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      30.07.2013 16:12
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      Does do what it says, blows cool air around but not as powerfully as I would expect. Is very noisy.

      During the recent spell of hot weather that hit us unexpectedly I desperately needed to find a fan that not only cooled a room down but helped to keep my son as cool as possible as he has a condition that is made worse in the heat. I searched online for a decent fan. Most fans I wanted to purchase had not surprisingly sold out or there was a long delivery date and I wasn't prepared to wait. The only local place that I could find that had fans in stock was Argos. I went online and reserved two of the fans at my local Argos store. My daughter in law had also requested I pick one up for her. Now I did read the reviews on the Argos website and there was a mixture from one star to five stars and I thought for £24.96 I would give it a go. Some people had returned there fans due to them being faulty etc, some stated on the noise. The speculations of the fan are as follows, The colour is white, The height is 75.6 cms, width 26 cms and depth 26cms. It really doesn't take up much room at all so would be ideal if you had little space and it has a slightly modern appearance though I have seen nicer. Easy to store away when not in use, taking up little space. I just wanted it to do the job. It weighs 2.8kgs making it very easy to move around or carry it to another room. The assembly of the fan was easy. You just need to clip two separate plastic parts to the bottom and it was straightforward. There are two holes for screws but no screws in either box so I assume that maybe at one time they had screws or it was just a manufacturing error. Not a problem though as the fan remains sturdy and doesn't fall over, isn't wobbly. It comes with the plug fitted. There are three buttons to press for the fan numbered 1, 2 and 3. One being the lowest and three the highest. Once set up and initially trying the fan I immediately stood in front of it, yes it did cool my legs. I tended to have it on button two most of the time. It did cool an average room down slightly but not as much as I'd hoped. It also blows along the length of it so if in front of you it would cool your lower body only. I hadn't really considered this at the time of purchase. I ended up putting the fan on a piece of furniture and had it oscillating in order to blow cool air on my son. It worked but not as powerful as I would of liked. It is also very important to note that is extremely noisy. If was annoying as the fan was heard over the television and for me anyway it was a bit of a pain. In my sons bedroom to aid his sleeping and to keep him as cool as possible I experienced the same problems. Firstly I had to put it on a set of drawers and reasonably close to him for him to take advantage of what is designed for, too cool you down. He wasn't to keen on this as has special needs. Again the noise disturbed his sleep so if you are a light sleeper I would probably avoid this purchase. The same night I searched for another fan that I managed to collect two days later which was cheaper and Fantastic. I have used this fan since in the sensory room and it does cool the room a little but not as much as I would expect it to. I would say if you need one desperately then yes purchase the fan as it is better than nothing and will offer a little light relief from the heat but if able to I would consider a different product.

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      • tesco.com / Online Shop / 124 Readings / 123 Ratings
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        03.11.2008 10:26
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        SAVES YOU MONEY AND VERY CONVENIENT

