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I generally tend to use what ever shampoo is in the bathroom even if it is not to suit my hair type. I have hair that tends to get greasy after a few days so even though it was probably not the best idea to use this shampoo, I did.
Pantene Pro-v repair and protect shampoo is meant for dry or damaged hair and claims to make you hair 'healthy, shiny' and 'protected against further damage'. It uses amino acids to do this.
The shampoo is easy to get out of the bottle and not much is required to get a good lather. It has a sort of clean smell, that is quite hard to decribe, that is quite strong but not over powering.
Although my hair type is completly different to the one the shampoo is aimed at, it suited it well. After using, my hair felt soft and well cleaned. In fact, once dry, my hair felt as though I had used conditioner and not just shampoo on its own. My hair had a kind of light feel to it.
I thought this product was really good and would definately recommend it to people who want soft hair. Because my hair gets greasy quite quickly though, I would only use it when I am sure that I can wash my hair again in 2 days.
Pantene Pro-v Repair and protect costs £2.96 at Tescos
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After getting an mp3 player for my christmas I decided the accessory I needed the most were some speakers. I was given this by my mom for my birthday and was extremely pleased.
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They run on 4 AA batteries, which last a quite a long time, I use rechargeable ones which had not run out even after a 7 hour journey at full pelt. You can also power these electrically but the wire is not included in the set. I've found that I can use my nokia phone charger to plug it in. The powerpack is situated on the bottom of the speakers to allow them to be able to stand up. The sound is louder when they are standing up. They come with a fabric small cover to keep them in if travelling. The sound quality, coming from these is very good, both when the music is loud or quiet.
The only critism I would have of these speakers is that sometimes, if the music is particularly loud and the batteries are running low it can repeatedly turn itself off.
I personally think that these speakers are a good purchase although a bit expensive at £30.00. They have a good sound quality and are easy to work.
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Now, although the product name states that it is a kids watch, its not just for them.
I bought my first 'kids' watch when I was looking for an analogue watch, with easy to read numbers. I couldn't be dealing with those watches that have Roman numerals or just have 12, 3, 6 and 9. I wanted a watch that just needed a glance to be able to tell the time. I chose the ladybird one.
There are so many different designs to choose from I can't possibly name them all. There are some with flowers on, lightning bolts (my current one), lizards, dinosaurs, sport balls, cars and some with just plain bright colours.
Each watch has all of the numbers written largely, clearly and in a colour that stands out from the background. Timex is written on the face but is very inconspicuous so does not ruin the design. Between each number are small markers, making it easier to tell the time to the exact minute. The watches also have a silver knob, which needs pulling out to set the time. This can be quite stiff and almost impossible to get out without nails so often I have to use my teeth! This may be a problem if children have this watch and need to adjust the time themselves. Also, if the adjuster comes out accidently, or if it is left out the time stops, staying on the time until pushed back in.
There is also a second hand that is related to the theme of the watch. For example, the lightning watch has a yellow bolt as the second hand and the lizard watch has a double ended second hand with a green lizard at one end and a yellow one at the other. This was my previous watch and I did have some problems deciding which lizard I would use as my second hand.
The strap is made from material ensuring the watch is comfortable and doesn't dig in and is elasticated so that can be taken off without having to adjust it. I find that I can't even feel my watch when its on my wrist and it doesn't catch my skin like metal ones do. Adjusting the watch is simple too, with a metal thing to thread the watch strap through. The watch strap will have a patterened design on it, making it eye catching and fun.
The watch is also waterproof up to 30m (although I haven't gone this far) so its not a big deal if accidently worn in the bath. I find it useful when going kayaking as it is not affected by the water.
This watch is good for children as the numbers are big and easy to read and the markers between the numbers show the exact time. Also, it will not rub and irritate their wrists. Personally I really like these watches, for both their comfort and readability. I also like the really eyecatching designs as I love bright colours. I think these watches would be suitable for anyone who likes comfort and colour.
