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      01.08.2001 17:33
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      Mmmm. Well, to say I don't like this site would be understating things a bit. As someone who is always on the look out for good opportunity sites, I thought I would take a look at this one. I was disappointed! First of all the design of the site is all wrong. It uses frames for a start, (a bug bear of mine anyway) but not your usual frames though. No, ones that split the site completely in half - horizontally. The top frame therefore is half taken up with a Trade Doubler banner and half taken up with the category index. Completely wasted space. The bottom frame is where your info comes up when you have clicked on a category, but as the space is only half a screen, you can only see a few sentences at a time. Daft. Also, the top frame is wider than your screen so you have to keep scrolling to the right and left to get to the ends of the page. Strange. On top of all this, even though there are about 28 categories, a large number of them aren't working yet, and those that are have scant information listed. In fairness, the site does state that it's under construction on the home page, but I would have liked to have seen *more* of the site actually in operation before being put on line. Anyway, I wouldn't really bother visiting here. I won't be going again. There's nothing here we don't already know about and the ameteurish website design puts you right off. Sorry.

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      • couponsnow.co.uk / Internet Site / 1 Reading / 13 Ratings
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        01.08.2001 17:04
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        I was really interested when I first came across this site because unlike many coupon sites, it is UK based. CouponsNow is a site devoted to money off coupons that can be redeemed in any high street, including vouchers for Early Learning Centre, Kwikfit, Sketchleys, Supasnaps, Corus Regal and other well known shops and stores. At any one time thereare over £1000 worth of savings on the site, which must be good news to all of us internet freebie hunters. The site is divided into sections such as entertainment, home and garden, kids, motoring, food and so on and there really are some really good bargains here. None of this spend £200 and get a free garden gnome here. All the offers are very reasonable and what you have to spend to receive thereductions and offers is not extortionate at all. There are even one or two freebies dotted about. Each category has plenty of listings so I'm sure that everyone will find at least something something of interest here. All in all a nice site, good concept, quick to load. I hope in time there are more vouchers included though. There are quite a lot to chose from now of course, but in the future this could become really big.

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        • dataklick.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          01.08.2001 16:46
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          Dataklick is an online market research site which asks people to register to complete market research surveys on a regular basis. The payment offered for filling in these questionnaires is from 50p to £2.00. The information on the site states "How many you complete and how often you take part in is up to you. You will be contacted by e-mail when you are selected to take part in a survey." Now, I signed up with Dataklick around the middle of last year, and as far as I am aware, I haven't been offered a single survey yet! A am registered with a number of these market reserach sites and at least I do get offered surveys to do from these on a fairly regular basis. So what's happening with Dataklick? Although they say they are looking for people from all walks of life to take part and I would consider myself quite an average British, middle aged female - fairly run of the mill, I haven't been chosen yet for some reason. I have just logged into the members area now, just to see if I am still on the system, and yes, I got in no problem. However, there's no surveys, no account details, nothing - just a link to a freebie site. Therefore I am tending to be a bit skeptical about this site. Maybe other people are getting surveys? But for some reason I am not. Strange!

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          • homeworking.com / Internet Site / 5 Readings / 22 Ratings
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            01.08.2001 16:04
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            If you work at home, or are thinking of doing so in the future, you could do a lot worse than visit this really lively site all about working from home. THe site is bursting at the seams with great, up to date information, ideas about finding work, avoiding scams, your working space, guidelines, technology, tax, health and safety - it's all here. One section has a listing of real homeworkers explaining what they do and how they work in a home environment. THis is really great because apart from being really interesting, it could give the wannabee some ideas on their own projects. The scambuster section is extremely useful for those who are unsure as to which 'opportunities' to get involved in. Many people new to homeworking get involved in get rich quick schemes, so here you will find what to look out for and what to steer clear of. There is also debt advice, which looks at specific problems such as whether working from home is the answer to debt, who to pay first, facing up to creditors and much more. You don't often see this sort of advice on homeworking sites, but it's definitely relevant and most useful. There's loads of advice on starting your own business and a work at home job listings board, although it usually only has about 10 jobs listed. Thereare also forums, a newsletter, links to otherwork at home sites, latest news and views. Everything's here! A really excellent recource for anyone interested or involved in either working from home or starting a home based business. All UK information too, which makes a lovely change. The site is quick to load, nice looking and easy to navigate too. I would heartily recommend the site to anyone looking for help and advice in this direction.

