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Whatsonstage.com is a brilliant online portal providing information about theatre shows in London, UK as well as in other major UK cities. As well as being a ticket provider the website also hosts reviews of all major shows, offers the latest news from the world of theatre, finds the best discounted tickets and gives online users the chance to engage with others who love the theatre.
The main site focuses on London theatre shows with West End and Off West End shows being particularly prominently featured. A main menu link to tickets for shows in cities around the UK is at the top of the page and is easily accessible. The site offers tickets for all different genres from kids shows to ballet, pantomime to contemporary musicals.
One great thing about the site is that it is clearly outlined how much you might save on each ticket purchase. This is shown under the specific page for each show and venue. I have generally found the reductions to be very generous and unrivaled from other websites also offering money off ticket prices. On my last visit to the site there were some tickets that were reduced by a massive margin, as much as 60%!
The news and reviews section on the site is perfect for finding out what's popular and what's new. The quality of the reviews is very good with each piece of writing being written well enough to allow to to know if this is a show for you. They also provide extensive information about the performers in each show which can help you learn about them and their experience. The site often features interviews with certain performers which give you some good insight into the shows.
The site has a special 'Theatre Club' which allows for priority booking, extra discounts, money off hotel stays in certain areas and more. It costs £30 a year for this and may be worthwhile if you are a regular attendee at the theatre.
I would highly recommend visiting this site if you are going to visit London and intend adding a trip to the theatre in with your stay. This is a great place to decide what you want to see and to find reasonably priced tickets for the events.
The CD I'm reviewing is Duets II, the second collection of duets by Tony Bennett - the Dooyoo title is slightly wrong. This excellent product is actually a CD with a massive 21 tracks as well as a DVD which features 'The Making of The Album' documentary.
There are some amazing, unexpected and very interesting duets on this CD, bringing Bennett right into the modern world by inviting top current chart stars like Lady Gaga to feature on the album.
Bennett still sounds wonderful despite the fact he's one of the oldest crooners in town. His voice is rich with emotion and conveys experience and honesty. The other stars on the album seem to sing as though they are full of respect and admiration for Bennett. Their performances are measured and they are all clearly putting a lot of effort and emphasis into their parts.
The tracks featured are easy listening songs and old swing numbers. It opens with 'The Lady Is A Tramp' which he sings with Gaga and this song seems oddly appropriate for her! We have a wide range of artists featured though from John Mayer to Faith Hill to Andrea Bocelli.
There are a couple of great 'bonus tracks' on the album which highlight the talents of child superstar Jackie Evancho whilst there are more obvious pair ups with people like Michael Buble (who features on two tracks), Judy Garland and Natalie Cole.
I personally love Bennetts duet with K.d Lang. They sing 'Blue Velvet' together and it sounds simply sublime! Lang sounds like this song was made for her and their two voices together are rich, caressing and beautiful. 'This is All I Ask' with Josh Groban is also stunning as it is quite emotional and powerful. Norah Jones makes an impact on 'Speak Low' - her voice as soft and velvety as runny honey.
This is a relaxing but very interesting album. It draws you in as the mix of voices is quite unexpected. However, the song choices and styles mean this album is a lazy day album which is perfect for putting on and putting your feet up. It's a great quality album made by an artist I really look up to and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Bennett's style and who wants to hear him do something different.
Niger seed has become increasingly popular with bird lovers because of it's ability to attract many unique varieties of birds into the British garden. It's a seed that's rich in oil and high in energy and it's loved by a huge collection of wild birds. Since beginning to offer this to my garden birds I've seen birds such as goldfinches, greenfinches, bramblings, dunnocks, siskins, redpolls and more visiting the feeders.
You can buy this Harrisons Wild Bird Food Niger Seed in a variety of sizes although I prefer to buy the biggest size possible especially during essential times like winter when birds will eat more because they are consuming more energy or late spring when birds have chicks to feed. Bags are sold from 1 kg up to 8 kg with the smallest bag only costing around £2.85.
