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      15.04.2011 11:02
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      A good day out, i will be going back!

      We visited Yorkshire wildlife park (we being myself, my husband, our 2 year old and 8 month old twins) with some friends of ours and their 2 children (3 and 5 years old) and it was a lovely day out. It cost us £24 to enter the park but then recieved a half price voucher for next time! Alway a bonus if you ask me!
      They have "walk through areas" were a great opportunity to interact with the wallabys, an experence that all the children and us adults really enjoyed. Also you could go into the Lemur enclosure which again the kids seemed to love, but unfortunatly i could not go into as the twin pram would not fit!
      We were also impressed by the lion enclosures in which house 3 prides of lions, they were very spacious and looked and felt very much like their natural habitat, the lions did not disappoint us as we cought dinner time! The lions were very playful and put on a show for us, the children got very excited!
      The birds of prey were also worth a visit as they were very vocal and playful, the park does 2birds of prey flying times at 12.30pm and 3.30pm and are worth waiting for. The staff were very knowledgeable and expalained all about the animals, what they ate, there natural habitat as well as their personalitys which was a bonus for us adults but obviously a bit lost on the children in our party.
      Another big hit with the children were the merekats, who actually are a bunch of posers! They love their pictures taken, and run to the children as they peer through the observation windows. Around the park are lots of picnic places and we chose to eat ours near the lovely childrens paly area, it was a lovely spot and all the children could have a good play after they had eaten, and us adults could just sit, chat and watch.
      All in all a lovely day, highly recomended, although the park is still being constructed at the moment, but im sure they will create an even more exciting day with even more attractions.
      Also i would advise you to look on their website to find about feeding/flight show times, to make the most out of your visit.

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      23.03.2008 13:54
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      Nice family resturant.

      I am not a fan of pizza really, so when my boyfriend said that was where he wanted to go for tea i wasnt looking forward to it. But when i had a look at the menu, i changed my mind.

      Menu
      The menu is mainly Itallian based, but there is still a lot of choice. There is lots of Pizza, Pasta and salad to choose from. There is also a lot of different starters to choose from: Garlic bread, chicken wings, spin rolls, breaded mushrooms, chicken strips and a few more. You can also get a starter platter with a mixture of starters on.

      As i said i dont really like pizza, so i asked if we could have our pizza, starter and salad served together. They did and it was yummy!

      Deals
      On the menu was lots of family deals, theese were really good value. The one i think was the beat was the Feast for four. In this deal you got:
      Large pizza
      Medium pizza
      Garlic bread
      Potato wedges
      2 more starters
      4 puddings
      4 refillable soft drinks

      Service
      The staff were very helpful, anything we asked for we got. When we needed refills they got them and we didnt have to wait very long for anything. They were also really friendly and polite.

      Buffet
      as i was looking at the menu i noticed they do a midweek all you can eat buffet. I think it was £5.95 and you can eat as much as you like.

      My favourite part of the meal was the salad bowl, you are given a bown and you can fill it as fill as you like, with anything off the salad bar. (mine was very full) They do the best potato salad and the bacon bit are lovely.

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        20.03.2008 17:48
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        I would go again, and again.

        TGI fridays is an American themed place and the decoration is very loud. All the staff wear white and red striped uniforms, but they are allowed to accessorize. And to be fair they look good.

        I went to the TGI fridays in Batley near Leeds. It was a friends birthday and we had booked a table. When we arrived we were shown to our table rite away. We ordered our drinks and looked through the menu. The menu is great. If you like jack d, you will love TGI fridays. There is lots to choose from, and the kids menu is good too. When i take children out i am always annoyed becaues all the childrens menus consist of chicken nuggets, pizza, fish whales!! A load of crap. TGI fridays have smaller versions of the adults meals.

        We ordered our meals 10mins later and within 15mins our party of 12 were eating our meals. They were lovely. Not one of us had a problem.

        After we had finished our main meal all the staff came over and did a chant/song for my friend (it was her birthday) It was so funny and everyone thought it was really nice. Then we all ordered puds and really enjoyed them too. The birthday girls was even free!