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              30.07.2001 01:43
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              Although I cannot afford to shop at Marks and Spencers that often these days, I do like to visit their food hall when I am a bit flush. M&S food can be rather expensive when compared to the same types of food available in the supermarket, but, well, Marks & Spencer food does still have the edge. They more or less sell the whole gammut of fresh and frozen food as well as a breathtaking range of ready means, bread, pet foods, jars and tins, wines and spirits and all the usual food ranges. However, when you shop at Marks & Spencer, you are getting quality; Quality ingredients, quality packaging, quality food information. I am particularly fond of their Oriental and Indian ready meal food ranges. You can easily put together a full meal for yourself, or for a dinner party from their excellent ranges. The food is also as good as, if not better, than that you would get in a take away. They have recently brought in a whole calorie counted range of meals and food items for those who are on diets, which are tasty, very versatile and really low in calories. Each calorie count is displayed prominently on the front of each product and although they are expensive, a couple of ready meals per week won't break the bank. I would love to be able to do my whole shop in M&S foodhalls, but it's just not possible unfortunately. Which is a shame because their food is definitely superior to many other food ranges available today.

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              30.07.2001 00:53
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              Fortunately, I have about three or four Poundstretcher stores within about an 8 mile radius of my home, the nearest one being Castleford, which I use all the time. Poundstretcher, is one of these 'budget' - get everything here, type stores which is always useful to have in your town. There, you will find cosmetics, kitchenware, clothing, stationary, toys, household goods and drapery, gardening accessories and christmas products (at Christmas). I find there is always a good range of items, and if I can't be bothered to go to the end of town to my local Wilkinson's store, I pop into Poundstretcher and am usually able to find what I am looking for. (Although their productrange is nowhere near as varied as Wilko's.) I usually get my daughter's school uniform items from Poundstretcher because they have a good range of products of fairly high quality for a fraction of the price you would expect to pay in, say, Woolworth's. Poundstretcher is also good for children's shoes too. For kitchen 'bits and bats' it can't be beat. You can get every manner of plastic accessories, from ice cube trays to shoe holders, picnic sets to crockery and cutlery. You can also get your laundry baskets, towels, kitchen bins and lots of useful accessories for the kitchen, and indeed other rooms in the home. Staff always seem cheery, the store I mostly use is nice and light and the aisles are quite wide so I can have a good browse.

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              • streetsonline.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                30.07.2001 00:25
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                I spend a lot of time at the Streets site because I write reveiws for their books, videos and music products, so I have been round the site quite a few times. The fist thing to say about Streets is that it is *completely* different from other online stores which cater to the same market; Amazon, for example. It has a really funky design to start with. The home page is packed with featured items, deals, competitions, new products etc. The site itself, is divided up into sections for different products, for example Alphabet Street, (books) Audio Street, (music) DVD Street, Video Street and so on; each section having a slightly different design and colour scheme. The search facility is quite useful and always brings up a large number of options on each part of the site through insertion of a key word. You will find lots of special offers here, for example they have 2 DVDs for £24 running at the moment. Also, if you write reviews of any of the products featured in any part of the site, you are rewarded with loyalty points, which can be redeemed on the site. Each reward ammounts to £1, which is fabulous. I only have one little niggle. I was playing around with the shopping basket the other day, deciding what to spend some of my rewards on. As I was still undecided, I left the site without clicking on the 'confirm order' button. Unfortunately, 2 days late the item was delivered to me, even though I hadn't actually confirmed the order. I am having to send it back now, as I didn't really want the item. Apart from this though, my experience with the site has been positive. I have ordered other things and they are delivered speedily. One video I ordered was going to be delayed, but they emailed me and informed me right away, which was great. At least I knew it would be here in 2 weeks. (it was actually here in 1!) So bravo Streets Online.

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                • woolworths.co.uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 6 Ratings
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                  30.07.2001 00:08
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                  I spent a lot of time using the Woolworths website a few months ago as a 'mystery shopper'. I had to make a detailed report about the site and it's features as well as order a number of items and going through the whole delivery through to returns system. I must say I was impressed, and since this time, I have ordered other things from the site for my own family. The site is *extremely* lively, to begin with - far livelier than the store, certainly. On the home page you will find special offers and promotions and each section of the site is categorised into departments, as it would be in the store, for example computer games, toys, garden and leisure, phones and electricals. There is also a keyword search facility, which brings up many options at a very fast pace. The design of the site is of high quality and the photographs of products are superb. You can shop with a simple 'add to bag', one click system and your order comes up on screen in a very consice and easy to understand format. To say there is a large graphic content to the Woolworth website, the pages are extremely speedy! Very impressive. Also, the colour scheme of the site is very exuberant; a bright red and white. I had no problems returning goods I ordered from the site. Some I simply returned through the post, others I took back to my local store - as simple as that. Therefore, I wouldn't hesitate shopping from this site again in the future and would definitely reccomend it to anyone who isn't sure.