        Tesco.com is my preferred shopping site for my main grocery shopping and I use it every two weeks and have my shopping delivered to my door. When you log on to Tesco.com you will be gvien a choice of Tesco areas to log onto such as Tesco groceries and wine, Tesco Direct for household items, furniture, electricals toys etc, entertaintaiment for dvd's, cd's and games and also an area for things such as broadband and insurance. When you first use the site you have to set up an account with user name which is your email and also a password which you use each time you log on. Gives you the option to also store your card details with them to so you don't have to fill in all of your details each time and savs on time. I find the grocery site easy to use and once you click onto it you will be given the choice of tesco grocery or tesco wine. Wine and alcohol is available through the main grocery site from the wine isle and the tesco wine site is for making large purchases of wine, for example a box of twelve of a certain wines and they frequently have offers available for these. The site is devided into diffferent areas, food and drink, baby and toddler, pets and household, health and beauty so you can go into these areas for your shopping. You then get a choice of what your looking for to help you fine it easier so for example going into food and drink will give you a long list of departments and areas such as dairy and eggs, the bakery, meat, bicuits, frozen and they all then go into sepperate areas so if your looking for frozen very vegetables just click on that area, fresh vegetable then go into that area and so on. The site also has on the homepage a special offers section and gives you the option to navigate all the offers or just buy one get one free, three for two or items that are basically reduced in price. It's always worth having a lok at the offers and I generally buy multiple items of products I use often. If you are a smoker you can also purchase your items on this site and have them delivered with your order as there is a tobacco section. Once you start to use the site it becomes easier to use and I find that when I have tried using other supermarket sites they are harder to use but using the Tesco site on a regular basis makes it much quicker. Tesco also send you emails with e vouchers and offers if you choose to sign up to them and this can also save you more money off your shopping. I also use the internet to find voucher codes and for example these can save you anything from five pounds of a fifty pound shop or nine pounds off a ninety pound shop or will give you extra points for a certain spend and these are well worth looking for. I use Martin Lewis Money Saving expert for these as the codes are easier to find as it has it's own Tesco codes only forum. This sometimes pays for the delivery or reduces your bill by a few pounds and better in our pockets. Tesco give you the option to have green points for not using carrier bags much as they do in store though I found this difficult when the delivery man arrives at your door with all the shopping in green totes, unbagged and seems to take a long time to get the shopping indoors but again it does help with the recycling issues so be prepared with your bags or use a container to bring them in. Tesco will give you an alternative product should your product be unavailable though there is an option to opt out from this though I have found on a few occassions the driver has said I have a substituted item. You have the option to give this back to the driver. Also use your Tesco card to earn four point per one pound spent and I find that these mount up quickly and I usually have a minimum of twenty pounds every three months to pay off my shoppng or you could use these for other hings such as days out or even towards your holiday. There are various slots available and these come in two hour slots and I ahve never had a late delivery as yet. The evening slots seem to be a little cheaper and I find that these suit me better and ususally choose a 9pm to 11pm slot but again it caters these for your lifestyle. Look for promotions on the site such as fifty pound spend for a five pence off litre of petrol voucher. I find these have a much longer expiry date than the ones you get in the store. The price at the checkout on the site does not include any reductions for offers and for example buy one get one free will not show up so by spending say sixty pounds you wold qualify for this but in reality your bill may only be forty five pounds due to the offers. I use a calculator so I have a rough idea of how much my bill is likely to be and I always write out my shopping list as I find it easier to then just add my items to my basket. I do a menu for two weeks so I ensure I buy all the meals I need so only ever needing to buy fresh products within the week as a top up. I find that I don't buy products I don't really need this way and it helps to save money. A big bonus for internet shoping for me is that I'm not always able to get out and having it delivered to the door relieves me of the worry of not being able to get out for my shopping. Once you get use to the lay out of the site it becomes really quick and easy to use and I find I can actually save money by internet shopping at Tesco.com

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          29.10.2008 21:55
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          a delightful read for young children, find out what animal is waiting under the flap.

          Dear Zoo is a delightful childrens book and number two favourite in my sons list. It is written by Rod Campbell and now published by puffin, The first publication of this book was in 1982 so a book that has stood the test of times and obviously adored by children. A very simple and easy read and it's not long before your child will be joining in a reciting the sentence undeneath the flaps which are designed in various containers or doors you would expect to find these animals in but will you want to keep that animal or send him back? Doesn't matter if your child likes animals or not this is a good read and will leave your child smiling. Not giving anything away but all the animals are beneath flaps and a child writes to the zoo to ask for a pet and what they send is never quite right for them until the end of the book as all the animals have a trait that is typical to them. The books illustrations are bright and colourful and the flaps in the book are made of fine cardboard to make them stronger though these could be ripped easily by very young children if left unattended. It does come in hard back to and there is a version available with a CD that tells the story and your child can join in and read by Caroline Quentin. I've recently also found a pop up version of the book rather than flap which I thought was nice and when you open up certain items such as a crate in the book you will find some of the animals. I highly recommend this book, it's available at all good book shops, online and in some supermarkets, cost £4.99. A lovely book which your child will enjoy and read over and over.