These bags of seed are printed with product information including an accurate picture of which birds you'll attract to your garden if you put this seed out. The picture shows goldfinches, which I find are the most common visitor, as well as siskins and chaffinches. The picture also shows a dunnock although these birds are ground feeders so they'll rarely visit the feeder. Instead they will hop around any spillage on the ground. The spillage level tends to be quite high due to the tiny size of the niger seeds. They are just like a little speck of black and tend to fall out of the holes in the feeder very easily. The seeds are also dropped and discarded by birds as they eat.
Harrisons do state on the pack that you can use this atop of feeders and also just randomly scatter it but I would not really recommend the latter two methods due to the level of mess and waste. A specialist niger seed feeder is the best option, in my opinion.
Although you can get niger seed from many stores now I recommend Harrisons since they are quite cheap and their bags are robust with special handle type tops which make the packages easy to carry. These seeds can be rather heavy so the handle design definitely helps.
You can purchase this brand from a number of outlets in the UK or if you're online check out websites like pet-supermarket.co.uk for your stock. I would definitely recommend this seed to anyone who is interested in attracting a lot of interesting and beautiful birds to their garden.
If you are new to growing herbs then I'd recommend cultivating Parsley as a starting point. These seeds are very easy to grow and the plant easy to maintain. The herb has a wide range of uses and once you get started I guarantee this is a plant you'll want at hand all year round.
Parsley seeds are cheap and easy to come by. They tend to have more in the packet than you'll ever actually need unless you wish to sow vast quantities of this plant. The seeds are small and thin and should be sown into the top surface of your prepared planter and lightly covered with compost.
I have grown Parsley both indoors and outdoors with my outdoor plants surviving over winter although during the colder periods you can't trim and use the leaves as often. The leaves also tend to go pale during the winter and aren't as healthy. They are perhaps best kept as a small pot on a kitchen windowsill where the growth is more abundant and you can utilise the plant all year. The plant also tends to assume a more bitter flavour in it's second year of growth and also becomes more robust and tall which may mean you wish to begin the planting anew.
The plant is easy to maintain. As long as you use the leaves or simply trim the plant from time to time you can maintain the plant as a useable herb. You should not allow this plant to reach the flowering stage unless you wish to cultivate the seed.
You can use Parsley to flavour meals or drinks. The leaves and stems are edible although you should obviously wash them thoroughly before eating them. I personally love to whizz up some carrot and parsley juice which is so flavoursome and healthy!
I'm not certain that growing Parsley from seed is actually more economically sound than simply purchasing a pre-grown small plant. However, it is definitely more satisfying to eat something you've grown from seed! I would therefore recommend to all gardeners and to those who want to try and eat more healthily. I also think this is an excellent choice to start children off with their gardening skills as it's so easy to grow.
This is a beautiful album by renowned tenor Alfie Boe, famous for his role as Jean Valjean in 'Les Miserables'. The album features a host of tracks from musical theatre and films and also has some surprising guest vocalists. I bought this after seeing Boe as Valjean and falling in love with his dark, rich and tender voice.
Most significantly for me there are a couple of tracks from 'Les Miserables' on the album. One is 'Who Am I?' which is a rather short number but which is quite memorable from the musical. Boe sings it with gusto and authority, showing that he has the perfect voice to embody the character of Valjean. The other track is 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables' and this features a guest vocal from Michael Ball, who was part of the original 'Les Miserables' cast. Ball's voice completely contrasts Boe's and whilst Ball's vocal seems most fitting to the story in the song they both do an excellent job. When they sing together they sound absolutely sublime and it's incredibly moving. It's a unique track and a real treat for any die hard 'Les Miserables' fans.
