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I went to see We Will Rock You for my mum's birthday a couple of Saturdays ago.
The show is performed at the Dominon theatre which was really simple to get to - you just head down the central line from Liverpool St to Tottenham Court Road and when you come out of the station you are immediately outside the theatre.
Inside there are afew bars where you can purchase a drink and there are lots of snacks available too - all at premium prices i hasten to add!
We had good seats in the upper circle and a great view of the stage.
The show itself was amazing and i will definitely return to see it again! The script is witty and interesting and the music and actors are fantastic. If you don't like Queen then this show probably isn't for you but if you enjoy the music it's a must see show!
I have always listened to Essxe FM on and off since i was a child and have always found them to play a good range of pop music, new and old.
One thing that did always annoy me to listen to was all the adverts that they had on there - it seems as though every three songs you then get ten minutes of adverts which is qhy i always flick between channels.
They used to have good local news and traffic updates which were quite handy especially in rush hour.
Other than this i also found the presenters a bit annoying - i don't know why i just find that they babble on about meaningless stuff which i think is supposed to be funny but i have never enjoyed listening to it so i always switch over unless there is a song i like on there.
Recently they have changed to Heart FM - again this is a channel that i flick between with others. They play mainly pop music but a lot more older hits which is good sometimes but you won't hear and upcoming stars on here really and very little new music.
This means that there is no local news now which is a shame as this was one of the only good things about Essex FM. The only other thing is they have kept Martin and Su in the morning who i have never been able to stand listening to so now i listen to Radio one a lot lot more and only flick on Heart if there's a song on that i like! I'm not sure this was their best move and i'm sure they will lose listeners but perhaps it was done to save money in the current times.
I went to Prezzo yesterday with a buy one get one free on main course voucher that i found on money saving expert. As always i had an enjoyable experience.
Prezzo Chelmsford is set off the beaten track next to Locy Fyne and located right on the river. The outside area is lovely in summer and inside the place is always very clean and sparkling - especially the floor which appears to be polished regularly so watch out that you don't slip!
I have always been able to get a table here as the restaurant is quite large and even at busy times they fit you in and the service is always quick and efficient.
Yesterday i went with three others and we decided to share some bread as a starter. We opted for the pizza bread which we added cheese to and then the garlic bread with caramelised balsamic onions. Both were delicious.
They have a good wine list and we decided to shar a bottle of pinot grigio blush which was tasty. I also had a freshly squeezed orange juice but it's best to ask for no ice as the glasses are pretty small and you basically get a glass full of ice if you do have it!
For a main i had a carne piccante calzone which was delicious but i couldn't manage it all! My friends also has calzones and one had a lasagne which was really tasty apparently.
For dessert i had a sticky toffee pudding and cream which was delicious and then we had a Baileys to finish.
Feeling very full we asked for the bill and for the four of us having starters, main, desserts, two bottles of wine, two beers, two orange juices and two Baileys the whole bill worked out £20 each which covered the tip. As i said we did have a voucher but even without it it would have been fantastic value.
I always enjoy any visit to Prezzo an haven't got a complaint to make at all.
La Tasca Chelmsford is situated in Backnang Square in Chelmsford where there is also a Costa coffee, Yates, Wetherspoons, Que Pasa and Edwards bar too so there is plenty of competition around.
It's a Spanish themed restaurant with a selection of tapas and paella. This particular restaurant has a lovely outside area which is great in the summer.
Inside tables have candles although if you're very hungry make sure to ask for a larger table as if you have lots of tapas it can be quite a squeeze as their tables are very small!
Staff are polite but my problem whenever i have come here is that the service is just so so slow. Even when i have been one of only a few customers drinks can take up to twenty minutes to arrive and food takes ages too and has often been cold.
On the food front they recommend having 3-4 tapas per person and this is definitely more than enough! For a quick lunch 2 would be enough each unless you are especially hungry.
The best dishes i have had in here are the potatoes bravas, meatballs, chorizo and the tomato and feta cheese salad. I have to say that on regular occasions the food has been either cold or just disappointing. When we have complained to the manager she has always blamed this on staff training which just isn't acceptable to me - staff should be trained in the kitchen before they are able to work there and if the food is always bad they need to change their chef!
That said i do still go back for a change as Chelmsford is dominated by Italian restaurants and it makes a nice change to go for tapas instead.
