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      04.10.2010 18:16
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      Hope I never have to claim again!

      As I am approaching the end of my Job Seeker's Allowance Claim, I think it is time to share my opinions of my experience with the Job Centre Plus.
      I graduated this year and as I was moving back to the small town where I grew up, I knew it was going to be difficult to find any work, so seeing as I was entitled to, I decided to 'sign on'.

      I visited my local Job Centre Plus office to enquire, I was given minimum information and told to call the 0845 number which they gave to me!
      I called the benefits helpline that afternoon to discuss my options. After a lengthy time of pressing almost every number on the phone keypad, I finally got to speak to a human being...sort of. The staff on the other end of the phone went through the questions with me, which I was told to listen to in full before stating my answer, this was very tedious as practically every question came with an explanation too! At the end of the conversation it was arranged that I was to go to my initial meeting in another nearby town as my local JCP office was too small to process new claims. I had been given a 9am appointment and told if this was unsuitable, to call back on the same number. I immediately told the man that it would be better to have an afternoon or slightly later slot seeing as the nearest bus stop is a 10-15 minute walk from my house and the bus ride would take up to half an hour. He repeated that I would have to call back, so I did, as soon as I had hung up! This annoyed me especially since they knew I had to travel to a different town for my initial meeting. During the telephone interview I had said that I was due to go abroad to visit my parents in the next few weeks.

      The day came to go to the initial meeting, so I went and had to wait 10 minutes when I arrived as the staff were all busy. After 20 minutes of paperwork I told them I would have to rearrange the sign on time that they had given me since I was going to be away on that day. To the lady's horror she was somewhat unimpressed that I had wasted her time as you cannot sign on if you are going to leave the country! I got told to call my local JCP on my way to the airport to say that I would not be attending and ask them to sign me off. On the Monday Morning I did just that and the man on the phone at the JCP office told me I should have gone in and filled in a form, I explained that I wasn't told that and that I was on my way to the airport!
      When I arrived back in the UK I had to call the 0845 number again for a rapid reclaim (not so rapid to be honest) and had to travel to the bigger JCP to go through all the paper work again!

      After that, my next few signing sessions went smoothly, the staff were friendly and knew that there would never be anything suitable for me on their system, so simply checked my job search diary to see what I had been doing myself. During my time claiming JSA my Aunty offered me a days work with her for some extra cash, so of course I said yes, seeing as you are allowed to work up to 16 hours whilst signed on (I have also been told by JCP staff that it is 16.5, 19, and 24 hours!?) I earnt a mega £105 for a days work with my aunty!

      At my next sign on I filled in a form with details of the work that I had done and the lady at the JCP said it was all fine and filed it away. I had a letter to say I needed to fill in another form which I took with me to another sign on meeting to get someone to check I had done it properly, the man said it was fine and he sent it away for me. So it came as a shock when I didn't get paid for 2 weeks and was told that if you do any work whilst signed on, they will knock the money off your next payment! I was very angry that nobody had ever told me this, I was always told, yes you can work 16 hours. So I sat counting envelopes for the same money I could have got for 2 weeks job seeking!! The worst part is that the JCP only finished the paperwork 3 weeks after I had been given and spent the cheque from my aunty so I was caught short for 2 weeks, almost 4 weeks after working! I questioned whether this was correct when I signed on this week and my advisor told me that she didn't think you have money taken off you, yet other staff have now told me that my claim has been dealt with correctly, I think they need to advise their advisors!

      After 6 weeks I had to complete a back to work session which was at 9.15, we were told to arrive at 9am. As I walked up to the JCP a lady was going in and said "you'll have to wait till 9" I said that I thought it was 9 but thats fine. Another Lady had just turned up for the session and she said "oh we have to wait 2 seconds?" and the JCP staff lady very rudely and with attitude replied that yes its health and safety and we would have to deal with it!! I thought this was very rude and over the top since neither me nor the other lady had been rude we just agreed that we both thought it was 9am!

      I have just been offered a job related to my degree, which I am so pleased about since it means I will never have to step into the JCP with its unhelpful and rude staff ever again! (hopefully)

      In summary I did everything the way I was supposed to whilst claiming job seekers allowance, and it got me nowhere, so be warned!