Other notable tracks on the album include the delicate beauty of 'Song To The Siren'. I'm more familiar with the This Mortal Coil version as featured in David Lynch's 'Lost Highway'. It's a haunting track which Alfie sings so beautifully. He seems to ease back on this one to allow the melody and lyrics to be exposed more. Robert Plant guest stars and his voice has a modern flavour which mixes up the vibe. The result is stunningly beautiful.
There are a couple of tracks on the album that are Christmasy. The most obvious of these is 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' which is a sleepy and old fashioned song. Boe's honey soft voice makes me feel warm and comforted when I hear this. Although not strictly a seasonal track the magical 'When You Wish Upon A Star' is heavy on the twinkles and bells so it does sound rather festive. It's a pretty track that harks back to a golden age.
There are several well known tracks such as 'Someone To Watch Over Me', 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' and 'When I Fall In Love' which are performed with excellence and intuition. Boe's performance feels natural and honest and these are perfect tracks to allow him to shine. He manages to explain the story in every track so that I feel like I am hearing some of these songs for the first time when I hear Boe perform.
This is a lovely album and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys easy listening and musical theatre.
I recently started chewing gum after eating in an effort to take better care of my teeth. I chose this gum because the packaging carries two stamps which says the product is approved by the British Dental Health Association as well as the Irish Dental Association. This Wrigley's product is also a product that is easy to get hold of since it's stocked by most major supermarkets as well as smaller stores, chemist chains and other stores.
You can buy this in multi-packs as well as in single packs. A single pack has 10 pieces of gum in it. The gum comes in a pellet form so it's a small rectangle which is glazed with minty sweet flavouring. The pellet size is acceptable and I even sometimes just bite one in half and save half for later. Other times I might want to chew two pieces together. It just depends on your preference. However, one piece is enough to provide plenty of chewing action and flavour satisfaction.
The chewing gum contains sweeteners (it is sugar free) and mint flavourings. It specifically contains soybean lecithin. It also contains a source of phenylalanine. The gum is marked as being suitable for vegetarians. Excessive consumption of the gum may cause laxative effects. I personally chew up to about 5 pieces a day without any issues.
The packaging is marked with advice about how to use the gum if you are specifically buying it as a dental aid. It is recommended that you chew for up to 20 minutes after eating or drinking. This stimulates the saliva in your mouth which will then neutralise the acids on your teeth. It can also help remove any debris that might be left behind!
The gum has a fresh and strong mint flavour which I enjoy and which also freshens the breath. It can remove most food flavours and odours from the mouth although I have noticed it's not quite capable of neautralising onion and garlic. The mint flavour is not overwhelming but it's cool and powerful.
I am enjoying chewing gum after eating and I also find it's a good distraction against wanting to keep on with a graze style eating pattern so it may be useful to chew on if you are looking to slim. It's also doing a great job of cleaning my mouth and helping to keep my teeth healthy. I'm personally very happy with this brand and have no reason to change to another product so I will definitely continue to buy this. Prices vary but I paid £1.69 for a multi-pack of three packs on my last purchase. I would say the product is reasonably priced and offers a good average price in the marketplace.
I am a bird watcher and nature lover and several years ago I saw a feature on the nature television program 'Springwatch' which suggested using Niger seed in your garden to attract a variety of birds including goldfinches. I had never heard of Niger seed before but I went out and found some at my local garden centre. If you are new to the seed you should be aware that you need a special feeder for this as the seed is so small it will not sit in the same kind of feeder that you might use for general birdseed. The feeders tend to be cyclindrical with tiny holes no bigger than a sparrow sized beak.
Niger seed is the small black seed cultivated from the Guizotia Abyssinica plant. It is commonly also called thistle seed although this is erroneous and stems from the idea that the seed is attractive to finches, who generally eat thistle seed as a preference. The seed is heavy and shiny.
Kingfisher sell bags of 0.9 kg for a reasonably low price (this depends on the retailer). I would advise buying in as large a quantity as you can get once you have established a feeding site though. However, the smaller bags are fine for just starting out. With other brands the Niger seed can often be tainted with other seeds but the Kingfisher brand have a pure source. Their packaging provides information about the benefits of the product to the bird community.