I bought my first one of these watches from argos for £10 (which was the cheapest one their) and after I had lost that one I went back to argos for the same style. I then had the green lizard one and after again loosing it looked for one of these watches. My local branch does not stock them anymore so bought my lightning one from ebay for £6.40 (inc P+P) Bargin!. Other branches or watch shops may stock these.
The timex website is www.timex.com
to find the kids section click on kids at the top
I discovered Allofmp3.com after searching for a cheaper alternative to all the big money grabbing download companies. All of mp3.com is a cheap but legal way to download music. It is a Russian website (despite the name) with both English and Russian text able to be shown. The site claims to have hundreds of thousands of albums in their database and I have been able to find what I have wanted.
The homepage shows a list of newly added albums and songs and to the bottom shows the best selling albums at the time. Below this is links to the USA, UK, Germany and France most downloaded tracks. The homepage also gives a link to the top 500 albums.
To be able to start downloading from this website, you need to register, which is done by clicking sign up. You must then read and agree to the terms and conditions and then fill out a simple form. You will then be asked to confirm your account via email.
To start you off, the site gives you a small amount of money $0.27 as a 'gift'. To be able to start downloading properly though a payment is required. This is of a minimum of $10.00 Russian dollars which, at the time I did this, was equivalent to £5.80. Also, the bank deducted £1.50 for a service charge bringing the total payment to £7.30.
This is done via entering visa card details on to the web and the money is deducted from the account. It also says that you can pay via XROST Prepaid iCards, although I havn't tried this so don't know what it involves. I assume that this way would not incur a service charge.
I think the choice of music available on this site is amazing, with new releases, jazz music, classical music, movie sound tracks, football anthems, love songs, christmas music...... the list goes on. There is definitely something for everyone and their varying tastes in music.
There is the option of choosing individual songs or whole albums. Individual songs generally cost from $0.12-$0.25 which is extremely cheap. Whole albums usually cost about $2.50 depending on the number of tracks and the price for each song.
Once music is chosen, it goes to the basket, where you can choose to download them or cancel them.
The music I have dowloaded has been of a high standard and has not had any problems with it. I managed to get 6 albums from paying £7.30 and have got enough to buy another.
I find this site very easy to navigate with there being a search bar at the top and lists of favourite artists and albums. I also find it useful to be able to choose which songs on an album you want to download, making sure that you don't have any copies. I would recommend this site to anyone who is looking for downloads but don't want to pay a pound per download.
The main difference between this site and its competitors is the price, with it being a lot cheaper than other companies due to it being Russian based
We had been having a lot of trouble with our mouses (mice?!) recently, finding that our balls inside were sticking and making the mouse hard to use. A major problem was that the wires on the mice were too short-one of our mice got stretched across the table so far that the wires inside were exposed, making it a hazard. After the third mouse in 6 months, I decided I needed a better alternative. This is where the Labtec Wireless Mouse came in.
The mouse came packaged in quite a large box, compared to the size of the the actual mouse. The box included the mouse, grey and black in colour, the instruction manual, 2 AA batteries, the transmitter and the installation CD.
The instruction manual was in a variety of different languages and was easy to follow, telling users to install the CD before attaching the mouse transmitter. The installation CD was also easy to use, allowing setting up of the mouse to be quick and hassle free.
The transmitter plugs into a USB port on the computer.
The mouse itself is black and silver with the logo on the front. It moves smoothly and easily on any flat surface and is comfortable to hold. The scroller feels lovely as it is made of soft rubber with ridges. (Often I will just scroll for the sake of it).
Because the mouse is wireless and picks up a signal from the transmitter, it is not restricted to where it can be used. I use it on the table (further away than wire ones can reach) and on my lap sometimes if I'm feeling lazy.
One problem though with the mouse is that it runs on batteries and because we use the computer a lot, they do not last very long. Personally I use rechargable batteries so as not to produce as much waste. This also slightly annoying as every time the batteries are changed, the mouse needs resetting. Although this is simple, by pressing a button on the transmitter and the connect button on the back of the mouse, I seem to be the only one in the household capable of doing it.
