl. I always have it on twelve as I like it to be really curly, and that is the only setting I have tried, but if you just want waves then six would be the one for you.
          I found the easiest way to start curling my hair with these was to section arts of my hair up, and tie them up so that they would not get in the way. Then I would do sections at a time. When you put your hair in the curlers you do need to only do a pretty small section of you hair, especially if you have long hair. As the curlers will jam and you will have to start on that section of your hair again.

          To do the curls once you have a small section of the hair put the hair into the curlers, make sure you have them the right way up, the end showing the barrel should be the closest to your head, putting it the other way will not work properly. Once you have your hair in place, just close the device like you would straighteners, and then it will pull your hair up into the curlers and around the barrel. The curlers will then keep beeping, and you know to release the curlers once it has beeped simultaneously three times. Then do the rest of your hair the same.

          My hair is quite easy to do as it is long so I can get to the back of my hair easy, but if your hair is not that long you may need help with this. The first time I used these, I put loads of hairspray on as usually when I have used curlers I have needed to. But I hate how my hair goes when I use spray, so the next time I used them I tried it without any hairspray on. I was quite surprised, the curls did drop down a little bit by the end of the night, but they still look just as good, without me having my hair in tangles due to the spray.

          I know that this is a lot of money to pay out, but I would say they are worth it, I find the curls that these make, are just to my liking, and the fact that you can do 3 different type of curls, even though I have not used any apart from the twelve second one. At least the option is there to do them. So far I have had no problems with these and I do think that they have done a really good job with my hair, I would recommend these to anyone. They are great to curl, easy to use, and they take less than half the time of my other curlers, and also my arms do not tire from using them.

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        • Big Miracle (DVD) / DVD / 19 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          Directed by - Ken Kwapis
          Running time - 107 Mins
          Classification - PG
          IMDB Rating - 6.4/10
          My rating - 9/10

          The film
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          In Alaska a news reporter filming some footage for a young boy on the ice, spots a rather large holes in the ice, with which he sees a whale popping out, which turns out to be a family of three whales. With miles and miles of water iced over, the whales are trapped in this one spot, as they can not go for that long under water.

          He reports the news and then gets a call from his Ex-Girlfriend about them as she is a green peace volunteer and is into saving the whales and things. So knowing that they only had a few days they had to rally round the community to try to get people to help them save the whales. But not everyone agrees as they see the whales as food. They have to get everyone on board to be able to even try to save these whales.

          They have lots of obstacles put in there way that they have to overcome including the weather, which is below freezing out on the ice, which is making it harder to try and rescue them and to make sure the whales don't freeze to death, but can they overcome the odds and reuse these three whales.

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          John Krasinski plays Adam Carlson he is the news reporter that actually found the whales, so he does play quite a big part in this film, and he does a really good job. His acting skills are great and you could really relate to his character and believe in what he wanted to do.

          Drew Barrymore plays Rachel Kramer well as you will probably all have heard of Drew Barrymore, she does not disappoint in this film, she is another one who makes you believe in the passion that she feels for what she is doing, and it is just great to watch her.

          There are several other actors that made this film, but it would take too long to list them all, just to say what a brilliant job they all did in their parts of this film. There was no fault at all with any of the cast, they did a brilliant job with this film.

          My opinion
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          I did really enjoy watching this film, it was great acting, and to say it was a story about whales they also kept it to be quite interesting, with other stories that went with the film. I thought the film was a little slow to start off, but once it started I just wanted to keep watching. It kept me intrigued over what was going to happen.

          I think you know from the start of the film how it will end, but this still does not affect the film at all, and it kept me wanting to kleep watching all the way through. I would recommend this to anyone to watch, and it is one for the whole family, my kids even enjoyed watching it, and it is one I could watch again may be in a few months. Give it a watch you will not be disappointed.

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          • Wilko Kitchen Scales / Kitchen Scale / 30 Readings / 28 Ratings
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            19.12.2013 14:52
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            After my daughter decided that she wanted us to start baking, one thing I really needed was a set of kitchen scales. I found I had never needed them before. I came across this set for £7.99 so decided the price was reasonable enough so I purchased then, along with the ingredients that my daughter wanted me to collect and took them home.

            I got them home got them out of the box, they need need setting up a little but that was easy, the bowl that sits on top of the scales is a metal bowl, but I did not find it that big really, so if you are baking in large amounts of light things like flour, you may need to measure two bowls out. Mine was fine as I was only baking a small amount.

