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Me and my partner went to Marmaris in Turkey last Easter for a week. We stayed at the Marmaris palace and went on a number of excursions, one of which was the mud baths.
We didn't however book through the hotel as it was a lot more expensive than with the local companies. A short walk from our hotel was a little kiosk with a guy called 'Jimmy' in. His trips were around a third cheaper so we booked with him.
The bus ride to a village near the baths took around an hour. From here we got on a boat and took a 1.5 hour cruise to the mud baths. As it was Easter this was a bit chilly with the breeze so you need a jumper. As we got close to the baths we stopped and had lunch on the boat. Tis was lovely.
Once we arrived at the baths we had to take a freezing cold shower outside - part of the experience we were told! After that we went in the mud. The mud is in a kind of concrete pool and it feels disgusting under your feet. The mud comes up to your knees. Once mudded up and left to back for half an hour you must shower off again before going in the thermal pool. The pool is boiling and because of the sulpher absolutely stinks but is pretty clear! It is suppose to have health benefits though so I gave it a go.
Overall this was a great experience which I would repeat again. Well worth the £15 each.
English Heritage is a company providing historical site visits all over the country. It is different to the National Trust as it tends to focus on buildings which are older than the norm. i.e. castles.
Just like the National Trust you can get memberships. The current rates are as follows, adult membership is £43 for the year or £72 fo a couple, if you're over 60 membership is £32 or an over 60's couple is £52.50. You can also join for life for £920, again concessions and couples get discounts.
My partner and I have the couples membership and we were able to pay with our Tesco vouchers meaning it only cost around £18. I think this is great value and we always carry our cards and book when we go away or the day or weekend incase we pass anything we fancy visting.
When you join you are given your card and a welcome pack including a quarterly magazine, information sheet and large book telling you able all English Heritage properties. The information is really well set out and useful. You know beforehand whether there is a shop, cafe, toilets etc. Opening times are also listed.
I like being a member of English Heritage and have learnt alot since joining. I think they are a fab company which do all they can to prevent the decline of some of Englands best historical sites.
All Star Mr and Mrs is a game show hosted by Phillip Schofield and Fern Brittan. On the show three celebrity couples are tested on the knowledge of their partner.
The beginning part of the show is a little drawn out and tedious where the couples just introduce themselves. After this the 1st round begins and the non-celebrity partner goes into a sound proof booth. Whilst in there the celebrity answers three multiple choice questions about their partner. The other partner is let out of the booth to give their answers. After this round both partners go into a sort of phone booth each where they can't see each other. Each person is given two paddles, one blue, one pink. Fern or Phil will ask a question and depending whether they think it applies more to them or their partner they will hold up a paddle. Blue for him, Pink for her. If they match they get one point. After this round the couple with the highest combined score goes through to the final. The final is much like the fist round but worth money for the couples chosen charity.
I like this show and I think its great entertainment. Its interesting to see so many celebrity couples not knowing anything about each other! Its also good they are doing it for charity rather than just themselves.
I went to Snozone for the 1st time last week and I have to say I was very impressed.
After booking a ski holiday in the Italian Alps for new year I decided we should have some ski lessons prior, thus avoiding breaking our legs on the first day. I had been saving my Tesco vouchers for a while and by chance was looking through the clubcard deals brochure and saw that Snozone had been added. I converted my tokens online and booked with Snozone. My only problem was the £1.99 booking charge for booking over the phone. I was annoyed with this because I cant book using Tesco vouchers online, I had no choice other than to call.
When we got there we were given our 4 lesson pass each. The person behind the desk was very helpful and pointed us in the direct of the ski hire. Again the staff were great and the gear seemed good quality.
The lesson was great. The instructor was knowledgable and he didn't make you feel like a child. We got just over an hour on the slope and our group only had 8 people in so there was lots of chances to ski down the slope with supervision.
I can't wait for my next lesson and would recommend the 4 lesson package for £100 to anyone. Remember its only £25 in Tesco vouchers.
Top Gear is a show I have remembered watching since I was a kid. It has changed a lot since I was little but 2 things have remained the same - Jerremy Clarkson and great entertainment.
Top Gear has just entered its latest series. It is on every Sunday for an hour at 9pm and is one of BBC2's highest rated shows.
I do think the new format works better with James May and Richard Hammond alongside Jerremy Clarkson. He now has other people to bounce off. The two extra presenters are great choices and both bring different characters to the show. A great piece of casting. The challenges are also great and have much wider appeal than the older version of 'car review only' format. The challenges really appeal to kids strangely enough introducing a new generation to Top Gear.
The star in the reasonably priced car idea is also good and they do seem to get some good stars on board. All seamingly interested in beating other celebs times. The chat show part is also interesting and you do find out good things about some of the celebs and the cars they used to have.
I love this show and can't see an end to its popularity if they continue to evolve the format.
