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While doing my weekly shop I spotted a packet of 12 kingsmill crumpets for a £1 at asda and decided to buy them for my partner as he loves crumpets and cheese. I made us both some for dinner that same day and we were both extremly disappointed by these. They are thinner than any other crumpet but it wasn't this that put us off, they were very doughy, in fact they were extremly doughy. Also because they were so doughy they had a very acidic and yeasty taste which even the cheese on top of them didnt disguise. When a friend was at our house when I was toasting them and he said, "kingsmill crumpets are really gungey" I just shrugged it off and thought he must be wrong but of casue he wasnt, as the texture of these were exactly how he described gungey. I think its fair to say I shall not be buying these again and the evidence that neither my partner of flat mate want them from the fact that half eaten packet is still on the side from 4 days ago. Take my advise DO NOT BUY
I am a Sheffield lass through and through which probably makes me biased towards this film cause I absolutly and completly love it !!! I dont think I have ever met a native Sheffield person who does not like this film. Maybe its the nostalga that its filmed and based in Sheffield, the amazing sound track or even that my old primary school teacher plays one of the coppers ( my one and only claim to fame) but I just cant stop myself from loving this film.
The film follows 6 out of work men who have found themselfs on the dole after the decine in the Sheffield steel industy. Gaz is the leader of the gang and a bit of a jack the lad who is struggling to provide money for his child maintanace, Dave is his loyal friend who has body hang ups being a bit tubby and struggles to make any sexual connection with his wife, then theres their former boss Gerald, old security guard Lumper, horse- horse by name horse by nature and dodgy builder guy. After getting wind of a womens only strip show at a local working mens club Gaz decides this is his next get rich quick scheme, create a new chippendale group with one added difference- this lot go all the way The Full Monty. After a series of mess ups including death, arrest and relationship strains the men pull it off with a fantastic end result. The sound track to this film fits perfectly with the great classics You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate, Hot Stuff Donna Summers and my fav Come up and see me make me smile, all adds to the magic of the film.
I do often wonder how people who are not from Sheffield manage with some of the dialect included in the film and if they wonder if our accents are really as bad as they sound (believe me they are), but I do have to take my hat off to Robert Carlyle as a Scot, his Sheffield accent it perfect and really makes the audience believe he is from Sheffield.
This film has some get laugh out loud moments which start right form the start of the film, I always love the canal moment and Gaz's " Ah not so bad" sos. Geralds "widges on parade bring your own microscopes" insult Guys "shut up saggy tits" or my personal favourite "put down and piss off" I could quite easily spends hours writing each and every fantasic line which always gets a laugh and me and my boyfriend still share the odd giggle at some of the classic lines . The film is full of rude crude moments and a bout of swearing thrown in for good measures so its not one for people with a more sensitive nature, you definatly need to take this film with a pinch of salt. Although there is some tedius parts in the film there is also some rare gem moments such as the famous dole office scene where the men dance to Hot Stuff playing into the background or the brill scene where they are seeing of the loan shark in their briefs. The soundtrack matches the film perfectly and although it has received a certain amount of criticism due to the fact they strip to 'you can leave your hat on' and not 'you sexy thing' the first song was definatly the right choice.
Now Im not saying this film is perfect, it does have its downs points, the story is quite slow in places and takes some time to get going and unless you stick with it you do find yourself getting bored. Also as mention above there is a certain amount of swearing in the film which in some cases is not necessary, the F words seems to be every other word in some cases which does drag down the film and could have quite easily been taken out. One other minor thing which does bother me which cant be picked up on by anyone who isnt familiar with the Sheffield area, is that the locations of some of the films are often out of sync, but like I said only a minor problem.
The film embodies all that is great with British film making and should not be missed, although it is now getting quite outdated it can still be enjoyed by the new and old generations. This film is full of laughs tears and all round great entertainment, I would urge anyone to watch this fillm as your truly missing out on something special if you dont.
Today I had my first shopping experience at Lidl and I must say I was quite impressed. As I no longer life with my parents shopping on a budget is really important, an on a recommendation of a friend I decided to test out my local Lidl. On first entering the shop it did seem to have a small selection of products but the aisles were wide leaving plenty of space to browse. I always find the browsing part hard in your more popular supermarkets as you do tend to push and shove with other people, so the relaxed atmosphere to shopping was brill.
