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At a cost of around 90p this can of soup remains a dependable classic.
In my opinion it is a little more concentrated than it needs to be so I will get about 30% more volume out of it by adding some milk during the heating process. I also like to add a little ground mixed peppercorns which brings out the intense ripe tomato flavour even more.
A bowl of this soup and some crusty white rolls with unsalted Lurpak butter to dip into it and I am in soup heaven.
Another tip for a cheap, simple but very tasty lunch is to make a cheddar cheese sandwich and dip it into the soup. This is a classic cheese and tomato taste combination with a hot and cold twist.
I am not usually a brand man but in the case of tomato soup Heinz is clealy superior and worth paying more for compared to supermarkets' cheaper own brands.
It also beats the mighty soup specialists Baxters when it comes to the cream of tomato flavour.
A standard 400g tin has 228 calories and 12g of fat (only 0.8g are satturated).
I'll be eating this soup long into my old age.
Dental care and oral hygiene is very important to me and I have been looking around for a mouthwash that freshens breath, removes food debris, helps fight plaque, and lasts for a fair few hours after usage.
In Dental PH Icy Fresh I have found such a product. An added advantage is that it is alcohol free.
On the downside it is quite expensive at about £4.50 for a 500 ml container but if you are patient you will sometimes see a 2 for 1 or 3 for 2 offer in stores such as Boots, Superdrug and Savers.
Just shake the bottle to get all of the ingredients fully mixed and activated and then half fill the capsule lid and swill and optionally gargle the solution around in your mouth for about 15 to 30 seconds before spitting out into the basin. Do NOT swallow the solution.
Your breath will be improved by the icy mint flavour, small pieces of food debris will appear in the basin and the solution itself will have partly coated your teeth and gums providing you with some anti bacterial and anti plaque protection for a few hours thereafter.
This is quite a good product too if you ever have one of those really late nights when you arrive home so exhausted that you don't have the energy to brush your teeth. A quick 10 second swill of this stuff is a good option to at least offer some cleaning and protection against decay, plaque, and bacteria etc.
I have been using this and other Dentyl flavours for a few years and always found it to be a good product.
As with all dental/medical products alwyas read the label and consult with your Dental practioner.
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I have just come down with a dry cough which is mutating into some sneezing and a wet chesty cough so I nipped out and bought some Beechams All In One tablets.
They are advertised as non-drowsy but I still get a little sleepy from taking them although I am particularly susceptible to drowsiness from any drugs. But they certainly don't knock me out and I try to take them nearer bed time anyway.
I was half expecting them to Print, Photocopy & Scan but to my relief they contain Paracetamol to relieve headches. shivers and pains, a Decongestant to relieve catarrh, blocked nose and sinuses and finally an Expectorant to relieve chesty coughs.
I prefer to take a far lower dosage/frequency than is recommended on the packet and gradually increase it as and when required.
Taking about half of the recommended dose, staying in the warm and drinking plenty of hot lemon tea with honey I have found that my condition has improved 50% in just 2 days and I put this partly down to the all in one tablets.
Alternatively, for a similar price of around £3.50, you can purchase Beechams Ultra All In One Hot Lemon Menthol sachets which have similar active ingredients and make a hot lemon drink and are therefore a bit easier for some people to consume than a traditional pill capsule.
I would recommend both products but as with all drugs please read the label first before using and consult a doctor.
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Okay Cadbury's (I mean Kraft foods of America) this is a half decent product but in reality the poor cousin of the Galaxy Ripple and your own Cadbury's Flake.
There is something lacking in the Twirl. It is milk chocolate but tastes as if the cocoa content is lower than in a Flake or a Ripple. There is a smooth outer surface and then utter flakiness inside. You get two fingers so you can make it go further which is an advantage over the single fingered Ripple and Flake.
As always with chocolate products the temperature you keep them at is crucial. I recommend room temperature (21c or 70f) for the Twirl.
At this temperature it will retain some brittleness but also offer some melt in the mouthedness.
