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      09.10.2013 00:54
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      Does what it says

      == Description ==
      The towels come in a pack of 10 with a pleasant blue and green plastic packaging. While the Tena brand name is very clear, the packaging shows only a discreet reference to bladder weakness and they look like a pack of ordinary towels. I like this because when I'm buying these, I prefer the person at the checkout not to know.

      Each individual towel comes wrapped in a green plastic wrapper. This makes them easy to carry in your bag without damage and if it does drop out, again it just looks like a normal towel. The plastic wrappers are also excellent for wrapping a used towel for discreet and odour free disposal.

      The towel itself smells very pleasantly of aloe vera. It has a central pad to absorb liquid and is elasticated around the sides to avoid any leakage. It attaches to your pants by way of an adhesive strip at the back. This strip is made up of three separate bands, adding to the security when worn.

      == Use ==
      The towel is described for light to normal use. It certain is effective at both retaining odour and liquid. As I only use it when I have a bad cough, I cannot comment on the rating they give it as my need falls within that description.

      The towel itself is quite bulky and I was aware I wearing it the whole time. It made it uncomfortable to wear and I felt the need to check it was fully in place the whole time. That said, I had no problems at all with it moving.
      Overall this is a good product that does what it says it will do but I would strongly recommend that if you can manage with a lighter one then use that.

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    • Rackety's / Online Shop / 69 Readings / 69 Ratings
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      27.01.2013 17:04
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      Would recommend

      Racketys is a shop selling clothing for disabled adults and children. They have a full range of items including covers and capes for wheelchairs, clothing and vests that don't ride up, swimwear and bibs and covers. The information on their websites indicates that it is the brainchild of a fashion designer looking for a new role who worked with her local special needs school to create a range of items and it has since grown.

      The shop has an online presence and a telephone sales line. The website is very easy to navigate with items grouped by type and split into adult and children. The pictures and description for each item are very clear. For example on the rain cover we purchased, the ties to attach it to the wheelchair had their own picture. Payment can be made using all the usual methods and they do not subscribe to any cash back websites I am aware of. They have regular sales some of which offer great bargains with items down to £3 and £5 in children's wear.

      Delivery is not free and there is a standard and express option available. I have used only the standard option and have receive items quickly and well wrapped. I have had no need to return any items purchased but their website does state a 28 return policy for no reason and 3/6 months for faults.

      Customer service is excellent. I have purchased both directly from the website and the telephone sales line. Transactions on the website are seamless and easy to use. Transactions on the telephone line are equally so. They also have the added advantage of some excellent individual advice. We were looking for something to keep my daughter warm while skiing on a bi-ski. The guy on the phone hadn't heard of them before but took the time to look it up and recommend a product which worked really well.

      Price wise it's a hard one to call. All items related to disability seem to have a premium attached. That said, I do believe that the prices they charge are competitive for the market, for example the cozy toes we purchased cost around the same as a winter coat and I would expect to have similar wear from it.

      Overall I would recommend this retailer as being easy to use, helpful and acceptable pricing.

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    • CityOrganiser.co.uk / Online Shop / 66 Readings / 66 Ratings
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      20.01.2013 16:44
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      An excellent shop

      This is an excellent online shop which also has a retail shop in the City in London. I was trying to come up with a description and stationery shop didn't really do it justice. Now my main purchases from them have been Filofax related so to me they are an organiser shop. But a wee bit of exploring of their website reveals a whole lot more. They sell a large collection of quality pens, cases and covers for business cards to iPads and a whole collection of miscellaneous gifts from the likes of Paul Smith and Vivienne Westwood. Brands wise they sell Filofax, Mont Blanc, Moleskin, Letts and a whole host more.

      The website itself is very easy to navigate. Along with a product search, you can also navigate by brand or product type. I find the screens very easy to read and use. I notice from the narrative on their website that they have specifically looked to simplify it and I think this has been very successful.

      The prices for Filofax certainly are excellent and a look at the other products indicate the prices on these are competitive also. At times City Organiser offer a discount code specifically for Filofax purchases. They may also offer them for other products but I have not needed that yet. They do not participate in cashback websites but their competitive prices still see them cheaper than most.