First of all I will say this was only a quick shop so I didnt really look at every part of the shop but did try and browse around.
I had an idea of what I needed to buy in my head and had a good shop around. first on my list was fruit and veg, Although they did not have a wide selection they did have the basics which were very reasonably priced or had offers on them, Some of the more in demand fruit and veg also came in bumper packs which i took advantage of. A found a big bag of washed white spuds for £2.49, a bag of onions(about 8 in a bag) for 69p both a bargain. Next was bread I got myself a loaf of bread for 49p and a selection of breadbaps 5 for 75p and there was a great selection to choose from. As I made my ways down to the fridges I was quite lost among the unfamiliar brands, there was only a smattering of top brands so I did find this part tricky and didnt get much chilled Items. Most of the items looked like they were either cheap brands or brands from different contries which did put me off a bit. I did pop in a 4 pint of milk for a £1 which is the cheapest I've found anywhere and a pack of childrens yoghurts which I have just tasted and found really yummy and sure my nephew will enjoy. Next was the meat counter which was very small and did not much to choose from but I grabbed a pack of Mince 500gm for £1.99 something else I havent found cheap anywhere else. I did intend to buy some fizzy pop but was a little put off by the lack of popular brands, they did have there own 'freeway' pop but I wasnt brave enough to try, cheap pop lets face it is hard to swallow. In the middle of the store was the shop specials which included anything from furnature to clothes, I had a browse and did see some rather good items for a great price but did not buy anything. I moved onto the tin isle and cooking sauces and agian saw a few branded item but not many. I did pick up some things and consider them but was put off my the own branded items, I think I was being a bit picky with it being my first shop there. I had a browse on the frozen section and was quite impressed I couldnt believe my eyes at some of the things they had, like whole frozen lobsters, cant say I have every come across these at ASDA.
One thing I also noticed was the lack of staff around to help you, although I didnt need any help, there is a certain amount of comfort in knowing of you need it its there, in fact the onyl staff member I remember seeing was at the check out.
One thing that really got me ticked off was the fact that I had to purchase my own shopping bags, 3p a bag for a small bag 9p for a larger bag. Im all for saving the environment, but I think having to purchase your own bags is a bit daft (no I didnt buy my own I remembered I had some in the car). The shop was also quite busy and they only had one till open which made me feel a bit rushed by the people stacking up behind me . Also the end of the checkout had one squre inch of space were the operator left your shopping so I realised that packing your bags as you go wasnt an option, I guess the idea is for you to put your items back in your trolley and pack away from the till, which must be a pain for anyone will more than a few items.
Lidl did offer some good items at a very cheap price, you cant go much wrong with their fruit and veg offers. The wide isles was a bonus and the relaxed atmosphere was good but I would have liked to have seen more staff around. There was not much to choose from which is the ideal for anyone who doesnt like making decisions but for me I like a bit of variety. another critisism is the lack of top brands avaliable to buy, now im not at all fussy on what I eat, I find that the cheaper items are just as good as the branded ones but the packaging of the products avaliable did put me off a bit. Also the way they price the items is completly confusing. When I walked into the store I saw a sign for single peppers for 40p each which I wanted to get but when I found them they were priced at 60p, so I didnt know if the offer was on or off and didnt want to chance buying them. The prices for the item are labelled quite strange, if something is on the bottom shelf the price for the item is above it, which when there is an item above the price label it is quite tricky to work out what price goes with with item and I found myself thinking that the item above was cheaper than it was.
I would certainly return to Lidl again simply for its cheap items but wouldnt consider do my weekly shop there as for me personally did not offer enough products, and next time knowing what the shop is like I will be more prepared such as bringing my own bags and maybe being a bit more adventurous with the items I buy
With the exitement of moving into my first flat the first thing I wanted to do was buy as many kitchen gadgets as possible with a coffee maker top of my list. Being on a budget, I searched around for a bargain and found one in the shape of this Delonghi machine which I picked up from argos at the reasonable price of £22.99. After a quick dash to the shop for ground coffee and coffee filters, I was eager to get this one going.
