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    • Evian / Soft Drink / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      17.02.2013 13:55

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      A good item to have when you are traveling.

      Evian Natural mineral water from France is in my opinion, quite delicious. I mean how can water be delicious. This has more to do with the fact that there is less in Evian than in some tap water.

      I find Evian to feel and taste as close to natural as I imagine normal water to be. Unadulterated lovely pure stuff! Not like the water that a lot of councils have control over and the stuff that comes out of many taps!

      I always have a couple of large bottles in the car for when I am traveling just because it is always good to keep hydrated. I tend to buy my water in 2 liter bottles and I buy them in the supermarket where it tends to be somewhat cheaper than convenience stores or the motorway service stations, it's a good way to keep the cost down on a product which in some cases can be rather expensive.

      I think this is a great product and don't mind spending a little on some each week, if you buy smart it can be very worthwhile.

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      22.11.2012 14:31

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      A very nice floral perfume that everyone seems to admire.

      I'm really not a huge perfume fanatic and this was my first purchase of this nature for a long time.

      I'm very glad I took the plunge. I really love this particular fragrence. It is not too overpowering and I feel it a great one to wear as a day to day perfume.

      It has an almost floralsmell to it, it almost smells really summery, but like I said not too overpowering. The other great thing about this particular fragrence is the fact that you don't need too much of it to get the full benefit. Just 1-2 sprays first thing in the morning and you are good to go for the whole day.

      The other pluss to this particular perfume is the factthat it is fairly easy to get hold of. It is somewhat popular and therefore when you run out, there isn't the ternal search to try and find another bottle, only to find it has been discontinued.

      This is my go to perfume on a regular basis when at work or University and I have had many people ask what it is or compliment it, which always makes you feel good!

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    • Zippo Lighters / Household Product / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      22.11.2012 13:27
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      Absolutely beutiful design. One of those classic items.

      Zippo are the ultimate lighter producers and have been making these iconic little wonders for years.

      The design is really clever, but rather simple, that's not a bad thing though. Sometime simple is the best!

      Basically, the lighter contains a resevoir where you place fuel, that is soaked up by cotton wool and a wick, which carries it to the top/lid part. This can then be ignited with the little flint that sits right next to the fuel soaked wick.

      The lid is the part that extinguishes the flame when needed, just by suffocating it.

      The build quality of these lighters is exceptional. The lighters are rather heavy for what they are and are usualy made out of brass. They have 2 parts. The case with the lid and the insert. This is where all the workings are.

      The insert, litteraly just inserts into the lighter case itself and there you go.

      The other great thing about Zippo lighters is the fact that they all come with a lifetime garuntee. If the lighter is faulty at any point and it isn't your fault, you just send the lighter back to Zippo and they will fix/replace it and ship it back to you.

      You are responsible for paying for the lighter to get to Zippo itself, but they will pay the return shipping.

      These are a fantastic alternative to the chaep plastic lighters and I use mine all the time to light the rayburn/light my handwarmer.

      They are brilliant and they look cool too!

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    • Zippo Flint Dispenser / Gadget / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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      22.11.2012 13:15

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      Absolutely worhtwhile having a spare 1 or 2 if you have Zippo brand lighters.

      This little dispensor unit is absolutely fantastic! I always have one at home, ready and waiting for when any of my lighters need any maintenance carried out.

      The design is great, I love the way it is easily identifiable, it holds 6 replacement flints and they are easy to dispence with the little wheel at the top.

      I only ever use actual Zippo flints in my lighters nowadays. There was a time when I used a competitors from the post office, but they didn't fit properly and I ended up dmaging the striker wheel of my first lighrter. Therefore, I always keep a spare Zippo flint underneath the internal padding of my lighter, just incase I am out when the current flint runs out. (That doesn't happen very often.)

      I would absolutely reccomend keeping one or two of these dispensers in a safe place if you have Zippo lighters. You will only be dissapointed and frustrated if you use others that are the wrong size.

      When I say keep these in a safe place, I mean it lol. They are rather small and have a tendancy to fall down the back of the sofa etc... If you aren't careful.

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      22.11.2012 13:06
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      A great essential for your Zippo products.

      I've been using Zippo products for a couple of years now. I use a Zippo hand warmer almost every day.