The price is typically 35p to 55p dependant on where purchased and if in a multipack or not. 2 fingers contain 180 calories and 10.6 grams of fat.
It's a decent chocolate bar but very much outclassed by The Flake and The Ripple.
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I just bought a multi pack of 18 x 25g packets of these for a bargain price of £2 in Tesco. This consists of 4 Cheese & Onion, BBQ Beef, Salt & Vinegar and 6 Original flavour which are basically salted.
I only really buy Hula Hoops because of the crunch you get when you munch them. You can't really suck a Hula Hoop unless you are stuck on a desert island and rationing food or something like that.
They have a fairly ordinary taste so it's just the crunch and the potato carbohydrate quick fix that is the allure. They seem to have been around for a long time. When I was a kid (that's a child, not a baby goat) I remember placing them on my fingers and biting them off one by one (that's the Hula Hoops, not the fingers).
But nowadays if it wasn't for the bargain multi packs I would probably never purchase them.
They are like the old Rover make of car, everyone knows that they are a bit rubbish but somehow quite a few of us buy them.
The BBQ beef ones taste like 900 year old Bovril. The Original ones just make you incredibly thirsty, Cheese & Onion are just okay and the Salt & Vinegar are always the ones left until last, nobody on planet Earth likes the Salt & Vinegar ones.
Each 25g packet has 128 calories and 7.1 g of fat so they are not too unhealthy.
Overall they are what I'd call an acceptable but totally uninspiring filler and maybe a national institution of sorts but as I said previously more along the lines of a Rover car, Milton Keynes or queueing in The Post Office.
Trials by a jury of 12 random bods......... no thanks!
Hopefully I'll never be up for anything in court and I can assure you that if I am then it would have been a complete fit-up job.
Recently there has been a trial for armed robbery where there was no jury present, just a single judge making his judgement and verdict. Perhaps a panel of three judges would have been fairer, but I guess there is a recession!
This particular trial had no jury because allegedly there had been some jury tampering in previous attempts at the trial. That is to say that some jury members may have been pressurised, incentivised, or maybe threatened into giving a not guilty verdict.
However, the concept of 12 of your peers being the jury is quite flawed and unreliable anyway in my opinion.
I would not want twelve average bods with little or no legal expertise trying to work out whether I was innocent or not. Surely, anybody sitting on a jury should first pass some kind of test to ensure they are a) of a minimum standard of intelligence, the bar does not have to be set too high on this but there should be a bar & b) an interview to establish that they have some degree of fair mindedness and logical reasoning skills.
Under the current system the jury is of an almost random composition meaning that the justice system in a trial by jury is more unreliable in producing a fair verdict than it would be if the system were improved.
The other option is simply to employ 12 impartial legal professionals from a large pool of say a few thousand to sit on juries. In this method I would have the most confidence.
I have one of these literally right across the road to me which is very, very handy. It has a scaled down selection of products that you would find in a larger main Tesco store.
Main items stocked include general food, fresh sandwich and lunch items, dairy section, meat and poultry section, frozen section, bakery items, fresh fruit and vegetables, alcohol, tobacco, lottery and scratchcards, toliteries and some non prescription medicines, personal care products and sweets, chocolates and crisps.
The more limited choice of products means that the overall cost of a "shopping basket" can be a tad higher in some cases than in a main Tesco but this is fine with me because of the convenience factor. The shop I am referring to opens 7 am until 10 pm 7 days a week which is great.
Also, if you go in between 8.30 and 10 pm there are often heavily marked down fresh sandwiches, pies, meats, desserts, bread and the like that are on or approaching their sell by date that are discounted typically between 20 and 90%.
I have frequently bought sandwiches for 35p reduced from £2 and loaves of bread and packets of cakes for under 20p.
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There was much hype about this film, how much it cost to make and how long it took to make.
Frankly I was very disappointed. It is a kind of sci-fi mish mash of other films and plots all cobbled together in my opinion.
A sort of combination of The Magnificent Seven meets A Man Called Horse meets Total Recall meets Dances With Wolves.