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            26.10.2008 18:24
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            COULD BE A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE AND MAKE YOU THINK OF OTHERS TO

            Wow, imagine winning the lottery. My dad and his wife won five and the bonus years ago and he spent it on IVF and I now have a new brother and two sisters, he also purchsed a little place in France.. His win was under one hundred thousand. He's appeared on TV shows such as This Morning and been in many magazines. Every year Camelot send him the most lovely flowers. Now when I do the lottery I do one pound and luckily having six children use there birthdays. If I won a large sum and not the usual ten pounds then this is what I would do. Firstly, shout, scream and jump around the room with the boys. I'd prefer to remain anonymous and not have publicity. Pay off the mortgage and credit cards and would keep my home as this is where the childrens memories are and a lovely home. Would however move to a larger house so we could have a pool and gym, our own woods to walk and explore and would love to live in the countryside but not far from the sea so we could take long walks everyday with it being on our doorstep. Would ensure I helped my family with a home and help with their businesses. Buy holiday homes, one in the village of LLanafan in Mid Wales where I'm already considering moving to, one in France and one where the sun shines so maybe Portugal and one in the Caribbean as we enjoy going there. Employ more people to help care for my son. Build a few centres for Special Needs Young people giving them modern living, excellent standards of care, access to the community we take for granted, intergrated sports facilities and social activities with good transport for them and help for their needs. Work and support the centre. Always wanted a Gucci bag so will get one. I would buy a convertible, always said I would get one when I was forty and now forty two and drive a renalut scenic but I'd never get my son's wheelchair in a convertible so maybe have two cars. I think it would be nice to simply be able to do things on the spur of the moment and that is what I'd do, feel it would just give you the ability to live life and do those things you'd always wanted to do or the things you havn't even thought about yet. I feel that would be my lot, I would be very very happy with that and would hopefully of helped my family, myself and others to.

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              25.10.2008 19:41
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              MELATONIN HELPS INDUCE A MORE NATURAL SLEEP

              Melatonin is a natural hormone that is produced by the body especially increased at night time and is secreted in the brain. It is thought that some people have less melatonin and being prescribed melatonin that comes in various doses can help with the sleep patterns. My son was prescribed melatonin years ago to help with his disturbed sleep patterns. He originally started on a small dose but presently takes four mgs of melatonin and three mgs of slow release melatonin that as it suggests releases the melatonin through the night. From the start of using melatonin there was a definite improvement to his sleep and usually within thirty or so minutes of taking the drug he becomes more relaxed. Doesn't work throughout the day but works by taking in the evening when it is becoming darker. I tend to have the lights on dim as light will stimulate the brain and make taking the melatonin less effective. We also use it to try help reduce my sons seizures as he gets less tired by having a better sleep though when having seizures or had seizures throughout the day I find it less likely to work and I can only think that it's because my son's day has started after sleeping off the seizure so genuinely no tired or sleepy. Melatonin is available only on prescription in the uk and not in available to purchase from a pharmacy and doesn't leave that groggy feeling as natural. Used by many for varied sleep conditions or with varied special needs by children and adults. I have seen it advertised on the internet and believe it is available in some health food shops though I would strongly recommend anyone who wishes to use the drug to seek proper medical advice first from there GP or Health Specialist. I know many children who take this medication and the parents wouldn't be without it as seems to relax the child without causs any unpleasant side effects. I'm aware that adults take this medication to for various conditions. Melatonin is a natural hormone that works with the twentyfour hour body clock we have and people who do shift work use it or is also used for jet lag etc though I would recommend if you have sleep related issues maybe taking some advice from your GP before taking it. For my son it works brilliantly and is effected.

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                23.10.2008 17:48
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                A DELIGHTFUL SHORT STORY THAT IS EASY FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD TO READ.

                The tiger who came to tea is a lovely story for young children. Though originally published many years ago it remains a favourite with children and I can only recommend that if you have young children to maybe buy a copy or go to the library as you won't be disappointed by it. I won't give away the plot but briefly about a tiger who comes to visit Sophies house and the makes himself at home. A short and easy to read story. I have five copies of this book at home, three the same but of different ages, one that is in hard back, and more solid and sturdy enabling very young children to handle the book easily without ripping it and good chunky pages that makes it easy for small hands to turn the pages and to look at the bright pictures. The other copy is paper back but it comes with a CD that tells the story twice. The first story has a 'ping' sound that tells children when to turn the page and the second story has sound effects and the characters in the story talking, even the tiger and the main story is read by Geraldine McEwan. I first got this book fifteen years ago for my son who loves animals and he was delighted and always fascinated by the tiger who came to visit Sophie and as he got older he would talk about what the tiger did and would say he was a silly tiger with a big smile. Even though my son is now nearly seventeen, he can't read due to his special needs but he can read this book word for word from memory and knows when to turn the page with no prompts and even without the book talks about the silly things the tiger does. A delightful book a copy goes everywhere with us. Enjoyed here daily by Philip and also a copy for the Granchildren. It is written and illustrated by Judith Kerr who has written the Mog stories and published by HarperCollins childrens book. Widely available at book stores, online and even in some supermarkets. This book is number one in my son's top ten books and a great little story for children.