The seed I use has attracted so many different birds. Kingsfisher carry a picture of a Great Tit on their packaging but I've never seeen a Great Tit on my feeder. I have seen, however, goldfinches, chaffinches, greenfinches, redpolls, siskins, sparrows, bramblings and a couple of other small birds. I've even had a lost reed bunting and a stray yellowhammer trying the seed! Primarily the seed attracts goldfinches in large flocks.
The seed can be messy though so I advise changing the position of your feeder every now and then to avoid build up underneath. Kingfisher is a great brand to buy for your niger sed as the packaging is robust and can be snipped open at the top corner to allow for easy dispensing. The seed is so heavy that it needs a thick plastic packet like the on Kingfisher provide to properly secure the seed.
It's definitely worth trying this seed if you enjoy watching birds and haven't yet had the experience of seeing different kinds of birds other than the typical garden birds. You can buy this brand at Amazon.co.uk and the 0.9kg bag is around £2.70, so quite inexpensive.
I used to enjoy shopping my local 'Sock Shop' which was located in an inner city shopping mall. It was a shop introduced to me by my sister and we would often go there together and purchase items for ourselves and gifts for other people. However, when my local store closed down I shopped elsewhere for socks and other items in other places. I found, though, that it's impossible to replicate the kind of items you get a the Sock Shop as the items they sell are so original and of a high quality. I therefore turned to their online shop.
The online store sells socks for men, women and kids as well as a selection of underwear and accessories like scarfs, flip-flops and fold up shoes, tights, gloves and similar items. I personally have only ever purchased socks from the store but I find their overall range to be quite cohesive. They are experts in selling the smaller items and accessories usually reserved to a smaller department in general clothing stores.
The range of items is impressive and you can find things like novelty character branded socks, socks for particular hobbies or sports, socks with different grips and materials with health benefits, trainer socks, knee socks and much more. Aside from their sock collection I find the items to be limited and more basic in style.
You should expect to pay more than you might do at other stores for your purchases here. I did think the prices were too high when first shopping with this company but my experience has proved that the items are long lasting and provide a level of comfort and pleasure that is worth paying more for. The brand names sold by the company are also well known and well respected with brands like Pringle being prominently featured.
Delivery costs £2.95 per delivery in the UK unless your order is over £30. The online ordering system is easy to complete. You can pay by all major credit and debit cards and they also take Paypal and Amazon payments which is handy. I have not had any problems at all with the orders and have received them quickly with the orders being well packaged and clearly invoiced. I like that the company now offer a chance to give any order as a gift with a personalised message service available as well as a gift receipt issued.
I will definitely shop here again and would recommend to anyone who likes good quality socks and accessories. It perhaps excels as a shop where you can buy extremely good quality socks and accessories which make excellent gifts.
I bought these because I was looking for some freshening wipes to take on a train ride with me. I usually purchase baby wipes or beauty branded wipes but these were so cheap I thought I'd take a chance on them. They are Tesco's own Everyday Value brand and should be available in most major Tescos.
When I first opened these wipes I thought I had made a mistake and actually purchase kitchen cleaning wipes because of the texture and smell of the wipe. However, when I checked the packaging it was clear these are meant for using to freshen up. The packaging shows small pictures of what you might use these wipes for so there are pictures of dirty hands, handbags, mothers and children, spilled drinks, food and beach towels. The pack is also printed with the phrase: "Formulated for freshening and cleansing".
Like I said though I immediately thought these were actually made for cleaning up kitchen or bathroom messes because the fragrance is rather astringent and it reminds me of disinfectant cleaning fluid. It's not at all a pleasant fragrance although admittedly it is a fresh smell and it's also neutral so both genders could use these. It simply doesn't smell like something you'd want to use on your skin though.