This machine comes with its own coffee scoop and in built filter which can be taken out to be cleaned so theres no need for filters but I still use filters just to save on the messy job of cleaning the filter after each use. The side of the machine has a water level which indicates the amount of water needed depending on the amount of cups of coffee you want to make, saving on power and waste. The instructions are easy to follow and also give you helpful tips on how to create the strengh of coffee wanted. Another added bonus is the wonderful coffee aroma it creates in your house. The machine is so simple to use, all you do is add your desired amount of water a few scoops of coffee then click the on button.
The coffee takes around 5-10 minutes to make and you can actually see it working within seconds. The water goes from cold to hot and through the cofee in a matter of moments. The only downfall I have found is you do have to wait for the machine to completly stop to get your coffee. if you take the jug out too early coffee still pours out of the spout and straight on to the plate beneath the jug and burns, although im not too sure if this applies to other machines. But other than that I have had no problems with this machine.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is looking for great tasting coffee, with no fuss or frills and for a reasonable price.
Im a person who loves a good bargain when it somes to shopping, and this is one not to be missed. I know most people are put off by cheap products myself included as they tend to be useless at cleaning tough of dirt but this one is fab for the money. It is priced at a fair 75p and is sometimes on offer, it comes in a variety of scents, although I am reviewing the original liquid I have tried other scents and found them all great.
The liquid is kind to delicate skin which is particulaly important to me as I suffer from dry skin which is easily irritated by cheap products, but I have found I can stand cleaning the pots with this for a long period of time and its still gentle to my skin. All you need is a small squirt of this as it goes a very long way creating lots of suds which dont disappear even if you are washing lots of pots. It is always very tough on dried on food and cleans dishes in seconds. I ahev alsop used this to clean other things such as work surfaces, bathroom cleaning and even my car and it has cleaned well on these everytime. I would recommend to anyone and say dont be put off by the cheap price, it is great cheaper alternative to more expensive top brands.
After 8 months of coping with with a toilet bowl that looked like it had been used by 100 people and never been flushed, I decided to invest in a powerful limescale remover. While shopping at asda last week I picked up a bottle of Domestos zero limescale for a promo price of £1. I immediately squeezed a heap of it down the toilet and let it sit for 30 mins then flushed. I was absolutely amazed at the results, it had removed about 40% of the limescale and I was able to see some yellow porcelin at the bottom of my newly clean toilet (yes you heard right I have a oh so attractive yellow bathroom suite). I have since continued to use it and my toilet is almost clear apart from small patches of limescale which are proving tough to remove. The product does require you to use a little elbow grease to scrub it clean but I dont mind considering how shocking the toilet was before. Im now hoping that using this product at bit more and scrubing hard will remove the rest of the limescale.
One thing is for certain this does exactly what is says on the tin and I will recommend this product to anyone it is super.
Whether you enjoy reading a good book or like me have to read the book which goes with a film, I would certainly recommend reading this book. It is a heartwarming tale of Jacob an old man living out the rest of his life in a retirement home which he hates, waiting for a family member to take him to the circus. While waiting Jacob recall his life as a teenager working with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth circus, where he learned some harsh lessons in life and love. Jacob was a promising student vet who had his studies cut short following the death of his parents, he finds himself the newly appointed 'vet' of the circus in charge of training the circus's new addition an elephant called rosie, working along side the circus's star attration Marlene, the wife of August the cruel and ruthless ringmaster, Jacob finds himself falling in love with her and struggling to leave the circus in one piece, which ultimatly ends in disaster for the circus.
Whenever I watch I film I alsways love to read the book whic goes with the film as I find you miss out on so much from not reading the book and this film is no different. there are so many wonderful and touching scenes in the book which are not shown in the film and in my opinion its a big mistake to leave them out, For example the part of the book where an older Jacob is desperate to visit the circus but is let down by one of his family member is truely heartbreaking. Another is where Jacob walks in on his roommate playing with himself which I found really funny to read and would have brought extra comedy to the film, but this was also ignored.