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                  23.10.2008 14:12
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                  SITES TO HELP AND INFORM YOU

                  The internet has opened a wide and vast area that covers virtually everythig you could ever need to know. I know in my home we use the internet for various and different things. My boys use sites that I don't for homework, gaming, entertainment, information and even for staying intouch with their friends. My top ten are as follows and I hope they are of help to you:- 1. Has to be MoneySavingExpert.com. Stumbled across the site a couple of years ago and it has been of so much help from how to be a debt buster, grab it now bargains, recipes the old fashioned way, cutting down on bills and information on where to put your money, absolutely everything you could think of to help you manage money and save. There are areas for savings, shopping, insurance which I use though I log onto the forum everyday and it's really good to see other peoples comments on everyday matters. Has recently added a new disability and dosh part on the forum and reading through looks like it is being very helpful to lots of people. 2. Slicethepie.com. A music site where you listen to music and rate and comment and give an honest opinion and get paid for your view. Also for musicians and bands to add their music. Has a great forum for help and advice. Earn your stars and the payment increases from three pence and can go up to twelve pence for five stars per song. Check it out, great site. 3. Dooyou. Came across it last week on the moneysaving site and thought I'd give it a go. Everyone on here seems really friendly and you get a nice welcome. Easy to set up and you can earn five hundred points which is fifty pence for writing a review minimum words are one hundred and fifty though easy to write many more on a subject you feel you can offer some good information about. You also get paid when people read your review. It soon mounts up and I've been very surprised. 4. Quidco. A great cash back site. Different shops offer a small percentage back foor shopping online with them by using quidco. I've managed over seven hundred pounds in two years for shopping for things I was going to buy anyway and for taking insurance etc out. There is a charge of five pounds though this comes out of the money you accumulate. Highly recommended. 5. National autistic society. As with any specific sites it is useful for parents or carers and people with autism. Lot's of information, a forum to chat and get support and advice on where to go for support. Very useful, especially if you are new to autism. Also fund raising, benefit help for people. 6. Epilepsy action. Another good site to help people with epilepsy or caring for people with epilepsy. It has a forum and helpful advice both medical and every day questions or concerns you may have. I once purchased thirty epilepsy wrist bands and the boys and parents at football all purchased one and wore them and were all happy to support people with epilepsy as they had seen the effects it has on my son, so good fund raiser and awareness site. Very helpful, has a helpline number. I phoned to enquire about the best place to get travel insurance after all the places I was being quoted for my son were between five hundred and seven hundred pounds for a trip to Florida. They gave me two numbers and one saved me a fortune, cost just over seventy pounds for annual insurance for three of us. No question to silly to ask and very helpful. 7. Facebook. Keeps me intouch with family and friends and especially my brother in Australia. I mainly use it to chat to him and to share photo's of the family and share the gossip. I know my boys use it for a lot more though this suits my needs and is free to use. 8. Pigsback. Has daily clicks where you get five points and similar to this the points make pennies. Clickbacks have slowed down recently though but you can earn points by signing up to things and also similar to quidco for shoppng and they have a few sites that quidco don't such as boots and John Lewis where you get a small percentage of your spend back. You can choose how you spend the points and I choose vouchers and at the moment have sixty pounds of marks and spencers vouchers to be used for Christmas dinner. 9. Onepoll. A very easy survery site where you can earn anything from ten pence upwards for filling in a survey on the site. Soon mounts up and I have received one forty pound cheque from them. Takes a while to mount up but very easy to join and do. 10. Google. The best search engine going in my opinion and easy to use, simply type in the word or question in the search box and gives a long list of sites to search from. I guess there are sites there that we all use though I hope you find some of my top ten sites of some help and give them a try if you think they will be of use to you.

