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    • Dyson DC21 / Vacuum Cleaner / 52 Readings / 50 Ratings
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      12.12.2009 13:36
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      I bought this Dyson DC21 a couple of weeks ago for £199 on Amazon. This was an amazing price and the reason for it dropping in price is that the newer model has just come out - this is about £370 from the Dyson website!! Having said that I have just checked Amazon again and the model I bought has gone up to £230, but it might well come back down again. I bought a Hetty hoover last year (like a Henry but pink) it wasn't that cheap about £100 but although it had lots of suction it wasn't picking up hair from the carpet ( i have long hair that gets everywhere) and I have also been suffering from back problem and Hetty was too hard to push as you had to press quite hard on the carpet. I tried my boyfriends DC21 that he bought 3 years ago and decided I must have one for my flat too so was very pleased to get it for the price I did especially as it comes with a 5 year guarentee as I have gone through many hoovers in the past. It is fairly heavy - the actual cylinder - but for someone without a bad back this should be no problem and now it is up the stairs in my flat I don't need to lift it anywhere just wheel it so it is absolutely fine. The beauty of this hoover is that although it is a cylinder hoover there is a motor in the head of the brush part - this was lacking in my Henry and with the Dyson it means that the brushes turn and pick up hair but also makes it very easy to push along as it helps propel itself. The amount of dust and dirt it picked up on its first go was truly shocking! My carpet looked clean to the naked eye but after the Dyson had run over it there was so much dust and dirt in the hoover compartment and I could see that the carpet actually looked a better colour and like it was newer! I was hoping it would pick up all my hair that gets into the carpet but this was better than expected! In fact I used it 4 times that week - not because it needed it but just because it was so easy to use and picked up even the tiniest pieces of dust and dirt with such ease that it was a pleasure keeping the carpet clean rather than having to drag Hetty hoover out once a week and brush away for ages to get it to pick up certain things! The Dyson DC21 comes with: * 1 x DC21 Motorhead which is the hover body itself and it is a lovely shiny silvery grey colour all over * 1 x Motorised Brush Head * 1 x Crevice tool - to hoover in small places. A very useful tool * 1 x Stair tool - Haven't used this as I don't have stairs in my flat but at least it comes with it for people that do have stairs * 1 x Brush tool - This tool is actually very good for using on upholstery or for getting dust mites out of your pillows and mattress - especially useful if you are an allergy sufferer * 1 x User manual - being honest i haven't actually opened this yet - as i found the Dyson clicked together very easily and was so easy to use i haven't needed any instructions I would definitely recommend buying this and for the price for a Dyson it is amazing.

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        12.10.2009 00:03
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        The Science museum is in South Kensington, (nearest tube South Ken on the Picadilly line). It is free to enter and you can easily spend a whole afternoon here. I went in August during school holidays (without kids) and it was busy but bearable. There is so much to see and do here , for both adults and children. The Space section is one of the main sections and is very interesting however having visited the Science museum on a school trip when I was 8 I can safely say that some of the displays have not moved , changed or been refurbished in the last 23 years! Some of the space rockets really do look tacky - they are only models anyway but aged 8 I thought they were amazing whereas now since they really don't look like they have been kept in very good condition it really looks like some of them are made from empty toilet rolls and a load of tinfoil! That said kids will love it and there is lots of information and different displays on life in space. I realise that a museum will not update its displays very often but some of the space section is looking a bit dated thats all. The flight gallery contains jet engines, other engines and models of planes. Although the museum is free to get into there are lots of extras that you can pay for - when we went in August there was a Wallace and Grommit exhibition which was another £7 or £8 each to get in I think - it looked good but we didn't bother with it. These special exhibitions change quite often. There is also an IMAX 3D cinema with different films showing throughout the day and I think that is about £8 each too. Other exhibitions are free and there was an F1 exhibition showing how F1 technology had assisted other areas of technology including medical technology which was really interested. There was a video from a team of surgeons at a hospital who had studied and visited a pit crew from an F1 team to learn about team work and how to work quickly without getting in each others way basically! There are hands on displays throughout for kids and adults and also the Launch Pad section where it is really interactive and you can take part in mini experiments at different displays such as freezing water and looking at the patterns of the ice through a magnifying glass, and lots more. Unfortunately quite a lot of these were broken or being updated. This was a shame since as it was school holidays it was very busy with kids so a shame that many things were not working. We easily spent 4 hours in the Science museum. My favourite part has always been the display of technology and everyday items over the years - it goes right up to the 1990's now and so contains items that I remember as being the latest technology which look so dated now - they even have a gameboy in the display and some early computers. All in all a very interesting day out and cheap too since entry is free just need your tube or bus fare, plus there is an inside picnic area with benches to eat your own food so you don't have to spend in the cafe. The area wasn't particularly clean but it was ok and not too busy.