      I never used to believe the claim that Zippo lighter fluid was somehow better than the competitors. I assumed it was a bit like petrol and much of a muchness.

      That was until I found a decent price online for buyin in bulk. It made the Zippo brand fuel, cheaper than any of the others on the high street, so I bought a few bottles.

      My observations are that: My handwarmer burner seems to soot up less when using this fuel. I get a slightly warmer burn inside the handwarmer when using Zippo fuel as oppose to the others and it seems to burn for slightly longer than othewr fuels.

      Because of the fact that the handwarmer burner seems to soot up less, it means that the burner unit needs replacing less frequently, which saves money in the long run.

      I also find that the inside of my zippo lighter seems to take much longer to soot up. The other thing I have noticed is the smell, or lack of it. There is still that petrol lighter smell with htis fuel, but it seems to be less obvipous in my mind.

      Overall, if I find this fuel at a decent price I will always pick this over any other competitor. However I don't think it is right how you sometimes see it with a huge markup on the high street.

      Shop around online for it and your Zippo products will thank you for it. :-)

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      22.11.2012 12:57
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      Wow! I only planned to keep it for my trip, now I don't want to get rid of it!

      I purchased my Fujifilm a while ago now. I have had various cameras that mainly consisted of the little compacts which where great up to a point.

      The catalyst for this purchase was a backpacking trip around Australia. I wanted a half decent camera that didn't cost the earth and I don't know anything about photography, so I didn't need masses of special features.

      What I did want was a decent lense with a good zoom function. That is exactly what I got! The Fuji Finepix is brilliant, It takes really good quality photos, is sooper easy to use and has just enough features and functions for novices like me to play around with, without being too complicated!

      I took some incredible and some shocking photos on my trip. (The shocking ones were down to me, not the camera.)

      I feel like it is the perfect point and shoot coamera. You don't have to be worried about lugging a load of gear around with you, but it still has enough oomph, to capture those memories really well.

      I find compared to a standard compact, it is a little bulky, but I think that is me being picky and after all, you can't have a great camera like this inside a compact body, so I think this is a great compromise!

      I was planning on selling my Fuji when I returned home, but now I just want to hang on to it for day to day use because I love it so much!

      I feel it is the perfect compromise between the really expensive proffesional cameras and the standard point and shoot compacts.

      I don't think it would be the go for someone who was properly into proffesional photography, but I don't know about those really feature rich cameras.

      For day to day and holiday use you can't go wrong with this one.

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    • Tesco 4 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster / Toaster / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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      22.11.2012 12:42

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      A great workhorse of the kitchen!

      This toaster is brilliant for a couple of reasons:

      It obviously holds 4 slices, so when everyone is home it is a good quick way of making sure everyone is kept stocked up with toast. The only problemis making sure there is enough bread!

      Secondly, it seems a little quicker to toast the bread than previous toasters I have had. This may be just coincidence, and not factualy acurate, but it works well for me!

      The other bonus of this toaster is the option to just use half of it, if everyone is away and you don't have to get a production line going! It makes sense, saves electricity and is saving the planet bit by bit!

      The toater looks pretty cool too. It is rather stylish and fits very nicely in the kitchen. We use the toaster very frequently and I feel it's build quality is fine. I like the fact it is made of stainless steel, but that isn't majorly important. The price was reasonable and I hope we get to use it for a long time to come.

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      22.11.2012 12:29
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      Such an easy and wonderful thing to use!

      I must admit to being a little bit of a radio nut! I have worked in radio for a good few years and would consider myself a bit of a geek!

      When it came time to buy a new radio for myself I wanted something somewhat special. I wanted to utilise the ever growing number of Digital stations appearing on the new multiplexes and I wanted a trusted name.

      That is exactly what I found in this Roberts Revival radio.

      First of all. the looks: It looks wonderful, I love the old style that wouldn't look out of place in an old cottage somewhere.

      I was also told by our engineer at work, to consider not going for the cheapest DAB radio on the market and to try and spend a little more. After all, the gubbins on the inside are what really matters.

      I don't know much about the gubbins on the inside apart from the fact that they seem to do what they are supoosed to do. The sound quality is clear, It has a great volume range and the battery life is just incredible! I also like the fact that I can plug it in to the wall if I need, but also just pick it up and tkae it around the house if I am cleaning.

