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I have to confess that I had never heard of India Knight before, but a friend of mine lent me the book to take on holiday. I couldn't put it down! The story is about a thirty something woman, happily married (she assumes) with two kids, a part time job and a normalish husband. Humdrum you may think, but there are some really funny moments in the book, and also some quite poignant ones, which gives the book a nice mixture.Although it is written in an easy to follow format, some of the incidents and thought processes that the main character experiences really touched a chord with me. I found the ending a little surprising, but not completely unbelievable. For anyone who feels a bit stuck in a rut, this is an ideal read.It certainly makes you question certain things, and also makes you grateful for others. This probably makes the book seem a bit heavy going, but it isn't. Read it or miss out!
I recently visited my local Marks and Spencers store to stock up on some of their Count on Us range of ready prepared meals. I have bought their normal meals before and always been extremely pleased with the quality and taste (even though I found them a bit pricey) However, I have been most disappointed with the meals that I have bought from the Count on Us range. The idea of Count on Us is that the meals are lower in both fat and calories than the normal range.Maybe they are, but they also lack flavour and taste, and yet still are expensive. I have tried various meals (lamb casserole with dumplings, steak in a wine and mushroom sauce, and a chragrilled vegetable pizza) and found the meat to be on the gristly side, and all the dishes generally lacking flavour. I would rather opt (if on a diet) to have a smaller portion of food from their normal range. One thing to watch out for - I tend to assume that most ready meals are suitable for home freezing - a lot of the M & S ones are not.So double check this before you buy.
I have recently started using the Iceland home delivery service for my shopping. They have a very good website, which is very easy to use. You can call up orders that you have made in the past, and add your favourite items to lists, so it is very user friendly. To qualify for free delivery your order must be over forty pounds (but in this day and age that is not hard to do!) You select your choice of delivery time and pay using either a credit card or certain bank cards. If something is out of stock, they will substitute it with something of equal or greater value, but in most cases they will telephone you to check this first. The only downside that I have found with the service is that you cannot change your order once you have "checked out" I got round this by emailing them and requesting that certain items be changed/replaced, and they were extremely helpful. The other brilliant thing about the site is that you still get access to all of the offers that they advertise on tv (and they are usually really good value) The frozen food is always delivered in cool bags and the other items are packed separately. I would like to see them increase their ranges of non frozen items (maybe offer a bit more choice on certain things) but I suppose that as they are predominantly a freezer shop we musn't expect too much. All in all it saves a lot of time and hassle with parking and I would highly recommend it.
I have been watching Eastenders since it first started, but can honestly say that I am apalled by some of the recent storylines. I occasionally used to have it on whilst putting my three year old daughter to bed, but I feel now that it is entirely unsuitable viewing for that time of evening (not to mention the omnibus edition on Sunday afternoons!) In the last year, we have seen domestic violence (namely the Trevor and little Mo stories)drug dealing and prostitution (namely the Janine Butcher storylines)and gang warfare (being the Steve/Phil incidents) Whilst considering myself a fairly open minded person, I feel that Eastenders can no longer be classified as light entertainment. It's depressing and upsetting and humourless. Do us a favour scriptwriters and inject a bit of comedy and lightheartedness again!
Being a busy working mother, I was keen to try the new three in one dishwasher tablets by Finish. They claim that each tablet contains the right amount of salt, cleaner and rinse aid, so you never need to add these things separately. The first few washes seemed to be OK (but bear in mind that my machine had a small amount of salt and rinse aid still in) but things have gradually deteriotated since then. Each time I have put the machine on, my dishes have come out slightly less clean, and I haven't seen a sparkly glass for ages! My machine (like many others) has warning lights that tell you when you need to top up the salt and rinse aid. It is particularly annoying to have these lights permanently on. I am now so unimpressed by these tablets that I have refilled my machine with the traditional salt and rinse aid and guess what - I now have sparkling glasses and cutlery again, and shining crockery. Another unpleasant side effect to these all in one tablets is the smell. I noticed a distinctly acrid smell coming from the dishwasher, which even with an air freshener did not seem to disappear. I for one shall be sticking to the tried and trusted old fashioned method of separate things.
I have tried several different types of cleansing facial wipes and have been fairly disappointed with them all. I was loathe to try another one, but because these ones were being offered free if you bought a Nivea moisturiser,I felt I had nothing to lose. They also claimed to remove all traces of makeup including mascara. They are quite thick and very soft and extremely good at cleansing. I wear eye makeup every day, and I only need to use one of these to remove the lot. I will continue to buy these and would highly recommend them to other people.