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          10.10.2009 13:44
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          The M&S Dine in for £10 deal is an offer that seems to be on once a fortnight or once every three weeks at the moment. The offer is that you can buy (from a selected range in the offer) a main course, side dish, dessert and bottle of wine for 2 people for £10. Sometimes you can get a really good deal other times less so ,it depends on your own preferences and also what is on offer that week. As a treat if you don't normally buy M&S food this is really nice. When the deal first started they were overly generous with their portion sizes and the packs of cooked potatoes for example fed 4 not 2 - now they have halved the portion sizes on a lot of the items they offer. You used to be able to get a large lemon tart or whole cheesecake in the offer whereas now they only offer 2 individual tartlets or 2 individual cheescakes. However as the bottle of wine included is usually about £5 or £6 in value it is still a very good offer. The vegetarian options are limited, so not such a great deal if you are veggie. I usually buy this offer when they include one of their roast chickens as a main meal. I dig around to find the biggest one left! I have in the past found a chicken priced at £9.90 and then gone on to get all the other items in the offer and saved about £12. Should have come to £22 but £10 with the offer. The roast chicken lasts for easily 2 meals for 2 people plus usually some bits left for sandwhiches or stiry fry so very good deal. If you don't drink M&S usually offer a twin pack of orange juice or more recently a twin pack of sparkling apple juice. I don't tend to drink loads of wine at home so occasionally get theapple juice when i have stock piled about 4 bottles of wine that i haven't got round to drinking. THe best time to go is a thursday when the offer starts and there is most choice or sometimes a saturday morning if they have restocked on the friday night. The more popular items can run out quite quickly but there always seems to be good selection of the wines left. There is usually a white, red and rose on offer.

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            This hotel used to be called Thistle Bloomsbury but changed it's name to The Kingsley, ultimately though it is still owned by Thistle hotels. My boyfriend and I were looking for a cheapish but nice hotel to stay in London one night - i actually live on the outskirts of london but since we had two days of things to do planned in london it made sense to try and stay in a hotel. After a lot of searching we found The Kingsley for £74 for the room for one saturday night - no breakfast just room only. THe hotel is located about 5 or 10 minutes walk from Covent Garden and 5 minutes walk from Holborn tube station. I was nervous about the hotel as the reviews on tripadvisor had been mixed but mainly negative! It appeared that if you were lucky to stay in a refurbished room it was great but some of the rooms were from the 1970's in decor! However when we stayed in August I believe all the rooms had been refurbished. Our room was down a smallish corridor and the place is a bit claustrophobic but the room itself was very nice for the price - great decor , very modern,everything spotlessly clean. Lovely bathroom - again smallish but perfectly fine! Looked like it had been refurbished very recently. Bed was comfortable, and there was a large dressing table with mirror , tea and coffee and biscuites supplied, a small table and chairs and it had air conditioning. THe room was quite hot without the air con - and the air con slightly noisy however once it had cooled the room down it was fine to leave the air con off and it didn't get too hot overnight - this was on a very hot weekend in August. They tested the fire alarm on the sunday morning about 9am which wans't great plus we didn't know that it was a test and everyone was popping their heads out of the door in their night clothes unsure of what to do - but the hotel information book stated that the alarms would be tested - i can think of better times to pick than a sunday morning!! That was the only complaint. The staff were fine - friendly enough and there was a left luggage storage which we used both on the saturday and sunday. For the price - which was acutally cheaper than the Travelodge over the road i would definitely recommend this hotel.

