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I used to see and hear alot of 'abnormal' things as a child, things that people would say was down to an over active imagination. I started to look into the paranormal at a young age and decided it was far too scary so blocked everything out so stopped 'seeing'. I got very much into scientific studies as a teenager therefore turning into a complete sceptic. However, the paranormal still interested me as I was sure it was all down to imagination etc so in order to prove so many people wrong I decided to start investigating and doing research.
During this research I came across way too many unexplainable things. Experiences that I was unable to find any plausible explanation. Sufice to say I went full circle and am now a firm believer in the spirit world after having too many personal and group experiences to discount.
I started going on ghost hunts with the UKs leading ghost hunting company a long time ago and have been on many (they range from £25-£69 for an all nighter and locations range all over the UK from schools to hospitals to prisons and castles) and I highly recommend them even to a sceptic, they truely are the best way to experience things which honestly make you question whether there is such a thing as paranormal activity and above all else are a great way to spend the night! They visit fantastic locations steeped in history, you can take your own equipment (cameras, voice recorders etc), the staff are great and the mediums fantastic.
It was during one of these hunts that I met one of their current 3 resident mediums. He, unlike many others (especially at spiritualist churches who ignore that negative entities exist) specialises in the darker energies and as well as being a medium is also a demonologist. An event with him very rarely disapoints!
I have since had 2 readings from him (he is a runemaster) which were amazingly accurate and at first very freaky lol! He only charges £30 for anything from 30 mins to a full hour and you also get a free CD of your reading so you don't have to try to remember everything (which is impossible with the amount of information you get). He WILL NOT tell you your future. No true psychic can. Why is this? Well because the future is not set in stone and can always change. He will point out key areas in your past, present and future using the runes to help you on your lifes path and if spirit does come through, will give you any messages (again, this is not a given, you cannot ask a psychic for a message from a particular person, spirit will contact the medium, not the other way around, another sure sign of a fraud if they say they can do this)
I would only ever go to him now. You wont find him on TV, on a 'phone a psychic line' or advertised in your local paper, all of which in my eyes are sure signs of a fraud. Mediums have a true gift which an honest one would not flaunt or use for personal gain (although they obviously have to charge a fee to cover expenses etc). This guy has sacrificed a lot in order to help people and is extremely humble. 2 qualities which make me trust him 100%. The best way for anyone to find a psychic/medium for a reading is through word of mouth. NEVER trust an advert alone.
Along with the ghost hunts and readings, he also cleanses houses of negative energies and runs psychic development and magick courses which if you have a keen interest are brilliant weekends. He has written articles for a UK ghost magazine and has more to come in the following issues.
I highly recommend him, even if you don't want a reading, add him on the social network site and he's happy to answer any questions relating to the paranormal.
Feel free to message me if you want his details, or just type medium demonologist into a search engine and you'll find him that way. Links to all events etc can be found on his webpage.
I have totally mixed feelings about this product. On one hand, my lashes look really good after using (not false though!) but on the other hand, they don't always stay like it.
After L'oreal decided to discontinue what was in my opinion the best mascara ever without my consent, I decided to jump ship and try out Maybellines Falsies mascara after seeing the advert.
I managed to pick one up for the introductory price of £5.99 which wasn't too bad, normal RRP is £7.99.
Now I have very fair and short lashes (much to my disapointment) and have always struggled to find a decent mascara so to hear that this one gives the effect of false lashes, I'd expected it to have at least a half decent effect on mine.
I wasn't dissapointed, but then I wasn't too overjoyed either. False lashes they do not look like. Even when I use a white base coat first. And I also notice that after several hours, it begins to come off in small specs which is really annoying. It is also totally non-water proof. Even normal non-waterproof mascaras have some small amount of threshold but not this one.
That aside, it does actually work, even on mine! The brush is quite thick and curved so it's really quick and easy to apply, getting most of the lashes in one go, even the ones in the corners.