      - I told them I was going abroad when technically I could have signed on on my way to the airport and been dishonest. Resulting in my having to travel to another town's JCP to get re signed. Plus, the reason I was going abroad was to visit my parents, the reason they said I could not claim is because you cannot be actively seeking work whilst out of the UK, despite the fact that all I was required to do whilst claiming was 4 internet searches per week and I was taking my laptop with me to my Mum's.
      In fact the job which I have just been offered, I applied for whilst I was abroad and not able to claim JSA!!
      I understand that there has to be rules in place to stop people cheating the system, but it might be useful if they were to take personal situations into account.
      - I was honest about working which resulted in them taking all the money off me, without warning, 3 weeks after I had spent it!

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        22.08.2010 20:48
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        great for variety, cheap, nice decor, fun with friends, don't expect great things.

        I recently decided to try Red Hot Buffet when I met up with a friend for lunch, we figured this would be ideal as we are both so indecisive and at £7.99 per head (in the week) who can complain?
        It was pretty busy when we arrived so we were asked to wait in the upstairs bar areas for 15 minutes, after about 5 minutes we were told there was a table ready. The table we were given was upstairs, which we didn't mind so much but it would have been nice to be consulted first. We were quickly asked what we would like to drink, we went for the cheapest pink wine! It was around £13 for a bottle of rose.
        We headed downstairs to the buffet and started on salads and oriental starters spring rolls etc. Some of the salads were delicious, especially a broccoli and cream cheese one.

        After a few hours of catching up and a fair few trips to the buffet, we had managed to sample food from around the globe. Nothing stands out to me as being amazing, but it was a buffet after all. The price included deserts which was supposed to included flambeed fruit, but we didn't see that! We opted for some jelly sweets and a slice of cheesecake, which was bland to say the least, it didn't actually taste of anything at all! After we had paid we sneaked back for a few handfuls of the jelly sweets to take with us!

        The website boasts of 'live stations' where you can have fresh pasta and noodles prepared by a chef, we didn't notice much of that going on, but we were fine with the selections on offer.

        For a full range buffet and dessert I think you cannot complain due to the reasonable price, not sure I will be rushing back there but it was the ideal location to take our time and catch up with an old friend.

        I think it would be great for a large party, it has a very cool, modern decor and the drinks prices didn't look too bad, I noticed cocktails were £4.45 which isn't bad going.

        Looking back at the website makes the trip seem a little disappointing however...

        SUSHI - I wish! This was nowhere to be seen.
        SEAFOOD BAR - A sign above the salad bar indicated this but there was no sign of fishes.
        COLD MEAT CUTS - nope
        BREAD DISPLAY - nope
        SIMPLE & COMPOUND SALADS - maybe 4 different ones?

        MADE TO ORDER PASTA STATION - spotted serving once
        MADE TO ORDER NOODLE BAR - spotted un-staffed
        CHINESE STIR FRY - unsure if I noticed this
        CHARGRILL - no way! I would have noticed this!

        CHINESE/THAI/JAPANESE - not much variety
        INDIAN - yes plenty on offer here
        MEXICAN - yes good selection

        FRUIT FLAIR (MAKE YOUR OWN COMPOTE WITH LIQUEUR) - no :( although it was lunch time?!
        PUDDINGS & CAKES - various bland cheesecakes and some sponge cakes plus creme brulee.
        FRUIT CUTS - yes good selection
        GELATO HOME MADE SUPER PREMIUM ITALIAN ICE CREAM - Slightly exaggerated description, the flavours were brightly coloured, nothing that could be achieved without additives and it didn't taste great (I have been to italy!)
        FRUITS - not other than the cut fruit
        COULIS - no.

        okay okay the website probably shows all the options and not all will be on at once (or at lunch) but I still feel a little let down now!

        Obviously not the kind of place you would go to expect great things from anyway, so keep this in mind and you should enjoy!

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        03.08.2010 12:00
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        Not a great tasting spicy mayo.

        I feel the need to review this mayonnaise after trying it about 4 times and each time being left confused as to whether I enjoyed it. Firstly let me tell you that I love spicy food, I love mayo, and when at Nando's I opt for Hot Peri Peri....

        Anyway...
        I spotted the mayo in my boyfriends fridge and squeezed it all over my sandwich (chicken salad wrap) my gosh did it blow my head off! I foolishly repeatedly tried it with other sandwiches and to dip chips into and I have now come to the conclusion that I really don't like it! It has a very spicy taste which is much too overpowering when in a sandwich, and it leaves a strange, citrus sort of after taste! Like most condiments it does contain lemon, but this is extra tangy.