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          • Taste London Card / Other Service / 30 Readings / 29 Ratings
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            The TasteLondon Card is basically a discount card that will get you either 50% off food or 2 for 1 at a whole variety of restaurants in London and the home counties. The normal price they advertise this card at is £79.95, however I am not sure if anyone ever actually pays this as you can always find a way of getting it cheaper if you wait around for a bit. I got my card for £29.95 in the end. This was after signing up for a month's free trial which is often advertised in the newspapers (especially the Metro). After your trial ends they will then offer you via email the card at the full price. If you don't take it up the following week they will offer at £49 I think it was and then I think it either went down to £35 or £29 straight away. I had read on moneysavingexpert website from other people that the lowest it would go would be £29 so i signed up then as they only give you a week to decide! I have already made my money back from this easily! They send you a book with a list of all the restaurants you can use it in and any restrictions such as not on a Friday or Saturday, and also some of the restaurants you have to call and book in advance. If you eat out in Central london a lot you will definately find this card worth it, if like me you eat out closer to home and happen to live in the suburbs there is less choice but it is still an excellent card. Although there are many discount offers for Pizza Express all the time I find the best one is using my card, plus the fact I have it on me all the time rather than having to think about printing off a voucher means that if I just am out and happen to pop in for lunch or dinner with a friend then we automatically know we can get a discount. Pizza Express is also a good option becauase there are no restrictions and so if I am eating out on a Friday or Saturday I would usually go here. Prezzo is another good one as there are Prezzo's all over the place but unfortunately you can't use the card on a Friday or Saturday here. I've used it in a few different restaurants in Central london too and it really makes the cost of eating out so much cheaper that I know i have definately got my £29 back probably just on my own savings but also as in most places you can have 4 to 6 people dining on the same card (some places up to 10) then i have saved my friends loads of money too! Some places like The Real Greek and a few local restaurants near me only let you use the card once but most restaurants you can go back as many times as you like. If you wanted to be really stingy and just have a glass of tap water and a pizza somewhere you would end up paying only about £3.50 or £4 for this! Obviously the main way the restaurants make there money is through the drinks as these are not discounted. I would thoroughly recommend this card but look at the website to see what restaurants are near you and what restrictions there are. If i didn't work in London and live on the outskirts it wouldn't be so good even though you can use the card as far as some places in Hampshire including Southampton the places are very limited. The only problem I have had with the card so far was with Roadhouse in Covent Garden. It was one of the few places near Covent Garden that would have let us use the card on a Saturday night but the card rule for this place was that you had to book ahead. When i called to book the latest dining time they could offer was 6.30pm! Otherwise you just had to turn up and hope to get a table - but i have a feeling that they may have been offering these times because of the TasteLondon card and that if you had tried to book without using the card you may have been offered a later table. Its not a theory I tested and in the end we went to Pizza Express in Covent Garden instead! The card does have your name on it and a few restaurants make you sign an additional form or give more information so it is a card that you need to buy for yourself and can't go lending it out to people!

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            • Chili / Plant / 77 Readings / 76 Ratings
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              I love Chilli's - I love adding them to food and I love growing them just because they look so pretty! Last year I grew some Apache and Jalapeno chilli peppers from seedlings that I bought at a garden centre for just 49p each. After about 3 months or so I had lots of chilli's on both plants. I used some in stir fries, i froze some fresh ones and I dried some. They are such a great thing to add to all types of cooking! (As long as you like a little bit spicy!) This year I grew some chilli's (along with some mini bell peppers) from seeds. I planted them in January and as I had just moved to my own flat I that has no garden I really wanted some plants that I could look after, that would thrive on my window sill and also once the chilli's appear especially if they are the red ones they look great too! I had two different types of seeds (though one is just called hot thai chilli and came in one of those gift set type things that you get at christmas. My parents bought it for me so i don't know what actually chilli's they are as pretty sure there isn't one called Hot Thai chilli). Anyway i had a variety of little pots - bought a big bag of seed compost and filled up lots of pots with lots of seeds expecting that not all of them would germinate! I was wrong!! I have ended up with about 25 plants and have given some away to people as I just haven't had space for them. It was difficult to keep putting them in new pots wihtout disturbing them too much - one tiny pot i had put about 5 seeds in and all 5 had grown into plants so they were vying for space. They need a warm dark place to germinate - i have in the past used my airing cupboard but this time i just put them in the pots on the windowsill and covered each pot with a coaster! This meant i could keep an eye on them very easily - worked for me anyway! No need for mini greenhouses or anything special! I am now left with 9 healthy looking plants and different stages. So only 4 months after planting them i now have 3 chilli's on one plant and some flowers on the others so the chilli's hopefully won't be far behind. I have found that although people say you don't need to water them that much if they are on a very sunny window sill then they will dry out very quickly. The leaves on mine plants tend to droop if they are really lacking water but theyu always bounce back and seem to be quite hardy plants. If you pick the chilli's once they are ripe then more will grow. If you leave them on the plant then they will stay there for quite a while but no new ones tend to grow. They do fine on a windowsill but once the weather is warmer outside you can put them outside on a patio. I don't have that option so love the fact that they seem to thrive on a windowsill. Once you have picked them fresh chilli's add lovely heat and spice to lots of dishes. Since i got into chilli's i have found i'm almost building up a resistance and need to use more to have an effect on me! Sadly my boyfriend does not like anything spicy at all so this is a bit of a shame! If you dry your chilli's they will keep for ages and you can either crush them and keep them in a pot of just chop a dried one up when you need it. A friend of mine also told me to chop up very finely my fresh chillis and chop up some fresh ginger and lemongrass too and put it in a pestle and morter if you wish to make it into a paste. Then freeze little portions in an ice cube tray and you have instant flavouring for stir fries etc that you can just pop into your cooking frozen and it will defrost. Have tried it last year but never get around to actually using it! Seems like a good idea though!