Also the title of the film 'Water for Elephants' also had me confused when I watched the film it seemed such a strange title, however when I read the book It was explained that 'water for elephants' is a circus joke. When Jacob asks for a job someone suggests that he should carry water for elephants, and in the book it is explained by an older Jacob that this was a nonsense job people in the circus joked about because it would be impossible to carry water for elephants because they drink such a vast amount of water. It would have been much better to have explained this to the audience because im sure other people were confused about this. The film does contain some really great scenes though, the one were we see August beat poor elephant Rosie always has been cringing and nearly in tears and watching the love blossom between Jacob and Marlene is perfectly shot.
The film does give out some great perfomance form its actors, it is particually nice to see Robert Patterson differ from his usual role as Edward from Twilight and Reese witherspoon also doesnt dissappoint with her charater as Marlene, the two working together successfully make a great pairing as lovers Jacob and Marlene. I was also impressed with the use of bright colours and extravenagent scenery in the film in creating the great effect of a extravagent circus and class of the 1950s.
All in all I would say this film is very enjoyable and although it is easy to perceive this as a chick flick it certainly can be enjoyed by men too, but i would suggest reading the book to this and the book in my opinion works better and as I previously stated you tend to miss things in the film which are written in the book whcih definatly should not be missed.
I love chicken and find it so versatile but often struggle to find new and different ways to cook. While out shopping at Asda I came across the Maggi range, they have so many different options to choose from and with Asda selling them at 50p a pack I decided to give them a go.
The first one I tried was a spicy cook in the bag sauce. This came with a easy to use cook bag and a seperate seasoning sauce, you simply put in the required amount of chicken in the bag and sprinkle in the chicken, give the bag a good shake and pop in the oven for 30- 40 mins. I must admit I did cock this up at first by putting this in a cooking dish and not a a tray which resulted in the chicken being burnt put it was completly my fault but did still result in great tasting chicken which was well cooked and very juicy. Me and my flatmates were very impressed with this and wanted to try out more from the range.
The second one we tried was a bit different, it was a lemon herb chicken bread crumb which required the addition of an egg to cook this. First you beat an egg dip the chicken in the egg and then roll in the Maggi bread crumb seasoning them bake on a oven tray for 30 mins. This one proved to be more tasty than the first with its zesty tang of the lemon and the crunch of the bread crumb crust it made a great tasting chicken meal.
Although these do make great chicken I will say there are a few problems you will come across when using this. One being when you sprinkle the seasoning into the roasting bag, it takes a while for the seasoning to evenly spread onto all of the chicken and if your not careful you may end up wioth some pieces which are not seasoned and some which are over seasoned. The ones breadcrumbs seasonings are quite messy and you do end up with a lot of the seasoning stick to your fingers.
However taking this into consideration I will definatly recommend these as a cheap but tasty way to cook chicken and say if you spot them in the supermarket pick up a few different packets for yourself and give them a try they are well worth it.
I recently moved out from my parents house to live with my partner and haver found it to be pretty expensive so shopping on a budget is essential for us. Asda has always been my favourite supermarket of mine for its great offer and cheap items which are always good quality. I tend to buy Asdas own smartprice food as its still great quality for half the top brand price. My partners favourite snack is toasted crumpets with cheese, so I decided to give these crumpets a go as they are much cheaper than competitors.
I must say I was extremly disappointed with them. the crumpets are flat, tastless and very rubbery. I found that the bases of the crumpets dont toast well at all and as soon as you put butter on them, it melts and starts to come through the bottoms making them very soggy. Top brand crumpets are always soft, fat and taste great and as far as im concerned they do the job brilliantly, in future I will spend the extra bit of money and buy myself the best crumpets I can get I wont be making the mistake of trusting a cheaper version which only disappoints.
While out shopping with my mum a few weeks back she spotted a promtion for the new lynx for women and decided to treat me and herself to the spray as a trial, I often struggle to find a deodorant which suits me, they either make my skin sore or fail to protect me from the ever so attractive BO smell. Having previously worked in a supermarket I was well aware of just how popular lynx for men is so was keen to give this one a go for myself. Sice using this for a few weeks I have found that this is a great spray. its easy to use has a great scent and definatly keeps me BO free and smelling fresh all day long. The only downside I have to this is that my boyfriend has also taken a shine to my spray and I find myself fighting with him for it in a morning. He reckons the womans spray smells better than the mens, and I have to say I do agree and dont mind him smelling like a lady at all. If anyone reading this is contenplating buying this spray I would definatly recommend it as its well worth spending the extra few pennies on this to have yourself a reliable great smelling deoderant.