        It was a wonderful night, made even better by the fabulous staff! I would recomend TGI Fridays to anybody, couples, familys and partys.

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          20.03.2008 17:28
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          I love KFC

          As far as fast food places go, kfc is the best. I am very fussy about meat, i will not eat any fatty meat, and i can not eat mashed and minced up meat, such as burgers, for a million pounds. So its convienient for us to get fast food kfc is the one we go for.

          All the chicken you can get at kfc is 100% chicken and all the burgers are a chicken breast in the yummy coating, you can only get at kfc. The chicken strips meal is my favourite, 3 strips, chips and a medium sort drink for £3.69. Yum Yum.

          I also go to kfc if i take my nieces and nephew out for the day, as it is the only place you can feed a family of four for under £15. The bargain buckets and boneless boxes are really good value.
          At the moment the boneless box contains:
          8 crispy strips
          4 portions of fries
          5 flavoured bites
          A large popcorn chicken
          2 large sides
          A bottle of pop
          All for only £12.99.........BARGAIN.

          Now im not saying kfc is perfect, far from it. Quite often the tables are filled with rubbish and need wiping. But being the sort of person i am, i just ask for the manager and then tell them that it isnt on, and it needs someone needs to start cleaning rite away. It always works.

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            20.03.2008 17:04
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            we will try somewhere else next time

            I went to frankie and bennies in castleford a few weeks ago. i went with my mum and my sister, its a rare treat, we leave all the men folk and children at home and have a wonderful girlie time.

            Music
            The music they were playing was really good but it was so loud we couldn't hear what anyone was saying.

            Service
            We were shown to a table and left to look at the menu, after 25 mins we had to ask someone to serve us. The waiter said sorry and took our order. When our sharing platter arrived 30 mins later, there was still no sign of our drinks. We asked the waiter why we still had no drinks and he said "sorry but we have no vodka". WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU NO YOU HAD NO VODKA AT THE BAR AND IGNOR THE FACT FOR OVER 30MINS????!!! He then asked if he could get us another cocktail, so we ordered another, only to be told they had no malibu either!!! What kind of bar allows themselves to run short on vodka and malibu!!

            By this point my mother (a very scary lady when annoyed) is getting very red faced and ready for shouting, so i pretended not to be annoyed and asked him to make us a cocktail out of whatever he had.
            When this one arrived it tasted of nothing but fruit juice, and i will not pay £9.95 for fruit juice! When oue main courses arrived my mum complained and we were told he would get the manager.

            My mother ordered chicken and ribs and said it was lovely. Me and my sister on the other hand ordered salmon fishcakes and they were horrible!!! The fishcakes had not seem any salmon, and the potato was blended slop and tasted of salty smash!!
            We sent our meals back hardly touched, waited for my mother to finish and wanted to leave.

            The manager came over to the table and said how sorry she was and offered us free coffee, and all we had to pay for was the starter and my mothers meal. Which i think was very good, but then again if you cant eat something then you shouldnt pay for it.

            I wouldnt say this experience ruined the day but it dampened the spirits a little, and me and my sister were starving!!!!!!

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            • Carrots / Plant / 39 Readings / 35 Ratings
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              09.03.2008 16:13
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              make you see in the dark.

              Carrots

              Carrots are a root vegetable, They are usually orange in colour, but more recently some growers have produced white and red carrots by geneticaly modifing them. They are available all over the uk and many other parts of europe.

              There are many growers in the uk the main being: M H Poskitts, Hays and Thompsett B.

              Carrots come in many different varietys ( Chanternay, Baby chanternay, organic, White satin ect) Carrots were originally a burnt red colour before they were genetically changed by a grower that liked the orange colour.

              Carrots contain vit b and vitamin a when eaten by humans, many people believe eating carrots improves your night vision when eaten often.

              Carrots can and are often eaten by many animals too. Rabbits ferrits, horses, ponys and dogs, along with many others are said to benefit from the vitamins and ruffage carrots contain.