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              • Avon Footworks / Discussion / 35 Readings / 34 Ratings
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                The FootWorks range from Avon seems quite comprehensive and I decided that as it was coming up to summer I should try and sort my feet out so that they were a bit more presentable in flip flops! I tend to walk a bit heavy on one side of my feet, and tend to ruin shoes by treading over on the sides so my feet can often develop hard skin in areas where all the pressure goes on. I decided to just buy one product from the Footworks range to see what it was like before splashing out any more money. I bought the Rough Skin Remover - I think it was £4. It is a 75 ml bottle and says use regularly to help control hard skin build up. It tells you that to use it - After bath, shower or foot soak, dry your feet and apply the cream on rough, dry areas. Leave on for 60 seconds and then massage in. Well this would have been all well and good if it had been a thick moisturiser or something - but the Rough skin remover is basically like a very rough body scrub in texture. I used it as directed even though I was sceptical and it was awful! It smells lovely and pepperminty and fresh but there is no way you can rub this "cream" into your feet! I honestly think they have got the instructions wrong on the back - i would suggest using this as a foot scrub and then washing it off when in the shower - not using it after shower and rubbing it in. When i tried to rub it in there is so much pumice in there that you rub and it just dries out and flakes off - there are tiny rough bits of pumice that are no way going to sink into your skin, i'm sure it must have been designed to rinse off! So thats what i did after hopping into the bathroom having tried to rub the cream into my foot after putting it on in the lounge! After hopping to the shower and rinsiing it off my foot did indeed feel smoother and definately lovely and refreshed. So i'm giving this 3 stars because the product is nice - but just don't follow the instructions as it doesn't actually do what it says on the tin!!