Que Pasa Chelmsford is a popular place day and night. It is located in the centre of town where there are a few bars and other restaurants including a La Tasca, Edwards, Wetherspoons and a Yates. Of all of these bars this is probably the one i visit most regularly.
It is supposed to be a Spanish themed bar and Que Pasa means 'What's Happening' but to honest it's all a bit of a mish mash decor wise and looks a bit more like a boudoir of some sort with animal print booths, Spanish style tiling, and there's even a pole in the middle of the dancefloor (not sure how Spanish that is!)
That said during the day there are some good deals on food and the food is much better here now than it used to be. Their club sandwiches are really nice and you can get a tapas tower (which is six different tapas) and a bottle of house wine for only £12 which is a bit of a bargain. They sell a selection of other tapas, burgers, pizzas, pub grub and salads too. It's quite good for a quick snack with friends. If you're in the mood for a dessert try the Ultimate - you can share it between about four and there will still be some left!
There are a huge range of drinks and wine and they have a great cocktail menu too!
At night time Que Pasa comes alive and Wednesday nights here are legendary in town - they are the only place that is busy and have a DJ on and BBQ on the upstairs balcony.
Friday and Saturday nights are very busy - particularly Saturdays and whilst they are quite quiet early on as the bar is open until 3am there are queues from around midnight so it's a good idea to get there early!
The weather so far this year has been pretty lovely by British standards but i'm already suffering with a runny nose, sore, watery eyes and a bad throat thanks to hayfever!
Tablets to combat hayfever are so pricey that i decided to try these Boots one as they were on a buy one get one free offer. They say they are fast acting for hayfever relief and also can be used to help with skin allergies, dust allergies and pet allergies. I can't comment on their effectiveness for the latter three unfortunately but it says for hayfever relief to take one tablet per day with water.
They are really small tablets so should be ok for anyone that has any difficulty swallowing pills.
I did notice a distinct different than without using the pills. My throat felt a lot clearer and my eyes weren't so sore although i did still get a runny nose - less sneezing thankfully though!
I would definitely recommend these as opposed to other branded hayfever relief tablets as they are cheaper - particularly on their special offers! I can't remember the price (i'm pretty useless at price checking - i tend to just pick things up without looking!) but i got a buy one get one free offer at Boots although eve without the offer they are significantly cheaper than other Brands i have tried.
I'm quite a health freak and have never been particularly interested in McDonalds. In fact i didn't have one for over ten years and one day my friend was going there and i was starving so i just thought i would give it a go - it can't be that bad!
Well i decided to go for a chicken legend meal with mayonnaise and a milkshake. I have to say the milk shake was so thick i had to wait for it to melt before i could even drink it through the straw. The chicken in the middle of the bun was actually ok but the bun had a texture like rubber and the lettuce was limp and horrible. The chips were tasty but very greasy and i can't understand why they automatically add salt for people - what about those watching salt intake?
The restaurants are disgusting - dirty, greasy and smelly and they actually make me want to retch everytime i walk past.
The staff aren't particularly friendly but i wouldn't be if i had to serve that sort of food all day!
On the whole i'm not the best person to review as i have only been once - but i think that speaks for itself - that was the first and last time i ever will go to McDonalds! You would have to pay me to eat it again.
I often go to BBs in my local town of Chelmsford and unlike many of the other coffee shops as it is tucked away at the end of the Meadows shopping centre you can usually find a place to sit!
It's always clean and tidy and it has a great outside area too - although i'm not sure all of them do so i'll try to look at it in general. They sell a great range of muffins which are made fresh in the cafe - i have seen them doing this before which i thought was impressive. They also have a few other cookies and cakes - their carrot cake is a must!
Coffee wise they have a great range all at reasonable prices and some good meal deals too. As well as coffees they sell milkshakes and smoothies which are delicious.
If you're looking for a proper lunch then they have a range of pastries, sandwiches, baguettes and paninis. They do a great bbq chicken panini which is my boyfriends favourite and the baguettes as delicious especially the prawn mayonnaise which is really filling - definitely enough to fuel all the shopping you want to do afterwards!
You can eat in at BBs or take away which is really handy and they also have a loyalty card so that for every 9 coffees you buy the tenth is free.