              In portugal carrots are said to be both fruit and veg as they eat them raw as a fruit.

              Carrots can be eaten raw in a salad or used to scoop up dip. They can be cooked in a stew or just boiled in a pan or microwave. They can be served with almost any meal and are very cheap.

              Thank you for reading.

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              • Lloyds TSB / Bank / 32 Readings / 23 Ratings
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                09.03.2008 15:06
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                im speechless

                I have had a bank account with lloyds tsb since i was 5 days old. My parents opened it for me. I am now 21. I am, in whole, happy with lloyds tsb.

                I have 2 accounts in my name and 2 joint accounts. And a loan i used to buy a camper. I was very impressed when i applyed for my loan. I had been messed about by anothe company for 10 days, when i lost my temper and told them to forget it. I applyed at 4.20 in the after noon, through my internet banking, and by 4.45 i had 7,000 in my account. I understand this was because lloyds had all the information they needed, but it was quick

                I also have nothing but praise for how easy the internet banking is, you just log on, put in your password and username. Tell them letters from your memorable information and your in. The site is easy to navigate, even a beginner could look at statements, transfur money, get a loan online its so easy.

                I do have a complaint, i did last thursday go overdrawn, BY £2.21, at 8.30pm, i get paid at midnight on a thursday every week, and they charged me £21 for 3 and a half hours!!!!!!!!!!

                When i recieved the letter telling me this, i was very angry! I called the 24 hour helpline and complained. The man i was speaking to me was very rude, and non sympethetic. His words were "What do you think you can do about it, if you were overdrawn for 1 min by 1p then you would still recieve the same charges". I told him i would close all my accounts and move them but he just replyed, "you would have to pay the charges first, so it would make no odds".

                I personally think this is an outrage by lloyds tsb, how many other people have they given these redicoulous charges to! I no if you go over drawn then there is a penality, but surly not in these cases. Am i correct?

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                  09.03.2008 14:12
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                  Give it a go, dont no you dont like it till you tried it.

                  Sometimes when i have finished a hard, long day at work, i need to do something on a night to stimulate my mind. Usually i read or knit, but last week i had nothing like that to hand. So i was searching around for an old magazine when i came across a crossword book.

                  I was amused all evening long doing crosswords. Some of them were just for fun, but others had big cash prizes. Some of them up to £5,000.

                  I am now hooked, if i see a news paper or a magazine i have to do them. I also descovered the Arrowword, these are like crosswords.

                  There are many different books you can buy that are full of crosswords and other puzzles. For example: Puzzles galore, Arrows and Take a crossword.

                  You can even subscribe to most of these books, and that saves money.

                  So forget this Brain training on the computer, just do a crossword, it will keep your brain active, and if you are anything like me, if you dont no the answer. You will find it.

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                    09.03.2008 13:58
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                    Why not give it a try, same products in different packaging.

                    I am not really the sort of person that goes around buying all the 'Value' products, but this week i was a little 'strapped' for cash. So when i went to tescos i noticed the price difference in the normal products and the value brand, and i couldnt believe it.

                    I had my list as usual, but this time instead of choosing Homepride pasta sauce, i picked up the tesco value range. I also did this with the: Biscuits, rice, pasta, sweetcorn, banannas, cornflakes, squash, bread, malt loaf, coffee, i also trested myself to a 'Value' chocolate assortment.

                    The chocolate assortment was lovely. It have all the combinations you would find in a expensive box of chocolate. (Soft hazlenut praline, nougat duo, hazlenut trio, Vanilla caramel stick, chocolate coconut ect) The chocolate was lovely. This spurred me on to try another bar i had got in the cupboard. A bar of plain value chocolate, this was also lovely it tasted just like Bornville chocolate. It was creamy and not too bitter. I Think i paid about 38p a bar, it was 100g. They had lots of other chocolate too, white, plain, milk and milk with hazlenut too. next time i go to tesco i will be sure to try them all.

                    I decided not to pick the value range of meat or cheese. I havent tried them but i decided i would like to have my normal range. All in the mind im sure.