        The name says that it is a 'twist' of peri peri but I would infect describe it as Hot Peri Peri Mayo. I have had it on a sandwich today and mixed it half and half with regular mayo, this worked for me, but I won't be going through that hassle in the future.

        It comes in a squeeze bottle which is good
        It sells for around £1.60

        Try it if you dare but there are better spicy mayos available!

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        27.07.2010 17:46
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        Well worth a visit even if you are not familiar with who is performing that night.

        This year was my first experience of the Montreux Jazz Festival, and I thought it was great! My parents in a nearby town that offers free bus journeys whilst the jazz is on so I had no excuse. On my first night I didn't know what to expect so when I arrived I had a quick look around some of the stalls and then went into 'The Jazz Cafe' which was a small-medium sized venue for hosting free gigs. The Macabees played the first night and they were really good, the crowd was buzzing and everyone was having a good time...except my boyfriend who struggled to get his head around paying 5chf for 300ml of Beer!
        Following my sisters lead, we were more prepared on the following nights, and packed rucksacks with alcohol to drink outside before entering the Cafe venue. The crowds tended to gather on the grassy hill near to the outdoor stage to enjoy the less known artists perform a wide variety of music until the sun goes down. A classy litre and half of cider later and I was ready to head to the Jazz Cafe again! All alcohol served within the festival is served in plastic cups and it seems to be the norm to take your own alcohol for drinking outside.

        (Tip for any cider drinkers, it is almost impossible to find bars, and shops selling cider in Switzerland, If you can find a DENNER store, I mentioned it in other reviews, then they sell plastic bottles of cider right next to the normal apple juice for only 2.45chf! bargain!)

        The second time I went to the Jazz Cafe, Delphic played a really good set. I wasn't very aware of the band but my boyfriend likes them and dragged me along, it was a really good show, and a full set for free, who can complain?

        Outside, the paths lining the lake are filled with souvenir stalls (not tacky, the official, and officially priced Jazz Fest Tshirts etc), and food stalls from every country you could think of, but be aware of the price!

        There was a whole host of ticked gigs available, usually costing from around 80chf, this year including Vampire Weekend, Mumford and Sons, Phill Collins and Simply Red. The late night club venue is where the party continues into the night, as the festival is open until 5am every day.

        Lucky praters also got to see many acts for free, my sister and her friends were around when Missy Eliot and Mumford and Sons both decided to carry on their performance in the Jazz Cafe. This is good for the fans but if I had paid to see them I would have been disappointed to learn that they played for free straight after!

        Wether there is a particular act you want to see, or you just want a fun few nights out, then head to the Jazz Festival if you are near Montreux next July. I'm sure next year will be bigger and better as it will be the 45th year.

        http://www.montreuxjazz.com/2010/en

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        27.07.2010 17:22
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        Great day out, lots of facilities & very clean.

        I have visited Les Bains de Lavey in Switzerland, twice now and would thoroughly recommend it to anybody. I am not the kind of person who would usually want to visit a spa, but when my Dad took my Mum, sisters and I here last April, we loved it.

        The pools of the spa are filled with thermal water which is kept at a constant relaxing temperature all year round.

        The entrance fees are pretty reasonable for a full day out 24chf gets one adult 3 hours in the spa. They accepted my english NUS card giving me a discount of 3chf. Children over 4 years old are permitted but should obviously adhere to suitable behaviour as it is a spa not a water park.

        Entrance to the unisex changing rooms is gained by swiping an electronic card given to each client. The changing rooms are cleaned regularly and have plenty of locker space available (no need to bring change with you, the locker is operated with the keycard). There are also plenty of mirrors and free to use hairdryers available.

        Inside the building is a pool which, on the hour plays classical music underwater, you lie on floats with your ears under the water to listen to the relaxing music. There are also Hammam Turkish steam rooms, one large unisex one and two separate sex, naturist ones!

        Outside there is a small pool alongside the main pool which has all sorts of jacuzi areas, a whirlpool and bubble beds inside of it. There is an inside area of saunas with a cold plunge pool and an ice cave room, this is my favourite but gosh is it cold!

        There are plenty of sunbeds available outside, although I haven't ever used them since I have payed to enjoy the spa.

        http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/spa_facilities_introduction.php

        See website for more details.