      The delivery is very quick, always dispatch within 24 hours and sometimes even faster and always first class. At the time of writing this review, delivery is only free when purchasing a Mont Blanc item but their actual rates are reasonable.

      The customer service is second to none which may be in part due to their retail shop. I have phoned them to discuss a purchase and emailed to ask for any live discount codes and always had a speedy helpful response. One of the blogs I participate in also has a number of users who buy from them and again they seem to bend over backwards to help you make the right purchase.

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      14.01.2013 22:52
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      Good story well told.

      My daughter fell in love with this story when we read it as part of a project she was doing at school in p3. She struggles to sleep at night and enjoys listening to CDs as part of her wind down at night so I was pleased to try this for her. We actually got the CD as part of a combined set and it is the same one as is available individually.

      The story is told by Roald Dahl himself which significantly adds to the magic for me but I'm not sure it made much difference to my daughter. The story is true to the original text with I think some adjustments for being read. I found the tone, speed and pitch of the narration very easy to listen to while still giving the excitement and fun of the story. While an exciting story, I have found that it does not over stimulate my daughter and so would recommend it as a good one for listening to at night.

      The story is all about the adventure Charlie Bucket has when he wins a golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. While I think most people know the story, and have probably seen a film version or read the book I believe that you could listen to this CD as your first visit to the story with no problems.

      The CD itself is broken down into a number of tracks which does allow you to jump in when you wish. However as I mentioned before, my daughter has trouble sleeping so in our house it gets listened to from start to finish.

      I would thoroughly recommend this book as a good presentation of the paper book and as it's read by the author, you can be sure it's read how he intended.

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        13.01.2013 19:11
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        A very plesant trip

        Having just returned from a weekend in the Cairgorms during the ski season I thought a review of this railway would be of interest both to non skiers who might choose this time to go up and also wheelchair users.

        The railway itself will take you from the base car park up to the top of the mountain where many of the ski runs begin. As the sides, front and back are all glassed windows, it gives for stunning views of the surrounding vista (not for those with vertigo). At the top, if you are a skier or boarder, you are able to access all runs and weather permitting ski all the way back down. Non skiers can have a look around at the top either at the viewing station or by going outside and can also stop for refreshments in the café or to buy some gifts in the shop. Although I have not been up during the summer myself, I noticed that they are now offering guided walks down for anyone who travels up then.

        During the season it will also stop at the middle station to pick up those who have skied down and want back up to the runs. This weekend not all runs and tows were open so this stop was busy with skiers both on the way up the mountain and down. I didn't see anyone left behind due to the train being full at middle station but it is a bit jammed in places with all those skis and boards.

        The train caters very well for wheelchair users who get the added advantage of travelling in the front section so get full view of the panorama. There are wheelchair straps to lock the wheelchairs in place if required. There is a small gap on entering and leaving the train but the guard has a handy mini ramp to cover it. At the base, access is directly from the main platform which can be accessed by left from the car park. At the top, access is to a small landing which has a lift to the main café and hillside, access to the viewing area and a disabled toilet. The door to this is kept locked and opened and closed by the guard. For the return journey a simple buzzer will alert the train staff that a wheelchair user is waiting.

        Overall we found the journey very enjoyable and simple and straightforward for the wheelchair user. Although the train was busy with skiers, the guard always allowed the wheelchair users fisrt entry and other skiers and boarder showed great consideration with their equipment.

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      • Reebok Hand Weights Set / Fitness / 67 Readings / 65 Ratings
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        17.11.2012 15:14
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        A good beginner set of hand weights

        I needed a set of hand weights when I started doing the 30 day shred. As it was not something I'd used before, even in my younger days when I went to the gym, I purchased this set as it was from a well known brand that I associated with good quality.

        This box of weights contain three sets: 0.5kg, 1kg and 1.5kg. There are two hand weights at each level and each come in a different colour, green, blue and brown respectively. The weights are stored in a light grey moulded plastic case with an integrated handle at the top and a side opening case. The weights themselves, according to the website, are iron covered in vinyl. They are in pastal shades and the vinyl is buff rather than shiny. As well as colour to distinguish the different weights, each has their actual weight written in white at either end.