It is set in the future and after you have worked out what the hell it is all about during the first 20 or so minutes of badly scripted, badly storylined confusing footage you can pretty much predict the rest of the plot as it follows very standard story formulas involving goodies versus baddies, the obligatory love story and the cliff hanger ending.
There is also a period of about 40 minutes during the middle of the film where basically nothing really happens and this section could easily be condensed into 10 or 15 minutes without the movie really losing anything.
Yes, the 3D effects and production are staggeringly awesome and you will be entertained to some degree but no it is not a great film and will leave you feeling fairly empty and not at all enlightened after you have watched it.
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I bought this product in the pound shop mainly because it says that it eliminates odours rather than just masking them.
I have now been using it for 3 months and I am quite impressed with it.
It does seem to do what it says on the tim althought a negative is that the dispensing nozzle on it is one of the cheaper types and requires a certain level of concentration when depressing it to avoid spraying it in the wrong direction and if you are very unlucky on to your hand or perhaps on to your face and eyes.
It says on the back of the can that it neutralises bad odour molecules rather than just masking the smell with a fragrance. This seems to ring true because it emits little or no fragrance and the smell does seem to disappear fairly quickly.
I mainly use it in the bathroom but it is also useful for pet smells and tobacco smoke.
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I have purchased the cotton fresh fragrance one for £2.79 from my local supermarket. It is certainly a very nice looking can and the trigger for dispensing is far easier to use than on much cheaper air freshners which usually cost between £1 and £1.50.
The easy to use trigger is the only real advantage in my opinion over cheaper air freshners which sometimes spray the solution in the wrong direction or over your hand or even face.
So the extra premium is worth paying for. However, the fragrance is nothing special and I have no evidence that it "eliminates odours, doesn't mask them" as it says on the can, although perhaps this is scientifically proven by the makers. I am not really sure.
On the back of the can it says that it is using "Patented odour elimination technology" and you can phone them on 0800 3282882 to check out exactly what this is.
The cotton fresh fragrance is pleasant enough so I am pretty happy with the product and especially with the trigger.
Piccadilly Circus, well there is not really much to write home about. It is basically a pivotal geographical point of London's West End and not worth visiting specifically for any particular reason.
However, it is often the correct underground stop to get off at as it is within a short walking distance to the likes of Leicester Square, Regent Street, Covent Garden, The Strand, Chinatown, the West End theatre district and London's famous Soho area.
However, I should warn that the old saying "as busy as Picadilly Circus" is accurate and this particularly applies late at night when it is often very crowded and sometimes almost inaccessible getting into and using the underground station. So if you can find a different station to use then this is advisable.
I would also be careful when there and in the surrounding streets to be vidulant at all times as there are many pick pockets around as well as other unsavoury people mingling in with the crowds.
The Eros statue is okay but not particularly big or impressive and the multi=coloured high up lighting adverts (as in the picture above) although slightly iconic won't take your breath away.
Just bought one of these from PC World On Line for an incredible price of £149.99 including delivery.
I was expecting something maybe a bit substandard but what I have is fantastic. The 9 inch screen is big enough even for those with not perfect 20 20 vision to read web pages. It's very lightweight at under 1 kg. Small minus point is that it gets very hot underneath when using it. I believe that the fan only kicks in at a certain temperature.
The Netbook boots up quickly, surfs the web perfectly, either wired, by in built wi-fi or by mobile internet and came with an astonishing bonus of Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
The keyboard is scrunched in a bit from a standard keyboard size but still big enough to type effectively. Also has a built in web cam and nice built in speakers.
The battery is currently lasting 4 hours when fully charged which is great.
It also has a limited free trial of Norton Antivirus. It operates on Windows XP (perfectly adequate for a Netbook) and has 1 gig of memory and 16 of storage.
It runs on an Intel Atom processor.
In my opinion it is perfect as a second PC in the home for surfing wirelessly around the house and also as a portable unit to use when out and about (using wi fi or mobile internet) or when visiting friends or relatives houses.