        I drove to the spa the first time I visited, it is about 25 minutes drive from Montreux, but when I went with my boyfriend last week (and yes he did enjoy it!) we got the train. The nearest station is St Maurice, then you get the train from the post office which is on the station car park. The bus takes about 10 minutes and cost us 3chf each, I am not sure if it was supposed to be a return ticket but the driver let us on with the same ticket on the return journey. The bus drops you right on the carpark for the spa, timetables are available on the website.

        http://www.lavey-les-bains.ch/practical_information_directions.php

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        26.07.2010 22:18
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        Not worth traveling to, but pop in if passing and you like dinosaurs.

        The Saurier Museum, Switzerland's largest dinosaur museum, is located in Aathal, just out of Zurich. I found it very easily from the motorway as it is situated in an industrial area. I made a special visit to the museum to please my little sister who was eager to go. We did enjoy it but I don't think it was worth the 2 hour drive.
        I tried to do some research beforehand but the english section of the website was very minimal.
        http://www.sauriermuseum.ch/

        The entry prices are quite high (but you expect that in Switzerland!) 18chf adults, 11chf children, under 5's free.

        The collection was quite large, and it is pretty unusual to have a museum soley dedicated to the prehistoric beasts, but unfortunately the museum was quite dated and old fashioned looking. It looks like they are slowly refurbishing as some rooms contained nicer displays than others. Another downside was that all the descriptions were in German (as we were in the German speaking half of Switzerland) This is not unusual for a Swiss museum, but if the descriptions were in French also, then I would have been able to understand a little more.
        I think the museum would be a great day out for young dinosaur enthusiasts who may not care for reading lengthy descriptions, but for me, I would have liked to learn about what I had paid to see.

        There was a few interactive displays for children but nothing out of the ordinary.

        The museum shop was expensive, just as you would expect from a museum shop, and one in Switzerland! We only spent 40 minutes in there and that included hanging around for a bit to get our moneys worth!

        In my opinion, not worth a special trip but if this is your thing and you are in the area then give it a visit. Although I'm not sure why you would be in the close vicinity unless you needed to buy a car, petrol or a trip to Lidl (it really was a strange location which made the lunch picnic difficult!)

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        26.07.2010 13:30
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        Great place to stay whilst exploring Luzern

        Luzern is a lovely town in Switzerland but everything seems to be super expensive so before I planned my visit, I looked up where I could stay on the cheap and found the Lido Camping with its very easy to navigate website.

        http://www.camping-international.ch/web_final/camping_luzern_news_e.html

        The main bonus of this campsite is that it is so close to the town centre and has all the amenities you could need.

        I stayed for one night with 2 of my sisters and my boyfriend. When we arrived (after very easily finding it using a Tomtom) I waited in the car whilst my boyfriend and one of my sisters went into the reception to book us a pitch. The campsite doesn't take reservations for tents.
        Whilst I was waiting, an angry member of the public came and ranted at me in German about parking and leaving my engine on, quick tip, the Swiss are very against pollution. My sister goes to school in Switzerland and she told me that her teacher had left his car on to defrost one morning and came outside to find his neighbour had switched off his engine!

        When I had found the campsite online I saw that pitches were between 10 and 25 chf each depending on the size so was very surprised when my boyfriend ran out for more money because the bill came to 71chf for one night! It turns out silly me didn't see the full pricelist and the one I had seen was for the pitch alone!

        We were given a map and directed to pitch 42 and 43 but there was a large tent taking up half of one of our pitches so we went to get a member of staff who moved us to a more suitable pitch. When we looked at the bill it was 10chf x 2 for the pitches plus 10chf per person, plus tax.

        A great advantage is that there is also parking space available by each pitch.

        We pitched our tents then went over the road from the campsite to sunbathe on the park by the lake. There is a very big Lido complex opposite the campsite with pools and all sorts of sports pitches, but we wanted to swim in the lake and sunbathe so gave the Lido a miss. After sunbathing we went back to the tents to go and have showers.

        The shower rooms were very clean and spacious, with plenty of hot water. We didn't use any of the dish or clothes washing facilities but these rooms were also very clean.

        On the way back to the tents we noticed that children only pay half price so we went to ask for the remainder of out money back as we had paid for 4 adults, this was not a problem and the staff were very helpful and spoke good english.

        I would recommend this site for a trip to Luzern as it is a wealthy area and you may have to face expensive hotel bills!