If I have one suggestion for this film it is definatly- have a spare pair of underpants at the ready lol !! I have to say when I first went to see this film I wasn't at all to hopefull about it, I've never been a big Harry Potter fan having been extremly put off by the poor acting in the first film, and simply expected the same from Daniel Radcliffe in this but. However I was plesently suprised by just how great an actor he really is. In my opinion he definatly made the film more worth while. There were a number of scenes which relyed purely on no speech and just great acting to tell the story which added to the pure horror aspect of the film.
The main overview of the plot( not wanting to give too much away) is based around Arthur Kips a widowed lawyer and single father on the verge of losing his job, finds himself on an assignment to a secluded village where the inhabitants are all living in fear from the 'woman in black' a ghost who makes children kill themselves. Kips takes it upon himself to stop her in her tracks by exploring her background which results in a very surprising end twist.
The film is very dreary and in points you find yourself getting lost in the film, focusing on one point knowing that a 'jump' out moment is just around the corner making you scared out of your wits. And I must admit being a bit of a wimp I found myself either closing my eyes or plugging my ears to save from having my nerves shot. The only thing I would question about this is if the film could still create the moments away from the cinema surround sound as loud volume is key to making these moments stand out.
One thing I found quite unusual was that the film is only rated 12a? Believing this to be a horror story I expected it to have a higher parental guidence attached to it. However after watching it I realised that this was just as good old fashioned Hammer Horror film, which is quite rare in the current society which seems to be fixated on using gore and blood to make a film scary.
Good points to the movie= great jump out moments, great plot storyline, good acting and acceptable to watch with children(although not young children) and a good end twist
Bad points= at times it was confusing mainly due to struggling to understand why the whole town is against Kips being there, the end was good and did have a twist but left a bit of a loose end with the woman in black, and also would question the jump out scene being scary away form the cinema
Overall view on the Woman in Black is that it is worth watching, it would make a suitable choice for a family film night as it is enjoyable for all.
As a big fan of Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmonson I feel I must defend them and the film. i have always been a great fan of the pair and love Bottom, it has to be my favourite comedy ever. watching as a child I have fond memories of watching the seris with my big brother and laughing at every rude, crude and down right naughty behaviour. Even now we often exchange qutoes form the film making each other laugh and enjoying true comedy genius. which is why I feel I must defend this film.
anyone who has seen the bottom series will know that if there is any couple who should not be allowed to run a hotel its is definatly these too. If you meet them at the hotel reception desk your sure to make a quick exit. the story follows richie and eddie running the worst hotel in britain, with guests receiving a little more than b n b, try ill manners, crude behaviour, poor service and throw in radio active poisoning. with the two clueless on how to run a hotel they manage with nothing more than each other a fat chef and a mental waiter. The story opens with richie who is running the hotel9 god help us all) trying to wake eddie, unbeknown to him eddie is on his way home form the pub (suprise! suprise!) and has left richie a series of tape recording to make the pretence that he is actually there. Making his way to the dining room richie manages to throw in a couple of insults to his paying guests which he revels in as well as some pervy behavour. When eddie finaly makes it home he find an interesting way to 'file the bills' then help richie with breakfast. Richie however is on form concerning himself with the importnat guest mrs foxfur first, another triumph for richie in the point scoring he has goin on with his other guests.
I love the scene where richie is trying to act professional with his 'FEEB one boiled egg' routine which never fails to make me laugh, which of course end in the usual eddie and richie fight which we have all come to love from the series.
As the film progresses we see the arrival of the nice family and the beautiful gina carbonara who are in for a rude awakening at this hotel, which ultimatley ends in them all being at the receiving end of this two hapless pair, from sexual harassment to an interesting way to look after you children and theft of property which transpires into an interesting way to remove the evidence, i.e fish hooking the guest with his nipple ring. The overall plot of them poisoning the guests is predictable but when you look at the series its easy to understand why this was implemented into the plot these too are hardly capable of cooking a decent meal between them its was only a matter of time untill they killed someone.