        I found the weights very easy to use. They were comfortable to hold, easy to pick up and put down between uses and still felt secure even when my hands were a bit sweaty. This is down to the design of the weights , hexagon at the ends with a hexagon handle in the middle which stops rolling both on the floor and in your hands. They will move a bit on the floor but my experience is that it's minimal. They feel also comfortable in your hand with a soft plastic texture

        The vinyl covering makes the weights easy to clean down with only a wipe required. The storage box is great provided you put them back in. The moulding in the box ensures the weights stay in position even when it's lifted. I personally thought the side closing with top handle was very clever as even if you forget to clip the box closed, the contents won't fall out and hit you on the toe. I wouldn't carry them in the case unclipped though as that would be unsafe. The box when full is not difficult to carry which again makes them easy to use. Storage wise, I push the box under the sofa when not in use.

        Even as a beginner I was able to start with the 1kg weights and I'm not sure I will ever use the lighter ones as I felt no added resistance. My daughter loves the 0.5kg when she wants to join in with a session and the lack of roll when dropped on the floor makes that safe to do. I can't see myself ready to move up to the next weight for a while so these will have a significant useful life span for me.

        There may be cheaper alternatives available but I feel these are a good quality weight with many safety and practical features. I would certainly recommend them to anyone, especially if you are making a start on the shred.

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      • Casio FX 83 ES / Gadget / 54 Readings / 52 Ratings
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        11.11.2012 23:09
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        Good calculator.

        I was given this calculator free at a conference for maths teachers and was delighted with the gift. I've had it for at least three years now and its still going strong with daily use (including the odd lend to a pupil).

        As a scientific calculator, it has all the functions you would expect including powers and roots, trig functions, fraction keys, π and follows the mathematical standard BODMAS rules for calculation. It also allows you to easily swap between the different measures of angles and displays on screen which measure you are using. It will also give answers in a selected format either exact values (including surds and fractions) or decimals. You can set the calculator to one of these but also swap between options by the use of one button.

        From my perspective as a maths teacher, I recommend this calculator to pupils because of the following strengths:
        * Calculations, including applying a trig function, are input in the same order that they are written in class work and exams (this is not true of all calculators.
        * The description on buttons are very clear and again are similar to what would be used in written work. In my experience, most pupils can navigate their way around this keyboard with less support than other calculator makes.
        * The navigation button in the middle allows for checking of work where an incorrect working is obtained so pupils can see any keying errors.

        The one drawback that this calculator has is that it can change its setting if left loose in your bag. This can be easily rectified by using the reset key or changing the mode but can be off putting and lead to potential errors if not checked.

        From a teaching perspective it comes with good support. I have purchased a piece of software that allows me to project they keyboard onto the smart screen so allowing me to walk pupils through any calculations being done for the first time.

        Overall I would say this is a great wee calculator which will see any child through their high school maths career.

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        30.10.2012 23:57
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        A waste of money

        I came across this on dooyooo and thought it might come in handy. My daughter struggles to control her grip and so can't manage to eat crisps herself. This looked like a possible solution and I found cheaper than amazon version on e-bay for only £2.50.

        I went ahead and ordered. Delivery was fast given that it was shipped from Hong Kong and with great excitement, and a handy packet of crisps, we opened it.

        Oh what a disappointment. The one we had was a pink handle with a white gloved hand with two fingers that were supposed to come together when a button was pressed to hold crisp. A few tries and we realised it was impossible to pick a crisp up directly. You could place a crisp between the two fingers and close them on it but this was far from secure and only a small bump was needed to knock the crisp out.

        The other reviews seemed to have had more success so it may be that buying cheap I got junk. For £2.50, it wasn't a major loss but still a disappointment. It didn't even make a fun toy as the fingers wobbled around.

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        27.10.2012 15:52
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        A good read

        Sorry for the corny headline but I chose to read this book only because Molly Ringwall featured in so many films from my youth so I was interested in her skills as a writer. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by what I found.