Mablethorpe is a seaside resort on the east lincolnshire coast. It is a lot less developed than other seaside resorts but Im not sure if this is a good thing or not. There isn't really too much to do here and I think a week would be tedious. Just like other British seaside towns they have been aloud to deteriorate over the past 50 years to look as they do. Very little money has been spent here in a long time.
There is quite a lot of accomodation choice in Mablethorpe from large caravan sites to B&Bs and small hotels. Availability is always good and few are ever fully booked. The large sites are again a little rough round the edges and need some refurbishment.
The beach is very nice and safe. It is nice to walk along the beach in winter when its much less crowded and there are many different bird species to see.
There are no restaurants worth mentioning they all serve the same cheap as chips muck.
If you are visiting the area during November or December do take a trip up the coast to Donna Nook where hundreds of seals go to give birth. You can get really close to them and it is completely free. This is by far the best thing about Mablethorpe.
Watching TV Burp was the 1st time of encountering Harry Hill. From the 1st time I saw him I enjoyed his humour and I thought the show concept was fab! The show has been goign for a good number of seasons now and is as popular as ever.
Harry Hills TV Burb is on ITV1 on a saturday around 6-7pm. It differs depending on what's on before and after but is usualy on around tis time slot. It is also for the whole family and isn't too rude for younger viewers.
Harry Hill leads the show of the weeks telly clips. He has a great way of making the clips funny and rips fun out of soap stars, reality tv stars and just about everyone else really. There is a strong emphasis on the soaps I think this is because they have such wide appeal.
Each week there are a number of slots set aside for certain things i.e. 2 things will fight just before the break and where's the knitted toy this week? Each series these set aside jokes change. I think this is why the programme hasn't gone stale and still has such wide appeal.
I really enjoy watching this programme and think it has a good few seasons to go yet. Good fun for a saturday afternoon.
Screwfix.com is Scewfixes online shop. If you have ever picked up a screwfix book you will know just how many products they sell - literally thousands. Screwfix is set up like an argos where you pick up the item after ordering it at the till with its unique code. This causes problems as the books are so jammed with stuff that often a picture can be very small or the item might not have a picture at all. The Screwfix website does well to eliminate this problem by having far more pictures and better descriptions.
The website is very easy to navigate with a search box on the home page enabling you to find an item by name or code quickly and easily. Once you have found your item there are reviews from previous buyers which I find particularly helpful when deciding between various products.
The checkout is easy to use and you can either reserve goods to pick up or have them delivered. Delivery is £5 for orders under £50 and free for any amount over that. This has improved in recent times and you can also have your items quicker for an extra charge.
I really like the website as opose to going in store as our local shop rarely has the items I need in stock at that time. This often leads to wasted journeys. I really like the website and think they offer some of the best prices for DIY equipment on the market.
Heinz really is the ONLY tomato ketchup for your chips, pizza, burger etc. No other brand even comes close. You can tell cheap ketchup a mile off. If you're like me, a bit of a ketchup connessuir and avid eater with anything, you will know what I mean.
Heinz ketchup has been going for ever and is so popular they hardleys ever have to advertise anymore. Heinz have brought out various flavour alternatives to their ketchup in recent years including curry, chinese, chilli and organic. None are as good as the original though.
When you look at the ingredients of some cheaper ketchups they are packed with rubbish. Heinz isn't too bad. tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt and spice and herb extracts. No e numbers or artificial rubbish. One problem with this ketchup is the salt level and I do think Heinz need to be proactive in bringing this level down.
Heinz can be bought in various different sized bottles. The 500ml is the most popular although the squeezy top down varieties also sell well. You can normally pick up bottles on offer at supermarkets so its worth buying in bulk if a good offer is around.
Overall this is by far, in my opinion, the best sauce around and no other comes close.
I have to say for the past two years I have become a Branston Beans convert.
As a straight up Heinz Beanz girl since I was a kid my alliance changed when one day I saw these beans on offer in my local Somerfield and decided to try them. I wasn't sre at 1st but after returning to the Heinz I quickly changed back. The flavour is just far superior.
Ingredints include beans 50%, tomatoes 30%, water, sugar, modified maize starch, salt, paprika, ground white pepper, flavouring and Spices. I was pleasently surprised when I looked at the packaging to see the list of ingredients and that there wasn't anything artificial. I was a little disappointed though that there wasn't any Branston Pickle in! You can also count them as 1 of your 5 a day. I think 50% beans is pretty good for a tin of beans and think you would be hard pushed to find a tin with a higher bean content.
These come in standard sized cans and feed two people. Packs of 4 vary in price but usually can be bought at less than £1.50 for 4. Just recently Morrissons were doing them at 79p for 4 but you could only buy 3 packs. (I of course took advantage of this offer!) Somerfield and Netto often also have them on offer but never at this ultra low price.