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                  • Boots Advantage Card / Credit Card / 47 Readings / 46 Ratings
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                    22.10.2008 19:57
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                    I LOVE BOOTS, USE IT WELL AND YOU CAN MAKE POUNDS AS WELL AS SAVE ON PURCHASES

                    Boots advantage card is a must for everyone. I love mine and I've owned it for years. The basic you can get for it is four points per pound though they do have special promotions days or weekends when they offer triple points or spend a certain amount to receive ten pounds worth of points. You can take full ADVANTAGE of your card though as I do. I used it a couple of years ago to get a new mobile phone, got a good deal and also received three hundred pounds worth of points. I mainly shop online with my advantage card and their site though recently changed is easy to navigate round. They have many deals such as buy one get one free and three for two which is great. I always look out for offers where they automatically give you for example six hundred points if you spend sixty pounds, not bad. Add to that a promotional code for that can be found on many sites such as hot uk deals and price dash. This could give you an extra five hundred points for spending fifty pounds. Recently purchased three Christmas presents, thirty pounds each and on three for two so cost sixty pounds instead of ninety. (I also search the product price to ensure I'm getting a good deal). Received free delivery, free card with words of my choice, eleven hundred promotional points and two hundred and forty points on the sale. In total my order came to sixty pounds and I received one thousand and forty points that equals thirteen pounds forty pence. My favourite makeup is clinique and I always wait for extra points or three for two deals for purchasing and always use extra promotional codes that are found on the sites mentioned earlier. What do points make? Well for me it's deodorants, toothpaste, razors, shampoo and the odd bottle of eternity. You can use the points instore only. If there is a promotion, buy one get one free you still get this by using your advantage card so very good deal. There are advantage card machines in the Boots stores. You can check your points balance, update your card, join clubs such as mother and baby and it will also give you offers such as giving you so many points for buying a certain item. Also look for glitches, it may give you a voucher for five hundred points for purchasing three max factor products and then maxfactor have their own promotion say buy one get one free or three for two. Also gives you freebies to, such as a packet of wipes. I truly love my advantage card and sometimes wonder how boots mange to make much of a profit. Don't forget boots do young childrens clothing to and usually on offer and points can be used on these. Beach wear and sunglasses, has an opticians and pharmacy, just look for the deals and use the advantage card wisely.

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                    • Being a Parent / Parenting Issue / 42 Readings / 40 Ratings
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                      22.10.2008 18:11
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                      PARENTHOOD, HAPPINESS, LOVE, LEARNING CURB

                      For me being a parent is the most important job in the world. You become the role model for your children, you become their carer, you become their best friend and the person as they get older they confide in whether it be good or bad. I had my first child in 1983 and I wasn't ready for the overwhelming feeling I would have for my child. 1985 follow another son and in 1986 a daughter who was followed by three more sons. One girl amongst five boys she had a fun life and her personailty domineered the boys and to this day she has the gift of easily making friends with males as well as females. Each of my children are individuals and through the growing up years there was laughter and tears but having a large family is wonderful and to this day all six children are close to one another and to me, a bond and closeness that can never be broken. After my fifth son was born and after being diagnosed with epilepsy and austism and severe learning disabilities life did change and become difficult. Firstly the breakdown of my marriage, (some years ago now), and the effect it had on my other children, especially my son who was younger but more so my son who was above him, just over three year age gap and about to start doing the activities his other brothers and sister did. Dance, football, karate and swimming, at the time being so young and really needed quality time with me. Though this effected all the family I always felt that he felt the impact more than any of the other children. They were that little bit older and my youngest grew to accept Philip and really didn't know him to be any different but my other son did feel he'd lost part of his mum. All a distant blurr now and without the respite time we had each week I feel that the impact would of been worse and will always be grateful for the support given to enable me to spend the time with my children. We all called it 'normal' time and even now I look forward to a normal night or once a year a weeks 'normal' holiday. Having to work to pay the mortgage and just part time now a days, my daughter helps to look after her brother and the boys will take turns in having him on the odd weekend or if I would like to have a night out so I get a break and I could never ask for more helpful and thoughful children even now in their adult years. I have to say I'm very proud of all my children, two are married and have children, one lives with his girlfriend and the three youngest, fourteen, nearly seventeen and twenty live with me. I feel happy to know that they are well mannered and polite people who would help others. I always felt that being a parent was setting the standards for my children and helping them to make the right choices in life. The most important thing you can give a child is free and it's love and support, lot's of cuddles and to be involved in the things they enjoy.I always listen to my children and will always give advice when asked, I feel like their best friend. I feel that my attitude and belief in being positive, learning from the choice made has helped me raise six lovely children.