So if you do decide to try it out, make sure you carry it everywhere so you can re-apply when necessary (it will be necessary) and if you are prone to watery eyes (even a single tear in the wind), make sure you arm yourself with plenty tissues.
There are 4 varieties to choose from; French style, mediterranean, tomato salsa and lime and cracked black pepper. I've tried all 4, I find the tomato salsa a bit too rich and sickly but the others are really nice.
My favourite is the French style. Tuna, pasta, potato, sweetcorn, red pepper and french dressing all for less than 90 calories and under 2g of saturated fat. It really is a light lunch! You can't go wrong!
They are suprisingly filling and obviously healthy so are great for dieters, health concious people and everyone else! Especially if you are in a rush. The pots do resemble something you'd give your dog or cat but they fortunately don't taste like it!
Each pot comes with a plastic fork meaning you can eat it on the go and theres absolutely no washing up involved! Make sure you check that your pot has a plastic fork enclosed (it's visibly tucked into the cardboard cover so if you cannot see it, it's because it isn't there).
They did start out fairly decently priced (around £1.50) but have recently rocketed to £1.99 each. I have seen them for £1.89 and they are often on offer. The last time I purchased them they were on 2 for £3.00.
The trouble with 'movies with a twist' is that I sit there trying to figure out what the twist is going to be. It's extremelly annoying and I'm sure I ruin many films doing this. It didn't take long for me to figure this one out so the 'shocking' twist at the end was more a confirmation of what I'd been thinking throughout the movie and I'm sure it's the same for many of the viewers. That aside however, I actually really enjoyed this film. Really.
Shutter Island is you guessed it, an Island, on which the mentally and criminally insane are housed in 3 blocks; A, B and C. C block is where the worst of the worst are housed, even the insane are scared of them.
Di Caprio and Ruffalo play US Marshalls Teddy and Chuck who are called to Shutter Island to investigate the disapearence of a patient who seemingly evaporated straight through the walls. However, it is imediately apparent that not everything is as it seems and the staff and patients are hiding something more sinister than what is in block C...
It's extremelly unnerving right from the overly dramatic score at the beginning which (even though nothing happens and the music abruptly stops) builds the tension and keeps it right up until the end. It is very dark with many scenes being shot by 'candle light', there is the typical storm happening throughout most of the movie and there are many visually disturbing 'flashbacks' throughout.
The characters are very eerie, you are never sure who you can trust so it really is an 'edge of the seat' thiller which is quite amazing since nothing majorly scary happens! That's the brilliance of the directing (you'd expect nothing less from Scorsese), the acting and the musical score. Everything about it has that old thriller feel to it like Psycho, it almost made me wish it was in black and white!
A stellar cast with superb performances. Di caprio at his best as the lead with brilliant acting from Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kinglsey.
I'm out to buy the book now! Hopefully I can re-create the same level of tension in my room in the dark with a torch. But I doubt it!
Me and mym mum decided to catch Shutter Island on cinema before it exits the screen and the only place I could find it still playing was Vue in Leiecester Square. As it was a Friday, we decided to make and evening of it by going for a meal first.
We got there at about 4pm and had a wonder around Covent garden whilst trying to decide where to go for dinner. By 5.30, we were really hungry and decided to have a look at the Angus Steak house in the Square opposite Vue (there are 2 Angus Steak houses in close proximity of each other but the one on the square looked bigger and better staffed)
The film didn't start until 8.20pm so we had plenty of time to relax and enjoy a meal with a glass of wine.
The prices were quite steep but I've paid alot more for steak so we asked for a table for 2.
The staff were really friendly but the tables were really packed tight to make as much room as possible so we asked to be seated elsewhere (at the time it was empty so we didn't see why we had to be sat right on top of a couple) They happily moved us downstairs which seemed a lot more cosy and the decor was nicer. The tables weren't packed as tightly either.