        The book itself tells the story of a family at a turbulent time. It is made up of a collection of short stories. Each story is a stand alone piece with an underlying story piece running through it. The underlying plot is of a turbulent period in the life of a husband and wife.

        The main character for each individual story is different and each has a smaller or larger part in the underlying plot. The main part of each short story touches the timeline of the underlying plot. This is not always in chronological order so it may not be immediately obvious how the underlying plot is moved on by it but I did feel that all the pieces of the jigsaw were in place by the end. It certainly did not detract from my enjoyment of the book either as a whole, or as individual stories.

        One character in the underlying plot was not given a voice either in anyone else's story or their own. This was an interesting approach which I felt was in keeping with the development of the underlying plot where many details were left to the reader to complete and with the overall outcome of the story itself.

        As I said, I enjoyed the book. I felt that each short story was an interesting read in its own right, covering a different aspect of family life. The development of the characters in the short stories was achieved quickly and in an interesting and believable way. I was left at the end of many short stories wanting to know more about their main character which I believe reflects the good characterisation within each short story. The standalone nature of the short stories also give the opportunity for the reader, if they wish to, to treat them as vignettes and challenge their own responses to family issues.

        The format made the book very quick to read and I would recommend it especially to those who do most of their reading just before lights out for sleep. Short stories give a sense of completion at the end of each chapter with only a few key things needed for the underlying story to work.

        The book is published in the USA some comes with American spelling. It is however available in paper form in the UK and Kindle download

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          20.10.2012 22:32
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          Good product for everyday use

          I've got very untidy dry curly hair which has become even drier since it turned grey. I'm always on the lookout for a product that will hold my hair in relatively neat looking curls with as little effort from me as possible.

          I found this product a number of years ago and have been using it since, apart from a wee gap which I'll mention later. There are other curly hair products within the range which I have not found as successful but this one does work on its own.

          The cream is very easy to use, just spread some in your hands a rub it through your hair. Now the back of the bottle says a generous amount, which means bigger than a pea but not a handful as if over done it can make the curls a bit rigid. Make sure you come up to the roots from underneath, I go for an upside down head approach, as too much product on top will lead to a flat head. After that it's up to you. I never blow dry my hair so when I want a bit of style, I twist in some ringlets while it's wet and shake out once dry and other days just rub through and scrunch. Both ways I get a result I am happy with. The instructions do say you can dry your hair with a diffuser

          I have found that the product lasts all day but no longer than one day. The instructions say to apply to damp hair. I agree with this and would strongly advise against using it on dry hair as it doesn't cope well and has a tendency to clump. Also I don't find it conditions my hair so on days when I've only wet my hair I go for an alternative product. Although I'm grey now, I have had my hair coloured in the past and again this product worked well with it, not detracting from the colour at all. I've also had my hair from short to long and would recommend it for all lengths.

          I mentioned earlier not to use it on dry hair as it clumps and this is the same if you put too much on wet hair. You get left with solid pieces of hair that you can just about pick the product out of. Don't let that put you off though as it's pretty obvious after a few uses what is the ideal amount.

          So I mentioned a small gap in my using of the product. Well a few years ago, they changed the formula. No idea why but the resulting product had no impact at all on my hair and I was left with the same frizzy mess I would have had with no product at all. I was devastated as I've not ever found a suitable replacement. Well I'm delighted to say that they are now back the original formula and it's working well again.

          Value for money, the bottle 150ml lasts me a couple of months with every second day use. I never buy it full price as it is regularly on 3 for 2 offers from boots.

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        • Rowan Big Wool / Art / Craft / 65 Readings / 63 Ratings
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          12.10.2012 23:17
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          Nice quality yarn

          Rowan big wool is a pure wool from the rowan range. It has been around for a number of years and Rowan regularly introduce new shades and discontinue others. The wool itself has a lovely soft feel to it which makes it lovely to wear in a cardi or the like. As a pure wool it is also great at trapping air for warmth and so makes a great scarf too.