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                  • Natural Yogurt in General / Recipe / 1 Reading / 11 Ratings
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                    25.07.2001 19:11
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                    Natural yoghurt is a very versatile food, with many health benefits. Yoghurt making originated in Asia and Eastern Europe many thousands of years ago and these days it is used in many ways. Natural whole milk yoghurt is rich in protein and minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Low fat and fat free yoghurts are made from skimmed milk powder and have a higher carbohydrate and protein content than the whole milk version. The bacteria in yoghurt aids the synthesis of vitamins and stimulate the growth of intestinal bacteria, discouraging and destroying harmful ones. It helps restore the digestive tract to its normal condition when you have been on a course of antibiotics. This is why it is so good for the treatment of thrush as antibiotics can destroy intestinal bacteria, both good and bad. Research has shown that those who eat 4 pots of yoghurt a week suffer less vaginal and bladder infections. Natural yoghurt can be used in many ways; as a marinade for meat or fish, as a dressing for salads, and in soups, casseroles and curries. It is also used for topping fresh fruit salads and cereals. With more people becoming aware of healthy eating it is being used more and more in an increasing variety of dishes. It can be made from sheep's, cow's, goat's or even soya milk. In addition, natural yoghurt forms the base of a number of natural skin treatments, for example, home made face packs. Yoghurt can be made at home, but there are so many different varieties easily available in the supermarkets these days, you don’t really have to bother. I eat my natural yoghurt with crushed nuts and a teaspoon of honey for breakfast and as a salad dressing, by adding a teaspoon of mint and a small onion, chopped, to a pot. It’s very tasty, yet very good for your all round health.

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                    • Naturopathy / Archive Lifestyle / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                      25.07.2001 18:30
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                      Often we go to our doctor with minor health niggles to be prescribed medication which is of little use to our symptoms. Often we don't even need to be consulting a doctor because these days there are many natural remedies and products available to us which can be esily obtained from a pharmacy or health food store to attent to all those little Summer problems. Here are some effective remedies for such niggling ailments which affect some of us during Summertime. Heat Rash For rashes and itchy skin, try bathing in an infusion of camomile. A couple of camomile tea bags added to the water can ease symptoms considerably. Another remedy is a cupful of cider vinegar added to the bath water. Don't use soap on the skin as it can often aggravate the irritation. Sunburn It is believed that the healing properties of gel extracted from the aloe plant is excellent for sunburn. Many hospitals use aloe for the treatment of burns, and apart from burning from the sun, aloe is an excellent treatment for minor scalds too. Bites and stings If you are bitten by any insects, before you treat, drop a few drops of Bach's Rescue remedy under the tongue. This will reduce shock in the first instance. If you have been stung and can extract the sting easily, do so. Ease the discomfort of a bee sting by bathing in one pint of tepid water with 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Wasp stings can be eased by soaking in cider vinegar which is believed to reduce inflammation and clean the wound. Headaches By using reflexology, you can ease the symptoms of bad headaches by massaging around the base and over the top of your big toes. Press quite firmly, but don't be surprised if these areas are painful. Afterwards, lie down and relax in a darkened room breathing deeply. A few drops of Lavender oil on a handkerchief or in an oil burner is also a good remedy for headache. Insomnia The herb Valerian is one of th
                      e best natural aids for settling down stressed out or over aroused sufferers. You can purchase Valerian tablets from any pharmacy and there are some which are specifically for night time use, for example Valerina Night-time. For settling over excited children to sleep, try mixing one drop of frankincense essential oil with some baby oil and massage into the feet and calves. Travel sickness An important worry if you are travelling. Ginger is known to calm the digestive and nervous systems so choosing a travel sickness tablet containing ginger is good idea. Also, a lump of fresh ginger root ,which you can chew on should the need arise, can always be kept in the vehicle you are travelling in. Alternatively keep some ordinary ginger biscuits to hand. Hayfever The scourge of Summer for many sufferers, when fumes, pollen, dust and other allergens make life a misery for many. Dampen down symptoms with the homeopathic remedy Pollinosan, available in tablet or tincture. For a quick pick me up and to reduce puffy, irritated eyes place a dampened camomile tea bag on each eye and rest for 15 minutes. When using or taking any remedy, read all the instructions as given on the packet and do not exceed any recommended doses given

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                      • channelhealth.co.uk / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                        19.07.2001 01:01
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                        Channelhealth is a delightful website. I visit it often. Having a child with special needs (and another child) and having an interest in alternative therapies, I find a lot here to interest me. It complements the channel health digital TV channel and it really is full of useful help and insight. There are sections on your body, your happiness, your life, healthy eating, all divided up into a number of sub categories, so everything you could think about regarding health and wellness is covered here. There are a number of experts writing for the site plus a link to Channel Health TV which tells you what programs are showing that day. You might like to try the personality quiz on the site while you are there. You can then find out how your personailty type affects your health. Fascinating. There is no need me going on to list all the other features of the site, because thereare many. Better to go take a look yourself. It is the kind of site that you go to browse at then end up staying for an hour. :-) I definitely recommend a visit if you are concerned or interested in finding out about any aspect of your emotional or physical well being.