        Full details of the site are on the website, as they have various forms of accommodation available.

        The walk into the town is about 15 minutes leisurely stroll along the lake which is lovely, and great for people watching once you hit the big hotels and restaurants.

        We didn't take advantage of all the facilities available on site but from what we did experience, it was a very friendly and clean site.

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      • Hovis Seed Sensations / Snacks / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        19.05.2010 23:41
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        Lovely tasting premium bread which is packed with seeds and has thick slices.

        My review is for the Hovis Seed Sensations-Rick & Roasted variety, which is the one in the purple wrapper.

        I am not a massive lover of bread and tend to have pitta if I fancy bread, or most often I have salads for my packed lunches. This week I decided to revert back to sandwiches and couldn't resist the rather luxury purchase of Hovis seed sensation , which I think really is sensational.

        At around £1.50 for the big loaf I think it is quite expensive, but it depends what you want, I love granary bread in general but this really is better than sliced bread. It is jam packed with seeds, some of which are really big and quite chewy. Even better is when you toast this bread as it goes lovely and crisp and gives the seeds an enhanced flavour.

        According to the information on the website it is packed with over 25,000 roasted seeds, and I don't think they are exaggerating here, each thick slice of my bread has been scattered with every seed imaginable, right through to the crusts of each slice.

        I don't tend to freeze bread but it says on the bag that you can, I keep mine in the cupboard and as a student I am pleased to note that it seems to have a longer best before life than other breads (maybe only by a few days, but that is good enough for me!)

        Gosh am I really raving so much about bread?

        Try it for yourself to see what all they hype is about!

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        18.05.2010 22:37
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        Cereal bar similar to Nature Valley ones but taste a lot like marzipan.

        I recently recommended that my boyfriend try these cereal bars from Jordans as he was after a healthy snack to take to work. I love the Nature Valley granola bars but it really annoys me that they are packaged in pairs. Seeing that these looked similar and were on offer at £1.60 for 9 bars, I chose these for him.

        On day one I received a text telling me that the bars were ok but tasted like marzipan! My boyfriend is a pretty fussy eater and when he doesn't like something, tends to exaggerate the description! So when I ran out of Chewee bars I decided to get a box of these Crunchy bars as they were still on offer at Morrisons.

        I hate being wrong but my gosh he was right, they did taste of marzipan, which is something I don't like! I was hungry at the time so rater than giving up I carried on with the bar and found that I actually got used to the taste. The bars are very crunchy and therefore make quite a lot of crumbs, and the almond taste (7%) is obviously the more prominent hence the marzipan effect. I would have liked to taste more honey (4.5%) in the bars really.

        After a week of having these for my packed lunches I have grown to the taste but think in future I will chose something else, especially now that the offer is over.

        The bars are also available in butterscotch or coconut, neither of which I fancy really.

        At 142 calories per bar, they are not a bad snack and are obviously healthier than a chocolate bar, as they contain lots of natural goodness. Anyone who likes marzipan will surely like these.

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        17.05.2010 22:41
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        Carmex with magic coldsore fighting stuff.

        I am going to take a big risk when writing this review, and hope that I don't jinx myself...

        I have been a cold sore sufferer for as long as I can remember, and recently they are becoming quite uncontrollable. I heard about Carmex cold sore reliever, here on Dooyoo so searched the internet for some. I could only find it on ebay from a seller in America who had a pack of 2 for £7 including delivery which I thought was pretty good especially if it turned out to work. Considering Zoviroax and the like cost around £6 per treatment, I was unsure how well this Carmex would work for such a good price.

        I have been using this Carmex daily for just over a month now and have had no coldsore outbursts (touch wood). I have had the odd tingle but the actual blisters have been kept away, I am hoping, due to the cream. I am very susceptible to coldsores usually after lack of sleep, colds, too much alcohol (and drinking from glasses in pubs) and stress. As I am in my final few weeks of University you can imagine that I have been stressed and had lack of sleep and as a special treat have had one or two big nights out recently, without getting a coldsore!

        I am hoping that this magic Carmex actually works and that I haven't just reviewed having a bit of luck!

        The coldsore reliever is very similar to the original and well trusted Carmex, which is a similar texture to vaseline but with a menthol sort of smell.

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      • Asda Nachos Dinner Kit / Ready Meals / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        17.05.2010 21:07
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        Great value dinner kit.