The size, shape and texture of the wipe is also disappointing. The texture is quite coarse and the wipe is made of a strong but porous material. It's not a soft material and feels more like a paper towel than a fluffy wipe. The shape of the wipe is rectangular and is no bigger than the packet itself. They are a little bit too small and I often find myself having to use two or more to successfully freshen up. The wipes are rather coarse and tough which means they don't stretch or rip during use which is good but again they don't offer any comfort.
The wipes are moist and cool when using. They do hold enough liquid in their material to be able to successfully cleanse and freshen you up. They are also quite good at cleaning and are able to tackle dirty hands, sweaty body parts and dirt on skin or handbags very well. They do not leave any residue after use so they can also be used for things like cleaning a computer keyboard or wiping down a grimy phone.
These are not my ideal wipe by any means as I like something that offers me a little bit of luxury. However, as a basic wipe these do the job of cleaning and freshening reasonably well. They were very cheap at only 65p for a pack of 100 so I would probably buy again as I have found myself using them for multiple things.
The Daily Mirror is a newspaper I read in print quite often. It's the preferred tabloid of my partner although I find it lacking in a lot of aspects and personally choose to read other publications.
The newspaper tends to carry sensationalist stories as their leading story. They often focus on celebrity stories and scandals. The type of celeb featured is often an actor from a UK soap whom I've never actually heard of.
The newspaper lends it's voice to the Labour party in the UK so it often carries stories about controversial policies introduced by the Conservative party. It also tends to carry rather petty stories which demoralise all of the other political parties in the UK.
I find the gossip and entertainment pages, which usually stretches over two pages, to be frivolous and lacking in any substance. It tends to feature short snippets or one or two lines of personal opinion by the journalists. They tend to read as though they are being addressed to very young children.
Some positive features of the newspaper include the Friday entertainment supplement which gives a round up of new film and music releases. Very often, however, they feature an article about a release in which artists or actors are interviewed and the tone and approach of this will differ from the actual reviews of the music/movies in the same supplement. I find this contradiction rather amusing.
I also like the television guide pages which are set out clearly and which feature a page of reviews. A Saturday magazine supplement supplies listings for the week with in depth articles about upcoming programs. This is quite interesting and helpful and gives some insight into what programs are popular, critically acclaimed or otherwise.
The newspaper has regular health features and a problem page which is answered by Coleen Nolan. I find the advice Nolan gives to be very unprofessional and bordering on being dangerously blasé in particular to the more serious issues she is asked to assist with. The health feature page is very good though with high quality medical advice set out in a way which it's easy to understand and intelligent comment by Dr Miriam Stoppard.
I like the gardening feature much more now since they changed focus towards gardening for wildlife. There is a regular 'jobs for the week' feature which is helpful as well as guides to plants, flowers and trees.
The sport section of the paper is predominantly football related with usually only a few inches reserved for other sports. As a tennis fan I do find it frustrating that even after huge competitions there often isn't even a mention in the sports segment!
I personally don't get a lot of reading the newspaper although it's markedly better quality than several other tabloids on offer. I would recommend it to those who enjoy light stories without too much opinion and investigative work.
The HMV site now carries the .com ending rather than the .co.uk and it has had some major revamps over the years. It used to be a comprehensive music store selling physical copies of music albums, singles and more. It now only provides digital downloads and also sells a selection of tickets to gigs and music events.
The site is now mostly designed like a music magazine site and in fact I feel it tries too hard to be a 'cool' outlet and it mimics NME in terms of the writing style and who it chooses to be their featured artists.
The digital downloads section features all the latest releases and you can buy whole albums as well as individual tracks. The best thing about the service for me is that you can also pay by Paypal as well as by credit or debit card. I find this a lot handier and safer.
Tracks can be downloaded in MP3 or M4A formats and they appear in your HMV 'locker' until you manually download them. They also download as a zip file.