            I found the measurements to be in quite large numbers and they stood out too, they measured in metric and imperial, with the metric in large black numbers and the imperial displayed in smaller but still stood out red numbers. I have quite bad eyesight and still I could see these perfect, which was another reason for my purchase, they are so easy to read.

            I did find that sometimes the scales would not set back to zero, but this is not such a big deal, as they are easily rest but moving a button at the top of the scales back to zero. I would recommend these to buy, as so far I have found the measurements accurate and they are cheap to buy. The only thing is if you bake using a large amount of ingredients you may want to opt for some bigger scales.

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          • The Black Hole (DVD) / DVD / 19 Readings / 19 Ratings
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            Directed by - Gary Nelson
            Running time - 98 Mins
            Classification - PG
            IMDB Rating - 5.8/10
            My rating - 2/10

            The film
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            The film is about an exploration space ship, that comes across a big black hole, with a seemingly lost ship just sat there, so they decide that they need to explore a little bit further. Although they did nearly get dragged into the black hole and had some ship repairs to do due to this they managed to carry on.

            They explore the lost ship and come across an old explorer that was told to go home 20 years before, and he never returned. He has control over his own ship and is still doing research of some sort. To be honest I was not really sure what this film was about no matter how hard I tried to understand it, this was just not one for me. There was only the story about the black hole and trying to investigate it, but mostly they were just on the other ship, talking about what dangers may lie ahead. But was there danger on the ship they thought they were safe on. Well normally I would say watch to find out, but I do not think it would be worth watching anyway.

            The cast
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            Maximilian Schell plays Dr Hans Reinhardt
            Anthony Perkins Plays Dr Alex Durant
            Yvette Mimieux plays Dr Kate McCrae
            Robert Forster plays Captain Dan Holland
            Joseph Bottoms plays Lieutenant Charles Pizer
            Ernest Borgnine plays Harry Booth
            Tom McLoughlin plays Captain S.T.A.R

            I can not just pin point just one person in this film, as they all seemed to be in the film as much as each other,and all played quite similar parts. I will say this is the only part I liked about the film, was the acting as they all did a good job.

            My opinion
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            Well if I am honest this film quite bored me. The acting was pretty god to say that it was so long ago, but to me the story line was not that good. It was easily one that I would normally have turned off after watching it for a little while. As I thought it was a little bit out dated and boring. But this is also me who does not like star wars. So it might just be my taste in films.

            I mean the film may have kept some interested but I was just ready to turn it off, and watch something else. So this is not something I would recommend, apart from the acting there is nothing good that I can say about the film.

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            • Mama (DVD) / DVD / 32 Readings / 31 Ratings
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              06.12.2013 15:48
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              Directed by - Andres Muschietti
              Running time - 100 Mins
              Classification - 15
              IMDB Rating - 6.210
              My rating - 9/10

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              A senior partner Jeffrey of on investment brokerage, has a breakdown and kills two of his associates along with his wife. He then takes his two children Victoria aged 3 and one year old Lily. He is driving his car along the winding roads, at such a speed that he has no control on the ice roads and crashes the car. But everyone survives the crash and he takes the children to an isolated cabin. He pulls a gun Victoria's head, but just as he does a shadow like thing jumps out and takes him.

              The film then skips to five years later, where Jeffreys brother Lucas has not yet given up the search for his brother and his nieces. He hires some men to try to track them down. Which they succeed and find the children which are still alive, their father is no where to be seen. The children say that Mama was raising them, and that's how they survived.

              The children are more like animals with no contact with the outside world, they had acted how they saw Mama act, and how she was. Lucas had to go to a family court to fight for custody of his nieces with their grandmother. Which he did win and the children stayed in a house with them provided by a psychiatrist, so that he could monitor the girls.

              Strange things started to happen, but no one knew why, could Mama be real. No one else could see her, but it was only a matter of time before they all saw her. But can they stop her before she stops them? Well watch and find out.

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              Jessica Chastain plays Annabel she plays this part really well, you could actually believe her role, and the fear she felt, apart from the kids I would say she was the other main role in this film, and she did her job just great.

              Nikolaj coster-waldau plays Jeffrey and Lucas. He plays both the brothers and I found he did well in both of the roles. You saw him more as Lucas but his part of Jeffrey was still very well played.

              Megan Charpentier plays Victoria and there is not a bad word I can say about her. The character she plays is great and she does a very god job, and she is great with her speaking roles too. She will go far in the career.

              Isabelle Nelisse plays lily and she is just great at it she does not do any talking in her role, but to be honest she does not need to. Just the actions she does is great.