Our waiter was really friendly and knowledgeable and we never had to wait long for his attention. He searved us really quickly with our wine (we opted for the Chardonnay which was £13.99 for a bottle) and whenever our glasses were running low, he would appear to top them up without us even asking.
We decided to skip starters and head straight for the main. We both ordered the 10oz rump which was £16.95 each. I asked for mine to be well done and was informed it would take around 25 mins to prepare and cook which was fine by me.
Like any good Steak house, the sides come seperate and ranged from £3.50-£4.50. I ordered the fries and my mum had the mashed potatoes. The fries were perfect and really crispy and the mash was really creamy. Not realising that the steak comes with a small portion of side salad (its not stated on the menu) I also ordered a tomato and onion salad and mym mum got a mixed salad and we shared some onion rings (again, cooked to perfection and really crispy)
When it all came out (and it wasn't as long as 25 mins) there was loads! The steaks smelt and tasted great. My well done was still really tender and juicy but with the slight taste of chargrille around the edges and my mums medium rare was greatly enjoyed!
Once we'd finished (and we didn't finish it all) we were well and truely stuffed! No room for deserts unfortunately but they did look really good.
The service was great throughout with our waiter making sure we had everything we needed and wanted and making sure everything was ok with our meal and even though it was really busy by the time we got our meal, all the tables seemed to be getting the same level of service and the staff (of which there were many) all seemed friendly and un-rushed.
When we asked for the bill again, we didn't wait more than a couple of minutes. The total was £64.95 without a service charge which I think was an acceptable amount for great food and great service and a really nice (but cheap) bottle of white wine.
We left with time to spare so we had a little walk around the square to let the food go down. We didn't want to be falling asleep in the cinema!
Looking at other reviews, it seems that maybe there is a staff shortage.
I can only say that we ate relatively early and sat downstairs, we never noticed any staffing issues but maybe if we'd sat upstairs at a later time we would have done. With that in mind, if you decide to go, ask to be seated downstairs and get there before 7!
It was my mums birthday yesterday. She told me she wanted some speakers for her i-pod. She has the i-pod shuffle (the original clip one) and I know as I had one before that there aren't many compatible speakers other than small ones with rubbish sound quality and volume.
I decided to have a hunt around to see if there were anymore on the market since then when this one caught my eye. I had a look at the instructions and asked staff if it would be compatible with the shuffle. I was told it wasn't but luckily, I did a little more research and discovered that it comes with an auxilary lead meaning it is compatible with i-pods and MP3 players. Basically, it means that instead of the i-pod sitting in the docking station on top, you plug it into the back via the input socket with the 3.5 cable which comes with it, which isn't a real problem.
The sound quality is brilliant for the price (I got it from HMV for £49.99, but it is avaliable from Amazon for a couple of pounds cheaper). It is also really loud!
It comes with a UK lead and a 2 pin plug meaning you can bring it abroad with you. It can also run on batteries and it isn't too heavy or bulky so it is totally portable.
A really quirky design and available in pink, black, yellow, white and red and also available in Panda and football designs so you can pick one to go with you decor!
The only downside is that the remote will only change the volume , mute it or put it on standby, you have to manually skip using the control on the shuffle but again, this isn't a huge price to pay for quality speakers for the shuffle.
For everyone with a 'docking' i-pod, there are no downsides!
oh, and my mum loved it!
Strange how this has got totally mixed reviews. I went last night to see it at the Wimbledon IMAX and totally loved it. In fact, for me, it was better than the first and as a sequel, that's pretty uncommon.
Robert Downey Jnr is amazing as always and plays the part with ease and great comedic timing. Tony Stark realises that what is keeping him alive is also killing him and he begins to spiral out of control leading to a series of damaging events.
Gwenyth Paltrow is lucky, she gets to snog him in this one as the sexual tension between Pepper and Tony biols over.
Mickey Rouke was absolutely brilliant, cast as Ivan, a slightly disgruntled Russian whose family were destroyed by the Starks. He is hell bent on destroying Tony and uses his own technology against him.