        I don't often shop at Asda, as when I am at uni I only have the option to go to Morrisons, but when I go home I pay a special trip to Asda when I fancy Mexican, purely because their Nacho dinner kits are so lovely.

        I don't remember how much they cost full price but are very often on offer for £1 which is how I first came across them.

        In the box comes a generous bag of nacho chips, and 2 large sachets of bean salsa.

        The actual nachos are thinner than say Old El Passo but are still delicious, as I think the thicker nacho chips can sometimes taste a little too much of corn and be a bit dry.

        The salsa is quite sweet for my taste and not too spicy, and even though I usually like spicy food, I quite like the change of having this one which has a sweet twist to it.

        The box has easy to follow instructions telling you how to prepare the dinner. It suggests adding peppers, onions and jalepenos as well as plenty of grated cheese. I usually just use cheese as my boyfriend detests onions and I don't tend to buy jalepenos.

        I layer the chips and salsa into a large bowl, sprinkling plenty (and probably too much) cheese as I go and then pop the bowl into the microwave for a few minutes.

        The nachos complete a perfect mexican feast dipped in guacamole, or perfect for snacking on whilst watching a film.

        These are by far my favourite nacho kits and buy the box because I find the salsa so yummy-try it especially if it is on offer!

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      • The Lovely Bones (DVD) / DVD / 12 Readings / 10 Ratings
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        17.05.2010 00:32
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        good book translated into a pretty good film (as far as films of books go)

        This is my opinion on The Lovely Bones film vs book.

        I recently finished reading the lovely bones which in places i found hard to put down, but as i chose to read it when i was supposed to be doing uni work, or on the train, it took me longer to finish than i would have hoped. This was even more disappointing when I reached the end and felt like I was expecting more. I tend to steer away from films of books if I have read the book but last night I was bored and decided to give The Lovely Bones a go. I didn't have high hopes for the film which is probably why I quite enjoyed it.

        It surprised me how much the film did indeed follow the plot of the book as in many situations the films can make the story completely different. If I had not read the book first I think I would have given up on the film (or been unimpressed). I was intrigued to see the similarities between book and film and feel that this is what kept my attention.

        I have heard a few bad reports on the film and presumed that it was because it disappointed readers, but I cannot see any real reason that it would be a disappointment, as it does follow a very similar plot to the book. As with any film versus book there is always the confusion of how you imagined certain characters and scenes but I feel like the film portrayed Susie really well. When reading the book I kept forgetting that it was set in the seventies, and seeing the scenes come to life in the film was very enjoyable as I thought the scenes and costumes were fabulous. I loved the glamour of the Grandma in the film as I rather naively imagined her to be old yet glamourous (think purple rinse and bling) and it hadn't occurred to me that she would infect be pretty young considering the age of the grandchildren.
        Mr Harvey's character in the film had what I would describe as the typical creep-of-a-perve look; whereas I had imagined him differently, and fatter (I don't know why!)
        A few main themes were missed out of the film, such as the breakdown of the parent's relationship through affairs and betrayal. I don't think this mattered too much but it did give a different feel to the film and the way I viewed the parents. I cannot decide if the film showed off the father's pain enough. In the book you really engage with his emotions and his frustration at having nobody believe what he does yet in the film it is a little rushed and I don't think the emotion is quite captured.


        I know the film had to portray heaven (and the in-between) and earth but I found some scenes to be tacky and could have been shot differently. Maybe that is just my opinion though.

        Had I not read the book I don't think I would have engaged with the film at all.

        This is just my basic analysis and comparison of the book and film and I hope it helps people who may be considering watching and/or reading this moving story.

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      • Jammie Dodger Lively Lemon / Snacks / 18 Readings / 18 Ratings
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        16.05.2010 23:10
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        I think I prefer these to the originals.

        This review is me sticking up for the poor little lemony Jammie Dodgers that other dooyooers seem to dislike..poor little things :(

        I must point out however that I LOVE lemon curd and lemony things in general, so that probably gives my tastebuds a good head start! I had read and rated the other reviews on here but was feeling exceptionally brave when I spotted the Lively Lemon biscuits in Morrisons today for only 43p.