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                  Pizza Express is a great, fairly cheap restaurant that will suit all kinds of people. They are very children friendly - high chairs and special children's menu and there are always lots of children in there during the day or late afternoon so you would never feel like your child was out of place by taking them there. The menu is quite extensive - pizza's obviously but quite a lot of pasta dishes and some lovely salad's too plus quite a few vegetarian options. My favourite meals are the Pollo Verdure salad - warm torn chicken with chargrilled vegetables on rocket and spinich with a honey and mustard dressing. Not for those on a diet even though its a salad becuase of the dressing and the fact it comes with 4 doughsticks too but lovely nonetheless! I either have that or a pizza called Pollo ad astra which is torn chicken breast and peppadew sweet peppers, mixed with cajun spices, garlic and red onions. Delicious and quite spicy! The Children's menu has a good deal where you can get 3 courses for £5.95. This has a starter of doughballs (but it comes with butter rather than garlic butter!) , a small (well tiny i would say!) green salad of cucumber, lettuce and peppers, and then choices of fairly plainish pizza and pasta dishes for main course - pizza comes about size of small side plate and then dessert - choice of ice cream or icecream sundae type things. Children will love have 3 courses but its all in very tiny portions so manageable , but it feels like nicer quality food as it is essentially very tiny portions of the adult menu rather than the usual chicken nuggets and chip type kids menu. Ok nothing in pizza express is particularly healthy - doughballs followed by pizza and ice cream is not particularly balanced but for a treat its a great menu - and cheap! Pizza Express often have deals at the moment for 2 for 1 or meal for £10 etc it is well worth using these - looking on their website or www.moneysavingexpert.com. THere is always some kind of voucher around these days so i haven't paid full price in pizza express for ages! My mum and I went a couple of months ago with a 2 for 1 from the paper and just went there for dinner instead of one of us cooking - so not for the experience of a meal out - consequently had 1 pizza and 1 salad and a jug of tap water between us for about £7 or £8 ! The staff were still very friendly and didn't seem to mind that we hadn't spent a fortune on drinks which is obviously how they make their money when they have the 2 for 1 offers. They have more than made their money from us though as I go regularly now with their offers and just becuase it is a nice convenient place to go for lunch or dinner, with friends who have kids or groups of girlfriends it just is suitable for anyone who wants to go there really, plus no matter which one you go to you pretty much know what you are getting. I haven't really been to a bad Pizza Express though some of the London ones could speed up their service a little bit.

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                    This is a facial wash that is aimed at teenagers and on the bottle it says Purely for young skin. However I'm 30, loved the look of the packaging and the fact that it didn't sound like it would be harsh in anyway and so bought it. I got mine form Waitrose for £4.95 for 150ml. This is actually more than I would usually spend on facewash - normally spend a couple of quid on a supermarket or Boot's on brand but I figured maybe I should actually start treating my skin a bit more kindly so this sounded nice. The facial wash is free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, GMO or animal extracts. Now ok I don't know what half of those are but at least it sounded like it was a fairly natural product and not full of chemicals that might irriate or dry the skin. The fragrance is orange blossom, elderflower, mayblossom and raspberry. However I would say it is only very lightly fragranced and it just has a pleasant mildly fruity/ floral smell. The facial wash itself is pale pink and when you squeeze it out of the bottle it comes out quite slowly, is quite thick and actually looks more like a moisturiser in my opinion! In fact when i squeezed some out the first time I had to check the bottle again to make sure I hadn't picked up a moisturiser by mistake. I think this may be because it is soap free that it has this texture. When you massage it into your face it does not foam up at all but I think that is quite nice too as you don't get bubbles in your eyes! It was easy to rinse off under the shower which is where i always cleanse my face. Afterwards I could actually notice a difference, my face felt refreshed , clean and soft. My skin was not dry afterwards which is sometimes what happens on my forehead after using other facial washes. I would recommend this facial wash - it is simple, soap free, ph balanced and is a great everyday cleanser whether you are 14 or 40 I would say.

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                      These Cadbury's chocolate peanuts were on offer in Waitrose - 2 bags for £2.50. Still quite expensive I think though it is a fair sized bag. I ended up buying 2 bags of the peanuts as they had run out of the other new snacks - Clusters and Chocolate coated raisins! I love Cadbury's chocolate normally and I like peanuts so thought it would be a great combination! The bag is supposed to be re-sealable but I didn't read that until after I had tried to get into it for about 2 minutes and then only succeeded in ripping the thing practically in half! Sadly this meant that many of the chocolate peanuts had to be eaten in one go as they were spilling out of the bag! (Ok they could have been put in a pot or something but they were crying out to be eaten!). They are very moreish. They are not at all sickly even if you eat loads! The combination of chocolate and peanuts I find delicious - though I have to say I think I prefer peanut M & M's still - they are sweeter with the sugar coating and just a little bit tastier! The peanuts in this bag were crunchy and all similar size. Sometimes I find in M&M's you get a peanut that tastes a bit funny or is a bit hard or something which isn't very nice to bite into but every single one of these Cadbury's peanuts was nice. I would buy them again but if I am looking for something nice and chocolatey I probably wouldn't buy these as I think they taste more of peanut than of chocolate. The chocolate doesn't seem to taste as creamy as Cadbury's normal choclate. I also found them to be rather strangely sticky - they didn't melt at all in my hand but the chocolate just felt kind of tacky which was a bit odd! I would buy these again for a treat but I would also like to try the Raisin ones to see how the chocolate taste compares.