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                      • Aqueous Cream / Skin Care / 38 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                        AFFORDABLE AND GREAT MOSTURISER

                        Aqueous cream has many uses and I have used it for myself and my family for years. It is very economical and costs around £1.70 for a 500g tub and easily obtainable from your local chemist. Bigger stores sell it such as boots but it is much more expensive and comes in smaller sizes. It can be used on both adults and children. It's used for various dry skin conditions such as eczema but can also be used as a moisturiser and helps to sooth and soften skin. It is fragrance free and unlike other moisturisers it's main ingredient isn't aqua. I use it on my son and myself in the bath and shower as can be used just like soap and also used on the scalp to help with dry skin conditions. Ladies, use it when shaving your legs, so much cheaper than buying shaving lotions and moisturises as well. I use it as a general moisturiser to and leaves the skin feelng lovely. I prefer aromatherapy oils and creams as I enjoy holistic treatments and a tip that I use is to save your small containers, for example, empty tablet pots and fill with the aqueous cream, add a few drops of your favourite essential oils. My favourite mixture is a few drops of lavendar and frankincense. Frankincense as well as being good for stress and other things is good for scars and stretchmarks but should always be mixed with a carrier oil or in this case a few drops in the aqeous cream. The lavendar is good for purifying and as many know for relaxing and relief of stress. This really makes a great moisturiser to use on your body or in the bath. As with all oils please read the label to make sure you don't have a medical condition that may react to the oil. Also check that you aren't allergic to any of the ingredients in aqueous cream The aqueous cream is none oily and soaks into the skin well. I find that when rubbed on the legs they leave them looking shiny not oily. I would recommend aqueos cream to people with dry skin or who just want a cheaper yet good way to moisturise.

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                          20.10.2008 15:52
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                          FABULOUS DAY OUT AT CHESTER ZOO

                          I live in the North West and visit Chester Zoo regularly. I would say that if you enjoy zoo's then Chester zoo is great and has seen many changes over the years. We go most weekends and have been know to go several times a week in the school holidays. I have chosen membership to the zoo as it can be quiet expensive but this works out really good value for money. My two boys, fourteen and sixteen have membership and it costs £30 for the year. As Philip is disabled myself or any carer that takes him gets admitted free so if you know someone who has a disability or special need and enjoys animals or just a nice stroll, it's well worth enquiring and taking up the offer. For over eighteen single membership it is £60 and under sixty five years is £50. If you are a couple it is also cheaper, under sixty five is £95 and over sixty five £80. A great price I feel for a years pass and the only day it is closed is Christmas day. Membership also gives you twenty percent off any purchases from the shops or restaurant or even if you only need to buy a bottle of pop or bag of crisps. Your membership also gives you free entry to other zoo's and gardens throughout the UK. Well worth being a member if you plan to visit often, we really get our monies worth. The zoo is lovely to walk round and has done so much for conservation. There are several places to eat a picnic in lovely surroundings and also three restaurants to choose from as well as kiosks scattered around for ice creams and drinks. We visited at weekend and there is now a sign small ice rink for a limited time from the 27th November though it's not suitable for my son I'm sure children and adults will love it and it was also there last year. Also noticed santas grotto with journey through lapland though recommends you prebook and even though my son wil be seventeen I will be taking him to see Santa plus two adults can go on the journey free with their child. Price for that is £6 so good value and they get their gift from santa to. So much going on for Christmas for the little ones this Christmas and I think it is a lovely place to visit Santa and much prefer to a busy shopping Mall. Also a halloween event going on at the moment. Toilet facilities are good and there are several baby changing facilities and disabled toilets that make it much easier. Also push chairs available and lockers and plenty of disabled parking close to the main entrance. The animals are great and well looked after and seems they are always working to make the conditions for the animals better. This weekend we saw one of the new lion cubs which was out with his mum and was so lovely to see. If your children like creepy crawlies I can recommend the ant tree in the jaguar house which never fails to fascinate my son. Also the camels were being very friendly with each other and delighted the onlookers so no doubt a baby camel coming in the future. So many animals to see, lovely gardens and such a great day out for all the family with boat ride or train ride. We love it and will probably be there again at weekend.