Then there is Sam Rockwell who plays Starks main competition, Justin Hammer. He is a total moron (check out his fake tan which gets progresively darker throughout) who, you guessed it, will play dirty to gt ahead.
So it's a bit like, your enemies enemy is your friend but no one can be trusted so it's never really completely predictable.
Other intros are Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and the Black Widow (Scarlette Johannson) which I can only assume are in this to build up a link for the following installments.
Great action, great special effects, great acting, ace soundtrack comedy and a little romance, what mor does a film need?
You don't have to have seen the first one and you don't really need to have read the comics to understand what it's all about.
Oh, and wait around till after the credits as there is a scene which gives you a taster for number 3....Bring it on!
I decided to dye my hair this weekend. I was a natural blonde once but have been dyeing my hair brunette for a long time. I haven't dyed it for over 2 years though so I thought I'd chance a lighter blonde. I used Clairols nice and easy but because I have a fair bit of natural red in my hair, it went a kind of strawberry blonde, it was a really nice colour, not orange or anything but I have a fair complexion and it didn't really do me much justice!
I went to Sainsburys to buy a different colour and went for this brand. My hair is quite long and they were on offer, 2 for £9.00, bargain! I opted for the Mahogany brown, I still wanted something different than what I'd had before. I wasn't sure what the colour would come out like as my hair had been dyed the day before and it was lighter than what was recommended but I gave it a go anyway and I'm glad I did.
It was really easy. There is a small pot of serum which you apply to your hair first, supposedly it protects the hair from damages so I put it on.. You then mix the colourant with the cream and apply it straight on top of the serum, no rinsing or waiting! Brilliant!
The applicator comes with a normal tip or a comb for short-mid length hair (would be really easy to use, you litterally comb your hair and apply the dye as you do) but as my hair is long, I just used the ordinary tip. It didn't take long to apply and once I was finished, I left it for 40 mins-it is recommeded to leave for 30 but I left it for an extra 10 as I had only dyed it the day before.
Once the time was up, I rinsed it off and put on the conditioner. I left that for 10 mins, rinsed it off e voila! Perfect.
As always, I also dyed my face, ears, hands and arms but instead of loads of scrubbing and not being able to get it off completely, It came off really easily which was great.
Once dried, I could see the colour at last and it is gorgeous! Looks just like what it does on the box which is supprising, I'd expected at best a lot lighter as my hair was so light and only dyed so recently so I was really impressed.
I'd definately recommend this brand and will be using it again in the future.
I have a Jack russell x Border Terrier named Star. She weighs about 4 kilos, is really strong and has tonnes of energy.
She pulls like crazy and basically acts like a rabid dog whenever we leave the house. As soon as we reach the park or a green area, she calms down completely.
I remember seeing this product on the Dog Whisperer and thought I'd give it a go seen as Cesar knows all (all hail Cesar!)
There were different sizes depending on the breed of the dog and prices started at £6.99. I paid £9.99 for Stars and hoped for the best.
It was really easy to put on and it also came with a safety strap which could be attached to the normal collar.
Star was really good when I put it on for the first time and low and behold, she couldn't pull at all! Miracle! It was as if she knew she couldn't so she didn't even bother trying.
She was, as I know now however, testing it for weaknesses. On the 4th wear, and I still have absolutely no idea how she did it, we were walking nice and calmly towards the park when she suddenly started violently shaking her head as if trying to get out of her collar. The main 'harness' then ripped in half and the whole thing fell to pieces. Luckily I had the safety piece attached to her actual collar so she didn't run out into the road.
For £10 I'd expected a little more use out of it and certainly didn't expect the material to rip in two. I don't know whether it was just a faulty one, if it was her sheer strengh or whether she was just so determined to pull, that nothing would stop her. I suspect the latter and doubt I'd buy another one!
I have very fair lashes and never really found a mascara that made my eyes 'pop'. That is until I came across this one.