I paid £14.99 for the mouse and bought it from PC World.
I would definitely recommend this mouse to everyone as I have found it to be smooth, very responsive, easy to install and use and most of all free of wires!
Wireless mice should have a home on all computer tables!
Vegetarians beware!!!-- Walkers sneak in meat again!
Do you remember reading in the papers, about two years ago, about the campaign to stop Walkers cheese and onion crisps using animal rennet?
Do you remember how vegetarians wrote in about the hidden meat and how Muslims created petitions about non-halal meat being in their favourite flavour crisps?
This campaign was successful, resulting in Walker's making a big deal about removing rennet from their crisps.
Two years on and there is reason to complain once more.
Their new cheese flavour, which is now included in their standard multipack has got animal rennet in. People must feel like their battle has been in vain.
We recently purchased the new potato heads range in a multipack, thinking that they would be a healthier alternative. Little did we know that their cheese and onion has rennet in and their chicken flavour has chicken powder.
The cheese heads also contain rennet.
After researching on the internet, I have discovered that many other cheese flavoured crisps, such as Doritoes sour cream and sweet pepper, Sensations, Vintage cheddar and red onion chutney also contain rennet. There are others on the website that do not show that they are suitable for vegetarians.
I think it is totally unneccesary for such a well know company to make so many crisps with animal derivatives in them and to hide them so well. It is obviously possible that crisps can be made with althernatives so shouldn't this be the case.
I have been boycotting Walker's for the past year and they have ignored me when I have tried to contact them.
I would be extremely grateful if just a small number of people would too refrain from eating walkers' products in the hope that maybe something could change.
Please comment and leave your opinions on this issue
The website is www.walkers.co.uk and shows a list of products and ingredients
There are so many things, that are annoying in this world.
I would banish quite alot of things into room 101 but I'll only mention a couple at the moment.
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It annoys me so much seeing 4 X4s parked in city drives. Don't get me wrong, in the country they are useful for driving over rough terrain but tell me, where are the hills and field in the suburbs of a city?
I live in Birmingham and loathe seeing Jeeps ect. roaming around the city. They are such a waste of petrol, these are probably the people who complain about petrol prices soaring. Well of course that extra penny would add up when your car gets through way more than everyone elses.
These cars are contributing more than most and should be removed from city streets and banished into Room 101 forever.
Doesn't everyone just hate these motorbikes that seem to be ridden everywhere but on the roads?
I certainly do. These motorbikes can range from knee height to hip height and seem to be ridden by people aged from 9-20. I even saw someone in their late 20s today on one looking like a complete fool.
How can these kids parents allow them to own a veihcle at such a young age, it's just completly irresponsible. They are like revving death traps, both from the person riding it to passers by.
It is so enraging how these machienes are used in public spaces and parks and the users seem to have no regard of other people. I twisted my ankle today moving away from one and was extremely displeased.
Send them to 101, never to return!
Well thats my rant over with. Hope to hear your opinion on these things
We have just got back from a holiday in Norfolk, booked via Hoseasons. The holiday was a last-minute booking, with us only deciding to go on it 3 days before. We were a bit dubious considering it was one of the only places available in the country.
We did all the booking and accomodation online using www.hoseasons.co.uk, which was one of the straight forward websites to use. We were able to specify our needs, which included somewhere we could take a dog to and which was within 1 mile of the sea. The website allowed us to say which weeks we wanted and in which area of the country and gave us a list of the places available.
Using the website was a pleasant experience, with pages loading quickly and the site was easy to navigate. The website gave enough information about the properties so we did not need to request a hard-copy of their brochure. This made last-minute booking possible.
We chose to stay at Rainbow's End, a chalet park in Bacton, on the Norfolk coast. It was ideal for our needs, with the sea virtually on the doorstep and the beach being open to dogs. The chalet park also had a large field, ideal for regular dog walking. The accomdation was as described on the website and was clean, well equipped if fairly basic.
The area was very quite and there was no entertainment on-site nor was there a shop. So this particular park may not suit everyone.