I purchased a box of Olay All-in-One Facial wipes recently. I was going on holiday and thought how handy it would be to just take these (instead of my normal entourage of eye make up remover, cleanser and toner etc) I'm afraid however, that I was most disappointed with them. They claim to completely cleanse your skin and remove all traces of make up including mascara giving you the effect of a daily facial. That may be, but I did not find that they acted at all well as a cleanser. I still had to use a separate eye make up remover to get rid of mascara. I think that they are probably fine to use once or twice a week as I do feel that they exfoliate your skin. However I still think that you have to use additional cleansers to remove all other traces of eye make up. I will certainly not be buying them again.
I have recently started using some of the Supermarkets' on-line shopping services and I am most impressed with the Asda service. Firstly, they do not charge for any delivery where the order exceeds £100.(less than that there is a charge of £3.50) Secondly, when you enter the on-line store you are able to view all of the current special offers (unlike some where you have to select the product and only then do you find out if there are any offers) The order arrived promptly,and all the stuff was bagged up separately (ie: fruit and veg, frozen etc.)the only criticism I have is that some of the sell by dates were not too far off (normally I look for the furthest forward) but having said that, nothing was out of date. The actual ordering process is very straight forward and it is also easy to go back and amend or add to your order. All in all, a very good service which saves you a lot of time and effort.
I feel that I just have to write and stick up for Vaporesse here! I bought the product (and initially paid the full price of £1.19) for it. I found the smell very pleasant, and I also thought that it did seem to unclog my iron a bit (hence removing some of the collected limescale) I won't say that it makes your ironing any easier, but it certainly doesn't make it any harder! On ething I have noticed is that the smell doesn't seem to last very long on your clothes once they have been ironed. I have since been buying the bottles on offer and have stock piled a few to keep me going. Not a completely wonderful product, but I don't think it warrants the harsh criticism already awarded to it.
I first purchased a pencil of this last year, and despite daily use am still using it. I find that it glides on very easily, and is very smudgeproof. At about £7.99 per pencil, it is by no means the cheapest, but as it has lasted me nearly a year, I don't think it's unreasonably priced. As with all pencils, be careful when sharpening it. I find that a little and often is better than trying to remove too much at one time. It is easily cleaned off with normal eye make up remover,and just one application lasts all day.
I have been using this mascara for two years now, and despite trying other new ones (that I see advertised etc) always seem to revert back to this old faithful. At about £6.99 it is not one of the cheapest, but I do find it lasts me about four months (daily use) and it does stay quite clean and easy to use (ie. it doesn't clog up) I find that when I buy a new tube, it seems to take about a week for the consistency to become just right, but after that it's fine. It comes off quite easily using normal cleansers, and although it builds your eyelashes up, it doesn't go lumpy. All in all a good buy.
We have been trying to sell our flat and put it on with a local estate agent. After a couple of weeks we had no success, but decided to start viewing some properties. We found what would be our ideal house (which we viewed through Your Move)Despite telling them that we already had ours on the market with this other agent, they insisted that if we had a dual agency with them as well, we would definitely sell it within a couple of weeks, and could then proceed with our purchase. Well, you can guess what happened next - they have not sent one single person round to view our property - they have messed up the internet details - and the house that we wanted to buy has now been sold to someone else. When they telephoned to tell us that the house was no longer ours, we asked them why no one had been sent round to view ours. They replied that the market is very quiet at the moment, but if we reduced our price by £5000, we might have more chance! I stated that our property is very competitively priced, so reducing the price would be like writing them out a cheque! I shall definitely NOT be dealing with them again!
I started using Primark last year, and have found that it is the best value for childrens clothes of all shops. My daughter is sixteen months old, and gets through quite a lot of clothes in one day, so it's nice to be able to have a lot of clothes available. In particular I would recommend the vests (sold in packets of three for about £4) which still look lovely after countless washes. They come in such lovely designs that you can use them as T-shirts. I have bought a few adults clothes, but I don't think that they are quite as good quality as the kids stuff. I shall be paying my next visit in the autumn to stock up on all her winter gear, (which you can probably do for about £50)For an entire wardrobe that's pretty good value, considering the same things would cost you about £200 in Mothercare!
If you like a noisy, crowded bar where it takes ages to get served, then a visit to the Fire Station is a must for you. Personally I prefer a pub that looks like a pub, rather than an old fire station. I find the decor cold and unappealing, and the beer expensive. Having visited the place twice (the first time I was not impressed, but decided to give it another chance) I will not be bothering again. I think the place is a gimmick, and the prices reflect this.
Having been an avid fan of the television series "Morse" I decided to buy a couple of the novels. What a delight to read - even though the televised versions are very good, the books contain so much more. There are far more witticisms between Morse and Lewis, and I find the plots far easier to follow. Obviously the television programmes can only run for two hours and therefore cannot possibly contain everything, but even if you have watched the programme and know the outcome, it's well worth reading the book for a far more interesting story.