          There are a number of pattern books that support this yarn and a quick look on the Rowan website indicates that new patterns continue to be be developed. There are a wide range of patterns available from jumpers and cardis through to scarfs and bags. I've used it on a number of projects including an orange cardi, two lovely long winter scarfs and my very first successful attempt at a felted bag.
          The wool itself has a lovely soft feel to it which makes it lovely to wear in a cardi or the like. As a pure wool it is also great at trapping air for warmth and so makes a great scarf too.
          So pros and cons of this wool are:

          Pros
          It is incredible fast to knit. Big stitches means creating jumper takes little time at all.
          It's flexible enough to create interesting stitch patterns which lend themselves well to scarfs and hats.
          It felts really well and this combined with the fast knit time makes creating a bag an easy weekend project, even for a novice knitter.

          Cons
          The wool itself is not cheap. However it is no more expensive that other Rowan products and it is a quality yarn.
          You need larger needles which few of us have in our normal needle collection.
          For sewing up items, you will need a different yarn as the Big Wool for me was too thick

          So would I recommend this wool? For scarfs and felted bags absolutely. For jumpers and cardis I'm on the fence. It is quick to knit up and creates a warm product but for me it is too chunky and makes the end product look just too homemade. That said, I just spotted a new pattern while writing the review which will be lovely to knit in these winter months

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            30.09.2012 12:51
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            Works as it should

            I've been using the Body Shop Watermelon and Eucalyptus shower gel for around a month. I chose it as I like something with a strong smell in the mornings to help wake me up. This certainly fits the bill and the eucalyptus scent is a pleasant morning pick me up. I would have to admit I am not aware of the watermelon but it may be a slight undertone to the eucalyptus that my unsophisticated nose doesn't recognise.

            The gel is part of the Body Shop earth lovers range so called because it comes in a bottle that can be recycled and the gel its self is biodegradable. This was not a deciding factor in the purchase for me but is good to know. Those with stronger greener credentials may be able to comment more on how strong a claim this is.

            The gel is very easy to use with a flip top lid that works well for those like me who cannot see a thing in the shower due to lack of glasses. The liquid is quite runny so `you need to take care to avoid using too much. When I purchased this, I was advised that it is not quick to create bubbles and may take a wee bit of effort. I have to say I haven't noticed this at all. I find it very easy to use and equally easy to rinse from both me and the sponge. I only have a small area of sensitive skin and have had no problems at all with this gel.

            I would comment that the smell of the gel does not linger on the body through the day the way some other brands do.

            Value for money wise I would say that this is a good shower gel. I did not pay full price as it was bought with the Body Shop discount card but I think it is a reasonable price for the product.

            Overall I would say this is a nice morning shower gel with no long lasting after smell.

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              24.09.2012 21:43
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              Would recomend this

              So our house is a bit of a post it shrine but for some reason there is never any to hand when you need them. So when I saw this on offer I had to have it for the hall side table.

              So it's pink, shaped like a heart and holds your standard size post it notes. What else would you need to know. Well quite a few things are important when dealing with post it notes in a dispenser.

              First for me is can you pull the notes out one handed? That gets a great big yes. The base is weighted which makes it nice an secure on the table for pulling out your notes. It has the added advantage of doubling as a paperweight if required.

              The next question is does it hold a reasonable amount of notes at a time? Again a big yes. Admittedly the initial pack it came with was not that big but there was plenty of space for more and there is a pop up part to the dispenser which ensures the pack always sits at the top. The only problem with this is that you can't see how many notes you have left.

              And finally, is it easy to refill. Now that's a mixed answer. Actually opening the device and refilling couldn't be any easier. Just turn it over and there is a clip to press and the base separates from the top with the new pad of post its ready to go in. It clicks reassuringly back into place when closed. You need to choose carefully what notes to fill it with however. Your ordinary notes just won't work and you need the concertina ones. You could create your own by swapping alternate notes round but that would be way to dull. Post it do sell these packs but I'm not aware of any of the slightly cheaper alternatives doing so.

              A nice wee dispenser that is easy to use.

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                22.09.2012 22:37
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                good for listening to when plugged in.

                I've had my radio for around 4 years now and would thoroughly recommend it.