We thoroughly enjoyed the holiday all of it being better than expected considering the late booking. I think that booking via Hoseasons meant the cost was slightly higher than booking direct with the chalet park but it made it all very easy.
We got our springer spaniel (Jerry) his Flexi lead when he was going on his first holiday because we thought it would be invaluable to allow him to run on the beach.
It did serve this purpose, allowing him to go into the sea without swimming out too far. It also meant we could control him easily when we needed to.
The one we purchased was an attractive red colour, with black detail such as rubber to protect the lead where it joins.
The lead is also available in a variety of colours.
There are three different modes available for easy use.
This is where the lead is pulled out to maximum length if the dog is moving away from owner. If the dogs is coming towards the owner however, the lead retracts. This means that the lead doesn't get tangled as there is no excess string. This is best when you don't mind your dog having a bit of freedom. I would not recommend this in crowded places or by roads.
2) The seconds 'mode' is temporary restraint
This allows you to briefly stop your dog from having wandering capabilities. To do this you press and hold the button. This would be recommended if trying to get past a distraction quickly.
3) The other mode is restraint
This allows the owner to have the dog on a shorter lead without having to keep hold of the button. This is done by pressing the button then moving the lock on. I recommend this mode for crowded places and for the dogs to walk to heal.
Jerry would not have been able to enjoy the holiday as much as he did without the use of this lead. It allowed to explore a little further than we would have gone into bushes and other things. It also meant we could relax as he swam in the sea. We also used it as a restraint while we were at our accommodation so that he could sit and wander around outside. The ability to stop the lead at different lengths meant that we could restrain him so he could not go into anyone elses garden.
As much as we found the lead useful, we also found faults.
Firstly, when the lead was on lock and Jerry was moving around, it easily got trapped around his legs, so we had to untangle him. Sometimes this happened a lot, so we had to unclip him to untangle him.
Another problem with locking the lead we discovered when we were walking in the Norfolk Broads. Jerry was desperate to get to the water and was pushing through the reeds. We did not think this a problem until he came back a different way to that he had gone down. So now as he came back he was caught up in reeds and trying to take them with him. We had to persist for 10 minutes before we freed him as we didnt want to lose the lead. (It was expensive at £16.99)
Also, if the lead got wet, we had to extend it to its full lead and leave to dry. This was quite annoying as it took up quite a lot of room.
Because we were using the lead on beaches, sand got caught in the mechanisms and meant that they sometimes got stuck. This was a problem as it was often the clip, so we couldnt put the dog back on his lead.
We also had problems with the lead wrapping around our legs and digging in. This could be a real hazard if the owner is walking alone, with no other person to assist.
As well as this, if the dog was running, he didn't understand the concept of the lead having a maximum extending length so would continue running. This meant that the lead would jerk and almost dislocate my arm.
The lead is made out of quite thin string, which we discovered was a problem when we were walking by sheep. Our dog was extremely excited and sprinted towards them. My mother grabbed the string as a secondary measure and got a horrible rope burn to her fingers.
Despite the problems with this type of lead, I would still recommend this. It can be dangerous, but if kept a close eye on and cleaned it regularly it would be fine. This lead requires caution but it is worth it as dogs do like their freedom.
I would NEVER wear fur.
I think it is cruel and completly unneccessary!
I can not understand how people can drape a dead animal around them without feeling guilt that an animal, a wonderful life, had died so you could keep up with the latest fashions.
I think it is outrageous for fur to feature on the catwalk as they seem to show no regard for the poor animals made into the item.
It makes me feel SICK to think that someones coat was once walking around and enjoying life.
Ok so these aren't exactly jokes, but they are just as funny. They might as well be jokes.
Funny quotes from America's leader George Bush
1)"The vast majority of our imports come from outside the country."
2)"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
3)"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
4)"Quite frankly, teachers are the only profession that teach our children."
5)"For NASA, space is still a high priority."
And a few extra:
- "A low voter turnout is an indication of fewer people going to the polls."