              I can not say anything bad about the acting in the film. They all did a great job and was a joy to watch.

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              I found this film not to be too scary, and I was a little bit disappointed by that. I love a good scary film, but yet I did really enjoy watching this. The film did keep me wanting to watch this all the way to the end, as I wanted to know why Mama did this and whether they could stop her and how. There was so many things that kept me wanting to watch right to the end.

              The acting in the film was great. I mean this is not a role I would have let any of my children play, but the actresses did their parts brilliantly. I mean for such young children acting like this they will have a bright future.

              I would recommend this film to anyone to watch I loved it, and it might be one I will watch again some day, there is not a bad point I can make about this film at all.

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              This is probably not the type of perfume I would normally buy, but after much nagging from my daughter I went on the site fragrancedirect.co.uk and took a look at the JLS range, they did not have much there but they did have the JLS love, it cost £9.99 for a 60 ml bottle, so to keep my daughter quiet I bought it. Postage did cost £1.99 but if you buy a few things, it does not seem much.

              It took about 3 days to get delivered and when it did I took the cellophane off the box. The box had a picture of each individual member of the band on each side of the box, with the band name and name of perfume also on each side. Then you had to push another box up and out popped the final box. When you open this you are presented with a hard feeling red basic looking bottle. It is a plain bottle with just the simple words JLS down the bottle.

              The bottle does feel quite heavy, and on taking the lid off, it had a sort of weird feeling. Which once I tried to replace the lid I realised why. The lid of the bottle was magnetic. Well I was actually surprised yet happy with this, as the amount of lids that I have lost off perfume, when they have been in my bag. I have had this a while now and still actually have the lid, which is good for me lol.

              Now on to the smell, below I will list what I took off a website for the notes:

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              Pink orchid
              Rose De Mai
              Egyptian Jasmine
              Orange Blossom

              Top Notes
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              Sicilian Bergamot
              White Tea

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              Creamy Musk
              Vanilla Pod
              Dry Cedarwood
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              Fresh Floriental

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              Flirty

              Well that was taken off a website and most of them I would agree with. But I would not class this as a flirty scent. I am actually not sure how I would describe the scent. But it would not be flirty.

              When I used this for the first time, I really liked the smell of it. It was a smell mixed between fruity and flowery, when it was first sprayed. Then once it had settled down in the skin, the flowery smell of the perfume came out more. I actually really liked the smell of the and I would just use it for everyday wear. It is not something that I would put lots on to go out to the pub in.

              I did find this to be a perfume that I as not sure about at first but did really like, and my daughter likes wearing it too. It is a great everyday perfume at a cheap price too, so I would recommend it to anyone to buy.

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              This review is on the packet of sticks which is just the same.

              A while back I used to go to a place called Covance. This is a medical research place, and I used to get paid quite well to do studies. But the only thing was, I was not allowed to drink coffee, something about the amount of caffeine in it. So on one visit, with it been a longer study than I am used to, and I do drink a lot of coffee. I started to suffer headaches from my lack of coffee's.

              After speaking to the nurses at the centre they decided that we could have some decaffeinated coffee. So as they do not hold coffee there, with it not been allowed, I rang home and asked my other half to buy me some Nescafe Decaffeinated I have always like Nescafe so it had to be that brand. When I arrived home, for a couple of days before I went back. I found 8 sachets in the cupboard. There was in no box, so as I did not buy them I am not sure if he bought these in the box, or loose, which my old corner shop used to do with sachets. I have since tried to look for them but it does appear that you can only get them in bulk buy. From Amazon for £17 for 200 sticks.

              Now to be honest I love my coffee so would not have bought this many Decaffeinated sachets, so I was glad I only had a few sticks. The Decaffeinated coffee goes through processes that strips it of 97% of its caffeine, so you will still get a small caffeine hit, which is what I really needed.

              When I took the sachet out, it was just seemed enough for one cup. So I opened the sachet which is a thick sort of paper like sachet, I found this really easy to open, you just tear the top of the sachet up, and pour it into a cup. I would use a regular sized cup, as this did seem to be just the right taste. A smaller cup you would only need half a sachet.

              I added the milk and sugar that was to my liking for my normal coffee, and then left it to cool down for a while. However I was in a real rush to get a taste for coffee as I had none for days. My first sip of this coffee tasted like heaven. But I could really tell the difference from normal coffee. But to me I was just really glad to have a little bit of caffeine in my system. The coffee even though I had put the same measures in as my normal coffee did not seem to be as strong.