Granted Im not saying this movie is in anyway perfect, there are some moment that will make you cringe, some bad writing and over acting but hey lets not forget it is BOTTOM, what else should we expect? surely as bottom fans we should see this film for what is is another addition to the bottom library followng the usual plots of the series. I say give this one a go sit back and really watch it you'll be suprise at just how many funny lines you actually miss.
Films are often hard to create from a book and usually they dont do the book justice and this film is no different. However having read the book and watched the film I must say i do like them both but prefer the book. The story is simple a young girl is murdered by her peodophile neighbour who then hides her body in a safe which in the end he dumps never to be found. We watch as susie is in the inbetween watching over her family as they try to uncover the truth. What I like about the film is that it has some really great moments such as the moment susie is in the underground chamber and realises that she has been stupid in following Mr Harvey in there, the look on her face and the soft tone of her voice really breaks your heart. But the main flaw in the story for me is that we never truly see just what mr harvey did to her in the chamber, we can only guess which when I first watched the film and at which point had not read the book really annoyed me , surely any writer with sense should have made this a must the the story line. it brings out the true deepth and evil of the character which im sorry to say no amount of good acting could produce.
Some of the actors cast in the roles i feel are wrongly cast. I think rachel weiz as a actress but she seemed somewhat emotionless in this film the idea that a mother would want to just forget about the whole horrible event and not seek out her daughters murderer is stupid. susan sarandons character of grandma lynn was great but lost and did not have a major role in the film as much as she did in the book and mark wahlberg diffinaltly didnt fit the daddy role he should really stick to action roles in future. Stanley Tucci however did a great job playing Mr Harvey he did this brilliantly and made you create true despise for him, each time you see him all you think is dirty pedo which is key to this character.
The film did include some great lines which is a detriment to the writer alice with my favourtie quote being " These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence. The connections, sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent., that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it." absolute true magic and perfect writing well done Alice!! I would have loved to have heard more lines like this from the book as her writing and story were beautiful.
overall my suggestion would be to read the book before the film, the beautiful lines wrttien by the author should not be missed and believe me there are more than the one i've mentioned above do not miss out!!
Having had to cope with the loss of a loved one through cancer I could'nt wait to see the film, which I must say I absolutly loved, and being me I have to read the book to a film if I know there is one that goes with it. The film was great in showing the complexity of family relationships when dealing with a tragedy such as cancer. Having expericenced cancer first hand I know all too well about how cancer turns lives upside down and how peoples true characters show themselves which was great to see in the film and read in the book. I loved how the author put true thought and knowledge into the writing to make it as accurate as possible which only made the story more believeable and great to read. the writing in the book is very well written and its is definatly one book you will not want to put down.
But must say I did read the book after the film so I guess my opinion of the film may be a little biased as i did prefer the film, mostly due the ending of the film. Although i thought the book was great I do think that the author killing Anna was a bit of a cop out. For me personally although many will disagree Kate should ahve been the one to die. Kate needed to die in order for her family to be able to get on with their lives as the book says "kate- i dont mind my disease killing me... but its killing my family". surley writing something as true and beautiful as that showed the author that she should have been the one to die. also doesnt Kate want to die?, isnt that the whole point of Anna's court battle, to try and distract her mum and dad long enough for Kate to die in peace?
On the whole I would say it is definatly worth reading the book it is one your sure to love, but also watch the film too because in my opinion it would be benefical to see the two opposing endings
Having been a driver for 5 years I always dread the time of year when the car insurance need renewing. the constant internet searches, comparison websites and phone calls from insurance brookers the second you fill out their forms really got me peeved. When I first passed I was paying over £1200 insurance which halved in my second year but has since has barely decreased. Im on a tight budget money wise so paying over the odds for insurance is out of the question, but swiftcover I find is really great. Their quotes are easy to obtain the information is always avaliable and the cost is nice and affordable, . I also find the online document system a great benefit as you can retreave any document online so gone are the days of worrying about losing important douments. You also have the option of taking out their personal breakdown cover which is fairly priced and gives you great peace of mind when out on the road. The only drawback I find is that everything is done over the internet and when needing to find a contact number for the company it is nearly impossible. But I will say that when you do have a problem and find a contact number the staff are always helpful and polite and belive me as a call centre operater its is great to be confronted by lovely helpful people who are never rude or apprupt.