All in all I love these beans and think they are the best tasting beans on the market.
These fishcakes have been available in Tesco for a while now. They are £1.15 for one pack or £2 for two packs - not a bad price. They are chilled and kept with the other fish items in the fridge area. In our local Tesco its next to the fish counter.
I have had these fishcakes a few times now and have to say they're pretty good all be it a bit small. There is definetely some fish in there and you can taste it. The breading is not too thick and crisps nicely in the oven. They are a far better option than the rubbish that is a fishshop frozen fishcake.
I think these fishcakes are far healthier than the fried alternative as there are only 219 calaries per 100g. The ingredients are natural and free from artificial rubbish which is included in the cheaper alternatives. Ingredients include smoked haddock, potato, cheese,leek and simple seasoning. The only problem with these fishcakes is the salt level. At 2g per 100g its pretty high.
Overall I think these are a quick, easy and reasonably healthy addition to a meal. They are tasty and not too fishy - easy to please the most picky of children. Great with saute potatoes and salad.
Well it's that time of year again! Just before Christmas every year a group of, ahem, 'celebrities' enter the Australian bush for charity (or is it their own career revival?) Who knows. This year is no exception. Every night the show is hosted by Ant and Dec at 9pm. You can also switch to ITV2 after the show to see extra bits.
Celebrties this year include Colin and Jusin, Lucy Benjamin, Jimmy White, George Hamilton, an ex Hollyoaks actor, Kim (clean freak) How clean is your house and Camilla DeRup - amongst others. To top it all off enter Katie Price aka Jordan!
Each day the public choose a celeb to complete the bush tucker trial. This enables the group to eat for the night. The trials are usually the highlight of the show and offer up some gruesome viewing. There have been some great trials over the years and I hope they continue to improve this year.
Although I have moaned a bit about the show I do like it and I suppose its kind of a show you hate to watch but can't help getting hooked. I'm sure this year will be no exception but I just hope the producers can keep coming up with new twists, turns and challenges.
B&M is a low cost store and took over the Glyn Webb brand. They have been around for over 30 years now and have stores all over the country. Most of their stores are open 7 days a week and their out of town stores have excellent opening hours, usually until around 7 or 8pm.
I have to say the staff are very busy at all times but do try to help if you're looking for something in particular. In our local store the tills are always jammed but im not sure if this is the case across the country.
Stores sell a range of products from homeware to wallpaper and food to toys. Stores are generally large and on just one level. I find the out of town stores better as there is plenty of free parking (important when you're buying heavy things or lots of little items.)
I particularly like the homeware items. Vases, mirrors and pictures are very good value and often half the price of other high street stores. At the minute they have a wide variety of xmas goods in all at great prices. I looked everywhere for black and silver baubles and B&M had by far the best choice and offered the best value.
All in all I love B&M and its always my 1st choice for homeware bargains!
The Don Valley Stadium is Rotherham Uniteds home ground. It is located just south west of the town centre. The sports ground is used for many things - not just football and rugby.
My1st experience of the Don Valley stadium was at school when our athletics team competed against other schools in the South Yorkshire area. Back then the stadium was pretty impressive to a 12 year old. As ive aged so has the stadium, it now feels a little old fashioned and neglected in parts.
The stadium hosts bands and artists from around the world but I would probably imagine that it isn't their favourite place to play. The venue has a gym and fitness centre but the hours its open isnt particularly competative in comparison with other gyms in the area. (On a Sat they only open til 5pm!) The fees are roughly average at £24 a month - in line with other LA gyms and sports centres.
Don Valley stadium hosts weddings, christenings etc. and has a licenced bar. They also provide for corporate events.
Im not sure if the LA make money from this site or not. I would guess at not as it appears to be very under used. The corporate facilities are also not on a par with other venues in the local area.
Not a great place to be as far as Im concerned.
I think Sensations were a great idea from Walkers and provide an interesting change from the usual crisp. The poppadom sensation varieties are an extension of this and come in a range of flavours including Lime and Coriander. The Lime and Coriander variety have a distinctive flavour and I think you either love them or hate them (the marmite effect).
The flavour of the mini poppadoms is tangy at 1st but then seems to mellow a little as you crunch the crisp. They are quite a spicy choice but not as 'burn your mouth off' as the thai sweet chilli variety.
I don't really think these taste much like poppadoms at all (they are more like a regular crisp.) The flavour is good but I know they won't be everyones cup of tea and therefore have a limited market.
These crisps come in normal sized bags or share bags. They are slightly more expensive than regular Walkers but its not too noticable. Nutritionally speaking they arn't too bad - roughly the same as normal Walkers. Salt is pretty high at 9% of recommended daily intake per 18g but there arn't any artificial addatives or preservatives.
Overall these are a reasonable snack choice. Not for everyone, nothing like poppadoms but something different all the same.