              You can not really tell that the caffeine is missing it the coffee, but I do find it had lost some of it's taste, as you may know Nescafe is quite a strong coffee. But this lacked in strongness. Unless you wanted to be caffeine free I would not really recommend this. As the Decaffeinated is quite a bit weaker than the normal coffee. I found the taste to be still good on this though. So I would actually recommend this if you want to be caffeine free, as it only takes a small bit of the taste away, and it was like heaven after I had not had a coffee for a while. This was a great substitute to have.

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              When we had a warm summer, which does not happen very often, I was in desperate need of a fan. My house is like an oven in the warm heat, even with all the windows open. As I work from home on the computer, where I do spend a lot of my time, I needed one that would sit just nicely on my computer unit, or maybe a clip on one.

              So I went for a trip to Morrison's and had a look there. And luckily I saw this fan, I was glad because it was the last one there, so I grabbed it and thought for £10 it won't be great but it should at least do the job I need it for.

              So I took it home, and removed it from the box. Everything was already assembled on it, and it was just ready to clip on to my computer desk. This will not just stand up on it's own, it does need to be clipped on to some sort of edge. The clip is on a spring and can be a little hard to open up at first, but it does tend to loosen up, after you have used it a few times.

              Once it is clipped on, just plug it and you are ready to go. It is easy to operate, there is a switch at the back, you just slide that along, and it will turn on. Put the switch back to the middle to turn off again. There is two different speed settings, which are controlled by the switch. Each side of the switch has a different setting, with the off button been in the middle. I did not notice much difference in the speed though, so I just used either setting.

              It also has a movable head, so that you can move the fan in the right place for it to blow the air to. This does move up or down quite a bit. Or you can move it to the side, but you can only move it slightly to the side. I think this would be better if you could move it further, but it does the job.

              I would recommend this to buy as for £10 it was well worth the money,. And it did cool me down a lot in the summer months. The only thing wrong with this, was the dirt that it attracts. It gets dust on the propellers which I have found quite hard to clean. As the holes in the fan are only small. So I do still;l have dust on them, but I will find a way to clean then, now that it is not in use any more. This was a bargain in my eyes.

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            • Despicable Me Minion Dave / Soft Toy / 28 Readings / 27 Ratings
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              As my kids are quite big Minion fans, and were nagging for the despicable me teddies I caved in and went on the search for them. I did notice in the shops they were pretty expensive. So I took a look at Ebay. Thing is I made sure they were brand new still with the tags on, as I did not want anything second hand for my kids.

              I came across the one of Dave that seemed pretty cheap, it was just £5 for a 9 inch Dave, and that was with free postage and packing. So I settle on that as I found it quite a bargain. The only problem was it was been shipped from China so was going to take a little bit longer to arrive, but for that price it was worth the wait.
              Dave is as you would expect from a minion yellow in colour. He has like a black mask round the back and sides of his head, leading from the eyes. And he is wearing blue dungarees, please note that the clothes do not come off. He has big eyes that stick out from the rest of his face, these are still soft eyes though. With quite a small smile on his face compared to the rest of his face.

              His arms are not too long, but yet they seem longer than what his legs are. Both are black in colour like he has little gloves over them. And then attached to where an ear should be, which I should say they do not have any ears, there is a tag with the despicable me logo on, that can easily just be pulled off.

              The minion is quite soft to play with and does not seem to have any loose parts on it, but yet it is not suitable for children under three. I am not really sure why it is not. But my kids are eleven and they love this teddy. I am sure when the faze of despicable me goes, then so will the teddy, as I thought they might be too old for this. But both of them seem to love it, and so far there has been no wear and tear with it. For the price I paid I would definitely recommend this to buy.

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                Directed by - Alex Zamm
                Running time - 84 mins
                Classification - U
                IMDB Rating - 4.0/10
                My rating - 7.5/10

                The film
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                The film starts with two chihuahua Chloe and Papi getting married to each other. It is a proper church wedding too. With other breeds of dogs there to share their day. They have a big reception afterwards too. A bit much but the owners had more money than sense, and thought it was good.

                The dogs do talk, however the owners do not hear them talk, they are only doing it for the sake of the film to help us understand better. After having a litter of five puppies together, Papi and Chloe have minor disagreements about his role as a father, and her always looking like the bad guy. A bit like real life on that part then lol.

                Then the owner of the dogs Sam discovers that his parents will have to lose their house, financial reasons. And the bank tells Sam that he has three weeks to come up with $40,000 otherwise the bank will take the house.

                The dogs spot a dog show coming up in three weeks with a prize of $50,000 for the winner, and they want to enter to try to save the house. So they get Sam's attention, and he spots the advert for the dog show, and decides its a good idea.