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                            20.10.2008 13:06
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                            SMOKING SHOULD BE IN DESIGNATED AREAS

                            The debate over should smoking be banned in public places. Well I am a smoker and I believe it should. I remember when I went over to Ireland when they had launched there smoking ban. It was on there news about it and the fact they couldn't smoke in pubs or in the work place. The pub wasn't a problem and I remember instantly thinking that the pubs were more pleasant and didn't smell of smoke and they simply went outside to smoke. As always in the West of Ireland you enjoy the craic and always a welcoming atmosphere. I remember listening to the news there and the fact people couldn't smoke in the workplace which raised issues with people who worked in their own homes who if they smoked during their working hours at home were actually breaking the law. The HGV drivers who would be breaking the law by smoking in there cabin if alone. I remember thinking that it was a fascinating debate. When I went to Florida it became second nature to only smoke in designated areas and I actually thought it was a good idea, not only protecting people from second hand smoke but also from promoting smoking to younger people who can be influenced. I feel that when cigarettes were first introduced they promoted and especially to the females that it was sexy and sophisicated to be seen with a cigarette. How I'm glad that times have changed as it is anything but sexy and sophisticated. When the ban came to the UK that we couldn't smoke in public places such as pubs, shopping malls and restaurants I was pleased and have no objection to going outside for a cigarette if I choose to but I have to say it soon becomes routine not to want to smoke when you are enjoying an evening out just as when at home I would never smoke in my home or even near anyone when in the garden. I would also have no objection to not being able to smoke in other outside public places though feel that adequate areas for smoking should be introduced for those who choose to smoke. This will make smoking less attractive to younger people and also help keep the streets tidier. How often have you seen a young child bend down and pick up a dirty cigarette dimp, very unpleasant and this would reduce this as well as making the outdoors more pleasant. Smoking is without a doubt a one of the biggest health issues but let's not forget it's an addiction and people have the choice to smoke or not but I do feel that a high majority of smokers wouldn't object to areas where they could smoke if it kept other people away from the effects of their smoking.

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                              19.10.2008 14:38
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                              FRONTLINE PREVENTS THE OUTBREAK OF FLEAS ON YOUR CAT AND IN YOUR HOME IN ONE EASY TO USE APPLICATION

                              I have been using frontline spot on for cats for over ten years. I have two cats now both fourteen years old. I originally used a spray flea control treatment but it's very difficult to hold down a clawing cat and I found my cats were scared of the spray treaments and that frontline drops are much easier and friendlier to use on the cats and don't distress the cat.It was originally only available from my vets and your cat had to be registered there and was at the time quite expensive really, costing over nearly £4 for each dose. I though have never had a problem with an outbreak of fleas due to constantly using this brand and wouldn't use one of the cheaper brands available at the supermarket which in my opinion are a waste of money and don't do what they are intended to do. Frontline is now available from several places and easy to purchase and especially online. I purchase mine from a company that is online, petmeds and costs £17.38 for six six 0.5ml pipettes and I also go through quidco for a further five percent discount. Delivery of frontline is usually within a couple of days and I've never had a problem with the company. The simple explanation to frontline is that all cats have fleas and fleas breed fast and lay eggs. Your cats will catch fleas from other cats in the neighbourhood to. If using frontline the flea that goes onto you cat will bite the cat and because it has been treated with frontline the flea with eventually die and prevent it from laying more eggs on your cat or in your home. In your home a flea egg can lay dormant for a long time but I have never had a problem with an outbreak of fleas and believe it through using frontline on a regualr basis and I would never change brands or use another product. I put frontline to the back of my cats neck to prevent them from licking it off them and it very simple to use by easily peeling back the corner of the foil wrapper the pipette comes in, take the blue pipette and easily and simply snap off the top and on the back on the cats neck, squeeze out the small amount of liquid. All done and very easy. Dispose of your empty pipette and if you ave purchased more keep them safely away from children. The box it comes in also has a space to write the date applied and I also use my diary to make a note of when there next application is due so I don't forget. I usually apply every six weeks and highly recommend this products for cat owners.