                    Since i have got home we have tried many of the products we have bought at tesco and i have to say, as a whole they were just the same products in diffrerent packaging.

                    The bread was ok for 3 days but after that was a little stale, but if your family eat a loaf in 2 days your fine.

                    The malt loaf wasnt as sticky as other brands but i decided i like it better this way.

                    So from now on, short of cash or not, i will choose those value products off the shelf and save some money.

                    I usually spend £65 a week on shopping, this week i spent £52!!!!

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                    • Having a Baby / Magazine / Newspaper / 21 Readings / 18 Ratings
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                      09.03.2008 13:37
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                      A must for any mum

                      I am trying for a baby and as i hope it will happen for me soon< i need to do some planning.

                      I am not the sort of person to stick to books like the bible, but this will be my first baby.

                      Its not rasing a baby that was worrying me, it was the giving birth. So i got 'Having a baby'. To me this was a god send. It gave me information on giving birth, what would happen, what are the different stages, its made me much more relaxed.

                      It also shows you what your baby will look like and progress it is making through out the pregancy. At what week it will have finger nails and toes ect. Enough to put anybody at ease about the birth. It also provides the different options you will have when giving birth, Pain relief, water birth ect

                      They also provide all sorts of info from breastfeeding to potty training.

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                      • Room 101 / Discussion / 33 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                        09.03.2008 10:44
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                        It a good read, i suppose.

                        Most people say that writing all the things that pi** you off down, is one of the hardest things you could do. for me however, is going to be so easy! I mean there is a lot of annoying things and, hmm, people dare i say in the world. >>>

                        People thet talk over you!

                        When i am talking to someone, having a nice chat, to a nice person, and some rude arrogant person jumps in, (usually someone completely unrelated to the conversation, possibly someone you don't even no) and talks over you. It is really annoying. I would love to put these people into room 101, why cant they wait at least until you finish what you have to say?
                        Worse still are the people that jump in and change the conversation, when you are in mid-sentance!

                        Pushing in!

                        When i am in a line of people waiting for something, (in a shop or at the bank) and some, again, im sory, RUDE person pushes in the line 15 people in front of you, you are forsed to wait longer.
                        Wait your turn!!!!!!!!

                        Smelly people

                        Now dont get me wrong, if someone has a slight B.O odour at half 4 in the afternoon, having started work at 7 in the morning, i dont have a problem. This is ok. However if a person starts work at 7 in the morning "Stinking" of B.O, this is not ok! There is no reason in the world why someone should smell. A bath is not a mammouth task! And spray can be bought for coppers now-a-days.

                        People who stop you in the street.

                        When i am walking in town, i am infact on a mission. Dramatic you may think, but no, i only get one day off in the week. Saturday, the most crowded day of the week in town. Shopping is not fun for me, i want to get finished and get out, to do something fun before i go back to work the following day. So when my head is down and i am fighting the crowds, and some bloody women steps in my warpath, and says, "Have you got a moment to spare? Its inconvenient to say the least! NO i havent got a moment to spare, so dont ask.

                        People who just stop!!!!

                        I was at a caravan and boat show in the N.E.C arena in birmingham a couple of weeks back. I was walking around in horrible crowds pushing and shoving, we were moving forward nicely, when some women just STOPPED! She, alone created 3 mile tailbacks! And the people behind me to walk into me, and the people behind them to walk in to them and so on. So please if you want to stop in this situation, MOVE TO THE SIDE FIRST!!


                        So now I have got that of my chest, i feel much better. Thank you for reading. xxxxx

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                        • Thomas Cook Airlines / Airline / 34 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                          29.02.2008 16:32
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                          Never again!

                          I used Thomas Cook Airline in January to fly from Bristol to Sharm el Sheik Egypy. I booked the flights, then looked at the reviews, ( o dear!) I no, wrong way of doing it, what can i say, it was an after thought. (Got caught up in the excitement of a week in the sun.)

                          So fearing the worst i went to the airport, now if you can imagine, i am a terrible flyer, i am terrified, i get really bad ears, and get awfully sick! It wasn't the best morning of my life. But to my suprise the flight was on time, i was so happy about that.