        Last week, my housemate and I had a sudden urge/craving/need for Jammie Dodgers so we invested in a pack of the original kind and finished them that same evening, so as huge fans of the red ones we were excited to try the yellow variety. With the memory of the original jammy treat, fresh in our minds, we bit into the lemon-goo filled shortbread and whist licking our lips and admiring the cute little yellow heart on the top of the biscuit, we both exclaimed "mmmm".

        We are a fussy pair and were conscious that the lemon filling may taste like bleach (p.s are we the only people who describe bad lemon tastes as bleach-like?) but we were pleasantly surprised by their (very) sweet taste, and now my keyboard is covered in shortbread crumbs as I frantically type this to spread the lemony love to all you dooyooers!

        So if you like the originals and you like lemon curd I guarantee you will like these.

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          15.05.2010 20:20
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          Great survey site (in my opinion)

          Recently (well over the past 6 months or so) a friend of mine has been recommending online survey sites for me to try out. Lightspeed was one of them.

          Signing up to the panel was easy, it consited of filling in a simple online form with basic contact details.

          I have been a member for about 5 months now and so far have been able to cash in £5. Now I know this is not a lot but lightspeed surveys tend to be pretty quick and their rewards scheme has the added bonus of being able to be cashed in via paypal with £3 being the minimum (345 points), which is a lot better than most sites. For example I am a member of onepoll where you have to earn £40 before cashing in and I honestly do not think I will ever reach that target! On lightspeed's points shop there are hundreds of rewards to chose from, including charity donations and money off vouchers for websites such as firebox or hmv, but I think they Paypal offer is the best.

          Lightspeed email you with invitations to their surveys which has its ups and downs, ie being bombarded with emails vs actually knowing about the surveys without having to keep signing in and checking!

          Each survey gets you a certain amount of points, most of mine have been averaged at 80 points, and 575 points got me £5. I used to be a massive fan of Lightspeed but recently I haven't heard much from them! I find it hard to give an opinion on whether you believe a survey site to be good or worthwhile, as the screening process means that individual circumstances could work for or against you. I am often successful in the screening, as I am a student so pay bills and go food shopping as well as consume a lot of alcohol in pubs etc, these things are high on the list of survey subjects.

          The layout of the site is pretty simple, on your homepage you have 4 collumns, surveys/surveys about you/mini polls/quick match.

          Surveys is where the links for the surveys which you have been invited to are. You can only click the link once, so make sure you have enough time to complete the survey.

          Surveys about you , mini polls and quick match are all quite similar, they contain links to shorter surveys which gives lightspeed a better picture of your daily routine so that they can screen your data for suitable surveys. Taking part in these mini surveys earn you a number of entries, usually 10-25 into a monthly prize draw for £2000, as yet I am unsuccessful! :(

          If you fancy giving survey sites a go I would have to say this is my favourite, but as I said before, it is different for everybody.

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            13.05.2010 00:32
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            Good back up food for the freezer, not bad taste.

            I love vegetarian sausages and unless I really fancy a full english breakfast I will always chose meat free sausages over the real thing.

            This offering from Morrison's isn't my favourite veggi sausage brand but they do the job. The sausages are potato, leek and cheese and are quite small and short compared to other vegetarian sausages that I have had in the past.

            My favourite quick-fix meal whilst at university has been vegi sausage with pasta, red sauce and lots of melted cheese. I usually really enjoy cooking but came up with this concoction in a rush one evening when I didn't have much food in. I have tried my 'recipe' with various different sausages and these glamorgan ones are probably my least favourite. The reason for this is they are very soft and sort of feel more like croquetes than sausages. Other vegi sausages are hard and almost like real sausages (and I am not talking 'fake' sausages I always get cheese & leek etc) The problem with them being soft is that even when cooked for longer than the suggested time, which I think is 20 minutes, the can't easily be sliced as they are mushy.

            Although the presentation of my signature recipe involves slices of sausage, I look past this for these sausages as they do taste really good, but again they are not the best. I can taste the leek in them quite well which is good, they are not bland at all but they are nothing special.

            Morrisons run a 2 for £3 deal on their frozen meat free range which is very good value for money, you get 6 sausages in the pack and you can mix and match the offer with the other products in the range.

            If Morrisons is your only option then try them, if possible I would try elsewhere. Morrisons sometimes stock another brand of cheese and leek sausages but I can't remember what brand they are, they are in a white box as opposed to the green Morrisons one. The ones in the white box are more sausage like, bigger and tastier, it is a shame they don't sell them more often!

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