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I like shiny things and I like toast. So when I seen this toaster on sale at Tesco for £18.99 I decided that an upgrade on my prehistoric 2 slice toaster was in order. It is chrome with sleek lines and small grey knobs on a black plastic backing. It is not the most expensive looking appliance and is massively let down by the knobs which look like they may break sooner rather than later.
I have always wondered why there is a setting on a toaster that burns the toast. Anyone who would care to enlighten me please message me. With 4 settings you can get your bread very lightly toasted or black as coal. Each set of two bread slots can be set to different settings (ideal if the people you are making toast for enjoy their toast made differently)
When it is finished toasting it is very silent. Ideal if you are easily startled in the morning. Not so good if you wander off during toasting and forget you are making breakfast (I am not a morning person and believe me this does happen) By the time I remember there is a good chance the toast is cold.
I am a massive music fan and after many years of listening to tinny, low volume tunes from my computer monitor (following the terrible demise of my hi-fi) I decided to invest in a decent set of speakers. I trawled through Amazon looking at both hi-fis and speakers and ultimately decided upon these speakers. They are marketed as pc speakers but there size and exceptional sound quality makes them so much more.
The speakers are 3 way with 50 watts of output. The product description states that they use hi-fi crossover technology that makes each speaker unit respond to high, middle and low frequency. I am not expert on such matters but if you play Supersonic by Oasis really, really loud it sounds great. If you are really into sound engineering or tweaking one of the millions of settings on your hi-hi or speakers then you will be greatly disappointed. The only two adjustable controls on these are Bass and Treble. If on the other hand, you just want to play exceptional music from your iPod/TV/ stereo or whatever then these speakers will more than meet your needs.
I have also just bought a new TV and the sound does not seem as good as my previous one. I therefore connected the speakers and watched Independence Day at a volume that would have had my neighbours banging down the doors if they weren't all at work. I am therefore very tempted to purchase a second set.
Installation was very straight forward. Unwrap, plug in and switch on. You really can't ask for a simpler setup than that. There are two audio inputs with 2RCA and 3.5mm sockets on the back and on the front there is an extra line in jack for connecting another device without disconnecting from the pc. It also has a headphone jack which is very handy when the girlfriend does not appreciate you playing the new Kasabian album for the 3rd time in as many hours
I originally posted my thoughts on this holiday destination under discussions after my summer trip to Turkey. I was surprised to find that the product did not exist and so submitted a product suggestion. Happily it was accepted and with any luck, many more of you can share your thoughts and experiences of this beautiful adriatic holiday destination.
With the current high exchange rate and the economic difficulties in Europe, there has never been a better time to holiday outside of Europe. With a limited budget countries as far afield as the America or the Caribbean were strictly off limits. After discussing with a group of friends we decided that Turkey would be the ideal place to spend a week in the sun. None of us had ever been to Turkey but all had heard good things about the weather, the accommodation, the entertainment and the history of the country. Using icelolly.com we finally settled on Altinkum as our prefered resort.
Upon arrival in the area we proceeded with dropping couples and families alike at their hotels. This gave us the perfect chance to observe the area we would be calling home for the next week. We found strips of shops, bars and the occasional disco. After not too long a coach journey we arrived at our Hotel which we were worried was a little too far away from any of the local facilities. After settling in and having a thoroughly deserved sleep we awoke refreshed and ready to explore. We realised very quickly that we were just 3 minutes walk from the beach and strip. For the whole length of the resort there were bars, restaurants and shops aplenty. Being June there wasnt a huge number of people so every one of these establishments were really keen on your custom. The people were all very friendly, although a few did seem to be a little too pushy, sometimes grabbing your arm and literally dragging you into their bar/shop etc. Some adopted a no hassle approach which we greatly appreciated and encouraged us to frequent them more than the more pushy establishments.
As day turned into night the place completely changed and came alive. Loud music, Turkish dancers and Karaoke replaced the sun bathers, light drinkers and relaxing restaurants we had came across during the day. This is exactly what we came looking for. A little further exploring the next day and we found the highlight of our holiday. A private beach with a flotilla stretching out into the Aegean sea. This was part of a bar/restaurant and after a Turkish breakfast the proprietor said we could have free access. We spent all day here and were waited on hand and foot. We went back several times and found the whole experience very enjoyable.