      I found the ammount I spent, a little discinserting considering that I have never spent much on radios my whole life, despite working in the industry.

      However, having spent a little time getting to use my new radio, I think the cost is absolutely reasonable and I wouldn't hesitate recommending this radio to a friencd in the future.

      One thing to consider and this is something that does bother me, is the leather style cover on the outside. While it looks amazing, it is somewhat thin and I am a little worried it may wear, well before the actual radio itself needs replacing.

      I am yet to experience any of this, but I have heard of other people having a few issues with this. I think for the price, it is a rather large flaw, that may need to be adressed.

      Overall though. this is a fantastic radio that I am pretty much in love with! I use it all of the time and when I'm not actualy on the radio, I'm listening to it, so this is standing up to my demands very well.

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      22.11.2012 12:15

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      A wonderful gadget if you actualy would use it

      I've had my Kenwood Chef for about 6 months now and I use it all the time!

      It is fantastic for all sorts of kitchen uses. Including, mixing, making cakes, but I use it mostly for making my own bread.

      The dough hook attachment is an absolute must in my vuew.

      The machine itself is built very sturdily, I struggle to lift it because it is so heavy, which could be a downside if you need to put the mixer away after every use. On the plus side, this makes me feel that it is very well buit and I don't anticipate needing to rreplace it anytime soon, which is good! The motor used in the machine, appears to be ratehr powerful and doesn't seem to struggle in the slightest if the mixture is thick, or needs to be mixed for a long time. I have used the machine for a solid 20 minutes and although it gets warm, it hasn't overheated, although I imagine if left running for too long it may well do.

      I absolutely recommend this purchase if you do a lot of cooking/baking like myself. If you don't use your kitchen very much, then it is not worth it, so it should be a decision you think about carefuly before dropping some serious coin on what could be seen as a glorified arm.

      I love mine and use it almost every day to bake fresh bread, but if you don't pretty much live in your kitchen and adore cooking, irt might be a bit of a dud investment.

      Having said this, if you love your kitchen and its gadgets, then you won't be dissapointed!

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    • Dyson DC01 / Vacuum Cleaner / 11 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      18.11.2012 21:52
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      A great machine to keep on top of the housework.

      I've admired Dyson vacuums for a good while now, but only recently took the plunge!

      The difference between my old cleaner is immense.

      I like the fact that there are obviously no bags to change, and you can see exactly how much dirt is being picked up by the machine.

      The vacuum cleaner appears to have an incredible "suck" on it, although this is only my opinion. The rate at which the machine collects dust/cobwebs is amazing!

      To take the machine apart to either get at the dirt you have collected, is easy and self explanatory. There is also the option to use the hose and a couple of attachments for those hard to reach places.

      The one downside I have found to the dyson, is the rubber band that is used to drive the bristles at the bottom of the machine. These seem to break with fairly monotonous regularity and I find it a pain to replace them. They can be sourced online easily, however actually fitting them is a delicate and intricate job!

      Overall however, I would totally recommend this machine to anyone who wants a quick, easy and powerful way to keep on top of that dust and whatnot around the house.

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        18.11.2012 21:34

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        Absolutely beautiful ice cream can be created with a little time and effort

        I bought this ice cream machine in March and haven't looked back since!

        The machine is a great little gadget for making your own ice cream/frozen yoghurt. The machine comes in 2 main parts: The bowl which has to be frozen in order to then freeze the ice cream itself, and the top section which houses the motor and is where you attach the mixing paddle to.

        This machine allows you to create your own ice cream either creating your own recipe's or following others. I would recommend buying a little recipe book, just to get you started until you have the confidence to strike out on your own and be creative.

        The machine, like most Kenwood products, is fairly sturdy and I am not worried about having to replace it anytime soon. However, be VERY careful to make sure that the machine is switched on and mixing, BEFORE you add your mixture.

        Otherwise what happens, is the mixture freezes solid and snaps the paddle off, because it blocks the paddle from moving around.

        The ice cream, may be rather soft when you first remove it from the machine. Some people love this, which is great. I find I like mine to have a little more bite to it, so I like to stick the mixture in the freezer for a couple of hours before serving. Something to bare in mind if you are making ice cream for guests.