As i go there quite regularly the staff have begun to recognise me and sometimes will give me a free coffee if i'm buying other bits anyway. They're always really friendly too.
One other thing especially at buy periods is if they don't have what you want on display it's best to ask as it may be they just haven't had a chance to fill up the fridges which are on display.
All prices are very reasonable, cheaper than other coffee shops like costa and starbucks anyway.
I tried Nivea Happy Time shower gel when it was on a 2 for £2.00 in Tesco - i couldn't tell you what it is on it's own as i stupidly didn't pay attention - sorry!
I was drawn to it as i always like to try shower gels that will also have a moisturising effect on my skin too - in the least i don't want one that will dry it out any further. So i bought this one and one other for my boyfriend which is a more refreshing sort of one (and it was blue so i thought he would be ok with it hehe).
The happy time comes in a 250ml squeezable container and the only problem with this is that it can be difficult to get the last of the liquid out. It describes the product as 'a revitalising shower cream with caring bamboo milk'.
The cream has a rich milk texture and smells really uplifting but soothing at the same time - if that makes any sense! It contains orange blossom which is the dominating smell but it is quite a delicate hint of orange rather than a full blown citrus blast.
It is dermatologically tested which is supposed to mean it's good for most skin types although some really sensitive skins may still have trouble so it's best to check the ingredients first. I have dry and sensitive skin and had no problems with this product.
I simply sqeeze it onto some exfoliating gloves and rub it on - it cleanses really nicely and my skin feels really soft afterwards.
I met up with my friend yesterday at our local Costa in Chelmsford which is where we meet monthly for a good old natter and catch up so i've been here quite a few times although we sometimes chop and change and try Starbucks or Nero instead.
I love the coffees here and i can honestly say that over and above the other coffee outlets local to me they do make the best coffee - it never tastes burnt or too strong - they always make my lattes just right!
The same goes for hot chocolates - i think the best hot chocs are from Costa and never have any gloopy syrup at the bottom. I haven't tried their other coffees although i do love their Frescatos too!
I had a vanilla one yesterday and apparently they're quite low in fat! I would definitely recommend one in the hot weather.
Whilst i rave about the drinks there are some bad points about Costa - which is why i generally choose to go to other places despite the fact that their drinks are the best.....
You always have to wait in a queue and even when it's small it can take them up to ten minutes to make a drink - they never seem particularly organised in this respect.
Secondly their service is very poor - they do the bare minimum to be polite but there is never any real sense of them genuinely being happy to serve you - as far as service goes Starbucks is the best.
And their food is pretty poor too. Whilst the cakes all look mouth wateringly delicious the mufffins are quite dry and the same can be said for all the ones i have tasted there. The best thing i have eaten at Costa is an almond croissant but again i would say the ones from Starbucks are better.
As for sandwiches don't bother - they are overpriced and dry. I haven't had a panini or anything like that from here so i really can't comment but overall i would say it's a fab place for coffee lovers - not for a decent lunch though!
As with many coffee shops there is also the problem that there are never enough seats!
Coffee shops are everywhere and everywhere you go they seem to be packed, not in the least Starbucks.
You can easily spot their green and yellow branding a mile off and you can place bets that it will be packed wherever you are.
I have been visiting Starbucks for over six years now and i would say they are overall very consistent with their service, presentation, quality of the products etc etc.
Staff are generally very friendly and happy to help and appear to enjoy their jobs - or at least make the effort to make you feel welcome unlike some places. In my local they now know me by name and my partner and we've become quite friendly with some of the long standing staff.
There are big cosy chairs along with the usual table and chairs you expect (the big cosy ones are usually snapped up quite quickly!), but it seems that no matter how many chairs they pack in there is never enough space for all the customers and at busy periods you may struggle to get a chair.
As for the drinks, they are usually always good quality and you can literally have it made to taste with skimmed milk, soya milk, extra shots, flavoured syrup shots, add cream - the list goes on! My usual is a skinny latte, but if i'm feeling like a trat i love their caramel macchiatos.
They change their cakes and pastries seasonally and at the moment i particularly love the cupcakes they have. I also recommend trying the cinammon swirls and the toffee waffles - delicious!
I regularly visit one of the two Greggs in my home town in Chelmsford. There is always a good selection of hot pastries including sausage rolls, cheese and onion pasties, vegetable pasties, steak bakes, chicken bakes and my new favourite which was recently introduced the fajita chicken bake.