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                      • spotify.com / Internet Site / 38 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                        I discovered Spotify.com a few weeks ago and I can honestly say that it is probably the first place I go to now if i want to listen to music. I don't own a CD player anymore - just have all my music on my computer and Ipod and also transferred to my X-box so i can play it through my TV. If I want to listen to an actual CD i put it in my DVD player or computer. Spotify has now meant I don't need to even bother finding a CD i want to listen to and putting it in the computer! Spotify.com is basically an application that you download and you can then listen to streamed music of a huge variety completely free! All you have to do is listen to an advert every 20 minutes or so - which really doesn't cause any bother and is a lot better than listening to all the adverts and talking on the radio. You can also upgrade and pay for access which stops you having to listen to the adverts. There are so many albums on there and different types of music. I'm currently listening to the New Kids On the Block albumns from the 1990's! I only have these on tape so to rediscover them in digital format and for free is great! You cannot download anything from Spotify.com but there is nothing to stop you playing the same song or albumn again and again. The interface is very like Itunes in my opinion. You can click on the top songs that people are listening to which at the moment is things like Lady Gaga, Flo Rider and Beyonce. There are some things you will search for that aren't there for whatever reason and I have found that the songs that are currently in the charts are not likely to be there as often. I have found many Calvin Harris songs for example, but his new one I'm not alone - is not there. Fair enough really otherwise people would never bother downloading or buying songs ever again! I have told my dad about this site and he is having great fun looking up old songs from the 1950's and 60's. I'm hoping it will stop him spending about £15 a month renting CD's from the library!! He is a pensioner so needs to start acting like one!! :-) You can create playlists so it is easy to find songs you have been listening to and just play them again. It also saves your most recent searches. It is great for finding new music and then if you really like it you might as well pay for the real thing on a different site to download to your Ipod etc. At the moment i'm discovering Bachata and Reggaeton - but am glad I have the option to listen to songs all the way through to know if i really like them rather than buying a compilation album or something and not really knowing what you are getting. Next thing that would be great on this is if they could stream the music video's too but not sure if that will ever happen! Try it though -seriously this site is great!!

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                        • EDF Energy / Utility Service / 24 Readings / 22 Ratings
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                          I have been with EDF energy for about 5 months. Upon buying my flat I switched from Eon to EDF as based on my estimates of usage they would be cheaper. So far I have been pleasantly suprised. My flat is all electric so I had been quite worried about bills especially in the winter as my only source of heat is from a 3kw portable convector heater. I had heard these were notoriously expensive to run. EDF put me on their Online 6 tarrif which is one of their cheapest tarrifs. Everything is done online and you can also collect Nectar points too. I have collected 500 (enough for a £5 argos voucher or half way towards a cinema ticket) in the last quarter. Not loads you might say but better than getting nothing! I pay by direct debit and at a fixed rate of £29 a month. I was worried that this estimate was quite low and that they had based this on the fact my property is a studio flat and that they were not aware I didn't have gas central heating and that in a few months when they reviewed they would whack it up to something much much higher. However, there is an option to input online a reading anytime you want so that you can see how much you are in credit or in debit based on your fixed monthly payments. They also come round and read the meter every quarter. I just had my first meter reading done by them and have discovered I am only about £60 in debit to them. As this quarter was over the winter months when the lighting and heating was in much more constant use I hope that during the summer this will even out and over the year my costs will just be the standard £29 a month they are charging. They charge about 9p per unit for the first certain amount of electricity per day (can't remember how much) and then about 14p per unit there after. I have compared to a few other tarrifs and for me it really does seem to be working out as one of the cheapest. You can also get discounts for dual fuel (which i don't have). In terms of customer service I have only had to ring them twice to clarify various different things and both times they were very helpful and the phone was answered pretty quickly. I don't ever expect amazing customer service or anything out of the ordinary from utility companies and so just the fact that everything so far seems to be in working order and I have had no problems, they manage to answer their phone in a reasonable time and the prices are not completely astronomical means I plan to stay with them for a while longer.