A visit to Turkey wouldnt be complete without experiencing some of the local culture. A Turkish bath and shave were a great experience and a trip to Ancient ruins at Ephasus was a day I will never forget. There are many places where you can book trips to local events and places of interest. The best piece of advice I can give is to make sure the guide is fluent in English and as importantly knowledgable on the place you are visiting. Thankfully a little homework before we went and a book helped me to cover over the horrendous lack of knowledge our guide possessed. In conclusion. If you are looking for a 1830's style holiday then this isnt for you. If you want a cheap holiday, to relax through the day and come alive at night then you will love Altinkum. I will certainly be back one day and will be recommending the area to anyone who cares to ask.
You either like chrome or you are forced to live with plastic. There is no middle ground. As I have settled into my flat I have slowly replaced all the cheap, practical plastic appliances with lovely shiny chrome (I like shiny things) whilst keeping them looking shiny can take allot of effort I have always found it to be worth it. This kettle is the final piece in my collection and I can honestly say I am impressed with its ability to boil water; naturally it comes second to its shininess.
The kettle is cordless and means it is practical and safe to carry around the kitchen. At 1.7 litres it is more than sufficient for anything but the largest of family gatherings. The lid can be opened with a little button; I personally think it is a part that is likely to break sooner than later. When you flip the switch it lights up and is a handy way to verify if the kettle is boiling if you have difficulty with operating a kettle. Inside the kettle is a removable mesh filter which is handy so it can be cleaned.
Unfortunately there are some draw backs to the kettle. There is no window to see how much water is in the kettle, which I find highly inconvenient. You have to open the lid every time and check that the water level is above the minimum line, but like I have already highlighted, boiling water is only its secondary function. Care must also be taken if you do decide to use it. Due to it being chrome it conducts heat rather effectively and can become very hot to the touch.
As I have mentioned in a previous headphones review I am a big music fan and the thought of leaving the house without my IPod and a set of headphones is unthinkable. Whether it is a walk to the local shops, a bus journey or long distance travel, I always have my music playing.
I mostly buy Sony headphones and have tried lots of different styles over the years. Yesterday my super reliable £9.99 headphones went the way of many of their predecessors and the sound disappeared in one ear. Maybe I am too rough with them or I am intermittently deaf in one ear. This is my favorite style and they fit comfortably over the ear. They are ideal for exercising or anything that involves lots of movement or stretching as they are secured around your ear and will not fall out. A clip on the wire also allows to to be attached to an item of clothing which helps prevent you from getting them tangled.
At around £20 they are not cheap and hopefully I will get allot of use out of them. I tend not to play my music too loud so I have never had much of a problem with distorted sound, except in some shoddy pound land emergency backup headphones. The same is true of these and the bass does not cause any unusual buzzing noise which can be off-putting. The length of the cable is pretty standard and allows me to put my IPod in any one of my pockets and hold the device at arms length if required.
I am a big music fan and the thought of leaving the house without my IPod and a set of headphones is unthinkable. Whether it is a walk to the local shops, a bus journey or long distance travel, I always have my music playing.
I mostly buy Sony headphones and have tried lots of different styles over the years, whilst this ear plug style isn't my favourite; I have found these to be well worth the £9.99 I paid for them in Curry's. They come with different plugs to suit a variety of ear sizes; I use the middle ones and find them very comfortable to wear. They are made of rubber; some other brands are made from plastic and can be uncomfortable so always check this when buying this style of headphone.
They produce good sound with no distortion and because they fit in your ear they are very good at blocking out background noise, essential if the bus if full of screaming kids. The cable is sufficiently long that you can hold the device at arms length if required or keep your music device in any pocket without stretching the wire; I have damaged many headphones because the wire is so short I am tugging on it every time I walk.
They are far from ideal for exercising or anything that involves lots of movement or stretching as they are not secured around your ear and can easily fall out. So if this is what you will be primarily doing whilst using them I would recommend looking for another style.
I used to run a mile whenever anyone mentioned those dreaded words "Tesco value" With ever tightening purse strings and an addiction to all things fizzy I took the plunge and bought a bottle of Tesco lemonade. At 49p for a 2 litre bottle it is exceptional value and I often add a bottle or two to my weekly shop.
I would have to describe the taste as practically nonexistent and it tends to go flat rather quickly but it is an ideal cheap product for adding a bit of fizz to the fruit juice of your choice. I have also sampled it with Bacardi and Vodka and on both occasions I was more than satisfied. As a mixer I can barely tell the difference between this and a more recognised, expensive brand.
It will never be the most exciting product in your fridge but if you are on a budget then this may be the product for you.
Typical Nutritional Values per 250ml contains
Energy - 185kJ - 43kcal
Protein - trace
Carbohydrate - 10.3g
Sugars - 10.3g
Fat - 0g
Saturates - 0g
Fibre - trace
Sodium* - trace
*Salt Equivalent - trace
In this age of information, a flash drive has become an ever more necessary piece of equipment. I never leave the house without one. Whether it be to take files from home to work or swapping music and movies with friends, I can always rely on my memory stick. The days of floppy drives and waiting for CD's to burn are long gone.