Yes it has limited memory, storage and power but as a Netbook it is fantastic value and very well built. I have seen other Netbooks of the same screen size or an inch bigger at double and quadruple the price.
Don't buy them, but this. It is cracking value.
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This is one of the most disappointing electrical products I have ever purchased and what made matters worse was the laissez faire, nonchalant, couldn't care less attitude of the Electrolux Customer Care department.
I was attracted to purchasing this vacuum cleaner because it is cordless rechargeable, lightweight, bagless, has a washable filter, is easily manoevred around small spaces and awkward areas and has an integrated hand held vacuum cleaner which simply pops in and out of the main body of the vacuum cleaner.
It cost me £65 which is not particularly cheap but because of the features above and the name Electrolux, which I had previously perceived to be a decent brand, I paid the price.
Okay, so why am I very disappointed?
It is very, very poor on power and struggles to pick up anything other than dust or other very minute debris. For example, if you vacuum up a used staple with it, it tends to suck it in and then immediately spit it out.
When I tried to vacuum very small biscuit crumbs I found that I had to go over the crumbs three or four times to achieve it.
The other main fault is that what it does suck up gets caught somewhere in its inner workings and does not make it all the way up to the enclosed debris recepticle. Then what happens is when you place the cleaner down on the floor, even if very gently from just a few inches above ground level, you find that the debris that is caught inside the appartus falls out in a big pile on the carpet!!
So in theory, you could vacuum the same debris over and over again to infinity. Not clever.
All of the above was done on a very short pile carpet tile of about 1cm in depth.
To my absolute amazement, when I phoned the Electrolux number that is on the sticker on the cleaner they told me that it was my fault because it is not designed to vacuum any substance other than dust!!
I asked them if they were serious and they said they were! I have never heard such a load of nonsense in the whole of my life.
I bought the item as an occasional vacuum cleaner to use at work in the office as our office cleaners are only in twice a week. Because of how far away it was bought it was economically unviable for me to attempt to claim a refund from the retailer and so immenseley frustrated and cheesed off with the whole experience I took great delight in disposing of this totally useless piece of equipment in an industrial crusher that is at my place of work.
If I could give it no stars I would.
I should add that the above is my 100% true and honest experience of this product as is the account that I have given of what their customer services told me. They did not indicate that the product was faulty in any way.
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I will keep it simple. I have been to two Cafe Rouge outlets. One in Hays Galleria (near London Bridge in London) and one in St. Katherine Docks (near Tower Bridge, London).
These one would think would be two of the better versions of Cafe Rouge because they are in prime position for well heeled "City" workers.
The news is not good. They charge high prices for most items on the menu and it is in my opinion very average food indeed.
On the menu is a lot of "French" food but to my palate and to my wallet it tastes like food cooked by the English and charged at quite high prices. I am very unimpressed and feel that the restaurant has a nice name, nice image, good ambience but is mainly about style, but food wise is lacking in real quality.
You can find some on line vouchers that offer two for one deals which for me bring the price more into range with what you are getting for your money but in my opinion at full price I will not be eating there unless someone else is paying!!
I bought a 120g tube of these mini eggs the other day with a view to nibbling at the odd egg or two at regular intervals during an evening's TV viewing.
What an error of judgment! These eggs are so moorish that once I started eating them I just had to scoff the whole lot in about 5 minutes flat.
The crisp sugar shell of each egg is glossy, cracks easily and is irresistible and then the chocolate below is about the nicest most easily melt on the tongue milk chocolate that I have ever eaten.
These mini eggs are so addictive and so difficult to put down that I will not be eating them again unless I know that I have a ten mile walk or something lined up shortly afterwards.
The shells on the outside of each egg are in varying colours and speckled to look like real baby bird's eggs so this is the only legal way of obtaining baby birds' eggs that I know of.
Each egg is 15 calories and 100g of eggs are 455 calories.
They are 63% sugar and 20% fat and contain 5 different E numbers so in my opinion are not a healthy treat but okay in moderation.
The moderation bit is the difficult part.