They also sell a range of freshly made rolls, sandwiches and baguettes whatever tickles your tastebuds - my favourite would have to be the pesto chicken baguette!
Their belgian buns are the best i have bought from any bakery, and they sell a range of other baked goodies such as doughnuts, cookies, muffins, cream cakes as well as freshly baked bread to take home.
I think Greggs is very competitively priced with some sandwiches less than £2 and many offers in the store - you can buy two of most of their pasties etc for a slightly reduced price.
The only gripe i have is if you want to buy for a large amount of people or perhaps a few cakes for an office birthday you cannot pay on a card - they onlt accept cash payments. I'm not sure if this is throughout the whole of the UK but certainly at my two local Greggs this is the case.
If you're looking for a substantial lunch, elevenses or just a quick snack throughout the day Greggs is a great choice!
Waxing is a popular way for men and women to remove unwanted areas of hair from their body. It has been used for years and popular areas to wax include eyebrows, face, upper lip, underarms, bikini line, legs, arms and anywhere you want a smooth finish. Having had a few areas waxed i would say the most painful is actually the upper lip!
I've had my bikini line done a few times and as ling as you have a professional therapist it's really not embarassing at all - in fact i know a brilliant therapist who says she actually loves doing Hollywood bikini waxes!
It always hurts a bit but does give a really smooth finish. Unfortunately for me i just don't have the patience to wait for the hair to grow to a length that is suitable to wax - with the exception of my forearms - i can usually wait for these to grown back and contrary to what some people say my hairs actually seem to grow back lighter and less dense than before (I'm blonde anyway so this probably helps!)
I do think this is a great option for people who have never shaved before - perhaps young teenagers as a first hair removal idea but after that waiting for leg hairs to grow long enough to wax and having an unkempt bikini line is enough to drive you to your razor within days!
Flying Flowers sell flowers by post and by courier and you can order online, over the phone or via post. Their catalogues come monthly and i would recommend these as the best way to choose you bouquet as the photographs are much better than the ones online. If you order by post make sure you leave a couple of weeks or it's unlikely that they will arrive on the day you hope they will.
Ordering online is quick and simple unless you have trouble getting it to accept the address you want to send to.
Over the phone i have received a very mixed response. Sometimes i'm greeted with someone really happy and will ing to help with any order or problem and other times you get people that are frankly quite rude and can't string a polite sentence together.
The choice of flowers is seasonal and quite varied although you can't make up your own bouquet. Bouquets are cheap ranging from £9.99 up to about £50 for courier delivered bouquets. Courier bouquets are guaranteed to be delivered on the day you request and postal bouquets - well it all depends on the Royal Mail - needless to say sending a postal bouquet is not such a reliable choice if you need it there within a specific timeframe.
Bouquets have varied in quality from exceptional to pretty poor. I have had need to complain a couple of times and once they were quite awkward (i must stresss that i am always polite and calm when making a complaint as i know it's not the fault of the person on the end of the phone). But once someone took it quite defensively and was very unhelpful and another time i was offered a refund and replacement or vouchers.
For a cheap gift i think they are ok but if you want a special bouquet don't use Flying Flowers. They are ok but their service in all areas (flower quality, delivery, customer service etc) is very inconsistent.
I have used Flying Flowers by phone and through their website before. The advantage of the website is that you can see what you are buying before you click and it's quite a simple process. There's a really interesting section all about flowers if you look under customer services too which might help you choose the ideal flower for the person you wish to deliver the gift to. It includes information about birth flowers, anniversary flower and the meanings attached to different flowers which can influence your choice well.
The site is easy to navigate and the ordering process is quite simple - having used the company a few times i would stress to people that with the flowers by post option you do need to allow a two day time frame for the delivery so if you want your flowers guaranteed on a certain day you would need to choose a courier bouquet (which are more expensive) or for example if you definitely want it there for the friday put down thurs/fri delivery - otherwise it could arrive on the fri or sat.
Delivery is free and generally i have had no problems with them and i have also sent to the USA before. The only trouble i did have was when they could not recognise the address and i had to then call up the call centre to organise delivery.
The call centre is a national rate call i believe so it's best to try and do your ordering online!
I would recommend signing up to receive email alerts and catalogues as you can get some really good offers!