                But can they win this dog show and get to keep the house, well telling you that will just spoil the film, so watch it to find out.

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                The dogs were the main stars of this film, and the training that they must of received to be able to do the things that they was supposed to was really good, and the voices were just as good too. It will take me a while to go through the voices, so I will say that they were all as good as each other, and none really stood out better than the rest. .

                Marcus Coloma Plays Sam, he is the main human character in this film, and I found that he did a pretty good job. Although he was upstaged by the dogs in the film, he played his part as well as could be expected.

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                I f I am honest this is not a film I would have watched by myself. But my daughter really wanted to watch it so I sat and watched it with her. I would say that it is a great film for kids, my daughter loved it and watched it a few times after. I did think the film was cute with the talking dogs, but not really my sort of film, I did not find the story line that interesting. I do think this could have been made a little better.

                But my daughter would recommend this, as she loved it, and it is a kids film, so for that I do have to give it 5 stars and recommend it to watch. But maybe not one for the adults.

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              • Daddy Day Care (DVD) / DVD / 27 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                Directed by - Steve Carr
                Running time - 92 Mins
                Classification - PG
                IMDB Rating - 5.3/10
                My rating - 9/10

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                After two men Charlie and Phil are both laid off from work, they have no choice but to become stay at home dads, when neither of them can find other jobs. After visits to the park with each other and talking to the other mums, they decide to try and open a day care centre for kids, from Charlie's house and ultimately name it Daddy Day Care.

                Some people do not think this will work with it been run by men, and in many ways they might be very right. This film is just based around two grown men, trying to look after several young children and failing quite badly in some parts. The film is full of humour at how they try to deal with situations. And how much they struggle trying to do something they have never attempted before. Looking after their own children along with other children too.

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                for me there was only two main characters in this film which were:

                Eddie Murphy who plays Charlie he just made me laugh in this film from beginning to end. I have always loved Eddie anyway as an actor as no matter what type of film he is in, he always manages to make me laugh. I felt Eddie really did make this film what it was and he made me laugh most of the way through it. Just his voice and looks he pulls are enough to make me laugh.

                Jeff Garlin plays Phil Charlie's best mate and co founder of Daddy Day care, he did do a god job in this film and did make me laugh in most of the parts where he was supposed to. But for me Eddie was the star of this film, but he was a close second. He just did not have the same ability to make me laugh as much as what Eddie does.

                My opinion
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                if you want a great comedy that you will laugh at most of the way through then I would recommend this film, I found it brilliant. Each character in their own way was funny, some of the things that the kids did, and the way Charlie reacted to them was just hilarious.

                You could not pin point one best part in this film, as there were several best parts of the film. At some parts I was nearly crying with laughter. I would watch this again without a doubt. I loved it.

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              • Hello Kitty 5141HKU / Hair Dryer / 21 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                My daughter is a big hello kitty fan, and is forever looking on Ebay for things, she came across this for £14.98 plus £3.50 for postage and packing, so she eventually talked me into getting it for her. To be honest I have my own hair drier so did not want to splash out on her one too, but it was pretty cheap and it was something she really wanted.

                The hairdrier came within 3 days and my daughter was so excited when she got it, that she had to go straight in the bath to wash her hair just so she could try it out. Once she had towel dried her hair, she got out her hairdrier to give it a try. On taking it out of the box, the hairdrier was white in colour, and it was pretty light to hold, which I found really good as it is a hair drier for children, and no way was my daughter going to let me dry her hair for her. She had to be the first to use it.

                The hair drier is 2000w, so I was wondering how well and quick it would dry her hair, as her hair is quite long and thick and normally takes me a while to dry it. The drier has 2 different heat/speed settings that can be changed quite easily by pushing up the on button, to go to the next setting you just push up the switch to the top, then back down again for the first setting, and all the way to the bottom to turn it off. It also has a cool button, which you just push in and it will blow cold air out instead, I find that useful if the drier starts getting too hot on the head.

                The noise level of the drier was just the same as any other drier, not too noisy but you still can not hear the television over it. The hair drier did dry her hair pretty well, and took the same amount of time for her to dry it as it does with my own 2200w drier, so I felt that this was really good as it is 200w less than my own.
                My daughter does love her new drier and it does work really well, so far there has been no problems with it, but in case it does you do get a 3 year guarantee with it, so you know that you are covered if there are any problems. For the price I paid I feel I got a bargain, and i would recommend anyone to buy one for their child.

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