                The digital radio uses an ariel and despite being in a room that gets a poor mobile phone signal, it always seems to get a good strong signal. In the four years I've had it I don't think I've had trouble with the signal more than ten times and have never needed to switch to FM as a result.

                The sound quality is very clear. I listen mostly to radio 4 and can make out every word clearly which I cannot always do on some radios. The volume is easy to change with two little buttons on the side, one for up and one for down. It can belt out quite a volume even rising above the washing machine or the competing sound of the TV from the living room.

                Using the radio is very straight forward and simple to do. Once switched on, it automatically tunes to the last station you were listening to. To change you simply turn the dial to the station you want and then click in the middle to select. I especially like this feature as it means you are not getting little snippets of lots of channels on your way to find the one you want. Also it's really helpful that the screen shows which channels you are going through, with a wee description, making it easy to find a channel to suit your mood. It does make a click sound when going through channels though I am not sure why. There is also an info button that will give you more detail about what you are listening to. I've used this to find out detail like what book I'm listening to if I miss the start of book at bedtime or the like.

                The radio also comes with 5 pre-set buttons which allows you to pre-set 10 channels . The description says 20 but that's 10 digital and 10FM as far as I am aware. I'll be homest I've never used them as the tuner dial is so easy to use.

                This is a basic level DAB radio and as such does not contain some of the features of others such as recording and timers for shows. In my opinion it does not suffer from the loss of this although this may be as I use it in my kitchen for background noise while we are in there.

                All great so far but this is not a five star portable radio as it eats batteries like you would not believe. I used it as a portable radio when I first got it but very quickly started to use the power cable it came with and have done ever since. So it is portable to take on holiday yes but not away from a power source for any length of time. Sorry I've no exact timings on battery life.

                My other niggle is that when it's switched off at the mains, as I do every day, when switching it back on, you also have to switch the radio power on too. Now I know that's hardly a hardship but it gets on my nerves.

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              • Barr Irn Bru / Soft Drink / 45 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                All us scots can't be wrong

                Irn Bru is the orange coloured fizzy drink that outsells coke in Scotland. The current advertising campaigns are very tongue in cheek but "Scotland's other national drink" was the main strap line of my youth and I have been a keen partaker of this fizzy juice since then.

                There are a few myths I wish to clear up first about irn bru before turning the main spotlight. Firstly it is not made from girders and in fact contains no iron at all. Secondly it is absolutely one of the best-selling fizzy drinks in Scotland despite the attempts of some supermarkets (yes sainsburys ...) to keep it from their fridges. Thirdly, unlike Guinness, it does travel and can be purchased with confidence south of the border. Finally both the sugar free and main irn bru make an excellent morning after cure for those wild nights.

                Now irn bru is available in a variety of sizes and packaging. The original comes in a 750ml glass bottle (return value 30p at the tine if writing), a can with 330ml and then plastic bottles from the wee bru at 250ml, through 500ml, 1 lirte up to 2litres. A quick check on the irn bru website would indicate that there is little difference in taste between these but I beg to differ. Although I have not conducted any rigorous experiments or trials I believe the same piece of science that will create a volcano by dropping polo mints into a bottle of "fizzy juice" explains why.

                Now before moving on to taste, a word of how to drink you "bru". In company and other polite circles, a glass should be used. However there are occasions through choice or necessity when only swigging from the bottle will do. In these situations, do not go beyond the 750ml in size. Anything more is likely to result in orange stains on your clothes from an overflow of fizziness at the bottle neck. Also always check around your lips after for that tell-tale orange moustache.

                Finally taste. It is difficult to describe the taste of irn bru as there is nothing similar to it. It is sweet with an aftertaste and almost coating that will stay in your mouth for quite some time (one reason why it goes so well with a fish supper). Those in the know agree that the glass bottle size is best giving a good level of bubbles to cut through the sweetness. Next in line I would say it is evenly split between the 500ml bottle and the can. Both of these also have the advantage of no loss of fizz as they are drunk in one sitting. The remaining sizes I would suggest are only for emergencies as the ratio of fizz to flavour just does not work I my opinion.

                I would thoroughly recommend this drink, subject to normal health rules on the consumption of fizzy juice.

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