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                              • slicethepie.com / Internet Site / 62 Readings / 54 Ratings
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                                17.10.2008 17:47
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                                A GREAT SITE IF YOU ENJOY MUSIC

                                Slice the pie, strange name for a music room. I have been a member of the site since January 2008 since seeing it on my favourite website. I had taken time off work with my child who was unwell and resulted in me taking three months off work. What can I say, it's not a big earner but to date I have earned over £400 and I've reached four stars. I'll explain simply:- Slice the pie is a music room, that at the moment and in there tenth genre or tenth room. It is open to artists or bands who want there music to be heard by the genral music. Some of it is poor and some of it is very good music. As a member you join and have your own record label which is basically your alias on the site. If your interested when you first begin you are given your first star and this can progress eventually to five stars though how you obtain this fifth star I'm unsure of. One star is 2 pence per track, Two stars is 5 pence, three stars is 7 pence and four stars is 9 pence and five stars is 12 pence. You simply have to listen to a minimum of sixty seconds of music and then a box drops down and you rate the song between zero and ten depending on how you felt the song was for you. Give a good description of the music and be fair as the artists read the reviews on their songs. I tend to write at least five lines and describe the style of music, what I liked, the rthym, how it made me feel and if there were problems with the song state what they were, how the vocals and the instruments were to the ear and to be listened to etc. You then submit and press for the next song. The music is in different genres, one of the rooms a while back was a lot of techno and dance tracks and I didn't do too many as to be honest they did all sound similar to me but some of the other rooms have been fine and well mixed styles of music with some occassional outstanding songs that are very good. If you do listen to a song that you feel is exceptional you get the option to add it to your watch list and then and you can tip them as for every ten songs you listen to you earn one tip. You can then buy a backstage pass to that artist to follow there progress and to buy a share in their success but don't have to but it does help the artist. Whenever I listen to the music on slice the pie I do it in blocks of five as I found I can write honest reviews that way. I usually do between 20 and 40 reviews a day that take between one to two hours, so not a big earner but it can be fun. There is also a forum on the site that offers help and advice and general chat if you need any help. I believe it's good for new artists to be able to submit their own music and that the public can rate them and even with some critism it can help them improve their music. I'm currently four stars and when last checked I was ranked sixty two and I only log on a couple of times a week for a short time due to work or being busy but the pennies mount up and you are paid by paypal and can withdraw when you have reached five pounds so once you have more stars it's easier to achieve. My tip would be to write good reviews and make them at least five lines long.

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                                • Flair Etch A Sketch / Art / Craft / 41 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                                  17.10.2008 16:33
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                                  A GOOD AND POPULAR TOY THAT WILL FASCINATE YOUNG CHILDREN AND IS GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY

                                  I have an etch a sketch that is a few years old and it gets played with daily. My son has autism and likes to twist the knobs and watch the lines going in different directions. When I try to draw anything on it, well basically I can't, I find it very difficult and those that manage to produce such good art work on them are really talented people. One of my grandsons came to visit last weekend and was fascinated by it and played with it continually over the weekend and really enjoyed just making lines and squiggles and I like the fact that it was a very entertaining toy that also made no mess or noise. He has his fourth birthday next weekend and I asked if he would like one. Total delight and glee from him. Yesterday I wen to Toys R us and searched high and low for etch a sketch, finally gave up and asked an assistant who took me to the two areas the were usually kept. Sadly sold out and he told me it is one of the best selling toys and would be in again before Christmas. I told him I needed it for next week. I called into boots and also sold out. Tried Woolworths and Tesco with no luck. Went online when I got home and on the Toys R us and boots both sold out and play.com sold out. Argos had them available, cost £12.99, so reserved online and collected in the evening as I was getting the feeling that they are a popular toy to have. If you need one I suggest searching for one early. I know they are difficult to actually draw a decent picture with but to me the pleasure of a toy is that it is used and played with and I have no doubt that it will played with often and recommend it as a good buy.

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