                          That was the good points over!!! Cattle shed springs to mind! And dont think i am 6" or anything, infact quite the opposite, i am 5"1 and have a leg lenth of 27 inches!
                          My boyfriend was forced to stand for most of the 5 and a half hour flight.

                          About 1 hour into the flight, as i feared, i began to feal really ill. I was sick in my sick bag before i could get to the toilet, then after being in the toilet for half an hour i returned to my seat. I asked the air hostess for another sick bag, she looked at me like something she had just stood in!!! Then huffed and puffed and said "in a minuite". By this point i was wishing id been sick on the floor! She returned 20 mins later and more or less threw it at me.

                          The only good thing about the flight was the inflight movie.

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                          • jet2.com / Airline / 18 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                            29.02.2008 15:58
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                            Local airline, low cost.

                            Jet 2

                            Jet2 is a low cost airline, since it came on the scene in 2002 it has grown considerably. It is now i dare say the most popular airline flying from Leeds-Bradford ( Its home ) to Europe.

                            Jet2 only fly to European countrys, which is a shame for us people wanting to travel further a field on holiday. But for those people traveling within Europe, there is no other airline that offers cheap flights, with no cut backs.

                            We all no the other airlines are advertising flights from as little as 0.1p. but im sure we all also no that is rubbish! By the time they have added all the hidden costs, its expensive.

                            I flew to paris from Leeds Bradford with jet2. It cost me £57.00 return. The flight (although i am a really bad flyer!) was great. The staff were friendly and helpful, they were chatty and polite. What more could you ask for.

                            Why travel hours to a bigger more crowded airport to recieve no better treatment, and pay lots more for it???!
                            Go to leeds Bradford.

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                              24.02.2008 16:41
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                              Good educational toy

                              Lego Duplo: 5416

                              What is Duplo

                              Well quite simply Duplo is basicaly a big lego block. They are good sized bright coloured blocks. Good as you dont have to worry about choaking hazard.

                              Packaging

                              They come in a big sturdy plastic box, mine is red but they are in green and blue boxes also. The box has a lid with a good fastner and is simply wrapped in plastic in the shops.

                              Educational?

                              Yes i think so, they will help with your childs motor skills, (putting an object on another) They will also be using there imagination and help them learn their colours. They can also be used in discovery play and role play. As with any toys of this kind they can be used to help learn the child to count.

                              This is a toy that can be played with alone or as part of a group. Children can play alone or with parents/guardians. They entertain our tikes for hours on end.

                              They are also a wonderful toy to play with outside in the summer as they are easily washable

                              There are sets for older more advanced children, these, when made up are an object. A boat or an animal for example.

                              Price

                              I bought my Duplo from Toys_r_us for £10.99, But now its available from Argos and many other toy stores for £9.99.

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                              • Glass Painting / Discussion / 25 Readings / 25 Ratings
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                                24.02.2008 10:31
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                                Give it a go

                                I started glass paintind about 18 months ago and it has given me something to do on a night when listening to the radio.

                                Now dont get me wrong im not a middle-aged singleton. Which is not my view but i was quite surprised when my so called mates expressed this view. In fact i am very much the opposite, which tells you that it can suit everyone.

                                I first started glass painting when i helped my niece with a kit she had got for christmas, i must say what a lovely gift! It contained glass paints, 2 brushes, 4 glass jars, some templates, and some outliner. Together we made some lovely jars to store thing in.

                                Since then i have got my self a more grown up set. I now use acetate, this is a slightly bendie material so you can make realistic projects. My most recent being a butterfly in flight. I put this piece in the window and it looks lovely when the sun is shinning.

                                Most books recomend you use water based paints as white spirit cleans up the spilages up a treat, but you can buy other kinds.

                                You can buy outliners that look really nice on glass pots and vases. The black really stands out but the silvere and golds make your pieces a little more special.

                                So have a go, (what ever age you are) and you never no, if you get really good you could even sell your pieces at local craft fairs!

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