At £6.99 this is a exceptionally low priced flash drive. It is made of cheap blue plastic and a removable lid, which did not last too long (I'm terrible when it comes to losing things) I used to have it attached to my keys but I found it was getting easily damaged.
It has a 8GB capacity, the transfer speed is not exceptional but at such a low price this can be forgiven. With no delivery cost there are no extra charges so you are getting over a gig per pound.
If you don't own a flash drive then I would recommend investing in one and this is perfect for most needs.
Logitech is one of the big players in the home computing peripheral industry. Over the years I have owned disk drives, zip drives, mice, Keyboards and webcams, all manufactured by Logitech. I have never had any problems with these devices and the same can be said with this keyboard/moue combination.
Wires are increasingly becoming a thing of the past and this will eliminate two wires from your desktop.
With this kit you are supplied with a wireless mouse, wireless keyboard and a USB wireless receiver. There are 3 batteries for the keyboard and 1 for the mouse. The wireless receiver plugs into the computer via the USB. They are plug and play devices and as such once you plug it in, it is ready to use.
I have been using the product for a little under a month now and I am as yet to change the batteries and I use my computer allot. I would always recommend investing in a decent set of batteries to get a month's use out of a wireless device. Anyone who has ever tried to take digital photos with a cheap set of batteries will testify to this.
The keyboard is very responsive and the mouse glides smoothly over my desk and is still very responsive when I use my leg as a mouse mat. It should work anywhere within 2 metres of your computer. If you have your desktop hooked up to your HD TV then this is very handy as it means you are not limited to where you can use it.
The only issue I have with this is the lack of CAPS LOCK and NUMBER LOCK which whilst not terribly problematic is a little annoying.
At £25 it is not the cheapest mouse/keyboard set on the market but nor is it the most expensive and it has more than fulfilled my computing needs.
The Tefal FF1005 is compact with a 1.2kg food capacity and can be filled with 2.1 litres of oil. This should be more than sufficient for anything but the biggest of families.
The controls are incredibly simple to use with an on/off switch, a button to open the lid and a slide temperature control with little images to help you set the correct temperature. Nothing could be simpler.
Aesthetically it is not the most inspirational piece of kitchen equipment and if you have a kitchen full of chrome, like mine, then you may feel the need to hide it in the cupboard next to the emergency toaster and backup kettle. It is white and is all plastic with a little viewing window and ventilation holes on the lid, under which is a permanent filter to reduce odours and is fully machine washable.
Sadly mine came to an unfortunate end due to a chip emergency, when I had a huge demand for chips and "slightly" over filled it. The resulting mess and carnage is best left unsaid. This is probably a good time to point out that when an appliance says 1.2kg food capacity it in does in fact mean 1.2kg food capacity. Don't be caught out like me. Read the instructions and don't over fill and this will meet all your cooking demands for years to come.
The completed kit contains
* 26 assorted stick floats
* 1 disgorger & Float Ring Assortment
* 10 hooks, barbless 14, 10 hooks, barbless 16
* 1 pack of rubber stoppers 15pcs
* 1 pack of artificial, sweet corns 25pcs
* 1 pack of artificial maggots 25pcs
* 15m line monofile 0,12mm
* 1x Instruction sheet
The floats will last for years assuming they don't become lost in trees and underwater snags.
The disgorger is a very handy piece of equipment and can be easily overlooked. It is vital if you are releasing the fish you catch.
The two packs of hooks should be sufficient for most fishing trips but it is always handy to have a wide selection so you can easily adapt to the fish you are targeting.
Rubber stops are great for float fishing and will allow you to quickly change floats to suit changing water/ weather conditions.
I have never found much use for artificial baits and as such I don't see any need to include them in the kit (other than to bulk up the kit at little cost to the manufacturer)
At 15 metres the line will not be suitable for filling your reel but is handy for pre-preparing hook lengths.
As a starter kit for a new fisherman I can find no fault with this product. At a little over £10 it would be a great stocking filler or as a small gift. If you already have a good set of fishing tackle you will probably find this of no use whatsoever. It is too basic for any fisherman of experience and you will probably already own the bulk of the kit provided.
Having been a keen fisherman for many years I have learned that the key to enjoying a good fishing trip is to ensure you are comfortable and adequately provisioned with food and equipment. The key to comfort is having something comfortable to sit on. You could sit on the ground but after 8 hours you will regret not taking that lovely foldable chair that sits in the shed waiting for summer. The Neptune stool is in my opinion only a short step from sitting on the ground. It is rather compact and not at all sturdy. It may be a sign that I should lose a few pounds but I would still expect a little more comfort than I encountered.