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                        • airtoons.com / Internet Site / 0 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                          As a COMPLETE non- flyer, I found this site quite amusing. What we have here is a site which adds it's own unique interpretations to those little safety cards you get on arilines. In real life, these cards have no words, but here are sone suggestions which could just acompany those little diagrams. You can chose your site language and decide whether you want the clean or 'adult' versions of the captions. The adult part contains some quite risque captions, but they still can still be quite amusing. My only gripe with the site is that the diagrams are presented as many thumbnails on one page ... and *tiny* they are. You obviously have to double click on each one to read the amusing caption. I would rather have liked to have seen about 6 or 8 on a page, large enough to see without having to click to another page to get the diagrams up to a larger size. All in all, this site is quite amusing, but not one which you will go back to to visit again and again.

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                          18.07.2001 01:35
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                          This fantastic site is definitely one to bookmark if you are homeschooling your kids, or trying to help them catch up on their schoolwork. Here you will find loads of links to information about every curriculum subject. If you want to find about art, math, history, science, health & PE it's all here. There are sections for students, teachers and parents. The teachers' section is awesome with lots of teaching tools, over 200 links for teachers!!!, lesson plans, a teachers' store and loads of resources and info for educators everywhere. The parents' section is also extensive and has advice you need to make the right choices for your child's education. The link to 'smart TV programs' is really useful, highlighting all the really educational programs showing on the diacovery channel. Also, among many other tools, there is a crossword puzzle, math square, word search generator. Absolutely fantastic. I bookmarked this site as soon as I came across it and I am definitely going to refer to it often during the school summer hols which are just around the corner. The A - Z encyclopaedia is extremely useful and I am sure I'm going to be able to set work for both my 6 and 14 year olds from this site, it's so extensive. This site, is part of the discover channel group of websites, therefore it screams class as you will imagine. It is one of THE bestsites I have come across recently and I would urge any parents or educators out there to go and have a look at it. You will most definitely not be disappointed!

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                          • Aqua Bubble Lamps / Furniture / 0 Readings / 8 Ratings
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                            17.07.2001 21:28
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                            We had always wanted a bubble lamp especially since they started becoming frequent on the sets of TV programs, You've Been Framed, for example. We would see them on television and marvel at how wonderful they would look in our lounge. Shortly afterwards they started appearing in shops. We couldn't afford to buy one at first but we sold our house last year and had some money to spend on the new property so we decided that this would be the time to buy one. We bought it at a household shop that sells everything from linen to pictures, household accessories to paints etc. I can't remember the store, but they did have quite a selection of these lamps on show. We chose one of the taller ones with little dents in all over; a bit like a stick of candy. It had four different colours which alternate once the lamp is switched on. We were told to make sure that the water we filled it with had been boiled first to prevent that green slime which can occur if you use ordinary tap water. The lamp is really gorgeous, and on dark nights makes the room look all cosy, but the pump! Heavens - it's really loud. This is the only drawback, the buzzing noise the lamp makes can sometimed got on your nerves a little bit. This is the only minor niggle though. So, if you are thinking of purchasing a bubble lamp, remember you probably won't hear the pump in a noisy shop, but once the thing is going in your home, the humming may sound much louder.

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                              17.07.2001 19:44
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                              If you live in a small property you will probably get frustrated at either lack of space and / or the resulting untidiness. I have put together some ideas therefore for making better use of the space you do have. Items in open storage look best when placed in size or colour order. A mish-mash of colours can never look as neat as colour coded. By putting all red or blue items together you immediately make the place look tidier. It is often unnecessary to buy containers to store items as all sorts of shapes and sizes of containers are simply thrown away every day. Boxes, large glass jars, plastic cases, sweet jars. All go to the dump if not rescued by you. If you have lots of hats, or jewellery why not make a feature of them? Hang them on your bedroom wall as a piece of 'art'. Use underneath the bed as a useful storage area. My daughter's bed is a divan, but has only a frame. I cut a slit in the side fabric and store all her larger toys *in* the divan part. The valance covers the slit. Use furniture that can be used as storage. Footstools, blanket boxes and benches have space inside hold many 'bits and bobs.' Hang pans, containers with handles, kitchen implements and the odd bunch of dried flowers on hooks from a ceiling clothes airer. Very fashionable. Wicker baskets can be picked up very cheaply on market stalls, and filled with clutter, stacked in neat piles they can actually be made into a feature and not just a storage solution. What about those old travelling trunks too? If you are lucky enough to pick one up at a car boot sale you can always decorate it with a paint effect or stencilling, or leave it as it is in it's 'distressed' condition. Apart from acting as useful storage space it can also be used as a beautiful piece of furniture in any room in the house. Hope some of these ideas help.

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