As well as the download section you can purchase tickets for concerts from the site. This isn't a comprehensive list of gigs but there is a huge choice. You may find that not all venues are listed for a particular artist. I'm not sure why this is but it's slightly confusing if you are looking to buy tickets for a concert you know exists and all of the other dates are listed! You can search through the venues to see if your local venue is featured on the site. However, despite these issues I still enjoy the ease of having tickets available from this site. You can buy tickets for theatre shows and festivals as well as special music events.
HMV Pure is a part of the site that features information on their loyalty scheme. You can earn loyalty points from spending in their high street stores as well as online. It's 1 pence per penny in high street stores and 1 point per 2 pence online. You can then collect points and redeem them for various things including music albums, exclusive music memorabilia and much more. I think it's quite an exciting loyalty program and it's easy to join too. Pick up a card in store or just input your email online.
This is a decent site overall although it is has a different vibe to it's high-street persona. I personally like the digital download section and their loyalty scheme is good enough to make me return to them to make any purchases in the future. I would recommend the site to music lovers.
Barratts.co.uk is an online shoe retailer offering shoes, boots and bags for women, men and children. It's a brand I'm very familiar with having purchased from them multiple times. They often feature the latest fashions at quite cheap prices.
The brand offer all sorts of shoes and boots including things like sandals for holidays abroad, loafers, brogues, ankle boots, trainers, soft soled shoes for older consumers, slippers, ballerina flats, canvas lace ups and much more. They offer different ranges for children and feature a host of well known brand names such as Skechers, Birkenstock, Puma, Kangaroos, Hush Puppies and more...but at affordable prices. They also sell bags such as school rucksacks and sports bags.
The website is well set out with good clear pictures of every item. The size in which the shoe is available is shown near to the picture of the item. This also tells you what is in stock. One of the issues I have with the site is that they are frequently out of stock on many items in my size. This is perhaps because some of the prices they offer are so low. However, unless you filter the search by size the out of stock you have to check every item page.
The brand do have a sales section although you will notice reduced items coming up in general searches too. The reductions are very appealing to me as the original prices are quite low to begin with. I certainly find them cheaper than many places on the high street.
Standard delivery is £3.99 which is a fair price although I would like it to be free, ideally. However, I've found the service to be decent with deliveries well packaged and arriving within a reasonable amount of time. I also find the communication from the brand during the order experience to be satisfying as they keep you up to date.
The quality of the items I've purchased from Barratts has varied but this has more to do with the different brands I buy from the site rather than the retailer themselves. Overall though I have been able to find the odd bargain and I'm happy with the price I've paid for shoes which look and feel good. I would probably purchase from this site again assuming they increase their levels of stock. I would recommend to anyone looking to buy cheap but good quality shoes for themselves or their family.
I absolutely love chocolate but I usually eat brands such as Cadburys or Shops Own. I recently received a large bar of this Milka Alpine Milk from a family member who'd just returned from their holidays. I'm not sure if it's commonly sold in Europe but I have certainly not seen this particular variety of Milka in any stores near me. It's also a very large 300g sized bar which I have and it looks like it's especially suitable for giving as a gift or during a seasonal event.
The packaging for this Milka bar is very distinctive and attractive. It's a purple blue plastic wrap with a gold edging. A picture of an old fashioned milk churn is featured as is a sketch of a cow wearing a quaint cow bell around it's neck. This design gives me the impression that the brand have been around for a long time or that they use traditional methods to obtain their base ingredients.
The back of the wrapper is printed with lots of product information such as full ingredients. One ingredient is quite distinctive: hazelnut paste. Milka has a very different flavour to other chocolates on the market but once you see this ingredient you can detect that this hazelnut paste is what makes it different. It also contains a large quantity of milk.
The wrapper has a re-seal feature which is handy and which successfully keeps the chocolate fresh. The chocolate is quite thick like a slab and has barely any indents for which to snap a piece off. Each square is about one inch by one inch in measurement and is stamped with the Milka logo.