The first white coat built up the lashes making them seem a lot thicker and longer and the black had a comb applicator meaning you didn't miss a single lash and it fanned them out making them look long and full.
For £9.99 you couldn't really go wrong and I never purchased any other mascara after finding this one
The last few times I went to stock up I noticed a little empty space where they should have been. Imagine my horror when I was told it had been discontinued due to advances in technology (why change something that already worked fine I pondered)
I was advised to buy the new Double extension tubes which I did. It is rubbish. It too has a white 'base' coat but the main applicator is a brush, not a comb so it doesn't give the same effect.
However, I did still have some base coat left from over from the volume shocking mascara which I tested out with the new black from the Double extension and that worked ok, so I can only assume that it is the white coat which makes the biggest difference.
I am dissapointed in L'oreal. This apparently was an extremely popular item and instead of just selling the 'new technology' in a new mascara to perhaps gain more custom, they replaced a perfectly good one with one that doesn't have anywhere near the same effect therefore probably losing customers.
Well they lost at least one, me.
Standing room only audiences is a company which distributes tickets for televised shows on a first come first serve basis to members of the public for absolutely free. If you fancy being part of the audience, seeing a great show with great celebs and maybe even getting on TV then check them out. The website has a list of current shows, you can apply for as many as you like and up to 6 tickets for each. They usually have a choice of dates for you to pick in order of preference. There is also a list of shows which may become available in the future (there is a mailing list which you can subscribe to for free so you get all the up to date information on all shows)
The tickets are free, there are plenty of shows to apply for and most will have dates which you can choose in order of preference. The website is very informative and easy to follow, the tickets are easy to apply for and it doesn't cost a penny.
However, unfortunately for me there was a downside...
I was lucky enough to grab myself 2 tickets for Justin Lee Colins' 'Good Times'. It stated clearly on the tickets that seating is not guaranteed but if seating was required (ie for disabilities etc) there was a number to call. As I planned on going with my mum who has a back injury, I called the number to enquire as to whether or not I could reserve a seat for her. I was told if I got there really early, we would definately get seated so I arrived at 16.30. We were front in the queue but when we eventually went in at 18:30, all of the seats had been filled by Priority pass holders.
I explained to the floor manager that my mum needed a seat and that I had been told she would get one and she said she would do all she could to find her a seat. As we stood at the side, we watched people who were behind us in line get seated by other staff members and some found seats themselves.
I had to ask 5 times and each time was told she was still looking. Eventually the show started at 20:00 but we had to leave as my mum could no longer stand.
If you don't mind standing for 6 hours it's great. It's a free night out, entertaining and different. But if you need a seat, don't count on getting one just because you have been told you will or just because you were front in line. Also don't assume just because you are in the queue and got there early that you will actually get in. Once the place is full, the doors are closed and anyone still outside will get sent home.
The lack of communication really shows and you are treated a bit like cattle. I suspect this is why the tickets are free.
It's also annoying to think that people who get there at the last minute and do not manage to gain entry as it is full, get issued with Priority passes so they can go again on a different date, turn up again at last minute and get a great seat. Yet people who queue for hours get shoved into a corner at the back of the room.
I have complained to the company twice, but have not received any reply so I don't know how they can say they offer an outstanding service.
I don't read movie reviews, if I like the look of a trailor and the synopsis sounds good, I go to see it. To be honest, I didn't really think I'd bother with Avatar at first. However, with it being given the tag as the best movie ever by a lot of critics and coming from 'Titanic' James Cameron, I couldn't help but read them and what I read was a real mixed bag. Ranging from 2 to 5 stars and with reviewers hating or loving the storyline, I decided I would have to find out for myself.
Written 14 years ago by Cameron, he decided to wait until technology caught up with his 'vision', 10 years later, he began to make his masterpiece bringing it to our screens 4 years after that.