- "When I have been asked who caused the riots and the killing in LA, my answer has been direct & simple: Who is to blame for the riots? The
rioters are to blame. Who is to blame for the killings? The killers are to blame."
-"We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe"
- "I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future."
The bonio is quite a plain looking treat to us humans but not so to Jerry, our springer spaniel. He adores them! We first got them when he was about 2 months old because they are a good chew to keep his teeth healthy. Jerry doesn't seem to like many other treats that much, finding interest in them only when really hungry. With these though, he tries to help himself.
We all enjoy this treat though as a family. We and Jerry have developed a game where we throw the Bonio to him and then chase him around the living room, play-bounding with him. He loves this and every time we give him a bonio he waits in anticipation for us to play with him. We chase him round shouting BONIO!! after him. A good advert to the neighbours!
The reason the bonio is suited to this game is that it is quite tough so does not break with impact of hitting the floor or the dog holding it in his mouth.
I recommend this to all dog owners.
Maybe you too could place Bonio with it and create a game out of a great treat!
I am really fond of Lidl some of the time.
It is really cheap and as a family we always buy certain product from there and complain if we have to go elsewhere. We find Lidl worth going to, to buy milk, quark (a yoghurt type thing)and chocolate Croissants. The chocolate sold in Lidl is produced in Germany and is absolutly delicious even though it is alot cheaper! If in my local high street, I will always pop into Lidl for a little treat.
Another thing I love about Lidl is that they have random special offers such as cycling gloves for £3 (halfords £8.50) and other similar stuff. The specials can range from seasonal items and clothes to toys and camping equipment.
The shop Lidl is laid out well, with things put in a logical place to aid shopping.
I can always find what I am looking for.
As much as I love Lidl, I also loathe it.
As a regular supermarket it is useless, not always stocking basics like cheese, and especially fruit and vegetables. Once we couldn't find any potatoes or onions.
The aim of this game is to remove all but one of the balls via jumping over them.
When a counter jumps over another, the other one is removed from the board. This is continued until there are no possible moves left or 1 counter remains.
I had a bright colourful set of this when I was young and amused myself trying to remove them all. My tactic was always to try and remove corner ones first. Although it didn't always work.
This game can get a bit frustrating though when you think you are doing really well but are left with 2 pieces.
It can also be enraging losing one of the small counters, although they could be replaced by anything as it doesn't give the same effect and would not suit the rest of the pieces.
This game is cheap, from about £1-£5 and can vary in quality of the board and pieces.
I do reccommend it as it is a timeless classic that can be passed on through the generations
One would think that Birmingham, a busy 2nd city would have loads of music shops but this is not the case. Surely, with the large population and number of people that play musical instrument there would be a large enough target market to open more music shops.
For the past 5 years however, the music shops Birmingham does have are relocating away.
The music shop near me seemed to be doeing well, midlands music, and sold sheet music, books, instrument accessories ie. violin strings and tuition in the building next door, but alas, it packed up and moved to spain.
Just after this, my piano teacher told me of a new shop, Alleggro Music, where I could purchase sheet music. I hapily used this service for months, until it too packed up and moved elsewhere. I now have to order music from further away at a higher price.
There are still specialist shops such as the PMT,(professional music technology) which stocks everthing neccesary for drum, electric guitar and base guitar players. They also offer lessons in the drum centre, one of which I attended and throurily enjoyed.
There is also Turner's situated in the custard factory, which is a string specialist shop. it too has music lessons and sells violins, cellos, violas, double basses and music and accessories for these instruments. I like this shop, although it does not sell much music so only use it if purchasing strings or need something doing to my violin.
Below Turner's is a folk music shop which concentrates on fiddles, drums and harps and accessories.
I think it is a real shame that Birmingham is losing all it's high quality music shops to other parts of the country. I would like to see more shops like those mentioned staying for a longer time.
I suppose it doesn't help them that alot of people are order from the phone or the internet so shops may go bankrupt.
If anyone who lives in Birmingham could tell me of any other music shops I would be eternally greatful :).