Storage wise it is more than adequate and will hold everything you need for a days fishing. Aditional storage pockets will allow you to store commonly usd items that are readily accesible when in need. At 1.8kg it is light enough that you will not feel like you are lugging a mountain round with you and the stool is detachable which will save you a little more weight (considering the inadequacies of the seat this isnt such a bad thing)
This is not at all suitable for my needs and I shall continue to use my collapsable chair and backpack but it may be ideal for a young fisherman eager to carry his own equipment. At £17.99 I would describe it as poor value for money and I will not be using it any time soonl.
***************PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DRINKING*****************
Ok so I may be being slightly over dramatic here but every time I have enjoyed a night of Brooklyn Lager, apart from a worryingly empty wallet the next day, I have suffered some of the worst hangovers imaginable. As I rapidly approach 30 I appreciate that they will become more intense and last longer, but 2 days of wishing I was dead is not something I particularly look forward too.
Established in 1987 in Brooklyn, New York this is a fairly unheard of drink and I have only ever found it in bars where they are quite picky in what they serve. Ask for a pint of Carling and you are quite likely to be shown the exit. As with Guinness it is a very heavy drink and it can feel like you are eating a meal, for this reason I would not recommend having it with food. Dark gold in colour and very fizzy it does not look as attractive as its lighter, cheaper brothers such as Stella or Carling. Not that you can compare this to them. It has more in common with Birra Moretti or even some ales. It is strong and smooth in taste and something that is best enjoyed slowly rather than drank at break neck speed.
At 5% it is classed as a premium lager and this is reflected in the £4 a pint price. Available in supermarkets for around £1.50 for a 330ml bottle you are still paying a premium to drink at home but if you enjoy one or two bottles after a hard day's work then this may be just the thing for you.
Kronenbourg 1664 has been brewed in France since, I forget when. Originally from Strasbourg it relocated in 1850 to Cronenbourg and thus earned its memorable name. It is the top selling beer in France but has failed to warm itself to us Brits. At 5% it is classed as a premium lager and is available on tap, in bottles or in cans.
Dark golden in appearance, fizzy and with a strong fruity aroma it is a fairly enjoyable drink. I must admit that I have not had much experience drinking this as I don't rate it as highly as other premium lagers such as Stella or Grolsh. I have nasty memories of waking up with devils banging on anvils inside my head whilst my stomach churns. I actually convinced myself that there was something wrong with me. Thankfully this feeling soon passed and I realised that it had given me one of the most brutal hangovers I have ever experienced.
Price wise you will pay around £2.50-£3.50 in the pub which is pretty standard and £4.50 for a pack of 4cans at the local shop or supermarket. As with Becks bottles are smaller than the standard 330ml at 275ml so if you find a respectably priced crate then this is probably the volume of the bottles. Expect to pay £10 for 15 bottles.
I don't recall ever seeing this on tap in the bar and thinking to myself, I m drinking that tonight. It holds very little appeal to me and if it ceased to be served I would hardly notice. If you like it then great, but if you have never tried it then you aren't really missing much.
It is the start of the summer holidays and for many it is time to jet off to destinations abroad. Spain is the most popular holiday destination for us Brits. It is very likely that on your travels you will come across San Miguel. Sadly for me I have already been on holiday and have nothing but dreary work life to endure. This is where San Miguel comes in. I have always associated this beer with holidays and whilst I m enjoying a bottle or two I can almost imagine that I'm lying on a sunny Balearic Island.
Fizzy, light and crisp this beer has more in common with American beers like Coors or Budweiser than our traditional English favourites of Carling or Fosters. Not such a bad thing when the sun is beaming down and you are drinking to quench your thirst as much as anything else. At 5% it is classed as a premium lager and you can expect to pay premium prices for it in the pub. If you are asked for £3.50 by the chap behind the bar, don't hit him, he is not trying to rob you.
Unfortunately despite its hefty price tag you are not guaranteed to get a great pint as the head quickly disappears and flattens quicker than a tire with a puncture. For this reason I would advise drinking it in bottle form. Bottles in pubs are pretty much the same as anything on offer and you can pick up 4 bottles for around £3.50-£4 in the shops.
So if you are soon to jet off on holiday then start drinking this to get you in the holiday spirit. If you are on holiday you are probably already drinking it. If you have returned or are having a holiday free summer then just maybe this will make you feel a little bit happier........ Maybe.......... Best drink several just to be sure.