Filmed in 3D, I saw no point in seeing it in 2D, so I killed 2 birds with 1 stone by seeing it at my first trip to the IMAX. I was blown away. I cannot compare it to anything I have ever seen before. My eyes really couldn't comprehend that what I was seeing didn't really exist. And that, I feel, is the true beauty of the film.
It wastes no time with lenghy intros it just gives you the basics and fills you in on the way.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is an ex marine sent to Pandora in place of his twin brother who has died to 'drive' his Avatar. Genetically, he is a perfect match but he has had no former training and has no scientific background. Having lost the use of his legs in battle, he doesn't let people dictate to him what he can or cannot do and sets out to do what needs to be done...Basically gaining the trust and moving the natives (Na'vi) from their homes in order to steel the valuable mineral called Unobtanium. When it doesn't go to plan, drastic measures are put into place.
Admitedly, it doesn't sound like a gripping story but there are undertones of the war in Afghanistan and it echos the way many humans will happily teach different cultures 'their ways' before learning or trying to understand the other culture first. It also portrays us as a race containing many who will happily destroy anything different to us or that is seen as having no real value in order to make money. Unfortunately, another precise comparison.
I know many critics panned the storyline by saying it was predictable and boring. I thought it was a decent and very relevant script. Titanic was an awesome film with brilliant graphics and even though everyone knew how it would end, it was still the biggest grossing movie of all time. I'm sure if he'd changed it up a bit so that it missed the iceberg and sailed without problem to New York, people would have been dissapointed.
Predictibility in this films case is good because it means we can focus entirely on the effects of the movie and that is what Avatar is all about. If I had to struggle to follow twists and turns in the plot, I'd miss all of the finer details and James Camerons attention to detail is magnificent.
I'm glad I didn't listen to the reviews otherwise I may have missed it.
I finally managed to see a film at this truely magnificent cinema after waiting for years!
James Camerons' excellent Avatar was the film in question and I am glad I managed to get tickets to one of the last screenings before the summer blockbusters (Iron man 2) take over the screen.
Adults are £14.00
Children are £9.25
and Students are £9.75 (which is a great deal more discount than other cinemas give)
So you are probably thinking that's expensive and your right, however, after giving it some thought I came up with loads of pros- firstly and mainly, the experience is something you'll not get at a normal cinema so if you're going for a big blockbuster (like Avatar or Iron man 2) it's definately worth the extra few pounds. Secondly, as the prices are quite high, you probably wont get annoying idiots on mobile phones or messing around and making noise like you do everywhere else (I know I didn't hear any of that when I went). And lastly, the way the seats are tiered means you'll have an awesome view no matter where you sit or who sits infront of you.
The venue is classy with a really nice bar downstairs which sells drinks and snacks so you can chill out before your film starts.
There are ticket collection points for those who are wise enough to buy their tickets online (I'd really recommend doing this) so you can collect them quickly and beat the queues. These 'booths' can still get some fairly big queues themselves but you litterally insert the card you booked with, remove it and your tickets pop out, all taking less than a minute so the wait time in line is minimal.
Once you've got your tickets, you'll go upstairs to the screen where you'll find 2 more places for drinks/popcorn etc. Queues here get huge so get there early. It's not a problem if you dont though, your tickets have allocated seat numbers so you don't have to worry about getting in last!
When we entered the auditorium I was blown away! Not only is the screen over 20 meters high (that's about the height of 5 double decker buses) but the general layout is great. The seats are tiered at quite a steep incline meaning even the tallest person could sit infront of you and not block your view (great if you are bringing kids too). There isn't a big 'curve' like ordinary cinemas either so even if you get a dreaded 'side seat', you aren't really viewing from that great an angle.
The seats are really comfy with the head rests being really high so you can really sit back and relax. There are also cup holders, brilliant! The only downside is that there isn't much leg space so a couple of hours into the movie, my knees were really aching and I'm only 5ft 3 so I can't imagine how tall people manage.