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                          • 17 Again (DVD) / DVD / 59 Readings / 57 Ratings
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                            I saw 17 again at the cinema this afternoon. I had a day off work and my friend is currently unemployed and we fancied seeing something fairly mindless so picked this film! It was exactly what we expected really! A film to appeal to kids and teens really but perfectly watchable for two people in their 30's too! :-) 17 again is about a guy called Mike O'Donnell who is in the process of divorcing his wife. He feels that he didn't get a chance to make anything of his life as he was destined to be a basketball player but something happened when he was 17 (I won't say what just in case it spoils the film for anyone). Adult Mike (played by Matthew Perry) basically becomes 17 again (17 year old Mike played by Zac Effron) after he is visited by a spirit guide and he goes back to High School - but not to the 1980's when he was at school to the present time when his children are at High School. He has to figured out what he needs to do - sort of what his mission is - if he is to return back to his older self! Its a typical Freaky Friday / Big type film but not quite as good as those classics. It's perfectly watchable though and i'm sure teenage Zac Effron fans will love to watch the film. It's full of pretty teenage actors and so will appeal to teens. It is not out and out funny but there are quite a few amusing parts- mainly involving grown up Mike's best friend Ned. In fact I would say he is probably the best character in the film. Matthew Perry looks old and quite rough in this and I can't believe I used to fancy him when he played Chandler in Friends! It is a strange casting choice considering Zac Effron is so good looking - it doesn't make you think they are the same person at all! There are a few bits in the film that i found a bit "uncomfortable" - mainly when the adult Mike in the 17 year old Mikes body starts getting a bit too close to adult Mike's soon to be divorced wife. Although we know that it is adult Mike in 17 year old Mike's body - the wife doesn't and therefore it all seems a bit inappropriate! I'd recommend watching this on DVD unless you are a major Zac Effron fan. It's not really worth the money to go and watch at the cinema but is a perfect Saturday night in DVD I would say, or a perfect afternoon at the cinema when you have nothing else to do like we did today.

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                              24.04.2009 21:17
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                              I bought this on a buy one get one free offer - and in fact the shop paid me 1p to take it away as i traded in two other DS games for the two new games while Game were doing a special offer of any two DS games traded in for £25. All I can say is I'm so glad I didn't actually waste any hard earned cash on this game! It is vaguely fun for about 20 minutes but the game play is so limited and once you have played each game a few times there is not much point playing them anymore as you don't actually get anything for getting a higher score. You win tickets which can be traded in for new clothes and things for your little person at the carnival but thats it! Whats the point? None of the mini games are particularly addictive so I found there is not even an incentive to keep trying and getting a better score. The Clown bash ones is probably the best and mildly addictive. Other games include a racing car game, target shooting, water squirting at a clown, strong man, throwing a ball in a bucket, shooting ducks, shooting hoops with basket ball, knocking down milk bottles - all the usual classic funfair games really but with fairly poor graphics and very little excitement! I usually use my DS on the train or anywhere else I might get bored - a few of these games you can't really play on the train! One called bubble gum involves actually blowing in the microphone of the DS to blow a big bubble (not something you can really do in public without people carting you off to a secure unit) and another one called Great Swami or something which is a bit like a fortune teller and you have to ask a question into the microphone and it will tell you a yes or no answer. Yay. Of course if you stay completely silent it still gives you an answer. Not exactly a game and not exactly much point. As you can probably tell I'm not exactly thrilled by the purchase of this game and will most likely take it back to Game and trade it in for a few quid. Sadly I think their offer is over now so i'll probably get about £4 for it but i'd much rather have £4 to put towards a half decent game than keep this one. Ok so perhaps it would appeal to kids (which is possibly the intended target audience!!)- but to be honest some of it is quite fiddley and not exactly responsive to the stylus very accurately so could equally be quite frustrating for them.