This chocolate is rather rich and sweet. It does taste rather like creamy Nutella. I really love the texture of the chocolate as it's so intensely creamy and slightly fudge-like. It melts in the mouth and leaves a strong aftertaste of cocoa and hazelnut. Nutritional values of this chocolate per 100g are 535 calories and 29.5g of fat so this is a treat that can be enjoyed now and then.
Overall this is very satisfying for me and I think it would appeal to anyone who likes chocolate. It's intense flavour and deliciously smooth velvety texture is very satisfying.
I often buy body sprays as I like to use them to freshen up throughout the day. I also enjoy the fact I can buy so many different fragrances and use them to suit my mood. I recently saw this Impulse Tease in my local Boots store and because it was significantly reduced I thought it was worth buying. It was only £1 although it had been reduced from £1.99.
The product comes in a lightweight and portable aerosol can. It has a plastic sheath around the top which protects the dispensing nozzle and prevents the button from being accidentally pressed. The size of the can is 75ml and I find that this size of can lasts me a couple of months if I use the product everyday.
'Tease' is described by the brand as being a blend of "red fruits and woods" and it is said to whisper to anyone who smells it "Romance Me". A sweet idea and quite an alluring blurb to entice me to use the product, I feel! My experience of the scent finds that it is quite strong with citrus notes, specifically lemon. It also smells like mixed berries and autumnal woodland fruits such as blackcurrants and elderberries. It's a lively and sharp scent which dances around the body and which I feel is suited to women of all ages. My only criticism of the fragrance is that it's a little too simple and clean. It's very fresh but it feels quite straightforward too. Does it 'tease' like the brand claim? I wouldn't say this is a particularly romantic or sensual fragrance in my opinion. It would need some musky low notes to achieve that status. However, it is still a very nice fragrance. I would describe this as a summer fragrance as it's so bright and loud.
The product can be applied to the skin all over the body except around the face. It can also be sprayed on clothing to freshen up if needed. It awards a cool sensation to the skin which is very refreshing and pleasing.
I would definitely purchase this again as I find it is successful at making me smell great, raising my confidence throughout the day and helping me to stay fresh. It's also reasonably priced, even at it's full price.
The spray can be found at stores like Boots, Superdrug, Wilko and major supermarkets.
I'm reviewing the M&S Extra High Impact Sports Bra as of their 2015 collection. This particular bra is available in sizes 32-40 band and in cup sizes B-G. I personally have always relied on M&S sports bras as I find them very supportive for my 34F sized bust. This particular bra is robust, sturdy and fully adjustable.
The colour and style of the bra is quite nice. It's black with luminous spots over the front and edges. On the edges it has a mesh style which allows the material to breathe.
The bra has an underwire along the bottom edge of the bust with the softer cup coming around the top. However, rather than have two pieces of material the cups are set together by a panel along the top which gives extra support and stops bounce.
The straps are wide and soft and provide ample support. I also find that they fit well without needing to be adjusted much. The straps can also be changed so you can wear the bra like a racer back which is how a lot of sports tops are designed nowadays. This is a great aspect for the fashion sense and it doesn't seem to affect how supportive the bra is when the straps are changed.
The fastening at the back is wide with multiple hooks and different band options so you can tighten it to your desire. I find this is helpful after you've had the bra for some time as the material tends to stretch a little and you need a tighter fitting around the band.
The bra is polyester, elastine and polymide mix and is machine washable.
The bra is £25 which is about average now for a sports bra. I'm glad that the price doesn't rise for the larger sizes too. I personally like these bras although I would like the under-wiring to extend around the cup as the lack of wire in the middle can cause your breasts to feel slightly squashed. However, the bra performs really well and is super comfortable and allows me to do all sorts of running and jumping without causing any harm to my breasts and without feeling discomfort when moving.
I would recommend this bra to anyone who enjoys sport and is looking for a well made sports bra.