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        18.11.2012 21:18
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        An absolute joy in the winter months.

        Wow! It's all I can say.

        I bought my hand warmer on a bit of a whim really, but it has genuinely revolutionized my life! (Bear with me.)

        I heard about a friend who had one of these beauties! I randomly decided to get one, one day and am so pleased I did. The hand warmer uses a small catalytic burner and some lighter fluid, to run for up to 12 hours. (Although I have had mine running for may more.)

        It just glows away all day long, in your pocket and radiates a warmth, throughout your body. It means that cold winter days are no longer a problem.

        The reason I feel my hand warmer has helped me so much, is due to the fact I have a permanently dislocated hip. It means that in cold/damp weather, it is absolute agony to move around, or just function normally.

        Buy having this little gadget in my pocket up against my hip, it radiates a pain relieving glowing heat, which helps with easing my hip into working well.

        The warmer is primarily a simple idea. The only part that needs replacing on occasion is the little catalytic burner, however these can be sourced online fairly inexpensively. It also uses the liquid lighter fluid and so it is probably a good idea to have a spare burner or 2 and some spare fuel, so you don't end up with just a paper weight when you might need the warmth of this wonderful thing the most!

        WARNING:

        As with any product that uses fire/embers, please use responsibly and don't use in bed/in tents or be silly with it etc...

        I accept no responsibility if you use it inappropriately and you end up hurting yourself.

        Please read and follow the instructions!

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      • Gaggia Baby / Espresso Machine / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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        18.11.2012 20:59

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        The only way I can get to morning lectures on time!

        I've had my Gaggia baby espresso machine for about a year now and couldn't be without it!

        The Gaggia baby is called the baby, not because of its size, but because it was the first home espresso machine to be created by Gaggia. it certainly packs a punch in the technical department and the "Baby" name doesn't really do it justice. For instance, the Gaggia baby has the same size portafilter that you would find on the commercial variants. It also includes the same sort of pump and shower screen.

        I find that I need to switch the machine on about 20 minutes before I am ready to make my coffee. The machine needs some maintenance too, so please don't consider buying if you are not willing to put the time in, to keep it in good condition, because you will only be disappointed. This machine needs regular descaling, otherwise it will just give up on you.

        I have spent time researching on the internet, the best way to utilise the machine and I feel this has helped me to make some fantastic coffee, which after a little practice, tastes better and is cheaper than the high street outlets!

        Overall, a fantastic gadget that I use on a daily basis for a taste of the best continental coffee.

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      • Apple iPhone 4S 16 GB / Smartphone / 2 Readings / 1 Rating
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        18.11.2012 20:46

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        What a wonderful gadget. I couldn't live without mine!

        I held out on buying an iPhone for as long as I could. I was one of those skeptics. What do you need one of those for!

        How wrong was I? I have had my phone for a while now, and I absolutely love it! I love the ease of having my e-mails, texts, and a whole host of communication options in the palm of my hand!

        I use a satellite navigation app on my phone also, so this means it is never out of my pocket.

        The ease of use of this gadget for people who are not to interested in technology is absolutely fantastic too!

        It only took me a couple of days to figure out how to use the phone properly. Having a camera and my music on me all of the time is wonderful as well! I absolutely love it.

        I would highly recommend this phone despite the rather high price tag. If you can afford to pay that little bit extra then I think it is totally worthwhile.

        I couldn't imagine being without my iPhone now, even though that makes me sound odd.

        I don't care, I love it! :-)

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      • Atlantic Village / Highstreet Shopping / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        A lovely Shopping Centre

        Atlantic Village is just along the A39 Just outside of Bideford in North Devon.

        I have read reviews from people who have come on Holiday, who find Atlantic village to not be up to what they expect.

        I however feel, that it is wonderful. it is one of the biggest shopping centers most people I know in North Devon, to have seen!

        The selection of different outlets is rather huge, there are shops such as; Cadburys, Pilot, Claires accessories and others. Because lots of these shops are factory outlets, there are often a few bargains to be had, and on a recent trip I made with my mum, every item I picked up was reduced! I mean, if that doesn't save you money, then what will?

        Overall, this is a very well laid out, and very nice and enjoyable shopping centre.

        I don't normally go there on purpose, but I do call in if going past.

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