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                              • graze.com / Internet Site / 64 Readings / 62 Ratings
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                                22.04.2009 19:54
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                                I discovered Graze.com through the offer of my first Graze box being free and my second one being half price. (Please see the end of this review for a code for you to do the same) If it wasn't for that i doubt i would have given it a second look -however I am so glad I did! Graze offers boxes of healthy snacks delivered to you by 1st class post for £2.99. The idea is supposedly for office workers to encourage people to eat more healthily rather than grab snacks that are not so healthy such as chocolate! You sign up and can choose to get a one off box or a box delivered on a specified day each week. You can cancel a box right up to 6am the day before it is due to be delivered which is good. You could sign up to have one delivered every day if you wished but they are not particularly cheap! For me personally I am trying to lose weight but have found it difficult because I also have Reactive Hypoglyceamia. This means that my blood sugar can often dip very low if I haven't eaten something even for just a few hours, or if I have eaten something with too much sugar or carbs. I have managed this by eating lots of things throughout the day as I panic at the thought of fainting or having a hypo and not having food with me. Sadly however this is meant I haven't managed it too well and have put on weight through the amount of food I am eating all day! I know what I am supposed to eat - Low GI , nuts , seeds, wholegrains, protein and less carbs and sugar but trying to make sure that happens every day is very tricky and dependent on what I am left with at home foodwise and what I can pick up at work if I have forgotten to take lunch with me. Anyway - this is about Graze.com not my eating habits! Except my point is that Graze may well be the answer to my problem! So far I have had two boxes delivered. The idea is that you "Graze" at the food all day so that you don't get blood sugar slumps. This really really worked! The first day my box arrived at work and I had a large section of white grapes, a medium section of pistachio nuts and a small section of dried cranberries. Having had breakfast already this Graze box then actually lasted me all day - I didn't even have lunch! About 4.30pm the box was gone and I still felt like maybe I needed something else so just had a small weightwatchers yoghurt. But normally for me i'd have a snack in the morning, sandwich, crisps, low fat biscuit bar or fruit for lunch, then usually go mad in the afternoon with the post lunch slump and crave chocolate which i shouldn't have or some other rubbish. THe items in the Graze box were so nice I didn't miss the fact I hadn't eaten bread all day or had a big lunch. My second box arrived yesterday and I had seaweed peanut crackers, sliced apple and hot chilli almonds. THe hot chilli almonds were amazing! They are good for GI diets. I searched the net when I came home to see if I could just buy these on their own from somewhere else but no-one seems to sell them. At £2.99 at their full price they are not the cheapest thing ever and if you were to actually weight out what you got in the box of course you could buy the individual items cheaper at Julian Graves or a supermarket etc. Except you would have to buy a big bag of each thing. What I like about Graze is they suprised you with what you are going to get and you aren't having the same thing each time so you don't get bored eating them. I know I should just go to Sainsburys and buy a bag of nuts and some dried cranberries but I also know I am not going to get bored of them after a while or worse still take the whole bag to work and scoff the lot! Graze comes in measured portions and comes with a printed bit of card instead that tells you what is in your box, the ingredients and all the nutritional information. When i'm dieting as well this is good as I knew the seaweed peanut crackers I had yesterday had quite a lot of fat in them so I had some yetserday and some today rather than all on one day. Although you can't choose exactly what is in each box you get you can choose different types of box - GrazeEnergy, GrazeWellbeing etc or you can design your own and say whether you want nuts or seeds etc in your small box or your big box etc. You can also rate all the products on the website so that they know what you do and don't like and can tailor what they send out to you. I am allergic to fresh pineapple so there is an option to bin each product as well which means you will never get sent it. I did this with the pineapple and a few other things I just don't like. After I recieved the hot chilli almonds i went back to the site to rate them to say i loved them so hopefully will get some more soon. As well as the fresh fruit, nuts and seeds combination and dried fruit there are also some items that are more indulgent and treat like but still fairly healthy - like yoghurt covered rainsons and yoghurt covered apricots. They sound lovely so hope I get some of those soon! I meant to stop after I had my half price box and am now paying full price but I have ordered another one for Friday as they are so nice! I love the laziness factor of getting delivered! I doubt I will be able to afford one a week realistically but then again it is only the price of a coffee so its possible. I would definatley get one a month though as a treat. As I said at the beginning of the review I used a code to get my first box free and my second half price. If you use this code 516MGGJF this will give you the same offer. It is only for a limited time so I can't guarentee it will still work by the time you read this review. I have to state that this is a code is a code I was given after signing up to pass on to friends and family and other people to give them the same offer as I had. If you do sign up to it via that code it will give me £1 off my next box so if you don't want to give me an extra £1 off don't use my code! You can instead sign up on the site without any code and they will give you your first box half price. Not such a good deal but don't want to force anyone to use my referral code! You can of course sign up to the offer and just get your free box and then cancel but I doubt very much once you have had one you will want to do that!

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