Once the doors close, a staff member comes to the front on a microphone in a spotlight to welcome you and instruct you that the doors you entered will not open again so if you need a toilet break, you need to go to the top of the auditorium which is up at the back-another downside really as it means if you really can't hold it, and happen to be seated in one of the front rows, you've got to get up, manouver yourself through the small spaces to the aisle and then go upstairs in the dark infront of everyone! Just make sure you go first!!
When the film starts, you'll realise just how much better the viewing is. You litterally feel like you are moving with the screen and if your watching in 3D, you'll be tricked into thinking you are in the thick of it.
The accoustics are also pretty amazing, It's loud enough to vibrate your chair but it doesn't hurt your ears. You also wont notice people munching on their popcorn either which is a bonus!
I have to admit, Avatar has to be the best cinema experience for me since Jurassic park (it beat that hands down too). It's probably because it was filmed in 3D and is a first of its kind but I can imagine that any film would look amazing at this venue. I am gutted I waited so long before seeing it as I'd love to see it here again. Hopefully it'll come back later in the year and if it does, be sure you go and see it at the Imax if you haven't already. Or if you have!
I recently went to Debenhams and spent about 30 minutes smelling these candles. They are gorgeoous!
There are so many different scents to choose from; fruits, flowers, nature and spices are a few of the varities available, I am slowly working my way through the vast range!
Like me, you'll find it difficult deciding which one to buy so it's really handy that the little glass jars have lids. You can just pop it off, have a quick sniff, and then pop the lid back on again! Caution-don't pick the jars up by the lids, they are quite heavy and if the previous 'sniffer' hasn't replaced it properly, you'll be paying for a smashed candle.
The candles scents are as strong when alight as when they are unlit, unlike many scented candles which smell really nice and strong until you light them and you can't smell anything at all. I usually use scented oil burners to get a decent stong scent but these are just as good so they are kind of like a candle and an oil burner in one! They also burn for a very long time and seem to last for ages so they are really worth the price.
There are a few different sizes and styles to choose from: Wax tarts, Tealights and small, medium and large Jars. Prices start from around £1.20 (for the tarts) and end at around £17.99 (for the large Jars). We always buy the small jars at £5.49 each.
We also purchased a kind of glass lampshade for £6.49, they have different colours to match the candles and they give off a really nice glow when the candle is lit. They just fit in to the top of the jar and have a hole at the top to let the smell out. Beware though, they get really hot and I have also noticed that it seems to block alot of the smell so don't know if we'd use it all of the time. We usually light the candle for long enough to fill the room with its scent and then put the glass shade on afterwards.
All in all, they are great for any room in the house and serve a multitude of purposes whether to give a nice scent, to help relax, or to create a romantic atmosphere, there's one for every occasion!
This place really is great and the selection is huge. You will spend longer selecting than you will queuing as there are always tons of staff which is another big plus.
Pret offers hot and cold drinks, sandwiches (all freshly made), baguettes, wraps, hot and cold pastries, cakes, biscuits, crisps, fruit, yoghurts, cereals, and cereal bars-these are just things I have noticed so I'm sure I've missed out loads.
The coffee isn't the greatest but it's not bad and prices start from about £1.50 but the cold drinks are quite expensive (a can of coke for instance is 90p) so I usually only go here for lunch.
You can get a sandwich from the vast options available starting from around the £2.00 mark to about £3.99 and they are really nice, lots of filling and best of all fresh.
If you fancy something quick for brekkie, I'd suggest giving the Cherry cereal pot a try. It's fresh yougurt with a thick juicy morello cherry base and it's topped with nut and oat clusters and honey. The pot is quite big and filling and costs £1.80. It's also nice as a dessert or snack so doesn't have to be breakfast! It's also available in Berry flavour.
My local Pret in Victoria is always ridiculously busy at lunch times but I have never had to wait longer than 5 minutes to get served. Some branches (like the one at Victoria) have an express queue for people not wanting hot drinks which make the queue even shorter but even branches without this service seem to handle queues very quickly so never be put off by crowds!